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  1. a16z Podcast: Principles and Algorithms for Work and Life

    with Ray Dalio (@raydalio), Alex Rampell (@arampell), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90)

    Can one really apply the lessons of history and of the past to the present and the future, as a way to get what they want out of life? By deeply understanding cause-effect relationships — clearly expressed, shared with others, overlaid with data, back-tested, modified — you can build a set of principles/algorithms/recipes for dealing with the realities of your life, observes Ray Dalio in this episode of the a16z Podcast (in conversation with a16z general partner Alex Rampell and Sonal Chokshi). Dalio’s book Principles: Life and Work originated as an internal company document that was posted online years ago and has been shared widely since; he is the founder, chairman, and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates — one of the top five private companies in the U.S., which manages over $150 billion and has made more money for clients than any other hedge fund.

    "Is this is a duck, how do I deal with ducks; or this is a species I haven’t seen before, and how do I deal with that?" In other words, when you see a particular thing coming over and over again, you can know what you’re seeing and how to act on it. But what about timing, which is a huge factor when it comes to making various bets and decisions in …

    Original video: https://soundcloud.com/a16z/principles-dalio
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  2. Invest Like the Best: Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger – How to Build a Great Product

    My guests this week are Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of Instagram.

    I met Kevin and Mike a few months ago over a shared interest in business and investing. I have found them both to be extremely good people who have a rare talent for finding and solving interesting problems. Indeed, problem-solving and jobs-to-be-done is a big part of our conversation.

    I realized walking into the podcast that Kevin and Mike have a rare set of experiences: having both built and sold an extremely successful product from scratch, but then also operated and scaled inside one of the largest businesses in the world. This means they have unique knowledge to offer just about anyone interested in business and products. We dig into all those lessons here.

    I am working on hosting more founders and CEOs on the podcast, and can’t think of a better pair to show you why I want to do so. Please enjoy my conversation with Kevin and Mike.  For more episodes go to . Sign up for the book club, where you’ll get a full investor curriculum and then 3-4 suggestions every month at . Follow Patrick on Twitter at

      Show Notes 1:38 – (first question) – Projects they’ve been working on since leaving Instagram 5:22 – How they can apply what they are learning in machine learning 7:18 – Most interesting experience diving back into data and machine learning 8:42 – How startups compare today to when they founded Instagram 13:23 – Judging founders and whether they know how to use their data effectively 14:26 – The jobs-to-be-done framework 19:14 – Laying out a vision vs solving problems that pop up 25:20 – Developing and sharing the principles of the company with the team 30:48 – Creating a community when it includes almost the entire world 39:03 – The most popular ways people used the platform 41:24 – What was the jobs-to-be-done rational behind the stories feature 44:15 – Interesting things that they saw as Instagram entered the developing world 46:40 – Their thoughts on how Instagram shaped culture and if they focused on those 52:58 – The new waves that they are observing right now 55:11 – How their thinking on leadership and teams changed during their time at Instagram and Facebook 1:03:23 – The pillars of a good business, including humility and confidence 1:06:06 – Focus on growth and distribution in a startup 1:10:01 – How early were they thinking about monetization on this free platform 1:13:43 – How do they think about how they invest their money and allocate resources 1:17:36 – Mentors for Kevin and Mike 1:20:30 – Their passion for learning to fly and the someday/maybe list 1:23:01 – Their interest in coffee 1:26:24 – Advice for everyone else 1:30:00 – Kindest thing anyone has done for them   Learn More For more episodes go to .  Sign up for the book club, where you’ll get a full investor curriculum and then 3-4 suggestions every month at

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  3. 131: Ryan Singer - How Basecamp Builds Software | Full Stack Radio

    In this episode, Adam talks to Ryan Singer of Basecamp about how they plan, structure, and execute on new features.


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  4. Computer Logic with Chris Dixon - Software Engineering Daily

    The history of computing can be thought of as a series of ideas rather than objects. From Aristotle’s formalization of the syllogism, to Alan Turing’s model for an all-purpose computing machine, to Satoshi Nakamoto’s distributed transaction ledger–these breakthroughs did not come in the form of polished, tangible objects. In fact, the objects which end up


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  5. Programmed Inequality by Eyes Cool Podcast • A podcast on Anchor

    Misogyny in tech industries and the information professions isn’t an accident. It was created and has a long history. And it comes with great costs to individual people and society at large. This week the pod’s main segment is on Mar Hick’s award-winning 2018 book Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing.  


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  6. YANSS 133 – How politics became our identity – You Are Not So Smart

    Dinner parties used to be where you avoided politics. Now talking about politics at dinner parties is the norm. Years ago, we avoided politics because we assumed the people at our table had diverse political identities, and we didn’t want to introduce a topic that might lead to an argument. Today, we assume our guests…


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  7. D&D Podcast: Kids & Stories

    RT @VickieGames Missing @susanjmorris and my other new dance partners from @Gen_Con #charity @worldbuilders event! Apparently the way to beat the #mummy of @AvalonHill2 #BetrayalAtHouseOnTheHill is to challenge said mummy to a #DanceOff – who knew mummies just can’t dance! Awkward wrappings? pic.twitter.com/8TSP…

    About 5 days ago from Susan J Morris’s Twitter via Twitter Web App



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  8. Ego Check with The Id DM – Teos Abadia on Designing Acquisitions Incorporated | The Id DM

    Teos Abadia joins Ego Check once again to talk about how wonderfully diverse the tabletop roleplaying game hobby has become in recent years. He details how he got involved in the Acquisitions Incorporated book for Dungeons & Dragons, and speaks to the philosophy behind the unique approach to D&D content. He discusses his hand in…



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  9. How an Email Newsletter Publisher Built an Audience of 223,991 Subscribers | Rainmaker.FM

    Brian and I have been talking about his new email newsletter lately, and I thought it’d be interesting to have a similar conversation with someone in a completely different topical market. It’s about one person writing and curating a topic he knows and cares about, building a massive email audience over a period of four… Listen to episode


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  10. Position Your Content Curation for Success With These 5 Essential Elements | Rainmaker.FM

    People appreciate content curation and will sign up by email … if you make sure you’re doing these five things well.


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