The Karat Podcast

Discover more about your favorite creators as they unravel untold stories with Karat’s co-founders, Eric Wei and Will Kim.
I nearly died but the theater saved me: Stanzi Potenza interview

As a kid, @Stanzipotenza nearly died. She suffered PTSD but couldn't afford therapy - so she found escape in theater & comedy.

Today - she's a top creator & comic with sold out shows, millions on TikTok, and a feature in the NY Times. She helped Biden win the Senate and successfully fooled Dr. Phil on national television.

On the podcast today - she shares why you need therapy, how to channel emotional pain into creative work, and how to be funny!

How Graham Stephan getting cancelled blew up his podcast (interview)

Graham Stephan is quiet quitting his main channel - and he's focused now on the podcast he started with Jack Selby - a former busboy who cold emailed Graham in 2019 to work for him.

Why is Graham quitting? How did Jack convince Graham to partner with him? How have they tripled the podcast's audience in the past year?

Dumbfoundead on losing his mind to rap & getting sober

Jonnie Park grew up alone on the streets - so he hardened himself - becoming Dumbfoundead a battle rapper who'd make you respect him.

In a life of machismo, partying, and clout - he got millions of fans, praised by Drake, featured in movies - but now he shares why he's going sober, reconnecting with family, and looking for his feminine energy.

I quit my job in consulting for YouTube: Taylor Bell's story

@TaylorBell just quit her prestigious six figure corporate job to do YouTube full time - because passion is more important than money and prestige. Today she shares when she knew she had to quit - how to make smart bets on yourself that payoff - and how to build a YouTube empire part-time.

HasanAbi & Will Neff’s Secret Weapon: Marche the producer (interview)

Marche quit community college to work at a gaming center for minimum wage so he could use the computers to stream a dying video game.

Those life choices led to today - where Marche is the secret boss of Twitch. He’s co-owner & producer of @FearAndPodcast  with @HasanAbi@WillNeff@QTCinderella@AustinProductions   - and shoots content for @Valkyrae.

Today Marche shares how to take massively risky bets on yourself that payoff, why partying can help your career, and how to find meaning if in life- even when you're down.

He’s saving YouTube from MrBeast: Max Reisinger interview

@MaxReisinger  will save YouTube. At age 18, he cofounded the YouTube New Wave -a movement focused on telling powerful stories that are anti-algorithm and anti-clickbait - with friends like @RyanNgFilms@nataliexlynn@wholesomesimon

At age 20, he’s now helped raise over $200K from brands like Polaroid & Notion to support the New Wave while documenting his life growing up thru YouTube.

Today, Max shares his story on what’s wrong with YouTube, how to do business in a human way, and how to create good art.

Twitch CEO Shares How to Grow on Twitch (interview)

Dan Clancy is the CEO of Twitch. He plays dodgeball with Ludwig, met streamers 1:1 while living in his van during a cross country roadtrip, and went viral singing Country Roads on Twitch. He cares about streamers.

He’s also is trying to make Twitch profitable and making hard decisions around layoffs, exiting Korea, and streamer payout changes. Today- Dan shares his plan to save Twitch, why Twitch is so culturally important, and his personal story on why he started streaming.

I quit YouTube & came out of the Christian closet: Kelly Stamps interview

She's quitting her YouTube channel with 700K subscribers. She already deleted her Instagram. She blew up for sharing everything about her life - but then everyone began asking things of her or attacking her.

@KellyStamps is starting a new channel -  @senpaistamps - more focused on her faith. Join us as she shares why she's doing this, how to move beyond toxic relationships, and how to start over when you have everything to lose.

Scumbag Dad Takes on MrBeast, xQc & SSSniperWolf

Hollywood rejected Scumbag Dad. TikTok censored him. But over 10M of you today support his critiques of fake social media content - enough to support him to become a full time creator.

Today he shares takes on MrBeast, SSSniperWolf, xQc, Hasan Minaj, & Barstool Sports - as well as why staged content is always bad, how to be a moral person in a fake world, and what he learned from his own relationships.

I quit pro chess for Twitch: akaNemsko's story

At age 3, @akanemsko learned chess. At 5, she won a Finland national championship. At 16 she became a woman grandmaster. Then - she quit. When you’ve spent your entire life winning a game you now hate playing - where do you go next?

Today Nemo shares why she quit chess, how she became a top Twitch streamer, and how she made peace with her parents on the Karat podcast.

I quit college & my family for Twitch: iGumdrop's story

At 12 years old, Jaime supported her family by selling clothing and doing homework for other kids. She started streaming to pay for college but dropped out to go full-time.

After blowing up, she received so much hate that she almost quit.

Today, Jaime opens up about the struggles of growing up, the stress of becoming successful, and what's next beyond streaming.

I quit Mythbusters to make robots in my garage: Allen Pan interview

He's built a top channel showcasing crazy inventions like giving snakes robot legs - with a secret underlying message about capitalism hidden in them.

Join us as he talks about his time on TV, how he hitchhiked across the US dressed as Ash Ketchum, and why he values principles over money.

I quit grad school to do chemistry in my garage: NileRed’s story

Before he was a rogue super scientist making uranium glass in his garage, NileRed loved playing with firecrackers with his dad. Now he has over 12 million followers across all platforms.

I Quit Wall Street to Make $3 Million On TikTok: Your Rich BFF

Vivian Tu became a millionaire at age 27. She quit her Wall Street and left a $600k/ yr Buzzfeed job to make TikToks sharing financial advice - and blew up.

Today she shares her secrets- why you need a mentor, what being in finance is really like for a woman, and how to turn your biggest fears into your biggest motivators. Join Your Rich BFF and host erictway on The Karat Podcast -

and preorder her upcoming book release at!

Inside NYC's New Secretly Thriving Content "House"

@TejasHullur,  @ColtKirwan, &@ShervinShares live together in a 800 sq ft closet in NYC. They've quadrupled their YouTuber follower count to over 250K in less than a year.

why being a girl boss can suck: ur mom ashley's journey

@urmomashley  has millions following her NYC vlogs on style and relationships. Now she’s ready to share more on her journey as a female CEO- and why she’s been afraid to discuss it publicly.

From PTSD in Los Angeles to Popularity in NYC: Kelly Wakasa's Story

Kelly Wakasa hit rock bottom in Los Angeles. With no direction, he chose to live by only one motto, 'Do What Excites.' Now, he's a full-time vlogger in New York, living to the fullest with no plans on stopping anytime soon.

Join us on the Karat podcast with @KellyWakasa

Meet the YouTube Expert Behind 10 Billion Views: Paddy Galloway’s Full Story

Paddy Galloway helps clients like MrBeast, the Sidemen, and Jesser get over 700M YouTube longform views a month.

Now- he’s sharing his secrets learned over a decade of YouTube experience with us today on the  @trykarat podcast!

I quit my job to make tier lists on YouTube: TierZoo interview

What if this world were a video game - balanced by the dev team from the heavens? You'd want an expert - like @TierZoo - walking you through how best to play the game - and which animal character classes are optimal.

Today - he shares his journey from beef jerky food scientist to top YouTuber- and ranks his personal life experiences from first kiss to first job - on a tier list.

How to Stop Being Unhappy from Harvard Psychiatrist & Trained Monk | HealthyGamerGG's Story

He was addicted to video games, depressed, and hated his life. He traveled to India to become a monk and trained at Harvard as a psychiatrist - to learn how to help himself & help others.

Now he works with top creators and cofounded a mental health support company -

Today-  he shares why self-help is a paradox, his path to enlightenment, and why you should stop making decisions.

This is the Karat podcast with @HealthyGamerGG .

I quit the NYTimes to make memes: Taylor Lorenz’s story

Elon Musk banned her from Twitter. Tucker Carlson attacked her. Political influencers doxxed her.

Taylor Lorenz is a NYTimes / Washington Post reporter who covers influencers. Today she shares how she turned making Tumblr memes into a journalist career - why Elon hates her - and how mainstream media fails us today.

How to Make $100M by Age 29: Leila Hormozi’s Story

After gaining 85 pounds and getting arrested for the 6th time, Leila Hormozi looked in the mirror and decided she had enough.

Now, 10 years later, she’s worth over $100M and runs a portfolio of businesses as CEO with her husband Alex Hormozi.

Today, Leila shows us how she turned her life around, learned to embrace fear as a catalyst for change, and the key secrets in becoming a 9 figure entrepreneur.

Jet Lag: Group Therapy Edition

Jet Lag: The Game is a phenomenon. Sam from Wendover Productions - together with his writers Ben and Adam- have traveled around the world in 100 hours, played capture the flag in Japan, and chased each other thru tag in Europe.

Join us today for an in depth look into how the Jet Lag crew met each other, became friends, what they appreciate about each other, and what frustrates them.

Scumbag Dad’s Villain Origin Story: MasterChef & AGT Reject to TikTok Star

Before blowing up on TikTok with over 5M followers, Scumbag Dad was just an ordinary guy - who almost made it on America's Got Talent with pirate rap songs and MasterChef with his Sichuan dan dan noodles.

But he was rejected because the shows were a bit staged. Now he's vowed revenge - and uses social media to expose hypocrisy in other creators & influencers.

Millionaire ‘Harvard Dropout’ .01% OnlyFans Creator Kazumi Gets Intimate

Kazumi was under house arrest from her parents until age 18. When she escaped, she decided to prioritize financial stability above all else to ensure she'd never need to depend on someone else again.

She built an OnlyFans empire through smart marketing by herself - earning $300K/ a month and building a fortune of millions. But it was extremely difficult.

College Dropout to Fashion Icon | Frugal Aesthetic's Path to Winning

Christian Villanueva never thought he’d win in life if he stayed in college. He skipped classes just to secretly create content. After dropping out and becoming broke -- splitting meatballs with his roommate to survive -- he started his channel as the infamous Frugal Aesthetic. With over 2M subscribers and multiple channels, he continues winning at life.

Plumber to David Dobrik’s Cofounder | Ilya’s Story

Ilya Fedorovich moved from Belarus at age 3. He worked as a plumber with his dad for 7 years.

Today he's helped David Dobrik launch his Doughbrik's pizza business as cofounder - as well as Xeela Fitness, where Ilya's helped friends like Jason Nash and Natalie Noel get in the best shape of their lives.

The Yard to Mogul Moves: Aiden's journey as an Accidental Influencer

Aiden just wanted to play Super Smash Bros Melee. That genuine passion led to his friendships with @ludwig , Slime, & Nick - which today's become Aiden's life as he joins them on @TheYardPodcast  and helps Ludwig with events and merch at Mogul Moves.

I quit my Olympics dream for Gymnastics TikTok

At age 6, Elena Shinohara was a rhythmic gymnastics prodigy. She's a Junior Olympic Champion who overcame intense pressure from herself, her peers, and her family to compete. Today she has over 5M followers as a popular creator.

Mad Scientist YouTuber Risks His Life for Every Video | Louis Weisz

Louis Weisz was a goofy theater kid who never felt like he fit in - he felt most natural when he was with his dad assembling mini crossbows & fireball launchers.

He learned to express both his passions as a mad scientist YouTuber with over 700K subscribers who today creates insane DIY inventions - think chain mail made of soda can tabs, PVC trombones, sprinkle-powered rockets.

We Raised $70M to Build a Bank for Creators | Karat’s Founding Story

Hi! It's @erictway here - cofounder of Karat. Together with my cofounder Will - we just raised $70M to help creators with their finances 🥹 We're going to walk through the real founding story behind Karat - all the confusion and triumphs and day to day that my cofounder and I experienced.

Our investors are top creators we work with - like @ludwig, @GrahamStephan, @NickDiGiovanni, @BotezLive, @Wendoverproductions - as well as previous founders & CEOs from YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, TikTok, CAA and Wealthfront.

I Lost My Job & Borrowed $20K to Stream on Twitch: CodeMiko’s Story

During COVID, CodeMiko was laid off. She took over $20K in debt to buy equipment so she could start streaming with our own avatar on Twitch.Now she's a top streamer and founded her own company to help others follow her path.

She Lost Everything - Now She Plans to Launch Her Own Brand | Sulhee Jessica Woo

Join Eric Wei, co-founder of Karat as he sits down with Jessica Woo and discusses what it takes to be a hustler, a full time mom, and The Bento Box Queen.

How I Went From A Depressed Student to $100M Founder

@erictway is cofounder of @trykarat and helped raise millions of dollars to build a better financial system for creators.Before Karat, he lived a really different life - he did product at Instagram, consulting at McKinsey, investment banking at Blackstone, and economics at Harvard. He also hated it.

I Quit Computer Science For Fashion TikTok: Vivacious Honey’s Story

Vanessa Chen is a fashion star today as @VIVACIOUSHONEY  - but several years ago, she was a computer engineering student. Here's how she made it~

I Quit The Navy For YouTube: Austen Alexander’s Story

Austen Alexander believed joining the Navy was the best decision he’d ever make. Until he began uploading videos to his youtube page, he found his true calling as a content creator. After seven years as a Marine, he finally quit the Navy and shifted his focus to creating fitness-based content on Youtube, gaining over one million subscribers.

Last Airbender Star (Toph) Quit Hollywood for Yale | Michaela Murphy

Michaela Murphy grew up fast. She started taking care of herself at age 6 - and at age 12 - she voiced Toph in Avatar: The Last Airbender. She stopped to continue school and recently graduated from Yale - where she faced a whole new set of challenges and discovered a new dream.

I Beat Depression Through YouTube: Cole Hastings’ Story

@ColeHastings used to be alone. He didn't feel attractive; he had gone through a recent breakup and wanted to learn how to be better. He started reading and training. Today he shares his lessons with over 500K followers on YouTube- and aspires to become a filmmaker next.

Fundy: From Failing School to Collabing with Dream

@Fundy barely graduated. But he learned to code from Indian YouTube tutorials - and made lunch money through Runescape. When his first Minecraft video got 600 upvotes on Reddit, he cried.Now he's huge and collaborated with Dream - and he's using his YouTube earnings to fund a game studio.

From Coffee Barista to 365,000 Subscribers on YouTube | Swell Entertainment

Amanda Golka from @SwellEntertainment always wanted to be an actress. But before the pandemic, she was a barista. She set a goal - if she could make 3x as much for 3 months from YouTube as she did as a barista, she'd make the switch.Today over 350K subscribers watch her commentary - and she has aspirations to do more.

How ZoeUnlimited Gained 2M Subscribers in 1 Year

@zoeunlimited blew up on YouTube even while her parents actively discouraged her career choice as trash and her as not talented.She's thriving & succeeding nevertheless. Join us for 36 Questions to Fall in Love with zoeunlimited

@JimmyZhang Makes Me Cry

@JimmyZhang ‘s story is crazy- the man’s been through a lot- from being afraid of talking to girls to becoming a popular comedic creator.

​@GrahamStephan Hates School But Was a Millionaire by 26

Join us for an intimate personal interview where we play 36 Questions to Fall in Love with @GrahamStephan .

@jasminericegirl Talks about Money and Sex

@jasminericegirl  previously was an investment banker who graduated from Wharton. Now she tweets about sex to 300K followers and cofounded Fanhouse, a top creator startup backed by a16z & the Chainsmokers. Listen in as jasminericegirl and Karat cofounder @erictway play 36 Questions to Fall in Love together!


@ELLIOTCHOY  is constantly pushing to do more. From redefining college vlogs to turning down venture money to launching his apparel and building a new creator institution in New York - Elliot's done it all.

Join us for an intimate conversation on how he does it with @erictway, cofounder of @trykarat.

@SteezyKane is Leaving YouTube to Focus on Hollywood

@SteezyKane  used to be broke and famous- think over a million followers, making less than $50K a year. He blew up with clever prankster videos - but his true passion is to produce creative documentaries.

Tune in to learn how he built his content into a financially stable business - and how he’s transitioning from click bait to something more meaningful.

@NateOBrien On Finding Balance and Happiness

@NateOBrien, a former farmer turned top finance and minimalism creator, shares insights on work-life balance, personal recharging, and self-awareness with Karat Co-Founder Eric Wei. He offers insightful advice on work-life balance, knowing oneself, and avoiding burnout to find true happiness.

@UnderTheInfluenceShow Plays 36 Questions to Fall in Love

@barchemistry and @jeremykimkardashian are stars with over 1M+ people following their podcast @undertheinfluence. Today @erictway falls in love with them over a candlelit @trykarat podcast

Lizzy Capri is Ready to Change

Lizzy Capri has a problem: she's too successful. She has over 9M followers on her YouTube channels but wants to do something new.

In our interview, she says, "Find the thing you're so passionate about - that you'd be willing to even pay money to do it.

Join us for an intimate conversation with her!

JHB’s Superpower is Being Awkward

JHB joined 100 Thieves as a high school student. Now at just 20 years old- he’s built a devoted community of over 200k fans and his own podcast show.

Join us today on the Karat podcast with @erictway to learn how he did it.

Ben Uyeda Will Design Your Life - and Your Death

Ben Uyeda is an award-winning designer who previously ran his own architectural studio & taught at Cornell. He's also brought design into the daily lives of millions through his videos chronicling his process - join us today for an intimate discussion how Ben designs his life and even his death!

Dylan (@hyperr) Traded YouTube Earnings for Teamwork

@hyperr runs a YouTube empire including 3 channels with over 1M followers each- and has built a company with 10 employees to support him in doing so.

Join us for an interview with Hyper as we dig into how he did it.

Wendover Productions is Building a Media Empire

@Wendoverproductions is building a media empire - with multiple channels including  @halfasinteresting and @jetlagthegame . Join us for an in-depth interview with Karat cofounder @erictway as we learn how he did it.

Anna DeGuzman is Magical

Anna De Guzman is a creator and magician extraordinaire who's performed at some of the most prestigious events and venues around the world. She's been featured on Australia's Got Talent, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, MTV, Disney, and more.

Join us for our interview with her and Karat cofounder @erictway!

JimmyHere Was Always the Class Clown

JimmyHere always was creative. But he struggled academically in school where teachers didn't appreciate him. He spent years working jobs and doing content on the side- before he finally started getting traction through League of Legends parody rap videos.Now - he's a comedic star with millions watching him and laughing along with him.

Ben Awad Plays to Win

@bawad is a creator, entrepreneur, and coder - and one of the most competitive fighters you'll ever meet. Tune in to episode 12 of the @trykarat podcast with Ben and co-founder Eric Wei

Minx Does an Ice Bath Interview

Minx asked for this herself - join us for an intimate ice bath podcast where we add in more bone-chilling ice water as we go through emotionally personal questions! With our cofounder Eric Wei.

Minx Feels Like She's Too Awkward

@justaminx is the queen of memes and streams. Minx is a dynamic and charismatic Twitch streamer known for her electrifying energy and passion for gaming. Join us on part one of the @trykarat podcast to learn more!

Steven He was Rejected Over 3000 Times

Steven He was rejected over 3000 times as an actor. @StevenHe made over 200 failed YouTube videos. Today over 10M people follow him - and he's changing how scripted comedy works on YouTube. Watch our podcast with him today to learn his secret and how he changed!

Jeanelleats Left Her Tech Job to Cook

When @jeanelleeats quit her cushy tech job to become a YouTuber- everyone thought she was crazy. She grinded for years before her work paid off- now she shares our food & travels to over 1M followers on YouTube. Watch @erictway interview her in our latest @trykarat podcast interview! link in bio

JT Barnett Quit Pro Hockey to Make TikToks

From pro hockey player to TikTok influencer, JT Barnett's journey is one of determination and resilience. In our latest episode, JT shares how he turned his passion for creating content into a successful career. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of TikTok's top creators and see how he's helping others achieve their goals.

Melissa Ong Quit Google to Post Memes

Melissa Ong is a comedic superstar. She has millions of fans, built a cult around her humor, was covered in the NYTimes, and is represented by UTA but she didn't start this way.Listen to The Karat Podcast to learn about Melissa's journey from repressed tech worker to the unleashed & empowered entertainer she is today.

Alexandra Botez is 'all or nothing'

Alexandra Botez is a top streamer, CEO of a growing media empire, a chess master - and extremely thoughtful and self-aware as a human being. Listen and learn about Alex's drive and passion across work, life, and love.

SeanDoesMagic Wants to Host the Oscars

Sean Sotaridona, aka @SeanDoesMagic, a magician and content creator chats with Karat co-founder @erictway in this week’s podcast episode. The two talk about Sean’s journey as a magician, his experience growing up with immigrant parents, and his mission to one day host the Oscars

Hungrybox is More Than a Gamer

He's one of the top Super Smash Bros players in the world. He has over 10 tournament wins. He's a co-owner of @teamliquid. You know him as Hungrybox. But he prefers you to know him as Juan. Watch Eric Wei interview Juan—and get to know him beyond just Hungrybox.

These YouTubers Opened up a NYC Ice Cream Shop Together

Eric talks with Dylan Lemay and Tejas Shullur, good friends who operate the CATCH'N Ice Cream store in New York City. In this episode of the Karat Podcast, Eric plays 'We're Not Really Strangers' with Tejas and Dylan, where the friends talk about career aspirations, almost drowning, and the difficulties and rewards that come with pursuing your dreams.

Jack Selby Has Never Said This Before

In our second episode, Eric talks with @jlsselby, a good friend who co-hosts @TheIcedCoffeeHour with @GrahamStephan . Jack and Eric muse over some of Jack’s insightful quotes while covering topics like perfectionism, personality tests, and separating the art from the artist.

Nas Daily Feels Like a Loser

Eric chats with Nuseir Yassin (aka @NasDaily), a wildly successful entrepreneur and creator who just so happens to be an old college buddy. They go deep on lingering insecurities from their younger years, loneliness, how they figured out what they wanted to do, and the privilege of work-life balance.

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