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Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk

Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk use different strategies to build rocket companies.


Sam Zemurray: Cuyamel Fruit Company (The Banana King)

Sam Z, Sam the Banana Man, El Amigo, the Big Russian, the Gringo –he was not an easy person, nor is his biography without controversy. To some, it's the story of a great man, a pioneer in business, a hero. To others, its the story of a pirate, a conquistador, who took without asking.


Nolan Bushnell: Atari & Chuck E. Cheese

Nolan Bushnell is the founder of Atari & Chuck E. Cheese.


George Lucas: Lucasfilm, Pixar, THX & Industrial Light and Magic

George Lucas was a benevolent dictator who changed the way movies were filmed, edited, financed, and merchandised. Lucas made billions of dollars investing in what he believed in most: himself.


Ed Catmull: Pixar

Ed Catmull is the founder of Pixar and the current president of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation. Trained as a computer scientist he pursued the goal of creating the first feature length computer animated film. After 20 years he achieved his goal. Having worked with both George Lucas and Steve Jobs, Ed has accumulated a lifetime of knowledge on how to build and maintain a creative environment. He share his ideas in the book Creativity Inc: Overcoming The Unseen Forces That Stand In The...


Levi Strauss: Levi Strauss & Co

0:01 Levi was one of the men who set that firm foundation 2:12 Leave a review on Apple Podcasts, take a screenshot, and email it to and I will reply with podcasts that I created exclusively for reviewers 17:35 I do not have at this time a specific occupation...I will share the fate that has been assigned to me 22:29 Enduring hardship for the ultimate goal 29:24 A hole in the market 42:00 Levi starts his business cold 54:18 The dangers of shipping by sea 1:04:42...


Jack Ma: Alibaba

0:01 Crazy Jack 6:59 The internet is filling the void created by state planning 20:35 Jack has made a career out of being underestimated: “I am a very simple guy. I am not smart. I might have a smart face but I’ve got very stupid brains.” 24:43 Jack’s early life / Discipline and Curiosity 40:00 Jack Magic: “ Nobody saw the opportunity in this business. We didn’t make much money at first, but Jack persevered…I respect him tremendously for he has a a great ability to motivate people and he can...


Peter Thiel: PayPal, Palantir, & Founders Fund

1:45 Culture Eats Strategy 3:56 Conspiracy as a metaphor for a company. 6:02 It is a story of poetic justice on a grand scale plotted silently for nearly a decade. 15:25 Something in these pages planted itself deep into Thiel's mind when he first read it long ago. 21:40 It was ruthless efficiency and hyper competence. 34:36 You were driven to entrepreneurship because it was a safe space from consensus and from convention. 38:52 What if I do something about this? What might happen? What might...


Elon Musk: SpaceX, Tesla, and PayPal #2

0:47 I don't want to be the person who ever has to compete with Elon 2:45 Musk expects you to keep up 4:41 Short of building an actual money-crushing machine, Musk could not have picked a faster way to destroy his fortune. He became a one-man, ultra-risk-taking venture capital shop 5:22 Revisit old ideas 7:49 It was not unusual for him to read ten hours a day 9:32 His approach to dating mirrors his approach to work 10:59 Humans are deeply mimetic 14:37 Thinking from first principles 17:40...


David Packard: Hewlett-Packard

0:01 How Steve Jobs was inspired by David Packard 1:00 Books are the original hyperlinks 4:30 Profit is the measure of how well we work together 9:00 HP's first product 11:00 Podcasts before podcasts 14:00 Many of the things I learned in this process were invaluable, and not available in business schools. 15:00 More businesses die from indigestion than starvation. 16:30 The importance of maintaining a narrow focus 20:00 Growth from profit 21:00 Lessons from the Great Depression = No long...


The Wright Brothers

2:30 Unyielding determination 4:00 Jocko's concept of GOOD 6:30 The ability to focus on an idea for a long time is the antidote to short bursts of dopamine we get from checking social feeds all day. 13:00 The beginning of their side business 16:00 The importance of heroes 18:30 Rereading / revisiting old ideas 22:00 Books transformed idle curiosity into the active zeal of workers 24:30 Wilbur Wright on risk: “The man who wishes to keep at the problem long enough to really learn anything...


Paul English: Kayak

7:00 Kayak sells for $1.8 billion 12:00 I'm paying attention. I want meetings of three people, not ten. 15:00 Someday this boy's going to get hit by a truck full of money, and I'm going to be standing beside him. 22:30 A description of Paul's bi polar disorder 31:00 The economics of games 36:30 Learning how to negotiate from his Dad 43:00 The Internet has massively broadened the possible space of careers. Most people haven't figured this out yet. 50:00 Leaving a $1,000,000 behind. 55:00...


Henry Ford: The Ford Motor Company #2

:01 A theory of business 7:30 If an old idea works then the weight of the evidence is all in its favor. (the Lindy effect) 11:00 All people are not equal 15:00 "That is why I never employ an expert in full bloom" 19:30 "I quit my job on August 15th, 1899 and went into the automobile business" 25:00 Henry Ford's philosophy on constant change 26:00 Henry Ford's 3 conclusions about business 29:45 Traits of a prosperous business 34:00 I cannot discover that any one knows enough about anything on...


James Dyson: The Dyson Company

:01 I am a creator of products, a builder of things 13:30 The best kind of business is one where you can sell a product at a high price with a good margin, and in enormous volumes. 16:00 One sentence summary of this book: Difference, and retention of total control 20:00 Misfits are not born or made; they make themselves 24:30 The parallels of running and building companies 30:00 People who inspired him 34:00 I am only celebrating my stubbornness. I am claiming nothing but the virtues of a...


Danny Lewin: Akamai Technologies

3:00 When Danny was excited about something, you couldn't help but get excited too 6:00 Steve Jobs had one speed: GO! 10:00 Danny joins Israel's special forces 19:00 "Life is too short to be bored. Only boring people are bored." 22:00 The idea for Akamai 28:00 "If he didn't know something, he'd go learn it." 31:00 Building a company the right way 35:00 Finding a business model 38:30 Passion is worth $500,000 42:00 The first product 44:00 "My goal was to express it in layman's terms so that...


Jim Clark: Netscape, Silicon Graphics, & WebMD

0:01 He grew up poor, dropped out of high school, and made himself 3 or 4 billion dollars 8:00 New Growth Theory 11:15 "Growth is just another word for change." 15:00 "The notion of what constituted useful work had broadened." 18:00 "If everyone was patient there'd be no new companies." 21:00 Turning his life around at 38 30:00 Jim's idea to avoid the Innovator's Dilemma 33:00 The beginning of Netscape 38:00 The fast eat the slow 40:00 The people you don't want 43:00 The difference between a...


Evan Spiegel: Snapchat

0:01 I'm not going to work for someone else 7:45 Early design decisions of Snapchat 10:00 Steve Jobs and Edwin Land 13:00 How Snapchat convinced people to download the app 16:00 How Facebook created the environment for Snapchat to grow 21:00 The problem of standard 23:00 Evan on conforming 27:00 Mark Zuckerberg's first move on Snapchat 34:30 A great quote from Jeff Bezos 36:30 Digital Dualism 39:00 Snapchat Stories 44:45 Evan's framework for Snapchat and the Internet Everywhere 50:00...


John Carmack & John Romero: DOOM

:01 The business model of podcasts 19:00 Intro to Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture 30:00 "We’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets. We’d like to be writers, but as everybody knows—we can’t earn any money that way. What do you want to do? When we finally got down to something which the individual says he really wants to do, I will say to him you do that—and um—forget the money. If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you...


Danny Meyer: Shake Shack & Union Square Hospitality Group

:30 This is not a typical business book 4:00 Why don't you just do what you've been thinking about doing your whole life? 8:00 How Danny learned from other founders on what to do and what to avoid 18:00 The smartest business decision I ever made 20:00 Optionality as a nonnegotiable 23:30 Inadequate focus on core product 27:00 The founding of Shake Shack is an example of this great quote from Jeff Bezos: "We know from our past experiences that big things start small. The biggest oak starts...


Steve Jobs #2

0:30 Learning from great company-builders 5:00 Steve Jobs verbal mastery 10:00 The failed negotiations between NeXT and IBM 18:00 "But how can he be a turnaround expert when he eats his lunch alone in his office, with food served to him on china that looks like it came from Versailles?" 22:00 "You can't go to the library and find a book titled The Business Model for Animation. The reason you can't is because there's only one company [Disney] that's ever done it well, and they were not...