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.

Gimlet Media: Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber

How I Built This with Guy Raz | 21 October 2019 | 1h 21m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber telling the story of their founding Gimlet, the podcast startup, recently sold to Spotify for roughly $200 million. Serves as a taster of the Startup podcast series, a personal favourite, and surely the most insightful on what it’s like to start a business.

Bethany McLean on Saudi America

Reader’s Corner | 4 January 2019 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bethany McLean about her book Saudi America: The Truth About Fracking and How It’s Changing the World. Fracking has upended the global energy map, transforming America into the world’s top producer of oil and natural gas. But McLean sets out that fracking has grown with cheap money and capital raising without delivering the promised returns.

Keeping the Flywheel in Motion with Jim Collins

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 1 October 2019 | 2h 23m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jim Collins. Explores what makes companies and people successful using the lenses of level 5 leadership, flywheels, bullets and cannonballs, the twenty-mile march, compounding and leadership. Draws out key ideas from Good to Great, Turning the Flywheel, Built to Last, and How the Mighty Fall.

Tyler Cowen on Big Business

EconTalk | 19 August 2019 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen about his book, Big Business, which argues that big corporations in America are underrated and under-appreciated. Strays widely with a deliciously contrarian take on many subjects including the advantages of social media.