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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
January 23rd, 2021 | Season 4 | 38 mins 59 secs
One of the greatest Roman emperors personal reflections and exercises to understand himself and the universe
December 26th, 2020 | Season 4 | 28 mins 44 secs
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.