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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!
 
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 ...
 
What happens when software eats the world? Industry veterans Paul Ford and Rich Ziade chat with their friends about technology, design, and business from a distinctly East Coast point of view. Decades of experience inform their no-BS, quick-witted patter about what digital transformation really means. Created by Postlight, the digital product studio they co-founded in New York City
 
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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 ...
 
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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Throughout his engineering career, Andrew Childs used his fair share of project management tools. None of them felt quite right, so he quit his job and built his own — Clubhouse.io. Andrew joins Paul and Rich to discuss why the tool has become so popular at Postlight, and how it’s managed to survive in such a crowded project management marketplace.…
 
Decentralized autonomous organizations, or DAOs, are one of the hottest topics in crypto and tech right now. But what exactly are they? Why do they matter? And what new modes of governance, ownership, and creation do they make possible?By Aarthi Ramamurthy, Will Papper, Avichal Garg, Ali Yahya, pplpleasr, Sriram Krishnan, Ian Lee, Steven Sinofsky, Denis Nazarov
 
mRNA research before COVID and how "mRNA is code" [3:21] The early days of COVID: designing a vaccine in 48 hours [5:44] The software behind the vaccine: getting mRNA researchers out of Excel and into a drug design studio [9:11] The first draft of the vaccine was the final draft [11:10] How the government sped up vaccine development for COVID [12:1…
 
This week we got a portable touch screen monitor. We discuss our favourite Linux apps, bring you a command line lurve and go over all your wonderful feedback. It’s Season 14 Episode 14 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain. In this week’s show: We discuss what we’ve been up to re…
 
Welcome to 16 Minutes, the a16z show where we talk about tech trends in the news, what’s hype and what’s real, and the long arc of innovation. In today's episode we’re talking about the latest developments and trends in cybercrime – including the trends of ransomware, and, attacks on physical infrastructure. First (0:00 - 6:07), we have the recent …
 
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2021 TextSniper iPad Multitasking Video iPad Menu Screenshots iPad Menu Video Mosaic NSUserActivity DUNS Number Synergy Fitt’s Law USDZ Continuous Integration Continuous Delivery Post-show: Original Prince video What happened? Remastered version in which the outcome is more visible Todd Vaziri Sponsored by: Mac…
 
Michael Shane began his career as a classical musician, and now he’s Director of Digital Strategy at Postlight. This week, Michael takes Paul and Rich on his journey from the orchestra to the land of tech. He shares what he's learned along the way from what makes a great digital strategist to why strategy isn’t the same as sales — and gives tips on…
 
Follow-up: Casey’s HDMI HOMI Update HDMI cable types Wi-Fi 6 Back to Work Thread Dolby Vision and raised blacks (via Kai Kontio) iMac Fans Jonathan Dietz’s Apple Silicon cost-estimate spreadsheet Apple Podcasts issues: Broken show notes? Apple Podcasts subscriptions delayed 🤮 Apple’s Self-Serving Puff Piece 🤮 Thoughts on Flash On Apple’s Piss-Poor …
 
This week we’ve been fixing phones and relearning trigonometry. We round up the news and events from the Ubuntu community and discuss news from the wider tech scene. It’s Season 14 Episode 13 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain. In this week’s show: We discuss what we’ve been u…
 
When you’re a small but growing company, sometimes the best people to learn from are the big fish in your industry pond — the friendly ones that don’t eat you. This week Paul and Rich speak with Tracey Zimmerman, President and CEO of Robots & Pencils, a digital innovation firm working on similar projects as Postlight but at double the size. They co…
 
Fab 5 Freddy on New York in the 70s, Warhol, Blondie, Basquiat, and Yo! MTV Raps [1:40] Contrarian strategy and challenging assumptions [5:12] Boring AI and solving meaningful problems [8:42] Drop-in audio copycats [14:39] How is copying software different from remixing hip hop? [21:07] Do you want a CEO as an inventor or an operator? [24:12] Recru…
 
Pre-show: Compacted sugar Fun Dip SweetTarts Candy Cigarette Big League Chew Follow-up: John’s Jade/M1X Twitter thread High resolution image Chiplet AMD Discussing X3d Die stacking Keeping Up Moore’s Law with Chiplets Chiplet vs. Monolithic Some speculation about the next Mac Pro Base-model 24” iMacs have only one fan MacBook Air’s rumored “ski fee…
 
This week we’ve been making a Linux powered Commodore 64 and coding with BlitzMax-NG. We discuss technology for kids, bring you a command live love and reply to all your wonderful feedback. It’s Season 14 Episode 12 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain. In this week’s show: We d…
 
Get outside. Get outside into nature, a park or something, to refresh your mind and body. Get outside your preconceived ideas and prejudices for better thinking. Mary Donelan came to KMC Systems to use Lean to improve productivity. She had to overcome existing prejudices that improvements meant reducing workforce. She exemplified the basic Lean pri…
 
This week Paul and Rich are joined by a new Postlight team member, Director of Product Management Vicky Volvovski. Vicky talks all things product management and breaks down the differences between agency work and product org work. She also shares the six things she looks for when hiring product managers and gives Paul and Rich some solicited feedba…
 
Given recent buzz and ongoing debates around the Endless Frontiers Act -- which some have described as “the most important piece of legislation no one's heard of” -- this episode is a rerun of an episode from last year, recorded after said act was initially unveiled. The short discussion covers the broader topic and theme of funding science and inn…
 
The six functions in an enterprise marketing org [2:54] Why product marketing is the killer function [6:52] How do you hire a world class product marketer? [11:16] Is community or developer evangelists its own function or part of product marketing? [17:46] How does community tie into the marketing funnel? [22:56] Is community top of funnel, an acce…
 
What did Substack think about the NYTimes article "Why We’re Freaking Out About Substack" [1:01] What is Substack? [4:40] The issues with social media content models and how Substack is different [5:54] What about the echo chamber? [8:54] Turning cultural principles (e.g., freedom of the press) into actual culture [12:00] Will Substack replace trad…
 
eBay to today, a brief history of collectibles and tech [1:03] Are collectibles about sentiment or investment? [5:13] How do you bring the excitement of a collection to digital goods? [13:34] Is the future of all collectibles digital? [20:20] The role of blockchain and NFTs [26:39] Are collectible marketplaces different from other marketplaces? [32…
 
ALL of ATP is “maxinated”! The vaccination train keeps a’chuggin’! Toot toot! 🚂💉 Thank you, ATP Store purchasers! Follow-up: Third-party menu bar items (via Daniel Jalkut) NSStatusItemBehaviorRemovalAllowed in NSStatusItem.h Spatial Audio from Gui Rambo CMHeadphoneMotionManager 24” iMac Reviews, including Jason Snell’s Matching cords, accessories, …
 
This week we got a 65% keyboard and played Pokemon Snap. We round up the community news and events, then some picks from the wider tech news. It’s Season 14 Episode 11 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain. In this week’s show: We discuss what we’ve been up to recently: Martin go…
 
Recently, a16z and the Stanford Center for Blockchain Research hosted the NFT Virtual Summit, which brought together leading thinkers and builders on the topic of NFTs, or non-fungible tokens — these tokens are enabling new creator and ownership economies to emerge. We’ve covered NFTs in other podcasts and articles, including a curated list of read…
 
For videos of the NFT Virtual Summit, visit a16z.com. Session 1: The Future of the Digital Ownership Economy with Dan Boneh (Stanford University) and Chris Dixon (a16z) What is an NFT? [3:01] Why are NFTs so big right now? [7:04] The most exciting programmable ownership structures [11:36] NFTs and composability: what can you do with NFTs? [15:16] H…
 
What inspired Eric and Sam to start Dyno [4:09] How does the use of ML impact Dyno's GTM [10:40] The current challenges of gene therapy [21:43] Why Dyno wants to be a horizontal platform for gene therapy [30:56] How does Dyno think about competition [44:23] After party and audience Q&A [52:01] It's Time to Heal, Mondays at 5pm PT on Clubhouse. Join…
 
Note: the recording of this episode starts a minute or two into the show. Ali recommends: The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz [0:18] Ben recommends: High Output Management by Andy Grove [4:36] Marc recommends: Who Really Matters: The Core Group Theory of Power, Privilege, and Success by Art Kleiner [10:48] Best read for enterprise sale…
 
How Ben took over Take Two [1:42] How digital distribution and publishing changed gaming [8:36] What is a next generation publisher? [13:51] Can publishers add value as tastemakers? [17:36] How do you make sure studios ship on time? And in the era of persistent game worlds, does it matter? [22:01] Lessons learned from Take Two [27:27] Taking the lo…
 
This week we’ve been playing with RISC-V. We discuss the future of Ubuntu releases, bring you some command line love and go over all your wonderful feedback. It’s Season 14 Episode 10 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain. In this week’s show: We discuss what we’ve been up to rec…
 
Robert's foundational experiences growing up [3:03] His introduction to computers, how he got an internship at Bell Labs, and what he learned there [6:38] Why he studied chemical engineering [13:15] Working at Kraft and engineering macaroni and cheese [15:08] Why he moved to investing [18:12] How he realized that it made sense to do buyouts in ente…
 
THE ATP STORE IS BACK!! Make your purchases until Friday, May 14. Pre-show: ⅔ of ATP is “maxinated”! The vaccination train keeps a’chuggin’! Toot toot! 🚂💉 Colonial Pipeline How long does gas last? Follow-up: Overpriced AirTag mounts AirTag Leather Key Ring AirTag Leather Loop Belkin Secure Holder with Key Ring for AirTag Marco’s recommended solutio…
 
What happened at Basecamp and could it have gone differently? [3:51] When did Basecamp turn into a 4B? [7:45] Why were buyouts a good policy for Basecamp and Coinbase? [10:26] Why not have a more moderate policy? [11:56] What makes something "political"? [14:45] What about when political issues have a personal impact on employees? [19:18] What happ…
 
What are red teams and blue teams? [2:03] How Cedric cracked Mac Gatekeeper [6:55] Apple's response [15:22] Cedric's craziest hack [19:24] Red team advice for the blue team [22:02] Audience Q&A [26:31] 🔐Breach of the Week 🔐looks at who got hacked, how it happened, and what it means for the industry. 🎙With hosts Joel de la Garza (a16z Security Opera…
 
What does Facebook’s Oversight Board actually do? This week Paul and Rich discuss the immense power that the Oversight Board holds. They talk about what type of oversight should exist and whether the current measures are enough. Also, Rich gets to flex his law degree breaking down the difficulties of translating policy into product. Links: Drudge R…
 
On this episode of the a16z Bio Clubhouse Show, a16z general partners Vineeta Agarwala, Julie Yoo, Vijay Pande, and Jorge Conde talk to guest Shantanu Nundy, the Chief Medical Officer of Accolade. The conversation covers Dr. Nundy's new book, "Care After Covid: What the Pandemic Revealed Is Broken in Healthcare and How to Reinvent It", the next ste…
 
According to the legend, the cup holding the wine Jesus toasted his friends with at his Last Supper the next day held some of his blood from the crucifixion. Joseph of Arimethea had possession of that cup and wound up in Britain. Whereupon it was "lost." In 1182 a poem was circulated with the story of the Holy Grail. It was bound up with the Arthur…
 
Why does it feel like there's a database for everything? [4:46] What is the actual use case and market for streaming? [9:34] How real is real time? [20:12] Can you do everything in SQL? [25:08] Is the future SQL extensions or does SQL become embedded in data frames? [40:19] Is database consolidation coming? How many different systems will we have? …
 
What is AI? [2:27] AI is statistics, not consciousness [7:05] Why then so much talk about the singularity? [12:12] AI breakthroughs and FAANGs [17:21] Building the AI toolchain [26:07] AI applications in bio and medicine [30:19] Ali's favorite AI use cases [34:35] What will AI do to jobs? [39:27] AI in 10 years [46:09] Snowflake, Databricks, data L…
 
In this episode: Melody McCloskey - CEO of StyleSeat, a booking platform that connects stylists and beauty professionals with clients. Since its founding in 2011, StyleSeat has powered 150 million beauty appointments and generated over $6.5 billion in revenue for beauty professionals. The company has created a loyal community of the country’s leadi…
 
THE ATP STORE IS BACK!! Make your purchases until Friday, May 14. (Don’t forget, members get 15% off!) Pre-show: ⅓ of ATP is “maxinated”! The vaccination train keeps a’chuggin’! Toot toot! 🚂💉 Follow-up: Some notes about the ATP store support@cottonbureau.com Casey’s fans (the spinny kind) Bond Bridge Purchases last week AirTag quick impressions Spr…
 
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