Invoice Gurley Interviews Tim Ferriss — Reflecting on 20+ Years of Life and Enterprise Experiments (#682)

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Welcome to a different episode of The Tim Ferriss Present, the place it’s normally my job to deconstruct world-class performers to tease out the routines, habits, et cetera that you could apply to your individual lives. 

It is a particular episode and a turning of the tables. This time, legendary investor Invoice Gurley interviews me, and the recording is from earlier this 12 months at SXSW in Austin, TX. The dialog explores a few of my classes realized and favourite findings during the last 20 years in areas like entrepreneurship, tech, and podcasting. I throw in some favourite books and different spice to maintain issues fascinating.

Invoice Gurley (@bgurley) has spent greater than 20 years as a basic companion at Benchmark. Earlier than coming into the venture-capital enterprise, Invoice spent 4 years on Wall Road as a top-ranked analysis analyst, together with three years at Credit score Suisse First Boston. Over his enterprise profession, he has labored with such corporations as GrubHubNextdoorOpenTableStitch FixUber, and Zillow.

For extra takeaways from his unimaginable investing profession, you’ll find my interview with Invoice at tim.weblog/billgurley. 

As a facet notice, my 2007 SXSW speech that I point out within the interview is what began all of it, in lots of senses. It’s what put my first guide, The 4-Hour Workweek, on the radar of influential bloggers and greater media retailers, in the end touchdown it on The New York Occasions Finest Sellers checklist, the place it stayed, kind of, for the subsequent seven years. It’s been a wild trip. 

You’ll be able to hear that 2007 presentation at tim.weblog/sxsw.

One very last thing: Hugh Forrest, for those who’re listening, thanks once more for giving me a shot method again within the day! 

Please get pleasure from!

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#682: Invoice Gurley Interviews Tim Ferriss — Reflecting on 20+ Years of Life and Enterprise Experiments

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Need to hear the final time Invoice Gurley was on this podcast and I was the one asking all of the questions? Take heed to our dialog during which we mentioned essentially the most environment friendly short-form MBA one can discover, sell-side analysts vs. buy-side analysts, repurposing good concepts for various functions, undervalued aggressive benefits, the Santa Fe Institute, learn how to domesticate anti-tribalism, issues open supply can resolve, and far more.

#651: Legendary Investor Invoice Gurley on Investing Guidelines, Discovering Outliers, Insights from Jeff Bezos and Howard Marks, Should-Learn Books, Creating True Aggressive Benefits, Open-Supply Methods, Adapting Psychological Fashions to New Realities, and Extra

What was your favourite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.



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  • [06:32] From Princeton to podcasting.
  • [07:39] How a disenchanted entrepreneur grew to become a reluctant writer.
  • [14:22] Angel investing and The 4-Hour Physique.
  • [16:40] Investing rulesets and takeaways.
  • [19:09] How a alternative location maximizes serendipity.
  • [20:42] Why did I again away from angel investing?
  • [22:28] Getting into the blogosphere.
  • [27:02] Why podcasting?
  • [28:33] Early and enduring classes for bettering the craft.
  • [31:37] What makes a profitable podcaster?
  • [34:57] The ability of direct communication with one’s viewers.
  • [38:48] Leveraging a lean infrastructure.
  • [40:34] Useful steps for efficient interview prep.
  • [45:08] Revered podcasting friends.
  • [48:00] Spotify’s foray into podcasting territory.
  • [50:09] Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • [53:15] Books most gifted.
  • [55:31] Most positively efficient buy of $100 or much less.
  • [55:30] Favourite failure.
  • [57:50] Billboard.
  • [58:49] Finest funding ever made.
  • [59:30] Most life-improving new perception, habits, or behavior.


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