TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR NARRATIVE. What stories are you telling? The ones you repeat will end up shaping your life. When you’re building a work culture, storytelling is key. They will determine how employees behave. They will shape the narratives they tell themselves about their coworkers. And they will inspire them to work even harder. How can you harness the power of storytelling to create an ideal environment for you and your company? For this Five Minute Friday, I revisited a conversation I had with Bryan Johnson where he shared how he used town hall meetings, stories, and unconventional hiring methods to make his ideal work culture. Bryan Johnson is the founder of Kernel, OS Fund and Braintree. In 2013, he sold Braintree to Paypal for $800 million. Bryan set a high standard for his employees that let them know they had to be at the top of their game at all times. Learn how to build an amazing work culture on Episode 831.
In This Episode You Will Learn:
How to communicate your vision to your team (02:30)
The interesting job ad Bryan placed to find employees (2:45)
Why Bryan used Town Hall meetings at work (04:00)
How storytelling is key for the culture you want to build (5:15)
If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at http://www.lewishowes.com/831
Bryan Johnson (@bryan_johnson) is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and founder and CEO of Kernel, a company developing advanced neural interfaces, and OS Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage science and technology companies.
What We Discuss with Bryan Johnson:
Why humanity needs to co-evolve with artificial intelligence if we are to survive as a species.
What future literacy is and why it's crucial for understanding the role humanity will play in the decades to come.
The steps being taken to comprehend what makes biological systems fail in order to improve their capabilities.
How privacy inequality could create more of a disparity between people than economic disparity ever could.
Why Bryan advises us to be skeptical of advice -- and how we can discern between what's applicable to our own situation and what's completely useless.
And much more...
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If you’re running your own business, then you know by now that you have to care about what you’re doing if you want to be successful.
Making money can be a goal, but it can’t be your only goal. You have to work toward something greater than just turning a profit.
On today’s podcast I talk with Bryan Johnson, someone who knows full well how much you have to care if you want your investments to pay off, and he’s found the perfect balance between being financially successful and changing the world.
I talked with Bryan two years ago (and I actually put the interview in my book Choose Yourself!).
I invited him to that first interview because he had established Braintree, a payment platform for many online businesses and entrepreneurs, and it was immensely successful.
But I’m bringing him back this time around because a lot has changed in two years.
Bryan sold Braintree to Ebay for $800 million and has since used that money to start a venture capital fund for what he likes to call “save the world” sort of companies.
He’s looking for engineers, creators, and financiers who are creating platforms, companies, and businesses that could benefit the lives of billions of people.
He talks about what kinds of fields and platforms he’s interested in on today’s show, and he explains the passion that’s driving him.
“I have a burning desire to devote my life to improve the lives of people,” he says when I ask him what inspired his approach to business. “But I didn’t know what that meant at 21. So I decided I’d become an entrepreneur, retire by 30, and then spend the rest of my life with an abundance of time and money trying to do some good.”
That definitely explains why he sold Braintree, but he also gives insight into what made this first business venture of his so successful and how he used it to kick start his true goal for helping people.
Combining business with philanthropy is Bryan’s main focus, and he is actively seeking those who are creating the technologies people cannot find but desperately need, such as synthetic biology for combating diseases like Alzheimer’s.
On today’s podcast, Bryan goes into what it takes to get into what he calls the “ecosystem of contribution” and how you can contribute to his charitable cycle by:
Learning his unique three goals when it comes to running a successful business
Looking at our planet Earth as its own technological platform
Focusing on what makes you – and your business – happy and helpful
Leaning how to avoid snobbery in small business
If you’ve got a humanitarian approach to business like Bryan does and are actively looking to engage with the game changers of the world who are focusing their efforts on building a better world, then this podcast is geared at you.
Anyone can be successful for themselves, but being successful for the sake of others is truly admirable and Bryan’s approach will no doubt help you build a better business for yourself and your clients.
The OS Fund
Bryan Johnson is an entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of OS Fund and Braintree, the latter of which was bought by eBay in 2013 for $800 million in cash. Bryan launched OS Fund in 2014 with $100 million of his personal capital to support inventors and scientists who aim to benefit humanity by rewriting the operating systems of life. He cultivates real-world mad scientists. Our conversation includes his rags to riches story (and strategies), his philosophical hardwiring, negotiating/sales tactics, and even parenting. We cover a ton of ground with a fascinating and deep mind. Bryan's investments include endeavors to cure age-related diseases and radically extend healthy human life to 100+ (Human Longevity), make biology a predictable programming language (Gingko Bioworks & Synthetic Genomics), replicate the human visual cortex using artificial intelligence (Vicarious), mine an asteroid (Planetary Resources), reinvent transportation using autonomous vehicles (Mattternet), and reimagine food using biology (Hampton Creek), among others. Enjoy! Please check out the sponsors for this episode, which I’ve used myself: Athletic Greens —My all-in-one nutritional insurance policy. 99Designs — Your one-stop shop for all things graphic design related. I used them for the book cover mockups for The 4-Hour Body, which later hit #1 New York Times. Show notes (links, resources, books, etc.) from this episode can be found on my blog here: http://fourhourworkweek.com/podcast.***If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests. I also love reading the reviews!For show notes and past guests, please visit tim.blog/podcast.Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (“5-Bullet Friday”) at tim.blog/friday.For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts.Interested in sponsoring the podcast? Visit tim.blog/sponsor and fill out the form.Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books.Follow Tim:Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferrissFacebook: facebook.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferriss