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September 30, 2021

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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

Interview: 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.