About the show

In-depth breakdowns of some of the worlds most thought-provoking and inspiring books.

Our hosts, Nicolas Vereecke and Sam Harris digest non-fiction books from all centuries and genres.

This podcast is here to help listeners become smarter. To learn about ideas they haven't heard of or to gain more perspectives on the books and ideas they are familiar with.

We dive into topics such as philosophy, business, feminism, psychology, politics, economics and who knows what else. Our goal is to simply explore the best ideas and learn new things. You're most welcome to join us for the ride.

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Episodes

  • Business: Venture Deals - Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson

    May 12th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  38 mins 5 secs
    entrepreneur, venture capitalist

    Venture Deals is a brilliant summary of things to know when raising capital as a founder. It provides a really valuable perspective of how VCs work and provides insights from angles of VCs as well as entrepreneurs.

    It is definitely recommended for anyone interested in the details of venture capital funding, term sheets, legal knowledge and acquisitions.

  • Business: Hooked - Nir Eyal

    April 28th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  37 mins 47 secs
    business book, customer engagement, hooked, nir eyal

    Nico and Sam discuss and review the best-selling book Hooked: Building a Habit Forming eCommerce Business by Nir Eyal.
    Hooked is based on Nir Eyal’s years of research, consulting, and practical experience.

    We get to provide you with practical insights to create user habits that stick and suggest actionable steps for building products people love. Nir's work is an essential cheat sheet for any startup looking to understand product influence and user psychology.

  • Business: Obviously Awesome - April Dunford

    April 21st, 2021  |  Season 5  |  30 mins 4 secs
    business mindset, marketing, product positioning, startup tips

    Whether you’re an entrepreneur, marketer, or salesperson struggling to bring inventive products to the market, Obviously Awesome is a must-read to make your product stand out in crowded markets. The author, April Dunford's, insights will help you find your awesome, so that your customers can, too.

  • Business: The High Growth Handbook

    April 14th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  32 mins 42 secs
    business book, growth, startup tips, tactical advice

    Author of 'The High Growth Handbook,' Elad Gil shares his perspective and learnings to scaling startups. It contains tactical advice on key issues for post product-market fit companies such as the role of the CEO, hiring executives, late-stage fundraising, M&A, and other topics.

  • Business: The Messy Middle - Scott Belsky

    April 7th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  32 mins 55 secs
    business mindset, entrepreneurship, startup tips

    Notice how rare you hear business talking about the middle part of their venture?

    Best selling author, entrepreneur, Chief Product Officer at Adobe, Scott Belsky wrote the book to address topics that he found fellow entrepreneurs seldom discuss. No one talked about the bumps in the road — just how something was great until it failed.

    The Messy Middle will outfit you to find your way through the hardest parts of any bold project or new venture.

  • Business: The Hard Thing About Hard Things - Ben Horowitz

    March 31st, 2021  |  Season 5  |  27 mins 20 secs
    business mindset, ceo, entrepreneurship, startup tips

    The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz's personal and often humbling experiences.

  • Business: The Lean Startup - Eric Ries

    March 12th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  33 mins 45 secs
    business mindset, entrepreneurs, product development, startup

    The Lean Startup is a scientific approach to creating and managing startups, largely based on the lean production process which was pioneered by Toyota in Japan. The book clearly defines what entrepreneurship is all about.

  • Business: Shoe Dog - Phil Knight - The story of Nike

    March 5th, 2021  |  Season 5  |  31 mins 1 sec
    autobiography, business, mindset

    Shoe Dog is a memoir by Nike co-founder Phil Knight. The memoir chronicles the history of Nike from its early struggles to its evolution into one of the world's most recognized and profitable companies. It also highlights certain parts of Phil Knight's life.

  • The best books of 2020

    February 3rd, 2021  |  Season 4  |  35 mins 15 secs
    best of, philosophy, taleb

    Recap of the favourite books we read from 2020 and the biggest lessons we kept with us

  • Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

    January 23rd, 2021  |  Season 4  |  38 mins 59 secs
    philosophy, stoicism

    One of the greatest Roman emperors personal reflections and exercises to understand himself and the universe

  • Seneca - On the Shortness of Life

    December 26th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  28 mins 44 secs
    philosophy, stoicism

    A wise collection of thoughts around how to live a good life where you pay attention to what matters and don't get caught up with the troubles and trivialities of the world

  • The Republic - Plato

    November 20th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  23 mins 3 secs
    ideal individual, perfect community, philosophy, plato's ideal republic, socrates

    The republic is an examination of justice in an individual and justice in a city. To Plato, justice is an appropriate balance between different parts of the whole.

    The individual is said that we should be led by reason, not passion or appetite. Everything performs its proper function, while the republic is established for everyone to perform the social role to which they are most suited.

  • Epicurus

    November 16th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  21 mins 22 secs
    epicureanism, happiness, philosophy

    Happiness is the main goal in life, we can achieve this by pursuing pleasure and avoiding pain. But also by taming our desires and enjoying small things

    Epicurus focused on happiness instead of virtue because he observed that humans are pleasure-seeking by nature.

  • Enchiridion by Epictetus

    October 19th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  25 mins 30 secs
    enchiridion, handbook, philosophy, stoic ethical advice

    Epictetus was born as a slave around 50 AD. After gaining his freedom he decided to dedicate his life to philosophy, even opening a school. He didn’t write much about himself, most of his knowledge was written down by his students, particularly Arrian.

  • The Confessions by Saint Augustine of Hippo

    October 12th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  22 mins 56 secs
    autobiography, catholic philosophies, saint augustine of hippo

    The book Confessions was the first autobiographical work written around 400 A.D. during Saint Augustine's early 40's. Augustine discussed his regrets for following the Manichaean religion and believing in astrology.

    Confessions is the most complete record of any single person from the 4th and 5th centuries.

  • The final days of Socrates - Plato

    September 25th, 2020  |  Season 4  |  34 mins 39 secs
    last days of socrates, philosophy, plato

    Describes the trial and death of Socrates in 403 BC.