a16z Podcast podcast

a16z Podcast

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!

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!

 

#250

Beyond Uncanny Valley: Breaking Down Sora

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 – sparking widespread speculation and awe. How does Sora achieve such realism? And are explicit 3D modeling techniques or game engines at play? In this episode of the a16z Podcast, a16z General Partner Anjney Midha connects with Stefano Ermon, Professor of Computer Science at Stanford and key figure at the lab behind the diffusion models now used in Sora, ChatGPT, and Midjourney. Together, they delve into the challenges of video generation, the cutting-edge mechanics of Sora, and what this all could mean for the road ahead. Resources:  Find Stefano on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/stefanoermon] (https://twitter.com/stefanoermon) Find Anjney on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/anjneymidha] (https://twitter.com/anjneymidha) Learn more about Stefano’s Deep Generative Models course: : [https://deepgenerativemodels.github.io] (https://deepgenerativemodels.github.io/) Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

24 Feb 2024

34 MINS

34:31

24 Feb 2024


#249

Fraying Wires: The Decentralization of the Electric Grid

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 as solar batteries, natural gas, and nuclear power in shaping the grid's future. Timestamps: (00:00) - Introduction (02:28) - The Need for Grid Modernization (04:43) - Understanding the Grid's Operation and Challenges (06:47) - The Complexity of Grid Management (08:31) - Increasing Outages and Volatility (11:49) - The Role of New Technologies (17:53) - The Potential and Limitations of Renewable Energy Sources (19:08) - Energy Storage Solutions (24:57) - The Future of Natural Gas and Nuclear Power (29:46) - The Impact of Policy on the Grid (31:47) - The Concept of a Smart Grid (34:04) - Decentralization of the Grid (36:57) - The Role of the Free Market in Grid Reliability Resources:  Find Ryan on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/rmcentush] (https://twitter.com/rmcentush) Read Ryan’s latest articles: [https://a16z.com/author/ryan-mcentush] (https://a16z.com/author/ryan-mcentush) Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

15 Feb 2024

42 MINS

42:53

15 Feb 2024


#248

Fixing Higher Education & New Startup Opportunities with Marc and Ben

"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 conversation, Ben and Marc delve into actions that existing institutions can take to improve their current and future situations. This includes exploring new methods for talent recruitment, providing a more individualized education experience for students, and reducing administrative bloat. They also apply an entrepreneurial lens to each university function, revealing startup opportunities poised to emerge – including the building of brand new institutions, nonprofits, and research entities. Enjoy!Resources:*Watch Part I: [https://youtu.be/7J2_G4oHRQ0] (https://youtu.be/7J2_G4oHRQ0) *Watch Part II: [https://youtu.be/EeIdalo2huI] (https://youtu.be/EeIdalo2huI) Marc on X: [https://twitter.com/pmarca] (https://twitter.com/pmarca) Marc’s Substack: [https://pmarca.substack.com/] (https://pmarca.substack.com/) Ben on X: [https://twitter.com/bhorowitz] (https://twitter.com/bhorowitz) “South Park” episode mentioned in this discussion: – Eps 1505 (stream on Max): [https://bit.ly/3HrZQg0] (https://bit.ly/3HrZQg0) Stay Updated:Find us on X: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find us on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) ... Read more

08 Feb 2024

1 HR 59 MINS

1:59:58

08 Feb 2024


#247

Read Write Own: A New Era

with [@cdixon] (https://twitter.com/cdixon) [@rhhackett] (https://twitter.com/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] (https://readwriteown.com/) .  I had the privilege of editing Chris throughout the book writing process, and I'm thrilled now to talk to you about what went on behind the scenes, the big themes of the book, the challenges, and also about the crypto industry at large as well as what we can expect from it in the future. Learn more at [https://readwriteown.com/] (https://readwriteown.com/) . Resources for references in this episode: --- [Black Swan] (https://www.amazon.com/Black-Swan-Improbable-Robustness-Fragility/dp/081297381X) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb --- [The Tipping Point] (https://www.amazon.com/Tipping-Point-Little-Things-Difference/dp/0316346624) by Malcolm Gladwell --- [Spider-Man: Across the Spider-verse] (https://www.netflix.com/title/81594921) --- ["'It's a canon event' TikTok trend, explained"] (https://mashable.com/article/canon-event-tiktok-explained) ---Chris Dixon's blog at [cdixon.org] (https://cdixon.org/) ------" [Come for the tool, stay for the network] (https://cdixon.org/2015/01/31/come-for-the-tool-stay-for-the-network) " ------" [The next big thing starts out looking like a toy] (https://cdixon.org/2010/01/03/the-next-big-thing-will-start-out-looking-like-a-toy) " ------" [Can't be evil] (https://www.wired.com/story/how-blockchain-can-wrest-the-internet-from-corporations/) " --- [The Cold Start Problem] (https://www.amazon.com/Cold-Start-Problem-Andrew-Chen/dp/0062969749) by Andrew Chen ------On Andrew Chen's [writing habits] (https://andrewchen.com/how-to-write-a-business-book/) ---On investing in [Coinbase in 2013] (https://cdixon.org/2013/12/12/coinbase) ---Guidance from the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission in 2019: " [Framework for 'Investment Contract' Analysis of Digital Assets] (https://www.sec.gov/corpfin/framework-investment-contract-analysis-digital-assets) " ---On blockchains as " [a programmable computer that lives in the sky] (https://timroughgarden.github.io/fob21/l/l1.pdf) " via a16z crypto head of research Tim Roughgarden --- [Gödel Escher Bach] (https://www.amazon.com/G%C3%B6del-Escher-Bach-Eternal-Golden/dp/0465026567) by Douglas Hofstader ---" [How Aristotle Created the Computer] (https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/03/aristotle-computer/518697/) " by Chris Dixon for The Atlantic ---" [A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits] (https://www.cs.virginia.edu/~evans/greatworks/shannon38.pdf) " by Claude Shannon --- [Principia Mathematica] (https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/principia-mathematica/) by Bertrand Russell and Alfred North Whitehead --- [An Investigation of the Laws of Thought] (https://www.gutenberg.org/files/15114/15114-pdf.pdf) by George Boole --- [The End of Education] (https://www.amazon.com/End-Education-Redefining-Value-School/dp/0679750312) by Neil Postman ---" [Inside out vs. outside in: The adoption of new technologies] (https://a16z.com/inside-out-vs-outside-in-the-adoption-of-new-technologies/) " by Chris Dixon ---" [The Inevitable Showdown Between Twitter and Twitter Apps] (https://www.businessinsider.com/the-coming-showdown-between-twitter-and-twitter-apps-2009-9) " by Chris Dixon ---" [Elon Musk says X is discouraging links in posts] (https://www.axios.com/2023/10/03/musk-x-links-long-form) " by Sara Fischer ---" [Make Ethereum Cypherpunk Again] (https://vitalik.eth.limo/general/2023/12/28/cypherpunk.html) " by Vitalik Buterin ---" [What Will Happen in 2024] (https://avc.com/2024/01/what-will-happen-in-2024/) " by Fred Wilson ---" [A Logical Calculus of the Ideas Immanent in Nervous Activity] (https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~./epxing/Class/10715/reading/McCulloch.and.Pitts.pdf) " by McCullough and Pitts --- [Crossing the Chasm] (https://www.amazon.com/Crossing-Chasm-3rd-Disruptive-Mainstream/dp/0062292986) by Geoffrey A. Moore ---On "thesis, antithesis, and synthesis" and [Hegel's Dialectics] (https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/hegel-dialectics/) As a reminder, none of the following should be taken as business, legal, tax, or investment advice; please see [a16z.com/disclosures] (http://a16z.com/disclosures) for more important information, including a link to a list of our investments. ... Read more

02 Feb 2024

1 HR 19 MINS

1:19:51

02 Feb 2024


#246

The What, Who, and When with IPOs

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 pair takes you behind the scenes to unravel the complexities surrounding IPOs, including pricing, allocations, and the elusive "pop." They also discuss OpenTable’s IPO, which occurred immediately following the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and weigh in on the question: Can you time an IPO in an unpredictable year?   Resources: Find Jeff on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/jeff_jordan] (https://twitter.com/jeff_jordan) Find J.D on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/in/jdmoriarty] (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jdmoriarty) Find Sonal on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/smc90] (https://twitter.com/smc90)   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

29 Jan 2024

34 MINS

34:26

29 Jan 2024


#245

Jobs of the Future

(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 of degrees  (25:59) - Job and training trends at Grow with Google (28:11) - Do companies train or hire for skills? (29:23) - The future of the traditional degree (31:10) - The employer and educator ecosystem  (35:36) - How to approach upskilling    In a world where technology is moving at an unprecedented pace, what will the jobs of the future look like? Kai Roemmelt, CEO of the online learning platform Udacity, and Lisa Gevelber, a key figure at Google responsible for building the Grow with Google program, unpack the seismic changes reshaping the tech and education realms. From disrupting hiring norms to redefining how we acquire degrees and engage globally, this episode poses the question: How can you skillfully navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities awaiting in this evolving landscape? Resources:  Find Kai on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/in/kai-roemmelt] (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kai-roemmelt-22b5a5/) Find Lisa on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisagevelber] (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisagevelber) Learn more about Udacity: [https://www.udacity.com] (https://www.udacity.com) Learn more about Grow with Google: [https://grow.google] (https://grow.google) Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

24 Jan 2024

40 MINS

40:39

24 Jan 2024


#244

Introducing Raising Health: Fireside Chat with Sean Duffy

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 now. As the cofounder of one of the original digital health companies, Sean has unique insight into the growth of both the digital health field and the changing venture capital environment. They also talk about the future of AI, how Omada is leveraging AI, and the challenges that might arise with using a technology in a caregiving environment. You can listen to more episodes of Raising Health here: [https://link.chtbl.com/IqBoJ2By?sid=a16z11824] (https://link.chtbl.com/IqBoJ2By?sid=a16z11824) ... Read more

18 Jan 2024

34 MINS

34:30

18 Jan 2024


#243

Crisis in Higher Ed & Why Universities Still Matter with Marc & Ben

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” look at higher education, delving deep into the twelve functions of the modern university.  They also unpack the numerous challenges that universities face today – student debt and the replication crisis, among them.  They also discuss topics including DEI, student athlete admissions, accreditation, inflation, and much more.  As colleges face an existential threat that could have long lasting repercussions, how can we find ways to improve these institutions, while being open to new entrepreneurial opportunities in education? Check out the Ben and Marc show: [https://link.chtbl.com/benandmarc] (https://link.chtbl.com/benandmarc)   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

14 Jan 2024

1 HR 48 MINS

1:48:14

14 Jan 2024


#242

Drones, Data, and Deterrence: Technology's Role in Public Safety

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 of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Together, they cover the delicate balance between using technology to combat crime and respecting individual privacy, and explore the use of drones and facial recognition, building trust within communities, and the essence of objective policing.   Resources:  Find Garret on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/glangley] (https://twitter.com/glangley) Find Sheriff McMahill on Twitter:  [https://twitter.com/Sheriff_LVMPD] (https://twitter.com/Sheriff_LVMPD) Find David on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/davidu] (https://twitter.com/davidu) Learn more about Flock Safety: [https://www.flocksafety.com] (https://www.flocksafety.com/)   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: https://twitter.com/a16z  Find a16z on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z  Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: https://a16z.simplecast.com/  Follow our host: https://twitter.com/stephsmithio  Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

10 Jan 2024

33 MINS

33:55

10 Jan 2024


#241

DNA's Potential to Store the World's Data

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 very own biology for applications reaching as far as data storage. Learn more about this fascinating world with a16z General Partner Vijay Pande, as he says, this next wave of biological computing will “be the mother of many new exponentials to come.”   Resources:  Save As: DNA Part 1: [https://exo.substack.com/p/saving-our-story-in-dna-part-1] (https://exo.substack.com/p/saving-our-story-in-dna-part-1) Save As: DNA Part 1: [https://exo.substack.com/p/save-as-dna-part-2] (https://exo.substack.com/p/save-as-dna-part-2)   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

05 Jan 2024

21 MINS

21:05

05 Jan 2024


#240

A Year of Unlocks: 2023 In AI, Healthcare, Housing, and More

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-hardware-explained] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/ai-hardware-explained) Chasing Silicon: The Race for GPUs: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/chasing-silicon-the-race-for-gpus] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/chasing-silicon-the-race-for-gpus) The True Cost of Compute: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/the-cost-of-compute] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/the-cost-of-compute) AI Revolution: Disruption, Alignment, and Opportunity: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/ai-revolution-disruption-alignment-and-opportunity] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/ai-revolution-disruption-alignment-and-opportunity) The Robot Lawyer Resistance; [https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/the-robot-lawyer-resistance] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/the-robot-lawyer-resistance) The Quest for AGI: Q*, Self-Play, and Synthetic Data: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/the-quest-for-agi-q-self-play-and-synthetic-data] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/the-quest-for-agi-q-self-play-and-synthetic-data) The Road to Autonomous Vehicles: Are We There Yet?: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/the-road-to-autonomous-vehicles-are-we-there-yet-PstZz2G_] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/the-road-to-autonomous-vehicles-are-we-there-yet-PstZz2G_) The Electrification of Everything: From Sky to Sea: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/the-electrification-of-everything-from-sky-to-sea] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/the-electrification-of-everything-from-sky-to-sea) When Two Giants Intersect: Healthcare Meets Fintech: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/when-two-giants-intersect-healthcare-meets-fintech] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/when-two-giants-intersect-healthcare-meets-fintech) Salary Transparency: Clarity or Chaos?: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/salary-transparency-clarity-or-chaos] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/salary-transparency-clarity-or-chaos) Disrupting the World’s Largest Asset Class with Adam Neumann: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/disrupting-the-worlds-largest-asset-class] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/disrupting-the-worlds-largest-asset-class) The Data Highway Above with Privateer’s Steve Wozniak, Alex Fielding, and Dr. Moriba Jah: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/new-the-data-highway-above-with-privateers-steve-wozniak-alex-fielding-and-dr-moriba-jah] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/new-the-data-highway-above-with-privateers-steve-wozniak-alex-fielding-and-dr-moriba-jah)   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

31 Dec 2023

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:02

31 Dec 2023


#239

The Future of Longevity with Tony Robbins

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 four and a half decades, Tony has empowered more than 50 million people from 100 countries around the world through his audio programs, educational videos, and live seminars. He’s also the author of six international bestsellers, including “Money: Master the Game” (2014), “Unshakable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook” (2017) and “Life Force: How New Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine Can Transform the Quality of Your Life and Those You Love” (2022). Joined by a16z’s own Dr. Vijay Pande, PhD – General Partner since 2014, and founder and leader of a16z Bio + Health – the group discusses new breakthroughs in regenerative medicine, AI, biohacking, gene editing, mindset and confirms why this might be the best time to be alive. Enjoy! Watch the full video version of this episode: [https://youtu.be/V8h11baC_ok] (https://youtu.be/V8h11baC_ok)   Resources: Marc on X: [ https://twitter.com/pmarca] (https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqbGt1bHNsU3NhOHd2ZG5lUDAtYWxnQmdVX2ZWZ3xBQ3Jtc0ttVi1CcmRFWjRodkU3ZnFyQ0lUQmFOWDVUei1LYTd2U3dUTFBLLXpacWRqXzJnWUplZFlETnRCSHQydURac2JHUGc0MWsyaVFBY0JkSXRSc3UtSFhtVGhYaXhCbEttTmhaWi1qZF9jUzY4M1JJWEhubw&q=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Fpmarca&v=0wIUK0nsyUg) Marc’s Substack: [ https://pmarca.substack.com/] (https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqbmU3bTYxSzRSVW1EYXhhYU1QM1gxa19CejhnZ3xBQ3Jtc0tuMUctVDE0QTh5LWRZeDQzcldILUFHWWlRanVXWnFIU3J6Z3FQYnhPdl9kbWhSZHd0OHVzdEdfajhYZFJwSWRlV2RFdzZiMERKcFMtWnZqZU1xTjh4NUhia09GSXFxblAyajg2QkE2Q0E2WDhsb2lodw&q=https%3A%2F%2Fpmarca.substack.com%2F&v=0wIUK0nsyUg) Ben on X: [ ] (https://www.youtube.com/redirect?event=video_description&redir_token=QUFFLUhqbGt1bHNsU3NhOHd2ZG5lUDAtYWxnQmdVX2ZWZ3xBQ3Jtc0ttVi1CcmRFWjRodkU3ZnFyQ0lUQmFOWDVUei1LYTd2U3dUTFBLLXpacWRqXzJnWUplZFlETnRCSHQydURac2JHUGc0MWsyaVFBY0JkSXRSc3UtSFhtVGhYaXhCbEttTmhaWi1qZF9jUzY4M1JJWEhubw&q=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2Fpmarca&v=0wIUK0nsyUg) [https://twitter.com/bhorowitz] (https://twitter.com/bhorowitz) Dr. Vijay Pande on X: [https://twitter.com/vijaypande] (https://twitter.com/vijaypande) Learn more about Tony Robbins: [https://tonyrobbins.com] (https://tonyrobbins.com/) Tony’s Time to Rise Summit (Jan 25-27, 2024): [https://timetorisesummit.com/join-now] (https://timetorisesummit.com/join-now)    Pre-order Tony’s upcoming book “The Holy Grail of Investing” (Feb 2024): [http://theholygrailofinvesting.com] (http://theholygrailofinvesting.com/)   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

26 Dec 2023

1 HR 21 MINS

1:21:45

26 Dec 2023


#238

2024 Big Ideas: Developer Influence, Maritime Upgrades, and New Video Intelligence

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 verticals, as we dive even more deeply into these ideas. What’s the why now? Who is already building in these spaces? What opportunities and challenges are on the horizon? And how can you get involved? Topics Covered: 00:00 - Big Ideas in Tech 2024 01:39 -  Big Idea: The Rise of the Developer as a Buyer in Financial Services 07:03 - Examples of financial service infrastructure products 08:40 - Building products and cost/selling structures 09:56 - How financial institutions will adopt new technology 13:07 - Regulatory shifts and updates 14:09 - The impact on customers 16:30 - Big Idea: A New Age of Maritime  18:15 - The challenges of maritime exploration  19:56 - Why is 2024 the year of iInnovation in maritime exploration? 23:32 - Space and aerospace exploration’s impact on maritime  26:51 - Geopolitical supply chain and climate applications 29:40 - Autonomous fleets 31:49 - Key challenges in modernizing maritime  34:11 - Opportunities for builders in the space 36:23 - Big Idea: New Applications for Computer Vision and Video Intelligence 38:06 - The current use of video and it’s data 38:53 - The unlocks in hardware and software driving change 41:40 - Emerging applications and use cases 43:20 - Video and privacy 44:49 - Why is 2024 the year of change and innovation? Resources: Find Angela on Twitter : [https://twitter.com/astrange] (https://twitter.com/astrange) Find Grant on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/grant__gregory] (https://twitter.com/grant__gregory) Find Kimberly on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/kimberlywtan] (https://twitter.com/kimberlywtan) View all 40+ big ideas: [https://a16z.com/bigideas2024] (https://a16z.com/bigideas2024) Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

22 Dec 2023

47 MINS

47:19

22 Dec 2023


#237

Text to Video: The Next Leap in AI Generation

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 text to video is complex, the key role of datasets, current applications, and the future of video editing. Topics Covered:  00:00 - Text to Video: The Next Leap in AI Generation 02:41 - The Stable Diffusion backstory 04:25 - Diffusion vs autoregressive models 06:09 - The benefits of single step sampling 09:15 - Why generative video? 11:19 - Understanding physics through AI video 12:20 - The challenge of creating generative video 15:36 - Data set selection and training 17:50 - Structural consistency and 3D objects 19:50 - Incorporating LoRAs 21:24 - How should creators think about these tools? 23:46 - Open challenges in video generation  25:42 - Infrastructure challenges and future research  Resources:  Find Robin on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/robrombach] (https://twitter.com/robrombach) Find Andreas on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/andi_blatt] (https://twitter.com/andi_blatt) Find Anjney on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/anjneymidha] (https://twitter.com/anjneymidha) Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

20 Dec 2023

32 MINS

32:31

20 Dec 2023


#236

2024 Big Ideas: Voice-First Apps, AI Moats, Never-Ending Games, and Anime Takes Off

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 these spaces? What opportunities and challenges are on the horizon? And how can you get involved? Timecodes: 00:00 - Big Ideas in Tech 2024 01:39 - Big Idea: Voice-First Apps Will Become Integral to Our Lives 04:14 - The limiting factors of voice technology 05:27 - What would a voice-first app look like?  06:52 - Voice tech for companionship and productivity  08:05 - The primary modality voice applications 10:08 - How builders and founders can integrate voice technology 13:31 - Big Idea: The Consumer AI Battleground Moves from Model to UX 15:49 - How user experience can contribute toward building a moat 17:57 - The commoditization of models 19:55 - How should builders differentiate between model and experience? 22:58 - Breakout examples for 2024 25:10 - Open source vs closed source 26:44 - The impact of applications splitting from the infrastructure layer 28:14 - Big Idea: AI-First Games That Never End 29:59 -Generative AI in gaming and AI native games 31:12 - Introducing generative agents as game companions  33:57 - Does the gaming community want hyper personalization? 38:00 - New entrants vs the incumbents 41:57 - How business models and cost structures are evolving 46:21 - Advice for game builders in 2024 48:03 - Big Idea: Anime Games Go Mainstream 49:28 - What defines anime? 52:05 - Anime’s monetization strategy and how it differs from other genres 54:04 - Why are we seeing a rise in anime? 55:56 - What is required to be successful in anime 58:20 - AI, XR and inventing the next wave of anime   Resources: View all 40+ big ideas: https://a16z.com/bigideas2024   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

15 Dec 2023

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:41

15 Dec 2023


#235

Safety in Numbers: Keeping AI Open

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 significant buzz among AI developers. As the battleground around large language models heats up, join us for a conversation with Arthur as he sits down with a16z General Partner Anjney Midha. Together, they delve into the misconceptions and opportunities around open source; the current performance reality of open and closed models; and the compute, data, and algorithmic innovations required to efficiently scale LLMs. Resources: Find Arthur on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/arthurmensch] (https://twitter.com/arthurmensch) Find Anjney on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/anjneymidha] (https://twitter.com/anjneymidha) Learn more about Mistral: [https://mistral.ai] (https://mistral.ai) Learn why we invested in Mistral: [https://a16z.com/announcement/investing-in-mistral/] (https://a16z.com/announcement/investing-in-mistral/) Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

11 Dec 2023

34 MINS

34:59

11 Dec 2023


#234

2024 Big Ideas: Miracle Drugs, Programmable Medicine, and AI Interpretability

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? Who is already building in these spaces? What opportunities and challenges are on the horizon? And how can you get involved? View all 40+ big ideas: https://a16z.com/bigideas2024   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

08 Dec 2023

1 HR 05 MINS

1:05:01

08 Dec 2023


#233

The Quest for AGI: Q*, Self-Play, and Synthetic Data

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 sift through the sea of noise. Today, we discuss the key frontier research areas that AI labs are exploring on their path toward generalizable intelligence, from self-play, to model-free reinforcement learning to synthetic data. Anjney also shares his insights on which approach he expects to be most influential in the next wave of LLMs and why math problems are even a suitable testing ground for this kind of research.   Topics Covered: 02:03 - What is Q*? 06:21 - Applying model-free reinforcement learning to complex spaces 13:17 - The role of self-play 19:04 - Synthetic data’s big unlock 24:44 - What does this unlock for society?   Resources: Follow Anjney on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/AnjneyMidha] (https://twitter.com/AnjneyMidha)   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

04 Dec 2023

26 MINS

26:38

04 Dec 2023


#232

Financial Freedom, Company Building, More with David Marcus

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 work, and much much more.  Our guest is [David Marcus] (https://www.lightspark.com/about-lightspark#team) , CEO and co-founder of Lightspark; Marcus was also a co-creator of Diem (aka Libra and Novi, the cryptocurrency project initiated by Facebook). Before that, he was vice president of messaging products there, where he ran the Facebook Messenger unit; and prior to joining Facebook, Marcus was the former president of PayPal (which had acquired his previous startup).   This episode begins with an interview just to help kick things off and then features a rich set of questions from the audience -- as this originally took place live on stage at our Crypto Startup School 2023.  As a reminder: none of this should be taken as investment, legal, business, or tax advice; please see a16z.com/disclosures for more important information -- including a link to a list of our investments. related readings: --- [Regulate apps, not protocols series] (https://a16zcrypto.com/posts/series/regulate-apps-not-protocols-ranp) (2022-2023) - Miles Jennings et al, a16z crypto) --- [What it will take to create the next great Silicon Valleys] (https://a16z.com/2014/06/20/what-it-will-take-to-create-the-next-great-silicon-valleys-plural/) (2014) - Marc Andreessen (Politico, a16z) --- [Why bitcoin matters] (https://a16z.com/2014/01/21/why-bitcoin-matters-nyt/) (2014) - Marc Andreeessen (NYT, a16z) --- [When one app rules them all: The case of WeChat and Mobile in China] (https://a16z.com/2015/08/06/wechat-china-mobile-first/) (2015) - Connie Chan (a16z)   Subscribe to web3 with a16z: [https://link.chtbl.com/web3witha16z] (https://link.chtbl.com/web3witha16z)   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures.   ... Read more

28 Nov 2023

48 MINS

48:39

28 Nov 2023


#231

When Business is Battle: Inside the Boardrooms of the CEOs that Survived the Storm

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, bringing together top executives across the a16z network.   Resources: Additional content from Connect/Enteprise: --- [Enterprise Startups: Advice on Hiring, Firing, Scaling, and Selling] (https://a16z.com/enterprise-startups-advice-on-hiring-firing-scaling-and-selling/) --- [Building Products With Generative AI] (https://a16z.com/building-products-with-generative-ai/)   Learn more about company-building:  [https://a16z.com/category/company-building/] (https://a16z.com/category/company-building/)   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

23 Nov 2023

51 MINS

51:08

23 Nov 2023


#230

The Worlds She Sees with Godmother of AI, Fei-Fei Li

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 ImageNet, a pivotal step that bridged the gap between visual intelligence and accessible AI technology. They delve into the notion of a 'Dignity Economy,' hinting at a future where technology serves to elevate human experience rather than undermine it. Li also touches on the delicate balance between relentless innovation and life's humble pursuits. This episode peels back the layers on the human side of AI, offering a rare glimpse into the personal and professional realms of a pioneer shaping the AI landscape. Check out her new book, The Worlds I See, here: [https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250897930/theworldsisee] (https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250897930/theworldsisee) Check out other episodes form our sister podcast, Bio Eats World: [https://a16z.com/podcasts/bio-eats-world/] (https://a16z.com/podcasts/bio-eats-world/)   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

13 Nov 2023

28 MINS

28:12

13 Nov 2023


#229

From Sims to Sapiens: Crafting Reality with Code

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: Interactive Simulacra of Human Behavior,' and Martin Casado from a16z, discuss  the influence and potential of Generative Agents, exploring their practical applications in the real world. Topics Covered 00:00 - Simulating human behaviors 04:49 - What are generative agents? 07:47 - Simulations, new technology, and LLMs 11:45 - The architecture behind simulating human behavior 16:37 - Generative agents interactions: observing, planning, and reflecting 20:22 - What is the value in advancing generative agents? 24:01 - Use cases for simulation behavior technology 29:31 - What are the ethical frameworks? 33:12 - Q&A from the audience  Resources:  Find AI Town: [https://www.convex.dev/ai-town] (https://www.convex.dev/ai-town) Read the paper ‘Generative Agents: Interactive Simulacra of Human Behavior’: [https://arxiv.org/pdf/2304.03442.pdf] (https://arxiv.org/pdf/2304.03442.pdf) Find Joon on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/joon_s_pk] (https://twitter.com/joon_s_pk) Find Martin on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/martin_casado] (https://twitter.com/martin_casado) Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

06 Nov 2023

39 MINS

39:03

06 Nov 2023


#228

Fintech Fuels Global Payments

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 global default, top fintech entrepreneurs are rising to the challenge, addressing cross-border infrastructure issues and offering comprehensive solutions. In this episode, a16z partners Angela Strange, Joe Schmidt, and Gabriel Vasquez discuss the challenges of cross-border payment infrastructures and what fintech entrepreneurs are doing to create a more integrated, financially inclusive world. Topics Covered: 00:00 - Software crosses borders easily; money does not.  03:02 - Why has global payments been a challenge for so long?  05:44 - How global payments and money currently moves 07:25 - The metrics used to measure a country's financial health 12:13 - The impact of regulation on financial services 16:23 - Can the same regulations be applied to any country?  21:29 - Why each country has its own fintech system 24:54 - Opportunities in global payments infrastructure 34:47 - Advice for founders navigating global fintech systems 36:58 - What does a truly global system enable?  Read the Fintech Fuels Global Payments package: [https://a16z.com/global-payments] (https://a16z.com/global-payments) Watch ​​’Foreign Exchange 101: What Happens When You Send Money Abroad?’: [https://youtu.be/eoXdyO9oGJc?feature=shared] (https://youtu.be/eoXdyO9oGJc?feature=shared) Find Angela on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/astrange] (https://twitter.com/astrange?lang=en) Find Joe Schmidt on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/joeschmidtiv] (https://twitter.com/joeschmidtiv) FInd Gabriel Vasquez on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/GEVS94] (https://twitter.com/GEVS94) Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

30 Oct 2023

39 MINS

39:39

30 Oct 2023


#227

The Techno-Optimist Manifesto with Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz

Subscribe to The Ben & Marc Show on Apple Podcasts: [https://bit.ly/3SdsfNt] (https://bit.ly/3SdsfNt) Subscribe to The Ben & Marc Show on Spotify: [https://spoti.fi/3SclPOr] (https://spoti.fi/3SclPOr) Read the full manifesto: [https://a16z.com/the-techno-optimist-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 widespread conversation across traditional and social media, Marc challenges the pessimistic narrative surrounding technology today, and instead celebrates it as a liberating force that can lead to growth, progress and abundance for all. In this one-on-one conversation based on YOUR questions from X (formerly Twitter), Ben and Marc discuss how technological advancements can improve the quality of human life, uplift marginalized communities, and even encourage us to answer the bigger questions of the universe. We hope you’ll be inspired to join us in this Techno-Optimist movement. Enjoy!   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

25 Oct 2023

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:24

25 Oct 2023


#226

A New Era of VR: From the Court to the Classroom

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 metaverse, but more importantly, discusses the social impact of VR, the technological prerequisites to get there, and the role of AI as we progress. Following on is a founder on a mission to revolutionize education. Anurupa Ganguly from Prisms VR, explores how virtual reality has the potential to close the gap – one where 70% of US 8th graders are not proficient in foundational math. Head over to our [YouTube channel] (https://youtu.be/WQ7NIzZP-Dk) to see two a16z Podcast firsts: a full interview in VR, and host Steph slam dunking on an NBA court.  Topics Covered:  00:00 - The current state of VR 03:38 - How do you build the #1 VR app? 05:56 - How will VR become an everyday activity? 07:37 - The social and the technical arc of VR 11:47 - Untapped opportunities in VR 13:24 - Integrating AI into VR 17:09 - Prisms VR 20:10 - Why it’s critical to fix America’s math problem 21:12 - Why put VR in classrooms now? 23:23 - The successes of VR in the classroom 26:03 - Stats from the impact report 27:44 - Other curriculums could benefit from VR  31:04 - Opportunities for AI in VR Resources: ---Find Paul on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/pavtalk] (https://twitter.com/pavtalk) ---Learn more about Gym Class: [https://www.gymclassvr.com] (https://www.gymclassvr.com/) ---Find Gym Class in Meta Quest: [https://www.meta.com/experiences/3661420607275144/] (https://www.meta.com/experiences/3661420607275144/) ---Find Anurupa on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/in/anurupa-ganguly-92790379] (https://www.linkedin.com/in/anurupa-ganguly-92790379/) ---Learn more about Prisms VR: [https://www.prismsvr.com] (https://www.prismsvr.com/) Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

13 Oct 2023

33 MINS

33:33

13 Oct 2023


#225

When Will AI Hit the Enterprise? Ben Horowitz and Ali Ghodsi Discuss

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 the very wave they kicked off decades ago. If you’d like to access all the talks from AI Revolution in full, visit a16z.com/airevolution.   Resources: ---Find Ali on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/alighodsi] (https://twitter.com/alighodsi) ---Find Ben on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/bhorowitz] (https://twitter.com/bhorowitz) ---Check out Databricks: [https://twitter.com/databricks] (https://twitter.com/databricks)   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

06 Oct 2023

25 MINS

25:33

06 Oct 2023


#224

When AI and Genomics Collide

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 innovator at this intersection, as a long-time professor in computer science at Stanford and co-founder of Coursera, who has decided to step back into the arena with her company Insitro. In fact, Insitro is a blend of in silico and in virto! If you’d like to access all the talks from AI Revolution in full, visit a16z.com/airevolution.   Resources: ---Find Daphne on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/DaphneKoller] (https://twitter.com/DaphneKoller) ---Find Vijay on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/vijaypande] (https://twitter.com/vijaypande) ---Find Insitro on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/insitro] (https://twitter.com/insitro)   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

03 Oct 2023

24 MINS

24:16

03 Oct 2023


#223

AI Revolution: Disruption, Alignment, and Opportunity

The AI Revolution is here. In this episode, you’ll learn what the most important themes that some of the world’s most prominent AI builders – from OpenAI, Anthropic, CharacterAI, Roblox, and more – are paying attention to. You’ll hear discussion around the real-world impact of this revolution, on industries ranging from gaming to design, and the considerations around alignment along the way. This footage is from an exclusive event, AI Revolution, that a16z ran in San Francisco recently. If you’d like to access all the talks in full, visit a16z.com/airevolution.   Topics Covered: 00:00 - AI Revolution 02:39 - Putting technology in users’ hands 08:21 - AI alignment and safety 21:44 - Future opportunities   Resources:  Catch the all the talks at [https://a16z.com/airevolution] (https://a16z.com/airevolution)   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

28 Sep 2023

31 MINS

31:32

28 Sep 2023


#222

AI Revolution: Top Lessons from OpenAI, Anthropic, CharacterAI, & More

The AI Revolution is here. In this episode, you’ll learn what the most important themes that some of the world’s most prominent AI builders – from OpenAI, Anthropic, CharacterAI, Roblox, and more – are paying attention to. You’ll hear about the economics of AI, broad vs specialized models, the importance of UX, and whether we can expect scaling laws to continue. This footage is from an exclusive event, AI Revolution, that a16z ran in San Francisco recently. If you’d like to access all the talks in full, visit a16z.com/airevolution.   Topics Covered 00:00 - AI Revolution 01:42 - The economics of AI 06:55 - The third epoch of compute 13:52 - Recognizing scaling laws 17:42 - Can scaling laws continue? 22:34 - Potential bottlenecks 25:58 - Personalization vs generality 29:43 - The importance of UX 31:55 - The future of multi-modality   Resources: Catch the all the talks at [https://a16z.com/airevolution] (https://a16z.com/airevolution)   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

25 Sep 2023

38 MINS

38:01

25 Sep 2023


#221

Engineering Rapidly Reusable Rockets

The space industry is evolving rapidly, with the cost of launching payloads to orbit dropping significantly. But who's investing in this sector, and how will it evolve?  In this episode, we delve into the transformative journey of the satellite industry with Andy Lapsa, co-founder of Stoke Space. With over a decade of experience at Blue Origin, Andy is now at the forefront of sustainable space travel, pioneering fully reusable rockets. Don’t forget to check out Part 1 in this mini series, where we explore the public and private players in space with John Gedmark from Astranis.   Resources:  Learn more about Stoke: [https://www.stokespace.com] (https://www.stokespace.com/) Find Andy on Twitter: [https://x.com/AndyLapsa?s=20] (https://x.com/AndyLapsa?s=20)   Stay Updated:  Find a16z on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/a16z] (https://twitter.com/a16z) Find a16z on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z] (https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z) Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: [https://a16z.simplecast.com/] (https://a16z.simplecast.com/) Follow our host: [https://twitter.com/stephsmithio] (https://twitter.com/stephsmithio) Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures. ... Read more

22 Sep 2023

56 MINS

56:47

22 Sep 2023