“If disruption is what you seek, cognitive island-hopping is a good place to start, mining the interstices between academic disciplines.” — Steve Jurvetson
Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types — from startup founders and investors to chess champions to Olympic athletes. This episode, however, is an experiment and part of a shorter series I’m doing called “Books I’ve Loved.” I’ve invited some amazing past guests, close friends, and new faces to share their favorite books — the books that have influenced them, changed them, and transformed them for the better. I hope you pick up one or two new mentors — in the form of books — from this new series and apply the lessons in your own life.
Steve Jurvetson (@FutureJurvetson) is an early-stage venture capitalist with a focus on founder-led, mission-driven companies at the cutting edge of disruptive technology and new industry formation. Steve was the early VC investor in SpaceX, Tesla, Planet, Memphis Meats, Hotmail, and the deep learning companies Mythic and Nervana. He has led founding investments in five companies that went public in successful IPOs and several others that were acquired for a total of over a $100 billion in value creation.
Before founding Future Ventures and DFJ before that, Steve was an R&D engineer at Hewlett Packard and worked in product marketing at Apple and NeXT, and management consulting with Bain & Company. He currently serves on the boards of Tesla, SpaceX, and D-Wave.
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What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.
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SELECTED LINKS FROM THE EPISODE
- Connect with Steve Jurvetson:
Steve’s previous appearance on the podcast: 317
- The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind by Alison Gopnik , Andrew N. Meltzoff, and Patricia K. Kuhl
- The Long Now Foundation
- Santa Fe Institute
- Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, & the Economic World by Kevin Kelly
- The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence by Ray Kurzweil
- Moore’s Law over 120 Years by Steve Jurvetson, Flickr
- Imitation Game
- Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Science Direct
- Boeing 777
- Reed’s Law, P2P Foundation
- Who is Steve Jurvetson? [03:24]
- The book Steve gifts most to others (especially new parents): The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind by Alison Gopnik , Andrew N. Meltzoff, and Patricia K. Kuhl [04:16]
- The book Steve credits as being the most influential on him: Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, & the Economic World by Kevin Kelly [09:05]
- What Steve considers the most important book of all: The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence by Ray Kurzweil [12:21]
- Alison Gopnik
- Isaac Newton
- Richard Feynman
- Geoffrey West
- Michael Merzenich
- Kevin Kelly
- Gordon Moore
- Ray Kurzweil
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Thomas Edison
- Nikola Tesla
- Guglielmo Marconi
- Hernan Cortes
- Richard Dawkins
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