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The a16z Podcast discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future -- especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. This podcast is prod...Show More

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a16z Podcast: Technological Trends, Capital, and Internet 'Disruption'

54:24 | Sep 24th, 2018

There's all sorts of interesting tech trends happening right now, including AI, VR/AR, self-driving cars and drones (as well as interesting stuff happening in verticals like healthcare and finance) -- and there's a lot also happening in seemingly mor...Show More

a16z Podcast: What's at the Core of the Latest Apple Announcement?

28:18 | Sep 14th, 2018

with Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) and Steven Sinofksy (@StevenSi) In this hallway-style conversation episode of the a16z Podcast, Benedict Evans and a16z board partner Steven Sinofsky discuss Apple’s September 2018 keynote event and share their t...Show More

a16z Podcast: A Podcast About Podcasting

1:07:24 | Apr 3rd

with Nick Quah (@nwquah), Connie Chan (@conniechan), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) It's a podcast about podcasting! About the state of the industry, that is. Because a lot has changed since we recorded "a podcast about podcasts" about four years ago: p...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Basics of Growth 1 -- User Acquisition

20:31 | Aug 9th, 2018

with Andrew Chen (@andrewchen), Jeff Jordan (@jeff_jordan), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) Growth is one of the most top of mind questions for entrepreneurs building startups of all kinds (and especially consumer ones) -- but how does one go beyond a mi...Show More

a16z Podcast: All Things Compensation

39:12 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Compensation is a topic near and dear to everyone’s heart… but what does “compensation” fully mean — and what does it include, what doesn’t it include? How do entrepreneurs compete for talent in an intensely competitive environment, while balancing t...Show More

a16z Podcast: The End (and Beginning) of Programming

19:02 | Jun 8th, 2018

There are over 20 million programmers out there -- and double that, if you count everyone else coding in other ways -- but where are the next 100 million developers? How do we get to a billion developers? The answer, observes a16z general partner Pet...Show More

a16z Podcast: Network Effects, Origin Stories, and the Evolution of Tech

1:05:18 | May 17th, 2018

“The rules of the game are different in tech,” argues — and has long argued, despite his views not being accepted at first — W. Brian Arthur, technologist-turned-economist who first truly described the phenomenon of “positive feedbacks” in the econom...Show More

a16z Podcast: Principles and Algorithms for Work and Life

49:52 | Apr 21st, 2018

Can one really apply the lessons of history and of the past to the present and the future, as a way to get what they want out of life? By deeply understanding cause-effect relationships -- clearly expressed, shared with others, overlaid with data, ba...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Internet of Taste, Streaming Content to Culture

42:43 | Feb 18th, 2018

Once upon a time it was inconceivable that a company in Silicon Valley could make content that was any good; the running joke, shares Marc Andreessen, "was like, what are we gonna do -- we're gonna film a router instruction manual? It was just an abs...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Business of Continual Change

26:42 | Feb 18th, 2018

Every large company -- especially ones that have been around for a long time -- goes through multiple cycles of change. But how do you know where to go next, and when, and how? The management literature is full of case studies, research, and of cours...Show More

a16z Podcast: Revisiting the Gene

15:03 | Jan 10th, 2018

The complete sequencing of the human genome is one of the most powerful examples of technology and science in action: We've gone from needing $3 billion and over 13 years to read a single human genome to today, to where we can do that same amount of ...Show More

a16z Podcast: On Data and Data Scientists in the Age of AI

09:42 | Dec 5th, 2017

Data, data, everywhere, nor any drop to drink. Or so would say Coleridge, if he were a big company CEO trying to use A.I. today -- because even when you have a ton of data, there's not always enough signal to get anything meaningful from AI. Why? Be...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Taxonomy of Collective Knowledge

26:31 | Aug 15th, 2017

What do disease diagnostics, language learning, and image recognition have in common? All depend on the organization of collective intelligence: data ontologies. In this episode of the a16z Podcast, guests Luis von Ahn, founder of reCaptcha and Duoli...Show More

a16z Podcast: Fintech for Startups and Incumbents

50:21 | Apr 7th

In the world of finance and financial technology, established companies are starting to look at the rearview mirror at fast-approaching startups, wondering just how true the phrase “objects in mirror are closer than they appear” might be. What is cau...Show More

a16z Podcast: How Many Taps in the Apple (Plus) Tree?

28:48 | Mar 30th

with Benedict Evans (@benedictevans) and Steven Sinofsky (@stevesi) What does Apple's recent event — in which a range of new services was announced, from Apple News Plus to Apple TV Plus to the Apple card — mean for the company's overall strategy an...Show More

a16z Podcast: Incenting Innovation Inside, Loonshots to Moonshots

47:41 | Mar 25th

with Safi Bahcall (@safibahcall), Vijay Pande (@vijaypande), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) A "moonshot" is a destination (like going to the moon, quite literally) -- but nurturing "loonshots" (which often involves a number of stumbles along the way) is...Show More

a16z Podcast: For the Billions of Creatives Out There

1:06:05 | Mar 16th

with Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman), Marc Andreessen (@pmarca), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) The writer-showrunner is a relatively new phenomenon in TV, as opposed to film, which is still a director-driven enterprise. But what does it mean, as both...Show More

a16z Podcast: Lessons Learned from Chinese Education Startups

31:15 | Mar 14th

When people talk about trends in education technology, they often focus on how to disrupt higher education in the U.S., whether it's about breaking free of the "signaling" factor of elite educations or how to shift education out of its "cottage indus...Show More

a16z Podcast: What's in the Water at the George Church Lab?

40:45 | Feb 26th

with George Church (@geochurch) and Jorge Conde (@JorgeCondeBio) Renowned scientist George Church is known for his groundbreaking work and methods used for the first genome sequence, and for his work in genome editing, writing & recoding -- in fact,...Show More

a16z Podcast: Capitalizing on an Autonomous Vehicle Future

48:33 | Feb 24th

with Peter Ludwig, Qasar Younis (@qasar), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) When people talk about autonomous vehicles, we hear everything from "we're much closer than you think" to "we're much further than you think". So where are we, really, in the wides...Show More

a16z Podcast: Gaming Goes Mainstream

34:18 | Feb 17th

Bobby Kotick is the CEO of Activision Blizzard (a merger he engineered); it's one of only two video gaming companies in the Fortune 500, and the largest game network in the world. The company is responsible for some of the most iconic entertainment f...Show More

a16z Podcast: Who's Down with CPG, DTC? (And Micro-Brands Too?)

47:50 | Feb 16th

with Ryan Caldbeck (@ryan_caldbeck), Jeff Jordan (@jeff_jordan), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) It's clear that all kinds of commerce companies and consumer products have been disrupted -- or enabled -- by tech. Yet for certain categories, like consumer...Show More

a16z Podcast: To All the Robots I've Loved Before

27:37 | Feb 14th

with Kate Darling (@grok_) and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) We already know that we have an innate tendency to anthropomorphize robots. But beyond just projecting human qualities onto them, as we begin to share more and more spaces, social and pri...Show More

a16z Podcast: Cryptonetworks as Emerging Economies (Done Right?)

45:05 | Feb 12th

with Chris Burniske (@cburniske), Joel Monegro (@jmonegro), Denis Nazarov (@Iiterature), and Jesse Walden (@jessewldn) When designing cryptonetworks -- really, emerging economies -- how do we avoid some of the monetary and fiscal policy failings of ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Voting, Security, and Governance in Blockchains

38:28 | Feb 10th

with Phil Daian (@phildaian) and Ali Yahya (@ali01) Whether in corporations, boardrooms, or political elections, voting is something we see in all kinds of social systems... including blockchains. It's the natural human tendency for how to organize ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Product-Market SALES Fit (What Comes First?)

50:52 | Feb 3rd

with Jyoti Bansal (@jyotibansalsf), Peter Levine, Satish Talluri (@satishtalluri), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) One of the toughest challenges for founders -- and especially technical founders who are used to focusing so much on product features over ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Stories and Lessons in Enterprise Sales

27:22 | Jan 31st

with Mark Leslie and Peter Levine What does it actually take to win at enterprise sales? In this episode, Mark Leslie, former CEO and chairman and founding team member of Veritas Software, and a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Finding Go-to-Market Fit in the Enterprise

37:38 | Jan 30th

with Peter Levine, Bob Tinker, and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) For consumer companies, often when the holy grail of product-market fit is achieved, the company takes off -- magic happens, growth unlocks. Enterprise B2B companies face a different...Show More

a16z Podcast: Connecting Hearts, Bodies, and Networks to Cure Cancer

35:51 | Jan 26th

Veterinary oncology can inform human oncology, and vice versa -- providing a better model for looking at drug performance, interrelationships, and more. Especially when you add in data (there's no "doggy HIPAA!") and networks to get a "living laborat...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Business of Cybercrime

36:25 | Jan 17th

with Joel de la Garza, Jonathan Lusthaus, and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) The idea of the cybercriminal as lone wolf or hobby hacker is no longer much of a reality. Instead, the business of cybercrime looks a lot more just like that -- a large, g...Show More

a16z Podcast: Pulse Check on Consumer Tech Trends 2019, CES and Beyond

42:09 | Jan 17th

with Benedict Evans (@benedictevans) and Steven Sinofsky (@stevesi) Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) puts the latest and greatest developments in consumer technology on display in Vegas. But beyond the excitement and the hype, what's ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Dark Data in Healthcare

35:47 | Jan 16th

with Susannah Fox (@susannahfox), Anil Sethi (@anilsethiusa / @ciitizencorp), Vijay Pande (@vijaypande), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) The problem of "dark data" in healthcare isn't just a feel-good empowerment thing, but a structural issue that leads...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Science and Business of Innovative Medicines

59:52 | Jan 14th

On average, only 1 out of 20 medicines works when we actually bring them into human beings, and these rates of success haven't moved much in the pharma industry overall in the past 15 years despite much scientific progress. Because if you really thin...Show More

a16z Podcast: All About Synthetic Biology

35:40 | Jan 11th

with James J. Collins, Vijay Pande (@vijaypande), and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) The idea of 'designing biology' -- once science fiction -- has over the last 20 years become just... science. In this episode, a16z's General Partner on the Bio Fun...Show More

a16z Podcast: What’s Next for Marketplace Startups (Hint: Services)

41:04 | Jan 9th

The past and future of marketplace startups -- where are we? Ever since eBay popularized an internet meeting place for buyers and sellers of, well, just about everything, we’ve been waiting for 100 other at-scale marketplaces for everything else, inc...Show More

a16z Podcast: Talent, Tech Trends, and Culture -- with Ben, Marc, and Tyler Cowen

38:23 | Dec 29th, 2018

with Marc Andreessen (@pmarca), Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz), and Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen) This episode of the a16z Podcast features the rare combination of a16z co-founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz in conversation, together, with economist Ty...Show More

a16z Podcast: How the Internet Happened

46:16 | Dec 25th, 2018

In his book (and podcast), Brian McCullough chronicles the history and evolution of the internet -- from college kids in a basement and the dot-com boom, to the applications built on top of it and the entrepreneurs behind them. General partner Chris...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Infrastructure of Total Health

48:39 | Dec 23rd, 2018

with Bernard J. Tyson (@bernardjtyson) and Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz) Bernard J. Tyson is the chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, a $73 billion non-profit health organization that provides healthcare and coverage with more than 22,000 physicians c...Show More

a16z Podcast: All About Stablecoins

50:03 | Dec 21st, 2018

with Andy Milenius (@realzandy), Jesse Walden (@jessewldn), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) The history, evolution, and use of money revolves around the important concept of debt: It’s what allows us to “time travel” and build toward the future — growing...Show More

a16z Podcast: Building Crypto, from Vision to Reality

32:48 | Dec 18th, 2018

with Brian Armstrong (@brian_armstrong), Chris Dixon (@cdixon), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) Where are we, really, right now -- in terms of what we can/ can't do with crypto today? And what will it take to get from vision to mainstream reality? This e...Show More

a16z Podcast: On Marrying Entertainment and Technology

44:30 | Dec 8th, 2018

with Marc Andreessen (@pmarca), Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Meg Whitman (@MegWhitman) In this episode of the a16z Podcast, based on a discussion that took place at our annual a16z Summit, Marc Andreessen interviews Jeffrey Katzenberg -- formerly CEO and...Show More

a16z Podcast: The IQ and EQ of Robots

34:43 | Nov 21st, 2018

with Boris Sofman (@bsofman), Dave Touretsky (@DaveTouretzky), and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) We're just now beginning to truly see the the first 'real' robots in the home, from Roombas to toys to companions to... well, much more. How are humans...Show More

a16z Podcast: Ancient Dreams of Technology, Gods & Robots

37:54 | Nov 19th, 2018

with Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) and Adrienne Mayor (@amayor) Is it possible that ancient Greeks and Romans dreamed of technological innovations like robots and artificial intelligence millennia before those technologies became realities? In this...Show More

a16z Podcast: M&A and Innovation, Inside Out

42:29 | Nov 17th, 2018

with Stephanie Cohen and Martin Casado (@martin_casado) As chief strategy officer of Goldman Sachs (and former global head of financial sponsors M&A), Stephanie Cohen has seen it all when it comes to the ins and outs of M&A. And what it means to in...Show More

a16z Podcast: Automation + Work, Human + Machine

28:39 | Nov 5th, 2018

with Prasad Akella, Paul Daughtery (@pauldaugh) and Frank Chen (@withfries2) What is different on that factory floor from Henry Ford to today? In this conversation, Prasad Akella, Founder and CEO of Drishti; Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology and Inno...Show More

a16z Podcast: Eyeballs on the Game

26:05 | Oct 20th, 2018

with Jeff Jordan (@Jeff_Jordan), Yogi Roth (@YogiRoth), Zack Weiner and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) For decades, the increasing value of sports teams, rights, licenses and more have been fueled by sports media. But dollars follow eyeballs, and ey...Show More

a16z Podcast: From Research to Startup, There and Back Again

55:05 | Oct 8th, 2018

The period from 2000-2016 was one of the best of times and worst of times for tech and the Valley (dotcom, financial crisis, Google IPO, Facebook founded, unprecedented growth, and so on), and John Hennessy -- current chairman of Alphabet, also on th...Show More

a16z Podcast: How to Manage a PR Agency

39:15 | Sep 27th, 2018

with Shannon (Stubo) Brayton (@sstubo), Margit Wennmachers (@wennmachers), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) One of the company building topics that’s surprisingly mystifying is PR -- and only surprising since so much of the strategy and tactics behind pub...Show More

a16z Podcast: New Upstarts in an Old Industry

33:15 | Sep 25th, 2018

with Michael Ovitz (@michaelovitz), Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz), and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) When Michael Ovitz founded the Hollywood talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), he turned a number of the entertainment industry's well-entrenche...Show More

a16z Podcast: Tesla and the Nature of Disruption

43:59 | Sep 18th, 2018

with Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) and Steven Sinofsky (@SteveSi) In another of our hallway conversation episodes, Benedict Evans and Steven Sinofsky talk all about Tesla — and more broadly, the nature of disruption overall. How disruptive is Tesl...Show More

a16z Podcast: Seeing into the Future -- Making Decisions, Telling Stories

46:02 | Sep 8th, 2018

There's a lot of research and writing out there on "thinking fast" -- the short-term, gut, instinctual decisions we make, biases we have, and heuristics we use -- but what about for "thinking slow" -- the long-term decisions we make that both take lo...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Case Study of Dollar Store and Surviving (Thriving!) Retail

21:37 | Sep 6th, 2018

The "death of retail" in the face of e-commerce and tech disruption is a very real phenomenon, but what about the flip side of that story -- that is, retail thriving despite all odds? Enter the Dollar Store, a multi-billion-dollar success story of t...Show More

a16z Podcast: When Organic Growth Goes Enterprise

29:08 | Aug 25th, 2018

with Martin Casado (@martin_casado), Andrew Chen (@andrewchen), Russ Heddleston (@rheddleston), and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) What happens when the bottoms up, organic growth usually associated with consumer companies starts to go.... enterpris...Show More

a16z Podcast: Crypto And The Evolution Of Open Source

37:19 | Aug 21st, 2018

with Devon Zuegel (@devonzuegel), Denis Nazarov (@iiterature), and Jesse Walden (@jessewldn) The open source movement enabled so much in computing, including the collaborative building of libraries -- that is, building blocks of code that developers...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Basics of Growth 2 -- Engagement & Retention

32:40 | Aug 9th, 2018

with Andrew Chen (@andrewchen), Jeff Jordan (@jeff_jordan), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) Once you have users, how do you keep them engaged, retain them, and even "resurrect" or re-engage them? That's the focus of this episode of the a16z Podcast, whic...Show More

a16z Podcast: Earned Secrets

16:01 | Aug 4th, 2018

with Sharon Chang (@sychang) and Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz) What does it really take to start a startup (or work at one)? In this episode of the a16z Podcast -- based on a Q&A with Ben Horowitz as part of an event hosted by a16z's Technical Talent an...Show More

a16z Podcast: Cryptonetworks and Cities -- Analogies

37:34 | Aug 1st, 2018

with Denis Nazarov (@iiterature), Jesse Walden (@jessewldn), Ali Yahya (@ali01), and Devon Zuegel (@devonzuegel) Cryptonetworks are often compared to firms, people, or even coral reefs -- but, observes a16z crypto partner Ali Yahya, they might be mu...Show More

a16z Podcast: Cryptonetworks and Decentralization -- Building Blocks

46:05 | Aug 1st, 2018

with Chris Dixon (@cdixon), Ali Yahya (@ali01), and Devon Zuegel (@devonzuegel) “Show me the incentive and I'll show you the outcomes.” At the end of the day, observes a16z crypto general partner Chris Dixon, Satoshi's whitepaper [the original bitc...Show More

a16z Podcast: High Growth in Companies (and Tech)

34:06 | Jul 20th, 2018

with Elad Gil (@eladgil) and Chris Dixon (@cdixon) There's a lot of knowledge out there -- and networks of talent (especially in Silicon Valley) -- on what to do in the early stages of a company, going from 0 to 1, and even in going from 1 to 100......Show More

a16z Podcast: The Regulatory Landscape for Crypto

33:08 | Jul 17th, 2018

with Katie Haun (@katie_haun), Robin Weisnman (@robinweisman), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) What’s going on, regulation-wise, in crypto? How should people who want to join a company or build something new in the space think about the regulatory enviro...Show More

a16z Podcast: Building Companies in Crypto, from People to Code

27:36 | Jul 17th, 2018

with Tina Bhatnagar (@tinab), Preethi Kasireddy (@iam_preethi), Lily Liu (@calilyliu), and Kim Milosevich (@kimbatronic) Whether it’s sharing the decision-making behind joining a crypto company to the perspectives of a passionate early adopter (or r...Show More

a16z Podcast: Decentralization and Crypto, the Big Picture

41:17 | Jul 17th, 2018

with Chris Dixon (@cdixon), Elizabeth Stark (@starkness), and Jessica Verrilli (@jess) Why does decentralization matter? This episode of the a16z Podcast -- based on a discussion that first took as part of an “Intro to Crypto” event that Andreessen ...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Scientific Revolution of Ancient DNA

31:38 | Jul 13th, 2018

Trying to reconstruct the deep past of ancient humans out of present-day people has until now been like trying to reconstruct a bomb explosion in a room from bits of shrapnel, says David Reich, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and auth...Show More

a16z Podcast: On Mentors and Mentees

32:46 | Jul 13th, 2018

Everyone talks about the importance of mentorship in our professional development, whether it's networking to broaden career opportunities or learning from someone more experienced. But how does one break into an industry without established contacts...Show More

a16z Podcast: Beyond Zero-Sum Thinking in the Game of Tech... and Life

42:04 | Jul 7th, 2018

with Marc Andreessen (@pmarca), Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz), and Steven Johnson (@stevenbjohnson) The rise of zero-sum thinking -- which has come snapping back recently -- slows and even halts progress, observes Marc Andreessen. Because you're then di...Show More

a16z Podcast: Construction Under Tech -- The Build

36:36 | Jun 15th, 2018

Continuing our series on how tech is changing construction -- one of the industries most resistant to change (and facing declining productivity) -- this episode of the a16z Podcast looks at what happens when you go from planning to actually putting b...Show More

a16z Podcast: Construction Under Tech -- Info Flows

32:58 | Jun 14th, 2018

Construction has been one of the industries most resistant to innovation and change over the last decades -- productivity has actually decreased there while it has risen in other industries around it. So how are new technologies (finally!) beginning ...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Hard Things about Security

33:36 | Jun 6th, 2018

Here's the hard thing about security: the more authentication factors you have, the more secure things are... but in practice, people won't use too many factors, because they want ease of use. There's clearly a tension between security and usability,...Show More

a16z Podcast: Autonomy in Service

28:27 | May 27th, 2018

We now live in a world where connecting the dots between intel and modeling threats has become infinitely more complex: not only is the surface area to protect larger than ever, but the entry points and issues are more diverse than ever. This convers...Show More

a16z Podcast: When Journalism Goes Global

23:48 | May 26th, 2018

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is the organization responsible for the compilation and release of the first the Panama Papers, a series of 11.5 million documents that detailed the offshore dealings of governments and indivi...Show More

a16z Podcast: B2B2C

29:13 | May 18th, 2018

When it comes to B2B2C business models -- which combine both business to business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) -- who really "owns" the customer? That question might not matter as much in more symbiotic, mutually beneficial marketplaces and o...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Oral History Of TrialPay — Obstacles and Opportunities in Payments

46:04 | May 11th, 2018

In this hallway-style conversation (originally recorded as a video), a16z general partner Alex Rampell and Terry Angelos, SVP of Commerce Solutions at Visa, discuss the trials and tribulations of their time as co-founders of TrialPay, an e-commerce p...Show More

a16z Podcast: Shifting Risk Mindsets, From Tech to Bio

27:09 | May 10th, 2018

What challenges do first-time founders or tech founders encounter when building companies in the bio space, and how do they differ from traditional tech companies? In this hallway-style conversation episode of the a16z Podcast (originally recorded as...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Case Against Education, From Signaling to Rainbow's End

44:54 | May 9th, 2018

with Bryan Caplan (@bryan_caplan), Marc Andreessen (@pmarca), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) Signaling and credential inflation -- not learning -- can explain why education pays in the labor market, and why we shouldn't invest (any more) in it, argues B...Show More

a16z Podcast: Breaking Into Bio

41:36 | May 2nd, 2018

Whether you’re an academic seeking to move out of research and into industry, or simply interested in working at a bio startup, this episode of the a16z Podcast is for you. It covers everything from how to build a brand in the space when you don’t ha...Show More

a16z Podcast: On Recent Consolidation in the Healthcare Industry

08:13 | Apr 18th, 2018

Many of the healthcare headlines lately have been about consolidation in the industry: Walmart and Humana; Aetna and CVS; Amazon, JP Morgan, and Berkshire Hathaway. But what does it all mean for patients, and startups -- Will it decrease costs? What ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Players and Paths for Healthcare Startups

07:00 | Apr 17th, 2018

The creation of each new biotechnology enables a tool, a therapy, or a diagnostic: a molecule, a protein, an app, a platform. And the process underneath isn't just complex in the science and engineering of it, but in the go to market. So who are the...Show More

a16z Podcast: When (and How) Biology Becomes Engineering

22:21 | Apr 16th, 2018

Hypothesis, test, revise -- that's science. Engineering, however, doesn't quite go that way: You have parts you know and understand (like legos), and then you use those parts to design and build something (like bridges). But the key is that when scie...Show More

a16z Podcast: What to Know about GDPR

35:31 | Apr 12th, 2018

with Lisa Hawke (@ldhawke) and Steven Sinofsky (@stevesi) Given concern around data breaches, the EU Parliament finally passed GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) after four years of preparation and debate; it goes into enforcement on May 25, ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Feedback Loops -- Company Culture, Change, and DevOps

44:31 | Mar 28th, 2018

with Nicole Forsgren (@nicolefv), Jez Humble (@jezhumble) and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) From the old claim that "IT doesn't matter" and question of whether tech truly drives organizational performance, we've been consumed with figuring out how to measu...Show More

a16z Podcast: From Teaching Leadership to Being a Leader

22:23 | Mar 26th, 2018

Few operators become VCs, and even fewer go back to leading companies... so how does these perspectives change how one leads? Obviously, it's a lot easier to think of a solution than execute on one... but then how does a leader empower one's team to ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Improv'ing Leadership

23:28 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Leadership is not just about management, but about passion, a bit of humor, and resilience. General partner Peter Levine and Dick Costolo (entrepreneur, former CEO of Twitter, and erstwhile comedian) share their thoughts on the topic in this episode ...Show More

a16z Podcast: On Morals and Meaning in Products, Business, and Life

24:02 | Mar 21st, 2018

Focusing only on the technical, "crunchy, wonky stuff" behind policies or products sometimes misses the humanity at the center of why we're doing the thing in the first place. Because systems -- whether algorithms and artificial intelligence, or capi...Show More

a16z Podcast: How to Live Longer and Better

17:35 | Mar 16th, 2018

Even without a mythical fountain of youth, scientific advances have already dramatically increased how long humans live. But those advances to date have also largely been due to lower mortality rates, less infectious disease, and better nutrition. So...Show More

a16z Podcast: The API Economy -- The Why, What, and How

30:32 | Mar 13th, 2018

with Cristina Cordova (@cjc), Augusto Marietti (@sonicaghi), Laura Behrens Wu (@laurabehrenswu), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) APIs (application programming interfaces), observe the guests in this episode of the a16z Podcast, can be described as everyt...Show More

a16z Podcast: Containing the Monolith -- From Microservices to DevOps

17:58 | Mar 8th, 2018

What happens when monolithic architectures are broken down into containers and microservices (or when things are broken down into smaller units, not just in infrastructure but perhaps even in company structure too)? From building more dynamic website...Show More

a16z Podcast: Space -- the Near Frontier

14:24 | Mar 5th, 2018

When most people think of space, they think of outer space: Mars, billionaires with rockets, and the “final frontier”. But space innovation is actually playing out right now -- in an immediate and more accessible way, thanks to techonologies getting ...Show More

a16z Podcast: The State of Security

17:12 | Feb 28th, 2018

with Joel de la Garza, Stina Ehrensvärd, Niels Provos, and Martin Casado Given the heated discussions around security and the c-word (“cyber”), it’s hard to figure out what the actual state of the industry is. And clearly it’s not just an academic e...Show More

a16z Podcast: Creating a Category, from Pricing to Positioning

31:32 | Feb 24th, 2018

with Martin Casado (@martin_casado), Michel Feaster (@michelfeaster) and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) The purpose of category creation, argue the guests in this episode of the podcast, isn't just about making a dent in the way companies work and changing ...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Self-Flying Camera

22:44 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Now that we've finally reached the age of the truly autonomous commercial small drone -- and in this case, a self-flying camera -- what happens when you take the pilot out of the loop? And what becomes possible that wasn't possible before? That's wha...Show More

a16z Podcast: How Technology Is Changing Investing

16:22 | Feb 17th, 2018

As people begin to gain access to information that was previously left to only trained specialists, a new set of asset classes are being created -- and they are changing the way we think about everything from banking to customizing portfolios and mor...Show More

a16z Podcast: Data, Insight, and the Customer Experience

16:15 | Feb 13th, 2018

In 2017 The Economist declared data to be the world's most valuable resource. And yet “data insight” is one of those phrases that, while important, is now so ubiquitous it’s been numbed of meaning. So how do you actually get the most meaningful insig...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Evolution of Payments

19:47 | Feb 11th, 2018

The battle between every startup and incumbent comes down to whether the startup gets distribution before the incumbent gets innovation, oft observes a16z general partner Alex Rampell. But how does this play out when most of the players, big and smal...Show More

a16z Podcast: When Is VR's iPhone Moment?

23:13 | Feb 6th, 2018

There was a lot of hype about VR ad then it seemed to go pretty quiet. So where are we right now? Bigscreen founder Darshan Shankar and a16z general partner Chris Dixon take the pulse on VR, AR, and mixed reality -- especially where it's going the ne...Show More

a16z Podcast: All about Bike Sharing

30:14 | Feb 3rd, 2018

There's a new wave of bike-sharing in town. But this wave looks a little different than previous waves -- from docked rows of government-funded bikes to dockless fleets of bicycles where users can find and unlock bikes through GPS from anywhere, with...Show More

a16z Podcast: Self-Driving Cars — Where Are We, Really?

17:39 | Jan 31st, 2018

As cars become more like iPhones and less like just, well, cars — everything changes, from data to mapping to interfaces to security and more. How so? Where are we anyway, given all the hype around when self-driving cars will appear everywhere? And w...Show More

a16z Podcast: Beyond CES: Connected Home Devices, Voice, and More

33:02 | Jan 22nd, 2018

In this hallway conversation of the a16z Podcast, Benedict Evans and Steven Sinofsky discuss CES 2018 and share insight on what they took from this year's show. How much can you discern each company's "big picture" strategy out of the slew of new pro...Show More

a16z Podcast: Mental Models for Understanding Crypto Tokens

34:31 | Jan 22nd, 2018

This episode of the a16z Podcast goes deep on various trends in cryptocurrencies -- from mental models for understanding tokens and what may give them long-term value; to the role of stablecoins in the ecosystem; to scaling, on-chain and off-chain pr...Show More

a16z Podcast: Reinventing Food

19:31 | Jan 13th, 2018

It's surprising that how (and what) we eat has actually changed very little over the ages, despite how much we’ve advanced as a species. Now, however -- driven by globalization, environmental factors, and other considerations -- the way we move, tast...Show More

a16z Podcast: Community and Culture, Online

20:06 | Jan 6th, 2018

We’re so used to thinking of “community” as our friends, families, and neighbors. But what a community is, and who it is made of, has changed thanks to the internet, and without our noticing it. What happens when online communities -- really, new sub...Show More

a16z Podcast: Fintech for the People

17:52 | Dec 19th, 2017

New fintech companies are democratizing access to financial services in different and profound ways: whether that's no longer waiting two weeks for a paycheck, making the service of food stamps more efficient, or enabling anyone with a smartphone in ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Trends in Cryptocurrencies

22:17 | Dec 19th, 2017

The internet, believe it or not, was just the beginning. Yes, it’s spawned an incredible number of uses (some unexpected), from marketplaces and commerce to publishing and social networks... but that’s all been built with old models of funding and co...Show More

a16z Podcast: The $200 PC in the Enterprise

32:57 | Dec 19th, 2017

What capabilities do enterprise companies really want from their computers? Twenty years ago, those capabilities might've been bundled into a mainframe. Ten years ago, it might've been the PC. Today, as more and more businesses rely on devices that n...Show More

a16z Podcast: Of Governors and Mayors, and Tech Policy

12:00 | Dec 15th, 2017

Many of the big tech policy issues of the day play out more so at the state and local level, not just federal level. The decisions that cities and states make every day -- from autonomous vehicles to bike sharing -- may therefore end up setting the s...Show More

a16z Podcast: Taking the Pulse on Bio

28:39 | Dec 14th, 2017

This conversation between the members of a16z's bio team -- including general partners Jorge Conde and Vijay Pande; Malinka Walaliyadde; and Jeffrey Low (the interviewer) -- takes a quick pulse on where we are with when bio becomes more like engineer...Show More

a16z Podcast: Scaling Healthcare

18:52 | Dec 13th, 2017

No matter how grand a vision for a particular industry, disruption in practice is hard. This is especially true in industries like healthcare, which have long been resistant to software-driven change. But sometimes you can innovate within the bounds ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Market Shifts

34:18 | Dec 10th, 2017

NASDAQ CEO Adena Friedman runs one of the world's largest financial services companies, including the NASDAQ stock exchange that's home to more than 3,500 listed companies. They were also the creator of the world's first electronic stock market. Yet ...Show More

a16z Podcast: AI, from 'Toy' Problems to Practical Application

34:23 | Dec 2nd, 2017

When you have “a really hot, frothy space” like AI, even the most basic questions — like what is it good for, how do you make sure your data is in shape, and so on — aren’t answered. This is just as true for the companies eager to adopt the technolog...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Rise of the CCO

25:24 | Nov 18th, 2017

There's a new C-level role in town: the CCO, or Chief Customer Officer. This episode (based on a previous event) is all about the rise of this new role, why it's so important -- and what the actual scope and function of the role should be. a16z's Ma...Show More

a16z Podcast: How Founders Hire a VP of Product

29:58 | Nov 10th, 2017

Hiring a VP of Product can almost feel like handing over your baby to someone else to hold -- especially as the founder of the company, observes a16z executive talent team partner Caroline Horn in an event on the topic this podcast conversation is ba...Show More

a16z Podcast: Putting AI in Medicine, in Practice

29:39 | Nov 3rd, 2017

There’s been a lot of talk about technology -- and AI, deep learning, and machine learning specifically -- finally reaching the healthcare sector. But AI in medicine isn’t actually new; it’s actually been there since the 1960s. And yet we didn’t see ...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Why Behind the Weird

27:50 | Oct 31st, 2017

Author and professor at George Mason University, Peter Leeson describes himself as not just an economist but as a "collector of curiosa." In his latest book, WTF?! An Economic Tour of the Weird, Leeson looks at just that -- the strangest beliefs, sup...Show More

a16z Podcast: Revenge of the Algorithms (Over Data)... Go! No?

40:07 | Oct 23rd, 2017

There are many reasons why we’re in an “A.I. spring” after multiple “A.I. winters” — but how then do we tease apart what’s real vs. what’s hype when it comes to the (legitimate!) excitement about artificial intelligence and machine learning? Especial...Show More

a16z Podcast: Platforming the Future

34:06 | Oct 13th, 2017

In this hallway-style podcast conversation, O'Reilly Media founder Tim O'Reilly and a16z partner Benedict Evans discuss how we make sense of the most recent wave of new technologies --- technologies that are perhaps more transformative than any we've...Show More

a16z Podcast: A New Lab Rises

28:57 | Oct 12th, 2017

We’ve already talked quite a bit about the Algorithms, Machines, and People lab at U.C. Berkeley (AMPLab) — all about making sense of big data — so what happens when the entire world moves towards artificial intelligence — and the need to make intell...Show More

a16z Podcast: Mindsets for Engineering Biology

28:34 | Oct 6th, 2017

Head of the largest bioengineering lab in the world, former chairman of the FDA and one of the few recipients of the National Medals of Science and of Technology and Innovation, Bob Langer's work has spanned multiple fields and settings and has been ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Why Crypto Tokens Matter

34:44 | Sep 28th, 2017

with Chris Dixon and Fred Ehrsam We’ve already talked about why bitcoin matters. But as the set of cryptocurrencies — and networks and “tokens” enabled by the underlying blockchain — grow (Ethereum being one of the fastest-growing ones), where do we...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Case Study of Lyft and Local Governments

20:34 | Sep 26th, 2017

with David Mack, Joseph Okpaku, and Matt Spence How should startups engage with policymakers, build their own government relations (GR) function (whether in house or with consultants), and just begin to figure out their GR playbook? Let alone explai...Show More

a16z Podcast: Exploding the Map

38:02 | Sep 16th, 2017

In this episode, Wei Luo, founding COO of DeepMap -- who build HD maps for autonomous vehicles -- and David Rumsey, founder of the David Rumsey Map Collection (one of the largest paper private map collections in the world, now at Stanford University,...Show More

a16z Podcast: Getting Applications Into People's Hands

21:13 | Sep 15th, 2017

with Juan Benet and Chris Dixon The story of how innovation happens is a long one — from government funding early basic research, to the heyday of corporate R&D like Bell Labs, to startups as experiments before product-market fit. Through all that, ...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Asshole Survival Guide

34:34 | Sep 13th, 2017

Bob Sutton's book The No Asshole Rule was all about how to foster company cultures that don't tolerate asshole behavior. But sometimes, dealing with an asshole is unavoidable -- in life or at work. So what are the best tactics to both protect yoursel...Show More

a16z Podcast: Adjusting to Trade... and Innovation

38:26 | Sep 10th, 2017

with Russ Roberts, Noah Smith, and Sonal Chokshi Beyond the overly simplistic framing of trade as “good” or “bad” — by politicians, by Econ 101 — why is the topic of trade (or rather, economies and people adjusting to trade) so damn hard? A big part...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Macro and Micro of Parenting

29:56 | Sep 5th, 2017

We tend to talk about tech and parenting through devices and artifacts -- screen time, to code or not to code -- but actually, there's a bigger, macro picture at play there: game theory, economic incentives, culture, and more. So in this back-to-scho...Show More

a16z Podcast: Competing Against Luck

37:22 | Sep 2nd, 2017

with Clayton Christensen, Marc Andreessen, and Steven Levy In business, mistakes of omission may be just as bad as (if not worse than) mistakes of commission -- simply because of the loss in potential upside: new companies, new products, new opportu...Show More

a16z Podcast: Engineering Intent

28:24 | Aug 30th, 2017

"Young hungry and scrappy" is how Hamilton described his country, and it's how many -- including the guests on this episode -- describe startups... or more precisely, the mindset that engineers in startups need to balance both creativity and efficien...Show More

a16z Podcast: A Society Under Construction - Modernizing Infrastructure

22:19 | Aug 25th, 2017

What is "infrastructure" actually? In the 19th and 20th century, that usually meant the transportation systems supporting roadways, airports, trains... but we don't even really know yet what it might potentially mean in the age of rapidly changing te...Show More

a16z Podcast: Cash, Growth, and CEO ❤️ CFO

19:35 | Aug 25th, 2017

with Ben Horowitz, Scott Kupor, and Caroline Moon “The only unforgivable sin in business is to run out of cash” [so said Harold Geneen], yet startup CEOs “always act on leading indicators of good news, and lagging indicators of bad news” [accordi...Show More

a16z Podcast: Centers of Power, War, and History

28:53 | Aug 11th, 2017

"When a rising power threatens to displace a ruling power, shit happens." It's true of people, it's true of companies, and it's even more true of countries. It's also the fundamental insight captured by ancient Greek historian Thucydides in his Histo...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Strategies and Tactics of Big

29:23 | Aug 7th, 2017

What happens when companies grow exponentially in a short amount of time -- to their organization, their product planning, their behavior towards change itself? In this "hallway conversation", a16z partners Steven Sinofsky and Benedict Evans discuss ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Independents on the Board

22:40 | Aug 4th, 2017

with Anne Mitchell, Lars Dalgaard, and Scott Kupor "Orthogonal thinking" but "shared core values" -- that's what makes an ideal board... especially when it comes to "independents", i.e., board members who aren't also investors. But how do you get th...Show More

a16z Podcast: From Mind at Play to Making the Information Age

29:46 | Aug 3rd, 2017

with Jimmy Soni, Rob Goodman, and Steven Sinofsky Modern technology owes much to the introduction of the binary digit or "bit", first proposed by Claude Shannon in "A Mathematical Theory of Communication”, a paper published in 1948. The bit would go...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Curious Case of the OpenTable IPO

30:51 | Jul 24th, 2017

There are the things that you carefully plan when it comes to an IPO -- the who (the bankers, the desired institutional investors); the what (the pricing, the allocations); and the when (are we ready? is this a good public business?). But then there ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Making a (Really) Wild Geo-Engineering Idea Real

30:14 | Jul 18th, 2017

Here’s what we know: There’s a pair (father and son) of Russian scientists trying to resurrect (or rather, "rewild") an Ice Age (aka Pleistocene era) biome (grassland) complete with (gene edited, lab-grown) woolly mammoths (derived from elephants). I...Show More

a16z Podcast: Addiction vs Popularity in the Age of Virality

26:41 | Jul 15th, 2017

In the age of virality, what does it actually mean to be popular? When does popularity -- or good product design, for that matter -- cross over from desire and engagement... to addiction? Journalist and editor Derek Thompson, author of Hit Makers: Th...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Golden Era of Productivity, Retail, and Supply Chains

33:24 | Jul 11th, 2017

This episode of the a16z Podcast takes us on a quick tour through the themes of economics/historian/journalist Marc Levinson's books -- from An Extraordinary Time, on the end of the postwar boom and the return of the ordinary economy; to The Great A&...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Cloud Atlas to Real Quantum Computing

25:15 | Jun 30th, 2017

A funny thing happened on the way to quantum computing: Unlike other major shifts in classic computing before it, it begins -- not ends -- with The Cloud. That's because quantum computers today are more like "physics experiments in a can" that most c...Show More

a16z Podcast: Companies, Networks, Crowds

35:40 | Jun 29th, 2017

Is a network -- whether a crowd or blockchain-based entity -- going to replace the firm anytime soon? Not yet, argue Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson in the new book Machine, Platform, Crowd. But that title is a bit misleading, because the real qu...Show More

a16z Podcast: Lobbying Tech

22:00 | Jun 24th, 2017

What is lobbying, really? Is it “white", "heavy-set" men "playing golf" and making arrangements in "smoke-filled back rooms”? It's not like that anymore, according to two lobbyists who join this episode of the a16z Podcast to pull back the curtain on...Show More

a16z Podcast: Cybersecurity in the Boardroom vs. the Situation Room

23:04 | Jun 18th, 2017

"We're always fighting the last war" -- that's a phrase historians like to use because policymakers and others tend to be so focused on the threats they already know, and our mindsets and organizational structures are oriented to respond that way as ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Taking the ‘Cyber’ Out of Cybersecurity

08:48 | Jun 16th, 2017

Nearly every cybersecurity discussion/presentation follows this formula: We don’t know what we’re doing; the bad guys are getting smarter; our defenses are getting worse; everything's more connected than ever; we’re heading towards a digital . But ev...Show More

a16z Podcast: Changing the Conversation about Cybersecurity

19:19 | Jun 16th, 2017

When individuals gain the abilities that only nation states once had, how do we put cyber threats in perspective for policymakers -- without unduly "inflating" the threats? As it is, security is an intense and important topic, so our job is to be sca...Show More

a16z Podcast: Taking the Measure of Tech in Policy -- with Kamala Harris

27:00 | Jun 9th, 2017

"Slow down, cowboys" -- that's what Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) said when prosecutors in her office wanted to bring a case against companies that let apps download someone's entire address book, because surely that's a complete violation of ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Modernizing Government Services, From Food Stamps to Foster Care

19:34 | Jun 7th, 2017

When people think of modernizing government, they tend to think of new IT, of improved procurement, of new infrastructure ... rather than social services like foster care or food stamps. But how can we actually help improve daily lives -- less in the...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Law (and Tech) of Warfare

32:17 | Jun 4th, 2017

Rules, guidelines, regulations, and “laws” are all sometimes used interchangeably — but what’s legal and what isn’t is far more complex when it comes to policy, especially when politics (and technology) enters the picture. Take encryption for instanc...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Living Museum

32:51 | May 29th, 2017

Every industry (for-profit, non-profit, government, private-sector) has been touched by tech, with most trying to lead the charge in order to stay ahead. But museums and memorials, by definition, lag rather than lead there. How is that changing as vi...Show More

a16z Podcast: Giving and Getting Feedback -- for Bosses and Employees

24:59 | May 26th, 2017

There's feedback and there's guidance; there's praise and there's criticism. All of it is important to do better work, but to develop a better and more productive workplace and relationships -- especially given how much time we spend at work! -- the ...Show More

a16z Podcast: What Technology Wants, Needs, Does

35:10 | May 23rd, 2017

Turnabout is fair play: That's true in politics, and it's true at Andreessen Horowitz given our internal (and very opinionated!) culture of debate -- where we often agree to disagree, or more often, disagree to agree. So in this special "turnabout" e...Show More

a16z Podcast: Tech Policy and the Courts

21:38 | May 22nd, 2017

Discussions and headlines around tech policy tend to be dominated by what the President and the White House (aka the executive branch of the government) and what the Senate and House of Representatives (aka the legislative branch) are saying and doin...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Blockchain, in Congress

20:34 | May 20th, 2017

There’s an interesting paradox when it comes to the U.S. government and tech: Either they’re an inventor, early adopter, and buyer of emerging new tech … or they’re a very late adopter (as in the case of government officials using Blackberries vs. iP...Show More

a16z Podcast: For Your Ears Only

32:29 | May 18th, 2017

When it comes to spycraft — or rather, “tradecraft,” as they say in the biz — what do the movies get right, and what do they get wrong? In this episode of the a16z Podcast, Michael Morell — former Deputy Director and twice-Acting Director of the CIA ...Show More

a16z Podcast: From Jobs to Flying Cars

33:19 | May 15th, 2017

In this lively conversation -- from our recent annual tech and policy summit in Washington, D.C. -- Axios' Dan Primack interviews a16z co-founder Marc Andreessen about the two major narratives dominating discussions about the tech industry right now:...Show More

a16z Podcast: Quantum Computing, Now and Next

26:34 | May 13th, 2017

Moore's Law -- putting more and more transistors on a chip -- accelerated the computing industry by so many orders of magnitude, it has (and continues to) achieve seemingly impossible feats. However, we're now resorting to brute-force hacks to keep p...Show More

a16z Podcast: Boards, from Both Sides of the Table

20:10 | May 11th, 2017

A board veteran who has sat on both sides of the table, CEO of PagerDuty Jennifer Tejada shares what you gain from board membership (vs. being only an operator). How does being a board member change you as a CEO, and vice versa? Recorded as part of ...Show More

a16z Podcast: On Wearables, Quantified Self, and Biohacking

31:46 | May 1st, 2017

It’s the end of the beginning — not the beginning of the end — for wearables, argue the guests in this episode of the a16z Podcast. Especially as we move from the first, to the next, generation of wearable devices: not just activity trackers and watc...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Rise of the Digital 'Pill'

26:07 | Apr 28th, 2017

The first thing that comes to mind when treating health problems is the need to take a pill (or other pharmaceutical) of some kind. But could a digital therapeutic -- a software-based intervention -- not only complement, but possibly even replace pil...Show More

a16z Podcast: QR. AR. VR.

28:15 | Apr 25th, 2017

In this hallway-style episode of the podcast, a16z partners Connie Chan and Kyle Russell discuss recent announcements at Facebook's annual developer conference, F8, in the context of trends such as: messaging and QR codes; brain computer interfaces; ...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Science Of Extending Life

28:54 | Apr 18th, 2017

Is it real or science fiction to dream of being able to treat… getting old? In this episode, we discuss with Dr. Thomas Rando from Stanford (who directs the Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging), Kristen Fortney, CEO of BioAge, and a16z’s general pa...Show More

a16z Podcast: Crisis Communications

33:47 | Apr 13th, 2017

A crisis is an opportunity to change one's culture, to model scenarios and set up a crisis plan/process, to become a better company. But it's also a bit like therapy, from the act of asking probing questions to get at the facts ... to dealing with em...Show More

a16z Podcast: Monetizing Open Source (Or, All Enterprise Software)

29:10 | Apr 11th, 2017

Here’s what we know about open source: Developers are the new buyers. Community matters. And there will never be another Red Hat (i.e., a successful “open core” business model … nor do we necessarily think there should be). Yet open source is real, ...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Changing Culture of Open Source

39:29 | Apr 8th, 2017

The culture of open source has changed across generations, from previous ones that had to fight for the brave new way -- to the current "GitHub generation" that not only accepts open source, but expects it as the default. Which makes sense given that...Show More

a16z Podcast: Cryptocurrencies, App Coins, and Investing in Protocols

32:32 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Most of us have probably heard of bitcoin and ethereum -- but did you know there were 15 new cryptocurrencies launched this past month alone? How then do we know which protocols to invest in -- not just as a developer or user, but as an investor? Bec...Show More

a16z Podcast: Open Web -- Creation, Discovery, Curation, and Beyond

36:58 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Some people merely adopted the web, some were born into it ... but those who came online in the early days of the blogosphere were molded by it: They remember what it was like to easily find blogs out there; to debate and build on each other's ideas ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Eyes in the Sky

19:56 | Mar 25th, 2017

In this episode of the a16z Podcast recorded at our inaugural Summit, Jonathan Downey, CEO of Airware, Grant Jordan, CEO of Skysafe, and Kyle Russell, partner at a16z, discuss our future with “eyes in the sky.” How do you balance experimentation and...Show More

a16z Podcast: From Hidden Figure to Sonic BOOM

38:12 | Mar 22nd, 2017

An aerospace engineer who worked for NASA for over 40 years, Dr. Christine Darden is one of the mathematicians that the book and movie Hidden Figures was based on. Darden eventually would lead the sonic boom team, going on to become the first African...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Storage Renaissance

22:03 | Mar 21st, 2017

As we enter a new era of distributed computing -- and of big data, in the form of machine and deep learning -- storage becomes (even more) important. It might not be sexy, but storage is what makes the internet and cloud computing go round and round:...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Product Edge in Machine Learning Startups

21:12 | Mar 17th, 2017

A lot of machine learning startups initially feel a bit of “impostor syndrome” around competing with big companies, because (the argument goes), those companies have all the data; surely we can’t beat that! Yet there are many ways startups can, and d...Show More

a16z Podcast: Build Your Personal Brand

31:54 | Mar 13th, 2017

Your brand, says head of a16z marketing and Outcast Agency co-founder Margit Wennmachers, is what people say about you when you're not in the room. And it's going to happen, whether you choose to have an active part in it or not. But what does this m...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Business of Healthcare

17:19 | Mar 9th, 2017

Starbucks supposedly spends more on healthcare than it does on coffee beans. And 20 years ago, says Rajeev Singh, CEO of Accolade, healthcare was 10% of GDP; today it’s 19% -- that's nearly one-fifths of our gross domestic product. So what tools do w...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Genetics Of Drug Delivery

14:11 | Mar 7th, 2017

In this episode of the a16z Podcast introduced by Vijay Pande (based on a presentation at our summit event), Russ Altman, Stanford professor of bioengineering -- and former chairman of their Bioengineering Department -- takes us on a short but deep t...Show More

a16z Podcast: Technology, Mobility, and the American Dream

37:49 | Mar 1st, 2017

The irony of our systems working so well -- technological, corporate, and yes, even political -- is that we've become too comfortable: matching to others just like us, producing less, taking fewer risks. But isn't the very point of technology to make...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Future of... You

19:36 | Feb 28th, 2017

Humans have always wanted to enhance themselves -- from getting nutrition just-right to optimizing their performance, whether in sports or health or work. And food is a big part of all that. But our current systems of food production (and consumptio...Show More

a16z Podcast: Tech and Entertainment in the 'Era of Mass Customization'

45:30 | Feb 26th, 2017

Imagine, for a moment, an alternative universe: One where Netflix got disrupted by some other streaming-content company that made its DVD rental business irrelevant. But that's just a counterfactual of what could have happened. What actually happened...Show More

a16z Podcast: Brains, Bodies, Minds ... and Techno-Religions

44:13 | Feb 23rd, 2017

Evolution and technology have allowed our human species to manipulate the physical environment around us -- reshaping fields into cities, redirecting rivers to irrigate farms, domesticating wild animals into captive food sources, conquering disease. ...Show More

a16z Podcast: When will genomics live up to the hype?

25:31 | Feb 22nd, 2017

It's been nearly 15 years since the Human Genome Project was completed. But "are we there yet" in the golden age of genomics? What did we think we'd have by now, what do we actually have, and what do we really still need to make genomics live up to i...Show More

a16z Podcast: Startups, Pivots, Culture, and Timing (Oh Shit!)

32:06 | Feb 19th, 2017

The hardest thing about pivots (major shifts in company/product direction) isn't just the actual pivot. It's the courage to make the decision... and being honest with yourself as a CEO. Especially since, no matter how great the team or board or even ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Securing Infrastructure and Enterprise Services

19:21 | Feb 14th, 2017

The modern enterprise holds all sorts of applications, devices, and workflow needs. How should we be thinking about securing infrastructure -- and identity -- in this context, for entities like major news media outlets or financial institutions such ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Cars and Cities, the Autonomy Edition

35:55 | Feb 8th, 2017

Thanks to freeways, cities became something to get through instead of something to get to. Now, as the next transportation revolution -- from rivers to trains to cars to autonomous cars -- promises to change the face of our cities, what happens to ca...Show More

a16z Podcast: What Startups Should Know about Analyst Relations

31:06 | Feb 1st, 2017

In the age of the internet -- where information is freely available online, and connections between sellers and buyers of software products are visible on LinkedIn -- do analysts really matter? Do they play a role in decision-making for purchases fro...Show More

a16z Podcast: Building Worlds with VR, Art, and Narrative

38:11 | Jan 27th, 2017

Once upon a time, Robert Stromberg got a phone call from "Jim" Cameron (aka James Francis Cameron of Terminator and Titanic fame) about a little project called Avatar. Before he knew it, he was responsible for designing the organic world of Pandora, ...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Why, How, and When of PR

42:08 | Jan 26th, 2017

"Punch above your weight" -- If there's one thing public relations (PR) should help startups and founders do, it's that. Unfortunately, some companies are actually punching below their weight when there's a strong company, founder, product ... yet no...Show More

VR, AR, and Beyond: The New Medium of Human Experience

25:43 | Jan 24th, 2017

The building blocks for VR and AR are finally here -- but the content is just beginning. So everything you'll actually experience and consume in these new mediums over the next few years is being built right now. Formats aren't yet defined or locked ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Of Policy, Capital, and the Startup Ecosystem

23:52 | Jan 21st, 2017

How to think about business policy and top-of-mind issues for the tech industry, given a new president? From what agencies matter for startups and VC to what the first 100 days (and next two years!) look like, a16z managing partner Scott Kupor and pr...Show More

a16z Podcast: Of Presidents, Policies, and Tech

40:19 | Jan 21st, 2017

How to think about tech policy and top-of-mind issues for the tech industry, given a new president? From what agencies matter for different tech domains -- e.g., autonomous cars, drones, fintech, healthcare -- to recent staffing moves, the a16z Polic...Show More

a16z Podcast: Culture and/of Design

29:52 | Jan 18th, 2017

"Mobile-first" (and now too AI-first) has been a mantra of sorts in design, but what does that mean at a company, product management, and competitive level? Especially when someone in company X will always say "we should do what Y did" -- even if the...Show More

a16z Podcast: Real Estate -- Ownership, Asset, Economy

29:26 | Jan 13th, 2017

The largest asset class in the United States is owner-occupied real estate, yet options for homeowners accessing this are very binary right now: either own 100% of your home (with a mortgage), or own nothing. And when people do “own”, that ownership ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Machine Intelligence, from University to Industry

27:24 | Jan 11th, 2017

From the significance of Google DeepMind's AlphaGo wins to recent advances in "expert-level artificial intelligence" in playing an imperfect/ asymmetric information game like poker, toys and games have played and continue to play a critical role in a...Show More

a16z Podcast: New Year, New Horizons -- Pluto!

49:09 | Jan 1st, 2017

What (on earth) does it take to get a signal to Pluto? Stanford senior scientist and astronomer Ivan Linscott, part of the team that ran the radio science experiment on the New Horizons probe, shares in conversation with a16z's Frank Chen all the nit...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Movement of Money

26:41 | Dec 31st, 2016

As companies expand out from the internet into the rest of the economy — the proverbial bits to atoms — “the business models are becoming more complicated, more interesting, more payment based”, observes Patrick Collison, CEO and co-founder of paymen...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Realities of Aging / When Healthcare Is Local

31:33 | Dec 27th, 2016

As people live longer, aging is more top of mind than ever. This is especially true for the "sandwich generation" wedged between caring for aging parents as well as young children at the same time. The fact is, the 65+ year old population (but don't...Show More

a16z Podcast: Mobility and the Global Refugee Crisis

34:18 | Dec 16th, 2016

"We throw around words like 'crisis' very easily, but this is a global crisis, and it is of historic proportions," says current U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken about the refugee crisis (for which he and his department mobilized a response...Show More

a16z Podcast: Produce or Perish! (What We Eat)

35:09 | Dec 14th, 2016

Nature is the ultimate complex system, of course — but with today’s technology, it’s now provided us with an “incredible toolkit” of different molecules that material scientists can treat like Legos to make some really interesting products. One of th...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Internet Is Your Movement

22:06 | Dec 9th, 2016

Clearly disruption plays out not just in business but also in politics. Whether it was the Scottish national party, recent election campaigns, or local school boards, people grew and organized communities online all last year through NationBuilder --...Show More

a16z Podcast: Health Data -- A Feedback Loop for Humanity

29:52 | Dec 5th, 2016

"We live in a world where we use millions of variables to predict which ad you're going to click on. Whether or not you deserve to get a loan. What movie you might watch next. But when it comes to our bodies and even serious diseases, we want to redu...Show More

a16z Podcast: Knowledge Builds Technology and Technology Builds Knowledge -- with Joel Mokyr

36:15 | Nov 27th, 2016

The Industrial Revolution (and period between 1500-1700) was an unprecedented age of technology and economic progress — not unlike today’s, in fact — where we took “quantum leaps” forward in tech by taming electricity, making cheaper steel and refini...Show More

a16z Podcast: Drones for Delivery in Healthcare

21:33 | Nov 23rd, 2016

“If we have instant delivery for our burgers,” says Zipline CEO and co-founder Keller Rinaudo, “we should have it for our medicine.” So while some people debate whether drone delivery for burritos, beers, and books is a marketing gimmick, one of the...Show More

a16z Podcast: Old Food, New Tech -- 'Clean Meat'

25:25 | Nov 23rd, 2016

You’ve heard the numbers or some statistic like this: By the year 2050, we’ll need to feed 9.7 billion humans on the planet. Our current production and meat-making methods -- growing crops to feed to animals to turn them into food -- can’t keep up … ...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Business of Creativity -- Pixar CFO, IPO, and Beyond!

29:41 | Nov 9th, 2016

You've heard a version of this story before: Steve Jobs calls some executive out of the blue to come work for him. Only this time the story turns out great ... and the company wasn't Apple. This episode of the a16z Podcast shares some of the journey ...Show More

a16z Podcast: What's Next for Technology and National Security?

34:18 | Nov 9th, 2016

We live in very interesting times, to say the least -- whether it's a shift in how technology is built and adopted today compared to the past; a changing international landscape with leapfrogging players; or an increased cyberattack surface as comput...Show More

a16z Podcast: Of Messages and Movements in Politics AND Business

26:53 | Nov 3rd, 2016

In business, as in politics, "the movement is the message" -- whether that "movement" is a product that's taking off grassroots-style in an enterprise, or is a political candidate. In fact, you can think of political campaigns in general as a lot lik...Show More

a16z Podcast: So Where Are We on the 'S-curve' for PC Devices?

33:35 | Oct 29th, 2016

There have been a number of new device announcements this past month -- from Google’s new Pixel phone (the first time they made their own phone on the hardware side as well) to more recently, Apple’s announcements around a new Macbook Pro and innovat...Show More

a16z Podcast: On the Genomics of Disease, From Science to Business

30:19 | Oct 18th, 2016

Once we sequenced the human genome, we'd know the cause of -- and therefore be able to help cure -- all diseases... Or so we thought. Turns out, 20,000 genes (and counting) didn't really explain why disease occurred. Sure, some could be explained by ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Stickers! Filters! Memes! Livestreams!

47:09 | Oct 12th, 2016

From glittery reaction gifs modded by grandparents to rage faces on Reddit, stickers (gifs and other layered images) and emotive “biaoqing” have taken over messaging culture in China and beyond. Stickers are tied to filter culture, too — whether orig...Show More

a16z Podcast: Truce for Mobile, Battle for VR

35:33 | Oct 10th, 2016

The most recent Oculus Connect event (the third and largest yet) has been lauded as bringing us closer than ever to the future promised for virtual reality or VR. There have been many hardware moves by many players, both recently and over the past ye...Show More

a16z Podcast: Mastering the Game (with David Oyelowo)

21:41 | Sep 30th, 2016

This special episode of the a16z Podcast is based on a Q&A from an early screening we hosted of Disney's Queen of Katwe, now in theaters. The movie -- directed by Mira Nair and based on a book by Tim Crothers -- depicts the true story of Ugandan ches...Show More

a16z Podcast: From Data Warehouses to Data Lakes

28:00 | Sep 22nd, 2016

From the silver age of on-prem software companies like SAP and Siebel Systems to the golden age of enterprise software-as-a-service, we're now seeing an explosion of data. All types, all sizes, and all over the place. And much of it is a sort of indu...Show More

a16z Podcast: Welcome to the New Era of Commerce

27:39 | Sep 18th, 2016

Just as "social networking" is a bland term that doesn't really capture the layers of what happens underneath (and on top of) social networking platforms, "crowdfunding" is a broader phenomenon than what the term and tools implies. Or so argue the gu...Show More

a16z Podcast: Apple and the Case of Invisible But Audible Innovation

33:43 | Sep 13th, 2016

"Apple isn't just a tech company; it's a tastemaker." Remember the iconic ads of dancing silhouettes in black, with only the headphone wires visible in white? They were a critical part of the larger buy-Apple innovation narrative. So what happens now...Show More

a16z Podcast: Sleep!

28:14 | Sep 6th, 2016

Sleep, productivity, and creatively are intimately linked, for better and for worse. And "we are living under a collective delusion that burnout is the way to succeed," observes Arianna Huffington, author of The Sleep Revolution. Not only does this ...Show More

a16z Podcast: All About Microservices

26:47 | Aug 31st, 2016

"Incremental change may be good theory, but in practice you have to have a big enough stick to hit everybody with to make everything move at once". So shares Adrian Cockcroft, who helped lead Netflix's migration from datacenter to the cloud -- and fr...Show More

a16z Podcast: It's Complicated

18:44 | Aug 30th, 2016

For better or worse, most of the computing systems that run much of our lives (whether invisibly or visibly) have become increasingly complex -- they're not fully engineered; they're almost grown. And with that we enter a brave new world of "biologic...Show More

a16z Podcast: Ethereum, App Coins, and Beyond

49:18 | Aug 28th, 2016

Bitcoin quickly made its way from a whitepaper to a production network, which is pretty amazing when you think about it. But its scripting/ programming language was initially, intentionally, limited for a few reasons, which meant that building new a...Show More

a16z Podcast: Pricing Free

32:32 | Aug 19th, 2016

Now that we know to price and plan early, price high -- especially for category-creating or "pre-chasm" businesses -- how do we handle freemium models? While free to premium is a great way to get bottoms-up, often viral traction in an enterprise, th...Show More

a16z Podcast: Pricing, Pricing, Pricing

36:54 | Aug 14th, 2016

"Raise prices." Regular listeners of our podcast have heard this advice more than once. But why is this so key and yet so hard for many technical founders? And how should startups go about raising prices -- or more specifically, creating value -- for...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Meaning of Emoji

38:14 | Aug 3rd, 2016

This podcast is all about emoji. But it's really about how innovation really comes about -- through the tension between standards vs. proprietary moves; the politics of time and place; and the economics of creativity, from making to funding ... Begin...Show More

a16z Podcast: Not all Network Effects Are Created Equal

21:47 | Aug 1st, 2016

From hardware and hardwires to smartphones and social, technology wants to connect. It's almost a native property of technology and especially software businesses, which is why network effects matter. "It was endemic to these technologies that they w...Show More

a16z Podcast: We Gotta Talk Pokémon Go

35:19 | Jul 22nd, 2016

Seemingly overnight, a single game -- Pokémon Go -- has taken people by storm. But it's a game that was technically years in the making, building on a legacy of creative intellectual property and technologies such as mobile, geomapping/ geolocation, ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Getting Network Effects

48:09 | Jul 15th, 2016

One of the biggest misconceptions around network effects (which are one of the key dynamics behind many successful and highly defensible software companies) is confusing growth with engagement. So how does one tell the difference between viral growth...Show More

a16z Podcast: On Government as Software Builder, Not Just Buyer

23:44 | Jul 14th, 2016

We already know that the government is one of the largest IT buyers, but in many ways it is also an IT builder. Especially for areas where the government is doing something that no one else is doing, like running Medicare and Social Security -- i.e.,...Show More

a16z Podcast: Software Programs the World

40:49 | Jul 11th, 2016

"All of a sudden you can program the world" -- it's the continuation of the software eating the world thesis we put out over five years ago, and of the trajectory of past and current technology shifts. So what are those shifts? What tech trends and p...Show More

a16z Podcast: Beyond One Size Fits All for Startup Employee Options

32:37 | Jul 1st, 2016

Do we need a new pay system for the way startup employees are compensated? While many people agree that the current 90-day exercise practice — an outdated relic of when companies used to go public/get liquidity in a much shorter timeframe — is far fr...Show More

a16z Podcast: When Humanity Meets A.I.

37:43 | Jun 28th, 2016

with Fei-Fei Li, Frank Chen, and Sonal Chokshi artificial intelligence automation & robotics coding literacy education machine & deep learning announcements autonomous cars computer vision in-residence Who has the advantage in artificial intelligen...Show More

a16z Podcast: Fintech Revolution or Evolution?

45:42 | Jun 22nd, 2016

How far along are we towards the vision of a "cashless, cardless, walletless, frictionless future" for fintech? We're not quite there yet, argued BuzzFeed News technology reporter Charlie Warzel in a recent feature story -- for which he got a microch...Show More

a16z Podcast: An Economics Take on the Sharing Economy

28:09 | Jun 16th, 2016

Love the term or hate it, the concept and reality of the "sharing economy" (or "gig economy" and so on) is here to stay. And in fact, argues NYU Stern professor and researcher Arun Sundararajan, it may even reduce the income distribution gap between ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Apple and the Widgetification of Everything

25:29 | Jun 14th, 2016

The world's most valuable company, Apple, made a number of seemingly incremental announcements at its most recent annual developer's conference (WWDC) -- that Apple Pay is coming to the web; that Siri is being opened up to app developers; that iMessa...Show More

a16z Podcast: Move Fast But Don't Break Things (When It Comes to Computational Biology)

29:05 | Jun 14th, 2016

The mindset of "move fast and break things", while great for code, isn't exactly great for the human body. So adding computation to biology -- especially in the slow-moving pharmaceutical industry, where drug approval can take years -- brings with it...Show More

a16z Podcast: Not If, But How -- When Technology is Inevitable (with Kevin Kelly)

41:22 | Jun 7th, 2016

Technology has always been a force in how we live, work, and play; only now it's accelerating and compounding in unexpected ways. But just because we don't know exactly what form that tech will take (sharing homes on Airbnb or cars with Lyft and Uber...Show More

a16z Podcast: Politics Over Pragmatism -- On China, Trump, and Smart Guns?

43:16 | Jun 2nd, 2016

"Anybody who is interested in China, who's developing things in China, who's doing business with China needs to be thinking about the instinct towards politics over pragmatism", argues New Yorker staff writer (and former Beijing resident) Evan Osnos....Show More

a16z Podcast: Startups and Pendulum Swings Through Ideas, Time, Fame, and Money

53:14 | May 30th, 2016

Everything old is new again when it comes to startup ideas and how technology innovation happens. But practically, how does that apply to starting and/or working at startups — especially since the default state of every company is “dying in obscurity...Show More

a16z Podcast: Trade, Commerce, Manufacturing, Immigration, & Cuba -- with Penny Pritzker

30:28 | May 27th, 2016

"We really want Apple here... Would you please call Tim Cook?" That's just one of the things Penny Pritzker, the 38th Secretary of Commerce has heard as she and the U.S. Department of Commerce engage in "commercial diplomacy" around the world. Their...Show More

a16z Podcast: Managing Uncertainty -- Layoffs and Talent

29:54 | May 26th, 2016

In many ways, managing startups is about managing uncertainty: in product, market, and... people. So what happens when changes in the business require changes -- and sometimes reductions -- in the workforce? In this episode of the podcast, a16z par...Show More

a16z Podcast: Automation, Jobs, & the Future of Work (and Income)

26:39 | May 23rd, 2016

There's no question automation is taking over more and more aspects of work and some jobs altogether. But we're now entering a "third era" of automation, one which went from taking over dangerous work to dull work and now decision-making work, too. ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Innovation vs. Invention at Google I/O

26:16 | May 20th, 2016

Innovation or invention? Platform or app? Vertical or horizontal? Strategy or tactic? Does the smartphone eat VR? And (not to get all existential about it or anything but), what is an app, really? a16z partners Benedict Evans, Connie Chan, Kyle Russ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Airspace as the Next Internet-Like Platform

40:21 | May 18th, 2016

One of the most important lessons of the internet age is what happens when we give people -- including companies, developers, engineers, hobbyists, and yes, even a few bad (or dumb) actors -- a new platform, along with the freedom to innovate on top ...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Cloud and The Public Sector

29:51 | May 17th, 2016

It almost seems like gospel -- or at least a given -- today for startups to embrace the cloud. Services like AWS have powered an entire generation of startups that can now spin up new applications, new businesses, and new experiments with very little...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Art of the Regulatory Hack

34:18 | May 17th, 2016

If the next 20 years of startup-led tech innovation are going to be about addressing massive problems -- like health, energy, transportation, cities, education, and more -- it will mean more directly confronting (instead of stealthily bypassing) regu...Show More

a16z Podcast: On Productivity, Immigration, Trump, and Media

40:03 | May 12th, 2016

Sometimes, our career paths are accidental not intentional... but then it all fits together and makes perfect sense in hindsight. This was especially true for Ezra Klein, who went from writing for his college's alternative paper The Fish Wrap Weekly ...Show More

a16z Podcast: On Corporate Venturing & Setting Up 'Innovation Outposts'

31:30 | May 11th, 2016

Every big technological shift (per Carlota Perez) brings with a structural shift too — an “institutional adjustment” in how companies innovated and build new products, according to Steve Blank and Evangelos Simoudis. Large organizations used to (and ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Banking on the Blockchain

39:33 | May 10th, 2016

Whether you think of it as a distributed ledger, decentralized database, computing infrastructure, open source/ software development platform, cryptocurrency, transaction platform, or financial services marketplace, the bitcoin blockchain is driven b...Show More

a16z Podcast: E-commerce, Payments, & More in India's Evolving Retail Landscape

37:09 | May 5th, 2016

So many modern e-commerce sites and marketplaces are really digital forms of their physical counterparts, which makes it easier to figure out how to present and sell products online. But in India, where many small towns do not have "organized" retail...Show More

a16z Podcast: Finally a Tablet that Replaces Your Laptop

27:28 | Apr 28th, 2016

When the iPad first came out in 2010 there was chatter that went in two directions: 1. It’s just a big iPhone 2. I’ll never carry a laptop again Both were wrong. The big iPhone comment was quickly dispelled as people (and their kids) fell under th...Show More

a16z Podcast: Connectivity and the Internet as Supply Chain

31:45 | Apr 22nd, 2016

Our first instinct as technologists or users of technology is to think of 'connectivity' as digital connectivity -- the internet, our smartphone. But the internet is just the latest in a long line of connectivity that spans centuries, not just decade...Show More

a16z Podcast: Bots and Beyond

47:50 | Apr 19th, 2016

So... about those bots. Bots bots bots. Bots! In this episode of the botcast, a16z partners Benedict Evans and Connie Chan -- along with Chris Messina, longtime advocate of the open web and more -- pull apart various threads related to the topic of ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Selling to Developers & Open Source Business Models

25:09 | Apr 14th, 2016

Developers are more than just influencers inside the enterprise -- they're now buyers, too. That's a huge shift from before, when only IT and other departments had that kind of purchasing power. (It's not just a Silicon Valley thing, either, as every...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Why, How, and When of Sales

39:44 | Apr 8th, 2016

The hallmark of many great technical founder/CEOs is that they envision a better way of doing things, and that's why they're building a company that delivers on that better way, often disrupting the way things have always been done before. But this v...Show More

a16z Podcast: Teams, Trust, and Object Lessons

27:52 | Apr 2nd, 2016

Some of the best management books are actually military books, argues Ben Horowitz. There's just a certain mental toughness and focus that that experience gives you, adds Dick Costolo based on his observations. So how then do you build trust on a te...Show More

a16z Podcast: Investing in (Business and Career) Change

28:14 | Mar 25th, 2016

Most investors try to invest in things that don't change and last forever -- Warren Buffett for example loves Heinz ketchup! But VC is about investing in things that do change... a lot. How does this basic mindset challenge much of what people learn ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Scaling Companies and Culture

26:06 | Mar 17th, 2016

In this episode of the a16z Podcast sharing more founder stories, Ben Horowitz interviews a16z partner Lars Dalgaard about SuccessFactors, one of the earlier software-as-a-service companies. (It was founded on 2001, IPO'd in 2008, and was acquired by...Show More

a16z Podcast: Truth and Humanity in Leadership

15:19 | Mar 16th, 2016

How do you get into tech when you don’t have a tech background? And what special expertise can leaders from other fields -- like the military -- bring to tech startups? This Q&A -- with Lars Dalgaard interviewed by Bethany Coates (assistant dean a...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Dream of AI Is Alive in Go

29:20 | Mar 11th, 2016

Why are people so fired up about a computer winning yet another game? Whether it's checkers, chess, Jeopardy, or the ancient Chinese game of Go, we get excited about the potential for more when we see computers beat humans. But then nothing "big" -- ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Your Worst Deeds Don’t Define You -- Life and Redemption in Prison

55:36 | Mar 11th, 2016

Men and women who have spent decades in prison are being released into an iPhone-enabled world that they hardly recognize. Shaka Senghor is one of those people, imprisoned at age 19 for second-degree murder and released almost two decades later in 20...Show More

a16z Podcast: I Reject the Term Viral Video

30:45 | Mar 11th, 2016

YouTube star Casey Neistat rejects the term “viral video,” which is strange because he’s had more than his share of internet monsters. To say I want to make a viral movie, is like a musician saying I want to make a hit song -- it’s just not a good pl...Show More

a16z Podcast: Data Network Effects

31:47 | Mar 8th, 2016

If network effects are one of the most important concepts for software-based businesses, then that may be especially true of data network effects -- a network effect that results from data. Particularly given the prevalence of machine learning and de...Show More

a16z Podcast: Disruption in Business... and Life

33:27 | Mar 2nd, 2016

It's not incompetence, but competence, that causes companies to be disrupted. That applies to big companies and small, as well as people too. Or so argue Clayton Christensen and Marc Andreessen in this podcast, based on a conversation at Startup Gri...Show More

a16z Podcast: Mobile Falls Hard for Virtual Reality

24:22 | Mar 2nd, 2016

The mobile world has fallen hard for VR, says Benedict Evans. But will virtual reality mean real profit for hardware makers? Evans offers his observations on VR and more gleaned from the largest gathering of the mobile industry, Mobile World Congress...Show More

a16z Podcast: Mapping the Future of Virtual Reality

38:41 | Feb 26th, 2016

Virtual reality is coming fast, and everyone seems to assume that it will be gamers who get to have all the fun first. But there are other applications for VR that could also bring it into the mainstream. “It could very well be business users,” says ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Infrastructure... Is Everything

37:06 | Feb 24th, 2016

Infrastructure. It powers everything from cities to computing, yet is sometimes considered "boring" because it is so invisible to so many of us. But as software continues to eat the world, infrastructure has come to the forefront. And some of the mos...Show More

a16z Podcast: Open vs. Closed, Alpha Cities, and the Industries of the Future

32:54 | Feb 19th, 2016

The principal political binary of the past century was the political 'left versus right'. But in the 21st century the binary has shifted -- the battleground now is 'open versus closed'. Those states and societies that embrace economic, political, and...Show More

'In the Eye of a Tornado': Views on Innovation from China

31:46 | Feb 18th, 2016

No matter how one views Xiaomi -- and there are many ways to view it, for better or worse -- one thing is clear: It, and other such companies (like WeChat and Alibaba), indicate a broader trend around innovation coming from China. Companies and coun...Show More

a16z Podcast: Breaking the Barriers of Human Potential

41:04 | Feb 6th, 2016

During his “Stratos” jump Felix Baumgartner fell faster than the speed of sound, reaching an estimated speed of 833.9 mph plummeting from the edge of space. Baumgartner’s return trip to earth lasted just over nine minutes, but there was seven years o...Show More

a16z Podcast: Hall of Fame Football Meets Venture Capital

25:49 | Feb 5th, 2016

The NFL has descended upon Silicon Valley for Superbowl 50, and a16z was fortunate to have 30 of the world’s best football players post-up at the firm to talk about the intersection between the world of professional sports and venture capital. Joe ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Building Affirm, and Why Max Levchin Has Watched Seven Samurai 100-Plus Times

35:37 | Feb 5th, 2016

Max Levchin helped build PayPal. Then he went onto tackle gaming at Slide. Now he’s back in the world of payments and finance with his latest startup Affirm. a16z’s Angela Strange talks with Levchin about Affirm’s opportunity in the world of finance,...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Future of Money and Monetization

21:28 | Feb 3rd, 2016

Technology companies are running hard at almost every part of the traditional banking business -- from raising funds to moving money from one person to another. And as you would expect, that has meant change, both in terms of the banking services tha...Show More

a16z Podcast: How to Be Original and Make Big Ideas Happen

39:36 | Feb 2nd, 2016

From Aaron Sorkin to Steve Jobs to Meredith Perry and Elon Musk, "original" thinkers -- such as entrepreneurs -- do a lot of different things to move the world to their visions. And many of those things (and traits) are counterintuitive, such as ... ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Reinventing Insurance

24:15 | Jan 29th, 2016

Your homeowner’s insurance didn’t anticipate Airbnb. Your car insurance certainly didn’t see Lyft and Uber coming. And when your car drives itself, it’s anyone’s guess how the insurance industry will wrap its collective head around that one. a16z’s ...Show More

a16z Podcast: When Banking Works Like My Smartphone

27:39 | Jan 29th, 2016

There are fewer and fewer parts of our lives that don't feel like an extension of our smartphones. Any song you might want to hear. Any place you might want to go. And a ride to get there. All served up simply, quickly, at the right price, and with a...Show More

a16z Podcast: Things Come Together -- Truths about Tech in Africa

46:24 | Jan 25th, 2016

We often hear stats like “more people have mobile phones than toilets” about places like Africa, but what does that actually mean for people? “It is b.s.,” (no pun intended), argues one of the guests on this episode. Then there are statistical predi...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Fundamentals of Security and the Story of Tanium’s Growth

37:33 | Jan 20th, 2016

The thing about enterprise security, from the outside at least, is it reads like a Hollywood thriller. Nation states are after your company’s most valuable assets and they must be stopped at all costs. And yes, some nation state-sponsored hacks have ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Software is What Distinguishes the Hardware Winners

30:50 | Jan 15th, 2016

Smartphone components have become a kind of Lego kit for all kinds of consumer technology. Cameras, sensors, and batteries all get mixed and matched in different permutations to create different gadgets. It might be something that enables your connec...Show More

a16z Podcast: Nobody Discusses Work Software Outside of Work -- and Then There’s Slack

29:55 | Jan 13th, 2016

For as long as there has been software we have had this collective hope -- maybe more of a desire -- that software will make all kinds of work easier, more productive, and more creative. Spreadsheets, computer-aided design tools, digital publishing ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Harnessing the DevOps Movement -- Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

11:50 | Jan 8th, 2016

In this, world of massive cloud-based applications and services, rolling out software has moved from an episodic event to an almost continuous release cycle. In that environment, software products aren’t as “done” as they used to be -- they can’t be ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Making the Most of the Data That Matters

31:00 | Jan 7th, 2016

Every organization these days is clear about the need to get its data act together. But that doesn’t mean the path toward data bliss is clear. Data has gravity. It resides in different places at different organizations -- on premise, in the cloud, an...Show More

a16z Podcast: What Software Developers (and Therefore Every Company) Need

42:53 | Jan 6th, 2016

The old constraint when it came to technology was hardware -- how many CPUs can I get my hands on. Today, spinning up compute can be done from any smartphone with an AWS account or something similar. The current constraint is software. And since soft...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Future of Software Development

32:28 | Jan 5th, 2016

As software becomes core to every industry, there is a need for more and more software development across practically every department in a company. But as anyone who has tried to get quality software developed knows, that has given rise to a supply ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Writing a New Language of Storytelling with Virtual Reality

27:53 | Dec 18th, 2015

Chris Milk calls virtual reality the “ultimate empathy machine.” The filmmaker and founder of VR shop Vrse talks with a16z’s Chris Dixon about how virtual reality can connect with people in ways no other medium can. Milk describes the ways virtual re...Show More

a16z Podcast: Andre Iguodala Knows Tech -- And Why the Warriors Won't Be Stopped

26:52 | Dec 18th, 2015

You know how talented Andre Iguodala is as a basketball player. You may not know that he signed with the Warriors in part to be near Silicon Valley and the tech scene. Iguodala knows tech, and in a conversation with a16z's Jeff Jordan at the 2015 Tec...Show More

a16z Podcast: Mellody Hobson and Ben Horowitz Talk Investing, Career, and Star Wars!

1:00:05 | Dec 18th, 2015

Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments, sits down with Ben Horowitz during a16z's 2015 Tech Summit for a wide ranging conversation on investing, the state of markets, and how Hobson began her career in finance. Oh, and Star Wars! Hobson has ...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Year Mobile Began to Truly Dominate Tech

22:32 | Dec 17th, 2015

Benedict Evans highlights the past year in mobile. From Apple's ongoing rule of the high-end, to Android's spread farther down the price curve. Without a clear and massive shift on the horizon in mobile tech, Evans outlines the trends in mobile that ...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Present State and Future Possibility of Virtual Reality

47:42 | Dec 17th, 2015

Our virtual reality-enabled future is arriving, but it’s hard to know -- as it is with every new technology platform -- how quickly we’ll all make the transition to VR and what it will ultimately look like. For example, beyond gaming and entertainmen...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Tiger and the Dragon -- On Tech and Startups in India and China

45:34 | Dec 12th, 2015

India and China. The two most populous countries on the planet are also two of the most tantalizing markets for companies of all size, from startups to conglomerates. But those markets are also intensely, densely competitive: There's a lot of capital...Show More

a16z Podcast: Scaling Ideas and Startups in the U.K. and Europe

34:33 | Dec 4th, 2015

Our final segment from the road in the U.K. features two well-known investors and entrepreneurs in the London tech world: Seedcamp co-founder Reshma Sahoni and Shakil Khan (known to all simply as Shak), the founder of CoinDesk and an early investor i...Show More

a16z Podcast: Nootropics and the Best Version of Your Brain, Yourself

22:57 | Dec 4th, 2015

What if you could bring the best version of yourself to everything you do everyday? What if you could get the most out of your mind and brain -- or more scientifically, your "cognitive performance" -- without going to those old addictive standbys lik...Show More

a16z Podcast: Building Tech Startups in a Place Where Tech Isn’t Everything

33:11 | Dec 1st, 2015

The pod continues its U.K. road trip, meeting up with three startup founders -- including one startup accelerator programme -- to discuss the entrepreneurial ecosystem in London and more broadly the U.K. and Europe. Let’s be clear upfront: London i...Show More

a16z Podcast: Using Social Tools to Build Homes for Those Most in Need

25:53 | Nov 28th, 2015

Brett Hagler was on a trip to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake where he saw too many of those displaced by the natural disaster still living in tattered blue-tarp shelters. What struck Hagler was the need for more permanent housing that could not only...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Data Science of Food and Taste

19:39 | Nov 25th, 2015

The best cooks know cooking a meal is all about having a plan (and a back-up plan if things go south); get the cooking out of the way, and then you can enjoy your family and friends -- the most important part. But now try doing it for thousands. Ho...Show More

a16z Podcast: Data Down on the Farm

29:46 | Nov 24th, 2015

Farmers are among the best hackers in the business. They can fix anything, and are endlessly tweaking their approach to a business that is up against the strongest force on the planet: nature. As adopters of technology, the agriculture industry is b...Show More

a16z Podcast: The Future of Food

31:43 | Nov 24th, 2015

Rob Rhinehart, like most startup entrepreneurs, was strapped for cash and time as developed his ideas and ultimately a company. What stood out to Rhinehart in that all-consuming and ongoing process was the contrast between all the things in his life ...Show More

a16z Podcast: On Recent IPOs and Comparing Private vs. Public Valuations

44:19 | Nov 21st, 2015

It's hip to be Square right now. Or is it? How do we assess whether it -- and other recent IPOs -- went well, not just for investors but overall? In this episode of the a16z Podcast, Nicole Irvin and Stephen McDermid from our startup corp dev team ...Show More

a16z Podcast: London Calling for Tech Done in a Different Way

41:04 | Nov 20th, 2015

If the U.K. is to continue its economic march onward and upward, technology needs to play an increasing role, say Martha Lane Fox (that's Baroness of Soho Lane-Fox in more public settings) and Russell Davies in this segment of the pod ... another one...Show More

a16z Podcast: Defeating Aging with Aubrey de Grey

27:51 | Nov 19th, 2015

There are those who would say that Aubrey de Grey is out to cure death, but what this former artificial intelligence specialist turned gerontologist is really focused on is health -- and the side effect of health is living a lot longer. In this segm...Show More

a16z Podcast: Fintech from the World's Financial Capital -- London

41:38 | Nov 17th, 2015

The title of world's financial capital bounces back and forth between London and New York. This year London has bragging rights, but does being the word's center of gravity for finance mean so-called "fintech" companies will naturally flow from that ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Artificial Intelligence and the 'Space of Possible Minds'

41:42 | Nov 15th, 2015

What is A.I. or artificial intelligence but the 'space of possible minds', argues Murray Shanahan, scientific advisor on the movie Ex Machina and Professor of Cognitive Robotics at Imperial College London. In this special episode of the a16z Podcast...Show More

a16z Podcast: Quantum Computing

44:04 | Nov 12th, 2015

Quantum computing. The dream of the 1980s is alive in 2015. But this time is different, for a number of reasons. Who are the players, what are the stakes right now? What are the applications, beyond cryptography? And, what's the point of it all -- ar...Show More

a16z Podcast: Blockchain vs/and Bitcoin

45:15 | Nov 11th, 2015

Blockchain without bitcoin? It's a debate as old as the cryptocurrency itself (which, to be honest, isn't that old). Given that bitcoin is not just a digital bearer instrument/token but is a network, a distributed ledger, a protocol, the question of ...Show More

a16z Podcast: Beyond Lean Startups

50:55 | Nov 7th, 2015

What began as a scientific approach to creating and managing startups has now become a worldwide movement for companies of all sizes -- and for creating (or rather rediscovering) entrepreneurs in all places. Not just inside startups, not just for sof...Show More

a16z Podcast: A Whirlwind Tour of Policy Issues in Tech

51:20 | Nov 3rd, 2015

There's a "game" being played right now among lawmakers and tech companies around policy issues, and as tech touches everything, everyone has to play some version of it. Even if the game keeps changing. Even if they don't want to. Or do they? What...Show More