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16. The Art of Money: The Balance Between Finance & Philosoph, with Calvin Cooper
Episode 166th April 2020 • Gravity • Brett Kaufman
00:00:00 01:20:55

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When Calvin Cooper was 30 years old, even though he had achieved a lot in his career, he still struggled to save up a down payment for a home. He realized this was a serious problem not just for him but for the country at large — but it also presented an opportunity.

Today, he is the co-founder and CEO of Rhove, a financial technology company founded on the belief that everyone has the right to invest in their home. The Rhove app provides loyalty rewards to renters that expand access and opportunity for people to own in their community. Calvin doesn’t believe that he is gifted. The common thread through all of his stories is a bias towards action. When he sees something in front of him that he wants, he takes action on it. And if he doesn’t know what he wants, he takes imperfect action to lead him in the right direction. You can change the world as long as your focus is on doing the next best thing.

P.S. — It’s not news to anyone that social distancing and the coronavirus are currently changing the way we live in a very meaningful way — but we all have the option to be intentional during this time and turn social distancing into an opportunity to improve our lives. 

Since we recorded this interview with Calvin Copper, he started the #AtHomeChallenge as a way to bring the global community together around a common goal: investing in ourselves and improving our mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing by setting a meaningful goal and adopting a new daily habit.

What Brett asks:

  • [03:42] What was it like in your childhood and early life?
  • [05:48] What was it like trying to plan your way out of your situation at four years old?
  • [09:29] What was the plan?
  • [16:11] How did you balance finance and philosophy in college?
  • [19:01] Were there any other important shaping moments as a child?
  • [23:53] What was your radical worldview shift based on?
  • [32:34] Where does the courage and confidence come from to keep leaning into the authentic you come from?
  • [35:05] What was your path out of college into your early career?
  • [49:00] How do you use your influence to raise awareness around minorities?
  • [53:39] What was it like making the jump from venture capital to owning your own company?
  • [01:09:42] Can you share what Rhove does?

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