North Star Podcast
North Star Podcast
Dec 21, 2020
Trevor Bauer: Playing Professional Baseball
Play • 1 hr 14 min

My guest today is Trevor Bauer, who is arguably the very best pitcher in Major League Baseball. In 2020, he had the lowest Earned Run Average of any pitcher and won the National League Cy Young Award, which goes to the top pitcher in the game. I wanted to interview Trevor not only because he's an excellent pitcher, but because he takes a radical approach to the game. He's a physicist and a scientist. A scholar and an entrepreneur. And you don't find that combination very often. Furthermore, he might be the most polarizing figure in baseball. Some people love him; some people hate him. But every fan has an opinion on him. Off the field, he's the founder of Momentum, athlete-driven media company that uses storytelling to connect athletes and fans. To build it, he started a podcast and a YouTube vlog where he talks about pitching mechanics and what it's like to play professional baseball.

Personally, this was one of the coolest episodes I've ever recorded. I grew up as an avid San Francisco Giants fan, and I still remember getting to the field early to get autographs and catch baseballs during batting practice. This interview would have made little 8-year old David proud, and I'm lucky to share it with you today. Please enjoy my conversation with Trevor Bauer.


Show Notes

2:18 - How Trevor would change the way baseball is marketed and to whom it should be pitched.

5:45 - Why updating the game for a modern audience would be difficult, despite what Trevor believes would be a successful move.

11:23 - Why there aren't many unique fields like in San Francisco or Boston.

15:10 - How baseball is not being evangelized well by the people who could be doing it most easily.

19:51 - How general scientific literacy can and should be improved through sports.

23:28 - What it takes for Trevor to scientifically design his pitches and then implement them in a game.

31:00 - The business of baseball, and how Trevor has learned to maneuver its quirks and difficulties.

37:13 - If could choose anybody, who else in the sports world and beyond Trevor would want to talk to.

42:15 - How Trevor looks into the future to superpower his game.

48:07 - The dangers of getting too in-depth in analyzing your game, and how it can hurt you.

54:43 - Why you should practice analytically and perform intuitively.

56:13 - What breathing techniques Trevor employs in his game.

58:18 - The different aspects of building a business and how Trevor is handling each element differently.

1:07:30 - Why Trevor's actual goals in his work and his game aren't covered by the media.

1:10:44 - How his father helped Trevor succeed in baseball by giving him the tools he needed to work hard.

Village Global's Venture Stories
Village Global's Venture Stories
Village Global
The Future of the US Dollar as the Global Reserve Currency with Lyn Alden, Nic Carter, Brent Johnson, and Luke Gromen
Erik is joined on this episode, recorded as part of a Big Ideas Clubhouse, by: - Lyn Alden (@LynAldenContact), founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy - Nic Carter (@nic__carter), partner at Castle Island Ventures - Brent Johnson of Santiago Capital - Luke Gromen (@LukeGromen), founder of Forest for the Trees - Katherine Boyle (@KTmBoyle), partner at General Catalyst - Dan Romero (@dwr), angel investor They discuss: - Whether the US dollar being the global reserve currency has led to a hollowing-out of the American manufacturing base. - Whether the US should be looking to move on from being the global reserve currency. - Why the pandemic has pulled forward American loss of leverage in the world. - How Bitcoin relates to this and whether there will be a transition to it as the global reserve currency. - Thoughts on China and its behavior in global currency markets. *The deadline to get your application in for the spring vintage of the Village Global Accelerator is March 1st! It’s a personalized and tight-knit program with an amazing network of peers, advisors, and experts. Companies that have been through the accelerator have raised from some of the top venture funds in the world, like a16z, First Round Capital, Founders Fund, Lux Capital, True Ventures, Felicis and more. Learn more and apply at! Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform.  Check us out on the web at or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal. Want to get updates from us? Subscribe to get a peek inside the Village. We’ll send you reading recommendations, exclusive event invites, and commentary on the latest happenings in Silicon Valley.
1 hr 14 min
The Twenty Minute VC: Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch
The Twenty Minute VC: Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch
Harry Stebbings
20VC: The Snapchat Memo: Lightspeed's Jeremy Liew on The 4 Key Elements To Consider When Evaluating A Consumer Social Product, What is Good/Great/World Class For Retention, Usage and Downloads in Consumer Social Today & The Core Insight Development of Eva
Jeremy Liew is a Partner @ Lightspeed Venture Partners, one of the leading firms of the last decade with a portfolio including the likes of Affirm, Snapchat (Snap), Mulesoft, Epic Games, Carta and more amazing companies. As for Jeremy, in the past he has led deals and sat on the boards of Snap, Affirm, and The Honest Company to name a few. Before Lightspeed, Jeremy was with AOL, first as SVP of corporate development and chief of staff to the CEO, and then as general manager of Netscape. Due to his incredible investing success, Jeremy has been featured on the Forbes Midas List multiple times. In Today’s Episode We Dissect The Snapchat Memo: I. How Jeremey first learned of Snapchat How Jeremy Liew first heard about Evan Spiegel and Snapchat? "It's actually kind of a roundabout story. We first heard about Snapchat, because one of my partners Barry Eggers is a very involved dad. And he noticed that his daughter had started taking weird selfies" What was the process to first get in touch with Evan? "The challenge was, the website only had info at Snapchat email address was the only info The only contact info available. So I emailed them, and I never heard back. Why was it such a challenge? "I then looked up Snapchat on LinkedIn, and I couldn't find any contact information. And I was in a little bit of a loss, I wasn't getting any responses from the email, there was nothing listed on LinkedIn. So I ended up doing a who is look-up to try to find out who had registered the Snapchat URL, and I got an info@ snapgrouplimited email. So I emailed that. And then as again, I didn't get any response. What was the breakthrough in the end? "....Finally, what I decided to do was since Evan was a student at Stanford, and since I graduated from Stanford for business school, at that time, Facebook allowed you to message people who were in the same network, and Stanford constituted that. So I messaged him through Facebook, and I finally got a response. But this time, I got a response within five minutes." II. The Analysis Of Snapchat's Early Market What are the 4 things Jeremy looks for when making an investment in consumer? * Can this become part of pop culture? * Does this create new habits? * Is there a scalable way to grow? * Does the founder have a unique insight that explains the success? Why does Jeremy believe that usage with young females is the biggest predictor of future consumer social success? "Generalising, Women build their relationships through, you know, conversations, and they build those relationships through sharing information with each other. And obviously, that sort of conversation or relationship is a fantastic conduit for word of mouth for anything that people really appreciate." In what ways does Jeremy like to see consumer social companies become part of pop culture? "Today, if you think about whether it be social networking, apps, messaging, e commerce, streaming media, it's all part of pop culture. And so as much as movies or television or music or dance, and so if you ask yourself who are the early adopters of pop culture" What are examples of this? "Social networking, apps, messaging, e commerce, streaming media, it's all part of pop culture." Did the market evolve the way that Jeremy thought it would? "And one of the things that surprised us a little bit was that this was very strong in Southern California, Northern California, and Georgia, when we first invested and parts of the South" What was a surprise to Jeremy Liew in terms of market evolution? "In Norway, which had actually transcended, that sort of high school and college-age population, in fact, become the number three most downloaded app, most popular app, in Norway at that time. So ahead of Instagram, ahead of Facebook, and so forth. And so that's what I think gave us that early indication that the app was going to be able to break out beyond its high school, college student, initial starting point, not just in the US, but everywhere" III. Reflections on Snapchat's Early Traction What did the Snap user to install count look like at the time? "In, you know, March, April of 2012, they had about 90,000, daily active users off of the base of 180,000 installs." How does this compare with many others in the consumer social space? "That's a very, very high ratio." What were Snap's retention numbers at the time? "50% retention after 90 days, which again, suggests high engagement, high retention, high growth that speaks to upside volatility" How did Snap's frequency of usage on an individual basis look like at the time? "So people were opening the app six times per day, they were opening at least once every second day." Across, retention, usage and user to install, what are the benchmarks for great, good and average? " I would say as a rule of thumb, in messaging and social networks, you would want to see at least a DAU to MAU ratio of north of 50%. And you would want to see at least a D 30 of say 30 to 40%, for your for something to really be working to be sort of at that outlier level." IV. The Truth About The Snapchat Founding Team What unique insight does Jeremy believe that Evan always held for the company and the product? "One of the things that was so special about Evan, and that I think, has continued to contribute to the success of the company has been that he's always been able to do that to look at something with fresh eyes, and not iterate over what the current state of the art is that, you know, just from first principles basis" How has Jeremy seen Evan change and evolve as a leader? "I think his maturity as a business leader, as a leader of people, as a manager, you know, as a strategist, although he always had very good strategic instincts, but they've just continued to grow and evolve and blossom." What were some of the big inflection points in his development? "So you know, the feed has always been up until this point, in reverse chronological order, I think largely because that's what friendster do choose to do. And then Evan comes along. He says, How do you tell stories beginning, middle, end. Now go to social media? How do they tell stories in reverse chronological order means and middle beginning? Well, that doesn't make any sense. And so he said, we're going to create a whole new feed of stories, and they're going to be told in chronological order beginning middle end." Who are some unsung heroes from the Snap journey that were transformational? "Bobby doesn't get enough credit. From the very beginning from I think maybe a couple of months in was thinking about the breakthroughs that had been happening computer vision and the implications for what that could build....Imran Khan, he really helps take a lot of the load off of Evan allowed me to focus on product engineering, he took over sales and monetization Ops, he did a lot of the financing work in the time when Snapchat raised a lot of capital."
40 min
Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal
The New York Times Company
For the entire 20th Century, you’d be hard pressed to find a better business than an American newspaper — Warren Buffett famously described them as “franchises” — and no American newspaper stood taller than the New York Times. Controlled by a single family bound by a legal oath “to maintain the editorial independence and integrity of The New York Times and to continue it as an independent newspaper, entirely fearless, free of ulterior influence and unselfishly devoted to the public welfare”, the Times served as the paper of record for generations of Americans and people around the world. But no good thing lasts forever, and the dawn of the 21st Century saw both the Times and this once-mighty industry devastated by the dual disruptive forces of the internet and the 2008 financial crisis. And yet by 2021, The Times, essentially alone of its former peers, has reemerged from the American newspaper wreckage and transformed itself into a thriving digital business with an order of magnitude more subscribers than its print heyday. Curious how it all happened? We dive into 170 years of history to find out! If you love Acquired and want more, join our LP Community for access to over 50 LP-only episodes, monthly Zoom calls, and live access for big events like emergency pods and book club discussions with authors. We can't wait to see you there. Join here at: Sponsors: * Thanks to Tiny for being our presenting sponsor for all of Acquired Season 8. Tiny is building the "Berkshire Hathaway of the internet" — if you own a wonderful internet business that you want to sell, or know someone who does, you should get in touch with them. Unlike traditional buyers, they commit to quick, simple diligence, a 30-day or less process, and will leave your business to do its thing for the long term. You can learn more about Tiny here: * Thank you as well to Vouch and to Capchase. You can learn more about them at: * * The New York Times Company Playbook: (also available on our website at ) 1. When you find yourself sitting in front of a big approaching demand wave... ride it!! * The New York (Daily) Times was founded during the newspaper boom of the 1850s, and similarly Adolph Ochs took over the local Chattanooga paper at the start of that city’s mining boom. * The NYT made huge investments in its reporting during the two World Wars as the public’s appetite for news exploded, while its rivals missed the ball worrying over preserving advertising space. Likewise NYT launched The Daily (which would become the biggest podcast in the world) immediately following Trump’s inauguration in early 2017. * Arguably NYT’s biggest business mistake was missing the cable wave -- which Rupert Murdoch leveraged brilliantly to build Fox News into the most valuable news media franchise in the world. 2. Where there’s an entrepreneurial will, there’s an entrepreneurial way. * Adolph Ochs bought the Chattanooga Times with $250 and sellers’ notes, and then acquired The New York Times out of bankruptcy with no personal money down and $100k of real estate debt. And turned them both into successes on a level no one (even himself at times) believed possible. 3. Recurring Acquired theme: the media business is still the second-best business of all time, behind technology. * Media’s ability to generate dual revenue streams (advertising and subscription) from the same content product generates enormous leverage on investment, AND most of those costs are fixed vs. variable (especially in a digital environment). 4. This is why “content is king” has always been true in the media industry. * NYT’s version of this strategy has always been to invest more in high-quality journalism than any of its peers. It was true in 1896 when Ochs took over, true during the World Wars and the Pentagon Papers, and perhaps has never been more true than today when NYT employs 1,700 journalists around the world and pays them an average of >2x the rest of the industry. 5. That said, distribution is critical as well. To build a world-class media organization you must be great at both content AND distribution. * In the old media landscape, NYT built great distribution through its printing and delivery operations, as well as savvy investments like the Index which led to libraries and researchers across the country relying on the Times as the “paper of record”. * However in today’s media landscape, the task of building great distribution falls on the newsroom and journalists themselves. The job is no longer finished once you hit publish -- reporters and editors must own the responsibility of getting their work in front of readers via social media and shareable story elements. Links: * The 2014 NYT Innovation Report: * Mine Safety Disclosures’ NYT presentation: Carve Outs: Ben: * Titan by Ron Chernow: * Iteratively: David: * Sabaa Tahir’s Ember in the Ashes series: Episode Sources: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *…
3 hr 5 min
My First Million
My First Million
The Hustle & Shaan Puri
#155 - NFTs Explained: How Digital Art Is Being Sold For Millions and What the Opportunities Are
Sam Parr (@TheSamParr) and Shaan Puri (@ShaanVP) discuss: Negotiation as a Service (NaaS) * The guys talk about (and maybe invent) a new category of business: negotiations as a service. The idea here is that there are certain big ticket items where a professional can negotiate a better price for the end consumer.  * Incentives matter, however. For a Realtor, getting a client a better deal isn’t always in their best interest. A better model: the negotiator gets a designated percentage if they are able to negotiate below a set price. * Idea: Applying a better incentive model to real estate or home financing. Paying a skilled negotiator a fee for reducing your interest rate can result in thousands being saved annually. * Idea: Salary negotiations for both employee and employer.  NFTs  * NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are unique crypto tokens. Unlike say, Bitcoin, they aren’t mutually interchangeable -- each token is unique. In other words, NFTs are collectible. * NFTs have exploded in recent months. One site, (also, tracks the daily transactions of different NFT. The top NFT, NBA Top Shots, does $46m worth of digital art transactions daily. * Shaan 10xd his money on the following piece in a matter of days. * This piece alone sold for over $1m. * Artists like Eminem and shows like Rick and Morty are created pieces of content that’ll be sold as NFTs. * Logan Paul made $3.5m in one day selling nfts * Opportunity: When a goldrush is happening, sell shovels. Shaan and Sam think the shovels here are displays. People are buying NFTs, they are going to want to display them. The options at the moment are frames like and On the pod Shaan estimates you can sell 300-400 frames and easily generate $5m in a month. * Another marketplace for NFTs. This is the eBay of NFTs CoinMarketCap * CoinMarketCap is a displayed of crypto prices. It's a simple idea that has been working. * When they delisted South Korean cryptos without warning on Jan. 7th, the move wiped out $100 billion of total crypto asset market value. * They were acquired for a rumored $400 million. The company only had 36 employees. Check out today's sponsor: Ourcrowd. They make it easy to invest in early startups. Go to to get started. Have you joined our private Facebook group yet? Go to and join thousands of other entrepreneurs and founders scheming up ideas. Editing thanks to Jonathan Gallegos (@jjonthan)   See for privacy and opt-out information.
52 min
Fintech Insider Podcast by 11:FS
Fintech Insider Podcast by 11:FS
504. News: None of this would be possible without Open Banking
Our expert hosts, Simon Taylor and Mel Stringer, are joined by some great guests to talk about the most notable fintech, financial services and banking news from the past week. This week's guests include: Jamie Campbell, CEO and co-founder, Fronted Tom Renwick, Business Banking Propositions Manager at Atom Bank Jonas Templestein, CTO and co-founder of Monzo We cover the following stories from the fintech and financial services space: Atom signs Open Banking deal with Plaid A big week for Monzo Fronted launches to offer loans to cover rent deposits IPOs: Marqeta has filed for one, PensionBee plans to give customers access to their shares when they IPO, and many US fintechs take the SPAC route to going public Build your own bank: Ikea acquires 49% stake in Ikano Bank This podcast is brought to you by Jack Henry Digital ( the pioneer and creator of personal digital banking that helps community financial institutions strategically differentiate their digital offerings from those of MegaBanks, BigTechs and FinTechs. Banking as a Service is deconstructing the banking stack. It's enabling brands to embed finance more easily, and to tailor financial products to specific customer needs. This is presenting new opportunities for specialised providers and offers banks extra revenue streams. Download our report for a comprehensive, no BS view of what Banking as a Service is and what it means for the industry. Head to ( Fintech Insider by 11:FS is a podcast dedicated to all things fintech, banking, technology and financial services. Hosted by a rotation of 11:FS experts including David Brear, Simon Taylor, Jason Bates and Sarah Kocianski and joined by a range of brilliant guests, we cover the latest global news, bring you interviews from industry experts or take a deep dive into subject matters such as APIs, AI or digital banking. If you enjoyed this episode, don't forget to subscribe and please leave a review Follow us on Twitter: where you can ask the hosts questions, alternatively email! Special Guests: Jamie Campbell, Jonas Templestein, and Tom Renwick.
54 min
Capital Allocators
Capital Allocators
Ted Seides
Acting Chairman Rostin Behnam – CFTC Regulatory Perspectives on Crypto and Climate (Capital Allocators, EP.178)
Rostin Behnam is the Acting Chairman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. He was nominated and approved by the prior administration in 2017 to serve as one of five Commissioners of the CFTC and in January, accepted the role as Acting Chairman. The CFTC has a mission to promote the integrity, resilience, and vibrancy of the U.S. derivatives markets, working towards effective price discovery and risk management in fair and transparent markets. As a part of his role, Russ sponsors the CFTC’s Market Risk Advisory Committee. Our conversation covers the history, function and process of the CFTC and the Acting Chair’s path to the seat. We then discuss his perspective on crypto assets and dive into an exhaustive policy piece published last fall by his Market Risk Advisory Committee entitled “Managing Climate Risk in the Financial System.” The document is positioned to become the leading regulatory policy manual on financial climate risk for the new administration. Our conversation took place shortly before Russ rose to Acting Chairman and before the wild market volatility in recent weeks. We touched base about his perspective, but the situation is too fluid for a public response. Acting Chairman Behnam released brief statement about the silver markets that said, “The CFTC is closely monitoring recent activity in the silver markets. The Commission is communicating with fellow regulators, the exchanges, and stakeholders to address any potential threats to the integrity of the derivatives markets for silver, and remains vigilant in surveilling these markets for fraud and manipulation.” Stay tuned, as the subject may well be fodder for another conversation down the road. _Learn More_ Subscribe: _Apple_ | _Spotify_ | _Google _ Follow Ted on twitter at _@tseides_ or _LinkedIn_ Subscribe _Monthly Mailing List _ Read the _Transcript _
1 hr 6 min
Invest Like the Best
Invest Like the Best
Patrick O'Shaughnessy
Jeremy Grantham - A Historic Market Bubble – [Invest Like the Best, EP.214]
My guest today is Jeremy Grantham. Jeremy is the Long-Term Investment Strategist and Co-Founder at GMO. Jeremy has an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of markets, which made it such a pleasure to have him back on the show. In this conversation, we discuss the three key signs of a bubble, why Jeremy believes we are in a bubble right now and how it’s being led by retail rather than institutional investors. We close with the important role that demographics and productivity will play over the next few decades across the world. Please enjoy my conversation with Jeremy Grantham. For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content, check out the episode page here. ----- This episode is brought to you by Koyfin, one of the fastest-growing fintech startups. I discovered Koyfin earlier this year when I asked Twitter for the best Bloomberg alternative, and the overwhelming winner was an intriguing new product called Koyfin. Koyfin has tons of high-quality data, powerful functionality, and a nice clean interface. If you’re an individual investor, research analyst, portfolio manager, or financial advisor, you should definitely check them out. Sign up for free at ------ This episode is brought to you by MIT Investment Management Company. MITIMCO is the endowment office of MIT. New and small investment funds listen up. MITIMCO is looking to find investors starting funds today. MITIMCO is partnership-driven, long-term focused, and has an extensive history of backing investors early in their careers. These partners are key in delivering the outstanding investment returns required to support MIT's pursuit of world-class education, cutting-edge research, and groundbreaking innovation. MITIMCO is focused on finding and partnering with the best investors across the globe, no matter the market environment. No firm is too small, too young, or too non-institutional. If you or someone you know is currently in the process of starting a fund or recently launched, please email or discover more on their website at ------ Invest Like the Best is a property of Colossus Inc. For more episodes of Invest Like the Best, visit Stay up to date on all our podcasts by signing up to Colossus Weekly, our quick dive every Sunday highlighting the top business and investing concepts from our podcasts and the best of what we read that week. Sign up here. Follow us on Twitter: @patrick_oshag | @JoinColossus Show Notes [00:03:03] - [First question] - His view on the markets today [00:03:07] - Jeremy Grantham’s Podcast Episode [00:08:00] - Proliferation of SPAC’s and how he views them as a potential bubble [00:10:20] - Could SPAC’s help to improve the IPO process [00:14:30] - How he viewed the Gamestop story through his historical context [00:18:24] - Is investor education possible [00:19:50] - How the increasing role of retail investors impacts bubbles [00:24:15] - Attitudes towards market bears in bubbles [00:28:52] - Long term view on the economy and the forces pushing it higher [00:41:50] - Returning to a hard money standard for the US economy [00:49:39] - Would a finite supply of money change market trajectory [00:51:02] - Best ways to improve the infrastructure of the economy and people’s willingness to work [00:53:52] - What should one do if they believe we are in a bubble [00:58:14] - What he is excited about in his green investments [01:02:28] - Advice to young investors
1 hr 5 min
More episodes
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu