Episode 49 - Matt Guthmiller

Photo credit: David Max / Studio 326 San Diego

"I don’t like the idea of having to go out and find a job, I want to go out and make a job." - Matt Guthmiller

Matt Guthmiller started his first company in 2007 at the age of 12, unlocking AT&T's iPhones for people to use worldwide. Since his first solo flight at age 16 he has since earned a commercial pilot certificate having flown dozens of airplanes and logging nearly 1500 hours up in the air. On July 14, 2014, at the age of 19 and after a 44.5 day trip of over 30,000 miles in the air, Matt broke the Guinness World Record as the youngest person to solo circumnavigate the earth by aircraft. In fact, fewer people have flown solo around the world than have been to space. Aside from his aviation feats, Matt was a finalist for the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship before dropping out of that round to go to attend MIT. Now he’s sharing his passion for aviation with a new YouTube series and his next venture, Quant Financial, aims to provide casual investors with the same algorithmic trading tools used by the largest firms on Wall Street.

We talk about unlocking iPhones, Bitcoin arbitrage, flying around the world, why he chose to go to college, being a better problem solver, learning not to try and do everything, spending 30 hours editing a 10 minute video, fearing unknown things and much more.

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