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January 01, 2020

SmashNotes Weekly Podcast is a curated summary of the best bits we find each week. Subscribe in your favorite app and get a delightful weekly summary. Email us at feedback@smashnotes.com with any suggestions for future episodes!

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Latest from the front lines of Smash Notes feed, your one stop show for new delightful pieces of knowledge, extracted out of your favorite podcasts, and all the podcasts you've never heard of. 

Links to each highlighted episode, below.

Ryan Petersen from Flexport - freight shipping around the globe and lessons in startups.

Ashley Mathews (aka Riley Reid) - from a small town girl to a successful business women.

Matthew Walker on Joe Rogan Experience - sleep, drugs and alcohol, and how to get the most of it all.

Jeff Morris Jr. on Paradox - angel investing, product, and company building in the age of Covid19 pandemic

Marques Brownless (aka MKBHD) - YouTube celebrity explains his craft, and how to break into tech gadget reviews in 2020

Sequoia Capital's Don Valentine - Decades of successful venture investing isn't an accident. This is the Sequoia playbook.

Russ Roberts on Economics of Trade and Specialization - Ever wondered why we no longer plant potatoes and make our own cloths?

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See you next time.

Hey listeners, another day, another day. Lucky you've got Smash Notes!

This is a quick summary of this Sunday's newsletter, covering:

- Chamath and Jason talk social, political and economical ramification of Covid-19

- Wil from Startups.com on surviving despite dozens of competitors

- How to eat Chipotle the correct way

- Noah from Code Story podcast on doing startups while raising 3 kids in Texas

- Evan Williams on future of publishing

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p.p.s. Shout out to my friends at Funsize for joining "SmashNotes for Business"  -- Ooh, what's Smash Notes for Business, you say? 🤫I'll show you, in due time ;)


This is a short summary of what you would find in the Smash Notes newsletter this week. Please take a look at the full newsletter for all the links and details, and if you are not yet a subscriber to the text version, please sign up here.

Enjoy this episode, send me your feedback (to: feedback@smashnotes.com) and if you have a fever, please see a doctor.

Till next week,

Kirill Zubovsky

p.s. Are you a VC? Do you have a fund you are just dying to get rid of ? Call me ;)

Top 3 podcast episodes of 2019 by engagement


#1 - My Dad Wrote a Porno

Also, the story for how Smash Notes become a porno hit.

#2 - Sleep is your super power with Matt Walker

#3 - Below the line, Remote Work with Hiten Shah

My favorites


#1 - Slack CTO Cal Henderson on GeekWire.

#2 - Urgent Care is forked! To get paid, hospitals get creative.

#3 - Christopher Michel / Photographer / Entrepreneur

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Oh hello there, old friend. Smash Notes podcast is back in business! 

Taking notes is a tedious process, and however much I like to give you the best podcast summaries on the internet, I often run out of time. This newest edition of Smash Notes is an attempt to find a middle ground where I can provide the most value you to, while also spend less than a million hours to put it all together. 

Stay with me , and I'll find the sweet spot, I promise.

Meanwhile, in today's edition is a summary of Tim Ferris's interview with Tony Fadell. I got about 75% through, it was rather long, very long, Tim-Ferris-long. Enjoy the podcast, and hit me up with any ideas at `feedback@smashnotes.com`

Happy Holiday! ~Kirill

p.s. No, I am not only doing this to promote ClipGain.io 

Mubashar Iqbal is a developer, dad, and a maker who just cannot stop creating products on the internet.  He is the guy behind Pod Hunt, Product News, Practical MVP and quite literally, 80 other projects. Some of them sold, some shut down, and some are making him passive income. He's been featured on Lifehacker, The Next Web, Mashable, Fortune and more.

Today Mubs joins us on SmashNotes to talk about his latest project, PodHunt, the life of a serial maker, what it takes to stay focused on his products without losing enthusiasm, his family life and much more. Tune in, listen in, and as always, you can get show notes on SmashNotes.com

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Charles Koch is a billionaire, political donor, philanthropist,  and the CEO of Koch Industries. In this Tim Ferris Interview with Charles Koch, he shares a lot about his personality, his upbringing , entrepreneurship, politics and more. If you liked this episode, please tell Tim Ferris. 

Today, Y Combinator is a runaway success. Having created $100B+ in valuations and almost 100 startups valued at over $100M each, Y Combinator is now a brand, a symbol of success, and a guiding start for the others. Back in 2009 though, it was still a fairly unknown company, doing something weird and different from the typical venture. Listen to Paul Graham, the founder, talks about YC, it's future potential, and ways in which founders could stay mean and lean to crate the next billion-dollar company.

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Hustlin’ Tech is a new show from a16z. It feels a bit like blatant promotion for A16Z startups, but if you read between the lines, it's also full of great  undiscovered gems. In this brief installment of Smash Notes, Ben Horowitz and Shaka Senghor talk about the state of payday loans and how Earnin is changing it.

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Till tomorrow! 

Why don't the founders in Silicon Valley ask for help? The answer is "Toxic Founder Image", and the desire, the need to constantly maintain a positive image. Take a read ~> https://smashnotes.com/p/below-the-line-with-james-beshara/e/3-eric-ries-psychological-journey

What is it like to be running a startup from small town America? Marc Nager, the founder of Startup Weekend, says the times are changing for the better. ~> https://smashnotes.com/p/give-first/e/marc-nager-dave-mayer-on-building-rural-startup-communities

This week's an experiment with shorter episodes, more often. Lookout for the next Smash Notes coming tomorrow!

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Thank you for listening to SmashNotes.com - You are awesome! In this warm summer edition:

The lost art of apprenticeships, and how and why Dan Mall is growing a new breed of designers by teaching them to do everything. Remote Work Report from Hiten Shah, and advice on how to make your own company more productive. Jason Calacanis on how to prepare your kids for life from the young age, and how the Elon Musk school is doing it. Rosy Sherry, the maker behind the Ministry of Testing, and what she did not expect from a life of a mother. How a failed client relationship catalyzed Jason Schuller to start Press75.

If you would like to learn more about your favorite podcasts, take a look at SmashNotes.com and use the new search feature to get just the right set of notes. Don't see what you are looking for? Email me `community@smashnotes.com` and let's set you up with an account. You too could create high quality notes for your friends to follow.

Till next week! ~Kirill

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Thank you for subscribing to Smash Notes. In this week’s episode:

- The story of how a mob forced one entrepreneur on a path of lifetime profitability

- Why Science is in danger and how to fix it

- The story of how Smash Notes was born

- Hiten Shah and Steli Efti advice on giving advice

- Christopher Michel on what it takes to capture the perfect image

If you have not heard Smash Notes guest segment from last week, check out Stewart Alsop III and his take on a conversation with Peter Thiel.

Huge thanks to Donald DeSantis for providing music for this week's episode. In 2018 Donald drove out of NYC with his backcountry skis and a guitar, headed for the Canadian Rockies. He did not know how to play, but with a little help from his friends, Donald started writing, recording and sharing songs with friends. In this episode, you hear his single called Hollywood. You can follow @donalddesantis on Instagram to stay on top of his music.

Good night, and good luck! Please subscribe.

~Kirill (@kirillzubovsky)

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