Cleantech, Globalization, and Climate Change with Ramez Naam

Venture Stories | 25 June 2020 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ramez Naam discussing why clean energy didn’t realize its potential in the 2000s and why now is a good time to invest in clean energy; his market map of opportunities in clean energy and the impact on the space that Moore’s Law is having; the influence of Kevin Kelly and Robert Wright on his thinking; the future of globalization; how to reconcile egalitarianism and meritocracy; and the state of climate change.

What Byrne Hobart Thinks About Everything – Part One

Venture Stories | 6 March 2020 | 2h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Byrne Hobart discussing cost disease in healthcare, education, and construction; the future of globalization; whether bitcoin can become a reserve asset; whether Wall Street is good for society; how interest rates will change over the next 5–10 years and the role of negative interest rates; mental models for financial bubbles; betting on the future of Silicon Valley; the Tech Lash; and the future of the US-China relationship.

Tyler Cowen on Identifying Talent, Changing Education, and Studying Progress

Venture Stories | 20 February 2020 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen discussing talent identification, the forces shaping education, egalitarianism versus meritocracy, progress, aesthetics in intellectual life, how to find the best people for government jobs, why globalisation has not led to more innovation, and more.

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.

The Roots of Progress with Robert Tracinski and Jason Crawford

Venture Stories | 17 October 2019 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Tracinski and Jason Crawford discussing economic progress: the sustainability of capitalism; society moving from biological to artificial resources; automation; growth and its relationship to democracy; and the role of business in ensuring the welfare of people.

What Bryan Caplan Thinks About Basically Everything

Venture Stories | 12 September 2019 | 1h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with Bryan Caplan. Starts with the case for open immigration, based on ideas from his book Open Borders. Also discusses UBI; charter cities; his most impactful (and controversial) policy recommendations; populism; Hobbes, Rousseau and Locke; gene editing; population growth; Austrian economics; education; and much more.

Robert Cottrell on the Future of Reading

Venture Stories | 22 August 2019 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert Cottrell, editor of The Browser. Background on The Browser, the bond between readers and writers, future business models, long-form writing, algorithmic curation, and machine translation opening up non-English writing.

What Arnold Kling Thinks About Basically Everything

Venture Stories | 13 June 2019 | 1h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with economist Arnold Kling. Insightful perspectives throughout. Neoclassical economics ignores the role of cultural context in setting value; hides the complexity of large scale society, leading to overconfidence, as manifested in regulation; and fails to communicate how free markets address the problems of complexity, coordination and innovation.