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Zymergen CEO Josh Hoffman on Biofacturing PLUS Founder U Startup Math |  E1231
This Week in Startups - Audio
access_time23 hours ago
Jason opens with a Founder University segment on "Startup Math" (1:48), then interviews Zymergen CEO Josh Hoffman on Biofacturing (16:45), how DNA sequencing & machine learning are enabling materials science advancements (26:35), what human capital is needed for the industry (42:53) & more.
News! The cult of Bitcoin maximalists, Bezos is going to space, & Facebook’s smartwatch | E1230
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access_time2 days ago
First up, Jason covers "Bitcoin Toxicity." Are Bitcoin maximalists exhibiting cult-like behavior? (1:19) Then, he assesses the risks of Bezos going to space: is the potential upside worth the risk of ruin? (36:16) Finally, he wraps with news of Facebook's rumored smartwatch. Have Apple's recent privacy measure forced their hand into wearables? (40:59)
Customer Success | Scaling Your Startup S2E9 with Statusphere’s Kristen Wiley & Techmate’s Nicole Beals | E1229
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access_time3 days ago
Customer success is key to startup success. First, Statusphere CEO Kristen Wiley shares strategies from managing two customer success teams in B2B and B2C. (1:00) Then, find out why customers churn from Techmate COO Nicole Beals, who also shares how Techmate increased their customer retention rate from 70% to 98%. (27:07) To wrap, Jason leads a Q&A covering compensation, productizing customer moments, and more. (40:41)
Aurora CEO Chris Urmson on building the roadmap to fully autonomous vehicles | E1228
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access_time4 days ago
Chris Urmson the CEO of Aurora, a leading self-driving company, joins Jason to recount the history of autonomous vehicles (1:06), the roadmap for removing human drivers (16:47), what technology problems are left to solve (38:25) and more!
Katerra’s collapse, Bill Ackman’s SPAC merger plus Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi | E1226
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access_time8 days ago
Jason covers the bankruptcy of the Softbank-backed construction startup Katerra, Bill Ackman's Universal Music SPAC, then interviews Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi about portable benefits for independent contractors, the expanding UberEats business, local commerce and more!
Launching Twitter Blue with Twitter’s Head of Product Kayvon Beykpour | E1225
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access_time9 days ago
Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter's Head of Product shares the strategy behind Twitter's recent feature releases, what structural changes enabled Twitter to increase product velocity, how they segment composers & consumers, the Twitter blue launch & more!
Low-Burn | Scaling Your Startup S2 E8 with Neyborly’s Ben Seidl & Xendoo’s Lil Roberts | E1224
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access_time10 days ago
A low-burn rate gives startups the agility they need to succeed and weather unforeseen challenges. Two CEOs join Jason to discuss how founders can make the most of their limited capital. Ben Seidl of Neyborly covers managing burn rate (2:58), Lil Roberts of Xendoo shares the steps needed to maintain financial health, then Jason joins for a Q&A on how to create a slingshot business(48:48), the appropriate level of runway (55:02) & more.
Citizen App’s bounty blunder, “digital bodyguard” service + Coinbase launches “Fact Check” | E1223
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access_time15 days ago
Jason breaks down the Citizen App's recent mistake of putting a $30,000 bounty on an incorrect arson suspect, assesses the merits of an "Uber for private security", and covers Coinbase's launch of their self-titled "Fact Check" media arm.
Acquired.FM’s Ben Gilbert & David Rosenthal on Berkshire vs. Bitcoin,  Amazon acquires James Bond IP, and more! | E1122
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access_time17 days ago
Ben Gilbert & David Rosenthal of Acquired join Jason to talk about Bitcoin's recent price action (5:55), the dissonance of liking both Bitcoin and Berkshire (14:27), Amazon's acquisition of MGM (39:34), and more!
Emergency Pod! Huge Bitcoin correction, Robinhood IPO rumors, Squarespace direct listing | E1219
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access_time24 days ago
Emergency pod! Bitcoin sees a major correction due to China's crack down (1:46). What are the chances it could it go to zero, and could China banning crypto be a blessing in disguise for Bitcoin? Robinhood is rumored to be going public next month (14:14), what will their market cap be at IPO? Plus Squarespace goes public via direct listing (26:10)!
Marketing SEO & Conversion Funnels | Scaling Your Startup S2 E6: Gravitr’s Doriane Mouret & Outlaw’s Danielle Vincent | E1218
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access_time24 days ago
This episode is full of tactical advice for improving your marketing operations. Gravitr's Doriane Mouret explains how to improve your conversion funnels (3:28), Outlaw's Danielle Vincent shares how to improve your SEO (33:45), then Jason joins for a Q&A covering the right cadence, location, and quality of content to publish (47:21).
Amazon in talks to acquire MGM, AT&T offloading Warner Media, Dapper Labs lawsuit plus NYT’s Taylor Lorenz on creator economy, Clubhouse & Jake Paul’s venture fund | E1217
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access_time25 days ago
Jason covers Amazon's talks to acquire MGM, AT&T's spin-off of WarnerMedia to Discovery, and Dapper Labs lawsuit about the nature of NFTs (1:00). Then, NYT journalist Taylor Lorenz joins to discuss the implications of social media & its more reckless influencers (15:21), why she prefers to write for the New York Times instead of a lucrative Substack offer (48:50), and more!
Emergency Pod! Twitter is reportedly building a paid subscription called “Twitter Blue” | E1216
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access_time26 days ago
Jason shares insights on the Twitter Blue leak (1:40) then breaks down recent product innovations, Twitter's 2021 acquisition spree, and what it all means (15:05).
Ask an Angel PLUS Antonio Garcia Martinez vs. Apple with Zach Coelius | E1215
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access_time29 days ago
Zach Coelius joins Jason to answer live listener questions (1:09), and then the pair discuss Apple's recent debacle in firing Antonio Garcia Martinez after being pressured by employees (42:43).
Product | Scaling Your Startup S2 E5 with Superhuman’s Rahul Vohra & Fitbod’s Jesse Venticique | E1214
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access_time29 days ago
This episode reveals the product strategies of two of Jason's high-performing portfolio companies, Superhuman & Fitbod. First, Superhuman's Founder & CEO Rahul Vohra shares his 7 principles for improving products with game design (01:40), then Fitbod's CO-founder and Product Head Jesse Venticique describes how to optimize your product hook (20:08), and to wrap up, Jason brings the two together for a Q&A session (36:44).
Oura CEO Harpreet Rai on improving sleep, NBA partnerships, hardware & more PLUS Instagram Kids Debacle | E1213
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access_time1 month ago
Jason gives his take on Facebook's Instagram for kids initiative (0:53), then Ōura's CEO Harpreet Rai discusses how sleep & recovery scores are calculated (25:09), how Oura works with the NBA & enterprise to keep organizations healthy (50:49), and more!
Precursor Ventures’ Charles Hudson & Jason give candid feedback on startup pitches at Founder University | E1212
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access_time1 month ago
Jason & Charles Hudson from Precursor Ventures take 8 pitches from founders and give feedback on how the pitches were structured (13:10) and their business models (38:48).
Facebook’s Oversight Board rules on Trump ban plus how to reverse engineer TAM & more | E1211
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access_time1 month ago
Jason covers the Facebook Oversight Board's decision on Trump (15:49), gives a potential solution for bad actors on social media that are of public consequence (39:25), provides a concrete way to reverse engineer TAM (55:00), and more!
Fundraising | Scaling Your Startup S2 E4 with SoleSavy’s Dejan Pralica and Density’s Andrew Farah | E1210
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access_time1 month ago
Two startup CEOs share their approach to fundraising, Andrew Farah explains the strategy he used to raise $100M for Density (03:58), Dejan simplifies his community-forming principles for SoleSavy (38:27), and both give tactical lessons from the mistakes they made along the way (46:23)!
Crafter’s Morgan Spenla on delighting makers with memberships, materials, and a marketplace | E1209
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access_time1 month ago
Morgan Spenla shares why her company Crafter delivers a wonderful experience to makers (01:06), how they monetize (15:04), why she hires customer support from Starbucks (48:07), and more!
Breaking down Basecamp’s tumultuous week, politics at work & more | E1208
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access_time1 month ago
Jason weighs in on Basecamp's ban of political discussion at work (10:57), the ensuing employee exodus (22:40), shares his policy for his companies (26:32), answers a listener's question about how to surround yourself with great people (40:09), and more!
How Tiger Global is outpacing VC with better, faster, cheaper, capital ft. Founders Fund’s Everett Randle | E1207
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access_time1 month ago
Tiger Global, a crossover hedge fund, is moving at an unprecedented speed and scale in venture capital. Everett Randle of Founder's Fund joins Jason to break down Tiger Global's strategy, discuss the implications for the investing ecosystem (13:14​), explain his "Walmart of VC firms" mental model (24:42​), and more!
Scaling Your Startup S2 E3 | Sales with GRIN’s Brandon Brown and LeadIQ’s Mei Siauw | E1206
This Week in Startups - Audio
access_time1 month ago
A high-functioning sales machine is a way to predictably scale revenue quickly. Two 8-figure B2B SaaS CEOs share the lessons they've learned from building effective sales teams including how to create an effective sales motion (2:49), structure a sales pod (12:00), hire a great VP of sales (15:10), train SDRs into AEs (28:55), deal with average performers (47:54), and more! Slide Deck Slide Deck: http://bit.ly/SYS-S2E3-Deck
Arlan Hamilton on raising $5M in crowdfunding, empowering & educating underestimated founders | E1205
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access_time2 months ago
Arlan Hamilton of Backstage Capital discussed her $5M crowdfunding raise on Republic (04:16​), what's "popping" in her current portfolio (20:06), her founder education course (49:46), and more!
Emergency Pod! Tim Cook vs. Mark Zuckerberg: Apple and Facebook go to war over privacy updates | E1204
This Week in Startups - Audio
access_time2 months ago
Jason dives deep on Apple vs. Facebook (5:05): the numbers, the philosophical differences, the potential outcomes & more!
Altimeter’s Brad Gerstner on taking Grab public in largest SPAC ever, fixing broken IPOs | E1203
This Week in Startups - Audio
access_time2 months ago
Crossover technology investor Brad Gerstner came on to discuss Altimeter Capital taking Grab public in the largest SPAC ever (38:55), why the IPO process is broken and how to fix it (12:55) and the responsibility of people with platforms to encourage responsible retail investing (22:12). As well as how $2000 for every American invested in the public markets at birth would display the power of capitalism to improve lives (50:50) and more!
Social Marketing | Scaling Your Startup S2 E2 with Mehak Vohra and Kate Bradley-Chernis | E1202
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access_time2 months ago
Jason is joined by two outstanding CEOs running marketing companies, Mehak Vohra (Skillbase) & Kate Bradley-Chernis (Lately). Mehak shared the strategies she used to drive signups for Skillbase on TikTok(2:57). Kate shared her top business writing techniques (18:48), how to create engagement for B2B sales on LinkedIn (24:15), and more! To see the deck discussed in this episode go to https://bit.ly/3tA7sV
Emergency Pod! Jason reacts to the Apple event: M1 iMac & iPad Pro, AirTags, Podcasts & more | E1201
This Week in Startups - Audio
access_time2 months ago
Jason reacts to all of Apple's most notable product releases from their Spring Loaded event: Apple Podcasts redesign (2:43), AirTags (13:09), M1 iMac (20:08), M1 iPad Pro (25:15) & more!
MetaKovan on financing digital art & buying Beeple’s $69M NFT, plus Clubhouse facing new competition in social audio | E1200
This Week in Startups - Audio
access_time2 months ago
First Jason discusses Clubhouse's facing new competition in social audio from Reddit and others (2:44). Then he asks Crypto investor & entrepreneur MetaKovan why he bought Beeple’s "Everydays" NFT at a Christie's auction for $69M (23:30), what crypto assets he is invested in (28:29), and more!
Jason’s EOW (End of Week) | 4/17/20
This Week in Startups - Audio
access_time2 months ago
New format! Jason's EOW (End of Week): Jason wraps up the week covering some current events he's interested in, explaining things he's been working on (0:00), and answering fan questions live (14:56).
Republic CEO Ken Nguyen on making early-stage investing for everyone | E1199
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access_time2 months ago
Kendrick Nguyen of Republic, an early-stage investing platform, talks about the power of the retail investor crowd, the ability for startups to convert their followers into investors (13:05), the diligence process Republic uses for deals on their platform (47:46), and more!
Throwback! Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong from November 2017
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access_time2 months ago
Jason reflects on Coinbase's monumental direct listing (0:00), then tosses to a November 2017 interview featuring Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong (6:21). Check out the pod notes here: https://rb.gy/1vlx74
Growth | Scaling Your Startup S2 E1 with Growth University’s Craig Zingerline and Fitbod’s Allen Chen | E1198
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access_time2 months ago
Growth experts Craig Zingerline (Growth University) and Allen Chen (Fitbod) cover how startups can grow their user base, including tactical tips and best practices on building a growth model, acquiring and activating customers, retaining users, measuring performance and more.
Dapper Labs CEO Roham Gharegozlou on powering NFTs, NBA TopShot, & CryptoKitties | E1197
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access_time2 months ago
Roham Gharegozlou, the CEO of Dapper Labs discusses his vision for NFTs, why he created Flow blockchain. (12:26​) How he used CryptoKitties to get the NBA to buy into the Top Shot partnership (43:25) How the Blockchain can erode Facebook's power. (52:08​) and answered a lightning round of audience questions.
Building a production location marketplace with Hank Leber, co-founder of Giggster | E1196
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access_time2 months ago
Hank Leber, co-founder of Giggster talks about building their production location marketplace that has brought 10,000 locations for content production online from a totally offline process, it's like an AirBNB for professional locations. (17:35) He shares Giggster's funding story and the impact of raising remotely. (30:05) Hank also describes their typical uses and rates for bookings .
The Snack App’s Kim Kaplan PLUS 3 key metrics that matter for consumer, enterprise SaaS & marketplace startups
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access_time2 months ago
First, Jason answers fan questions on attracting VCs and the 3 key metrics for consumer, enterprise SaaS and marketplace startups (1:32), then Snack App CEO Kim Kaplan joins to talk about her new Tinder-meets-TikTok dating app (15:21). For in-depth podcast notes, click here: https://bit.ly/E1195-TwistNotes
This Week in Startups Australia hosted by Mark Pesce | Season 9 Episode 1 with Jason Calacanis
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access_time2 months ago
Season 9 Episode 1: TWISTA Patron Saint Jason Calacanis joins us to kick off series 9 with a deep dive into the post-pandemic startup world – and the virtuous cycle of successful startups.
Early angel investing blind spots, thoughts on the creator economy PLUS Canny.io’s Sarah Hum | E1194
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access_time2 months ago
Today's show features a throwback format, where Jason answers a fan question about his early blind spots in angel investing (1:54), is joined by Canny.io Founder Sarah Hum (9:08), and then shares his thoughts on the growing "creator economy" (34:22). Check out the advanced pod notes here: https://rb.gy/mqxls8
Common First-Time Founder Mistakes Part 2! with Becki DeGraw | Wilson Sonsini Startup Legal Basics
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access_time2 months ago
Wilson Sonsini Partner Becki DeGraw joins Jason for another discussion around common first-time founder mistakes. Topics include avoiding founder legal disputes, no vesting on shares, IP protection, super-voting shares and more! Check out the full Startup Basics series at https://thisweekinstartups.com/basics
Emergency Pod! uBiome: Anatomy of an Alleged Fraud with Wall Street Journal reporter Amy Dockser Marcus | E1192
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access_time2 months ago
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Startup Bracketology: selecting the world’s most valuable private company with Acquired FM PLUS future of VC | E1191
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access_time3 months ago
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Common First-Time Founder Mistakes with Becki DeGraw | Wilson Sonsini Startup Legal Basics
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access_time3 months ago
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Emergency Pod! Microsoft in talks to buy Discord for $10B+; breaking down their thesis, Discord’s business & more | E1190
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access_time3 months ago
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Ask an Angel with Zach Coelius: Starting your angel career, building marketplaces & more | E1189
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access_time3 months ago
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Joanne Wilson on spotting a bubble, NYC’s post-pandemic reset, portfolio management in an unsustainable market & more | Angel S5 E10
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access_time3 months ago
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Sahil Lavingia on Gumroad’s groundbreaking equity crowdfunding raise, lessons from a decade-long startup journey, insights on rolling funds & more | E1188
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access_time3 months ago
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Cade Metz on his controversial Slate Star Codex article, new book “Genius Makers,” dangers of algorithmic moderation, a16z vs. legacy media & more
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access_time3 months ago
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