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TMBA381: A Conversation with Cal Newport

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If you are anything like Dan and Ian, then you have likely spent years geeking out on the writings of this week's guest.

Cal Newport is a computer science professor, and he has been operating a blog on his website since 2007. He has also been writing books since he was in college, and his most recent book is called Deep Work, which is about the benefits and practical steps to getting more done in the internet age.

This interview covers a wide range of subjects, including distributed algorithms at the extremes, why Cal uses walking to enhance his productivity, and why creativity is more workmanlike than most people realize.

TMBA380: Who Is Tracking You?

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Dan and Ian have talked many times on this podcast about how the best ideas often come from scratching your own itch, or finding problems for solutions that you have experienced.

Lately, Dan has had a very specific itch. Email tracking software has really been getting on Dan's nerves these days, so much so that he has even written a recent blog post about how much the industry is upsetting him.

Enter Sonny Tulyaganov. Sonny was feeling some of the very same frustrations with email tracking software that Dan has been experiencing, but Sonny decided to do something about it. He developed a browser plugin called UglyMail, which allows you to see who is tracking your email.

On this week's show, you'll hear the history of how Sonny developed this plugin, and the startling revelations about just how much of the information in your inbox is at risk.

TMBA379: A Conversation With Jordan Harbinger

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Podcast 47:06 | Download | Stitcher | iTunes | Comment It's no secret that Dan and Ian are radio enthusiasts. It's the reason that they started making this podcast in the first place. They are also interested in learning how others have grown successful businesses through putting their voices on the air and by developing podcasts. One…

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The Cult of Early Retirement Meets (Or Strangely, Doesn’t Meet) The Cult of Entrepreneurship

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Very few words seize my attention like “retire early.” So it’s no wonder that, over the years, I’ve found myself consuming a wide range of ideas from ‘early retirement’ bloggers and financial gurus. Most emphasize the fundamentals of being frugal and saving money. They speak of strategies to make purchases mindfully, and focus on putting…

Why do So Many Entrepreneurs Take up Endurance Sports?

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This past weekend I packed up my bicycle and flew to Terracina, Italy. It's a beach town just over 100km (62 miles) outside of Rome. Here's what it looks like: Not bad! When I got there, I rode my bike around and drank all the coffee. But I wasn't there to see the sights (although, it's amazing…

A Mistake Most Interviewers Make

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Interviewing people is hard. But it is also incredibly rewarding when you get it right, or even nearly get it right! While listening to Zach Lowe's podcast last night, I noticed him make a small mistake that most questioners of all types make. Sometimes, this mistake is made intentionally for deceitful purposes (see if you…

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