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Eric Ries

Supported by Greenhaven Road Capital, finding value off the beaten path. Eric Ries joined Ted Seides to talk about his book (The Lean Startup) and his startup (Long-Term Stock Exchange). At Ries’s first startup the business plan was a “beautiful artifact,” created with stealth operations. It was going to work, for sure. “If the customers […]

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Andreessen and Horowitz on 10 years

Supported by Greenhaven Road Capital, finding value off the beaten path. Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen were interviewed by Stewart Butterfield about their ten years at a16z. We’ll frame three rhetorical questions from the interview. How to start? Copy a16z started by copying Michael Ovitz’s model at CAA. Horowitz said, “We probably saved five years […]

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Alex Rampell

Supported by Greenhaven Road Capital, finding value off the beaten path. Alex Rampell started TrialPay, a company that advertised to consumers at the point of purchase. Say you visited Fandango for information (movie showtimes), not consumption (ticket purchase). But you see an ad where Netflix offers a free ticket if you sign up. Well I […]

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Adventures with Amazon

Supported by Greenhaven Road Capital, finding value off the beaten path. Brent Beshore and the Adventur.es crew have a page on their website dedicated to Amazon, comparing the company to a gorilla and the Borg. They step cautiously around businesses that might enter that Seattle based gravitational field and that might pass the event horizon […]

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Annie Duke

Supported by Greenhaven Road Capital, finding value off the beaten path. Annie Duke joined Barry Ritholtz to talk about her book Thinking in Bets. The book is a good introduction to someone who wants to understand decision making. Here’s a YouTube playlist of clips of things Duke writes about: Thank you for creating this playlist. […]

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Harry’s

How to create a direct to consumer company (the Harry’s Razor template) The TWIST podcast between Jason Calacanis and Andy Katz-Mayfield was a wonderful hour about company creation. Katz-Mayfield told stories about starting Harry’s, and Calacanis asked thoughtful questions about the experience. As I listened I wondered, what if Katz-Mayfield’s experience isn’t just his own […]

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Auren Hoffman

This post was originally published on Medium. I’m moving it here for linking purposes.  Auren Hoffman joined Erik Torenberg on the Product Hunt podcast and here are 3 things I learned. 1/ Timing is a variable in the success equation. “If you’re 6 people, a false positive is so destructive to your company that hiring somebody […]

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Dan Coyle

Dan Coyle (@DanielCoyle) joined Brian Johnson (@_Brian_Johnson) on the Optimize podcast to talk about talent. Coyle is the author of The Little Book of Talent and The Talent Code. In this episode the pair breaks down the different ways to grow talent (note, talent is grown, not genetic). As always, the entire interview is good, […]

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Naveen Jain

Naveen Jain (@Naveen_Jain_CEO) joined James Altucher (@jaltucher) to talk about the future. It’s brighter than it looks, says Jain, but we’ll need to work smart to get there. Our table of contents. – The two ingredients of possibilities. – Fly to the moon by the seat of your pants. – Experts? Smexperts! – Refame the […]

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Scott Adams III

Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) talked with Tim Ferriss (@TFerriss) about affirmations, inspiration, and Donald Trump. This is the third Adams post here, check out #47 and #112 with James Altucher. Our table of contents: Affirmations. God Debris and creativity. Goals and systems. 4 pieces of work advice. Affirmations. Okay. Let’s get the elephant out of the […]