Ep.136 — Unleashing Curiosity w/ Rohit Krishnan

Rohit is a VC and essayist who writes fascinating, thought-provoking essays on complexity, progress, innovation and technology over at https://www.strangeloopcanon.com/

He joins the show for a second time to discuss the lessons learned from the FTX meltdown, why there isn’t a philosophy of business, creating an AI picture book, and a whole lot more.

Important Links:

- Rohit’s Twitter -https://twitter.com/krishnanrohit
- Rohit’s Substack - https://www.strangeloopcanon.com
- Our research note on Rohit - https://substack.com/inbox/post/84482243

Show Notes:

[00:02:40] - What can VCs learn from FTX
[00:14:33] - FTX, hubris and good manners
[00:22:12] - “Don’t let anyone push you into a decision that you don’t want to make”
[00:31:01] - Signing up to the right narratives
[00:36:52] - Why you can’t beat the market
[00:47:06] - Why isn’t there a philosophy of business?
[00:59:05] - Markets, desire and innovation
[01:10:13] - How AI allows us to talk to machines in our language
[01:14:42] - The complexities of the AI sentience debate
[01:23:37] - How AI unlocks new outlets for creativity
[01:23:37] - The need for positive stories
[01:30:53] - The three components of innovation
[01:34:16] - “Curiosity is a sh*t starter”
[01:39:05] - Finding new ways to create community
[01:46:56] - Openness and experimentation
- MUCH more!

Books Mentioned:

- What Works on Wall Street: A Guide to the Best-Performing Investment Strategies of All Time; by Jim O’Shaughnessy
- The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism; by Howard Bloom
- Unflattening; by Nick Sousanis
- Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the 20th Century; by Brad DeLong
- American Gods; by Neil Gaiman
- Lessons: A Novel; by Ian McEwan