Outlier Academy 🏛 Iconic Founders, Investors, and Thinkers

Daniel Scrivner

Decode what the World's Top 1% — including iconic founders, renowned investors, and bestselling authors — have mastered and what they've learned along the way. Each week we decode the ideas, strategies, and frameworks used by elite performers in business and life. Past guests include Scott Belsky, Gokul Rajaram, Kevin Kelly, Sir Ronald Cohen, Erling Kagge, along with the founders of Wealthfront, Public.com, Primal Kitchen, 1-800-GOT-JUNK, Levels, and Eight Sleep. For more of Outlier Academy, head to www.OutlierAcademy.com for show notes, searchable transcripts, and more. Outlier Academy is a mix of How I Built This, Business Breakdowns, Invest Like The Best, Founder's Field Guide, 20VC (20 Minute VC), The Knowledge Project, What It Takes, and The Tim Ferriss Show. read less

Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Joey Cofone (The Laws of Creativity: How to Unlock Your Originality and Awaken Your Creative Genius)
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Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Joey Cofone (The Laws of Creativity: How to Unlock Your Originality and Awaken Your Creative Genius)
Joey Cofone, Founder & CEO of the much loved “tools for thinkers” company Baronfig, joins me on Outlier Book Club to decode his new book, The Laws of Creativity. We cover why creativity isn’t magic, how creators across history from Albert Einstein to Grace Hopper and Bruce Lee wielded creativity to reach incredible heights, practical ways to hone your creativity, a framework for generating ideas, Joey’s process for writing the book, and so much more. “At this point in my career, I have art directed over 100 products from a rough idea into consumer’s hands. I’ve collaborated with incredible creators like James Clear and Roxane Gay. There came a point where it was very obvious how it all worked and fit together—because I was always interested not just in what I was doing but how I was doing it.” — Joey Cofone EPISODE GUIDE (LINKS, QUOTES, NOTES, AND BOOKS MENTIONED)    FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT     CHAPTERS (00:00:00) - Introduction (00:01:49) - Origin Story of The Laws of Creativity (00:06:39) - Distilling Down the Laws of Creativity (00:08:17) - What Creativity Is and Why It Isn’t Magic (00:18:17) - On Zeno’s Paradox and Choosing to Finish (00:22:58) - The Laws of Mindset, Action, and Greatness (00:25:57) - Joey’s Favorite Law: The Law of Competition (00:29:55) - The Law of Precision (00:33:00) - The Law of The Muse (00:36:06) - On Borrowing vs Stealing Ideas (00:39:42) - The Law of Simplicity (00:42:56) - The Law of Good Enough (00:46:51) - Joey’s Process for Writing the Book (00:55:54) - Knowing When the Book Was Done (01:02:07) - The Highs and Lows of Creating Baronfig (01:04:54) - Creativity vs Business (01:08:21) - Baronfig: The Idea Company ABOUT THE BOOK In his book The Laws of Creativity, Joey debunks why creativity isn’t magic and shares what it is, how it works, and how you can harness it in your everyday life. Learn how to unlock your originality and awaken your creative genius with Joey Cofone—award-winning designer and Founder & CEO of the much loved “Tools for Thinkers'' brand Baronfig. Each of the 39 Laws of Creativity are illustrated with inspiring, enlightening, and surprising stories of iconic creators across history—including Albert Einstein, Serena Williams, Martin Luther King Jr., Harry Houdini, Grace Hopper, Bruce Lee, and many more. Joey breaks down how these titans of history wielded creativity to reach incredible heights. “Drawing on decades of experience, Joey Cofone has distilled the elements of creativity into an excellent, easy-to-use guide. The Laws of Creativity provides a roadmap for unleashing the creative force inside you.” — James Clear, Author of Atomic Habits 💌 FREE NEWSLETTER LISTEN ON iTunes:
Best Books & Authors in 2022 –  Joey Cofone (Favorite Baronfig Products, Skill vs Renown, Daily Disciplines, Favorite Books, and More)
Yesterday
Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Joey Cofone (Favorite Baronfig Products, Skill vs Renown, Daily Disciplines, Favorite Books, and More)
Joey Cofone shares the lessons he’s learned as an award-winning designer, the Founder & CEO of Baronfig, and the author of The Laws of Creativity, including why he’s fascinated with the juxtaposition between skill and renown, how he worked with James Clear to design the Clear Habit Journal, why experimentation is Baronfig’s most important value, how rock bottom taught him how to take risks, and so much more. “There’s a stereotype of creatives, which is that they’re just flying by the seat of their pants. I’m here to tell you that it’s absolutely not true. We need to separate that from what creativity is. We need to decouple this ridiculous stereotype so that more people can blossom creatively.” — Joey Cofone EPISODE GUIDE (LINKS, QUOTES, NOTES, AND BOOKS MENTIONED)     FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT      CHAPTERS (00:00:00) - Introduction (00:01:08) - Wrestling with Skill vs Renown (00:02:57) - Why People Would Be Surprised at Joey Cofone’s Daily Discipline (00:04:04) - Why Joey Cofone Has Been Tracking His Habits for 13 Years (00:05:21) - Joey Cofone’s Favorite Baronfig Products (00:07:23) - How Joey Cofone and James Clear Designed the Clear Habit Journal (00:10:46) - The Laws of Creativity by Joey Cofone in 90 Seconds (00:12:51) - How Rock Bottom Taught Joey Cofone How to Take Risks (00:16:07) - Why the Most Important Value at Baronfig is Experimentation (00:22:08) - Joey Shares His Favorite Books Including Radical Candor and The Phantom Tollbooth (00:23:47) - Joey Cofone’s Favorite Advice From His Barber and Malcom Gladwell (00:26:11) - How Joey Cofone Learns From Failure at Baronfig ABOUT THE GUEST Joey Cofone is the Founder & CEO of Baronfig and an award-winning designer and entrepreneur. His work has been featured in Fast Company, Bloomberg, New York Magazine, Bon Appétit, Quartz, Mashable, Gizmodo, and Print, among others. Joey was named a New Visual Artist and, separately, Wunderkind designer by Print magazine. He strives to make work that appeals to curious minds—work that’s beautiful, smart, and communicative. He believes that design is the least of a designer’s worries, that story is at the heart of all tasks, and jumping off cliffs is the only way to grow. 💌 FREE NEWSLETTER LISTEN ON iTunes: OUTLIER ACADEMY Learn timeless lessons on work and life from iconic founders, world-renown investors, and bestselling authors. Outlier Academy is the forever school for those chasing greatness. Past guests include Gokul Rajaram of DoorDash, Scott Belsky of Benchmark and Adobe, Joey Krug of Pantera Capital, Mark Sisson of Primal Kitchen, Luke Gromen of The Forest for the Trees, and Brian Scudamore of 1-800-GOT-JUNK. Website: DANIEL SCRIVNER Outlier Academy is hosted by Daniel Scrivner. Over the last 15 years, Daniel has led design teams at Square and Apple, turned around a $3M+ ARR SaaS business, and invested in more than 100 companies. He launched Outlier Academy in 2020 to learn from the world’s best founders, investors, authors, and peak performance experts. Website:
Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Marc Champagne (Personal Socrates: On Self-Reflection, Self Improvement, and the Socratic Method)
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Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Marc Champagne (Personal Socrates: On Self-Reflection, Self Improvement, and the Socratic Method)
We explore self-reflection, self improvement, and the Socratic Method. We’re joined by Marc Champagne, author of Personal Socrates. We cover building a mental fitness practice, simplifying the Socratic method, and the writing process. “You need to understand if you're climbing the right mountain to begin with and understand who you're optimizing to become.” – Marc Champagne EPISODE GUIDE (LINKS, QUOTES, NOTES, AND BOOKS MENTIONED)   FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT   CHAPTERS This episode is our definitive guide to self-reflection, self improvement, and the Socratic Method. In it we cover: 00:00:00 – Introduction 00:01:55 – We are one question away from a different life 00:07:22 – Building a mental fitness practice 00:11:33 – Marc's morning reflection routine 00:16:00 – Behind the Human podcast 00:20:09 – Simplifying the Socratic method 00:28:45 – Profiles and questions in Personal Socrates  00:34:50 – The writing process 00:39:28 – Pausing the autopilot of life and work ABOUT PERSONAL SOCRATES Personal Socrates is filled with profiles of incredible people from Cal Fussman and Robin Williams to Kobe Bryant and Maya Angelou. Each chapter contains a short profile along with a few clarifying questions you can ponder and use as a journaling prompt, questions like how could I be clearer in fewer words or my personal favorite from Cal Fussman, how can I be the most curious person in the room? This is the first book published by Baron Fig. 💌 FREE NEWSLETTER LISTEN ON iTunes: OUTLIER ACADEMY Learn timeless lessons on work and life from iconic founders, world-renown investors, and bestselling authors. Outlier Academy is the forever school for those chasing greatness. Past guests include Gokul Rajaram of DoorDash, Scott Belsky of Benchmark and Adobe, Joey Krug of Pantera Capital, Mark Sisson of Primal Kitchen, Luke Gromen of The Forest for the Trees, and Brian Scudamore of 1-800-GOT-JUNK. Website: DANIEL SCRIVNER Outlier Academy is hosted by Daniel Scrivner. Over the last 15 years, Daniel has led design teams at Square and Apple, turned around a $3M+ ARR SaaS business, and invested in more than 100 companies. He launched Outlier Academy in 2020 to learn from the world’s best founders, investors, authors, and peak performance experts. Website:
Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Marc Champagne (My Favorite Books, Tools, Habits, and More)
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Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Marc Champagne (My Favorite Books, Tools, Habits, and More)
We deconstruct Marc Champagne's peak performance playbook—from his favorite book to the tiny habit that's had the biggest impact on his life. Marc is the author of Personal Socrates: Questions That Will Upgrade Your Life from Legends & World-Class Performers. We cover breathwork, the dialogue about mental health, and building a life wiki with Notion. “The thing that lights me up the most is leaving people with more energy after conversation than when they came in.” – Marc Champagne EPISODE GUIDE (LINKS, QUOTES, NOTES, AND BOOKS MENTIONED)   FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT   CHAPTERS In this episode, we deconstruct Marc Champagne's peak performance playbook—from his favorite book to the tiny habit that's had the biggest impact on his life. In it we cover: 00:00:00 – Introduction 00:00:45 – The current dialogue around mental health 00:01:27 – Being a source of energy for others 00:03:26 – Trusting the journey 00:05:05 – Breathwork and questioning medications 00:14:22 – The Notion Life Wiki 00:16:22 – Success is waking up happy and motivated ABOUT MARC CHAMPAGNE Marc Champagne is author of Personal Socrates: Questions That Will Upgrade Your Life from Legends & World-Class Performers. A self-proclaimed Mental Fitness Strategist, Marc is a speaker and corporate trainer and hosts the top 50 podcast, Behind the Human. Marc previously co-founded the journaling app (KYO) which reached 86.9 million people. 💌 FREE NEWSLETTER LISTEN ON iTunes: OUTLIER ACADEMY Learn timeless lessons on work and life from iconic founders, world-renown investors, and bestselling authors. Outlier Academy is the forever school for those chasing greatness. Past guests include Gokul Rajaram of DoorDash, Scott Belsky of Benchmark and Adobe, Joey Krug of Pantera Capital, Mark Sisson of Primal Kitchen, Luke Gromen of The Forest for the Trees, and Brian Scudamore of 1-800-GOT-JUNK. Website: DANIEL SCRIVNER Outlier Academy is hosted by Daniel Scrivner. Over the last 15 years, Daniel has led design teams at Square and Apple, turned around a $3M+ ARR SaaS business, and invested in more than 100 companies. He launched Outlier Academy in 2020 to learn from the world’s best founders, investors, authors, and peak performance experts. Website:
Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Brian Scudamore (Willing to Fail [WTF]: How Failure Can Be Your Key to Success)
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Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Brian Scudamore (Willing to Fail [WTF]: How Failure Can Be Your Key to Success)
We explore how failure can be your key to success. We’re joined byBrian Scudamore, Author & Founder of 1-800-GOT-JUNK. We cover embracing competition, bouncing back from struggles, and turning down a buyout offer. “A brand is a selection of promises that we make and keep.” – Brian Scudamore EPISODE GUIDE (LINKS, QUOTES, NOTES, AND BOOKS MENTIONED)   FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT   CHAPTERS This episode is our definitive guide to using failure as a key to success. In it we cover: 00:00:00 – Introduction 00:02:22 – How Brian’s grandparents influenced his path to entrepreneurship 00:04:41 – The birth and growth of 1-800-GOT-JUNK 00:09:35 – The power of a brand 00:16:33 – Creating a franchise 00:21:45 – Embracing competition 00:026:00 – Bouncing back from struggles 00:33:55 – Turning down a buyout offer 00:39:24 – Growth over time as an entrepreneur ABOUT WILLING TO FAIL (WTF) Entrepreneurship is a roller coaster of trial and error, laughter and tears, confusion and triumph. In WTF?! (Willing to Fail), serial entrepreneur Brian Scudamore takes you on an adventure that will convince you once and for all that you have exactly what it takes to succeed. With engaging stories from his thirty-plus years of failing upward, his book is full of lessons you can apply to your own endeavors—developing a clear vision, creating an awesome culture, finding gratitude in challenging times, and using setbacks to change your business for the better. Being an entrepreneur means letting go of fear. WTF?! (Willing to Fail) gives you the encouragement and wisdom you need to begin stumbling toward greatness. 💌 FREE NEWSLETTER LISTEN ON iTunes: OUTLIER ACADEMY Learn timeless lessons on work and life from iconic founders, world-renown investors, and bestselling authors. Outlier Academy is the forever school for those chasing greatness. Past guests include Gokul Rajaram of DoorDash, Scott Belsky of Benchmark and Adobe, Joey Krug of Pantera Capital, Mark Sisson of Primal Kitchen, Luke Gromen of The Forest for the Trees, and Brian Scudamore of 1-800-GOT-JUNK. Website: DANIEL SCRIVNER Outlier Academy is hosted by Daniel Scrivner. Over the last 15 years, Daniel has led design teams at Square and Apple, turned around a $3M+ ARR SaaS business, and invested in more than 100 companies. He launched Outlier Academy in 2020 to learn from the world’s best founders, investors, authors, and peak performance experts. Website:
Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Brian Scudamore (My Favorite Books, Tools, Habits, and More)
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Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Brian Scudamore (My Favorite Books, Tools, Habits, and More)
We deconstruct Brian Scudamore's peak performance playbook—from his favorite book to the tiny habit that's had the biggest impact on his life. Brian Scudamore is the Founder and CEO of O2E Brands. We cover the power of branding and systematic approaches to business. “My advice, or challenge, to someone who's looking for their integrator, their second in command, their partner, whatever it is—is to get really, really clear on what your gaps are that you need filled by someone else.” – Brian Scudamore EPISODE GUIDE (LINKS, QUOTES, NOTES, AND BOOKS MENTIONED)   FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT   CHAPTERS In Episode #95, we deconstruct Brian Scudamore's peak performance playbook—from his favorite book to the tiny habit that's had the biggest impact on his life. In it we cover: 00:00:00 – Introduction 00:01:43 – Learning and growing with ADD 00:06:14 – On parenting with an open mind 00:08:30 – Superpowers and struggles 00:10:50 – The power of a brand 00:18:56 – Systematic approaches in business 00:28:29 – Recommended books ABOUT BRIAN SCUDAMORE Brian Scudamore is the Founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, which today does more than 700 million in annual revenue. What's more, he bootstrapped the business and has grown it for over 33 years now, which is an incredible track record. Brian's also the author of New York Times bestselling book WTF, which stands for Willing to Fail and is about how failure can be your key to success. And he has a new book coming out later this year called BYOB. Build Your Own Business, Be Your Own Boss. In this episode, we cover Brian's struggle with ADD and how he found his learning and management style over the years, how he counterbalances his desire to move quickly and fire before he's aimed with being smart and sensible. How he's used the power of brand to build 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, as well as his newest businesses SHACK SHINE and WOW 1 DAY PAINTING. And we also talk about one of Brian's favorite books, the E-Myth, and how it helped him learn the power of systems. 💌 FREE NEWSLETTER LISTEN ON iTunes: OUTLIER ACADEMY Learn timeless lessons on work and life from iconic founders, world-renown investors, and bestselling authors. Outlier Academy is the forever school for those chasing greatness. Past guests include Gokul Rajaram of DoorDash, Scott Belsky of Benchmark and Adobe, Joey Krug of Pantera Capital, Mark Sisson of Primal Kitchen, Luke Gromen of The Forest for the Trees, and Brian Scudamore of 1-800-GOT-JUNK. Website: DANIEL SCRIVNER Outlier Academy is hosted by Daniel Scrivner. Over the last 15 years, Daniel has led design teams at Square and Apple, turned around a $3M+ ARR SaaS business, and invested in more than 100 companies. He launched Outlier Academy in 2020 to learn from the world’s best founders, investors, authors, and peak performance experts. Website:
Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Jacob Helberg (The Wires of War: The Fight Between Democracy and Autocracy for the Future of the Internet)
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Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Jacob Helberg (The Wires of War: The Fight Between Democracy and Autocracy for the Future of the Internet)
We explore the fight between democracy and autocracy for the future of the internet. We’re joined by Jacob Helberg, author of The Wires of War. We cover the definition of autocracy, watershed moments in geopolitics, and how the physical infrastructure of the internet can be manipulated. “We have to see the world for what it is, not as we wish it were.” – Jacob Helberg EPISODE GUIDE (LINKS, QUOTES, NOTES, AND BOOKS MENTIONED)   FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT   CHAPTERS This episode is our definitive guide to the fight between democracy and autocracy for the future of the internet. In it we cover: 00:00:00 – Introduction 00:03:13 – Jacob's background and introduction to geopolitics 00:05:45 – Jacob's book, The Wires of War 00:08:16 – Defining autocracy 00:12:02 – Watershed moments in geopolitics 00:15:27 – The physical infrastructure of the internet, and how it can be manipulated 00:18:13 – China is a peer competitor 00:28:20 – The need for US proactivity with autocracies 00:36:52 – Cold war, gray war, and hot peace 00:40:02 – How the US should work to preserve democracy 00:48:12 – Optimism in geopolitics ABOUT THE WIRES OF WAR The Wires of War is all about the battle being waged that will determine the future of the internet, and in many ways, the future of global society. And it's a battle that's being waged both on the front and back end of the internet. On the front end, that's taking place in the apps we use every day, from Google to Facebook, to TikTok, to Twitter. On the back end, in the hardware, routers, protocols and even the undersea cables that travel hundreds of thousands of miles crisscrossing and connecting the entire world. The Wires of War is deeply compelling, expansive, and an incredibly detailed picture woven together of the world that we're in and what we face.  The Wires of War is out now and available on amazon.com. 💌 FREE NEWSLETTER LISTEN ON iTunes: OUTLIER ACADEMY Learn timeless lessons on work and life from iconic founders, world-renown investors, and bestselling authors. Outlier Academy is the forever school for those chasing greatness. Past guests include Gokul Rajaram of DoorDash, Scott Belsky of Benchmark and Adobe, Joey Krug of Pantera Capital, Mark Sisson of Primal Kitchen, Luke Gromen of The Forest for the Trees, and Brian Scudamore of 1-800-GOT-JUNK. Website: DANIEL SCRIVNER Outlier Academy is hosted by Daniel Scrivner. Over the last 15 years, Daniel has led design teams at Square and Apple, turned around a $3M+ ARR SaaS business, and invested in more than 100 companies. He launched Outlier Academy in 2020 to learn from the world’s best founders, investors, authors, and peak performance experts. Website:
Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Jacob Helberg (My Favorite Books, Tools, Habits, and More)
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Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Jacob Helberg (My Favorite Books, Tools, Habits, and More)
We deconstruct Jacob Helberg's peak performance playbook—from his favorite book to the tiny habit that's had the biggest impact on his life. Jacob is the author of The Wires of War: Technology and the Global Struggle for Power. We cover trend spotting, the wisdom of Winston Churchill, and avoiding procrastination. “If you know in your heart of hearts that something just doesn't feel right with the current path that you're on, I think being open and willing to take some pretty drastic changes, for me, has worked out pretty well.” – Jacob Helberg EPISODE GUIDE (LINKS, QUOTES, NOTES, AND BOOKS MENTIONED)   FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT   CHAPTERS In this episode, we deconstruct Jacob Helberg's peak performance playbook—from his favorite book to the tiny habit that's had the biggest impact on his life. In it we cover: 00:00:00 – Introduction 00:01:42 – Investing in technology that advances national security 00:02:39 – Trend spotting and forming deep-seated convictions 00:06:17 – Avoiding procrastination and the importance of exercise 00:09:07 – On Henry Kissinger and Winston Churchill 00:14:35 – Dropping out of law school and trusting your gut ABOUT JACOB HELBERG Jacob Helberg is the author of the incredible new book, The Wires of War, which details the technical battle that's being waged that will determine the future of the internet and, in many ways, the future of global society. It's a battle that's being waged on both the front and back end of the internet, on the front end in the apps we use every single day from Google to Facebook to TikTok and Twitter, it's stuff like misinformation campaigns, fake followers, and fake news, and on the back end, in the hardware, routers, protocols, and even the undersea cables that travel hundreds of thousands of miles crisscrossing and connecting the entire world. I loved reading The Wires of War because it's deeply compelling, it's really expansive, and it's an incredibly detailed picture that it paints of where we're at and what we face. It's out now and available on amazon.com. 💌 FREE NEWSLETTER LISTEN ON iTunes: OUTLIER ACADEMY Learn timeless lessons on work and life from iconic founders, world-renown investors, and bestselling authors. Outlier Academy is the forever school for those chasing greatness. Past guests include Gokul Rajaram of DoorDash, Scott Belsky of Benchmark and Adobe, Joey Krug of Pantera Capital, Mark Sisson of Primal Kitchen, Luke Gromen of The Forest for the Trees, and Brian Scudamore of 1-800-GOT-JUNK. Website: DANIEL SCRIVNER Outlier Academy is hosted by Daniel Scrivner. Over the last 15 years, Daniel has led design teams at Square and Apple, turned around a $3M+ ARR SaaS business, and invested in more than 100 companies. He launched Outlier Academy in 2020 to learn from the world’s best founders, investors, authors, and peak performance experts. Website:
Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Jason Crawford (Roots of Progress: On Technological Progress and How Innovation and Invention Happens)
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Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Jason Crawford (Roots of Progress: On Technological Progress and How Innovation and Invention Happens)
We explore technological progress and how innovation and invention happens. We’re joined by Jason Crawford, Founder of Roots of Progress. We cover nurturing progress as a moral imperative, the growth of progress studies, and how bureaucracy can slow progress. “We can pay it forward to future generations by making sure that progress continues and by making sure that future generations are living as well off compared to us today, as we are compared to the past. So let's have that ambition for the future.” – Jason Crawford  EPISODE GUIDE (LINKS, QUOTES, NOTES, AND BOOKS MENTIONED)   FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT   CHAPTERS This episode is our definitive guide to technological progress and innovation. In it we cover: 00:00:00 – Introduction 00:02:09 – About Jason’s work with The Roots of Progress 00:04:30 – Nurturing progress is a moral imperative 00:06:24 – On Louis Pasteur 00:14:20 – What is progress? What is technology? 00:21:06 – On starting The Roots of Progress  00:25:18 – The growth of progress studies 00:30:30 – Is progress really stagnating? 00:37:38 – How bureaucracy can slow progress 00:42:18 – The speed of innovation 00:48:26 – Advancements in biotech, artificial intelligence, energy technologies, and nanotech 00:56:00 – Appreciating the progress we see on a daily basis ABOUT ROOTS OF PROGRESS Jason Crawford is one of the researchers and writers at the forefront of the progress studies movement, which seeks to understand what's driven human progress historically in order to cultivate and accelerate it moving forward. Jason Crawford, through his blog and non-profit Roots of Progress, has studied and written about everything from the invention of the bicycle and why it took so long to be invented, to the smallpox vaccine. He's one of the world's leading thinkers on how progress happens, why it seems to have slowed in recent years, or at the least narrowed, and what we need to do to accelerate human progress in the coming years. 💌 FREE NEWSLETTER LISTEN ON iTunes: OUTLIER ACADEMY Learn timeless lessons on work and life from iconic founders, world-renown investors, and bestselling authors. Outlier Academy is the forever school for those chasing greatness. Past guests include Gokul Rajaram of DoorDash, Scott Belsky of Benchmark and Adobe, Joey Krug of Pantera Capital, Mark Sisson of Primal Kitchen, Luke Gromen of The Forest for the Trees, and Brian Scudamore of 1-800-GOT-JUNK. Website: DANIEL SCRIVNER Outlier Academy is hosted by Daniel Scrivner. Over the last 15 years, Daniel has led design teams at Square and Apple, turned around a $3M+ ARR SaaS business, and invested in more than 100 companies. He launched Outlier Academy in 2020 to learn from the world’s best founders, investors, authors, and peak performance experts. Website:
Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Jason Crawford (My Favorite Books, Tools, Habits, and More)
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Best Books & Authors in 2022 – Jason Crawford (My Favorite Books, Tools, Habits, and More)
We deconstruct Jason Crawford's peak performance playbook—from his favorite book to the tiny habit that's had the biggest impact on his life. Jason Crawford is the Founder and CEO of The Roots of Progress. We cover the Gutenberg press, startup failures, and recommended apps. “I would say the single most powerful technique that I have found is when you start your day, rather than checking email or or anything, start by pulling out a blank sheet of paper, whether that's literal paper or whether, like me, you use an electronic note-taking system, and just think on paper about your day. How's it going? What's up? What am I going to do today? What are my priorities and so forth?” – Jason Crawford EPISODE GUIDE (LINKS, QUOTES, NOTES, AND BOOKS MENTIONED)   FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT   CHAPTERS In this episode, we deconstruct Jason Crawford's peak performance playbook—from his favorite book to the tiny habit that's had the biggest impact on his life. In it we cover: 00:00:00 – Introduction 00:01:24 – Research on the Gutenberg press 00:03:51 – Learning, planning the day, and improving sleep 00:10:09 – Recommended apps, including Bear, Readwise, and Anki 00:12:27 – Startup failures, sci-fi books, and success on your own terms ABOUT JASON CRAWFORD Jason Crawford is one of the researchers and writers at the forefront of the progress studies movement, which seeks to understand what's driven human progress historically in order to cultivate and accelerate moving forward, which is to say the least absolutely fascinating. Jason Crawford, through his blog and nonprofit Roots of Progress has studied and written about everything from the invention of the bicycle, to the smallpox vaccine. He's one of the world's leading thinkers on how progress happens, why it seems to have slowed or at least narrowed in recent years, and what we need to do to accelerate it in the coming years. 💌 FREE NEWSLETTER LISTEN ON iTunes: OUTLIER ACADEMY Learn timeless lessons on work and life from iconic founders, world-renown investors, and bestselling authors. Outlier Academy is the forever school for those chasing greatness. Past guests include Gokul Rajaram of DoorDash, Scott Belsky of Benchmark and Adobe, Joey Krug of Pantera Capital, Mark Sisson of Primal Kitchen, Luke Gromen of The Forest for the Trees, and Brian Scudamore of 1-800-GOT-JUNK. Website: DANIEL SCRIVNER Outlier Academy is hosted by Daniel Scrivner. Over the last 15 years, Daniel has led design teams at Square and Apple, turned around a $3M+ ARR SaaS business, and invested in more than 100 companies. He launched Outlier Academy in 2020 to learn from the world’s best founders, investors, authors, and peak performance experts. Website:
Driehaus Capital: Investing in Emerging Markets and The Great Pendulum Shift | Howie Schwab, Lead Portfolio Manager for Emerging Markets Growth
Nov 30 2022
Driehaus Capital: Investing in Emerging Markets and The Great Pendulum Shift | Howie Schwab, Lead Portfolio Manager for Emerging Markets Growth
We explore emerging markets and the great pendulum shift. We’re joined by Howie Schwab, Lead Portfolio Manager for Emerging Markets Growth at Driehaus Capital. We cover the lure of emerging markets, a behavioral focus on investing, and the impact of shifting voting demographics. “I think it's true everywhere, but data shows it's particularly true in emerging markets, which is that the persistence of risk is generally higher than the persistence of return.” – Howie Schwab EPISODE GUIDE (LINKS, QUOTES, NOTES, AND BOOKS MENTIONED)   FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT   CHAPTERS This episode is our definitive guide to emerging markets and the great pendulum shift. In it we cover: (00:00:00) – Introduction (00:02:20) – Howie’s background and work at Driehaus Capital (00:06:52) – The lure of emerging markets (00:12:20) – A behavioral focus in investing (00:19:30) – Seeing patterns and avoiding fraud (00:24:12) – Researching and publishing market analysis (00:43:21) – The state of financial assets today (00:49:41) – The future and financial repression (00:56:42) – The shift in voting demographics and its economic impact (01:02:14) – Advice for investors ABOUT DRIEHAUS Howie Schwab manages more than five billion in emerging market growth for Driehaus, which is based in Chicago, and it's where Howie has worked for the last 20 years. At Driehaus, Howie is the lead portfolio manager for the Emerging Markets Growth, and he's a portfolio manager for the Emerging Markets Small Cap Equity and Emerging Markets Opportunity Strategies. I've learned an enormous amount from Howie, both as an investor and a macro thinker, since I first met him, and I am beyond thrilled to have him on the show to share what he's learned managing many of the world's best performing emerging market funds over the last 20 years. 💌 FREE NEWSLETTER LISTEN ON iTunes: OUTLIER ACADEMY Learn timeless lessons on work and life from iconic founders, world-renown investors, and bestselling authors. Outlier Academy is the forever school for those chasing greatness. Past guests include Gokul Rajaram of DoorDash, Scott Belsky of Benchmark and Adobe, Joey Krug of Pantera Capital, Mark Sisson of Primal Kitchen, Luke Gromen of The Forest for the Trees, and Brian Scudamore of 1-800-GOT-JUNK. Website: DANIEL SCRIVNER Outlier Academy is hosted by Daniel Scrivner. Over the last 15 years, Daniel has led design teams at Square and Apple, turned around a $3M+ ARR SaaS business, and invested in more than 100 companies. He launched Outlier Academy in 2020 to learn from the world’s best founders, investors, authors, and peak performance experts. Website:
Howie Schwab of Driehaus: My Favorite Books, Tools, Habits, and More | 20 Minute Playbook
Nov 29 2022
Howie Schwab of Driehaus: My Favorite Books, Tools, Habits, and More | 20 Minute Playbook
We deconstruct Howie Schwab's peak performance playbook—from his favorite book to the tiny habit that's had the biggest impact on his life. Howie is the Lead Portfolio Manager for Emerging Markets Growth of Driehaus Capital. We cover regime shifts in the market and obsessing over failures. “In terms of how we invest, I think integrating and overlaying macro as well as behavioral components, not simply wedding ourselves to this bottom up, here's our specific template and it's time tested is really important.” – Howie Schwab EPISODE GUIDE (LINKS, QUOTES, NOTES, AND BOOKS MENTIONED)   FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT   CHAPTERS In this episode, we deconstruct Howie Schwab’s peak performance playbook—from his favorite book to the tiny habit that's had the biggest impact on his life. In it we cover: (00:01:41) – Regime shifts in the market (00:06:51) – Learning from investing mentors (00:10:08) – Great investors obsess over their failures (00:12:48) – Advice for young investors (00:16:43) – Howie’s investment philosophy (00:24:24) – Challenging yourself ABOUT HOWIE SCHWAB Howie Schwab manages more than 5 billion in emerging market growth funds for Driehaus which is a firm that's based in Chicago and where Howie has worked for the last 20 years. At Driehaus, Howie is the lead portfolio manager for the emerging market's growth. And he's a portfolio manager for the emerging market, small cap equity and emerging markets opportunities. 💌 FREE NEWSLETTER LISTEN ON iTunes: OUTLIER ACADEMY Learn timeless lessons on work and life from iconic founders, world-renown investors, and bestselling authors. Outlier Academy is the forever school for those chasing greatness. Past guests include Gokul Rajaram of DoorDash, Scott Belsky of Benchmark and Adobe, Joey Krug of Pantera Capital, Mark Sisson of Primal Kitchen, Luke Gromen of The Forest for the Trees, and Brian Scudamore of 1-800-GOT-JUNK. Website: DANIEL SCRIVNER Outlier Academy is hosted by Daniel Scrivner. Over the last 15 years, Daniel has led design teams at Square and Apple, turned around a $3M+ ARR SaaS business, and invested in more than 100 companies. He launched Outlier Academy in 2020 to learn from the world’s best founders, investors, authors, and peak performance experts. Website:
#147 Great Books | “The Warrior Ethos” by Steven Pressfield: A Deep Historical Examination of the Values and Ethics of Warriors Throughout History
Nov 28 2022
#147 Great Books | “The Warrior Ethos” by Steven Pressfield: A Deep Historical Examination of the Values and Ethics of Warriors Throughout History
Steven Pressfield’s The Warrior Ethos is a deep historical examination of the values and ethics of warriors throughout history—from the ancient Spartans to Japan’s Samurai to Alexander the Great—and how these values can be applied to the battles we each fight. We all struggle daily to find and defense our sense of purpose, to show up as our best ourselves, and to overcome the obstacles we face in our own pursuits. In that struggle, there's much we can learn and apply from the world's great warriors and warrior cultures. The Book in Three Sentences When we speak of The Warrior Ethos, we really speak of Warrior ethics and values as ethos is latin for ethics. Warriors prize virtues including courage, honor, loyalty, integrity, love, and selflessness—many of which evolved as a counterpoise to fear and self-preservation. True warriors lead from the front, they prize valor and honor as highly as victory, they embrace adversity and shared suffering, they laugh in the face of death, and they exemplify selflessness. About The Book The Warrior Ethos is really a mini-book. The book’s content is drawn almost exclusively from the ancient world, from Herodotus and Arrian, Plutarch, Vegetius, Xenophon, Thucydides, etc. There are anecdotes about the Spartans, the Romans, the Macedonians, with a few thrown in from the modern British and Israelis and even the Afrika Korps under Rommel. Here’s one story about Alexander the Great, taken from Plutarch, to give you the flavor of the book: Once, Alexander was leading his army through a waterless desert. The column was strung out for miles, with men and horses suffering terribly from thirst. Suddenly, a detachment of scouts came galloping back to the king. They had found a small spring and managed to fill a helmet with water. They rushed to Alexander and presented this to him. The army held in place, watching. Every man’s eye was fixed upon his commander. Alexander thanked the scouts for bringing him this gift, then, without touching a drop, he lifted the helmet and poured the precious liquid into the sand. At once, a great cheer ascended, rolling from one end of the column to the other. A man was heard to say, “With a king like this to lead us, no force on earth can stand against us.” There’s no other better author to write this book than Steven Pressfield. He’s spent his career writing about war—external and internal wars, ancient and modern ones, real wars from history and imagined ones. One of his books, Gates of Fire, which tells the story of the 300 Spartans sent to fight and die against the Persian emperor King Xerxes, is my all-time favorite book. Steven Pressfield has also written A Man at Arms, The Virtues of War, Killing Rommel, The Afghan Campaign, Tides of War, and some incredible nonfiction books including The War of Art.
Trailer → Great Books | “The Warrior Ethos” by Steven Pressfield: A Deep Historical Examination of the Values and Ethics of Warriors Throughout History
Nov 27 2022
Trailer → Great Books | “The Warrior Ethos” by Steven Pressfield: A Deep Historical Examination of the Values and Ethics of Warriors Throughout History
Steven Pressfield’s The Warrior Ethos is a deep historical examination of the values and ethics of warriors throughout history—from the ancient Spartans to Japan’s Samurai to Alexander the Great—and how these values can be applied to the battles we each fight. We all struggle daily to find and defense our sense of purpose, to show up as our best ourselves, and to overcome the obstacles we face in our own pursuits. In that struggle, there's much we can learn and apply from the world's great warriors and warrior cultures. The Warrior Ethos is really a mini-book. The book’s content is drawn almost exclusively from the ancient world, from Herodotus and Arrian, Plutarch, Vegetius, Xenophon, Thucydides, etc. There are anecdotes about the Spartans, the Romans, the Macedonians, with a few thrown in from the modern British and Israelis and even the Afrika Korps under Rommel. Here’s one story about Alexander the Great, taken from Plutarch, to give you the flavor of the book: Once, Alexander was leading his army through a waterless desert. The column was strung out for miles, with men and horses suffering terribly from thirst. Suddenly, a detachment of scouts came galloping back to the king. They had found a small spring and managed to fill a helmet with water. They rushed to Alexander and presented this to him. The army held in place, watching. Every man’s eye was fixed upon his commander. Alexander thanked the scouts for bringing him this gift, then, without touching a drop, he lifted the helmet and poured the precious liquid into the sand. At once, a great cheer ascended, rolling from one end of the column to the other. A man was heard to say, “With a king like this to lead us, no force on earth can stand against us.”
#146 Ezra: Using AI to Bring Fast, Affordable Cancer Screening to the World | Emi Gal, Founder & CEO
Nov 25 2022
#146 Ezra: Using AI to Bring Fast, Affordable Cancer Screening to the World | Emi Gal, Founder & CEO
“I realized that the main reason why people die of cancer is because they found it too late. And the main reason we still find cancer late for people is because there’s no easy way to screen for cancer in the body that’s fast, accurate, and affordable. And so, I decided to focus on that problem.” — Emi Gal Learn how Ezra has brought down the cost of early cancer detection by 80% and the time required to get screened by 66%—all by harnessing the power of AI and Machine Learning to make MRIs an order of magnitude more efficient. As well as how they’ve built an asset light business in healthcare and what it takes to be a software-centric business within a heavily regulated industry. Episode Guide with Books, Links, and Ways to Dive Deeper - Introduction (00:01:21) - Origin Story of Ezra (00:03:22) - How Ezra Tried 12 Different Ideas Around Cancer Screening (00:08:22) - Screening for Cancer with Ezra vs Best Practices Today (00:11:01) - MRI 101: A Simple Explanation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (00:14:45) - The Dawn of Proactive Healthcare and The Patient Will See You Now (00:19:58) - The Hippocratic Oath, Doing No Harm, and Early Screening (00:25:09) - How Often Should We All Be Screening for Cancer? (00:28:54) - What It’s Like to Get an MRI Scan (00:33:41) - Ezra’s Approach to AI and FDA Approval of AI Updates (00:41:06) - Breaking Down Ezra’s Asset Light Business Model (00:46:02) - Why the Future of Healthcare is Proactive and Holistic (00:50:36) - The Highs and Lows of Building Ezra (00:54:05) - Lessons Learned Building a Mission Centric Company About Ezra Ezra was founded in 2018 to build the world’s first fast, accurate, and affordable way to screen for cancer everywhere in the body. To do this, they’ve harnessed the power of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, often called an MRI, and dramatically improved the efficiency of imaging and analyses using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. To date, they’ve decreased the cost of getting a full body MRI scan by 80% and the time required to get scanned by 66%. Every year, more than 20,000,000 Americans are diagnosed with cancer. Without a fast, accurate, and affordable way to proactively screen the entire body for cancer, many of these diagnoses come too late. For some types of cancer, including colon cancer, once it reaches Stage 4 your chances of survival are just 4%. Ezra’s goal is to bring down the cost and time required to get screened for cancer by an order of magnitude—reducing both by 90%+. Ezra is an incredible example of using AI and ML to dramatically improve the effectiveness of an existing technology in order to bring down costs within a critical segment of healthcare. You can save $150 off an Ezra screening by using promo code Outlier150 when checking out on Ezra.com. Ezra | How it Works | Twitter
NfX: A Masterclass on Network Effects and Investing in Network Effect Businesses | James Currier, Co-Founder of NfX
Nov 23 2022
NfX: A Masterclass on Network Effects and Investing in Network Effect Businesses | James Currier, Co-Founder of NfX
We explore network effects and investing in network effect businesses. We’re joined by James Currier, co-founder and general partner of NfX. We cover virality vs. network effects, tweaking rules and systems to take advantage of network effects, and network effects as a business strategy. “Every company is its own work of art, and the founder is the artist.” – James Currier EPISODE GUIDE (LINKS, QUOTES, NOTES, AND BOOKS MENTIONED)   FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPT   CHAPTERS This episode is our definitive guide to network effects and investing in network effect businesses. In it we cover: (00:00:00) – Introduction (00:01:58) – James’ background and journey to NfX (00:07:50) – Defining network effects and why they are so powerful (00:11:20) – Virality vs. network effects (00:14:46) – Examples of businesses with network effects (00:24:57) – Tweaking rules and systems to take advantage of network effects (00:31:07) – Networks effects as a business strategy (00:33:58) – Investing in network effects businesses (00:40:26) – Advice for founders ABOUT NFX The name NfX is actually short for Network Effects, and James with his founding partner, Pete Flint, founded NfX after seeing the power of network effects, partially by doing research that confirms that 70% of all unicorns are companies with proven network effects driving their businesses. While NFX has become one of the world's leading thinkers on network effects, having published incredibly salient posts from 13 different network effects and counting, where they've now identified 16 different types of network effects, to their very popular self-help article titled Your Life is Driven by Network Effects, and their strategy is clearly working.