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a16z Podcast: A Podcast About Podcasting


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with Nick Quah (@nwquah), Connie Chan (@conniechan), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90)

It's a podcast about podcasting! About the state of the industry, that is. Because a lot has changed since we recorded "a podcast about podcasts" about four years ago: podcasts, and interest in podcasting -- listening, making, building -- is growing. But by how much, exactly? (since various stats are constantly floating around and often out of context); and what do we even know (given that no one really knows what a download is)?And in fact, how do we define "podcasts": Should the definition include audio books... why not music, too, then? So much of the podcasting ecosystem -- from editing tools to the notion of a "CD phase" to music companies like Spotify doing more audio deals -- stems from the legacy of the music industry. But other analogies -- like that of the web and of blogging! -- may be more useful for understanding the podcasting ecosystem, too. Heck, we even throw in an analogy of container ships (yes, the ocean kind!) to help out there.If we really think medium-native -- and borrow from other mediums and entertainment models, like TV and streaming and even terrestrial radio -- what may or may not apply to podcasting as experiments evolve? In this hallway-style jam of an episode, Nick Quah (writer and publisher of Hot Pod) joins a16z general partner Connie Chan (who covers consumer startups among other things) in conversation with Sonal Chokshi (who is also showrunner of the a16z Podcast) to talk about all this and more. We also discuss the obvious and the not-so-obvious aspects of monetization, discovery, search, platforms... and where are we in the cycles of industry fragmentation vs. consolidation, bundling vs. unbundling, more? And where might opportunities for entrepreneurs, toolmakers, and creators lie?

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a16z Podcast: On Mentors and Mentees

July 12th, 2018


with Ken Coleman, Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz), and Michel Feaster (@michelfeaster)

Everyone talks about the importance of mentorship in our …

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

July 6th, 2018


with Marc Andreessen (@pmarca), Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz), and Steven Johnson (@stevenbjohnson)

The rise of zero-sum thinking -- which has come snapping back recently -- slows and even halts progress, observes Marc …

a16z Podcast: All Things Compensation

June 21st, 2018


Compensation is a topic near and dear to everyone’s heart… but what does “compensation” fully mean — and what does it include, what doesn’t it …

a16z Podcast: Construction Under Tech -- The Build

June 14th, 2018


with Martin Fischer (@fischermartin), Saurabh Ladha (@ladhasaurabh), Chris Rippingham, and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread)

Continuing our series on how tech is changing construction -- one of the industries most …

a16z Podcast: Construction Under Tech -- Info Flows

June 13th, 2018


with Greg Lynn (@greglynnform), Gina Neff (@ginasue), Tracy Young (@Tracy_Young), and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread)

Construction has been one of the industries most resistant to innovation and change over the last …

a16z Podcast: The End (and Beginning) of Programming

June 8th, 2018


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, …

a16z Podcast: The Hard Things about Security

June 6th, 2018


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 …

a16z Podcast: Autonomy in Service

May 25th, 2018


with Gregory Allen (@Gregory_C_Allen), Gayle Lemmon (@gaylelemmon), Ryan Tseng, and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread)

We now live in a world where connecting the dots between intel and modeling threats has become …

a16z Podcast: When Journalism Goes Global

May 23rd, 2018


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 …

a16z Podcast: B2B2C

May 18th, 2018


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, …

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

May 17th, 2018


“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, …

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

May 10th, 2018


In this hallway-style conversation (originally recorded as a video), a16z general partner Alex Rampell and Terry Angelos, SVP of Commerce Solutions …

a16z Podcast: Shifting Risk Mindsets, From Tech to Bio

May 10th, 2018


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 episode of the a16z …

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

May 9th, 2018


with Bryan Caplan (@bryan_caplan), Marc Andreessen (@pmarca), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90)

Signaling and credential inflation -- not learning -- can …

a16z Podcast: Breaking Into Bio

May 2nd, 2018


with Atul Butte (@atulbutte), Daphne Koller (@daphnekoller), and Vijay Pande (@vijaypande)

Whether you’re an academic seeking to move out of research …

a16z Podcast: Principles and Algorithms for Work and Life

April 21st, 2018


with Ray Dalio (@raydalio), Alex Rampell (@arampell), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90)

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 …

a16z Podcast: On Recent Consolidation in the Healthcare Industry

April 16th, 2018


Many of the healthcare headlines lately have been about consolidation in the industry: Walmart and Humana; Aetna and CVS; Amazon, JP Morgan, and …

a16z Podcast: Players and Paths for Healthcare Startups

April 16th, 2018


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 …

a16z Podcast: When (and How) Biology Becomes Engineering

April 16th, 2018


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 …

a16z Podcast: What to Know about GDPR

April 12th, 2018


with Lisa Hawke (@ldhawke) and Steven Sinofsky (@stevesi)

Given concern around data breaches, the EU Parliament finally passed GDPR (General Data …

a16z Podcast: Feedback Loops -- Company Culture, Change, and DevOps

March 28th, 2018


with Nicole Forsgren (@nicolefv), Jez Humble (@jezhumble) and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90)

From the old claim that "IT doesn't matter" and question of …

a16z Podcast: From Teaching Leadership to Being a Leader

March 26th, 2018


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 …

a16z Podcast: Improv'ing Leadership

March 23rd, 2018


Leadership is not just about management, but about passion, a bit of humor, and resilience. General partner Peter Levine and Dick Costolo …

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

March 21st, 2018


Focusing only on the technical, "crunchy, wonky stuff" behind policies or products sometimes misses the humanity at the center of why we're doing the …

a16z Podcast: How to Live Longer and Better

March 16th, 2018


with Kristen Fortney (@kpfortney), Jeff Kaditz (@jeffkaditz), David Sinclair (@davidasinclair), and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread)

Even without a mythical fountain of youth, scientific advances have already dramatically …

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

March 13th, 2018


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 …

a16z Podcast: Containing the Monolith -- From Microservices to DevOps

March 8th, 2018


What happens when monolithic architectures are broken down into containers and microservices (or when things are broken down into smaller units, not …

a16z Podcast: Space -- the Near Frontier

March 4th, 2018


When most people think of space, they think of outer space: Mars, billionaires with rockets, and the “final frontier”. But space innovation is actually playing out right now -- in an immediate and more accessible way, …

a16z Podcast: The State of Security

February 28th, 2018


with Joel de la Garza, Stina Ehrensvärd, Niels Provos, and Martin Casado

Given the heated discussions around security and the c-word (“cyber”), it’s hard to figure out what the actual state of the industry is. And …

a16z Podcast: Creating a Category, from Pricing to Positioning

February 24th, 2018


with Martin Casado (@martin_casado), Michel Feaster (@michelfeaster) and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90)

The purpose of category creation, argue the guests in this episode of the podcast, isn't just about making a dent in the …

a16z Podcast: The Self-Flying Camera

February 22nd, 2018


with Adam Bry (@adampbry), Chris Dixon (@cdixon), and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread)

Now that we've finally reached the age of the truly autonomous …

a16z Podcast: The Internet of Taste, Streaming Content to Culture

February 18th, 2018


Once upon a time it was inconceivable that a company in Silicon Valley could make content that was any good; the running joke, shares Marc …

a16z Podcast: The Business of Continual Change

February 18th, 2018


Every large company -- especially ones that have been around for a long time -- goes through multiple cycles of change. But how do you know where to …

a16z Podcast: How Technology Is Changing Investing

February 17th, 2018


As people begin to gain access to information that was previously left to only trained specialists, a new set of asset classes are being created -- and they are changing the way we think about everything from banking to …

a16z Podcast: Data, Insight, and the Customer Experience

February 13th, 2018


In 2017 The Economist declared data to be the world's most valuable resource. And yet “data insight” is one of those phrases that, while important, is now so ubiquitous it’s been numbed of meaning. So how do you …

a16z Podcast: The Evolution of Payments

February 11th, 2018


The battle between every startup and incumbent comes down to whether the startup gets distribution before the incumbent gets innovation, oft observes a16z general partner Alex Rampell. But how does this play out when …

a16z Podcast: When Is VR's iPhone Moment?

February 6th, 2018


There was a lot of hype about VR ad then it seemed to go pretty quiet. So where are we right now? Bigscreen founder Darshan Shankar and a16z general …

a16z Podcast: All about Bike Sharing

February 3rd, 2018


with Lee Kleinman (@LeeForDallas), Joshua Schank (@joshuaschank), Andrew Savage, and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread)

There's a new wave of bike-sharing in town. But this wave looks a little different than previous waves …

a16z Podcast: Self-Driving Cars — Where Are We, Really?

January 31st, 2018


As cars become more like iPhones and less like just, well, cars — everything changes, from data to mapping to interfaces to security and more. How so? Where are we anyway, given all the hype around when self-driving …

a16z Podcast: Beyond CES: Connected Home Devices, Voice, and More

January 22nd, 2018


In this hallway conversation of the a16z Podcast, Benedict Evans and Steven Sinofsky discuss CES 2018 and share insight on what they took from this year's show. How much can you discern each company's "big picture" …

a16z Podcast: Mental Models for Understanding Crypto Tokens

January 22nd, 2018


This episode of the a16z Podcast goes deep on various trends in cryptocurrencies -- from mental models for understanding tokens and what may give …

a16z Podcast: Reinventing Food

January 13th, 2018


It's surprising that how (and what) we eat has actually changed very little over the ages, despite how much we’ve advanced as a species. Now, however -- driven by globalization, environmental factors, and other …

a16z Podcast: Revisiting the Gene

January 10th, 2018


The complete sequencing of the human genome is one of the most powerful examples of technology and science in action: We've gone from needing $3 …

a16z Podcast: Community and Culture, Online

January 6th, 2018


We’re so used to thinking of “community” as our friends, families, and neighbors. But what a community is, and who it is made of, has changed thanks to the internet, and without our noticing it. What happens when online …

a16z Podcast: Fintech for the People

December 19th, 2017


New fintech companies are democratizing access to financial services in different ways, whether it's making food stamps more efficient, no longer waiting two weeks for a paycheck, or enabling anyone with a smartphone in …

a16z Podcast: Trends in Cryptocurrencies

December 19th, 2017


The internet, believe it or not, was just the beginning. Yes, it spawned an incredible number of uses (some unexpected), from marketplaces and commerce to publishing and social networks... but that’s all been built with …

a16z Podcast: The $200 PC in the Enterprise

December 19th, 2017


What capabilities do enterprise companies really want from their computers? Twenty years ago, those capabilities might've been bundled into a mainframe. Ten years ago, it might've been the PC. Today, as more and more …

a16z Podcast: Of Governors and Mayors, and Tech Policy

December 15th, 2017


Many of the big tech policy issues of the day play out more so at the state and local level, not just federal level. The decisions that cities and …

a16z Podcast: Taking the Pulse on Bio

December 14th, 2017


This conversation between the members of a16z's bio team -- including general partners Jorge Conde and Vijay Pande; Malinka Walaliyadde; and Jeffrey …

a16z Podcast: Scaling Healthcare

December 13th, 2017


No matter how grand a vision for a particular industry, disruption in practice is hard. This is especially true in industries like healthcare, which …

a16z Podcast: Market Shifts

December 10th, 2017


NASDAQ CEO Adena Friedman runs one of the world's largest financial services companies, including the NASDAQ stock exchange that's home to more than 3,500 listed companies. They were also the creator of the world's …

a16z Podcast: On Data and Data Scientists in the Age of AI

December 5th, 2017


Data, data, everywhere, nor any drop to drink. Or so would say Coleridge, if he were a big company CEO trying to use A.I. today -- because even when …

a16z Podcast: AI, from 'Toy' Problems to Practical Application

December 2nd, 2017


When you have “a really hot, frothy space” like AI, even the most basic questions — like what is it good for, how do you make sure your data is in shape, and so on — aren’t answered. This is just as true for the …

a16z Podcast: The Rise of the CCO

November 18th, 2017


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 …

a16z Podcast: How Founders Hire a VP of Product

November 10th, 2017


Hiring a VP of Product -- especially as the founder of the company -- can almost feel like handing over your baby to someone else to hold, observes …

a16z Podcast: Putting AI in Medicine, in Practice

November 3rd, 2017


with Brandon Ballinger (@bballinger), Mintu Turakhia (@leftbundle), Vijay Pande (@vijaypande), and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread)

There’s been a lot …

a16z Podcast: The Why Behind the Weird

October 31st, 2017


Author and professor at George Mason University, Peter Leeson describes himself as not just an economist but as a "collector of curiosa." In his …

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

October 23rd, 2017


with Frank Chen, Steven Sinofsky, and Sonal Chokshi

There are many reasons why we’re in an “A.I. spring” after multiple “A.I. winters” — but how then …

a16z Podcast: Platforming the Future

October 13th, 2017


with Tim O'Reilly and Benedict Evans

In this hallway-style podcast conversation, O'Reilly Media founder Tim O'Reilly and a16z partner Benedict Evans …

a16z Podcast: A New Lab Rises

October 12th, 2017


with Ion Stoica, Peter Levine, and Sonal Chokshi

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 — so what happens when the …

a16z Podcast: Mindsets for Engineering Biology

October 6th, 2017


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 …

a16z Podcast: Why Crypto Tokens Matter

September 28th, 2017


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 …

a16z Podcast: The Case Study of Lyft and Local Governments

September 26th, 2017


with David Mack, Joseph Okpaku, and Matt Spence

How should startups engage with policymakers, build their own government relations (GR) function …

a16z Podcast: Exploding the Map

September 16th, 2017


with Wei Luo, David Rumsey (@davidrumseymaps), and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread)

In this episode, Wei Luo, founding COO of DeepMap -- who build HD maps for autonomous vehicles -- and David Rumsey, founder of the David …

a16z Podcast: Getting Applications Into People's Hands

September 15th, 2017


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 …

a16z Podcast: The Asshole Survival Guide

September 13th, 2017


with Michael Dearing (@mcgd), Bob Sutton (@work_matters), and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread)

Bob Sutton's book The No Asshole Rule was all about how …

a16z Podcast: Adjusting to Trade... and Innovation

September 10th, 2017


with Russ Roberts, Noah Smith, and Sonal Chokshi

Beyond the overly simplistic framing of trade as “good” or “bad” — by politicians, by Econ 101 — why …

a16z Podcast: The Macro and Micro of Parenting

September 5th, 2017


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, …

a16z Podcast: Competing Against Luck

September 2nd, 2017


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 …

a16z Podcast: Engineering Intent

August 30th, 2017


"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 …

a16z Podcast: A Society Under Construction - Modernizing Infrastructure

August 25th, 2017


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 …

a16z Podcast: Cash, Growth, and CEO ❤️ CFO

August 25th, 2017


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 …

a16z Podcast: The Taxonomy of Collective Knowledge

August 15th, 2017


What do disease diagnostics, language learning, and image recognition have in common? All depend on the organization of collective intelligence: data …

a16z Podcast: Centers of Power, War, and History

August 11th, 2017


with Graham Allison and Matthew Colford

"When a rising power threatens to displace a ruling power, shit happens." It's true of people, it's true of …

a16z Podcast: The Strategies and Tactics of Big

August 7th, 2017


What happens when companies grow exponentially in a short amount of time -- to their organization, their product planning, their behavior towards change itself? In this "hallway conversation", a16z partners Steven …

a16z Podcast: Independents on the Board

August 4th, 2017


with Anne Mitchell, Lars Dalgaard, and Scott Kupor

"Orthogonal thinking" but "shared core values" -- that's what makes an ideal board... especially when it comes to "independents", i.e., board members who aren't also …

a16z Podcast: From Mind at Play to Making the Information Age

August 3rd, 2017


with Jimmy Soni, Rob Goodman, and Steven Sinofsky

Modern technology owes much to the introduction of the binary digit or "bit", first proposed by …

a16z Podcast: The Curious Case of the OpenTable IPO

July 24th, 2017


There are the things that you carefully plan when it comes to an IPO -- the who (the bankers, the desired institutional investors); the what (the …

a16z Podcast: Making a (Really) Wild Geo-Engineering Idea Real

July 18th, 2017


Here’s what we know: There’s a pair (father and son) of Russian scientists trying to resurrect (or rather, "rewild") an Ice Age (aka Pleistocene era) …

a16z Podcast: Addiction vs Popularity in the Age of Virality

July 15th, 2017


In the age of virality, what does it actually mean to be popular? When does popularity -- or good product design, for that matter -- cross over from …

a16z Podcast: The Golden Era of Productivity, Retail, and Supply Chains

July 11th, 2017


This episode of the a16z Podcast takes us on a quick tour through the themes of economics/historian/journalist Marc Levinson's books -- from An Extraordinary Time, on the end of the postwar boom and the return of the …

a16z Podcast: The Cloud Atlas to Real Quantum Computing

June 30th, 2017


A funny thing happened on the way to quantum computing: Unlike other major shifts in classic computing before it, it begins -- not ends -- with The Cloud. That's because quantum computers today are more like "physics …

a16z Podcast: Companies, Networks, Crowds

June 29th, 2017


Is a network -- whether a crowd or blockchain-based entity -- going to replace the firm anytime soon? Not yet, argue Andrew McAfee and Erik …

a16z Podcast: Lobbying Tech

June 24th, 2017


What is lobbying, really? Is it “white", "heavy-set" men "playing golf" and making arrangements in "smoke-filled back rooms”? It's not like that …

a16z Podcast: Cybersecurity in the Boardroom vs. the Situation Room

June 18th, 2017


"We're always fighting the last war" -- that's a phrase historians like to use because policymakers and others tend to be so focused on the threats …

a16z Podcast: Taking the ‘Cyber’ Out of Cybersecurity

June 16th, 2017


Nearly every cybersecurity discussion/presentation follows this formula: We don’t know what we’re doing; the bad guys are getting smarter; our …

a16z Podcast: Changing the Conversation about Cybersecurity

June 16th, 2017


When individuals gain the abilities that only nation states once had, how do we put cyber threats in perspective for policymakers -- without unduly …

a16z Podcast: Taking the Measure of Tech in Policy -- with Kamala Harris

June 9th, 2017


"Slow down, cowboys" -- that's what Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) said when prosecutors in her office wanted to bring a case against companies that let apps download someone's entire address book, because surely …

a16z Podcast: Modernizing Government Services, From Food Stamps to Foster Care

June 7th, 2017


When people think of modernizing government, they tend to think of new IT, of improved procurement, of new infrastructure ... rather than social services like foster care or food stamps. But how can we actually help …

a16z Podcast: The Law (and Tech) of Warfare

June 4th, 2017


Rules, guidelines, regulations, and “laws” are all sometimes used interchangeably — but what’s legal and what isn’t is far more complex when it comes …

a16z Podcast: The Living Museum

May 29th, 2017


Every industry (for-profit, non-profit, government, private-sector) has been touched by tech, with most trying to lead the charge in order to stay ahead. But museums and memorials, by definition, lag rather than lead …

a16z Podcast: Giving and Getting Feedback -- for Bosses and Employees

May 26th, 2017


There's feedback and there's guidance; there's praise and there's criticism. All of it is important to do better work, but to develop a better and more productive workplace and relationships -- especially given how much …

a16z Podcast: What Technology Wants, Needs, Does

May 23rd, 2017


Turnabout is fair play: That's true in politics, and it's true at Andreessen Horowitz given our internal (and very opinionated!) culture of debate -- …

a16z Podcast: Tech Policy and the Courts

May 22nd, 2017


Discussions and headlines around tech policy tend to be dominated by what the President and the White House (aka the executive branch of the …

a16z Podcast: The Blockchain, in Congress

May 20th, 2017


There’s an interesting paradox when it comes to the U.S. government and tech: Either they’re an inventor, early adopter, and buyer of emerging new tech … or they’re a very late adopter (as in the case of government …

a16z Podcast: For Your Ears Only

May 18th, 2017


When it comes to spycraft — or rather, “tradecraft,” as they say in the biz — what do the movies get right, and what do they get wrong? In this episode of the a16z Podcast, Michael Morell — former Deputy Director and …

a16z Podcast: From Jobs to Flying Cars

May 15th, 2017


In this lively conversation -- from our recent annual tech and policy summit in Washington, D.C. -- Axios' Dan Primack interviews a16z co-founder …

a16z Podcast: Quantum Computing, Now and Next

May 13th, 2017


Moore's Law -- putting more and more transistors on a chip -- accelerated the computing industry by so many orders of magnitude, it has (and continues to) achieve seemingly impossible feats. However, we're now resorting …

a16z Podcast: Boards, from Both Sides of the Table

May 11th, 2017


A board veteran who has sat on both sides of the table, CEO of PagerDuty Jennifer Tejada shares what you gain from board membership (vs. being only an operator). How does being a board member change you as a CEO, and …

a16z Podcast: On Wearables, Quantified Self, and Biohacking

May 1st, 2017


It’s the end of the beginning — not the beginning of the end — for wearables, argue the guests in this episode of the a16z Podcast. Especially as we move from the first, to the next, generation of wearable devices: not …

a16z Podcast: The Rise of the Digital 'Pill'

April 28th, 2017


The first thing that comes to mind when treating health problems is the need to take a pill (or other pharmaceutical) of some kind. But could a …

a16z Podcast: QR. AR. VR.

April 25th, 2017


In this hallway-style episode of the podcast, a16z partners Connie Chan and Kyle Russell discuss recent announcements at Facebook's annual developer conference, F8, in the context of trends such as: messaging and QR …

a16z Podcast: The Science Of Extending Life

April 18th, 2017


Is it real or science fiction to dream of being able to treat… getting old? In this episode, we discuss with Dr. Thomas Rando from Stanford (who …

a16z Podcast: Crisis Communications

April 13th, 2017


A crisis is an opportunity to change one's culture, to model scenarios and set up a crisis plan/process, to become a better company. But it's also a …

a16z Podcast: Monetizing Open Source (Or, All Enterprise Software)

April 11th, 2017


Here’s what we know about open source: Developers are the new buyers. Community matters. And there will never be another Red Hat (i.e., a successful …

a16z Podcast: The Changing Culture of Open Source

April 8th, 2017


The culture of open source has changed across generations, from previous ones that had to fight for the brave new way -- to the current "GitHub …

a16z Podcast: Cryptocurrencies, App Coins, and Investing in Protocols

April 3rd, 2017


Most of us have probably heard of bitcoin and ethereum -- but did you know there were 15 new cryptocurrencies launched this past month alone? How …

a16z Podcast: Eyes in the Sky

March 25th, 2017


In this episode of the a16z Podcast recorded at our inaugural Summit, Jonathan Downey, CEO of Airware, Grant Jordan, CEO of Skysafe, and Kyle Russell, partner at a16z, discuss our future with “eyes in the sky.”

How do …

a16z Podcast: From Hidden Figure to Sonic BOOM

March 22nd, 2017


An aerospace engineer who worked for NASA for over 40 years, Dr. Christine Darden is one of the mathematicians that the book and movie Hidden Figures …

a16z Podcast: The Storage Renaissance

March 21st, 2017


As we enter a new era of distributed computing -- and of big data, in the form of machine and deep learning -- storage becomes (even more) important. It might not be sexy, but storage is what makes the internet and …

a16z Podcast: The Product Edge in Machine Learning Startups

March 17th, 2017


A lot of machine learning startups initially feel a bit of “impostor syndrome” around competing with big companies, because (the argument goes), those companies have all the data; surely we can’t beat that! Yet there …

a16z Podcast: Build Your Personal Brand

March 13th, 2017


Your brand, says head of a16z marketing and Outcast Agency co-founder Margit Wennmachers, is what people say about you when you're not in the room. And it's going to happen, whether you choose to have an active part in …

a16z Podcast: The Business of Healthcare

March 9th, 2017


Starbucks supposedly spends more on healthcare than it does on coffee beans. And 20 years ago, says Rajeev Singh, CEO of Accolade, healthcare was 10% …

a16z Podcast: The Genetics Of Drug Delivery

March 7th, 2017


In this episode of the a16z Podcast introduced by Vijay Pande (based on a presentation at our summit event), Russ Altman, Stanford professor of bioengineering -- and former chairman of their Bioengineering Department -- …

a16z Podcast: Technology, Mobility, and the American Dream

March 1st, 2017


The irony of our systems working so well -- technological, corporate, and yes, even political -- is that we've become too comfortable: matching to …

a16z Podcast: The Future of... You

February 28th, 2017


Humans have always wanted to enhance themselves -- from getting nutrition just-right to optimizing their performance, whether in sports or health or work. And food is a big part of all that.

But our current systems of …

a16z Podcast: Tech and Entertainment in the 'Era of Mass Customization'

February 26th, 2017


Imagine, for a moment, an alternative universe: One where Netflix got disrupted by some other streaming-content company that made its DVD rental business irrelevant. But that's just a counterfactual. What happened …

a16z Podcast: Brains, Bodies, Minds ... and Techno-Religions

February 23rd, 2017


Evolution and technology have allowed our human species to manipulate the physical environment around us -- reshaping fields into cities, redirecting …

a16z Podcast: When Will Genomics Live Up to the Hype?

February 22nd, 2017


It's been nearly 15 years since the Human Genome Project was completed. But "are we there yet" in the golden age of genomics? What did we think we'd …

a16z Podcast: Startups, Pivots, Culture, and Timing (Oh Shit!)

February 19th, 2017


The hardest thing about pivots (major shifts in company/product direction) isn't just the actual pivot. It's the courage to make the decision... and being honest with yourself as a CEO. Especially since, no matter how …

a16z Podcast: Securing Infrastructure and Enterprise Services

February 14th, 2017


The modern enterprise holds all sorts of applications, devices, and workflow needs. How should we be thinking about securing infrastructure -- and …

a16z Podcast: Cars and Cities, the Autonomy Edition

February 8th, 2017


Thanks to freeways, cities became something to get through instead of something to get to. Now, as the next transportation revolution -- from rivers …

a16z Podcast: What Startups Should Know about Analyst Relations

February 1st, 2017


In the age of the internet -- where information is freely available online, and connections between sellers and buyers of software products are …

a16z Podcast: Building Worlds with VR, Art, and Narrative

January 27th, 2017


Once upon a time, Robert Stromberg got a phone call from "Jim" Cameron (aka James Francis Cameron of Terminator and Titanic fame) about a little project called Avatar. Before he knew it, he was responsible for designing …

a16z Podcast: The Why, How, and When of PR

January 26th, 2017


"Punch above your weight" -- If there's one thing public relations (PR) should help startups and founders do, it's that. Unfortunately, some …

a16z Podcast: VR, AR, and Beyond: The New Medium of Human Experience

January 24th, 2017


The building blocks for VR and AR are finally here -- but the content is just beginning. So everything you'll actually experience and consume in these new mediums over the next few years is being built right now. …

a16z Podcast: Of Policy, Capital, and the Startup Ecosystem

January 21st, 2017


How to think about business policy and top-of-mind issues for the tech industry, given a new president? From what agencies matter for startups and VC …

a16z Podcast: Of Presidents, Policies, and Tech

January 21st, 2017


How to think about tech policy and top-of-mind issues for the tech industry, given a new president? From what agencies matter for different tech …

a16z Podcast: Culture and/of Design

January 18th, 2017


"Mobile-first" (and now too AI-first) has been a mantra of sorts in design, but what does that mean at a company, product management, and competitive level? Especially when someone in company X will always say "we …

a16z Podcast: Real Estate -- Ownership, Asset, Economy

January 13th, 2017


The largest asset class in the United States is owner-occupied real estate, yet options for homeowners accessing this are very binary right now: either own 100% of your home (with a mortgage), or own nothing. And when …

a16z Podcast: Machine Intelligence, from University to Industry

January 11th, 2017


From the significance of Google DeepMind's AlphaGo wins to recent advances in "expert-level artificial intelligence" in playing an imperfect/ asymmetric information game like poker, toys and games have played and …

a16z Podcast: New Year, New Horizons -- Pluto!

January 1st, 2017


What (on earth) does it take to get a signal to Pluto? Stanford senior scientist and astronomer Ivan Linscott, part of the team that ran the radio science experiment on the New Horizons probe, shares in conversation …

a16z Podcast: The Movement of Money

December 31st, 2016


As companies expand out from the internet into the rest of the economy — the proverbial bits to atoms — “the business models are becoming more complicated, more interesting, more payment based”, observes Patrick …

a16z Podcast: The Realities of Aging / When Healthcare Is Local

December 27th, 2016


As people live longer, aging is more top of mind than ever. This is especially true for the "sandwich generation" wedged between caring for aging parents as well as young children at the same time.

The fact is, the 65+ …

a16z Podcast: Mobility and the Global Refugee Crisis

December 16th, 2016


"We throw around words like 'crisis' very easily, but this is a global crisis, and it is of historic proportions," says current U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken about the refugee crisis (for which he and his …

a16z Podcast: Produce or Perish! (What We Eat)

December 14th, 2016


Nature is the ultimate complex system, of course — but with today’s technology, it’s now provided us with an “incredible toolkit” of different …

a16z Podcast: The Internet Is Your Movement

December 9th, 2016


Clearly disruption plays out not just in business but also in politics. Whether it was the Scottish national party, recent election campaigns, or …

a16z Podcast: Health Data -- A Feedback Loop for Humanity

December 5th, 2016


"We live in a world where we use millions of variables to predict which ad you're going to click on. Whether or not you deserve to get a loan. What movie you might watch next. But when it comes to our bodies and even …

a16z Podcast: Knowledge Builds Technology and Technology Builds Knowledge -- with Joel Mokyr

November 27th, 2016


The Industrial Revolution (and period between 1500-1700) was an unprecedented age of technology and economic progress — not unlike today’s, in fact — …

a16z Podcast: Drones for Delivery in Healthcare

November 23rd, 2016


“If we have instant delivery for our burgers,” says Zipline CEO and co-founder Keller Rinaudo, “we should have it for our medicine.” So while some …

a16z Podcast: Old Food, New Tech -- 'Clean Meat'

November 23rd, 2016


You’ve heard the numbers or some statistic like this: By the year 2050, we’ll need to feed 9.7 billion humans on the planet. Our current production and meat-making methods -- growing crops to feed to animals to turn …

a16z Podcast: The Business of Creativity -- Pixar CFO, IPO, and Beyond!

November 9th, 2016


You've heard a version of this story before: Steve Jobs calls some executive out of the blue to come work for him. Only this time the story turns out great ... and the company wasn't Apple. This episode of the a16z …

a16z Podcast: What's Next for Technology and National Security?

November 9th, 2016


We live in very interesting times, to say the least -- whether it's a shift in how technology is built and adopted today compared to the past; a …

a16z Podcast: Messages and Movements in Politics AND Business

November 3rd, 2016


In business, as in politics, "the movement is the message" -- whether that "movement" is a product that's taking off grassroots-style in an …

a16z Podcast: So Where Are We on the 'S-curve' for PC Devices?

October 29th, 2016


There have been a number of new device announcements this past month -- from Google’s new Pixel phone (the first time they made their own phone on the hardware side as well) to more recently, Apple’s announcements …

a16z Podcast: On the Genomics of Disease, From Science to Business

October 18th, 2016


Once we sequenced the human genome, we'd know the cause of -- and therefore be able to help cure -- all diseases... Or so we thought. Turns out, 20,000 genes (and counting) didn't really explain why disease occurred. …

a16z Podcast: Stickers! Filters! Memes! Livestreams!

October 12th, 2016


From glittery reaction gifs modded by grandparents to rage faces on Reddit, stickers (gifs and other layered images) and emotive “biaoqing” have …

a16z Podcast: Truce for Mobile, Battle for VR

October 10th, 2016


The most recent Oculus Connect event (the third and largest yet) has been lauded as bringing us closer than ever to the future promised for virtual …

a16z Podcast: Mastering the Game (with David Oyelowo)

September 30th, 2016


This special episode of the a16z Podcast is based on a Q&A from an early screening we hosted of Disney's Queen of Katwe, now in theaters. The movie -- directed by Mira Nair and based on a book by Tim Crothers -- …

a16z Podcast: From Data Warehouses to Data Lakes

September 22nd, 2016


From the silver age of on-prem software companies like SAP and Siebel Systems to the golden age of enterprise software-as-a-service, we're now seeing …

a16z Podcast: Welcome to the New Era of Commerce

September 18th, 2016


Just as "social networking" is a bland term that doesn't really capture the layers of what happens underneath (and on top of) social networking platforms, "crowdfunding" is a broader phenomenon than what the term and …

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