Fireside Chat: Google and Tim Ferriss


This fireside chat at Google in London was also simulcast to their offices in Ireland, Sweden, and Moscow. It was a blast.

It covered tons of topics never discussed on the blog before: proposed improvements to Gmail (please!), the real original book title, using telephone vs. e-mail, principles and case studies, metrics (including exercise), analysis vs. intuition, the declining dollar and personal outsourcing & geoarbitrage, and much more.

If you’re bored at work, you can listen to the audio while you browse Facebook :) My collection of 55 odd videos on YouTube can be found here if you want more semi-productive distraction before 5pm.

TGIF and have a wonderful weekend!

Posted on: April 25, 2008.

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55 comments on “Fireside Chat: Google and Tim Ferriss

  1. good chat, i’m seeing trends in your wordage and what questions get asked from video to video over the years…glad that now late 2009 its less about validation and more about emulation (from what i can tell)

    the amounts of research you must have gone through in 30 years sometimes seems baffling…just mentioned here was linguistics and just how you approach questions, wordage, references…i wonder how much of it you’ve just happened to learn or tackled with tenacity pre-book and purpose of life heh.


  2. Hi Tim:

    I just finished that video and it’s really a pleasure getting to know you through your blog. I’m learning a lot from you but I’m also pleased to discover there are other people with similar interests and thinking.

    I find that so few people put so much forethought in their decisions. It is amazing how much you analyze and use some sort of data in your choices–the way you chose your book cover for example. As you mentioned, that was a small sample, but an incredibly brilliant idea.

    You mentioned Jiu Jitsu. That is one of, if not my first, passions in life. Are you pretty serious about it–train often? With or without the gi? One of the best times of my life was a three week trip to Brazil just to train Jiu Jitsu during the Mundials. It was probably the most amazing experience of my life.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing in your blog.



  3. Have been interested to hear and read some of your time management comments, particularly about the less amount of data that you like to look at. I recall a book that I read, Leadership Lessons of the US Marines I think it was, referenced the 60% solution. Basically they feel that once you have 60% of the information you have an actionable solution. Waiting any longer and the battlefield circumstances changes