Hacking The Job Market via Lambda School with Austen Allred

January 14, 2019
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Episode 18 of the Hacker Noon Podcast: An interview with Austen Allred, the CEO and founder of Lambda School.

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In this episode Trent Lapinski and Austen Allred discuss learning programming and how Lambda Schooltrains software engineers.

“We want to get the point where 90% of our students are hired within 90-days of graduation.”

“For us, it is very important that when you graduate from Lambda, we want to say, ‘this person has a stamp of approval they understand these 120 things, and we know that and we verified that and people stand by them.’”

“In the longterm that will matter a lot when it comes to employers and hiring. They will know what a Lambda graduate means.” — Austen Allred

Hacking The Self with Nick Jankel

January 9, 2019
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Episode 17 of the Hacker Noon Podcast: An interview with serial entrepreneur and author Nick Seneca Jankel.

In this episode Trent Lapinskiand Nick Seneca Jankel discuss consciousness hacking, his new book Spiritual Atheist, and how to be a spiritual person without giving into religion or ideology.

“I am hacking capitalism to make a more connected World.”

“We’ve got to use this technological power, this power of business, creative power, and we’ve got to take on some big problems.”

“What is purpose? Well, purpose is like love in action. It is that love and kindness that comes out into I’m going to take on this community issue, I’m going to take on a bigger social problem then I was before. Until we can access purpose within, and keep it stable within us, that control and protect mode of a monkey will keep going ‘forget the purpose, lets make another million, that would be really cool, then we’ll be loved’.” —Nick Seneca Jankel

Building A Movement Through Emerging Tech with Enigma’s Tor Bair

December 19, 2018
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Episode 16 of the Hacker Noon Podcast: An interview with Tor Bair from Enigma.

In this episode Trent Lapinski and Tor Bair discuss privacy, blockchain, the problems with the centralized tech industry, security, and data science. 

“I don’t want to get too much into why truth is broken right now in the tech space, that’s a whole other can of worms, but I think we can all appreciate that it is getting harder and harder to know what is trustable.”

“The moment we start believing there is no other way, then it is just a race to the bottom. There will only be two companies in the World, and that’s if we’re lucky. There may only be one.”

“We have to be building a movement at the same time we’re building the technology. I think we need to be funding these kinds of solutions like this is the apocalypse event for the Internet.” —Tor Bair

Emerging Technologies with Venture Capitalist Julian Moncada

December 12, 2018
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Episode 15 of the Hacker Noon Podcast: An interview with Venture Capitalist Julian Moncada.

In this episode Trent Lapinski and Julian Moncada discuss emerging technologies such as blockchain, augmented reality, virtual reality, to artificial intelligence. 

“I think that is really important that if you’re a hacker or developer that you balance the excitement you have around a new technology, around a new potential problem to solve, with the opportunity in the market and building a sustainable business.”

“If you build one without the other, if you have a great business plan, or you have some amazing idea but its not feasible, technically you’re not going to get very far.”

“I also think the inverse is true, you can build amazing tech, but if you haven’t thought through the market for it, or the value proposition it offers. Whether its a market we’re use to or whether it is a completely new market that doesn’t mimic anything today, if you had to make a call on that side of your business that can be very challenging as well.” —Julian Moncada

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 

 

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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