One of the biggest lessons I learnt as an startup founder, was to walk away at the end of the day and give my brain time to relax and regroup. Podcasts are a useful tool for this – both transforming dead productivity time, as well as inspiring new ways to approach problem-solving. Here’s 5 episodes which stuck with me.
1. Your Brain on Uber
Uber is built on the scourge of surge. When demand is high, the company charges two, three, even NINE-POINT-NINE times as much as normal for a ride. Riders hate it . . . but not so much that they stop riding. What’s the psychology behind it?

2. Google at Work
Hear from Google’s Laszlo Bock for insider tips and insights about what works — and what doesn’t work — in recruiting, motivating, and retaining a talented workforce.

3. Airbnb: Joe Gebbia
A chance encounter with a stranger gave Joe Gebbia an idea to help pay his rent. That idea turned into Airbnb — a company that now has more rooms than the biggest hotel chain in the world.

4. Our Computers, Ourselves
In Our Computers, Ourselves, a look at the ways technology affects us, and the main question is: Are computers changing human character? You’ll hear from cyborgs, bullies, neuroscientists and police chiefs about whether our closeness with computers is changing us as a species.

5. What Happens When You Run a Company With (Almost) No Rules?
When Ricardo Semler became the CEO of his father’s company, he reorganized it with the belief that less management and more flexibility meant a better workplace and bigger profits.

Happy listening!
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