Episode Date November 4, 2021
Featured Guest Seth Levine
Featured Book "Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital" by Carlota Perez

Episode Summary

Seth Levine reading from Carlota Perez’s Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital, and discussing the role of capital in the economy.

I’m an accidental entrepreneur. I started Box of Crayons about twenty years ago because I had just been fired from the job I had, and I was slowly coming to realise that I was largely unemployable – not because I didn’t have some skills, but because I wasn’t good with bosses and hierarchy. I’m also a barely-adequate entrepreneur. Both companies I’ve started have had some success, and just keeping a company going for twenty years is commendable. But I’m not going to be making an appearance on Shark Tank or Dragon’s Den anytime soon. The truth of it is that I don’t think I’m an entrepreneur at all. It’s too loaded and fancy a word, and sort of implies that I’m trying to create a billion dollar business. Maybe I’m just confused – what is an entrepreneur, anyway?

Seth Levine is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, right at the heart of being and thinking about entrepreneurship. I think you’ll find Seth to be a little different from your typical Silicon Valley tech guru.

Seth reads two pages from ‘Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital’ by Carlota Perez. [reading begins at 16:08]

Hear us discuss:

  • “There are lots of people who have great business ideas, but don’t have the capital to start their businesses.” [25:00]
  • What makes a new founder? [26:00]
  • Finding the balance between purpose and profit. [28:52]
  • Misconceptions of entrepreneurship. [33:31]
  • Being a good ally: “A lot of people in power don’t think about their ability to affect other people by extending their network.” [36:33]

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Seth Levine | Website | The New Builders

Seth Levine’s book | The New Builders: Face to Face With the True Future of Business

Carlota Perez | Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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