Lincoln Project Co-Founder Steve Schmidt: “The Pro-Democracy Side Of This Argument Cannot Be Gentle”
49 min

When Steve Schmidt was a senior advisor on John McCain’s campaign in 2008, Twitter was a curiosity. Now, he and a number of former Republican establishment members are using social media deftly to make the case against President Trump with the Lincoln Project. Their anti-Trump ads seem to go viral at least once a week, and may indeed influence the outcome of the election. Schmidt, a Lincoln Project cofounder, joins the Big Technology Podcast to discuss the evolution of the Republican Party since the McCain days, and how social media is changing politics. 



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The Tennis Files Podcast
The Tennis Files Podcast
Tennis Files LLC/Tennis Channel Podcast Network
TFP 175: How to Develop a Consistent Second Serve
On Episode 175 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn how to develop a consistent and reliable second serve. I used to struggle with my second serve. I’d get nervous and double fault on important points. I remember not even knowing the proper technique for a topspin or kick serve, so I relied heavily on my slice serve to get the point started. Double faulting negatively affected my confidence and the rest of my game followed suit.  It wasn’t until I learned and implemented most of the information that I share in this podcast episode that I started to develop more confidence in my second serve. Improving your second serve is one of the best investments you can make in your game. As the old saying goes: “You’re only as good as your second serve.” If you want to start having more confidence in your service games, this is the episode for you. On the show, you’ll learn the key fundamentals of the topspin serve, effective drills to help develop height and spin on your second serve, strategic and mental advice to avoid nerves and double faulting, and much more! I really hope you enjoy this episode! If you found it helpful, let me know in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! The Tennis Files Podcast TFP 167: Powerful Secrets to a World Class Serve Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30 min
TENNIS.com Podcast
TENNIS.com Podcast
TENNIS.com Podcast/Tennis Channel Podcast Network
Lisa Raymond on setting her own agenda
"As an athlete you can't tell us when to stop, you can’t. You can’t because then we’ll always have these regrets and whatnot." Filled with anecdotes and wisdom, Lisa Raymond joins the show to give an update on her coaching and playing career, as well as react to her nomination for the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2021. Raymond has been ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles and as high as No. 15 in singles. Though known mostly for her doubles success, she didn't focus only on a doubles-only career until her 30s. She explains how her life has been a collection of mini-careers from when she left the University of Florida in 1993, with a number of highs and lows, including a battle with her fitness.  The 47-year-old has won four WTA singles titles and a whopping 79 in doubles with a variety of partners including Samantha Stosur, Rennae Stubbs, Liezel Huber, Lindsay Davenport and Martina Navratilova. She has hoisted 11 Grand Slam trophies in women's doubles and mixed, and had a bronze medal placed around her neck in 2012. After playing what she thought was her last match at the 2015 US Open, Raymond made a seamless transition to coaching by joining Madison Keys' team. She prides herself on choosing to stop in her own time, instead of listening to those who felt she should have called it a career much earlier.  In 2019, the American began working with Allie Kiick, and she came out of retirement for an ITF W60 with more on-court appearances looming on the horizon.  Raymond is nominated for the Hall of Fame ballot alongside Lleyton Hewitt, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Sergi Bruguera and Jonas Bjorkman. Fan voting closed with Raymond finishing in second place, and the inductees will be announced in early 2021.  Watch TENNIS.com Podcast episodes on YouTube and Facebook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
32 min
Made You Think
Made You Think
Nat Eliason and Neil Soni
Seek Wealth, Not Money or Status. The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson
“My old definition was "freedom to." Freedom to do anything I want. Freedom to do whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like. Now, the freedom I'm looking for is internal freedom. It's “freedom from." Freedom from reaction. Freedom from feeling angry. Freedom from being sad. Freedom from being forced to do things. I'm looking for "freedom from," internally and externally, whereas before I was looking for “freedom to." On this episode of Made You Think, Nat and Neil discuss The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson, Jack Butcher, and Tim Ferriss. This book contains insights to wealth and happiness according to investor and entrepreneur, Naval Ravikant. From Naval's podcasts and essays to tweets and interviews, his collection of wisdom is put into one piece of writing, sparking great conversations and discussions from Nat and Neil (and tangents of course!) We cover a wide range of topics including: * The relationship between wealth and happiness * How Naval frames the idea of mental peace * Why tools and technology are essential in leveraging the online space * Differences between being a contrarian and a conformist * Angel investors vs. early investors And much more. Please enjoy, and make sure to follow Nat and Neil on Twitter to hear which book will be the topic of the next episode! Links from the episode Mentioned in the show * Angel List (1:50) * Product Hunt (5:27) * Social Capital in Silicon Valley (8:08) * Honeycomb Credit (10:14) * Aurochs Brewing (10:39) * Facebook Bitcoin Ads and Scams (12:44) * Happiness and Income(17:30) * Growth Machine (31:56) * The Systems Mindset (34:57) * Effortless Output in Roam (38:16) * Forte Labs (39:36) * Open Innovation Leads (42:41) Books mentioned * The Tower (20:00) (Book Episode) * In Praise of Idleness (1:11:10) (Nat’s Book Notes) (Book Episode) * Finite and Infinite Games (1:15:08) (Nat's Book Notes) (Book Episode) * Denial of Death (1:15:23) (Nat's Book Notes) (Book Episode) * Way of Zen (1:15:29) (Nat's Book Notes) (Neil's Book Notes) (Book Episode) * Letter From a Stoic (1:15:35)(Nat's Book Notes) (Book Episode) * Psychology of Human Misjudgments (1:15:47) (Book Episode) People mentioned * James Altucher (12:44) * Dave Chapelle (21:40) Show notes 0:34 - Today, Nat and Neil are discussing The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson, Jack Butcher, and Tim Ferriss. This book is based off of interviews, podcasts, tweets, and other content from Naval Ravikant, exploring his worldview and how he perceives different ideas such as wealth and happiness. Additionally, Naval is a well-known investor and former CEO of AngelList. 5:51 - Angel investors vs. early investors. The reasons why someone may choose to invest early in a growing company, with one of those reasons often being to increase your social capital. 10:15 - Small business crowdfunding. How a brewing company in Pennsylvania leverages their customers and local community. 12:20 - Naval was also into cryptocurrency, and co-founded a cryptocurrency hedge fund with his brother, Kamal. He's what they call a Twitter philosopher, and is able to provide timeless wisdom into small packages that resonates with a lot of people. 16:50 - “Let's get you rich first. I'm very practical about it because, you know, Buddha was a prince. He started off really rich, then he got to go off in the woods.” Is there a link between increased wealth and happiness? Wealth first, so you can have the freedom to say ‘no’ to things that don’t make you happy, and from there you can build a happier life. 22:01 - “To me, the real winners are the ones who step out of the game entirely, who don't even play the game, who rise above it. Those are the people who have such internal mental and self-control and self-awareness, they need nothing from anybody else.” Money and fame. It’s hard to say no to money, and at what point do you say no to something? Examples of public figures who have stepped out of the public eye. 24:59 - Earlier in Naval’s career, he was quick to temper, and it’s been a big goal to get that under control. It can be hard to balance business and mental peace, especially when you’re at the level that Naval is. 28:18 - The idea of “Freedom from” comes back into play here. Having more control of people who you work with and work for, and wealth gives you the power to say ‘no’ to things that make you unhappy or drain your energy. Clearing up mental space. 33:42 - It’s important to use automation and outsource repetitive work to save your resource of time, which ultimately allows you to scale your income. “Technology democratizes consumption but consolidates production.” 38:07 - Leveraging online tools. The nearly unlimited scalability of an e-product or online course. There’s real value in having an audience of supporters and an email list. 44:05 - “Learn to sell, learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.” The two go hand-in-hand when you can learn to build things that can sell itself effortlessly while you sleep. The broader definition of ‘sell’ includes marketing, too. “The year I generated the most wealth for myself was actually the year I worked the least hard and cared the least about the future. I was mostly doing things for the sheer fun of it. I was basically telling people, "I'm retired, I'm not working." Then, I had the time for whatever was my highest valued project in front of me. By doing things for their own sake, I did them at their best.” This ties back in with the idea stepping out of the game, it’s more difficult to do if you’re trading your time for money. 50:55 - Code and media are both extremely scaleable. A one-time creation of a video, podcast, course, etc. can be accessible and profitable for years to come with little to no additional effort on the part of the creator. 52:53 - Product revenue vs. ad revenue. 53:39 - Made You Think custom themed Yeti or merch? Tweet us @TheRealNeilS and @nateliason! 54:55 - The price of a paycheck and the reward that freedom brings. What’s more valuable to you: freedom, money, or can you ultimately have both? 58:29 - “One day, I realized with all these people I was jealous of, I couldn't just choose little aspects of their life. I couldn't say I want his body, I want her money, I want his personality. You have to be that person. Do you want to actually be that person with all of their reactions, their desires, their family, their happiness level, their outlook on life, their self-image? If you're not willing to do a wholesale, 24/7, 100 percent swap with who that person is, then there is no point in being jealous.” You don’t see the ‘behind the scenes’ of someone else’s life, especially when you only know what they put on social media. Jealousy and comparison. Think about what you would lose if you were to actually switch lives with somebody else. 1:00:35 - The difference between being a contrarian and a conformist. Beliefs you took in a ‘package’ should be reevaluated individually. Thinking for yourself rather than minimizing yourself to fit into a certain box or group of beliefs. 1:06:18 - Signaling. Deliberate signaling to filter who ends up around you, but signaling can also be inadvertent. Political signals. 1:10:50 - Rapid fire quotations from the book… and go! 1:17:24 - One last paradox - how is Naval so big on peace of mind yet so active on Twitter? 1:19:22 - Make sure to grab a copy of The Almanack of Naval Ravikant and tell Eric Jorgenson and Naval Ravikant how much you enjoyed this episode. Follow us on Twitter to find out what book we are reading next! And tweet us about some potential MYT swag ideas... If you enjoyed this episode, let us know by leaving a review on iTunes and tell a friend. As always, let us know if you have any book recommendations! Find us on Twitter @TheRealNeilS and @natel…
1 hr 22 min
Below the Line with James Beshara
Below the Line with James Beshara
James Beshara
Airbnb IPO with Lenny Rachitsky and Marc McCabe
https://bit.ly/Dive_further_BelowtheLine "The most exciting new podcast in the startup world.” - Eric Ries, Founder, and NYTimes bestselling author James is joined by fellow former Airbnb Execs Larry Rachitski and Marc Mccabe for this #deepdive on the impending and highly anticipated Airbnb IPO.  The conversation begins with Lenny, Marc and James sharing their respective journeys that led them to joining the Airbnb team, and the factors that played into that decision. They continue to dissect what each believes are challenges Airbnb faces heading into the IPO, as well as what they believe to be it's strongest leverage points, and ultimately how both play into their forecasts for the company. They close the show deciding how much of a hypothetical $100,000 cash surplus they would invest into the travel juggernaut. Lenny https://twitter.com/lennysan  Marc https://twitter.com/mccabe About your host, James: James Beshara is a founder, investor, advisor, author, podcaster, and encourager based in Los Angeles, California. James has created startups for the last 12 years, selling one (Tilt, acquired by Airbnb), and invested in a few multi-billion dollar startups to date. He has spoken at places such as Y-Combinator, Harvard Business School, Stanford University, TechCrunch Disrupt, and has been featured in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Time Magazine. He’s been featured in Forbes, Time, and Inc Magazine’s “30 Under 30” lists and advises startups all around the world. All of this is his “above the line” version of his background. Hear the other 90% of the story in the intro episode of Below The Line. You can email James questions directly at askbelowtheline@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ twitter.com/gobelowtheline — “Below the Line with James Beshara" is brought to you by Straight Up Podcasts LLC.
1 hr 47 min
Founders
Founders
David Senra
#156 Theodore Roosevelt
What I learned from reading Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt Subscribe to continue listening and gain access to all full episodes. What other people are saying: “Uniquely outstanding. No fluff and all substance. David does an outstanding job summarizing these biographies and hones in on the elements that make his subjects so unique among entrepreneurs. I particularly enjoy that he focuses on both the founder’s positive and negative characteristics as a way of highlighting things to mimic and avoid.” “Without a doubt, the highest value-to-cost ratio I’ve taken advantage of in the last year is the Founders podcast premium feed. Tap into eons of knowledge and experiences, condensed into digestible portions, for roughly the cost of a takeout meal. Highly, highly recommend. “I just paid for my first premium podcast subscription for Founders podcast. Learning from those who came before us is one of the highest value ways to invest time. David does his homework and exponentially improves my efficiency by focusing on the most valuable lessons.” “I haven’t found a better return on my time and money than your podcast for inspiration and time-tested wisdom to help me on my journey. “It is worth every penny. I cannot put into words how fantastic this podcast is. Just stop reading this and get the full access.” “Reading a biography is a privilege that condenses a life's journey, all its lessons, loves AND mistakes into 20 odd hours of reading. Here David condenses many of the best and intriguing Bios into 1-2 hours. Presented organically and thoughtfully with full book links and show notes for ease. Subscribe right away!” Subscribe to continue listening and gain access to all full episodes.
32 min
The Brandon Zhang Show
The Brandon Zhang Show
Brandon Zhang
S2E22 "Cathryn Lavery - Launching DTC Brands and Picking the Right Co-Founder"
On today’s episode, Cathryn Lavery joins us to talk about how she prepared for her jump to entrepreneurship, picking the right co-founder, and the keys to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Cathryn Lavery is the Founder & CEO of BestSelf Co — an organization dedicated to helping people become their best selves, fulfill their potential, and lead happier lives. Cathryn has sold launched and sold over $25 million in DTC products and was placed #318 on the Inc 5000 list in 2019.  Links: Cathryn's Company Best Self Cathryn's Personal Website How to Name Products Article on Finding a Co-Founder Article on Kickstarter Campaigns Article on Building Relationships as an Introvert Contact Me: My Twitter My Website 5 Key Takeaways:  * The Foundation was a program that helps people build their own businesses to create their own freedom. And it was focused on helping you find a problem industry and finding a solution, it gives you accountability partners, different lessons and modules, and guides you through that process. It was one of the first times I was surrounded by other entrepreneurs and it was actually where I met my co-founder.   * The most important part about a Kickstarter campaign is being able to understand who you are selling to and why the product will help him. This was easy for me to articulate in my first product as the audience was me and just writing about my personal experience helped me find that audience.   * People often think that introverted means anti-social. That’s not true, it just means that I might need time to regroup alone. I think introverts and extroverts just have different ways of managing their energy. This is why I think introverts often think that they can’t network as effectively because of this idea that being social is tied with being extroverted.   * I think looking back at my search for a co-founder, obviously complementary skills were really important but I also should have had more conversations to understand their values, their goals for the future of the company, etc. A business partnership is basically a marriage and you want to have the same level of trust and belief in a business partner as you would a partner in real life.   * I just read this book “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” and the first domino was a lack of trust. And this is because you have a group of people that are all afraid of being vulnerable and it creates this artificial harmony where no one is able to be themselves. The best way to deepen relationships is by being vulnerable.
58 min
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