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The weekly podcast about happiness, creativity, and the human condition. It's us, Ali and Taimur Abdaal, occasionally joined by guests, talking about things to help us think, do, and be better. Things like social interaction, lifestyle design, mental models... Things that are hard to examine, but important to explore. And hopefully, things that make for a fun and interesting chat every week. We'd love for you to join us.
 
At Makerpad we teach people how to build software solutions without writing code. In this podcast, we will be talking to the founders of the no-code tools themselves, people like Vlad from Webflow Emmanuel from Bubble, and the founders and makers, professionals who are using tools and no-code solutions in their business to automate workflows, set up processes, and increase their productivity to allow themselves to be more creative at work. The no-code movement is so much more than building a ...
 
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In this episode, we talk about epistemic humility - acknowledging the limitations of our beliefs. Taimur has recently made an effort to be *less* "epistemically humble" when he talks about things, and we into why. -------------------------------------- Sponsored by Brilliant This episode is kindly supported by Brilliant, the best way to learn maths…
 
In this episode, we discuss Michael J Samuel's book the Tyranny of Merit, which talks about the problems with the ideals of Meritocracy. We take a look at the history of the Rhetoric of Rising, and end with a discussion about why praising people for their achievements feels problematic. Do we really respect people more because of their credentials?…
 
In this episode, we're joined by Neel Nanda to discuss life optimisations, career choices, how to live in alignment with your own values and how to treat your relationships more intentionally. We discuss some of the principles behind how we can do the most good with our lives, while also being fulfilled and enjoying the journey. Links 80000 Hours K…
 
In this episode, we’re joined by our friend Sheen to discuss some complaints that a few listeners have raised over the years about this podcast having misogynistic undertones. We discuss some complaints about last week’s episode, and discuss the extent to which generalisation about groups (eg: women) is accurate and / or useful. Links Dream, Girl P…
 
In this episode, we discuss the highlights of the podcast from 2020, Ali shares some of the advice he's received about how to be better with women, and we try and figure out how to create a members community for listeners of the podcast. Sponsored by Brilliant This episode is kindly supported by Brilliant, the best way to learn maths, science, and …
 
In this episode, we answer some reflective end-of-year review questions. We introspect about new ways we've had fun in 2020, new ways we've suffered in 2020, and what lessons we'd teach to others. Enjoy! ------------------------------------- Sponsored by Skillshare This episode is kindly supported by Skillshare. Sign up at skillshare.com/notoverthi…
 
In this episode, we discuss some thought-provoking questions designed to help us (and you) figure out what we want from life. This turns into a commitment we make to one another to consciously work towards our ‘rock star’ goals. Links The Forcing Function Sponsored by Brilliant This episode is kindly supported by Brilliant, the best way to learn ma…
 
In this episode, Ali shares a disappointing moment from his week when System 1 thinking took hold of him. We then discuss Alan Watts' famous framing of life as a game with two modes of operation - serious vs sincere. Taimur shares some lessons from his therapy sessions, and we end with an elaborate description of a problematic meme. Enjoy! --------…
 
In this episode of the podcast we are joined by Dorna Moini, CEO and Founder of document automation platform Documate. In this conversation we talk about: How Dorna made the switch from Lawyer to start-up founder Starting by helping with domestic abuse cases Scratching your own itch When to go big How Dorna views the no-code space And more I hope y…
 
In this episode, Taimur talks about the existential crisis that he's going through. We try and figure out what our real goals and motivations are for the things that we're doing. Links Venkatesh Rao Tweet How to be a loser Pain is not the unit of effort Trying to Try Sponsored by Brilliant This episode is kindly supported by Brilliant, the best way…
 
Augustin Prot is the co-founder of Weglot, a product which allows you to make your website multilingual! We talk about: How Weglot came to exist Transitioning from finance into a startup Finding their first customers His perspective on the no-code space The shift to remote work Kite-surfing Where he’d live if he could live anywhere And much more! I…
 
In this episode, Ali moans about how he always comes across poorly in podcasts while Taimur always comes across well, and how this doesn't accurately represent how we are in real life. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Sponsored by Skillshare This episode is kindly supported by Skillshare. Sign up at skillshare.co…
 
Paula Alcalá is the COO and Co-founder of Palabra, an email automation platform that integrates with your existing tools to make advanced email processes simple. In this conversation we talk about: - How Palabra came to be - The evolution of the platform - Joining an accelerator - Transitioning from education to tech - What's missing in the no-code…
 
John O'Nolan is the developer, founder and CEO at Ghost which he has grown to a $2.7m/year business. He has become a digital nomad in recent years and has been working remotely whilst travelling the world for well over a decade. John shares the lessons he’s learnt over the past decade, from setting up Ghost to successfully living the nomad life to …
 
Hani Mourra is the CEO and Founder of Repurpose, a tool that allows you create your content once and distribute it everywhere. Hani is an expert is video content production and built Repurpose so that he could spend less time distributing content! In this conversation we talk about: - How Repurpose came to life - What Repurpose can do - Automating …
 
This is an 'inbetweenasode' and features an interview Ali did with Austin Kleon as part of his Deep Dive series last month. Austin Kleon is the bestselling author of a trilogy of books about creativity and originality in the digital age. His three books - Steal Like An Artist, Show Your Work! and Keep Going - have sold millions of copies around the…
 
Geoff Roberts is the co-founder of Outseta, a tool which combines multiple different types of functionality into one platform allowing you to launch your project faster. Otuseta brings together Billing, CRM, Email, Help Desk and Authentication into one place. In this discussion Tom and Geoff talk about: Why he built Outseta 1m 50seconds How using m…
 
In this episode, we discuss Taimur and Mack's setup of co-living in the Caribbean while Ali's stuck in rainy England. We then wonder aloud at length about whether Ali is a bad person for posting his revenue numbers on social media. Sponsored by Brilliant This episode is kindly supported by Brilliant, the best way to learn maths, science, and comput…
 
Humberto is a Co-Founder and Product Owner of dashdash. Dashdash is a web-app creator with a spreadsheet interface allowing you to build Build powerful sales and marketing tools. He also helped build 3 other digital businesses, Skin.pt, EatFirst.com and AirCourts.com In this discussion, Ben and Humberto Discuss: - Building with a no-code mentality …
 
This is the second part of our discussion of Morgan Housel’s book The Psychology of Money. We continue to explore some of the key points, like the role that luck plays in success, why poor people buy lottery tickets, and the differences between getting wealthy and staying wealthy. Links The Psychology of Money The Psychology of Money – Book Summary…
 
Hiten Shah is the co-founder of FYI, a company that helps you find your documents in 3 clicks or less. He previously co-founded CrazyEgg and KISSmetrics. In this episode, Ben and Hiten discuss: - Experimentation in business and building digital products - Types of content that are useful to share today online - How content types affect attention an…
 
In this episode, we discuss Morgan Housel’s book The Psychology of Money. We explore some of the key points, like the role that luck plays in success, why poor people buy lottery tickets, and the differences between getting wealthy and staying wealthy. Links The Psychology of Money The Psychology of Money – Book Summary & Notes Morgan Housel's Webs…
 
Connor Finlayson is the founder of Unicorn Factory, a no-code marketplace that connects businesses in New Zealand businesses to local freelancers. In this episode, Ben and Connor discuss: - Why Connor uses Airtable - Building a custom approval system for his marketplace - Connor's thoughts on Zapier and Memberstack (among other tools he uses) Full …
 
This week we read and discuss Brian Timar’s excellent blog post entitled “Mimetic Traps”. We try and figure out when competitiveness is unproblematic and how we can avoid inheriting desires from other people. Links Mimetic Traps Sponsored by Skillshare This episode is kindly supported by Skillshare. Sign up at www.skillshare.com/notoverthinking for…
 
"David Adkin is the Co-Founder of Adalo, a platform that makes creating mobile apps as easy as putting together a slide deck. In this conversation, Ben and David discuss: - Adalo's origins - Selling to makers and creators - Creating a guiding principle and constrains in no-code Full transcript here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xdYFIOvFTKwwJ…
 
In this episode, we start by discussing an insight Ali had about the nature of dissatisfaction and setting overly high standards for ourselves. We then turn to the start of a book discussion, where Taimur explains some of the theories he’s been reading around our values, how they change and how ‘rational’ our decision-making really is. Links Your S…
 
In this episode, we discuss some of the concepts behind effective altruism with our friend Lucia. We touch on her motivations for setting up a public health charity, the Giving What We Can Pledge, and a few other curiosities. Enjoy! Sponsored by Skillshare This episode is kindly supported by Skillshare. Sign up at www.skillshare.com/notoverthinking…
 
Taimur Abdaal is the co-founder and CEO of Causal. Causal helps you build financial models effortlessly and share them with interactive, visual dashboards in a way that everyone will understand. In this episode, Ben and Taimur discuss... - The main use cases for Causal at startups - The trend in engineering towards block based building. - Measuring…
 
Sponsored by Brilliant This episode is kindly supported by Brilliant, the best way to learn maths, science, and computer science online. Brilliant focuses on helping you learn how to think, rather than just memorising methods and facts. Sign up at https://brilliant.org/notoverthinking — the first 100 people get 20% off an annual subscription. Leave…
 
Nicolas Sharp is the CEO & Founder of Attio, which is a fully customisable workspace for your team's relationships and workflows. In this epsiode, Ben and Nicholas discuss... - How Attio helps you set up a notification system for your internal processes and team's workflows. - Remote work organizations and why workflows matter. - Where the no-code …
 
As we were away this week, this episode is an interview that Ali recorded with Noah Kagan as part of his Deep Dive series on YouTube. Noah is an entrepreneur, YouTuber, blogger and podcaster as well as being one of the first employees at Facebook. In this long-form interview, we talk about a variety of things including moving on from disappointment…
 
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