CL168: The Pragmatist’s Guide To Life – Interview with Malcolm and Simone Collins

Malcolm and Simone Collins
Originally a neuroscientist focused on brain-computer interface and the evolution of human cognition (his work is on display at the Smithsonian), Malcolm Collins felt he could learn more about the way humans interact with the world and each other by pursuing an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. There he met Simone, his wife and co-author, who at the time was Director of Marketing at, managing a team of 20,000 freelancers. Together they co-founded the art commission marketplace, after which Malcolm became Director of Strategy at South Korea’s most desired source of early-stage capital and Simone earned her graduate degree from Cambridge while working in Venture Capital. The couple now runs a number of travel companies (with a focus on Travelmax), splitting their time between North American headquarters in Miami, FL and South American offices in Lima, Peru. Their new book is called The Pragmatist’s Guide to Life.
In this episode, we cover:
  • 2:01 – Buying companies
  • 9:05 – Points based system for dating
  • 9:36 – The breakup date
  • 10:22 – Being honest
  • 13:21 – Is happiness what you want?

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