Amir Haleem, CEO of Helium, Part 1: Blockchain and the Internet of Things

Helium is about the convergence of two big ideas – blockchain and the internet of things – to help fashion the “data layer on the world.” Helium’s innovation is to get “hotspots” (combining software and hardware) into people’s hands to effectively crowdsource a network of devices. Using radio waves, blockchain, and the internet, the potential is to create an every-day-internet-of-things using every-day devices so that conceivably anything can be tracked anywhere (if the vision succeeds). What’s one real-world possibility? Connecting low-powered sensors that can detect a potential natural disaster, such as a fire, and alert people to the threat. Starting in Austin, Texas, Helium is rolling out their hotspots to consumers this year.

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Naval Ravikant Part 2: Will Your Phone Do Everything?

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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