Interesting sources of insight, information and news

These are sources of insight and information, sources that have me think more, that I am currently following.

I tend to prefer podcasts as they can automatically be gathered by my phone, and I can listen to them where I would otherwise have dead time (such as driving, travel, walking my dog). I nearly always listen to them in 1.5-2x speed.
I generally dislike video-only content as it requires way too much attention for the information it gives, and often I’ll have it running as an audio player effectively.

Sources I find interesting

Authentic relating



  • 10xTALK by Dan Sullivan and Joe Polish: Fairly hardcore business growth advise. Very American-company style, but with a win-win bent. If you are uncomfortable in the business world, this is a good one to push your edges with. If you are comfortable and want to know why the authentic relating makes sense business wise, this is also a good one to listen too.

General learning and insights

  • ACM (Digital Library): the computer science version of IEEE, this organisation has a great deal on their Digital Library. I read easily 100 papers from this yearly.
  • C’t from Heise Verlag (German): since ages my go-to in-depth magazine for computer geekery. They keep going the extra mile for deep information. Biggest ‘complaint’ I have is that they generate so much content it is hard to keep up. And I like keeping up my German reading it.
  • Dan Carlin‘s Hardcore History and Common Sense: In-depth analysis/opinion on history and current events.
  • De Correspondent (nearly always in Dutch): Non-standard ‘newspaper’ with pretty good articles sent daily by email (paid) and interesting audio interviews. This is one of those sources I’ll save up, and then binge read/listen too when I want to hear my native tongue (typically after longer time of travelling abroad).
  • Freakonomics podcast, of the makers of the Freakonomics books: describing how to look at the world from a pure “is it effective?” economic view. I’ve been amazed to learn how for example boycotts work.
  • Lindybeige: Youtube channel by a British chap on Medieval warfare and such topics.
  • Serial podcast: the first season follows a reporter trying to figure out if a teenager is guilty or not for a murder. It gives a great insight in the uncertainties and grey areas where the legal system operates. Season two is about a soldier who went AWOL, and how, after years in captivity by the Taliban, he comes back to the question whether he should or should not be court-martialled. This gives me a fascinating insight in the (American?) military’s mindset.
  • Stratfor: a ‘commercial intelligence’ analysis organisation, writing on current events from a security and business impact view. I like their broad view and love learning the analysis approach they take [1]. Well worth the money of the subscription to me.

Sources I don’t find interesting (anymore)

In consuming content, I of course also try out things thad did not work for me. But that was just my experience (n=1), so you might actually enjoy these.


  • Antony DiClementi’s Biohackersguide and podcast: The guy has great enthusiastic energy, but I’m not finding any new or insightful elements in what he brings or who he interviews. I’m finding it more a loose collection of various biohacks than an integrated view. Plus I really dislike the (fake feeling) scarcity marketing style he has. I’d say try Tim Ferriss, Dave Asprey or Smart Drugs Smarts first.