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Intangibles is a podcast about traits, behaviors, and qualities that entrepreneurs can cultivate to help be successful. It is created by Antecedent Ventures. You can find us at

Intangibles is a podcast about traits, behaviors, and qualities that entrepreneurs can cultivate to help be successful. It is created by Antecedent Ventures. You can find us at
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Intangibles is a podcast about traits, behaviors, and qualities that entrepreneurs can cultivate to help be successful. It is created by Antecedent Ventures. You can find us at






Luck - Karla Starr 038

Karla Starr is a writer who has written for O, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, the Guardian, and more. She is the recipient of a ‘Best Science/Health’ book award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Her first book, 'Can You Learn to Be Lucky? Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others', was published earlier this year. She and I explore how doing the little things and preparation increase the surface area of luck.


Critical Thinking - Larry Weiss 037

Dr. Larry Weiss has spent the past 8 years as the Head of School at Brooklyn Friends. Since 1974, when he began his career in secondary school education, he has helped lead in one form or fashion Friends World College, Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, Horace Mann School in Riverdale and Saint Ann’s. Dr. Weiss graduated from Columbia College in 1971 majoring in Oriental Studies. He subsequently earned Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy, and Ph.D, degrees at Columbia University's...


Compassion - Emma Seppala 036

Emma Seppälä is the Science Director of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. She is also Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She is authored of the 2016 book The Happiness Track. She earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University. We have an in-depth discussion about how to be compassionate and the value of doing so.


Essentialism Greg McKeown 035

Greg McKeown is a public speaker, leadership and business consultant, and author. He is the founder and CEO of THIS, Inc., a leadership and strategy design agency based in Silicon Valley. His book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, published in April 2014, is a business and self-help book that discusses how to lead a more meaningful and successful life. He and I discuss the principals of essentialism as he walks me through some priority setting exercises.


Positivity Phil Hellmuth 034

Phil Hellmuth is a professional poker player who has won a record fifteen World Series of Poker bracelets. He's a colorful guy with a lot of interesting stories. He's written a book called #Positivity. He and I discuss how a positive outlook along with goal setting have impacted his life and led to success.


Self Love - Kamal Ravikant 033

Kamal Ravikant is an extraordinary guy. He has trekked to one of the highest base camps in the Himalayas, meditated with Tibetan monks in the Dalai Lama's monastery, earned his US Army Infantry patch, walked 550 miles across Spain, lived in Paris, been the only non-black, non-woman member of the Black Women's writers' group, written a novel, held the hands of dying patients, and worked with some of the best people in Silicon Valley. He is also the author of Love Yourself Like Your Life...


Self-Awareness - Tasha Eurich 032

Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Colorado State. She’s the Principal of The Eurich Group a multi-faceted executive coaching organization. Her most recent book entitled 'Insight' focuses on self-awareness. She and I explore the topic of self-awareness from many different perspectives. It's an engaging conversation.


Creativity 2 - Elkhonon Goldberg 031

Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine and Director of the Luria Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Goldberg divides his time between research in cognitive neuroscience, clinical practice in neuropsychology and teaching. He is one of the early scientists to study how creativity is processed in the brain. He and I have a very heady discussion about the stages of the creative process, what parts of the brain are being used and why. It's an...


Individuality - Francesca Gino 030

Dr. Francesca Gino is a professor of business administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. She is also formally affiliated with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, with the Mind, Brain, Behavior Initiative at Harvard, and with the Behavioral Insight Group at Harvard Kennedy School. She teaches a PhD course on Behavioral Approaches to Decision Making and a PhD course on Experimental Methods. And she has written a couple of books the...


Intellectual Humility - Duncan Pritchard 029

Duncan Pritchard is a professor of philosophy. He is currently at the University of California Davis as Chancellor's Professor of Philosophy but has held Chairs in Philosophy at the Universities of Edinburgh and Stirling, Scotland. He has studied the problem of skepticism, the rationality of religious belief but his main area of focus is epistemology which is the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope. He and I talk about his work on 'Intellectual...


Mindfulness - Joe Burton 028

Joe Burton (@joewburton) is the author of ‘Creating Mindful Leaders’, a book about mindfulness in the workplace. He is also the Founder and CEO of Whil (@WeAreWhil), a leading digital wellbeing training platform. During his career he spent fifteen years as a global COO at multiple public companies. He is a regular contributor to Forbes, Business Insider and HuffPost. Joe and I discuss how he discovered mindfulness, how it changed his life and the tips and tools that can help anyone.


Endurance - Alex Hutchinson 027

Alex Hutchinson is an author and journalist. He’s an expert on the science of endurance and fitness. He is a contributing editor for Outside, and also writes for The Globe and Mail and Canadian Running magazine. He was a Runner’s World columnist from 2012 to 2017. He and I discuss his third book, published in February 2018. It’s called ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. We explore the science (and mysteries) of endurance.


Courage - Kate Swoboda 026

Kate Swoboda, also known as Kate Courageous, wears many hats including life coach, consultant to organizations, contributing columnist to magazines such as USAToday, Forbes and Business Insider and is also the author of a brand new book called The Courage Habit. Kate tells us how to make courage an everyday part of our lives by simply learning how to practice it.


Lying - Pamela Meyer 025

Pamela Meyer is an author, certified fraud examiner, and entrepreneur. Described by Reader's Digest as "the nation's best-known expert on lying," Meyer is the author of the 2010 book Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception. Her 2011 TED talk, "How to Spot a Liar," has exceeded 16 million views and is one of the 20 most popular TED talks of all time. Mrs. Meyer is also the CEO of Calibrate, a company which, trains financial institutions, insurance providers, law firms and human...


Mental Preparation - Jarrod Spencer 024

Dr. Jarrod Spencer is a Sports Psychologist. He works with professional, Olympic, college, and high school athletes, coaches, and teams across the country. In addition to serving as the Sports Psychologist for athletic teams at such schools as University of Maryland, Old Dominion University, Lehigh University, and Lafayette College, Dr. Spencer also works individually with athletes from University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, Ohio State, Cal Poly, Princeton, and many more. Dr....


Tells - Zach Elwood 023

Zach Elwood is a former professional poker player and the author of two books on poker tells. His first book, Reading Poker Tells, is widely regarded as the best book on the subject and has been translated into three languages. In addition, he’s worked as a poker behavior consultant for two World Series of Poker Main Event final tablists. He knows a thing or two about tells and body language.


Recap Episode - Steve Berg 022

This is a recap of some of the guests that have been on in the first 21 or so episodes and a synthesis of some of the things I've learned so far.


Emotional Agility - Susan David 021

Susan David is an award-winning Psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, the co-founder, and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital and the CEO of Evidence-Based Psychology. She and I talk about her work on emotional agility, which is how to best react to a situation to maximize the outcome. She talks about how this works for individuals and teams from a startup founder perspective. It's an enightening conversation.


Resilience - Andrew Zolli 020

Andrew Zolli is currently Vice President for Global Initiatives at Planet Inc. where he overseas the global humanitarian, social and ecological "Impact" initiatives. He is also Chair of the Garrison Institute an organization explores the intersection of contemplative practice, scientific & creative inquiry, and systems change, and is dedicated to uncovering the wisdom, tools and practices that are urgently needed for life to flourish. He serves as an advisor to Cure Violence and One Concern....


Deduction - Maria Konnikova 019

Maria Konnikova is the author of two New York Times best-sellers, The Confidence Game and also Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes. She is a contributing writer for The New Yorker, where she writes a regular column with a focus on psychology and culture and is the host of the long form storytelling podcast from Panoply, called The Grift. She and I break down the scientific method to help people learn the skill of deduction.