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Sam Corcos, Co-Founder of Levels — The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Assistants, 10x Delegation, and Winning Freedom by Letting Go (Plus: Creating Leverage with Tools, Systems, and Processes) (#694)
Tim Ferriss - Productivity, Digital Lifestyles and Entrepreneurship Tim Ferriss - Productivity, Digital Lifestyles and Entrepreneurship
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Dateline: San Francisco, CA
Thursday, September 21, 2023

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“A lack of communication is a lack of performance.”

— Sam Corcos

Sam Corcos (@samcorcos) is the CEO and Co-founder of Levels, an a16z-backed startup that shows you how food affects your health using continuous glucose monitors and other biosensors.

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#694: Sam Corcos, Co-Founder of Levels — The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Assistants, 10x Delegation, and Winning Freedom by Letting Go (Plus: Creating Leverage with Tools, Systems, and Processes)

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Want to hear an episode with another founder who finds novel ways to manage time? Listen to my conversation with Asana’s Dustin Moskovitz in which we discussed making quicker decisions, avoiding the paradox of choice, difficult but desirable delegation, No Meeting Wednesdays, effective altruism, the future of AI, and much more.

#686: Dustin Moskovitz, Co-Founder of Asana and Facebook — Energy Management, Coaching for Endurance, No Meeting Wednesdays, Understanding the Real Risks of AI, Embracing Frictionless Work with AI, The Value of Holding Stories Loosely, and More

What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.



  • Connect with Sam Corcos:

Levels Health | Twitter | Goodreads (Book Recommendations)

  • Publicly Shared Company-Building and Strategy Docs | Levels Health


  • [05:08] Delegation implementation and common mistakes.
  • [11:07] Recommended reading for delegators, delegatees, and all humans.
  • [13:26] Building a company culture that treats people like adults.
  • [15:01] Tools for performance and communication accountability.
  • [20:39] Why Sam considers Loom the “most important” tool in the kit.
  • [24:18] Friday Forum.
  • [27:17] Acclimating the recording-averse to Loom.
  • [30:40] Organizing Loom recordings for later search and use.
  • [36:35] Common challenges of sourcing and properly utilizing EAs/chiefs of staff.
  • [43:19] Novelty-seeking and board games.
  • [44:35] Vetting, pairing, and onboarding EAs and chiefs of staff.
  • [48:38] News and social media sobriety.
  • [55:20] Why does new employee onboarding take a month at Levels?
  • [1:00:59] What most delegators wish they’d known as newbs.
  • [1:04:57] Loom security and privacy concerns.
  • [1:08:10] From to-do list to calendar.
  • [1:13:17] How Sam skips the to-do list entirely.
  • [1:16:49] General schedule and repeating items.
  • [1:18:22] Scheduling stress reduction.
  • [1:21:59] Selecting books and hosting themed salon dinners.
  • [1:37:03] Calendly and related social hurdles.
  • [1:38:42] Using email proactively.
  • [1:41:23] The underrated power of hotkeys and shortcuts.
  • [1:44:42] Scheduling spontaneity.
  • [1:48:23] Calendar course correction.
  • [1:49:59] How Sam utilizes multiple EAs.
  • [1:51:58] Improvement growth for intermediate delegators.
  • [1:58:56] The Working with Sam user manual.
  • [2:04:20] Memo culture over meeting culture.
  • [2:11:55] Fighting organizational entropy.
  • [2:14:12] Raised secularly, what does Sam get out of theology?
  • [2:22:54] The perils of postmodernism.
  • [2:26:35] Network theory and relationship management.
  • [2:39:33] The investor-swaying juice cart moment.
  • [2:41:22] Metabolic health and the Levels mission.
  • [2:45:29] Who is Levels hiring right now?
  • [2:46:37] Physical over philosophical minimalism.
  • [2:51:37] Why Sam has a travel-sized copy of the US Constitution.
  • [2:55:21] Parting thoughts.


“A lack of communication is a lack of performance.”
— Sam Corcos

“One of my new rules over the last couple of years is, I will only purchase a book if it is the next book that I’m going to read. I just found that stacks of books that I have committed to reading, that I have not read, felt like a betrayal of my own commitment to myself.”
— Sam Corcos

“You spend a handful of minutes, 15 minutes, maybe 10 minutes, one time, learning what hotkeys to use. And most people will see a 10 to 40 percent increase in productivity immediately for the rest of their lives. And yet most people don’t take the time to learn them. It is a free productivity boost.”
— Sam Corcos

“If you cannot write out your ideas, you do not have coherent thoughts.”
— Sam Corcos

“Every new surface that you add is an obligation to maintain — maybe forever.”
— Sam Corcos


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