Should You Start a 'Startup' or Build a Cash-Flow Business? (#111)

“I should be used as a mercenary, not a lifer.” – Tim Ferriss In this episode, we have a change of pace… Expa (@expa) is a startup studio. It was founded by Garrett Camp, who co-founded Uber. Every once in a blue moon, they put together a night of education. I was recently invited to participate as a speaker. …

The Rags to Riches Philosopher: Bryan Johnson's Path to $800 Million (#81)

Bryan Johnson is an entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of OS Fund and Braintree, the latter of which was bought by eBay in 2013 for $800 million in cash. Bryan launched OS Fund in 2014 with $100 million of his personal capital to support inventors and scientists who aim to benefit humanity by rewriting …

The Most Successful E-mail I Ever Wrote

2008 blast from the past: me, Mike Wallin, and Derek Sivers, the subject of this post. (Photo: A3maven) [Total read time: 3-5 minutes.] Derek Sivers is one of my favorite people. He is a programmer who lost his stage fright by doing more than 1,000 gigs as a circus ring leader (!!!). He’s also a …

How to Use Philosophy as a Personal Operating System: From Seneca to Musashi

(Photo credit: Graphistolage) The following interview is a slightly modified version of an interview that just appeared on BoingBoing. It explores philosophical systems as personal operating systems (for better decision-making), the value of college and MBAs, and the bridge between business and military strategy, among other things. Avi first reached out to discuss my practical …

Scientific Speed Reading: How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes

(Photo: Dustin Diaz) How much more could you get done if you completed all of your required reading in 1/3 or 1/5 the time? Increasing reading speed is a process of controlling fine motor movement—period. This post is a condensed overview of principles I taught to undergraduates at Princeton University in 1998 at a seminar …

Conversation with Pete Cashmore of Mashable.com

I had a fun conversation with the smart and well-dressed Pete Cashmore of Mashable after speaking at the SF MusicTech Summit, where I was interviewed by Derek Sivers of CDBaby fame. Pete and I discussed/answered: 1. What is the single most important thing that CEOs can do to conquer information overload? 2. The value of …

Prepping for Warren Buffett: The Art of the Elevator Pitch (Videos)

The Oracle of Omaha, the world’s richest man. (Photo: Stephanie Kuykenal/Bloomberg News/Landov) It’s 1:33am in Omaha and I can’t sleep. Much like pre-Santa jitters as a 7-year old, I’m so excited to potentially meet Warren Buffett tomorrow for the 1st time that my little reptile brain won’t turn off. Ridiculous? Perhaps, but he (Warren, not …

From Geek to Freak: How I Gained 34 lbs. of Muscle in 4 Weeks

After holding off for nearly two years, I’m posting this because too many people have asked for it. The lasses should read it, too, as the same principles can be applied to bodyfat loss. I weighed 152 lbs. for four years of high school, and after training in tango in Buenos Aires in 2005, that …