These Four Words Will Help You 'Hold Strong Opinions Weakly'

I first heard the phrase from tech entrepreneur turned venture capitalist Marc Andreessen. "Strong opinions, weakly held" I love this concept. (In fact, I almost called my podcast, "Strong Opinions, Weekly Held").  I had never thought of it in such a succinct way, but this approach has been…


Episode 69: Robin Hanson on the Coming Age of Robots

Special thanks to show producer Lav Kozakijevic for his tireless work editing, posting, and adding show notes for each and every episode! We live at a time when artificial intelligence is booming and major breakthroughs are happening, with a lot of people thinking about what is coming and how will…


Newest Book Now in Audio Format

"Why Haven't You Read This Book?" is now available in audio format! Huge thanks to Mitchell Earl for his work narrating the book and getting it added to Amazon.  You can get it with an Audible subscription. Additionally, Mitchell setup an awesome way to get any chapter from the book for free here.…


Episode 68.5: FwTK - Wishful Thinking, Delusion, Coding, and Language

Today we discuss my threatening letter from the municipal business license office, TK's appearance on the Tom Woods show and some critical comments he received, whether believing in your own power is delusional, why wishful thinking is the source of all the good stuff, why faith is not the absence…


Apprenticeships Aren’t Just for Welders; Startups Aren’t Just for Coders

I make the case over at the Praxis blog that apprenticeships, especially at startups and growing small businesses, are the best possible way to learn and build an awesome career. Be around people who are doing what you want to do.  Create value for them.  Don't just theorize, but practice. "There…


"I Hated School but Thought I Had to Do More of It"

One of the youngest participants in the Praxis program, Charles Porges, was just hired on full-time at his business partner, even though he's not even halfway through the apprenticeship. No one, Charles included, assumed someone straight out of high school could be doing amazing work in project…


If You're Flaky, Be Good Flaky

Some people are flaky.  Always flitting from thing to thing, idea to idea.  By the time others get on board they've already moved on. If this is you don't fear.  You don't need to curb your curiosity or appetite for change in order to be successful. Flaky can be a good thing.  I know people who…


Episode 68: Let's Do a Job Interview, with Daniel Myers

A young tech company builds software for small businesses. It employs around 10-15 people and is currently hiring. That is a hypothetical situation which myself and Daniel Myers go through in this episode of the podcast, with me being the recruiter and Daniel a young prospect. Some standard…


The Justice-Morality Matrix

There's a lot of discussion about whether particular policies or outcomes are just or moral.  Often the terms are used synonymously or never really defined or distinguished. I have written about what I see as crucial and fundamental differences between justice and morality in this post.  I claim…


Episode 67.5: FwTK - Blame Readers not Writers, Creativity Means Losing Control

Did Malcolm Gladwell really get it wrong? People love to point out when a writer shares an idea that's oversimplified or could be misapplied if not interpreted wisely.  Why don't they pick on the readers who are dumb enough to misinterpret it instead? Do ideas come first and bring about changes in…