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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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Episodes

a16z Podcast: The Rise of the CCO

11/17/2017
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There's a new C-level role in town: the CCO, or Chief Customer Officer. This episode (based on a previous event) is all about the rise of this new role, why it's so important -- and what the actual scope and function of the role should be. a16z's Matt Levy, partner on the exec talent team, discusses with (CCOs all) Allison Pickens of Gainsight; Krista Anderson-Copperman from Okta; and Hatima Shafique from Databricks why it is that the Chief Customer Officer is becoming more prevalent across...

Duration: 00:25:22


a16z Podcast: How Founders Hire a VP of Product

11/10/2017
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Hiring a VP of Product can almost feel like handing over your baby to someone else to hold -- especially as the founder of the company, observes a16z executive talent team partner Caroline Horn in an event on the topic this podcast conversation is based on. Featuring Vijay Balasubramaniyan, founder/CEO of Pindrop; Shishir Mehrotra, founder and CEO of Coda; Gokul Rajaram, Production Engineering Lead at Square; and Alan Schaaf, founder/CEO of Imgur -- and moderated by general partner Martin...

Duration: 00:29:55


Putting AI in Medicine, in Practice

11/3/2017
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There’s been a lot of talk about technology -- and AI, deep learning, and machine learning specifically -- finally reaching the healthcare sector. But AI in medicine isn’t actually new; it’s actually been there since the 1960s. And yet we didn’t see it effect a true change, or even become a real part our doctor’s offices -- let alone routine healthcare services. So: what's different now? And what does AI in medicine look like, practically speaking, whether it's ensuring the best data,...

Duration: 00:29:38


a16z Podcast: The Why Behind the Weird

10/31/2017
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Author and professor at George Mason University, Peter Leeson describes himself as not just an economist but as a "collector of curiosa." In his latest book, WTF?! An Economic Tour of the Weird, Leeson looks at just that -- the strangest beliefs, superstitions and rituals humankind has engaged in -- and using economics, uncovers the incentives and rational behavior that makes them, well, make a whole lot more sense. In this Halloween Special, Leeson and a16z's Hanne Tidnam dive into the...

Duration: 00:27:49


a16z Podcast: Revenge of the Algorithms (Over Data)... Go! No?

10/22/2017
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There are many reasons why we’re in an “A.I. spring” after multiple “A.I. winters” — but how then do we tease apart what’s real vs. what’s hype when it comes to the (legitimate!) excitement about artificial intelligence and machine learning? Especially when it comes to the latest story of computers beating games, which has played a critical role in advancing machine intelligence, and continues to capture our imagination… whether it’s AI winning Texas Hold’em poker or beating the world...

Duration: 00:40:06


a16z Podcast: Platforming the Future

10/13/2017
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In this "hallway conversation," Tim O'Reilly and a16z Partner Benedict Evans discuss how we make sense of the most recent wave of new technologies --- technologies that are perhaps more transformative than any we've seen before -- and how we think about the capabilities they might have that we haven't yet even considered. Founder of O'Reilly Media, Tim O'Reilly has seen more than one wave of new tech make an impact over the last three decades in Silicon Valley. But this time, O'Reilly...

Duration: 00:34:05


a16z Podcast: A New Lab Rises

10/12/2017
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We've already talked quite a bit about the Algorithms, Machines, and People lab at U.C. Berkeley (AMPLab) -- all about making sense of big data -- but what happens when the entire world moves towards artificial intelligence -- and the need to make intelligent decisions on that data? That's where the new RISElab (Real-time Intelligence Secure Execution) there comes in. And what is a good "decision", exactly? Beyond the existential question of all that? In this episode of the a16z Podcast...

Duration: 00:28:57


a16z Podcast: Mindsets for Engineering Biology

10/5/2017
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Head of the largest bioengineering lab in the world, former chairman of the FDA and one of the few recipients of the National Medals of Science and of Technology and Innovation, Bob Langer's work has spanned multiple fields and settings and has been applied across numerous fields, from pharmaceutical to chemical, biotechnology to medical device companies. What does it mean to move across disciplines like this, from science to engineering, both in the lab and into the field? In this...

Duration: 00:28:34


a16z Podcast: Why Crypto Matters

9/28/2017
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with Chris Dixon and Fred Ehrsam We've already talked about why bitcoin matters. But as the set of cryptocurrencies -- and networks and "tokens" enabled by the underlying blockchain -- grow (Ethereum being one of the fastest-growing ones), where do we go from here? How do we tease apart the signal from the noise, given all the buzz out there; what's the big picture? In this episode of the a16z Podcast, general partner Chris Dixon and Fred Ehrsam (computer scientist, former Goldman Sachs...

Duration: 00:34:43


a16z Podcast: The Case Study of Lyft and Local Governments

9/26/2017
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How should startups engage with policymakers, build their own government relations (GR) function -- whether in house or with consultants -- and begin to figure out their GR playbook? Let alone explain their moves... not just externally, but internally too? "We really viewed our first mission as education. Explaining what we were and, possibly more importantly, explaining what we weren't," shares Joseph Okpaku, vice president of government relations at Lyft. Think of it as a campaign,...

Duration: 00:20:34


a16z Podcast: Exploding the Map

9/16/2017
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with Wei Luo and David Rumsey In this episode, Wei Luo, founding COO of DeepMap -- who build HD maps for autonomous vehicles -- and David Rumsey, founder of the David Rumsey Map Collection (one of the largest paper private map collections in the world, now at Stanford University, and *the* largest digital online private collection in the world, at 80,000 + maps) talk with a16z's Hanne Tidnam about how maps -- and mapmaking tools -- are changing in the age of autonomous vehicles. New ways...

Duration: 00:38:01


a16z Podcast: Getting Applications Into People's Hands

9/14/2017
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with Juan Benet and Chris Dixon The story of how innovation happens is a long one -- from government funding early basic research, to the heyday of corporate R&D like Bell Labs, to startups as experiments before product-market fit. Through all that, we've ended up with "unprecedented superpowers" distributed through the internet, and people building on top of it. Yet there's still a huge lag in going from brilliant ideas in the form of research papers to an application that's actually...

Duration: 00:21:13


a16z Podcast: The Asshole Survival Guide

9/13/2017
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Bob Sutton's book The No Asshole Rule was all about how to foster company cultures that don't tolerate asshole behavior. But sometimes, dealing with an asshole is unavoidable -- in life or at work. So what are the best tactics to both protect yourself and to stop the asshole behavior? This is the subject that Sutton tackles in his new book, The Asshole Survival Guide. In this somewhat NSFW episode, a16z's Hanne Tidnam talks with Bob Sutton, professor at Stanford; and Michael Dearing,...

Duration: 00:34:33


a16z Podcast: Adjusting to Trade... and Innovation

9/10/2017
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with Russ Roberts and Noah Smith Beyond the overly simplistic framing of trade as “good” or “bad” — by politicians, by Econ 101 — why is the topic of trade (or rather, economies and people adjusting to trade) so damn hard? A big part of it has to do with not seeing the human side of trade, let alone the big picture across time and place… as is true for many tech innovations, too. Speaking of: how does the concept of “trade” fit with “innovation”, exactly? They’re both about getting more...

Duration: 00:38:26


a16z Podcast: The Macro and Micro of Parenting

9/5/2017
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We tend to talk about tech and parenting through devices and artifacts -- screen time, to code or not to code -- but actually, there's a bigger, macro picture at play there: game theory, economic incentives, culture, and more. So in this back-to-school episode of the a16z Podcast, two economists -- Kevin Zollman, game theorist and philosopher at CMU and author of The Game Theorist's Guide to Parenting; and Fabrizio Zilibotti, macroeconomist at Yale working on a book called Love, Money and...

Duration: 00:29:55


a16z Podcast: Competing Against Luck

9/1/2017
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with Clayton Christensen, Marc Andreessen, and Steven Levy In business, mistakes of omission may be just as bad as (if not worse than) mistakes of commission -- simply because of the loss in potential upside: new companies, new products, new opportunities for growth. Or even in the ability to respond to the disruption coming to one's industry and company... if it hasn't already. Sometimes, and in certain industries (such as hospitality and education), it just takes longer to pull off. But...

Duration: 00:37:22


a16z Podcast: Engineering and Learning Intent

8/30/2017
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"Young hungry and scrappy" is how Hamilton described his country, and it's how many -- including the guests on this episode -- describe startups... or more precisely, the mindset that engineers in startups need to balance both creativity and efficiency. But what happens as those startups scale, accrue technical debt, standardize their frameworks, and hire even more engineers? How do they deliver on their product while also staying on top of -- or better yet, using and also pushing forward...

Duration: 00:28:24


a16z Podcast: A Society Under Construction: Modernizing Infrastructure

8/25/2017
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What is "infrastructure" actually? In the 19th and 20th century, that usually meant the transportation systems supporting roadways, airports, trains... but we don't even really know yet what it might potentially mean in the age of rapidly changing technology, autonomous vehicles, drones, and self-driving cars. In this episode, a16z's Matthew Colford discusses the infrastructure of the future with Anthony Foxx, former secretary of transportation under the Obama administration and former...

Duration: 00:22:19


a16z Podcast: Cash, Growth, and CEO ❤️ CFO

8/24/2017
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with Ben Horowitz, Scott Kupor, and Caroline Moon “The only unforgivable sin in business is to run out of cash” [so said Harold Geneen], yet startup CEOs “always act on leading indicators of good news, and lagging indicators of bad news” [Andy Grove via Ben Horowitz]… because it requires a certain stubborn optimism to start a company, after all. So how to reconcile these views? At the very least, pay more attention to leading indicators of running out of cash, “because there’s just no...

Duration: 00:19:35


a16z Podcast: The Taxonomy of Collective Knowledge

8/15/2017
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What do disease diagnostics, language learning, and image recognition have in common? All depend on the organization of collective intelligence: data ontologies. In this episode of the a16z Podcast, guests Luis von Ahn, founder of reCaptcha and Duolingo, Jay Komarneni, founder of HumanDX, a16z General Partner Vijay Pande, and a16z Partner Malinka Walaliyadde break down what data ontologies are, from the philosophical (Wittgenstein and Wikipedia!) to the practical (a doctor identifying a...

Duration: 00:26:31

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