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Every Tuesday, we share a conversation with one of the world's best entrepreneurs or investors. In each episode we dissect what they've mastered and how they got to the top of their field. We break down the tactics, tools, and routines you can put to use today. Including everything from favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and so much more.
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Every Tuesday, we share a conversation with one of the world's best entrepreneurs or investors. In each episode we dissect what they've mastered and how they got to the top of their field. We break down the tactics, tools, and routines you can put to use today. Including everything from favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and so much more.
Subscribe now and start learning how the world's best got that way. For more, visit Outlieracademy.com.

    Ben Savage of Clocktower Ventures: On Macro Thinkers, Investing in Human Capital, and Why Financial Innovation Will Save the World

    Ben Savage of Clocktower Ventures: On Macro Thinkers, Investing in Human Capital, and Why Financial Innovation Will Save the World

    “When we're looking at single founders, there probably is one variable that rises a little bit and that we spent a great deal of time thinking about which is, are they an attractor? Can they attract the things they need to be successful?” – Ben Savage
    Ben Savage is General Partner at Clocktower Technology Ventures, a leading venture capital group focused on fintech investments. He is also Lead Partner for the private sector of Clocktower Group, a global macro investment firm. Before joining Clocktower, Ben co-founded Artivest, an online financial services startup, and spent years in the financial services field at Bridgewater Associates, Gjelina Group, and Bellfoundry Advisors.
    Show notes with links, quotes, and a transcript of the episode: https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/ben-savage-outliers-show-notes 
    Chapters in this interview:


    00:00:06 – Ben’s background and experience before Clocktower Group


    00:03:02 – Ben’s learnings from the culture at Bridgewater Associates


    00:12:35 – Clocktower Group and investing at the macro level


    00:24:18 – Investing in human capital


    00:31:36 – Focusing on fintech investing


    00:35:16 – How fintech will save the world


    00:43:53 – Why Clocktower does not invest in crypto


    00:51:31 – Choosing not to lead deals gives Clocktower an edge


    00:56:32 – On weaknesses and clear communication

     
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Outliers is now Outlier Academy. New name, same great podcast.

    Outliers is now Outlier Academy. New name, same great podcast.

    On Wednesday, June 9, you'll see that Outliers has a new name, as well as new artwork. Going forward, the show will be called Outlier Academy, and you can find us online at outlieracademy.com.
    Outside of the new name, artwork, and website, everything else will remain the same. Daniel Scrivner will continue to host the show, and we'll continue to interview the world's best entrepreneurs and investors.
    But make no mistake, we have big plans for the rest of this year.
    When we launched Outliers, we set out to profile people who have achieved remarkable success—and done so on their terms, by playing the game their way. This remains our mission today.
    We're now focused exclusively on success in business and investing, as both of these fields share a few unique traits that make them uniquely challenging. Those who succeed in these fields are extreme outliers, women and men who play the game their way, on their own terms.
    Our goal is to dissect what makes the world's best entrepreneurs and investors successful by studying both the professional and human performance sides of the equation—to help us all learn from the best and win the game our way.
    And we couldn't do any of that without you! So thank you for listening, subscribing, and being a part of our community.
    This remains day one for us… and we're only just getting started.
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    • 2 min
    Ken Nguyen of Republic: Building the Investment Platform of Tomorrow

    Ken Nguyen of Republic: Building the Investment Platform of Tomorrow

    “I think in tech, and in Silicon Valley in particular, people overvalue ingenuity, brilliance and innovation, and undervalue timing, luck and resilience.” – Ken Nguyen
    In this episode of Outliers, I’m talking with Ken Nguyen (@KendrickEsq) about how his company, Republic, is working to bring private investing to the masses. 
    Ken Nguyen is Co-Founder and CEO of Republic, a private investing platform for investors seeking high-growth potential. Ken studied at Berkeley, BU, and Oxford before starting his career in securities litigation with Goodwin Procter. He served as a Fellow at Stanford and as General Counsel at AngelList before founding Republic, which has facilitated over $350M in investments from over one million global community members. Ken is passionate about providing more access to investment opportunities in startups, real estate, crypto, and even video games.
    Show notes with links, quotes, and a transcript of the episode: https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/ken-nguyen-outliers-show-notes 
    Chapters in this interview:


    00:00:06 – Ken’s background and experiences that led to the founding of Republic


    00:02:42 – The exponential growth of Republic and its investments


    00:06:34 – Ken’s experience in securities litigation and his work at AngelList


    00:11:25 – Regulation Crowdfunding, and how it affected Republic


    00:21:12 – How investing and ownership has changed in recent years


    00:27:44 – New investment opportunities through Republic and beyond


    00:29:42 – Gumroad and Backstage Capital as Republic success stories


    00:33:26 – Social validation as a benefit of investing


    00:35:04 – The history of crowdfunding


    00:39:06 – How technology blurs the geographical boundaries of investing


    00:46:16 – The importance of timing, luck and resilience in entrepreneurship


    00:52:45 – Resources Ken recommends for those getting started in investing


    00:54:28 – Daily habits to keep focused


    01:00:20 – Ken’s final words of advice for entrepreneurs and investors

     
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Scott Belsky on Lessons Learned as a Founder, Investor, and Bestselling Author

    Scott Belsky on Lessons Learned as a Founder, Investor, and Bestselling Author

    “Great opportunities never have ‘great opportunity’ in the subject line.” – Scott Belsky
    In this episode of Outliers, I’m talking with Scott Belsky (@scottbelsky). After starting his career at Goldman Sachs, he left to found Behance which he later sold to Adobe. He’s now the Chief Product Officer at Adobe as well as a Venture Partner at the world-renowned venture capital firm Benchmark. Scott was an early investor in Uber, Pinterest, Carta, Flexport, Airtable, and sweetgreen. And finally, he’s the best-selling author of Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality and The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture.
    Scott is a modern polymath. We explore his journey from entrepreneur to investor, how he approaches investing in early-stage technology companies, as well as the lessons he’s learned at Benchmark, Adobe, and Behance.
    Chapters in this interview:


    00:00:05 – Scott’s learnings from his start at Goldman Sachs


    00:05:35 – On co-founding Behance, and attempting to manage the “most disorganized community on the planet”


    00:09:15 – Tactics for entrepreneurs and their teams


    00:13:26 – The transition from startup (Behance) to large company (Adobe)


    00:16:29 – How the desire to buy an education led to Scott’s interest in investing


    00:18:59 – Seeing an investment grow from Seed to IPO


    00:22:47 – How design can move the needle for a business


    00:28:21 – Scott’s foray into venture capital and finding his ideal role melding investing with company-building at Benchmark


    00:34:04 – On writing Making Ideas Happen and The Messy Middle


    00:39:11 – Startups avoiding the fate of the “one-hit wonder”


    00:43:32 – Investment trends that Scott is focusing on


    00:47:31 – Scott’s favorite failures

     
    Show notes with links, quotes, and a transcript of the episode: https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/scott-belsky-outliers-show-notes 
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    • 53 min
    Mark Terbeek of Greycroft: Investing in the Frontier of Cloud Platforms

    Mark Terbeek of Greycroft: Investing in the Frontier of Cloud Platforms

    “When customers ask for it, it's almost too late already. You should have already done it.” – Mark Terbeek
    In this episode of Outliers, we’re talking with Mark Terbeek about his investment process, advice for entrepreneurs, and the power of coaching.
    Mark Terbeek is a Partner at Greycroft, an early stage venture capital firm focused on investments in digital media. With experience as an analyst at McKinsey & Company Chicago, a board member for companies like Kontiki, BladeLogic, and Icertis, and a managing director at MK Capital, Mark has helped make Greycroft a leading investment firm in the media and technology spaces. Greycroft manages $1.1B and has made over 120 investments in companies like Thrive Market, Huffington Post, Shipt and Trunk Club.
    Show notes with links, quotes, and a transcript of the episode: https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/mark-terbeek-outliers-show-notes 
    Chapters in this interview:


    00:00:22 – Mark’s background at Goldman Sachs and McKinsey


    00:07:59 – Mark’s foray into entrepreneurship and the VC world


    00:16:43 – How the world of venture capital has changed over the past 20 years


    00:20:01 – The patience needed to be a great investor


    00:22:21 – Comparing enterprise vs. consumer venture capital investing and their trends


    00:28:05 – Greycroft’s focus areas, including intelligent enterprise and vertical SaaS


    00:35:15 – Why being API-forward is so important in modern tech companies


    00:39:45 – Icertis and contract intelligence


    00:46:19 – The allure of system of record software businesses


    00:49:17 – Mark’s fundamental investment beliefs


    00:55:45 – Advice for entrepreneurs and investors: it’s okay to be honest and vulnerable


    01:02:11 – Resources for entrepreneurs and investors

     
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Kevin Kelly: A Masterclass on the Past, Present, and Future of Asia

    Kevin Kelly: A Masterclass on the Past, Present, and Future of Asia

    “Don't try to be the best; try to be the only. If at all possible, you want to be doing something that you have trouble describing because there's not a name for it. That's a sign that you are working in the territory of the only." – Kevin Kelly
    In this episode of Outliers, I’m talking with Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly) of WIRED magazine about his newest project on Kickstarter, Vanishing Asia. A 1,000-page collection of photographs, the set of three over-sized books document his 49 years of travel across the continent.
    Kevin Kelly was the Founding Executive Editor of WIRED magazine and the Editor of Whole Earth Review. He’s also the author of several best-selling books, including Out of Control and What Technology Wants. His perspective on science and technology has been featured in writings for The New York Times, The Economist, and Time magazine, and he served as a futurist advisor for Steven Spielberg’s film, Minority Report. Kevin continues to produce content for his newsletter, Recomendo, his YouTube channel, and his weekly podcast, Cool Tools.
    Show notes with links, quotes, and a transcript of the episode: https://www.danielscrivner.com/notes/kevin-kelly2-outliers-show-notes 
    Chapters in this interview:


    00:01:44 – The full-time job of managing a Kickstarter campaign


    00:08:29 – The “1,000 true fans” concept


    00:22:39 – Art by the pound and writing out loud


    00:26:14 – The process of creating, compiling and culling photographs for Vanishing Asia


    00:38:27 – The photos in Vanishing Asia that resonate the most with Kevin


    00:44:45 – Kevin’s travel in Asia, and how he viewed its changes over time


    00:51:59 – Kevin’s thoughts on how to embrace the future while retaining cultural values and beauty


    00:58:49 – How Kevin's travel in Asia has affected his life


    01:06:41 – Understanding the nuances of Asia and the power it will hold in the future

     
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    • 1 hr 13 min

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