What do Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev and NBA star Spencer Dinwiddie have in common? Turns out, more than you think. For our first episode, Vlad chats with the basketball player, entrepreneur, and innovative investor about his unconventional place in the business. Throughout his career, Spencer’s defied the odds, overcoming injuries and setbacks, and has become known on and off the court for his bravery to pursue unconventional paths and his willingness to take risks in the investing space. Outside of his day-to-day as point guard for the Brooklyn Nets, Spencer’s an avid entrepreneur, having founded a number of businesses including K8IROS and Calaxy, and is famously known for tokenizing his NBA contract. In this episode, they discuss his outside-the-box thinking, personal brand, and his innovative use of blockchain.
Demystifying Investing with Meet Kevin
Is investing really as mysterious as it's made out to be? In this episode, we find out with Meet Kevin. Vlad sits down with Kevin Paffrath, or Meet Kevin, a YouTube star and real estate entrepreneur known for his passion for bringing financial knowledge to a young generation of investors. With more than 1.5 million YouTube followers and over 315 million views, Kevin uses his platform to share his experiences. Kevin’s always had an eye for growing professionally and financially: he started his Real Estate business at age 19 with just $10,500. Since launching his YouTube channel in 2013, Kevin's expanded his coverage from real estate to investing—and in the process, has become a voice for a new generation of curious investors.
Financial Empowerment with Alexa Von Tobel
How do we build a world where everyone can feel financial empowerment? Vlad talks with Alexa Von Tobel about what it takes. In this episode, Vlad meets Alexa Von Tobel, founder of financial planning site LearnVest and managing partner of Inspired Capital. During her time at Harvard, Alexa worked in the Happiness Lab, where she discovered that life is full of regrets for the things you do, and don't do, which made her determined to avoid regret at all costs. In her first job at Morgan Stanley, she quickly realized her own lack of knowledge in the space of finance, and the few resources out there for women to learn about financial strength. This inspired Alexa to return to Harvard and develop a business plan to change that—which would eventually become LearnVest. In this interview, we learn about the resilience it takes to build a company and live a life without regrets, as well as the importance of financial empowerment for everyone, regardless of gender or age.
Breaking Barriers with Lauren Simmons
Do you ever think about your relationship with money? In this episode, Lauren Simmons chats with Vlad about why you should. In 2017, at age 22, Lauren became the the youngest female trader at the New York Stock Exchange and the second African American woman in the Exchange’s 228 year history. But her path to finance was a little unusual. She majored in genetics and minored in statistics and she moved to NYC after college with no job prospects. After landing a job at Rosenblatt Securities, she shocked her colleagues by passing the difficult Series 19 equity trader exam on her first try. After two years at the NYSE, Lauren left the trading floor and is now making a film about her ascent and working on a reality TV show. In this episode, we talk about her upbringing, her journey through Wall Street, and how we can build a more inclusive financial system.
Robin Hood and Robinhood with Robert Pogue Harrison
The Robin Hood connection. In this episode, Vlad chats with Dr. Robert Pogue Harrison, Stanford professor of French & Italian, published author, and host of the podcast “Entitled Opinions,” in an effort to investigate the deeper roots of our name. Dr. Harrison’s second book, Forests: The Shadow of Civilization, touches on the history of Robin Hood—the infamous rogue and equalizer—and the factors that led to the character’s creation. In this episode, they discuss the concept of outlaws, who the man in tights actually represents, and how a new understanding of Robin Hood might change the way we think about our mission to democratize the financial markets.
A Brave New System with Do Kwon
A world where creating a FinTech app is as simple as creating a website? In this episode, Vlad speaks with Do Kwon, co-founder and CEO of Terraform Labs. Terra is building a decentralized, price-stable cryptocurrency with a vision to create “programmable money for the internet that is easier to spend, and more attractive to hold.” The name comes from a concept that a Belgian economist conceived of—a possible “world currency." In their conversation, they explore the Terra ecosystem, chat about the future of decentralized finance, and ponder how it may coincide with Robinhood.
The Future of Finance with Marc Andreessen
The future is in the fringes. In this episode, Vlad sits down with entrepreneur, software engineer, and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen. Co-founder of Netscape, Opsware, and a16z, Marc is known for his uncanny ability to predict the future in Silicon Valley. He believes Western civilization has grown complacent in terms of innovation and that this inertia is leading to major social, public health, and economic issues. In this episode, they talk about where to go from here, where the future builders are, and what role the democratization of finance plays in rebuilding the West.
Chart Topping with 24kGoldn
A life of stock charts—or music charts? In this episode, Vlad chats with multi-platinum rapper Golden Landis Von Jones, or 24kGoldn, about why you can have both. A San Francisco native, Golden was on track to become a hedge fund manager with a full-ride scholarship to USC when he decided to switch paths and follow his musical ambitions. Now, 20 years old and with several top-ranking songs under his belt, Golden is bringing an entrepreneurial mindset to his flourishing music career. He and Vlad discuss his years growing up in San Francisco, his rise to fame through the pandemic, and belief in financial literacy for everyone.
How Market Making Works with Doug Cifu
Payment for Order Flow: Is it good or evil? In this episode, Vlad sits down with Doug Cifu, co-founder and CEO of Virtu Financial, to unpack PFOF—and what it means for everyday investors. Doug started his career as a lawyer and worked in the field for more than two decades before he turned his gaze to finance. Since then, his main focus has been Payment for Order Flow, an investing term with controversial roots and a debate that's been fueled to this day. We chat with Doug about his choice to leave law for finance, his belief in PFOF, and how he sees this, and new technologies, transforming the financial industry.
The Mindset of Money with Lyn Alden
Money can be a mindset—and Lyn Alden has the story to prove it. In this episode, Vlad speaks with Lyn Alden, an investment strategist and founder of her own eponymous strategy company. After experiencing homelessness as a child, Lyn knew that financial stability was an essential part of life. By the time she was a teenager she started devising strategies to reach and maintain her own financial wellbeing. Today, Lyn applies an engineering background and more than 15 years of investment research experience to provide information to new and experienced investors alike. In this episode, we talk about her path to financial stability and independence, and what both beginners and experts should know about growing their wealth.