#129 Jon Ronson on Writing, Hustle and the Psychopath Test
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by Mustafa Sultan, MD
2w ago
Jon Ronson is one of the most interesting people alive today — period. He’s the author of the Men Who Stare at Goats, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed and The Psychopath Test — which spent 10 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. His two Ted talks have been watched 20 million times, his books have been brought to life by George Clooney on the big screen, he has written screenplays for Netflix blah blah blah. Don’t believe me, listen to a pitch Jon wrote for ‘the Psychopath Test’. If you are not dying to hear what happens next — then, I don’t what to tell you… 0:00 Jon's pitch for the Psy ..read more
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#128 AgeTech: Shopify vs Amazon Model — Birdie CEO, Max Parmentier
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by Dr Mustafa Sultan
2M ago
Max Parmentier is the CEO of Birdie, a Series B AgeTech startup who have raised $52M from the likes of Sofina, Omers Ventures and Index Ventures — and captured 10% of the UK market whilst currently scaling into Europe. 0:00 Intro 2:37 Shopify vs Amazon model in AgeTech 7:26 Product pivots: D2C never wins 11:56 Predictive AI AgeTech 13:58 I pitch an idea to Max 19:34 Lessons building Birdie 24:13 Leaving money on the table for purpose Links Birdie: https://www.birdie.care/ Dr Mustafa Sultan: https://www.musty.io ..read more
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#127 Gentle Disruption Wins in Healthcare — DrDoctor CEO Tom Whicher
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by Dr Mustafa Sultan
3M ago
Tom Wicher is CEO of DrDoctor — who have served over 20M patients and just raised £10M in their recent Series A round. But he spent the first 7 years bootstrapping, and diverged from his colleagues: Opting for the slow and steady gentle disruption path. Why? 0:00 Gentle disruption beats move fast and break things 3:36 Picking a problem in healthcare 5:44 Behavioural change theory 7:52 Stop treating patients like kids 10:30 Systems-level efficiency vs personalisation 13:02 Why don't patients show up for their appointments? 16:02 Overbooking: Learning from airlines 18:54 Carrot or stick: Motiva ..read more
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#126 Drug Discovery is Becoming More $$$ — Here's Why, And The Startup Fixing It (Lindus Health)
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by Dr Mustafa Sultan
4M ago
Drug discovery is becoming more expensive and producing less results than ever before (Eroom's Law)—why? One of the ballooning costs are clinical trials. Pharma/biotech often outsource their trials to CROs (contract research organisations). But many CROs are incentivised to make trials as bloated and inefficient as possible. That means more money and less results. Meri Beckwith is building the anti-CRO: Lindus Health—to solve this problem. 0:00 Intro 1:39 The big problem in drug discovery 4:10 Why do CROs exist? 7:24 The incentive problem in drug discovery/CROs 10:57 Pharma are anti-startups ..read more
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#125 The $350M Startup Creating Perfect Memory (Rewind.ai — CEO Dan Siroker)
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by Dr Mustafa Sultan
4M ago
Rewind.ai just raised their Series A at a valuation of $350M. Investors include Andreesen Horowitz, Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian and OpenAI’s Sam Altman. Rewind sits on your computer and phone, and watches everything you do. Then you can ask it questions like: What was that really great Mediterranean recipe I looked at last month? Or I’ve got a call with a client next week, can you summarise every interaction I’ve had with them? But here’s where it becomes even weirder, powerful. They’ve announced the Rewind Pendant, a small audio recorder that sits on your chest. Rewind will be able to listen in t ..read more
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#125 What If You Had Perfect Memory? (Rewind.ai — Dan Siroker)
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by Dr Mustafa Sultan
4M ago
Rewind.ai just raised their Series A at a valuation of $350M. Investors include Andreesen Horowitz, Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian and OpenAI’s Sam Altman. Rewind sits on your computer and phone, and watches everything you do. Then you can ask it questions like: What was that really great Mediterranean recipe I looked at last month? Or I’ve got a call with a client next week, can you summarise every interaction I’ve had with them? But here’s where it becomes even weirder, powerful. They’ve announced the Rewind Pendant, a small audio recorder that sits on your chest. Rewind will be able to listen in t ..read more
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#123 How To Write Killer Healthcare Content — Healthcare Huddle (acquired by Workweek)
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by Dr Mustafa Sultan
5M ago
Dr Jared Dashevsky writes Healthcare Huddle (acquired by Workweek). He's scaled to over 30,000 subscribers. And it was pretty simple. Here are 12 frameworks that work for healthcare content creation (and mistakes to avoid). 0:00 Intro 1:14 Consistency is king; systematise it 7:40 McKinsey reverse pyramid principle for writing 9:10 You need to have a unique/controversial take 11:41 Content for network building 15:51 Lean startup thinking does not work for content 20:35 Nobody cares about errors 25:52 Injecting personality is a competitive advantage 29:32 Boring content will make you rich 34:13 ..read more
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#122 Why AI Drug Discovery Is So Hard — Dr Imran Haque (Recursion)
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by Dr Mustafa Sultan
6M ago
Despite $billions of investment into the sector — there are still no AI discovered drugs on the market. Why? Recursion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: RXRX) is one of the hottest AI drug discovery companies on the market. Especially after NVIDIA's $50M investment into them. Dr Imran Haque (SVP of AI and Digital Sciences) explains why AI drug discovery is so tricky — and when it's arriving. 0:00 Intro 0:42 Decoding biology (the big idea) 2:18 Why is AI drug discovery harder than it looks? 4:48 Simulating the Sims (game) vs AI drug discovery 6:58 Building data for AI drug discovery 14:47 Recursion's su ..read more
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NVIDIA Pumped $50M Into This Startup You've Never Heard Of (TechBio)
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by Dr Mustafa Sultan
6M ago
0:00 NVIDIA's $50M investment into Recursion Pharmaceuticals 2:28 NVIDIA is becoming a seed investor 3:45 Bull case for Recursion Pharmaceuticals 9:20 Recursion's two big acquisitions 13:05 How are Recursion going to make money? 14:15 Recursion is overhyped 19:45 Recursion is unprofitable 22:21 Kim Kardashian's full body MRI scan 26:03 Longevity doctor's advice to Kim K 31:49 Speculating on Kim K's longevity regime (what she takes) 35:00 Outro and feedback Podcast Links YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@bigpicturemedicine Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/big-picture-medicine/id1500 ..read more
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#121 Raising $17M Uber for Medical Scans — Charlie Bullock (Scan.com)
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by Dr Mustafa Sultan
7M ago
Ever waited months for a scan? Scan.com is making getting a scan as easy as booking an Uber. Behind the scenes of the disruptor changing medical imaging forever. 0:00 Race to the bottom? 1:34 AirBnB 11 star framework 9:57 Scan.com looks really easy to build — what's hard about it? 12:19 Lessons from working at Deliveroo 15:14 How do you make a lot of money? 19:41 Buying the domain name Scan.com 24:16 How to build a marketplace business 27:50 The perils of price transparency 30:36 What I would do to build a competitor 32:43 You need grit when building a health startup 35:46 Billion $ health ide ..read more
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