The Tim Ferriss Show Transcripts: Balaji Srinivasan — Centralized China vs Decentralized World, The DeFi Matrix, Ascending vs Descending Trends, Bitcoin Mining as Energy Storage, Reputational Civil War, and Maximalism vs. Optimalism (#547)

Please enjoy this transcript of my second interview with angel investor and entrepreneur Balaji S. Srinivasan (@balajis). Formerly the CTO of Coinbase and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, he was also the co-founder of Earn.com (acquired by Coinbase), Counsyl (acquired by Myriad), Teleport (acquired by Topia), and Coin Center. Balaji was named to the MIT Technology Review’s “Innovators …

Tobi Lütke — From Snowboard Shop to Billion-Dollar Company (#359)

“Feedback is a gift.” — Tobi Lütke Tobi Lütke (@tobi) is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shopify. In 2004, Tobi began building software to launch an online snowboard store called Snowdevil. It quickly became obvious that the software was more valuable than the snowboards, so Tobi and his founding team launched the Shopify …

You'd Like to Be an Angel Investor? Here's How You Can Invest In My Deals…

Most deals get done in informal settings. Now, I’m inviting you to join me. (Photo: Russell Yip)   Please note that my syndicate investing in Shyp has now closed. You can still back me on AngelList to gain priority access to future deals. More updates will be posted here later in the round.   On September 23, 2013 …

Always Be Closing: Y Combinator and The Art of the Pitch

NSFW: Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross. This film has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The above video was first sent to me by a star EMC sales rep in 2000. EMC was then the 800-pound gorilla of data storage, and I was fresh out of college at my first job. Sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with …