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November 29, 2021

Office Hours: Rivian’s Colossal IPO, Fashion Industry Winners, and Pivoting Out of an Ad Agency

Scott answers a question on how Rivian priced its shares for the biggest IPO of the year. He then offers his thoughts on the future of the apparel industry and gives advice to someone who no longer sees the point in working for an ad agency.

November 22, 2021

Office Hours: What’s Next for Peloton, The Hidden Value of B2B, and Diversifying your Investments

Scott answers a question on Peloton’s recent collapse in value and explains why it’s the perfect opportunity for Nike or Apple to acquire the company. He then shares why he likes to invest in the picks-and-shovels of booming industries and offers advice on geographically diversifying your portfolio.

November 15, 2021

Office Hours: The Race to a Super App, When to Expand Your Board, and Deciding to Get an MBA as an Entrepreneur

Scott answers a question on verticalization within the grocery delivery market and explains why there’s power in controlling access to the consumer. He also offers advice to a start-up founder on when to add more members to a board of directors, and why business school is still worth it, even if you just want to work for yourself.

November 08, 2021

Office Hours: Amazon’s Aggregators, Turning Data into Insights, Career Moves, and Why the Don Draper Era is Dead

Scott answers a question about companies that buy up small third-party sellers on Amazon’s marketplace. He then explains why he thinks businesses should take money out of marketing and put it into the product itself. Scott also discusses the importance of analyzing data, and shares why he believes greatness is in the agency of others.

November 01, 2021

Office Hours: Volvo’s Subscription Model, The Debit Generation, Exploring Job Options, and Pre-Seed Investing

Scott answers a question about Volvo’s subscription service and offers a prediction for where the auto industry is headed. He then explains how ‘buy now, pay later' services deceive customers into debt, and gives advice for how to approach leaving your company. Scott also discusses the factors to consider when investing in pre-seed companies, and how to make smart money decisions with your partner.

Music: https://www.davidcuttermusic.com / @dcuttermusic

October 25, 2021

Office Hours: On Running, Expanding College Admissions, and How Banks Can Boost Their Brands

Scott answers a question about whether On Running is a good long-term investment after its recent IPO. He then shares his thoughts on how legacy banks can keep up in an increasingly digitized financial system, and why universities with big brands need to let in more students, not fewer.

Music: https://www.davidcuttermusic.com / @dcuttermusic

October 18, 2021

Office Hours: Doing Business With Russia, Competing with Industry Giants, and Choosing the Right Hire

Scott answers a question about Google and Apple’s decision to take down a Russian voting app. He then explains why finding a niche to serve is crucial to competing against industry Goliaths as a small company. Scott also offers advice to an expanding business on whether to hire an employee for a marketing or business development role.

October 17, 2021

Bonus Episode: Prof G's Code Conference Presentation

Today, you’ll hear snippets from Scott's presentation at the Code conference, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles in September. Scott cover's the over and underhyped sectors and innovations that are shaping our economy.

October 04, 2021

Office Hours: Healthcare and Technology — with Aagya Mathur

Aagya Mathur, the CEO and Co-founder of Aavia, joins Scott to answer a question about integrating health apps like Aavia with primary care. They also discuss how blockchain can be applied in the healthcare industry, and how the pandemic has accelerated trends in the space. Follow Aagya on Twitter, @aagya320.

Music: https://www.davidcuttermusic.com / @dcuttermusic

September 27, 2021

Office Hours: The Fast-Casual Business Model, Early Career Tips, Pivoting to Academia, and Prof G’s Nutritional Habits

Scott explains why he’s a fan of Chipotle’s business model in an evolving fast food industry, and why it’s time employers to start paying their employees liveable wages. He then offers advice to a recent graduate about showing face at the office and encourages someone to accept a new role at a university, even if it means taking a pay cut. Scott also discusses his relationship between food, exercise, and his body image.

Music: https://www.davidcuttermusic.com / @dcuttermusic

September 20, 2021

Office Hours: Betting on Alibaba, When to Sell Your Start-Up, and Going to College Abroad

Scott answers a question about investing in Alibaba amid regulatory uncertainty in China. Scott then explains when to sell a company, discusses the state of the online tutoring space in China (which is also facing regulatory disruptions), and gives his thoughts on pursuing a university degree overseas.

Music: https://www.davidcuttermusic.com / @dcuttermusic

September 13, 2021

Office Hours: Square’s Social Solution, How Labor Got Crushed, and the Dangers of Bad Corporate Governance

Scott answers a question about whether Square should acquire Twitter. He also explains how a concentration of power among investment firms poses a threat to a healthy business ecosystem, and how an imbalance between capital and labor is driving people out of the workforce.

Music: https://www.davidcuttermusic.com / @dcuttermusic

August 30, 2021

Office Hours: The Investing Episode

Scott answers a question about whether buying a house is a good long-term investment. He also discusses how to take advantage of compound interest, how to hedge against inflation, and offers advice on what to do with inherited wealth.

August 26, 2021

Prof G’s Investment Strategy

Scott shares his investment strategy via a previously recorded Section4 live stream. Today, you’ll learn a few of Scott’s key terms including the T-Algorithm, the Benjamin Button Effect, and the Rundle. Scott then discusses the companies he’s invested in over the years, his biggest losses, and his four pillars to achieve long-term wealth. Related Reading: The Algebra of Wealth.

August 23, 2021

Office Hours: The Education Episode

Scott answers a question about fair pay for teachers. He also explains why he’ll be heartbroken if his kids don’t end up going to college, despite all his qualms with the higher education system. Scott then shares his thoughts on how to address mental health on university campuses and offers suggestions for building more equitable institutions.

August 16, 2021

Office Hours: App Store Fees, Remote vs. In-Person Learning, and Spending Time with Sick Loved Ones

Scott answers a question in reference to Elon Musk’s comment about Apple’s App Store, and whether Amazon is also part of the problem regarding the high fees for developers. Scott also discusses why he thinks in-person learning is a superior method compared to online learning in certain circumstances. He then gives a listener advice on navigating how to spend their time when a loved one is dying.

Music: https://www.davidcuttermusic.com / @dcuttermusic

August 09, 2021

Office Hours: Apple’s Dependency on Wireless Carriers, Productivity, and the Buy Now, Pay Later Revolution

Scott answers a question about whether fintech disruptors like Klarna and Affirm have a responsibility to educate younger consumers on how to bank responsibly. He also shares his thoughts on how Apple can continue to vertically integrate, offers career advice to someone with a job opportunity in Berlin, and shares how he stays productive.

Music: https://www.davidcuttermusic.com / @dcuttermusic

August 02, 2021

Office Hours: Online Advertising, Seed Funding, and Teaching Entrepreneurship

Scott answers a question about what advertising might look like after the death of the cookie. He also shares his thoughts on what it takes to capture the attention of investors, and considers a proposal for an entrepreneurial-focused high school.

Music: https://www.davidcuttermusic.com / @dcuttermusic

July 26, 2021

Office Hours: Auto Industry Rundles, Fintech Winners, and the Future of Office Space

Scott answers a question about Tesla’s new monthly subscription service. He also shares his thoughts on stand-out fintech players, offers a prediction for the future of coworking spaces, and gives career advice to someone looking to build economic security for their family.

Music: https://www.davidcuttermusic.com / @dcuttermusic

July 19, 2021

Office Hours: Google vs. Airbnb, SPAC IPOs, Real Estate Investments, and Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Scott answers a question about Google’s dominance in the travel space, and how Airbnb manages to hold its own. He also shares his thoughts on how companies that go public via SPAC are perceived, why real estate is a solid investment, and why opening physical stores can be a powerful branding move — even for a tech company like Amazon.

Music: https://www.davidcuttermusic.com / @dcuttermusic

June 28, 2021

Office Hours: Market Corrections, Zoom's Next Move, Why Location Matters, and Escaping the Big Five

Scott answers a question about the next economic slowdown, which he thinks is imminent. He also shares his thoughts on what Zoom needs to do to maintain its valuation in a post-pandemic world, why it’s still important to be based near your customers, and what to do if you want to escape the clutches of the Big Five tech companies.
Music: https://www.davidcuttermusic.com / @dcuttermusic

June 21, 2021

Office Hours: Fintech IPOs, Apple's Search Game, Checking Your Morals, and Dating Post-Covid

Scott answers a question on SoFi’s IPO, plus the record number of Fintech companies going public. He also shares his thoughts on whether Apple should acquire Neeva and make it its default search engine. Scott then gives dating advice to the young and single in an era of dating apps, and tells us how to navigate working in an industry that challenges our values. Music: https://www.davidcuttermusic.com / @dcuttermusic

June 14, 2021

Office Hours: Tesla's Competition, Identity Verification, the Scam of Tenure, and Public vs. Private Companies

Scott shares his thoughts on Tesla’s future in a more saturated EV market. He also answers questions on investing in the identity verification market, whether employee-owned businesses could replace publicly traded companies, and how to become a more active member of academia.
Music: https://www.davidcuttermusic.com / @dcuttermusic

June 07, 2021

Office Hours: Robo-advisors, Team Design, and the Consequences of Innovation

Dr. Sara Beckman of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business joins Scott to answer a question about innovation in the robo-advisor space. They also share their thoughts on the costs and benefits of blockchain, how to structure successful teams, and why it’s crucial to have mentors you trust. Music: https://www.davidcuttermusic.com / @dcuttermusic

May 24, 2021

Office Hours: eBay’s Brand Bust, VC Geography, Public Service, and Home Buying Advice

Scott answers a question about where eBay stands in the Amazon era. He also shares his thoughts on the concentration of venture capital investments in California, Massachusetts, and New York, why it can be worth it to lose money in the housing market, and why the world needs young Americans to participate in public service.

Music: https://www.davidcuttermusic.com / @dcuttermusic

May 17, 2021

Office Hours: Blockchain in the Music Industry, Divisive Concepts, Gratitude, and the Value of DEI

Scott answers a question on how NFTs might disrupt the music industry. He also shares his thoughts on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion to any successful business. Scott then addresses the push in certain states to ban “divisive concepts” in schools and answers a question on how to practice gratitude.

May 10, 2021

Office Hours: Weed Winners, Apple’s Rundle, Movie Theaters, and Deciding to Be an Entrepreneur

Scott shares his thoughts on who the winners of the cannabis industry will be, and why he still enjoys a little THC from time to time. Scott also answers questions on where the movie theater industry is headed after a catastrophic 2020, whether Apple should expand its rundle with its own social media network, and how to decide between pursuing entrepreneurship or a career at a global company.

May 03, 2021

Office Hours: Income Inequality, Executive MBAs, ESG, and the Future of Smart Homes

Scott answers a question about where the smart home industry is headed now that nearly half of American households use a smart home product. Scott also shares his thoughts on how companies can expedite environmental, social and corporate governance, how to know if you’ve progressed beyond the need for an executive MBA, and the correlation between income inequality and companies that achieve “unicorn” status.

April 26, 2021

Office Hours: Investing in the Private Markets, Going Vertical, Pursuing a Phd, and Building a Network

Scott answers a question about how SaaS or B2B companies could go vertical — or in other words, control as much of the consumer’s end-to-end experience as possible. Scott also answers questions about his decision to invest in the private markets, deciding whether to pursue a PhD, and how to build a professional network outside of your academic institution. 

April 19, 2021

Office Hours: Coinbase’s IPO, Higher Ed, Mentors, and Building Great Teams

Scott answers a question about whether Coinbase could be the AOL of crypto exchanges — “new technology, a little bit mysterious, a little bit complicated.” Scott also shares his thoughts on finding mentors within your workplace, his hiring process, and why higher education needs to be a hybrid between online and in-person.

April 12, 2021

Office Hours: IPOs, Net Promoter Scores, and Investing in Yourself

Scott answers a question about Deliveroo’s disastrous IPO and whether it’s smart to allow retail investors in on an IPO. Scott also shares his thoughts on how marketers can improve their Net Promoter Scores (NPS), how to address your career needs with your partner, and the best personal investments young people can make. 
Have a question for Scott? Email a voice recording to officehours@profgmedia.com.

April 05, 2021

Office Hours: NFTs, Bullish Investments, and Empathy

Welcome to our first solo Office Hours episode. Scott answers a question about whether he could create a Prof G coin and build his own rundle. He also tells us the investment opportunities he likes in the Edtech and Telehealth spaces, shares resources for learning more about finance, and explains why business leaders need to practice empathy.

Have a question for Scott? Email a voice recording to officehours@profgmedia.com