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Andreessen Horowitz

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a16z Podcast

a16z Podcast

Andreessen Horowitz

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4.4K
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The a16z Podcast discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future – especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. This podcast is produced by Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”), a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. Multiple episodes are released every week; visit a16z.com for more details and to sign up for our newsletters and other content as well!

Latest Episodes

What We Can't Reveal We Can't Heal

Ewith terrybrown @shakasenghor @bhorowitz Given recent events around George Floyd and far beyond, this special episode of thea16z Podcast features Shaka Senghor, a leading advocate for criminal justice reform, and Terry Brown, a former police officer in East Palo Alto -- who, incidentally, both grew up in Detroit but ended up on different sides of the law -- in conversation with a16z co-founder Ben Horowitz. The conversation goes deep and on the ground...

61 MIN1 d ago
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What We Can't Reveal We Can't Heal

SaaS Go-to-Upmarket

It's easier to move upmarket than down. We look at why this gives SaaS startups the advantage against incumbents and how to price for the move.

21 MIN1 w ago
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SaaS Go-to-Upmarket

New Fan Engagement Models for Athletes and Influencers

Today’s episode is about a practical application of crypto — namely, the way it can “tokenize” fandom. More broadly, it’s about fan engagement, and the increasingly blurred lines between sports, culture and tech. We talked to NBA player Spencer Dinwiddie, of the Brooklyn Nets. Spencer created a new platform on the crypto blockchain Ethereum that gives fans the opportunity to invest directly in his revenue-generating potential, through debt securities. Joining this conversation are a16z managing partner and tech investor Jeff Jordan, who has long followed the evolving relationship between sports and tech. Also joining is Jesse Walden, a former a16z crypto partner and co-founder of Mediachain. He’s also a former music promoter and manager whose focus was on helping artists stay independent. We discuss the evolution of models for fan engagement; how social media has changed the game; and where technologies like cryptonetworks and blockchains come in.

19 MIN1 w ago
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New Fan Engagement Models for Athletes and Influencers

Don't Call it a Brain in a Dish!

with @PascaStanford, @VijayPande, and @omnivorousread Our understanding of the human brain and its disorders has always been limited by our lack of access to living, human, developing brain tissue. For the first time, that's changing. In this episode, Sergiu Pasca, Professor of Behavioral Science at Stanford, talks with a16'z General Partner Vijay Pande and Hanne Tidnam about the wild new tech that's pioneering a whole new approach to understanding the brain: brain organoids. This conversation covers what these organoids can and can’t do; what they’re good for understanding and where that understanding becomes limited; why calling these “brains in a dish” or “mini-brains” isn’t the right terminology at all; and finally, how far can this new tool and model be taken now and in the future, leading us closer towards understanding psychology itself on a molecular level.

43 MIN1 w ago
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Don't Call it a Brain in a Dish!

Pandemics: Early Detection, Networks, Spreaders

with @nachristakis @jorgecondebio Going from rapid warning to early detection through social network sensors can make all the difference when it comes to contagion/ the spread of disease and pandemics. Can we get public health bio surveillance without sacrificing privacy and agency?

34 MIN1 w ago
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Pandemics: Early Detection, Networks, Spreaders

Podcasting and the Future of Audio

with @nwquah @conniechan and @smc90 This (rerun) podcast is a podcast about podcasting: But it's really all about audio...

66 MIN2 w ago
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Podcasting and the Future of Audio

Growth in Turbulent Times

In normal times, every company operates against some hypothetical growth model—a data-driven framework that describes how your product grows and how you acquire new users. These, of course, are not normal times. In the fallout from the pandemic, most founders and CEOs are in the process of completely revamping their growth models from the bottom up amid new and unpredictable consumer behavior.This episode explores how to think about growth in turbulent times, according to two growth experts: a16z general partner Andrew Chen,who previously led the growth team at Uber, and Brian Balfour, formerly the VP of Growth at HubSpot, now the founder and CEO of Reforge, a masterclass in growth strategies.

36 MIN2 w ago
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Growth in Turbulent Times

Journal Club: Using CRISPR to Prevent Coronavirus and Influenza Infection

with @vijaypande, @andy23tran, and @lr_bio a16z Journal Club covers a new approach for preventing coronavirus and influenza infection using the genome editing platform CRISPR-Cas.

17 MIN3 w ago
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Journal Club: Using CRISPR to Prevent Coronavirus and Influenza Infection

What's Next in Gaming

John Riccitiello, CEO of the game software development company Unity Technologies, discusses the rise of esports and streaming, the potential of cloud gaming, and far-reaching applications for game technology.

20 MINMAY 8
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What's Next in Gaming

Undruggable Drugs

with @jaybrander, @JorgeCondeBio, @vijaypande, @omnivorousread A deep dive into the world of drug development—specifically "undruggable drugs": a category of protein, protein family or even piece of RNA that’s so difficult to target that many researchers don’t even want to touch it—with Jay Bradner, President of the Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research.

28 MINMAY 7
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Undruggable Drugs

Latest Episodes

What We Can't Reveal We Can't Heal

Ewith terrybrown @shakasenghor @bhorowitz Given recent events around George Floyd and far beyond, this special episode of thea16z Podcast features Shaka Senghor, a leading advocate for criminal justice reform, and Terry Brown, a former police officer in East Palo Alto -- who, incidentally, both grew up in Detroit but ended up on different sides of the law -- in conversation with a16z co-founder Ben Horowitz. The conversation goes deep and on the ground...

61 MIN1 d ago
Comments
What We Can't Reveal We Can't Heal

SaaS Go-to-Upmarket

It's easier to move upmarket than down. We look at why this gives SaaS startups the advantage against incumbents and how to price for the move.

21 MIN1 w ago
Comments
SaaS Go-to-Upmarket

New Fan Engagement Models for Athletes and Influencers

Today’s episode is about a practical application of crypto — namely, the way it can “tokenize” fandom. More broadly, it’s about fan engagement, and the increasingly blurred lines between sports, culture and tech. We talked to NBA player Spencer Dinwiddie, of the Brooklyn Nets. Spencer created a new platform on the crypto blockchain Ethereum that gives fans the opportunity to invest directly in his revenue-generating potential, through debt securities. Joining this conversation are a16z managing partner and tech investor Jeff Jordan, who has long followed the evolving relationship between sports and tech. Also joining is Jesse Walden, a former a16z crypto partner and co-founder of Mediachain. He’s also a former music promoter and manager whose focus was on helping artists stay independent. We discuss the evolution of models for fan engagement; how social media has changed the game; and where technologies like cryptonetworks and blockchains come in.

19 MIN1 w ago
Comments
New Fan Engagement Models for Athletes and Influencers

Don't Call it a Brain in a Dish!

with @PascaStanford, @VijayPande, and @omnivorousread Our understanding of the human brain and its disorders has always been limited by our lack of access to living, human, developing brain tissue. For the first time, that's changing. In this episode, Sergiu Pasca, Professor of Behavioral Science at Stanford, talks with a16'z General Partner Vijay Pande and Hanne Tidnam about the wild new tech that's pioneering a whole new approach to understanding the brain: brain organoids. This conversation covers what these organoids can and can’t do; what they’re good for understanding and where that understanding becomes limited; why calling these “brains in a dish” or “mini-brains” isn’t the right terminology at all; and finally, how far can this new tool and model be taken now and in the future, leading us closer towards understanding psychology itself on a molecular level.

43 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Don't Call it a Brain in a Dish!

Pandemics: Early Detection, Networks, Spreaders

with @nachristakis @jorgecondebio Going from rapid warning to early detection through social network sensors can make all the difference when it comes to contagion/ the spread of disease and pandemics. Can we get public health bio surveillance without sacrificing privacy and agency?

34 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Pandemics: Early Detection, Networks, Spreaders

Podcasting and the Future of Audio

with @nwquah @conniechan and @smc90 This (rerun) podcast is a podcast about podcasting: But it's really all about audio...

66 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Podcasting and the Future of Audio

Growth in Turbulent Times

In normal times, every company operates against some hypothetical growth model—a data-driven framework that describes how your product grows and how you acquire new users. These, of course, are not normal times. In the fallout from the pandemic, most founders and CEOs are in the process of completely revamping their growth models from the bottom up amid new and unpredictable consumer behavior.This episode explores how to think about growth in turbulent times, according to two growth experts: a16z general partner Andrew Chen,who previously led the growth team at Uber, and Brian Balfour, formerly the VP of Growth at HubSpot, now the founder and CEO of Reforge, a masterclass in growth strategies.

36 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Growth in Turbulent Times

Journal Club: Using CRISPR to Prevent Coronavirus and Influenza Infection

with @vijaypande, @andy23tran, and @lr_bio a16z Journal Club covers a new approach for preventing coronavirus and influenza infection using the genome editing platform CRISPR-Cas.

17 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Journal Club: Using CRISPR to Prevent Coronavirus and Influenza Infection

What's Next in Gaming

John Riccitiello, CEO of the game software development company Unity Technologies, discusses the rise of esports and streaming, the potential of cloud gaming, and far-reaching applications for game technology.

20 MINMAY 8
Comments
What's Next in Gaming

Undruggable Drugs

with @jaybrander, @JorgeCondeBio, @vijaypande, @omnivorousread A deep dive into the world of drug development—specifically "undruggable drugs": a category of protein, protein family or even piece of RNA that’s so difficult to target that many researchers don’t even want to touch it—with Jay Bradner, President of the Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research.

28 MINMAY 7
Comments
Undruggable Drugs
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