Learn from founders that came before you. For every episode I read a biography [or autobiography] of an entrepreneur and pull out ideas you can use in your life.

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    Ben Horowitz (Opsware & Andreessen Horowitz)

    I share my experiences in the hope of providing clues and inspiration for others who find themselves in the struggle to build something out of nothing. —Ben Horowitz

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    Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk

    Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk use different strategies to build rocket companies.

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    Sam Zemurray (Cuyamel Fruit Company/The Banana King)

    Sam Z, Sam the Banana Man, El Amigo, the Big Russian, the Gringo –he was not an easy person, nor is his biography without controversy. To some, it's the story of a great man, a pioneer in business, a hero. To others, its the story of a pirate, a conquistador, who took without asking.

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    Ed Catmull (Pixar)

    Ed Catmull is the founder of Pixar and the current president of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation. Trained as a computer scientist he pursued the goal of creating the first feature length computer animated film. After 20 years he achieved his goal. Having worked with both George Lucas and Steve Jobs, Ed has accumulated a lifetime of knowledge on how to build and maintain a creative environment. He share his ideas in the book Creativity Inc: Overcoming The Unseen Forces That Stand In The Way of True Inspiration.

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    Levi Strauss (Levi Strauss & Co)

    0:01 Levi was one of the men who set that firm foundation

    2:12 Leave a review on Apple Podcasts, take a screenshot, and email it to and I will reply with podcasts that I created exclusively for reviewers

    17:35 I do not have at this time a specific occupation...I will share the fate that has been assigned to me

    22:29 Enduring hardship for the ultimate goal

    29:24 A hole in the market

    42:00 Levi starts his business cold

    54:18 The dangers of shipping by sea

    1:04:42 Inventing Jeans by accident

    1:10:00 Overnight success 20 years in the making

    1:17:40 How Levi was able to serve customers who were illiterate or spoke another language

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    Jack Ma (Alibaba)

    0:01 Crazy Jack

    6:59 The internet is filling the void created by state planning

    20:35 Jack has made a career out of being underestimated: “I am a very simple guy. I am not smart. I might have a smart face but I’ve got very stupid brains.”

    24:43 Jack’s early life / Discipline and Curiosity

    40:00 Jack Magic: “ Nobody saw the opportunity in this business. We didn’t make much money at first, but Jack persevered…I respect him tremendously for he has a a great ability to motivate people and he can invest things that seem hopeless with exciting possibility. He can make those around him get excited about life.”

    47:06 Jack’s first time on the Internet

    55:45 Another lucky break: Meeting Yahoo Founder Jerry Yang

    57:02 Making money from shrimp

    1:00:43 The worst deal he ever made

    1:04:45 Masayoshi Son: Founder of Softbank

    1:10:16 Be the last man standing

    1:13:32 Ebay vs Alibaba: A case study in what not to do

    1:23:00 Yahoo’s billion dollar bet

    1:27:00 Jack’s unique reaction to the financial crisis

    1:33:12 Alipay’s ownership changes ( one of the craziest stories I’ve read)

    1:46:10 If I had another life, I would keep my company private

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