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The a16z Podcast discusses trends, news, and the future of a world being shaped by technology, 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 that invests in entrepreneurs building the next great consumer and enterprise companies. Multiple podcasts are released every week and sometimes on weekends; visit a16z.com for more details.

The a16z Podcast discusses trends, news, and the future of a world being shaped by technology, 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 that invests in entrepreneurs building the next great consumer and enterprise companies. Multiple podcasts are released every week and sometimes on weekends; visit a16z.com for more details.
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The a16z Podcast discusses trends, news, and the future of a world being shaped by technology, 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 that invests in entrepreneurs building the next great consumer and enterprise companies. Multiple podcasts are released every week and sometimes on weekends; visit a16z.com for more details.

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English


Episodes

a16z Podcast: The Basics of Growth -- Engagement & Retention

8/9/2018
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Once you have users, how do you keep them engaged, retain them, and even "resurrect" or re-engage them? That's the focus of this episode of the a16z Podcast, which continues our series on the basics of growth from user acquisition [LINK] to engagement and retention -- covering, as always, key metrics and how to think about them. Especially as many products and platforms evolve over time, so do the users, some of whom may even use the product in different ways... so what does that mean for...

Duration:00:32:37

a16z Podcast: The Basics of Growth -- User Acquisition

8/9/2018
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Growth is one of the most top of mind questions for entrepreneurs building startups of all kinds (and especially consumer ones) -- but how does one go beyond a mindset of "growth hacking" to thinking about growth more systemically and holistically? What are the key metrics to know; why; and how? This episode of the a16z Podcast -- one of two in a series -- focuses on the user acquisition aspect of growth, followed by engagement and retention in the next episode. Featuring a16z general...

Duration:00:20:34

a16z Podcast: Earned Secrets with Ben Horowitz

8/4/2018
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with Sharon Chang (@sychang) and Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz) What does it really take to start a startup (or work at one)? In this episode of the a16z Podcast -- based on a Q&A with Ben Horowitz as part of an event hosted by a16z's Technical Talent and People Practices team for a16z portfolio company summer interns 2018 -- Ben shares quick thoughts and advice geared towards those early in their tech careers. The conversation covers everything from how to know what kind of company to join...

Duration:00:15:58

a16z Podcast: Cryptonetworks and Cities -- Analogies

7/31/2018
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with Denis Nazarov (@iiterature), Jesse Walden (@jessewldn), Ali Yahya (@ali01), and Devon Zuegel (@devonzuegel) Cryptonetworks are often compared to firms, people, or even coral reefs -- but, observes a16z crypto partner Ali Yahya, they might be much more similar to cities. Where does that analogy fit, and where does it break down? And what can we learn from how cities both emerge from the bottom up and are motivated by a top down vision/design and apply to open source networks such as...

Duration:00:37:33

a16z Podcast: Cryptonetworks and Decentralization -- Building Blocks

7/31/2018
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with Chris Dixon (@cdixon), Ali Yahya (@ali01), and Devon Zuegel (@devonzuegel) “Show me the incentive and I'll show you the outcomes.” At the end of the day, observes a16z crypto general partner Chris Dixon, Satoshi's whitepaper [the original bitcoin paper outlining a peer-to-peer decentralized network and blockchain sans centralized third parties] is nine pages of incentives. It's the kind of incentive design that you can use to build many other things on the internet (which itself is...

Duration:00:46:05

a16z Podcast: High Growth in Companies (and Tech)

7/20/2018
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with Elad Gil (@eladgil) and Chris Dixon (@cdixon) There’s a lot of knowledge out there — and networks of talent (especially in Silicon Valley) — on what to do in the early stages of a company, going from 0 to 1, and even in going to 1 to 100… but what about beyond that? Unfortunately, it’s not as linear as merely doubling or tripling resources and org structures; it’s actually much more complex on many levels, from communication and coordination. With great scale comes great complexity…...

Duration:00:34:06

a16z Podcast: The Regulatory Landscape for Crypto

7/16/2018
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with Katie Haun (@katie_haun), Robin Weisnman (@robinweisman), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) What’s going on, regulation-wise, in crypto? How should people who want to join a company or build something new in the space think about the regulatory environment? What to make of all the headlines, or the "alphabet soup" of agencies potentially involved in regulating crypto? This episode of the a16z Podcast shares principles -- as well as key players/acronyms to know -- for sorting the signal from...

Duration:00:33:08

a16z Podcast: Building Companies in Crypto, from People to Code

7/16/2018
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Whether it’s sharing the decision-making behind joining a crypto company to the perspectives of a passionate early adopters (or relative latecomer), this episode of the a16z Podcast -- based on a panel from the “Intro to Crypto” event that Andreessen Horowitz and #Angels put on in April 2018 -- covers what it takes to build companies in crypto, from people to code. You can find other sessions from the event, covering the building blocks of crypto to decentralization to the regulatory...

Duration:00:27:35

a16z Podcast: Decentralization and Crypto, the Big Picture

7/16/2018
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Why does decentralization matter? This episode of the a16z Podcast -- based on a discussion that first took as part of an “Intro to Crypto” event that Andreessen Horowitz and #Angels put on in April 2018 -- explores the whys and the hows, from the history of the internet to the culture of crypto communities today. Chris Dixon (now of a16z crypto) and Elizabeth Stark (CEO and co-founder of Lightning Labs) share their thoughts with moderator Jessica Verrilli (a founding partner of #Angels,...

Duration:00:41:16

a16z Podcast: The Scientific Revolution of Ancient DNA

7/13/2018
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Trying to reconstruct the deep past of ancient humans out of present-day people has until now been like trying to reconstruct a bomb explosion in a room from bits of shrapnel, says David Reich, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and author of the new book, Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past. But technological advances and new tools available only in the last few years have suddenly revolutionized this field, opening up an entirely...

Duration:00:31:35

a16z Podcast: On Mentors and Mentees

7/13/2018
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Everyone talks about the importance of mentorship in our professional development, whether it's networking to broaden career opportunities or learning from someone more experienced. But how does one break into an industry without established contacts or prior exposure? Are things different if mentors/mentees come from different backgrounds? If you're already more established in your career, how can you help up-and-comers... and actually, how could mentees help mentors, too? This episode of...

Duration:00:32:42

a16z Podcast: Beyond Zero-Sum Thinking in the Game of Tech... and Life

7/6/2018
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The rise of zero-sum thinking -- which has come snapping back recently -- slows and even halts progress, observes Marc Andreessen. Because you're then dividing up a smaller piece, adds Ben Horowitz, instead of growing the pie altogether. This is true not just in economics, politics, and tech, but also in business relationships (and life), too. And speaking of such relationships, how does the partnership between Ben and Marc work, more than two decades later, and how has it changed through...

Duration:00:42:03

a16z Podcast: All Things Compensation

6/22/2018
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Compensation is a topic near and dear to most everyone's heart... but what does compensation actually mean? What does it include, and what does it not? How do you compete in an intensely competitive environment, while balancing your company's real affordability needs? This broad discussion (based on an event held at Andreessen Horowitz) covers all things comp, from how to get to alignment on a compensation philosophy within your company and on your exec team, to the plusses and minuses of...

Duration:00:39:08

a16z Podcast: Construction Under Tech -- The Build

6/15/2018
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Continuing our series on how tech is changing construction -- one of the industries most resistant to change (and facing declining productivity) -- this episode of the a16z Podcast looks at what happens when you go from planning to actually putting boots on the ground. How can tech translate rich data sets into the just-right types, amounts, and levels of information for each different piece of the incredibly complex, dynamic, time-and-space problem that is a building site? Martin Fischer,...

Duration:00:36:32

a16z Podcast: Tech Under Construction: Flows

6/13/2018
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By definition, construction has been one of the 'brick-and-mortar' industries most resistant to innovation and change over the last decades. So how are new technologies beginning to transform the most brick-and-mortar of the brick-and-mortar industries? This conversation with Tracy Young, cofounder and CEO of PlanGrid; Greg Lynn, Architect, Professor at UCLA, and Co-Founder of Piaggio Fast Forward; Gina Neff, Sociologist at Oxford University; and a16z's Hanne Tidnam looks at the challenges...

Duration:00:32:55

a16z Podcast: The End (and Beginning) of Programming

6/8/2018
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There are over 20 million programmers out there -- and double that, if you count everyone else coding in other ways -- but where are the next 100 million developers? How do we get to a billion developers? The answer, observes a16z general partner Peter Levine in conversation with GitHub co-founder and former CEO Chris Wanstrath (based on a Q&A recorded at our last a16z Summit event) lies in changing the very definition of a "programmer" and "programming". It might even mean the end of...

Duration:00:19:00

a16z Podcast: The Hard Things about Security

6/6/2018
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Here's the hard thing about security: the more authentication factors you have, the more secure things are... but in practice, people won't use too many factors, because they want ease of use. There's clearly a tension between security and usability, not to mention between security and privacy (good security doesn't always come with great privacy -- what if you're a journalist or dissenter under a repressive regime??). And finally, there's a tension between the convenience and...

Duration:00:33:36

a16z Podcast: Autonomy in Service

5/27/2018
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We now live in a world where connecting the dots between intel and modeling threats has become infinitely more complex: not only is the surface area to protect larger than ever, but the entry points and issues are more diverse than ever. This conversation, with Gregory Allen, a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security and co-author of the Belfer Center report on AI and National Security; Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Chief Marketing Officer of Shield AI and the author of The Dressmaker of...

Duration:00:28:24

a16z Podcast: When Journalism Goes Global

5/26/2018
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The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is the organization responsible for the compilation and release of the first the Panama Papers, a series of 11.5 million documents that detailed the offshore dealings of governments and individuals the world over, soon followed by the Paradise Papers. In this podcast, a16z general partner John O'Farrell interviews ICIJ director Gerard Ryle discuss how journalists manage, sort through and coordinate so much information and data to...

Duration:00:23:45

a16z Podcast: B2B2C

5/18/2018
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When it comes to B2B2C business models -- which combine both business to business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) -- who really "owns" the customer? That question might not matter as much in more symbiotic, mutually beneficial marketplaces and other platform contexts, but can be a problem in other contexts or if not done right. For example, if it gives entrepreneurs the illusion that they don't have to work to acquire customers, invest in direct sales, or provides a (false) sense of...

Duration:00:29:13