The Chris Yeh Experience: On Design, Leadership and Blitzscaling

A writer, investor, and entrepreneur, Chris Yeh has had a ringside seat in the world of startups and scale-ups since 1995. His books help founders, venture capitalists, corporate leaders, policymakers, and everyday people better understand how the internet has changed the way we work together to build amazing organizations.

Chris Yeh is the co-author, along with Reid Hoffman, of Blitzscaling, the book that explains how to build world-changing companies like Amazon, Alibaba, and Airbnb in record time.

In this episode with Swami & Vignesh, Chris talks about

  • His work at D E Shaw when the internet was an emergent technology
  • The importance of design thinking, storytelling, art & design for engineers
  • How public speaking and Improv can help structure pitches
  • The need for playfulness in product design
  • Blitzscaling for companies in emerging economies
  • Embracing ambiguity and uncertainty when you’re creating something new

…and many more engaging insights.. Listen in on the podcast. You can also catch the full video episode on YouTube.

Listen to the episode

Selected Links

Connect with Chris Yeh

Creative Confidence

Phi Beta Kappa

Magna Cum Laude

10,000 hours of practice

Moore’s Law

Aging Population in China

Density of connections in Silicon Valley

Beachhead Strategy

Comparison is a thief of joy

Hewlett-Packard style of management

People Mentioned

David Kelley

Tom Kelley

Malcolm Gladwell

 Anders Ericsson

Ben Stein

Reid Hoffman

Mary Meeker

Dale Carnegie

Edward L. Deci

Abraham Lincoln

Edwin Stanton

David Packard

Steve Jobs

Elon Musk

Jeff Bezos

Steve Wozniak

Michael Jordan

Fred Rogers

Masi Oka

Michael Green

Peter Eagle Sims

Daniel Epstein

Peter McDonald

Books Mentioned

Blitzscaling by Chris Yeh

Creative Confidence

How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A Moore

The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen

The Alliance by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh

Manga Comics

Why We Do What We Do by Edward L Deci

True North by Bill George

Little Bets by Peter Sims

Movies / Videos Mentioned

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Mr. Rogers’ Speech in Congress

Mr. Rogers’ Video on Awards

Companies / Institutions / Products Mentioned


DE Shaw & Co

Galactic Destruction

Blitzscaling Ventures



Adobe Flash


Mercado Libre

Pix Payment System

Indian Institute of Technology

Hewlett Packard

The Unreasonable Group



Johnson & Johnson

Show Notes

Choosing the most interesting choice

Chris on his advisors during his time as a student at Stanford

On David Kelley and Creative Confidence

Products Chris worked on at Stanford

The Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Design Thinking, Storytelling, Art & Design for Engineers

Public Speaking, Improve & Structuring Your Pitches

Why Product Design Needs an Element of Playfulness

The Stanford Journey and Working at DE Shaw

Blitzscaling Across Businesses

Blitzscaling For Companies in Emerging Economies

Fear of Failure, Ambition and Career Migration

Helping Interesting People Do Interesting Things

Chris on Books That Influenced his Life & Career

What is Success?

Four Guests To A Dream Dinner

Advice to an 18-year old at University

What Chris believes that no one else does

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