My notes on a conversation between Balaji Srinivasan and David Perell.

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Balajis's (@Balajis) background: He's worked as the Chief Technology Officer at Coinbase and a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. In the world of academia, he holds a BS/MS/PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering, all from Stanford University. He's also taught at Stanford, where his online course has reached 250,000 students worldwide.

David's (@David_Perell) background: David is known as “The Writing Guy” on Twitter. He has an online writing school called Write of Passage, writes two weekly newsletters – Monday Musings and Friday Finds. He also hosts the North Star Podcast.


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2:38 Studying and learning

At first, Balaji thought he was going to be a professor at Stanford or MIT.

His experience in academia taught him to lean quickly.

How to learn quickly?

What are the similarities and differences between technical learning and liberal arts learning?

Balaji got interested in liberal arts to win arguments.