The Tim Ferriss Show: Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky — Exploring Creativity, Ignoring Critics, and Making Art

Darren Aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) is the founder and head of production company Protozoa Pictures. He is the acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker behind both cult classics and blockbusters, including Pi (which earned him a Best Director award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival), Requiem For a Dream, The Wrestler (the third U.S. film in history to win the esteemed Golden Lion award), Black Swan (which won Natalie Portman the Academy Award for Best Actress and garnered four other Oscar nominations), Noah (His biblically inspired epic that opened at number one at the box office and grossed more than $362,000,000 worldwide), and his latest, mother!, a psychological horror-thriller film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

In this episode, Tim and Darren explore a wide range of topics, including:

Darren’s creative process and “nomadic writing”
Work environment and highly unusual desks
The “Month of Fury”
How to navigate tough conversations over creativity and control
Psychedelics
Dealing with critics
And much more…

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Marc Andreessen — Lessons, Predictions, and Recommendations from an Icon

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
Artificial intelligence
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.

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