Welcome to the Epic Human Podcast with Joe Blair, a venture capital investor based in San Francisco. The podcast will feature extraordinary people from all walks of life (e.g. startup founders, VCs, thought leaders, professors, athletes, artists, & more)!
The Enlightened Nomad Returns, with Cam Woodsum
Cam Woodsum is Founder & CEO of Nomad Impact Ventures, a remote startup lab that starts, grows, and invests in impact-focused internet businesses.
Cam is a digital nomad - a tech entrepreneur who lives and works wherever he wants. He’s lived all over the world and generally lives life on his own terms.
This is Cam’s second time as a guest on the Epic Human Podcast - the podcast’s first returning guest! The original podcast we recorded two years ago (S1 E12).
In this episode, we discuss Cam’s entrepreneurial successes, failures, and lessons learned. Cam shares some of his founding insights, such as launch early, often, and anonymously. Cam recounts his struggles with adult acne and how he finally overcame it this past year. We also get on update on Cam’s ever-evolving personal philosophy and why it’s so different than that his that of his contemporaries.
You can find Cam on-
*Instagram @camwoodsum (https://www.instagram.com/camwoodsum/)
*Twitter @camwoodsum (https://twitter.com/CamWoodsum)
Mindful A.I., with James Wells
James Wells is VP of Corporate Development at Sanctuary AI, a company building & scaling embodied artificial general intelligence (AGI).
In this episode, James and I discuss the differences between various types of artificial intelligence and opine on the future of the relationship between humans & intelligent machines.
James is also an accomplished survivalist, yogi, ironman, & meditator
In this episode, we cover James’s highly unique experiences
* Completing a wilderness survival course in the middle of nowhere
* Running an ironman race with almost no traditional training (as in running, biking, or swimming)
* Learning and struggling through meditation practice and the impact it’s had on his personal & professional life
This episode was kind of stitched together over a few recorded conversations we had, and the final product is exceptional. I think anyone could get something out of our chat.
* You can find James Wells on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesgwells/) (feel free to say hi)
* You can visit Sanctuary AI at www.sanctuary.ai (http://www.sanctuary.ai)
Breaking into Startups, with Ruben Harris
Ruben Harris is CEO at Career Karma, a marketplace connecting job training programs and qualified applicants. Ruben is also a Co-Host of the Breaking into Startups podcast, the podcast featuring inspiring stories of people who broke into tech from non-traditional backgrounds
In this episode, Ruben and I discuss the future of education and how to address that massive skills gap that exists both in the US and around the world.
We also go deep into Ruben's incredible past, starting with his passion for music as an accomplished cellist, how he transitioned to finance, and then the miraculous way he hustled his way into technology and Silicon Valley.
Ruben is incredibly humble and honest as he shares his mistakes, successes, and tangible advice for others finding their own way.
One poignant quote from our chat:
“Inbound is what happens when outbound is your DNA”
-You can find Ruben on twitter @rubenharris (https://twitter.com/rubenharris (https://twitter.com/rubenharris)) and @Career_Karma (https://twitter.com/Career_Karma (https://twitter.com/Career_Karma))
-You download Career Karma at ck.chat/cktw
Running Wikipedia, with Katherine Maher
Katherine Maher is CEO and Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that manages Wikipedia - the multilingual online encyclopedia, based on open collaboration through a wiki-based content editing system. Wikipedia is the fifth most popular website in the world and gets more than 18 billion page views per month.
In this episode, Katherine and I discuss Wikipedia’s role in the era of "fake news," the recent NorthFace/Wikipedia controversy, how her organization is looking to grow and diversify the editor community, and what the future holds for Wikipedia, including risks and opportunities.
We also go deep into Katherine’s background, covering her atypical academic experience, her early career path, and how she became CEO of one of the most important technology platforms of our time.
As with every podcast, I also asked Katherine about her personal philosophy, where she shared a personal story of a time she experienced failure, some advice for young adults seeking to make a difference, and a few quotes that inspire her.
-You can find Katherine on twitter @krmaher https://twitter.com/krmaher (https://twitter.com/krmaher)
-You can watch her “Sum of All Knowledge” talk she delivered on Google’s corporate campus at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESVQknHESuA&t=24s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESVQknHESuA&t=24s)
Caring for Caregivers, with Tom Masterson
Tom Masterson is Founder and CEO of Unburden Care, a company that alleviates the burden associated with providing unpaid care through efficient, economic, and sensitive use of technology and social networks.
Tom has an electric background, spanning tech, strategy, design, operations, marketing, and sales.
In this episode, Tom and I discuss the chronic challenges that caregivers face and how he’s trying to help them.
You can find Unburden Care:
-On their website www.unburdencare.com
-Or on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/caroline.assistant/ (https://www.instagram.com/caroline.assistant/)
Season Two Kickoff
Welcome back to Season Two of the Epic Human Podcast!
In this episode, we recap Season One and share some of the exciting changes we’re making for the second season.
We also reveal the epic human who originally inspired the podcast!
For the longer story, here’s my Medium article on the topic: https://bit.ly/2XcilMF
It’s good to be back!