Annie Duke – The Power of Quitting

Capital Allocators | 3 October 2022 | 1h 17m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Annie Duke about her book Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away. Discusses her compulsion to write another book, our instinct for grit, the case for quitting, the emotional and cognitive biases that stand in our way, and some techniques to improve our ability to quit effectively. Includes stories about Everest, Sears, the NBA draft, and the California bullet train.

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Chris Dixon – The Future of Blockchain at a16z

Capital Allocators | 11 January 2021 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Chris Dixon about his work on Andreesen Horowitz’s Crypto Funds. Covers his early interest in computers and business; lessons from starting companies and angel investing; new computing platforms; the history of centralized and decentralized computing; development of blockchain technologies; potential killer apps; token basics; and investor perception.

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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.

The audiobook of The Messy Marketplace is now available as a free podcast series.

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Jonathan Tepper – Variant Perception of Capitalism

Capital Allocators | 7 October 2019 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Tepper, founder of Variant Perception, an economic research group, and author of The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition. Starts with Tepper’s unusual upbringing and approach to economic forecasting. Then concentrates on arguments from The Myth of Capitalism, discussing the history, causes, and ramifications of the absence of competition in U.S. industries, natural and unnatural monopolies, examples in the tech giants, funeral home operators, airports, and hospitals, and what can be done to counter this negative trend.

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Gary Klein on Pre-Mortem Analysis

Capital Allocators | 23 September 2019 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gary Klein about tools to improve decision-making, including the Shadow Box technique, Cognitive After-Action Reviews, and Pre-Mortems. Dives deep on Pre-Mortem analysis, starting with its history in the Air Force, what it is, how it works, when it falls short, and the benefits of reducing overconfidence, time efficiency, increasing candor, and making groups smarter. Also critiques other risk mitigation techniques such as devil’s advocates, red teams, and risk assessment.

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Eric Ries – Lean Start-Ups and the Long-Term Stock Exchange

Capital Allocators | 26 August 2019 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Eric Ries, creator of the Lean Startup methodology and founder and CEO of the Long Term Stock Exchange. Discusses ideas from The Lean Startup and the philosophy and business proposition of the LTSE, which seeks to build a new relationship between companies that are built to last and the stakeholders who believe in them.

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Jon Wertheim on Sports, Psychology and Economics

Capital Allocators | 17 June 2019 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jon Wertheim, sports journalist and author of ten books including Stokes of Genius about the Federer-Nadal rivalry, Scorecasting, and This Is Your Brain on Sports. Ranges across sports, investing and psychology delving into behaviour and decision making, tennis, the role of luck, cycles in basketball strategy, loss aversion, job preservation, omission bias, sports gambling, the business of sports, and lessons from interviewing.

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Steve Kuhn – Life After Hedge Funds

Capital Allocators | 4 February 2019 | 0h 54m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with retired hedge fund manager Steve Kuhn. Describes parlaying a passion for playing games into a two-decade Wall Street career specialising in mortgage-backed securities. Insights on the evidence-based case for active manager alpha, Chinese education, philanthropy, and the IDEAL approach to immigration.

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