Hsu Untied Interviews

  • Steve (“Woz”) Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple

    Steve (“Woz”) Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple

    Today, my guest is Steve (“Woz”) Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Computer with the late Steve Jobs in 1976.  A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past three decades, Woz has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, including providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology and being the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.  Woz also served as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io and is […]

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  • Mark Cuban, Shark Tank Investor

    Mark Cuban, Shark Tank Investor

    Today, my guest is Mark Cuban, technology entrepreneur, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, investor on Shark Tank and Founder & CEO of Cyber Dust.  Cyber Dust is a mobile app which allows person-to-person communication without any track record or history, thereby creating a safe and secure environment for honest and personal communication.  Mark took time from his extremely busy schedule to talk about his creation and the widespread adoption of this terrific product.

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  • Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Legal Analyst and Author

    Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Legal Analyst and Author

    Today, my guest is Jeffrey Toobin, Senior Legal Analyst at CNN, staff writer at the New Yorker and best selling author of The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson; A Vast Conspiracy: the Real Story of the Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President; Too Close to Call: the Thirty-Six Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election; The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court; The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court; and most recently, American Heiress: […]

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  • Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert

    Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert

    Today, my guest is Scott Adams, the creator of the world famous Dilbert cartoon strip.  After working at Crocker National Bank and Pacific Bell, Adams entertained himself during boring meetings by drawing cartoons of his coworkers and bosses and a bespectacled character named Dilbert emerged from the doodles.  Today, Adams devotes his time to Dilbert, including speaking, writing, doing interviews, designing licensed products and answering hundreds of e-mail messages per day. Dilbert is published in over 2,000 newspapers across 65 countries.

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  • Jay Bilas, ESPN Broadcaster and Courtside Analyst

    Jay Bilas, ESPN Broadcaster and Courtside Analyst

    Today, my guest is Jay Bilas, an attorney at Moore & Van Allen who is also an Emmy nominated basketball analyst who provides courtside and studio commentary for ESPN and CBS Sports.  A four-year starter at Duke under Mike Krzyzewski, he helped lead Duke to the NCAA Final Four and National Championship Game.  After playing professional basketball, Jay went back to Duke as an assistant coach and won two National Championships while simultaneously attending Duke Law School.  Jay took time from […]

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  • Ben Stein, Economist, TV Show Host, Comedian, Writer

    Ben Stein, Economist, TV Show Host, Comedian, Writer

    Today, my guest is Ben Stein, economist, movie actor, author, novelist, screenwriter, law school professor, television show host and comedian.  A graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School, Ben never had any aspirations to be a lawyer; but instead stumbled into a series of jobs that ultimately led to him to serving in the Nixon and Ford administrations and achieving overnight fame in the iconic movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  Ben was kind enough to take time from his busy speaking […]

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  • Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari

    Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari

    Today, my guest is Nolan Bushnell, a technology pioneer, entrepreneur and engineer who is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater.  Over the past four decades, he has founded numerous companies, including Catalyst Technologies, the first technology incubator; Etak, the first digital navigation system; ByVideo, the first online ordering system; and uWink, the first touchscreen menu ordering and entertainment system. His newest company is Brainrush, where he is devoting his talents to enhancing and […]

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  • Laura Hillenbrand, Author of “Unbroken” and “Seabiscuit”

    Laura Hillenbrand, Author of “Unbroken” and “Seabiscuit”

    Today, my guest is Laura Hillenbrand, author of the best selling books, Unbroken and Seabiscuit.  Unbroken is the absolutely amazing story of Louie Zamperini, an Olympic class runner who was shot down from an airplane in World War II over the Pacific Ocean and somehow managed to survive on a life raft for 47 days — only to be captured by the Japanese and tortured as a POW for 2 years before being released.  His story — and survival — […]

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  • Will Shortz, NY Times Crossword Puzzle Editor

    Will Shortz, NY Times Crossword Puzzle Editor

    Today, my guest is Will Shortz (aka the “Puzzle Master“), Editor of the New York Times Crossword Puzzles, and star of WordPlay (see trailer below), one of my favorite movies.  Some may know that he graduated from the University of Virginia Law School but probably not many know that he almost dropped out after his first semester and that his favorite class was intellectual property!  Listed as one of the 30 most famous people with law degrees, Will was gracious enough to join […]

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  • Bill Gross, Chairman & Founder of Idealab

    Bill Gross, Chairman & Founder of Idealab

    Today, my guest is Bill Gross, Caltech Trustee and fellow Caltech Alumni, Chairman and Founder of Idealab.  Bill started his first company in grade school selling candy bars at the bus stop (his version of the lemonade stand) and now starts about 8-10 new companies every year.  He comes up with new business ideas almost daily and he says the biggest limitation with starting companies is not time or money, it’s finding the right people — and having the right timing! […]

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  • Guy Spier, Hedge Fund Manager and Value Investor

    Guy Spier, Hedge Fund Manager and Value Investor

    Today, my guest is Guy Spier, a Zurich-based investor and author of a book entitled The Education of a Value Investor.  Guy manages the Aquamarine Fund, an investment partnership inspired by, and styled after Warren Buffett’s 1950s investment partnerships.  In June 2007, Guy paid US$650,100 with Mohnish Pabrai for a charity lunch with Warren Buffett.  He recently sat down and talked with me about what it was like to write his first book.

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  • Floyd Kvamme, Partner Emeritus at Kleiner Perkins

    Floyd Kvamme, Partner Emeritus at Kleiner Perkins

    Today, my guest is Floyd Kvamme*, a legendary Silicon Valley engineer, entrepreneur and venture capitalist.  After joining Fairchild Semiconductor with a masters degree in electrical engineering, he was part of the founding team which started National Semiconductor in 1967. In 1982, Kvamme became Executive Vice President at Apple Computer to work with the late Steve Jobs and was instrumental in creating the famous 1984 Macintosh Superbowl ad before joining one of the most prestigious venture capital firms in Silicon Valley: Kleiner Perkins […]

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  • Jason Zweig, Columnist at The Wall Street Journal

    Jason Zweig, Columnist at The Wall Street Journal

    Today, my guest is Jason Zweig*, a personal finance columnist for The Wall Street Journal and author of several books, including The Devil’s Financial Dictionary.  He is also the editor of the revised edition of Benjamin Graham’s The Intelligent Investor, the classic text that Warren Buffett has described as “by far the best book about investing ever written.”  Inspired by Ambrose Bierce’s satirical masterpiece, The Devil’s Dictionary, Jason Zweig’s The Devil’s Financial Dictionary is a glossary of the essential financial and investor terms […]

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  • Lucy Kalanithi on “When Breath Becomes Air”

    Lucy Kalanithi on “When Breath Becomes Air”

    Today, my guest is Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, for which she wrote the epilogue.  At the age of thirty-six, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer and he wrote a deeply profound book on death and his illness as he went from doctor to patient and a new father to a baby girl, all the while confronting his own mortality.  I sat […]

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  • Guy Kawasaki (Tech Evangelist) and Hockey/Photography

    Guy Kawasaki (Tech Evangelist) and Hockey/Photography

    Today, my guest is Guy Kawasaki, the Chief Evangelist of Canva, an online, graphics-design service, Trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation, and former Chief Evangelist of Apple.  Although my guests are normally lawyers, most people do not realize that Guy actually did attend law school for about 10 days.  I first met Guy when he started Garage with the late founder of Venture Law Group, Craig Johnson, so it was a thrill to finally interview him on his 2 passions: hockey and photography. […]

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  • James B. Stewart, Author of “Den of Thieves”

    James B. Stewart, Author of “Den of Thieves”

    Today, my guest is James Stewart, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, who wrote many best selling books, including Den of Thieves and Disney War.  A graduate of Harvard Law School and former Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, he began his writing career at the American Lawyer in 1979.  He wrote a well known book on the nation’s elite law firms called The Partners before writing his New York Times best-seller Den of Thieves on Wall Street arbitrager Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken.  His 2005 book Disney War on Michael […]

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  • Gillian Zoe Segal, Author of “Getting There”

    Gillian Zoe Segal, Author of “Getting There”

    Today, my guest is Gilian Zoe Segal*, author of the terrific book Getting There, a compilation of 30 incredible interviews.  Gillian originally started this project because she wanted to interview people at the top of their fields who struggled to achieve their success but what she discovered was that every success story has its challenges — there is no easy path.  An incredibly skilled interviewer and accomplished photographer in her own right, Gillian traveled across the country to interview all 30 people […]

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  • Bill Grundfest, TV Producer and Scriptwriter

    Bill Grundfest, TV Producer and Scriptwriter

    Today, my guest is Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winning writer-producer Bill Grundfest.  Among his many accomplishments, he was the co-producer (along with Paul Reiser), script writer, and supervising producer of the hit show Mad About You (which has recently been adapted for China by SONY Pictures TV), which went on to win a Golden Globe Award, a Peabody Award, receive five Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, and be chosen Best Quality Comedy by the Viewers for Quality […]

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  • Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Olympic Gold Medalist

    Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Olympic Gold Medalist

    Today, my guest is Nancy Hogshead-Makar, an Olympic swimmer who won 3 Gold medals and one Silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics.   After retiring from competitive swimming, she obtained a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and later became a tenured professor  at Florida Coastal School of Law, where she taught torts and sports law courses until 2013.  After spending over 30 years with the Women’s Sports Foundation (starting as an intern in 1984), she is now the Founder and […]

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  • Brad Meltzer, NYTimes Best Selling Author and TV Show Host

    Brad Meltzer, NYTimes Best Selling Author and TV Show Host

    Today my guest is Brad Meltzer, a New York Times best-selling author, host of the TV show Decoded and fellow Columbia Law School Alumni.  Brad’s first novel received 24 rejection letters before getting his next book, The Tenth Justice, published while he was still in law school.  But even with all his accomplishments, Brad never takes his success for granted and  reminds himself every day what it was like getting those rejection letters.  His latest book is The President’s Shadow.

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  • Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell professor of law at Yale. He has previously written four novels and several works of nonfiction.

    Stephen L. Carter, Professor at Yale Law School

    Today, my guest is Professor Stephen L. Carter, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale, where he has taught for almost thirty years. A graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School, where he was a Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal, he then served as a law clerk for Judge Spottswood W. Robinson III on the DC Circuit, and then to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the US Supreme Court.  Professor Carter was one of my favorite authors even […]

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  • Daniel Pink, NYTimes Best Selling Author and TV Show Host

    Daniel Pink, NYTimes Best Selling Author and TV Show Host

    Today, my guest is Daniel Pink.  Most people know Daniel Pink as one of the most popular TED speakers of all time (see video below), New York Times best selling author of A Whole New Mind, Drive and To Sell is Human, and host of the National Geographic TV show Crowd Control.  But what is less known is that Dan actually went to law school (attended Columbia and graduated from Yale) and he discusses how law school shaped his career, but not in […]

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  • Tom Mendoza, Vice Chairman of NetApp

    Tom Mendoza, Vice Chairman of NetApp

    Today, my guest is Tom Mendoza, Vice Chairman of NetApp.  Tom joined NetApp, Inc. in 1994 as employee number 32 and went on to serve as its President from 2000 until 2008 until he was promoted to Vice Chairman.  In September 2000, the University of Notre Dame renamed their business school the Mendoza College of Business based upon a generous endowment from Tom and Kathy Mendoza.  Mr. Mendoza has also been the keynote speaker for such diverse companies as Oracle Corporation, Veritas, […]

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  • Strauss Zelnick, Chairman & CEO of Take-Two Interactive

    Strauss Zelnick, Chairman & CEO of Take-Two Interactive

    Today my guest is Strauss Zelnick*, Founder of Zelnick Media Capital and Chairman & CEO of Take-Two Interactive, which owns and has published many notable games, including its most famous series Grand Theft Auto, Civilization, and the NBA 2K game series.  Although Mr. Zelnick has a JD from Harvard Law School, he never practiced as a lawyer and instead went straight into the media and entertainment business, holding executive positions at BMG Entertainment, Crystal Dynamics and 20th Century Fox.  A lifelong […]

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  • Robert J. Lang, Origami Master

    Robert J. Lang, Origami Master

    Today, my guest is Roberg J. Lang, an origami master who is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading masters of the art, with over 500 designs catalogued and diagrammed.  A distinguished Caltech alumi, he started his career as a laser physicist before pursuing a lifelong hobby of origami as a full time profession.  A TED speaker, he is noted for designs of great detail and realism, and has folded some of the most complex origami designs ever created.  The barrel cactus pictured here […]

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  • Steven Rodgers (Intel) and Coffee Roasting

    Steven Rodgers (Intel) and Coffee Roasting

    Today, my guest is Steven Rodgers, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Intel Corporation, whose hobby is coffee roasting.  Steve got into this hobby when his college roommate started roasting his own beans and he realized what a difference it made.  I never realized that making coffee involves everything from selecting the bean, how the bean is roasted (over 200 variables), how it’s brewed and even what kind of water is used! Had a blast talking for 30 minutes with […]

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  • Catalina Girald, Founder & CEO of Naja

    Catalina Girald, Founder & CEO of Naja

    Today, my guest is Catalina Girald, who is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Naja.  Although she started her career as an M&A attorney at Skadden Arps after earning her JD from Boston College, she quit her job after getting accepted into Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.  After graduating with her MBA, Catalina started Naja with the goal of empowering women through lingerie — from the wearer to the garment worker.  She is also the founder of Underwear for Hope, a […]

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  • Rodney Gilmore, ESPN College Football Analyst

    Rodney Gilmore, ESPN College Football Analyst

    Today, my guest is Rodney Gilmore, a college football analyst for ESPN and practicing lawyer at the law firm of Doty Barlow Britt & Thieman LLP.  He is a graduate of Stanford University, where he played football for three years under legendary Coach Bill Walsh, and received his JD from the University of California, Berkeley. While at Stanford, he was involved in The Play (see video below), a legendary last-second kickoff return by the University of California (“Cal”) Golden Bears to defeat Stanford in […]

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  • Bryan Garner on interviewing Supreme Court Justices

    Bryan Garner on interviewing Supreme Court Justices

    Today, my guest is Bryan Garner, Founder & President of LawProse, Inc. and Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University School of Law, who has personally interviewed 9 Supreme Court Justices on writing and oral advocacy: Justices Elena Kagan, John Roberts, John Paul Stevens,  Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito. In addition, Professor Garner is the co-author of 2 books with the late Justice Scalia: Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges and Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal […]

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  • Kelly Perdew and Apprentice 2 Winner

    Kelly Perdew and Apprentice 2 Winner

    Today, my guest is Kelly Perdew, entrepreneur, investor, advisor, author and winner of The Apprentice 2. A graduate of West Point and former Army Ranger, Kelly decided to start a company after law school and eventually won Season 2 of the television reality show “The Apprentice” with Donald Trump. Even though he now works almost exclusively with startups as an investor and entrepreneur, he says not a day goes by where he doesn’t get a chance to use his law […]

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  • Frank Wu (UC Hastings) and “Honda Hawks”

    Frank Wu (UC Hastings) and “Honda Hawks”

    Today, my guest is Frank Wu, Chancellor and Dean of UC Hastings Law School, who has a passion for “Honda Hawks,” a very specific type of motorcycle that was only made by Honda from 1988-1992.  Although he recognizes the danger of motorcycle riding, he does not actually consider himself a risk taker by nature, but he does admit that riding a motorcycle is no more of a risk-taking venture than trying to be a dean of a national law school. […]

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  • Len Elmore, Retired NBA Basketball Player

    Len Elmore, Retired NBA Basketball Player

    Today, my guest is Len Elmore, an All-American basketball player from 1971 to 1974 at the University of Maryland, who was a first round draft pick in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA).  Over his ten-year career, he played for the Indiana Pacers, Kansas City Kings (presently Sacramento Kings), Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks.  After retiring from professional basketball, Elmore received a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1987 and began his law career […]

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  • Randy Schoenberg and “Woman in Gold” movie

    Randy Schoenberg and “Woman in Gold” movie

    Today, my guest is Randy Schoenberg, an attorney who specializes in legal cases related to the recovery of looted or stolen artworks.  Randy is widely known for representing Maria Altmann in her lawsuit to recover paintings from the government of Austria.  Their story was made into a critically acclaimed movie Woman in Gold, in which Randy was depicted by Ryan Reynolds and Maria Altmann was portrayed by Oscar Winning Actress Helen Mirren. A long and arduous case that took nearly […]

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  • Richard Susskind, Author and Speaker

    Richard Susskind, Author and Speaker

    Today, my guest is Dr. Richard Susskind, an author, speaker and thought leader in the legal profession.  He has written 4 books about the practice of law, including The Future of Law, Transforming the Law, The End of Lawyers? and most recently Tomorrow’s Lawyers.  He is as good a speaker as he is a profound thinker and it was a privilege to have him join me for this interview from his home in Radlett, England. Here is a recorded interview about […]

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  • Yul Kwon (Facebook) and Survivor Winner

    Yul Kwon (Facebook) and Survivor Winner

    Today, my guest is Yul Kwon*, Head of Privacy Program at Facebook.  Yul is most well known for being the winner of the CBS TV show Survivor but he has a number of incredible achievements: degrees from Stanford, Yale Law School, legislative assistant to Senator Lieberman, Second Circuit Law Clerk, McKinsey, Google, FCC, FBI, CNN — and all before the age of 40.  What’s even more incredible is that Yul self-classifies himself as an introvert — perhaps even a bit of […]

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  • International Chef Ming Tsai and Family Reach

    International Chef Ming Tsai and Family Reach

    Today, my guest is Chef Ming Tsai, a world-renowned chef, owner of the famous Blue Ginger restaurant and host of the television show Simply Ming.  Despite his incredible success and international celebrity, what Ming finds most rewarding — after his family — is cooking for Family Reach, a national charity dedicated to providing direct financial support to families fighting cancer.  As part of his role, Ming recently hosted a Cooking Live event on November 2, 2015 at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park, […]

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  • Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, Professional Poker Player

    Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, Professional Poker Player

    Today, my guest is Greg “Fossilman” Raymer*, a professional poker player and former patent attorney. Nicknamed “Fossilman” for his unusual glasses, Greg was originally a scientist who played blackjack in graduate school as a way to make some extra income. That soon turned into poker and he went on to win the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2004 (see his winning hand below).  Now he splits his time with his 2 great loves: teaching poker and playing poker from his […]

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  • David Lat, Founder of “Above the Law”

    David Lat, Founder of “Above the Law”

    Today, my guest is David Lat, a Yale Law School alum, former Ninth Circuit clerk, Wachtell Associate and Founder and Managing Editor of “Above the Law,” a widely read and award-winning website covering the legal profession. When I spoke with David late last year, he had just published his first novel, Supreme Ambitions, which allowed him to combine his creative writing skills with his circuit court clerking experience. Although he hasn’t committed to writing a second book, the first one […]

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  • Keith Wetmore (MoFo) and Funeral Homes

    Keith Wetmore (MoFo) and Funeral Homes

    Today, my guest is Keith Wetmore, former Chairman of Morrison and Foerster, who grew up working in his family-owned funeral home business.  I have known Keith for many years and in this candid conversation, we talked about death, the television show Six Feet Under and how everything he learned about being a service provider in the legal profession, he learned from working in the funeral home business. A link to the podcast of my conversation with the very gracious Richard Hsu. @HsuUntied […]

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  • Paula Boggs, Former Starbucks GC and Musician

    Paula Boggs, Former Starbucks GC and Musician

    Today, my guest is Paula Boggs*, a musician and former General Counsel of Starbucks.  Despite her self-classification as the “quintessential reluctant lawyer,” Paula has enjoyed a successful career as a government prosecutor, inhouse counsel and law firm partner.  After serving as General Counsel at Starbucks, Paula decided to follow her childhood passion of being a musician by starting her own “soul grass” Paula Boggs Band, a fusion of folk, blues, jazz and rock.  Despite leaving the practice of law, she still remains very […]

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  • Henry Bushkin, Author of “Johnny Carson”

    Henry Bushkin, Author of “Johnny Carson”

    Today, my guest is Henry Bushkin, who was Johnny Carson’s lawyer, business manager, advisor, confidante and author of the book Johnny Carson.  I sat down with Henry in his apartment on the Upper East Side to talk about what it was like to work for the “King of Late Night” for 18 years and to write a book about it 25 years later.  It took him over 3 years just to “get the voice right” in the book but despite having […]

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  • Michelle Dennedy (Intel) and Runway Fashion Model

    Michelle Dennedy (Intel) and Runway Fashion Model

    Today, my guest is Michelle Dennedy, Chief Privacy Officer at McAfee (division of Intel Security), who was invited to represent McAfee Online Safety for Kids and The Identity Project as a runway fashion model for The Moms Struts for a Cause at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion week in New York City.  Michelle shares a surreal experience of being a fashion model for a day with hair extensions, 5-inch heels and the NY Knicks but at the end of it all, it was to support […]

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  • David Hornik, Partner at August Capital

    David Hornik, Partner at August Capital

    Today, my guest is David Hornik, general partner at August Capital and author of VentureBlog, who describes his career path from lawyer to venture capitalist, a profession he was born to do. David inspired me to start this interview series with his own VentureCast podcast and if you have ever heard him speak or present, then you would certainly agree  that if he ever decided to leave venture capital, he would make a great late night talk show host! “@HsuTubeEsq: http://t.co/lMjzkOUYAW […]

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  • William Green, Author of “The Great Minds of Investing”

    William Green, Author of “The Great Minds of Investing”

    Today, my guest is William Green*, author of The Great Minds of Investing where he interviews 33 of the greatest investors, including Irving Kahn, Marty Whitman, Charles Brandes, Thomas Gayner, Bruce Greenwald, Paul Tudor Jones, Bill Miller, Arnold Van Den Berg, Thomas Russo, Francisco García Paramés, Pat Dorsey, Wallace Weitz, Isabel Levy, Warren Buffett, Mohnish Pabrai, John Spears, David Winters, Howard Marks, Donald Yacktman, Georg von Wyss, François-Marie Wojcik, Vincent Strauss, Bill Nygren, Mario Gabelli, Klaus Kaldemorgen, Thomas Braun, Jean-Marie Eveillard, Joel Greenblatt, Bill Ackman, Mason Hawkins, Frank Lingohr, Francis Chou and Charlie Munger.  William Green wrote 22 of the profiles and edited 11 of them. After interviewing many of these extraordinary investors in […]

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  • Dr. Pippa Malmgren, Economist, Politics and Policy Advisor

    Dr. Pippa Malmgren, Economist, Politics and Policy Advisor

    Today, my guest is Dr. Philippa “Pippa” Malmgren, a politics and policy advisor, who is the author of Signals: the breakdown of the social contract and the rise of geopolitics. Raised by a father who served in four presidential administrations (Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford), Pippa learned early in her career that the only way to influence public policy is to be able to explain things in plain, everyday language. Partially inspired by Peter Lynch‘s famous book on choosing stocks One up […]

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  • Mark Lemley (Stanford Law School) and Video Games

    Mark Lemley (Stanford Law School) and Video Games

    Today, my guest is Stanford Law School Professor Mark Lemley  (who is also a Partner at Durie Tangri and Founder of Lex Machina (aquired by Lexis Nexis)) who talks about playing video games.  As a full-time professor, law firm partner and a founder of a startup, one would think Mark wouldn’t have time for something like video games.  But his hobby is a throwback to his childhood days of playing Dungeons & Dragons and an activity that allows him to completely forget about work — something we […]

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  • Drew Shoals, Drummer for Train Band

    Drew Shoals, Drummer for Train Band

    Today, with the help of my 12 year old daughter Emma, we interview Drew Shoals*, the drummer for the Grammy Award winning band, Train.  Drew had previously played with the lead singer of Train, Pat Monahan, prior to going to law school.  Despite having a successful legal career at Shearman & Sterling, when he got the call to join the band, he couldn’t say no! *with special thanks to Michael Dorf Listen to an interview I did with @HsuUntied where I talk […]

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  • Nathan Sawaya and Lego Brick Artist

    Nathan Sawaya and Lego Brick Artist

    Today, my guest is Nathan Sawaya who is a Lego Brick Artist.  What started as a side hobby after working as a lawyer has now blossomed into a full time profession with millions of bricks.  Even though Nathan has played with lego bricks as a child – like many of us – what he finds most fascinating is to transform simple plain square lego pieces into curved life size humans and other objects. Nathan’s most recent book is entitled The Art of the […]

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