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The Genius and Tragedy of Patrick McKenzie

I. This post outlines Patrick McKenzie - a brilliant technologist and entrepreneur - how he's done such amazing things and learned so much, and why he's getting drastically underpaid and how it's his own fault. This post will be most valuable for technologists who underestimate themselves and undervalue themselves.

II. Hacker News is the best tech community on the internet, and patio11 - Patrick McKenzie - is the best contributor there. I don't even think that's controversial, I think it would be near universally agreed by the HN crowd that Patrick has made as many or more important contributions as anyone.

If you're from Hacker News, you know Patrick already. But for my readers that don't know him, let me give you a quick overview.

III. Patrick is a multi-faceted genius, and I don't throw the word genius around casually.

Patrick McKenzie is many things - he's an expatriate to Japan, he's a talented coder, tester, metrics/split-testing/analytics user, a great writer, extremely modest and helpful. He can recruit people, evaluate talent, and manage people well. He understands ROI very well and is good at purchasing advertising. He's good at customer service. Outsourcing. Automation. Coding. Ecommerce.

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Mixergy - Andrew Warner- Andrew is probably the best podcast interviewer that I have ever listened to. Andrew interviews entrepreneurs in the tech space about how they grew their companies. He does pre-interviews with his guests and he always asks the tough, uncomfortable questions. His most recent interviews are free but are behind a paywall if you want to download them (which I highly recommend; I am a Mixergy subscriber). Most podcasts are one hour in length.

The Tim Ferriss Show - Tim Ferriss - I've been a long-time follower of Tim since he wrote the Four Hour Workweek. He had a similar podcast type format called the Random Show with Kevin Rose. My gripe with the Random Show was that the hosts were always the same (Tim and Kevin) and it was always unscripted and ‘random’. Tim’s new podcast is great - he has short form recommendations that he writes beforehand and reads off (10-15 minutes in length) and long form interviews with incredibly interesting guests whom he asks very penetrating questions (typically 1-1.5 hours in length). Guests vary but typically revolve around the quantified self movement.

Less Doing Radio - Ari Meisel - Ari’s podcast focuses on how to optimize, automate and outsource tasks in your business and personal life. Efficiency and productivity is a specific niche but one that I believe is growing quickly. If you are an efficiency geek like me, this podcast will be right up your alley. Typically 30-45 minutes in length.

Art of Charm - Jordan Harbinger - One skill that every human being needs is building rapport and connecting with people. Jordan’s podcasts are long form interviews with experts in the networking, espionage, and business communities. Jordan has a tendency to talk too much but he is very good at getting detailed, actionable answers from his guests. Interviews range from 30 minutes up to 1.5 hours.

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