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Deconstructing The Dominator

An interview with Jesse Lawler of SmartDrugSmarts.comWe've long being looking forward to getting Jesse "The Dominator" Lawler back on the Hobo CEO podcast. Mr Lawler, well known in Hobo circles for his unbending focus and ability execute superhuman amounts of work and play concurrently, is a legend in his own lifetime.We sit the man down and dig deep into the inner workings of The Dominator. We find out what makes Jesse tick, his motivation, thought process, the recipe with which he fuels his engines and his evil plans for a futuristic world in which one can purchase a replacement liver from Amazon, having it delivered to your door via drone, with Amazon Prime customers having the drone perform a liver insertion operation at no extra cost. "I think taking a nap is always a highly defensible position." Episode ContentsJesse's story:"The Dominator" nickname explanation Transition from freelance -> managing -> VietnamDomination strategies:Cat videos and Being 100% Strict What's Jesse's...

63 MIN2015 JUN 17
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Deconstructing The Dominator

Starving is the new black – 7 Day Fast

In this episode Chris and Nico share their experiences with (randomized) days of fasting.Kicked off by Nassim Taleb’s paper Fasting and his resolutions for 2015, Nico did some research, started fasting, and published Random Days of Fasting on his blog.Part of the research and inspiration came from Jesse’s podcast episode"Ketosis vs. Cancer". From this also developed the idea of a "WaterFast Week", starting February, 16th, which Jesse organizes. It’s actually "remote fasting", so Nico will join while Chris has already started his 7 day water fast. Fasting isn’t particularly new or modern. As Nico recently learned, Buddhist monks of the forest tradition only have one meal per day and often go for days without food under certain circumstances.Tip for those interested in Buddhist teachings, there are a number of books by Ajahn Jayasaro and also Dhamma talks available in podcast format or on his Youtube channel.Chris also shares his experiences with extended periods of fasting and ad...

38 MIN2015 FEB 1
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Starving is the new black – 7 Day Fast

Your Man in Tokyo

In this episode we talk about how Chris seems to be in this advantageous situation in Tokyo. There are people coming through and visiting Japan’s capital on a regular basis – and Chris gets to meet them all, show off how well he knows the city, and don’t forget the free dinners.What is it like living in Tokyo as a foreigner? The language barrier: Are you watching Japanese movies? Cultural differences: How much are you hanging out with locals? Food: So much more than sushi. Visa: Being the representative of a/your company in Japan. (More on the subject on TokyoCheapo.com) Safety: "There is no theft in Tokyo."Convenience: "Everything just works."Digital Hoboism: Can you work from cafés? Staying organized: "You can have a barbecue in the park. You just have to book your slot a few weeks in advance."

40 MIN2014 DEC 20
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Your Man in Tokyo

Moving The Goal Posts

The default measure of a business' success is its balance sheet. However, in this episode we invite you to "move the goal posts" slightly away from profit, and more towards usefulness. The idea of doing something that's not just profitable, but useful and helpful, i.e. not just making a quick buck, or selling crap to people that don't need it.We don't require vast quantities of cash to be happy. Moreover studies suggest that once you reach a certain (surprisingly low) level of financial flexibility, there are rapidly diminishing returns from more and more money. So as an entrepreneur, instead of being purely focused on financial goals, we suggest also looking at how your work is impacting and helping the world around you, a more long-term and sustainable pursuit without the downsides of "maximising shareholder value".Should you start with social entrepreneurship or make some money first, then pursue more "noble" goals? There's no objective (moral) right or wrong, but there are conse...

33 MIN2014 SEP 24
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Moving The Goal Posts

Tight Operations – Running Your Business From The Airport

A company that is capable of running location-independent, has the option or choice. And choice is always better than no choice. #antifragileYour favourite hobos seized the opportunity to record whilst waiting for a severely delayed plane and in between some chess matches at Da Nang international airport.Going remote is a step towards tight operations in running your business – establishing the optionality, not the obligation to locate somewhere, anywhere or nowhere.Have to focus on good communication, documentation and processes. People need to work independently of one another (due to different time zones). Treat motivation as a barometer of the quality of work and work environment (from the book Remote, by 37 signals) Rather than personally blame people for their bad nature, it's better to categorically blame humans and instead to build systems that insulate us from those potential problems.Hobo Suitcase Ian Robinson of Freedom PodcastingRefereneces Built to Sell: Creating a Bus...

35 MIN2014 MAY 4
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Tight Operations – Running Your Business From The Airport

The (hobo) Entrepreneurial Mindset

This week Chris sits down with Pat Larsen to discuss mindset and share some epiphanies that have forged their entrepreneurial paths. Pat talks about his technique for finding a deep sense of contentment and separating himself from "ephemeral" highs and lows.Sorry, no hobo suitcase this week!Podcast editing and production by Podcast Magic

52 MIN2014 MAR 28
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The (hobo) Entrepreneurial Mindset

Science, Business and Hippies

In this episode, Chris and Nico are looking at "Why spiritual people hate the word success, and business people hate spirituality".Chris had an epiphany that we humans are mostly following scripts that other people have written.There is a red flag: "Is there a human behind this?" can be used as a detection device. "Who is going to profit from me believing this?"Then again we look at how this relates to the power of nonsense.Remember: Models (of the world) are never true or false; they are simply more or less useful / functional.Chris cites the "Green lumber fallacy" (see below).It’s not necessarily a problem to have or act on false assumptions. It may be smarter to assume that your model is wrong anyway; it might still be functional.Mentioned in this episode: - Book excerpt from "Choose yourself!" by James Altucher ($ 1.23 for Kindle version)- Green lumber fallacy quote from Antifragile by Nassim Taleb:“In one of the rare noncharlatanic books in finance, descriptively called What ...

37 MIN2014 MAR 22
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Science, Business and Hippies

Flaneuring Around

Nico and Chris get down and dirty on the hobo's greatest power - being a flaneur! Hear about the guys’ anecdotes and opinions on flaneuring around without a fixed plan (as opposed to being a well organised "tourist" with everything planned in advance), across business, pleasure and travel. Mentioned: Fellow hobo and master of the internets Alexej reportedly refuses to book a hotel room more than 15 seconds in advance.Hobo Suitcase: SaaS mastermind and "parallel" entrepreneur John Reineck of flexibilityhq.comPodcast Editing and Production: PodcastMagic

56 MIN2014 MAR 7
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Flaneuring Around

Under Optimizing

This week Chris unveils to the world his new concept "Under Optimizing". For all the high performance tweakers, tinkerers, 110%ers, listen carefully - this could save you from pushing too far in the wrong direction, doom, destruction and neglected pets."don't be fooled it's not the optimization that counts"What music makes a hobo dance? Hildegard von Bingen - choral music from the 12th Centuary. Steve Reich, Electric Counterpoint - modern minimalist composer Ahmad Jamal - JazzHobo suitcase This week we have a break from the usual internet hipsters and today's suitcase interview is with a travelling massage & reiki practictioner/teacher - Maya.Editing and production by Podcast Magic

56 MIN2014 FEB 28
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Under Optimizing

Podcasting & Audience

In this episode your hosts talk about their reasons to do the hoboCEO podcast, the style and format they chose, what they know and don’t know about their audience.They also touch on the hobo lifestyle, having less commitments and other implications of permanent traveling.Hobo Suitcase Interview As a very special guest on the hobo suitcase entrepreneur this time, we got: Kimberly Rich (@kimbos_slice)Mentioned in this episode: During the interview Kim and Chris are mentioning Mameshiba.In their talk Nico mentions the Nassim Taleb interview "my rules for life". Here’s his favorite quote:It's his "fuck you" money that allows him to do exactly what he wants, when he wants, beholden to no one.Editing and production by Podcast Magic

57 MIN2014 FEB 20
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Podcasting & Audience

Latest Episodes

Deconstructing The Dominator

An interview with Jesse Lawler of SmartDrugSmarts.comWe've long being looking forward to getting Jesse "The Dominator" Lawler back on the Hobo CEO podcast. Mr Lawler, well known in Hobo circles for his unbending focus and ability execute superhuman amounts of work and play concurrently, is a legend in his own lifetime.We sit the man down and dig deep into the inner workings of The Dominator. We find out what makes Jesse tick, his motivation, thought process, the recipe with which he fuels his engines and his evil plans for a futuristic world in which one can purchase a replacement liver from Amazon, having it delivered to your door via drone, with Amazon Prime customers having the drone perform a liver insertion operation at no extra cost. "I think taking a nap is always a highly defensible position." Episode ContentsJesse's story:"The Dominator" nickname explanation Transition from freelance -> managing -> VietnamDomination strategies:Cat videos and Being 100% Strict What's Jesse's...

63 MIN2015 JUN 17
Comments
Deconstructing The Dominator

Starving is the new black – 7 Day Fast

In this episode Chris and Nico share their experiences with (randomized) days of fasting.Kicked off by Nassim Taleb’s paper Fasting and his resolutions for 2015, Nico did some research, started fasting, and published Random Days of Fasting on his blog.Part of the research and inspiration came from Jesse’s podcast episode"Ketosis vs. Cancer". From this also developed the idea of a "WaterFast Week", starting February, 16th, which Jesse organizes. It’s actually "remote fasting", so Nico will join while Chris has already started his 7 day water fast. Fasting isn’t particularly new or modern. As Nico recently learned, Buddhist monks of the forest tradition only have one meal per day and often go for days without food under certain circumstances.Tip for those interested in Buddhist teachings, there are a number of books by Ajahn Jayasaro and also Dhamma talks available in podcast format or on his Youtube channel.Chris also shares his experiences with extended periods of fasting and ad...

38 MIN2015 FEB 1
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Starving is the new black – 7 Day Fast

Your Man in Tokyo

In this episode we talk about how Chris seems to be in this advantageous situation in Tokyo. There are people coming through and visiting Japan’s capital on a regular basis – and Chris gets to meet them all, show off how well he knows the city, and don’t forget the free dinners.What is it like living in Tokyo as a foreigner? The language barrier: Are you watching Japanese movies? Cultural differences: How much are you hanging out with locals? Food: So much more than sushi. Visa: Being the representative of a/your company in Japan. (More on the subject on TokyoCheapo.com) Safety: "There is no theft in Tokyo."Convenience: "Everything just works."Digital Hoboism: Can you work from cafés? Staying organized: "You can have a barbecue in the park. You just have to book your slot a few weeks in advance."

40 MIN2014 DEC 20
Comments
Your Man in Tokyo

Moving The Goal Posts

The default measure of a business' success is its balance sheet. However, in this episode we invite you to "move the goal posts" slightly away from profit, and more towards usefulness. The idea of doing something that's not just profitable, but useful and helpful, i.e. not just making a quick buck, or selling crap to people that don't need it.We don't require vast quantities of cash to be happy. Moreover studies suggest that once you reach a certain (surprisingly low) level of financial flexibility, there are rapidly diminishing returns from more and more money. So as an entrepreneur, instead of being purely focused on financial goals, we suggest also looking at how your work is impacting and helping the world around you, a more long-term and sustainable pursuit without the downsides of "maximising shareholder value".Should you start with social entrepreneurship or make some money first, then pursue more "noble" goals? There's no objective (moral) right or wrong, but there are conse...

33 MIN2014 SEP 24
Comments
Moving The Goal Posts

Tight Operations – Running Your Business From The Airport

A company that is capable of running location-independent, has the option or choice. And choice is always better than no choice. #antifragileYour favourite hobos seized the opportunity to record whilst waiting for a severely delayed plane and in between some chess matches at Da Nang international airport.Going remote is a step towards tight operations in running your business – establishing the optionality, not the obligation to locate somewhere, anywhere or nowhere.Have to focus on good communication, documentation and processes. People need to work independently of one another (due to different time zones). Treat motivation as a barometer of the quality of work and work environment (from the book Remote, by 37 signals) Rather than personally blame people for their bad nature, it's better to categorically blame humans and instead to build systems that insulate us from those potential problems.Hobo Suitcase Ian Robinson of Freedom PodcastingRefereneces Built to Sell: Creating a Bus...

35 MIN2014 MAY 4
Comments
Tight Operations – Running Your Business From The Airport

The (hobo) Entrepreneurial Mindset

This week Chris sits down with Pat Larsen to discuss mindset and share some epiphanies that have forged their entrepreneurial paths. Pat talks about his technique for finding a deep sense of contentment and separating himself from "ephemeral" highs and lows.Sorry, no hobo suitcase this week!Podcast editing and production by Podcast Magic

52 MIN2014 MAR 28
Comments
The (hobo) Entrepreneurial Mindset

Science, Business and Hippies

In this episode, Chris and Nico are looking at "Why spiritual people hate the word success, and business people hate spirituality".Chris had an epiphany that we humans are mostly following scripts that other people have written.There is a red flag: "Is there a human behind this?" can be used as a detection device. "Who is going to profit from me believing this?"Then again we look at how this relates to the power of nonsense.Remember: Models (of the world) are never true or false; they are simply more or less useful / functional.Chris cites the "Green lumber fallacy" (see below).It’s not necessarily a problem to have or act on false assumptions. It may be smarter to assume that your model is wrong anyway; it might still be functional.Mentioned in this episode: - Book excerpt from "Choose yourself!" by James Altucher ($ 1.23 for Kindle version)- Green lumber fallacy quote from Antifragile by Nassim Taleb:“In one of the rare noncharlatanic books in finance, descriptively called What ...

37 MIN2014 MAR 22
Comments
Science, Business and Hippies

Flaneuring Around

Nico and Chris get down and dirty on the hobo's greatest power - being a flaneur! Hear about the guys’ anecdotes and opinions on flaneuring around without a fixed plan (as opposed to being a well organised "tourist" with everything planned in advance), across business, pleasure and travel. Mentioned: Fellow hobo and master of the internets Alexej reportedly refuses to book a hotel room more than 15 seconds in advance.Hobo Suitcase: SaaS mastermind and "parallel" entrepreneur John Reineck of flexibilityhq.comPodcast Editing and Production: PodcastMagic

56 MIN2014 MAR 7
Comments
Flaneuring Around

Under Optimizing

This week Chris unveils to the world his new concept "Under Optimizing". For all the high performance tweakers, tinkerers, 110%ers, listen carefully - this could save you from pushing too far in the wrong direction, doom, destruction and neglected pets."don't be fooled it's not the optimization that counts"What music makes a hobo dance? Hildegard von Bingen - choral music from the 12th Centuary. Steve Reich, Electric Counterpoint - modern minimalist composer Ahmad Jamal - JazzHobo suitcase This week we have a break from the usual internet hipsters and today's suitcase interview is with a travelling massage & reiki practictioner/teacher - Maya.Editing and production by Podcast Magic

56 MIN2014 FEB 28
Comments
Under Optimizing

Podcasting & Audience

In this episode your hosts talk about their reasons to do the hoboCEO podcast, the style and format they chose, what they know and don’t know about their audience.They also touch on the hobo lifestyle, having less commitments and other implications of permanent traveling.Hobo Suitcase Interview As a very special guest on the hobo suitcase entrepreneur this time, we got: Kimberly Rich (@kimbos_slice)Mentioned in this episode: During the interview Kim and Chris are mentioning Mameshiba.In their talk Nico mentions the Nassim Taleb interview "my rules for life". Here’s his favorite quote:It's his "fuck you" money that allows him to do exactly what he wants, when he wants, beholden to no one.Editing and production by Podcast Magic

57 MIN2014 FEB 20
Comments
Podcasting & Audience
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