The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish

Farnam Street

business, education
Packed with timeless insights and ideas direct from the source, each episode of The Knowledge Project will upgrade your thinking and change the way you see the world. Learn more at
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Best Episodes

#102 Sendhil Mullainathan: The Chaos Inside Us

Feb 2, 2021

"The future: Improving your mental state using your data/digital footprint"




Sendhil Mullainathan is the Professor of Computation and Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the author of Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much. Sendhil reflects on lessons he learned from his father, how creativity is the marrying of ideation andRead more

#18 Naval Ravikant: The Angel Philosopher

Feb 27, 2017

"**A refreshing perspective on a poisonous emotion! "




Naval Ravikant is the CEO and co-founder of AngelList. He’s invested in more than 100 companies, including Uber, Twitter, Yammer, and many others. It’s difficult to nail down exactly what we discuss in our conversation because I had so many questions to ask him. Naval is an incredibly deep thinkerRead more

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#101 Jane McGonigal: The Psychology of Gaming

Jan 19, 2021

"More than a game — the benefits of gaming for human performance. 🎮 💪"




Jane McGonigal is a PhD Game Designer who advocates for the use of video games to help people learn skills that transfer to the real world, heal physical problems like concussions and improve attitudes and self-esteem in children. Shane and Jane discuss how video games help with decision making,Read more

#47 Adam Robinson: Winning at the Great Game (Part 1)

Dec 11, 2018

"World civilisation is at an inflection point"



Author, educator, and hedge fund advisor, Adam Robinson shares powerful lessons on winning the game of life. He teaches us how to learn, how to fail, and his three secrets of happiness and success. GO PREMIUM: Support the podcast, get ad-free episodes, transcripts, and so much more:Read more

#32 Patrick Collison: Earning Your Stripes

May 2, 2018

"Stripe tries to hire for “interpersonal warmth” and people truly care for others "



On this episode of the Knowledge Project Podcast, I chat with Patrick Collison, co-founder and CEO of the leading online payment processing company, Stripe. If you’ve purchased anything online recently, there’s a good chance that Stripe facilitated the transaction. What is now an organization withRead more

#56 Daniel Gross: Catalyzing Success

Apr 16, 2019

" Not helpful: Knowing what time your role model wakes up"




Daniel Gross, former Y Combinator partner and current founder of Pioneer, discusses how we can make our success less about luck, the powerful role we play in the lives of others, and the valuable lessons he learned about leadership. PREMIUM: Support the podcast, get ad-free episodes, transcripts,Read more

#40 Ben Thompson: Thriving in a Digital World

Sep 5, 2018

"Power from controlling supply ⬇️ Power from controlling demand"



Today’s guest is Stratechery author and founder Ben Thompson. If you’re an investor in Silicon Valley, work at a tech start-up, or just love to geek out on technology and business analysis, odds are good that Stratechery is on your short list of must-read blogs. What started as a side project,Read more

#81 Jason Calacanis: Taking Intelligent Risk

Apr 14, 2020

"“What about poor people?”"



Angel investor Jason Calacanis talks high stakes poker, how to make intelligent investing decisions, how systems enable or forbid, and demystifies the culture of Silicon Valley.   GO PREMIUM: Support the podcast, get ad-free episodes, transcripts, and so much more:Read more

#98 Sahil Lavingia: Observing the Present

Dec 8, 2020

"Sahil Lavingia on Singapore He grew up there?! "



Founder and CEO of Gumroad, writer and angel investor, Sahil Lavingia hops on TKP to chat about building a billion dollar business, the hardest skills to succeed, what he looks for during the hiring process, his worst mistake, the patterns of failure and success and so much more. Subscribe to TKPRead more

#94 Chamath Palihapitiya: Understanding Yourself

Oct 13, 2020

"Fractionalised tastemaking "



The Founder and CEO of Social Capital, prominent figure in the venture capital business and part owner of the Golden State Warriors, Chamath Palihapitiya sits down with Shane Parrish to chat about what it means to be an observer of the present, how to think in first principals, the psychology ofRead more
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