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Author: Erik Torenberg, Dan Romero, Antonio Garcia Martinez

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Every week, Erik Torenberg, Dan Romero, Antonio Garcia Martinez and frequent special guests discuss what's happening in technology, business, politics, and beyond.

Moment of Zen is part of the Turpentine podcast network. Learn more: turpentine.co

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Today on Moment of Zen, Journalist Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry sits with Erik Torenberg to explain the volatile state of French politics following recent European Parliament elections where Macron’s party performed poorly and the National Rally did very well. The conversation offers insights into the broader implications of these political shifts, touches on the societal divisions fueling these changes, immigration, and the potential economic impact on France. 🔥 Apply to join over 400 founders and Execs in the Turpentine Network: https://hmplogxqz0y.typeform.com/to/JCkphVqj -- SPONSORS: COMMANDBAR | BABBEL | BEEHIIV | NETSUITE | SQUAD 🦾 Level up your ineffective website chatbot with CommandBar. CommandBar builds a new type of web assistant which delivers highly personalized responses, real time co-browsing, and can perform actions on behalf of the users. Learn how Hashicorp, Gusto, Freshworks and more use CommandBar at https://commandbar.com/moz 🌐 Ready to achieve your 2024 goals? Start learning a new language with Babbel in just three weeks. Enjoy app lessons, live classes, and podcasts designed for real-world conversations. Get up to 60% off at babbel.com/zen 🐝 Head to beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox. A special offer is at https://beehiiv.com: use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months 📈 NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen - NetSuite has extended a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks. 💥 Head to Squad to access global engineering without the headache and at a fraction of the cost: head to https://choosesquad.com/ and mention “Turpentine” to skip the waitlist. -- FOLLOW ON X: @eriktorenberg (Erik) @pegobry_en (Pascal) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia -- TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Introduction (00:35) Sponsor: CommandBar (04:20) Macron's Strategy & Cohabitation (08:11) The Political Landscape (14:28) Comparison with U.S. Politics (14:48) Sponsor: Babbel | beehiiv (16:22) Macron's Unpopularity & Economic Challenges (21:02) Energy Policy and the Rise of Populism (24:01) Sponsor: Netsuite | Squad (27:94) The Economic Consequences of Populism (31:11) France vs. Brexit (35:46) The Future of France (45:00) Brexit Comparison & EU Reform (52:57) The Role of Young People in the Future (54:34) Wrap
In this episode that originally aired on Upstream, Erik sits down with Balaji Srinivasan to discuss the Fiat Crisis, geopolitics, conspiracies, and the signs of decline for a hyperpower. It was recorded in June of 2023. Balaji is an angel investor, tech founder, philosopher, and author of The Network State. He was formerly the CTO of Coinbase. 🔥 Apply to join over 400 founders and Execs in the Turpentine Network: https://hmplogxqz0y.typeform.com/to/JCkphVqj - SPONSORS: NETSUITE | BEEHIIV | SQUAD NETSUITE 📈 NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen - NetSuite has extended a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks. BEEHIIV 🐝 Head to Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox. Go to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months BABBEL 🌐 Ready to achieve your 2024 goals? Start learning a new language with Babbel in just three weeks. Enjoy app lessons, live classes, and podcasts designed for real-world conversations. Get up to 60% off at Babbel.com/zen SQUAD 💥 Head to Squad to access global engineering without the headache and at a fraction of the cost: head to https://choosesquad.com/ and mention “Turpentine” to skip the waitlist. - FOLLOW ON X: @eriktorenberg (Erik) @balajis (Balaji) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia – TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Episode Preview (00:51) Intro (01:23) Understanding the flat crisis (08:34) Balaji’s equivalent premises (14:54) Sponsor: NetSuite and Beehiiv (17:55) Aftermath of Iraq and Afghanistan wars (20:35) Multipolar world (25:17) Blue America is at war with the world (28:35) Sponsor: Babbel | Squad (31:02) Cancellation is a weak form of warfare (33:05) Interplay of realism and idealism in the U.S (37:00) Red vs Blue vs Grey America (44:11) Concept of American partition (46:00) Rise of India's national Identity (47:00) Evolution of China and Russia (53:00) Microsoft, Facebook, and Google (54:00) Japan-USSR rivalry and its impact (01:01:10) Conspiracy theories and historical narratives (01:09:00) Balaji’s predictions for 2024 & the Fed (01:18:31) Wrap
David Sacks is known as a CEO/investor in multiple unicorns, and most recently a media mogul with All-In. In this episode, he sits down with Erik Torenberg to trace his intellectual and political history from his days fighting student activism at Stanford to now. We cover the political and cultural changes in the last 30 years of silicon valley, how the real distinction today is between the college-educated and the not, and how even though 2⁄3 of the country didn’t go to college, their views are not represented in our institutions today. This episode was recorded in December 2022 but is just as relevant today.  🔥 Apply to join over 400 founders and Execs in the Turpentine Network: https://hmplogxqz0y.typeform.com/to/JCkphVqj – SPONSORS: NETSUITE | BEEHIIV | SQUAD NETSUITE 📈 NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen - NetSuite has extended a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks. BEEHIIV 🐝 Power your newsletter with Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox. Head to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months SQUAD 💥 Head to Squad to access global engineering without the headache and at a fraction of the cost: head to https://choosesquad.com/ and mention “Turpentine” to skip the waitlist. – FOLLOW ON X: @davidsacks @eriktorenberg (Erik) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia LINKS: Craft Ventures: https://craftventures.com/ All-In Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/@allin Glue.ai: https://glue.ai/ SaaS Grid : https://www.saasgrid.com/ – FOLLOW ON X: @eriktorenberg (Erik) @DavidSacks (David) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia – TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Intro (02:11) How did tech become less free speech-oriented? (03:35) Why is PayPal so woke? (06:02) Woke Capitalism game (08:52) Corporations and governments collaborating to censor (16:22) Tracing political history in Silicon Valley  (20:54) College educated vs. not is the biggest difference in US Our elite is not democratic (22:54) Sponsor: NetSuite | Beehiiv (29:15) Foreign Policy and Realism (32:28) U.S. Russiaphobia (36:30) Sponsor: Squad (38:05) Big Tech Monopolies and Regulation (41:42) The Future of Silicon Valley and Monopolies (42:32) Regulating Acquisitions and Startup Ecosystems (45:39) Censorship and Section 230 (47:17) The Role of Free Speech in Social Progress (53:52) Institutional Reform and Accountability (54:56) Elon Musk's Influence on Tech and Media (1:06:33) The Future of Political and Economic Accountability (1:19:30) Wrap
Today we are airing Erik's interview with Joe Lonsdale, originally published on Upstream in 2023. Joe Lonsdale is the co-founder of Palantir, managing partner at 8VC, and the founder of The Cicero Institute, a nonpartisan policy organization discusses the root causes of educational inequality and homelessness, and argues for competence over culture wars, data-driven solutions, and market incentives to fix some of the US' most plaguing problems. Grow your newsletter with Beehiiv: head to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months. 🔥 Apply to join over 400 founders and Execs in the Turpentine Network: https://hmplogxqz0y.typeform.com/to/JCkphVqj – SPONSORS: NETSUITE | BEEHIIV | SQUAD NETSUITE 📈 NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen - NetSuite has extended a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks. BEEHIIV 🐝 Power your newsletter with Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox. Head to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months SQUAD 💥 Head to Squad to access global engineering without the headache and at a fraction of the cost: head to https://choosesquad.com/ and mention “Turpentine” to skip the waitlist. – LINKS: Cicero Institute: https://ciceroinstitute.org/ 8VC: https://www.8vc.com/ Palantir: https://www.palantir.com/ Joe Lonsdale's blog: https://blog.joelonsdale.com – FOLLOW ON X: @eriktorenberg (Erik) @JTLonsdale (Joe) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia – TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Intro (00:47) Philanthropy and Impact: Joe's Approach to Social Change (01:18) Nonpartisan Solutions for Broken Systems (02:55) Cicero Institute's Mission and Impact Across States (07:42) Addressing Education Inequality and Accountability (12:32) Reforming Prisons and Probation with Data and Accountability (16:12) Tackling Homelessness with Common Sense and Accountability (18:53) Sponsor: Netsuite | Beehiiv (21:16) Introducing Market Incentives, Market Competition, and Market Accountability (25:06) Sponsor: Squad (26:34) Innovative Approaches to Healthcare (31:12) Rethinking Healthcare and Leadership (31:32) Innovating Within vs. Outside the System (32:13) The Challenge of Reforming Institutions (33:41) Navigating the Complexities of Defense and Innovation (37:36) The Power of State-Level Impact and Education Reform (39:29) Silicon Valley's Influence and Responsibility (40:32) Cultural Shifts and the Role of New Institutions (55:27) The Future of American Competence and Optimism (57:42) Wrap
In this episode, Carlos Pereira, partner at BITKRAFT Ventures, joins Erik, Antonio and Dan as they delve into the significant transformations within gaming, betting, and combat sports, facilitated by cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, emphasizing the groundbreaking integration of cryptocurrency through Web3 gaming. 🔥 Apply to join over 400 founders and Execs in the Turpentine Network: https://hmplogxqz0y.typeform.com/to/JCkphVqj – SPONSORS: NETSUITE | BEEHIIV | SQUAD NETSUITE 📈 NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen - NetSuite has extended a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks. BEEHIIV Head to Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox. 🐝 https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months SQUAD 💥 Head to Squad to access global engineering without the headache and at a fraction of the cost: head to https://choosesquad.com/ and mention “Turpentine” to skip the waitlist. - LINKS: Bitkraft VC: https://www.bitkraft.vc/ – FOLLOW ON X: @eriktorenberg (Erik) @cegapereira (Carlos) @dwr (Dan) @antoniogm (Antonio) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia – TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Opening Banter (01:28) Diving Into Crypto and Gaming Discussions (02:11) The Evolution and Challenges of Web3 Gaming (04:44) Analyzing the Crypto Gaming Landscape (13:48) The Future of Gaming: Web3 and Beyond (17:23) Sponsor: Netsuite | Beehiiv (18:29) Deep Dive into Web3 Gaming and Digital Economies (32:38) Exploring User-Generated Content and Game Modding (34:14) Sponsor: Squad (42:19) Investment Perspectives on Gaming and Infrastructure (45:47) The Fascinating World of Gaming Business (49:49) The Evolution of Gaming: From PVE to PVP (51:40) The Intriguing Dynamics of Safe Zones in Games (53:29) The Rise of Financialized Gaming Experiences (1:06:31) Karate Combat: A New Era of Crypto-Infused Sports (1:17:15) The Future of Media and Crypto's Role (1:23:13) Wrap
In this episode of Moment of Zen, Erik is joined by Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business and author of the newly released book "The Anxious Generation." They have a comprehensive discussion that touches on the polarization and dysfunction in American politics, the impact of social media on democracy, and the importance of reclaiming a play-based childhood for the current generation - SPONSORS: NETSUITE | BEEHIIV NETSUITE 📈 NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen - NetSuite has extended a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks. BEEHIIV Head to Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox. 🐝 https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months - LINKS: Website: https://jonathanhaidt.com/ Jon's Substack: https://www.afterbabel.com/p/welcome-to-the-after-babel-substack The Anxious Generation: https://www.anxiousgeneration.com/ The Anxious Generation Book: https://www.anxiousgeneration.com/book - FOLLOW ON X: @eriktorenberg (Erik) @JonHaidt (Jon) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia - TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Intro (00:13) Evolution of Jonathan's Work: From Moral Psychology to 'The Anxious Generation' (01:14) The Impact of Social Media on Teen Mental Health (02:50) Exploring the Tragedy of the Modern Childhood (07:29) Addressing the Criticism and Pushback (12:08) The Unprecedented Effects of Social Media on Society (19:37) Adapting to Technological Changes and the Future of Childhood (20:20) The Dire State of Democracy in the Digital Age (27:01) How Technology Affects Liberals and Conservatives Differently (28:20) Unveiling the Research: The Rise of Anxiety and Depression (28:48) Breaking Down the Data: Gender, Politics, and Mental Health (30:48) The Protective Power of Religion and Community (31:32) Parenting Styles and Moral Values (32:07) Challenges for Progressive Organizations and the Democratic Party (32:42) Recommendations for a Healthier Childhood in the Digital Age (33:50) Addressing the Broader Issues Beyond Smartphones (34:35) The Role of Schools in Children's Mental Health (36:33) A Call for Intentional Community Building (37:34) Navigating the Public Health Crisis with Apolitical Solutions (40:41) Engaging with the Tech Industry: Critiques and Clarifications (41:01) The Debate on Content Moderation and the Need for Structural Changes (56:27) Wrap
Today we're sharing a recent interview Erik gave to Alex LaBossiere that covers lots of themes we discuss on Moment of Zen - including Erik's views on tech vs. the media, hypocrisy of the elites, risk orientation, and the thesis behind Turpentine. Grow your newsletter with Beehiiv, head to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months -- SPONSORS: NETSUITE | BEEHIIV | SQUAD NETSUITE 📈 NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen - NetSuite has extended a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks. BEEHIIV Head to Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox. 🐝 https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months SQUAD 💥 Head to Squad to access global engineering without the headache and at a fraction of the cost: head to https://choosesquad.com/ and mention “Turpentine” to skip the waitlist. - LINKS: Alex Labossiere podcast: Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@labossiere Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7lf0G6SBTArFlJYuHlPPoy?si=459fb368b525468d&nd=1&dlsi=eb2b481981f44211 Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/labossiere-podcast/id1566013149 - FOLLOW ON X: @eriktorenberg (Erik) @adlabossiere (Alex) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia - TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Intro (05:38) On Investing vs Operating (08:05) Trust and Direct Distribution (11:55) Legacy Media and the Techlash (17:54) Sponsor: Netsuite | Beehiiv (20:32) What is Turpentine (22:23) Lessons From 1000 Interviews (23:51) The Printing Press, Barbells, and the Future of Media (28:13) Pre-Internet Journalism and Survival of the Fittest Ideas (31:35) Creator Monetization and Price Discrimination (37:45) Sponsor: Squad (39:12) Does Media Have a Direction? (46:02) Tailwinds and Turpentine at Scale (53:55) Creating More Startups and Understanding Risk (58:42) Is Entrepreneurship Founder or Market Limited? (1:03:22) What Do Most People Get Wrong About Community Building? (1:05:51) Probabilistic vs Deterministic Mindsets (1:08:48) On Faith over Logic (1:12:22) Modernity and God Shaped Holes (1:15:02) The Hypocrisy of Elites (1:17:47) Asking Erik Questions He Asks People (1:19:05) What Should More People be Thinking About? (1:22:37) Wrap
Today’s episode is a debate from Bankless on the opposing viewpoints of Effective Accelerationism (E/ACC) and Effective Altruism (EA). Hosted by Ryan Sean Adams and David Hoffman and featuring Haseeb Qureshi and our own Erik Torenberg, the podcast discusses whether AI progression should be cautiously regulated or aggressively pursued with minimal oversight. – SPONSORS: NETSUITE | BEEHIIV | SQUAD NETSUITE 📈 NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen - NetSuite has extended a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks. BEEHIIV Head to Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox. 🐝 https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months SQUAD 💥 Head to Squad to access global engineering without the headache and at a fraction of the cost: head to https://choosesquad.com/ and mention “Turpentine” to skip the waitlist. - Recommended Podcast: Company Breakdowns Each episode of Company Breakdowns dives into S-1s and series B-and-beyond companies, interviewing founders and investors to break down the companies. First episode is on Rubrik - which just IPO'd. Coming up this season: Databricks, Reddit + more, Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0epyYBAxLeF0PsNagdDJAJ Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/company-breakdowns/id1743119197 – LINKS: Check out: http://podcast.banklesshq.com/ – FOLLOW ON X: @eriktorenberg (Erik) @hosseeb (Haseeb) @RyanSAdamsb (Ryan) @TrustlessState @BanklessHQ @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia -- TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Preview (00:43) Navigating the Tech Acceleration vs. Deceleration Debate (06:31) Exploring Effective Altruism (EA) and Its Impact on AI and Tech (08:53) The EA Perspective: Balancing AI Risk with Technological Progress (17:52) Sponsor: Netsuite | Beehiiv (20:15) Effective altruists debate AI's future impact (30:04) Navigating the Culture War: Accelerationism vs. Decelerationism (33:48) Sponsor: Squad (35:50) EA's Influence and the Acceleration Debate (37:28 )AI Regulation and the Influence of Congress (38:12) Crypto Tribes and the Impact of Social Media (39:03) The Reality of Crypto Twitter vs. Actual Influence (39:51) Exploring Silicon Valley's Perspective on AI and Regulation (41:44) The OpenAI Coup: Unpacking the Real Story (44:03) AI Safety vs Self-Regulation (46:13) Silicon Valley in AI Development and Regulation (59:47) The Complexities of AI Ethics and the Call for More Debate (1:09:15) Exploring the EA Worldview and Its Misconceptions (1:09:44) A Rational Approach to AI and Existential Risks (1:12:04) Branding and Perception Challenges of EA (1:12:42) EA's Beta Energy vs. Alpha Aggression (1:13:15) Balanced Tech Ecosystem: EA and E/ACC Synergy (1:18:26) Navigating the Political Landscape of AI and Technology (1:31:31) The Importance of a Multi-faceted Approach to AI Regulation (1:40:06) AI Safety, Ethics, and Accelerationism (1:42:22) Wrap
In this episode, Mike Rainbow (co-founder of Rainbow wallet) joins Erik, Dan, and Antonio as they dive into crypto's future. The conversation was prompted by the thesis that innovative social protocols like Farcaster are co-evolving with crypto wallets as onramps or a portal to web3. If you're looking for an ERP platform, check out NetSuite: https://netsuite.com/zen — NetSuite has extended a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks. – SPONSORS: BEEHIIV | NETSUITE| HARMONIC | SQUAD Head to Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox. 🐝 to https://Beehiiv.com and use code “MOZ” for 20% off your first three months 📈 NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen - NetSuite has extended a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks. 🧲 Learn why Craft, Bedrock, NEA, and 100s more trust Harmonic’s data to source deals. Harmonic is the most complete startup database, finding new companies as soon as they incorporate and tracking them through IPO. Head to https://bit.ly/harmonicturpentine and make sure to mention Turpentine VC during your demo. 💥 Head to Squad to access global engineering without the headache and at a fraction of the cost: head to https://choosesquad.com/ and mention “Turpentine” to skip the waitlist. – Recommended Podcast: Company Breakdowns Each episode of Company Breakdowns dives into S-1s and series B-and-beyond companies, interviewing founders and investors to break down the companies. First episode is on Rubrik - which just IPO'd. Coming up this season: Databricks, Reddit + more, Spotify Apple – FOLLOW ON X: @eriktorenberg (Erik) @mikedemarais (Mike) @dwr (Dan) @antoniogm (Antonio) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia – LINKS: Check out Rainbow: https://rainbow.me/en/ – TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Exploring Crypto's Impact on Financial Intermediaries (01:36) Introducing Mike Rainbow: A Unique Crypto Personality (02:09) Massachusetts Memories and Dunkin' Donuts Dominance (02:46) East Coast Social Dynamics and Crypto Culture (04:46) The Evolution of Wallets and Social Networks in Crypto (06:26) Debating the Convergence of Crypto Products (15:00) Sponsors: Netsuite | Harmonic (17:18) Building Integrated Crypto Platforms Continued (22:15) The Future of Messaging and Composability in Crypto (27:30) Exploring Group Chat Dynamics and App Adoption (28:13) The Evolution of Transaction Frames in Crypto (30:37) Sponsor: Squad (32:02) Innovations and Challenges in Transaction Frames (36:29) Deep Dive into Frame Technology and Developer Challenges (41:39) The Future of Frames and Web3 Standards (46:51) Demographic Shifts and Future Directions for Farcaster (53:49) Wrap
Bryan Johnson joins Antonio Garcia Martinez and Erik Torenberg on Moment of Zen to discuss the deeper spiritual beliefs behind the "Don't Die" movement in the face of AI and the inadequacy of human clock speed. They cover religions as death cults, long-termism vs engineering your own longevity, and Bryan's recent interview on Tucker Carlson. If you're looking for an ERP platform, check out NetSuite: https://netsuite.com/zen - now through April 15th NetSuite is offering a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program. – SPONSORS: BEEHIIV | NETSUITE | HARMONIC | SQUAD Head to Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox. 🐝to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months. NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen - now through April 15th NetSuite is offering a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program. 🧲 Learn why Craft, Bedrock, NEA and 100s more trust Harmonic’s data to source deals. Harmonic is the most complete startup database, finding new companies as soon as they incorporate and tracking them through IPO. Head to https://bit.ly/harmonicturpentine and make sure to mention Turpentine VC during your demo. 💥 Access global engineering without the headache and at a fraction of the cost: head to choosesquad.com and mention “Turpentine” to skip the waitlist. – Recommended Podcast: Company Breakdowns Each episode of Company Breakdowns dives into S-1s and series B-and-beyond companies, interviewing founders and investors to break down the companies. First episode is on Rubrik - which just IPO'd. Coming up this season: Databricks, Reddit + more, Spotify Apple – FOLLOW ON X: @bryan_johnson (Bryan) @eriktorenberg (Erik) @agm.eth (Antonio) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia – LINKS: Bryan Johnson on Tucker Carlson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr4E0jEjQMM Bryan Johnson's Blueprint/ Don't Die: https://protocol.bryanjohnson.com/DONT-DIE-by-Zero Book recommendation: The Postmortal by Drew Magary https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10673576-the-postmortal – TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Opening Banter (00:19) Bryan's Tucker Carlson Interview (01:19) Long-Termism (02:24) The 25th Century Perspective (07:56) Navigating the Future with AI and the Network State (09:40) Sponsor: Netsuite | Squad (12:11) The 'Don't Die' Philosophy and Its Implications (15:47) The Blade Runner Fallacy (18:39) Using Algorithms to Optimize Your Personal Life (22:39) Redefining Civilization in the Age of AI (25:50) On Mortality and Future Civilization (32:22) Exploring Existential Crises and the Role of Faith (33:45) The Identity Crisis in Modern Society (36:08) Technology and Tradition: A Surprising Harmony (38:04) Future of AI and Its Impact on Society (38:56) Navigating the Unpredictable Future (45:32) The Philosophical Debate on Existence and Survival (1:02:14) Reimagining Human Experience in a Post-Death World (1:04:28) Wrap
Li Jin joins Erik Torenberg, Dan Romero, and Antonio Garcia Martinez. Li is the co-founder of Variant Fund and a prolific writer. This episode dives deep into crypto, web3, memecoins, and the attention economy thesis. They cover the direction of techno-capitalism and its impact on politics, decentralization, and the cultural differences between American and European value systems. If you're looking for an ERP platform, check out NetSuite: https://netsuite.com/zen - now through April 15th NetSuite is offering a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program. – SPONSORS: BEEHIIV | NETSUITE | SQUAD Head to Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox. 🐝to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months. NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen and download your own customized KPI checklist. 💥 Access global engineering without the headache and at a fraction of the cost: head to choosesquad.com and mention “Turpentine” to skip the waitlist. – Recommended Podcast: Company Breakdowns Each episode of Company Breakdowns dives into S-1s and series B-and-beyond companies, interviewing founders and investors to break down the companies. First episode is on Rubrik - which just IPO'd. Coming up this season: Databricks, Reddit + more, Spotify Apple – FOLLOW ON X: @ljin18 (Li) @eriktorenberg (Erik) @dwr (Dan) @agm.eth (Antonio) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia – LINKS: Li Jin: https://li-jin.co/about/ Variant Fund: https://variant.fund/ – TIMESTAMPSL (00:00) Adding Ukraine to NATO (01:30) Peace in Ukraine? (05:16) On the Attention Economy (10:16) Meme Coins and Attention Valuation (14:23) Sponsor: NetSuite | Squad (17:38) Meme Coins Continued (23:51) Marxism (33:05) Exploring the Power Structure and Social Tensions (34:10) The Managerial Elite and Bourgeoisie Capitalism (36:12) Perspectives on Europe and Innovation (44:16) Crypto's Role in Society: Egalitarian or Hierarchical? (57:35) Attention Economy and Memetics (59:28) Wrap
Curtis Yarvin returns to Moment of Zen to talk media, regime change, censorship, and the future role of platforms like X and Reddit in reputation capital structures. If you're looking for an ERP platform, check out NetSuite: https://netsuite.com/zen — now through April 15th NetSuite is offering a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program. – SPONSORS: BEEHIIV | NETSUITE | SQUAD Head to Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox. 🐝to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months. NetSuite provides financial software for all your business needs. More than 37,000 thousand companies have already upgraded to NetSuite, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen and receive one-of-a-kind flexible financing program until April 15th. 💥 Access global engineering without the headache and at a fraction of the cost: head to choosesquad.com and mention “Turpentine” to skip the waitlist. This show is produced by Turpentine: a network of podcasts, newsletters, and more, covering technology, business, and culture — all from the perspective of industry insiders and experts. We’re launching new shows every week, and we’re looking for industry-leading sponsors — if you think that might be you and your company, email us at erik@turpentine.co. – Recommended Podcast: Company Breakdowns Each episode of Company Breakdowns dives into S-1s and series B-and-beyond companies, interviewing founders and investors to break down the companies. First episode is on Rubrik - which just IPO'd. Coming up this season: Databricks, Reddit + more, Spotify Apple - Autopilot explores the adoption and rollout of AI in the industries that drive the economy and the dynamic founders bringing rapid change to slow-moving industries. From law, to hardware, to aviation, Will Summerlin interviews founders backed by Benchmark, Greylock, and more to learn how they're automating at the frontiers in entrenched industries. Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6YQZkKHN7EP2yWedAvSxBC?si=18377c69a2804333 Listen on Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/autopilot-with-will-summerlin/id1738163836 – LINKS: Curtis Yarvin's Writing: https://graymirror.substack.com/ – FOLLOW ON X: @eriktorenberg (Erik) @curtis_yarvin (Curtis) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia – TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Preview (01:54) Yarvin vs Hanania Debate (05:19) Roadmap to Building the New Regime (06:59) Militias and Building a New Regime Within an Existing One (12:10) Journalism and Intelligence in Shaping Regimes (15:00) Sponsor: Netsuite | Turpentine (16:47) Founding State Media for the Next Regime (23:42) Maximizing Trust and Engagement (45:14) Elite Seduction in Media Influence (55:21) Concept of a "Truth Machine" (59:59) Regime Change and the Role of Media (1:05:21) Advice to Elon Musk (1:13:20) Reimagining Twitter's Role and Impact (1:29:13) Authority and Power in Media (1:38:04) Wrap
In this episode, Dan, Erik and Antonio discuss Don Lemon’s interview with Elon Musk, the Dune 2 and Napoleon releases, polyamory, the Apple antitrust case, and fatherly advice. Happy birthday Antonio! If you're looking for an ERP platform, check out NetSuite: https://netsuite.com/zen -- now through April 15th NetSuite is offering a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program. – RECOMMENDED PODCAST: Autopilot explores the adoption and rollout of AI in the industries that drive the economy and the dynamic founders bringing rapid change to slow-moving industries. From law, to hardware, to aviation, Will Summerlin interviews founders backed by Benchmark, Greylock, and more to learn how they're automating at the frontiers in entrenched industries. Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6YQZkKHN7EP2yWedAvSxBC?si=18377c69a2804333 Listen on Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/autopilot-with-will-summerlin/id1738163836. _ SPONSORS: BEEHIIV | NETSUITE | SQUAD Head to Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox.  🐝to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months. NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen and download your own customized KPI checklist. 💥 Access global engineering without the headache and at a fraction of the cost: head to choosesquad.com and mention “Turpentine” to skip the waitlist. – FOLLOW ON X: @eriktorenberg (Erik) @dwr (Dan) @agm.eth (Antonio) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia -- TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Don Lemon's Interview with Elon Musk (02:48) The Media Shift and the Decline of Slow Journalism (06:37) On Public Figures and Platforms (11:58) Fatherly Advice (17:10) Sponsor - Netsuite | Turpentine (24:58) Napoleon's Portrayal in Ridley Scott's Film (34:37) Dune 2 commentary (41:48) Who liked David Lynch's Adaptation of Dune? (43:57) The Evolution of Movie-Going: From Digital to Analog Luxury (45:33) Polyamory Discourse (48:37) Microsoft, Apple, and Antitrust Laws (56:57) The TikTok Conundrum (1:03:31) Age, Diet, and Digital Sabbaths (1:11:46) Aella’s Legacy: Free Speech, Polyamory, and Creator Economy (1:14:33) Wrap This show is produced by Turpentine: a network of podcasts, newsletters, and more, covering technology, business, and culture — all from the perspective of industry insiders and experts. We’re launching new shows every week, and we’re looking for industry-leading sponsors — if you think that might be you and your company, email us at erik@turpentine.co.
In this conversation, Erik Torenberg sits down with Antonio Garcia Martinez, founder of Spindl and author of ‘Chaos Monkeys’, and Parker Thompson, partner at SAX Capital, TNT Ventures, and AngelList, to explore the influence of social media on society. They discuss media literacy and journalism, how politics change people's views of social media, and the rise of unique religious movements in social activism. This episode marks the first time Erik interviewed Antonio Garcia Martinez on Venture Stories back in 2019 and remains relevant today. If you're looking for an ERP platform, check out NetSuite: https://netsuite.com/zen. -- RECOMMENDED PODCAST: Autopilot explores the adoption and rollout of AI in the industries that drive the economy and the dynamic founders bringing rapid change to slow-moving industries. From law, to hardware, to aviation, Will Summerlin interviews founders backed by Benchmark, Greylock, and more to learn how they're automating at the frontiers in entrenched industries. Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6YQZkKHN7EP2yWedAvSxBC?si=18377c69a2804333 Listen on Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/autopilot-with-will-summerlin/id1738163836. -- SPONSORS: BEEHIIV | NETSUITE | SQUAD Head to Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox.  🐝to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen and download your own customized KPI checklist. 💥 Access global engineering without the headache and at a fraction of the cost: head to choosesquad.com and mention “Turpentine” to skip the waitlist. -- FOLLOW ON X: @antoniogm (Antonio) @pt (Parker) @eriktorenberg (Erik) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia -- BOOKS CITED: Chaos Monkeys by Antonio Garcia Martinez Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man by Marshall McLuhan  Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America by Daniel J. Boorstin The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium by Martin Gurri Seven Types of Atheism by John Gray -- TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Intro (01:23) Impact of Facebook (02:41) Evolution of Media and Its Influence on Society (10:10) Journalism and Media Ethics (26:25) Effectiveness of Media Regulation (33:10) Facebook's Content Curation (34:02) Content Control (35:32) Impact of Algorithms on Society and Business (38:50) Generational Shifts in Media Consumption (45:57) Exploring the Ideology of Silicon Valley (49:44) Secular Religions and the Quest for Community (58:39) Future of Religion and Community in the Digital Age (01:03:36) Wrap This show is produced by Turpentine: a network of podcasts, newsletters, and more, covering technology, business, and culture — all from the perspective of industry insiders and experts. We’re launching new shows every week, and we’re looking for industry-leading sponsors — if you think that might be you and your company, email us at erik@turpentine.co.
In this conversation, Erik Torenberg and Dan Romero sit with Rudyard Lynch of  @WhatifAltHist  to discuss his analysis of potential future global events, such as an American civil war and a revolution in China, considering economic conditions, demographics, and societal behaviors. If you're looking for an ERP platform, check out NetSuite: https://netsuite.com/zen. – RELATED CHANNELS: Subscribe to History 102: https://www.youtube.com/@History102-qg5oj Subscribe to WhatifAltHist: https://www.youtube.com/@WhatifAltHist -- SPONSORS: BEEHIIV | NETSUITE | SQUAD Head to Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox.  🐝to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months. NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen and download your own customized KPI checklist. 💥 Access global engineering without the headache and at a fraction of the cost: head to choosesquad.com and mention “Turpentine” to skip the waitlist. – FOLLOW ON X: @whatifalthist (Rudyard) @eriktorenberg (Erik) @dwr (Dan) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia – BOOKS CITED: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past by David Reich The Coming Caesars by Amaury De Riencourt The Eye of Shiva: Eastern Mysticism and Science by Amaury De Riencourt Bulfinch's Mythology - All Three Volumes - The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry, and Legends of Charlemagne by Thomas Bulfinch Dune by Frank Herbert Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari -- TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Intro (01:14) Rudyard and Dan's Approach to History (03:50) Alt History (11:57) Modern Civilization and Historical Patterns (19:31) Sponsor: NETSUITE (20:50) Possibility of a Civil War? (42:47) Political Crisis and the Split of States (44:00) Power of American National Guards (45:02) Dependence of States on Federal Funding (43:47) Economic Divide in America (47:18) Struggles of Average Americans (48:50) Insane Minorities in Civil Wars (50:00) Power of Elites in Conflicts (57:34) Potential for a Competent Trump-like Populist (01:04:50) The Future of China and Its Potential Revolution (01:17:20) Wrap This show is produced by Turpentine: a network of podcasts, newsletters, and more, covering technology, business, and culture — all from the perspective of industry insiders and experts. We’re launching new shows every week, and we’re looking for industry-leading sponsors — if you think that might be you and your company, email us at erik@turpentine.co.
This discussion is from Erik's first interview with Dan from the Venture Stories podcast. Dan shares his views on scaling Coinbase, the evolution of crypto, as well as the books and influences that shaped his intellectual journey. If you're looking for an ERP platform, check out NetSuite: https://netsuite.com/zen. – SPONSOR: BEEHIIV Head to Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox.  🐝to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months. NETSUITE NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen and download your own customized KPI checklist. SQUAD 💥 Access global engineering without the headache and at a fraction of the cost: head to choosesquad.com and mention “Turpentine” to skip the waitlist. – FOLLOW ON X: @eriktorenberg (Erik) @dwr (Dan) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia – SELECTION OF BOOKS MENTIONED: Why the West Rules -- For Now by Ian Morris The Prize by Daniel Yergin The Kill Chain by Christian Brose Nixonland by Rick Perlstein The Sovereign Individual by James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg – TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Intro (00:38) Lessons from Scaling Coinbase (01:02) Coinbase and Crypto Ideologies (05:55) The Reality of Working in a Fast-Growing Startup (08:12) Dan Romero's Self-Learning Journey (15:46) Sponsor: NetSuite (17:00) Impact of Globalism and State Capacity (35:00) Understanding the History of Communism (46:14) Reflections on Nixon's Presidency (51:00) Predicting the Future: Technology and Policy (53:30) Insights from the Book 'Dominion' (57:37) Reflections on Society and Morality (01:03:00) Perspectives on Peter Thiel (01:11:00) Current State and Future of Cryptocurrency (01:27:00) Power and Influence of Memes (01:32:00) Learning from Influential Figures in Tech This show is produced by Turpentine: a network of podcasts, newsletters, and more, covering technology, business, and culture — all from the perspective of industry insiders and experts. We’re launching new shows every week, and we’re looking for industry-leading sponsors — if you think that might be you and your company, email us at erik@turpentine.co.
Erik Torenberg and Dan Romero talk about Dan’s company Farcaster, a decentralized social media protocol. Following the launch of Frames earlier this year, Farcaster experienced significant growth placing the team at a critical junction ripe with lessons for any startup. Dan discusses the challenges of building Farcaster, the promise of decentralization, and the future of social media. If you're looking for an ERP platform, check out NetSuite: https://netsuite.com/zen – SPONSORS: BEEHIIV Head to Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox.  🐝to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months. NETSUITE: http://netsuite.com/zen NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen and download your own customized KPI checklist. SQUAD: 💥 Access global engineering without the headache and at a fraction of the cost: head to choosesquad.com and mention “Turpentine” to skip the waitlist. – LINKS: https://www.farcaster.xyz/ – FOLLOW ON X: @eriktorenberg (Erik) @dwr (Dan) @farcaster_xyz (Farcaster) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia – TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Farcaster's Explosive Growth (07:02) Understanding the Factors Behind Farcaster's Growth (08:02) Decentralization in Farcaster Explained (14:33) Sponsor - Netsuite (15:59) The Role of Channels in Farcaster's User Engagement (31:40) Building Businesses on Farcaster (37:14) Brand Advertising and Revenue Growth (37:52) Farcaster and Monetization Strategies (42:46) Monetization Model and Scaling Strategies for Farcaster (47:26) A Billion Users on Farcaster (52:25) On Going Public (57:22) The Single Biggest Threat to Farcaster (1:03:00) Retention in Scaling and Why Things Fizzled for Clubhouse (1:09:05) The Possibility of Building Niche Social Networks on Farcaster (1:14:12) Wrap This show is produced by Turpentine: a network of podcasts, newsletters, and more, covering technology, business, and culture — all from the perspective of industry insiders and experts. We’re launching new shows every week, and we’re looking for industry-leading sponsors — if you think that might be you and your company, email us at erik@turpentine.co.
This week Erik Torenberg, Dan Romero, and Antonio Garcia Martinez sit down with Chris Dixon, a16z General Partner and author of the new book Read Write Own. They discuss the evolution of crypto, the potential impact of blockchain on existing industries, re-centralization, the implications of AI on the internet economy, and media perception of tech. If you're looking for an ERP platform, check out NetSuite: https://netsuite.com/zen - RECOMMENDED PODCAST: History 102 with WhatifAltHist Every week, creator of WhatifAltHist Rudyard Lynch and Erik Torenberg cover a major topic in history in depth -- in under an hour. This season will cover classical Greece, early America, the Vikings, medieval Islam, ancient China, the fall of the Roman Empire, and more. Subscribe on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/36Kqo3BMMUBGTDo1IEYihm Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/history-102-with-whatifalthists-rudyard-lynch-and/id1730633913 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@History102-qg5oj – SPONSORS: BEEHIIV Head to Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox.  🐝to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months. NETSUITE: http://netsuite.com/zen NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen and download your own customized KPI checklist. – LINK: Buy Chris' book: https://readwriteown.com/ MoZ newsletter: https://momentofzen.substack.com/ – X / TWITTER: @cdixon (Chris) @eriktorenberg (Erik) @dwr (Dan) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia – TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Intro (00:12)Why Chris wrote Read Write Own' (03:36) The Negative Perception of Blockchains in Mainstream Media (08:31) The Future of Crypto and Blockchain (13:53) Sponsor: NetSuite (15:00) Open Protocol (32:23) The Impact of AI on the Internet Economy (40:33) The Power Dynamics of the Internet (42:29) The Rise of Blockchain and AI (45:59) Future of Web3 (46:24) Growth of Tech (49:15) Challenges and Opportunities of Crypto (01:11:46) Policy in Tech Evolution This show is produced by Turpentine: a network of podcasts, newsletters, and more, covering technology, business, and culture — all from the perspective of industry insiders and experts. We’re launching new shows every week, and we’re looking for industry-leading sponsors — if you think that might be you and your company, email us at erik@turpentine.co.
Dan Romero and Erik Torenberg chat about building a company in 2024, selecting ideas to work on, and finding product-market fit (Dan quotes Marc Andreessen's definition of the term). They also cover Dan's experience at Coinbase and building Farcaster. They recorded this episode for a new show called Request for Startups where guests discuss the startups they think should exist, and share how they navigated the idea maze in their sector https://requestforstartups.substack.com/ Subscribe to Request for Startups for more of these types of episodes: Video episodes are only available on Substack: https://requestforstartups.substack.com/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/739L1LR32QI2XyoZlRh5nv Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/request-for-startups-with-erik-torenberg/id1728659822 - RECOMMENDED PODCAST: History 102 with WhatifAltHist Every week, creator of WhatifAltHist Rudyard Lynch and Erik Torenberg cover a major topic in history in depth -- in under an hour. This season will cover classical Greece, early America, the Vikings, medieval Islam, ancient China, the fall of the Roman Empire, and more. Subscribe on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/36Kqo3BMMUBGTDo1IEYihm Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/history-102-with-whatifalthists-rudyard-lynch-and/id1730633913 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@History102-qg5oj _ We're hiring across the board at Turpentine and for Erik's personal team on other projects he's incubating. He's hiring a Chief of Staff, EA, Head of Special Projects, Investment Associate, and more. For a list of JDs, check out: eriktorenberg.com. – SPONSORS: BEEHIIV | NETSUITE BEEHIIV Head to Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox.  🐝to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months. NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen and download your own customized KPI checklist. – Sign up for our newsletter to receive the full shownotes: https://momentofzen.substack.com/ – LINKS: Farcaster: https://www.farcaster.xyz/ – X / TWITTER: @eriktorenberg (Erik) @dwr (Dan) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia – TIMESTAMPS: (00:00) Intro (00:15) Farcaster's Growth and Frames (04:06) Social matters (07:46) Evolution of Farcaster (11:17) Sponsor: NetSuite (12:28) How Dan built Farcaster (28:01) Challenges of Competition (36:19) Venture involvement (36:34) How Erik started Turpentine (38:17) The Concept of Founder Market Fit (39:32) Unfair Advantages in Startups (40:06) The Danger of Over-Experience in Startups (41:24) Market Selection (42:23) Distribution (52:22) The Impact of Higher Education on Startups (55:55) The Potential of Labor Marketplaces (01:00:48) The Future of Pseudonymous Networks (01:03:04) The Role of Reputation in Hiring (01:12:43) The Power of Utilizing Idle Assets This show is produced by Turpentine: a network of podcasts, newsletters, and more, covering technology, business, and culture — all from the perspective of industry insiders and experts. We’re launching new shows every week, and we’re looking for industry-leading sponsors — if you think that might be you and your company, email us at erik@turpentine.co.
This week Erik Torenberg, Dan Romero, and Antonio Garcia Martinez sit down to discuss the popular Europe vs United States debate, the concept of human longevity, the current state of democracy in the age of social media, and more. Moment of Zen is sponsored by Shopify: https://shopify.com/momentofzen for a $1/month trial period. -- Check out Erik's new show Request for Startups featuring a rotating cast of founders and investors (including Dan) sharing their requests for startups they want to exist in the world, and also their stories of navigating the idea maze in different sectors so founders don’t have to reinvent the wheel anymore. The first episode is out now - we over better dating apps, references as a service, and WeWork for productivity Watch and Subscribe on Substack: https://requestforstartups.substack.com/p/receipt-based-dating-reference-checks Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/request-for-startups-with-erik-torenberg/id1728659822 Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/show/739L1LR32QI2XyoZlRh5nv -- RECOMMENDED PODCAST: History 102 with WhatifAltHist Every week, creator of WhatifAltHist Rudyard Lynch and Erik Torenberg cover a major topic in history in depth -- in under an hour. This season will cover classical Greece, early America, the Vikings, medieval Islam, ancient China, the fall of the Roman Empire, and more. Subscribe on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/36Kqo3BMMUBGTDo1IEYihm Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/history-102-with-whatifalthists-rudyard-lynch-and/id1730633913 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@History102-qg5oj -- SPONSORS: BEEHIIV Head to Beehiiv, the newsletter platform built for growth, to power your own. Connect with premium brands, scale your audience, and deliver a beautiful UX that stands out in an inbox.  🐝to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months. SHOPIFY: https://shopify.com/momentofzen for a $1/month trial period Shopify is the global commerce platform that helps you sell at every stage of your business. Shopify powers 10% of all e-commerce in the US. And Shopify’s the global force behind Allbirds, Rothy’s, and Brooklinen, and 1,000,000s of other entrepreneurs across 175 countries. From their all-in-one e-commerce platform, to their in-person POS system – wherever and whatever you’re selling, Shopify’s got you covered. With free Shopify Magic, sell more with less effort by whipping up captivating content that converts – from blog posts to product descriptions using AI. Sign up for $1/month trial period: https://shopify.com/momentofzen NETSUITE: http://netsuite.com/zen NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen and download your own customized KPI checklist. – Sign up for our newsletter to receive the full shownotes: https://momentofzen.substack.com/ – X / TWITTER: @eriktorenberg (Erik) @dwr (Dan) @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen) @TurpentineMedia - TIMESTAMPS (00:00) Episode Preview (01:21) The launch of Frames (05:48) Why Frames is important (11:44) SPONSOR: SHOPIFY (13:20) About Spindle and Farcaster (20:25) SPONSOR: NETSUITE (23:05) The Europe vs America debate (48:33 - 01:15:03) Bryan Johnson & the future of life longevity (57:44) Inequality in America vs Europe (01:15:04) Effects of social media on mental health (01:21:25) Democracy in the age of social media This show is produced by Turpentine: a network of podcasts, newsletters, and more, covering technology, business, and culture — all from the perspective of industry insiders and experts. We’re launching new shows every week, and we’re looking for industry-leading sponsors — if you think that might be you and your company, email us at erik@turpentine.co.
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