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David Senra

Learn from history's greatest entrepreneurs. Every week I read a biography of an entrepreneur and find ideas you can use in your... more

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Episodes

#345 George Lucas

What I learned from rereading George Lucas: A Life by Brian Jay Jones.

12 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 59 minutes
Steven Spielberg

What I learned from reading Steven Spielberg: A Biography by Joseph McBride.

04 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 38 minutes
#344 Quentin Tarantino

What I learned from reading Cinema Speculation by Quentin Tarantino.

30 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
#343 The Eternal Pursuit of Unhappiness: David Ogilvy

What I learned from reading Eternal Pursuit of Unhappiness Being Very Good Is No Good,You Have to Be Very, Very,... more

24 Mar 2024 · 32 minutes
#342 The Lessons of History (Will & Ariel Durant)

What I learned from reading The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant.

18 Mar 2024 · 53 minutes
#341 Cornelius Vanderbilt (Tycoon's War)

What I learned from rereading Tycoon's War: How Cornelius Vanderbilt Invaded a Country to Overthrow America's Most Famous Military Adventurer... more

11 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
#340 Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant

What I learned from reading Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable by Tim Grover and Winning: The Unforgiving Race... more

01 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
Jay Z's Autobiography

What I learned from reading Decoded by Jay Z.

25 Feb 2024 · 2 hours, 7 minutes
#339 Joseph Duveen: Robber Baron Art Dealer

What I learned from reading The Days of Duveen by S.N. Behrman.

20 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
#338 Monty Moncrief Texas Oil Billionaire

What I learned from reading Wildcatters: A Story of Texans, Oil, and Money by Sally Helgesen.

13 Feb 2024 · 59 minutes
#337 Napoleon's Maxims and Strategy

What I learned from reading Roots of Strategy by Thomas R. Phillips and Napoleon and Modern War by Napoleon and... more

05 Feb 2024 · 1 hour,
#336 How To Lose A Few Billion Dollars: Samuel Insull

What I learned from reading Insull: The Rise and Fall of A Billionaire Utility Tycoon by Forrest McDonald.

01 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
#335 How To Make A Few Billion Dollars: Brad Jacobs

What I learned from reading How To Make A Few Billion Dollars by Brad Jacobs.

23 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
#334 Oprah

What I learned from reading the transcripts of Young Oprah on Her Life and Career and Oprah on Career, Life... more

16 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
#333 Red Bull's Billionaire Maniac Founder: Dietrich Mateschitz

What I learned from reading The Red Bull Story by Wolfgang Fürweger.

08 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
#332 Jesus

What I learned from reading Jesus: A Biography from a Believer by Paul Johnson.

24 Dec 2023 · 34 minutes
#331 Christian Dior

What I learned from reading Dior by Dior: The Autobiography of Christian Dior and Creators by Paul Johnson.

18 Dec 2023 · 1 hour,
#330 Les Schwab (Charlie Munger recommended this book)

What I learned from rereading Les Schwab Pride In Performance: Keep It Going! by Les Schwab.

11 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 37 minutes
#329 Charlie Munger (the NEW Poor Charlie's Almanack)

What I learned from reading the NEW Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charlie Munger.

05 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 54 minutes
Reflections from my dinner with Charlie Munger

Reflections from my dinner with Charlie Munger.

29 Nov 2023 · 30 minutes
#328 Tom Murphy (Buffett's favorite manager)

What I learned from reading The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success by William Thorndike.

22 Nov 2023 · 42 minutes
#327 Ted Turner

What I learned from reading Ted Turner's Autobiography.

14 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
#326 Anna Wintour

What I learned from reading Anna: The Biography by Amy Odell.

06 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
#325 Larry Gagosian (Billionaire Art Dealer)

What I learned from reading How Larry Gagosian Reshaped The Art World by Patrick Radden Keefe.

29 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
#324 John D. Rockefeller (38 Letters Rockefeller Wrote to His Son)

What I learned from reading The 38 Letters from J.D. Rockefeller to His Son by John D. Rockefeller.

21 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 46 minutes
Mike Bloomberg

What I learned from reading Bloomberg by Michael Bloomberg.

10 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
#323 Jimmy Buffett

What I learned from reading Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way by Ryan White and A Pirate Looks... more

03 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
#322 Herb Kelleher (Southwest Airlines)

What I learned from reading Nuts!: Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success by Kevin and Jackie Freiberg... more

26 Sep 2023 · 47 minutes
#321 Working with Jeff Bezos

What I learned from reading Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon by Colin Bryar and Bill Carr.

21 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
#320 The Making of Winston Churchill Part 2

What I learned from reading Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill by Michael Shelden.

14 Sep 2023 · 1 hour,
Sam Zemurray (The Fish That Ate the Whale)

What I learned from rereading The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King by... more

11 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
#319 The Making of Winston Churchill Part 1

What I learned from reading Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston... more

05 Sep 2023 · 50 minutes
The best interview I've ever done about Founders

What I learned from the first 6 years of making Founders.

03 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
#318 Alistair Urquhart (Listen to this when you’re stressed)

What I learned from reading The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific by Alistair Urquhart.

27 Aug 2023 · 52 minutes
Come see a live show with Me and Patrick O'Shaughnessy!

Come see a live show with me and Patrick O'Shaughnessy on October 19th in New York City.

25 Aug 2023 ·
#317 Ed Catmull (Pixar)

What I learned from rereading Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by... more

21 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
#316 Bugatti

What I learned from reading The Bugatti Story by L’Ebe Bugatti.

14 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
#315 Balenciaga

What I learned from reading Creators: From Chaucer and Durer to Picasso and Disney by Paul Johnson.

07 Aug 2023 · 38 minutes
#314 Paul Graham (How To Do Great Work)

What I learned from reading How To Do Great Work by Paul Graham.

31 Jul 2023 · 59 minutes
#313 Christopher Nolan

What I learned from reading The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan by Tom Shone.

25 Jul 2023 · 51 minutes
#312 Mark Twain

What I learned from reading Lighting Out for the Territory: How Samuel Clemens Headed West and Became Mark Twain by... more

19 Jul 2023 · 58 minutes
#311 James Cameron

What I learned from reading The Futurist: The Life and Films of James Cameron by Rebecca Keegan and The Return... more

12 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
#310 Walt Disney and Picasso

What I learned from reading Creators: From Chaucer and Durer to Picasso and Disney by Paul Johnson.

04 Jul 2023 · 53 minutes
Michael Jordan (The Life)

What I learned from reading Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby.

30 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 39 minutes
#309 Arnold Schwarzenegger (Before He Was Successful)

What I learned from reading Arnold and Me: In the Shadow of the Austrian Oak by Barbara Outland Baker.

26 Jun 2023 · 48 minutes
#308 Glock

What I learned from reading Glock: The Rise of America's Gun by Paul Barrett.

19 Jun 2023 · 43 minutes
#307: The World's Great Family Dynasties: Rockefeller, Rothschild, Morgan, & Toyada

What I learned from reading Dynasties: Fortunes and Misfortunes of the World's Great Family Businesses by David Landes.

12 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
#306 David Ogilvy (Confessions of an Advertising Man)

What I learned from reading Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy.

05 Jun 2023 · 50 minutes
#305 Robert Caro on power, poverty, ruthlessness, obsession and running.

What I learned from reading Working by Robert Caro.

29 May 2023 · 57 minutes
#304: Sol Price (The Founder Who Taught Jim Sinegal, Sam Walton, Jeff Bezos, Bernie Marcus)

What I learned from reading Sol Price: Retail Revolutionary by Robert Price.

22 May 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
#303 Rose Blumkin (Warren Buffett's Favorite Founder)

What I learned from reading The Women of Berkshire Hathaway: Lessons from Warren Buffett's Female CEOs and Directors by Karen... more

14 May 2023 · 35 minutes
#302 Napoleon (The Mind of Napoleon)

What I learned from reading The Mind of Napoleon: A Selection of His Written and Spoken Words edited by J.... more

08 May 2023 · 53 minutes
#301 Tiger Woods

What I learned from reading Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.

01 May 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
#300 James Dyson (Against the Odds)

What I learned from reading Against the Odd: An Autobiography by James Dyson for the 4th time.

24 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
#299 Steve Jobs (Make Something Wonderful)

What I learned from reading Make Something Wonderful: Steve Jobs in his own words.

17 Apr 2023 · 2 hours, 3 minutes
#298 I had lunch with Sam Zell

What I learned from having lunch with Sam Zell and reading Zeckendorf: The Autobiography of The man Who Played a... more

10 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 32 minutes
#297 Yvon Chouinard (Patagonia)

What I learned from rereading Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard.

03 Apr 2023 · 59 minutes
A conversation with David and Ben from the Acquired podcast

David Rosenthal and Ben Gilbert — of the Acquired podcast — invited me to San Francisco for a discussion on... more

29 Mar 2023 · 3 hours, 9 minutes
#296 Bernard Arnault (The Richest Man in the World)

What I learned from reading The Taste of Luxury: Bernard Arnault and the Moet-Hennessy Louis Vuitton Story by Nadege Forestier... more

27 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
#295 I had dinner with Charlie Munger

What I learned from rereading The Tao of Charlie Munger.

21 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
#294 Napoleon

What I learned from reading Napoleon: A Concise Biography by David Bell.

13 Mar 2023 · 43 minutes
#293: Ray Kroc (The Making of McDonald's)

What I learned from rereading Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's by Ray Kroc.

06 Mar 2023 · 52 minutes
#292 Daniel Ludwig (The Invisible Billionaire)

What I learned from rereading The Invisible Billionaire: Daniel Ludwig by Jerry Shields.

27 Feb 2023 · 46 minutes
#291 David Packard (Founder of HP)

What I learned from reading The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company by David Packard.

20 Feb 2023 · 47 minutes
#290 Bill Gates

What I learned from rereading Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire by James Wallace and... more

13 Feb 2023 · 47 minutes
#289 Brunello Cucinelli

What I learned from reading The Dream of Solomeo: My Life and the Idea of Humanistic Capitalism by Brunello Cucinelli.

07 Feb 2023 · 53 minutes
#288 Ralph Lauren

What I learned from reading Ralph Lauren: The Man Behind the Mystique by Jeffrey Trachtenberg.

31 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
#287 The Founder of Rolls-Royce

What I learned from rereading Rolls-Royce: The Magic of a Name: The First Forty Years of Britain s Most Prestigious... more

23 Jan 2023 · 31 minutes
#286 Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger

What I learned from reading All I Want To Know Is Where I'm Going To Die So I'll Never Go... more

16 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
#285 Jay Gould (How Jay Gould Built Wall Street's Biggest Fortune)

What I learned from reading American Rascal: How Jay Gould Built Wall Street's Biggest Fortune by Greg Steinmetz.

10 Jan 2023 · 59 minutes
#284 Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick

What I learned from rereading Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Changed... more

02 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
#283 Andrew Carnegie

What I learned from rereading The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie.

26 Dec 2022 · 52 minutes
#282 Jeff Bezos Shareholder Letters

What I learned from rereading Jeff Bezos' Shareholder Letters (for the 3rd time!)

19 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
#281 Working with Steve Jobs

What I learned from rereading Creative Selection: Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs by Ken... more

12 Dec 2022 · 41 minutes
The Founder of Kinkos — Paul Orfalea

What I learned from reading Copy This!: How I turned Dyslexia, ADHD, and 100 square feet into a company called... more

09 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
#280 Jimi Hendrix

What I learned from reading Starting At Zero: His Own Story by Jimi Hendrix.

06 Dec 2022 · 54 minutes
#279 What I Learned Before I Sold to Warren Buffett

What I learned from reading What I Learned Before I Sold to Warren Buffett: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Developing a... more

29 Nov 2022 · 56 minutes
#278 Peter Thiel

What I learned from rereading Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel.

22 Nov 2022 · 56 minutes
#277 Paul Graham's Essays Part 3

What I learned from reading Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas From The Computer Age by Paul Graham

17 Nov 2022 · 47 minutes
#276 Paul Graham’s Essays Part 2

What I learned from reading Paul Graham’s essays.

09 Nov 2022 · 42 minutes
#275 Paul Graham

What I learned from reading Paul Graham’s essays.

03 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
#274 Jim Clark (Silicon Graphics, Netscape)

What I learned from rereading The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story by Michael Lewis.

27 Oct 2022 · 53 minutes
#273 Kobe Bryant (Mamba Mentality)

What I learned from rereading The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant.

26 Oct 2022 · 31 minutes
#272 Kobe Bryant (The Life)

What I learned from reading Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant by Roland Lazenby.

19 Oct 2022 · 55 minutes
#271 Vannevar Bush (Engineer of the American Century)

What I learned from reading Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century by G. Pascal Zachary.

12 Oct 2022 · 53 minutes
#270: Vannevar Bush (Pieces of the Action)

What I learned from reading Pieces of the Action by Vannevar Bush.

06 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
#269 Sam Zell

What I learned from reading Am I Being Too Subtle?: Straight Talk From a Business Rebel by Sam Zell.

29 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
#268 John Malone (Cable Cowboy)

What I learned from reading Cable Cowboy: John Malone and the Rise of the Modern Cable Business by Mark Robichaux.

21 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
#267 Thomas Edison

What I learned from reading Edison: A Biography by Matthew Josephson.

14 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
#266 Henry Ford's Autobiography

What I learned from rereading My Life and Work by Henry Ford.

08 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
#265 Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader

What I learned from rereading Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent... more

30 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
#264 The Story of Edwin Land and Polaroid

What I learned from rereading Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos.

24 Aug 2022 · 54 minutes
#263 Land's Polaroid: A Company and the Man Who Invented It

What I learned from rereading Land's Polaroid: A Company and the Man Who Invented It by Peter C. Wensberg.

18 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
#262 Herbie Cohen (World's Greatest Negotiator)

What I learned from reading The Adventures of Herbie Cohen: World's Greatest Negotiator by Rich Cohen.

11 Aug 2022 · 59 minutes
#261 Dee Hock's Autobiography of a Restless Mind Volume One and Two

What I learned from rereading Autobiography of a Restless Mind: Reflections on the Human Condition Volume 1 and Autobiography of... more

04 Aug 2022 · 39 minutes
#260 One from Many: VISA and the Rise of Chaordic Organization

What I learned from rereading One from Many: VISA and the Rise of Chaordic Organization by Dee Hock.

03 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
#259 Bob Dylan

What I learned from reading Chronicles: Volume One by Bob Dylan.

27 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
#258: Jay Gould (Dark Genius of Wall Street)

What I learned from reading Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber... more

22 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 39 minutes
#257 Richard Garriott (Video Games and Space Exploration)

What I learned from reading Explore/Create My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark by... more

15 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
#256 Edward L. Bernays (Public Relations, Advertising, & Persuasion)

What I learned from reading The Father of Spin: Edward L. Bernays and the Birth of Public Relations by Larry... more

09 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
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#265 Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
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