Mike is building Huddle
And connecting the dots, so that others can too.
October 8, 2023
What I learned this week | Writing Your Own Narrative
I took the past two months off from writing this newsletter to focus on other things. Heading into Autumn here in NYC, and having just passed my 39th birthday, I feel inclined to start sharing again; on that back-to-school, Autumn in NYC vibe.
September 27, 2023
Writing Your Own Narrative with Laura Gao
This episode's guest and Huddle member, Laura Gao, is a Silicon Valley Product Manager turned artist. She's best known for her short comic "The Wuhan I Know," which she wrote in response to the growing sinophobia due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The comic took off, going viral on social media, and later became the basis for her graphic memoir, Messy Roots, released in March 2022.
July 30, 2023
What I learned this week | The Portfolio Career
Hey all, Somehow I slid into a podcast with the likes of Seth Godin. David has a podcast called Portfolio Careers. I think we were supposed to talk about having varied interests and building a portfolio career. Instead, during episode #276, I went on a tangent about relationships.
July 23, 2023
What I learned this week | Be Around People Who Make You Sweat
We shipped our third episode of Loan Geniuses — a podcast where I interview members from the Huddle community to learn about their lives and careers. If you haven’t listened, it’s like a “Behind the Music” for creatives.
June 18, 2023
What I learned this week | Work That's Fun
Happy Sunday, Father’s Day, Birthday to Steph, Juneteenth, Long Weekend, Summer Solstice… All of it. There’s much to acknowledge, celebrate and be grateful for this weekend. So let’s have some fun ya? Speaking of which, we shipped our second episode of Lone Geniuses a few weeks back with Emily Grubman—and it’s all about optimizing work for fun.
June 13, 2023
Be Around People Who Make You Sweat with Stephanie Engle
This episode's guest and Huddle investor, Stephanie Engle, is best known for role as a product designer at Snapchat, and as an angel investor into product driven companies. Before Snapchat, where she works mostly on AR experiences, she worked at Airbnb, she was the first product designer at Cruise automotive, where she designed interfaces for self-driving cars, and she started her career in Silicon Valley at Facebook designing VR experiences.
June 11, 2023
What I learned this week | Creating vs. reacting
During the pandemic in 2020, Andrew and I were more than kicking around ideas for companies. We had MVPs and early users for two similar ideas: his, an educational program for early-stage founders to get the resources they needed to get started from “Day One,” and mine, a network where any founder could connect and “Huddle” with HQ talent fast.
May 23, 2023
Optimizing Work for Fun with Emily Grubman
Our next guest is Emily Grubman. Emily is the Founder of Title Case, a consulting company that focuses entirely on naming. Before starting her own business, Emily spent nearly six years at Red Antler working on some of the biggest DTC brands in the world. She became the firm’s naming expert, naming companies like Prose, Burrow, and more. What I love about Emily’s career path is her focus on work that’s fun.
May 7, 2023
What I learned this week | Lone Geniuses
I’m excited to introduce Lone Geniuses, an audio show that uncovers the work and lives of the people behind the products and brands you love. It’s an outlet for creatives and builders to tell their stories, and the stories so far have been nothing but remarkable. On the show, we debunk the lone genius myth. Creativity only happens inside a community. This is a show about making things together.
April 19, 2023
Following Your Creative Intuition with Dan Batten
Our first guest is Dan Batten, who's the Creative Director at Hims & Hears. Dan started off as an amateur photographer, and then quickly fell in love with motion graphic design. He spent years working at Gin Lane, a venture studio in New York, that gave birth to brands like Sweetgreen, Hims & Hears, and Harry's. During this episode, we talk about everything from his early life, his career path, and the people that helped him get to where he is today. We also talk about how Dan unlocks space for creativity & how he uses anxiety as a tool to unlock creativity.
April 23, 2023
What I Learned This Week | Make Things That Matter
This week I’m bringing you another podcast I was lucky enough to be a guest on - Make Things That Matter. I met Andrew Skotsko, the show’s founder and host, after he joined our builder community at Huddle. Our conversation bounces around with one central theme: the higher you go, the higher we all go. We talk about meditation, leadership, and the concept of ubuntu.
April 2, 2023
What I learned this week | Choice
Something intrigues me about the person behind the person — the coach. I'm also fascinated by multidisciplinary people with non-linear career paths. Rick Rubin is one of those people. Under the radar for most of his career, his idioms are now plastered all over the Internet. His approach to producing music, entrepreneurship, meditation, and more fascinates me.
March 5, 2023
What I Learned This Week | Rich vs. Really Rich
The Really Rich Podcast with Nicholas Crown is one of my favorite new listens (scroll down). Thanks to my good friend Harrison, and a bit of serendipity in Miami, I got to join the show a few weeks back. The episode dropped this past week.
February 26, 2023
What I learned this week | Meditation
This week I learned a new meditation technique. I've used the same TM-based (transcendental meditation) technique every day since 2014. Switching it up has had better results than I expected. If you want to learn how to meditate or find your practice getting stale, you might find this interesting.
February 12, 2023
What I learned this week | Just Start
This is my first newsletter in February. I learned some cool shit this past month, and I'm excited to share it with you. From now on, I’m going to send just one read, one learning, and one thing to try. I hope this can make each newsletter more intentional, thought-provoking, and useful.
January 15, 2023
What I learned this week | MLK Jr. Day
In 2015, my old coworker (and now great friend) Rich texted me on MLK day. I think all he said was, “I’m going to see an MLK movie later at The Film Forum. You should join.” Typically anything Rich invites me to is awesome. Hanging with Rich, in general, is awesome. So I said, “sure, see ya there.”
January 8, 2023
What I learned this week | Being in Service
I relearned this week that serving myself first is the key to serving others. In short, I can’t give energy that I don’t have. I’m likewise unable to receive the opportunities and possibilities of each day if I’m vibrating too low to accept them. Try this on:
January 1, 2023
What I learned this year | A review
Energy first. 2022 taught me that the road to learning could be paved two ways. To use product lingo, there are happy and unhappy paths in life. I spent a lot of time on the unhappy path without knowing it, trying to fix situations, fix myself, and improve things.
December 11, 2022
What I learned this week | Time
Set a goal without a timeline. Instead of, say, needing to save $50K by the end of 2023, set a goal of saving $100K as fast as possible. I’m using money as an easy example, but it can be anything.
November 6, 2022
What I learned this week | Fast is good
A third, fourth, fifth… possibility. Where did we get the idea that there are "always two sides to every story"? It seems to me that there are far more.
October 30, 2022
What I learned this week | Choosing relationships that work
I switched up the format this week to provide a synopsis of the episode. A shameless plug perhaps? You bet your ass it is. I learned it’s okay to take a pause and appreciate how far we’ve come.
October 9, 2022
What I learned this week | Responsibility
No right relationship structure. Most theories and therapy for couple-making rely on understanding attachment style — avoidant, anxious, or secure behavior based on stuff that happened when we were little.
August 7, 2022
What I learned this week | Play & The Purge
Instagram ads sometimes work. I started golfing more in Miami. Visit a golf course once, and you'll get seventy-two thousand golf ads. I caved and downloaded the Imagine Golf app and even paid for it. The result?
August 1, 2022
What I learned this week | Not much tbh
Tbh, I haven’t written or read much these past two weeks. So it didn't feel authentic to write the typical newsletter. If anything, I learned to disconnect, enjoy nature, and cut myself some slack.
July 17, 2022
What I learned this week | Wisdom
Companies care less and less about the BLS pay adjustment. They want great people who can get work done from anywhere. This is great for economic growth in smaller cities.
July 3, 2022
What I learned this week | Expansion
Still day one for psychedelics. The efficacy data on psychedelic treatment for things like alcoholism, depression, anxiety, addiction, and PTSD are eye-popping - think most successful study ever.
June 26, 2022
What I learned this week | Abortion
Context is decisive. The difference between conservatives and liberals is interpretation — conservatives debate the original understanding of laws, while the liberal lens is forward-thinking.
June 26, 2022
What I learned this week | Simplicity
Keeping things simple is hard but really rewarding. I'm learning that my mind actually makes things more complicated out of fear. Think about it - when things are complex, we have a hot excuse to overanalyze and do nothing.
June 12, 2022
What I learned this week | Ubuntu
Everything is more rewarding when playing full out. Holding back just means you won't get the full experience, and the real learnings come from experiencing all of it.
June 12, 2022
This is Mike’s Newsletter, a newsletter about what I'm reading, learning, and one thing you might find useful each week.
July 13, 2023
Building Relationships and Huddle
Your network and relationships are critical to your career and life. For Michael Saloio hosting dinners has been really impactful and helped him start Huddle, a network of top designers and builders startups can plug into. In this episode, Mike shares specific approaches and tactics that he uses to build relationships and stay connected with a lot of people in a meaningful way.
June 6, 2023
Huddle and the Fractional Team Revolution
Huddle was founded by Mike and his cofounder Stephanie Golik. Both had first-hand experience with small startups leaning on fractional teams of builders to get their new products off the ground. Like all founders who have strong founder-fit, they were living at the leading edge of a space for years before the rest of the world caught up.
April 11, 2023
Mike Saloio: Leadership, meditation, ego, and ubuntu
Mike Saloio is the CEO and cofounder of Huddle, a startup that brings together fractional swat teams of expert builders to help startups generate real momentum on their most important projects within a week. This is a candid conversation about leadership and how our egos, sense of identity, and personal practices shape our company cultures.
February 27, 2023
Team Building, Startups, & Hitting Rock Bottom (The Really Rich Podcast)
In episode 9 of The Really Rich Podcast, I sit down with entrepreneur and CEO, Mike Saloio, of Huddle. Mike has helped over eighty startups get off the ground with Huddle, a company that rapidly assembles A-list technical talent around an idea for cash or equity.
February 10, 2022
Building an Integrity Culture: Co-Founder Conversation
Stephanie and Michael share a conversation format that they use over the course of each week to keep their team on track and in integrity.
February 7, 2022
Huddle enables top designers and builders to work on startup projects in exchange for cash and equity
Fast forward to today, and the platform is thriving. Across 2021, Huddle raised $3.3 million in seed funding, led by Wave Capital and Outlander with the involvement of Miami-based groups (Miami Angels, Backend Capital), Nomad Capital, Night Capital, and The Council.
February 26, 2022
101 Best Florida Finance Companies and Startups
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting-edge startups to established brands. We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories.
January 16, 2022
Huddle - Crunchbase Company Profile & Funding
View contacts for Huddle to access new leads and connect with decision-makers.
November 22, 2021
Apple Podcasts Episode 228: Design Advisory with Brian Lovin
Can designers make an impact as startup advisors instead of providing capital?
November 4, 2021
Stephanie Golik & Michael Saloio, Huddle
At Huddle, we focus a lot on holding ourselves and our teammates accountable. Steph and I are both visionary, futurist people. When we hire, we’re looking for people who are executors above all else—the ones who will do what they say they’ll do and call themselves out when something’s up.
September 30, 2021
Jay Edlin on Twitter: Wow @withhuddle is one of the coolest companies I’ve seen in a long time.
Huddle could be game-changing for product/design peeps looking to capitalize on side projects and for founders looking to quickly and efficiently ship projects at the earliest stages.
October 16, 2021
Huddle: Dreams Of Freedom
It’s still the early days for Huddle but the trend is clear. More and more people are looking to take control of their lives. Owning equity in the things you helped to build is one step closer to living out that reality I always dreamt about.
September 30, 2021
Outlander Demo Day
Huddle — A Miami-based creator economy that matches founders with their startup dream team in exchange for equity or cash, meaning no more wasted time scrolling freelance marketplaces and interviewing expensive agencies.
April 15, 2021
What's Hot in Miami
Discussion about the Miami tech ecosystem and the opportunities and trends that are arising.
The rise of the independent worker
It took a pandemic, but the side hustle finally got promoted…into the C-suite.
March 3, 2021
Upwork meets LinkedIn | Product Hunt Daily Digest
On Huddle, the hirer defines what they need and Huddle matches the project with a pop-up team, which means less sweat from freelancers trying to perfect their image because Huddle knows the value they bring to the team.
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