Bryan Johnson

Founder of Braintree which Paypal acquired in 2013 for $800M

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON December 10, 2015

Discussion

Bryan Johnson@bryan_johnson · Entrepreneur. OSFund, Braintree (prev)
I'm the founder of Braintree which Paypal acquired in 2013 for $800M. I then started the OS Fund with $100M of my personal capital to invest in scientists working on some of the world's most audacious endeavors. I'm excited about synthetic biology, the future of intelligence, and how ideologies invisibly shape our behavior. I work hard at being a father of three, love flying and wrote a children's book. My defining belief is that we're at a uniquely exciting moment in the arc of humanity because we can now literally create any kind of world we can imagine.
Chad Grills@chadgrills · Founder, Life Learning
@bryan_johnson Hi Bryan! It seems like we have all the tools for self directed learning around us, and that a philosophical revolution (or a product) could replace most of the current Education system. What are your thoughts? Do you view our current Education system as fragile?
Kingsong Chen@kingsongchen · Founder at Scanate
@bryan_johnson What are some old and hidden industries that could benefit from OS level thinking?
Wade George@dontwadeup · Thought Architect
@bryan_johnson, How might the OS Fund help democratize funding for moonshots goals? Recent projections have shown that—in 2016—crowdfunding will outpace traditional venture capital (in total $ contributed toward new companies and products). Would the organizations you represent benefit from a piece of this pie? Do you feel those with less capital have value to add?
Jared Janes@jaredjanes · Thinker, Social Entrepreneur & Podcaster
OS fund is not doubt focused on positive impact but seems to be taking a different approach than other pro-impact movements like Effective Altruism. Where do you see the most overlap with the principals of the Effective Altruism and your work with OS Fund?
Michael Gasiorek@gasiorekm · Editor @ Startup Grind
@jaredjanes Glad to see EA active in this thread, going to be following this question.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Welcome, Bryan! Why did you decide to sell to Paypal?
Derek Fidler@derekfidler · Product Designer @TeamBlab
@bryan_johnson Where can we get copies of your books?
Michael Gasiorek@gasiorekm · Editor @ Startup Grind
@bryan_johnson So glad to see this & looking forward to hosting you @startupgrind Conf :) 1. How do you rationalize the high-value tracks of synthetic biology and future intelligence/AI versus the associated human-wide risks? 2. As you back people and ideas through OS Fund, what is the typical working relationship of you and your team with your investment recipients? For example, do you get into the trenches or offer occasional strategy, or does your team help with HR or bizdev? 3. Where can we get a copy of the Code 7 anthology? :) Last, think you'd like this as you continuously analyze and refactor your beliefs: http://www.clearerthinking.org/ from @spencergreen
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Community and Marketing, Product Hunt
@bryan_johnson Thanks so much for joining us today! During your career to date, what is the best piece of advice you've ever been given? Flip side - what's the worst?
Theoharis Dimarhos@theo_dimarhos · Marketing+Biz Dev at AngelouEconomics
Hi! What's your view on online schools/education? What are the elements missing that could make them grow exponentially?
Andrew Ettinger@andrewett · PMM @Twitter // Previously @ProductHunt
Which investment in OS Fund are you most excited about?
Mike Coutermarsh@mscccc · Code @ GitHub
@bryan_johnson Hi Bryan! Have always been really impressed with how developer friendly using braintree is. 💯Can you share what you focused on to get there? How do you measure "easy to use" for a payments SDK?
Antti Pennanen@andypennanen · Founder, MONI Limited
What are the biggest problems of the human kind at the moment? What needs to be solved first?
Antti Pennanen@andypennanen · Founder, MONI Limited
Do you think everyone will be an entrepreneur in the future? Will the traditional full time jobs disappear in next ten years?