Outlier Academy

Outlier Academy

Every Tuesday, we share a conversation with one of the world's best entrepreneurs or investors. In each episode we dissect what they've mastered and how they got to the top of their field. We break down the tactics, tools, and routines you can put to use today. Including everything from favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and so much more. Subscribe now and start learning how the world's best got that way. For more, visit Outlieracademy.com.

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August 4, 2021 51 min
“Right now my question is, is this something that I and only I can do? And I'm prioritizing even more not just for time, but also my energy, and the amount of bandwidth that it takes.” – Lopa van der Mersch Lopa van der Mersch is Founder and CEO of Rasa, a brand of adaptogenic tonics often used as coffee replacements. Her background in molecular biology and yoga studies led her to seek a healthier alternative to coffee. She fou...
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“Living what you are uniquely here to do in integrity with that, because if you're doing that, you're not going to burn yourself out. If you're doing that, you're going to have the impact that you're meant to give in this world. If you're doing that you're taking care of yourself, etc.” – Lopa van der Mersch Lopa van der Mersch is Founder and CEO of Rasa, a brand of adaptogenic tonics often used as coffe...
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“I think failure is definitely glorified to a degree. The goal is that you don't just fail consistently; eventually, you provide successful impact to others. But to the degree you're able to royally fail, and then royally succeed, that's way better than just royally succeeding. It's like a great underdog story in a way.” – Joe Percoco Joe Percoco (@joepercoco) is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Titan, an investment fir...
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“There's often a binary debate occurring in society, which is about crypto assets—is the asset class a zero? And it's a bit of the wrong debate to be having. The right question to ask here is, are there crypto-assets that deserve a weighting in your portfolio?” – Joe Percoco Joe Percoco (@joepercoco) is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Titan, an investment firm focused on leveling the playing field across the wealth spectrum. T...
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“I never think about the failure of the what. I always think about the failure of the how. How did I show up in these contexts? Was fear a really important emotion during these experiences or did I feel light? Was I courageous and open hearted, or did I feel closed?” – Rishi Garg Rishi Garg (@rishigarg) is co-head of the Consumer Investing Practice at the Mayfield Fund, a seed and Series A focused venture capital firm. Before j...
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“The purpose of the startup community is to take a tiny amount of human and financial capital and create a single product, usually, a single thing, an insight that, through incredible intensity, can be used to break open a market and achieve unusual skill.” – Rishi Garg Rishi Garg (@rishigarg) is co-head of the Consumer Investing Practice at the Mayfield Fund, a seed and Series A focused venture capital firm. Before joining May...
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“I think this whole job is such a privilege. When you zoom out, you get to work with and spend time with the smartest people in our industry—in the world—on a daily basis. You get to explore brand new ideas and industries.” – Addie Lerner Addie Lerner (@addielerner) is Founder and Managing Partner of Avid Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm investing in exceptional founders building transformative fintech, consumer in...
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“I think this whole job is such a privilege. When you zoom out, you get to work with and spend time with the smartest people in our industry—in the world—on a daily basis. You get to explore brand new ideas and industries.” – Addie Lerner Addie Lerner (@addielerner) is Founder and Managing Partner of Avid Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm investing in exceptional founders building transformative fintech, consumer in...
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“People often think that if you chase your passion and you don't succeed, that you have wasted your time. You may have failed, but you never waste your time. You learn the mistakes that make you the person you are, and you will produce better outcomes eventually.” – Sebastiaan de With Sebastiaan de With (@sdw) is Co-Founder of Lux, the design studio behind the award-winning photography apps, Halide and Spectre. He started h...
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“Don't knock it until you try it. What I mean by that is—you never know what's really going to work from an acquisition model, so you have to spend to learn, and have the willingness to lose money up front and test, iterate, and optimize to find what's actually working.” – Alex Iwanchuk Alex Iwanchuk is Co-Founder of Feals, a modern wellness brand of hemp-based CBD products. He previously worked with the same co-founder...
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“When we're looking at single founders, there probably is one variable that rises a little bit and that we spent a great deal of time thinking about which is, are they an attractor? Can they attract the things they need to be successful?” – Ben Savage Ben Savage is General Partner at Clocktower Technology Ventures, a leading venture capital group focused on fintech investments. He is also Lead Partner for the private sector of ...
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On Wednesday, June 9, you'll see that Outliers has a new name, as well as new artwork. Going forward, the show will be called Outlier Academy, and you can find us online at outlieracademy.com. Outside of the new name, artwork, and website, everything else will remain the same. Daniel Scrivner will continue to host the show, and we'll continue to interview the world's best entrepreneurs and investors. But make no mistake...
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“I think in tech, and in Silicon Valley in particular, people overvalue ingenuity, brilliance and innovation, and undervalue timing, luck and resilience.” – Ken Nguyen In this episode of Outliers, I’m talking with Ken Nguyen (@KendrickEsq) about how his company, Republic, is working to bring private investing to the masses.  Ken Nguyen is Co-Founder and CEO of Republic, a private investing platform for investors seeking high-gr...
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“Great opportunities never have ‘great opportunity’ in the subject line.” – Scott Belsky In this episode of Outliers, I’m talking with Scott Belsky (@scottbelsky). After starting his career at Goldman Sachs, he left to found Behance which he later sold to Adobe. He’s now the Chief Product Officer at Adobe as well as a Venture Partner at the world-renowned venture capital firm Benchmark. Scott was an early investor in Uber, Pint...
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“When customers ask for it, it's almost too late already. You should have already done it.” – Mark Terbeek In this episode of Outliers, we’re talking with Mark Terbeek about his investment process, advice for entrepreneurs, and the power of coaching. Mark Terbeek is a Partner at Greycroft, an early stage venture capital firm focused on investments in digital media. With experience as an analyst at McKinsey & Company Chicago...
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“Don't try to be the best; try to be the only. If at all possible, you want to be doing something that you have trouble describing because there's not a name for it. That's a sign that you are working in the territory of the only." – Kevin Kelly In this episode of Outliers, I’m talking with Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly) of WIRED magazine about his newest project on Kickstarter, Vanishing Asia. A 1,000-page collecti...
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“You have no choice now—being a Swiss army knife and being able to learn on the fly. It's such an underrated skill. Everybody is so much of a specialist now, but I'd like to be a generalist. It isn't always a bad thing when you can deliver.” – Rob Petrozzo In this episode of Outliers, I’m talking with Rob Petrozzo (@robpetrozzo) about the past, present, and future of digital collectibles. We discuss the highs and lo...
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“In a lot of ways, people are forgetting the lessons of technology just in general—big companies move slowly, and there's an innovator's dilemma. Outside perspective is generally the fastest way to innovate, and I think it's really exciting.” -- Everett Cook In this episode of Outliers, I’m talking with Everett Cook (@everettcookny) about macroeconomics, the importance of flexibility in building a business, and inno...
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“The most important thing is that technology evolves, but people don't. That's the biggest lesson of history—humans don't change.” – Simon Mikhailovich In this episode of Outliers, I’m talking with Simon Mikhailovich (@S_Mikhailovich) about why gold is important in the current economy, how it maintains purchasing power over time, and important lessons from financial history. Simon Mikhailovich is a contrarian invest...
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“I have two KPIs in how I operate now. Number one, customer delight. There is no business if the customers don't pay. The other piece is profitability.” – Michael Joseph In this episode of Outliers, I’m talking with Michael Joseph (@scratchkitchen) about building and scaling meal kit company Green Chef, the risk of Cloud Kitchens and delivery platforms, and the future of on-demand food. Michael Joseph is Founder and CEO of ...
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