Tim visited the Googleplex — the Mountain View-based headquarters of Google — and had a public chat. I was interviewed and made sure that we covered some ground that has not been discussed before. There were questions such as:
What has been the most important Stoic teaching that I’ve come across?
How do I manage the many requests I receive?
What are the factors or elements that have led to the success of the podcast?
Where do I see myself in five years?
If I could pick three people — alive or dead — to be in my personal board of directors, who would they be?
How do I experiment with my dog training?
What are my recommendations for longevity?
How do I fight insomnia?
Ryan Holiday (@RyanHoliday) is a strategist and writer. He dropped out of college at 19 to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, and later served as the director of marketing for American Apparel. His company, Brass Check, has advised clients like Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as many prominent bestselling authors. Holiday has written four previous books, including The Obstacle Is the Way, which has been translated into 17 languages and has a cult following among NFL coaches, world-class athletes, TV personalities, political leaders, and others around the world. Ryan lives on a small ranch outside of Austin, Texas, and his latest book is Ego Is The Enemy.
Ryan and Tim cover a lot in this conversation, including:
Meltdowns and how Ryan handles them
Workaholics Anonymous — How it works, what worked for him, what didn’t
The tipping points for his last book, The Obstacle Is the Way
External versus internal obstacles
Sherman versus Grant leadership and “success”
Howard Hughes versus Elon Musk
Thinking of “first principles”
If you only have 5 minutes, listen to what Ryan believes is one of the biggest threats to your creativity.
Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) is a legendary figure in Silicon Valley — and worldwide. Even in the epicenter of tech, it’s hard to find a more fascinating icon.
Marc co-created the highly influential Mosaic Internet browser, the first widely used graphical web browser. He also co-founded Netscape, which later sold to AOL for $4.2 billion. Then he co-founded Loudcloud, which sold as Opsware to Hewlett Packard for $1.6 billion.
He’s considered one of the founding fathers of the modern Internet, right alongside pioneers like Tim Berners-Lee, who launched the Uniform Resource Locator (URL), Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), and early HTML standards.
This all makes him one of the few humans ever to create software categories used by more than a billion people. He’s also one of the few who’s established multiple billion-dollar companies.
Marc is now co-founder and general partner of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, where he’s quickly become one of the most influential and dominant tech investors in the world.
In this interview, Tim digs into some fun things Marc has not discussed in many places, including:
His epic debate vs. Peter Thiel
Rules for investing
The future of bitcoin
Favorite books, documentaries, and movies
And much, much more
If you only have 5 minutes, here’s what Marc misses most about the mid-90s Internet (and what he’d like to bring back).
Please do say hi to Marc — he’s very active on Twitter at @pmarca.
Usually, it’s Tim’s job to deconstruct world-class performers. This time around, the tables are turned. Many of you have asked to hear Tim interviewed, so this week Daymond John (@thesharkdaymond), star of ABC’s Shark Tank and CEO and founder of FUBU, is in charge and asking the questions. Daymond has a new book called The Power of Broke, and he is an expert interviewer and interrogator.
In this episode, you’ll learn untold stories about TIm’s beginnings and rough starts. If you’ve ever felt like a beginner in business, or found your back against a wall, you will learn how to take your lack of resources and turn it into a strength.
James Altucher and Stephen Dubner (Freakonomics) try to unpack the strategies of the Kardashian business empire. They are too successful to write off.
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