EP 8: Building a new country, Elon Musk, predicting the pandemic, transhumanism, crypto and India and more – Balaji Srinivasan

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In this episode of The Good Time Show, Aarthi and Sriram talked to Balaji Srinivasan, who is a tech founder, former CTO of Coinbase, multi-disciplinarian thinker and the author of The Network State (thenetworkstate.com). We covered a wide variety of topics ranging from transhumanism, what it takes to build a new country, how Balaji predicted the first and second order effects of the pandemic, why he’s bullish on Indians, future of crypto, his productivity tips, thoughts on Elon Musk and Andrew Huberman and a lot more. Enjoy!

On Balaji Srinivasan



00:00 – Welcome to the Good Time Show

03:33– Who is our guest – Balaji Srinivasan

08:26 – Balaji joins the show

10:43 – Balaji’s YC Startup School 2013

16:23 – Super Soldier Serum, FDA bureaucracy and life extension

23:45 – Ramanujan, one of the greatest mathematicians

32:23 – Why Balaji thinks differently (exits enable alternatives)

42:32 – Building The Network State

53:08 – What is transhumanism?

1:04:04 – The Network State in One Sentence

1:18:34 – Exit to world vs. Exit to community

1:21:45 – The Network State in One Image

1:35:20 – Why Balaji is bullish on Indians

1:42:58 – Advice to young Indians

1:52:59 – How Balaji predicted Covid-19

2:24:05 – What do you think about Elon Musk?

2:31:35 – AI and AGI: should we worry?

2:38:32 – Balaji’s secret to being productive?

2:47:04 – How to get fit and healthy: avoid bureaucrats

2:59:33 – Best 3 Cities to live your best life

3:03:21 – Balaji’s vision for 2080: meaning and purpose