Chris Hutchins has lived many lives in his short time on earth. From startup experiments to traveling the world for 8 months to using hacks to optimize his life, Chris’ open mind and willingness to learn has taken him to fascinating places. In this conversation, he pulls back the curtain on the twists and turns of the journey, the hardest won lessons, and his perspective on creating more personal satisfaction in work and life.
Behind His Brilliance: Being comfortable learning in real time
Say hi to Chris on Twitter: @hutchins
CHRIS HUTCHINS | Product Builder + Podcast Host
Chris Hutchins is an avid life hacker, financial optimizer and host of the top ranked podcast All the Hacks, where he shares his quest to upgrade his life without having to spend a fortune. These passions have led him to being featured in a documentary on Financial Independence called Playing with Fire and collecting over 10 million points and miles.
He’s also the Head of New Product Strategy at Wealthfront, where he’s focused on making products to help people build wealth through investing. He joined the company after his startup Grove was acquired in 2016
Chris has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and CNBC. Previously, he was an investor at Google Ventures, co-founded Milk (acquired by Google) and built an organization called LaidOffCamp.
Chris’ formative days
How Chris landed in startup world
Chris’ early entrepreneurial experiments
Chris’ foray into travel
How Chris decided what to do after 8 months of travel
What Chris learned during his stint at Google and Google Ventures
How Chris decided what to build after his time at Google
The evolution of personal finance and why Chris launched his personal finance startup, Grove
What Chris learned from being a CEO at Grove versus an employee
How Chris’ exit lead to his role at Wealthfront
Why Chris started his podcast, All The Hacks
How Chris racked up 10,000 credit card points (and why)
What fatherhood taught Chris
And much more!
STUFF MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
All the Hacks (Chris’ podcast)
Vagabonding by Rolf Potts (Chris’ book pick)
Happy Money by Elizabeth Dunn (Chris’ book pick)
Lisa’s episode of Journey to Launch