Talent, Tech Trends, and Culture

a16z | 29 December 2018 | 0h 38m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with venture capitalists Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. Covers their relationship; the evolution of VC and “talent as a network”; and where are we right now on industries being affected by tech (such as retail) and tech trends (such as virtual reality, augmented reality and wearables).

Mariana Mazzucato on the Value of Everything

EconTalk | 24 December 2018 | 1h 07m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Mariana Mazzucato about her book The Value of Everything, which argues that economists have mismeasured value and have failed to appreciate the role of government as innovator. She argues for a more active role for government in the innovation process and for government to share in revenue proportional to its role in the creation of new technology.

Bryan Caplan on the Case Against Education

EconTalk | 12 February 2018 | 1h 11m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Caplan on The Case Against Education. Argues that very little learning takes place at university and that very little of the return comes from skills or knowledge acquired in the classroom. Caplan marshals the evidence to support his claims, finding that just 11% of the economic gains from education are due to the training received; 45% from the greater ability of the students who go to university; and 44% is pure signalling – from being credentialed.

People Aren’t Dumb. The World Is Hard

Freakonomics Radio | 20 December 2018 | 0h 57m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Good humoured interview with Richard Thaler about winning a Nobel Prize for showing that humans tend to make irrational decisions. Backgrounds behavioural economics. Describes his unlikely route to success; his reputation for being lazy; and his efforts to fix the world — one nudge at a time.

The Measure Of A Tragedy

The Indicator from Planet Money | 27 August 2018 | 0h 09m | Listen Later  | iTunes
The Venezuelan economy has collapsed after years of economic mismanagement and a deepening political crisis. Harvard-based Venezuelan economist, Ricardo Hausmann, has developed an indicator that captures the scale of the economic catastrophe.

Earning Your Stripes: Patrick Collison

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 2 May 2018 | 1h 49m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Patrick Collison, co-founder and CEO of Stripe, the leading online payment processing company. Brilliant throughout, with insights on success, failure, management, decision making, learning and much more. A masterclass in how to think.

The Math Wizard Who Became a Customer Loyalty Scheme Guru

FT Alphachat | 14 December 2018 | 0h 49m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with economist Gary Loveman, who went from Harvard economist to Harrah’s gambling chain CEO to health insurer CEO. Insights on using data science for better decision making, understanding what customers value to drive loyalty, and aligning incentives in health care.

Matt Ridley and The Evolution of Everything

The Seen and the Unseen | 26 November 2018 | 1h 16m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley. Seamlessly links together the key ideas in The Evolution of Everything, which makes the case for the bottom-up emergence of order where we typically perceive a top-down process.
This distils the thinking of the author who has most changed my understanding of how the world works. Be prepared to listen at a slower speed. It’s worth it.