#064: Nostalgic for the future with Nic Hodges

By Jordan Michaelides
May 01, 2018

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Nic Hodges ( @nichodges ) is the Founder of Blonde3 & Robot Deputy, and former Head of Innovation for media brands such as Foxtel, NewsCorp & MediaCom.

Noted for his tagline “nostalgic for the future”, Nic has also been dubbed a polymath by a few former guests, including the man who made our introduction, Steve Sammartino.

You’ll notice in multiple interviews my fascination with media and how it can be used for challenging the stories we believe as a society, with technology’s ability to rapidly expand that potential, and with psychology’s skill at reading our mental nature. I see Nic as being uniquely at the intersection of those points here in Australia, and a fascinating individual you should be keeping tabs on.

This was a pretty meaty episode covering media, technology, blockchains and more, including:

  • $10k pizza, bitcoin and blockchain

  • How he got started in media

  • Media mechanics

  • Rejection of comfort and social media

  • Social media: the next tobacco

  • The state and future of mass media

  • How blockchain relates to media

  • Incentives in digital interactions

  • The future of crypto and bitcoin

  • The one constant in media

Enjoy the episode! 






Show notes

00:52 - Introduction

03:37 - $10k pizza, bitcoin and blockchain

08:10 - His background

09:10 - How he got started in media

12:42 - His interest in media and mechanics

16:20 - Lessons learnt from parents

17:43 - Brian Eno, Orbiting the Giant Hairball

22:12 - Rejection of comfort and social media

28:35 - Social media: the next tobacco

33:11 - Regulation & liability of social media

39:42 - Platforms he uses

41:31 - The state and future of mass media

48:10 - History of media

52:48 - Blockchain and a 51% attack

56:39 - How blockchain relates to media

01:01:56 - Paid-for media content and distribution

01:08:43 - Incentives in digital interactions

01:10:45 - The future of crypto and bitcoin

01:13:46 - His creative process

01:16:09 - Leaders he respects/disapproves of

01:21:06 - The one constant in media

01:22:34 - Benjamin Franklin Biography

01:25:26 - His daily routine and checklist

01:27:59 - How he would spend $100 million in Media-tech

01:29:13 - Best purchase under $200

01:30:25 - Most influential book

01:31:32 - What seems obvious to him but not to others

01:33:15 - Where he would put a billboard


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