The Information presents Modest Conversations hosted by Sam Lessin, who writes the site's regular 'Modest Conversations' column. Modest Conversations are short conversations with interesting people about technology, culture, politics, and whatever else strikes our fancy.
On Income Sharing Agreements with Erik Torenberg
Sam and Erik discuss ISAs / and the future of equity investing in people / personal income vs. debt financing.
30 - Runaway Objective Functions & Human Agency - Tim O’Reilly
Tim and I discuss some of the thinking around his new book WTF - What’s The Future and Why It’s Up To Us. We talk in particular about our world of runaway objective functions, and the role human agency must play to manage to a future we want vs. one we do not.
29 - Attention and Addiction & What To Actually Do About It - Tristan Harris Fmr. Google
Tristan and I talk about his viewpoint and mission around the attention economy and addition. We also debate ideas on what to practically do about it.
28 - Lines - Waiting For Work To Be Done & Work To Do - Andrew Kortina co-founder Fin & Venmo
Kortina and I discuss how much of modern life is about lines.
As consumers we wait on line for restaurants, takeoff windows, and countless other experiences. As producers many of us - not just ER doctors - spend a good percentage of our 'working' time waiting for work to do and under-utilized.
We discuss how technology and technology design is impacted by and impacts the nature of lines and waiting on them for producers and consumers.
27 - The Human Side of Tech & Growth Mindset - Blake Barnes Director of Product at Instagram
Blake joins to discuss the human side of technology - growth mindset, failure, and success. How do the people who build technology, and the ways they collaborate on teams, and the culture of tech companies define the products that come out?
26 - Homo Deus in Short - Erik Torenberg, ProductHunt & co-founder Village Global VC
Erik and I discuss the ins-and-outs of Homo Deus, which has become extremely popular in Silicon Valley. What is the thesis? What is the appeal? What makes sense and what is a stretch?