North Star Podcast

North Star Podcast

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Hosted By David Perell | Founder, North Star Media | Perell.com


David Nemetz: Founding Bleacher Report
Oct 19 • 76 min
My guest today is Dave Nemetz, the Founder of Bleacher Report which was one of my favorite media companies as a kid. We spoke about what it’s like to lead your company through a merger, why you can think of media businesses like a supply & demand…
Rabbi David Wolpe: Jewish Wisdom
Oct 12 • 70 min
Newsweek Magazine once called Rabbi Wolpe the most influential rabbi in America. He is the Senior Rabbi at Sanai Template in Los Angeles and he’s the author of eight books including one about King David and another gem called Why Be Jewish? I don’t…
Joe Henrich: What Makes Society Smart?
Oct 5 • 117 min
My guest today is Joseph Henrich, a professor at Harvard and an expert on the evolution of human cooperation and culture. In this episode, we talk about the role big Gods play in cultural evolution, the time Joe spent living with small-scale societies in…
Grant Sanderson: Math For The Masses
Sep 28 • 80 min
My guest today is Grant Sanderson, the man behind one of the world’s largest math-focused YouTube channels: 3blue1brown. We talk about ideas like prime numbers, the Twin Primes conjecture, and pop culture’s role in advancing mathematics. Later in the…
Eric Jorgenson: Lessons from Naval Ravikant
Sep 14 • 54 min
My guest today is Eric Jorgenson, a Product Strategist at Zaarly and the author of the Almanack of Naval Ravikant: a guide to wealth and happiness. The book collects and curates Naval’s wisdom from Twitter, podcasts, and essays over the past decade. Naval…
Morgan Housel: Writing for the Internet
Sep 7 • 59 min
Morgan Housel is a partner at The Collaborative Fund and a former columnist at The Motley Fool and The Wall Street Journal. He’s the author of The Psychology of Money, where he shares 19 stories about the strange ways people think about money and teaches…
Claire Lehmann: Building an Internet Media Company
Aug 31 • 67 min
My guest today is Claire Lehmann, the founder and editor-in-chief of Quillette, a for-profit online magazine that publishes essays on topics like politics, science, and academia. We started our conversation talking about Quilette’s business model and the…
Balaji Srinivasan: Living in the Future
Aug 24 • 107 min
This episode is a whirlwind through Balaji’s interests. We started by talking about his production function. We talked about what holding all those degrees from Stanford taught him about learning, how he identifies talent, and what building and selling…
Nadia Eghbal: Open-Source Software
Aug 17 • 67 min
One of the core theses of Nadia Eghbal’s work is that open-source software projects don’t have zero marginal cost. Maintenance can be expensive, even if the code itself is free to distribute. In this episode, we spoke about how sharing ideas on different…
Matthew Kobach: Social Media Brands
Aug 10 • 70 min
This episode is a deep dive into Matt’s philosophy of social media. We started by talking about his all-time favorite television commercials and how they inform his social media strategy today. Then we spoke about how paid and organic social media should…
David Brittain: Designing iPad Apps
Aug 3 • 64 min
On this episode, David and I talked about the business, marketing, and engineering aspects of designing an app. David talked about Concepts’ position in the design world, and how it compares to ProCreate and Figma. He spoke about how changes to the App…
Tyler Cowen: Production Function
Jul 20 • 86 min
We started by talking about why there aren’t more Tyler Cowens in the world. Then, we moved to Tyler’s process for writing, such as choosing article topics and editing his work. Later in the podcast, we discussed Tyler’s process for choosing friends, why…
Patrick McKenzie: Internet Famous
Jul 6 • 79 min
My guest today is marketer and software engineer Patrick McKenzie, who writes mostly about software-as-a-service businesses. He currently works for Stripe as a writer and an overall software business expert. Before we begin, here’s my attempt to summarize…
Will Mannon: Running an Online Course
Jun 26 • 90 min
My guest today is Will Mannon, the student manager for my online writing school called Write of Passage. Will oversees all aspects of the student experience with the exception of curriculum design. He’s at the frontier of thinking about live online…
Sara Dietschy: From YouTube to Business
Jun 15 • 89 min
My guest today is Sara Dietschy, a YouTuber with more than 620,000 YouTube subscribers. This is her second appearance on the North Star Podcast, and I’ve been interviewed twice on her podcast called That Creative Life. Sara makes a couple of videos every…
Austin Rief & Alex Lieberman: Morning Brew’s Secret Sauce
Jun 8 • 81 min
I have two guests this week: Austin Rief and Alex Lieberman, the founders of Morning Brew. Their business-focused daily email newsletter now has more than 2 million readers. It began as a simple idea — to make business news more interesting for young…
Tiago Forte: What’s Next in Education
Jun 1 • 123 min
My guest today is Tiago Forte. He runs an online course called Building a Second Brain, which I took in August of 2017. I went from being overwhelmed by information to being in control of it. Tiago changed the way I thought about work and my relationship…
Michael Mayer: Building the Next Amazon
May 27 • 53 min
This episode explores business from a variety of angles. Michael talks about how he thinks about marketing at bottomless, and the accumulating advantages that drive the company. He also talks about what he learned at Y Combinator, why startups that move…
Matt Cooper: Online Education Platforms
May 18 • 81 min
My guest today is Matt Cooper, the CEO of Skillshare — a subscription-based online learning platform where people can take classes on-demand. The main categories are creative arts, design, entrepreneurship, lifestyle, and technology. Before joining…
Jennifer Morrison: Being a Hollywood Actress
May 11 • 82 min
My guest today is Hollywood actress, producer and director Jennifer Morrison. She’s known for her roles as Dr. Allison Cameron in the medical-drama series House and Emma Swan in an adventure-fantasy series called Once Upon a Time. She also appeared in…
Alex Danco: Funding the Future
May 4 • 103 min
Today’s guest is Alex Danco, one of my favorite writers in the world. When I was in college and before I started writing, Alex was one of the first people who made me say “Wow I want to write like this for a living.” For years, he worked on the Discover…
Ryan Singer: Design and Consciousness
Apr 27 • 61 min
My guest today is Ryan Singer, the head of Project Strategy at Basecamp. Ryan recently published a book called Shape Up where he describes his process for planning, designing, and executing projects at Basecamp.
Andy Matuschak: Designing Education
Apr 6 • 87 min
We talk about the structure of online education, how to take notes, strategies for developing new ideas over time, secrets of creative partnerships, and what it means to do creative work. This conversation begins with a discussion of my online writing…
Chris Zarou: The Top of Hip-Hop
Feb 2 • 112 min
My guest today is Chris Zarou, the CEO of Visionary Music Group and the behind-the-scenes mastermind behind the success of Logic and Jon Bellion. The episode begins with Chris’ time playing Division 1 soccer before transitioning to artist management. From…
Robert Cottrell: The Secrets of Reading
Jan 17 • 104 min
My guest today is Robert Cottrell, the founder of The Browser, which has become my go-to source for articles. Here’s how it works. Every day, he recommends five articles and includes a short summary for each one. They’re wild and random — but that’s what…
Andy McCune: How Products Go Viral
Dec 27, 2019 • 105 min
My guest today is Andy McCune, an entrepreneur and creative who co-founded Unfold, a mobile design tool kit for storytellers that was acquired by Squarespace. He also runs an Instagram account called Earth (@earth on Instagram) with 1.1 million followers.
Samo Burja: The Two Writing Cultures
Dec 13, 2019 • 87 min
My guest today is Samo Burja, the founder of Bismarck Analysis, a firm that analyzes institutions, governments, and companies for high net worth individuals. Samo is known for an idea called Great Founder Theory, and his research focuses on the causes of…
Tiago Forte: The Future of Education
Nov 1, 2019 • 131 min
My guest today is Tiago Forte, who runs an online course called Building a Second Brain. In this conversation, we reflect on the time we’ve spent working together, explore the key trends in online education, and talk about what we’ve learned by teaching…
Ryan Holiday: Timeless Lessons From History
Oct 21, 2019 • 82 min
My guest today is Ryan Holiday. He’s a writer, media strategist, and the author of ten books. He dropped out of college at 19 years old to apprentice under Ryan Greene, author of Mastery and The 48 Laws of Power. He worked at American Apparel and founded…
Cameron Porter: Invention On-Demand
Oct 7, 2019 • 140 min
My guest today is Cameron Porter, an investor and former professional soccer player. We begin the conversation talking about AliCorp, an investment firm in New York where Cameron is responsible for new company research and development and due diligence on…
Emmett Shine: The Eyes of an Artist
Sep 9, 2019 • 90 min
Emmett pioneered the Direct-to-Consumer aesthetic. The bright colors, the flat design, and the sans serif fonts are a direct result of his work. At Gin Lane, he worked with brands like Bonobos, SweetGreen, Harry’s, Smile Direct Club, and Recess….
Adam Robinson: Searching for Secrets
Sep 2, 2019 • 74 min
In December, I went to a live taping of the at the famous 92nd Street Y in New York City. There was a surprise guest at the event named Adam Robinson, and after hearing him speak, I tapped my friend on the shoulder and told him I’d find a…
Renée DiResta: Information Warfare
Aug 19, 2019 • 92 min
My guest today is Renée DiResta, who spends her time investigating the spread of malign narratives across social networks. She has advised Congress, the State Department, and policymakers in understanding and responding to the problem of…
Tren Griffin: The Love of Learning
Jul 29, 2019 • 96 min
My guest today is Tren Griffin, a Senior Director at Microsoft and the man behind an excellent blog called 25IQ. Tren is one of the most prolific writers I know. He’s written books about negotiation, entrepreneurship, and Charlie Munger. He published an…
Mason Hartman: Building a Creative Society
Jul 8, 2019 • 94 min
My guest today is Mason Hartman. For years, I’ve admired Mason’s perspectives on the culture, childhood, and the education system. I teach an online writing course called Write of Passage. So education – and especially writing education – is a subject…
Jeff Morris Jr.: Building a flexible mindset
Jun 30, 2019 • 82 min
My guest today is Jeff Morris Jr., the Director of Revenue at Tinder. We begin this episode talking about the future of education. Jeff recently completed an MBA at UCLA and wrote his thesis on the future of Lambda School, the San Francisco based…
Steve Cheney: The Next Internet
Jun 24, 2019 • 89 min
My guest today is Steve Cheney, the cofounder of Estimote. Before founding Estimote, Steve was the head of business and platform at GroupMe, which was acquired by Skype. I’ve been reading Steve’s writing for more than half a decade, but this year, he…
Matt Mullenweg: Operating System for the Open Web
Jun 3, 2019 • 65 min
My guest today is Matt Mullenweg, the founder and CEO of Automattic. Automattic is known for Wordpress, which powers a third of the internet. Matt and I talk about the democratization of the web, the early days of Wordpress, and how he makes sense of the…
Jason Zweig: Saving Investors from themselves
May 20, 2019 • 79 min
My guest today is Jason Zweig, a personal finance columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He’s also the author of the revised edition of Benjamin Graham’s The Intelligent Investor, which Warren Buffett has described as “by far the best book about investing…
Austin Rief: The Secrets of Email Marketing
May 13, 2019 • 71 min
My guest today is Austin Rief, the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Morning Brew, a daily email newsletter with the latest news from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. Austin started the company when back when he was a student at the University of…
Jason Fried: Non-Serial Entrepreneur
Apr 22, 2019 • 83 min
My guest today is Jason Fried, the Co-Founder and President of Basecamp, a Chicago based company that builds web based productivity tools. Jason is famous for his contrarian approach to work and his blog Signal vs. Noise.
Jason Stein: Sports meets Media
Apr 9, 2019 • 51 min
My guest today is Jason Stein, a general partner at Steins, an investment management business and holding company that provides capital and strategic partnership to consumer brands, media and technology companies. Jason also founded Laundry Service, an…
Erika Nardini: Authenticity, Media, and Memes
Mar 25, 2019 • 64 min
My guest today is Erika Nardini, the CEO of Barstool Sports. Barstool was started by Dave Portnoy in 2004. And Erica first learned about the company when she was living in Boston and she immediately became a fan. Now if you don’t know about Barstool…
Nick Kokonas: Tock, Truffles, and Thaler
Mar 18, 2019 • 86 min
My guest today is Nick Kokonas, the Co-founder of The Alinea Group of restaurants. His restaurant Alinea has been named the best restaurant in America and also the best restaurant in the World. Nick is also the Co-founder and CEO of Tock incorporated, a…
Andrew D’Souza: Clearbanc, Capital, and Canada
Feb 25, 2019 • 65 min
My guest this week is Andrew D’Souza, the Co-founder and CEO of Clearbanc, a fundraising alternative to traditional venture capital. The company is based in Toronto and helps businesses fuel their marketing spend – because right now 40% of venture capital…
Alex Danco: Amazon, Cities, and Disruption
Feb 18, 2019 • 110 min
In this conversation with Alex Danco, we spoke about all things cities, Silicon Valley, and technology. We discuss Amazon’s organizational structure and what that means for the future. Then we talk about technological disruption and how industries shift…
Web Smith: The Direct-To-Consumer Craze
Feb 11, 2019 • 82 min
My guest today is Web Smith, the founder of 2PM, Inc. a curated, subscription-based media company with quick commentary on brands, data, and eCommerce. He invests in and advises for digitally native vertical brands, and spends most of his time in the…
Tal Shachar: Disney, Dreams, and Romantic Comedies
Jan 21, 2019 • 103 min
My guest today is Tal Shachar, the Chief Digital Offer of Immortals, a global eSports organization in Los Angeles where he leads consumer-facing operations. Tal is a genius when it comes to the intersection between media and technology. We dive deep into…
Keith Rabois: Accumulating Advantages
Jan 14, 2019 • 59 min
My guest today is Keith Rabois, the Managing Director at Khosla Ventures. At Khosla, Keith focuses on the consumer internet, education, enterprise, financial services, and digital health. Keith has had a front-seat to Silicon Valley history. He’s had five…
Gillian Morris: Swimming Across Guantanamo
Jan 7, 2019 • 78 min
We begin this episode with a discussion of Gillian’s time as a journalist in Turkey and the time she spent in war zones in Syria and Afghanistan. We talk about Gillian’s experience swimming across Guantanamo, why Tinder is the world’s best travel app, and…
Michael Shellenberger: Myths, Media and Nuclear Energy
Dec 17, 2018 • 77 min
Michael and I talk about the virtues of nuclear energy and tackle the big misconceptions surrounding it. We explore how media narratives have shaped nuclear energy perception, the virtues and drawbacks of wind and solar energy technologies, why 17% of…
Samo Burja: Great Founder Theory
Dec 10, 2018 • 102 min
Introduction: My guest today is Samo Burja, the founder of Bismarck Analysis, a firm that analyzes institutions, governments, and companies for high net worth individuals. There’s never been an immortal human society and Samo is on a quest to find out…
Patri Friedman: Government in the Information Age
Dec 3, 2018 • 104 min
My guest toady is Patri Friedman, a political theorist whose on a mission to increase competition in government. In 2008, Patri founded the Seasteading Institute with a mission create sovereign ocean colonies and “establish permanent, autonomous…
James Clear: Building Better Habits
Nov 5, 2018 • 90 min
My guest today is James Clear, a writer focused on how we can create better habits, make better decisions, and live better lives. He recently published a new book called Atomic Habits and after reading it, I just had to interview him. In this episode, we…
Steve Schlafman: Meaning and Mindfulness
Oct 17, 2018 • 69 min
My guest today is Steve Schlafman, a venture capitalist, leadership coach and partner at Primary VC. This episode is a wide-ranging, emotional journey through the nooks and crannies of investing, introspection, and sobriety. Steve is a man of many…
Daniel Gross: Dreams and Determination
Oct 10, 2018 • 66 min
My guest today is Daniel Gross, a partner at Y Combinator, the world’s best startup studio. Daniel focuses on artificial intelligence at Y Combinator and recently founded AI Grant, a distributed AI Research Lab. Daniel was born in Jerusalem, Israel and…
Arianna Simpson: Bitcoin, Books and Burning Man
Oct 4, 2018 • 59 min
My guest today is Arianna Simpson, the Managing Director at a cryptocurrency hedge fund called Autonomous Partners. Arianna’s background is fascinating. She grew up in Italy and spent time in Zimbabwe, where she got a first-hand perspective on…
Derek Thompson: The Genius of Shakespeare
Sep 19, 2018 • 70 min
My guest today is Derek Thompson, a Senior Editor at The Atlantic who writes about media, culture and economics in America today. I first discovered Derek’s writing while researching the state of Hollywood for an essay I was working on last year. Derek…
Austen Allred: The Future of Education
Sep 13, 2018 • 50 min
My guest today is Austen Allred, the founder of Lambda School — a revolutionary new school. Here’s how it works: Lambda School trains people to be software engineers at no up-front cost. Instead of paying tuition, students agree to pay a percentage of…
Devon Zuegel: Cities as a Superpower
Aug 18, 2018 • 74 min
My guest today is Devon Zuegel, a writer of code and writer of words who spends her time unlocking human potential through incentive design and tools for thought and cities. In this conversation, we jump from coordination problems to urban planning to…
Michael Nielsen: Tools for Thought
Jul 9, 2018 • 69 min
My guest today is Michael Nielsen a scientist, writer and computer programmer who works as a research fellow at Y Combinator Research. Michael has written on various topics from quantum teleportation, geometric complexity and the future of science.…
Kevin Kwok: How Systems Work
Jul 1, 2018 • 66 min
Our guest this week is Kevin Kwok and this episode is a special treat. Kevin was an investor at Greylock Partners, where he mainly focused on marketplaces, cryptocurrencies, and autonomous vehicles. Kevin is particularly interested in understanding the…
Sara Dietschy: The Life of a YouTuber
Jun 7, 2018 • 63 min
My guest today is Sara Dietschy, a YouTuber and content creator based in New York City. With more than 300,000 subscribers, Sara’s created a docu-series, a daily vlog and recently launched a new podcast called The Creative Exchange. Sara is one of the…
Paul Cooper: The Timeless Allure of Ruins
Jun 4, 2018 • 57 min
Ruins are special. They freeze a moment in time forever. They remind us of the shortness of life and the inevitable entropy of history. Paul’s book, River of Ink, is predicated on the idea of bringing ancient cities back to life in a fictional context. In…
Kyle Chayka: Musings on Minimalism
May 2, 2018 • 62 min
Today’s guest is Kyle Chayka, a Brooklyn based writer who has been published in New York Times, Verge, Business Week and more. His studies in International Relations at Tufts University led him to live in Beijing, where he initially noticed the impact…
Matt Levine: Money Stuff
Feb 1, 2018 • 42 min
Today’s guest is Matt Levine, a columnist at Bloomberg covering finance, Wall Street and the broader business world. Before blogging, Matt spent four years as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, structuring and marketing corporate equity derivatives.…
Tyler Cowen: Two Blundering Fools
Jan 24, 2018 • 55 min
Tyler Cowen is an economics professor at George Mason University. He runs the Mercatus Center, which bridges the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems. He blogs every day at Marginal Revolution, writes for Bloomberg, and hosts his own podcast…
Geoff Manaugh: Burglars, Buildings and Blueprints
Jan 24, 2018 • 52 min
All of the buildings that we interact with every day tend to be completely overlooked and treated as something that isn’t even worth discussing, and yet that’s where we spend most of our lives.” Today’s guest is Geoff Manaugh, who explores the…
Eugene Wei: Compress to Impress
Jan 8, 2018 • 78 min
Today’s guest is Eugene Wei, who’s spent his career working at some of the world’s best technology companies including Amazon, Hulu, and Facebook. He joined Amazon in 1997 after graduating from Stanford and it was at Amazon that he watched Jeff Bezos turn…
Scott Belsky: Creativity Begins at the Edge of Reason
Dec 13, 2017 • 44 min
Scott Belsky helps creative people, teams, and networks make ideas happen. In this episode, we talk about how Scott has merged the worlds of business, technology, and design. Scott shares insights on how to reinvent yourself throughout your career, and…
Douglas Abrams: Journey to Joy
Oct 16, 2017 • 55 min
Douglas Abrams is the founder of Idea Architects, a book publishing, and media company that works with visionary authors to create a wiser, healthier, and more just world. Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have both…
Albert Wenger: World After Capital
Oct 7, 2017 • 50 min
Albert Wenger is a partner at Union Square Ventures. Before joining USV, Albert was the president of del.icio.us through the company’s sale to Yahoo and an angel investor in Etsy and Tumblr. He previously founded or co-founded several companies, including…
Ari Paul: Betting on Crypto
Sep 27, 2017 • 71 min
Ari Paul is co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of BlockTower Capital. He was previously a portfolio manager for the University of Chicago’s $8 billion endowment. Ari earned a BA in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA…
Heather Harnett: Be Human
Sep 19, 2017 • 42 min
Heather Hartnett is the CEO and founding partner of Human Ventures. She leads the Human Ventures team and advises each of Human Ventures’ portfolio companies. Heather brings a fresh new perspective to the technology scene and Business Insider recently…
Josh Wolfe: The Magic of Science
Sep 15, 2017 • 41 min
Josh Wolfe is the co-founder and managing partner at Lux Capital, which invests in the intersection of science and technology at the outermost edge of what is possible. He partners with innovators challenging the status quo and even the laws of nature.…
Shane Parrish: Brain Food
Aug 30, 2017 • 44 min
Shane Parrish is a partner at Syrus Partners and the mind behind one of my favorite blogs, Farnam Street. The blog is devoted to helping you develop an understanding of how the world really works, make better decisions, and live a better life. Shane…
Greg Rosborough: Be Relentless
Aug 24, 2017 • 57 min
“Everything you wear is a costume of some kind. Everything speaks to what you’re thinking about, what you’re feeling, what you represent, and where you’re from - so it’s very personal.” Greg Rosborough is the co-founder and design director of Abasi…
Mark Broadie: The Secrets of Golf
Jan 1, 1970 • 78 min
My guest today is Mark Broadie, a Golf Statistician and Professor at Columbia Business School. I first found Mark through his book Every Shot Counts, which transformed golf statistics and analytics forever. Marcus worked with many of the world’s best…