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By Chris Yeh
Thoughts on startups, life, and everything in between from author, investor, and mentor Chris Yeh.
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Mental Samurai Finale: The Dr. Jackie Boehme Interview
Dr. Jackie took time out of her incredibly busy schedule (she just had time to squeeze me in between 28-hour shifts) to record this interview.  Think of it as an appetizer, allowing you to learn about her incredible family, how trying beauty pageants in college helped turn her from a shy nerd into the amazing, born-to-the-stage nerd we know and love, and her other television in a famous singing competition.  Start thinking of follow-up questions you'd like me to ask when Jackie returns!
May 29, 2019
Mental Samurai Finale: The Ryan Jones Interview
I hope you enjoy this super-sized interview with Ryan "Mr. Fabulous" Jones.  We discuss Ryan's life, including the impact of Hurricane Katrina on his family.  Ryan then reveals that he is actually a second-generation game show contestant, following in the footsteps of his mom and dad, who both won big on Wheel of Fortune.  He was literally raised to be on TV, which he proved on Wheel of Fortune, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, and Mental Samurai.  We also talk about his passion, Soulcycle, and how his first session literally changed his life.  Finally, we do a deep dive into the behind-the-scenes machinations of Mental Samurai, which explained a number of things that I had been wondering about, and conclude with some suggestions for how we might return to your living rooms in the future.  Enjoy!
May 24, 2019
Mental Samurai Finale: The Chris Yeh interview (feat. Joey Gutmann)
In this special episode, Season 1 competitor, seasoned game show guy, and litigator extraordinaire Joey Gutmann interviews me about the Mental Samurai finale, my April 30 run, and my future in the game show world.  We do discuss the results of the finale, so if you haven't watched it yet, this is your spoiler alert.  Stick around for the end, where Joey makes a surprise announcement to share some incredible news.
May 22, 2019
Mental Samurai Episode 9: Ben Bergstrom Interview
In this episode, I interview fellow Mental Samurai Ben Bergstrom, whose run appeared in Episode 9 of Season 1.  In this extended interview, Ben and I discuss his amazing life story (he is the biological son of a famous actress, his adopted parents are actors, and he thought he might want to become a lawyer before ultimately moving to Hollywood to become an actor), the dramatic events of his run, and why his birth mom was so animated during the show.  This is the longest interview yet, so enjoy!
May 18, 2019
Mental Samurai Episode 9 Recap
My recap of the final regular season episode of Mental Samurai, Season 1.  I discuss the runs of Boris Chernin (the emergency consultant), Marlie Clarke (the flight attendant), Courtney Courter (the model), Miles Nye (the game maker), Eric Schroeder (the tennis pro), Josh Kronz (the math teacher) and Ben Bergstrom (the bartender).  In particular, I discuss how Ben's approach helped him become a Mental Samurai (don't rush!) and fill people in on the story behind his surprisingly young and attractive mom, Amy!
May 15, 2019
Mary Hayes of WorkBay on how communities can help connect more people with meaningful work
I sit down with Unreasonable FUTURE fellow Mary Hayes, the founder and CEO of WorkBay, and talk about the remarkable work she does in communities around the country.  To learn more about Mary and WorkBay, visit:
May 15, 2019
Pascal Finette of Be-Radical.Today
I'm joined by my old friend Pascal Finette as we discuss his career, what brought him to Silicon Valley, and how important it is to encourage entrepreneurs to be thoughtful about how they are changing the world.
May 14, 2019
Mental Samurai Episode 8 Recap
Chris Yeh is back with another Mental Samurai episode recap!  This week's competitors were Alex Goines (the adventure racer), Marissa Willman (the woman gamer), Arius George (the trick shot cop), Zach Engel (Tom Selleck meets Billy Ray Cyrus), Kristy Agamegwa (the late-in-life graduate), and Dylan Gentile (the classical pianist).  This week's episode features two winners who are going on to the May 21 season finale!
May 8, 2019
Mental Samurai Episode 6: Competitor Interview: Stella Zawistowski
It's a banner day--two episodes in a single afternoon.  Can we go for three? In this episode, I interview my fellow Tuesday competitor Stella Zawistowski.  We get to learn all about her eclectic life, including how she got into crosswords, and how "revenge dating" after breaking off an engagement allowed her to find true love with her husband.  Tune in and hear about her upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall!
May 8, 2019
Mental Samurai Episode 7: Competitor Interview: Adam Thomas
In this episode, I interview former Marine Corps intelligence officer and current stay-at-home dad Adam Thomas about his life journey, and his run on Mental Samurai.  I think you'll enjoy hearing the details on how he and his wife met in Iraq without ever seeing each other face-to-face, how he ended up on the show (hint: Once again, it was MENSA), and why the circumstances of his run may have contributed to his going too quickly.
May 7, 2019
Mental Samurai Episode 7 Recap (my episode!)
In this extra-special recap, I discuss the action of Episode 7 of Mental Samurai, including my own run which led to my being crowned the third Mental Samurai (after Nathan Gonzalez and Dr. Jackie).  I also talk a little bit about the experience of hosting my own Mental Samurai watch party.  Competitors covered include Nick Bremner (the Accountant), Matthew Schultz (the Handsome Pastor), La Tawnya Robinson (the 3rd-Grade Teacher), Kenyatta Smith (the Firefighter), Roz Paul (the 74-year-young Retiree), and Adam Thomas (the Marine turned Stay-at-Home Dad).  This episode features some extensive discussion of the pros and cons of taking your time.
May 1, 2019
Mental Samurai Recap: Episode 6
In today's episode, I recap the action from Episode 6 of this season of Mental Samurai.  The theme of today's show was the Memory tower, as contestant after contestant--including two memory champions, Ron White and Luis Angel--lost on Memory questions.  Today's competitors were Hannah Cussen (Stanford freshman and tae kwon do black belt), Steve Kaye (Las Vegas entertainment executive), Chad Poist (farmboy, dad, and supply chain manager), Stella Zawistowski (crossword champion), and the night's big winner, Ryan "Mr. Fun" Jones (soulcycle instructor, fabulous).
April 24, 2019
Mental Samurai Episode 3: The Nathan Gonzalez Interview
I hope you enjoy this extended interview with America's first Mental Samurai, Nathan Gonzalez!  We dig deep into his life, including how he ended up carrying on the family tradition in the hospital, his days as a football star, before a devastating injury ended his dreams of a Division 1 scholarship, and what he has planned for the future.  We also discuss some of the crazy things he encountered backstage, which make his amazing run even more impressive.
April 24, 2019
Mental Samurai Episode 4: Matt Potts
In this episode, I interview Mental Samurai competitor Matt Potts, a Marine and Mensa member who came up just one question short of perfection.  Matt and I discuss his life and journey, and his very cool plans for after he retires from the Marine Corps.
April 20, 2019
Mental Samurai Episode 5 Recap
In this episode, I recap the action that took place in Episode 5 of Mental Samurai (Tuesday, April 16).  I discuss the runs of Glenn Hetrick (the black-belt pilot), Ed Moses (the Olympic Gold medalist), Jack Vomacka (the USC freshman and aspiring fantasy novelist), Nancy Jo Perdue (the retired journalist), and Dr. Jackie Boheme (the anesthesiologist).  I also spend some extra time discussing Dr. Jackie's amazing story, which I think the show edited down simply because it is so unbelievable that a single person could be so accomplished.  I hope you enjoy the episode!
April 17, 2019
Special guest Reid Hoffman discusses the decision to blitzscale
My old friend and co-author, Reid Hoffman, stops by to discuss how you should make the decision to blitzscale.
April 15, 2019
Mental Samurai Episode 4: Stephanie and Jameson Thornton
In this episode, I interview the first pair of spouses to tackle Mental Samurai, Stephanie and Jameson Thornton.  We talk about how they met (Mensa), what they do for fun (Mensa), and re-live their thrilling pair of runs, which ended up giving Jameson the family bragging rights.
April 13, 2019
Dispatches from Unreasonable FUTURE - Emil Hewage, BIOS Health
Greetings from Unreasonable FUTURE!  I sit down with entrepreneur Emil Hewage, who is building the technology to treat illness and enhance health and performance using neural stimulation.
April 11, 2019
Mental Samurai Episode 4 Recap
I recap the action in Episode 4.  Stephanie and Jameson Thornton became the first husband and wife couple to compete on Mental Samurai, and while Stephanie might win most of their matchups, Jameson came out on top, though neither finished the course.  Matt Potts, the Marine intelligence officer completed the course and nearly became a Mental Samurai, missing only the final question, but still won $75,000, and will be back for the season finale on May 21.  Leah Khoury and Marlena Gasper both had good runs, but may have been tripped up by time pressure.  And finally, Andrew Ames set a new record by taking all five minutes and failing to answer Question 1.  Hey, he still got on TV!
April 10, 2019
Mental Samurai Episode 3 - Marie Criddle
In this episode, I interview Episode 3 competitor Marie Criddle.  We discuss her upbringing and family, how she ended up going on Mental Samurai, and what it felt like to sit across from Rob Lowe.  I think you'll enjoy Marie's story, and I hope we see her on television again soon.
April 9, 2019
Mental Samurai Episode 3: Competitor Interview: "Queen" Jaimi Alexander
Join me for an interview with Episode 3's "Queen" Jaimi Alexander.  We discuss her eventful life, how she got into show business, and of course, whether or not she listens to Neil Young or has been to Albany.  Enjoy!
April 7, 2019
Mental Samurai Recap - Episode 3
Chris Yeh discusses the runs of Kevin Hays, Marie Criddle, Bam Bam Bloise, Jaimi Alexander, and Nathan Gonzalez.  Lock it in!
April 4, 2019
Dispatches from Unreasonable FUTURE: An Unreasonable History with Daniel Epstein (Part 1)
Greetings from Unreasonable FUTURE, the first social impact accelerator focused on the future of work.  I sit down with Unreasonable Group Founder and CEO Daniel Epstein for a conversation about the past and present of the Unreasonable Group.  We even swear at one point!
April 2, 2019
Mental Samurai Premiere: Extra interviews with Jorden Halvorsen and Becky Eldridge
Hey Mental Samurai fans!  I hope you enjoy these interviews with two more competitors from the season premiere, Jorden Halvorsen, one of America's only female bull riders, and writer and performer Becky Eldridge, who came oh so close to completing the course.  Thanks to both of these wonderful ladies for making time to record these interviews!
April 1, 2019
Mental Samurai Episode 2: Dr. Ken speaks!
I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Ken Franklin after his run on Mental Samurai, and I hope you'll enjoy the conversation as much as I did!
March 28, 2019
Mental Samurai Recap: Episode 2
I provide a recap with color commentary on Mental Samurai Episode 2 (airdate March 26, 2019).  One of the in-depth topics I discuss is the dichotomy between the "all business" and "dramatic" approaches to running the course, illustrated by Heather and Mitch's respective runs.
March 27, 2019
The Mental Samurai Premiere Extravaganza
Want the inside scoop on Fox's Mental Samurai? Season 1 competitor Chris Yeh (that's me!) talks about the show and interviews his fellow competitors.  In this episode, hear from Clay Anderson (the astronaut), Joey Guttman (the lawyer), and Episode 1's big winner, Sam Durbin (the drag queen).
March 23, 2019
Greetings from Monterrey
A quick hello from Chris and Jeff Abbott of the Global Scaling Academy (
February 6, 2019
Harding House Interview
May 22, 2018
Greetings from Phoenix!
Podcasting is the future of thought leadership for every industry.
May 17, 2018
The Power of Naps
April 20, 2018
Optimizing Event Attendance
April 13, 2018
Live from the Menlo Country Club
I say hi to my friend Don Yates.
April 11, 2018
Drivetime Thoughts: The Portfolio Life
How to think about "investing" your time.
April 11, 2018
Episode 2: Using Bluetooth
In which I figure out how to use Bluetooth.
April 8, 2018
Episode 1: Let the Adventure Begin!
My first (brief) podcast.
April 8, 2018
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