Blockchain and Future Tech from the Crow’s Nest with Daniel Jefferies

December 6, 2018
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Episode 14 of the Hacker Noon Podcast: An interview with Science Fiction author, and futurist Daniel Jeffries.

In this episode Trent Lapinskiand Daniel Jeffriesdiscuss cryptocurrency, blockchain, AI, future technology, and philosophy.

“We need to stop throwing the damn baby out with the bathwater, and assume that decentralized everything just works because it’s decentralized.”

“These things that we have now, they are still in their earliest phase. We barely understand them. They are going to evolve into something so mind boggling different from what we have today.”

“We have to look to each structure, and abstract out the things that work and create new mitigation systems that solve the problems of the existing ones, and when we make the next iteration we stand on the shoulders of giants.” — Daniel Jeffries

The VC Approach In Today’s Tech Markets with Steve Schlafman

December 3, 2018
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Episode 13: An interview with venture capitalist Steve Schlafman from Primary Ventures.

In this episode Trent Lapinski and Steve Schlafman discuss venture capital, leadership, executive coaching, and even mediation.

“For me I always ask myself is this an entrepreneur who that is special, talented, tenacious, and on a mission.”

“Is this someone who can go and tell a great story, inspire potential employees, investors, partners. Is this someone who people are going to gravitate towards? In a competitive hiring environment, are they going to be able to build a World class team?”

“I don’t need to see a huge amount of traction. I need to answer the question: Is there enough evidence or an unique insight that people want the product or service. I love founders that are incredibly focused on the customer. Is this someone who is just incredibly focused, and obsessed with the customer and solving their problem?” 

“Is this team on a journey that is important, bold, difficult, and inspiring? In someways does it make me uncomfortable because it is hard?”— Steve Schlafman

University of Boulder Live Edition: Linh & David Smooke Speak at Disruptive Entrepreneurship Class

November 27, 2018
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Hacker Noon CEO David Smooke & COO Linh Dao Smooke recently spoke at University of Colorado Boulder's Disruptive Entrepreneurship class taught by Professor & Hacker Noon contributing writer Nathan Schneider. Learn more about Hacker Noon's equity crowdfunding campaign

"On the internet right now, there is a massive battle going on between centralization and decentralization." - David

 

"It's what drives us everyday: we know that people want to read more, write more and that people rally behind us when we are threatened by an external source." - Linh

 

"Know that the obstacles are only a day, and tomorrow will be a new day and that obstacle won't be as bad, or maybe it'll be worse and day after will be better." -David

 

"It's the community that decides what we're gonna' look like - therefore we think it's the best reflection of the internet." -Linh

 

"We're people that built a company out of iteration, and we did not intend to make one of the most popular tech blogs." - David

 

"How can we reflect the internet? The merits should be the story and the story itself." - Linh 

 

Learn more about Hacker Noon's equity crowdfunding campaign

 

Building an Effective Crypto Product with Miles Paschini from B21

November 20, 2018
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Episode 12: An interview with entrepreneur Miles Paschini from B21.

In this episode Trent Lapinski and Miles Paschini discuss what it takes to build an effective crypto product.

“In bear markets the good people go build products, and in the bull markets people speculate.”

“Once you get to critical mass, theres a lot of friction that exists between the existing banking World, and the emerging crypto payments World.”

“We’re all in, we believe that blockchain is the future. We believe that investing in the alternative asset class of crypto should be a part of people’s future portfolios. We need to get to a point as an industry where we can point to things and say, ‘hey this is a productized example where the blockchain is better’ and it is being used at scale. But, remember you’re building a community.” — Miles Paschini

The Elusive Black Swan with David Kadavy

November 16, 2018
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Episode 11: An interview with creative entrepreneur, best selling author, and podcaster David Kadavy.

In this episode Trent Lapinski and David Kadavydiscuss elusive black swam moments, which are moments that describe an event that comes as a surprise and have a major effect.

“I had an event where my e-mail list went from 5,000 to 30,000 within a couple weeks. All these events, they kind of happened, and I did things to make them happen, but I couldn’t have predicted that they were going to happen. So I wondered to myself, how can you make black swans happen?”

“They suffer from interacting with an issue I call irrational rationality. Which is the treating of absence of evidence as evidence of absence.” 

“It always really turned me off, the whole A/B testing obsession that there was in Silicon Valley… Well yeah, if you can use machine learning to do that, that’s even more reasons for you to try and ignore those activities. Then look for the activities that are low investment, but uncertain in outcome. That uncertain outcome may be a very positive outcome.” — David Kadavy

Health Hacks with Casey Fenton of UpStock and CouchSurfing

November 8, 2018
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Episode 10: Part 2 of an interview with Casey Fenton, CEO and Founder of UpStock (http://upstock.io), and Co-Founder of CouchSurfing (http://couchsurfing.org). Listen to Episode 9 for part 1 of this interview on Ego Hacking.

In this episode Trent and Casey discuss health hacks, how to live longer, and how to improve your overall health with simple tips and tricks.

"If you can get someone in your life who loves you, to help you hack yourself… to get you to think 'I care about my health, I care about my health, I want to live a healthy way for a long time.' Get someone to help you get that kernel, that little nugget that is health hacking, and that will grow." 

"You will start to see all little things in your environment, all over the place, that corroborate and bolster of this identity that 'I care about my health, and I love myself,' and all that good stuff."- Casey Fenton

Hacking The Ego with Casey Fenton of UpStock and CouchSurfing

November 8, 2018
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Episode 9: In this episode Trent Lapinski interviews Casey Fenton, CEO and Founder of UpStock (http://upstock.io), and Co-Founder of CouchSurfing (http://couchsurfing.org), who is working on a new book on ego hacking.

In this episode Trent and Casey discuss some of the techniques Casey has been researching and presenting that are going to be included in his new book which he's still working on.

"It is so important to think about how we become our identity. We have to be very careful with how we are programmed. What is in our identity? What does that cause? We automatically find more of it, whatever it is. A lot of the time the authentic self is intuitively what I feel in my heart and soul, but maybe that authentic self was programmed by society, maybe that was no programmed by you. Maybe that authentic self means self author."

"It is interesting, is the ego, is the identity, are the things inside me, are they self authored? Or are they authored by others? We want to rationalize who we are, we want to feel good. We want to say, 'oh well I made all that stuff,' but did we?" -Casey Fenton

Check out part two of this interview: Health Hacks with Casey Fenton

Ending The Crypto Winter with Garry Tan and Brett Gibson of Initialized Capital

November 1, 2018
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Episode 8: In this episode we sit down with Garry Tan and Brett Gibson of Initialized Capital and discuss emerging technologies such as cryptocurrency, blockchain, and what sets them apart from other venture capital firms.

"People are conditioned for 200 milliseconds at this point. Even waiting 5-seconds for a little spinner is not going to cut it."- Garry Tan

"Privacy is going to be a big deal for the blockchain and crypto technologies." - Brett Gibson

"It really is about those users, and what's their experience. We want to help other fellow hackers who are builders." - Garry Tan

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Crypto Unchained with Ralph Liu

October 18, 2018
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Episode 7: An interview with Ralph Liu, CEO and Founder of MuleChain.com. In this episode we discuss blockchain, supply chain management, logistics, and the delivery industry.

Technology and the Quantum Carrot with Natalie Fratto

October 18, 2018
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Episode 6: An interview with Natalie Fratto, VP at Silicon Valley Bank. In this episode we discuss everything from quantum computing, artificial intelligence, to adaptability.