North Star, PodcastSidhartha Jha

Adam Robinson: Searching for Secrets

North Star, PodcastSidhartha Jha
Adam Robinson: Searching for Secrets

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Adam Robinson cracked the SAT before co-founding the Princeton Review. He also wrote the only test preparation book to ever become a New York Times bestseller. He attended The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania as an undergrad before studying law at Oxford University in England. He’s a rated chess master with a Life Title and as a teenager was personally mentored by Bobby Fischer—considered by many experts to be the greatest chess player of all time—as he prepared for the world championship. Today, he applies his unique philosophy and methodology as an independent global investment advisor to the heads of some of the world's largest hedge funds.

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SHOW NOTES:

0:39 How does chess help Adam understand the world?

13:02 How to win in unbounded domains with incomplete information?

19:03 Signal vs. noise, the American dream, and the fallibility of assumptions

27:24 How changes in population growth and debt levels affect the global economy

32:17 Starting from scratch in the global economy, how to play in a game that changes its rules, and skin in the game

48:15 Risk taking, how to know you’re doing a good job, and the Challenger disaster

1:00:35 What can we learn from the Boeing crashes?