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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






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.


Charisma - Fox - Cabane 018

Olivia Fox Cabane, the author of The Charisma Myth and of The Net And The Butterfly talks with me about charisma. We discuss the different types of charisma, how to develop charisma, and how to avoid the things that can sometimes get in the way. We look at the psychological underpinnings in alternatingly serious and funny ways.


Timing - Dan Pink 017

Daniel Pink (@DanielPink) is the author of six provocative books — including his newest, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. His other books include the long-running New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind and the #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into 37 languages. He was host and co-executive producer of the 2014–2015 National Geographic Channel social science TV series Crowd Control. In...


Mindset - Subir Chowdhury 016

Subir Chowdhury (@subirchowdhury) is chairman and CEO of ASI Consulting Group, leaders in strategic initiatives, quality consulting, and training. Subir has worked with many organizations, large and small, across diverse industries including manufacturing, healthcare, food, government, and nonprofit. He’s helped hundreds of companies save billions of dollars. Subir is the author of fifteen books, including international bestsellers such as The Ice Cream Maker and The Power of Six Sigma....


Human - Ness - George Anders 015

George Anders is a business journalist and author. He has worked as an editor or staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Bloomberg View. He has written five books including the New York Times bestseller, Perfect Enough. His most recent book is called You Can Do Anything – The Surprising Power of a ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Education. We talk about how artificial intelligence might impact the future of work. We explore what things about human beings are essential and why...


Measurement - Doug Hubbard 014

Douglas Hubbard (@hdr_frm) wrote a book entitled ‘How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business’. He is also the founder of Hubbard Decision Research (HDR) a consultancy that applies quantitative analysis methods to the most difficult measurements and challenging decisions in business. He explains some techniques for measuring things that are hard to measure and then walks me through an example of how one would measure what is often thought about as intangible...


Leadership - Richard Clarke 013

Richard Clarke (@ghsrm) is the former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and Counter-terrorism for the United States. These days he is a best-selling author as well as the Chairman of Good Harbor Consulting and Good Harbour International, two strategic planning and corporate risk management firms. We touch on the principals of leadership that are contained in a number of the books he has written. And we also review some of the cutting edge technologies that are...


Listening - Maria Gotsch 012

Maria Gotsch is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership Fund for New York City which is the investment arm of that organization. Maria has spearheaded the creation and operation of a number of the Fund’s strategic initiatives, including: FinTech Innovation Lab, New York Digital Health Accelerator and NYCSeed which is seed financing for IT/digital media companies. She has compiled her thoughts over the years on how good founders listen to their customers, employees and...


Agility - Kaihan Krippendorf 011

Dr. Kaihan Krippendorff, (@kaihan) is an author, a speaker, a business strategy consultant. He’s written books, articles, blogs and consulted to some of the most forward-thinking companies of today. We talk about what mental agility is, how it manifests itself in individuals and organization. We contrast mental agility with linear thinking. And then we go through the process in a way that lends itself to innovation. Finally, we conclude with some case studies, to further illustrate the...


Branding - Dorie Clarke 010

Dorie Clark (@dorieclark) is an expert on branding. She is the author of multiple books including most recently Stand Out. She’s an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Duke University. She’s a consultant, blogger, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, TIME, and Entrepreneur. She is also a sought-after speaker. She and I get to the heart of personal branding while avoiding being cheesy or contrived. We link branding to creativity and perseverance and other...


Effectuation - Saras Sarasvathy 008

Dr. Saras Sarasvathy teaches MBA and doctoral students at U.VA and also teaches doctoral students in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. She is a leading scholar on the cognitive basis for high-performance entrepreneurship. She co-authored the textbook, Effectual Entrepreneurship, which won the Gold Medal at the 2012 Axiom Business Book Awards. She and I discuss a broad range of topics including why entrepreneurs think differently, the differences between effectual logic and causal...


Willpower - John Tierney 007

John Tierney has written a number of books. The book ‘Willpower’, he wrote in partnership with psychologist Roy Baumeister, who is also a professor at the University of Florida. John is foremost a journalist who writes for The New York Times and The City Journal. John and I tackle the empirical underpinnings of willpower. We discuss case studies and experiments that have been conducted on the subject. We go on to talk about the power laws of willpower and the ways to improve one's...


Creativity - Laura Linney 006

Laura Linney is a three-time Academy Award-nominated actress. She has been in some of my all-time favorite films and shows. She is also a four-time Tony nominated actress. The most recent nomination was for her role in The Little Foxes, which wrapped up on Broadway at the beginning of July. We had a truly special discussion on creativity and creative process. We talked about nature versus nurture. We talked about the impact of practice on creativity. We compared inherent creative genius...


Diversity - Andrea Hoffman 005

Andrea Hoffman (@andreadiversity) is an advisor, dealmaker, strategist, speaker, author and the founder and CEO of Culture Shift Labs - a management-consulting firm that advises companies, cities and philanthropists on growth and innovation through diversity and inclusion. Andrea consults with C-suite executives across a wide range of industries on finding new growth opportunities. By helping clients see past long-held perceptions regarding the intersection of innovation, inclusion and...


Curiosity - Ian Leslie 004

Ian Leslie, (@mrinaleslie) is an author and speaker who lives in London. He’s written a number of books about ideas, culture, and politics. He is also a paid consultant. Ian gives the definition of curiosity from a cognitive scientists perspective and then explains how to determine who has high ‘need for cognition’ (how and why some people are more curious). We talk about how curiosity drives innovation and business success. We touch on how technology and other external factors impact...


003 Intangibles Kim Scott Candor

Kim Scott (@kimballscott) is the co-founder and CEO of Candor, Inc., which builds tools to make it easier to follow the advice she offers in her book, Radical Candor. Prior to founding Candor, Inc., Kim was ‘CEO coach’ at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and several other companies in Silicon Valley. She has her own podcast called Radical Candor, and is a sought-after speaker. Kim and I define radical candor vis a vis other intangible qualities such as intellectual honesty, self-awareness,...


002 Intangibles Liz Claman Greatness

Liz Claman (@lizclaman) is the anchor of the Fox Business Network show Countdown to the Closing Bell. Just the cable news part of her career is 20 years long. She has interfaced with countless CEOs, written a book about investment advice in collaboration with some of the greatest financial minds in the 21st century and regularly interfaces with the best and brightest business and world leaders as well as silicon valley technology luminaries. We start out our discussion talking about some...


001 Intangibles Jon Lehr Prolog

Jon Lehr (@Work_Bench) is the organizer of the New York Enterprise Technology Meetup and also is a co-founder of Work-Bench a New York Enterprise VC. He has a similar focus to my fund Antecedent Ventures and that makes him a great person to discuss the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of this new podcast. Jon asks me to give a little background and history of me and my fund and then we dig into a number of great topics including: my views on product and market diligence for early stage investors, the...