Naval Ravikant, CEO of AngelList

I first heard of Naval Ravikant from his appearance on the Tim Ferriss podcast. It was an onslaught of knowledge. Just as you hear one nugget of wisdom, another one smacks you on the head, and you completely forgot what you were thinking about.

It was almost too much to take in. So I wanted to slow the conversation down and focus on his philosophy.

Naval is the CEO of AngelList, a company designed to help entrepreneurs get funding and find talent. He wants to help entrepreneurs create something they want, how they want. In other words, he wants to help them live the lives they want to in the area of business. 

He is the former co-founder of Epinions. He also known for his skill as an angel investor. He has invested in many unicorn companies from Twitter to Stack Overflow to Uber.

Like Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger, Naval is a prolific reader. As a child, books were his best friends. They introduced him to the wisdom of the greatest minds of the last few thousand years. In this interview, he talks about the wisdom he's accumulated from these books and his own life.

Our conversation covered suffering and acceptance, how our human ancestry conflicts with the modern world, love, happiness, death, and self-actualization.

I really enjoyed this conversation, and I hope you guys do too!


on suffering and acceptance

On the Skill of Happiness


On the Give and Take of The Modern World

On Travelling Lightly

On Advice for his Children