66 episodes

A deep dive into the stories, habits, ideas, strategies and methods that drive fulfilled people and create enormous success for them. The guests are diverse, but they share profound similarities. They’re guided by purpose, live with intense joy, learn passionately, and see the world with a unique lens. Each episode lets us soak in their hard-earned wisdom and apply it to our lives. Guests include Neil deGrasse Tyson, Seth Godin, and Tyler Cowen.

North Star Podcast David Perell

    • Investing
    • 4.5, 61 Ratings

A deep dive into the stories, habits, ideas, strategies and methods that drive fulfilled people and create enormous success for them. The guests are diverse, but they share profound similarities. They’re guided by purpose, live with intense joy, learn passionately, and see the world with a unique lens. Each episode lets us soak in their hard-earned wisdom and apply it to our lives. Guests include Neil deGrasse Tyson, Seth Godin, and Tyler Cowen.

    Patrick McKenzie: Internet Famous

    Patrick McKenzie: Internet Famous

    My guest today is marketer and software engineer Patrick McKenzie, who writes mostly about software-as-a-service businesses. He currently works for Stripe as a writer and an overall software business expert.

    Before we begin, here's my attempt to summarize what I've learned from him in three sentences. First, charge more for your services and products. Second, the economy is much bigger than you thing. Three, create for unique people, not average ones.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Will Mannon: Running an Online Course

    Will Mannon: Running an Online Course

    My guest today is Will Mannon, the student manager for my online writing school called Write of Passage. Will oversees all aspects of the student experience with the exception of curriculum design. He’s at the frontier of thinking about live online learning, from how assignments should be delivered to how live sessions should be structured.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Sara Dietschy: From YouTube to Business

    Sara Dietschy: From YouTube to Business

    My guest today is Sara Dietschy, a YouTuber with more than 620,000 YouTube subscribers. This is her second appearance on the North Star Podcast, and I’ve been interviewed twice on her podcast called That Creative Life. 

    Sara makes a couple of videos every week focused on creativity, technology, and entrepreneurship. Most of her revenue comes from paid partnerships, and she’s teamed up with brands like Intel, AT&T, Visa, Squarespace, and BestBuy, and Adobe. 

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Austin Rief & Alex Lieberman: Morning Brew’s Secret Sauce

    Austin Rief & Alex Lieberman: Morning Brew’s Secret Sauce

    I have two guests this week: Austin Rief and Alex Lieberman, the founders of Morning Brew. Their business-focused daily email newsletter now has more than 2 million readers. It began as a simple idea — to make business news more interesting for young people. While helping his college classmates prepare for job interviews, Alex noticed they failed to connect with traditional business news. They wanted something better to keep them informed, so he created a daily newsletter that later became Morning Brew.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Tiago Forte: What's Next in Education

    Tiago Forte: What's Next in Education

    My guest today is Tiago Forte. He runs an online course called Building a Second Brain, which I took in August of 2017. I went from being overwhelmed by information to being in control of it. Tiago changed the way I thought about work and my relationship with information. Fast forward to today, and Tiago and I are business partners. He helped me create my online writing course, Write of Passage and together, we’re building the infrastructure required to scale an online education business.

    • 2 hr 3 min
    Michael Mayer: Building the Next Amazon

    Michael Mayer: Building the Next Amazon

    This episode explores business from a variety of angles. Michael talks about how he thinks about marketing at bottomless, and the accumulating advantages that drive the company. He also talks about what he learned at Y Combinator, why startups that move fast have such an advantage, and how to think about execution in a fast-growing company. Five years ago, Michael was a dish washer. Then he worked at Nike before receiving funding from Y Combinator and starting Bottomless.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

#Sipp ,

David has become a must-listen

The North Star podcast, and host, David Perrell, are so insightful. David brings such a unique perspective and asks really thought-provoking questions during conversations that have me thinking long after the episodes are over. He’s building something unique with stories of the past, smart thinkers and executors of the present, and discussions of the future. David is well-researched and his guests are some of the best and brightest. Also, I’m trying to become a better writer and he is helping, so Thank YOU, David.

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Host is irritating

I was looking forward to hearing from Austin Rief and Alex Lieberman and how they build Morning Brew. Instead it was the host pontificating on a bunch of irrelevant topics. Waste of time.

D. Onco-Ingyadet ,

Ridiculous Host

The host David Perell is completely ridiculous. In his interview with the Matt Cooper on May 18, 2020 he states “most of the business that were there were definitely “not American because half of them had accents” (46:00). Having an accent does not mean you are not “American” you WASPy idiot! The original languages of this land are Indigenous so don’t act like your colonizing self even knows the original language of the land you’re on. At 56:00 he claims that the original purpose of Harvard was to Christianize others. That is half true. Harvard was originally built to assimilate and eradicate the Indigenous stolen children of this country. And for you to suggest that we should maybe go back to that purpose is to support cultural genocide, racism, and every other colonial agenda marker you can think of. This is embarrassing that you even have a platform to stand on. Go educate yourself colonizer.

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