Transitioning From Gymnast to Investor with Aly Raisman
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by Aly Raisman, Daisy Wolf, Julie Yoo
5d ago
Former gymnast and current investor Aly Raisman joins general partner Julie Yoo and investment partner Daisy Wolf of a16z Bio + Health. In this episode, Aly Raisman shares her quest for healthier living—physically, mentally, and financially—on her journey from gymnast to a business investor. Having transitioned from an intensely structured routine, Aly emphasizes the need for more open conversations about mental health and financial literacy. She speaks passionately about the gap in women’s health solutions and hopes to inspire entrepreneurs to create impactful businesses. Aly’s experiences as ..read more
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Live at Tech Week: Delivering AI Products to Millions
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by Steph Smith, Gaurav Misra, Carles Reina, Laura Burkhauser
1w ago
Less than two years since the breakthrough of text-based AI, we now see incredible developments in multimodal AI models and their impact on millions of users. As part of New York Tech Week, we brought together a live audience and three leaders from standout companies delivering AI-driven products to millions. Gaurav Misra, Cofounder and CEO of Captions, Carles Reina, Chief Revenue Officer of ElevenLabs, and Laura Burkhauser, VP of Product at Descript discuss the challenges and opportunities of designing AI-driven products, solving real customer problems, and effective marketing. From the criti ..read more
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Marc Andreessen on Building Netscape & the Birth of the Browser
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by Steph Smith, Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz
2w ago
"The Ben & Marc Show," featuring a16z co-founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz.  In this special episode, Marc and Ben dive deep into the REAL story behind the creation of Netscape—a web browser co-created by Marc that revolutionized the internet and changed the world. As Ben notes at the top, until today, this story has never been fully told either in its entirety or accurately.  In this one-on-one conversation, Marc and Ben discuss Marc's early life and how it shaped his journey into technology, the pivotal moments at the University of Illinois that led to the development o ..read more
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The Art of Technology, The Technology of Art
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by Steph Smith, Sonal Chokshi, Simon Denny
2w ago
We know that technology has changed art, and that artists have evolved with every new technology — it’s a tale as old as humanity, moving from cave paintings to computers. Underlying these movements are endless debates around inventing versus remixing; between commercialism and art; between mainstream canon and fringe art; whether we’re living in an artistic monoculture now (the answer may surprise you); and much much more.  So in this new episode featuring Berlin-based contemporary artist Simon Denny -- in conversation with a16z crypto editor in chief Sonal Chokshi -- we discuss all of t ..read more
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Cybersecurity's Past, Present, and AI-Driven Future
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by Andrej Safundzic, hacking, hacks, Travis McPeak, Feross Aboukhadijeh, Joel de la Garza, Kevin Tian
3w ago
Is it time to hand over cybersecurity to machines amidst the exponential rise in cyber threats and breaches? We trace the evolution of cybersecurity from minimal measures in 1995 to today's overwhelmed DevSecOps. Travis McPeak, CEO and Co-founder of Resourcely, kicks off our discussion by discussing the historical shifts in the industry. Kevin Tian, CEO and Founder of Doppel, highlights the rise of AI-driven threats and deepfake campaigns. Feross Aboukhadijeh, CEO and Founder of Socket, provides insights into sophisticated attacks like the XZ Utils incident. Andrej Safundzic, CEO and Founder o ..read more
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The Science and Supply of GLP-1s
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by Steph Smith, Brooke Boyarsky Pratt, Vineeta Agarwala
1M ago
Brooke Boyarsky Pratt, founder and CEO of knownwell, joins Vineeta Agarwala, general partner at a16z Bio + Health. Together, they talk about the value of obesity medicine practitioners, patient-centric medical homes, and how Brooke believes the metabolic health space will evolve over time. This is the second episode in Raising Health’s series on the science and supply of GLP-1s. Listen to last week's episode to hear from Carolyn Jasik, Chief Medical Officer at Omada Health, on GLP-1s from a clinical perspective.   Listen to more from Raising Health’s series on GLP-1s: The science of satie ..read more
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The State of AI with Marc & Ben
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by Steph Smith, Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz
1M ago
In this latest episode on the State of AI, Ben and Marc discuss how small AI startups can compete with Big Tech’s massive compute and data scale advantages, reveal why data is overrated as a sellable asset, and unpack all the ways the AI boom compares to the internet boom.   Subscribe to the Ben & Marc podcast: https://link.chtbl.com/benandmarc   Stay Updated:  Let us know what you think: https://ratethispodcast.com/a16z Find a16z on Twitter: https://twitter.com/a16z Find a16z on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: https ..read more
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Predicting Revenue in Usage-based Pricing
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by Dan Burrill, Travis Ferber, Mark Regan
1M ago
Over the past decade, usage-based pricing has soared in popularity. Why? Because it aligns cost with value, letting customers pay only for what they use. But, that flexibility is not without issues - especially when it comes to predicting revenue. Fortunately, with the right process and infrastructure, your usage-based revenue can become more predictable than the traditional seat-based SaaS model.  In this episode from the a16z Growth team, Fivetran’s VP of Strategy and Operations Travis Ferber and Alchemy’s Head of Sales Dan Burrill join a16z Growth’s Revenue Operations Partner Mark Rega ..read more
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The GenAI 100: The Apps that Stick
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by Steph Smith, Olivia Moore, Bryan Kim
2M ago
Consumer AI is moving fast, so who's leading the charge?  a16z Consumer Partners Olivia Moore and Bryan Kim discuss our GenAI 100 list and what it takes for an AI model to stand out and dominate the market. They discuss how these cutting-edge apps are connecting with their users and debate whether traditional strategies like paid acquisition and network effects are still effective. We're going beyond rankings to explore pivotal benchmarks like D7 retention and introduce metrics that define today's AI market. Note: This episode was recorded prior to OpenAI's Spring update. Catch our latest ..read more
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A Big Week in AI: GPT-4o & Gemini Find Their Voice
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by Steph Smith, Bryan Kim, Justine Moore
2M ago
This was a big week in the world of AI, with both OpenAI and Google dropping significant updates. So big that we decided to break things down in a new format with our Consumer partners Bryan Kim and Justine Moore. We discuss the multi-modal companions that have found their voice, but also why not all audio is the same, and why several nuances like speed and personality really matter.   Resources: OpenAI’s Spring announcement: https://openai.com/index/hello-gpt-4o/ Google I/O announcements: https://blog.google/technology/ai/google-io-2024-100-announcements/   Stay Updated:  Let u ..read more
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