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Modest conversations is a series of conversations where guests in and around the technology business come and discuss politics, economics, and technology. Each episode usually gets a few thousand listens currently.

Modest conversations is a series of conversations where guests in and around the technology business come and discuss politics, economics, and technology. Each episode usually gets a few thousand listens currently.
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Modest conversations is a series of conversations where guests in and around the technology business come and discuss politics, economics, and technology. Each episode usually gets a few thousand listens currently.

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Episodes

30 - Runaway Objective Functions & Human Agency - Tim O’Reilly

11/19/2017
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Tim and I discuss some of the thinking around his new book WTF - What’s The Future and Why It’s Up To Us. We talk in particular about our world of runaway objective functions, and the role human agency must play to manage to a future we want vs. one we do not.

Duration:01:03:32

29 - Attention and Addition & What To Actually Do About It - Tristan Harris Fmr. Google

11/5/2017
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Tristan and I talk about his viewpoint and mission around the attention economy and addition. We also debate ideas on what to practically do about it.

Duration:00:56:24

28 - Lines - Waiting For Work To Be Done & Work To Do - Andrew Kortina co-founder Fin & Venmo

10/29/2017
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Kortina and I discuss how much of modern life is about lines. As consumers we wait on line for restaurants, takeoff windows, and countless other experiences. As producers many of us - not just ER doctors - spend a good percentage of our 'working' time waiting for work to do and under-utilized. We discuss how technology and technology design is impacted by and impacts the nature of lines and waiting on them for producers and consumers.

Duration:00:21:20

26 - Homo Deus in Short - Erik Torenberg, ProductHunt & co-founder Village Global VC

10/8/2017
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Erik and I discuss the ins-and-outs of Homo Deus, which has become extremely popular in Silicon Valley. What is the thesis? What is the appeal? What makes sense and what is a stretch?

Duration:00:32:50

25 - Making of the Tree of Ténéré at Burning Man - Zach Smith, Founder of The Project

10/1/2017
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Zach Smith joins for a Modest Conversation on the making of the Tree of Ténéré at Burning Man. Where the project came from, trials and travails of getting it done, and thoughts on doing large scale art projects at Burning Man

Duration:00:40:47

24 - The Golden Age of Oncology - Racquel Bracken of Venrock

9/18/2017
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Racquel joins to talk about all that is changing in the world of oncology, and why she things we are entering the golden age of oncology.

Duration:00:31:29

23 - The Environment - Alyssa Ravasio of Hipcamp

9/10/2017
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Alyssa joins for a modest conversation about technology is changing how we relate to nature, the environment, climate change, extinction, and more.

Duration:00:32:39

22 - On Bitcoin Cash & New Ways Crypto-Projects Move Forward - Alexia Bonatsos - Fmr Techcrunch

8/6/2017
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Alexia and I discuss the last week in Crypto and Bitcoin Cash. What does it look like when there is a pattern for faster innovation without 'consensus' in the cyrpto world? How does it change the power and importance of exchanges?

Duration:00:32:49

17 - What You Know vs. Who You Know - Auren Hoffman of SafeGraph and LiveRamp

7/1/2017
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Auren Hoffman joins me to discuss whether it is better to know things or know people.. And how technology is changing the dynamic.

Duration:00:25:07

16 - Building Things Competitors Can't Measure - Sriram Krishnan, Fmr Snap & FB

6/25/2017
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Sriram Krishnan who worked on monetization products at Snap talks about building things your competitors can't measure.

Duration:00:33:54

14 - On Bitcoin, Ethereum, ICOs vs. Venture Capital - Alexia Tsotsis, Fmr TechCrunch

6/4/2017
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Alexia and I discuss crypto-currencies and the evolving conversation about the future of fundraising - initial coin offerings and venture capital.

Duration:00:26:32

13 - How You Build Meaningful Relationships with Kids and Others - Tod Francis, Shasta Ventures

5/29/2017
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For this holiday weekend Tod Francis shares some of the research he has done on how you build meaningful relationships with children and other important people in your life.

Duration:00:21:14

12 - The YC AI vertical and big-company AI advantages - Daniel Gross of YC, Apple, Greplin

5/21/2017
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Daniel and I discuss the new YC AI vertical and how he is trying to empower startups with the AI advantages that big companies usually have unto themselves

Duration:00:30:25

11 - AI, Real or False Please Explain - Lukas Biewald of Crowdflower & OpenAI

5/21/2017
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Lukas and I discuss AI, vision problems, and what is real vs. overstated about the near future of machine intelligence.

Duration:00:26:08

10 - The Morning Routine of 2027 and 2047 - Amanda Peyton, co-founder Grand St. & Google Alum

5/14/2017
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Amanda and I pace out what a morning routine might look like in +10 and +30 years in the future. What will be the same about morning routines and what will technology change?

Duration:00:42:02

09 - Have We Reached The Limits of VC? - Bryce Roberts of OATV & Indie.vc

5/7/2017
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Bryce, a co-founder of O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Indie.vc joins to talk about the limits of traditional venture capital. What can / can’t traditional venture capital support in terms of company building in 2017? What are some financing alternatives?

Duration:00:15:45

08 - Entrepreneurial Resilience - Leila Janah, Founder Samasource and LXMI

4/30/2017
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Leila, the founder of Samasource and LXMI joins to talk about entrepreneurial resilience and how to avoid ‘punk-ing out’. We talk about emotional stability, balance, and the lack thereof. When to stay the course vs. swerve.

Duration:00:28:40

07 - The Future of Real Estate with Brad Hargreaves, Founder of Common & General Assembly

4/23/2017
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Brad Hargreaves, the founder of Common and co-founder of General Assembly joins to discuss Real Estate. We focus on topics like Millennial ‘Poverty’, how the death of retail is changing real-estate financing, and - of course - self-driving technology.

Duration:00:27:17

06 - Meditation, the Next Yoga-Toothbrush with Eric Antonow of Metabolic, Public Med, FB, GOOG

4/15/2017
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Eric Antonow - Founder of Public Meditation (https://www.facebook.com/pubmeditation) joins to discuss why meditation is either the next Yoga or Toothbrush or both.

Duration:00:14:29

04 - Online & Offline Communities in a Data Deluged World - Justin Shaffer, Founder Public Studio

3/25/2017
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Justin Shaffer of Hot-potato, Facebook, and Now Public Studio joins to discuss online and offline communities... and how our world of ever-present communication and access changes how people traverse and move in and out of their personal 'bubbles'

Duration:00:25:53