Future Squared with Steve Glaveski - Helping You Navigate a Brave New World

Stephen Hawking once said that intelligence is the ability to adapt to change... so let’s adapt. Hosted by author and entrepreneur, Steve Glaveski, Future Squared brings you conversations with preeminent thought leaders from myriad disciplines such as startups and entrepreneurship, technology, corporate innovation, psychology, philosophy, economics, politics, biology, human performance and productivity, motivation and self development, management and leadership, health and fitness and more to help you think in a multi-disciplinary way, avoid relying on the first piece of information that comes to hand, kick goals in your professional and personal life and better navigate what is fast becoming, a Brave New World. Previous guests include thought leaders such as Adam Grant, Brad Feld, Tim O'Reilly, Gretchen Rubin, Kevin Kelly, Jeremy Heimans, Steve Blank, Neil Patel, Rand Fishkin, Jordan Harbinger, Omar Zenhom, Andreas Antonopoulos, Ryan Blair, Whitney Johnson and various other thought leaders...

http://www.futuresquared.xyz

subscribe
share



 

Episode #345: Writing and Bitcoin Billionaires with Ben Mezrich


With a writing career spanning 19 years, Mezrich has authored twenty books, with a combined printing of over 4 million copies, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House, which spent sixty-three weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, and sold over 2 million copies in fifteen languages and was adapted into the #1 Box Office movie 21. His book, The Accidental Billionaires was adapted into the movie The Social Network which was #1 at the box office, won Golden Globes for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, best score, and was nominated for 8 Oscars, winning 3 including Best Adapted Screenplay. Mezrich and Aaron Sorkin shared a prestigious Scripter Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as well. Ben Mezrich cracked the Hollywood Reporter’s annual hot list: Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. This power list of authors touted to be “the industry’s most sought-after word nerds” is based on stats like Mezrich’s multiple movie deals in production such as Woolly, Seven Wonders, Once Upon a Time in Russia, and The 37th Parallel. Ben’s newest book Bitcoin Billionaires chronicles the second act of wonder twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss as they claw their way through Silicon Valley and come out on top as the first bitcoin billionaires after an unlikely-to-win battle with the omnipotent Empire–Facebook. This was a wide-reaching conversation with Ben, and we explored:

  • Ben’s ascendancy to the top of the writing game, and numerous lessons learned along the way that anybody aspiring to great heights can learn from
  • His new book Bitcoin Billionaires, in which we unpacked who Mark Zuckerberg and the Winklevoss Twins really are; and
  • We talk about crptocurrency more broadly, and the role that tech companies play in our lives today
 Ben rattled off countless value bombs in this conversation, so if you’re sitting down, grab a pad and pen, take some notes, and please enjoy, my conversation with the one and only, Ben Mezrich.  Topics Discussed:
  • Ben’s upbringing
  • How Ben got his start in writing
  • Influences on Ben’s writing
  • Originality, and where it comes from
  • How Ben wrote 9 books during college, none of which were very good
  • On having several published books perform poorly before gaining success with Bringing Down the House
  • On developing a healthy relationship with rejection
  • The role of luck and serendipity
  • Writing to keep people’s attention in an age of attention deficit
  • Bringing Down the House
  • Accidental Billionaires
  • Bitcoin Billionaires
  • The more at bats you have, the more home runs you hit
  • Early exchanges with Eduardo Savarin and an eventual restraining order
  • On playing the long game, and maintaining energy and enthusiasm for work
  • Tackling a blank page, and overcoming writer’s block
  • How Ben chooses his projects
  • How Ben gets into the flow state
  • What makes a good story
  • Introversion, and playing a role
  • Who Mark Zuckerberg really is
  • Who the Vinklewoss twins really are
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Big tech companies and our attention
Show Notes:
  • Books: amazon.com.au/s?i=stripbooks&rh=p_27%3ABen+Mezrich&ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1
  • Twitter: www. twitter.com/benmezrich
  • Website: benmezrich.com
This episode was brought to you by Blinkist - get your free 7-day trial at www.blinkist.com/futuresquared ------ Employee to Entrepreneur book: www.employeetoentrepreneur.io Listen to Future Squared on Apple Podcasts  goo.gl/sMnEa0 Also available on: Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, Stitcher and Soundcloud Twitter: www.twitter.com/steveglaveski Instagram: www.instagram.com/@thesteveglaveski Future Squared: www.futuresquared.xyz Steve Glaveski: www.steveglaveski.com Medium: www.medium.com/@steveglaveski NEW Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/futuresquared/


share





 2019-06-05  49m