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We live in a paradoxical time...

...where we have more comfort but less peace, more connectivity but less connection, more information but less wisdom. The purpose of this podcast is to explore these natural tensions with independent voices across tech, culture and politics who will expand and challenge our thinking. This is the Paradox Podcast.

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    Geoff Lewis is a technology investor and founder of Bedrock Capital. For episode #14, I chatted with Geoff about the noble lies that exist all around us in society, the geopolitics of TikTok, why algorithms are the new oil, how searching for narrative violations is different from contrarianism, his quest to move from Canada to the U.S. starting at age 11 and the founders and companies he’s looking to invest in.

    Mike Solana is VP of brand at Founders Fund. For episode #12, I chatted with Mike about having the courage to speak your mind, self-censorship, the rising tide of socialism in the United States and the power the stories we tell ourselves both as individuals and societies have to dramatically alter the future we end up living in. Mike is one of the best follows on Twitter and you can follow him @micsolana.

    Garry Tan is a designer and engineer turned early stage investor as a Managing Partner and co-founder at Initialized Capital. While recording from our coronavirus bunkers, Garry and I chatted about building the world you want to live in, how refugee ancestors has influenced his worldview, navigating the idea maze as a founder, his $200M mistake and how parenthood has changed his life.

    Sahil Lavingia = is the CEO of Gumroad and a prolific entrepeneur, writer, painter and thinker. For episode #8, we about his viral essay “reflecting on my “failure" to build a $1B company”. We also escaped the world of tech and startups to talk about moving to Utah and the lessons he learned about breaking outside our ideological bubbles and engaging with people we disagree with in a friendly way.

    Kamal Ravikant is an entrepreneur, investor and best selling author of three books: Love Yourself, Live Your Truth, and Rebirth. For episode #6, we chatted with Kamal about pushing into fear, the importance of forgiveness, how your mentality shapes your reality & the relaunch of his book––"Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It". We hope you enjoy this conversation with Kamal Ravikant.

    Trae Stephens is a venture capitalist at Founders Fund with partners like Peter Thiel, Brian Singerman, Cyan Banister and Keith Rabois, where he invests across sectors with a particular interest in startups operating in the government space. He’s also Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Anduril Industries with Palmer Luckey, who founded Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014.

    Mike Maples is the co-founder and partner at Floodgate Capital. For episode #15, I chatted with Mike about the process entrepreneurs should use to uncover breakthrough insights, a fishing trip with his Dad that taught him a lifelong lesson, how he stumbled into his first angel investment (Twitter), broke into venture capitaland one of the biggest issues facing our country that almost no one talks about.

    Balaji Srinivasan is an angel investor and entrepreneur. He was formerly the CTO of Coinbase and General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz and also the cofounder of Earn.com, Counsyl and Teleport. For episode #13, I chatted with Balaji about the rise of cloud cities, the Oregon Trail generation, a decentralized model for citizen journalism, why crypto is still underrated and the best piece of advice he’s ever received.

    Karlyn Borysenko is an organizational psychologist who helps organizations and teams find happiness and fulfillment at work through her company, Zen Workplace. For episode #10, Karlyn and I had a wide-ranging discussion about cancel culture, understanding the motivations of people you disagree with, the importance of free speech and her experience as a liberal at a Trump rally.

    Jeff Morris Jr. is an early-stage startup investor and founder at Chapter One who has invested in in companies including Lyft, Lambda School, Superhuman, Roman, Cameo and more. For episode #9, Jeff and I had a wide-ranging conversation about investing in a post-#COVID19 future, non-linear career paths in times of economic uncertainty, moving to Kansas City to break into tech and the unbundling of talent. PodcastNotes

    Katherine Boyle is a venture capitalist at General Catalyst and former reporter for the Washington Post. For episode #7, I chatted with Katherine about escalating tensions between the media and tech industries, her path to becoming a venture capitalist and the threat that declining economic mobility poses to future generations. Katherine leads investments in early stage companies with uncommon missions.

    James Beshara is a modern day renaissance man – an entrepreneur, angel investor, podcaster, author, musician. James is a prolific creator who operates with passion and he’s probably one of the most honest entrepreneurs I’ve ever met. James founded three startups including Tilt which was acquired by Airbnb in 2017 where he was Global Head of Airbnb Music. Check out the PodcastNotes for this episode.

    James Beshara is a modern day renaissance man – an entrepreneur, angel investor, podcaster, author, musician. James is a prolific creator who operates with passion and he’s probably one of the most honest entrepreneurs I’ve ever met. James founded three startups including Tilt which was acquired by Airbnb in 2017 where he was Global Head of Airbnb Music. Check out the PodcastNotes for this episode.

    Jennifer Fearing is one of the most innovative and admired lobbyists in California. She left a corporate consulting career to advocate on behalf of issues that are close to her heart, especially animal issues. Jennifer successfully ran the 2008 Proposition 2 campaign (the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act). Jennifer spent eight years working for the Humane Society and in 2014 founded Fearless Advocacy

    Michael Davidson is the CEO of GenNext, an organization that recruits business leaders in the private sector, educates them on critical issues like economic opportunity, education and global security and empowers them to have a direct impact both inside and outside of government. Michael cares about the restoring the marketplace of ideas, reviving civics, and solving the leadership deficit in this country.




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      Kyle has spent the last ten years building marketing machines for startups and is currently the Director of Marketing at Fast. Before Fast, he was Head of Brand Marketing and the second marketing hire at Opendoor and held marketing roles HotelTonight (acquired by Airbnb) and ThisLife (acquired by Shutterfly). Kyle graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science and took 6 months off to work as an Intern in the Office of Political Affairs at the White House at 19. He lives in the East Bay with his wife and 2-year-old daughter and loves learning from smart, humble people. Connect with him on Twitter or learn more on kyletibbitts.com.

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