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Bulletproof Exec Dave Asprey on BioHacking

Dave Asprey is founder of The Bulletproof Executive as well as a Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur who spent 15 years and over $300,000 to hack his own biology. He lost 100 pounds without counting calories or excessive exercise, upgraded his brain by more than 20 IQ points, and lowered his biological age while learning to sleep more efficiently in less time.

I first heard of Dave from my friend PJ Manney who highly recommended Asprey for my Singularity 1 on 1 podcast. After such an endorsement I was certain that the Bulletproof Executive will not disappoint. However, I never suspected that, after our conversation, a total coffee fanatic like me would end up changing his morning routine and become an upgraded coffee fan. [It’s been 5 days since the interview was recorded and the results were so impressive that my wife couldn’t help it but join me in the bulletproof coffee morning routine.]

Dave Asprey

During our 1 hour conversation with Dave Asprey we cover a variety of interesting topics such as: biohacking and the bulletproof executive brand; interval training and electrical stimulation; Asprey’s experience as a technology executive; the bulletproof diet and upgraded coffee; the ethical and health implications of the paleo and vegan diets…

My favorite quote that I will take away from this interview with Bulletproof Executive Dave Asprey is:

“Hack the environment to hack yourself and you can reach levels of performance never imagined.”

(You can listen to/download the audio file above or watch the video interview in full. If you want to help me produce more episodes please make a donation!)


Who is Dave Asprey?

From private brain EEG facilities hidden in a Canadian forest to remote monasteries in Tibet, from Silicon Valley to the Andes, Dave Asprey used hacking techniques and tried everything on himself, obsessively focused on discovering the answers to this one persistent question:

What are the simplest things you can do to be better at everything?

What emerged is the idea of being “Bulletproof”, the state of high performance where you take control of and improve your biochemistry, your body, and your mind so they work in unison, helping you execute at levels far beyond what you’d expect, without burning out, getting sick, or allowing stress to control your decisions. It used to take a lifetime to radically rewire the human body and mind this way, if you were lucky enough to even know it was possible. Technology has changed the rules.

Dave founded The Bulletproof Executive to make these breakthroughs – and the body and brain you deserve — easily available to you in your everyday life.


Black Coffee is a three-hour documentary series that traces the unique and volatile history of coffee. From its discovery on an ancient Ethiopian hillside to its role as a contemporary elixir, coffee has dominated and molded the economies, politics, and social structure of entire countries.

“Black Coffee: Episode 1, The Irresistible Bean” carries us back to coffee’s origins in Ethiopia and its triumphant spread over five continents sparking revolution, controversy, creativity, business, and slavery all along the way.

“Part II: Gold in Your Cup” uses an elegant contemporary competition created to elevate the quality of coffee in Brazil to frame a portrait of 19th century coffee-fueled oppression in Latin America.

Part III: “The Perfect Cup” heralds what some coffee experts have called the “romantic age of coffee.” North Americans rediscover what their European counterparts have known all along: that the best cup is quality coffee that’s good for the farmer and good for the environment, and the best place to find it is in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the café.

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    I don’t mean to be strange or militant or extreme, but everything out of this guys mouth lost complete credibility when he referred to exercise as having no benefits aside from making one tired. Normally I wouldn’t let one retarded comment affect my view of someone, but that statement alone means this fellow has absolutely zero knowledge of the human body. Its cute that he’s so obsessed with sci fi and “Limitless” that he thinks shocking himself with electricity is akin to exercise. I can only imagine what his heart, lungs, and respiratory system look like. How about his bone density when he reaches age 60? If the only thing he gets from exercise is tired, there’s his first indicator that his body is struggling already. Exercise does things that even the most powerful pharmaceuticals for the most deadly diseases can’t do. Creation of new mitochondria. Improving the actual thickness of bones to prevent injury in old age. Heart muscle strength. Oxygenation of the brain to clear out toxic materials that lead to brain disease. The reduction of cellular and systemic stress levels, stress hormones, and other chemicals which cause low grade inflammation leading to every disease known to mankind. The rebuilding of damaged nerve endings, preventing neuromuscular diseases. The list goes on and on. The single biggest risk factor for *death* is a sedentary lifestyle. Anyone who doesn’t know this, or knows it and outright rejects it, isn’t worth my time listening to on any topic. Its that foundational and obvious. The one thing I learned from this podcast is that someone can “enhance” their body all they want. They’re still going to die early if they don’t exercise. As much as we’d love to pretend we are in “the future”, we don’t have any technology today that comes anywhere near close enough to reproducing actual exercise. Sorry for the negative review.

  • I think you a reading too much in Dave’s comment friend. I am pretty sure he was joking when he said that and he did say that there are other benefits to exercise too.

    At any rate, Dave is all about living the optimum life both in terms of quality but also in terms of quantity (i.e. longevity) He tests everything that you can imagine and I am pretty sure that if he had low bone density or other problems he would be the first to identify them.

    Still, I do appreciate your time to make a comment and I hope that Dave will be able to see and address your concerns himself because, like you I am a big fan of exercise 😉

  • Steve Morris

    Very interesting and provocative ideas, especially regarding diet. I have signed up for his newsletter!

    I think however that he seriously underestimates the benefits of exercise. It’s not just about muscle building. If you don’t exercise you are missing out on cardiovascular fitness, agility and improved blood circulation. Weight-bearing exercises increase bone density, and yoga/pilates will promote flexibility, balance and metabolic/endocrinol improvements.

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  • Fascinating discussion between two of my favorite podcasters about biohacking and transhumanism. I hope you guys do it again! By the way I watched the three hour documentary on coffee. Fascinating stuff, I will never drink the cheap stuff again. Here’s some more of my thoughts on it… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtbD6BkKg9E

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