Category: Podcast

130 – Roger Ver on Bitcoin

Roger Ver is the CEO of Bitcoin.com and an early investor in bitcoin and many Bitcoin startups.

His passion for free-market economics led him to bitcoin in the early days of the cryptocurrency and he has been a passionate advocate and investor ever since.

In this conversation, we start with the basics, cover the most common objections and criticism about bitcoin, and then discuss the future of bitcoin and cryptocurrency.

In this episode:

  • What was the philosophy that made you find bitcoin interesting?
  • How did Roger come to start studying economics?
  • Being prosecuted for selling “firecrackers” on eBay
  • Not sleeping for days when he discovered bitcoin
  • The elevator pitch for bitcoin
  • Common objections to bitcoin
  • Decentralization isn’t the goal, it is a tool with the goal of censorship resistance
  • The debate around blocksize
  • Cryptocurrency regulation
  • Starting a non-nation nation

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Office Hours Episode One | Trapped in College, Breaking Boredom, and “What Do You Do?”

The first episode of Office Hours is out! Every Tuesday on Office Hours, TK Coleman and I give actionable advice on listener questions about life and career.

Got a job your trying to get? A work-related issue you’re trying to resolve? An obstacle that’s holding you up? Send in your questions and check out a new episode every Tuesday.

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This week, on the first episode of Office Hours, TK and I tackle questions about an ambitious young person that feels stuck in college, an entrepreneur who doesn’t know how to pitch her business, and a successful professional who feels bored with life.

Check out the first episode of Office Hours now on iTunesYouTubedirect download and all major podcast platforms.

In this episode:

  • A handwritten letter from a mom with an ambitious daughter who can’t stand college.
  • How to create experience around your interests as a young person
  • Answering the classic question, “What Do You Do?”
  • How to develop your elevator pitch for what you do
  • Describe what you do with honesty and don’t panic
  • What to do when life is good, but you feel bored?
  • Choosing projects that stretch your boundaries

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129 – Everyday Accounting for Life and Business with Levi Morehouse

On this episode, I’m joined by my brother Levi Morehouse, the CEO of Ceterus. Levi is fantastic at cutting down to the crucial aspects of accounting and in this episode, we dive into the most important numbers and accounting concepts you need to know as an entrepreneur, freelancer, or small business owner.

One of the resources Levi recommends for new entrepreneurs is Quickbooks. Because he feels passionately about small business entrepreneurship, Levi is offering to help entrepreneurs set up their QuickBooks Online accounts – free of charge. Click here to request for a member of Ceterus’ team to walk you through setting up your account.

In this episode:

  • Update on Ceterus’ growth
  • Accounting for non-numbers people
  • How to track personal finances
  • Holistically looking at expenses
  • Basic accounting for small business
  • The most important numbers for any business
  • Accounting basics for new freelancers and self-employed

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128 – Robert Murphy on Austrian Business Cycle Theory

Robert Murphy is a professor of economics at the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, co-host of Contra-Krugman with Tom Woods, and author of many great books on economics including The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism.

This is a wide-ranging conversation that goes from what sparked Bob’s intellectual in free-market economics, to starting the Contra-Krugman Podcast, to a deep dive into Economics and specifically Austrian Business Cycle Theory.

In This Episode:

  • What sparked Robert’s interests in free market economics?
  • Writing The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism.
  • The back story behind the Contra-Krugman podcast.
  • Overviewing the different schools of economics.
  • Austrian Business Cycle Theory
  • Would a perfectly free economy be stable?
  • Why do waves of bankruptcies all line up together?
  • The difference between what the Austrian School says and the Efficient Market Hypothesis
  • Is it harder for the Fed to manipulate the economy now?
  • From an Austrian perspective, what is concerning with the economy today?
  • Staying positive when you know that there will be large negative consequences to monetary policy.

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127 – Part Two of TK Coleman’s Career Journey

This is the second part of an in-depth conversation with TK about his career path.

We finished the last episode with TK moving to LA to pursue acting. Part two starts with the story of launching an entertainment start-up before continuing all the way to working as the education director for Praxis.

TK’s roundabout career path shows the importance of focusing on doing well in whatever work you are doing. It is almost impossible to know what opportunities will come your way in the future. The job you will want in ten years most likely doesn’t exist yet. You don’t have to have an elaborate plan to build a great career, as long as you show up and do good work it will serve you in the long term and help you attract great opportunities.

In this episode:

  • What did TK want to do for a career as a kid?
  • Joining the founding team of an entertainment tech startup
  • Going out to raise funding around the time of the financial crisis
  • Knowing when it’s time to give up
  • Getting a shot at film production
  • Never working from a position of desperation
  • How doggy day care almost led to a movie
  • Creating without permission
  • Blogging for three years straight
  • TK’s key takeaways from his career

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126 – Part One of TK Coleman’s Career Journey: From American Express to American Idol to Praxis

TK has been on the show many times, but in all of our conversations, we have never taken a deep dive into his career path.

TK’s taken a fascinating path and worked as a bartender, server, financial planner, seminar leader, startup founder, assistant philosophy professor and many other roles before becoming Education Director for Praxis.

In today’s episode, we start with the first part of his career journey from childhood career aspirations, to college, and then making the move to LA.

 In this episode:

  • What did TK want to do for a career as a kid?
  • Falling in love with theater
  • Deciding to become a financial advisor
  • Feeling a calling to leave Michigan to pursue acting
  • Confusing family and friends with career choices
  • Leaving a job in the philosophy department at WMU to try out for American Idol
  • Learning that failure in real life isn’t nearly as bad as failure in theory
  • Becoming an accounting trainer
  • Learning without a scarcity mindset
  • Getting on Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader
  • TK’s first startup

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125 – Steve Patterson on Life as an Independent Intellectual

Steve Patterson is a rationalist philosopher and intellectual entrepreneur working outside of academia. He is the host of Patterson in Pursuit, a podcast featuring deep conversations with top thinkers in philosophy, mathematics, and many other disciplines.

He is also the author of What’s The Big Deal About Bitcoin and Square One: The Foundations of Knowledge.

This episode is a behind the scenes dive into life as an intellectual entrepreneur. From approaches to interviews, to handling haters, and the motivations behind Steve’s philosophic journey, it is a wide ranging conversation that will have a lot of interesting perspective for anyone interested in living an intellectual life.

In this episode:

  • The pressure to create click bait style content as a creator
  • Supporting yourself as an intellectual outside of academia
  • Handling criticism from supporters
  • Fans testing you to see if they can change your direction
  • Engaging with haters
  • Academic Specialization
  • Do academic intellectuals matter?
  • Approaches to interviewing experts and normal conversations

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124 – Pressing The Button with William Nava

William Nava is a philosopher, co-founder of pressingthebutton.com, Marketing Associate at Marginal Revolution University, and a Praxis apprentice.

He joins the show to discuss the “Would You Press the Button?” thought experiment and how thinking it through led him to question his beliefs about what the state is in his powerful essay of the same name.

The thought experiment goes like this: If there was a button, and pressing it would eliminate the state immediately, would you press it?

It is designed to make you weigh ethics against possible negative consequences, but when you think through what the state is, and what the button would do, it can change your world view and the way you pursue freedom.

In this episode:

  • What is pressing the button? And where does the thought experiment come from?
  • William’s intellectual journey
  • Understanding the history of an academic discipline
  • What lead to him writing his “Would You Press The Button?” paper
  • What is the state?
  • Collective Interpretive Framework
  • How beliefs about slavery changed
  • How experiences change beliefs
  • What you do when you want to get rid of the state

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123 – Using Philosophy to Build Better Communities with Vince Graham

Vince Graham is President of I’on Group, a South Carolina-based property developer. He is a deep thinker, who puts philosophy to work by creating communities instead of writing books and papers.

The communities he builds take inspiration from historical areas of cities like the old city of Charleston and combine the emergent wisdom of these century old communities with the best of modern advances when building homes and neighborhoods.

Vince has an incredible depth of knowledge on the history of the development of cities, so we talk deeply about the 20th century in America and how things like the development of the car, zoning rules, and government funded highways have changed our cities. His background in development gives him a unique ability to concisely explain the feelings of unease and annoyance you have likely felt driving, walking, or biking around the suburbs and downtown of most American cities.

We also discuss some of the governing rules of communities, how things like the width of roads can naturally make cars go faster or slower and the street’s safer and more available to users, where the idea of jay walking comes from and much more.

In This Episode:

  • Vince’s intellectual influences and background in real estate development
  • What makes a community livable?
  • Where did things go wrong with transportation infrastructure?
  • The history of government involvement in infrastructure
  • The resurgence of mixed use development
  • The Infrastructure Industrial Complex
  • What if other industries hand rules like land use rules?

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122 – Creating an Exceptional Career, with David Veksler

David Veksler is the Director of Marketing at the Foundation for Economic Education, a futurist, software developer, free market radical, and father. He has a fascinating life story that spans three continents and is an instructive example of how to build a great career.

David has built a successful career in technology and marketing by consistently solving problems, pursuing new opportunities, and creating value in and outside of his job responsibilities. He shares some great stories that highlight how he learned new things to grow at work and find new opportunities.

But marketing and software are just part of what David does well. He is also passionate about personal finance and investing, and has written some great blog posts on the topic at davidveksler.com.

If you’re interested in technology, finance, financial independence, and creating a great career, then you will get lots of value out of this episode!

In this episode:

  • Immigrating to Texas from the USSR (Ukraine)
  • Discovering free-market economics and early intellectual influences
  • Beginning in software development
  • Taking opportunities vs. long-term career planning
  • “Why not me?” Mindset
  • Deciding which organization challenges are worth taking on
  • Documenting your work
  • Personal finance and investment strategy
  • The point of having a job
  • Paying for daily expenses with freelance work
  • Bitcoin
  • Not following the news
  • Learning skills with deep dives to a point of competency
  • Creating vs. consuming

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All episodes of the Isaac Morehouse Podcast are available on SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.