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Season 3, Episode 8: Netflix (Part 1)

11/11/2018
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Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! (works best on mobile) In a world ravaged by late fees and lack of rewinding, two men from a sleepy California beach town make a stand against tyranny, daringly dethrone an evil empire and… oh who are we kidding, they just copied Amazon’s business plan for books and applied it to movie rentals. But as always there is much more to the story than that! We dive into the fascinating, true, and oft-untold history of Netflix in our first two-part special...

Duration:01:26:13

Season 3, Episode 7: Venmo (SF live show with Andrew Kortina)

10/29/2018
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Ben & David are joined by special guest and Venmo cofounder Andrew Kortina for our first-ever SF live show! In front of a packed house we chronicle the journey of how two freshman-year roommates from Penn turned a healthy obsession with Craigslist and a fake podcast into an app that facilitated $17B of payments last quarter alone, producing not one but two landmark acquisitions along the way! Note: the audio quality is a little rough due to some A/V issues at the live show. We...

Duration:01:08:51

SF Live Show Announcement: Venmo!

10/8/2018
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Join Ben and David for Acquired's first-ever SF live show! We'll be covering Venmo's acquisition by Braintree (and then PayPal), with special guest Andrew Kortina, co-founder of Venmo. We can’t wait to see many of you there! Register: http://acquired.fm/liveshow When: Wednesday October 24, 2018 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT Where: SVB @ WeWork Golden Gate 25 Taylor Street San Francisco, CA 9410

Duration:00:04:45

Season 3, Episode 6: Behance (with Scott Belsky)

10/2/2018
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Ben and David are joined by Adobe’s Chief Product Officer, Behance founder, Benchmark partner, author, and product luminary, Scott Belsky, to tell the story of Adobe Systems’ 2012 acquisition of Behance. We dive into the role it played in of one of the greatest (and least well-known) pivots of all time: Adobe’s transition from packaged software to services, which over the past 6 years has generated an astounding $100B+ in market cap and nearly 10x growth in Adobe’s share...

Duration:01:11:39

Season 3, Episode 5: Alibaba

9/23/2018
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We continue our China Tech series with perhaps the most incredible entrepreneurial journey in history: Alibaba and its indefatigable founder, Jack Ma. How did an unknown 30 year-old English teacher from a second tier Chinese city build the world’s 7th largest company by market cap (and the largest in China) in just 20 short years? This is one story you don’t want to miss. Links: Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built Jack Ma’s famous speech in the Hangzhou apartment Jack Ma on not...

Duration:01:33:56

Season 3, Episode 4: Recode (with Kara Swisher)

9/11/2018
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In this special episode Ben & David head to Recode’s SF office and sit down in the red chair with the one & only Kara Swisher! Kara tells the story of Recode, from the beginnings of her partnership with Walt Mossberg in the late 90’s at WSJ to the launch of the D Conference and the All Things D blog, to starting Recode and ultimately being acquired by Vox Media in 2015. Kara is someone we’ve long looked up to at Acquired, and it was really special to have her join us on the show. We hope you...

Duration:01:23:42

Season 3, Episode 3: The Sonos IPO

8/20/2018
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Ben and David are (almost) live on the scene covering the plucky Southern California “camera company”… uh wait, wrong episode… we mean *speaker* company’s IPO! Continuing the long Acquired tradition of analyzing companies at the intersection of music, tech and business, we discuss the past, present and future of Sonos in world where speakers actually now… speak! Links: Sonos own corporate historyCarve Outs: Andy Rachleff on the Invest like the Best podcastBrotopiaSponsor: Silicon Valley...

Duration:01:34:31

Season 3, Episode 2: The Xiaomi IPO

8/5/2018
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Acquired kicks off our China tech mini-series by teaming up with the best in the business: Hans and Zara from GGV’s 996 Podcast! Together we cover the largest technology IPO in the world since fellow China tech giant Alibaba in 2014: Xiaomi, where Hans has been an investor and board member from the very beginning. This episode is chock full of history and insight on both Xiaomi and what’s happening in China tech more broadly, and why we all should be paying attention. No matter where you...

Duration:01:13:22

Season 3, Episode 1: Tesla

7/17/2018
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Acquired kicks off Season 3 with a gangbuster two-hour extravaganza on America’s most successful automotive startup since The Ford Motor Company: Tesla. We cover everything, from founding to its 2010 IPO to all that’s happened since, including the question on the minds of superhero fans everywhere: who came first, Elon Musk or Tony Stark? (Spoiler: Elon) Carve Outs: The Dissect podcastHarry Potter and the Sacred Text podcastSponsor: Silicon Valley Bankhere

Duration:01:59:18

Acquired Season 3 Trailer

7/9/2018
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Get ready for Season 3 with a quick overview for newcomers, our latest mini-series announcement and more!

Duration:00:09:39

Season 2, Episode 10: The Rover-DogVacay Merger (with Rover CEO Aaron Easterly)

6/17/2018
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Please click here to take the 2018 Acquired Survey. It takes 5-10 minutes, helps us immensely, and you may win a pair of AirPods or equivalent Android-friendly listening accessory (woo!) Acquired wraps up Season 2 with our first “elusive” private-private merger: Rover.com and its 2017 combination with rival pet care marketplace DogVacay. We’re joined by Rover CEO Aaron Easterly to dive into the full history of how the crazy idea of “Airbnb for dogs” not only became a billion-dollar company,...

Duration:01:07:54

Season 2, Episode 9: GitHub

6/6/2018
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We’re live on the scene the day following the biggest announcement in the open source software world since well, open source software: Microsoft acquiring GitHub for $7.5B in stock. How did we get here? What does it mean for software developers going forward? And most importantly, why is there a creepy half-cat / half-octopus plastered all over everything? As always, Acquired has the answers. Carve Outs: The Idea MazeInvisible AsymptotesSponsor: Perkins Coiehere

Duration:01:23:45

Season 2, Episode 8: T-Mobile / Sprint

5/21/2018
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If you thought the telecom business was boring, think again! Acquired brings you an episode packed with more drama than an entire season of Game of Thrones. Starting with a death in the family, we follow a tale of fortunes lost and rebuilt, bitter battles between rivals who once worked for each other, and at the center of it all, a lesson in the power of stable cashflow businesses. This is one call you don’t want to drop! Links: Seattle Times’ infographic on Bellevue’s wireless company...

Duration:01:21:14

Season 2, Episode 7: PowerPoint

5/4/2018
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Acquired returns with a classic, delving into Microsoft’s first acquisition ever: Forethought Inc, the makers of PowerPoint. Hate it or love it, you can’t deny the combined companies’ impact: by the early 90’s PowerPoint had transformed the way businesses, educators and governments communicate, ensuring job security for pointy-haired Dilbert bosses everywhere! Links: * Robert Gaskins’ definitive history of building PowerPoint: Sweating Bullets * The Improbable Origins of PowerPoint by David...

Duration:01:07:53

Season 2, Episode 6: Spotify’s Direct Listing

4/6/2018
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Acquired wraps up a big few weeks of coverage with not an IPO or an M&A or a fundraising round, but what’s still the largest tech exit in recent memory: Spotify’s $30B direct public listing. We dive into what it all means and how we got here: from Napster to iTunes to Facebook (and even some Justin Timberlake thrown in for good measure). Acquired FM is on the scene and spinning all the hits from this new wave music industry titan! Note: We incorrectly described Spotify CEO Daniel Ek’s...

Duration:01:44:37

Season 2, Episode 5: The Dropbox IPO

3/26/2018
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Acquired is live on the scene following Dropbox’s public market debut. From playing a central role in the early days of Y Combinator, to having Steve Jobs famously label the company a “feature not a product”, to pivoting from consumers to enterprise to developers and back again, the silicon valley history runs deep with this one. What twists and turns lie ahead for Dropbox as a public company? We speculate! Links: Dropbox’s Y Combinator applicationOriginal Dropbox demo videoCarve...

Duration:01:37:32

Season 2, Episode 4: SoftBank, Fortress and the Vision Fund

3/22/2018
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Acquired dives into the topic on the minds and lips of just about every VC and founder these days: SoftBank’s $93B+ Vision Fund, and its seemingly-overnight rewriting of the rules of venture capital and startup fundraising. Where did this new 800lbs gorilla come from, what are its goals, and what does it mean for the future of silicon valley and the global tech ecosystem? The answer, it turns out, starts with an acquisition, and unfolds into a story no one has yet told and few yet...

Duration:01:28:02

Season 2, Episode 3: Nest

2/19/2018
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Acquired brings it all back home—to the smart home that is—with Google’s 2014 acquisition of Nest for $3.2B. From Nest cofounder Tony Fadell’s first job at General Magic (alongside future Android founder Andy Rubin) to his days as “father of the iPod” under Steve Jobs at Apple, the Silicon Valley history runs deep with this one. But did that make the acquisition a good move for Google in the coming battle with Amazon’s “Lady A” for control over consumers’ homes? We dive in! Links: Tony...

Duration:01:32:41

Season 2, Episode 2: Raising a Seed Round with Against Gravity CEO Nick Fajt

2/6/2018
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We launch mini-series on Acquired with a subject near & dear to our heroes’ hearts: startup fundraising! This has been one of our most-requested new topics, and we’re excited to kick things off with makers of the popular Rec Room social VR app, Against Gravity, which raised one of Seattle’s hottest venture rounds in recent history: a $4m seed led by Sequoia Capital in 2016. CEO Nick Fajt joins to tell the story from company inception to building and shipping the initial product, fundraising...

Duration:01:14:18

Season 2, Episode 1: Zappos (with Alfred Lin)

1/22/2018
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Former Zappos Chairman & COO (and current Partner at Sequoia Capital) Alfred Lin joins our heroes to kick off Season 2 with a classic: Amazon’s 2009 acquisition of the internet’s quirkiest online retailer for $1.2B in stock. How did three Harvard undergrads go from delivering pizza to their dorm to delivering happiness to the world — and become in the process one of the few companies ever to compete successfully head-to-head against Amazon in commerce? Tune in to find out! Note:...

Duration:01:12:37