Ian Rogers – Ledger
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“The older I get, the more I realize how skateboarding shaped who I am.”
Ian Rogers definitely knows how to get out of his comfort zone to land a trick.
The switch from innovative music streaming services (Apple Music) to taking luxury brands online (LVMH Group) was a bold one.
A strong believer in growing from discomfort, Ian definitely sees opportunity rather than risk.
One thing is sure, the man knows how to roll with the times without ever losing sight of his passions, from working with The Beastie Boys to collecting NFTs.
Even though he’ll tell you that “being early is the same as being wrong”, Ian is always on the edge of things with a unique sense of timing.
The key to it all? Doing things with conviction and focusing on the future. Faster, better, stronger would be a good soundtrack!
In this episode, Ian shares a few lessons from mentors and his time at Apple Music and LVMH:
- Get really good at saying no to good ideas, so you can get the important things done. (Apple Music)
- Focus on three things that will move the needle. (Tony Belloni, LVMH)
- Back creativity with operational efficiency. (Bernard Arnault, LVMH)
- Tailor your communication strategy to whoever you are trying to reach.
Obsessed with what’s next, Ian is way ahead of us and practically longs for the day his passport will be an NFT.
In this conversation he tries to catch us up on what we’re missing out on, and his latest big leap: Ledger.
If “living in the future is cheating”, as the man himself claims, then he is damn good at it!
Episodes of GDIY we talked about with Ian:
- Episode #86 – La Martingale with John Karp on NFTs
- Episode #100 – La Martingale with Jean-Michel Pailhon on NFTs
- “The Solitary Arts” Geoff McFetridge
- The Beastie Boys Book, Michael Diamond & Adam Horowitz, 2018
- Twitter account : Web3 is going just great
- A Mashiro
- The World According to Punk 6529 – Raoul Pal
- Bright Moments exhibition
- PROOF – Kevin Rose Podcast with Matt Kane (Gazers)
- PROOF – Kevin Rose Podcast with Derek Edward Shloss (art collector)
- VeeCon Web3 conference
- The Defiant Ones, 2017
- Supreme skateboard case by LVMH
- David Golberg at Yahoo & Sheryl Sandberg’s late husband
- The Knowledge Project podcast- episode 68 Daniel Kahneman
- Bernard Arnault, LVMH
- Tim Cook, Apple CEO
- Jake Phelps, Thrasher Magazine Editor
- Nicolas Julia, founder of Sorare
- Éric Larchevêque, cofounder of Ledger
- Darius Rucker, Hootie and the Blowfish
- Ian Rogers NFT gallery
Ian’s reading recommendations:
- The Company, A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea, Adrian Wooldridge and John Micklethwait
- The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds, John Higgs
- Stranger than we can imagine, John Higgs
- Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, Legs McNeil (traduit en français)
- This is How They Tell me the World Ends, Nicole Perlroth
- The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddharta Mukherjee (traduit en français)
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Special thanks to Olivier Le Garlantezec for connecting me with Ian.