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Samo Burja - The Great Founder Theory of History - [Invest Like the Best, EP.339]

Samo Burja - The Great Founder Theory of History - [Invest Like the Best, EP.339]

Update: 2023-08-011


My guest today is Samo Burja. Samo is the founder of consulting firm, Bismark Analysis, and has dedicated his life’s work to understanding why there has never been an immortal society. His research focuses on institutions, the founders behind them, how they rise and why they always fall in the end. As you’ll hear, Samo has an encyclopedic grasp of history and his work has led him to some fascinating theories about human progress, the nature of exceptional founders, and the future of different societies across the world. Please enjoy my conversation with Samo Burja.

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Show Notes

(00:02:52 ) - (First question) - The core thesis behind the Great Founder Theory

(00:06:40 ) - Great ideas inevitably being discovered at some point in history 

(00:08:45 ) - The historic implications of a global adoption of the Great Founder Theory

(00:10:51 ) - The different possible directions of future trends

(00:17:08 ) - Distinctions between great founders versus live players  

(00:22:15 ) - Common misconceptions about what qualifies one as a great founder

(00:24:38 ) - Noteworthy great founders in the United States

(00:28:34 ) - Recurring observable traits and common themes of great founders  

(00:31:29 ) - Using caution when projecting a mythic lens onto great founders 

(00:37:53 ) - Social technology as the upstream effects of prior material technology

(00:43:32 ) - Whether or not institutions play a role in propagating the work of great founders   

(00:49:08 ) - The role of power and differences between owned and borrowed power  

(00:56:51 ) - Additional ideas that play an outsized role in shaping the world 

(01:01:09 ) - A differing worldview to his own that he finds interesting

(01:04:53 ) - Whether or not capital allocators can benefit from the Great Founder Theory 

(01:07:37 ) - The kindest thing anyone has ever done for him

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Samo Burja - The Great Founder Theory of History - [Invest Like the Best, EP.339]

Samo Burja - The Great Founder Theory of History - [Invest Like the Best, EP.339]

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