Tom Wheeler – From Gutenberg to Google

New Books in Technology | 27 March 2019 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tom Wheeler, former FCC chairman and author of From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future. Discusses the history of network technology transformations: railroads, the telegraph, printing presses, computers, and search engines. Argues that it is the second-order effects of those new technologies that are transformational.

The Case For Digital Minimalism with Cal Newport

Venture Stories | 17 March 2019 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cal Newport, author of Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. Makes the case for a 30-day reset to clarify what is most valuable for you. Covers social media, the importance of solitude for thinking time, and the necessity of removing the merely good to make room for the excellent.

Unreal Sex

Hidden Brain | 11 March 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kate Devlin, author of Turned On: Science, Sex and Robots. Explores the history of artificial love and considers what love and sex look like in an age of robots and artificial intelligence.

Michael Mayer – Pseudonymous Social Capital and Bottomless Coffee

Invest Like the Best | 12 March 2019 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Mayer of Bottomless, a startup that uses scales to ship coffee as you need it. Insights on education, learning, social media, personal productivity, technology, business and strategy. Interesting throughout.

Sam Altman on Loving Community, Hating Coworking, and the Hunt for Talent

Conversations with Tyler | 27 February 2019 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging conversation with Sam Altman of Y Combinator. Insights on what it takes to be a successful founder and how to pick founders. Also covers AI, Napoleon, nuclear energy, the Industrial Revolution, coworking spaces, trading off UBI and immigration, and much more.

Alex Danco – Scarcity, Abundance and Bubbles

Invest Like the Best | 12 February 2019 | 1h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alex Danco of VC firm Social Capital. Insights and fresh perspectives on business models, cities, the history and future of transportation, the shift from products to functions, and the rise, fall and usefulness of asset bubbles.

Caterina Fake — Lessons from Flickr, Kickstarter, Etsy, and Much More

The Tim Ferriss Show | 14 February 2019 | 1h 48m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flicker and Yes VC. Tells the Flicker story, but also covers other startups and the value of bringing a humanities background to investing. Fascinating perspectives on time management and personal productivity. Deliciously sprinkled throughout with apposite poems, quoted from memory.

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.