"Moment of Zen"

Erik Torenberg, Dan Romero, Antonio Garcia Martinez

Every week, Erik Torenberg, Dan Romero, Antonio Garcia Martinez and frequent special guests discuss what's happening in technology, business, politics, social media and beyond.

  • 55 minutes
    E83: What's Happening in France with Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

    Today on Moment of Zen, Journalist Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry sits with Erik Torenberg to explain the volatile state of French politics following recent European Parliament elections where Macron’s party performed poorly and the National Rally did very well. The conversation offers insights into the broader implications of these political shifts, touches on the societal divisions fueling these changes, immigration, and the potential economic impact on France.

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Introduction

    (00:35) Sponsor: CommandBar

    (04:20) Macron's Strategy & Cohabitation

    (08:11) The Political Landscape

    (14:28) Comparison with U.S. Politics

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    (16:22) Macron's Unpopularity & Economic Challenges

    (21:02) Energy Policy and the Rise of Populism

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    (27:94) The Economic Consequences of Populism

    (31:11) France vs. Brexit

    (35:46) The Future of France

    (45:00) Brexit Comparison & EU Reform

    (52:57) The Role of Young People in the Future

    (54:34) Wrap


    15 June 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 22 minutes
    E82: Balaji Srinivasan on the Fiat Crisis, China, Russia, and Conspiracy Practices

    In this episode that originally aired on Upstream, Erik sits down with Balaji Srinivasan to discuss the Fiat Crisis, geopolitics, conspiracies, and the signs of decline for a hyperpower. It was recorded in June of 2023. Balaji is an angel investor, tech founder, philosopher, and author of The Network State. He was formerly the CTO of Coinbase.

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Episode Preview

    (00:51) Intro

    (01:23) Understanding the flat crisis

    (08:34) Balaji’s equivalent premises

    (14:54) Sponsor: NetSuite and Beehiiv

    (17:55) Aftermath of Iraq and Afghanistan wars

    (20:35) Multipolar world

    (25:17) Blue America is at war with the world

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    (31:02) Cancellation is a weak form of warfare

    (33:05) Interplay of realism and idealism in the U.S

    (37:00) Red vs Blue vs Grey America

    (44:11) Concept of American partition

    (46:00) Rise of India's national Identity

    (47:00) Evolution of China and Russia

    (53:00) Microsoft, Facebook, and Google

    (54:00) Japan-USSR rivalry and its impact

    (01:01:10) Conspiracy theories and historical narratives

    (01:09:00) Balaji’s predictions for 2024 & the Fed

    (01:18:31) Wrap

    8 June 2024, 9:35 am
  • 1 hour 19 minutes
    E81: David Sacks on his Intellectual and Political journey

    David Sacks is known as a CEO/investor in multiple unicorns, and most recently a media mogul with All-In. In this episode, he sits down with Erik Torenberg to trace his intellectual and political history from his days fighting student activism at Stanford to now. We cover the political and cultural changes in the last 30 years of silicon valley, how the real distinction today is between the college-educated and the not, and how even though 2⁄3 of the country didn’t go to college, their views are not represented in our institutions today. This episode was recorded in December 2022 but is just as relevant today. 

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Intro

    (02:11) How did tech become less free speech-oriented?

    (03:35) Why is PayPal so woke?

    (06:02) Woke Capitalism game

    (08:52) Corporations and governments collaborating to censor

    (16:22) Tracing political history in Silicon Valley 

    (20:54) College educated vs. not is the biggest difference in US

    Our elite is not democratic

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    (29:15) Foreign Policy and Realism

    (32:28) U.S. Russiaphobia

    (36:30) Sponsor: Squad

    (38:05) Big Tech Monopolies and Regulation

    (41:42) The Future of Silicon Valley and Monopolies

    (42:32) Regulating Acquisitions and Startup Ecosystems

    (45:39) Censorship and Section 230

    (47:17) The Role of Free Speech in Social Progress

    (53:52) Institutional Reform and Accountability

    (54:56) Elon Musk's Influence on Tech and Media

    (1:06:33) The Future of Political and Economic Accountability

    (1:19:30) Wrap

    1 June 2024, 8:10 am
  • 57 minutes 38 seconds
    E80: Joe Lonsdale on How to Solve America’s Problems

    Today we are airing Erik's interview with Joe Lonsdale, originally published on Upstream in 2023. Joe Lonsdale is the co-founder of Palantir, managing partner at 8VC, and the founder of The Cicero Institute, a nonpartisan policy organization discusses the root causes of educational inequality and homelessness, and argues for competence over culture wars, data-driven solutions, and market incentives to fix some of the US' most plaguing problems. Grow your newsletter with Beehiiv: head to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months.

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    Joe Lonsdale's blog: https://blog.joelonsdale.com

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Intro

    (00:47) Philanthropy and Impact: Joe's Approach to Social Change

    (01:18) Nonpartisan Solutions for Broken Systems

    (02:55) Cicero Institute's Mission and Impact Across States

    (07:42) Addressing Education Inequality and Accountability

    (12:32) Reforming Prisons and Probation with Data and Accountability

    (16:12) Tackling Homelessness with Common Sense and Accountability

    (18:53) Sponsor: Netsuite | Beehiiv

    (21:16) Introducing Market Incentives, Market Competition, and Market Accountability

    (25:06) Sponsor: Squad

    (26:34) Innovative Approaches to Healthcare

    (31:12) Rethinking Healthcare and Leadership

    (31:32) Innovating Within vs. Outside the System

    (32:13) The Challenge of Reforming Institutions

    (33:41) Navigating the Complexities of Defense and Innovation

    (37:36) The Power of State-Level Impact and Education Reform

    (39:29) Silicon Valley's Influence and Responsibility

    (40:32) Cultural Shifts and the Role of New Institutions

    (55:27) The Future of American Competence and Optimism

    (57:42) Wrap

    25 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 1 hour 23 minutes
    E79: Crypto and Gaming with Carlos Pereira

    In this episode, Carlos Pereira, partner at BITKRAFT Ventures, joins Erik, Antonio and Dan as they delve into the significant transformations within gaming, betting, and combat sports, facilitated by cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, emphasizing the groundbreaking integration of cryptocurrency through Web3 gaming.

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Opening Banter

    (01:28) Diving Into Crypto and Gaming Discussions

    (02:11) The Evolution and Challenges of Web3 Gaming

    (04:44) Analyzing the Crypto Gaming Landscape

    (13:48) The Future of Gaming: Web3 and Beyond

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    (18:29) Deep Dive into Web3 Gaming and Digital Economies

    (32:38) Exploring User-Generated Content and Game Modding

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    (42:19) Investment Perspectives on Gaming and Infrastructure

    (45:47) The Fascinating World of Gaming Business

    (49:49) The Evolution of Gaming: From PVE to PVP

    (51:40) The Intriguing Dynamics of Safe Zones in Games

    (53:29) The Rise of Financialized Gaming Experiences

    (1:06:31) Karate Combat: A New Era of Crypto-Infused Sports

    (1:17:15) The Future of Media and Crypto's Role

    (1:23:13) Wrap


    20 May 2024, 11:12 am
  • 56 minutes 39 seconds
    E78: Jonathan Haidt on The Social Media Theory of Everything

    In this episode of Moment of Zen, Erik is joined by Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist at New York University’s Stern School of Business and author of the newly released book "The Anxious Generation."

    They have a comprehensive discussion that touches on the polarization and dysfunction in American politics, the impact of social media on democracy, and the importance of reclaiming a play-based childhood for the current generation

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    Website: https://jonathanhaidt.com/

    Jon's Substack: https://www.afterbabel.com/p/welcome-to-the-after-babel-substack

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Intro

    (00:13) Evolution of Jonathan's Work: From Moral Psychology to 'The Anxious Generation'

    (01:14) The Impact of Social Media on Teen Mental Health

    (02:50) Exploring the Tragedy of the Modern Childhood

    (07:29) Addressing the Criticism and Pushback

    (12:08) The Unprecedented Effects of Social Media on Society

    (19:37) Adapting to Technological Changes and the Future of Childhood

    (20:20) The Dire State of Democracy in the Digital Age

    (27:01) How Technology Affects Liberals and Conservatives Differently

    (28:20) Unveiling the Research: The Rise of Anxiety and Depression

    (28:48) Breaking Down the Data: Gender, Politics, and Mental Health

    (30:48) The Protective Power of Religion and Community

    (31:32) Parenting Styles and Moral Values

    (32:07) Challenges for Progressive Organizations and the Democratic Party

    (32:42) Recommendations for a Healthier Childhood in the Digital Age

    (33:50) Addressing the Broader Issues Beyond Smartphones

    (34:35) The Role of Schools in Children's Mental Health

    (36:33) A Call for Intentional Community Building

    (37:34) Navigating the Public Health Crisis with Apolitical Solutions

    (40:41) Engaging with the Tech Industry: Critiques and Clarifications

    (41:01) The Debate on Content Moderation and the Need for Structural Changes

    (56:27) Wrap

    11 May 2024, 10:43 am
  • 1 hour 22 minutes
    E77: The Future of Media, Institutions, and Risk

    Today we're sharing a recent interview Erik gave to Alex LaBossiere that covers lots of themes we discuss on Moment of Zen - including Erik's views on tech vs. the media, hypocrisy of the elites, risk orientation, and the thesis behind Turpentine. Grow your newsletter with Beehiiv, head to https://Beehiiv.com and use code "MOZ" for 20% off your first three months

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    Alex Labossiere podcast:

    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@labossiere

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7lf0G6SBTArFlJYuHlPPoy?si=459fb368b525468d&nd=1&dlsi=eb2b481981f44211

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Intro

    (05:38) On Investing vs Operating

    (08:05) Trust and Direct Distribution

    (11:55) Legacy Media and the Techlash

    (17:54) Sponsor: Netsuite | Beehiiv

    (20:32) What is Turpentine

    (22:23) Lessons From 1000 Interviews

    (23:51) The Printing Press, Barbells, and the Future of Media

    (28:13) Pre-Internet Journalism and Survival of the Fittest Ideas

    (31:35) Creator Monetization and Price Discrimination

    (37:45) Sponsor: Squad

    (39:12) Does Media Have a Direction?

    (46:02) Tailwinds and Turpentine at Scale

    (53:55) Creating More Startups and Understanding Risk

    (58:42) Is Entrepreneurship Founder or Market Limited?

    (1:03:22) What Do Most People Get Wrong About Community Building?

    (1:05:51) Probabilistic vs Deterministic Mindsets

    (1:08:48) On Faith over Logic

    (1:12:22) Modernity and God Shaped Holes

    (1:15:02) The Hypocrisy of Elites

    (1:17:47) Asking Erik Questions He Asks People

    (1:19:05) What Should More People be Thinking About?

    (1:22:37) Wrap

    5 May 2024, 9:22 am
  • 1 hour 42 minutes
    E76: Should We Accelerate or Decelerate Tech Progress?

    Today’s episode is a debate from Bankless on the opposing viewpoints of Effective Accelerationism (E/ACC) and Effective Altruism (EA). Hosted by Ryan Sean Adams and David Hoffman and featuring Haseeb Qureshi and our own Erik Torenberg, the podcast discusses whether AI progression should be cautiously regulated or aggressively pursued with minimal oversight.

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    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/company-breakdowns/id1743119197

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Preview

    (00:43) Navigating the Tech Acceleration vs. Deceleration Debate

    (06:31) Exploring Effective Altruism (EA) and Its Impact on AI and Tech

    (08:53) The EA Perspective: Balancing AI Risk with Technological Progress

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    (20:15) Effective altruists debate AI's future impact

    (30:04) Navigating the Culture War: Accelerationism vs. Decelerationism

    (33:48) Sponsor: Squad

    (35:50) EA's Influence and the Acceleration Debate

    (37:28 )AI Regulation and the Influence of Congress

    (38:12) Crypto Tribes and the Impact of Social Media

    (39:03) The Reality of Crypto Twitter vs. Actual Influence

    (39:51) Exploring Silicon Valley's Perspective on AI and Regulation

    (41:44) The OpenAI Coup: Unpacking the Real Story

    (44:03) AI Safety vs Self-Regulation

    (46:13) Silicon Valley in AI Development and Regulation

    (59:47) The Complexities of AI Ethics and the Call for More Debate

    (1:09:15) Exploring the EA Worldview and Its Misconceptions

    (1:09:44) A Rational Approach to AI and Existential Risks

    (1:12:04) Branding and Perception Challenges of EA

    (1:12:42) EA's Beta Energy vs. Alpha Aggression

    (1:13:15) Balanced Tech Ecosystem: EA and E/ACC Synergy

    (1:18:26) Navigating the Political Landscape of AI and Technology

    (1:31:31) The Importance of a Multi-faceted Approach to AI Regulation

    (1:40:06) AI Safety, Ethics, and Accelerationism

    (1:42:22) Wrap

    27 April 2024, 9:45 am
  • 54 minutes 9 seconds
    E75: The Future of Crypto, Social Platforms, and Descending the Tech Ladder with Mike Rainbow

    In this episode, Mike Rainbow (co-founder of Rainbow wallet) joins Erik, Dan, and Antonio as they dive into crypto's future. The conversation was prompted by the thesis that innovative social protocols like Farcaster are co-evolving with crypto wallets as onramps or a portal to web3. If you're looking for an ERP platform, check out NetSuite: https://netsuite.com/zen — NetSuite has extended a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks.

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    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Exploring Crypto's Impact on Financial Intermediaries

    (01:36) Introducing Mike Rainbow: A Unique Crypto Personality

    (02:09) Massachusetts Memories and Dunkin' Donuts Dominance

    (02:46) East Coast Social Dynamics and Crypto Culture

    (04:46) The Evolution of Wallets and Social Networks in Crypto

    (06:26) Debating the Convergence of Crypto Products

    (15:00) Sponsors: Netsuite | Harmonic

    (17:18) Building Integrated Crypto Platforms Continued

    (22:15) The Future of Messaging and Composability in Crypto

    (27:30) Exploring Group Chat Dynamics and App Adoption

    (28:13) The Evolution of Transaction Frames in Crypto

    (30:37) Sponsor: Squad

    (32:02) Innovations and Challenges in Transaction Frames

    (36:29) Deep Dive into Frame Technology and Developer Challenges

    (41:39) The Future of Frames and Web3 Standards

    (46:51) Demographic Shifts and Future Directions for Farcaster

    (53:49) Wrap

    18 April 2024, 7:35 am
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
    E74: Bryan Johnson on AI, Religion, and God

    Bryan Johnson joins Antonio Garcia Martinez and Erik Torenberg on Moment of Zen to discuss the deeper spiritual beliefs behind the "Don't Die" movement in the face of AI and the inadequacy of human clock speed. They cover religions as death cults, long-termism vs engineering your own longevity, and Bryan's recent interview on Tucker Carlson.


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    Recommended Podcast: Company Breakdowns

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    @eriktorenberg (Erik)

    @agm.eth (Antonio)

    @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen)

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    LINKS:

    Bryan Johnson on Tucker Carlson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr4E0jEjQMM


    Bryan Johnson's Blueprint/ Don't Die: https://protocol.bryanjohnson.com/DONT-DIE-by-Zero


    Book recommendation: The Postmortal by Drew Magary https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10673576-the-postmortal

    TIMESTAMPS:

    (00:00) Opening Banter

    (00:19) Bryan's Tucker Carlson Interview

    (01:19) Long-Termism

    (02:24) The 25th Century Perspective

    (07:56) Navigating the Future with AI and the Network State

    (09:40) Sponsor: Netsuite | Squad

    (12:11) The 'Don't Die' Philosophy and Its Implications

    (15:47) The Blade Runner Fallacy

    (18:39) Using Algorithms to Optimize Your Personal Life

    (22:39) Redefining Civilization in the Age of AI

    (25:50) On Mortality and Future Civilization

    (32:22) Exploring Existential Crises and the Role of Faith

    (33:45) The Identity Crisis in Modern Society

    (36:08) Technology and Tradition: A Surprising Harmony

    (38:04) Future of AI and Its Impact on Society

    (38:56) Navigating the Unpredictable Future

    (45:32) The Philosophical Debate on Existence and Survival

    (1:02:14) Reimagining Human Experience in a Post-Death World

    (1:04:28) Wrap

    13 April 2024, 11:40 am
  • 1 hour 1 minute
    E73: Crypto, Memes, and Politics with Li Jin

    Li Jin joins Erik Torenberg, Dan Romero, and Antonio Garcia Martinez. Li is the co-founder of Variant Fund and a prolific writer. This episode dives deep into crypto, web3, memecoins, and the attention economy thesis. They cover the direction of techno-capitalism and its impact on politics, decentralization, and the cultural differences between American and European value systems. If you're looking for an ERP platform, check out NetSuite: https://netsuite.com/zen - now through April 15th NetSuite is offering a one-of-a-kind flexible financing program.


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    NetSuite has 25 years of providing financial software for all your business needs. More than 36,000 businesses have already upgraded to NetSuite by Oracle, gaining visibility and control over their financials, inventory, HR, eCommerce, and more. If you’re looking for an ERP platform head to NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/zen and download your own customized KPI checklist.


    💥 Access global engineering without the headache and at a fraction of the cost: head to choosesquad.com and mention “Turpentine” to skip the waitlist.

    Recommended Podcast: Company Breakdowns

    Each episode of Company Breakdowns dives into S-1s and series B-and-beyond companies, interviewing founders and investors to break down the companies. First episode is on Rubrik - which just IPO'd. Coming up this season: Databricks, Reddit + more,

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    FOLLOW ON X:

    @ljin18 (Li)

    @eriktorenberg (Erik)

    @dwr (Dan)

    @agm.eth (Antonio)

    @moz_podcast (Moment of Zen)

    @TurpentineMedia

    LINKS:

    Li Jin: https://li-jin.co/about/

    Variant Fund: https://variant.fund/

    TIMESTAMPSL

    (00:00) Adding Ukraine to NATO

    (01:30) Peace in Ukraine?

    (05:16) On the Attention Economy

    (10:16) Meme Coins and Attention Valuation

    (14:23) Sponsor: NetSuite | Squad

    (17:38) Meme Coins Continued

    (23:51) Marxism

    (33:05) Exploring the Power Structure and Social Tensions

    (34:10) The Managerial Elite and Bourgeoisie Capitalism

    (36:12) Perspectives on Europe and Innovation

    (44:16) Crypto's Role in Society: Egalitarian or Hierarchical?

    (57:35) Attention Economy and Memetics

    (59:28) Wrap

    7 April 2024, 9:55 am
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