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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Nicolas Colin. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Nicolas Colin, often where they are interviewed.

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7 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Nicolas Colin. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Nicolas Colin, often where they are interviewed.

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Ep.15 Nicolas Colin - The Entrepreneurial Age: Networks and a fragmenting world

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In this episode, we’re speaking to Nicolas Colin, co-founder & director of The Family, a pan-European investment firm founded in 2013 and headquartered in London. Nicolas publishes an extremely valuable newsletter European Straits about entrepreneurship, finance, strategy and policy, with a European perspective. He’s also the author of three books, one of which is Hedge: A Greater Safety Net for the Entrepreneurial Age and member of the board of directors at Radio France, and a former commissioner at CNIL (the French personal data protection authority). Nicolas also contributes to several other outlets, such as co-host at Nouveau Départ with his wife Laetitia Vitaud (in French), and as a columnist at Sifted

In this conversation, we try to unpack why Nicolas thinks the current crisis is going to accelerate the transition to what he has recently called a more “mature entrepreneurial economy” and what he means with the Entrepreneurial Age is, a concept he uses to describe the networked computing-powered world where individuals - or users - are more important than having fixed assets on a balance sheet.  We also talk about the balance between building organizations based on attracting outsiders and the need to be resilient to sudden drops in users, which some tech companies seem to get wrong.

Remember that you can find the show notes and transcripts from all our episodes on our  Medium publication. 

To find out more about Nicolas Colin’s work:

> Twitter:

> Newsletter:

> Nicolas Colin (2018). Hedge: A Greater Safety Net for the Entrepreneurial Age:

Other references and mentions:

> Structural Shifts podcast by Aperture, “Previewing the post-pandemic World”, with Nicolas Colin, Laetitia Vitaud and Ian Charles Stewart:

> Babak Nivi coined the term “Entrepreneurial Age” (2013):

> Carlota Perez’ work on technological revolutions:

> Balaji Srinivasan On The Argument For Decentralization - Part 1, Pomp Podcast #295:

> Fernand Braudel, on Civilisation and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century, in 3 volumes:

> Find out more about the show and the research at Boundaryless at

> Thanks for the ad-hoc music to Liosound / Walter Mobilio. Find his portfolio here:

Recorded on May 29th 2020

Jun 22 2020 · 1hr 8mins
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Nicolas Colin from The Family – Europe, Silicon Valley and China

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Today's episode is a fascinating conversation with Nicolas Colin. Nicolas is a co-founder and Director of The Family, an investment firm whose mission is to support purpose-driven creators in their efforts to bring value to society. He also publishes European Straits, a weekly newsletter analyzing European technology as an asset class.

Nicolas is a unique thinker and this conversation is a reflection of that. Some of the topics we cover:
  • The thesis of his book Hedge (and how it stands today).
  • How COVID-19 is accelerating the need for new institutions.
  • Why "How Europe can be more like Silicon Valley?" is the wrong question.
  • Europe, the United States and China.
  • The role of government in innovation and what we can learn from city states.
  • And much, much more.
Jun 04 2020 · 1hr
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Europe is a Developing Economy. But so is the U.S., w/ Nicolas COLIN

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For this episode, Ben Robinson is joined into the conversation by Nicolas Colin — Co-founder of The Family — and we argue that developed economies are defined by two major characteristics: they are able to create and accumulate wealth via large, global tech companies and they are able to re-distribute that wealth to benefit their entire society. Through this lens, neither Europe, nor the U.S. are developed economies in the current techno-economic paradigm — and we assess whether the current politicians campaigning for or holding power are in the right flow to inspire the radical imagination that is required.

Feb 26 2020 · 1hr 11mins
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Government, Technology, and The New Social Safety Net with Nicolas Colin

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Erik is joined on this episode by Nicolas Colin, co-founder and director of The Family, and author of Hedge: A Greater Safety Net For The Entrepreneurial Age.

They discuss:

- Why in the future we can expect more social change from tech companies than from government.

- The key functions of version 1.0 of the social safety net.

- How to solve the problem that most jobs are located in cities, but cities are also mostly unaffordable.

- Why the 21st century will be more like the 19th century than the 20th.

- Why this is the entrepreneurial age, and what that means for workers.

- The story of the Rothschilds and how they prevented potential wars.

- The problems with universal basic income.

- How China is innovating on the social contract.

- The fact that nation-states are a recent invention and are not necessarily the only way to organize in the future.

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Aug 06 2019 · 2hr 25mins
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A Greater Safety Net for the Entrepreneurial Age (w/ Nicolas Colin)

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Nicolas Colin is a thought-provoking voice in the conversation about new institutions in the digital world. He has co-authored several works on technology, including a 2013 Report on Taxation in the Digital Economy, and his articles regularly appear publications such as Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times, and Le Monde.

He has recently published his third book, Hedge, on the current shift towards what he calls the Entrepreneurial age, the instability that shift creates and the urgent need to redesign the social safety nets supporting both households and businesses against the risks brought about by the digital age.

In our conversation with Nicolas, we explore the main thesis of his book Hedge and its implications for the role of Asia on the world stage. We discuss the role of city-states, such as Singapore, in the new economic paradigm and explore what it will take for a nation to flourish as the entrepreneurial age unfolds.

Be sure to get a copy of Nicolas’ latests book Hedge at

Learn more about The Family at

Mar 20 2019 · 36mins
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Nicolas Colin: Backing Europe's most ambitious entrepreneurs and building a safety net

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On episode 6 I have a conversation with Nicolas Colin. Nicolas is co-founder and Director at The Family a pan-European venture and acceleration firm focused on backing Europe’s most ambitious founders and startups. Nicolas is also a respected policy maker and a professor in policy at Sciences Po in Paris. Nicolas has also launched a new book Hedge A Greater Safety Net for the Entrepreneurial Age which is generating rave reviews from Azheem Azhar to Tim O’Reilly to Kim-Mai Cutler`

On this episode I discuss a range of topics with Nicolas, we peek behind the komono of the decision making process of venture capitalists, how venture capital will evolve in the future and how big tech companies risk being displaced by startups. We also discuss best practices for startups accelerating their growth as they graduate through company stages and finally Nicolas’s thesis in how society should protect itself during this technological revolution.

Nov 11 2018 · 58mins
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Ep 13 - Meet the MarketPlace: Nicolas Colin & Garrett Cassidy

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This podcast was recorded with Nicolas Colin, Co-Founder & Director at The Family and Garrett Cassidy Founder & CEO at Trezeo.
Oct 02 2018 · 32mins