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Thoughts on startups, life, and everything in between from author, investor, and mentor Chris Yeh.

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    • 5.0, 6 Ratings

Thoughts on startups, life, and everything in between from author, investor, and mentor Chris Yeh.

    "The Genius of Dumb" with Ray Conley

    "The Genius of Dumb" with Ray Conley

    I sit down with my old friend Ray Conley to discuss his journey from Appalachia to high finance and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, and we detail our upcoming book project, "The Genius of Dumb."

    • 28 min
    Killer pitches and overcoming obstacles with Precious L. Williams

    Killer pitches and overcoming obstacles with Precious L. Williams

    Precious L. Williams is a world-renowned pitch coach who has appeared on television many times and is a 13-time national pitch champion.

    She is also someone who grew up in an abusive home where she was told she would never amount to anything, and who, after achieving amazing heights, lost everything after personal tragedy spiraled into addiction, homelessness, and attempted suicide, only to find divine inspiration in helping others succeed and come roaring back to be more successful than ever.

    This is a remarkable episode that touches on some painful topics, but it is ultimately an inspiring story of how love and compassion can overcome almost any obstacle.


    https://www.linkedin.com/in/precious-l-williams/
    https://www.perfectpitchesbyprecious.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/perfectpitchesp/

    • 53 min
    HBS Class of 2000 Reunion: Michele Korfin

    HBS Class of 2000 Reunion: Michele Korfin

    I'm joined by my classmate Michele Korfin, who discusses her life growing up in working-class New Jersey, her love of Bruce Springsteen, and the importance of mentors during her distinguished career in pharma and biotech.  You'll also hear one of the most unique answers to the "what superpower do you wish you had" question.  All Superfriends fans will want to tune in!

    • 32 min
    The Charismatic Leader with Professor Richard Tedlow: Oprah Winfrey

    The Charismatic Leader with Professor Richard Tedlow: Oprah Winfrey

    This week, Richard Tedlow and I turn our attention to Oprah Winfrey, the Queen of All Media.  We trace her remarkable life story, from the abused child of an unwed teen mother to the first African-American woman to become a self-made billionaire, who has often been named the most influential woman in the world.  We examine the source of her charisma, her ability to make meaning out of suffering, and ponder how she has been able to stay relatable to her audience despite her incredible success.

    Notes:

    1) During this episode, we discuss the challenges that Oprah faced in her lifetime, including sexual abuse, racism (including racial slurs), and the death of her infant son. If you listen to these episodes with your children, or if these topics would cause you emotional pain, you might want to skip over this episode.

    2) Due to user error on my part, the audio for my portion of the conversation is not as crisp as usual (Zoom recorded using my laptop's onboard microphone, instead of the fancy condenser microphone that I typically use) but I deemed it "listenable," and rather than subject Richard to a re-recording, opted to publish it as is.

    Links:

    Here is Oprah as a young anchorwoman (afro and all): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9aqfUhACCU

    Here is a behind-the-scenes look at Oprah's first talk show, People Are Talking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dv7RGIWUxE

    And here is a 30-second commercial for People Are Talking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qy62A4m6gQ

    Finally, here is Oprah talking about that 67 pounds of fat in a wagon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoVmIyzNn-8

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Blitzscaling Food Security with Ricardo Rocha (Founder, Bondadosa.org)

    Blitzscaling Food Security with Ricardo Rocha (Founder, Bondadosa.org)

    I met Ricardo Rocha by listening to social impact accelerator Uncharted's podcast.  When I heard Ricardo's story, I knew I needed to record a podcast with him, and Uncharted CEO Banks Benitez was kind enough to connect us.  At the beginning of the pandemic, Ricardo's organization, Bondadosa.org, was a small, 12-person non-profit that was delivering a couple hundred meals per month to low-income families.  Today, just a few months later, Bondadosa has over 60 employees, and has delivered over 250,000 meals.

    Ricardo and I discuss the journey that led him to Bondadosa, including what it was like to grow up as an undocumented immigrant, and the key relationship that turned his life around when he was a directionless and mediocre student, and the patient that convinced him to switch from going to medical school to become a doctor to being a social entrepreneur.

    Ricardo is an amazing person, and I know you'll enjoy hearing his story.

    Here is a short video that will help you picture Bondadosa:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA2R-gxG0uI

    Here's a story about Bondadosa's work during this pandemic:


    https://www.9news.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/denver-metro-emergency-food-network-free-meals-families-in-need/73-afa17251-f3fb-4e1b-9214-4236e73ad266

    • 1 hr 10 min
    HBS Class of 2000 Reunion: Debbie Hochberg

    HBS Class of 2000 Reunion: Debbie Hochberg

    Lindsey Mead and I chat with Debbie Hochberg, who has been a loyal listener to this podcast series.  We discuss a fascinating "Sliding Doors" moment in her life, and how 9/11 changed the course of her career, encouraging her to focus on her passion for non-profits.

    • 50 min

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Solid analysis

Chris and his guests are always thoughtful in their assessments of startups and investing. As a founder, hearing these conversations is very useful!

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