How To Solve The Cold Start Problem with Andrew Chen

Venture Stories | 21 December 2021 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Chen about his book The Cold Start Problem: How to Start and Scale Network Effects. Discusses Why the secret to why Bay Area tech companies have been so successful is their ability to connect people in different ways. Discusses stories of how different tech companies solved the cold start problem in their earliest days (eg Tinder threw a party at USC and required people to install the app to get in); why colleges are a fertile environment for consumer tech; the promise of Web 3 and how it differs from previous eras of the internet; his requests for startups; and his thoughts on the metaverse, the passion economy, gaming, and more.

Scott Davis – Co-author of “Lessons from the Titans”

Business Bookshelf | 23 August 2020 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Scott Davis about his book Lessons from the Titans: What Companies in the New Economy Can Learn from the Great Industrial Giants to Drive Sustainable Success, co-authored with Carter Copeland and Rob Wertheimer. Distils lessons in innovation, growth, resilience, and operational excellence drawn from his equity research of industrial stocks. Considers the implications for today’s technology sector from yesterday’s technology stocks.

Ben Guest on Zen and the Art of Coaching Basketball

Thecuriousmanspodcast | 17 December 2021 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Ben Guest about his memoir Zen and the Art of Coaching Basketball. Discusses his work teaching and coaching basketball in Namibia. Transcends the sport to offer insights on living in the moment, meditation, relationships and coaching.

Earning to Give

Making Sense with Sam Harris | 24 December 2021 | 1h 15m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Sam Bankman-Fried about effective altruism. Discusses how he became the wealthiest self-made billionaire under 30, what might go wrong with cryptocurrency, the Giving What We Can pledge, how he thinks about using his resources to do the most good in the world, how not to stigmatize wealth, wealth redistribution, norms of generosity among the ultra-wealthy, pandemic preparedness, impact through lobbying, how ambitious should we be in doing good, and other topics.

Jeremy DeSilva – First Steps: How Walking Upright Made Us Human

The Nature & Nurture Podcast | 29 December 2021 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Jeremy DeSilva about his book First Steps: How Walking Upright Made Us Human. Discusses paleoanthropology, in particular, his research on the evolution of human locomotion from quadruped apes to upright humans; how paleoanthropologists identify and date fossils; and how the fossil record can be used to understand our evolutionary past.

Paul Lockhart on How Guns Transformed Western Civilization

Quillette Podcast | 20 December 2021 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Paul Lockhart about his book Firepower: How Weapons Shaped Warfare. Discusses the enormous military and political upheavals set in motion by the adoption of gunpowder-based weapons from the 13th century onward – including the demise of the medieval castle, the empowerment of large centralized states, and the deployment of permanent standing armies.

Miracle And Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon

Solvable | 13 December 2021 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
An Excerpt from Miracle And Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon by Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam. Discusses Paul Simon’s controversial journey to apartheid-era South Africa to record the distinctive sounds for his Graceland album.

Robert Brooks on Artificial Intimacy

The Dissenter | 20 December 2021 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Robert Brooks about his book Artificial Intimacy: Virtual Friends, Digital Lovers, and Algorithmic Matchmakers. Discusses the biology of intimacy, and the biology of love and romantic relationships, and how new technology exploits them; the effects technology might have on mating strategies, and on gender roles; the incel movement, and some equivalents in Japan, and how in Japan people deal with romantic rejection differently; and how lowering the price of sex might be good, and how technology can help with that.