The Knowledge with David Elikwu

The Knowledge with David Elikwu

On The Knowledge Podcast, you’ll hear from the best and brightest minds in business, entrepreneurship, and beyond. Hosted by writer and entrepreneur David Elikwu, each episode features in-depth interviews with makers, thinkers, and innovators from a variety of backgrounds. The Knowledge is a weekly newsletter for people who want to get more out of life. In every issue, David shares stories, ideas and frameworks from psychology, philosophy, productivity and business. With insights that are both practical and thought-provoking, The Knowledge will help you think more deeply and get more done. Follow David's newsletter at: / Keep the conversation going on Twitter at @Delikwu using the hashtag #TheKnowledge


June 1, 2023 28 mins

Today we’re sharing David’s recent talk, ‘One Person Powerhouse’ from an event hosted by Fab Giovanetti, the founder of Alt Marketing School.

David shares six powerful ideas that he’s learned from his personal journey as a solo creator.

You will get a glimpse behind the curtain at David’s writing process, and learn principles that will help you become a one-person powerhouse.

To book David Elikwu for speaking engagements, please visit...

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David speaks with Wes Kao, Co-founder of Maven, which is a platform for live cohort-based courses.

Wes Kao is a renowned entrepreneur, strategist, and educator known for her expertise in online learning, content creation, and digital marketing.

They talked about:

  • Refining a spiky point of view in a noisy online world
  • Balancing certainty and ambiguity in your writing.
  • What Wes learned co-founding the Alt-MBA with Seth Godin
  • How online...
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David speaks with Kyle Kowalski, a thoughtful entrepreneur, adult learner, and proponent of slow living.

Kyle describes himself as a synthesiser and solopreneur so we got to unpack what that means.

This was a very introspective episode.

They talked about:

  • The philosophy of slow living and how it can influence our ambitions and choices
  • Some of the lessons he learned from going through a personal crisis
  • The importance of finding purpos...

David speaks with Charles C. Mann, an acclaimed science writer and author of the bestselling books 1491, 1493, and The Wizard and the Prophet.

They talked about:

  • How Christopher Columbus’ inadvertently wiped out up to 90% of the Native American population.
  • How the humble potato led to European colonialism.
  • The contrasting ideals of technology and environmentalism.
  • The complex relationship between climate change, population growth, ...
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David speaks with Robin Hanson, an associate professor of economics at George Mason University and co-authored The Elephant in the Brain.

They talked about:

  • The role of self-deception in human behaviour and the thesis behind the book he co-authored, The Elephant in the Brain
  • The potential consequences and risks associated with AI, how human minds might become like artificial minds.
  • What’s really out there in space and what the futu...
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David speaks with Garett Jones, an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University, and the author of 3 books: Hive Mind, 10% Less Democracy, and The Culture Transplant.

They talked about: Democracy, how good it really is, and whether we have too much of it. Then they looked at intelligence, the impact IQ has on your job prospects and whether companies and nations should optimise for having higher IQ workers. Finally, th...

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David speaks with Kevon Cheung, an author and content creator.

Kevon runs a course, Build in Public Mastery, to help entrepreneurs show their work publicly to build up their brand and superfan base.

He wrote a book, Find Joy in Chaos, to help entrepreneurs build their online presence so opportunities and connections come to them.

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David speaks with Liron Shapira, Founder&CEO of, a relationship coaching service with over 100,000 clients.

Liron is a technologist, rationalist, and serial entrepreneur, whose skeptical takes about crypto and other bloated startups on have been read over a million times.

If you wanted an opportunity to dig into everything that is at the frontier of technology right now, then this is the episod...

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David speaks with Stu Patience, a Nonprofit co-founder, teacher, and blogger.

Stu lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he works for a small-but-mighty literacy non-profit - Saya Suka Membaca, an Indonesian literacy charity that trains teachers to teach reading in Indonesian in an effective and fun way.

Stu is a highly underrated yet extremely prolific creator, and it's been incredible seeing his journey over the last few ...

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January 26, 2023 105 mins

David speaks with Alex Fefegha, the co-founder and principal director at COMUZI.

This episode was two or three years in the making, and it was definitely worth it.

Alex Fefegha works at the intersection of design, programming, speculative fiction, and art, expressing societal challenges and exposing the technology systems that touch us.

Alongside his work at COMUZI, Lex is an artist currently exploring AI creative's potential via ...

January 12, 2023 67 mins

David speaks with Paul Millerd, a Creator, Writer, and Consultant. He’s the author of the Pathless Path, an incredible book.

There were a lot of gems in this episode. You're gonna love this if you have any aspirations at all of being a creator or following your curiosity, finding your own path. 

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David speaks with Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene a serial Entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of PopCom an automated retail technology company that creates data and analytics software for intelligent vending.

If you are an entrepreneur or aspiring founder that is considering scaling or building or raising money, this is going to be an incredibly notable episode for you.

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David speaks with Rob Fitzpatrick, a well-storied entrepreneur, and writer. Author of three books, including The Mom Test and Write Useful Books, both of which are among the most universally recommended books for early founders and non-fiction writers.

We talked about his journey getting into YC in 2007, trying to build this business, pivoting mid-interview, and building a business that ultimately failed. He also talks about how he ...

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November 17, 2022 65 mins

David speaks with Thomas Frank, a writer and video creator passionate about helping people become more capable and productive.

Thomas is the founder of the College Info Geek, a blog to help you learn effectively, spend less time studying, and become more productive (even if you're not in college). He is also a Notion power-user, and creates tutorials and free Notion templates on the side.

We talked about his background and his st...

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November 3, 2022 46 mins

David speaks with Khe Hy, founder and CEO of RadReads, an online education company that helps professionals lead productive, examined, and joyful lives.

Creator of the $10K Work productivity method and teaches the popular cohort-based course Supercharge Your Productivity

We talked about philosophy and spirituality behind productivity, not just talking about what we should do and when we should do it, but also how and why.

You're g...

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October 20, 2022 100 mins

David Elikwu speaks with David Kadavy an Author, Podcaster and President of Kadavy, Inc.

Author of Mind Management not Time Management, The Heart to Start and, Design for Hackers.

Host of Love Your Work podcast, where he interviewed Seth Godin, Steve Case, & many more creative entrepreneurs.

We talked a lot about productivity, we talked about writing, we talked about content creation about how David is able to consistently come up...

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October 6, 2022 73 mins

David Elikwu speaks with Jenny Blake an Author, Speaker, and Podcaster.

Jenny Blake loves helping entrepreneurs and organizations move from friction to flow through smarter systems, powered by Delightfully Tiny Teams.

We talked about this idea from her book, pivot about being able to make incremental changes in your career and really move yourself into a direction that aligns with what you really want to be doing and how to f...

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David Elikwu speaks with Josh Spector, a newsletter publisher and an audience and business growth strategist.

He helps creative entrepreneurs to grow their audience and businesses and he also writes a great newsletter called For The Interested.

We talked all about, so many great frameworks for shipping great work and finding the right audience, creating work that you are proud of and being able to create work consistently in a way th...

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David Elikwu speaks with Blake Burge, a content creator and director of manufacturing at Neoinsulation.

We talked all about the overlaps between creativity and entrepreneurship and the secrets behind his overnight success as a content creator on Twitter.

And finally, we discussed a ton of great frameworks for being able to consistently produce great content.

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David Elikwu speaks with Dave Kline, a solopreneur, and owner of MGMT Accelerator & Skillscouter.

He advises executives on how to build exceptional teams and improve their careers.

We talked about some of the big mistakes that both new and experienced leaders make, how to delegate effectively, how to empower teams and a lot of frameworks and mental models for making effective decisions in a replicable way.

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