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

54:24 | Sep 24th, 2018

with Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) and Chris Dixon (@cdixon) 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 fin...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: Community and Culture, Online

20:25 | Jan 8th, 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: The Why, How, and When of PR

42:27 | 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
a16z Podcast: How To Raise Money From A Venture Investor

33:07 | Jul 18th

So you've decided raising venture capital is the best fundraising strategy for your startup. Now what? In this second of a 3-part series, a16z Managing Partner Scott Kupor shares actionable fundraising advice based on his experience of seeing thousa...Show More
a16z Podcast: 10+1 Lessons from Serial Entrepreneur Justin Kan

48:40 | Jun 10th

Want actionable advice from a founder who has built multiple tech companies and has invested the time to be open, introspective, and transparent about lessons learned? In this episode (which originally aired as a YouTube video), a16z General Partner...Show More
a16z Podcast: Inside Apple Software Design

1:36:41 | Apr 20th

Join longtime Apple software engineer Ken Kocienda in conversation with a16z Deal and Research operating partner Frank Chen for an insider’s account of how Apple designed software in the golden age of Steve Jobs, spanning products like the first rele...Show More
a16z Podcast: The Basics of Growth 2 -- Engagement & Retention

32:59 | 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: The Basics of Growth 1 -- User Acquisition

20:50 | 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

19:21 | 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

with Ray Dalio (@raydalio), Alex Rampell (@arampell), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) 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-eff...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

15:22 | Jan 11th, 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: Software has eaten the world...and healthcare is next

46:49 | Aug 18th

Back in 2011, a16z cofounder Marc Andreessen first made the bold claim that software would eat the world. In this episode (originally recorded as part of an event at a16z), Andreesseen and a16z general partner on the bio fund Jorge Conde (@JorgeConde...Show More
16 Minutes on the News #6: Health Claims, Corporate Breaches

17:14 | Aug 12th

with @julesyoo @smc90 This is episode #6 of our new show, 16 Minutes, where we quickly cover recent headlines of the week, the a16z way -- why they're in the news; why they matter from our vantage point in tech -- and share our experts' views on the...Show More
16 Minutes on the News #5: Fed Real-time Payments, Death of Retail

16:44 | Aug 12th

with @astrange @jeff_jordan and @smc90 This is episode #5 of our new show, 16 Minutes, where we quickly cover recent headlines of the week, the a16z way -- why they're in the news; why they matter from our vantage point in tech -- and share our expe...Show More
16 Minutes on the News: The Opioid Crisis

18:18 | Aug 4th

with @jorgecondebio @vijaypande and @smc90 This is episode #4 of our new show, 16 Minutes, where we quickly cover recent headlines of the week, the a16z way -- why they're in the news; why they matter from our vantage point in tech -- and share our ...Show More
16 Minutes on the News: Fortnite, Esports, Gaming, and Entertainment

18:14 | Aug 4th

with @andrewchen @dcoolican and @smc90 This is episode #3 of our new show, 16 Minutes, where we quickly cover recent headlines of the week, the a16z way -- why they're in the news; why they matter from our vantage point in tech -- and share our expe...Show More
16 Minutes on the News: Mobile Malware, Drug Pricing

19:38 | Jul 28th

with @martin_casado @jorgeconde @jayrughani @smc90 This is the second episode of our new show, 16 Minutes, where we quickly cover recent headlines of the week, the a16z way -- why they're in the news; why they matter from our vantage point in tech -...Show More
a16z Podcast: The Search for the Secret Metal that Powers All Our Devices

32:37 | Jul 24th

with Kurt House (@kurtzhouse), John Thompson, Connie Chan (@conniechan) and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) The exploration for and mining of certain metals has driven huge epochs of human civilization, from copper and iron to gold and diamonds. In t...Show More
16 Minutes on the News This Week: Neuralink & Brain Interfaces, TikTok, FaceApp, iHeartRadio

20:12 | Jul 21st

Introducing our new podcast, 16 Minutes, a short news podcast where we cover the top headlines of the week, the a16z podcast way -- why are these topics in the news; what's real, what's hype from our vantage point; and what are our experts' quick tak...Show More
a16z Podcast: How To Get The Most From Your Board

21:12 | Jul 19th

In this final of a 3-part series (which originally aired as YouTube videos) on working with venture investors, a16z Managing Partner Scott Kupor shares best practices for working with your board as it grows from just you, your co-founders and first i...Show More
a16z Podcast: How To Understand And Choose A Venture Investor

26:42 | Jul 17th

Incentives matter. So understanding the incentives of venture capitalists will help you decide if raising money from a venture investor makes sense for your business. In this first of a 3-part series, which originally aired as YouTube videos, a16z M...Show More
a16z Podcast: Beyond Zero Sum, Again

42:08 | Jul 7th

with Marc Andreessen (@pmarca), Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz), and Steven Johnson (@stevenbjohnson) Continuing our 10-year anniversary series since the founding of Andreessen Horowitz (aka "a16z"), we’re resurfacing some of our previous episodes featuri...Show More
a16z Podcast: Beyond Software, to Talent and Culture

38:51 | Jul 7th

with Marc Andreessen (@pmarca), Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz), and Tyler Cowen (@tylercowen) Continuing our 10-year anniversary series since the founding of Andreessen Horowitz (aka "a16z"), we’re resurfacing some of our previous episodes featuring Andr...Show More
a16z Podcast: Beyond Software Eating the World

41:30 | Jul 7th

with Marc Andreessen (@pmarca), Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz), Scott Kupor (@skupor), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) Continuing our 10-year anniversary series since the founding of Andreessen Horowitz (aka "a16z"), we’re resurfacing some of our previous ep...Show More
a16z Podcast: Beyond Disruption Theory

17:21 | Jul 7th

with Marc Andreessen (@pmarca), Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz), and Michael Copeland Continuing our 10-year anniversary series since the founding of Andreessen Horowitz (aka "a16z"), we’re resurfacing some of our previous episodes featuring Andreessen Ho...Show More
a16z Podcast: Entrepreneurs, Then and Now

44:53 | Jun 29th

with Marc Andreessen (@pmarca), Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz), and Stewart Butterfield (@stewart) A lot in technology -- and venture -- happens in decades. New cycles of technology come and go, including some secular shifts; a new generation of founder...Show More
a16z Podcast: Damage-free Genome Editing -- Next in CRISPR

15:26 | Jun 26th

Two recent scientific journal papers show what's possible when CRISPR moves from cutting DNA tool to a full-fledged platform -- expanding its toolkit for medicine across R&D, therapeutics, and diagnostics: "Transposon-encoded CRISPR-Cas systems dire...Show More
a16z Podcast: Stories from the Frontlines of Synthetic Fraud

34:31 | Jun 25th

Synthetic fraud—yes, it's a thing: a new evolution of consumer fraud that’s been emerging in financial services, to the tune of $1-$2B a year. In this episode of the a16z Podcast, Naftali Harris, co-founder and CEO of Sentilink, which builds techno...Show More
a16z Podcast: The History and Future of Machine Learning

41:26 | Jun 19th

How have we gotten to where were are with machine learning? Where are we going? a16z Operating Partner Frank Chen and Carnegie Mellon professor Tom Mitchell first stroll down memory lane, visiting the major landmarks: the symbolic approach of the 19...Show More
a16z Podcast: The Politics of Technology

31:27 | Jun 16th

with Tony Blair (@InstituteGC), Scott Kupor (@skupor), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) If the current pace of tech change is the 21st-century equivalent of the 19th-century Industrial Revolution — with its tremendous economic growth and lifestyle change ...Show More
a16z Podcast: AI and Your Doctor, Today and Tomorrow

44:34 | Jun 13th

with Eric Topol (@EricTopol) and Vijay Pande (@vijaypande) Artificial intelligence is coming to the doctor’s office. In this episode, Dr. Eric Topol, cardiologist and chair of innovative medicine at Scripps Research, and a16z’s general partner on th...Show More
a16z Podcast: Deep Learning for the Life Sciences

31:47 | Jun 7th

with Vijay Pande (@vijaypande) and Barath Ramsundar Deep learning has arrived in the life sciences: every week, it seems, a new published study comes out... with code on top. In this episode, a16z General Partner Vijay Pande and Barath Ramsundar tal...Show More
a16z Podcast: The Power of Restorative Justice

36:05 | Jun 3rd

with Van Jones (@VanJones68), Shaka Senghor (@ShakaSeghnor), and Chris Lyons (@clyons) True redemption can be hard to come by in our justice system today. And yet, we need it more than ever before. In this episode (based on an event hosted by Andree...Show More
a16z Podcast: A Mortgage for A Cure

33:23 | May 30th

with Andrew Lo (@AndrewWLo) and Jorge Conde (@JorgeCondeBio) The advent of new gene and cell therapies are beginning to approach that holy grail of medicine—that of a possible cure. But they are also more expensive than any medicines ever sold befor...Show More
a16z Podcast: Collectively Driving Change

38:41 | May 27th

with Laurene Powell Jobs (@LaurenePowell) and Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz) Laurene Powell Jobs is, among many other things, founder and President of the Emerson Collective -- the social impact firm she founded to drive change and reform through philant...Show More
a16z Podcast: What Time Is It? From Technical to Product to Sales CEO

46:00 | May 20th

Since the startup (and founder) journey doesn't go neatly linear from technical to product to sales, tightening one knob (whether engineering or marketing or pricing & packaging) creates slack in one of the other knobs, which demands turning to yet a...Show More
a16z Podcast: Five Open Problems Toward Building a Blockchain Computer

52:35 | May 16th

Do you sometimes wish you had been born in a different decade so you could have worked on the fundamental building blocks of modern computing? How fun, challenging, and fulfilling would it have been to work on semiconductors in the 1950s or Unix in t...Show More
A Guide to Making Data-Based Decisions in Health, Parenting... and Life

41:15 | May 12th

with Emily Oster (@ProfEmilyOster) and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) Are chia seeds actually that good for you? Will Vitamin E keep you healthy? Will breastfeeding your baby make them smarter, or skinnier? There’s maybe no other arena where underst...Show More
a16z Podcast: Innovating in Bets

46:22 | May 8th

with @annieduke, @pmarca, and @smc90 Every organization, whether small or big, early or late stage -- and every individual, whether for themselves or others -- makes countless decisions every day, under conditions of uncertainty. The question is, ar...Show More
Seven Trends in Blockchain Computing

50:35 | May 8th

In a followup to one of our most popular podcast episodes which originally aired in April 2017 (https://a16z.com/2017/04/03/cryptocurrencies-protocols-appcoins/), a16z Crypto Fund General Partner Chris Dixon returns to talk with Olaf Carlson-Wee of P...Show More
a16z Podcast: The Future Of Decision-Making—3 Startup Opportunities

29:42 | May 1st

As companies digitize, they change the way they make decisions: decisions are made lower in the organization, based on data, and increasingly automated. This creates opportunities for startups creating new ways to collect and analyze data to support ...Show More
a16z Podcast: So You Wanna Build a Software Company in Healthcare?

36:51 | Apr 26th

with Jorge Conde (@JorgeCondeBio), Julie Yoo (@julesyoo), and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) Building a software company in healthcare is hard -- and comes along with unique challenges no other entrepreneurs face. In this conversation, a16z bio gene...Show More
a16z Podcast: Fintech for Startups and Incumbents

50:21 | Apr 7th

In this episode of the a16z Podcast -- which originally aired as a video on YouTube -- general partner Alex Rampell (and former fintech entrepreneur as the CEO and co-founder of TrialPay) talks with operating partner Frank Chen about the quickly chan...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?)

45:22 | 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 and Cryptonetworks

38:46 | 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 (@mleslie45) 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 ...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 c...Show More
a16z Podcast: Connecting Hearts, Bodies, and Networks to Cure Cancer

36:09 | 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

36:06 | 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

59:02 | Jan 14th

with Vas Narasimhan (@vasnarasimhan), Jorge Conde (@jorgecondebio), Vijay Pande (@vijaypande), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) On average, only 1 out of 20 medicines works when we actually bring them into the human body, and these rates of success haven'...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 bio general partner Vijay Pande ...Show More
a16z Podcast: What’s Next for Marketplace Startups (Hint: Services)

41:22 | 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

48:57 | 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 Jeffrey Katzenberg, Meg Whitman (@MegWhitman), and Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) 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

35:02 | Nov 21st, 2018

with Boris Sofman (@bsofman), Dave Touretzky (@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 Adrienne Mayor (@amayor) and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) 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 co-founded the Hollywood talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), he turned a number of the entertainment industry's well-entren...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

with Steven Johnson (@stevenbjohnson), Chris Dixon (@cdixon), and Sonal Chokshi (@smc90) 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 ...Show More
a16z Podcast: The Case Study of Dollar General and Surviving (Thriving!) Retail

21:37 | Sep 6th, 2018

with Jeff Jordan (@Jeff_Jordan), Cal Turner Jr., and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) 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...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: Earned Secrets

16:20 | Aug 4th, 2018

with Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz) and Sharon Chang (@sychang) 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 a...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)

34:24 | 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

27:54 | 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

41:35 | 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

with Jorge Conde (@jorgecondebio), David Reich, and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) 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 ...Show More
a16z Podcast: On Mentors and Mentees

32:46 | Jul 13th, 2018

with Ken Coleman, Ben Horowitz (@bhorowitz), and Michel Feaster (@michelfeaster) Everyone talks about the importance of mentorship in our professional development, whether it's networking to broaden career opportunities or learning from someone mor...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

36:55 | Jun 15th, 2018

with Martin Fischer (@fischermartin), Saurabh Ladha (@ladhasaurabh), Chris Rippingham, and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) Continuing our series on how tech is changing construction -- one of the industries most resistant to change (and facing declin...Show More
a16z Podcast: Construction Under Tech -- Info Flows

32:58 | Jun 14th, 2018

with Greg Lynn (@greglynnform), Gina Neff (@ginasue), Tracy Young (@Tracy_Young), and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) Construction has been one of the industries most resistant to innovation and change over the last decades -- productivity has actual...Show More
a16z Podcast: The Hard Things about Security

33:55 | 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

28:46 | May 27th, 2018

with Gregory Allen (@Gregory_C_Allen), Gayle Lemmon (@gaylelemmon), Ryan Tseng, and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) We now live in a world where connecting the dots between intel and modeling threats has become infinitely more complex: not only is th...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

29:32 | 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

46:22 | 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

41:55 | May 2nd, 2018

with Atul Butte (@atulbutte), Daphne Koller (@daphnekoller), and Vijay Pande (@vijaypande) 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 Podca...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

35:50 | 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

17:53 | Mar 16th, 2018

with Kristen Fortney (@kpfortney), Jeff Kaditz (@jeffkaditz), David Sinclair (@davidasinclair), and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) Even without a mythical fountain of youth, scientific advances have already dramatically increased how long humans liv...Show More
a16z Podcast: The API Economy -- The Why, What, and How

30:50 | 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

18:17 | 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

14:43 | 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

17:31 | 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

31:51 | 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

23:02 | Feb 23rd, 2018

with Adam Bry (@adampbry), Chris Dixon (@cdixon), and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) 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 pi...Show More
a16z Podcast: How Technology Is Changing Investing

16:41 | 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

16:34 | 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?

23:32 | Feb 7th, 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

30:32 | Feb 3rd, 2018

with Lee Kleinman (@LeeForDallas), Joshua Schank (@joshuaschank), Andrew Savage, and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) There's a new wave of bike-sharing in town. But this wave looks a little different than previous waves -- from docked rows of governm...Show More
a16z Podcast: Self-Driving Cars — Where Are We, Really?

17:58 | Feb 1st, 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

34:49 | 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

19:50 | Jan 17th, 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: Fintech for the People

18:11 | Dec 24th, 2017

New fintech companies are democratizing access to financial services in different ways, whether it's making food stamps more efficient, no longer waiting two weeks for a paycheck, or enabling anyone with a smartphone in developing countries to create...Show More
a16z Podcast: Trends in Cryptocurrencies

22:36 | Dec 23rd, 2017

The internet, believe it or not, was just the beginning. Yes, it 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 coor...Show More
a16z Podcast: The $200 PC in the Enterprise

32:57 | Dec 21st, 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 19th, 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

19:11 | Dec 14th, 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 11th, 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 11th, 2017

Hiring a VP of Product -- especially as the founder of the company -- can almost feel like handing over your baby to someone else to hold, observes a16z executive talent team partner Caroline Horn, who hosted an event on this topic earlier this year ...Show More
a16z Podcast: Putting AI in Medicine, in Practice

29:39 | Nov 4th, 2017

with Brandon Ballinger (@bballinger), Mintu Turakhia (@leftbundle), Vijay Pande (@vijaypande), and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) There’s been a lot of talk about technology -- and AI, deep learning, and machine learning specifically -- finally rea...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

with Frank Chen, Steven Sinofsky, and Sonal Chokshi 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 a...Show More
a16z Podcast: Platforming the Future

34:06 | Oct 13th, 2017

with Tim O'Reilly and Benedict Evans 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 perh...Show More
a16z Podcast: A New Lab Rises

29:15 | Oct 12th, 2017

with Ion Stoica, Peter Levine, and Sonal Chokshi 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 art...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

35:02 | 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

20:53 | 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

38:20 | Sep 16th, 2017

with Wei Luo, David Rumsey (@davidrumseymaps), and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) 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 ...Show More
a16z Podcast: Getting Applications Into People's Hands

21:32 | 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

with Michael Dearing (@mcgd), Bob Sutton (@work_matters), and Hanne Tidnam (@omnivorousread) 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 assh...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

28:43 | 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

22:38 | Aug 26th, 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” [according ...Show More
a16z Podcast: Centers of Power, War, and History

28:53 | Aug 11th, 2017

with Graham Allison and Matthew Colford "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 ancien...Show More
a16z Podcast: The Strategies and Tactics of Big

29:42 | 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 25th, 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: Changing the Conversation about Cybersecurity

19:19 | Jun 17th, 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 ‘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: 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

19:54 | 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 5th, 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 27th, 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

26:53 | May 14th, 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 9th, 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 29th, 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.

28:34 | Apr 26th, 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

29:12 | 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

33:42 | Apr 14th, 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

39:48 | Apr 9th, 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

32:51 | 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

21:31 | 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

17:37 | Mar 10th, 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

14:29 | 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

19:55 | 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. What happened instead is that Netflix cannibalized...Show More
a16z Podcast: Brains, Bodies, Minds ... and Techno-Religions

44:13 | Feb 24th, 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 20th, 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 9th, 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

38:29 | 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: VR, AR, and Beyond: The New Medium of Human Experience

26:02 | 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