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Steve Jobs: On Life at 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
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Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself -- at the university's 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.
Leonard Shlain: On Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time & Light
54 minutes
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Leonard Shlain proposes that the visionary artist is the first member of a culture to see the world in a new way. Then, nearly simultaneously, a revolutionary physicist discovers a new way to think about the world. Escorting the reader through the classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern eras, Shlain shows how the artists' images when superimposed on the physicists' concepts create a compelling fit. Throughout, Shlain juxtaposes the specific art works of famous artists alongside the world-changing ideas of great thinkers. Giotto and Galileo, da Vinci and Newton, Picasso and Einstein, Duchamp and Bohr, Matisse and Heisenberg, and Monet and Minkowski are just a few of the provocative pairings.
Yanis Varoufakis: On The Future of Capitalism
119 minutes
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We all know Varoufakis as the former Greek Finance Minister and media sensation who stood up to Europe in the fight against austerity. His lecture will discuss themes from his new book, "And The Weak Suffer What They Must?," including the origins of a crisis that has affected not only Greece, but all of Europe. <br> The Robert Heilbroner Memorial Lecture on the Future of Capitalism: The Heilbroner lecture honors the work of Robert Heilbroner, who was both a student and a professor in the economics department of The New School for Social Research. This event is dedicated to understanding questions of economic justice and how the profit-seeking activities of private firms might also serve broader social goals. To use Heilbroner’s words, "capitalism’s uniqueness in history lies in its continuously self-generated change, but it is this very dynamism that is the system’s chief enemy."
Balaji Srinivasan: On Exiting Broken Systems
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Balaji Srinivasan at Startup School 2013. This is a great talk about broken systems and how to navigate a situation in which you are stuck in a system that is broken beyond repair.
Malcolm Gladwell: On Harvard Endowments, Satire, and more with Tyler Cowen
91 minutes
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Journalist, author, and podcaster Malcolm Gladwell joins Tyler for a conversation on Joyce Gladwell, Caribbean identity, satire as a weapon, Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden, Harvard’s under-theorized endowment, why early childhood intervention is overrated, long-distance running, and Malcolm’s happy risk-averse career going from one "fur-lined rat hole to the next."
Balaji Srinivasan: On The Network State
32 minutes
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This is a follow up to the Balaji talk at Startup School on exiting systems. He explores the dynamics at play as power shifts from the nation-states to other systems.
Sam Altman: How to Build Products Users Love (Kevin Hale)
48 minutes
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Kevin Hale, Founder of Wufoo and Partner at Y Combinator, explains how to build products that create a passionate user base invested in your startup's success.
Sam Altman: Legal and Accounting Basics for Startups (Kirsty Nathoo, Carolynn Levy)
48 minutes
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There's a lot that goes behind the scenes in running a startup. Getting the legal, finance (equity allocation, vesting), accounting, and other overhead right will save you a lot of pain in the long run. Kirsty Nathoo, CFO at Y Combinator, and Carolynn Levy, General Counsel at Y Combinator, cover these very important topics in this lecture.
Timothy Pychyl: On Helping Students Who Procrastinate
58 minutes
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Dr. Tim Pychyl led a discussion about academic procrastination and strategies for change. The focus was on discussing what students are telling us about their procrastination and how we might help them help themselves.
Yuval Harari: On Drugs & the Meaning of Life
13 minutes
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Historian & professor, Yuval Noah Harari, discusses psychedelics & the human conception of the meaning of life in a conversation with Dan Ariely.
Yuval Harari: On the Rise of Homo Deus
91 minutes
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In conversation with Kamal Ahmed, the BBC’s economics editor, Harari examined the political and economic revolutions that look set to transform society, as technology continues its exponential advance. What will happen when artificial intelligence takes over most of the jobs that people do? Will our liberal values of equality and universal human rights survive the creation of a massive new class of individuals who are economically useless? And when Google and Facebook know our political preferences better than we do ourselves, will democratic elections become redundant? As the 21st century progresses, not only our society and economy but our bodies and minds could be revolutionised by new technologies such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology and brain-computer interfaces. After a few countries master the enhancement of bodies and brains, will they conquer the planet while the rest of humankind is driven to extinction?
Yuval Harari: On why humans run the world at TED
17 minutes
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Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans dominate planet Earth; we've spread to every continent, and our actions determine the fate of other animals (and possibly Earth itself). How did we get from there to here? Historian Yuval Noah Harari suggests a surprising reason for the rise of humanity.
Sam Altman: Sales and Marketing; How to Talk to Investors (Tyler Bosmeny)
48 minutes
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Three segments in this lecture:Tyler Bosmeny, founder and CEO of Clever, starts off today's lecture with an overview of the Sales Funnel, and how to get to your first $1 Million. Michael Seibel, founder of Justin.tv and Socialcam and Partner at Y Combinator, then goes over how to talk to investors - the pitch. Dalton Caldwell, founder of imeem and App.net and Partner at Y Combiantor, and Qasar Younis, founder of Talkbin and Partner at Y Combinator, then perform an investor meeting roleplay to give you a taste of how it actually might look behind the scenes.
Sam Altman: Later-stage Advice (Sam Altman)
48 minutes
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Sam caps off the How to Start a Startup series with things you should ignore when you start, but become important a year in.
Sam Altman: Hiring and Culture, Part 2 (Patrick and John Collison, Ben Silbermann)
50 minutes
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Stripe and Pinterest - two companies well known for their strong cultures. The founders - John Collison, Patrick Collison, and Ben Silberman - take Q&A from Sam in part 2 of Hiring and Culture.
Sam Altman: How to Operate (Keith Rabois)
46 minutes
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What should the CEO be doing on a day to day basis? How do you make sure the company is moving in the right direction? Keith Rabois, Partner at Khosla Ventures and former COO of Square, tackles the nitty gritty - How to Operate. Lots of actionable takeaways from this lecture!
Sam Altman: How to Design Hardware Products (Hosain Rahman)
47 minutes
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Hosain Rahman, CEO and Founder of Jawbone, covers the design process for building hardware products users love.
Sam Altman: How to Run a User Interview (Emmett Shear)
46 minutes
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Building product, and talking to users. In the early stages of your startup, those are the two things you should focus on. In this lecture, Emmett Shear, Founder and CEO of Justin.tv and Twitch, covers the latter. What can you learn by talking to users that you can’t learn by looking at data? What questions should you ask? How can user interviews define or redefine your product goals?
Sam Altman: How to Manage (Ben Horowitz)
49 minutes
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You are not the only one whom your decisions impact. Ben Horowitz, founder of Andreessen Horowitz and Opsware, discusses this important management perspective that founders miss, with, of course, the gratuitous rap lyric or two sprinkled in.
Sam Altman: How to be a Great Founder (Reid Hoffman)
49 minutes
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So you've learned how to get started, how to raise money, how to build products, and how to grow. Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn and Partner at Greylock Ventures, addresses many of the questions and confusions that might be cropping up - How to be a Great Founder.
Sam Altman: Building Product, Talking to Users, and Growing (Adora Cheung)
52 minutes
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So you have an idea. How do you go from zero users to many users?Adora Cheung, Founder of Homejoy, covers Building Product, Talking to Users, and Growing, in Lecture 4 of How to Start a Startup.
Sam Altman: Building for the Enterprise (Aaron Levie)
46 minutes
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Aaron Levie - founder of Box, enterprise master, Twitter comedic genius. In this lecture, he'll convince you to Build for the Enterprise.
Sam Altman: How to Raise Money (Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Parker Conrad)
50 minutes
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Sam leads a panel Q&A on Fundraising in this lecture with Marc Andreessen, Founder of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz, Ron Conway, Founder of SV Angel, and Parker Conrad, Founder of Zenefits.
Sam Altman: Culture (Brian Chesky, Alfred Lin)
50 minutes
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Brian Chesky, Founder of Airbnb, and Alfred Lin, Former COO of Zappos and Partner at Sequoia Capital discuss how to build a great company culture.
Sam Altman: How to Get Started, Doing Things that Don't Scale, Press
52 minutes
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Stanley Tang, Founder of Doordash, covers How to Get Started. Walker Williams, Founder of Teespring, covers Doing things that Don't Scale. Justin Kan, Founder of TwitchTV and Partner at Y Combinator, covers Press.
Sam Altman: How to Raise Money (Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Parker Conrad)
50 minutes
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Sam leads a panel Q&A on Fundraising in this lecture with Marc Andreessen, Founder of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz, Ron Conway, Founder of SV Angel, and Parker Conrad, Founder of Zenefits.
Sam Altman: Growth (Alex Schultz)
47 minutes
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Alex Schultz gives an overview of Growth for startups, speaking from a position of authority as the VP of Growth at Facebook.
Sam Altman: Competition is for Losers (Peter Thiel)
50 minutes
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Peter Thiel, founder of Paypal and Palantir, discusses business strategy and monopoly theory in "Competition is For Losers".
Douglas Hofstadter: 1- MIT Godel Escher Bach
62 minutes
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MIT's course discussing the concepts described in Douglas Hofstadter's masterpiece - Godel Escher Bach.
Sam Altman: Before the Startup (Paul Graham)
48 minutes
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Paul Graham delivers an informative (and highly amusing) talk, addressing counterintuitive parts of startups, in Lecture 3 of How to Start a Startup.
Sam Altman: How to Start a Startup (Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz)
43 minutes
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Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, and Dustin Moskovitz, Cofounder of Facebook, Asana, and Good Ventures, kick off the How to Start a Startup Course. Sam covers the first 2 of the 4 Key Areas: Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution; and Dustin discusses Why to Start a Startup.
Sam Altman: Team and Execution (Sam Altman)
46 minutes
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Sam Altman finishes up "Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution" by covering Team and Execution, in Lecture 2 of How to Start a Startup.
Douglas Hofstadter: 6- MIT Godel Escher Bach
107 minutes
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MIT's course discussing the concepts described in Douglas Hofstadter's masterpiece - Godel Escher Bach.
Douglas Hofstadter: 5- MIT Godel Escher Bach
98 minutes
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MIT's course discussing the concepts described in Douglas Hofstadter's masterpiece - Godel Escher Bach.
Douglas Hofstadter: 2- MIT Godel Escher Bach
76 minutes
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MIT's course discussing the concepts described in Douglas Hofstadter's masterpiece - Godel Escher Bach.
Douglas Hofstadter: 4- MIT Godel Escher Bach
106 minutes
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MIT's course discussing the concepts described in Douglas Hofstadter's masterpiece - Godel Escher Bach.
Douglas Hofstadter: 3- MIT Godel Escher Bach
60 minutes
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MIT's course discussing the concepts described in Douglas Hofstadter's masterpiece - Godel Escher Bach.
Tyler Cowen: Conversations with Tyler: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Segregation, Islam and Basketball
81 minutes
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joins Tyler Cowen for a conversation on segregation, Islam, Harlem vs. LA, Earl Manigault, jazz, fighting Bruce Lee, Kareem’s conservatism, dancing with Thelonious Monk, and why no one today can shoot a skyhook.
Tyler Cowen: Conversations with Tyler: Nate Silver on Forecasting
80 minutes
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Nate Silver joins Tyler Cowen for a conversation on data, forecasting, My Bloody Valentine, the social value of gambling, Donald Trump and the presidential field, vacation advice, Supreme Court picks, the wisdom of Björk, and the most underrated statistic for finding good food.
Tyler Cowen: Conversations with Tyler: Peter Theil on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
80 minutes
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Peter Thiel is among the most impressive innovators of the past two decades. As co-founder of Paypal and seed-funder for Facebook, Thiel has been instrumental in the conception and growth of some of today’s most entrepreneurial and innovative companies. In his latest best-selling book, Zero to One, Thiel explains how to build a better future by capitalizing on innovation. A staunch optimist, he maintains that progress can be achieved anywhere the human mind is able to think creatively. Thiel describes how entrepreneurial thinking leads to innovation, which builds something new and moves the mark from zero to one.
Tyler Cowen: Conversations with Tyler: Jeffrey Sachs on Russia's Failures, Charter Cities and more
92 minutes
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Jeffrey Sachs and Tyler Cowen discuss the resource curse, why Russia failed and Poland succeeded, charter cities, Sach's China optimism, JFK, Paul Rosenstein-Rodan, whether Africa will be able to overcome the middle income trap, Paul Krugman, Sach's favorite novel, premature deindustrialization, and how to reform graduate economics education.
Tyler Cowen: Conversations with Tyler: Cliff Asness on Investing
82 minutes
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Tyler and investment strategist Cliff Asness discuss momentum and value investing strategies, disagreeing with Eugene Fama, Marvel vs. DC, the inscrutability of risk, high frequency trading, the economics of Ayn Rand, bubble logic, and why never to share a gym with Cirque du Soleil.
Tyler Cowen: Conversations with Tyler: Luigi Zingales on Italy, Trump and Coffee
76 minutes
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Tyler Cowen and Luigi Zingales discuss Italy, Donald Trump, Antonio Gramsci, Google and conglomeration, Luchino Visconti, Starbucks, and the surprisingly high productivity of Italian cafés.
Tyler Cowen: Conversations with Tyler: Dani Rodrik on Deindustrialization and John le Carre
84 minutes
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Tyler and Dani Rodrik discuss premature deindustrialization, the world’s trilemmas, the political economy of John le Carré, what’s so special about manufacturing, Orhan Pamuk, RCTs, and why the world is second best at best.
Tyler Cowen: Conversations with Tyler: Malcolm Gladwell on Harvard Endowments, Satire, and more
91 minutes
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Journalist, author, and podcaster Malcolm Gladwell joins Tyler for a conversation on Joyce Gladwell, Caribbean identity, satire as a weapon, Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden, Harvard’s under-theorized endowment, why early childhood intervention is overrated, long-distance running, and Malcolm’s happy risk-averse career going from one “fur-lined rat hole to the next.
Tyler Cowen: Conversations with Tyler: Camille Paglie on David Bowie and Feminism
86 minutes
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Camille Paglia joins Tyler Cowen for a conversation on the brilliance of Bowie, lamb vindaloo, her lifestyle of observation, why writers need real jobs, Star Wars, Harold Bloom, Amelia Earhart, Edmund Spenser, Brazil, and why she is most definitely not a cultural conservative.
Tyler Cowen: Conversations with Tyler: Michael Orthofer on Why Fiction Matters
54 minutes
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Watch to discover why Michael believes everyone should read more fiction , how we should choose books, why American popular literature is overrated, what he thinks about authors like Herman Melville, Fyoder Dostoevsky, Goethe, J.K. Rowling, Arno Schmidt, and many more, what he thinks about Amazon.com and the best sites for readers, why studying literature at college was such a big disappointment, how much covers matter, and why his opinion will never be the final word.
Tyler Cowen: Conversations with Tyler: Cass Sunstein on Bob Dylan, Justice and Hayek.
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Cass Sunstein joins Tyler Cowen for a conversation on judicial minimalism, Bob Dylan’s best album, the metaphysics of nudging, Possession, the ideal size of the Supreme Court, the wisdom of Yoda, Hayek, why people should choose their own path, the merits of a banned products store, James Joyce, and, oh yeah, Star Wars
Tyler Cowen: Conversations with Tyler: David Wolpe on Leadership, Religion, and Identity
78 minutes
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Named one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of our time, Rabbi David Wolpe joins Tyler in a conversation on flawed leaders, Jewish identity in the modern world, the many portrayals of David, what’s missing in rabbinical training, playing chess on the Sabbath, Srugim, Hasidic philosophy, living in Israel and of course, and the durability of creation.
Tyler Cowen: Conversations with Tyler: Margalit Fox on Life, Death, and the Best Job in Journalism
47 minutes
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The stereotypical obituary is a formulaic recitation of facts — dry, boring, without craft. But Margalit Fox has shown the genre can produce some of the most memorable and moving stories in journalism. Exploiting its “pure narrative arc,” Fox has penned over 1,200 obituaries, covering well-known and obscure subjects with equal aplomb. In her conversation with Tyler Cowen, Fox reveals not only the process for writing an obituary, but her thoughts on life, death, storytelling, puzzle-solving, her favorite cellist, how it came to be that an economist sang opera 86 times at the Met, and much more.