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Compounding Curiosity

Dec 16, 2021

My guest today is Jon from Asianometry (@asianometry), creator of the hugely popular Asianometry YouTube channel where he posts video essays on business, economics, and history within Asia.

In this conversation, we cover his process for creating YouTube videos, some lessons learned along the way, and his plans for the future.

For anyone interested in the YouTube landscape and Jon’s topics, this one is a must-listen.

I hope you enjoy my conversation with Jon from Asianometry.


For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content, check out the episode page on 




Show Notes:

[00:00:31] - [First question] - Jon’s process of making a video

[00:05:43] - The origin of Asianometry

[00:14:29] - Videos that performed differently to expectations?

[00:17:37] - What videos are the hardest to make?

[00:19:02] - What's been Jon’s favourite video to make?

[00:25:22] - Advice for YouTube creators?

[00:26:31] - How much of the process can be outsourced

[00:28:08] - Plans for the future?

[00:29:42] - Life in Taiwan

[00:32:35] - Underrated skill or experience?

[00:34:18] - Influential books?




Connect with Asianometry:

Asianometry’s YouTube: 

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Asianometry Newsletter: 

Asianometry Podcast: 




Mentioned/Recommended Content:

Postwar by Tony Judt: 

Master of the Senate by Robert Caro: 

Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom by Stephen Platt: 

Iron Curtain by Anne Applebaum: 

How Asia Works by Joe Studwell: 




Mentioned Asianometry Videos:

What Eating the Rich Did For Japan: 

How Carl Zeiss Crafts Optics for a $150 Million EUV Machine: 

Australia's Water Project Failure: An Economic Breakdown: 




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