Ben Horowitz — What You Do Is Who You Are >> Lessons from Silicon Valley, Andy Grove, Genghis Khan, Slave Revolutions, and More (#392)

Ben Horowitz — What You Do Is Who You Are >> Lessons from Silicon Valley, Andy Grove, Genghis Khan, Slave Revolutions, and More (#392)

“One of the key insights from Bushido is that a culture is not a set of beliefs, it’s a set of actions.” — Ben Horowitz Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz) is a cofounder and general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Hard Thing About Hard …

Drew Houston — The Billionaire Founder of Dropbox (#334)

Drew Houston — The Billionaire Founder of Dropbox (#334)

“Write an interesting story, not a perfect story.” — Drew Houston Drew Houston (@DrewHouston) is co-founder and CEO of Dropbox. Since founding the company in 2007 with Arash Ferdowsi, Drew has led the company’s growth from a simple idea to a service used by 500 million people around the world. Drew received his bachelor’s degree …

The 10 Commandments of Startup Success with Reid Hoffman (#248)

The 10 Commandments of Startup Success with Reid Hoffman (#248)

“Hard work isn’t enough, and more work is never the real answer.”  – Reid Hoffman In this special episode, we explore the “10 Commandments for Startup Success” as taught by the one and only Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn, Twitter). Reid has been on the show before, and he is often referred to as “The Oracle of Silicon …

Naval Ravikant on Happiness Hacks and the 5 Chimps Theory (#136)

Naval Ravikant on Happiness Hacks and the 5 Chimps Theory (#136)

“I actually think happiness is the absence of suffering. It comes from peace. That comes from being careful about desire, judgment, and reaction.” – Naval Ravikant When a guest is nominated for “Podcast of the Year,” that’s a good reason to bring them back for more. That’s why Naval Ravikant (@naval) is here for round two, …

How to Say "No" When It Matters Most (or "Why I'm Taking a Long 'Startup Vacation'")

How to Say "No" When It Matters Most (or "Why I'm Taking a Long 'Startup Vacation'")

(Photo: Michael Matti) The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. – Lin Yutang Discipline equals freedom. – Jocko Willink This post will attempt to teach you how to say “no” when it matters most. At the very least, it will share my story of getting there. It’s a doozy. Here’s the short version: I’m …

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

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 5 Things I Did To Become a Better Investor (#109)

The 5 Things I Did To Become a Better Investor (#109)

I get asked a lot about investing. This is mostly due to start-up investing and the hoopla around it, but I’ve expanded my experiments to late-stage deals, real estate, and more. So far, my startup bets are 10x+ more successful (on paper) than my publishing career. Based on cashed-out positions, they’re still several times more …

The Person I Call Most for Startup Advice (#97)

The Person I Call Most for Startup Advice (#97)

“Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.” – Naval Ravikant Naval Ravikant (@naval) is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. He previously co-founded Epinions, which went public as part of Shopping.com, and Vast.com. He is an active angel investor and has invested in more than 100 …