Amir Haleem, CEO of Helium, Part 2: Creating Tech, Then Driving Adoption

Is it more difficult to create the tech or to get it adopted? We continue discussing with Amir his hopes for the internet of things and developing a sensing overlay on the world. We discuss what sparked him to want to create a web of connected devices in the first place and why building the technology is only part of the battle. It takes more than great tech to succeed – you also need people to accept and ultimately adopt your innovation. Acceptance and adoption begin with educating people about what the tech enables – how it can make people’s lives better – so that it can be unleashed in practice. Lee and Troy share some post-conversation thoughts.

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Naval Ravikant Part 1: Business Plus Science Equals Technology

We welcome Naval Ravikant, a prodigious entrepreneur who has made a career helping other entrepreneurs. In this episode, we discuss how to be an effective entrepreneur, including the game theory of venture capital. Plus we cover complexity theory (or, Why can’t everything be simpler?), the “infrastructure of innovation,” and the first-principles thinking of science. Of course, nothing said in this episode is investment, legal, or any other advice of any kind.

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Clearpool: Securities Trading Is Technologically Intense

We chat with folks from Clearpool, a financial services firm that provides a wide variety of technology tools and routing infrastructure to sell-side broker-dealers to help them seek best execution for their institutional clients. We cover the technical aspects of how trading works, the speed at which it happens, and some of the technologies being deployed. These technologies are cutting edge in terms of speed and reaction time, which may pave the way for speed in other industries. The Clearpool team also gave us insight into being a startup in a competitive space.

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