All Turtles Podcast Episode 13: Monday Night Fever

We check in with Jeremy Vandehey, co-founder and CEO of Disco, just 24 hours after his company’s successful launch. Jeremy explains the benefits of building a culture of appreciation and celebrating the contributions of all team members. Your hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega also tackle the tangled connection between .ai, .io, and colonialism, introduce a new segment called “Advice to Politicians,” and share their admiration for the late Ursula K. Le Guin. Listener questions include such topics as robots caring for the elderly, and All Turtles’ plans for 2020.

Show notes

Colonialism, .ai, and .io (1:42)

The dark side of .io: How the U.K. is making web domain profits from a shady Cold War land deal (GigaOm)

5,000 .ai domains registered

Vince Cate web site

New segment: Advice to our elected officials (4:41)

Hillbillies who code: the former miners out to put Kentucky on the tech map (The Guardian)

For Job Retraining Programs To Work, People Need To Show Up (NPR)

The Retraining Paradox (The New York Times)

Appreciation: Ursula K. Le Guin (13:08)

Ursula K. Le Guin website

Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew by Ursula K. Le Guin (See page 17 of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015 edition by Mariner Books)

Le Guin’s letter to editor John Radziewicz

Send reading suggestions for our book club to

Conversation with Jeremy Vandehey, co-founder and CEO of Disco (18:01)


A startup from Phil Libin’s ‘studio’ thinks its artificial intelligence will make employees happier at work (Business Insider)

Listener questions

Why are robots caring for elderly patients with Alzheimer’s? Shouldn’t this require empathy, something that AI lacks? (39:39)

What have you learned so far? What are All Turtles’ plans for 2020? (43:20)

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