Dad Saves America
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This Guy Invests In College Dropouts | The Show

This Guy Invests In College Dropouts | The Show

How do we remove the barriers of 20th century institutions so that we can unleash 21st century innovation?

Mike Gibson is a venture capitalist who’s at war with the “Paper Belt.” That’s what he calls the stretch of the east coast home to federal politics in Washington D.C., mass media in NYC, and elite degrees in Boston. As the 21st century has progressed, the 20th century design of the Paper Belt has begun to show just how outdated it is, and Mike sees an opportunity to build something better. That's why he wrote his soon-to-be released book, "Paper Belt on Fire.”

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[00:00] Intro

[2:24] Arguing with Bill Gates

[6:32] Mike’s beginnings in academia

[12:35] The Great Stagnation

[21:54] Does the inventor really matter?

[26:32] Determinism and emergent order

[30:46] The Thiel Fellowship

[33:56] Academia undermines human achievement

[46:53] The Educational Dark Ages

[51:58] 1517 Fund

[55:50] What is venture capital?

[1:06:25] Giving out $1000 checks at a cafe

[1:08:28] Getting banned from MIT

[1:11:27] What motivates successful people?

[1:19:53] You can’t engineer a solution to the human condition

[1:25:25] Burning down the Paper Belt

[1:34:03] How can parents navigate unorthodox educational choices?

[1:38:44] Trusting young people is scary but necessary

[1:39:41] Searching for his dad led Mike to the CIA


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Dad Saves America is a channel dedicated to celebrating heroic fatherhood while teaching the next generation of fathers strategies they can utilize in parenting their children. We believe strong children come from a strong family. We’ve had many experts in the studio, including Jonathan Haidt, Mike Yates, Lenore Skenazy, Warren Farrell, Matt Ridley, Martin Gurri, and Michael Strong.

Dad Saves America
Dad Saves America
Dad Saves America is all about celebrating dads and fatherhood. Fatherhood is the greatest opportunity to make a positive impact you will have in your lifetime. We’re figuring out how to raise a generation of resilient, independent-minded kids who are ready to embrace freedom in their future. Top experts and engaging personalities, including Adam Carolla, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Adam Curry, Daymond John, and Jay Glazer, trade stories of childhood, parenthood, and all the issues impacting how we raise our kids with host John Papola.