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Idea Machines

May 12, 2019

In this episode I speak to Matt Clifford about talent investing, how big long term projects can start small, and financial innovations.

Matt is the CEO and co-founder of Entrepreneur First. Entrepreneur First, abbreviated as EF, is a fascinating system. It starts with cohorts of around fifty to a hundred...


Apr 2, 2019

In this episode I talk to Evan Miyazono about tackling metaresearch questions, how novel physical phenomena go from "oh that's cool" to devices that harness cutting edge physics, and how we could better incentivize the creators of innovations where traditionally it's hard to capture value, like open-source software and...


Mar 13, 2019

In this episode I talk to William Gunn about the guts of science publishing, changing incentives in science, and the relationship between publishing and funding.

William is currently the Director of Scholarly Communication at Elsevier. He joined Elsevier when they acquired Mendeley, which is a platform designed to help...


Mar 5, 2019

In this episode I talk to Torben Nielsen about creating new products and systems in health insurance. We touch on the tension between insurer's well-founded risk aversion and trying new things, the process of insurance companies working with startups, and how to even know if things are working.

Torben runs programs at...


Feb 12, 2019

In this episode I talk to Dr Robert McNutt about medical innovation, medical research and publishing, and patient choice.

Robert has been practicing medicine for decades and has published many dozens of medical research papers. He is a former editor of JAMA - the Journal of the American Medical Association. He's created...