I Spent 7 Days With The Richest Men In Texas

I Spent 7 Days With The Richest Men In Texas

Tim Ferriss asks Shaan a hard question (panic ensues) (00:00:00)

  • Shaan was asked by Tim Ferriss to describe his podcast brand.
  • Shaan describes his podcast as a combination of silly jokes and deconstructing interesting companies.
  • Shaan compares his podcast to a friend who analyzes a restaurant's efficiency and profitability while others focus on the menu.

Tim Ferriss asks Shaan a hard question (panic ensues) (00:00:00) (continued)

  • Shaan was unable to attend the meetup in Austin due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Shaan interviewed four or three people and hung out with many others during his trip.

Tim Ferriss asks Shaan a hard question (panic ensues) (00:00:00) (continued)

  • Shaan takes notes during his interactions to capture key insights and revelations.
  • Shaan evaluates the "rate of Revelation per minute" (RPM) to assess the value of his conversations.
  • Shaan wrote down names and associated revelations during his trip.

The Indian Warren Buffett (00:02:46)

  • Manish, known as the "Indian Warren Buffett," is a self-made billionaire investor who achieved success by investing in Indian tech companies.
  • He manages nearly $1 billion in assets under management, primarily through his own investments and those of his friends.
  • Despite his wealth, Manish values simplicity and leads a relaxed lifestyle.
  • The speaker visited a wealthy man named PAB in Texas for a podcast.
  • PAB occasionally invites interesting people for tea and finds one out of ten compelling enough to want to spend more time with.
  • PAB had recently relocated to Austin and didn't have a team, schedule, or assistant.

Investing is not a team sport (00:07:25)

  • Contrarian investing: Believing something is good when others believe it's bad.
  • Hated and unloved investments: Seeking out investments that are unpopular and undervalued.
  • Team investing hinders finding truly contrarian opportunities.

Mohnish Pabrai’s Nap Room (00:08:31)

  • Daily napping for 30 years: Pabrai believes it improves his decision-making and brain function.
  • Clear schedule: Pabrai prioritizes reading, thinking, and teaching to enhance his knowledge and skills.
  • Extensive library: Pabrai has a vast collection of books organized into different sections, including biology, science, investing, and business.
  • Recommending books: Pabrai enjoys sharing his knowledge and recommends books to others.

Required reading list of a billionaire (00:10:28)

  • Billionaires read a wide range of books, including:
    • Company annual reports
    • Business books
    • Psychology books
    • Science books
    • Science fiction books (for fun and to expand their thinking)
  • Andrew Wilkinson, a billionaire, spends his days reading.
  • He reads to understand companies, industries, human psychology, and business.
  • He also reads science fiction for fun and to expand his thinking.
  • Science fiction has predicted many things that are happening today, such as cryptocurrency and video calls.

He built 5 billion-dollar companies by 41 (00:11:47)

  • Joe Lale, co-founder of Palantir, claims to have created more billion-dollar companies than anyone else in America.
  • He has a background in programming and attended Stanford University.
  • Joe Lale attributes his success to his competitive nature and supportive upbringing.
  • He co-founded Palantir with Peter Thiel and has since created or co-founded several other companies in various industries, including financial software, government software, and logistics.
  • Joe Lale described his interview with Graham Stephan as the best podcast he had ever done.
  • He was impressed by Graham Stephan's interview style and preparation.
  • Joe Lale shared some insights and revelations during the interview.

5 Revelations from a day with Joe Lonsdale (00:15:39)

  • Joe Lonsdale, a 41-year-old entrepreneur, is passionate about improving society and has consistently expressed this goal throughout his career.
  • Lonsdale acknowledges that he may have achieved greater financial success by focusing on a single company rather than diversifying his efforts across multiple ventures.
  • To maintain focus, Lonsdale follows a "rule of six," limiting himself to six main activities or projects at a time, with varying levels of priority.
  • High-level executives are advised to have a limited number of tasks, with three being recommended for some and six for others.
  • The CEO should have only one focus: the company itself.

The final level of the money game: private chefs, full size basketball court, etc (00:19:50)

  • The YouTuber is excited to see the luxurious lifestyle of the richest men in Texas.
  • The YouTuber mentions a few examples of extravagant amenities, such as a full-size basketball court and a dedicated gaming room with multiple computers.
  • The YouTuber believes that having a private chef is the ultimate luxury due to the time-saving, health benefits, and improved taste it provides.

Nick Gray, cocktail party legend (00:20:52)

  • Nick Gray is known for organizing unique and enjoyable cocktail parties.
  • At a recent party, he used name tags to group people and encourage conversations.
  • He also used a gag with a fake butcher knife phone case to entertain guests.
  • Gray has a structured approach to his parties, including time limits for introductions and encouraging guests to share interesting things.
  • His parties provide a comfortable and enjoyable social environment for guests.

Hanging out with smarter people (00:23:45)

  • The author had breakfast with comedian Hassan Minhaj and was impressed by his humor and curiosity.
  • In contrast, the author had a different experience with a billionaire who only asked one question during a two and a half hour conversation.
  • The author suggests that successful people may not realize how it feels to be on the receiving end of constant questioning and may benefit from being more mindful of how their behavior affects others.
  • The author admires Hassan Minhaj's ability to make people feel valued and respected, and mentions a few other individuals who possess this quality.

Nerd sports that make the best entrepreneurs (00:27:17)

  • Tyler, the founder of the successful online slime business Peachy Babies, transitioned from being a professional poker player and the top Yu-Gi-Oh player in the country.
  • Individuals with competitive backgrounds in gaming or niche hobbies often have the skills and mindset to succeed in different fields when they shift their focus.
  • The speaker plans to organize an event called "Laptop 100" or "Unphysical 100" to connect young individuals with competitive backgrounds with successful people who have made similar transitions.
  • The goal of the event is to provide exposure, networking opportunities, and potential investment for talented individuals ready to apply their skills to new ventures.
  • The speaker believes these individuals have the potential to achieve great success in business and other areas beyond their initial competitive pursuits.
  • The richest men in Texas are primarily in the oil and gas industry and are known for their success, wealth, generosity, and humility.

Pay attention to what other people pay attention to (00:31:17)

  • When meeting successful people, pay attention to what they pay attention to.
  • This can teach you a lot about what matters in their world and how their brain works.
  • Something that may seem insignificant to you could be valuable to them.
  • For example, someone might take note of a particular hook in a TikTok video that could potentially make a company successful.
  • Pay attention to what people lean into or take note of during conversations, as it can reveal what they value and what matters in their business or field.
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Ben Levy's superpower as a superconnector (00:33:47)

  • Ben, the speaker's business partner, has a unique ability to connect with people by finding and discussing their true passions, even if they are not directly related to their fame or success.
  • Ben's approach involves asking questions and showing genuine interest in the other person's hobbies or interests, making them feel valued and understood.
  • After meetings, Ben follows up by connecting people with resources or individuals who can help them with their interests or goals, demonstrating his commitment to being useful to others.
  • Ben consistently maintains a positive and cheerful demeanor, creating a safe and comfortable environment for open conversations, even about personal matters.
  • Ben's genuine desire to be useful and his ability to connect with people have helped him build strong and meaningful relationships with successful individuals.

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