Sunday, November 18, 2018

Today we have a good speech on return expectations in the market, great episodes on leadership and culture building, and an interview with the author of Bill Gates favorite book who suggests the world is better now than it’s ever been.

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Business

  • ***Must Listen*** Invest Like The Best: Cliff Asness — The Past, The Present & Future of Quant. Asness is the managing and founding principal at AQR Capital Management, which manages $226 Billion dollars across a number of quantitatively based investing strategies. This episode is all about quant — the basics of factor investing, the poor performance in 2018, how to address the question of whether or not a factor works anymore, his firms practice of sharing their research, and applying machine learning to their process. [November 13, 2018–1 hour, 24 minutes] iTunes Podcast| Spotify | Overcast | Stitcher | Website Link
  • ***Must Listen*** The Meb Faber Show: #129 — Meb’s Take on Return Expectations, Portfolio Construction, and Practical Market Approaches. This is a unique episode — it is just with Faber who gives a speech he’s recently given at a few events. With where the market is now, it is never a bad time to hear some realistic thoughts on return expectations, how to position your portfolio, and how valuations of U.S. stocks compare to the rest of the world. [November 12, 2018–1 hour, 6 minutes] iTunes Podcast| Overcast | Stitcher | Website Link
  • This Week In Startups: E873: The Syndicate Showcase: Jason presents 3 portfolio startups & reveals why he invested. Calacanis hosts founders of three companies he’s invested in and goes over how the companies got his attention, what he saw in them, their performance since investment, and how they expect to continue to grow going forward. Great listen for anyone who is building a company or wants to learn more about the private investing process. [November 11, 2018–1 hour, 20 minutes] iTunes Podcast| Spotify | Overcast | Stitcher | Website Link
  • Greymatter: Blitzscaling with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella & Greylock’s Reid Hoffman. This episode is a conversation between Nadella and Hoffman about “blitzscaling” companies and other ideas from Hoffman’s new book, Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies. They touch on how to scale culture, how to handle different stakeholders within your company, and how to handle encourage experimentalism along the way. The episode is worth listening to just for their discussion on scaling culture at the start of the episode. [November 12, 2018–1 hour, 1 minute] iTunes Podcast| Overcast | Stitcher | Website Link

Sports

  • ***Must Listen*** Capital Allocators: Michael Lombardi — Leadership Through Football. Lombardi is a former NFL front-office executive who worked for the Bill Walsh and the 49ers, Al Davis and the Raiders, and Bill Belichick and the Patriots, and most recently released a book called Gridiron Genius: A Master Class in Winning Championships and Building Dynasties in the NFL. While I’ve listed this in the Sports section, this is an episode geared towards leadership and culture building that applies to everyone, and maybe the best leadership episode I’ve listened to date. Also — if you’re an NFL junkie, his bi-weekly podcast episodes on GM Street (Tuesdays and Fridays) is my favorite NFL listen every week. [November 12, 2018–52 minutes] iTunes Podcast| Spotify | Overcast | Stitcher | Website Link

The Rest

  • The TED Interview: Steven Pinker argues that our pessimism about today’s world is profoundly wrong. I first heard of Pinker when I read he was the author of Bill Gates favorite book of all time, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. With all the negative news we are exposed to these days, it is easy to think the world is in a horrible spot. Pinker’s book, and this interview, argue the contrary and point out that the world is better than it’s ever been. He says if we take a step back and study history, now is a great time and we all need to be more cognizant of that. [November 13, 2018–56 minutes] iTunes Podcast| Spotify | Overcast | Stitcher | Website Link
  • The School of Greatness: Master the Laws of Human Nature with Robert Greene. This episode begins at the 9 minute mark. Greene is the best selling author of The 48 Laws of Power, Mastery, and as of last month, The Laws of Human Nature. This episode dives into a lot of the ideas in his most recent book, most of which are about our natural biases and how we can combat them. This was a fantastic listen on human behavior. [October 31, 2018–1 hour, 47 minutes] iTunes Podcast| Spotify | Overcast | Stitcher | Website Link
  • Freakonomics: Yes, the Open Office Is Terrible — But It Doesn’t Have to Be. As someone who is not a fan of working in an open office, this episode hit home. They discuss the history of the open office and cubicles, why people who work from home more are 13% more productive but get promoted less, and why they aren’t going away anytime soon. [November 14, 2018–42 minutes] iTunes Podcast| Spotify | Overcast | Stitcher | Website Link

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