Smash Notes | Today in podcasts The best new podcast episodes, summarized. 60 Luis Von Ahn - Founder of Recaptcha and Duolingo Luis is an inventor and computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon. He is one of the creators of CAPTCHA, a system that allows websites to determine whether you’re a human or a computer. CAPTCHAs are wavy, distorted words that people need to type out when they’re submitting a form to a website. Luis’ company ReCAPTCHA […] Sun, 24 Sep 2023 02:30:33 +0000 How +3 failures led to a $150k/month SaaS, with Bernard Huang of Clearscope Bernard Huang (@bernardjhuang) is the Co-founder at Clearscope, a profitable SaaS product used by companies to get written content performance. He is a driven entrepreneur who has used his creative capabilities to launch many startups, including Mushi Lab Sat, 23 Sep 2023 02:30:43 +0000 Great Things Come From Great Diverse Teams (with Katie Dill) “My role isn’t about seeing every pixel but setting the standard, getting the right people in place, seeing the big picture of where we are going and what we can accomplish.” Fri, 22 Sep 2023 02:30:38 +0000 What would you learn if you took notes on the best podcasts? Matt Miller - Head of Content at Podcast Notes Thu, 21 Sep 2023 02:30:40 +0000 Jason Calacanis - Entrepreneur turned Investor shares his insight about success, hard work, education, and the future. Do you want to get inspired? This episode is for you. Jason Calacanis is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He was one of the early believes in Uber, Calm, Robinhood and many others. He is a host of the show This Week in Startups, and the author of Angel, a founder of,, and a friend to many rich and famous folks in Silicon Valley. On this episode, Jason shares his views and wisdom, advice that he's accumulated throughout his career, and lessons learned from other successful entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Mark Cuban, and Jeff Bezos. Wed, 20 Sep 2023 02:30:20 +0000 Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Rationality, Risk, and Skin in the Game Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Skin in the Game, talks with host Russ Roberts about the ideas in the book. This is the third episode of EconTalk with Taleb related to the general topic of skin in the game and how it affects decision-making and policy in an uncertain world. This episode focuses on rationality, religion, and the challenge of thinking about probability and risk correctly in a dynamic world. Tue, 19 Sep 2023 02:30:39 +0000 Eric Ries — Psychological Journey of a Founder Eric Ries, New York Times best-selling author and CEO/Co-Founder of one of the most ambitious ideas on the planet right now (Long Term Stock Exchange) talks about the movement he started with his best-seller The Lean Startup and why the narratives need to change when it comes to building companies. He also shares his personal approach to starting companies now that he's 20 years into it, how to receive feedback, and how weak points can be hidden strengths if you detach from the story of how things should be going in your head.  Mon, 18 Sep 2023 02:30:12 +0000 Impostor Syndrome When you feel like a beetle in a sea of ladybugs Sun, 17 Sep 2023 02:30:43 +0000 2: What Is The Portal? What is the portal? Fri, 15 Sep 2023 02:30:27 +0000 Vlad Magdalin. Webflow and the future of software on the internet. Can you have a family, a successful company making millions of dollars in annual revenue, and do it all at your own pace, with a remote office company, while having a life that you want to live? Vlad sure can, and we think you can too. Life is too short to live someone else’s dream. The story of Webflow and life advice from Vlad, in this episode. Thu, 14 Sep 2023 02:30:25 +0000 Garry Tan — Building the world you want to live in Garry Tan (@garrytan) is a designer and engineer turned early stage investor as a Managing Partner and co-founder at Initialized Capital. In 2019, Tan was listed at #21 on the Forbes Midas List having invested in Instacart, Coinbase, Flexport, Plangrid, Hellosign and many others. Prior to founding Initialized, Garry was a partner at Y Combinator for nearly five years where he advised and funded over 600 companies and more than a thousand founders. With all of that, Garry is incredibly talented and insightful, humble, thoughtful and empathetic. In this episode, Garry talks about building the world he want to live in, how refugee ancestors has influenced his worldview, navigating the idea maze as a founder, his $200M mistake and how parenthood has changed his life. Wed, 13 Sep 2023 02:30:51 +0000 Deep dive into Remote Work with Hiten Shah Remote work is taking off, again. Except this time, the world is ready for it. We've got tools to help us work from anywhere around the world, broadband is cheap, and big bosses are getting on board too. Hiten and Co surveyed hundreds of remote workers to find out what made them tick. Turns out, flexibility was a huge hit. But, not all remote workers are happy, and for some, lack of top-down oversight was an issue. To get the best results from remotes, both the company and the workers have to get on the same page, and do extra work to make this work style a winner. Tue, 12 Sep 2023 02:30:52 +0000