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

The State of AI with Marc & Ben

In this latest episode on the State of AI, Ben and Marc discuss how small AI startups can compete with Big Tech’s massive compute and data scale advantages, reveal why data is overrated as a sellable asset, and unpack all the ways the AI boom compares to the internet boom.   Subscribe to the Ben & Marc podcast: [https://link.chtbl.com/benandmarc] (https://link.chtbl.com/benandmarc)   Stay Updated:  Let us know what you think: [https://ratethispodcast.com/a16z] (https://ratethispodcast.com/a16z) 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 Jun 2024

1 HR 13 MINS

1:13:53

14 Jun 2024


#249

Predicting Revenue in Usage-based Pricing

Over the past decade, usage-based pricing has soared in popularity. Why? Because it aligns cost with value, letting customers pay only for what they use. But, that flexibility is not without issues - especially when it comes to predicting revenue. Fortunately, with the right process and infrastructure, your usage-based revenue can become more predictable than the traditional seat-based SaaS model.  In this episode from the a16z Growth team, Fivetran’s VP of Strategy and Operations Travis Ferber and Alchemy’s Head of Sales Dan Burrill join a16z Growth’s Revenue Operations Partner Mark Regan. Together, they discuss the art of generating reliable usage-based revenue. They share tips for avoiding common pitfalls when implementing this pricing model - including how to nail sales forecasting, adopting the best tools to track usage, and deal with the initial lack of customer data.  Resources:  Learn more about pricing, packaging, and monetization strategies: a16z.com/pricing-packaging Find Dan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BurrillDaniel Find Travis on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/travisferber Find Mark on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mregan178 Stay Updated:  Let us know what you think: [https://ratethispodcast.com/a16z] (https://ratethispodcast.com/a16z) 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

10 Jun 2024

38 MINS

38:16

10 Jun 2024


#248

California's Senate Bill 1047: What You Need to Know

On May 21, the California Senate passed bill 1047. This bill – which sets out to regulate AI at the model level – wasn’t garnering much attention, until it slid through an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 32 to 1 and is now queued for an assembly vote in August that would cement it into law. In this episode, a16z General Partner Anjney Midha and Venture Editor Derrick Harris breakdown everything the tech community needs to know about SB-1047. This bill really is the tip of the iceberg, with over 600 new pieces of AI legislation swirling in the United States. So if you care about one of the most important technologies of our generation and America’s ability to continue leading the charge here, we encourage you to read the bill and spread the word. Read the bill: [https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=202320240SB1047] (https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=202320240SB1047) ... Read more

06 Jun 2024

31 MINS

31:52

06 Jun 2024


#247

The GenAI 100: The Apps that Stick

Consumer AI is moving fast, so who's leading the charge?  a16z Consumer Partners Olivia Moore and Bryan Kim discuss our GenAI 100 list and what it takes for an AI model to stand out and dominate the market. They discuss how these cutting-edge apps are connecting with their users and debate whether traditional strategies like paid acquisition and network effects are still effective. We're going beyond rankings to explore pivotal benchmarks like D7 retention and introduce metrics that define today's AI market. Note: This episode was recorded prior to OpenAI's Spring update. Catch our latest insights in the previous episode to stay ahead!   Resources: Link to the Gen AI 100: [https://a16z.com/100-gen-ai-apps] (https://a16z.com/100-gen-ai-apps) Find Bryan on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/kirbyman01] (https://twitter.com/kirbyman01) Find Olivia on Twitter: [https://x.com/omooretweets] (https://x.com/omooretweets)   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

27 May 2024

47 MINS

47:24

27 May 2024


#246

Finding a Single Source of AI Truth With Marty Chavez From Sixth Street

a16z General Partner David Haber talks with Marty Chavez, vice chairman and partner at Sixth Street Partners, about the foundational role he’s had in merging technology and finance throughout his career, and the magical promises and regulatory pitfalls of AI. This episode is taken from “In the Vault”, a new audio podcast series by the a16z Fintech team. Each episode features the most influential figures in financial services to explore key trends impacting the industry and the pressing innovations that will shape our future.    Resources: Listen to more of In the Vault: [https://a16z.com/podcasts/a16z-live] (https://a16z.com/podcasts/a16z-live) Find Marty on X: [https://twitter.com/rmartinchavez] (https://twitter.com/rmartinchavez) Find David on X: [https://twitter.com/dhaber] (https://twitter.com/dhaber)   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 May 2024

35 MINS

35:51

22 May 2024


#245

A Big Week in AI: GPT-4o & Gemini Find Their Voice

This was a big week in the world of AI, with both OpenAI and Google dropping significant updates. So big that we decided to break things down in a new format with our Consumer partners Bryan Kim and Justine Moore. We discuss the multi-modal companions that have found their voice, but also why not all audio is the same, and why several nuances like speed and personality really matter.   Resources: OpenAI’s Spring announcement: [https://openai.com/index/hello-gpt-4o/] (https://openai.com/index/hello-gpt-4o/) Google I/O announcements: [https://blog.google/technology/ai/google-io-2024-100-announcements/] (https://blog.google/technology/ai/google-io-2024-100-announcements/)   Stay Updated:  Let us know what you think: [https://ratethispodcast.com/a16z] (https://ratethispodcast.com/a16z) 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

19 May 2024

23 MINS

23:54

19 May 2024


#244

Remaking the UI for AI

Make sure to [check out] (https://link.chtbl.com/aiplusa16z) our new AI + a16z feed: https://link.chtbl.com/aiplusa16z  a16z General Partner Anjney Midha joins the podcast to discuss what's happening with hardware for artificial intelligence. Nvidia might have cornered the market on training workloads for now, but he believes there's a big opportunity at the inference layer — especially for wearable or similar devices that can become a natural part of our everyday interactions.  Here's one small passage that speaks to his larger thesis on where we're heading: "I think why we're seeing so many developers flock to Ollama is because there is a lot of demand from consumers to interact with language models in private ways. And that means that they're going to have to figure out how to get the models to run locally without ever leaving without ever the user's context, and data leaving the user's device. And that's going to result, I think, in a renaissance of new kinds of chips that are capable of handling massive workloads of inference on device. "We are yet to see those unlocked, but the good news is that open source models are phenomenal at unlocking efficiency.  The open source language model ecosystem is just so ravenous." More from Anjney: [The Quest for AGI: Q*, Self-Play, and Synthetic Data] (https://a16z.com/podcast/the-quest-for-agi-q-self-play-and-synthetic-data/) [Making the Most of Open Source AI] (https://a16z.com/podcast/making-the-most-of-open-source-ai/) [Safety in Numbers: Keeping AI Open] (https://a16z.com/podcast/safety-in-numbers-keeping-ai-open/) [Investing in Luma AI] (https://ai-a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/remaking-the-ui-for-ai) Follow everyone on X: [Anjney Midha] (https://twitter.com/AnjneyMidha) [Derrick Harris] (https://twitter.com/derrickharris) Check out everything a16z is doing with artificial intelligence [here] (https://a16z.com/ai/) , including articles, projects, and more podcasts.   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

16 May 2024

40 MINS

40:05

16 May 2024


#243

How Discord Became a Developer Platform

In 2009 Discord cofounder and CEO, Jason Citron, started building tools and infrastructure for games. Fast forward to today and the platform has over 200 million monthly active users.  In this episode, Jason, alongside a16z General Partner Anjney Midha—who merged his company Ubiquity6 with Discord in 2021—shares insights on the nuances of community-driven product development, the shift from gamer to developer, and Discord’s longstanding commitment to platform extensibility.  Now, with Discord's recent release of embeddable apps, what can we expect now that it's easier than ever for developers to build?  Resources:  Find Jason on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/jasoncitron] (https://twitter.com/jasoncitron) 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

10 May 2024

42 MINS

42:24

10 May 2024


#242

Securing the Black Box: OpenAI, Anthropic, and GDM Discuss

Human nature fears the unknown, and with the rapid progress of AI, concerns naturally arise. Uncanny robocalls, data breaches, and misinformation floods are among the worries. But what about security in the era of large language models? In this episode, we hear from security leaders at OpenAI, Anthropic, and Google DeepMind. Matt Knight, Head of Security at OpenAI, Jason Clinton, CISO at Anthropic, and Vijay Bolina, CISO at Google DeepMind, are joined by Joel de la Garza, operating partner at a16z and former chief security officer at Box and Citigroup. Together, they explore how large language models impact security, including changes in offense and defense strategies, misuse by nation-state actors, prompt engineering, and more. In this changing environment, how do LLMs transform security dynamics? Let's uncover the answers.   Resources: Find Joel on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/in/3448827723723234/] (https://www.linkedin.com/in/3448827723723234/) Find Vijay Bolina on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/vijaybolina] (https://twitter.com/vijaybolina) Find Jason Clinton on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/JasonDClinton] (https://twitter.com/JasonDClinton) Find Matt Knight  on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/embeddedsec] (https://twitter.com/embeddedsec)   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 May 2024

59 MINS

59:59

06 May 2024


#241

Can AI Advance Science? DeepMind's VP of Science Weighs In

In recent years, the AI landscape has seen huge advancements, from the release of Dall-E 2 in April 2022 to the emergence of AI music and video models in early 2024. While creative tools often steal the spotlight, AlphaFold 2 marked a groundbreaking AI breakthrough in biology in 2021. Since its release, this pioneering tool for predicting protein structures has been utilized by over 1.7 million scientists worldwide, influencing fields ranging from genomics to computational chemistry. In this episode, DeepMind's VP of Research for Science, Pushmeet Kohli, and a16z General Partner Vijay Pande discuss the transformative potential of AI in scientific exploration. Can AI lead to fundamentally new discoveries in science? Let's find out.   Resources:  Find Pushmeet on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/pushmeet] (https://twitter.com/pushmeet) Find Vijay on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/vijaypande] (https://twitter.com/vijaypande) Learn more about Google DeepMind: [https://deepmind.google] (https://deepmind.google) Read DeepMind’s AlphaFold whitepaper: [https://deepmind.google/discover/blog/a-glimpse-of-the-next-generation-of-alphafold] (https://deepmind.google/discover/blog/a-glimpse-of-the-next-generation-of-alphafold/) Read DeepMind’s AlphaGeometry: [https://deepmind.google/discover/blog/alphageometry-an-olympiad-level-ai-system-for-geometry] (https://deepmind.google/discover/blog/alphageometry-an-olympiad-level-ai-system-for-geometry) Read DeepMind’s research on new materials: [https://deepmind.google/discover/blog/millions-of-new-materials-discovered-with-deep-learning/] (https://deepmind.google/discover/blog/millions-of-new-materials-discovered-with-deep-learning/) Read DeepMind’s paper on FunSearch, focused on new discoveries in mathematics: [https://deepmind.google/discover/blog/funsearch-making-new-discoveries-in-mathematical-sciences-using-large-language-models] (https://deepmind.google/discover/blog/funsearch-making-new-discoveries-in-mathematical-sciences-using-large-language-models)   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

01 May 2024

55 MINS

55:48

01 May 2024


#240

Next-Gen Gaming: AI Souls, Real-time Culture, Personalized Avatars

Over 3,700 companies applied to a16z’s SPEEDRUN. In this episode, we meet the founders pushing the boundaries of what games can be. From the fusion of traditional gaming elements with modern tech-twists, a16z General Partner Andrew Chen and Partner Josh Lu discuss the challenges and wins of creating games that are not only fun but also integrate seamlessly into the digital age, from AI-twins to games that “move at the speed of culture”.  Whether you’re a developer, an enthusiast, or just curious about the future of interactive entertainment, this episode provides a glimpse into how today's creators use creativity and technology to captivate. If you're passionate about shaping the future of gaming, consider applying for SPEEDRUN 3.0 at [a16z.com/speedrun3] (http://a16z.com/speedrun3) .   Resources:  Submit your SPEEDRUN 3.0 application: [https://a16z.com/speedrun-la-2024] (https://a16z.com/speedrun-la-2024/) Find Andrew on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/andrewchen] (https://twitter.com/andrewchen) Find Josh on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/JoshLu] (https://twitter.com/JoshLu) Learn more about Avi and Magic Circle: [https://twitter.com/aviromanoff] (https://twitter.com/aviromanoff) Learn more about Lil Snack: [https://www.lilsnack.co] (https://www.lilsnack.co) Learn more about Neon Wild: [https://www.neonwild.com] (https://www.neonwild.com) Learn more about Open Souls: [https://www.opensouls.studio] (https://www.opensouls.studio) Learn more about Altera: [https://altera.al] (https://altera.al)   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 Apr 2024

30 MINS

30:36

26 Apr 2024


#239

Why America Must Lead in AI Investment with Senator Young (R-IN)

Senator Todd Young (R-IN) speaks with a16z General Partner Martin Casado about the importance of open innovation and American leadership in AI, and why we need to support AI research at all levels — from the classroom to the war room. In this episode, we distinguish science fiction from science reality in the ever-evolving AI landscape.   Resources: Find Senator Todd Young on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/toddyoungin] (https://twitter.com/toddyoungin) Find Martin Casado on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/martin_casado] (https://twitter.com/martin_casado) Watch the American Dynamism stage talks on YouTube: [https://bit.ly/3IqWn1W] (https://bit.ly/3IqWn1W) To learn more about the American Dynamism Summit, visit our website: [a16z.com/ad-summit] (http://a16z.com/ad-summit)   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 Apr 2024

24 MINS

24:55

22 Apr 2024


#238

Game On: Marc Andreessen & Andrew Chen Talk Creative Computers

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 fund. They explore the origins of tech pessimism, effective engagement with government in tech, its significance for the gaming community, the ongoing AI revolution, and even what Marc himself would build today if he didn't have his hands full.  Recorded as part of a16z's extensive games fund accelerator, SPEEDRUN, this session offers valuable insights for founders and innovators at the intersection of games and technology.  If you're passionate about shaping the future of gaming, consider applying for SPEEDRUN 3.0 at [a16z.com/speedrun3] (http://a16z.com/speedrun3) .   Resources:  Find Marc on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/pmarca] (https://twitter.com/pmarca) Find Andrew on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/andrewchen] (https://twitter.com/andrewchen) Submit your SPEEDRUN 3.0 application: [https://a16z.com/speedrun-la-2024] (https://a16z.com/speedrun-la-2024/)   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

17 Apr 2024

40 MINS

40:39

17 Apr 2024


#237

Inside the Department of Defense and its Vision for the Future

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 career focused on defense policy and in her keynote address from a16z's second annual American Dynamism Summit in Washington, D.C., you'll get an inside look into the priorities of the DoD and how it views its past, present, and future. In the second half of the episode, you’ll hear highlights from Deputy Secretary Hicks' fireside chat with Wall Street Journal’s National Security Editor, Sharon Weinberger, where they dive into the numerous issues facing our country today, from Ukraine to the use of AI on the battlefield.   Resources:  Find Deputy Secretary Hicks on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/depsecdef] (https://twitter.com/depsecdef) Find Sharon on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/weinbergersa] (https://twitter.com/weinbergersa) To learn more about the American Dynamism Summit: [www.a16z.com/ad-summit] (http://www.a16z.com/ad-summit) Visit the full playlist of American Dynamism Summit videos on YouTube: [https://bit.ly/3IqWn1W] (https://bit.ly/3IqWn1W)   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

10 Apr 2024

30 MINS

30:19

10 Apr 2024


#236

Politics & the Future of Tech with Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz

“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 the political interests of “Big Tech” conflict with a positive technological future, the necessity of decentralized AI, and how the future of American innovation is at its most critical point. They also answer YOUR questions from X (formerly Twitter). That and much more. Enjoy!   Resources: Watch full episode: [https://youtu.be/dX7d6bRJI9k] (https://youtu.be/dX7d6bRJI9k) 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) Ben’s Article: “Politics and the Future” [bit.ly/3PGKrgw] (http://bit.ly/3PGKrgw)   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 Apr 2024

1 HR 43 MINS

1:43:09

05 Apr 2024


#235

The Real Price of Healthcare with Mark Cuban

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 Cost Plus Drugs, his latest venture that seeks to upend the prescription drug markets.   Resources:  Find Mark on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/mcuban] (https://twitter.com/mcuban) Find David Ulevitch on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/davidu] (https://twitter.com/davidu) Learn more about the American Dynamism Summit: [www.a16z.com/ad-summit] (http://www.a16z.com/ad-summit)   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 Mar 2024

25 MINS

25:58

29 Mar 2024


#234

Devoting Your Life to Reinventing a Broken System

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 healthcare, the stakes couldn't be higher—these sectors not only hold lives in balance but also stand as fertile ground for technological breakthroughs. In this episode, a16z General Partner Vijay Pande chats with Ed and Todd Park, the visionary siblings behind Devoted Health. Their mission? To overhaul a healthcare system they describe as critically essential yet deeply flawed. The Park brothers delve into the genesis of their ambition to construct a healthcare system from scratch, underscoring the sector's urgent need for technological innovation and the game-changing role of AI. Kicking off with an American dream story, this episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in how technology can reshape healthcare for the better.   Resources:  Find Vijay on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/vijaypande] (https://twitter.com/vijaypande) Find Ed on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/edparkdevoted] (https://twitter.com/edparkdevoted) Find Todd on LinkedIn: [https://www.linkedin.com/in/todd-park-3232573] (https://www.linkedin.com/in/todd-park-3232573) Learn more about Devoted Health: [https://www.devoted.com] (https://www.devoted.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] (http://a16z.com/disclosures) . ... Read more

25 Mar 2024

24 MINS

24:52

25 Mar 2024


#233

Bringing AI to the Masses with Adam D’Angelo

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'Angelo, the CEO and founder of Quora, wade into this fast-moving AI landscape, and specifically touch on how building infrastructure for creators can democratize AI.  Adam, who is now building AI aggregator Poe and is on the board of OpenAI, has long been paying attention to this AI wave. He recounts this evolving fascination, and together Adam and David explore the dynamic synergy between humans and AI, highlighting the critical role of experimentation for founders in the AI realm. As a reminder, this conversation comes from our AI Revolution series, which you can dive into more deeply at [a16z.com/ai] (http://a16z.com/ai) .    Resources: Watch the the full interview: [www.a16z.com/AI] (http://www.a16z.com/AI) Revolution Find Adam on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/adamdangelo] (https://twitter.com/adamdangelo) Find David George on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/DavidGeorge83] (https://twitter.com/DavidGeorge83)   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 Mar 2024

28 MINS

28:27

20 Mar 2024


#232

A Nuclear Comeback: Are New Reactors the Answer?

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 by the U.S. government to triple nuclear power production by 2050. In this episode recorded at a16z’s American Dynamism Summit in Washington DC, a16z podcast host Steph Smith is joined by a16z General Partner David Ulevich, Doug Bernauer – CEO of microreactor company Radiant – and Dr. Kathryn Huff, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Nuclear Energy. From energizing the country's data centers to propelling the electric vehicles on our roads or powering the factories crafting tomorrow's innovations, they discuss why expanding our nuclear capacity is a national imperative.  Stay tuned for more exclusive conversations from a16z's second annual American Dynamism Summit in Washington DC.   Topics Covered:  00:00 - The Promise of Advanced Nuclear Reactors 03:43 - Nuclear Energy's Current Landscape 07:00 - Vulnerabilities in Fuel Delivery 10:30 - Nuclear Energy's Timeline 12:11 - Portable Microreactors and Mass Production  15:06 - Nuclear Energy's Role in America 21: 24 - Government's Role in Nuclear Energy 26:08 - Challenges of Portable Micro Reactors  30:03- The Evolution of Nuclear Reactors 32:11 - Nuclear’s Public Perception and Safety 39:21 - The Global Need for Nuclear Power   Resources: Learn more about American Dynamism Summit 2024: [www.a16z.com/adsummit] (http://www.a16z.com/adsummit) Find Dr. Kathryn Huff on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/katyhuff] (https://twitter.com/katyhuff) Find Doug Bernauer and Radiant on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/radiantnuclear] (https://twitter.com/radiantnuclear) Find David Ulevitch on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/davidu] (https://twitter.com/davidu)   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 Mar 2024

47 MINS

47:51

15 Mar 2024


#231

Intelligence in the Age of AI with new CTO of the CIA

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 episode, originally recorded in the heart of Washington DC this January during a16z’s American Dynamism Summit, a16z General Partner Martin Casado and a16z enterprise editor, Derrick Harris are joined by the first-ever CTO of the CIA, Nand Mulchandani. In this wide-ranging conversation, they discuss the evolving relationship between analysts and AI, how governments can keep up with this exponential technology, and finally, how it’s impacting both offense and defense.   This episode is essential listening for anyone interested in the intersection of technology, national security, and policy-making in the age of artificial intelligence. Stay tuned for more exclusive conversations from a16z's second annual American Dynamism Summit in Washington DC.   Topics Covered: 00:00 - Intelligence in the Age of AI 02:28 - Rethinking Jobs and AI's Asymmetric Power 05:00 - The History of AI in the Intelligence Community 07:00 - Operational Utilization of AI 10:40 - Analytic Capabilities and Uncertainty 12:56 - AI's 'Hallucination' Concerns 16:37 - Analyst Skill Sets and AI Tools 26:29 - Supply Chain and Open Source 31:35 - Public-Private Partnerships 41:33 - Government as a Customer and Partner in Tech 42:43 - Policy, Technology, and Regulation   Resources Learn more about AD Summit 2024: [www.a16z.com/adsummit] (http://www.a16z.com/adsummit) Watch all of the stage talks at AD Summit 2024: [https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM4u6XbiXf5pAKmk1AeZ9964KGScf4lHM] (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM4u6XbiXf5pAKmk1AeZ9964KGScf4lHM) Read the CIA’s announcement around the new CTO role: [https://www.cia.gov/stories/story/cia-names-first-chief-technology-officer/] (https://www.cia.gov/stories/story/cia-names-first-chief-technology-officer/) Find Nand Mulchandani on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/nandmulchandani] (https://twitter.com/nandmulchandani) Find Martin on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/martin_casado] (https://twitter.com/martin_casado) Find Derrick on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/derrickharris] (https://twitter.com/derrickharris)   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 Mar 2024

46 MINS

46:38

11 Mar 2024


#230

From Silicon Valley to the Pentagon: The Future of Defense Innovation

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 some of the inputs to resulting in the DIU – Defense Innovation Unit – starting in 2015 within the Department of Defense, focused on accelerating the adoption of technology. In this episode recorded at a16z’s American Dynamism Summit in January, a16z General Partner Katherine Boyle is joined by the Director of the DIU, Doug Beck, plus two critical founders ushering in this new era of defense: Brian Schimpf, cofounder and CEO of Anduril and Brandon Tseng, cofounder of Shield AI. So what does the next wave of defense innovation really look like? Let’s find out.   00:00 - The Future of Defense Innovation  03:30 - The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) 05:45 - Adoption of Startup tech by the DoD 07:42 - Acquisition, Budgeting, and Contracting 13:17 - Traditional Primes vs Startups 14:25 - Cost-Plus Fixed Fee Contracts 20:11 - The Replicator Program 22:26 - The New Threat Environment 27:11 - Scale and Readiness for Modern Warfare 32:15 - Procurement Reform and Feasibility 39:30 - Success Metrics for Defense   Resources: Learn more about AD Summit 2024: [www.a16z.com/adsummit] (http://www.a16z.com/adsummit) Watch Brian’s stage talk at AD Summit 2024: [https://a16z.com/securing-americas-future-how-technology-companies-and-washington-are-building-a-safer-world/] (https://a16z.com/securing-americas-future-how-technology-companies-and-washington-are-building-a-safer-world/) Watch all of the stage talks at AD Summit 2024: [https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM4u6XbiXf5pAKmk1AeZ9964KGScf4lHM] (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM4u6XbiXf5pAKmk1AeZ9964KGScf4lHM) Find Katherine on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/KTmBoyle] (https://twitter.com/KTmBoyle) Find Brandon and Shield AI on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/shieldaitech] (https://twitter.com/shieldaitech) Find Brian on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/schimpfbrian] (https://twitter.com/schimpfbrian) Find Doug and the DIU on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/diu_x] (https://twitter.com/diu_x)   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

07 Mar 2024

43 MINS

43:52

07 Mar 2024


#229

What is American Dynamism?

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 voices, including policymakers, founders, and funders, as they share what American Dynamism means to them. They discuss the critical technologies shaping the future and the challenges on the path to the next decade of dynamism.  Stay tuned for more exclusive conversations from a16z's second annual American Dynamism Summit in Washington, D.C.   Resources:  Find Dr. Kathryn Huff on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/katyhuff] (https://twitter.com/katyhuff) Find Nand Mulchandani on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/nandmulchandani] (https://twitter.com/nandmulchandani) Find Doug Beck and the DIU on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/diu_x] (https://twitter.com/diu_x) Find Mitch Lee on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/dontmitch] (https://twitter.com/dontmitch) Find Ian Cinnamon on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/IanCinnamon] (https://twitter.com/IanCinnamon) Find Doug Bernauer and Radiant on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/radiantnuclear] (https://twitter.com/radiantnuclear) Find Chris Bennett on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/8ennett] (https://twitter.com/8ennett) Find Mike Slagh on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/MikeSlagh] (https://twitter.com/MikeSlagh) Find Rahul Sidhu on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/rahoolsidoo] (https://twitter.com/rahoolsidoo) Find Wyatt Smith on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/wyatt_h_smith] (https://twitter.com/wyatt_h_smith) Learn more about American Dynamism: [https://a16z.com/american-dynamism] (https://a16z.com/american-dynamism)   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 Mar 2024

30 MINS

30:35

04 Mar 2024


#228

The Quest for True Signal: How Zynga Spotted Mobile

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 large platforms like Facebook for distribution. In this episode Mark joins Josh Lu from the a16z Games team for a fireside chat. They discuss navigating major tech waves and recognizing "true signal" opportunities, and explore a wide range of topics, from the strategic insights that propelled Zynga to success, the future of the Metaverse, and the philosophy behind minimum viable products.  This conversation offers invaluable insights for both gaming industry insiders and enthusiasts looking to understand the dynamics of tech innovation and entrepreneurship. Topics Covered: 00:00 - How Zynga Spotted the Mobile Wave 02:47 - Challenges of Starting Zynga 05:24 - Zynga's Early Workforce and Learning HTML 07:40 - Preparing for Tech Waves 11:29 - The Importance of Being Too Early 15:42 - The attribute of great founders 18:33 - Hiring Philosophy  22:02 - ‘Everyone is  a CEO’ 24:20 - Fast Iteration and Learning from Failures 31:06 - Personal Gaming Preferences 32:52 - Advice on Reevaluating Projects and True Signal 35:50 - AI's Role in Consumer Adoption and Gaming 40:17 - Community as a Core Element 43:31 - UGC Gaming Space and Future Computing Paradigms Resources:  Find Mark on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/markpinc] (https://twitter.com/markpinc) Find Josh on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/joshlu] (https://twitter.com/joshlu) Learn more about SPEEDRUN 3.0: [https://a16z.com/speedrun3] (https://a16z.com/speedrun3) Learn more about SPEEDRUN: [ttps://a16z.com/speedrun-your-gaming-startup] (https://a16z.com/speedrun-your-gaming-startup) 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

27 Feb 2024

48 MINS

48:04

27 Feb 2024


#227

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


#226

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


#225

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


#224

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


#223

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


#222

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


#221

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