We discuss the rise of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in the creator economy and our idea to mint NFTs for other kinds of media, like podcasts.
We're launching our Deleuze vs. Heidegger seminar, starting this Sunday, November 22. Download the reading list: otherlife.co/deleuze-vs-heidegger
1 hr 21 min
Neo-China arrives from the future, as a networked and monetized video platform called Superpeer. Anirudh Pai explains why he believes education will merge with the influencer economy, in the form of paid video-calling. Other topics include George Orwell, Africa, and Reed's Law (the lesser known cousin of Metcalfe's Law).
1 hr 12 min
Learn how Default met two different boyfriends through Twitter, how she networked her way into tech without tech skills, some copywriting tips for creators, and why we're creating an arranged marriage agency.
1 hr 7 min
One of the luckiest accidents of my life was British visa restrictions forcing me & my girlfriend to decide if we were truly in love or just pretending.
Biz Sherbert is a fashion theorist inspired by Mark Fisher, who's figured out how to make academic theory resonate with millions of people on TikTok. These videos earn her writing and consulting gigs, which she's leveraging to build an independent intellectual life instead of doing a PhD. We discuss all of this plus a bunch of fascinating tangents on internet aesthetics, Dark Academia vs. Chaotic Academia, Caroline Calloway, fashion advice for aging Millennial men like Justin, the sex appeal of mass murderer Dylann Roof, and Biz's desire to marry a listener of this podcast.
1 hr 19 min
Max Nussenbaum is an author and entrepreneur who currently runs the On Deck Writing Fellowship, a new Silicon Valley take on modern education and career acceleration. We talk about how On Deck is helping writers become entrepreneurs; how Max bought a mansion in Detroit when he was 23; why JFK is overrated; what cults teach us about community building; and optimal strategy for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (which Max was on).
1 hr 18 min
Sudarshan Sridharan is a 20-year-old co-founder of the wildfire prediction startup Fion.tech, and co-creator of the Gen Z Mafia. We discuss how to launch a tech startup when you're only 20; how VCs want deal flow but college kids want party flow; how awkward outcast can "flip the switch" to start networking; how to use Twitter; and the benefits of being silent and elevating others.
1 hr 13 min
Brett Goldstein writes the newsletter SocialStudies.news. We talk about the untapped riches of social science for creators and founders, and how to think about branding and growing content-creation projects from niche academic disciplines. We also talk co-living and hype-house business models, as Brett calls in from the OnDeck program in Tulum, Mexico.
Gen Z Mafia is a Discord server incubating teenage billionaires. I talk with one of the ringleaders about community design, Gen Z psychology, and business models.
1 hr 7 min