Published on Apr 29, 2022

Episode 200: The Founders with Jimmy Soni, Author & Speechwriter


On this week’s show, we spoke with Jimmy Soni,  Author & Speechwriter. This is a special show celebrating the 200th episode of this podcast.

Jimmy Soni is an American author and former managing editor of The Huffington Post. He is best known for A Mind at Play, his biography of Claude Shannon and The Founders: The Story of Paypal and the Entrepreneurs Who Shaped Silicon Valley.

Soni became the managing editor at The Huffington Post in January 2012. Previously he had worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey and Company, as well as a speech writer at the office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia. In 2012, Soni was named to AdWeek’s “Young Influentials”, a list of 20 people under 40 “who are wicked smart and rebooting your world”. He was featured at a TEDx event held at Duke University in March 2012.

On the show, we spoke about:

  • His amazing book The Founders
  • The great man theory of history
  • How he became interested in the story of PayPal
  • The many lessons from studying and writing the book
  • His strategy for interviewing successful and busy people

I’m thrilled that Jimmy took the time. His book is a must read.  I hope that you enjoy the conversation!

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