34: Erik Townsend: Macro Economics - What Makes the World Work


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Erik Townsend is a retired software entrepreneur turned hedge fund manager and host of Macrovoices Podcast. Throughout his career, Erik has capitalized on his ability to understand complex systems and anticipate paradigm shifts far in advance of the mainstream. A teenage computer protégé, he spent most of his high school years at MIT's Artificial Intelligence laboratory, where he taught himself several computer programming languages. Erik became an independent software development and design consultant to Digital Corporation's manufacturing systems technology group at age 17. By age 20 he owned his first private aircraft.

Erik draws on many different world trends and we learn a lot.

Here are some highlights:

  • Why you should not be like Warren Buffett (achieve the Sweet Spot).
  • His personal role model—and why you can *not* emulate him (but rather find your own role model, that jibe with YOUR personal style.)
  • The skills & experiences that equipped him to deal with complexities.
  • The extreme fun of making sense of the world through history and a macro perspective.
  • Why you can get away with breaking the rules—more often than other generations.

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