2023 Big Ideas in Technology (Part 2)
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by Steph Smith, Anish Acharya, Angela Strange, Michelle Volz, Ryan McEntush, Vijay Pande, Julie Yoo
4d ago
At the end of 2022, our team at a16z asked dozens of partners across the firm to spotlight one big idea that startups in their fields could tackle in 2023. Emerging from this exercise came 40+ builder-worthy pursuits for the year, ranging from entertainment franchise games to precision delivery of medicine to small modular reactors, and of course loads of AI applications. In our 2-part series, we’ll be covering 12 of these big ideas with the partners that shared them. Here in part 2, we’ll cover Fintech, American Dynamism, and Bio & Health. Listen in as we chat with Anish Acharya, Angela S ..read more
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2023 Big Ideas in Technology (Part 1)
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by Steph Smith, Connie Chan, Anne Lee Skates, Jack Soslow, Doug McCracken, Sarah Wang, Sumeet Singh
1w ago
At the end of 2022, our team at a16z asked dozens of partners across the firm to spotlight one big idea that startups in their fields could tackle in 2023. Emerging from this exercise came 40+ builder-worthy pursuits for the year, ranging from entertainment franchise games to precision delivery of medicine to small modular reactors, and of course loads of AI applications. In our 2-part series, we’ll be covering 12 of these big ideas with the partners that shared them. Here in part 1, we’ll cover Consumer, Games, and Enterprise, with a little Fintech sprinkled in. Listen in as we chat with Conn ..read more
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The Human Behind the Genius
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by steph smith, steve wozniak, alex fielding, moriba jah
1w ago
In this special episode, we share never heard before footage from Steve Wozniak alongside his cofounder and best man, Alex Fielding.  Listeners get an inside look into what drove Woz to building a computer, but also how Steve’s zest for life was applied beyond computers – from the rare opportunity to play Tetris on the side of a building or throw a concert across borders.   Full Privateer episode: https://a16z.simplecast.com/episodes/new-the-data-highway-above-with-privateers-steve-wozniak-alex-fielding-and-dr-moriba-jah Full Privateer episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/ZZbrwxOs0y4 ..read more
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Expert AI as a Healthcare Superpower
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by marc andreessen, vijay pande
3w ago
In this episode, Marc Andreessen and Vijay Pande discuss expert AI and its role in healthcare, bio, and more.   Watch on Youtube: https://youtu.be/c7ScUDYSRYo Subscribe to Bio Eats World: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bio-eats-world/id1529318900   Stay Updated:  Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/a16z Find us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z Subscribe on your favorite podcast app: https://a16z.simplecast.com/ Follow our host: https://twitter.com/stephsmithio Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken a ..read more
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Creators, Creativity, and Technology with Bob Iger
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by steph smith, sonal chokshi, bob iger, chris dixon
3w ago
with @robertiger @cdixon @smc90 A wide-ranging conversation with Bob Iger on the interplay between technology, content, and distribution; as well as Bob’s journey -- and that of various creators! -- especially as the industry evolved from TV and cable to the advent of the internet/ web 1.0 to 2.0 to briefly touching on web3 and other emerging technologies. As well as topics top of mind for all company and community builders: from build vs. buy and the innovator's dilemma, to managing creativity, decentralization, remote work, and much more.   Subscribe to web3 with a16z: https://podcasts ..read more
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Best Clips of 2022
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by Steph Smith, Das Rush, Steve Wozniak, Chris Power, Ryan Petersen, Marc Andreessen, Balaji Srinivasan, Karen Cheng, v, Dr. Moriba Jah, Alex Fielding, Neal Stephenson
1M ago
We’ve had some incredible guests join us on the a16z podcast this year, ranging from moonshot entrepreneurs, to top creators, to some of the most forward thinking technologists – all of which are busy shaping the future right before our eyes… We have so much more in store for 2023 and cannot wait for you to see who we bring on as guests. But before we turn the page, we wanted to recap some of the most interesting, thought-provoking segments from our 2022 roster. Here are 8 of our favorite clips, covering topics from AI to space to the metaverse… and beyond. Catch the full playlist here.   ..read more
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Pay Without Borders
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by Steph Smith, Alex Bouaziz, Sondre Rasch, Darren Murph
1M ago
The predecessor to the office was Florence’s Uffizi Gallery – an admin building to the Medici mercantile empire. That was in… 1560. In the centuries to come, work was revolutionized, with perhaps the most well-known inflection of Ford Motors adopting the 40-hour work week in 1926. The cubicle? We have Robert Propst to thank for that, entering the picture in 1968.  It wasn’t until the 80s when the Internet appeared on the scene and wifi released in 1997, forever changing the way people live and work. Since then, companies have continued to adopt many of the practices from the 20th century ..read more
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Building a Marketplace for Carbon
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by Brennan Spellacy, Steph Smith
2M ago
In part 1 of our carbon removal series, we talked to Nan Ransohoff — Head of Climate at Stripe — about what it might take to jumpstart the market of carbon removal solutions. But what happens when there is a true, thriving market of buyers and sellers? How will suppliers effectively reach the right buyers, and as more solutions become available, how will buyers effectively vet the options? In part 2, we address these questions and more, together with Brennan Spellacy, co-founder & CEO of Patch – a growing marketplace for carbon credits.  We also cover many evolving market dynamics, li ..read more
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The Economics of Carbon Removal with Nan Ransohoff
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by Steph Smith, Nan Ransohoff
2M ago
What happens when there’s demand for a solution that doesn’t quite exist yet? Today, we bring on Nan Ransohoff to talk about this exact problem as it relates to carbon removal, and how Frontier — the initiative out of Stripe that she is leading – is using a nearly $1B advanced market commitment fund to try to jumpstart this market. If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Throughout the episode, we discuss the multivariate carbon equation and why emission reductions are not enough, the difference between offsets and permanent removal, who’s paying for tons today ..read more
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Rearchitecting the Supply Chain
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by Das Rush, Ryan Peterson, Steph Smith
2M ago
In today’s episode, we have a special treat. Flexport’s CEO and Founder, Ryan Peterson, chats with a16z Growth Editor Das Rush. They start with the question of why Ryan has chosen – of all the problem spaces to work on – improving the resiliency of the supply chain. They cover just how complex the supply chain is in the era of ecommerce, evolving customer expectations, and ultimately how we can rearchitect our supply chain to meet them. Given the holiday shopping coming up, you won’t want to miss this.   Resources:  Ryan’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/typesfast Flexport’s website: ht ..read more
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