Square’s Cofounder on Discovering — and Defending — Innovations

HBR IdeaCast | 17 March 2020 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square, about his book The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time. Argues that business innovation is about fearlessly exploring novel solutions and dramatically expanding markets. That helps startups to defend their innovations against industry giants, as Square did against Amazon.

Bethany McLean: Crafting a Narrative

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 9 June 2020 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bethany McLean. Discusses our bias toward believing a business’s story; company purpose; the prevalence of the cult of personality; the fine line between visionary and fraudster; and more.

Chris Anderson and The Long Tail

EconTalk | 7 August 2006 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Chris Anderson about his book, The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More. Topics include internet distribution and production, how the Sears catalogue of the 1890s was the predecessor to Amazon books in the 1990s, the economics of choice and the role of filters, and the challenges of wrapping our minds around emergent phenomena.

The New Future of Work

Making Sense with Sam Harris | 25 March 2020 | 1h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Mullenweg about the evolution of distributed work. Discusses the benefits of working from home, the new norms of knowledge work, relevant tools and security concerns, the challenges for managers, the importance of written communication, the necessity of innovating in response to the covid-19 pandemic, delivery networks as critical infrastructure, economic recovery, and other topics.

Brent Beshore – Micro Buyout Adventur.es

Capital Allocators | 10 December 2018 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Brent Beshore, founder and CEO of Adventur.es, an investment firm that buys small family-owned businesses. Shares lessons from his book The Messy Marketplace: Selling Your Business in a World of Imperfect Buyers. Wide-ranging discussion of small business investment and what owners need to know to engage well with investors when selling their business.

Using Data in Venture Capital with Jonathan Hsu

Venture Stories | 18 February 2020 | 1h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Hsu, co-founder and general partner at Tribe Capital. Discusses his background in data science, how it has impacted (or not) venture, and how using data can help remove bias; why so much of talent evaluation by venture capitalists is instinct-driven rather than data-driven; common misconceptions about product-market fit and how he thinks about it; how to pick the right metric when setting strategy for a startup; common mistakes when thinking about metrics; how to evaluate pre-product-market-fit companies; and where he stands on the lean startup versus “fat startup” debate.

Clay Christensen – Innovator’s Dilemma

Moonshots – Adventures in Innovation | 17 September 2018 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes
Clay Christensen has died at 67 (NY Times obituary). This discusses ideas from his books The Innovator’s Dilemma and How Will You Measure Your Life? Includes excerpts from presentations illustrating his ideas on innovation.

Daniel Ek – The Future of Audio

Invest Like the Best | 12 November 2019 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Daniel Ek, the founder and CEO of Spotify. Interesting for how he thinks about audio – but a tour de force demonstration of using systems and frameworks to think about business and value.