A thrice-weekly podcast offering Scott’s fresh and irreverent perspective. Mondays episode focuses on Market news. On Wednesdays Scott answers listeners’ questions and Thursdays Scott goes deep in a conversation with a ‘blue-flame thinker’ shaping the innovation economy.
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September 21, 2023
Conversations: Conversation with Raj Chetty — Driving Upward Economic Mobility
Raj Chetty, the William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University and the Director of Opportunity Insights, joins Scott to discuss research around higher education, specifically how elite universities shape who succeeds in the US. We also hear about broader trends regarding upward economic mobility and the role a child’s environment plays in creating opportunities for growth.
Follow Prof Chetty’s work at Opportunity Insights here.
Scott opens with his thoughts on the UAW strike, specifically how it points to the need for a minimum wage that matches our nation’s productivity level.
Algebra of Happiness: Lean into the 90.
September 14, 2023
Conversations: Conversation with Mathias Döpfner — Protecting Democracy Through Trade
Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of Axel Springer, joins Scott to discuss his new book, The Trade Trap: How To Stop Doing Business with Dictators, the current geopolitical landscape, and his take on the media ecosystem.
Check out Mathias’ book here.
Scott opens by telling us what he thinks about the Google antitrust case, and gets extra heated when he talks about how young people aren’t doing as well as their parents were at their age.
Algebra of Happiness: What can you modulate?
September 07, 2023
Conversations: Conversation with Mustafa Suleyman — The Proliferation of AI & the Next Wave of Technology
Mustafa Suleyman, the CEO and co-founder of Inflection AI, joins Scott to discuss his new book, The Coming Wave: Technology, Power, and the Twenty-first Century's Greatest Dilemma.” We hear what to expect in the coming years and decades as AI gets smarter, why we’re not prepared for the coming wave of technology, and how Inflection AI wants to build the next version of a personal assistant.
Check out Mustafa’s book here.
Scott is officially back from vacation and he’s excited to be on the mic. He opens by telling us about his travels. And then explains why he thinks Ozempic is shaping up to be the biggest business story of the summer.
Algebra of Happiness: Friendship endures.
August 31, 2023
Conversations: Conversation with Marcus Collins — The Power Behind What We Buy, What We Do, and Who We Want to Be
Marcus Collins, the head of strategy at Wieden+Kennedy New York and a clinical assistant professor of marketing at the University of Michigan, joins Scott to discuss his new book, “FOR THE CULTURE: The Power Behind What We Buy, What We Do, and Who We Want to Be.”
Follow Marcus on Twitter (X), @marctothec.
P.S. Scott is on holiday, so we’ll be back with our business analysis and Algebra of Happiness in September!
August 24, 2023
Conversations: Conversation with Jennifer B. Wallace — What to Do About Toxic Achievement Culture
Jennifer Breheny Wallace, an award-winning journalist and author of, “Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic – and What We Can Do About It,” joins Scott to discuss solutions to toxic achievement culture, economic pressures on families, instilling a sense of ‘mattering’ in children, and how gender influences children’s sense of interdependence.
Follow Jennifer on Twitter (X), @wallacejennieb.
P.S. Scott is on holiday, so we’ll be back with our business analysis and Algebra of Happiness in September!
August 17, 2023
Conversations: Conversation with Simon Sinek — Finding Your Why, Feeling Stuck, and Building Strong Leaders
Simon Sinek, a renowned leadership expert, author, and motivational speaker, joins Scott to discuss his visionary concept of “Start With Why,” along with insights on building strong teams, leadership, feeling stuck, and finding your purpose. Simon also gets Scott to open up about a meaningful memory of his mom.
Follow Simon on Twitter, @simonsinek.
P.S. Scott is on holiday, so we’ll be back with our business analysis and Algebra of Happiness in September!
August 10, 2023
Conversations: Conversation with Carol Spahn — the Peace Corps and the Power of Service
Carol Spahn, the director of the Peace Corps, joins Scott to discuss the organization’s history and evolution, its adaptation after the pandemic, and the metrics they use to gauge success.
Additionally, Carol shares insights from her own service experience and highlights the transformative impact of stepping out of one’s comfort zone. Follow Carol on Twitter (X), @PeaceCorpsDir.
August 03, 2023
Conversations: Conversation with Rutger Bregman — Human Nature, Power Dynamics, and UBI
Rutger Bregman, a Dutch historian and author, joins Scott to discuss his research from his book, “Humankind: A Hopeful History.” We learn about human nature, power dynamics, and his thoughts on Universal Basic Income. Follow Rutger on Twitter, @rcbregman.
July 27, 2023
Conversations: Private Equity’s Impact on the Economy — with Gretchen Morgenson
Gretchen Morgenson, the senior financial reporter for the NBC News Investigative Unit, and the co-author of These Are the Plunderers: How Private Equity Runs—and Wrecks America, joins Scott to discuss her thoughts on how private equity impacts parts of the economy, and why she thinks it’s problematic. Follow Gretchen on Twitter, @gmorgenson.
Scott opens with his thoughts on the latest branding failure: “bid adieu to the bird”
Algebra of Happiness: are you a protector?
July 20, 2023
Conversations: Media Tumult, Masculinity, Failure, and Fatherhood — with Jake Tapper
Jake Tapper, CNN’s chief Washington correspondent and host of the weekday television news show “The Lead,” joins Scott to discuss his latest book, “All The Demons Are Here,” along with his thoughts on the current media landscape and the upcoming presidential election. We also hear about Jake’s professional successes and failures, and get his take on being a good father and partner. Follow Jake on Twitter, @jaketapper.
Scott opens by addressing a viral Washington Post essay on masculinity that featured his insights on young men and the challenges they face. Additionally, he offers recommendations for supporting and empowering that cohort – noting that compassion is not a zero-sum game. Follow the author of that essay on Twitter, @ChristineEmba.
Algebra of Happiness: forgive yourself, a lot of failures aren’t your fault.
July 13, 2023
Conversations: Understanding AI’s Threats and Opportunities — with Mo Gawdat
Mo Gawdat, the former Chief Business Officer of Google [X] and an expert on happiness, joins Scott to discuss the need to control our response to AI, how this technology is impacting society, and the four major threats he’s identified. We also hear about Mo’s transition out of tech to focus on happiness. Follow Mo on Instagram, @mo_gawdat.
Scott opens with his thoughts on Threads and has a question for Mark Zuckerberg: are you Darth Vader, or are you Anakin?
Algebra of Happiness: express love and admiration as often as you can.
June 29, 2023
Conversations: Interest Rates, the US Economy, and Demographic Change — with Matthew Klein
Matt Klein, the founder of The Overshoot, and the co-author of “Trade Wars Are Class Wars: How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace,” joins Scott to discuss the macro environment and why a recession isn’t imminent. Matt also shares how to think about the demographic shifts we’ve seen across various nations. Follow Matt on Twitter, @M_C_Klein.
Scott opens by discussing the attempted mutiny in Russia, shedding light on the power dynamics and ramifications for various players on the geopolitical stage.
Algebra of Happiness: are you floating?
June 22, 2023
Conversations: The Economy, the Media, and Fatherhood — with Kai Ryssdal
Kai Ryssdal, the host and senior editor of Marketplace, joins Scott to discuss the state of the economy and his take on the media. We also learn how Kai approaches fatherhood and his thoughts on being a good partner. Follow Kai on Twitter, @kairyssdal.
Scott opens by discussing masculinity, his time at Cannes, and the fact that the number of billionaires in the world has increased five-fold over the past two decades.
Algebra of Happiness: are you a friend or a benefactor?
June 15, 2023
Conversations: China’s Growing Power, US Diplomacy, and Ukraine’s Counteroffensive — with Ian Bremmer
Ian Bremmer, the president and founder of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media, joins Scott to discuss why China has a spy base in Cuba, where the US struggles and excels on the global stage, and what to expect now that Ukraine’s counteroffensive has begun. Follow Ian on Twitter, @ianbremmer.
Scott opens by discussing how former President Trump exudes corruption and stupidity.
Algebra of Happiness: what made you?
June 08, 2023
Conversations: How to Get Unstuck — with Adam Alter
Adam Alter, a professor of marketing and psychology at NYU, and the author of several books including his latest, “Anatomy of a Breakthrough” joins Scott to discuss what to do about feeling stuck, choosing when to explore vs exploit your career options, and why he thinks Lionel Messi is the greatest soccer player of all time. Follow Professor Alter on Twitter, @adamleealter.
Scott opens by discussing why he does not think Apple’s Vision Pro product will be successful.
Algebra of Happiness: it’s never too late to right a wrong.
June 01, 2023
Conversations: Lessons & Meditations from the Stoics — with Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday, an author and media strategist, joins Scott to discuss his latest book, “The Daily Dad: 366 Meditations on Parenting, Love, and Raising Great Kids.” We hear about practicing patience, rethinking our outsized reactions, and teaching discipline. Follow Ryan on Twitter, @RyanHoliday.
Scott opens by discussing Nvidia’s journey to become the next $1 trillion company.
Algebra of Happiness: it’s not about you.
May 25, 2023
Conversations: State of Play: Geopolitics, US Foreign Policy, and NATO Enlargement — with Jeffrey Sachs
Jeffrey Sachs, a world-renowned economics professor at Columbia University, joins Scott to discuss the state of the nation’s debt ceiling – specifically as it relates to military spending. We also hear Professor Sachs’ take on the broader geopolitical landscape, as well as the war in Ukraine.
Scott opens by discussing Meta’s privacy violation fine from the GDPR as well as the firm’s potential to build a Twitter competitor.
Algebra of Happiness: switching mediums.
May 18, 2023
Conversations: State of Banking, Media, and AI — with Andrew Ross Sorkin
Andrew Ross Sorkin shares his thoughts on the second-order effects of the banking crisis, recent media events, and AI. We also learn how Andrew is balancing work and time with his family. Follow Andrew on Twitter, @andrewrsorkin.
Scott opens by discussing Vice’s bankruptcy, and what it means for buzzy news sites. Plus, he shares his thoughts on the writers' strike.
Algebra of Happiness: just listen.
May 11, 2023
Conversations: Airbnb’s Next Phase — with Brian Chesky
Brian Chesky, the co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, joins Scott to discuss a slew of updates, including how the firm is building a community, leveraging AI, and expanding its geographical reach. We also learn about Brian’s experiences with loneliness, and how work has impacted his relationships. Follow Brian on Twitter, @bchesky. (Disclosure: Scott invests in Airbnb).
Scott opens by discussing why we need more third places.
Algebra of Happiness: get out of the house.
May 04, 2023
Conversations: The Loneliness Epidemic — with Dr. Vivek Murthy
Dr. Vivek Murthy, the Surgeon General of the United States, joins Scott to discuss why Americans are reporting extreme levels of loneliness, and how social isolation leads to negative health outcomes. Dr. Murthy also shares his framework to rebuild our social infrastructure. Follow Dr. Murthy on Twitter @vivek_murthy.
Scott opens by discussing why investing in distressed assets offers a great ROI. i.e. why JPMorgan would want First Republic Banks.
Algebra of Happiness: removing toxicity from masculinity.
April 27, 2023
Conversations: Media Shakeups + Who’s Behind the Climate Crisis — with Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben, a contributing writer to The New Yorker and the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in environmental studies at Middlebury College, joins Scott to discuss the state of climate change, including the problem of burning fossil fuels and potential solutions. Follow Bill on Twitter, @billmckibben.
Scott opens by discussing the recent media shakeups at Fox News and CNN. He also shares why Ron DeSantis should have never picked a fight with Disney.
Algebra of Happiness: the joy of malls.
April 20, 2023
Conversations: Capitalism, Private Equity, and the Seven Deadly Sins — with Stephen Dubner
Stephen Dubner, the host of the Freakonomics Radio podcast and founder of the Freakonomics Radio Network, joins Scott to discuss the history of Adam Smith, the role of private equity in our society, and his thoughts on the Seven Deadly Sins.
Scott opens by discussing the explosion in CEO pay and how it all trickles down to all sorts of inequality.
Algebra of Happiness: are you living in the moment?
April 13, 2023
Conversations: Ten Percent Happier — with Scott Galloway
We're sharing an episode of Ten Percent Happier where Scott discusses the impact of work on mental Health, the role of luck in success, and how much is enough.
April 06, 2023
Conversations: How Chips Rule the Modern World — with Chris Miller
Chris Miller, an Associate Professor of International History at Tufts University, and the author of “Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology,” joins Scott to discuss how chips became the new oil, who the major players are, and how these tiny materials created the modern world. Plus, we learn more about China and Russia’s unique relationship.
Scott opens by discussing Twitter, Q1 2023 results, and why he does not think we should pause AI developments.
Algebra of Happiness: just book it.
March 30, 2023
Conversations: Behind the Scenes of SVB’s Collapse + A Vision for America — with Ro Khanna
Representative Ro Khanna joins Scott to discuss several topics including TikTok, SVB, and his agendas for a “new economic patriotism.” Follow Ro on Twitter @RepRoKhanna.
Scott opens by discussing why distressed assets are a great buy, Twitter’s $20 billion valuation, and why Alibaba splitting into six separate businesses is a smart move for shareholders.
Algebra of Happiness: everyone needs applause.
March 23, 2023
Conversations: Labor Market Failures & Opportunities — with Byron Auguste
Byron Auguste, the CEO and co-founder of Opportunity@Work, joins Scott to discuss what he sees as the biggest labor market failures, specifically around our nation’s obsession with college degrees. Follow Byron on Twitter, @byron_auguste.
Scott opens by discussing leadership and connective tissue in Silicon Valley.
Algebra of Happiness: what can you modulate?
March 16, 2023
Conversations: Designing Your Life & Finding Your Talent — with Bill Burnett
Bill Burnett, the co-author of the New York Times best-seller, “Designing Your Life,” and the Co-Director of the Life Design Lab at Stanford University, joins Scott to discuss the attributes of “design thinking,” understanding your talent, and what to do when you feel stuck.
Scott opens by bringing on Robert Armstrong, the FT’s US financial commentator to discuss the latest around Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse. Follow Robert on Twitter, @rbrtrmstrng. For more of Prof G’s thoughts on SVB’s fallout, check out our special Markets episode.
Algebra of Happiness: nothing is ever as good or as bad as it seems.
March 09, 2023
Conversations: The Promises and Perils of Neurotechnology – with Nita Farahany
Nita Farahany, a professor of law at Duke University and the author of “The Battle for Your Brain: Defending the Right to Think Freely in the Age of Neurotechnology,” joins Scott to discuss the threat to our privacy and freedom of thought, and the future of neurotechnology. Follow Nita on Twitter, @NitaFarahany.
Scott opens by discussing the Biden Administration’s announcement that chip manufacturers that access $150M+ funding from the CHIPS Act must provide childcare. He then shares his thoughts on the bipartisan effort to take action against TikTok.
Algebra of Happiness: expressing love.
March 02, 2023
Conversations: The State of Play: Markets, Economy, and Ukraine
Liz Ann Sonders, the Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist at Charles Schwab, joins Scott to discuss the state of the markets including several mixed signals she’s paying attention to, signs of a recession, and what investors should be thinking about. Follow Liz Ann on Twitter, @LizAnnSonders.
We open the show by bringing on Ian Bremmer to discuss the state of the war in Ukraine – roughly one year after Russia’s invasion began.
Algebra of Happiness: the best revenge.
February 23, 2023
Conversations: The Psychology of Money — with Morgan Housel
Morgan Housel, a partner at The Collaborative Fund, and author of “The Psychology of Money,” joins Scott to discuss the behaviors to consider when it comes to building wealth and the importance of earning, saving, and investing. Follow Morgan on Twitter, @morganhousel.
Scott opens with his thoughts on Meta’s move to subscription + our society’s problem with ageism and sexism.
Algebra of Happiness: know how to de-escalate a situation.
February 16, 2023
Conversations: Masculinity, Media, and How to Citizen – with Baratunde Thurston
Baratunde Thurston, a founding partner of the media startup Puck and an Emmy-nominated, multi-platform storyteller, joins Scott to discuss the trends in media he’s been paying attention to, his thoughts on masculinity, and what to expect in his upcoming season of How To Citizen. Follow Baratunde on Twitter, @baratunde.
Scott opens with his thoughts on wealth inequality, specifically as it relates to the fact that the nation is facing an all-time low of first-time home buyers.
Algebra of Happiness: Be Honest.
February 09, 2023
Conversations: State of Play: Real Estate Markets and Investing — with Dave Meyer
Dave Meyer, the VP of Data and Analytics at BiggerPockets, joins Scott to discuss the state of play of US residential and commercial real estate, how to think about investing in various real estate markets, and his predictions for the year ahead. Follow Dave on Instagram @thedatadeli.
Scott opens with his thoughts on population decline, and how our nation needs to make it more appealing and affordable for people to have children.
Algebra of Happiness: check in with your friends.
February 02, 2023
Conversations: America’s Progress Has Stalled — with Derek Thompson
Derek Thompson, a staff writer at The Atlantic and host of the Plain English podcast, joins Scott to discuss why he believes America is at a standstill when it comes to progress, including the lack of trust in institutions and a need for an abundance agenda. Follow Derek on Twitter, @DKThomp.
Scott opens by discussing potential business opportunities for WhatsApp. He then shares his thoughts on Buzzfeed’s decision to use OpenAi to create content.
Algebra of Happiness: understanding the purpose of profanity.
January 26, 2023
Conversations: Antitrust in the Age of Monopolies — with Tim Wu
Tim Wu, a professor of law at Columbia University and a former leading member of President Biden’s antitrust committee, joins Scott to discuss the state of antitrust regulation as well as his decision to leave his position at the White House. Follow Tim on Twitter, @superwuster.
Scott opens with his thoughts on the recent lawsuits against popular AI art generators. He then shares his opinion on CO-CEOS.
Algebra of Happiness: give yourself license to be down.
January 19, 2023
Conversations: The AI Hype Cycle — with Gary Marcus
Gary Marcus, a professor emeritus of psychology and neural science at NYU and the author of “Rebooting AI,” joins Scott to discuss artificial intelligence including the overall hype cycle, ChatGPT, and useful applications. Follow Gary on Twitter, @GaryMarcus.
Scott opens with his thoughts on CEO pay, specifically Tim Cook’s pay cut. He then wraps up by discussing a recent partnership between Walmart and Salesforce.
Algebra of Happiness: your body is an instrument, not an ornament.
January 12, 2023
Conversations: The Top Geopolitical Risks of 2023 — with Ian Bremmer
Ian Bremmer, the founder and president of Eurasia Group, returns to the pod to discuss what we should be paying attention to regarding international affairs, world development, and geopolitical threats. Follow Ian on Twitter, @ianbremmer. Scott is happy to be back on the mic after a long holiday and discusses his travels, the latest tech layoffs, and the strong labor market.
Algebra of Happiness: slow down.
January 05, 2023
Conversations: 2023 Predictions Part II
We hear part two of Scott's 2023 Predictions Livestream. Plus, we hear predictions from several blue-flame thinkers on the global economy, healthcare, cities, and the financial markets.
December 28, 2022
Conversations: The Blue Flame Thinkers of The Prof G Pod
Today, we’re recapping some of the best insights from the Prof G Pod’s Conversations in 2022.
December 15, 2022
Conversations: The State of the Global Automobile Market – with Jim Rowan, CEO of Volvo
Jim Rowan, the CEO of Volvo, joins Scott to discuss the state of play in the global automobile market including the rise of electric vehicles, disruptions to the traditional automakers, and the winners and losers in the space. Scott opens with his thoughts on Facebook threatening to remove news from its US platform as well as a poor branding decision by Warner Bros Discovery. Algebra of Happiness: reach out to someone.
December 08, 2022
Conversations: State of Play: Inflation, Recession Signals, and the Housing Market — with Mark Zandi
Mark Zandi, the chief economist of Moody’s Analytics joins to discuss the economy, including geopolitical uncertainty, the housing market, and why he’s not all that concerned about a possible recession. Follow Mark on Twitter, @Markzandi.
Scott opens with his thoughts on investing in Chinese stocks.
Algebra of Happiness: Communicating with your elderly parent.
December 01, 2022
Conversations: Tech Valuations and The State of The Market — with Aswath Damodaran
Aswath Damodaran, a professor of finance at NYU Stern, joins Scott to discuss Twitter and Meta, his outlook on the economy and valuations. He also shares his thoughts on the state of the crypto market. Follow Aswath on Twitter, @AswathDamodaran.
Scott opens with his thoughts on zero-covid policies in China, Twitter and the rage machine, as well as what he’s watching on TV right now.
Algebra of Happiness: Freudenfreude
November 17, 2022
Conversations: Money and Power in the World of Soccer — with Rory Smith
Rory Smith, the chief soccer correspondent of The New York Times and author of the new book, Expected Goals: The Story of how Data Conquered Football and Changed the Game Forever, joins Scott to discuss the state of play in professional soccer and what to expect during the upcoming World Cup. Follow Rory on Twitter, @RorySmith.
Scott opens with his thoughts on Walgreens moving further into the healthcare space, as well as Gap's decision to start selling on Amazon’s marketplace.
Algebra of Happiness: respect our institutions.
November 10, 2022
Conversations: Being a Better Manager & Understanding the Past — with Dolly Chugh
Dolly Chugh, a social psychologist and management professor at the NYU Stern School of Business, and author of the new book, A More Just Future: Psychological Tools for Reckoning with Our Past and Driving Social Change, joins Scott to discuss what makes a good manager, her thoughts on cancel culture, and working in higher education. Follow Dolly on Twitter, @DollyChugh, and check out her newsletter, Dear Good People. Scott opens with his thoughts on the recent layoffs in the tech sector, as well as the latest on Elon Musk and Twitter (what a shocker). Algebra of Happiness: Step up to the plate.
November 03, 2022
Conversations: Ending the Two-Party Political System— with Katherine Gehl
Katherine Gehl, the founder of The Institute for Political Innovation and co-author of “The Politics Industry: How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save Our Democracy,” joins Scott to discuss why it’s time to disrupt the politics industry with Final Five Voting. Scott opens with his thoughts on why Twitter’s subscription model is all wrong. Algebra of Happiness: Get memories out of your parents while you can.
October 27, 2022
Conversations: Failing Young Men — with Richard Reeves
Richard Reeves, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of several books including his latest, Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do About It, joins Scott to discuss how the US has set up boys to fall behind, and how that manifests into adulthood. Follow Richard on Twitter, @RichardvReeves.
Scott opens with his thoughts on big tech’s ability to monetize utility.
Algebra of Happiness: demonstrate generosity.
October 20, 2022
Conversations: What Options Elon Has Left — with Andrew Jennings
Andrew Jennings, a professor of corporate governance and securities at Brooklyn Law School, joins Scott to discuss the latest around the Elon Musk v. Twitter Trial. Follow Professor Jennings on Twitter, @akjennings.
Scott opens with his thoughts on what makes good management.
Algebra of Happiness: planning for an empty nest.
October 13, 2022
Conversations: Civility in Tech, Centrists, and Advice from a Lifelong Entrepreneur — with Reid Hoffman
Reid Hoffman, an entrepreneur and an investor, joins Scott to discuss his thoughts on identity, artificial intelligence, businesses with network effects, and why we need more centrist politicians in the House. Reid also shares career advice from his latest book, “The Startup of You.” Follow Reid on Twitter, @reidhoffman.
Scott opens with his thoughts on Sheryl Sandberg’s $3 million donation to the ACLU, the benefits of failing fast, and Goldman Sachs’ missed brand opportunity.
Algebra of Happiness: talk about your emotions.
October 06, 2022
Conversations: The State of the World — with Ian Bremmer
Ian Bremmer, the President of Eurasia Group, returns to the pod to discuss the latest around Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including what it means for the rest of the world. We also get an update on US-China relations, the protests in Iran, and how Ian thinks about social media regulation. Follow Ian on Twitter, @ianbremmer.
Scott opens with his thoughts on the idolatry of innovators.
Algebra of Happiness: the death bed test.
September 29, 2022
Conversations: Are the Central Banks Getting it Wrong? — with Danny Blanchflower
Danny Blanchflower, a professor of economics at Dartmouth College and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, joins Scott to discuss the state of the economy, the imminent recession in the US, and why he thinks the Fed is relying on “guessonomics.” Follow Professor Blanchflower on Twitter, @D_Blanchflower.
Scott opens with his thoughts on Apple sponsoring the Super Bowl and the company’s decision to move iPhone production away from China.
Algebra of Happiness: diversification matters.
September 22, 2022
Conversations: The Future of Cities & Maximizing Human Capital — with Dror Poleg
Dror Poleg, an economic historian and author of “Rethinking Real Estate: A Roadmap to Technology’s Impact on the World’s Largest Asset Class”, joins Scott to discuss wealth inequality, the digital dollar, TikTok, and the future of cities. Follow Dror on Twitter, @drorpoleg.
Scott opens with his thoughts on his move to London, office space, and Meta’s misadventures.
Algebra of Happiness: there’s no such thing as quality time, there’s just time.
September 15, 2022
Conversations: Rewriting the Rules of Capitalism and Public Investment — with Mariana Mazzucato
Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London and author of several books including her latest, Mission Economy: a moonshot guide to changing capitalism, joins Scott to discuss the current state of capitalism, unions, and how to rethink the relationship between markets and governments. Follow Professor Mazzucato on Twitter, @MazzucatoM.
Scott opens with his thoughts on Pinterest's potential, the streaming space, and the at-home fitness market.
Algebra of Happiness: Be kind and evolve.
September 08, 2022
Conversations: China’s Surveillance State — with Josh Chin and Lisa Lin
Josh Chin and Lisa Lin, the authors of “Surveillance State: Inside China's Quest to Launch a New Era of Social Control and journalists at the Wall Street Journal, join Scott to discuss the following: how China operates as a surveillance state, the role Silicon Valley has played in the development of state surveillance around the world, and what to consider when it comes to US-China bilateral relations.
Scott opens with his thoughts on Apple becoming the leading smartphone provider in the US as well as its plans to move further into the digital ad space.
Algebra of happiness: tell someone you admire them.
September 01, 2022
Conversations: The Evolution of Money — with Eswar Prasad
We're revisiting a favorite interview featuring 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.” Eswar discusses 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.
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 Public.com, 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.