January 12th, 2018 | 1 hr 51 mins
academics, computer science, dgp, grad school, masters, phd, research, tag lab, trump, university of toronto
Kent and Nick get their first listener feedback, they talk about their time at The DGP, why grad school is like intellectual summer camp, advice for people thinking about grad school, academic politics, doing research, intellectual freedom and end with a healthy dose of Donald Trump.
January 4th, 2018 | 1 hr 57 mins
2018, alt coins, crypto, e-commerce, goals, growth hacking, las vegas, zig ziglar
Nick and Kent talk about the future of pencil problems, their goals for the podcast in 2018, whether or not Nick should dabble in the black hat world of e-commerce, personal goals, las vegas buffets, zig ziglar, kent's crypto corner and so much more. This episode is a MUST download.
December 14th, 2017 | 2 hrs 10 mins
augur, bitcoin, bitcoin cash, civic, crypto, dash, ether, etherium, golem, litecoin, lumens, melon, zcash
Kent and Nick talk about Bitcoin, Etherium, Litecoin, tokens, and their gambling problems
December 8th, 2017 | 1 hr 43 mins
alexa, amazon, apple, bitcoin, echo, google, google home, homepod, iot
Nick and Kent talk about their worst episode yet, then move right into the war of the living room, Google Home, vs. Echo vs. Homepod vs. Sonos, they talk about the internet of things, the role of voice, and stay tuned for a bitcoin price prediction.
December 2nd, 2017 | 1 hr 41 mins
confidence, cooking, dreyfus model, imposter syndrome, mastery, pragmatic programmers, pragmatic thinking and learning, pragprog
Nick and Kent talk about the imposter syndrome, confidence, the Dreyfus model of skills acquisition, pragmatic thinking and learning, cooking, achieving mastery, and Kent puts out a reward to our 5 listeners
November 26th, 2017 | 1 hr 47 mins
ambition, business, cars, coco, disney world, jay-z, motivation, pixar, rap, reality distortion fields, self help, steve jobs, the secret
Nick and Kent talk about Disney World, Pandora, Pixar, Jay-Z, ambition, Jay-Z level ambition, good being the enemy of great, the secret, reality distortion fields, the fact that we made it to 10 episodes and then back to Jay-Z.
November 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 49 mins
apple, ar, google, hubba, microsoft, pivot, sago mini, second life, startups, vr
Kent and Nick talk about pivoting a company or business, microsoft and their failure to pivot, Google and their dozens of pivots, Apple's big pivot, Facebook's huge pivot gamble, VR, AR, and when you know it's time to leave
November 9th, 2017 | 1 hr 36 mins
cargo cults, data driven, decision making, hubba, intuition, kent fenwick, nick shim, programming, sago mini, system 1, system 2, thinking fast and slow
Kent and Nick talk about Cargo Cults, making data driven decisions, system 1 and system 2, intuition, doctors, AI and that's about it.
November 3rd, 2017 | 1 hr 22 mins
black hat, company culture, feedback, hubba, millennials, sago mini, snowflakes, startups, westworld, white hat
Nick and Kent talk about company culture, the good and bad of backchanneling, the right way to give feedback, and finding a balance between the light and the dark.
October 25th, 2017 | 1 hr 15 mins
getting a book published, making money on medium, medium, medium subscriptions, piracy, prometheus, publishing, the rock
Kent and Nick talk about piracy, publishing on Medium, making money on Medium, Prometheus, The Rock, and how not to get a book published.
October 20th, 2017 | 1 hr 46 mins
ambition, casper, dan benjamin, finishing, ios, monatization, podcasts, sponsors, starting, startups
Kent and Nick talk about ambition curves, what they would do if they got paid to do the podcast, what they really want to do with their lives, and talked more about potential productive pencil problems.
October 11th, 2017 | 1 hr 39 mins
able cells, asana, gtd, omni focus, productivity, trello
Kent and Nick talk about productivity systems and tools. Kent has an epiphany that he might be a type A disguised as a disorganized human being.
October 4th, 2017 | 1 hr 44 mins
adwords, book agents, breadth, depth, grad school, keto, masters, phd, product management, programming, u of t
Nick and Kent talk about bluetooth headsets, breadth vs. depth, the problem with drop shippers, how grad school is basically paid summer camp, and how Nick is looking for an agent.
September 27th, 2017 | 1 hr 27 mins
android, apple, apps, freemium, main street, retail, taylor
Nick and Kent talk about the difference between main street and big retail and how that applies to apps. Kent rails on the kids these days, and Nick shares an awkward story involving vulgar lyrics and his mother.
September 20th, 2017 | 1 hr 20 mins
gumball radio, kent fenwick, nick shim, parenting, resistance, startups, war of art
Nick and Kent talk about picking projects, deciding which ones to stick with, and how parenting can be at odds with these goals.