Problems Sighted

Exposing and solving problems

About the show

Podcast diving deep with guests in different sectors to uncover problems in the world yet to be solved. Building a community of problem solvers.

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Episodes

  • Russ Poldrack - Problems with the mind

    August 2nd, 2019  |  36 mins 56 secs
    medicine, neuroscience, problems, russ poldrack

    Russell "Russ" Alan Poldrack is an American psychologist and neuroscientist. He is a professor of Psychology at Stanford University. In this episode we talk to him about the progression of neuroscience and the problems in which it's conducted. We talk about the potential to cure diseases and advance computing and the problems that need to be solved to get there.

  • Nan Li - the Money is Obvious, help Legacy Sectors

    July 12th, 2019  |  37 mins 29 secs
    business, legacy, nan li, problems, tech

    Nan is the managing director at Obvious Ventures, a venture capital firm that brings #worldpositive entrepreneurs together to solve humanity's biggest problems. Nan holds a BSE in computer science from the University of Michigan and is also an adjunct lecturer of Applied Symbolic Systems in Venture Capital & Entrepreneurship at Stanford University.

  • Zavain Dar - Creating deep tech for a new era

    May 9th, 2019  |  39 mins 33 secs
    deep tech, problems, zavain dar

    Zav is one of the most "in" people in tech right now. Holding a Master's in Computer Science from Stanford, Zav is a partner at Lux Capital, which is a VC firm focused on investing in emerging tech from the most innovative sectors. At Lux, Zav's been drawn to companies that use AI and machine learning to make the experience of life better, and has led investments in entrepreneurs doing so in everything from neural nets to medicines for rare diseases, and from quantum computing and to tax preparation. Zav has also applied his knack for philosophy towards drafting Lux's theses on Genetics, Synthetic Biology, and Blockchain, which basically means he knows what to look for in emerging startups in those sectors.

  • Jo Boaler - Math education needs a new formula

    April 25th, 2019  |  34 mins 13 secs
    education, math, problems, youth

    Jo Boaler is all about math. An author, educator and founder from Britain, Jo is currently a mathematics professor at Stanford's Graduate School of Education and an activist for math education reform. She leads youcubed, an organization aimed at promoting real and fun learning of math to children, which hearing about to us was incredibly interesting, given that we've both seen first-hand the failure of public systems to deliver a proper math education. Im sure most of you would agree that, whether or not you were "naturally" good at it, math was probably the least well-taught and most boring class in school. It can be really de-motivating to not actually get a math concept and then not have fun at all while failing at learning it. Jo was super insightful when it came to these very real, very widespread problems in education and has a stellar track record of improving results and attitudes around math to back up her insights.

  • Graham Weston - Building cities of the future

    April 12th, 2019  |  48 mins 45 secs
    cities, problems, tech

    Graham is an investor and entrepreneur and the former CEO of Rackspace, a San Antonio based cloud computing company. He is currently promoting the civic development of downtown San Antonio and is really passionate about fostering a healthy environment for cities of the future. He's been involved in past efforts to build a better San Antonio with SA2020, he started Geekdom, a coworking space for entrepreneurs, and is very enthusiastic about reorienting cities and the social lifestyle to fit the innovation of tech.

  • Mason Hartman - The future of education starts with children

    March 29th, 2019  |  46 mins 47 secs
    children, education, problems

    Mason Hartman joins us with thoughts on child learning and development, how to best change current systems of education, and how to help support solving the very real, very profitable problems that plague education.

  • Mike Solana - Problems inventing the future

    March 19th, 2019  |  43 mins 2 secs
    capitalism, future, media, problems, space

    "The best way to predict the future is to create it."

    When you imagine our future, what do you see—flying cars, robot kitchens, maybe even life on Mars? To Michael Solana, host of Anatomy of Next and VP of Founders Fund, the most important thing for creating the future is having a plan.

  • Ambassador McFaul - Problems with Russia, SV Investment, and Social Media

    March 7th, 2019  |  18 mins 27 secs
    politics, problems, social media

    We all hear about problems with Russia in the current political climate, but there is much more to the story. We sat down with Michael McFaul, former Ambassador to Russia to talk about problems with Russia, Russian investment in US companies, social media, and we we also touched on how many students and young people are staying away from the public sector, a shift that could hurt us for decades.

  • Brian Norgard - Problems in product, angel investing, and more

    March 1st, 2019  |  45 mins 15 secs
    crypto, investing, problems, product

    Product building is like art, and with art comes a mass of problems with philosophy and building choices to ensure your product is right for the space. We sat down with Brian Norgard, Angel Investor and former CPO of Tinder and talked about problems in product building, what tools are needed to help this process, problems targeting and delivering to customers, angel investing and what’s needed to facilitate the process, problems with the crypto space, remote work, and more.

  • Riva Tez - Optimistic about problem solving

    February 21st, 2019  |  25 mins 16 secs
    media, philosophy, problems, science

    There are a lot of problems when it comes to Silicon Valley, the heart of innovation — research scientists with inadequate design software, companies that aim to solve problems that aren’t really problems, and a culture that promotes these debatably bad idea. We sat down with Riva Tez to talk about this all and about building optimism to solve these problems.

  • Dr. Ashby Monk - 100 trillion dollars needs reshaping

    February 4th, 2019  |  38 mins 6 secs
    finance, investing, problems

    100 trillion dollars of wealth sit in the hands of institutional investors. Not hedge funds or Wall Street—but pensions funds, sovereign wealth funds, and family offices. We sat down with Dr. Ashby Monk to hear the problems these investors face and helping these groups reshape finance and investing.

  • Austen Allred - Help solve the problems in education

    February 4th, 2019  |  34 mins 33 secs
    education, problems

    Austen talks problems in the education space, what he and his team still need at Lambda, how to help fix education, and more.

  • Problems, problems, problems

    January 25th, 2019  |  2 mins 8 secs
    problems, trailer

    We are here for knowledgeable complaining. We connect problems to problems solvers.