I had a great interview with Jason and Justin at TechZing.
We covered quite a bit of ground in the interview:
- The details of the business that allowed me to “retire” at 25
- My business strategy and philosophy
- My future projects and goals
- My eye patch (1:30)
- Also mentioned Max Klein and his concept of 400 $1 ideas, Eliezer Yudkowsky and his prolific writing about cognition and AI (1:45), Seth Godin and his quippy insights, plus Patrick McKenzie and his BingoCardCreator business (1:25).
A couple things I want to correct for the record—they are just details, but I don’t want them to bite me later:
- I actually didn’t major in statistics, even though I took a couple statistics courses while majoring in business. I am a math enthusiast, but my wife is the one with a math degree! I think Justin’s point was that I brought an analytical approach to life and business which worked for me.
- Dr. Yakuboff did offer to waive his surgeon’s fee at a time when my parents couldn’t afford any more. It’s my understanding that the insurance came through at the last moment, so he never needed to do work pro bono even though the offer was there. I might be wrong about that, he might have done it pro bono, but I was only 8 or 9 at the time, so I’m not sure.
- Ironically, I have to rely on witness accounts of the immediate aftermath of my accident. Some people like my mom report that I died, but in the course of researching a book I wrote with my wife, Dr. Yakuboff said in an interview that my heart never stopped, which means I didn’t literally die. He’s probably right, he is in a position to know, although he didn’t see me until about 45 minutes after the accident. The important thing for me, whether I did or not, is that I grew up believing and internalizing that I died. My outlook was affected as though I had died, even if the witness evidence suggests that I didn’t. That’s a mouthful in an interview, so I left it alone. Just for the record!
I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed doing it!