Kenneth Stanley – Greatness Without Goals

Invest Like the Best | 28 June 2022 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ken Stanley about his book Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned. Discusses the provocative idea that setting big, audacious goals can reduce the odds of achieving something great. Explains that the prerequisites to major inventions are never invented with that invention in mind. Details the results and implications from his neuroevolution research with Picbreeder, which allowed people to breed pictures. Distils lessons for our day-to-day lives.

Aswath Damodaran – Making Sense of the Market

Invest Like the Best | 31 May 2022 | 1h 55m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Aswath Damodaran discussing investment and finance. inflation, narratives, disruption, the evolution of alpha and edge. Includes a delicious takedown of ESG (investing only in companies who pass muster on environmental, social and governance measures).

Will Marshall – Indexing the Earth

Invest Like the Best | 16 November 2021 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Will Marshall, the co-founder and CEO of Planet, which has successfully built and deployed 450 satellites into space, to create a time series of images for every place on Earth. Describes how space is going through an internet moment where cost reductions and performance enhancements have led to a seismic shift in what’s possible, and how that can drastically improve life on Earth through unique datasets like the one Planet is piecing together.

Gabby Dizon – Mapping the Metaverse Economy

Invest Like the Best | 2 September 2021 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Gabby Dizon, co-founder of Yield Guild Games (YGG). YGG invests in players in the “play-to-earn” economy within blockchain-based games. Players earn tokens within the game which can be exchanged into local currencies or be used to purchase more digital assets. Explains YGG’s decentralized structure, the unit economics of their business model, how he deals with the volatility of crypto assets when trying to build a durable, long-term business. Also discusses the broader metaverse landscape, how it might evolve, what might derail it, and the technicalities of building a token-based, as opposed to equity-based, business.

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.

Balaji Srinivasan – Optimizing Your Inputs

Invest Like the Best | 6 July 2021 | 1h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Balaji Srinivasan discussing a wide variety of topics, including advancements in health tracking, ways to evaluate your information diet, and how technology is driving decentralization and what that could mean for countries, corporations, and individuals.

Marc Andreessen – Making the Future

Invest Like the Best | 29 June 2021 | 1h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Marc Andreessen. Explores how software is making the world better, while highly regulated sectors like education, healthcare, and housing are eating the economy. References Mark Perry’s Chart of the Century.

Eli Dourado – Frontiers for Productivity

Invest Like the Best | 11 May 2021 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Eli Dourado of the Center for Growth and Opportunity. Backgrounds the evidence for and explanations of the ongoing slowdown in economic growth. Discusses the case for growth and some of the innovative technologies that could reverse this trend, especially in biotech, alternative energy, faster transportation, space, and IT.