Joe Lonsdale: American Optimist

By Joe Lonsdale

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American Optimist, hosted by Joe Lonsdale: entrepreneur, investor, and founder of four multi-billion dollar companies and other mission-driven organizations. American Optimist is an alternative to the fear, cynicism, and zero-sum thinking in mainstream media. Learn from the innovators and leaders who are solving our nation’s most pressing challenges, and doing it in a way that will lift everyone up. Hope should dominate our discourse, and American Optimist will show you why.

Episode Date
Ep 66: Bob McGrew — the Superstar Palantir Alum Leading OpenAI's Transformative Research Projects
Aug 18, 2023
Ep 65: Marc Andreessen and the Case for AI Optimism
Jul 18, 2023
Ep 64: The Palantir Interview with Dr. Alex Karp
Jul 14, 2023
Ep 63: Eddie Margain on Fleeing Mexico, Preserving Rule of Law & Building Austin FC
Jun 22, 2023
Ep 62: Ben Rubenstein on How to Hire Great Salespeople & Why Resumes Are Largely Useless
Jun 15, 2023
Ep 61: High School Dropout to Billion-Dollar Startup; How Guillermo Rauch Built Vercel
Jun 11, 2023
Ep 60: Dr. Rebekah Gee Is Reinventing In-Home Care With Nest Health
Jun 01, 2023
Ep 59: Adi Berlia on India's Remarkable Rise Out of Socialism & How to Strengthen U.S.-India Ties
May 24, 2023
Ep 58: Eliot Hodges on Democratizing Access to Private Markets & Expanding the Innovation Economy
May 17, 2023
Ep 57: Balaji Srinivasan on the Origins & Severity of the Bank Crisis, the Future of Bitcoin, and "Make America States Again"
May 11, 2023
Ep 56: A Philosopher in Construction? How Maria Davidson Is Reinventing the $250B Construction Materials Industry
May 03, 2023
Ep 55: Nathan Mintz on Directed Energy, a Driverless Future, and How He Attracts the Top Engineering Talent
Apr 27, 2023
Ep 54: Peter Attia on the Science of Longevity, Willpower vs Environment, and Why Americans Are Increasingly Unhealthy
Apr 19, 2023
Ep 53: Airbnb Co-Founder Joe Gebbia Transformed the Hospitality Industry; Learn What He's Building Next with Samara
Apr 12, 2023
Ep 52: An Orthodox Jew Building in Saudi Arabia! The Middle East's Modern Renaissance with Yitz Applbaum
Apr 05, 2023
Ep 51: Adm. Bill McRaven on Lessons from the bin Laden Raid, Why "Make Your Bed" Went Viral, and Addressing Russia & China
Mar 29, 2023
Ep 50: Legendary Music Manager Troy Carter on Making Lady Gaga a Superstar & Why He's Speaking Out for School Choice
Mar 22, 2023
Ep 49: Eboo Patel's Inspiring Journey from Social Activist to Social Entrepreneur
Mar 15, 2023
Ep 48: Rahul Gandhi on Disrupting the $38 Billion Storage Industry
Mar 08, 2023
Ep 47: John Chambers & Pankaj Patel Changed the World with Cisco. Now They're Doing It Again with Nile.
Mar 01, 2023
Ep 46: Mike Pompeo on Negotiating with Tyrants, Spy Balloons (or UFOs?) & Why Trump Didn't Ban TikTok
Feb 22, 2023
Ep 45: John Mack — Wall Street Legend & Former Morgan Stanley CEO
Feb 15, 2023
Ep 44: Dr. Clay Johnston Transformed Dell Medical School. Now He's Redesigning Primary Care.
Feb 08, 2023
Ep 43: Ryan Holiday on Stoicism, Virtue & Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life
Feb 01, 2023
Ep 42: Kimmy Scotti on How to Spot — and Build — the Next Big Thing
Jan 26, 2023
Ep 41: Iyinoluwa "E" Aboyeji — Africa's Great Tech Entrepreneur
Jan 18, 2023
Ep 40: Andrew Yang on Building a New Political Party & Using Incentives to Fix Dysfunction
Jan 11, 2023
Psychedelic Medicine, Value-Based Care & Why Medical School Is Broken with Sebastian Caliri
Aug 09, 2022
The Secrets to Building Great Products with Tony Fadell, Creator of the iPod, iPhone, & Nest Thermostat
May 20, 2022
Zach Latta: Building Hack Club & Inspiring the Next Generation of Coders
Apr 27, 2022
Gene Berdichevsky and Sila’s Game-Changing Battery Technology
Apr 21, 2022
Reprogramming Cells, Decentralizing Pharma, and Understanding the Biotech Revolution.
Apr 18, 2022
The New Age of Nuclear: Oklo’s Amazing Small Reactor That Reuses Nuclear Waste
Apr 06, 2022
Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper: Why Russia’s Invasion Is Failing & How to Bring More Innovation to the Pentagon
Mar 31, 2022
Free Housing Won’t Solve Homelessness. Judge Glock Explains What Will.
Mar 23, 2022
How the Renaissance Sparked an Entrepreneurial Explosion with Jeannette zu Fürstenberg
Mar 16, 2022
How to Take on Big Healthcare & Other Entrenched Interests and Win with Jared Meyer
Mar 09, 2022
Unlearning Race and Restoring Liberalism with Thomas Chatterton Williams
Mar 02, 2022
Hayes Barnard Is Revolutionizing Solar Tech & Green Housing
Feb 23, 2022
Fast Grants, Faster Science, and Reviving a Culture of Innovation with Tyler Cowen
Feb 16, 2022
Building a New World-Class University with University of Austin President Pano Kanelos
Feb 10, 2022
Former UN Ambassador Kelly Craft: How to Deter Russian Threats to Ukraine & Hold China Accountable
Feb 02, 2022
Charles Koch Explains How His Love of Philosophy Built One of America’s Most Successful Companies
Jan 26, 2022
How to Defeat Special Interests & Cronyism with Florida’s Speaker of the House Chris Sprowls
Jan 20, 2022
Are Billionaires Bad? A Friendly Debate Over Income Inequality and Big Tech with Rep. Ro Khanna
Jan 14, 2022
The Power of Adversity with NFL Star Dhani Jones
Jan 05, 2022
Forget Free College —This Texas College Is the Future of Higher Ed
Dec 29, 2021
How to Fix Dysfunctional Government with Esper CEO Maleka Momand | Season 2 | Episode 19
Dec 22, 2021
Directed Energy, Force Fields, and the Future of Defense Tech with Epirus Co-Founder Bo Marr | Season 2 | Ep 18
Dec 16, 2021
How to Fix America’s Division with KIND Bar Founder Daniel Lubetzky
Dec 15, 2021
Maureen Hillenmeyer: Discovering New Life-Saving Drugs from the Natural World | Season 1| Ep 16
Sep 24, 2021
Whole Foods Founder & CEO John Mackey: Conscious Capitalism and Repairing America‘s Division | Season 1 | Ep 15
Sep 15, 2021
Jake Kloberdanz: Cause-Centric Commerce and the Art of Award-Winning Winemaking | Season 1 | Ep 14
Sep 09, 2021
Sal Churi, Keri Findley, and Wesley Chan: Innovators Changing Our World Right Now | Season 1 | Ep 13
Sep 03, 2021
Former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty: Courage, Accountability, Better Schools, and Safer Cities | Season 1 | Ep 12
Aug 25, 2021
Niall Ferguson: Why Civilizations Rise & Fall | Season 1 | Ep 11
Aug 18, 2021
Balaji Srinivasan: Bitcoin, China, the "Woke" Mob, and the Future of the Internet | Season 1 | Episode 10
Aug 11, 2021
NFL Legend Ronnie Lott: Grit, Leadership, and What America Means to Him | Season 1 | Episode 9
Aug 03, 2021
Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper: Rejecting Wokeness, Addressing China, and Defending Western Values | Season 1 | Ep 8
Jul 27, 2021
Sujay Jaswa: Billion Dollar Wins -- and Losses -- and Solving Silicon Valley's #1 Problem | Season 1 | Ep 7
Jul 22, 2021
Arthur Brooks on Finding Authentic Happiness and Making Poverty Escapable | Season 1 | Ep 6
Jul 13, 2021
Palmer Luckey on Creating Oculus Rift, Anduril, and Game-Changing Defense Tech | Season 1 Ep 5
Jul 06, 2021
Bari Weiss on Defending Western Civ and the New School Movement | Season 1 Ep 4
Jun 29, 2021
Kimbal Musk on Building Great Companies and Community | Season 1 Ep 3
Jun 29, 2021
Ashton Kutcher: China, TikTok, and Influencing American Minds | Season 1 Ep 2
Jun 29, 2021
Dr. Rick Klausner on the Biotech Revolution | Season 1 Ep 1
Jun 29, 2021