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Lloyd Watts was born in London, England, on October 2, 1961. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1992 at the California Institute of Technology, studying with Silicon Valley pioneer Carver Mead. In 2000, he founded Audience, Inc., a venture-capital funded startup that builds advanced noise reduction chips for cell-phones.
Dr. Watts is the author of five patents and many technical papers, as well as the new book, The Flow of Time and Money. We interviewed Lloyd to find out more about his book and his life as a published author.
Thank you for this interview, Lloyd. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I am the founder of Audience, a technology company that makes noise reduction chips for cell-phones, and the author of The Flow of Time and Money, a book about creating a fulfilling and prosperous life. I believe in living my life to the fullest, and to me that means: Doing things that I love to do, enjoying my relationships with people who I care about, and building a great future that, each day, becomes my present. I feel very fortunate, and I love what I do.
I’ve been writing since 1999, when I first put together the flow diagrams and seminar on which The Flow of Time and Money is based, and then committed the seminar content to an early version of the book.
At what point in your life did you make up your mind you were going to become a published author?
When I wrote the first version of The Flow of Time and Money in 1999, I was preparing to start my first technology company (Audience) based on work I had been doing for about a decade. I was 38 years old and felt like I had been preparing all my adult life to start this company. But at the same time, my seminar on The Flow of Time and Money was being enthusiastically received, and I felt the urge to commit it to writing and publish it in an early form. I knew it was too early for me to ask for wide attention on the subject of financial success, because I had not succeeded yet – I was just preparing to start my first company. But somehow I sensed the audience would be successful, and I felt the urge to “call my shot” – to write how I felt time and money worked, from the point of view of a young man about to do something that he hoped would be great. There are many books written by successful people, after the fact, and I have always felt that they suffer from a kind of revisionist history. I wanted to make available my thoughts and thought processes on these important subjects, from the point of view of a person who was about to climb the mountain. I knew that if I reached the top, I would be glad to have a written record of what I took with me, and that other would-be climbers might be glad to read it too.