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58 minutes | 2 days ago
Beating the Incumbents with Michael Ovitz on Boss Talk #9
When Ben and Marc started a16z, CAA and its founder Michael Ovitz served as inspiration for how to break into an industry dominated by a few large incumbents. In 1975, a few large talent agencies dominated the entertainment industry. To break into the industry, Michael and CAA came up with a new playbook — rather than a single agent representing an actor or actress, he turned the entire agency into a network. In this special edition of Boss Talk, Michael joins Ben, Marc, and Ali to talk about how both CAA and a16z went from scrappy startup to industry leader by giving talent access to bigger networks. Boss Talk is the Clubhouse show where a16z cofounder Ben Horowitz and Ali Ghodsi, the Founder/CEO of Databricks, discuss CEO stuff, leadership stuff, management stuff... boss stuff. Live every Tuesday 5-6pm on Clubhouse.
44 minutes | 3 days ago
Engineering CRISPR with Ben Oakes on the a16z Bio Clubhouse #9
On this episode of the a16z Bio Clubhouse Show, a16z general partners Vineeta Agarwala and Vijay Pande talk to guest Ben Oakes, cofounder, President and CEO of Scribe Therapeutics. The conversation covers the the power of engineering gene editors, the transition from academia to a startup, and how to select the first indication to target with a novel bio platform.
59 minutes | 6 days ago
The Future of Open Source in the Era of SaaS on a16z Infra
What is the future of open source in the age of SaaS? Has it become more, or less, relevant with the rise of cloud-based services? What is the connection between open source and open standards? And what does this mean for startups building SaaS apps today? Those questions and more with Nick Schrock (Elementl, GraphQL), Christian Kleinerman (Snowflake), Andrew Shafer (RedHat), and a16z general partners Martin Casado and Peter Levine. a16z Infra is the Clubhouse Show where the a16z enterprise team and guests discuss the foundational technology and products that underpin all of tech. We dig deep into data, AI/ML, security, developer tools, compute, network, storage, hardware, and anything else found below the surface of modern stacks.Like what you hear? Tune in for our next show on Thursday, April 15, 4-5pm.
64 minutes | 9 days ago
Scaling Marketplace Startups with the CEOs of GOAT, Cameo, Faire, StyleSeat, Neighbor, Whatnot, & more
The CEOs of GOAT, StyleSeat, Cameo, Faire, Whatnot, and Neighbor join a16z partners Andrew Chen, Connie Chan, D'Arcy Coolican, Jeff Jordan, Katie Baynes, and Anne Lee Skates to talk about the cold start problem, 2020 metrics, growth, and the tricky business of scaling a marketplace company.See more marketplace analysis, including a ranking of the 100 largest marketplace startups & private companies, in the Marketplace 100.
59 minutes | 10 days ago
Academic CEOs, Junior v. Senior Engineers, and High Growth Mistakes on Boss Talk #8
This week on Boss Talk: Why aren't there more academic CEOs? Should early stage companies hire junior or senior engineers? What are the common mistakes high growth companies make, especially when expanding into new markets? Plus: balancing pay equity with retainment, CEO legal risk and protection, and growing through acquisition. Boss Talk is the Clubhouse show where a16z cofounder Ben Horowitz and Ali Ghodsi, the Founder/CEO of Databricks, discuss CEO stuff, leadership stuff, management stuff... boss stuff. Live every Tuesday 5-6pm on Clubhouse.
45 minutes | 11 days ago
How to Innovate within Biopharma with Jay Bradner on the a16z Bio Clubhouse #8
On this episode of the a16z Bio Clubhouse Show, a16z general partners Vineeta Agarwala, Jorge Conde, Julie Yoo, and Vijay Pande talk to guest Jay Bradner, President of the Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research (NIBR). The conversation covers the challenges of translating basic research into a clinical application, the state of innovation in therapeutics, and the transition from drug hunting to drug farming.
67 minutes | 11 days ago
Return to Work, Celebrity Investors, Institutional Distrust and More on One on One with A and Z
a16z cofounders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz talk tech trends, company building, and more live on Clubhouse every Monday, 7pm PT. In this conversation:What does return to work look like for a16z portfolio companies (including exclusive survey data)How the re-distribution of the workforce might affect rural AmericaThe potential for social networks to replace networking in cities Generalists vs specialists in a startupHow to think about celebrity investors and executives (like Prince Harry)The growing distrust of institutions in AmericaThe technology that could still be with us in 500 yearsBooks of the week! Marc on "Medici Money" by Tim Parks and Ben on "Lenin" by Victor Sebestyen
30 minutes | 12 days ago
How Ben's Twitter Got Hacked on Breach of the Week #2
What do Ben Horowitz and former President Obama have in common? They both had their twitter accounts taken over to send cryptocurrency spam.With our office now our home, all security has become personal. This week on Breach of the Week, Ben explains how his Twitter got hacked, and Geoff and Joel break down the personal threat landscape, the security measures that best protect you, and where the security industry needs to evolve to better protect individuals. 🔐Breach of the Week 🔐looks at who got hacked, how it happened, and what it means for the industry. 🎙With hosts Joel de la Garza (a16z Security Operating Partner) and Geoff Belknap (CISO LinkedIn) on Clubhouse every Thursday 5-5:30pm.
61 minutes | 12 days ago
Supercell CEO Ilkka Paananen on Games Club
Supercell CEO and co-founder Ilkka Paananen discusses collaborative decision-making on game teams, learning from failure, product design, building company culture, and more with a16z partner Jonathan Lai, Stillfront SVP Andrew Green, Proletariat CEO Seth Sivak, and Indie MEGABOOTH founder Kelly Wallick on Games Club.
37 minutes | 12 days ago
The Power of Patient Data with Anne Wojcicki on the a16z Bio Clubhouse #7
On this episode of the a16z Bio Clubhouse Show, a16z general partners Vineeta Agarwala, Jorge Conde, Julie Yoo, and Vijay Pande, along with a16z cofounder Marc Andreessen, talk to guest Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andme. The conversation covers the shifting trends and perceptions at the intersection of bio and tech, the power of patient data and importance of giving people access to their own health data, and advice to founders on when to lead and when to listen.
61 minutes | 13 days ago
Crypto Clubhouse: All Things NFT with Katie Haun + OpenSea Founders
OpenSea founders Devin Finzer and Alex Atallah join Katie Haun as well as Marc Andreessen and Chris Lyons to talk about the emergence of NFTs, what it means for crypto marketplaces, and how the creator economy will continue to evolve.
40 minutes | 16 days ago
The Art of Public Speaking with Matt Abrahams (Stanford), Ritu Narayan (Zūm) and Amir Movafaghi (Mixpanel) on 4B with Margit
Speaking coach extraordinaire Matt Abrahams, cofounder of Bold Echo LLC and Lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business; Zūm CEO Ritu Narayan; and Mixpanel CEO Amir Movafaghi talk with Margit about how to master the art of public speaking, communicating in a virtual world, tailoring and testing the message with different audiences, and more. "4B with Margit" is a Clubhouse show for raw and unfiltered advice from comms and marketing experts who have seen it all, as well as insider stories from the builders and pioneers who were in the trenches. Think “Scandal” meets “Halt and Catch Fire.” Catch it live Wednesdays 4-5 PST.
62 minutes | 17 days ago
Building Trust and Diversity with Shaka Senghor on Boss Talk #7
Ben and Ali are joined by guest Shaka Senghor, who after 20 years in prison, became an author and activist for prison reform, an entrepreneur, and most recently, head of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at Tripactions. Shaka shares what prison taught him about building trust in a team, as well as what he sees as the path — and the obstacles— to meaningful diversity in the workplace. Boss Talk is the Clubhouse show where a16z cofounder Ben Horowitz and Ali Ghodsi, the Founder/CEO of Databricks, discuss CEO stuff, leadership stuff, management stuff... boss stuff. Live every Tuesday 5-6pm on Clubhouse.
55 minutes | 18 days ago
SPACs, Bootstrapping and Funding, Firing Execs, and More on One on One with A and Z #5
a16z cofounders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz talk tech trends, company building, and more live on Clubhouse every Monday, 7pm PT. In this conversation:How can VCs be both investors and marketing/growth engines for companies they invest in? How has a16z approached this and curating talent on Clubhouse?Are SPACs the new IPO? What would you say to a founder who pitched you a plan to grow as fast as they can with the goal of selling to a SPAC in 3-5 years?If a startup is profitably bootstrapping, does it make sense to raise VC money?How do you fire executives the right way, especially when they own a percent of the companyCan you fire an investor who doesn't align with your company mission or direction?What tips, tricks, and hacks can help founders maintain their mental health?
29 minutes | 20 days ago
Verkada, $16 SMS hacks on Breach of the Week #1
🔐Welcome to Breach of the Week 🔐– the show that looks at who got hacked, how it happened, and what it means for the industry. 🎙With hosts Joel de la Garza (a16z Security Operating Partner) and Geoff Belknap (CISO LinkedIn)👉 On the first episode: the Verkada hack and the Cloudflare response with Joe Sullivan (CSO Cloudflare)$16 SMS hacks, how is it possible and what does it mean for SMS? distracted guard allows intruder into Andrews Air Force BaseCapcom had a breach and made everyone return to the officea Florida mother and assistant principal hacked the homecoming queen competition so her daughter could winFor more security chatter, Breach of the Week airs on Clubhouse every Thursday 5-5:30pm.
58 minutes | 23 days ago
Martin Casado, David Ulevitch, and Ben Horowitz on a16z Infra #1
Welcome to a16z Infra, the Clubhouse Show where the a16z enterprise team discusses the foundational technology and products that underpin all of tech. We dig deep into data, AI/ML, security, developer tools, compute, network, storage, hardware, and anything else found below the surface of modern stacks.On our first show, a16z general partners Ben Horowitz, Martin Casado, and David Ulevitch talk about their journeys as infrastructure founders-turned-investors; what exactly infrastructure is; how it's different from other types of tech; and the importance of technical founders developing go-to-market know-how. Plus, what AWS canceling Parler signals about the state of infrastructure, the impact of cloud costs on margins, and the changing relevance of open source. Like what you hear? Tune in for our next show with former Microsoft Windows president Steven Sinofsky on Thursday, April 1, 4-5pm.
60 minutes | 23 days ago
Internal Comms with Amanda Atkins (Slack) and Shannon Schiltz (a16z) on 4B with Margit #3
Amanda Atkins, who leads Internal Communications & Culture at Slack, and Shannon Schiltz, who heads up HR & People Practices at a16z, talk internal comms with Margit. They break down the basics — When do you need an internal comms function? Where should it report? Is it actually different from external comms — and share advice for the toughest parts of the job, including how to handle layoffs, divisive political issues, negative employee reviews on Glassdoor, and leaks. 4B with Margit is a Clubhouse show for raw and unfiltered advice from comms and marketing experts who have seen it all, as well as insider stories from the builders and pioneers who were in the trenches. Think “Scandal” meets “Halt and Catch Fire.” Catch it live Wednesdays 4-5 PST.
65 minutes | 23 days ago
Riccardo Zacconi (Candy Crush Saga) and Kristian Segerstrale (Glu/Playfish) on Games Club
King.com cofounder Riccardo Zacconi (developer of Candy Crush Saga) and Glu/Playfish cofounder Kristian Segerstrale (now the CEO of Super Evil Megacorp) discuss trends in the games industry, failing fast, and building enduring startups with a16z partner Jonathan Lai, Indie MEGABOOTH founder Kelly Wallick, and Stillfront SVP Andrew Green on Games Club.
88 minutes | 24 days ago
Greg Reyes on Unfettered Conversations with A and Z
In this occasional Clubhouse series, a16z co-founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz talk with Greg Reyes, the former CEO of Brocade Communications who was recently pardoned after being convicted of and serving time for the fraudulent backdating of corporate stock options. Greg talks about his career before his conviction, his case and the SEC, his time in prison and what life was like after, the presidential pardon process, his advice for leaders today, and more. Catch Ben and Marc's Clubhouse show live at 7pm PT every Monday.
58 minutes | 24 days ago
Pricing Strategy, Category Creation on Boss Talk #6 with Ben Horowitz and Ali Ghodsi
Pricing has huge implications for market size. How do you know if the price isn't right? And when a customer says something is too expensive, what are they really telling you? Also on Boss Talk #6: creating a new category, how Ali learned to handle racism, and when to bet on your next product. Boss Talk is the Clubhouse show where a16z cofounder Ben Horowitz and Ali Ghodsi, the Founder/CEO of Databricks, discuss CEO stuff, leadership stuff, management stuff... boss stuff. Live every Tuesday 5-6pm on Clubhouse.
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