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Infinite Loops

Jun 2, 2022

Jimmy Soni is an author whose work focuses on people who create and build interesting things—whether theories, carousels, or companies. His books include “The Founders: The Story of PayPal and the Entrepreneurs Who Shaped Silicon Valley”, “A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age”, and more!

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Show Notes:

  • The joy of curiosity
  • How memes spread
  • The Great Reshuffle
  • How internet changed the publishing industry
  • Parallels between early days of PayPal and Bitcoin
  • Money as an information system
  • Appreciating the micro-level decisions
  • Three new things about Elon
  • The Elon Effect
  • How the PayPal founders brought the best out of people
  • The unknown names who were critical to PayPal
  • Claude Shannon’s financial decisions
  • Wealth is a byproduct of the devotion to the craft

Books Mentioned:

  • The Founders; by Jimmy Soni
  • A Mind at Play; by Jimmy Soni
  • Virus of the Mind; by Richard Brodie
  • The Sovereign Individual; by James Dale Davidson and Lord William Rees-Mogg
  • What Works on Wall Street; Jim O'Shaughnessy