The State of AI with Marc & Ben
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by Steph Smith, Marc Andreessen, Ben Horowitz
2d 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
5d 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
2w 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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How Discord Became a Developer Platform
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by Steph Smith, jason citron, Anjney Midha
1M ago
In 2009 Discord cofounder and CEO, Jason Citron, started building tools and infrastructure for games. Fast forward to today and the platform has over 200 million monthly active users.  In this episode, Jason, alongside a16z General Partner Anjney Midha—who merged his company Ubiquiti 6 with Discord in 2021—shares insights on the nuances of community-driven product development, the shift from gamer to developer, and Discord’s longstanding commitment to platform extensibility.  Now, with Discord's recent release of embeddable apps, what can we expect now that it's easier than ever for ..read more
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Securing the Black Box: OpenAI, Anthropic, and GDM Discuss
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by Jason Clinton, Vijay Bolina, Matt Knight, Joel de la Garza
1M ago
Human nature fears the unknown, and with the rapid progress of AI, concerns naturally arise. Uncanny robocalls, data breaches, and misinformation floods are among the worries. But what about security in the era of large language models? In this episode, we hear from security leaders at OpenAI, Anthropic, and Google DeepMind. Matt Knight, Head of Security at OpenAI, Jason Clinton, CISO at Anthropic, and Vijay Bolina, CISO at Google DeepMind, are joined by Joel de la Garza, operating partner at a16z and former chief security officer at Box and Citigroup. Together, they explore how large language ..read more
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Next-Gen Gaming: AI Souls, Real-time Culture, Personalized Avatars
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by Avi Romanoff, Kevin Fischer, Eric Berman, Travis Chen, Matt Weckel, Robert Yang, Andrew Chen, Josh Lu, Steph Smith
1M ago
Over 3,700 companies applied to a16z’s SPEEDRUN. In this episode, we meet the founders pushing the boundaries of what games can be. From the fusion of traditional gaming elements with modern tech-twists, a16z General Partner Andrew Chen and Partner Josh Lu discuss the challenges and wins of creating games that are not only fun but also integrate seamlessly into the digital age, from AI-twins to games that “move at the speed of culture”.  Whether you’re a developer, an enthusiast, or just curious about the future of interactive entertainment, this episode provides a glimpse into how today ..read more
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Why America Must Lead in AI Investment with Senator Young (R-IN)
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by Steph Smith, Martin Casado, Todd Young
1M ago
Senator Todd Young (R-IN) speaks with a16z General Partner Martin Casado about the importance of open innovation and American leadership in AI, and why we need to support AI research at all levels — from the classroom to the war room. In this episode, we distinguish science fiction from science reality in the ever-evolving AI landscape.   Resources: Find Senator Todd Young on Twitter: https://twitter.com/toddyoungin Find Martin Casado on Twitter: https://twitter.com/martin_casado Watch the American Dynamism stage talks on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3IqWn1W To learn more about the American Dy ..read more
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Inside the Department of Defense and its Vision for the Future
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by Steph Smith, Sharon Weinberger, Kathleen Hicks
2M ago
From air-defining radar and electronic systems that helped the Allies win World War II, the origins of Silicon Valley are deeply rooted in government and defense. In today's episode, we get the chance to revisit that relationship with the United States Deputy Secretary of Defense, Kathleen Hicks. Deputy Secretary Hicks has spent decades of her career focused on defense policy and in her keynote address from a16z's second annual American Dynamism Summit in Washington, D.C., you'll get an inside look into the priorities of the DoD and how it views its past, present, and future. In the second hal ..read more
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The Real Price of Healthcare with Mark Cuban
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by Steph Smith, David Ulevitch, Mark Cuban
2M ago
From judging inventions on “Shark Tank” to reshaping the image of NBA ownership, Mark Cuban is known for many things. In this chat with a16z General Partner David Ulevitch, he discusses the importance of entrepreneurship for maintaining America’s status as the most innovative place on the planet. This includes making big bets, like he’s doing with Cost Plus Drugs, his latest venture that seeks to upend the prescription drug markets.   Resources:  Find Mark on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcuban Find David Ulevitch on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidu Learn more about the American D ..read more
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Bringing AI to the Masses with Adam D’Angelo
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by Steph Smith, Adam D'Angelo, David George
3M ago
Generative AI has initiated a transformative shift, reshaping our world in unprecedented ways. In a16z's AI Revolution series, we engage some of the most impactful builders in the field of AI discussing and debating where we are, where we’re going, and the big open questions in AI. In this episode, General Partner David George chats with Adam D'Angelo, the CEO and founder of Quora, wade into this fast-moving AI landscape, and specifically touch on how building infrastructure for creators can democratize AI.  Adam, who is now building AI aggregator Poe and is on the board of OpenAI, has lo ..read more
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