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.

The Lost Presentation That Launched The 4-Hour Workweek

The Tim Ferriss Show | 18 November 2021 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
The 2007 presentation Tim Ferriss gave at SXSW that nicely summarises the ideas in his book The 4-Hour Workweek. While masquerading as lifestyle design, it’s most profoundly about methods and techniques to hugely improve personal productivity – to enable a business to run sweetly without its overworked CEO.

The Smartest Guys in the Room

The Innovation Show | 15 September 2021 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Bethany McLean about her book The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron. Looks back on her investigation of Enron, distilling lessons from its failure about accounting, incentives, culture, and leadership.

Mike Maples, Jr. – A Playbook for Startups

Invest Like the Best | 26 August 2021 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Mike Maples, co-founder and partner of Floodgate, about his life and work in venture capital. Discusses his early insights and secrets, value hypothesis testing, customer development, growth, team orchestration, and a lot more.

Brad Stone on Big Tech Companies

Masters in Business | 11 June 2021 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Brad Stone about his book Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire, which builds on his earlier The Everything Store. Backgrounds his research process and discusses the factors behind Amazon’s wealth creation, especially since 2014.

Visa: The Original Protocol Business

Business Breakdowns | 5 May 2021 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alex Rampell about the Visa credit card business. Discusses Visa’s origin story, the start of the credit card market, Visa’s business model, its unique moat and network effect, and the potential threats from other businesses and macroeconomic forces.

Amazon Narratives: Memos, Working Backwards from Release, More

a16z | 8 February 2021 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Colin Bryar and Bill Carr about their book Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon. Shares inside stories behind AWS, Kindle and Prime along with the leadership principles, decision-making practices, and operational processes that delivered them. Discusses lean MVP; the internal API economy; whether you need a chief product officer; coordination as a business grows; the power of narratives; and more.

Brian Dumaine: What Does Bezonomics Tell Us About the Future of Labor?

Keen On | 10 July 2020 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Brian Dumaine about his book Bezonomics: How Amazon Is Changing Our Lives and What the World’s Best Companies Are Learning from It. Unpacks the elements of Amazon’s success – customer obsession, extreme innovation, and long-term management, all supported by artificial intelligence.