73 episodes

This podcast focuses on 2 areas - 1. early stage startup founders and 2. discussion of interesting topics between people with different viewpoints.

Why?

1. Media only shines light on the success stories of founders but the most shaping experiences are the failures which are often overlooked.
Only 2% of VC funding goes to female founders and this needs to change.

2. In the age of social media, our news feeds are creating echo chambers that confirm our bias, making us less tolerant of other opinions. This increases social and political polarization, and leads to extremism. Let's change this.

Think with Lucie Lucie Repova

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This podcast focuses on 2 areas - 1. early stage startup founders and 2. discussion of interesting topics between people with different viewpoints.

Why?

1. Media only shines light on the success stories of founders but the most shaping experiences are the failures which are often overlooked.
Only 2% of VC funding goes to female founders and this needs to change.

2. In the age of social media, our news feeds are creating echo chambers that confirm our bias, making us less tolerant of other opinions. This increases social and political polarization, and leads to extremism. Let's change this.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires macOS 11.4 or higher

    Episode 74 - How can we reduce the influence of special interests on our governance? with Adam Sieff (Govern for California)

    Episode 74 - How can we reduce the influence of special interests on our governance? with Adam Sieff (Govern for California)

    This episode is a very insightful and relevant conversation with Adam Sieff covering the importance of the First Amendment, the influence of special interests on our governance system and what we can do to mitigate it, and the role of third parties in our political system.

    Adam is a media and constitutional litigator with Davis Wright Tremaine where he focuses on emerging issues involving online speech regulation. He also represents internet, media, and technology clients in First Amendment, Section 230, copyright, trademark, antitrust, and related constitutional litigation and appeals, including challenges to state and federal laws.
    He is also the Chair of the Hollywood chapter of Govern for California, a nonprofit advocating for the public’s interest in the California State Legislature.

    Chapters:
    0:00 Introduction
    01:17 Reasons for staying in California
    02:32 How to fix California housing crisis
    07:53 Govern for California work
    13:24 Reaching compromise and coalition building
    19:59 The role of ballot initiatives in our democracy
    24:03 Why republicans don’t have any voice in California
    26:20 Forbearance and mutual tolerance
    29:10 Parliamentary democracy and unwritten political norms
    33:53 Culture of civic virtue and mandatory national service
    37:35 Obtaining funding for Govern for California and political philanthropy
    40:20 Campaign finance rulings and reforms
    56:04 First Amendment and online speech
    01:04:21 Online safety laws
    01:05:55 Role of AI in our governance system

    Guest links:
    Adam's profile: https://www.dwt.com/people/s/sieff-adam
    Adam's Twitter: https://twitter.com/adamssieff?lang=en
    Govern for California: https://www.governforcalifornia.org

    Think with Lucie links:
    https://www.youtube.com/@thinkwithlucie
    https://twitter.com/thinkwithlucie
    https://www.instagram.com/thinkwithlucie

    Episode 73 - How to solve homelessness in California with Andrew Linares from Midnight Mission

    Episode 73 - How to solve homelessness in California with Andrew Linares from Midnight Mission

    Episode 73 is a conversation with Andrew Linares, Volunteer Manager at the Midnight Mission, a non-profit organization which helps homeless individuals in Southern California. With only five executive managers throughout its 100-year history, it is known to be the most efficient direct service operation in the country.

    Chapters:
    0:00 Meals for the homeless
    01:57 What differentiates Midnight Mission
    04:24 How does the shelter operate
    06:02 Housing-first approach and SRO (single room occupancy)
    07:26 Nonprofit resource allocation - how do they spend money?
    09:35 Midnight mission services
    12:40 Program for drug addicts-12-steps and personal autonomy
    18:22 What to do about street camping
    20:17 How to deal with homelessness on a policy level
    26:50 Harm reduction policies
    28:45 Nonsensical government funding programs
    33:39 Jobs for homeless people
    36:04 What is the government doing wrong and how they can improve
    38:46 Prop47 and AB109
    40:46 History of Midnight Mission and homelessness
    44:03 Hiring previously homeless people
    45:45 Collaboration with rehabs and evaluation of results
    50:00 Advice to the government

    Guest links:
    Andrew's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreslinares2015
    Midnight Mission website: https://www.midnightmission.org

    Think with Lucie links:
    https://www.youtube.com/@thinkwithlucie

    https://twitter.com/thinkwithlucie

    https://www.instagram.com/thinkwithlucie

    Episode 72-Life as a single mom in California (Children, Education, Domestic Abuse, Family Courts) with Ashley Luna

    Episode 72-Life as a single mom in California (Children, Education, Domestic Abuse, Family Courts) with Ashley Luna

    I drove down to San Diego to speak with my Twitter friend Ashley Luna. She is a separated mom of two who wishes political leaders would listen more to women’s voices and parental concerns. Her top legislative issues are education reform/school choice, defending women’s female spaces, family court reform, domestic abuse awareness, late term elective abortion, affordable access to childcare and homeownership, and the 32 hour work week.

    We had a super insightful conversation about the above topics that I'm sure all of you will find interesting.

    0:00 Why live in San Diego
    0:50 How to choose a school for your kids
    03:28 Kids are not being taught how to read and write
    09:30 Common Core Math Standards
    14:21 Parents as full-time teachers
    18:18 Critical race theory
    21:56 School choice
    30:37 Grade inflation and school accountability
    31:50 Schools ban playing for safety reasons
    37:51 Homeschooling and where to live with kids
    40:43 Domestic abuse, divorce, co-parenting
    47:43 Child support
    51:29 Family courts, child support hearing, custody
    01:01:39 Marital separation agreement, mortgage, foreclosure
    01:11:21 The power of speaking up

    Guest links:
    Ashley's Twitter: https://twitter.com/RealAshleyLuna

    Think with Lucie links:
    https://www.youtube.com/@thinkwithlucie

    https://twitter.com/thinkwithlucie

    https://www.instagram.com/thinkwithlucie

    Episode 71 - Grievances of a California farmer

    Episode 71 - Grievances of a California farmer

    This episode is a conversation with a California farmer and small business owner, who wished to remain anonymous, about his grievances and ways to improve California.

    Chapters:
    0:00 The value of fresh produce
    02:47 California laws against businesses (mental health leave)
    05:35 How overtime law harms workers and small businesses
    08:33 How trucking policy aimed to curb climate change does more harm than good
    20:04 Tyrannical government
    22:53 How to fix California (farmer’s perspective)
    28:30 COVID policies
    31:48 Silicon Valley supporting grifters, difference between democrats and republicans
    34:10 Immigration and border control
    41:06 Solution to homelessness
    57:47 Moving to Austin, Texas
    01:00:02 Argument against increasing minimum wage
    01:05:32 Water issues in California
    01:10:14 Population increase and urbanisation

    Think with Lucie links:
    https://www.youtube.com/@thinkwithlucie

    https://twitter.com/thinkwithlucie

    https://www.instagram.com/thinkwithlucie

    Ep70-What is causing the outflow of businesses from California? (Bianca Blomquist-Small Business Majority)

    Ep70-What is causing the outflow of businesses from California? (Bianca Blomquist-Small Business Majority)

    This podcast episode is a conversation with Bianca Blomquist, California Policy Director & Northern California Outreach Director at Small Business Majority, a national small business organisation that empowers America's diverse entrepreneurs to build a thriving and equitable economy.
    We discussed the grievances of small businesses in California and what we can do to fix it.

    Chapters:
    0:00 Introduction
    01:27 What is causing the outflow of small businesses from California?
    05:09 Types of small business
    07:00 Reasons for business closure during the pandemic
    10:39 Business organisations working with small business owners
    12:54 Are business owners scared to speak up?
    15:21 Predatory lending practices
    21:20 Worker benefits - paid family leave, mental health leave, CFRA
    29:05 How to deal with increased bureaucracy? What are small business development centers?
    33:57 Are climate policies more harmful than helpful?
    36:36 How does increased minimum wage hurt small businesses?
    40:57 The problem of rising health insurance costs for small businesses
    44:05 Corporate tax rate cuts
    47:03 The FAST Act
    51:48 Regulation and anti-trust laws

    Guest links:
    Bianca's profile: https://smallbusinessmajority.org/team/bianca-blomquist

    Think with Lucie links:
    https://www.youtube.com/@thinkwithlucie

    https://twitter.com/thinkwithlucie

    https://www.instagram.com/thinkwithlucie

    Episode 69 - How is the California government harming the restaurant industry? with Lucian Tudor (LA based restaurant owner)

    Episode 69 - How is the California government harming the restaurant industry? with Lucian Tudor (LA based restaurant owner)

    This is the full Interview with Lucian Tudor, a California-based restaurant owner who's had enough of the unresponsiveness of the elected officials to his concerns. His restaurant in Hollywood is in the red because of increased minimum wage ($19.08) coupled with paid time off for his part-time employees. Additionally, his restaurants have been broken into and vandalised many times. Instead of helping him, the City Council started bullying him. He's now looking to sell and move to a different state. Hear his grievances below.
    Please go to La Boheme in WEHO or 1212 in Santa Monica to support his business.

    Chapters:
    0:00 Legalised corruption
    05:11 How is crime and homelessness affecting restaurants
    07:17 Increased minimum wage drives business out of California
    09:08 Defunding the police
    10:45 Senate Bill 553 prohibiting employees from fighting against criminals
    17:06 How the middle class became poor
    18:22 Are city council town halls useful?
    21:10 Moving to business-friendly states
    22:57 City council bullying
    24:25 Does the American Dream still exist?
    26:06 Value of free speech
    27:51 Importance of voting and buying votes

    Guest links:

    Lucian's profile: https://globaldiningca.com/santa-monica-global-dining-inc-of-california-meet-team



    Think with Lucie links:

    https://www.youtube.com/@thinkwithlucie

    https://twitter.com/thinkwithlucie

    https://www.instagram.com/thinkwithlucie

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