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Jan 7, 2021

Polina Marinova Pompliano is the author of The Profile, a newsletter that profiles the world's most successful people.

She spent five years at FORTUNE, where she was the author + editor of Term Sheet, an industry-leading newsletter on dealmaking.

Polina has interviewed some of the most influential dealmakers in the world, including: Melinda Gates, Steve Case, Chamath Palihapitiya and others.

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Full show notes on creatorlab.fm
In the conversation, you'll learn about:

  • the rise of independent writers + the creator economy
  • evolution of the media landscape
  • future of media monetization
  • her writing process + the art of the edit
  • actionable lessons from The Profile, featuring: Malcolm Gladwell, Charlie Munger, Anthony Bourdain, Ira Glass, Elon Musk + more

Timestamps:

  • 2:47 Intro
  • 5:03 "Oprah is not JUST Oprah"
  • 9:54 Leaving Fortune Magazine
  • 15:44 Background On The Profile
  • 19:09 Expectations vs Reality
  • 23:43 Why Polina Uses Substack For Her Newsletter
  • 27:13 Evolution of Monetization in New Media
  • 36:20 Writing Process: Summarizing 128 Books
  • 40:53 The Art of The Edit
  • 44:13 Building Your Initial Audience
  • 45:50 Growing An Audience

Lessons From The Profile:

  • 48:30 Gladwell: "3 Hours of Thinking for 1 Hour of Writing"
  • 51:55 "Interesting, Not Perfect"
  • 53:54 How To Find Meaning In Your Work
  • 55:32 Ira Glass: "Great Stories Happen To Those Who Can Tell Them"
  • 58:00 Charlie Munger: Inversion + Avoidance of Stupidity
  • 59:29 Survivor vs Victim
  • 1:00:46 The Bourdain Principle
  • 1:05:46 Lessons From Shonda Rhimes
  • 1:09:02 "I'm No Longer Looking For An Enemy..."
  • 1:11:23 Guy Raz: Stories We Tell Ourselves
  • 1:13:32 Elon Musk: The Chef vs The Cook
  • 1:16:34 Thinking From First Principles
  • 1:19:04 Unconcious Bias
  • 1:20:25 Human Hardware vs Software
  • 1:22:16 Wrap Up
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