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a16z Podcast

Andreessen Horowitz

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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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Andreessen Horowitz

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a16z Live is the place to listen to recorded live discussions and events featuring, hosted, or co-hosted by a16z partners (with outside voices too). As a reminder, all content posted here is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Views expressed are those of the individuals and not the views of Andreessen Horowitz, please see a16z.com/disclosures for more. To learn more about the broader a16z Podcast network and ...
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Web3 is going to eat software! I talk with minds behind truly innovative projects using blockchain technology to solve real-world problems so you can be ahead of the curve with your knowledge or business. Discover future Amazons, Googles, and AirBnBs of the world through the exciting personal journeys of their creators! I’ve been building and helping tech businesses since 2001. I know firsthand how important it is to constantly learn about what’s happening on the edges. How is your industry ...
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16 Minutes on the News is a short news podcast where we cover the top headlines of the week, the a16z podcast way -- why are these topics in the news; what's real, what's hype from our vantage point; and what are our experts' quick takes on these trends? About 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 ...
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Have you noticed how everything seems more achievable when you are in a good frame of mind? Every Friday, Dr Neera Dholakia, a GP and expert in mental wellbeing, and Soen Trueman, a software developer and neuroscience researcher, will help you discover how you can manage stress and build resilience through discussion, insights from health and wellness specialists, and guided practical exercises for mind and body. If you want easy evidence-based tools you can use straight away to live a more ...
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The Hardware Entrepreneur

Balint Horvath: Entrepreneur, Innovation Specialist, Engineer/Physicist

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“Software eats the world”, as one famous investor once said it. However, our Earth runs on resources and is based on atoms rather than bits. Our true progress therefore depends mainly on our producing, selling innovative physical products, that is hardware. Hardware is...different. Challenges abound in designing, manufacturing, getting funding, hiring, innovating, delivering to the customers. Resources are scattered around and only a few exist. Where do you get real, practical knowledge? Thi ...
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The Technium is a weekly podcast discussing the edge of technology and what we can build with it. Each week, Sri and Wil introduce a big idea in the future of computing and extrapolate the effect it will have on the world.
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# Hashtag Women

Dr Shyno Baby Paul

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Gender diversity are buzz words these days– And paradoxically, this is a problem in the fields of science, technology, arts, humanities or medicine. A Hashtag #genderdiversity on social media is used for everything from issues like salary disparity, lack of women in a position of power, navigating career and motherhood to sexual harassment – These are definitely important issues to address. But the need for more women in science, humanities goes beyond issues of just equality and morals. Hi, ...
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The gaming industry stands as a pioneer of cutting-edge technologies, ushering in innovations like GPUs, virtual and augmented reality, physics engines, and immersive multiplayer experiences. In this episode, a16z cofounder Marc Andreessen and Andrew Chen, General Partner at a16z Games, dig into why a16z was compelled to establish a dedicated games…
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Summary Zak discusses his journey into crypto and his background in consulting. He introduces Sukuri, a crypto-native tool for startups that aims to provide a comprehensive business dashboard. The platform enables startups to accept crypto payments, automate back-office operations, and manage treasury and payroll. Zak emphasizes the focus on self-s…
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From air-defining radar and electronic systems that helped the Allies win World War II, the origins of Silicon Valley are deeply rooted in government and defense. In today's episode, we get the chance to revisit that relationship with the United States Deputy Secretary of Defense, Kathleen Hicks. Deputy Secretary Hicks has spent decades of her care…
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In this SaaS era, partnering with no one means competing with everyone. How the best companies take advantage of ecosystem-led growth—or where they sit in the SaaS ecosystem to improve acquisition, expansion, and access to new markets, as discussed by a16z general partner Sarah Wang and Crossbeam CEO Bob Moore. [00:01:43] The birth of ecosystem-led…
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“If America is going to be America in the next one hundred years, we have to get this right.” - Ben Horowitz This week on “The Ben & Marc Show”, a16z co-founders Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen take on one of the most hot button issues facing technology today: tech regulation and policy. In this one-on-one conversation, Ben and Marc delve into why…
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Summary In this episode, we discuss with Oren Fine, co-founder of SphereX, the importance of security in the crypto space and how SphereX is on a mission to bring proactive protection to protocols and smart contracts. Oren shares his background in cybersecurity and how he became interested in Web3 and also explains how Spheerex protects protocols b…
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From judging inventions on “Shark Tank” to reshaping the image of NBA ownership, Mark Cuban is known for many things. In this chat with a16z General Partner David Ulevitch, he discusses the importance of entrepreneurship for maintaining America’s status as the most innovative place on the planet. This includes making big bets, like he’s doing with …
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Summary In this episode I talk with Antoni Isaacson, co-founder of Nimble as he shares his journey into crypto world (btw: very recent) and evolution of their project and its focus on decentralized AI. Nimble aims to glue together all the building blocks of decentralized AI, providing an aggregation layer over the different components of the AI sta…
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At the a16z LP Summit, we brought hundreds of our limited partners and portfolio founders together in Las Vegas. The event was truly overflowing with stories of how founders are challenging the status quo and harnessing technology to make the world a better place. Amidst these stories, it became clear that in the realms of public safety and healthc…
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Generative AI has initiated a transformative shift, reshaping our world in unprecedented ways. In a16z's AI Revolution series, we engage some of the most impactful builders in the field of AI discussing and debating where we are, where we’re going, and the big open questions in AI. In this episode, General Partner David George chats with Adam D'Ang…
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CEO of Quora Adam D’Angelo discusses how building infrastructure for creators can democratize AI, in conversation with a16z’s David George. [01:07] Social networks as compliment to AI [03:59] Poe: bringing AI to the masses [05:51] The future of AI is multi-model and multimodal [08:11] Is the model the product? [11:31] Building AI infrastructure for…
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Summary In this conversation with Viacheslav Smirnov, CEO and founder of The Old Castle Defense, we talk about his journey into the blockchain space and mainly the inspiration behind the TOCD game. We dive into the importance of sustainable economics for play-to-earn games and how most games lack it. Viacheslav also explains how the integration wit…
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Nuclear energy accounts for 20% of the electricity in the United States, but remarkably, 2023 marked the commissioning of the U.S.'s first new nuclear reactor in over three decades. The past few years have been a story of changing public opinion, but equally, innovative startups crafting groundbreaking reactor designs and an ambitious announcement …
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Artificial intelligence has taken the world by storm. But despite the hype around personalized avatars or podcast language translation, artificial intelligence is not only impacting the creative spheres; in fact it’s hard to find an industry that isn’t being touched by this technology – and defense of our country is far from excluded. In this episo…
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Summary In this episode, BFG interviews Patrick Workman from Co:Create Ink, a venture that aims to bring the artistry of tattoos into the digital age. Patrick shares his journey into the crypto space and explains how Co:Create Ink is creating a platform that connects collectors and enthusiasts with world-renowned tattoo artists. Apart from (obvious…
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The last few decades have been a period of transition for defense. An increasing number of startups have begun to rival large defense primes, the industry has gradually become a calculus of both hardware and software, and exponential technologies have forced the DoD to rethink how it has traditionally done business. These changing conditions were s…
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American Dynamism. A term coined by a16z General Partner, Katherine Boyle, two years ago, when she and David Ulevitch founded the firm's American Dynamism investing practice. Beyond a sector or movement, American Dynamism embodies innovation, community, and a unique philosophy touching every facet of American life. In this episode, we hear from 10 …
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In this episode, I talk with Paddy (aka Spartacusrex), and he introduces my long-time favorite blockchain called Minima Network. Blockchain that runs on your phone or any edge device. Of course, we also talk about his journey into crypto/blockchain world, the early adoption of Bitcoin, and the appeal of decentralization. Paddy explains how Minima N…
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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, I chat with Manos, the co-founder of WeatherXM, who shares their hardware project's fascinating journey from building the first LoRaWAN network in Greece to its pivot into blockchain-enabled weather data management. The team initially started in 2012 with the idea of building a crowd-sourced weather observation network. However, it…
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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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Hiring the right executives at the right time is the key to scaling your company. But to many founders, the executive search and hiring process can feel like a black box. a16z talent partner Matt Oberhardt dives deep into the executive search process with Kelli Dragovich and Nolan Church on the HR Heretics podcast. [00:01:21] How a16z talent partne…
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Summary Cynthia Huang, co-founder of Dtravel, shares her journey into Web3 and the creation of a decentralized travel platform. She discusses the challenges in the short-term rental industry and the need for direct connections between travelers and hosts. Cynthia explains the role of smart contracts and blockchain in ensuring secure and transparent…
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Have you ever found yourself drowning in the sea of crypto information, struggling to stay afloat with the latest trends and updates? Well, so did I and apparently many others. Summary Deniz, the founder of Alpha Day, joins the Web3 Magic podcast conversation to discuss his journey in crypto and the motivation behind creating Alpha Day. Alpha Day i…
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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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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 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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Summary Imagine stitching together the worlds of fashion, technology, and blockchain. For the story of a former fashion intern turned crypto advocate, I think it's fair to say that Winny's story is almost one of academic defiance, a near-failed thesis. In this conversation with Winnie, we discuss her journey into crypto and her involvement in vario…
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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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Respecting privacy and building trust with communities is essential to effectively integrate technology into public safety. a16z general partner David Ulevitch, Flock Safety’s Garrett Langley, and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Kevin McMahill discuss how to build and implement products that communities can trust. [00:01:22] Flock …
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Summary Steffen Kux discusses the DM3 Network, a decentralized messaging protocol that aims to connect various messaging solutions in the Web3 ecosystem. He explains the journey that led to the development of DM3 and highlights the importance of a central but decentralized registry for communication information. Steffen also discusses the need for …
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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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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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This is the Web3Magic Podcast intro trailer. I introduce the idea behind the Web3Magic podcast, its guests, and what hopeful goals I have for you, the listener, and me, the host. I hope you liked today's episode. If you have any comments please reach out on socials, and let's chat. And as always, don't forget to sign up for Web3Magic and follow me …
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Have you found yourself looking down at your empty plate, but barely remembering eating? Has eating and thinking about meals just become another thing that you need to get done? Mindful eating will allow your mind to refocus, to enable to you concentrate and make intentional choices for your overall health and wellbeing. Join Dr Neera Dholakia for …
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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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How do you want to behave as a human being? How do you want to treat yourself and others, and the world around you? When you live according to your values you can have a rich and meaningful life. Join Neera and Soen for Episode 10: Live Your Values, Accept Yourself and Let Go. We discuss how we can find fulfilment in different ways, including valui…
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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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When we express gratitude and kindness to ourselves and others, we build compassion and self compassion.This will lift your mood and make life more enjoyable. In this Impactful: 10 episode, you'll hear Soen Trueman talking about his personal journey to practising gratitude and how you can take your kindness forward to improve your resilience. Your …
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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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Summary In this episode of Web3Magic, I talk with Simon Brown as he shares his experiences and insights from his time at Devconnect-Istanbul and his involvement in the crypto space. He discusses the value of spending time in hacker houses and the importance of meeting and collaborating with people in the industry. Fair warning - this is a bit more …
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David Phelps discusses his journey into crypto and the inspiration behind his project, Jokerace. He highlights the benefits of building on blockchain rails, such as the ability to create internet-native contests and avoid fees. Phelps explains that Jokerace is a fintech product that allows anyone to create and participate in contests on the blockch…
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What food can improve your mood? And why do you need to know about your gut microbiome? Feeding your gut well will benefit your brain. That's what we are talking about today on Episode 8:Happy Gut, Healthy Mind. We're your hosts: Dr. Neera Dholakia and Soen Trueman, and we're joined by Ruth Taylor who is the lead nutritionist in the Boots Online Do…
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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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