Siraj Raval Podcast
By Siraj Raval
Siraj Raval PodcastApr 21, 2020
Richard Burton | Siraj Raval Podcast #5
This is my conversation with Richard Burton. He was the 1st designer at Ethereum, an early employee at Stripe, invests in technology startups, and is an avid kitesurfer. We've been friends for years so this was the funnest interview I've done yet. Enjoy!
Vinod Khosla | Siraj Raval Podcast #4
Vinod Khosla is a Serial Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, and Philanthropist. It was an honor to have a conversation with the Silicon Valley legend that I've admired for many years. Vinod co-founded Sun Microsystems over 30 years ago, a company that grew to over 36,000 employees and invented so much foundational software technology like the Java programming language, NFS, and they pretty much mainstreamed 'idea' of open source. After a successful exit, he's been using his billionaire status to invest in ambitious technologists trying to improve human life. He's got the coolest investment portfolio I've seen yet, and in this hour long interview we discuss everything from AI to education to startup culture. Enjoy!
3Blue1Brown | Siraj Raval Podcast #3
3Blue1Brown aka Grant Sanderson is an outstanding math animation artist, scholar, & educator. In this episode, I ask him about his workflow, the tools he uses, the nature of consciousness, machine learning, & so much more! Grant studied mathematics at Stanford as an undergraduate, then became a multivariable calculus fellow for KhanAcademy through their talent search program. He started making math animation videos on Youtube in 2015, and has since amassed over 2 million subscribers. It was a wonderful conversation, and I hope you enjoy it!
Brian Armstrong | Siraj Raval Podcast #2
On the second episode of my educational podcast, I interview the CEO of the largest cryptocurrency company in the world, Brian Armstrong. I knew Brian years ago when Coinbase was a relatively humble startup and it's been mind blowing to see how far they've come in such a short period of time, managing the equivalent of billions of dollars in wealth in cryptocurrency. I admire Brian because he wakes up everyday determined to solve the 'meta-problem' of financial freedom using cryptocurrency, which he believes can indirectly alleviate poverty, increase entrepeneurship, and help reduce corruption in governments around the world. The President of the USA tweeted about Bitcoin and Facebook released it's "Libra" cryptocurrency, so it's an extremely exciting time in the space. I also ask him about his most ambitious ideas regarding the future of payments, and was pleasantly shocked by his answers. Enjoy!
Bryan Johnson | Siraj Raval Podcast #1
On the first episode of my podcast, I have a very special guest for you! Bryan Johnson is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist that sold his payments company, Braintree, to Paypal for $800 million. What makes him a friend and someone I admire is how he decided to use that amount of wealth to improve human life through Science and technology. He invested $100 million into Kernel, a neuroscience startup that he leads and another $100 million into OS Fund, a venture fund that invests in scientist entrepreneurs. He's also an avid reader, which made for an amazing conversation. We touch on Artificial Intelligence, Science, mathematical mindsets, books, psychedelics, and so much more in this discussion. Enjoy!