Subversion with 1517

Subversion with 1517
A podcast by 1517 Fund exploring subversive intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and thinkers across society.

033. $50K Investments in Ideas/R&D: Danielle Talks Invisible College
Jun 23 • 29 min
The Invisible College is an idea/R&D stage investment program that 1517 is launching this summer and fall to support founders who would rather build than go to school in the fall. To be considered for the Invisible College, you must: * Be in North America…
032. 1517 at Home: Alex Gladstein on Why Bitcoin Matters for Human Rights.
Jun 19 • 41 min
Alex Gladstein joins 1517 Fund for a 1517 at Home conversation about how Bitcoin protects human rights, its applications around the world, and the coming death of cash that totalitarian and authoritarian regimes world over want to accelerate. Alex is the…
031. 1517 at Home: Ryan Kulp on Fitness for Hackers, Mindset, and Accountability
May 29 • 74 min
Ryan Kulp is a self-taught developer, marketer, musician, founder of Fomo and Fork Equity, and the author of Fitness for Hackers. He joins a live audience of the 1517 Community to discuss how the hacker mindset can be applied to fitness, nutrition, and…
030. 1517 at Home: Samo Burja on Why Civilizations Collapse
May 21 • 88 min
There are at least 12 identifiable Dark Ages in the recorded history of human civilization. Although we are all fascinated with the idea of the collapse of civilization, have we considered why civilizations actually collapse? Join Samo Burja, founder of…
029. 1517 at Home: Byrne Hobart on the Mimetic Theory of Bubbles
May 13 • 103 min
Why do economic bubbles happen? Historically, theorists have proposed competing theories like the efficient market hypothesis, the easy money theory, and a “heroes and villains” theory. In this workshop and roundtable discussion we explored the mimetic…
028. Updates! New Podcast, New Channels, New Content Coming Here
May 12 • 4 min
We give some updates for our subscribers on our new podcast, Founders First, what we’ll be doing on this podcast soon, and some new distribution channels we have.
027. Physics for Poets: Frederick Turner on Healing the Divide Between Science and the Arts
Apr 24, 2019 • 37 min
Frederick Turner is a poet, philosopher and the Founders Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has authored more than two dozen poetry books and philosophical treatises. With Genesis and Apocalypse, he revived the epic poem by turning to…
026. Mark Lutter on How and Why to Invent Your Own Charter Cities
Mar 27, 2019 • 24 min
Mark Lutter is the founder and executive director of the Center for Innovative Governance, where he studies, advocates for, and helps build charter cities across the globe. He joins Michael Gibson to discuss what charter cities are, why you would want to…
025. Devon Zuegel on NIMBYism, YIMBYism, and the Life of Great Cities
Feb 20, 2019 • 54 min
Devon Zuegel (@devonzuegel) joins Michael Gibson (@WilliamBlake) to discuss urbanism, the life and death of great cities, NIMBYism vs. YIMBYism, and why cities like San Francisco make it hard to build new housing.
024. Jason Brennan on When You Can Violently Resist the Government
Jan 18, 2019 • 50 min
Jason Brennan joins Michael and Zak for the 23rd installment of Subversion. He is the author of When All Else Fails: The Ethics of Resistance to State Injustice and has a radical conclusion from common-sense principles: The conditions under which you can…
023. Balaji Srinivasan on Voice, Exit, and Earning Money Pseudonymously
Oct 5, 2018 • 23 min
Balaji Srinivasan is the CTO of Coinbase and the cofounder of (formerly He joined the 1517 Fund Assembly in October, 2017 to make the case for escaping the ire of mobs by earning money pseudonymously and living in low cost-of-living…
022. Rene Girard, Mimetic Theory, and Christianity with David Gornoski
Sep 30, 2018 • 67 min
David Gornoski is a scholar of Rene Girard and a talk radio host in the Orlando, Florida area. He joins Subversion to discuss what founders and those interested in technology can learn from Rene Girard and Christianity. “By using media to expose unjust…
021. Thiel Fellow Josh Sakhai on Bootstrapping, Raising VC Pre-Launch, and the Value of Media
Sep 20, 2018 • 29 min
Thiel Fellow Josh Sakhai on Funding Pre-Product, Startup Media, and Disappearing Tattoos Josh Sakhai is the cofounder and CEO of Ephemeral Tattoos and a 2018 Thiel Fellow. He joins Subversion to discuss how he’s raised millions of dollars before taking…
020. The Truth About Angel Investors with Greg Schroy
Sep 8, 2018 • 25 min
Greg Schroy is an investor with Locke Mountain Ventures and the cofounder of nTopology, a 1517 Fund portfolio company. He joins the podcast to talk about what it’s like being an angel investor and how you, as a founder, can do your due diligence on…
019. Thiel Fellow Micah Green on Building a Robotics Company and Moving To Austin
Aug 31, 2018 • 20 min
Micah Green is a Thiel Fellow and the founder, CEO, and president of Maidbot. He joins Subversion to talk about what it’s like founding a hardware company, selling to Fortune 500 companies, and moving his team to Austin, TX in order to grow the company.
018. Marie Schneegans on Starting a Company in Europe and Doing Business Abroad
Aug 24, 2018 • 19 min
Marie Schneegans is the founder and CEO of Never Eat Alone (, an app that helps employees meet each other at major companies. She runs her company from Paris, France. Marie joins Subversion to talk about what it’s like to start a company…
017. Joe Thomas of Loom on Building a Consumer Product, Pivoting, Launching on ProductHunt
Aug 17, 2018 • 21 min
Joe Thomas, CEO and co-founder of Loom ( joins Subversion to talk about building a consumer-facing product, pivoting from a totally different kind of product, and how Loom got their first traction by launching on Product Hunt.
016. How to Find Out What People Will Pay For with Shriya Nevatia
Aug 3, 2018 • 22 min
Shriya Nevatia joins Subversion with 1517 to discuss how startups and founders can do customer discovery research and UX research. Shriya studied Computer Science at Tufts University and got into UX Design through Human Factors Engineering, the General…
015. Tam Pham on How to Land Your Dream Internship & Network (Even If You Aren’t Qualified)
Jul 20, 2018 • 22 min
Tam Pham is the author of two books and a 1517 Community member. He joins Subversion with 1517 to discuss how a young person, even a dropout with no formal credentials, can land their dream internship, can build an influential network, and can overcome a…
014. Nick Arnett on Starting in a Technical Industry With Little Expertise
Jul 13, 2018 • 12 min
Nick Arnett, 1517 Fund’s Community Partner, joins for Part II of his conversation on getting taken seriously as a young person, starting a highly technical nonprofit without much technical experience, and how to get started outside of the Bay Area.
013. Thiel Fellow Tom Currier on the Future of Regional Transit
Jul 8, 2018 • 19 min
Tom Currier is the cofounder and CEO of Cabin, a solution to long travel times between regional cities. Tom joins the podcast to discuss why American cities don’t have great regional transit options and how Cabin is providing a solution.
012. Nick Arnett on Being Taken Seriously as a Young Person & Starting Up in the Midwest
Jun 29, 2018 • 21 min
Nick Arnett is the Community Manager for 1517 Fund and a college opt-out. Nick tells his story of how he got started as a teenager and built an unconventional career. He tells how he got taken seriously as a young person and how to get started when you…
011. Shastri Mahadeo on Founding a Tech Company with Zero Tech Experience
Jun 22, 2018 • 33 min
Shastri Mahadeo is the cofounder and CEO of Union Crate, a tech company that provides analytics for consumer goods companies. Shastri doesn’t have your typical tech founder background, though. He never went to college, started working at 14, became a car…
010. Max Lock on the Perks of Being a Solo Founder
Jun 13, 2018 • 18 min
Max Lock is the founder and president of Fleet, in Portland, OR. He’s a solo founder and makes the case in this conversation that maybe that’s the best way to start a company. Max talks about how he makes decisions as a solo founder and some of the…
009. Janett Liriano on How to Combat Loneliness As a Founder or Dropout
May 25, 2018 • 21 min
Loomia CEO Janett Liriano joins the podcast to discuss how to think about loneliness as a dropout or founder, how to build a better relationship with yourself, and how to make friends.
008. BONUS. Happy Graduation! How to Make Sense of the Real World
May 21, 2018 • 26 min
Once you get out of school and into the real world, you’ll have to learn a lot of skills that school conditioned out of you, like making friends (especially if you work alone) and figuring out how to grow without it being assigned to you. This special…
007. Thiel Fellow Dylan Field on Dropping Out, Hiring, and Finding a Cofounder
May 17, 2018 • 20 min
2012 Thiel Fellow and Figma cofounder Dylan Field joins Michael to discuss how to find a cofounder, dropping out, and how to make the first important hires in a company.
006. Double Shot: How Should You Contact Investors You Don’t Know?
May 9, 2018 • 13 min
How should you go about emailing or reaching out to early stage investors you’ve never met? Danielle Strachman sits down to discuss the do’s and don’ts of reaching out to investors.
005. Double Shot: How Can You Find Angel Investors, and What Should You Look For?
Apr 30, 2018 • 13 min
What should you look for in angel investors and how should you find them? In this week’s episode of Doubleshot, Danielle Strachman discusses how angel investors are different than venture capitalists and what they might look for that would be different…
004. Double Shot: What Do Early Stage Investors Look For?
Apr 18, 2018 • 20 min
What do early stage investors look for in investments? In this week’s installment of Subversion: Double Shot, Michael Gibson discusses how early stage investors think about product, team, and market. For a detailed explanation, check out the Anti-Pitch…
003. Double Shot: How Should You Interact With Your Board?
Apr 10, 2018 • 16 min
How should you treat your board and interact with them? Is your board there to give you advice? How should you request advice from your board members? In this episode of Subversion: Double Shot, Danielle discusses how successful startup founders interact…
002. Double Shot: How Should You Split Equity and Roles?
Apr 2, 2018 • 34 min
Introducing Double Shot: short conversations about how to start and run your own venture-backed startup. In this conversation, 1517 Fund cofounder Michael Gibson discusses how to split up equity between team members and how to determine roles in the early…
001. The Rational Irrationality of the Past
Jan 22, 2018 • 118 min
Looking back at the past and making sense of practices from primitive societies is no simple task. It’s easy to see the weird, the odd, and the seemingly barbaric as relics of a time of lesser-rationality and to dismiss them as unnecessary or backwards.…