67 episodes

Every week, Erik Torenberg, Dan Romero, Antonio Garcia Martinez and frequent special guests discuss what's happening in technology, business, politics, and beyond.
Moment of Zen is part of the Turpentine podcast network. Learn more: turpentine.co

"Moment of Zen‪"‬ Turpentine

    • Technology
    • 4.2 • 72 Ratings

Every week, Erik Torenberg, Dan Romero, Antonio Garcia Martinez and frequent special guests discuss what's happening in technology, business, politics, and beyond.
Moment of Zen is part of the Turpentine podcast network. Learn more: turpentine.co

    Chris Dixon on the Future of the Internet, Crypto, and Web3

    Chris Dixon on the Future of the Internet, Crypto, and Web3

    This week Erik Torenberg, Dan Romero, and Antonio Garcia Martinez sit down with Chris Dixon, a16z General Partner and author of the new book Read Write Own. They discuss the evolution of crypto, the potential impact of blockchain on existing industries, re-centralization, the implications of AI on the internet economy, and media perception of tech. If you're looking for an ERP platform, check out NetSuite: https://netsuite.com/zen

    SPONSORS:
    NETSUITE: http://netsuite.com/zen
    NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen and download your own customized KPI checklist.

    LINK:
    Buy Chris' book: https://readwriteown.com/
    MoZ newsletter: https://momentofzen.substack.com/

    X / TWITTER:
    @cdixon (Chris)
    @eriktorenberg (Erik)
    @dwr (Dan)
    @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen)
    @TurpentineMedia

    TIMESTAMPS:
    (00:00) Intro
    (00:12)Why Chris wrote Read Write Own'
    (03:36) The Negative Perception of Blockchains in Mainstream Media
    (08:31) The Future of Crypto and Blockchain
    (13:53) Sponsor: NetSuite
    (15:00) Open Protocol
    (32:23) The Impact of AI on the Internet Economy
    (40:33) The Power Dynamics of the Internet
    (42:29) The Rise of Blockchain and AI
    (45:59) Future of Web3
    (46:24) Growth of Tech
    (49:15) Challenges and Opportunities of Crypto
    (01:11:46) Policy in Tech Evolution

    • 1 hr 22 min
    How to Build a Startup Now, Finding PMF, and Navigating the Idea Maze

    How to Build a Startup Now, Finding PMF, and Navigating the Idea Maze

    Dan Romero and Erik Torenberg chat about building a company in 2024, selecting ideas to work on, and finding product-market fit (Dan quotes Marc Andreessen's definition of the term). They also cover Dan's experience at Coinbase and building Farcaster. They recorded this episode for a new show called Request for Startups where guests discuss the startups they think should exist, and share how they navigated the idea maze in their sector https://requestforstartups.substack.com/

    Subscribe to Request for Startups for more of these types of episodes:

    Video episodes are only available on Substack: https://requestforstartups.substack.com/

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/739L1LR32QI2XyoZlRh5nv

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/request-for-startups-with-erik-torenberg/id1728659822

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    We're hiring across the board at Turpentine and for Erik's personal team on other projects he's incubating. He's hiring a Chief of Staff, EA, Head of Special Projects, Investment Associate, and more. For a list of JDs, check out: eriktorenberg.com.

    SPONSORS: NETSUITE

    NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen and download your own customized KPI checklist.

    Sign up for our newsletter to receive the full shownotes: https://momentofzen.substack.com/

    LINKS:
    Farcaster: https://www.farcaster.xyz/

    X / TWITTER:
    @eriktorenberg (Erik)
    @dwr (Dan)
    @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen)
    @TurpentineMedia

    TIMESTAMPS:
    (00:00) Intro
    (00:15) Farcaster's Growth and Frames
    (04:06) Social matters
    (07:46) Evolution of Farcaster
    (11:17) Sponsor: NetSuite
    (12:28) How Dan built Farcaster
    (28:01) Challenges of Competition
    (36:19) Venture involvement
    (36:34) How Erik started Turpentine
    (38:17) The Concept of Founder Market Fit
    (39:32) Unfair Advantages in Startups
    (40:06) The Danger of Over-Experience in Startups
    (41:24) Market Selection
    (42:23) Distribution
    (52:22) The Impact of Higher Education on Startups
    (55:55) The Potential of Labor Marketplaces
    (01:00:48) The Future of Pseudonymous Networks
    (01:03:04) The Role of Reputation in Hiring
    (01:12:43) The Power of Utilizing Idle Assets

    • 1 hr 19 min
    The U.S. vs Europe, Bryan Johnson and Human Longevity

    The U.S. vs Europe, Bryan Johnson and Human Longevity

    This week Erik Torenberg, Dan Romero, and Antonio Garcia Martinez sit down to discuss the popular Europe vs United States debate, the concept of human longevity, the current state of democracy in the age of social media, and more. Moment of Zen is sponsored by Shopify: https://shopify.com/momentofzen for a $1/month trial period.
    --
    Check out Erik's new show Request for Startups featuring a rotating cast of founders and investors (including Dan) sharing their requests for startups they want to exist in the world, and also their stories of navigating the idea maze in different sectors so founders don’t have to reinvent the wheel anymore. The first episode is out now - we over better dating apps, references as a service, and WeWork for productivity

    Watch and Subscribe on Substack: https://requestforstartups.substack.com/p/receipt-based-dating-reference-checks


    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/request-for-startups-with-erik-torenberg/id1728659822


    Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/show/739L1LR32QI2XyoZlRh5nv


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    SPONSORS:
    SHOPIFY: https://shopify.com/momentofzen for a $1/month trial period
    Shopify is the global commerce platform that helps you sell at every stage of your business. Shopify powers 10% of all e-commerce in the US. And Shopify’s the global force behind Allbirds, Rothy’s, and Brooklinen, and 1,000,000s of other entrepreneurs across 175 countries. From their all-in-one e-commerce platform, to their in-person POS system – wherever and whatever you’re selling, Shopify’s got you covered. With free Shopify Magic, sell more with less effort by whipping up captivating content that converts – from blog posts to product descriptions using AI. Sign up for $1/month trial period: https://shopify.com/momentofzen

    NETSUITE: http://netsuite.com/zen
    NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen and download your own customized KPI checklist.

    Sign up for our newsletter to receive the full shownotes: https://momentofzen.substack.com/

    X / TWITTER:
    @eriktorenberg (Erik)
    @dwr (Dan)
    @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen)
    @TurpentineMedia
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    TIMESTAMPS
    (00:00) Episode Preview
    (01:21) The launch of Frames
    (05:48) Why Frames is important
    (11:44) SPONSOR: SHOPIFY
    (13:20) About Spindle and Farcaster
    (20:25) SPONSOR: NETSUITE
    (23:05) The Europe vs America debate
    (48:33 - 01:15:03) Bryan Johnson & the future of life longevity
    (57:44) Inequality in America vs Europe
    (01:15:04) Effects of social media on mental health
    (01:21:25) Democracy in the age of social media

    • 1 hr 29 min
    What does E/acc stand for?

    What does E/acc stand for?

    This week Erik sits down with Nadia Asparouhova and Bayeslord to discuss the meaning and philosophy of effective accelerationism (e/acc), the polarization and nuance in the tech industry, and much more. Moment of Zen is sponsored by Shopify: https://shopify.com/momentofzen for a $1/month trial period.

    Check out Bayeslord's article in Pirate Wires, ' The Ethos of the Divine Age' https://www.piratewires.com/p/ethos-divine-age
    _
    Check out Erik's new show Request for Startups featuring a rotating cast of founders and investors (including Dan) sharing their requests for startups they want to exist in the world, and also their stories of navigating the idea maze in different sectors so founders don’t have to reinvent the wheel anymore. The first episode is out now - we over better dating apps, references as a service, and WeWork for productivity

    Watch and Subscribe on Substack: https://requestforstartups.substack.com/p/receipt-based-dating-reference-checks


    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/request-for-startups-with-erik-torenberg/id1728659822


    Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/show/739L1LR32QI2XyoZlRh5nv


    _

    We're hiring across the board at Turpentine and for Erik's personal team on other projects he's incubating. He's hiring a Chief of Staff, EA, Head of Special Projects, Investment Associate, and more. For a list of JDs, check out: eriktorenberg.com.

    SPONSORS: SHOPIFY | NETSUITE

    SHOPIFY: https://shopify.com/momentofzen for a $1/month trial period

    Shopify is the global commerce platform that helps you sell at every stage of your business. Shopify powers 10% of all e-commerce in the US. And Shopify’s the global force behind Allbirds, Rothy’s, and Brooklinen, and 1,000,000s of other entrepreneurs across 175 countries. From their all-in-one e-commerce platform, to their in-person POS system – wherever and whatever you’re selling, Shopify’s got you covered. With free Shopify Magic, sell more with less effort by whipping up captivating content that converts – from blog posts to product descriptions using AI. Sign up for $1/month trial period: https://shopify.com/momentofzen

    NETSUITE: http://netsuite.com/zen

    NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen and download your own customized KPI checklist.

    Sign up for our newsletter to receive the full shownotes: https://momentofzen.substack.com/

    LINKS:
    Bayeslord and Nadia's article:https://www.piratewires.com/p/ethos-divine-age


    X / TWITTER:
    @eriktorenberg (Erik)
    @bayeslord (Bayeslord)
    @nayafia (Nadia)
    @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen)
    @TurpentineMedia


    TIMESTAMPS:
    (00:00) Episode Preview
    (01:40) Understanding the Perception of E/ACC
    (03:14) The Impact of E/ACC on Tech Culture
    (05:38) Nadia's Perspective on E/ACC
    (14:30) Evolution of Tech Culture
    (17:10) SPONSOR: SHOPIFY
    (29:55) Influence of Elon Musk on Tech Culture
    (36:35) SPOSNOR: NETSUITE
    (46:07) Leadership in E/ACC
    (48:05) Understanding Journalistic Patterns & Social Dynamics
    (48:46) Critiques of the 2010s
    (49:36) Impact of Social Media
    (50:40) Role of AI in Shaping the Future
    (51:50) Social Impact of Technology: A Critical View
    (53:44) Dichotomy of Tech: Good or Bad?
    (54:42) Evolution of Web 2.0 and Its Consequences
    (56:30) Future of AI and Potential Risks
    (58:31) Philosophy of E/ACC
    (01:27:14) The Future of E/ACC: Phase Two and Beyond

    • 1 hr 32 min
    2023 Recap, 2024 Predictions, Farcaster/Turpentine updates

    2023 Recap, 2024 Predictions, Farcaster/Turpentine updates

    Dan and Erik discuss the potential impact of a Trump win in 2024, the appeal of populism, the impact of AI on the next generation of startups, and an update from Farcaster and Turpentine. Moment of Zen is sponsored by Shopify: https://shopify.com/momentofzen for a $1/month trial period.
    _
    Check out Erik's new show Request for Startups featuring a rotating cast of founders and investors (including Dan) sharing their requests for startups they want to exist in the world, and also their stories of navigating the idea maze in different sectors so founders don’t have to reinvent the wheel anymore. The first episode is out now - we over better dating apps, references as a service, and WeWork for productivity

    Watch and Subscribe on Substack: https://requestforstartups.substack.com/p/receipt-based-dating-reference-checks


    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/request-for-startups-with-erik-torenberg/id1728659822


    Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/show/739L1LR32QI2XyoZlRh5nv




    We're hiring across the board at Turpentine and for Erik's personal team on other projects he's incubating. He's hiring a Chief of Staff, EA, Head of Special Projects, Investment Associate, and more. For a list of JDs, check out: https://eriktorenberg.com/

    SPONSORS: SHOPIFY | NETSUITE

    SHOPIFY: https://shopify.com/momentofzen for a $1/month trial period

    Shopify is the global commerce platform that helps you sell at every stage of your business. Shopify powers 10% of all e-commerce in the US. And Shopify’s the global force behind Allbirds, Rothy’s, and Brooklinen, and 1,000,000s of other entrepreneurs across 175 countries. From their all-in-one e-commerce platform, to their in-person POS system – wherever and whatever you’re selling, Shopify’s got you covered. With free Shopify Magic, sell more with less effort by whipping up captivating content that converts – from blog posts to product descriptions using AI. Sign up for $1/month trial period: https://shopify.com/momentofzen

    NETSUITE: http://netsuite.com/zen

    NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen and download your own customized KPI checklist.

    Sign up for our newsletter to receive the full shownotes: https://momentofzen.substack.com/

    X / TWITTER:
    @eriktorenberg (Erik)
    @dwr (Dan)
    @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen)
    @TurpentineMedia

    TIMESTAMPS:
    (00:00) Intro
    (01:08) Recap of 2023
    (01:59) Impact of Elon Musk's Takeover of Twitter
    (05:07) Impact of Changing Twitter and Zerp Policies
    (08:54) Decline of Cancel Culture and Rise of Intellectual Diversity
    (14:47) Sponsors: Shopify | NetSuite
    (27:17) The Role of Prediction Markets in Politics
    (35:15) Affirmative Action
    (37:10) The Reality of Raising Funds in the Crypto World
    (39:32) Tech and Politics
    (45:24) Potential Trump Win 
    (01:07:31) Political Campaign Strategies
    (01:08:58) New City Projects
    (01:10:28) The Influence of Interest Rates on Tech Companies
    (01:12:33) The Potential of AI and Startup Efficiency
    (01:15:49) Forcaster updates
    (01:24:39) Turpentine updates

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Curtis Yarvin on Rufo, Harvard, FDR, and The Cathedral

    Curtis Yarvin on Rufo, Harvard, FDR, and The Cathedral

    Curtis joins Dan and Erik to discuss his upcoming debate with Richard Hanania, FDR's leadership style, radical changes to institutions like Harvard, and more. Moment of Zen is sponsored by Shopify: https://shopify.com/momentofzen for a $1/month trial period.
    _
    Check out Erik's new show Request for Startups featuring a rotating cast of founders and investors (including Dan) sharing their requests for startups they want to exist in the world, and also their stories of navigating the idea maze in different sectors so founders don’t have to reinvent the wheel anymore. The first episode is out now - we over better dating apps, references as a service, and WeWork for productivity

    Watch and Subscribe on Substack: https://requestforstartups.substack.com/p/receipt-based-dating-reference-checks


    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/request-for-startups-with-erik-torenberg/id1728659822


    Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/show/739L1LR32QI2XyoZlRh5nv


    

    We're hiring across the board at Turpentine and for Erik's personal team on other projects he's incubating. He's hiring a Chief of Staff, EA, Head of Special Projects, Investment Associate, and more. For a list of JDs, check out: eriktorenberg.com.

    SPONSORS: SHOPIFY | NETSUITE

    SHOPIFY: https://shopify.com/momentofzen for a $1/month trial period

    Shopify is the global commerce platform that helps you sell at every stage of your business. Shopify powers 10% of all e-commerce in the US. And Shopify’s the global force behind Allbirds, Rothy’s, and Brooklinen, and 1,000,000s of other entrepreneurs across 175 countries. From their all-in-one e-commerce platform, to their in-person POS system – wherever and whatever you’re selling, Shopify’s got you covered. With free Shopify Magic, sell more with less effort by whipping up captivating content that converts – from blog posts to product descriptions using AI. Sign up for $1/month trial period: https://shopify.com/momentofzen

    NETSUITE: http://netsuite.com/zen

    NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen and download your own customized KPI checklist.

    Sign up for our newsletter to receive the full shownotes: https://momentofzen.substack.com/

    X / TWITTER:
    @eriktorenberg (Erik)
    @dwr (Dan)
    @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen)
    @TurpentineMedia


    TIMESTAMPS:
    (00:00) Introduction
    (05:10) Debating Richard Hanania
    (11:21) On the executive branch in DC
    (22:20) On the progressive movement
    (37:19) Intellectuals running the government
    (42:40) FDR—inaugural address and leadership style
    (53:05) The dysfunction of Washington and creating a new government
    (01:03:05) On the effectiveness of command-based organizations
    (01:13:02) The legacy of FDR
    (01:23:00) The Challenge of taking over institutions
    (01:30:07) De-woke-ifying Harvard
    (01:40:05) On the impunity of the elite
    (01:47:54) Learned helplessness

    • 1 hr 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

OpinionMinion99 ,

Missing points on purpose or just chicken?

Eric and Dan are smart dudes who dive into deep discussions, and I'm almost fan. Sometimes, I stick around for their lively debates, but other times, I'm waiting for the inevitable trainwreck of a take. They make great points peppered w glaring blind spots. They seem to see themselves as thought leaders having robust, debates, but their thoughts aren’t diverse anywhere where it might matter.

They could benefit from more balanced discussions with different voices challenging their ideas. They say they appreciate opposing views, but it often feels like they're just confirming their own beliefs. Their intelligence sometimes comes off as political spin, and they seem hesitant to face tough challenges from outsiders.

Despite all this, I'll keep tuning in because I like them but also enjoy thinking about how freely they say some things they’ll be certain to regret. They are my podcast version of know-it-all little brothers. No need to fight with them when you know their day is coming.

AH_12 ,

Getting Better!!

First few episodes sounded like a tech bros locker room conversation - was pretty average

Now less bro-y, less swearing, great guests, and highly intellectual. It’s quickly become one of my favorite podcasts

PensFan40 ,

Anthropologically Fascinating

10 years from now this may very well be a key text to understanding how the American tech sector came to embrace some truly heinous reactionary views and became a loyal ally of the authoritarian “new right.” Come for the half-cooked grand unified theories of science, medicine, and political philosophy, stay for casual denigration of minorities and trans people, fawning tributes to authoritarian regimes, and mocking dismissal of any commentary on the turn towards exclusionist white chauvinism in American politics. That’s leaving out other incredible takes like the need for tech to have its own version of Mussolini’s black shirts, to name one example. It would be funny if the hosts and guests were not as powerful and/or wealthy as they are. They’ll mock me for this but all I can say is the audits of their crypto “enterprises” can’t go far enough and someday I really hope they’re subjected to FDR-era marginal tax rates. Bleak!

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