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How to go to film school without going to film school.

Supported by Greenhaven Road Capital, finding value off the beaten path. Industries are professionalizing. Basketball players went from drinking beer and smoking cigarettes during halftime to training and managing their brand over the summer. Entrepreneurs went from managing by the seat of their pants to building a leadership skillset and professional network. Podcasting has gone […]

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3 ways to choose a college

This post first appeared on the POV40IQ newsletter. We’ve written a lot about education: the XMBA, film school, and culinary un-school in France. There’s also the JTBD approach to choosing college. There’s so much written about school selection because there’s no great single metric. There are numbers like tuition, magazine rankings, and graduation rates and […]

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Bernard Roth

Supported by Greenhaven Road Capital, finding value off the beaten path. ‘Bernie’ Roth trained as a mechanical engineer. He would build things. Then an opportunity to visit California came up. He was a New Yorker but his wife wanted to take the trip so they went, and he never left. Decades later David Kelley got […]

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Howard Stern

Supported by Greenhaven Road Capital, finding value off the beaten path. Howard Stern Comes Again is a collection of (mostly recent) interviews from the Howard Stern Show. The last time I heard Stern was in 1998. My summer job was sealing asphalt and one guy loved Stern. He was a hard worker so I didn’t mind […]

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Ted Sarandos

Supported by Greenhaven Road Capital, finding value off the beaten path. Ted Sarandos is the Chief Content Officer at Netflix, who started his journey in a Phoenix video store and went on to greenlight six billion dollars worth of content. Most of this post will draw from Sarandos’s November 2017 conversation with Marc Andreessen, who […]

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Casey Neistat

Casey Neistat (@CaseyNeistat) joined Tim Ferriss (@TFerriss) to talk about YouTube, creativity, and the value of scarcity. I started to follow Neistat after this interview posted and dig through his archives. It felt weird kinda weird. It seems like a lot of his fans are teens, tweens, and being weaned. They’re really young. It reminded me […]

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Stakeholders

Supported by Greenhaven Road Capital, finding value off the beaten path. A reader sent along the following story about Robert Rodriguez who (partially) rose to prominence for making the film El Mariachi for seven thousand dollars in 1992. The movie has now grossed more than two million dollars. Rodriguez’s IMDB profile is incredible with double-digit […]

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‘Righting’ Routines

Supported by Greenhaven Road Capital, finding value off the beaten path. I used to think my brain was my most important organ. Then I remembered who was telling me that. – Various On a recent podcast, Marc Andreessen noted that learning from investing is difficult. Sometimes there aren’t lessons to learn, sometimes they are, sometimes […]

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Michael Ovitz

Supported by Greenhaven Road Capital, finding value off the beaten path. Michael Ovitz says that “past is prologue” and with that idea in mind, we’ll look at his book, Who is Michael Ovitz?. We laud Ovitz for his persona of success but that’s not the character in the book. He’s contrite. He’s reflective. He longs […]

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Andreessen & Horowitz 2

Supported by Greenhaven Road Capital, finding value off the beaten path. Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen released their (annual?) conversation from an a16z conference. That event included the podcasts with Charles Koch and Ted Sarandos. This is our second post with the a16z founders, almost to the day! Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, July 15. […]