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Steal Like An Artist (with Austin Kleon)
Ten years ago, http://austinkleon.com (Austin Kleon) released his book, "Steal Like An Artist" It's become a must-read classic for anyone wishing to produce great creative work. In celebration of the release of the 10-year Anniversatry edition of the book, we invited Austin
Cues and Charisma (with Vanessa Van Edwards)
We discuss the role of charisma in life and work, and how cues affect our communication and effectiveness. Today’s guest, http://scienceofpeople.com (Vanessa Van Edwards), calls these signals “cues” and she argues in her new book that we can actually learn to identify them in others and even
Love and Work (with Marcus Buckingham)
The words “love” and “work” are rarely used in the same sentence. But what if love and work don’t have to be mutually exclusive? What if we can discover what we love through our work, not in spite of it? Today’s guest is international best-selling author http
Sustain Your Game (with Alan Stein Jr.)
Alan Stein, Jr., is the author of the new book Sustain Your Game. We discuss how top performers think about time and opportunity, and how they develop mental toughness. How to peak performers continue to produce great work over long periods of time?
Emotion By Design (with former Nike CMO Greg Hoffman)
On this episode, former Nike CMO Greg Hoffman shares how you can craft strong, compelling creative work that resonates deeply with your audience. His new book is called Emotion by Design. Support the show by subscribing to http://acpremium.me.
The Earned Life (with Marshall Goldsmith)
Marshall Goldsmith is one of the most respected coaches on the planet. His new book is called The Earned Life: Lose Regret, Choose Fulfillment. In this episode, we discuss the nature of an “earned life” and how to be more purposeful in life and work.
The Elements Of Great Culture (with Daniel Coyle)
Daniel Coyle shares his definition of culture and offers practical tips for building a great one. He's spent many years studying culture and has written a few best-selling books on the topic. This episode is sponsored by Indeed.com.
The Silent Killer Of Your Creative Process
In the creative process, one of the silent killers is expectation escalation. We create mental constructs, or invariant representations, of what great work would look like. Creativity is about constant discovery, but the work is often lost in obsessive and focused discovery.
Cal Newport on Digital Minimalism (from 2019)
Technology is an extension of your capacity to accomplish your will, but it gives you a ‘longer lever” when you want to move big rocks. Technology is encroaching upon us in ways we couldn’t have anticipated ten years ago. It’s more difficult to find the space necessary to do the important,
Pushing Through The Second Wall
There are two distinct walls that we encounter in the creative process. The first is what Steven Pressfield calls Resistance. The second wall is the one we hit when we've achieved a little momentum, and we're tempted to quit. In this episode, we share a few strategies for pushing through the second wall.
5 Qualities of Brave Leadership
We need radical bravery in our workplaces, our schools, our neighborhoods, and – God help us – in our politics. Organizations need leaders committed to cultivating a culture of bravery, and who themselves are making brave choices in the face of uncertainty. Here are a few principles that brave leaders abide by: Brave leaders assume accountability for their actions.
The Self-Employed Life (with Jeffrey Shaw)
Have you ever considered launching out into your own business? If so, today is just for you. We discuss everything from how to know when to make the leap to how to sustain yourself each day as a self-employed entrepreneur. This episode is sponsored by Shopify.
Liz Wiseman on Impact Players
Liz Wiseman is the best-selling author of several books on how to become an impact player. Go to ConversionCopywriting.com to learn more about how to make an impact through your work.
Ryan Holiday on Perennial Seller (from 2017)
Many people don’t think strategically about how to create work that will resonate deeply for a long time to come. In the interview, we discuss not just how to make work that stands the test of time, but how to structure your life so that you have the margin you need to create proactively.
Amos Heller on Navigating Creative Careers (from 2013)
Amos Heller (touring bass player for Taylor Swift and many other artists) shares how he went from barista to touring bass player. Learn some things he learned along the way that anyone can use to gain a foothold in a competitive industry.
Plays Well With Others (with Eric Barker)
Eric Barker is the best-selling author of a new book Plays Well With Others. He shares some common misunderstandings about relationships and how we can each learn to be better at making them work. This episode is sponsored by Indeed.com.
My Morning Routine (and Why You Should Have One Too)
For the past twenty years, I've engaged in the exact same morning routine. It's been both a calibrator and a life saver in many ways. In this episode, I share the elements of my morning routine and offer some thoughts about how to craft your own.
Uncomfortable Questions and Unnecessary Complexity
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The Messy Middle with Scott Belsky (from 2018)
There is no shortage of advice about how to handle the start of a project, or how to push through and finish one. Scott Belsky is back to share wisdom from his fantastic new book, The Messy Middle. This episode is sponsored by Indeed.com and Skillshare.
Creativity In Captivity (with Pat Hazell)
This episode is sponsored by http://conversioncopywriting.com/accidental. Today's guest is Pat Hazell, one of the original writers for Seinfeld, a Tonight Show veteran, and a critically acclaimed playwright and contributing commentator to NPR.
Let Them Lead (with John U. Bacon)
John U. Bacon shares his experience coaching the worst high school hockey team in the US and helping them become one of the best. He shares several principles that he applied or learned in the midst of his coaching experience.
Welcome to 2050 Investors
As we emerge from a global pandemic and we embrace a renewed interest in sustainable finance, the economy and markets are moving fast. Join Kokou Agbo-Bloua, Societe Generale’s Head of Economics, Cross- Asset & Quant Research, as he provides deep dive analyses with an ESG lens.
The Roaring 2020s (ft. Charles de Boissezon)
Are we about to enter the Roaring 2020s? Are we going to see a green infrastructure and cultural revolution? Kokou Agbo-Bloua points out the many clues suggesting we are in the midst of a new growth cycle. He draws a parallel between the 1920s and our own ‘20s’ as we
Known Unknowns of Inflation (ft. Albert Edwards)
Kokou Agbo-Bloua looks into the implications of inflation, not only on financial markets but on society as well. ‘2050 Investors’ offers an investigation into tomorrow’s economic and market mega-trends. The podcast provides you with insights from all around the globe.
Green vs. Greed (ft. Isabelle Millat)
Can the creed of greed feed the need for green deeds? Can companies reconcile their thirst for profits with the pressure to have a positive impact on the planet? Or is the current enthusiasm for everything green simply greed in disguise? Kokou Agbo-Bloua explores how Environmental, Social and Governance factors, aka ESG, can
The Recovery is You (ft. Frédéric Oudéa)
Kokou Agbo-Bloua elaborates on the long-term effects of Covid-19 pandemic. Frédéric Oudéa, CEO of Societe Generale, makes a special guest appearance. Kokou investigates human psychology and human emotions in shaping our response to a crisis.
The Frog & Climate Change (ft. Ed Daniels)
‘2050 Investors’ investigates the impacts of climate change and the challenges we face to reach a net zero emission by 2050. Kokou Agbo-Bloua interviews Shell Executive Vice-President for Strategy, Portfolio and Sustainability at Shell, for some insights on how a major energy provider is adapting to meet the
I think, therefore AI (ft. Martin Ford)
New episode of 2050 Investors explores human-cyborg relations with author Martin Ford, who discusses AI and its impact on employment. Kokou Agbo-Bloua explores different scenarios of our possible future alongside robots. “2050 Investors” offers an investigation into tomorrow’s economic and market mega-trends.
Surviving Job Darwinism (ft. Sir Christopher Pissarides)
‘2050 Investors’ investigates our ability to survive in a labour market that is poised to be revolutionized by technology. Sir Christopher Pissarides, 2010 Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics, joins Kokou Agbo-Bloua in his investigation of the future of jobs.
2021 is dead, long live 2022!
We are one year closer to 2050, the year where we are supposed to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions if we want to limit the consequences of climate change. Kokou Agbo-Bloua focuses his attention on our planet and the aftermath of Glasgow's COP26, while taking a look at our insatiable appetite for goods
Mobility with Impact (ft. John Saffrett)
‘2050 Investors’ offers an investigation into tomorrow’s economic and market mega-trends, ahead of 2050’�s global sustainability targets. Kokou Agbo-Bloua wonders if we could design a more sustainable way of getting around. He also asks John Saffrett, ALD Autom
Greenflation: Inflation’s New Variant (ft. Klaus Baader)
The fight against climate change appears to be ironically heating up commodity prices and the economy. Kokou Agbo-Bloua brings in Klaus Baader, Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking Global Chief Economist, to discuss the effects of greenflation.
Smart Cities: Evolution or Creation? (ft. Helsinki Mayor Juhana Vartiainen)
A recent UN report expects 68% of the world population to live in cities by 2050, compared to 55% today. The uncomfortable truth behind that is that cities are responsible for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions, waste and pollution. Kokou Agbo-Bloua explores the concept of smart cities and investigates whether they are simply the
Carbon Free Calories (ft. David Hayes)
By 2050, we will have to feed close to 10 billion people – 2 billion more than today – while committing to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Kokou Agbo-Bloua looks at the future of the food industry and discusses key industry initiatives to develop a more sustainable supply chain with Societe Generale's in-house
Calling Hydrogen to the Stand (ft. Allan Baker)
New episode of 2050 Investors, Kokou Agbo-Bloua sets the stage for a trial by podcast: Solar and Wind Energy vs. Hydrogen. Allan Baker, Global Head of Power at Societe Generale, discusses the state of play of Hydrogen in the economy.
Servitisation: making it work
There are plenty of good examples of servitisation out there - companies that have found a way to make it work and haven’t looked back. But, there’s plenty of things that can go wrong - there's investment needed along the way. Join Alun James and Ross Jones as they explore the challenge of serv
Changing Women’s Health
Erica Kantor and Eileen Buttimer explore some of the new investments, advances in technology and an innovative “femtech” start-up community emerging. Join them on a panel of experts to talk about what's possible in the women’s health sector.
Consumer Insights and Sensory Science
Simon Norman and Emma Gubisch explore the role of sensory science and consumer insights in product development. Science can tell us plenty about a product that a consumer panel may struggle to articulate. But given the messiness of the human experience, science has its limitations also.
Exploring the journey from Farm-to-Fork
World Resources Institute says there’s a 56% food gap – between what we currently produce now and what will be needed, demanding almost 600 million more hectares of land. Join Alun James and Simon Norman as they explore examples of how companies can make radical changes in their food supply chains to achieve success.
Growing, producing and delivering the food and drink we consume involves a complex web of suppliers, manufacturers, farmers and retailers. The ever increasing social and environmental challenges mean that moving to become sustainable is no longer an option, but a necessity. Jenny and Pradipto discuss the need to get smart about what that response looks like.
Caroline Potter explores some of the exciting technologies, practices and processes that can be applied to the sustainability challenge. Focusing on packaging, plastics and microplastics, Caroline talks through not just the problems but the exciting new innovations that are helping organisations.
Being a responsible business takes centre stage of any corporate strategy. People want the brands they spend their money with to be trustworthy, inclusive and sustainable. Duncan Smith explores what this means and how organisations need to innovate responsibly.
Technology commercialisation: developing the optimum development cycle and process
Shreekant Mehta, SVP Energy Sector, and Paul Williams, Principal Consultant, discuss how having the right commercialisation strategy is, arguably, the most important aspect of any technology development.
The Zen of Entrepreneurship
Toby Corey co-founded the world’s largest web development company in the 1990s. Corey has held senior management positions at SolarCity, Tesla and PlanGrid. Corey articulates principles aimed at helping entrepreneurs integrate creativity and ambition with social and environmental consciousness.
How to Adapt and Flow
At age 26, Chip Conley founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality and grew the company into the second largest boutique hotel brand in the U.S. After he sold the business, he accepted a strategy role at Airbnb. His interactions with a predominantly millennial workforce led him to found the Modern Elder Academy, a "midlife wisdom
Listening to the Market
Luminary Media launched its podcasting service on April 23, 2019. CEO Matthew Sacks and co-founder Lauren Perkins assess how they identified an opportunity in the podcasting space. They also address the negative headlines and Twitter backlash they received during launch week.
Creating a Buzz Around B2B Software
Honeycomb co-founder Christine Yen spent a decade as a software engineer before creating her own company. She describes how her deep domain knowledge and relationships with like-minded software developers propelled her startup’s launch.
Inside the Studio
Hip-hop artist Sickamore, the creative director at Interscope Records, joins Sam Seidel for an intimate conversation about what entrepreneurs can learn from the music industry. ECorner: How to strike the right balance between open-ended creativity and project completion.
Redesigning the CEO [Explicit]
In 2012, Sarah Nahm founded Lever, a talent recruitment platform aimed at transforming the hiring process with intuitive yet data-driven software. Two years later, in 2014, she was named CEO. She puts forward a model of entrepreneurial leadership that is about more than just stubborn confidence.
Resilience is Everything
Jennifer Tejada is the CEO of PagerDuty, which will go public on April 11, 2019. She describes how gritty perseverance, some fortunate early leadership opportunities, and a passion for understanding and embracing different perspectives drove her career forward. She offers strategies that aspiring leaders can employ to build tenacity while creating diverse, high
Finding the Great Problems
Barbara Liskov was one of the first American women to earn a doctorate in computer science in 1968. She went on to design several influential programming languages, including CLU, an important precursor to Java. She is one of fewer than 100 individuals to receive an A.M. Turing Award from the Association of Computing Machinery.
Software is Hard Work
LaunchDarkly helps over 1,000 customers release code, monitor and manage features, and make data-driven decisions. CEO and co-founder Edith Harbaugh describes the multi-year slog of scaling up a B2B company. She urges entrepreneurs to draw encouragement from small wins, especially in the early stages.
The Future is Accessible
Srin Madipalli co-founded Accomable, a web app that lists accessible accomodations in 60 countries. He joined Airbnb as its accessibility product and program manager. He has overseen the addition of new consumer-facing accessibility filters.
Aileen Lee coined the term “unicorn’s” to refer to startups with $1 billion valuations. Lee is a founding member of All Raise, a nonprofit organization devoted to increasing the representation of women in the venture-backed tech ecosystem.
Backstage Capital founder and managing partner Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. Her fund is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started in 2015, Backstage has invested nearly $7 million into
From the ETL Archive
Entrepreneur Leila Janah explains how her social enterprise Samasource allows people in Africa and elsewhere to lift themselves out of poverty. She celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit in those who survive on next to nothing and explains how giving work is more effective than charity.
The Need for Inclusive AI
Laura Gomez is concerned with the ways that AI and machine learning often display biases against already marginalized groups. Gomez created Atipica, a platform that uses those same tools to remove rather than exacerbate bias in the hiring process. Gomez is also a founding member of Project Include, a non-profit that aims to accelerate diversity and inclusion in the
From the ETL Archive
Dave Evans, co-founder of the popular Life Design Lab at Stanford University, discusses the key concepts and exercises that guide students in their quest to figure out what they want to do in life. He underscores the importance of accepting who you are and connecting that to what you believe and do.
Surviving the Startup Grind
Sam Yam is co-founder and CTO of the platform that connects content creators with members who provide recurring revenue. He describes the intense grind of scaling the service and what makes the entrepreneurial path worth it.
The Courage to Begin
Melinda Thomas co-founded Octave Bioscience in 2014. Octave is developing a care management platform for neurodegenerative diseases. Thomas offers strategies for building deep, skills-driven entrepreneurial confidence.
Scaling with Purpose
Zeus Living is a tech-driven property management company focused on disrupting the corporate housing market. The company raised a $55 million Series B round in December 2019, and has hosted more than 17,000 residents in its furnished units.
A Needs-Based Innovation Framework
Kate Rosenbluth was a Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellow. She was captivated by the unmet need to treat hand tremors. She found the site of deep brain stimulation was accessible through the peripheral nerves in the wrist. She is now the chief scientific officer of Cala Health.
The Future of Voice
Omar Tawakol founded Voicea, an in-meeting AI assistant that transcribed meetings, generated highlights, and pushed relevant meeting content to productivity tools like Slack and Microsoft Teams. EVA is now being rolled into Cisco’s Webex Assistant.
Strategies for Student Entrepreneurs
Mar Hershenson co-founded Pear VC in 2013. Under her watch the firm has made seed and pre-seed investments in category-defining companies like DropBox, Gusto, DoorDash and Branch Metrics. In this talk, she focuses on some of the most common questions she hears from student entrepreneurs.
How Strava Found its Niche
Mark Gainey is the co-founder and executive chairman of Strava. More than 50 million athletes around the world track their workouts and compare their stats. Gainey explains the “inch wide, mile deep” strategy that informed both Stava and his previous startup, Kana Communications.
Building Billion Dollar Businesses
Ravi Belani is the managing director of Alchemist Accelerator, an accelerator program that focuses on enterprise businesses. He was instrumental in backing the company that later became Twitch, which was acquired by Amazon for $970 million in 2014. In this talk, he draws on his keen observations of the Silicon Valley ecosystem to identify the factors that align
Venture Capital Decisionmaking
Annie Kadavy is a managing director at Redpoint Ventures. She shares what her job looks like and how she makes decisions. She also presents mini-case studies looking at how VCs scope investments and manage companies.
Leadership in a Crisis
Heidi Roizen is a partner at Threshold Ventures. She spent time as the CEO and co-founder of T/Maker and VP of Worldwide Developer Relations at Apple. Roizen shares ten concepts that can guide leaders in times of crisis. In this talk, delivered amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she shares 10 concepts that
The Evolution of Clean Tech Investing
Amy Francetic is the founder and managing partner of Buoyant Ventures, a venture fund that invests in digital climate solutions. Francetic shares why now, more than ever, is an opportune time to invest in clean energy and energy efficiency.
From Alibaba to the NBA
Joseph Tsai is a co-founder and the executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group. He is also the owner of the Brooklyn Nets and the WNBA’s New York Liberty. In this conversation with Stanford professor Tom Byers, Tsai tells stories and shares strategies from a career that has built many important bridges between China and North
Designing for Natural Security
Andy Karsner is a senior strategist and "Space Cowboy" at X, the “moonshot factory” at Alphabet (Google’s parent company) He has spent two decades driving renewable energy innovation and other climate solutions. He served as the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy from 2005 to 2008.
Ethan Brown is the founder, president and CEO of Beyond Meat. Brown shares some of the key lessons learned from Beyond Meat’s startup story. Brown explores some of those pivotal moments of his journey from idea to IPO.
Alexi Robichaux is the co-founder and CEO of BetterUp, a mobile-based platform that brings personal coaching to employees at all levels. In this talk, he reflects on key values, strategies and pivots that have helped sustain the venture's mission-driven growth.
How Instagram Scaled
Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram, first spoke at ETL in 2011. He talks about his work on Rt.live, a new platform that aims to model the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to Learn from Users
Julie Zhuo is the co-founder of Inspirit, an advisory firm that partners with fast-scaling tech companies to build and scale products that people love. She was the VP of design and research for the Facebook app, and helped scale the service from 8 million users to over 2 billion. She is also the author of The
The Case for Convergence
Joe DeSimone is the founder and executive chairman of Carbon, a global company that is driving the evolution of 3D printing from a prototyping tool to a scalable manufacturing technology. In 2016 President Obama awarded him the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honor in the U.S. for achievement.
Growing a Social Venture
The Last Mile aims to break the cycle of incarceration by providing education and career training opportunities in prisons. Founded in 2010 at San Quentin State Prison, TLM has become one of the most requested prison education programs in the U.S. In this talk, Beverly Parenti and Chris Redlitz discuss how to build and grow social
Cultivate Creativity and Courage
Bonny Simi is now the president of JetBlue Technology Ventures. She is a former Olympian in luge, television reporter, airline pilot, and venture capitalist. In this talk, she shares how she leaned into her creativity and curiosity.
Making Remote Work Better
Jeff Seibert is a serial entrepreneur and active angel investor. His current focus is Digits, which he co-founded in 2018 to build modern, intelligent, real-time finance tools for business owners. He previously served as Twitter’s Head of Consumer Product and led its product efforts for iOS, Android and Web.
Empowering Girls with STEM
Debbie Sterling is the founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, an award-winning children's multimedia company. Sterling was inducted as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship under the Obama administration.
Networking with Curiosity
Amy Chang is an executive vice president at Cisco. She describes an approach to networking that’s built on affinity and even friendship rather than short-term, transactional goals. She shares how her relationships and network shaped her career.
Improving Product Design
Kevin Weil is the VP of Product for Novi, Facebook’s digital wallet for the Libra payment system. Previously, Weil was VP of product at Instagram and SVP of Product at Twitter. In this talk, he explores the mission that drives both Libra and Novi.
Change Moves at the Speed of Trust
Michael Tubbs was elected to serve as the mayor of the City of Stockton, California, in November 2016. Upon taking office in January 2017, Tubbs became both Stockton’s youngest mayor and the city's first Black mayor. Among other accomplishments, he leveraged a $1 million grant to launch the nation’
Disruption and Abundance
Ann Miura-Ko is a lecturer in Stanford’s Department of Management Science and Engineering. She was one of the first investors in Lyft and Refinery29. She shares her takes on foundational entrepreneurial concepts like “product-market fit”
Innovating for Equity
Adam Pisoni co-founded Yammer in 2008 and oversaw product, analytics, and engineering as the SaaS company scaled to 500 employees. He has recently turned his attention to the US education system. He describes how inequities manifest themselves in K-12 education, and explores the roles that innovative social ventures can play in addressing
Taking Risks and Breaking Barriers
Shellye Archambeau is the former CEO of MetricStream, a governance, risk, and compliance software company. She also serves on the boards of Verizon and Nordstrom as well as several other companies. She speaks with Stanford professor Tina Seelig about how to advocate for oneself.