TMBA538: Remaining Antifragile in the Wake of the Coronavirus

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As we’ve been practicing social distancing, the majority of our discussions about business and entrepreneurship keep coming back to the COVID-19 outbreak.

In this week’s podcast, we’ve invited one of the most prescient minds about this topic on to the show. Taylor Pearson is a long time friend of the TMBA and has been sounding alarms about the coronavirus for much longer than most.

Like us, Taylor is a huge fan of the writings of Nassim Taleb and joins us today to talk about why Taleb’s writing has been so relevant in thinking about the ongoing crisis, the global economic impact of events like this, and what the future might hold for us.



Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • Why Taylor is fascinated by “Black Swan” events. (5:49)
  • How this event differs from other economic events in history. (17:52)
  • The real economic impact on the ground from this pandemic. (23:41)
  • Why it’s important for entrepreneurs to make fast and decisive adjustments. (33:22)
  • How Taylor is applying his knowledge of black swan events to his newest venture. (39:01)


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