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Episode 4: Dave Asprey of Bulletproof Coffee on College, Joy, and Bio-Hacking

In this episode, I speak with Dave Asprey, creator of Bulletproof Coffee, is the best selling author, tech industry veteran, bio-hacker, podcaster, and the CEO of Bulletproof Nutrition. His company recently received 9 million dollars in funding, and he’s just opened his first brick and mortar Bulletproof Coffee shop in Santa Moncia, along with launching a line of products that are in Whole Foods.

Dave Asprey of Bulletproof on College, Joy, and Bio-hacking

I’m grateful for the opportunity to sit down with Dave, to chat about life. We were classmates at UC Santa Barbara, where we both lived in the San Rafael dorms during our sophomore year of college. We take an interesting (if not somewhat hilarious) trip down memory lane, revisiting our time in the dining commons, and talking about what’s gotten Dave to where he is today.

In this episode, we chat about:
– what Dave was like in college
– how Dave created spoof flyers for our dorm regarding the famed UCSB Halloween celebration
– what he thinks of dorm food
– why fear and loathing was a motivator for his bio-hacking
– his experience at an intense 10 day retreat, and a cool exercise he tried there
– how fear can be a motivator
– his thoughts on why Bulletproof Coffee took off the way it did
– what it’s been like to become a recognized personality with the rise of Bulletproof
– his philosophy on creating content for people, whether it be a podcast, book, or blogpost
– how to change the world
– if joy can be hacked



Here are just a few of the items we chat about – and some great sites to visit:
The Bulletproof Diet – Dave’s best selling book, available on Amazon
The Bulletproof Executive – the main site for All Things Bulletproof
Bulletproof Conference – October 23-25 in Pasadena
Moldy Movie – Dave’s self funded movie about mold and it’s effect on people

If you want to learn more about the coaching program I mention, it’s The Courageous Living Coach Certification. Stop by and visit Kate and tell her Paula sent you 🙂


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  • Garold
    November 21, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    But he lives by his headstrong commitment. Along with his wife and two young children, he resides on a 32-acre organic farm in British Columbia, where the whole family drinks Bulletproof coffee daily.

    • Paula
      November 24, 2015 at 7:53 am

      Thanks for your comment, Garold. I agree that Dave is dedicated to his craft of coffee making. I’m glad you stopped by!

  • Heather Lawrence
    June 14, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Brand new listener!
    I have never heard of Dave before but I would love to check out his Bulletproof diet book.
    Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun back in College. 🙂

  • Heather
    June 15, 2016 at 6:32 am

    I haven’t heard of the bulletproof diet before – it sounds like a really interesting concept. I can’t wait to check out the book!

  • Reesa Lewandowski
    June 16, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I never heard of this brand! I absolutely LOVE this quote on the bottom! What an inspiring person! I need to seek this coffee out to try it!

    • Paula
      June 16, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      Dave’s products can be found in Whole Foods or online – but he also has a podcast of his own that is totally worth checking out. It’s called Bulletproof Radio.

  • Robin Ruehrwein
    June 17, 2016 at 4:22 am

    I am totally new to this series and Dave sounds intriguing. I have never heard of this particular brand of coffee either, so I will be looking for that and keeping up with the series. Such an inspiring man!

  • April Liewer
    June 18, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    I love Bullet Proof Coffee! Dave is an inspiration <3