Casey FEnton

Have Your Friends Help Your Identity

 

Episode Notes (by minute):

-0:10: “A lot of the paths or gates in life could open for us because of trust. People are constantly waiting to know if they can trust you.”

-2:00: Casey talks about building and scaling trust, and Couchsurfing.com was a trust and reputation system company for 20,000,000 users globally.

-5:00: Casey’s work and interest on human identity and how to become the person that we want to be — having your friends help you.

-8:00: How our brains are pattern matching machines, making it important for us to match it with information that we are initially interested in.

-12:00: A quote that Casey has lived by for the last 25 years after growing up in a small town in New Hampshire — “increasing the intensity, diversity, and frequency of experiences.”

-12:30: “it’s almost like striking matches in a dark room to see what’s there.”

-16:00: How Casey thinks about startups and evaluating what kind of startup to work at. Casey tries to focus closer and closer to human’s basic needs.

-18:00: A quick overview on Casey’s current company, Upstock. The company can be summarized as worker equity-as-a-service. This solves a basic need to be able to split company ownership in an aligned, trusted, and empowering way for all.

-20:00: Casey recommends people to study game theory and prisoner’s dilemma to understand the environments that people are currently living in.

-21:00: Casey is writing a new book that extends beyond Couchsurfing.com and that is focused on human identity, ego, and how to work on those to improve them for social good and quality of life.

(Note: these are quick notes and takeaways by David. Please see the episode for more accurate information)