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151: Kevin Rose — Lifehacker, Visionary Tech Investor, and CEO of Oak Meditation

By September 11, 2018Podcasts
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Who Is Kevin Rose (and why should I care)?

Kevin Rose is a pioneer in the tech world. He’s been named in the list of the Top 25 Angel Investors (Bloomberg), Top 25 Web Celebrities (Forbes), Top 25 Most Influential People on the Web (Time and Businessweek), and
Top 35 Innovators under 35 (MIT).

He founded the social news site Digg, was a general partner at Google Ventures (investing in companies like Ripple, Medium, and Nextdoor), and prior to that started investing as an Angel investor in Twitter, Facebook and Square.

But the thing I love about Kevin and the real reason he’s on this podcast – is his playful and experimental spirit – his approach to life that has him trying and failing over and again, until he figures out for himself what works (and what doesn’t). To me, he exemplifies ‘Beginner’s Mind‘ (Shoshin) as he stumbles his way forward in life, listening, learning, growing, and staying humble.

He uses this approach with all that he does, including developing a really fantastic (and free) meditation app that I use daily called Oak. He has also been part of in the self-optimization world for many years, researching and learning a ton about his own health metrics, testing, biomarkers, genetic markers, and life-optimization. All of this he’s incredibly open with and full of suggestions for how to get started down this path in your own life  (and the importance of doing so.)

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Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.