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463 Deflation, the Internet, and Entrepreneurial Resilience w/ Jeff Booth

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Release Date: 02/01/2021

476 Geopolitical Alpha w/ Marko Papic show art 476 Geopolitical Alpha w/ Marko Papic

Going Deep with Aaron Watson

Marko Papic leads the strategy team at Clocktower Group, an alternative investments firm. Clocktower offers long-term strategic investment strategies to their clients, investment managers and institutional allocators.   Marko brings his constraints framework, outlined in his book Geopolitical Alpha, to analyzing the geopolitical trends of the day. His ability to accurately forecast major political events has enormous ramifications for portfolios.   In this episode, Marko and Aaron discuss how the future of China-US conflict, Turkey’s geopolitical prospects, and how to break into...

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475 Cognitive Immunology w/ Andy Norman show art 475 Cognitive Immunology w/ Andy Norman

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Andy Norman is a researcher focused on studying how ideologies short-circuit minds and corrupt moral understanding.   His studies have led him to develop a toolkit of methods for improving reasoning and share them in his book, Mental Immunity.   His hope is that a collection of academic research can be lassoed together to serve as the foundation of a new scientific field, Cognitive Immunology. Cognitive immunology would explore the ability of researchers to develop a mind vaccine to inoculate individuals against dangerous ideas.   In this conversation, Andy and Aaron discuss the...

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474 Selling Companies, Making an Impact, and Having Fun w/ Geng Wang, Civic Champs CEO show art 474 Selling Companies, Making an Impact, and Having Fun w/ Geng Wang, Civic Champs CEO

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Geng Wang is the CEO and co-founder of Civic Champs, a software startup focused on creating s seamless and rewarding volunteering experience for both volunteers and service organizations   This is Geng’s third commercial venture. He’s previously co-founded two companies; RentJungle.com, an apartment search engine that sold in 2014 to The Rainmaker Group, and Community Elf (rebranded as Cosmitto), a social media management firm which we sold in 2017 to a PE firm, Topanga Partners.   Given his past successes, Geng is looking to both create financial and social impact with his...

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473 Flying Cars and the Future w/ Sanjiv Singh & Near Earth Autonomy show art 473 Flying Cars and the Future w/ Sanjiv Singh & Near Earth Autonomy

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Sanjiv Singh is CEO and cofounder of Near Earth Autonomy, a technology company focused on autonomous flight.    Sanjiv has 25 years of experience working on autonomous ground and air vehicles. He came to Pittsburgh 30 years ago to participate in the DARPA challenge and has spent decades exploring different applications for self-driving and self-flying robots.   Near Earth Autonomy started by developing self-flying technology for the United States Government and has expanded to bring their technological capabilities to a variety of enterprise customers.   In this...

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472 Hidden Forces w/ Demetri Kofinas show art 472 Hidden Forces w/ Demetri Kofinas

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Demetri Kofinas is a media entrepreneur and host of Hidden Forces, a podcast devoted to exploring the underlying forces driving the most powerful changes we see in the world.   His show covers a wide range of topics, including culture, philosophy, economics, technology, social science, and the hard sciences.   Demetri has previously co-founded Guerilla Gaming Concepts, an interactive entertainment company focused on the middleware of gaming. He has also reported on financial news and told stories to hundreds of thousands of people around the world.   In addition to his show,...

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471 Black Tech Nation Ventures and Career Strategy w/ David Motley show art 471 Black Tech Nation Ventures and Career Strategy w/ David Motley

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Black Tech Nation Ventures is launching its first flagship venture fund in Pittsburgh, PA. The firm is founded by three managing partners, Kelauni Jasmyn, Sean Sebastian, and David Motley have come together to form an investment thesis focused on investing in black and other minority founders who have historically missed out on opportunities to raise venture capital.   As David outlines in this podcast, these represent an underutilized asset capable of creating outsized returns, not a charitable donation.   David brings experience from three decades in corporate America, sitting on...

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470 Sports Gambling, Venture Capital, and FanDuel w/ Paul Martino show art 470 Sports Gambling, Venture Capital, and FanDuel w/ Paul Martino

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Paul Martino is a venture capital investor and has raised 5 funds totaling over $350 million in capital. That money has been deployed into FanDuel, Grove, Ipsy, and SpotHero.   Before forming Bullpen, Paul was an active angel investor and personally invested in the first rounds of Zynga, TubeMogul, and uDemy.   Prior to his investing career, Paul founded four companies including Ahpah Software (a computer security firm acquired by InterTrust) and Aggregate Knowledge (a big data advertising attribution company acquired in 2014 by Neustar). He is the holder of over a dozen core patents...

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469 Free Bitcoin for Shopping? w/ Aubrey Strobel & Lolli show art 469 Free Bitcoin for Shopping? w/ Aubrey Strobel & Lolli

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Aubrey Strobel is the Head of Comms for Lolli, a free browser extension that lets users earn free bitcoin when shopping online.   The platform’s mission is to help make cryptocurrency more accessible to the average shopper. Founded in 2018, Lolli has over 1,000 retail partners including Expedia, Nike, and Glossier.   In this episode, Aubrey and Aaron discuss stacking sats, bringing women into crypto, and how Aubrey has modeled the Lolli brand and marketing off of Barstool Sports.     Aubrey Strobel’s Challenge; Call an elderly person in your life.   Connect with...

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468 Mike Green: Index Funds, Bitcoins, and Telling the Truth show art 468 Mike Green: Index Funds, Bitcoins, and Telling the Truth

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Mike Green is the Chief Strategist at Logica Funds and has spent nearly 30 years studying markets.   These days, he calls on that experience and his proprietary research to educate the public, the Federal Reserve, the BIS, and the IMF about the shift from actively managed portfolios and investment funds to systematic passive investment strategies.   Previously, Mike has served as the portfolio manager for Thiel Macro, an investment firm that manages the personal capital of Peter Thiel, founded Ice Farm Capital, a discretionary global macro hedge fund seeded by Soros Family...

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467 Conservation Labs founder Mark Kovscek show art 467 Conservation Labs founder Mark Kovscek

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Mark Kovscek is a mathematician, inventor, and entrepreneur. His company, Conservation Labs, builds and sells a smart water meter that provides consumption insights, custom conservation recommendations, and leak detection.   At the cutting edge of Internet-of-Things and conservation, Mark uses his experience from a career building products and delivering solutions to address multi-billion dollar challenges.   He has spent time using his mathematics skills in marketing analytics, finance, and supply chain management, but says this is the most compelling challenge he’s ever faced....

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Jeff Booth led BuildDirect, a technology company he co-founded in 1999, for nearly two decades through the dot-com meltdown, the 2008 financial crisis, and many waves of technological disruption.

 

BuildDirect aimed to simplify the building industry and graduated from online catalog to logistics network to artificially intelligent platform.

 

Last year, Jeff released his first book “The Price of Tomorrow – Why Deflation is Key to an Abundant Future” where he outlines the current state of our economy and what must happen to enable a brighter future.

 

Jeff believes it essential for everyone to understand the deflationary nature of technological progress and the implications of this core truth. In this episode, Aaron and Jeff discuss this idea, the story of BuildDirect, and how anyone can use this period of upheaval as an opportunity.



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If you liked this interview, check out episode 440 with Brent Johnson where we discuss his Dollar Milkshake Theory and its implications for entrepreneurs.

 

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