Margaret Heffernan on Uncharted

EconTalk | 7 September 2020 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Margaret Heffernan about her book Uncharted: How to Navigate the Future. Considers how best to prepare for an unpredictable future. Argues that smart organizations and people can learn how to do it.

What Dan Romero Thinks About Basically Everything

Venture Stories | 16 July 2020 | 1h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dan Romero, formerly of Coinbase, discussing startups and lessons from scaling Coinbase; some of the best books he’s read; communism and why socialism seems popular with young people today; the history of technology; crypto; and where he agrees or disagrees with prominent Silicon Valley figures.

Charlie Songhurst – Lessons from Investing in 483 Companies

Invest Like the Best | 7 July 2020 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charlie Songhurst, a private investor and ex-head of strategy at Microsoft. Discusses how companies fail at each stage, why boring and complex leads to big returns, where to look for human capital, and combining east and west coast investment mentalities. Argues for understanding the ways that companies fail rather than succeed.

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.