Creating Innovation Ecosystems with Anton Howes

Venture Stories | 24 November 2020 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anton Howes, author of Arts & Minds. Discusses the cultures and conditions where innovation is easier and better; why he wrote the book and the key question he was trying to answer; what Silicon Valley could learn from studying the history of Britain; misconceptions that people have about economic growth in the past and future; why people misunderstand what growth is; how statecraft relates to economic growth; questions that people in the field are trying to answer and where he agrees or disagrees with prominent thinkers; and thoughts on progress studies.

Anton’s newsletter, Age of Invention, is my favourite discovery of the last year or so.

Kevin Davies on Editing Humanity

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 29 September 2020 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kevin Davies about his book Editing Humanity: The CRISPR Revolution and the New Era of Genome Editing. Discusses the difference between CRISPR and CRISPR genome editing, the evolution of CRISPR editing, the wild story behind (and fallout from) the 2018 CRISPR babies, whether CRISPR-edited babies are truly on the horizon, George Church’s attempt to resurrect the woolly mammoth, and more.

Textiles as Tech, Science, Math, Culture… or Civilization

a16z | 24 October 2020 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Virginia Postrel about her book The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World. Discusses the ubiquitousness of textile metaphors; the genetics of cotton; the supply chain of silk (including early machines, early management techniques, maestra and notions of expertise); the storage and transmission of knowledge; knitting and AI; and the environmental impact of dyes.

Adam Thierer: How ‘Evasive Entrepreneurship’ Can Beat the Regulatory State

Political Economy with Jim Pethokoukis | 12 June 2020 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Thierer about his book Evasive Entrepreneurs and the Future of Governance: How Innovation Improves Economies and Governments. Discusses innovative companies skirting regulation that entrenches interests and blocks innovation that benefits consumers and human progress.

Erik Brynjolfsson – The Second Machine Age

Brendan Carr Podcast | 20 September 2018 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Erik Brynjolfsson about his book, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, co-authored with Andrew McAfee. Explains how to manage risk, why we can’t freeze the past and must embrace the future, and how to use advancing technologies to meet our goals.

Alchemy: How Our Creations Recreate Us

The Next Big Idea | 21 July 2020 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ainissa Ramirez about her book The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another. Draws on stories about eight key inventions to show how our innovations can change us in surprising ways.

Speed, Thrift, and Simplicity with Dan Ward

Acquisition Talk | 30 March 2020 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dan Ward about his book Lift: Innovation Lessons from Flying Machines that ALMOST Worked and the People who NEARLY Flew Them. Uses examples from the development of aviation technology to draw lessons about how to accelerate innovation.

What if Your Company Had No Rules?

Freakonomics Radio | 12 September 2020 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Reed Hastings about his book No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention, co-authored with Erin Meyer. Backgrounds how he came to believe that corporate rules kill creativity and innovation. Advocates that for some companies the greatest risk can be taking no risks at all and that it is better to prioritise flexibility than efficiency.

See also How to Fire People, an interview with Patty McCord about the Netflix culture.