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Eric Jorgenson's Sandbox of sounds. This started as a way to publish the Almanack of Naval Ravikant or Navalmanack audiobook, and ADD struck.
Through this podcast, you get the free version of the audiobook for Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness, including the foreword by Tim Ferriss. It is full of lessons on entrepreneurship, building businesses, and even more introspective topics like philosophy and happiness, which Naval often tweets about.
After the book, this is going to be skunkworks for all kinds of audio. Smart Friends: Join conversations I have with brilliant buddies and learn surprising details of new industries. Course Correctly: Hear interviews with successful course creators, and learners who give their honest reviews of online courses. I also have an online course: Building a Mountain of Levers: Exploring and Applying Leverage in your life, and we’ll share interviews, case studies, and new lessons.
And more: interviews, essays, rambles, experiments with new concepts, online courses, investing, my angel investments, and other projects. We'll talk about startups, mental models, and other bad ideas.

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Eric Jorgenson's Sandbox of sounds. This started as a way to publish the Almanack of Naval Ravikant or Navalmanack audiobook, and ADD struck.
Through this podcast, you get the free version of the audiobook for Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness, including the foreword by Tim Ferriss. It is full of lessons on entrepreneurship, building businesses, and even more introspective topics like philosophy and happiness, which Naval often tweets about.
After the book, this is going to be skunkworks for all kinds of audio. Smart Friends: Join conversations I have with brilliant buddies and learn surprising details of new industries. Course Correctly: Hear interviews with successful course creators, and learners who give their honest reviews of online courses. I also have an online course: Building a Mountain of Levers: Exploring and Applying Leverage in your life, and we’ll share interviews, case studies, and new lessons.
And more: interviews, essays, rambles, experiments with new concepts, online courses, investing, my angel investments, and other projects. We'll talk about startups, mental models, and other bad ideas.

    AI Evolution: ComputerVision, Olfactory Computation, and Neural Nets with Max Olson

    AI Evolution: ComputerVision, Olfactory Computation, and Neural Nets with Max Olson

    Topics:
    (5:29) - Max’s background and career
    (14:15) - Is it reasonable to use Neural Net, Deep Learning and Machine learning interchangeably?
    (26:37) - The Future of AI
    (39:18) - Google & AI Writing
    (49:42) - Hiring AI for help in our personal lives
    (55:02) - How Improvements in Robotics will massively push things forward
    (57:12) - Computers being able to smell and taste
    (1:04:56) - Scarier futures of AI
    (1:08:13) - Is there a new field of opportunities you’re paying attention to now in Computer Vision?
    (1:16:03) - Prompt Engineering
    (1:24:54) - Final recap
     
    Links:
    Max on Twitter
    MaxOlson.com
    Max’s Newsletter, Blog & Podcast - FutureBlind
    Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders from Max Olson
    Mashgin
    LEX AI
    GPT-3
    Juggernaut AI
    Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark
    Turing Test
    Midjourney community showcase
    Jasper AI
    Copy AI
     
     
     
    >> Invest in early-stage companies alongside Eric and his partners at Rolling Fun: https://angel.co/v/back/rolling-fun
    >> Join the free weekly email list at ejorgenson.com/newsletter
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    >> Give the podcast a positive review to help us reach new listeners 
    >> Name-your-price subscription monthly, annual, or one-time: https://app.omella.com/o/9Bufa 
    >> Follow me on Twitter: @ericjorgenson
    >> Get in touch about sponsoring this podcast by replying to an email or DMing me on Twitter.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Growing Podcasts, Bookkeeping Biz, and Creator-Led Companies with David Senra and Mitchell Baldridge

    Growing Podcasts, Bookkeeping Biz, and Creator-Led Companies with David Senra and Mitchell Baldridge

    Topics:
    (4:12) - David on how to grow a podcast & Mitchell as a connector
    (13:32) - David on changing the structure of his podcast
    (15:58) - Creator-Led Business, Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger & Balaji
    (36:49) - The genius of Berkshire Hathaway & The power of Twitter
    (51:24) - Creator Economics & Story time with David Senra
    (1:06:38) - Eric’s impact on David
    (1:09:48) - Mitchell’s career model & Building a bookkeeping business
    (1:28:11) - Focusing career growth
    (2:04:32) - Thoughts on TikTok
    (2:16:43)- How the guys spend their time (Finding operational leverage)
    (2:21:29) - Trying to convince Mitchell to start a podcast
    (2:24:34) - David’s thoughts on his new business model 
    (2:33:38) - Wrap Up
     
    Links:
    - The Founder’s Podcast w/ David Senra
    - Connect with Mitchell Baldridge
    - Mitchell Baldridge on Twitter
    - David Senra on Twitter
    - BetterBookkeping.com
    - David’s appearance on Jorgenson’s Soundbox
    - Mitchell’s appearance on Jorgenson’s Soundbox
    - Trung Phan on Twitter
    - Sam Hinkie
    - WorkWeek
    - Coked Up Options on Twitter
    - Ed Thorpe on The Tim Ferriss Show
    - Business Breakdowns - Berkshire Hathaway
    - Money20/20
    - George Mack on Twitter
    - Frank Niu on TikTok
     
    To support the costs of producing this podcast: 
    >> Buy a copy of the Navalmanak: www.navalmanack.com/ 
    >> Sign up for my online course and community about building your Personal Leverage: https://www.ejorgenson.com/leverage 
    >> Invest in early-stage companies alongside Eric and his partners at Rolling Fun: https://angel.co/v/back/rolling-fun
    >> Join the free weekly email list at ejorgenson.com/newsletter
    >> Text the podcast to a friend
    >> Give the podcast a positive review to help us reach new listeners 
    >> Name-your-price subscription monthly, annual, or one-time: https://app.omella.com/o/9Bufa 
    >> Follow me on Twitter: @ericjorgenson
    >> Get in touch about sponsoring this podcast by replying to an email or DMing me on Twitter.

    • 2 hr 39 min
    Rolling Fun #3: Q3 Portfolio Recap and Life Updates: Crafting, Smart Kitchens, the API for the Auto Industry

    Rolling Fun #3: Q3 Portfolio Recap and Life Updates: Crafting, Smart Kitchens, the API for the Auto Industry

    Topics:
    (1:05)  - Life updates and catching up from Al’s Quilting Capital: Hamilton, MO
    (20:08) - Fund updates for end of Q2
    (25:15) - Fund updates for Q3: Omello, Ohm, Driv.ly & Glyph
    (49:35) - Closing out Q3
    (50:28) - Updates on old portfolio companies: StableCoin, Terran, Gently 
    (55:23) - How to get involved with Rolling Fun!
     
    Links:
    Rolling Fun #1
    Rolling Fun #2
    Portfolio
    Al on Twitter
    Bo on Twitter
    Wongo Puzzles
    Positive Food Co.
    Omella
    Smart Ohm
    Driv.ly
    Glyph
     
    To support the costs of producing this podcast: 
    >> Buy a copy of the Navalmanak: www.navalmanack.com/ 
    >> Sign up for my online course and community about building your Personal Leverage: https://www.ejorgenson.com/leverage 
    >> Invest in early-stage companies alongside Eric and his partners at Rolling Fun: https://angel.co/v/back/rolling-fun
    >> Join the free weekly email list at ejorgenson.com/newsletter
    >> Text the podcast to a friend
    >> Give the podcast a positive review to help us reach new listeners 
    >> Name-your-price subscription monthly, annual, or one-time: https://app.omella.com/o/9Bufa 
    >> Follow me on Twitter: @ericjorgenson
    >> Get in touch about sponsoring this podcast by replying to an email or DMing me on Twitter.

    • 58 min
    Balaji’s Most Epic, Personal, In-Depth Interview Ever (Transhumanism, Investing, and more)

    Balaji’s Most Epic, Personal, In-Depth Interview Ever (Transhumanism, Investing, and more)

    Topics:
     
    (5:53) - Start of Balaji Interview
    (6:24) - How would you introduce yourself to a stranger?
    (8:19) - Do you think of your work as “whatever it takes” to advance your ideology?
    (10:05) - What would you like to see most achieved?
    (13:14) - What are the things you believe you are the best at?
    (20:52) - What are the ideas you are most confident telling others that you know for certain?
    (30:22) - Balaji’s upbringing & growing up in an age before the internet
    (1:03:35) - Have you always been like this? Was there an inflection point that made you who you are today?
    (1:11:41) - Are there any formative media, movie or books that really had an impact on you growing up?
    (1:19:15) - Doing math as a hobby & philosophical frameworks
    (1:29:19) - The Feynman Lectures & Magic the Gathering
    (1:51:29) - Were there any inspirations you looked to in your transition into entrepreneurship?
    (1:56:45) - What do you consider your career or body of work?
    (2:07:20) - Where have you seen some of the bigger obstacles in your career?
    (2:25:57) - Wealth, Burn Rate, and feeling “free to speak your mind”
    (2:38:40) - How are you spending time and resources to have an impact according to your mission?
    (2:50:56) - Are you trying to start your own network state or help people start theirs?
    (2:55:06) - What’s your process with getting up to speed on new technologies?
    (3:00:23) - What do you think about the trade-off between focusing on learning vs. when to start doing?
    (3:03:50) - Countries that impacted Balaji’s philosophy
    (3:08:33) - Balaji’s predictions on what Eric chose to have in the book
    (3:13:13) - What are the mental models or heuristics you use most often?
    (3:19:21) - Eric’s Themes of Balaji’s work
    (3:28:14) - What is your definition of technology?
    (3:36:09) - Do you believe a startup is synonymous with a great new technology?
    (3:37:20) - The co-evolution of technology and humanity & Youth-Extension
    (3:43:34) - The long-term battle for Network systems
    (3:45:50) - What do you envision transhumanism looking like?
    (3:53:05) - Wrap Up
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Links:
     
    Balaji on Twitter
    The Network State
    Feynman Lectures on Physics
    From Third World to First by Lee Kuan Yew
    The Man Who Knew Infinity
    Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos
    Howl's Moving Castle
    Isaac Azmov
    Elements of Mathematical Modeling
    Paul Tipler Physics books
    Visual Complex Analysis by Tristan Needham
    One Thousand Exercises in Probability
    fast.ai
    Quantum.country
    Classical Electrodynamics by John Jackson
    The PERL Cookbook
    PLEAC
    Obey the Testing Goat
    Nobody cares by Ben Horowitz
    The Jewish State by Theodore Herzl
    How ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Color Wheel Explains Humanity
    Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence by Kellie Jackson
    Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham
    Limitless
     
    To support the costs of producing this podcast: 
    >> Buy a copy of the Navalmanak: www.navalmanack.com/ 
    >> Sign up for my online course and community about building your Personal Leverage: https://www.ejorgenson.com/leverage 
    >> Invest in early-stage companies alongside Eric and his partners at Rolling Fun: https://angel.co/v/back/rolling-fun
    >> Join the free weekly email list at ejorgenson.com/newsletter
    >> Text the podcast to a friend
    >> Give the podcast a positive review to help us reach new listeners 
    >> Name-your-price subscription monthly, annual, or one-time: https://app.omella.com/o/9Bufa 
    >> Follow me on Twitter: @ericjorgenson
    >> Get in touch about sponsoring this podcast by replying to an email or DMing me on Twitter.

    • 3 hr 57 min
    Track Zach Marshall #4: The Services Trap, Firing Customers, Chicken-and-Egg Problems

    Track Zach Marshall #4: The Services Trap, Firing Customers, Chicken-and-Egg Problems

    Topics:

    (7:05) - Updates from Zach: hiring, firing, building software, and finding PMF
    (13:41) - What drove the decision to focus more on the marketplace rather than services?
    (20:18) - How different was it working with a fund rather than angels?
    (23:03) - Cost cutting measures
    (24:35) - What was it about services that made them not repeatable or scalable?
    (37:00) - Fear mongering
    (38:19) - Regional focused marketplaces
    (41:07) - Corporate Enterprise focuses
    (45:15) - Rebuilding community and staffing via website development
    (50:38) - How does affiliate marketing discounts fit into your strategy?
    (54:34)- Firing a customer
    (59:17) - A bias for action, mixed with patience
    (1:07:06) - What are your hopes for our next meeting?
    (1:10:38) - Homework for the audience

    Links:

    Zach on Twitter
    Conterra Security
    Listen to Episodes 1-3 of this series
    The Art of the Start by Guy Kawaski
    Webflow
    Zapier
    AirTable
    New Illinois crime law going into effect

    To support the costs of producing this podcast: 
    >> Buy a copy of the Navalmanak: www.navalmanack.com/ 
    >> Sign up for my online course and community about building your Personal Leverage: https://www.ejorgenson.com/leverage 
    >> Invest in early-stage companies alongside Eric and his partners at Rolling Fun: https://angel.co/v/back/rolling-fun
    >> Join the free weekly email list at ejorgenson.com/newsletter
    >> Text the podcast to a friend
    >> Give the podcast a positive review to help us reach new listeners 
    >> Name-your-price subscription monthly, annual, or one-time: https://app.omella.com/o/9Bufa 
    >> Follow me on Twitter: @ericjorgenson
    >> Get in touch about sponsoring this podcast by replying to an email or DMing me on Twitter.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Finding Your Peak of Productivity: Ultraworking with Sebastian Marshall

    Finding Your Peak of Productivity: Ultraworking with Sebastian Marshall

    Topics:
     
    (1:46) - Who are your heroes?
     
    (7:25) - Sebastian’s affinity for studying history, sports, art & professional gamers
     
    (11:30) - How do you take lessons learned from these studies and apply them to entrepreneurship?
     
     
    (13:01) - Why do you approach life and work with a lens of ruthless optimization?
    (18:12) - Breaking down the concept of ‘productivity’
     
    (26:56) - Non-value producing work
     
    (28:11) - Do you find that you have a higher sense of baseline after experimenting with 
    optimizing your entire life?
     
    (34:25) - Maximum sustainable pace vs. Maximum possible pace
     
    (39:44) - Optimizing for fun
     
    (44:34) - Can you expand on the growth of Ultraworking?
     
    (50:04) - Improving scope-to-quality of work
     
    (55:36) - Sebastian’s period of life attempting to visit every country in the world
     
    (1:00:59) - Sebastian’s writing eras and how they changed him
     
    (1:14:40) - Agree or disagree: Self-measurement is self-punishment
     
    (1:19:51) - Monthly themes for life
     
    (1:22:45) - What is the mental model you find yourself implementing in your life the most?
     
     
    Links:
     
    Ultraworking
    Sebastian Marshall on Medium
     
    The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt
     
    Scipio Africanus: Greater Than Napoleon by B. H. Lidell Hart
     
    On Heroes, Hero-worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle
     
    You and Your Research by Richard Hamming
     
    Stedi Annual Letter - Operational excellence
     
    Gateless by Sebastian Marshall
     
    Extreme Productivity by Robert Pozen
     
    Product Hunt
     
    Clockwork Nutrition
     
    To support the costs of producing this podcast: 
    >> Buy a copy of the Navalmanak: www.navalmanack.com/ 
    >> Sign up for my online course and community about building your Personal Leverage: https://www.ejorgenson.com/leverage 
    >> Invest in early-stage companies alongside Eric and his partners at Rolling Fun: https://angel.co/v/back/rolling-fun
    >> Join the free weekly email list at ejorgenson.com/newsletter
    >> Text the podcast to a friend
    >> Give the podcast a positive review to help us reach new listeners 
    >> Name-your-price subscription monthly, annual, or one-time: https://app.omella.com/o/9Bufa 
    >> Follow me on Twitter: @ericjorgenson
    >> Get in touch about sponsoring this podcast by replying to an email or DMing me on Twitter.

    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Baconlovereric ,

Love this podcast!

Of course, I'm biased, because it's my podcast, but huge fan. I do enjoy making it, I hope you enjoy listening to it.

Caseysellshomes ,

Making complex ideas easy to understand

Eric does a great job at taking complex systems, ideas and concepts and slowing the guests down enough in the beginning so everyone can get on the ride. Once everyone is buckled up he does a great job at keeping everyone’s hands inside the ride so no one gets a hand cut off.

It’s one of the best I’ve heard in web3, tech and how it ultimately incorporates into life.

A fascinating group of guests mixed with some solo casts really round out the soundcast. I have become a regular listener from finding it originally looking for for from the Naval Almanac which was also excellent!

SF-tri-guy ,

Must listen

Eric makes hard topics east to digest and tackles fascinating new developments in the world of crypto, frameworks of thinking and so much more. Big fan!

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