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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: 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 pull...

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

a16z Podcast: Network Effects, Origin Stories, and the Evolution of Tech

5/17/2018
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"The rules of the game are different in tech," argues -- and has long argued, despite his views not being accepted at first -- W. Brian Arthur, technologist-turned-economist who first truly described the phenomenon of "positive feedbacks" (vs. diminishing returns) in the economy or "increasing returns in the new world of business" -- a.k.a. network effects. A longtime observer of Silicon Valley and the tech industry, he's seen how a few early entrepreneurs got it, some early investors...

Duration:01:05:11

a16z Podcast: The Oral History Of TrialPay — Obstacles and Opportunities in Payments

5/11/2018
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In this hallway-style conversation (originally recorded as a video), a16z general partner Alex Rampell and Terry Angelos, SVP of Commerce Solutions at Visa, discuss the trials and tribulations of their time as co-founders of TrialPay, an e-commerce payment and promotions platform. The story begins with their serendipitous initial meeting twelve years ago; tracks the obstacles overcome, rise, and eventual acquisition of TrialPay (by Visa in 2015); and ends with reflections on the future...

Duration:00:46:03

Shifting Risk Mindsets, From Tech to Bio

5/10/2018
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What challenges do first-time founders or tech founders encounter when building companies in the bio space, and how do they differ from traditional tech companies? In this hallway-style conversation (originally recorded as a video), a16z bio team partners — including general partners Jorge Conde and Vijay Pande, with Jeff Low — discuss the mindset shifts involved in building bio (and especially therapeutics) companies. They cover everything from different paths to market and different...

Duration:00:27:09

Shifting Risk Mindsets

5/10/2018
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What challenges do first-time founders or tech founders encounter when building companies in the bio space, and how do they differ from traditional tech companies? In this hallway-style conversation (originally recorded as a video), a16z bio team partners — including general partners Jorge Conde and Vijay Pande, with Jeff Low — discuss the mindset shifts involved in building bio (and especially therapeutics)companies. They cover everything from different paths to market and different...

Duration:00:27:10

a16z Podcast: The Case Against Education, From Signaling to Rainbow's End

5/9/2018
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Signaling -- not learning -- can explain why education pays in the labor market, and why we shouldn't invest in it, argues Bryan Caplan, economics professor at George Mason University and author of the book The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money. But is it really... "a waste of time and money"? Doesn't (higher) education have other benefits at least, like learning to learn or sorting personality traits at least or helping developing economies even?...

Duration:00:44:49

a16z Podcast: Breaking Into Bio

5/1/2018
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Whether you’re an academic seeking to move out of research and into industry, or simply interested in working at a bio startup, this episode of the a16z Podcast is for you. It covers everything from how to build a brand in the space when you don’t have one to how the bio and how the healthcare startup ecosystem is different from traditional tech (or traditional pharma), to how to choose the right co-founder -- or even identify what problems to solve and build a company around. The discussion...

Duration:00:41:36

a16z Podcast: Principles and Algorithms for Work and Life

4/21/2018
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Can one really apply the lessons of history and of the past to the present and the future, as a way to get what they want out of life? By deeply understanding cause-effect relationships -- clearly expressed, shared with others, overlaid with data, back-tested, modified -- you can build a set of principles/algorithms/recipes for dealing with the realities of your life, observes Ray Dalio in this episode of the a16z Podcast (in conversation with a16z general partner Alex Rampell and Sonal...

Duration:00:49:47

a16z Podcast: On Recent Consolidation in the Healthcare Industry

4/18/2018
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Many of the healthcare headlines lately have been about consolidation in the industry: Walmart and Humana; Aetna and CVS; Amazon, JP Morgan, and Berkshire Hathaway. But what does it all mean for patients, and startups -- Will it decrease costs? What opportunities may arise as a result? In this quick hallway-style conversation, originally recorded as a video, some of the partners on the a16z bio team (Jorge Conde and Vijay Pande in conversation with Jeffrey Low) discuss what's going on as...

Duration:00:08:13

a16z Podcast: Players and Paths for Healthcare Startups

4/17/2018
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The creation of each new biotechnology enables a tool, a therapy, or a diagnostic: a molecule, a protein, an app, a platform. And the process underneath isn't just complex in the science and engineering of it, but in the go to market. So who are the stakeholders in this process? In this podcast (which was originally recorded as a video), a16z bio fund general partners Jorge Conde and Vijay Pande give a quick hallway-conversation style overview on the stakeholders -- as well as what the...

Duration:00:06:59

a16z Podcast: When (and How) Biology Becomes Engineering

4/16/2018
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Hypothesis, test, revise -- that's science. Engineering, however, doesn't quite go that way: You have parts you know and understand (like legos), and then you use those parts to design and build something (like bridges). But the key is that when science -- time-consuming, unpredictable, slow, expensive -- becomes more like engineering -- faster, more methodical/repeatable, cheaper -- you can do new things... or do them in better ways. This means engineering disciplines like mechanical...

Duration:00:22:21

a16z Podcast: What to Know about GDPR

4/12/2018
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GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is top of mind for many. Given concern around data breaches, this regulation was finally approved two years ago by the EU Parliament after four years of preparation and debate and goes into enforcement on May 25, 2018. But it's a form of long-arm jurisdiction that affects many U.S. companies, including most software startups, because data collection and user privacy touch so much of what they do. And with EU regulators focusing most on...

Duration:00:35:31

a16z Podcast: All About DevOps (or, What Makes Successful Companies Tick?)

3/28/2018
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with Nicole Forsgren (@nicolefv), Jez Humble (@jezhumble) and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) From the claims that "IT doesn't matter" and question of "does IT matter?" -- at least in terms of technology and organizational change -- industry has been consumed with measuring what drives software performance. It's not useful to talk about what happens in one isolated team or successful company; we need to be able to predict, and make it happen, at any company -- of any size, in any industry vertical,...

Duration:00:44:27

a16z Podcast: From Teaching Leadership to Being a Leader

3/26/2018
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Few operators become VCs, and even fewer go back to leading companies... so how does these perspectives change how one leads? Obviously, it's a lot easier to think of a solution than execute on one... but then how does a leader empower one's team to do the right thing without micromanaging or without being frustrated when they're not getting what they wanted? (Hint: it has to do with providing context). In this episode of the a16z Podcast, Andy Rachleff (president and CEO of Wealthfront...

Duration:00:22:21

a16z Podcast: Improv'ing Leadership

3/23/2018
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Leadership is not just about management, but about passion, a bit of humor, and resilience. General partner Peter Levine and Dick Costolo (entrepreneur, former CEO of Twitter, and aspiring comedian) share their thoughts on the topic in this episode of the a16z Podcast -- based on a conversation recorded as part of the BreakLine Tech program (hosted at Andreessen Horowitz) for military veterans transitioning into new careers. Among other things, Costolo shares what running Twitter was like...

Duration:00:23:26

a16z Podcast: On Morals and Meaning in Products, Business, and Life

3/21/2018
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Focusing only on the "crunchy, wonky stuff" behind policies or products sometimes misses the bigger picture of the humanity at the center of why we're doing the thing in the first place. Because systems -- whether algorithms and artificial intelligence, or capitalism and other such "operating systems" -- need to work for people... not the other way around. Or so observes economist and author Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) -- a public policy think tank...

Duration:00:24:02

a16z Podcast: How to Live Longer and Better

3/16/2018
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Even without a mythical fountain of youth, scientific advances have already, dramatically increased how long humans live. But those advances to date have also largely been due to lower mortality rates, less infectious disease, and (relatively) better nutrition. So when will modern medicine increase not just our healthspan, but our lifespan -- slowing down and possibly even reversing aging? What tools will it take? And what else, beyond the biology and technology involved, would change --...

Duration:00:17:33

a16z Podcast: The API Economy -- The Why, What, and How

3/13/2018
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with Cristina Cordova (@cjc), Augusto Marietti (@sonicaghi), Laura Behrens Wu (@laurabehrenswu), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) APIs (application programming interfaces), observe the guests in this episode of the a16z Podcast, can be described as everything from Lego building blocks to Tetris to front doors to even veins in the human body. Because the defining property of APIs is that they're ways to send and receive information between different parts, that is, communicate between software...

Duration:00:30:29

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