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Hosted by David Wright, a former actuary and reinsurance broker, now a technology executive. Not Unreasonable brings you interviews covering management, analytics, sales and economics interpreted through David's insurance and reinsurance background. Subscribe in iTunes, stitcher, or by rss feed. Sign up for my newsletter here and also see us on youtube!

The Not Unreasonable Podcast David Wright

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    • 4.8 • 22 Ratings

Hosted by David Wright, a former actuary and reinsurance broker, now a technology executive. Not Unreasonable brings you interviews covering management, analytics, sales and economics interpreted through David's insurance and reinsurance background. Subscribe in iTunes, stitcher, or by rss feed. Sign up for my newsletter here and also see us on youtube!

    Ga Bartick on How To Sell

    Ga Bartick on How To Sell

    GA Bartick teaches people how to sell an underappreciated skill with very general applications. GA wrote a book called Silver Bullet Selling and in this conversation we talk about
    - how small organizations should scale their founders
    - Has sales changed over time
    - What is different about your industry?
    - How to make an emotional connection
    - How insurance is different!
    - Big ticket vs small ticket sales
    - Sales books are exemplary training manuals. How to teach, how to train?
    - Is sales training generating results? How do we know?
    - Do we hate practicing sales more than anything else?
    - Does sales training change your life?

    Show notes at:
    https://notunreasonable.com/?p=7336

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Scott Sumner on Monetary Policy

    Scott Sumner on Monetary Policy

    Scott Sumner is the Ralph G. Hawtrey Chair of Monetary Policy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and blogger at themoneyillusion.com and econlog and author of two books: The Midas Paradox and more recently, The Money Illusion. 
    Scott came to prominence because his work on the Great Depression (published in Midas Paradox) gave him analytical superpowers for understanding the Great Recession in real time in 2008 and 2009 and beyond and in retrospect. We've seen the monetary policy establishment move closer and closer to the views Scott has been trying to talk them into for over ten years. 
    Scott is one of those people who understands some very deep things about a very challenging subject. We can all learn from Scott!
    In the conversation we cover:
    - How might he design crypto monetary policy?
    - What matters more, revenue or wages?
    - Where does monetary policy end and fiscal policy begin?
    - Why isn't the fed more politicized?
    - How does Monetary Policy really work? How are inflation expectations set and how do they really matter?
    - NGDP targeting and how Scott's view has changed on it 

    Show notes:
    https://notunreasonable.com/2021/11/26/scott-sumner-on-monetary-policy/

    • 1 hr 13 min
    David Zuby on Crash Test Dummies

    David Zuby on Crash Test Dummies

    David Zuby is executive vice president and chief research officer for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and also a worldwide expert on crash test dummies! I found myself in an amazingly interesting conversation with David out in the field and pulled out my smartphone to capture it!
    In this quick chat we discuss:
    * the production economy of crash test dummies
    * what the challenges are in designing them
    * what are the limitations?
    * how long do they last?
    * Do you remember Vince and Larry!?

    Show Notes: 
    https://notunreasonable.com/2021/11/26/david-zuby-on-crash-test-dummies/

    • 36 min
    Craig Hupper on ESG

    Craig Hupper on ESG

    Craig is Head of ESG for Trans Re, a global reinsurance company and in this episode we dig into what ESG is about generally and what role reinsurers and the insurance industry plays today. In the episode we cover:
    * Is Trans doing this for the good of society or just to raise rates?
    * Is it just about catastrophe business?
    * Does it just mean you'll make more money on non-ESG-consistent risks?
    * What does a company that embodies the antithesis of ESG values look like?
    * Is this just a marketing strategy?
    * Is a marketing strategy actually a really good reason to do this, even in principle?
    * Does it make sense to have a separate ESG committee?
    * What on earth is the G about?

    And much more!

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Joe Henrich on Cultural Evolution

    Joe Henrich on Cultural Evolution

    Joe Henrich is Professor and Chair of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University. He has written two books that have been incredibly eye-opening for me: The Secret of Our Success and the WEIRDest People in the World. Joe has put cultural evolution on the map as the best way for understanding why the world looks the way it does today.
    In the interview we cover:
    -How cultures are a statistical concept and what philosophers get wrong when analyzing culture
    -What culture 'wants'
    -What is the speed minimum of innovation?
    -Are there things we can do to accelerate cultural evolution further?
    -How should we analyze subcultures?
    -Is Insurance really the fundamental application for culture?

    Show Notes:
    https://notunreasonable.com/2021/11/26/joe-henrich-on-cultural-evolution/

    Youtube link:  
    https://youtu.be/ud-1rhQHnKE

    • 1 hr
    Mahbod Moghadam on Controversy

    Mahbod Moghadam on Controversy

    Mahbod Moghadam is the co-founder of Genius (formerly Rap Genius), co-founder of everipedia.org, and co-founder of ozone.ai. 
    My words but Mahbod helped build Genius by being a controversial guy online. Controversy does not make you universally loved and Mahbod has "had beef" with a whole slew of who's who in the tech business. Some of it was real, some of it was show, all of it was catnip for the press at the time!
    Two brain surgeries and many years later and Mahbod strikes a very different tone about his life and approach to entrepreneurship. I wanted to talk to him because he's unique. I tried to steer the conversation towards Rene Girard's ideas which I thought might apply well to Mahbod's story. I still feel that way but it's hard to stay meta for long with Mahbod and we bounce in and out of his life narrative while covering the role of media in the construction of controversy, whether being controversial is a good idea even in retrospect, what it means to be an Iranian Jew in the tech startup world and don't worry, Mahbod hasn't jettisoned contrarian and original ideas entirely. 
    Enjoy my ride with Mahbod!

    Show notes: https://notunreasonable.com/2021/11/26/mahbod-moghadam-on-controversy/

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Eric Auld ,

Cowen interview fantastic

The episode with Tyler Cowen is on of the best podcast episodes I've ever heard. Bravo!!

ronnyc400 ,

Great Interviewer

I don’t write reviews but the interviewer is one of the best I’ve heard on any podcast

MattyDin ,

Consistently informative

Great guests with a skilled interviewer.
Sometimes the audio is a bit too quiet, even at full blast. Rewind if you have to- the content is worth it.

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