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#110 - NAIT JONES

#110 - NAIT JONES

2022-08-0947:001

Nait is the Head of Growth at Royal, a Web3 platform seeking to fix the music industry's broken business model by democratizing music ownership amongst artists and fans. Royal allows anyone to own a piece of their favorite songs and earn royalties alongside their favorite artists. Before Royal, Nait served as a partner at a16z for several years and was a serial entrepreneur before that. Follow him on Twitter @NaithanJones. [2:18] - How Nait’s early interest in music primed him for success as an entrepreneur [9:26] - The evolution of hip hop over time and its influence on Nait growing up [15:42] - Nait’s transition from a16z to becoming Royal’s Head of Growth [23:42] - Identifying talent and opportunities for viral product adoption [32:03] - How Web3 can change business models and discovery in the music industry [38:24] - Royal’s curation strategy for its first artists and why it plans to be an open platform [42:12] - How Nait was inspired by Nas during his adolescence --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#109 - MATT KAEBERLEIN

#109 - MATT KAEBERLEIN

2022-08-0301:03:121

Matt is a researcher and professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His research interests are focused on basic mechanisms of aging in order to facilitate translational interventions that promote healthspan and improve quality of life. Matt is co-Director of the Dog Aging Project, as well as the founding Director of the Healthy Aging and Longevity Research Institute at the University of Washington, Director of the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, and Director of the Biological Mechanisms of Healthy Aging Training Program. He previously served as President of the American Aging Association and has served on their Executive Committee and Board of Directors since 2012. Follow Matt on Twitter @mkaeberlein. [2:18] - Matt’s journey through academia and discovery of longevity research [9:26] - The importance of being patient with personal development, considering future life extension developments [16:21] - Forces that limit longevity, personal choices to extend life expectancy [26:36] - Why Matt is increasingly optimistic about longevity developments [35:58] - Comparing the ROI for investing in longevity research vs. cancer research [45:30] - The Dog Aging Project [50:59] - Matt’s research on rapamycin and his hope for its future applications in both humans and animals --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#108 - ALEX BLANIA

#108 - ALEX BLANIA

2022-07-1353:27

Alex is the co-founder and CEO of Worldcoin, a privacy-preserving proof-of-personhood protocol seeking to reach a billion people. Learn more about Worldcoin at worldcoin.org and follow Alex on Twitter @alexblania. [2:18] - How Alex’s research background led him to join Sam Altman in creating Worldcoin [10:13] - Identifying personal rates of growth [15:14] - An introduction to how Worldcoin works [23:26] - The role of privacy in Worldcoin’s proof-of-personhood model [27:28] - Possible applications and narratives for Worldcoin if it can successfully scale to one billion users [35:58] - Dissecting Worldcoin’s growth model and expectations [44:00] - Early and prospective challenges for Worldcoin [48:31] - Worldcoin’s upcoming roadmap --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#107 - CHARLIE SHREM

#107 - CHARLIE SHREM

2022-07-0146:411

Charlie is an entrepreneur, investor, podcaster, filmmaker, and well-known early advocate of Bitcoin. He was the Founder and CEO of BitInstant, an early Bitcoin company which at one point processed one-third of all Bitcoin transactions. Charlie also founded the Bitcoin Foundation and has served in a number of other roles for companies in the crypto space since he first got involved in the industry's infancy in 2010. He currently hosts a podcast called Untold Stories, invests in web3 infrastructure and interoperability as a General Partner at Druid Ventures, and is the Founder of Crypto Investor Network at InvestorPlace. Follow Charlie on Twitter @CharlieShrem. [2:18] - Reflecting on the early growth of Bitcoin during its first 13 years [7:21] - How Bitcoin has changed during Charlie’s time in the industry [15:09] - Charlie’s belief in time-locked investments [19:23] - Bitcoin maximalism [22:28] - Navigating the early market dynamics of Bitcoin [26:07] - Charlie’s experience creating BitInstant [32:30] - The common themes and developments created through Bitcoin’s bear markets [38:00] - The power of Bitcoin’s community [42:12] - Charlie’s personal plans for the future --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#106 - JACK BUTCHER

#106 - JACK BUTCHER

2022-06-1654:38

Jack is the founder of Visualize Value, a $1M/year product business and media platform with an audience of over 700,000 people. Prior to Visualize Value, Jack started an advertising agency after spending a decade working in Fortune 100 advertising in New York City as a designer, writer, strategist and art director for multi-billion dollar brands. His courses, including "How to Visualize Value", "Build Once, Sell Twice", and "Permissionless Apprentice" have received rave reviews and his freely shared visuals are as widely reputable as they are instantly recognizable. Follow Jack on Twitter @jackbutcher and learn more about his brand at visualizevalue.com. [2:18] - How Jack got started with his career in graphic design [15:47] - The joy of building a portfolio of creative work [24:56] - Compounding work based on specific knowledge [28:58] - Working towards non-linear growth on the internet and the importance of the butterfly effect [38:11] - Learning how to use the leverage of the internet [46:19] - Jack’s strategies for systematically producing content --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#105 - AMJAD MASAD

#105 - AMJAD MASAD

2022-06-0247:421

Amjad is the CEO and founder of Replit, an online coding environment that lowers the barrier to entry for computer programming and makes it more fun, approachable, and social. In December 2021, Replit raised an $80M Series B round at an $800M valuation from investors including Coatue, Peter Thiel, Paul Graham, and a16z. Prior to Replit, Amjad worked at Facebook. Before that, he was employee #1 at Codecademy. Follow Amjad on Twitter @amasad. [2:18] -  Amjad’s early fascination with computers and learning over his father’s shoulder [13:42] - How computers used to better stimulate their users to learn programming [17:21] - Exploring the concept that a computer could simulate a human mind [21:56] - AI’s role in the evolution of software development [30:17] - How AI advancements can be synergistic with Replit’s product evolution [39:24] - What is Replit, really? [44:17] - Possibilities for Replit as a platform to build not just software, but businesses --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#104 - HASEEB QURESHI

#104 - HASEEB QURESHI

2022-05-1850:451

Haseeb is a managing partner at Dragonfly Capital, a cross-border crypto venture fund. He is also a programmer, writer, teacher, and effective altruist. Haseeb previously worked as a software engineer at Airbnb and as Director of Product at App Academy. Before that, he was a mental coach and wrote a book called The Philosophy of Poker. Haseeb was once considered to be among the top 10 strongest No-limit Heads-up Texas Hold’em players in the world, and was sponsored by Full Tilt Poker. Follow him on Twitter @hosseeb. [2:18] -  How Haseeb’s background prepared him for success in the crypto space [9:08] - Lessons from life as a poker player [19:32] - Parallels from poker to crypto and life in general [26:35] - Haseeb’s focus on effective altruism and his reasoning for giving away almost all of his money to start over [34:35] - Dragonfly Capital’s global focus [39:30] - Haseeb’s thoughts on decentralization --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#103 - MIKE DUDAS

#103 - MIKE DUDAS

2022-05-1047:161

Mike is a Co-Founder of LinksDAO, an organization using web3 technologies with aspirations of  building the world's greatest golf club. He is also the Founder & General Partner at 6th Man Ventures, an early stage crypto VC firm. Mike is an Advisor at Paxos where he serves as Head of Stablecoin Business Development. He previously founded and was CEO of The Block, a crypto informational services business. Before that, Mike was co-founder and CRO of Button and spent time working at Google, Braintree/Venmo, PayPal, and Disney. Follow him on Twitter @mdudas. [2:18] -  How Mike’s experience in tech and finance introduced him to the crypto universe [12:23] - Mike’s background in golf [14:12] - The educational process behind starting a real-world NFT project and the early growth of LinksDAO [19:48] - Progressive decentralization for DAOs [25:29] - Mike’s perspective on the modern MBA and getting into entrepreneurship [28:53] - Building The Block through the crypto bear market of 2018 and 2019 [30:54] - Mike’s advice on executive hiring and how Web3 recruiting is different [35:54] - An innovative organizational structure used by LinksDAO [38:26] - The evolution of crypto during Mike’s time in the industry [43:11] - New York sports --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#102 - JOSEPH MCKINNEY

#102 - JOSEPH MCKINNEY

2022-05-0401:09:00

Joseph is CEO of the Catawba Digital Economic Zone, the first private Special Economic Zone in the United States. This new crypto-friendly jurisdiction created in partnership with the Catawba Indian Nation will allow aspiring founders in the crypto space especially to create eCorporations with various benefits. Joseph previously founded the Startup Societies Foundation in 2015 and is considered a leader in the field of competitive governance and governance-as-a-service. [2:18] -  How Joseph’s desire to drive socio-political change lead him to help create the Catawba Digital Economic Zone [13:17] - Translating an interest in economics to startup cities and special economic zones [20:49] - Why Joseph chose to focus his efforts on working with the Catawba Indian Nation [26:53] - Why they are starting with an emphasis on crypto [39:33] - Bipartisan political support for Native Americans [42:51] - How the Catawba’s eCorporations treat its companies as customers [54:32] - Joseph’s praise for the people of the Catawba Indian Nation [1:04:46] - Why Web 3.0 companies should incorporate in this new crypto-friendly jurisdiction --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#101 - GIL BLANDER

#101 - GIL BLANDER

2022-04-1454:05

Gil is the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at InsideTracker. He is internationally recognized for his research in the biology of aging and translating research discoveries into new ways of detecting and preventing age-related conditions. Gil received a Ph.D. in biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science and completed his Post Doctoral fellowship at MIT where he worked in Leonard Guarente's lab alongside David Sinclair and others alike. Follow Gil on Twitter @gblander1. [2:18] - How Gil’s early interest in biology led him to a focus on longevity [10:01] - InsideTracker’s model for predicting lifespan using blood analytics [16:28] - General recommendations for living a longer and healthier life [20:07] - The importance of personalized recommendations for optimizing health [22:34] - The difference between normal and optimal target ranges for biomarkers [27:44] - How DNA, blood, and fitness data combine to provide a full picture for health analysis [35:06] - Gil’s perspective on wearables, continuous glucose monitors, and other fitness trackers [41:06] - The evolution of InsideTracker and personal health monitoring [44:53] - Differentiating between biological and chronological age with InsideTracker's InnerAge [49:25] - Gil’s thoughts on how long humans in existing generations might live --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#100 - JAKE

#100 - JAKE

2022-04-0652:091

Jake tells his story, reflects on the podcast, and thanks you all for listening.
#99 - COOPER TURLEY

#99 - COOPER TURLEY

2022-03-2457:031

Cooper is an investor, advisor, and writer who has contributed to dozens of DAOs and other projects in the crypto & web3 space. He is a thought leader and influencer in a variety of areas from Music NFTs to DeFi and DAOs more broadly. Follow Cooper on Twitter @Cooopahtroopa. [2:18] - How Cooper’s music interests and writing habits created opportunities to work for DAOs [6:18] - What stood out about crypto when Cooper first learned about it [8:55] - Approaching the imposter syndrome that is common in crypto [11:25] - How Cooper has used writing to add value to crypto protocols and projects [14:40] - Cooper’s perspective on the evolution of music and web3 [20:00] - A comparison of catalog.works vs. sound.xyz [23:07] - Developing the secondary market for music NFTs [24:27] - The 3 key drivers of the audio movement [28:39] - Cooper’s advice for how anyone can find ways to contribute in crypto [30:44] - Managing time and attention as scarce resources [33:36] - Finding your edge in the fast moving crypto industry [35:45] - How artists can get involved in music NFTs [38:49] - Why some music NFT platforms start open where others start strategically curated [42:19] - How Cooper decides who he wants to work with [44:51] - Cooper’s 3-5 year outlook on the music NFT space [52:08] - How crypto has changed Cooper’s relationship with money --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#98 - STEVE SHPILSKY

#98 - STEVE SHPILSKY

2022-03-1557:021

Steve is the Co-Founder and CEO of StayOpen. The startup's mission is to transform vacant commercial real estate space into affordable, flexible, and socially engaging hotels and co-living properties. StayOpen has created a DAO (staydao.io) to help jumpstart the community. Steve brings to his latest venture two decades of experience as an entrepreneur, founder, real estate fund manager, and developer, having raised and invested over $350 million in financing and developed branded hotels and commercial real estate valued at over $1 Billion. Follow Steve on Twitter @shpilsky and learn more about StayOpen and stayDAO at stayopen.com and staydao.io. [2:18] - Steve's story [5:30] - Personal ties to the conflict in Ukraine and perspective on related media coverage [17:36] - Transitioning from a career in accounting to real estate [20:57] - StayOpen’s mission to repurpose buildings into communities for digital nomads [30:23] - The success of StayOpen’s first location in Venice Beach [36:40] - How StayOpen is leveraging NFTs and utilizing a DAO structure to build community [49:42] - How to get involved with stayDAO and get whitelisted for the mint --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#97 - ASHLEY RINDSBERG

#97 - ASHLEY RINDSBERG

2022-03-0301:13:15

Ashley is a novelist, media commentator, and non-fiction author of The Gray Lady Winked: How The New York Times’ Misreporting, Distortions & Fabrications Radically Altered History. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, and Publisher’s Weekly, among other publications. Ashley previously contributed to a history of science archive project for MIT and later worked at Internet Archive, where he helped bring the Internet Bookmobile to Egypt’s Library of Alexandria. Follow Ashley on Twitter @ashleyrindsberg and order a copy of his book at thegrayladywinked.com. [2:18] - How Ashley’s odyssey at sea reframed his approach to life [16:56] - Ashley’s motivation to write The Gray Lady Winked [26:57] - The changing culture and media landscape which allowed Ashley to publish his book [34:16] - The broken incentive structure and imbalanced business model of modern media [51:39] - Defining creative destruction in the context of media [54:16] - The New York Times’ historical patriarchy and hypocritical nepotism [1:03:19] - Ashley’s comparison of the New York Times’ practices to other popular media institutions --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#96 - AMIR HALEEM

#96 - AMIR HALEEM

2022-02-2251:131

Amir is Founder and CEO at Helium, a decentralized blockchain-powered wireless network. He previously spent more than a decade working in the gaming industry and is a former e-sports world champion. Follow Amir on Twitter @amirhaleem and learn more about Helium at helium.com. [2:18] - How Amir’s gaming experience led him to work in the video game industry [9:48] - Transitioning from the gaming industry to founding Helium [15:05] - Iterating on the concepts behind the idea of the Helium network [22:36] - How to build the right group of investors and advisors [26:44] - When, how, and why Amir became initially interested in crypto [29:45] - Understanding Helium’s value proposition and how the network functions [34:15] - Expanding Helium beyond IoT networks [38:53] - The rapid growth of Helium hotspots around the world [41:28] - The vision for Helium 5G and alternative cellular network cost structures --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#95 - LUKE LINTZ

#95 - LUKE LINTZ

2022-02-1050:551

Luke is an internet entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of HighKey Enterprises, a digital branding and social media management company. HighKey is the leading brand on BitClout and has collaborated with the likes of Kevin Hart, Rick Ross, and Antonio Brown. Luke has been starting businesses with his brothers since he was 16. He has more than a million followers on his Instagram @lukelintz. [2:18] - How Luke’s business mind and hustle led him to create his first successful e-commerce business in high school [14:53] - The importance of compounding relevant skills [18:44] - The win-win-win formula of a social media giveaway [26:25] - Luke’s foray into crypto, decentralized social media, and DeSo [37:19] - The motivation to move from Canada to Puerto Rico [40:10] - Luke’s daily routines and health and fitness practices [43:35] - The pros and cons of building a business with your brothers --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#94 - VINNY LINGHAM

#94 - VINNY LINGHAM

2022-02-0139:161

Vinny is a serial entrepreneur and technology investor originally from South Africa. He has led several successful investments across the crypto industry from Filecoin to Solana. Vinny co-founded and is now Chairman of the Board at Civic, a blockchain-based identity protection and management system. He is also a general partner at Multicoin Capital and Newtown Partners. Vinny previously founded the digital gift card platform, Gyft, which was acquired by First Data Corporation in 2014. He was a Shark on Shark Tank South Africa, a Dragon on Dragon’s Den South Africa, and an Angel in National Geographic’s Undercover Angel. Follow him on Twitter @VinnyLingham. [2:18] - How Vinny’s interest in the internet sparked him to become a serial entrepreneur [6:58] - Differences between starting a company inside and outside the US [12:50] - Crypto-friendly jurisdictions [15:01] - Comparing the early 2000’s internet boom to today’s crypto market [18:12] - Vinny’s discovery of Bitcoin and thoughts on smart contract competition [21:04] - Spotting industry-defining talent and "species changers" [26:16] - The global emergence of talent and a more productive talent pool [30:18] - The metaverse [33:21] - The trend from centralization to decentralization over time [34:57] - NFTs and ambiguity --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#93 - KYLE SAMANI

#93 - KYLE SAMANI

2022-01-1856:191

Kyle is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Multicoin Capital, a thesis-driven crypto investment firm. Founded in 2017, Multicoin has made several stellar investments including Solana, Near, Helium, Audius, and Arweave to establish itself as one of the most successful funds not only in crypto but overall. Multicoin now manages several billion dollars worth of assets across hedge funds and venture funds. Kyle’s writing and successful contrarian bets have made him one of the most respected thought leaders in the crypto space. Follow him on Twitter @KyleSamani. [2:18] - How Kyle’s background in computer science primed him for crypto [7:26] - Writing as a means to better thinking [11:33] - The underrated upside of taking risks at a young age [14:20] - Starting a fund before the 2018 crash [22:10] - Comparing experiences as a founder and investor [25:33] - Kyle's most fundamental investing principles [31:01] - Multicoin’s three theses for the crypto space [33:00] - Understanding the different types of crypto assets [42:18] - How Kyle saw value in Solana before others [48:05] - The potential promise of composability --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#92 - PPLPLEASR

#92 - PPLPLEASR

2022-01-0652:32

pplpleasr is a multidisciplinary artist based out of New York City. Her work as a digital artist includes visual effects credits in feature films (Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman, Star Trek Beyond), commercials and Blizzard game cinematics. In 2020, pplpleasr went viral creating original animations to help define the Decentralized Finance movement as well the NFT space. She inspired PleasrDAO, has sold several well-known NFTs and was featured on the cover of Fortune Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @pplpleasr.   [2:18] - pplpleasr’s intro to crypto; creating animations for DeFi protocols and getting started with NFTs  [15:02] - Using crypto to give back through charity  [18:53] - Reflecting on rejection and finding opportunities amidst obstacles  [23:47] - The importance of experimenting and taking calculated risks  [30:16] - Comparing and contrasting working for yourself vs. working for someone else  [32:30] - pplpleasr’s development, educational background, and self-trained skills  [40:40] - Views on pseudonymity  [46:32] - The pros and cons of being a people pleaser --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
#91 - AELLA

#91 - AELLA

2021-12-2801:01:161

Aella is a researcher, blogger, and sex worker who has accumulated a sizable following on Twitter. She has been one of the more successful creators on OnlyFans and is also an entrepreneur with some experience working in crypto. Aella was recently funded to pursue her research more extensively. Follow her on Twitter @Aella_Girl and read her blog at knowingless.com. [2:18] - Aella’s conservative upbringing [6:36] - Transitioning from homeschooling to college and losing her Christian faith [12:44] - From factory work to becoming a cam girl [16:28] - The dichotomy of the sex work industry [22:22] - Aella’s experience in crypto [24:33] - Comparing experiences as an escort versus cam girl [28:30] - How Aella’s relationship to money has changed after becoming popular on OnlyFans [34:33] - Finally getting funded to do research [36:38] - Why Twitter polls are underrated / tips for getting the most out of them [42:38] - Areas of interest for Aella’s research [45:30] - Aella’s experience using LSD and her reflections on how it changed her --- Support the show by checking out my sponsors: Join Levels and get personalized insights to learn about your metabolic health. Go to https://levels.link/jake. --- https://homeofjake.com
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