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Anthony Scaramucci

This is Mooch FM, a weekly podcast to debate and explore the top stories of the week, with the biggest names in media, business, politics and beyond. Your host is self-made entrepreneur Anthony ‘The Mooch’ Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital and the prestigious SALT conference. He famously served as Donald Trump’s Communications Director for just 11 days before being unceremoniously sacked. Now a vocal critic of the President, he is also the author of five books.

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Episode 102: Kyle Cheney, Daniel Shakhani, & Sudarshan Sridharan
4d ago
Episode 102: Kyle Cheney, Daniel Shakhani, & Sudarshan Sridharan
In this episode, Anthony is joined by Politico reporter, Kyle Cheney, to discuss the recent FBI raid of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. They explore the possibilities around Trump’s motives for taking classified documents to his Florida home and what information those documents may hold. Anthony gives insight into the situation using his experiences with sensitive compartmented information facilities within the White House. Kyle also shares his predictions on the fate of Donald Trump and the Republican party. Next, Daniel Shakhani, co-founder of Salary Finance, joins Anthony to talk about the importance of financial wellness. Daniel analyzes the psychological effects of the current economic climate and cost of living crisis on employees and the dangers of financial stress. They then dive into Salary Finance’s initiative to promote financial wellness in the workplace and facilitate healthier employee-employer relationships. Anthony then joins Sudarshan “Suds” Sridharan, founder and CEO of Fion Technologies— an intelligence company that builds software that stops the spread of wildfires. Together, they talk through the recent increase of wildfires on the west coast and the philosophical reasons that not enough is being done to solve the growing problem. Suds then highlights how Fion Tech is equipped to assist firefighters in combatting wildfires, “situational awareness,” and touches on the company's future.
Episode 102: Kyle Cheney, Daniel Shakhani, & Sudarshan Sridharan
4d ago
Episode 102: Kyle Cheney, Daniel Shakhani, & Sudarshan Sridharan
In this episode, Anthony is joined by Politico reporter, Kyle Cheney, to discuss the recent FBI raid of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. They explore the possibilities around Trump’s motives for taking classified documents to his Florida home and what information those documents may hold. Anthony gives insight into the situation using his experiences with sensitive compartmented information facilities within the White House. Kyle also shares his predictions on the fate of Donald Trump and the Republican party. Next, Daniel Shakhani, co-founder of Salary Finance, joins Anthony to talk about the importance of financial wellness. Daniel analyzes the psychological effects of the current economic climate and cost of living crisis on employees and the dangers of financial stress. They then dive into Salary Finance’s initiative to promote financial wellness in the workplace and facilitate healthier employee-employer relationships. Anthony then joins Sudarshan “Suds” Sridharan, founder and CEO of Fion Technologies— an intelligence company that builds software that stops the spread of wildfires. Together, they talk through the recent increase of wildfires on the west coast and the philosophical reasons that not enough is being done to solve the growing problem. Suds then highlights how Fion Tech is equipped to assist firefighters in combatting wildfires, “situational awareness,” and touches on the company's future.
Episode 98: Scott Armstrong, Oliver Bullough, & Luciana Berger
08-07-2022
Episode 98: Scott Armstrong, Oliver Bullough, & Luciana Berger
In this episode, Anthony talks with Scott Armstrong, former Editor-in-Chief of Arabian Business Magazine and mental health advocate launching the start-up consultancy, Mentl. They begin by discussing the human history of experiencing homelessness and the detrimental effects of this feeling on society. Scott then dives into his mission of mental health advocacy of fighting toxic work environments and promoting corporate leadership that supports mental wellbeing, as well as the wide range of benefits that come with it.Next, Oliver Bullough joins Anthony to discuss his latest book, ‘Butler to the World: How Britain Became the Servant of Tycoons, Tax Dodgers, Kleptocrats, and Criminals,’ which provides an insight into money laundering in the United Kingdom. Oliver takes Anthony through the history of kleptocracy from the British Empire to today, and explores the corruption of shell corporations in the United States.Finally, Luciana Berger, a former Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP) in the United Kingdom, joins Anthony only moments after Boris Johnson resigned as Prime Minister. Luciana shares her experiences in British politics before diving into the factors influencing Boris’ resignation. They discuss the government’s shortcomings, including scandals, parliamentary investigations, and rule-breaking, leading to over 50 MP’s quitting and forcing the Prime Minister to resign.Follow our guest on Twitter: @Scottiehack@OliverBullough@LucianaBerger Subscribe on YouTube: //bit.ly/3ICdZXx Follow us:    Sign up for our newsletter at: www.mooch.fm Created & produced by Podcast Partners: www.podcastpartners.com
Episode 94: The International Man of History - Professor Niall Ferguson
10-06-2022
Episode 94: The International Man of History - Professor Niall Ferguson
In this episode, Anthony is joined by Professor Niall Ferguson, renowned historian, author of sixteen books, and the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Together, they start by discussing Niall’s decision to become a historian, despite hailing from a family of physicists, and describing himself as a “wannabe Monty Python”. Niall shares his Cold War analogy for our current era. Starting during the Trump administration, and how the events that have happened in the US and China since then have magnified this realization with Ukraine as “the first hot war” of “Cold War II”.They then delve into Niall’s books, starting with the most recent, ‘Doom’, which covers how humans respond to catastrophes and how resilient we are to them. It explores how fascinated we are with disaster, why we struggle so much with it, and how we exaggerate the possibility the world will end.Finally, they discuss ‘The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World’, and how this now relates to advances in cryptocurrency and Bitcoin. Niall expresses why, to him, it’s not plausible to have a future based on traditional systems, transactions and technologies. They then touch on the global inflation we’re currently experiencing, and Niall gives his predictions about how this will continue to impact the economy.Follow our guest on Twitter: Subscribe on YouTube: //bit.ly/3ICdZXx Follow us:    Sign up for our newsletter at:www.mooch.fm Created & produced by Podcast Partners:www.podcastpartners.com
Episode 90: Natalie Salemink, Scott Smith & Hernán Luis y Prado
13-05-2022
Episode 90: Natalie Salemink, Scott Smith & Hernán Luis y Prado
In this episode, Anthony joins Natalie Salemink, founder and chief executive of Prismatic - the place to create, govern and manage DAOs on Algorand. Together they discuss how she first got into the crypto and Ethereum community which led to her discovering DAOs. Natalie then shares why Algorand is a suitable destination for DAOs being built - and why they position themselves as a “blockchain for good.” Next, Scott Smith, entrepreneur, author, and managing member of the C Squared Fund, talks with Anthony about his book ‘The Emerging Kingdom: An Economic Guidebook to Building a Nation That is a Better Place to Live,’ which delves into the relationship between money, the economy, and our personal wellbeing. Scott shares his ideas behind replacing income taxes with a payments tax, cutting the tax rate to 0.2%, and how he aims to get this idea out there to bring people together.Finally, Hernán Luis y Prado, CEO and founder of Workshops for Warriors, joins Anthony to discuss his background in the military - and when his light-bulb moment came to start the non-profit that trains veterans to place them into advanced manufacturing careers - recently graduating their 1,000th student! Hernán then reveals what needs to be done as a society to support veterans and welcome them back into the community.Follow our guests on Twitter:     Subscribe on YouTube: //bit.ly/3ICdZXx Follow us:    Sign up for our newsletter at:www.mooch.fm Created & produced by Podcast Partners:www.podcastpartners.com
Episode 89: Bob Spitz, Sara Just and Todd M. Goldberg
06-05-2022
Episode 89: Bob Spitz, Sara Just and Todd M. Goldberg
In this episode, Anthony is joined by Bob Spitz, bestselling author and journalist. Together they discuss his recent book ‘Led Zeppelin: The Biography’, which reflects on the band’s artistic journey and delves into the good, the bad and the ugly of being the most popular rock band of their generation. Bob then shares the process behind writing his books, with a key goal to separate myth from fact, whilst bringing his expertise in the music business to each project. Next, Sara Just, senior executive producer of PBS NewsHour Productions and a senior vice president at WETA, talks with Anthony about having editorial independence at PBS and how this allows them to cover the stories that matter. Sara shares her predictions for what will shape the 2024 presidential agenda from a news media perspective – touching on issues with misinformation and maintaining credibility and trust.Finally, Todd M. Goldberg is co-founder and co-CEO of Crush Capital and Going Public–the only show where viewers can invest in companies as they watch. He joins Anthony to discuss how they are working to democratize private capital markets and make investing more accessible. Todd then reveals the behind-the-scenes plans for season two and how the show has helped empower the featured companies.Follow our guests on Twitter:    Subscribe on YouTube: //bit.ly/3ICdZXx Follow us:    Sign up for our newsletter at:www.mooch.fm Created & produced by Podcast Partners:www.podcastpartners.com
Episode 87: Nina Jankowicz, Christopher Blattman & Alexander Lipton
22-04-2022
Episode 87: Nina Jankowicz, Christopher Blattman & Alexander Lipton
In this episode, Anthony is joined by Nina Jankowicz bestselling author and internationally-recognized expert on disinformation and democratization. Together they discuss Nina’s brand-new book, How to Be a Woman Online: Surviving Abuse and Harassment, and How to Fight Back, which provides concise steps women can take to protect themselves in online spaces. Nina then moves on to share her assessment of the current situation in Russia, and their use of social media.  Next, Christopher Blattman, economist and professor of Global Conflict Studies at the University of Chicago talks with Anthony about his book Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace, which lays out a framework to explain the root causes and remedies for war, showing that violence is not the norm and how the escalation can be interrupted. Christopher applies these factors to the recent war in Ukraine, the polarization in the United States, the Medellín cartel and more. Finally, Alexander Lipton, author and a global head of Quantitative Research & Development at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, joins Anthony to discuss what initially sparked his interest in Blockchain. They unpack Alexander’s new textbook with co-author Adrien Treccani, Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers: Mathematics, Technology and Economics, discussing all things distributed ledger technology (DLT), and its potential impact on society at large.Follow our guests on Twitter:   Subscribe on YouTube: //bit.ly/3ICdZXx Follow us:    Sign up for our newsletter at:www.mooch.fm Created & produced by Podcast Partners:www.podcastpartners.com
Episode 86: Alan Patricof, Philip Palumbo & Robin Wigglesworth
15-04-2022
Episode 86: Alan Patricof, Philip Palumbo & Robin Wigglesworth
In this episode, Anthony is joined by venture capital pioneer, Alan Patricof, to discuss his new book No Red Lights: Reflections on Life, 50 Years in Venture Capital, and Never Driving Alone. The book offers a behind-the-scenes look at the past fifty years of the industry, detailing Alan’s legendary life and career, from growing up on the Upper West Side in Manhattan to buying stock in Apple when its market valuation was only $60 million, and founding New York Magazine.Next, Philip Palumbo, founder, CEO and chief investment officer of Palumbo Wealth Management talks with Anthony about making the leap from being a financial advisor to starting his own company, and why people have to take the jump and “believe in themselves.” They then move on to discuss the impact of the war in Ukraine, Russian sanctions and high inflation on the markets, and why there’s a time and place to look sharp! Finally, Anthony speaks with Robin Wigglesworth, editor of FT Alphaville, about his new book Trillions: How a Band of Wall Street Renegades Invented the Index Fund and Changed Finance Forever. Robin discusses the past, present and future of index funds and the impact passive investing has had on markets around the world. He then offers his view on cryptocurrencies and predicts some of the long-term financial effects of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.Follow our guests on Twitter:    Subscribe on YouTube: //bit.ly/3ICdZXx Follow us:    Sign up for our newsletter at:www.mooch.fm Created & produced by Podcast Partners:www.podcastpartners.com
Episode 85: Rep. Ro Khanna, Julia Davis & Andrew Roberts
08-04-2022
Episode 85: Rep. Ro Khanna, Julia Davis & Andrew Roberts
In this episode, Anthony is joined by Congressman Ro Khanna, representative for California's 17th District, the heart of Silicon Valley and home to some of the world's largest technology giants. Together, they discuss what significant tech legislation would look like; explain why the Internet Bill of Rights is so crucial; and explore how we can begin to lessen some of the bitterness within the country. They then delve into Ro’s latest book, Dignity in a Digital Age: Making Tech Work for All of Us, in which he makes a case for distributing tech jobs — and thus tech wealth across America. Next, Julia Davis, Russian media analyst and columnist for The Daily Beast, talks with Anthony about how pro-Russia propaganda has intensified since the start of the war in Ukraine; Julia shares her assessment of what’s happening on the ground in Russia; and whether cracks are forming. They then discuss the impact of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent video message and question how much Trump has helped Putin, as Russian propaganda has “served up a beneficial deck of cards for Trump.”  Finally, Anthony speaks with Andrew Roberts, British historian, award-winning author, journalist and broadcaster, about his recent book The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III. The book paints a nuanced and detailed portrait of the man who created the conditions for America’s independence and explains why he has been unfairly represented. The conversation then switches to Andrew’s previous book, Leadership in War, and what lessons we can learn from those who made history.  Follow our guests on Twitter:    Subscribe on YouTube: //bit.ly/3ICdZXx Follow us:    Sign up for our newsletter at:www.mooch.fm Created & produced by Podcast Partners:www.podcastpartners.com
Episode 83: Laura Shin, Christopher Leonard & Sean Ford
25-03-2022
Episode 83: Laura Shin, Christopher Leonard & Sean Ford
In this episode, Anthony is joined by writer, crypto journalist, and podcaster Laura Shin to discuss her new book, The Cryptopians, which takes readers inside the founding journey of Ethereum. Together, they discuss Laura’s crypto eureka moment back in May of 2015; assess how the book is somewhat a coming-of-age story for Vitalik Buterin; investigate the DAO hack of 2016; and explore each of the Ethereum co-founders, and how these larger-than-life personalities came together. Next, Christopher Leonard, New York Times bestselling author and business journalist, talks with Anthony about his new book, The Lords Of Easy Money, which infiltrates one of America’s most mysterious institutions —the Federal Reserve. Chris takes us through the role and history of the Fed, and how its policies over the past ten years have accelerated income inequality and put the United States’ economic stability at risk.Finally, Anthony speaks with Sean Ford, chief operating officer at Algorand. Algorand seeks to build on similar projects like Ethereum by improving scalability, security, and reducing the amount of time it takes for transactions on the network to be considered “final.” In their conversation, Sean and Anthony start by recalling Sean’s career journey to date, then go on to talk about all things ALGO, from its creation by MIT professor Silvio Micali to why it will change the crypto space, and much more…  Follow our guests on Twitter:    Subscribe on YouTube: //bit.ly/3ICdZXx Follow us:    Sign up for our newsletter at:www.mooch.fm Created & produced by Podcast Partners:www.podcastpartners.com