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Infinite Loops

Sep 28, 2023

Julie Fredrickson is a former founder and the Managing Partner of Chaotic Capital, an “early stage fund for companies that adapt our lives and systems to the opportunities that chaos brings.”
She joins the show to discuss the Great Weirding, becoming a playable character, how the market provides a muse, the power of preparation, and more!

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Show Notes:

  • Julie’s Origin Story
  • The Difference Between Hippies and Tech
  • “Circumstances change. Humanity does not. Plan accordingly.”
  • The Great Weirding
  • The Myth of the Perfect Past
  • How to Become a Playable Character
  • The Weirdo Lighthouse
  • The Power of Showing Up
  • How Julie Assesses Founders
  • Talent Doesn’t Matter
  • The Market is the Muse
  • “In the beginning, there was the word”
  • Preference Falsification vs. Revealed Preferences
  • Julie’s Revealed Preferences
  • “Prepare, and the opportunity will come”
  • Silicon Valley Is an Idea, Not a Place
  • The Open-Source Ethos
  • Julie as Empress of the World

Books Mentioned:

  • Bad Predictions: 2000 Years of the Best Minds Making the Worst Forecasts; by Laura Lee
  • The History of the Peloponnesian War; by Thucydides
  • Republic; by Plato
  • American Cycles of History: According to the Fourth Turning Generational Theory and The Boomer Soul 1946-2022; by William H. Van Marter Jr.
  • William Blake vs the World; by John Higgs
  • Julie, or the New Heloise; by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • The End of History and the Last Man; by Francis Fukuyama
  • The Peripheral; by William Gibson
  • Neuromancer; by William Gibson
  • The Fifth Science; by Exurb1a
  • The Science of Storytelling: Why Stories Make Us Human, and How To Tell Them Better; by Will Storr
  • Class: A Guide Through the American Status System; by Paul Fussell
  • What Works on Wall Street: The Classic Guide to the Best-Performing Investment Strategies of All Time; by Jim O’Shaughnessy
  • Singularity Sky; by Charles Stross
  • Marxism and Modernism; by Eugene Lunn
  • The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism; by Howard Bloom