#395 – Walter Isaacson: Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Einstein, Da Vinci & Ben Franklin

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Here’s the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time.
(00:00) – Introduction
(10:42) – Difficult childhood
(27:47) – Jennifer Doudna
(30:44) – Einstein
(36:02) – Tesla
(53:07) – Elon Musk’s humor
(57:17) – Steve Jobs’ cruelty
(1:00:41) – Twitter
(1:12:50) – Firing
(1:15:35) – Hiring
(1:24:38) – Time management
(1:32:22) – Groups vs individuals
(1:36:08) – Mortality
(1:39:40) – How to write
(2:00:38) – Love & relationships
(2:05:33) – Advice for young people