On this week’s show, Dan is speaking with Venkatesh Rao, author of RibbonFarm, a rich philosophy blog about technology, entrepreneurship, work structures and much more. He also recently launched an essay series called Breaking Smart, exploring the relationship between humanity and technology.
In a wide-ranging conversation Dan and Venkat talk about, amongst other things, the difference between a ‘business model’ and a ‘business philosophy; what Silicon Valley really thinks about bootstrapped start-ups; the danger of getting locked into ‘mental models’ of perceived knowledge and what it means to be power-literate.
Listen to this week’s show and learn:
- How we can redefine our relationship with money. (4:23)
- The difference between a being a Missionary and being a Mercenary. (12:02)
- What “The Gervais Principle” is and how it applies to Lifestyle Designers. (19:10)
- How you can hit the “Refresh Button” on your mental models. (39:51)
- Venkash’s thoughts on work ethic and how he has been able to create such a strong output level in his writing. (51:37)
Mentioned in the episode:
- The Dynamite Circle
- The Gervais Principle
- Breaking Smart
- Where the Wild Thoughts Are
- The 4-Hour Workweek
- Entrepreneurs are the New Labor
- William Gibson
- Y Combinator
- Sebastian Marshall
- Taylor Pearson
- Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott
- Nassim Taleb
- Chesterton’s Fence
- The Knowledge Project with Venkatash Rao
- Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
- You Are Not an Artisan
- Paul Graham
- Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius
- David Heinemeier Hansson
- Ruby on Rails
- ReWork by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
- Getting Real
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