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August 25, 2022

Conversations: Mental Strength in Entrepreneurs — with Dr. Emily Anhalt

We’re revisiting one of our favorite interviews featuring Dr. Emily Anhalt, who joins Scott to discuss her tips for becoming mentally strong and her work helping entrepreneurs become emotionally fit leaders. Dr. Anhalt also talks about the implications of mixing technology with mental health. Dr. Anhalt is a clinical psychologist and the co-founder of Coa, a mental health startup. Follow her on Twitter, @dremilyanhalt.

August 18, 2022

Conversations: TikTok, Espionage, and the Eurasia Group — with Ian Bremmer

We’re sharing Part II of our conversation with Ian Bremmer that took place back in June. Today, Ian discusses his thoughts on TikTok’s potential threats and the type of espionage he’s paying attention to. We also learn more about Ian’s firm, Eurasia Group, including its business model and clientele. Follow Ian on Twitter, @ianbremmer.

August 11, 2022

Conversations: Sex, Porn, and Knowing the Difference — with Cindy Gallop

Cindy Gallop, the founder of sex tech platform MakeLoveNotPorn, joins Scott to discuss how porn shapes young men’s understanding of sexual intimacy. She also shares the challenges and opportunities she’s seen in the emerging sex tech space. Follow Cindy on Twitter, @cindygallop.

August 04, 2022

Conversations: Talent Acquisition, the Recession, and Inflation — with Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen, an economist and professor at George Mason University, discusses his latest book, “Talent: How to Identify Energizers, Creatives, and Winners Around the World.” Tyler also shares his thoughts on macroeconomic trends including whether the US is heading for a recession and controlling inflation. Follow Tyler on Twitter, @tylercowen.

July 28, 2022

Conversations: How the Metaverse Might Actually Work — with Matthew Ball

Matthew Ball, a VC and author of “The Metaverse,” joins to discuss the winners and losers of the Metaverse, as well as some practical uses for the technology, such as in travel and defense. He previously served as the global head of strategy for Amazon Studios, so we also get his thoughts on streaming and potential acquisitions in that space. Follow Matthew on Twitter, @ballmatthew.

Scott opens with his thoughts on Amazon and the healthcare industry.

Algebra of Happiness: the last five minutes.

July 21, 2022

Conversations: Your Mind on Psychedelics — with Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan, the NYT bestselling author of “This Is Your Mind on Plants,” joins Scott to discuss his research on the psychedelic space, including the changes he has registered over time as well as his own experience with the drugs. Follow Michael on Twitter, @michaelpollan.

Scott opens with his thoughts on Elliot Management's stake in Pinterest and what might be coming for other subscale tech companies. He also shares his thoughts on how Peloton could drive its stock up.

Algebra of Happiness: analyze your life.

June 23, 2022

Conversations: The Crypto Meltdown — with David Yermack

David Yermack returns to discuss everything we need to know about the crypto market crash — including where we’ve seen a meltdown like this before, what happens to over-leveraged investors, and where regulation needs to come in.

Scott opens with his thoughts on the power dynamics between the information age labor force and the corporation. He also discusses Snap’s potential subscription product.

Algebra of Happiness: know what you don’t know.

May 26, 2022

Conversations: The Age of AI, Crypto, and Web3 — with Kevin Roose

Kevin Roose, a tech columnist at The New York Times, joins Scott to discuss the broader implications and opportunities of crypto and Web3. We also learn why Kevin is bullish on artificial intelligence, despite the negative externalities that may arise as the world moves towards automation. Follow Kevin on Twitter, @kevinroose.

Scott opens with his thoughts on Apple launching a VR/AR headset.

Algebra of Happiness: lean into your emotions.

May 25, 2022

Conversations: Bonus Episode: Elon Musk v. Twitter — with William Cohan

William Cohan, a founding partner and writer at Puck, as well as a former M&A investment banker, joins Scott to discuss how Elon Musk's deal to acquire Twitter might shake out, including what options he might have for backing out, how Twitter's lawyers might respond, and what it all could mean for shareholders. Follow William on Twitter, @WilliamCohan.

May 19, 2022

Conversations: How Money Laundering Took Over London — with Oliver Bullough

Oliver Bullough, a journalist and the author of “Butler to the World: How Britain Became the Servant of Tycoons, Tax Dodgers, Kleptocrats and Criminals,” joins Scott to discuss how Britain essentially became the epicenter for money laundering and kleptocrats. Follow Oliver on Twitter, @OliverBullough.

Scott opens with his thoughts on the latest surrounding Elon and Twitter, plus we hear why he thinks we’re seeing massive layoffs at growth companies.

Algebra of Happiness: don’t bring your full self to work.

May 18, 2022

Conversations: Bonus Episode: Plunging Markets, Crypto Winters, and Elon’s Twitter Deal — with David Yermack

David Yermack, a professor of Finance and Business Transformation at the Stern School of Business, joins Scott for a special reports episode on how to think about the current stock market and crypto volatility. We also learn more about whether Elon can actually back out of his deal to acquire Twitter.

May 12, 2022

Conversations: The Frothy Real Estate Market — with the cofounders of Esusu

Samir Goel and Abbey Wemimo, the cofounders and co-CEOs of Esusu, a fintech platform that captures rental data and reports it to credit bureaus to help renters build their credit scores, join Scott to discuss why real estate prices are through the roof and how their company is dismantling a few of the roadblocks that many renters face. Follow Abbey and Samir on Twitter, @Wemimo11 @Samir077.

Scott opens with a conversation with the cofounder and CEO of Hey Jane, a digital abortion clinic, to hear about innovation in this space.

Algebra of Happiness: take responsibility.

May 05, 2022

Conversations: The Power of Population Change — with Dr. Jennifer Sciubba

Dr. Jennifer Sciubba, an internationally recognized expert in the field of demographic security, and author of “8 Billion and Counting: How Sex, Death, and Migration Shape Our World,” joins Scott to discuss all sorts of topics regarding population growth and migration policies as they relate to the strength of a nation. We also learn about demographic engineering and the link between aging populations and national security. Follow Dr. Sciubba on Twitter, @profsciubba.

Scott opens with what he believes is playing out to be one of the biggest business stories.

Algebra of Happiness: demonstrate kindness.

April 28, 2022

Conversations: The Evolution of Money and the Demise of CNN+ — with Eswar Prasad

Eswar Prasad, the Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy at Cornell University and author of “The Future of Money: How the Digital Revolution is Transforming Currencies and Finance,” joins Scott to discuss the state of play regarding the global financial ecosystem, the role of the US Dollar, and the opportunities and risks of cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance. Follow Eswar on Twitter, @EswarSPrasad.

Scott opens with his thoughts on Discovery's decision to shut down CNN+.

Algebra of Happiness: functions of success.

April 21, 2022

Conversations: Rebranding Nuclear Energy — with Dr. Jessica Lovering

Jessica Lovering, the co-founder and co-executive director at the Good Energy Collective, joins Scott to discuss how nuclear energy got such a bad rap, and why it’s actually a great mechanism for combating climate change. Follow Jessica on Twitter, @J_Lovering.

Scott opens with his thoughts on how power corrupts and the importance of counterbalances.

Algebra of Happiness: welcome guardrails.

April 14, 2022

Conversations: Startups vs. Big Corporations, Regulating Monopolies, and Tech Folly — with Noam Bardin

Noam Bardin, the former CEO of Waze and the VP of Product at Google, joins Scott to discuss all things tech — including what followed when Noam sold Waze to Google, how to think about regulating monopolies, and what founders need to consider when starting a business. Follow Noam on Twitter, @noam.

Scott opens with his thoughts on Elon Musk’s decision to not join Twitter’s board.

Algebra of Happiness: choose value, not volatility.

April 07, 2022

Conversations: Elon Musk and Twitter + Curating Online Communities — with Nadav Shoval

Nadav Shoval, the co-founder and CEO of OpenWeb, joins Scott to discuss how the company uses AI to help publishers build healthy online communities, specifically in their comments sections. Nadav also shares his thoughts on the differences between being a startup in Tel Aviv vs. NYC, company culture, and the importance of a cofounder. Follow Nadav on Twitter, @NadavShoval.

Scott opens with his thoughts on Elon Musk joining Twitter’s board of directors — the upside and the downsides.

Algebra of Happiness: taking risks.

March 31, 2022

Conversations: CNN+, Investing Platforms, and the Return to Fundamentals — with Leif Abraham

Leif Abraham, the co-CEO of, joins Scott to discuss the state of play regarding the fintech investment space and Public’s overall business strategy.

Scott opens with his thoughts on how the state of the IPO market is a forward-looking indicator of what’s about to happen to the streaming industry. He also shares his thoughts on CNN’s new subscription product, CNN+.

Algebra of Happiness: knowing when to de-escalate.

March 24, 2022

Conversations: The Ukraine Crisis Explained — with Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson, a historian and the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, joins Scott to discuss the implications of Russia’s attack on Ukraine. We hear what the West needs to do, why Putin is doing this, and what American news outlets get wrong about the war.

Scott opens with his thoughts on money washing.

Related Reading: Wash

Algebra of Happiness: it’s a matter of perspective.

March 17, 2022

Conversations: The Illusion of ESG Investing — with Tariq Fancy

Tariq Fancy, the founder and CEO of The Rumie Initiative and the former chief investment officer for sustainable investing at BlackRock, joins Scott to discuss how ESG investing acts as “a dangerous placebo that harms the public interest.” We also hear Tariq’s take on the current state of the markets. Follow Tariq on Twitter, @sosofancy.

Scott opens with his thoughts about lobbying revenue reaching an all-time high, ad-supported streaming tiers, and Peloton’s move to the rundle.

Algebra of Happiness: knowing when to dial back.

March 10, 2022

Conversations: Economic Cycles, Investing in Education, and Working Through Grief — with Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio, founder and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates, joins Scott to discuss his latest book, “Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail.” Ray also shares his thoughts on where political leaders should focus their attention, as well as how he has dealt with profound loss.

Scott opens with his thoughts on how universities need to drastically change the way they expand enrollment seats.

Algebra of Happiness: embrace your feelings.

March 03, 2022

Conversations: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and the Role of Intelligence — with Shane Harris

Shane Harris, an intelligence and national security reporter at The Washington Post, joins Scott to discuss the roles of intelligence, sanctions, and cyber attacks as they relate to Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Follow Shane on Twitter, @shaneharris.

Scott opens with his thoughts on what down rounds mean for overvalued companies — especially those that haven’t experienced a bear market before.

February 24, 2022

Conversations: State of Play: The Streaming Wars — with James Andrew Miller

James Andrew Miller, an investigative journalist and the author of Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers, joins the pod to discuss how the entertainment legend has differentiated itself over the years, as well as the state of the play of the streaming wars. Follow James on Twitter, @JimMiller.

Scott opens with his thoughts on how Apple could steal market share from several sectors to become the first company to reach $1 trillion in revenue.

Algebra of Happiness: welcome guardrails.

February 19, 2022

Conversations: Bonus Interview from Pivot Miami: Meredith Kopit Levien, the President and CEO of the New York Times

Scott shares his interview with Meredith Kopit Levien, the President and CEO of the New York Times, which took place during Pivot Miami this past week.

Meredith discusses the future of news and journalism, the NYT's moves around subscription, and how it plans to innovate.

February 17, 2022

Conversations: The Virtual Real Estate Boom, plus Supersonic Travel — with Kathy Savitt

Scott shares his Pivot Miami interview with Kathy Savitt, the President and Chief Commercial Officer of Boom Technology.

He also opens with his thoughts on why virtual real estate is going to be the Gamestop of 2022.

Algebra of happiness: identifying problems and solutions.

February 10, 2022

Conversations: The Making of Silicon Valley — with Margaret O’Mara

Margaret O’Mara, a professor of history at the University of Washington, joins Scott to discuss how tech has and will continue to shape the economic map of the US, as well as the importance of public investment in the tech sector. Follow Professor O’Mara on Twitter, @margaretomara.

Professor O'Mara's book recommendation: The Republic for Which It Stands

Scott opens with his thoughts on Amazon and Google’s advantage over Facebook, specifically when it comes to digital advertising.

Algebra of Happiness: a week of learnings.

February 03, 2022

Conversations: So Long, Spotify + Super Fast Delivery — with Ralf Wenzel (CEO of JOKR)

Ralf Wenzel, the founder and CEO of JOKR, joins Scott to discuss the company’s ultra-fast delivery model. We learn how the company operates, the problems this business is trying to solve, and evolving consumer incentives.

Scott opens with his decision to remove our pod from Spotify.

Algebra of Happiness: Looking at life through various lenses

January 27, 2022

Conversations: Emotional Fitness and Entrepreneurship — with Dr. Emily Anhalt

Dr. Emily Anhalt, a clinical psychologist and the co-founder of Coa, a mental health startup, joins Scott to discuss her work with entrepreneurs and her tips for becoming mentally strong. Dr. Anhalt also talks about the implications of mixing technology with mental health. Follow her on Twitter, @dremilyanhalt.

Scott opens with his thoughts on the tumbling markets, the return to fundamentals, and the fate of meme stocks.

Algebra of Happiness: find moments of engagement

January 20, 2022

Conversations: Fixing the US Higher Education System — with Stig Leschly

Stig Leschly, the CEO and Founder of College101, an issue advocacy organization focused on US higher education, joins Scott to discuss a variety of issues surrounding higher ed, including the cartel-like price-fixing we see, the low admission rates, and the lack of innovation. Follow Stig on Twitter, @sleschly.

Scott opens with his thoughts on how he sees the metaverse playing out, specifically with Microsoft’s announced acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

Algebra of Happiness: own your narrative.

January 13, 2022

Conversations: Unlocks and 2022's Top Geopolitical Risks — with Ian Bremmer

Ian Bremmer, a political scientist who is focused on the business of geopolitics, joins Scott for a discussion about what he and his firm Eurasia Group believe will be the top geopolitical risks to play out this year.

Scott opens with his thoughts on the five major unlocks that he believes will shape our economy.

Related Reading: Unlocks

January 06, 2022

Conversations: 2022 Predictions

Scott discusses his predictions for the year ahead and reviews the ones he got right and wrong in 2021.

Scott also shares his thoughts on Apple’s big milestone of reaching a $3 trillion valuation.

Algebra of Happiness: stay in touch.

December 16, 2021

Conversations: The Creator Economy — with Nuseir Yassin

Nuseir Yassin, the host of the Nas Daily vlog and the CEO of Nas Academy, joins Scott to discuss the state of play in the creator economy. We hear about Nuseir’s path to building an online following of more than 40 million people, his thoughts on the evolving social media ecosystem, and his philosophy on making the most of his time on earth. Follow Nuseir on Instagram @nasdaily

Algebra of Happiness: Tip big

December 09, 2021

Conversations: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic — with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, joins Scott for a conversation about his latest book, “World War C: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic and How to Prepare for the Next One.” We hear Dr. Gupta’s insights on how wealthier and poorer nations have fared against this virus, what it means to be “pandemic proof,” and how to address misinformation.

Dr. Gupta also explains how people can heighten brain function to be more productive and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Scott opens with his thoughts on America’s race to a super-app.

December 02, 2021

Conversations: Supply Chain Woes, Self-Driving Vehicles, and Rebuilding Relationships — with Bryan Salesky

Bryan Salesky, the founder and CEO of Argo AI, joins Scott to discuss the state of play in the self-driving vehicle space. Bryan tells us about the miles his company is automating, as well as what the industry’s barriers and opportunities are.

Scott opens with his thoughts on why having a robust and efficient supply chain is key to increasing shareholder value.

Algebra of Happiness: Rebuilding a strained relationship.

November 25, 2021

Conversations: Consumer Markets, Franchising, and Angel Investing — With Kat Cole

Kat Cole, an angel investor and master of franchising, joins the pod to discuss the state of play in the restaurant and retail industry, her investment strategy, and why she’s excited about NFTs. She also shares her path from serving as a hostess at Hooters to a board member of several companies in the restaurant industry, tech, and wellness industries. Follow her on Twitter, @KatColeATL.

Scott opens with his thoughts on inflation, specifically as it relates to higher education.

November 18, 2021

Conversations: Crypto, Web3, and DeFi — with Mike Novogratz

Mike Novogratz, the founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital, an investment firm focused on cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, and digital assets, joins Scott to give us a macro view of the crypto space. He tells us about the various use cases of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and NFTs as well as how to think about investing in them. Follow Mike on Twitter, @novogratz.

Scott opens with his thoughts on conglomerates and offers a prediction for 2022.

November 11, 2021

Conversations: Markets, Meme Stocks, and Inflation — with Liz Ann Sonders

Liz Ann Sonders, the Chief Investment Strategist at Charles Schwab, joins Scott to discuss the stock market as it relates to the US’s current economic cycle, meme stock investors, and stimulus spending. Liz Ann also shares how to think about inflation — specifically how the US has not entered a 1970s stagflation scenario. Follow her on Twitter, @LizAnnSonders

Scott opens with his thoughts on Section 230, and shares possible ways to reform the law.

Related Reading: Facebook … What To Do?

Algebra of Happiness: check out Scott’s PBS special, which aired this week!

November 04, 2021

Conversations: State of Play: The Geopolitical Landscape — with Ian Bremmer

Ian Bremmer, the president and founder of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media, joins Scott for a conversation about the United States' global position, how to think about the nation’s relationship with China and Russia, and why he believes no country is the number one leader. Ian also discusses the power dynamics within the digital ecosystem. Follow Ian on Twitter, @ianbremmer.

Scott opens with his thoughts on why Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse won't work.

October 28, 2021

Conversations: Google’s Anti-Competitive Behavior, Facebook’s Inhumanity, and Understanding AI’s Limits — with Meredith Broussard

Meredith Broussard, a data journalist, associate professor at NYU, and the author of, “Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World,” joins Scott to discuss the state of play regarding AI, AI bias, and ethical uses of AI.

Scott opens with his thoughts on Google removing the YouTube app from Roku and how Facebook strips people of their autonomy over information.

Algebra of Happiness: embrace the chaos.

October 21, 2021

Conversations: Cryptocurrencies, Smart Contracts, and the Streaming Industry — with Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban, the serial entrepreneur and investor, joins Scott to discuss Bitcoin, Ethereum, use-cases for digital assets, and where SEC regulations might come in. Mark also shares why he’s bullish on AI, offers his thoughts on stimulus spending, and explains why Robinhood may not be as bad as Scott thinks. Follow Mark on Twitter, @mcuban.

Scott opens with a prediction about the streaming wars.

Related Reading (No Mercy/No Malice): Stream On ’22

October 14, 2021

Conversations: Virtuous Living, America’s Responsibility Problem, and Developing Your Moral Code — with Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday, a writer, media strategist, and expert on ancient philosophy, joins Scott again for a conversation around his latest book, “Courage is Calling: Fortune Favors the Brave.” Ryan shares what the stoics can teach us about living by your values, how to deal with adversity, and choosing to do the right thing — no matter the consequences. Follow Ryan on Twitter, @RyanHoliday.

Scott opens with how the digital advertising industry is plagued by fraud.

Related Reading: Carcinogens

October 07, 2021

Conversations: Rethinking Corporate Valuations — With Daniel McCarthy

Daniel McCarthy, a professor of marketing at Emory University, joins Scott to discuss his research on customer-based corporate valuations, as well as the current state of public disclosures, which he argues is a total mess. Follow Daniel on Twitter, @d_mccar.

Scott opens with his thoughts on Facebook’s mendacious business practices, and why he believes the company is on its last leg.

September 30, 2021

Conversations: Jumping the SPAC Shark, Greenwashing, and Building Productive Habits with Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg, a writer at the New Yorker, and the author of, “The Power of Habit” and “Smarter Faster Better,” joins Scott to discuss his research around productivity and habits, as well as how to stop making unproductive decisions. Follow Charles on Twitter, @cduhigg.

Scott opens with why he believes the SPAC bubble appears to be bursting, and how companies that simply aren’t worth their valuations use SPACs to maneuver their way into the public markets.

Related Reading: Jumping the SPAC.

September 23, 2021

Conversations: Perseverance, Family Wealth, and Building a Career On Air — with Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper joins Scott to discuss his experience covering the news throughout the past two decades, specifically as the anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° and a correspondent for 60 Minutes on CBS News.

Anderson also shares his thoughts on fatherhood, overcoming personal tragedies, and what he learned while researching his latest book, “Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty.” Follow Anderson on Twitter, @andersoncooper.

September 16, 2021

Conversations: Hail Marys in History, Politics, and Business — with Bill Silber

Bill Silber, a senior advisor with Cornerstone Research and a former professor of finance and economics at NYU Stern, joins Scott to discuss inflation, wealth distribution, investment advice, and the learnings from his latest book, The Power of Nothing to Lose: The Hail Mary Effect in Politics, War, and Business.

Scott opens with how the media got played when Amazon announced its paying “full college tuition” for its hourly employees. He also explains how college rankings are beginning to reflect what really matters.

September 09, 2021

Conversations: America’s Debt Cycle, Bitcoin, and Bubbles — with Lyn Alden

Lyn Alden, a full-time investor and independent analyst, joins Scott to discuss the symptoms of an economic bubble and America’s debt cycle. Lyn also explains why she’s bullish on Bitcoin and shares her investment strategy, including why she’s paying attention to the Russian equity market. Follow Lyn on Twitter, @LynAldenContact. Scott opens with his thoughts on how there’s a record decline in the number of men attending college. Algebra of Happiness: open yourself to new experiences, friendships, and opportunities.

September 02, 2021

Conversations: The Economics of Loneliness — with Noreena Hertz

We’re revisiting one of our favorite interviews featuring Noreena Hertz. Noreena is an economist, a bestselling author, and an Honorary Professor at the University College London. She discusses the learnings from her latest book, “The Lonely Century: How to Restore Human Connection in a World That's Pulling Apart." We find out how loneliness impacts more than just our mental health and the second-order effects of our “contactless” world.

August 19, 2021

Conversations: Deglobalization, Public Policy, and Government Intervention — with Dambisa Moyo

We’re revisiting one of our favorite interviews featuring Dambisa Moyo. Dambisa is a global economist and bestselling author. Her latest book, How Boards Work — And How They Can Work Better in a Chaotic World, is out now. In this episode, Dambisa discusses all sorts of topics including the private sector, deglobalization, and public policy.

August 12, 2021

Conversations: Big Tech, Addressing Cyber Attacks, and Strengthening U.S. Competitiveness — with Ro Khanna

California Congressman Ro Khanna, who is serving his third term as the Representative for Silicon Valley, tells Scott about the Endless Frontier Act, a bipartisan bill he co-sponsored that aims to strengthen U.S. competitiveness with China through investments in technological and scientific leadership. Ro also shares the best and worst of big tech companies, and what it will take to get them back in check.

August 05, 2021

Conversations: Emerging Technologies and China’s Crackdown on Tech — with Josh Wolfe

Josh Wolfe, the co-founder of Lux Capital, joins Scott to discuss his thoughts on the tech regulations coming out of China, and how investors should be thinking about them. He also discusses the sectors he’s keeping tabs on, including space and the metaverse, and the ones that he thinks are over and underhyped. Follow Josh on Twitter, @wolfejosh. Scott opens by having a conversation with Pascal Gauthier, the CEO of Ledger. Ledger is building a hardware wallet for crypto assets — and full disclosure — Scott’s an investor. Pascal explains the technology and shares his thoughts on the crypto space. Follow Pascal on Twitter, @_pgauthier.

July 29, 2021

Conversations: Capitalism, Morality, and the Dark Psychology of Social Networks — with Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at NYU’s Stern School of Business, joins the pod again for a conversation on how social media disrupts our democracy and the mental health of young people. We also learn about Jonathan’s forthcoming book, “Three Stories about Capitalism: The moral psychology of economic life.” Follow Jonathan on Twitter, @JonHaidt. Algebra of Happiness: Cry more.

July 22, 2021

Conversations: DeFi & NFTs — with Tonya Evans

Tonya Evans, a professor of law at Penn State Dickinson Law School, joins Scott to discuss the intersection of intellectual property and the crypto space. We also hear her take on NFTs as tools of empowerment, and how DeFi serves as a viable way for people to build generational wealth. Follow Tonya on Twitter, @IPProfEvans. Scott opens with his thoughts on the billionaire space race, CNN+ and the streaming wars, as well as Zoom’s most recent acquisition.

July 15, 2021

Conversations: The Dangers of Woke Culture — with Sam Harris

Sam Harris returns for part two of our conversation. Today, Sam shares his thoughts on why call out culture is an unproductive vehicle for creating change, addressing systemic problems, and facilitating debates. He also explains how we should establish a principle of charity — even with those who we may not agree with. Follow Sam on Twitter, @SamHarrisOrg.

July 08, 2021

Conversations: Psychedelics with Sam Harris

Sam Harris joins the pod again to discuss psychedelics — including his experience with LSD and psilocybin — and shares his thoughts on who should and shouldn’t take them. He also explains how these drugs can provide you with a profound perspective on life, give you clarity, and help you hit the reset button. Follow Sam on Twitter, @SamHarrisOrg. Scott opens with how big tech entering healthcare is exactly what dispersion is meant to do.

July 01, 2021

Conversations: Banking the Unbanked — with Pierpaolo Barbieri

Pierpaolo Barbieri, the CEO and founder of Ualá, tells us about the booming fintech space, incumbent banks, and crypto. Ualá is an Argentine fintech company that is working to bring Latin Americans the necessary financial tools they need to run a business, pay their bills, and participate in the economy. Follow Pierpaolo on Twitter, @pbarbieri. Scott opens with his thoughts on wealth inequality, the record number of startups that have come out of this recession, and the latest on antitrust. 

June 24, 2021

Conversations: An Inside Look at America's Pandemic Response — with Andy Slavitt

Andy Slavitt, President Biden’s former White House senior advisor for the Covid team, updates us on COVID-19 and vaccine hesitancy. He also shares how to think about the various leadership responses we saw, and why certain countries handled the pandemic better than others. Follow him on Twitter, @ASlavitt. Andy’s book, PREVENTABLE: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response, is out now. Scott opens with a discussion on space tourism with Bloomberg aviation and aerospace reporter, Justin Bachman. 

June 17, 2021

Conversations: Racism is Costing Us All — with Heather McGhee

Heather McGhee, the author of The Sum of Us, tells us her definition of zero-sum thinking and how racist policy decisions have left us all worse off. Heather is also the chair of the board of Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. Follow her on Twitter, @hmcghee. Scott opens with why he’s feeling optimistic at the moment. We also hear from a previous Prof G Pod guest, Joost Van Dreunen on Netflix’s potential entrance into the gaming space. 

June 10, 2021

Conversations: Future of Search — with Sridhar Ramaswamy

Sridhar Ramaswamy, the CEO and cofounder of Neeva, tells us how the company — an ad-free, private search engine — is differentiating itself in the search market. Sridhar also shares the leadership lessons he’s learned from running a team of 10,000 people during his fifteen and a half years at Google. Follow on Sridhar Twitter, @RamaswmySridhar.
Scott opens with how a lack of corporate governance could lead us to a market crash. 
Related Reading: Coinbase Independent Directors Have Close Company Ties

June 03, 2021

Conversations: Amazon Unbound — With Brad Stone

Brad Stone, the senior executive editor for Global Technology at Bloomberg News, joins to discuss his latest book: Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire. We hear how the company has transformed under Jeff Bezos’s leadership and the existential threats coming for its market dominance. Follow Brad on Twitter, @BradStone. 
Scott opens with his thoughts on “burning benjamins” — AKA what happens when billionaires lose other people’s money. 

May 27, 2021

Conversations: State of Play: Supply Chain & Logistics — with Hamid Moghadam

Hamid Moghadam, the CEO of Prologis, a logistics real estate business, breaks down how warehouses have evolved to meet the demand for speedy deliveries, how the pandemic expedited trends in the supply chain space, and how a booming era of e-commerce is driving this sector. He also reflects on his career path as an Iranian-American and a leader of a nearly $90 billion company.

Scott opens with Snap’s investments in augmented reality and explores how the broader social commerce space is shaping up as social media companies battle it out for shoppers’ attention — and wallets.  

May 20, 2021

Conversations: The Geopolitics of Cryptocurrencies — with Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson returns to the pod for a discussion about his latest book, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe. Niall shares why "all disasters are in some sense man-made" and what history can teach us about handling crises. Niall also explains the state of play around digital currencies from a geopolitical perspective. Follow Niall on Twitter, @nfergus

Scott opens with his thoughts on AT&T’s reverse merger with Discovery, and what it means for the streaming wars. He also discusses the implications of stock buybacks and dividends. 

May 13, 2021

Conversations: AI, Big Data, and the Power of Framing

Kenneth Cukier, a senior editor at The Economist, joins to share insights from his latest book, Framers: Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil. Kenneth explains how to use frames to make better decisions and avoid crises, as well as why we should rethink the phrase “think outside the box.” He also shares his thoughts on how artificial intelligence is shaping business, healthcare, and society. 

Scott opens with why he believes America is experiencing the worst LBO in history. 

Algebra of Happiness: Develop a process for resetting. 

May 06, 2021

Conversations: Principles of Persuasion — with Bob Cialdini

Bob Cialdini, one of the world’s leading social scientists, joins Scott to discuss his seven principles of persuasion and his revised edition of Influence — the psychology of why people say yes. Bob also shares how to use these principles in thoughtful debates, politics, and parenting. Follow him on Twitter, @RobertCialdini

Scott opens with his thoughts on Verizon selling Yahoo and AOL, Epic Games vs. Apple, and Biden’s economic plan. 

Algebra of Happiness: Tell someone how impressed you are with them. 

April 29, 2021

Conversations: Two Information Universes — with Al Franken

Al Franken, the former senator of Minnesota, shares how he got his start in comedy and discusses the state of play around our political ecosystem — including who might be in the running in 2024, the issues he believes Democrats and Republicans can compromise on, and the need to address systemic inequality. We also hear his advice on being a good partner and father. Follow Al on Twitter, @alfranken.

Scott opens with his thoughts on the Streaming Wars and the push towards international content. He also shares his thoughts on Spotify and Apple's podcast subscription services. Scott wraps with why he’s excited about Apple’s iOS 14.5 and what it means for Facebook and Google. 

Algebra of Happiness: The key is forgiveness. 

April 22, 2021

Conversations: Inclusive Capitalism & Moral Leadership — with Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder, and CEO of Acumen, a global nonprofit investing in sustainable businesses, leaders, and ideas. She is also the author of, Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World. Jacqueline shares her ideas around moral leadership and how to use capital and networks as means, not ends, to solving the issues of poverty. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter, @jnovogratz

Scott opens with his thoughts on Coinbase’s “broken IPO.” He also discusses Spotify’s recent developments and the broader social audio wave — AKA why every company is trying to become Clubhouse. 

Algebra of Happiness: teaching masculinity.

April 15, 2021

Conversations: Future of Cities, Work, and Office Space — with Dror Poleg

Dror Poleg, the author of Rethinking Real Estate, joins Scott to discuss how NFTs could change the way we compensate employees and why you should think of offices and cities as consumer products. Dror also shares how crypto assets will come into play in the real estate world and why he’s particularly bullish on Ethereum. Follow Dror on Twitter, @drorpoleg, and check out his newsletter here.

Scott opens with his thoughts on ghost kitchens, autonomous food delivery cars, and the future of low-wage jobs. He also breaks down Alibaba’s $2.8 billion fine for antitrust violations. 

Algebra of Happiness: Build some anticipation in your life

April 08, 2021

Conversations: Eros, Self-Awareness, and Being a Good Partner — with Esther Perel

Esther Perel is a psychotherapist and one of the leading voices on modern relationships. She discusses the challenges the pandemic has posed on our relationships, the importance of serendipitous moments, and why self-awareness is so important. Esther also shares how co-founders can overcome the various pain points they’ve experienced throughout the past year and parenting tips to ensure your children grow up to be great partners. Follow Esther on Twitter, @EstherPerel

Scott opens with his thoughts on Facebook developing an AR/VR device, why he’s bullish on Neeva (the subscription search engine), and why Pinterest is looking to acquire VSCO is a smart move.

Algebra of Happiness: make proactive investments. 

Esther’s podcast: “How’s Work?

April 01, 2021

Conversations: How Software Ate Finance — with Martin Chavez

Marty Chavez, a senior advisor to Sixth Street Partners and the former CIO and CFO of Goldman Sachs, shares his ideas around regulating big tech like big banks, and discusses the trends playing out in our financial ecosystem. Marty breaks down the crypto space, fintech, and what’s at stake with the meme stock short-squeezes. 

Scott opens with his thoughts on WeWork going public via a SPAC merger. 

Algebra of Happiness: addressing income inequality. 
Marty’s Stanford Course: Money and Digital Currency Innovation

March 25, 2021

Conversations: Crypto, NFTs, and Blockchain ft. Raoul Pal

We’re mixing it up today and busting right into our interview with Raoul Pal, the co-founder and CEO of Real Vision Group and Global Macro Investor.Raoul breaks down everything from why the digital asset space is disrupting everything — including education, the future of blockchain, and how Bitcoin could actually be a catalyst in the push towards clean energy. Follow Raoul on Twitter, @RaoulGMI.

March 18, 2021

Conversations: Stoicism and Celebrating Success ft. Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday is a media strategist and the author of ten books including The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic, Conspiracy, and Stillness is the Key. He joins Scott to discuss how the four virtues of stoicism (courage, temperance, justice, and wisdom) are integrated into everyday life. Ryan also shares what stoicism has taught him about fatherhood. Follow him on Twitter, @RyanHoliday

Scott opens with his thoughts on Google’s Career Certificates and what companies need to do in order for ed tech to fully take off. He also discusses the IPO market and Disney’s seven-year agreement with the NHL. 

This Week’s Office Hours: the negative externalities of paywalls, opportunities for Apple to innovate, applying “don’t keep score” to your professional life, and maintaining work-life balance. 

Algebra of Happiness: Mark your wins with indelible ink. 

March 11, 2021

Conversations: SPACs, Stocks, and Being Indispensable ft. Andrew Ross Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin joins Scott to discuss the state of play on SPACs, the markets, and the tech stocks. Andrew also shares how the pandemic has impacted his family life and work. Follow Andrew on Twitter, @andrewrsorkin 

Scott opens with his thoughts on why states shouldn’t get a bailout, CDC guidelines, Netflix testing out short-form video clips, and Twitter testing out commerce on the platform. 

This Week’s Office Hours: whether Twitter should acquire Reddit, NFTs, a litmus test for whether you should go get your MBA.

Algebra of Happiness: A poem from a listener. 

March 04, 2021

Conversations: Burnout, The Media, and Twitter’s Business Moves

Jason Kint, the CEO of Digital Content Next, joins Scott to break down Australia’s media bargaining code. Jason also shares his thoughts on the broader digital ecosystem including Section 230, how Crypto might come into the media space, and why he’s bullish on Clubhouse. Follow Jason on Twitter, @jason_kint

Scott opens with his thoughts on COVID-19 vaccine news, Robinhood planning for its IPO, Target’s partnership with Apple, and Amazon launching a digital currency in Mexico. 

This Week’s Office Hours: Twitter’s recent business developments, deciding to double down on product development or content creation, and dealing with burnout. 

Algebra of Happiness: the passage of time

February 25, 2021

Conversations: Responsible Innovation and Venture Capital

Hemant Taneja, a managing director at General Catalyst and the founder of the firm’s Silicon Valley operations, joins Scott to discuss the venture capital space, why he’s bullish on the healthcare sector, and why responsible innovation is more important than ever. Hemant also shares his thoughts on the energy space and why Tesla is a key player. Follow Hemant on Twitter, @htaneja. 

Scott opens with his thoughts on LVMH buying 50 percent of Jay-Z’s champagne brand and the luxury brand market. 

This Week’s Office Hours: Australia vs. Facebook and buying shares on the secondary market. 

Algebra of Happiness: Love & Empathy

February 21, 2021

Conversations: Andrew Yang’s Run for Mayor

Andrew Yang, a Democratic candidate for New York City mayor, joins Scott to discuss his campaign.

February 18, 2021

Conversations: The Algebra of Wealth

Noreena Hertz, an economist, a bestselling author, and an Honorary Professor at the University College London, joins Scott to discuss the learnings from her latest book, “The Loney Century: How to Restore Human Connection in a World That's Pulling Apart.” We find out how loneliness impacts more than just our mental health and the second-order effects of our “contactless” world. 

Scott opens by explaining the algebra of wealth — or in other words, how to get rich. 

This Week’s Office Hours: CEO compensation, Roblox and deferred revenue, and deciding whether to get an MBA. 

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February 11, 2021

Conversations: The Attention Graph

Dr. Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas, the co-authors of Humor, Seriously: why humor is a secret weapon in business and life, join Scott to discuss their research, the four humor styles they’ve identified, and how to incorporate more levity into your workday. Jennifer and Noami also teach Humor: Serious Business at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Follow Jennifer and Naomi on Twitter, @aaker and @nbagdonas.

Scott opens with his thoughts on Apple’s move into mobility.

This Week’s Office Hours: investing in the post-COVID family, how the Big Four consulting firms can move into recurring revenue, and finding meaning within your work. 

Algebra of Happiness: Who is in your kitchen cabinet? 

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February 04, 2021

Conversations: GameStop Saga Continued

Whitney Tilson, the founder and CEO of Empire Financial Research, joins Scott to discuss the learnings from the WallStreetBets short-squeeze and the markets more generally. We also find out why Whitney is bullish on Transportation as a Service (Taas). Follow him on Twitter, @WhitneyTilson

Scott opens with his thoughts on the latest developments involving GameStop. Scott also explains how Apple CEO Tim Cook discussing the importance of privacy is an example of “laddering.”

This Week’s Office Hours: angel investing, why Apple should acquire Peloton over doing a partnership, and Gap’s brand strategy. 

Algebra of Happiness: Marshall Plan for Moms

Reading Recommendation: Innovation & Recasting Your Life

Opening joke credit: Simon Holland
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January 28, 2021

Conversations: State of Play: Inflation, Twitter, and Story Stocks

Neil Irwin, a senior economic correspondent at The New York Times, joins Scott to discuss the economic learnings from the Trump-era, inflation, and his thoughts on the stimulus efforts. Neil is also the author of, “The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire” and “How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World.” Follow him on Twitter, @Neil_Irwin

Scott opens with his thoughts on why Twitter needs to change its business model and then provides a few solutions it could capitalize on and expresses the need for new leadership. 

This Week’s Office Hours: Bitcoin, Amazon platform sellers, and the future of story stocks.

January 28, 2021

Conversations: State of Play: GameStop

Aswath Damodaran, a professor of finance at NYU Stern, joins Scott to discuss the news surrounding GameStop and the short squeeze. Aswath also shares his thoughts on SPACs, the markets more broadly, and the importance of diversifying your portfolio. Follow him on Twitter, @AswathDamodaran.

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January 21, 2021

Conversations: The Great Grift

Lina Khan, an associate professor of law at Columbia Law School, joins Scott to discuss the latest around Big Tech’s unchecked power and the broader effects of monopolistic behavior on the economy. She shares her thoughts on how break ups could benefit the markets, why traditional antitrust laws aren’t necessarily suited for the digital market, and how the dynamics of antitrust have changed over the past couple of years. Follow Lina on Twitter, @linamkhan.

Scott begins by outlining how we could have used our $5 trillion stimulus effort to prop up Americans who needed the most help, rather than letting the rich get richer. Related Reading: The Great Grift.

This Week’s Office Hours: why Big Tech probably won’t make a move in the DTC genetic testing market and how rundles increase a company's valuation. Have a question for Scott? 

Algebra of Happiness: demonstrate more grace.

January 14, 2021

Conversations: The Need for Accountability

Scott and Michael Smerconish, the host of a daily radio program heard on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel and the host of CNN’s “Smerconish,” discuss their thoughts on the insurrection that took place last week at the U.S. Capitol. Michael explains how the media has led us to this polarization and shares his experience as being a radio host for the past 30 years. Follow Michael on Twitter, @smerconish.

Scott opens with why we shouldn’t applaud the tech CEOs for kicking the President off their platforms and how the violent event that unfolded last week marks a need to vaccinate our nation with a new respect for institutions and greater accountability. 

This Week’s Office Hours: CPG brands, the digital advertising bubble, and a prediction about AMC Theatres.

Conversations: Inside Davos + Understanding the Geopolitical Recession

Ian Bremmer, a political scientist and the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the world's leading political risk research and consulting firm, joins Scott to discuss the state of our global economy. We hear about his key takeaways from Davos, the war in Ukraine, and which economies will come out on top in a post-war and post-pandemic world. Follow Ian on Twitter, @@ianbremmer.

Scott opens by reflecting on the things he’s gotten right and wrong lately.

Algebra of Happiness: forgive yourself.

Conversations: The SPAC Market + EdTech, Apprenticeship, and Entrepreneurship — with Euan Blair

Euan Blair, the founder and CEO of Multiverse, an ed-tech startup that provides professional apprenticeship programs in partnership with employers around the world, joins Scott to discuss the business model and logistics, how the company doubled its valuation from just eight months ago to reach $1.7 billion, and how different cultures have different relationships with apprenticeships.

Scott opens with why investors are wary to park their money in SPACs.

Algebra of Happiness: express your emotions.

Conversations: The Credit Markets, Interest Rates, and Market Sentiment — with John Zito

John Zito, Partner and Deputy CIO of Credit of Apollo Global Management, joins Scott to discuss the state of play regarding the credit markets, growth companies, interest rates, and investment opportunities.

Scott opens with his thoughts on a passwordless future.

Algebra of Happiness: overcoming imposter syndrome.

Conversations: Mania and Smoke Signals in the Markets — with Richard Kramer

Richard Kramer, the founder of Arete, an independent equity research firm, joins Scott to discuss how to think about and assess value in companies. We also hear Richards’s thoughts on the tech space, including why he’s more bullish on YouTube than TikTok.

Scott opens with his thoughts on the economic consequences the United States will endure now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade.

Algebra of Happiness: be effective.

Conversations: The Bull Case for Crypto — with Michael Saylor

Michael Saylor returns to discuss the various use cases he sees in the crypto market as well as the dire need for regulation. Follow Michael on Twitter, @saylor

Scott opens with his thoughts on the real estate market as well as why TikTok is an existential threat.

Algebra of Happiness: feel something.

Conversations: The Bear Case for Crypto — with Molly White

Molly White, a software engineer, and a leading cryptocurrency critic, joins Scott to discuss why she’s been an overall skeptic when it comes to Web3. Follow Molly on Twitter, @@molly0xFFF.

Scott opens with his thoughts on what’s to come with the Elon Musk and Twitter legal battle.

Algebra of Happiness: mind the gap.