Whenever I’m asked “what’s your favorite X?” I often find myself fall prey to the recency effect, and end up listing the most recent X I was thinking about. This page is a running tally of books, podcasts, and articles that most influenced my worldview—the “view quakes” that shook me to the core.
- Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
- Charles Munger, Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger
- Cal Newport, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
- John Stuart Mill, Autobiography
I don’t follow any individual podcast religiously, as I find the quality of the episodes are highly correlated to the quality of the guests. Given the standard interview format of most podcasts I listen to, the quality of the content can therefore be hit-or-miss. This is why I follow specific guests rather than a specific podcast. Some guests that I highly recommend:
Tyler’s Conversations with Tyler is my exception to the rule. Tyler is a brilliant interviewer and conversationalist, and invites guests from a broad range of interests including poets, scientists, hitchhikers, and of course, economists.
Patrick is a voracious reader, and a deep insightful thinker across a range of subjects. Of course, as the CEO of Strips, Patrick also has a ton to offer on startups and entrepreneurship. I highly recommend checking out his personal site and bookshelf as well.
Patrick's interview of Tyler is a good place to start.
Eric gives perhaps the highest signal-to-noise ratio interviews in podcasting. His orthogonal insights, and the way he methodically teases apart complex issues is a masterclass on analytical thinking.
I'd recommend starting with Tim Ferriss' interview of Eric
Tip: If you have an Android device, the Google Podcasts app has a good search feature to find episodes from specific guests. Let me know if you have recommendations for iOS.
- Conversations with Tyler | Fuchsia Dunlop on Chinese Food, Culture, and Travel
- The Joe Rogan Experience #1081 — Bret Weinstein & Heather Heying
- Invest Like the Best | Eugene Wei – Tech, Media, and Culture – [Invest Like the Best, EP.117]
- Conversations with Tyler | Sam Altman on Loving Community, Hating Coworking, and the Hunt for Talent (Ep. 61 — Live)
- Tim Ferriss — Naval Ravikant
- Exponent | Zillow and Sustaining Aggregation
- The Indie Hackers Podcast | How to Accomplish Something Extraordinarily Great with Daniel Gross of Pioneer