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The a16z Podcast discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future – 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. Multiple episodes are released every week; visit a16z.com for more details and to sign up for our newsletters and other content as well!
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In this episode, Jon Ruth interviews James, the VP of Abundance and the head of community at Octant. They discuss Octant's mission to empower users and the public funding ecosystem, as well as James' journey in the crypto space. They also delve into Golem's ICO and evolution, the challenges of shifting the Golem community to Octant, and the lessons…
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You might recognize the name Mark Pincus but we almost guarantee you recognize the game Farmville. Mark Pincus is the founder and longtime CEO of Zynga, known for its massive global franchise of games, including those household names like Farmville and Words with Friends. Zynga was also at the forefront of the transition to mobile and the use of la…
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In early 2024, the notion of high fidelity, believable AI-generated video seemed a distant future to many. Yet, a mere few weeks into the year, OpenAI unveiled Sora, its new state of the art text-to-video model producing videos of up to 60 seconds. The output shattered expectations – even for other builders and researchers within generative AI – sp…
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In this episode Humpty Calderon speaks with Rish, Founder of the Neynar. In this conversation, Humpty and Rish discuss Neynar, an infrastructure provider for developers on Farcaster. They explore the concept of hubs as a service and compare it to Mastodon Federated Networks. Rish shares his bullishness on Farcaster and highlights the impact of his …
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The electric grid needs an update. In this explainer, a16z Partner Ryan McEntush discusses the escalating complexity of the grid, unveils its vulnerabilities, and traces the evolutionary path that has led us to this point. From the surging demands of AI to outdated infrastructure, we delve into the potential roles of cutting-edge technologies such …
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In this episode Humpty Calderon speaks with Adam Levy, Producer of the Mint podcast and Co-founder of Bello Summary: The conversation covers topics such as podcasting, building an on-chain audience, the role of Bello as a no-code analytics platform, distribution and social insights, on-chain experiments and going viral, the integration of XMTP and …
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"The Ben & Marc Show" features a16z's co-founders Ben Horowitz & Marc Andreessen. In this episode, Marc and Ben continue their in-depth exploration of the current education system. While Part I of their discussion unpacked the crisis facing higher education, Part II presents solutions to overhaul the modern university. In this one-on-one conversati…
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In this episode of Onchain Alpha Humpty speaks with Umar Khan. Umar Khan is a data researcher and analyst building powerful tools to make Gitcoin data more usable and fun. Project Socials: https://twitter.com/gitcoin Guest Socials: https://twitter.com/umarkhaneth Summary In this episode of On Chain Alpha, Humpty and Umar Khan discuss the importance…
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with @cdixon @rhhackett Welcome to the web3 with a16z crypto podcast. I'm Robert Hackett, an editor here at a16z crypto, and I'm here with Chris Dixon, founding partner of a16z crypto and author of the new book Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet. I had the privilege of editing Chris throughout the book writing process, and I'm th…
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In this episode our host Humpty Calderon speaks with Erik Ashdown of Covalent Covalent website: www.covalenthq.com Covalent (Twitter) X: @Covalent_HQ Erik Ashdown(Twitter) X: @eash0x Crypto Sapiens website: www.cryptosapiens.xyz Crypto Sapiens (Twitter) X: @cryptosapiens_ This conversation covers topics such as the background of Covalent, the futur…
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In 2022 and 2023, US IPOs hit decade lows after the record high of 2021. Now, in 2024, will the IPO window reopen? In this episode, we revisit a conversation with Jeff Jordan, former CEO of OpenTable, and J.D. Moriarty, the former Head Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Joined by Sonal Choksi, the…
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In this final episode of Season 8, we speak with Links and NF Thinker from Bankless Card. We explore how having a community credit card can not only support a community financially, but also strengthen the identity and morale of the community that the card represents. We also have Humpty and Eureka John from Crypto Sapiens on to reflect on Season 8…
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(00:00) - The Future of Jobs (03:15) - Job growth over the last 80 years (05:06) - The shelf-life of jobs (09:11) - Education trends (12:25) - The importance of learning the foundations (17:18) - Regional access to education (20:19) - How companies are hiring and looking at strategic priorities (22:58) - The economic mobility and economic stability…
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Big news from a16z: Bio Eats World, our sibling show from a16z Bio+Health, is now Raising Health! We’re excited to share Raising Health’s first episode here where Sean Duffy, cofounder and CEO of Omada Health, joins Vijay Pande, founding general partner of Bio + Health. Sean and Vijay discuss the building and growth of Omada, from the early days to…
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In this one-on-one conversation, Marc and Ben tackle the university system – what has certainly been a hot topic that’s been dominating the news over the past few months. As Marc states at the top of the episode, universities matter tremendously to our world, but they’re currently in a state of crisis. Together, Ben and Marc take a “structural” loo…
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Episode Description: Tune in to our latest episode where we learn about web3 & blockchain education with Shana Douglas (Diamond) of Y3k. In this episode, Shana speaks about the work that Y3K is doing on college campuses to to educate students on web3 and dispel the myths surrounding it. We hope you enjoy this episode. Episode Resources: Y3K Quest w…
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Flock is a public safety technology platform that operates in over 4,000 cities across the United States, and solves about 2,200 crimes daily. That’s 10 percent of reported crimes nationwide. Taken from a16z’s recent LP Summit, a16z General Partner David Ulevitch joins forces with Flock Safety’s founder, Garrett Langley and Sheriff Kevin McMahill o…
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Nature’s blueprint – DNA – is an incredibly efficient machine. You cannot see it with the naked eye, yet it can last for hundreds, maybe even millions of years. Plus, the storage capacity of a single gram of DNA is over 200 million gigabytes! As the cost of DNA sequencing (reading) and synthesis (writing) comes down, scientists are looking to our v…
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As we close off 2023, we wanted to revisit some of our favorite episodes from the last year. From AI hardware, to healthcare regulation, to disrupting the world’s largest asset class, to the electrification of nearly everything… there’s something in here for all listeners. Resources: AI Hardware, Explained: https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/ai-h…
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Welcome to “The Ben & Marc Show”, featuring a16z’s co-founders Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen. In this week’s episode, Marc and Ben are joined by special guest Tony Robbins to discuss the future of longevity. Tony Robbins is an entrepreneur, #1 NY Times bestselling author, philanthropist, and the nation’s #1 life & business strategist. For over f…
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A new age of maritime exploration, the rise of the developer as a buyer in financial services, and more applications for computer vision and video intelligence. We asked over 40 partners across a16z to preview one big idea they believe will drive innovation in 2024. Here in our 3-part series, you’ll hear directly from partners across all our vertic…
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General Partner Anjney Midha explores the cutting-edge world of text-to-video AI with AI researchers Andreas Blattmann and Robin Rombach. Released in November, Stable Video Diffusion is their latest open-source generative video model, overcoming challenges in size and dynamic representation. In this episode Robin and Andreas share why translating t…
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Voice-First Apps, AI Moats, Never-Ending Games, and Anime. We asked over 40 partners across a16z to preview one big idea they believe will drive innovation in 2024. Here in our 3-part series, you’ll hear directly from partners across all our verticals, as we dive even more deeply into these ideas. What’s the why now? Who is already building in thes…
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Arthur Mensch is the co-founder of Mistral and the co-author of Deepmind’s pivotal 2022 "Chinchilla" paper. In September 2023, Mistral released Mistral-7B, an advanced open-source language model that has rapidly become the top choice for developers. Just this week, they introduced a new mixture of experts model – Mixtral — that’s already generating…
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Smart energy grids. Voice-first companion apps. Programmable medicines. AI tools for kids.We asked over 40 partners across a16z to preview one big idea they believe will drive innovation in 2024. Here in our 3-part series, you’ll hear directly from partners across all our verticals, as we dive even more deeply into these ideas. What’s the why now? …
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Episode Description: Tune in to our latest episode where we delve into the world of Gitcoin DAO with special guests Ben West, Head of Grants, and Azeem Khan, Head of Impact. In this episode, we explore the ins and outs of the project, reviewing why the DAO was formed, exploring grants, partnerships, and why the choice was made to operate as a DAO. …
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One topic at the center of the AI universe this week is a potential breakthrough called Q*. Little has been revealed about this OpenAI project, other than its likely relationship to solving certain grade-school mathematical problems. Amid much speculation, we decided to bring in our new general partner, Anjney Midha – focused on all things AI – to …
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History is made of all manners of tracking importance. Ordinal theory and the bitcoin network allow us to track not only firsts, but a wide array of numerical significance in a way no other landscape yet has. Go check out and follow along with episode with the article at: https://cryptosapiens.xyz Connect with Donny Clutterbuck on Twitter: @itsdonn…
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with @davidmarcus @smc90 This wide-ranging conversation covers company building, big to small -- including what cadence and when is the right "time" to ship; the relationship between centralization, decentralization, platforms, and financial freedom; moving from web2 to web3 in both crypto AND payments... as well as why bitcoin, views on remote wor…
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Taking a company from idea to household name is always difficult. But the past few years presented challenges that caught even the most-seasoned CEOs off guard. In this episode, you’ll hear from two CEOs that navigated these waters and somehow, came out on the other side. These recordings come straight from our exclusive Connect/Enterprise event, b…
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Neutron Episode Episode: Episode 9 Season 8 Description: In this episode, join as our host Rachel has a discussion with Avril of Neutron. This call focuses on the project Neutron from the Cosmos ecosystem. Join as our host Rachel chats with Avril to explore more about the project and how they’re making an impact! We hope you enjoy this engaging dis…
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Fei-Fei Li, PhD, Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University, and Co-Director of Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Institute, joins Bio + Health founding partner Vijay Pande. In this candid conversation, Li unfolds her transformation from a young immigrant to an influential figure in AI. The conversation explores the birth of Ima…
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At Permissionless, Crypto Sapiens AV Producer Eureka John did some gonzo journalism and pulled aside some folks for interviews. One of the people was Donny Clutterbuck. Donny is the host of the Don't Say NFT podcast series published right here on Crypto Sapiens. In this interview, Donny and Eureka John talk all about crypto use cases, future, conce…
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Is it possible to construct a virtual society that authentically replicates human behavior? AI Town, a virtual town experiment where AI residents live, interact, and engage, provides valuable insights into the future of AI's believability and its interaction with humanity. In this panel discussion, Joon Park, the author of 'Generative Agents: Inter…
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Eureka John made a portable podcast setup and walked around Permissionless II 2023 in Austin, TX. and got a few people to talk to him about what they are working on. In this interview Eureka John interviews EthHeadGonzo.eth (John Reardon) where we talk about his path into crypto and his new company DarkStar Digital where he is incorporating crypto,…
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In episode 7 of Don't Say NFT our host Donny Clutterbuck uses Twitter spaces to explore memes. Visual and audio media are powerful tools. How do we make a form so recognizable that vastly different sensory data can have cultural data imprinted on it that doesn't need explicit explanation? How does medium impact message? Go check out and follow alon…
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Software crosses borders effortlessly. The globalization of money, however, is considerably more challenging. This is especially true for multinational businesses, which grapple with managing multiple accounts in diverse currencies, navigating costly foreign exchange rates, and unpredictable money transfers. As businesses increasingly embrace a glo…
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Subscribe to The Ben & Marc Show on Apple Podcasts: https://bit.ly/3SdsfNt Subscribe to The Ben & Marc Show on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3SclPOr Read the full manifesto: https://a16z.com/the-techno-optimist-manifesto/ This past week, Marc released his new vision for the future – “The Techno-Optimist Manifesto”. In an article that has sparked widesp…
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In this episode, join us for an informative discussion with Wendy O of the O Show! Our host Rachel Rose talks with Wendy about recently connecting at the University of Southern California, and they continue to discuss the regulatory landscape of the cryptocurrency industry in the US as well as the broader world stage. Wendy provides useful informat…
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As VR technology inches forward, completely new experiences loom on the horizon. In today’s episode, we expose listeners to the very real-world use cases already present on these devices, from fitness to education. First up is Gym Class VR, one of the top-rated apps on the Quest. Cofounder, Paul Katsen, shows us how to dribble and dunk in the metav…
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Today’s episode continues our coverage from a16z’s recent AI Revolution event. You’ll hear directly from a16z cofounder Ben Horowitz and Databricks cofounder and CEO, Ali Ghodsi as they answer questions around AI and the enterprise, plus their perspectives on open source, whether benchmarks are BS, and the scramble of universities to take part in t…
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Today’s episode continues our coverage from a16z’s recent AI Revolution event. You’ll hear a16z Bio & Health GP Vijay Pande speak with Daphne Koller about the fascinating convergence of machine learning and genomics – two industries that have benefitted decades of investment and progress – which are now colliding head on. Daphne is a prominent inno…
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