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Josh Wolfe (Lux Capital) on The Portal

This was a fascinating discussion that I plan on re-listening to soon. Apart from any of the subject matter discussed (which was wide ranging and had both nothing and everything to do with Venture Capital), there were two meta-learnings for me from the conversation:

→ As the show notes for the episode read, “being a great venture capitalist requires a combination of rigor, breadth, flexibility of mind, openness, self-skepticism and mental courage”. I’ve written in the past about a “bottoms up” investment mindset, which requires all of these factors in order to be executed effectively. Listening to Josh is a master class in this regard.

→ The deepest and most valuable discussions occur where there is friction, but where no one is trying to “win”. There was a good amount of disagreement throughout the podcast but both participants are clearly pretty gifted debators/conversationalists and were able to use that friction to unlock additional levels of depth in the conversation instead of doing what many would and aggressively pursue the path of trying to convince the other person you are right.

I would say any interview with Josh Wolfe is probably worth your time but two that I’ll link here:

→ Josh Wolfe at the Reagan National Defense Forum
→ Josh Wolfe on Invest Like the Best ____ Josh Wolfe (Lux Capital) on The Portal

This was a fascinating discussion that I plan on re-listening to soon. Apart from any of the subject matter discussed (which was wide ranging and had both nothing and everything to do with Venture Capital), there were two meta-learnings for me from the conversation:

→ As the show notes for the episode read, "being a great venture capitalist requires a combination of rigor, breadth, flexibility of mind, openness, self-skepticism and mental courage". I've written in the past about a "bottoms up" investment mindset, which requires all of these factors in order to be executed effectively. Listening to Josh is a master class in this regard.

The deepest and most valuable discussions occur where there is friction, but where no one is trying to "win". There was a good amount of disagreement throughout the podcast but both participants are clearly pretty gifted debators/conversationalists and were able to use that friction to unlock additional levels of depth in the conversation instead of doing what many would and aggressively pursue the path of trying to convince the other person you are right.

I would say any interview with Josh Wolfe is probably worth your time but two that I'll link here:

Josh Wolfe at the Reagan National Defense Forum
Josh Wolfe on Invest Like the Best
By: via Venture Desktop