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Erik is joined by Howard Lindzon (@howardlindzon), GP at Social Leverage and co-founder and chairman of StockTwits, and Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi), FinTech investor at 500 Startups. They discuss: - Which spaces they’re most excited about within FinTech. - How the space has evolved over the last decade or so. - Why it’s a very difficult and crowded space to try to build a company in (hint: “CACs are ridonculous”). - Their takes on crypto and its future. - Why incumbents like Google and Amazon have done a poor job in FinTech. - Why Howard likes companies that have “weird angles of attack” into a market. - Their thoughts on ISAs. Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal. Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global, is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg and is produced by Brett Bolkowy.
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David Friedman (daviddfriedman.com), economist and author, joins Erik on this episode. He is the son of Milton Friedman and the father of former guest, Patri Friedman. They cover a lot of ground in this episode, including: - The rationale for privatizing government and the failures of the existing system. - What it would look like to have a fully privatized government, including how a private substitute for police and defense would work. - Why he is not a utilitarian and the framework he uses to figure out what is right and wrong. - How he would approach collective-action problems like global warming and nuclear proliferation. - His perspective on inequality and his explanation for why people look to relative measures of affluence rather than absolute measures. - How you would deal with punishment and criminals in a market-based society. - And much more, including Glen Weyl’s Radical Markets, Tyler Cowen’s Stubborn Attachments, fake news, ISAs and restorative justice. Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal. Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global, is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg and is produced by Brett Bolkowy.
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Erik is joined on this episode by Noah Tye (@noahlt), developer and a very interesting thinker on Twitter. They talk about: - Noah’s advice on taking advice, including why “people give others the advice that they themselves need.” - The importance of journaling and how to deal with emotions. - Why he keeps an anticipation journal. - The difference between burnout and overwork, and their relationship to depression. - What it means to “shrink the quantum of experience.” - What happened when Noah gathered a bunch of contrarians for a dinner party and how it informed how he views the roots of contrarianism. - Why it’s important to be nice, contrary to the popular view of the “asshole genius” in tech. Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal. Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global, is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg and is produced by Brett Bolkowy.
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On this episode Erik talks to Freyja (Jess), thinker on human coordination at the Twitter handle @utotranslucence. They talk about: - How we should think about the idea of “compassion at scale.” - Why once a measure becomes a metric, it ceases to be an effective measure. - Whether it’s possible to build a social system without coercion. - The distinction between complex and complicated systems. - Markets, and how they impact communities. - Her “motivational Turing test.” - What she would like to see changed about how education is structured. - How we can be more positive-sum as a society. - Why a group is not a group without an external threat. Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal. Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global, is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg and is produced by Brett Bolkowy.
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Arnold Kling (@KlingBlog), economist and former web entrepreneur, joins Erik on this episode for a wide-ranging discussion of tech, politics, business and economics. They talk about: - Arnold’s mission to replace neoclassical economics, including his dissection of its flaws. - How he would change how economics is taught, including his proposal for a better definition of economics than “the study of how to allocate scarce resources.” - Why capitalism is not more popular, and his responses to what he says are the three main arguments against capitalism. - Why Arnold says that new experiments in governance that attempt to start from the ground up are missing the importance of the insights embedded in the traditional way of doing things. - How he would change government, taxation and other areas if he could wave a wand. - Why countries over 100M typically have poor governance, and why he advocates for smaller units of government. - His take on inequality and universal basic income. - Who among prominent thinkers he agrees or disagrees with and why. Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal. Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global, is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg and is produced by Brett Bolkowy.
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Erik is joined on this episode by James Gallagher (@jamesg_oca), publicly-traded person and researcher and writer in the income-share agreement space. They discuss: - What life is like as a publicly-traded person, including some funny stories from James's experiment. - How one's incentives are transformed by having “shareholders” and how this arrangement creates value for everyone involved. - The promise of ISAs to “leverage human potential at scale” and why they are a better replacement for debt financing. - How ISAs could spread from post-secondary education to hospitals, law offices, primary schools, and beyond. - James’s replies to some of the concerns expressed about income-share agreements. - His requests for startups in the space. Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal. Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global, is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg and is produced by Brett Bolkowy.
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Dani Grant (@thedanigrant) of USV joins Erik on this episode to talk about education. Dani has been doing a deep dive into education and shares a wealth of insights on how the current system works, its flaws, and the people working on new forms of education for all ages. They talk about: - Why the school system is broken and why it’s often thought of as “government-sponsored daycare.” - How homeschools actually work, and how it is different than what you might think. - Why religion was a precursor to organized education, and what insights it may have today for the future of education. - The “free learning” movement. - Her requests for startups in the space. - How to address problems of inequality in new forms of education. - How Dani (and Erik) might think about educating future children. Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal. Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global, is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg and is produced by Brett Bolkowy.
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Erik is joined on this episode by Karn Saroya (@karnsaroya), CEO of Cover, and Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi), investor in FinTech. They talk about… * How Karn navigated the idea maze in starting Cover. * The quirks of the insurance market and the real business model of big insurers. * How insurance is comparable to prediction markets. * Their requests for startups in the space, where the opportunities are, and what to stay away from. * Why there has been a trend towards specialty insurance. * How companies are using new sources of data to make underwriting decisions. Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal. Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global and is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg, and the show is produced by Brett Bolkowy.
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Erik is joined on this episode by Mike Slagh (@MikeSlagh), co-founder and CEO of Shift, and Rahim Fazal (@rahimthedream), co-founder and CEO of SV Academy. They talk about: * How they “navigated the idea maze” to come to what they are doing today. * How they are helping people with non-traditional backgrounds break into Silicon Valley. * Why what they do is valuable both to the employer and the employee changing careers. * How they came to their business models. * How they help fix the “massive mismatch between supply and demand” in the job market. * Their thoughts on ISAs. * Other potential ideas in the space. And much more. Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal. Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global and is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg. Grace Chen is our audio engineer and the show is produced by Brett Bolkowy.
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