Spotify Founder: “Your Music Taste Could Signal The Books You NEED to Read” - Daniel Ek
Deep Dive with Ali Abdaal
Thu, October 5, 2023
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Episode Description: The Future of Audiobooks with Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify

Welcome to another exciting episode of our podcast! In this episode, our host sits down with Daniel Ek, the co-founder and CEO of Spotify, to discuss the highly anticipated new audiobooks feature on the platform. Get ready to dive into the world of audiobooks and explore their impact on the industry, publishers, authors, and listeners alike.

The Audiobook Revolution

Join us as we explore the audiobook revolution and its potential to reshape the way we consume literature. Daniel Ek shares his insights on how audiobooks are changing the game and what it means for both creators and consumers. Discover the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for publishers and authors in this rapidly evolving landscape.

Building Businesses and Making High-Quality Decisions

As a successful entrepreneur, Daniel Ek offers valuable advice on building businesses and making high-quality decisions. Learn from his experiences and gain insights into his approach to problem-solving. Discover the delicate balance between thinking and action, and the common mistakes entrepreneurs often make along the way.

Time Management, Focus, and Work-Life Balance

Being a CEO and a father, Daniel Ek understands the importance of time management, focus, and work-life balance. Tune in as he shares his strategies for effectively managing his time and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Gain valuable tips on how to stay focused and prioritize your tasks, both in your professional and personal life.

Choosing Difficult and Valuable Problems

One of the key takeaways from this episode is the significance of choosing problems that are difficult and valuable to solve. Daniel Ek emphasizes the importance of tackling challenges that have a meaningful impact. Discover how curiosity and continuous learning play a crucial role in entrepreneurship and how they can drive innovation and success.

Don't miss out on this insightful episode featuring Daniel Ek, where we explore the future of audiobooks, the art of decision-making, and the keys to entrepreneurial success. Tune in now and get ready to be inspired!

Original Show Notes

BONUS EPISODE: Today I’m joined by Daniel Ek - a man you might never have heard of but whose business you’ve almost certainly used. Daniel is the co-founder and CEO of Spotify, and he ‘s taken the company from an struggling start-up to industry giant. And, Spotify has just launched a new Audiobook platform - so excited about it. In the episode we talk about  Audiobooks on Spotify, and how giving literally hundreds of millions of people one-click free access to basically every audiobook in the world is going to change the industry for authors, publishers and of course, readers and listeners. Daniel’s approach to entrepreneurship and building businesses - Daniel shares his frameworks for how entrepreneurs can think about adding value, the balance between thinking and action, and the 3 different types of advantage that different businesses can have, in terms of informational, analytical and behavioural advantages. And we talk also about Daniel’s personal productivity - as a ridiculously busy CEO of a huge public company worth tens of billions of dollars, how does he think about time management, focus, and work-life balance as it relates to balancing the running of his companies with being a father and a husband. Enjoy!


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