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Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him "the world's best human guinea pig," and The New York Times calls him "a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk." In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.


#101: The Oracle of Silicon Valley, Reid Hoffman (Plus: Michael McCullough)

August 30th, 2015

Episode 169 of 455 episodes

Reid Hoffman (@reidhoffman) is often referred to as "The Oracle of Silicon Valley" by tech insiders, who look at his company-building and investing track record (Facebook, Airbnb, Flickr, etc.) with awe. Reid is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman ofLinkedIn, which has more than 300 million users. He was previously Executive Vice President at PayPal, which was purchased by eBay for $1.5 billion. There, he was nicknamed "firefighter-in-chief" by CEO Peter Thiel. Noted venture capitalist David Sze says of Reid, "[he] is arguably the most successful angel investor in the past decade." They are now both partners atGreylock Partners. In this podcast, he is joined byMichael McCullough, MD, a close friend, co-founder of QuestBridge.org, and a successful investor with training as an ER physician. Michael is as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF and previously served as the on-call ER physician to the Dalai Lama. Michael is also a Rhodes Scholar, Kaufman Fellow, and Ashoka Fellow. An avid meditator, he is particularly interested in investing in technologies and companies pertaining to the mind. We cover A LOT, including: Meeting Mark Zuckerberg for the first time and deciding to invest in Facebook "Fire-fighting" in startups and beyond Using board games to develop strategy Reid's view of what Uber has done well and what they could improve Some of Reid's suggested philosophers for entrepreneurs Non-technical founders and symbolic systems Going "off algorithm" in the ER to manage life-and-death decisions The 3 types of CEOs What Reid has learned from his network, including the founders of Airbnb, Kiva.org, etc. And, of course, we discussQuestBridge, as Reid and I are both on the advisory board. All show notes, links, and resources from this episode can be found athttp://fourhourworkweek.com/podcast This podcast is brought to you byMeUndies.Have you ever wanted to be as powerful as a mullet-wearing ninja from the1980’s, or as sleek as a black panther in the Amazon? Of course you have, and that’s whereMeUndiescomes in. I’ve spent the last 2-3 weeks wearing underwear fromthese guys24/7,and they arethe most comfortable and colorful underwear I’ve ever owned.Their materials are 2x softer than cotton,as evaluated using theKawabata method. Check outMeUndies.com/Timto see my current faves (some are awesomely ridiculous)and, while you’re at it, don’t miss lots ofhot ladies wearing MeUndies. This podcast is also brought to you by99Designs,the world’s largest marketplace of graphic designers. Did you know I used 99Designs torapid prototype the coverforThe 4-Hour Body?Here are some of the impressive results. Click this linkand get a free $99 upgrade. Give it a test run... Enjoy!

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