Roger McNamee: Every Tech Billionaire’s Mentor

The James Altucher Show | 14 February 2019 | 0h 54m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Roger McNamee, founding partner of venture capital firm Elevation Partners and author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe. Anecdotes and perspective on tech startups based on mentoring Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Insights about Facebook and the 2016 election and the way Facebook and Google gather data to manipulate our attention to their ends.

This Economist Predicted the Last Crisis. What’s the Next One?

Freakonomics Radio | 7 February 2019 | 0h 49m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Raghuram Rajan, formerly chief economist at the IMF and Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, on financial system risks and potential solutions.

 

The Square and the Tower, by Niall Ferguson

Context with Brad Harris | 7 February 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Distils the ideas in The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power by Niall Ferguson. Through groundbreaking research, Ferguson reveals how social networks, from the Freemasons of the middle ages to Facebook in the 21st century, disrupt established hierarchies to divert the course of history, both for better and for worse. Draws lessons from history to apply to modern network disruptors.

Elroy Dimson on Triumph of the Optimists

The Meb Faber Show | 4 April 2018 | 0h 53m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Elroy Dimson describing his research that led to the book Triumph of the Optimists: 101 Years of Global Investment Returns, which assembled very long-term stocks and bonds indices for world markets. Discusses the lack of correlation between economic growth and stock market performance. Includes a lesson in finance: real yields today, the Gordon Model, the multiple people are willing to pay today (which is higher), and the takeaway that high valuations are a reflection of today’s low real interest rates.

Marina Adshade on Understanding Economics the Sexy and ‘Hard’ Way

Economic Rockstar | 29 January 2015 | 0h 53m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Marina Adshade abut the ideas in her book Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love. Applies the principles of supply and demand and other market forces to matters of love, courtship, sex, intimacy, and marriage. Humourous and insightful.

Bryan Caplan – Does Parenting Matter?

Rationally Speaking | 4 October 2015 | 1h 03m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Caplan, author of Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think. Argues that, despite our intuition that parenting choices affect children’s life outcomes, there’s strong evidence to the contrary.

Evolutionary Arms Race

Origin Stories | 29 April 2016 | 0h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Pardis Sabeti, a computational biologist who uses maths and computers to look into the genomes of humans and infectious microbes to see how they are evolving. Summarises the ideas in her book Outbreak Culture: The Ebola Crisis and the Next Epidemic. Sabeti was named one of Time Magazine’s People of the Year in 2014 for her role in the fight against Ebola.

Michael Mauboussin – Man + Machine, Moats

Invest Like the Best | 16 March 2017 | 1h 29m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Michael Mauboussin on business moats, industry analysis and how to combine man and machine when building an investment strategy and portfolio.