How crypto will change the world with Linda Xie

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Feb. 19, 2019, 9 p.m.

On this episode, Abadesi interviews Linda Xie, co-founder of Scalar Capital. Scalar Capital is a San Francisco-based hedge fund specializing in crypto assets. Linda is also an advisor to 0x and former product manager at Coinbase.

In this episode:

  • Her extraordinary story of hustling to get a job at Coinbase, what it was like growing with the company as it scaled from only a few employees to one of the best-known companies in crypto, then leaving the company to start a fund with a fellow employee.
  • How she first became interested in crypto (back when Bitcoin was $200), the coolest projects she's come across in the space, and the most exciting (and world-changing) applications of cryptocurrencies.
  • The investing thesis at Scalar Capital, what kinds of companies they're looking to invest in, and how they use the power of communities to source deals.

Of course, we also talk about some of her favorite products and what she uses to become more productive, including a chatbot that can improve your emotional health, a way to simplify scheduling meetings, and an app that lets you save highlights from physical books by taking a picture with your phone.

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Quotes from This Episode

“I feel like people know a lot about crypto, they just feel like they don’t because they are very overwhelmed by information and news articles that people are posting.”

“I wasn’t even positive that I wanted to do this yet, I was just floating the idea to him and he was like, 'yeah, that sounds awesome. Do you want to put in our two weeks today?' I was like, wow, okay, I’m not quite sure if I’m ready.”

“It’s important to be able to ask dumb questions in a room. As a product manager, the worst things is if you’re totally missing something that someone’s telling you and you built the wrong product. You need to be comfortable asking someone to explain things to you.”

Companies and Products Mentioned in This Episode

Calendly — Simple, beautiful scheduling.

Highlight — Save and share highlights from physical books.

Superhuman — The fastest email experience ever made.

Trello — Organize anything, together.

Woebot — A chatbot to improve your mood using CBT.