Episode 161

Turning a Passion for Chicken Wings into an Exit with Adam Lippin

This week on The Exit: Embark on an extraordinary journey with Adam Lippin. His path to success is a tale of passion and innovation, his story a testament to his ability to launch and thrive in diverse industries, achieving two incredible exits along the way. First, he introduced authentic Buffalo wings to New York City with Atomic Wings, expanding it to 33 locations and exiting to two brothers who already owned Dunkin Donut franchises. Then came Cuddlist, a pioneering concept designed to combat loneliness in our modern lives. He transformed it into a network of practitioners who provided solace and connection to thousands, then he successfully exited. Now, he’s working on Hear Me, an app for emotional support and peer connection to tackle loneliness and promote mental health. This episode holds invaluable lessons for aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs alike: it’s a celebration of relentless experimentation, and of commitment to following one’s passions, wherever they may lead.

Adam Lippin is the founder and CEO of HearMe. Where they are striving to make mental health support accessible, affordable, and immediate. Adam launched HearMe in 2018 with the same core value that connection is a fundamental human necessity. Adam has expressed that he has experienced first-hand the profound impact of having a person there for him that shared his experience. So, at HearMe, they are seeking to recreate those extraordinary and life-affirming experiences at scale through the evidence-backed power of peer support. Prior to HearMe, Adam Co-founded Cuddlist, an international cuddle therapy service with over 10,000 trained practitioners. 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamlippin/

HearMe: https://www.hearme.app/

Cuddilist: https://cuddlist.com/

Flippa’s First Access: https://flippa.com/product/first-access

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Steve McGarry

An entrepreneur, content creator, and investor based in sunny Tampa, Florida. In 2015, while living in San Francisco, Steve sold his first fintech startup LendLayer to Max Levchin’s (founder of PayPal) consumer finance company Affirm.

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