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Most podcasts are dry interviews. We do things differently at Brains—by hosting lively dinner conversations with the smartest minds on the Internet. We cover craftsmanship, creativity, and science. Hosted by Julian Shapiro (@julian) and Courtland Allen (@csallen).
 
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Shaan Puri is the Senior Director of Product, Mobile Gaming & Emerging Markets at Twitch. He previously built Bebo, before ultimately selling the business to Twitch. Shaan is also the host of My First Million, one of the fastest growing business podcasts. In this conversation, we discuss solo-capitalists, copypreneurs, pros/cons of social reach, po…
 
Joe Pompliano is the Founder of Huddle Up, a new media platform that breaks down the business and money behind sports. He also happens to be one of my younger brothers, so this episode is packed with great stories and plenty of laughs. In this conversation, we discuss athlete investors, being paid in bitcoin, Rich Kleiman, Kevin Durant, Saquon Bark…
 
Shaan (@ShaanVP) and Sam (@TheSamParr) talk with seed VC Mike Maples (@m2jr). Mike is a co-founding Partner at Floodgate. He has been on the Forbes Midas List eight times in the last decade due to notable investments like Twitter, Twitch, Lyft, and Okta. In this episode he talks about the four big trends he is excited about, the types of companies …
 
Erik Voorhees is the founder and CEO of ShapeShift, a crypto trading platform that leverages 100% decentralized finance protocols to execute all functionality for users without KYC. In this conversation, we discuss centralization, decentralization, KYC, financial regulation, privacy gains, commoditization of trading, THORchain, Bitcoin, open source…
 
dbt is taking the data eng world by storm. this is the best 10 minutes i've heard on it, from Fishtown Analytics cofounder Drew Banin. Fun fact: Fishtown is a town in Philadelphia! Audio source: https://www.dataengineeringpodcast.com/dbt-data-analytics-episode-81/ (14 mins in) Fivetran CEO geeking out on dbt: https://medium.com/hashmapinc/the-origi…
 
Austin Woodward is the co-founder and CEO of Taxbit, the leading cryptocurrency tax software that recently raised $100 million from Tiger Global and Paradigm. In this conversation, we discuss Taxbit’s product suite, tax loss harvesting, IRS, El Salvador’s bitcoin adoption, tax strategies of the rich, and cryptocurrency accounting software. ========…
 
We're trying a new format. Sam (@theSamParr) adds his commentary throughout the episode this week. Let him know on Twitter what you think of the change. Brian Scudamore (@BrianScudamore) is North America’s Junk Man. He turned a $700 pickup truck into one of the world's most successful franchises. Hear how he got started, got on Oprah, stumbled and …
 
Shaan (@ShaanVP) used to be super shy. Now he is known for his confidence. Talking on stage in front of thousands or starting new business takes confidence. In this 10 minute mini episode he talks about what the turning point was for him, and his unusual hack for building confidence. Like Shaan’s stories? Subscribe to his newsletter to get 1-2 stor…
 
I am a mentor for the Notion Advanced track of Tiago Forte's Building a Second Brain, Cohort 12. You can catch Weeks 1, 2, 3, and 4 in the previous weekend episodes. This is the cleaned up audio of the last of 5 mentorship sessions with Q&A at the end. Video version: https://youtu.be/emUfFWixQwE Timestamps Recap of Last 4 Weeks [00:02:08] Shifting …
 
Will Clemente is a Finance Major at East Carolina University. He has quickly become one of my favorite writers on all things bitcoin, including deep dives on various onchain analytics. Subscribe to Will’s new email newsletter here: https://btcbywc3.substack.com/ In this conversation, we discuss strong hands accumulating, futures open interest, mine…
 
WeWork isn’t the only game in coworking. In this episode, Shaan (@ShaanVP) and Sam (@theSamParr) break down the multi-billion dollar coworking industry and identify what you need to succeed. Shaan shares an awesome story about Steve Jobs and the guys talk about the future of sports recovery and where money is to be made with athletic endorsements. …
 
Joshua Steinman is a former National Security Council staff member and current startup founder. In this conversation, we discuss the National Security Council, the narrative world, centralization, authority organizations, credentialism, ransomware, bug bounties, and industrial control systems. ======================= Did you know nearly 338 million…
 
Fred Thiel is the CEO of Marathon Digital Holdings, one of the largest bitcoin miners in North America. In this conversation, we discuss bitcoin mining, ESG bitcoin, OFAC compliant blocks, Taproot, and what Marathon plans to do moving forward. ======================= Revolut is a finance app in the US and UK, that say they're the simplest way to ac…
 
Sam (@theSamParr) & Shaan (@ShaanVP) discuss second-hand e-commerce, door-to-door sales, and business poised to bounce back after COVID in this episode. They start off the episode recapping the live shows in Miami and Austin which leads them into personal travel and other slingshot business set to rebound after a COVID slump. The guys transition to…
 
Scott Harrison is the founder and current CEO of the non-profit charity: water. Harrison is the author of Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World. In this conversation, we discuss charity water, non-profits, the bitcoin water trust, and doing good in the world after achieving enough. ==============…
 
Preston Pysh is a financial investor and the host of the podcast, We Study Billionaires. In this conversation, we discuss investing lessons from billionaires, bitcoin, ethereum, ETH 2.0, Elon Musk, Ray Dalio, Warren Buffett, and whether gold has failed or not. ======================= Public Rec is on a mission to make comfort look good. Their fan-f…
 
A short story with a message of hope for the future, recommended and read by a unique, brilliant mind. Audio source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nr7Yn3W8VQE&t=16555s Story source and comments: https://slatestarcodex.com/2015/08/17/the-goddess-of-everything-else-2/ They say only Good can create, whereas Evil is sterile. Think Tolkien, where Morg…
 
Edan Yago is a neuroscientist and entrepreneur who dropped everything nine years ago to focus on Bitcoin. He is driven by the opportunity to create a new, open economic system that empowers individuals globally. He has been pivotal in establishing the recently-launched Sovryn protocol, a decentralized bitcoin trading and lending platform, one of th…
 
I am a mentor for the Notion Advanced track of Tiago Forte's Building a Second Brain, Cohort 12. You can catch Weeks 1, 2, and 3 in the previous 2 weekend episodes. The 4th week had significant Internet issues and the audio was lost, so this is an audio essay to replace that. You can read the full blogpost here: https://www.swyx.io/bottom-up-ideas …
 
Will Clemente is a Finance Major at East Carolina University. He has quickly become one of my favorite writers on all things bitcoin, including deep dives on various onchain analytics. Subscribe to Will’s new email newsletter here: https://btcbywc3.substack.com/ In this conversation, we discuss this week’s sideways movement, on-chain metrics, who i…
 
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