Essential Listening: Taking a Leap
As the world of podcasting has expanded, so too has the need for good curation. Luckily some other listeners have taken the time to highlight some of their favorites. For example, Tim Harford has a list of his five top economics-related podcasts, including the new(ish) weekly series from the FT Alphaville crew, Alphachat.
Start-ups are a hot topic in general and the podcast world is full of related podcasts. Ty Danco at Techstars has gone to the trouble of ranking all of the 75! start-up podcasts he found. He based his ratings on a number of criteria. such as interview quality, and found lots of superb podcasts including the popular StartUp. Scott Gerber at business.com asked 14 entrepreneurs for podcasts that inspire them and got a wide-range of recommendations, including Roderick on the Line.
If this week’s selections don’t satisfy your appetite for insightful podcasts, check out some entries from previous weeks’ installments of Essential Listening. As usual, this edition includes a wide array of podcasts to make your next stretch of “down time” a little smarter.
- Michael Covel talks with return guest Mebane Faber, author of the recently published Invest With the House: Hacking the Top Hedge Funds, about home-country bias and how an investor can piggyback off the security selections of the top hedge fund managers. (Trend Following)
- Everybody in finance knows that financial technology (fintech) is coming to eat their lunch. One area where start-ups have been relatively slow to attack has been insurance. But that may be changing. Frank Chen and Mike Paulus of Andreessen Horowitz explore how big data will transform the way we buy insurance in the future. (a16z Podcast)
- The United States, specifically New York City and Miami, has become a favored site for overseas investors to buy trophy properties. Barry Ritholtz interviews Jonathan Miller of appraiser Miller Samuel about high-end property appraisals and the trends in high-end real estate. (The Big Picture)
- The parallels between trading, especially of the high-frequency variety, and gambling are too many to mention. Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway chat with Professor Steven Skiena, author of Calculated Bets: Computers, Gambling, and Mathematical Modeling to Win, about how he and some partners made a killing in the obscure world of jai alai. (Bloomberg)
- Shane Parrish talks with Venkatesh Rao, who writes for the Breaking Smart technology analysis site, about how to process information, the three different kinds of decision makers, and using different mental models. (Farnam Street)
- Donny Deutsch is a trip. Brian Koppelman interviews Deutsch about how he went from advertising to television to a sitcom. They explore about how to foster creativity and figuring out when it is time to jump from one job (or challenge) to the next. (Slate)
- Speaking of hustle, Daymond John, author of The Power of Broke, may be its poster child. James Altucher talks with John about how he got started in the clothing business, how opening a business on a shoestring can be an advantage, and how he earned a spot on the now-hit show Shark Tank. (The James Altucher Show)
- Roben Farzad speaks with Tess Vigeland, author of Leap: Leaving a Job with No Plan B to Find the Career and Life You Really Want, about what it is like to give up a high-status job and search for something more meaningful. (Full Disclosure)
- The future may not be adhesives but they are surprisingly awesome. Adam Davidson and Rachel Ward take a look at the complex world of adhesives and visit the glue advice site This to That. They note how advances in adhesive technology have changed how cars are put together. (Surprisingly Awesome)
Don’t hesitate to leave a note or to recommend other podcasts Enterprising Investor readers and listeners may appreciate. I might highlight your suggestion in this ongoing series on the world of podcasting.
If you liked this post, don’t forget to subscribe to the Enterprising Investor.
All posts are the opinion of the author. As such, they should not be construed as investment advice, nor do the opinions expressed necessarily reflect the views of CFA Institute or the author’s employer.
Image credit: ©iStockphoto.com/Big_Ryan