This Week in Startups - Audio

This Week in Startups - Audio

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Jason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you this weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories from the world of Web companies.
E857: Solving downing: WAVE Co-founder & CEO Mark Caron demos his innovation detecting swimmers in distress, alerting lifeguards & parents; shares challenges & opportunities of changing human behavior, convincing VCs of the growing market for saving…
Sep 21 • 56 min
E856: #StartupTuneup Equity Crowdfunding: Republic Co-founder Ken Nguyen opens opportunity floodgates for startups & investors with diversity-focused crowdfunding, joins Jason to hear pitches on enterprise collaboration, smartphone numbers on…
Sep 18 • 63 min
#StartupTuneup Equity Crowdfunding: Republic Co-founder Ken Nguyen opens opportunity floodgates for startups & investors with diversity-focused crowdfunding, joins Jason to hear pitches on enterprise collaboration, smartphone numbers on demand, & next-gen…
E855: Blavity CEO & Co-founder Morgan DeBaun on how she built her media empire for black millennials based on trust in the era of fake news & Facebook fatigue, scaled to 5 brands (+counting) with 4m+ social, & landed Series A led by GV, smashing…
Sep 14 • 76 min
Blavity CEO & Co-founder Morgan DeBaun on how she built her media empire for black millennials based on trust in the era of fake news & Facebook fatigue, scaled to 5 brands (+counting) with 4m+ social, & landed Series A led by GV, smashing every SV…
E854: Kairos CEO & Co-founder Brian Brackeen on innovating in facial recognition, processing over a billion faces, raising $30m via token sale, the dream & dystopia of AI, the persistence of racial profiling, & why he won’t sell his technology to…
Sep 11 • 58 min
Kairos CEO & Co-founder Brian Brackeen on innovating in facial recognition, processing over a billion faces, raising $30m via token sale, the dream & dystopia of AI, the persistence of racial profiling, & why he won’t sell his technology to law enforcement
E853: #StartupTuneup “Solving Oceans”: 5 founders share their visions for cleaning up oil spills, fishing sustainably, harnessing wave power, rapidly biodegradable products, & data to eliminate waste
Sep 7 • 87 min
#StartupTuneup “Solving Oceans”: 5 founders share their visions for cleaning up oil spills, fishing sustainably, harnessing wave power, rapidly biodegradable products, & data to eliminate waste
E852: News Roundtable! Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund & Iain Thomson, The Register: Facebook & Twitter testify, Google misfires, free speech v. de-platforming, scooter war victors & victims, rise of IPOs & income inequality, security…
Sep 5 • 58 min
News Roundtable! Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund & Iain Thomson, The Register: Facebook & Twitter testify, Google misfires, free speech v. de-platforming, scooter war victors & victims, rise of IPOs & income inequality, security shenanigans
E851: Ubiquity6 Co-founder & CEO Anjney Midha on creating multiplayer AR for the real world, raising $37.5m from top SV investors to play with parallel universes, become the browser of spaces & define the future of shared mixed reality
Aug 31 • 63 min
Ubiquity6 Co-founder & CEO Anjney Midha on creating multiplayer AR for the real world, raising $37.5m from top SV investors to play with parallel universes, become the browser of spaces & define the future of shared mixed reality
E850: All #AskJason Call-In! Candid feedback on marketplaces, getting customers, breaking into VC, social media envy spiral, execution over ideas, abandoning your C corp, hiring & keeping great talent, networking outside of SV
Aug 29 • 72 min
All #AskJason Call-In! Candid feedback on marketplaces, getting customers, breaking into VC, social media envy spiral, execution over ideas, abandoning your C corp, hiring & keeping great talent, networking outside of SV
E849: Ernst-Jan Pfauth, CEO of The Correspondent, on breaking the journalism crowdfunding world record, launching in U.S., & innovating by ignoring the news & creating for readers instead of advertisers & owners
Aug 21 • 79 min
Ernst-Jan Pfauth, CEO of The Correspondent, on breaking the journalism crowdfunding world record, launching in U.S., & innovating by ignoring the news & creating for readers instead of advertisers & owners
E848: Introducing Tonal smart home fitness center that measures, monitors, instructs & adapts for a personalized full-body workout; CEO/founder Aly Orady demos his invention & vision for the future of health & fitness
Aug 17 • 37 min
Introducing Tonal smart home fitness center that measures, monitors, instructs & adapts for a personalized full-body workout; CEO/founder Aly Orady demos his invention & vision for the future of health & fitness
E847: Emergency Pod! “Low-Burn Mindset”: Jason’s sneak preview from his next book breaks down your burn rate, why it needs to stay low & how to keep it there to extend your runway
Aug 16 • 18 min
Emergency Pod! “Low-Burn Mindset”: Jason’s sneak preview from his next book breaks down your burn rate, why it needs to stay low & how to keep it there to extend your runway
E846: Adam Nelson of Social Capital shares his playbook on “What it Takes to Raise a Series A in 2018”: what (& who) investors fund, optimizing team, scalability, market, narrative & the fundamentals of fundraising @ Founder.University
Aug 14 • 51 min
Adam Nelson of Social Capital shares his playbook on “What it Takes to Raise a Series A in 2018”: what (& who) investors fund, optimizing team, scalability, market, narrative & the fundamentals of fundraising @ Founder.University
E845: News Roundtable! Ryan Hoover, Product Hunt & Gadget Guy Dave Mathews, NewAer: Tesla going private—or getting purchased?, Twitter trolls, Discord takes on Steam, ISPs out of control & out of touch, intro PH Sip News, bike-share bike piles…
Aug 10 • 78 min
News Roundtable! Ryan Hoover, Product Hunt & Gadget Guy Dave Mathews, NewAer: Tesla going private—or getting purchased?, Twitter trolls, Discord takes on Steam, ISPs out of control & out of touch, intro PH Sip News, bike-share bike piles towering around…
E844: TWiST on the Town! Bumblebee Spaces demos a new dimension, creating extra living space with AI & robotics; Pure Watercraft drives Jason with its high-powered electric outboard motor
Aug 7 • 50 min
TWiST on the Town! Bumblebee Spaces demos a new dimension, creating extra living space with AI & robotics; Purewater Craft drives Jason with its high-powered electric outboard motor
E843: CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins founded Promise to provide equitable alternatives to incarceration, reduce recidivism & save counties massive costs; shares journey from Prince manager to startup founder, landing JAY-Z as investor & taking on our…
Aug 3 • 42 min
CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins founded Promise to provide equitable alternatives to incarceration, reduce recidivism & save counties massive costs; shares journey from Prince manager to startup founder, landing JAY-Z as investor & taking on our badly broken…
E842: Bonus TWiST Breaking News: Apple & Tesla crush it, Facebook & Twitter crash, & how startups can survive a market correction or collapse
Aug 1 • 34 min
Bonus TWiST Breaking News: Apple & Tesla crush it, Facebook & Twitter crash, & how startups can survive a market correction or collapse
E841: Randy Komisar, entrepreneur & Kleiner Perkins VC, shares “Straight Talk for Startups” & insights on why startups fail, cultivating luck as a skill & accountability over apology, how VC has changed, the future of the market & the enduring…
Jul 31 • 75 min
Randy Komisar, entrepreneur & Kleiner Perkins VC, shares “Straight Talk for Startups” & insights on why startups fail, importance of cultivating luck as a skill & accountability over apology, how VC has changed, the future of the market & the enduring…
E840: All #AskJason! Live call-ins & chat room questions on finding investors, marketing your skills, Service as a Software, angel mentoring, best networking, hating on social media, future of AR & more
Jul 27 • 46 min
All #AskJason! Live call-ins & chat room questions on finding investors, marketing your skills, Service as a Software, angel mentoring, best networking, hating on social media, future of AR & more
E839: Mapistry CEO & Founder Allie Janoch shares her SaaS platform for environmental regulation that provides detailed & inexpensive data in real-time, flips incentives for managers toward compliance, overturns dire pollution problems & investor…
Jul 25 • 61 min
Mapistry CEO & Founder Allie Janoch shares her SaaS platform for environmental regulation that provides detailed & inexpensive data in real-time, flips incentives for managers toward compliance, overturns dire pollution problems & investor skepticism to…
E838: David Sacks on raising $350m for Craft Ventures, betting big on scooter unicorn Bird & transforming transportation, future of VR & crypto, lessons scaling Yammer from 0 to $1b, cleaning up Zenefits, keys to frictionless flywheel & great…
Jul 20 • 46 min
David Sacks on raising $350m for Craft Ventures, betting big on scooter unicorn Bird & transforming transportation, future of VR & crypto, lessons scaling Yammer from 0 to $1b, cleaning up Zenefits, keys to frictionless flywheel & great early-stage…
E837: #StartupTuneup @ LAUNCH Festival Sydney: Founders pitch Jason on solutions in user-generated video, hiring salespeople fast, attention marketplace for biz, mentorship matching platform, finding nearest parking & more
Jul 18 • 45 min
#StartupTuneup @ LAUNCH Festival Sydney: Founders pitch Jason on solutions in user-generated video, hiring salespeople fast, attention marketplace for biz, mentorship matching platform, finding nearest parking & more
E836: News Roundtable! Peter Rojas, Betaworks & Teddy Schleifer, Recode: Gawker bought, Magic Leap: real or fraud?, Twitter bots booted, Benchmark moves, VC & vice, crypto plunges, Theranos worst, Mueller indicts
Jul 13 • 76 min
News Roundtable! Peter Rojas, Betaworks & Teddy Schleifer, Recode: Gawker bought, Magic Leap: real or fraud?, Twitter bots booted, Benchmark moves, VC & vice, crypto plunges, Theranos worst, Mueller indicts
E835: Panda.af founder Daniel Singer created a voice-controlled camera that brings to life the movie in your head, takes on Snapchat & Facebook, shares the secrets of Gen Z & being a serial entrepreneur at 18
Jul 10 • 80 min
Panda.af founder Daniel Singer created a voice-controlled camera that brings to life the movie in your head, takes on Snapchat & Facebook, shares the secrets of Gen Z & being a serial entrepreneur at 18
E834: HVMN Co-founder & CEO Geoffrey Woo on creating world’s 1st drinkable ketone, disrupting the sugar market, bio-hacking for optimal performance & super-fueling the future of human health
Jul 6 • 53 min
HVMN Co-founder & CEO Geoffrey Woo on creating world’s 1st drinkable ketone, disrupting the sugar market, bio-hacking for optimal performance & super-fueling the future of human health
E833: Crushing Customer Acquisition: Andy Artz, Social Capital explains how to think about your funnel like an investor (“If Warren Buffet Were a Marketer”) & Whitney Sales, Acceleprise walks through the optimal sales process @ LAUNCH Festival Sydney
Jun 29 • 52 min
Crushing Customer Acquisition: Andy Artz, Social Capital explains how to think about your funnel like an investor (“If Warren Buffet Were a Marketer”) & Whitney Sales, Acceleprise walks through the optimal sales process @ LAUNCH Festival Sydney
E832: The Future of Global VC: Seizing opportunities, markets, customers & money in the U.S., Australia & beyond with Ben Narasin (NEA), Samantha Wong (Blackbird Ventures), Stonly Baptiste (Urban.us) @ LAUNCH Festival Sydney
Jun 26 • 45 min
The Future of Global VC: Seizing opportunities, markets, customers & money in the U.S., Australia & beyond with Ben Narasin (NEA), Samantha Wong (Blackbird Ventures), Stonly Baptiste (Urban.us) @ LAUNCH Festival Sydney
E831: Founder.University #StartupTuneup: 10 startups in portable PT, fashion, sustainable shrimp, Latino services, education, budtenders-brands connector, nuclear-powered space tugs & more get candid feedback from Jason & investor Monique Woodard
Jun 22 • 106 min
Founder.University #StartupTuneup: 10 startups in portable PT, fashion, sustainable shrimp, Latino services, education, budtenders-brands connector, nuclear-powered space tugs & more get candid feedback from Jason & investor Monique Woodard
E830: Jeff Clavier of Uncork Capital shares seed funding strategies: understanding VC, prepping the pitch, setting valuations, targeting investors, avoiding traps & more @ LAUNCH Incubator
Jun 20 • 54 min
Jeff Clavier of Uncork Capital shares seed funding strategies: understanding VC, prepping the pitch, setting valuations, targeting investors, avoiding traps & more @ LAUNCH Incubator
E829: All #AskJason! Leveling up teams, data collection dilemmas, Masayoshi Son $100b, getting into investing in SV & beyond, valuations, pizza, China, unemployment, startup patience & more
Jun 15 • 58 min
All #AskJason! Leveling up teams, data collection dilemmas, Masayoshi Son $100b, getting into investing in SV & beyond, valuations, pizza, China, unemployment, startup patience & more
E828: WSJ investigative reporter John Carreyrou shares how he broke Theranos story & reveals its staggering scope of fraud & deception in his new book, “BAD BLOOD: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup”
Jun 12 • 73 min
WSJ investigative reporter John Carreyrou shares how he broke Theranos story & reveals its staggering scope of fraud & deception in his new book, “BAD BLOOD: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup”
E827: News Roundtable! Lon Harris & Sarah Cooper: Mystery sonic attacks in Cuba & China, SF’s belligerent police-calling scooters, social media data detox attempts, Trumps twitter blocks, Oculus Go steps it up, Elon takes on fake news
Jun 8 • 79 min
News Roundtable! Lon Harris & Sarah Cooper: Mystery sonic attacks in Cuba & China, SF’s belligerent police-calling scooters, social media data detox attempts, Trumps twitter blocks, Oculus Go steps it up, Elon takes on fake news
E826: “Dying for a Paycheck”: Stanford Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer shares the dire consequences of toxicity in the modern workplace & solutions for improving employee health
Jun 5 • 79 min
“Dying for a Paycheck”: Stanford Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer shares the dire consequences of toxicity in the modern workplace & solutions for improving employee health
E825: David Bennahum, Founder of the Ready creative building platform (@getreadyio) shares how to extend your runway and be frugal to give your startup the greatest chance of success @ LAUNCH Incubator
Jun 1 • 40 min
David Bennahum, Founder of the Ready creative building platform (@getreadyio) shares how to extend your runway and be frugal to give your startup the greatest chance of success @ LAUNCH Incubator
E824: “Open Book Challenge”! Jason’s request for startups to replace Facebook gets underway: meet four founders with unique solutions to unseat the social media giant (applications open until 6/15/18)
May 29 • 67 min
“Open Book Challenge”! Jason’s request for startups to replace Facebook gets underway: meet four founders with unique solutions to unseat the social media giant (applications open until 6/15/18)
E823: Lambda School CEO Austen Allred created an immersive online training for software engineers at no upfront cost, disrupts education by eliminating student debt & aligning incentives of his school with those of its learners
May 25 • 68 min
Lambda School CEO Austen Allred created an immersive online training for software engineers at no upfront cost, disrupts education by eliminating student debt & aligning incentives of his school with those of its learners
E822: Misty Robotics Founder Ian Bernstein (fmr Sphero) intros his programmable robot Misty II, & shares insights from developing BB-8, inspiring next generation with STEM education & creating the future of personal robots
May 22 • 71 min
Misty Robotics Founder Ian Bernstein (fmr Sphero) intros his programmable robot Misty II, shares insights from developing BB-8, inspiring next generation with STEM education & creating the future of personal robots
E821: News Roundtable! Jeff Bercovici, Inc. & Alex Kantrowitz, BuzzFeed: Facebook plays to regain trust, Google A.I. terrifies, Amazon fake reviews, autopilot dilemma, tech’s global reckoning, & this week in startups that let you avoid death
May 18 • 79 min
News Roundtable! Jeff Bercovici, Inc. & Alex Kantrowitz, BuzzFeed: Facebook plays to regain trust, Google A.I. terrifies, Amazon fake reviews, autopilot dilemma, tech’s global reckoning, & this week in startups that let you avoid death
E820: JUMP Bikes founder Ryan Rzepecki on building SF’s only electrified, dockless bike share, being acquired by Uber, gearing up for massive multi-city scale & defining the future of cities and transportation
May 15 • 57 min
JUMP Bikes founder Ryan Rzepecki on building SF’s only electrified, dockless bike share, being acquired by Uber, gearing up for massive multi-city scale & defining the future of cities and transportation
E819: Brave founder Brendan Eich (fmr Mozilla, JavaScript) on creating the ad-blocking, anon browser for our age, rewarding users with crypto-payment tokens, & raising $35m in 30 seconds for a rare ICO resulting in an actual product
May 11 • 65 min
Brave founder Brendan Eich (fmr Mozilla, JavaScript) on creating the ad-blocking, anon browser for our age, rewarding users with crypto-payment tokens, & raising $35m in 30 seconds for a rare ICO resulting in an actual product
E818: Firstminute Capital founder Brent Hoberman shares insights building ecommerce pioneer lastminute.com, joys of early-stage VC & backing obsessed founders, the future of A.I., outlook for media, & the unique challenges & opportunities of…
May 8 • 66 min
Firstminute Capital founder Brent Hoberman shares insights building ecommerce pioneer lastminute.com, joys of early-stage VC & backing obsessed founders, the future of A.I., outlook for media, & the unique challenges & opportunities of pan-European…
E817: News Roundtable! Gadget Guy Dave Mathews (NewAer ) & Austin Smith (Inside.com): Elon rants at investors, Facebook steals again w/Dating, Telegram cancels public ICO, Cambridge Analytica bankrupts, WhatsApp founder quits, scooters confound
May 4 • 83 min
News Roundtable! Gadget Guy Dave Mathews (NewAer ) & Austin Smith (Inside.com): Elon rants at investors, Facebook steals again w/Dating, Telegram cancels public ICO, Cambridge Analytica bankrupts, WhatsApp founder quits, scooters confound
E816: Mike Ghaffary of Social Capital shares strategies for getting the edge with “Productivity for Your Startup: An Action Plan” @ LAUNCH Incubator
May 1 • 71 min
Mike Ghaffary of Social Capital shares strategies for getting the edge with “Productivity for Your Startup: An Action Plan” @ LAUNCH Incubator
E815: All #AskJason: Surprising founders, effective crowdsourcing, AI hot or hype?, video game startups, cannabis, holding v. selling, raising $, building expertise
Apr 27 • 45 min
All #AskJason: Surprising founders, effective crowdsourcing, AI hot or hype?, video game startups, cannabis, holding v. selling, raising $, building expertise
E814: Airtable Co-founder Howie Liu raises $52m Series B for his smart spreadsheets, launches “Blocks” customizable apps to supercharge database insights, shares lessons as a 2nd-time founder & vision for the ultimate workflow
Apr 24 • 76 min
Airtable Co-founder Howie Liu raises $52m Series B for his smart spreadsheets, launches “Blocks” customizable apps to supercharge database insights, shares lessons as a 2nd-time founder & vision for the ultimate workflow
E813: Andy Rachleff shares insights from co-founding Benchmark & building Wealthfront to manage $10b+ assets, announces 50% fee cut for Risk Parity, talks stock market, financial literacy & the wisdom of investing against human instinct
Apr 20 • 78 min
Andy Rachleff shares insights from co-founding Benchmark & building Wealthfront to manage $10b+ assets, announces 50% fee cut for Risk Parity, talks stock market, financial literacy & the wisdom of investing against human instinct
E812: Startup Tuneup, Down Under! 6 Australian startups pitch Jason on VR therapy, food scrap collection, tree-planting robots, entrepreneurialism for kids, vets-pet owner platform, & homeowner all-in-one custom building
Apr 17 • 78 min
Startup Tuneup, Down Under! 6 Australian startups pitch Jason on VR therapy, food scrap collection, tree-planting robots, entrepreneurialism for kids, vets-pet owner platform, & homeowner all-in-one custom building
E811: News Roundtable! Iain Thomson, The Register & Brian Alvey, Clipisode: Zuck testifies to Congress, Facebook’s data dilemma, Trump orders USPS review, YouTube demonetization fallout, self-driving car accidents & the dangers of human distraction
Apr 13 • 62 min
News Roundtable! Iain Thomson, The Register & Brian Alvey, Clipisode: Zuck testifies to Congress, Facebook’s data dilemma, Trump orders USPS review, YouTube demonetization fallout, self-driving car accidents & the dangers of human distraction
E810: Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund: “Forming a Board: Why & When (or, To Board or Not to Board) & Domingo Guerra, Appthority “Founder Lessons from Seed to Series B” @ Founder.University
Apr 10 • 80 min
Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund: “Forming a Board: Why & When (or, To Board or Not to Board) & Domingo Guerra, Appthority “Founder Lessons from Seed to Series B” @ Founder.University
E809: Abra Founder Bill Barhydt built the 1st global wallet to buy, store & invest 20 crypto- & 50 fiat currencies; shares insights on ICOs (the good, bad & ugly), bitcoin’s euphoric rollercoaster, liquidity, mining, the IRS & crypto’s immutable…
Apr 6 • 79 min
Abra Founder Bill Barhydt built the 1st global wallet to buy, store & invest 20 crypto- & 50 fiat currencies; shares insights on ICOs (the good, bad & ugly), bitcoin’s euphoric rollercoaster, liquidity, mining, the IRS & crypto’s immutable fate to…
E808: News Roundtable! Cade Metz, NYT & Sarah Cooper, The Cooper Review: YouTube shooting, Trump attacks Amazon, A.I. fights for talent, deconstructing Zuck, crypto plummets, the fate (& fatal) of self-driving
Apr 4 • 92 min
News Roundtable! Cade Metz, NYT & Sarah Cooper, The Cooper Review: YouTube shooting, Trump attacks Amazon, A.I. fights for talent, deconstructing Zuck, crypto plummets, the fate (& fatal) of self-driving
E20: “Angel” podcast: Ask an Angel! Jason Calacanis & Ed Roman answer questions on startup runway concerns, syndicate hit rates, advising best practices, founder updates, due diligence, pro-rata rights, investment legal structures & more
Apr 2 • 60 min
“Angel” podcast: Ask an Angel! Jason Calacanis & Ed Roman answer questions on startup runway concerns, syndicate hit rates, advising best practices, founder updates, due diligence, pro-rata rights, investment legal structures & more
E807: Intercom co-founder Des Traynor explains exactly how to “Build the Right Thing” and scale strategically with principles, values, and mission @ LAUNCH Incubator
Mar 30 • 73 min
Intercom co-founder Des Traynor explains exactly how to “Build the Right Thing” and scale strategically with principles, values, and mission @ LAUNCH Incubator
E806: Rachel Hepworth, Head of Growth Marketing at Slack, breaks down how startups can best “Go to Market and Grow” @ Founder.University
Mar 27 • 52 min
Rachel Hepworth, Head of Growth Marketing at Slack, breaks down how startups should “Go to Market and Grow” @ Founder.University
E19: “Angel” podcast: Pete Flint, NFX Managing Partner & Trulia Founder, shares insights from entrepreneurship to investing, criteria for $150m seed fund, supporting persistent founders, company-building & culture, targeting markets ripe for…
Mar 25 • 77 min
“Angel” podcast: Pete Flint, NFX Managing Partner & Trulia Founder, shares insights from entrepreneurship to investing, criteria for $150m seed fund, supporting persistent founders, company-building & culture, targeting markets ripe for disruption, & the…
E805: Innovating Biology: next-level tech tackles the human condition with Contraline’s non-surgical, reversible male contraception & Spiral Therapeutics’ hydrogel therapy for hearing loss prevention
Mar 23 • 48 min
Innovating Biology: next-level tech tackles the human condition with Contraline’s non-surgical, reversible male contraception & Spiral Therapeutics’ hydrogel therapy for hearing loss prevention
E804: News Roundtable! Antonio Garcia Martinez (“Chaos Monkeys,” original Facebook Ads PM) & Austin Smith (Inside.com) dissect the deepening Facebook data scandal & Cambridge Analytica’s Trump ties & info; also autonomous Uber fatality, full…
Mar 20 • 72 min
News Roundtable! Antonio Garcia Martinez (“Chaos Monkeys,” original Facebook Ads PM) & Austin Smith (Inside.com) dissect the deepening Facebook data scandal & Cambridge Analytica’s Trump ties & info; also autonomous Uber fatality, full Theranos implosion
E803: Startup Tuneup “Solving Cities”: 6 co’s pitch to Jason innovating in autonomous tech sensors, city maps from space, ML for road monitoring, AI-improved city grids, safer construction sites, & alt. car ownership
Mar 17 • 73 min
Startup Tuneup “Solving Cities”: 6 co’s pitch to Jason innovating in autonomous tech sensors, city maps from space, ML for road monitoring, AI-improved city grids, safer construction sites, & alt. car ownership
E802: All #AskJason! Minimizing burn rate, SV mental health, self-funding to Series A, equity splits, “sustainability” stigma, solo-founding, founder/angel bad habits, product+services & more
Mar 13 • 51 min
All #AskJason! Minimizing burn rate, SV mental health, self-funding to Series A, equity splits, “sustainability” stigma, solo-founding, founder/angel bad habits, product+services & more
E801: Open Listings CEO Judd Schoenholtz on creating a self-service real estate market, promoting affordability & returning agent costs to buyers, reducing legacy bad behavior, & driving the future of housing
Mar 9 • 64 min
E801: Open Listings CEO Judd Schoenholtz on creating a self-service real estate market, promoting affordability & returning agent costs to buyers, reducing legacy bad behavior, & driving the future of housing
E801: Open Listings CEO Judd Schoenholtz on creating a self-service real estate market, promoting affordability & returning agent costs to buyers, reducing legacy bad behavior, & driving the future of housing
Mar 9 • 64 min
E801: Open Listings CEO Judd Schoenholtz on creating a self-service real estate market, promoting affordability & returning agent costs to buyers, reducing legacy bad behavior, & driving the future of housing
E800: Startup Tuneup/#AskJason LIVE: Five founders pitch for Jason’s candid feedback (& audience votes) in co-working, healthcare, education, investing, and peer networking
Mar 6 • 70 min
E800: Startup Tuneup/#AskJason LIVE: Five founders pitch for Jason’s candid feedback (& audience votes) in co-working, healthcare, education, investing, and peer networking
E799: Introducing Skydio, 1st self-flying camera that follows you around; CEO Adam Bry discusses trustworthy autonomy, consumer to military applications & demos the drone chasing @Jason in an alley
Feb 27 • 39 min
Introducing Skydio, 1st self-flying camera that follows you around; CEO Adam Bry discusses trustworthy autonomy, consumer to military applications & demos the drone chasing @Jason in an alley
E798: News Roundtable! Antonio Garcia Martinez (author “Chaos Monkeys”) & Clara Brenner (Urban Innovation Fund) dissect Facebook’s Russia problem, targeted ads & dilemmas of unrestricted growth, crypto news, harassment in VC, gun control & Gen Z…
Feb 23 • 87 min
News Roundtable! Antonio Garcia Martinez (author “Chaos Monkeys”) & Clara Brenner (Urban Innovation Fund) dissect Facebook’s Russia problem, targeted ads & dilemmas of unrestricted growth, crypto news, harassment in VC, gun control & Gen Z activism
E797: “Funding Your Startup”: Jenny Lefcourt, VC at Freestyle Capital & serial entrepreneur, shares anatomy of the ideal deck & ultimate pitch to raise your round right @ Founder.University
Feb 20 • 53 min
“Funding Your Startup”: Jenny Lefcourt, VC at Freestyle Capital & serial entrepreneur, shares anatomy of the ideal deck & ultimate pitch to raise your round right @ Founder.University
E18: “Angel” podcast: Rob May, investor 45+ co’s & founder Talla & Backupify, shares dealbreakers, successful founder patterns, using scar tissue as entrepreneur to be a better angel, creating Talla’s ICO & future of bots, blockchain, & crypto
Feb 18 • 69 min
“Angel” podcast: Rob May, investor 45+ co’s & founder Talla & Backupify, shares dealbreakers, successful founder patterns, using scar tissue as entrepreneur to be a better angel, creating Talla’s ICO & future of bots, blockchain, & crypto
E796: Othman Laraki, Color CEO & Co-founder, uses genetics to engage people in preventative health & early disease detection, draws on deep experience as entrepreneur, investor & carrier of BRCA gene
Feb 16 • 71 min
Othman Laraki, Color CEO & Co-founder, uses genetics to engage people in preventative health & early disease detection, draws on deep experience as entrepreneur, investor & carrier of BRCA gene
E795: Charles Hudson, Managing Partner Precursor Ventures, breaks down how not to mess up your Seed round, manage product, team & investors, avoid distractions, critical hiring questions, future milestones & more @ Founder.University
Feb 13 • 59 min
Charles Hudson, Managing Partner Precursor Ventures, breaks down how not to mess up your Seed round, managing product, team & investors, avoiding distractions, critical hiring questions, future milestones & more @ Founder.University
E794: Max Levchin, co-founder Affirm, PayPal, Slide & investor 120+ co’s on SV early days, finding Peter Thiel & Elon Musk, fighting fraud, Yahoo! board tales, mentoring startups, & returning to Fintech with “beneficience” & giving credit to the…
Feb 9 • 82 min
Max Levchin, co-founder Affirm, PayPal, Slide & investor 120+ co’s on SV early days, finding Peter Thiel & Elon Musk, fighting fraud, Yahoo! board tales, mentoring startups, & returning to Fintech with “beneficience” & giving credit to the consumers who…
E17 “Angel” podcast: Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund shares insights from ~50 investments focused on solving our biggest challenges, importance of tenacity, momentum, culture to scale & positive communication with investors
Feb 8 • 70 min
Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund shares insights from ~50 investments focused on solving our biggest challenges, the importance of tenacity, momentum, culture to scale & positive communication with investors
E793: News Roundtable! Ari Levy, CNBC & Dave Mathews, NewAer: Crazy Crypto, Bitcoin rollercoaster & exploding ICOs, Q4 “Earningsaggedon” & what’s next for Amazon/Alphabet/Apple/Facebook, Trump Tax & influx of $, tech graveyard
Feb 2 • 65 min
News Roundtable! Ari Levy, CNBC & Dave Mathews, NewAer: Crazy Crypto, Bitcoin rollercoaster & exploding ICOs, Q4 “Earningsaggedon” & what’s next for Amazon/Alphabet/Apple/Facebook, Trump Tax & influx of $, tech graveyard
E792: Patty McCord, prev. Netflix Chief Talent Officer & cornerstone of its epic success, shares strategies & actionable insights from her new book, “Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility.”
Jan 30 • 69 min
Patty McCord was a key member of Reed Hasting’s epic run in building Netflix from a quirky Blockbuster competitor into Hollywood’s dominant creator of entertainment, with 110m+ global subscribers — on pace to create the largest paid subscription service…
E16: “Angel” podcast: Arjun Sethi, Social Capital on bringing skills as a founder (MessageMe, Lolapps) & Yahoo head of growth to early-stage investing, being candid, overcoming hubris, taking methodical risks, & the critical importance of…
Jan 28 • 73 min
Arjun Sethi, Social Capital on bringing skills as a founder (MessageMe, Lolapps) & Yahoo head of growth to early-stage investing, being candid, overcoming hubris, taking methodical risks, & the critical importance of rapid-learning, resilient teams
E791: All Ask Jason! FOMO strategies for investors, product managers as founders, right times to raise, investable media, crypto mania, automotive startup explosion, angel failures & lessons
Jan 26 • 57 min
All Ask Jason! FOMO strategies for investors, product managers as founders, right times to raise, investable media, crypto mania, automotive startup explosion, angel failures & lessons
E790: “How to 10x Your People”: David Hassell of 15Five shares best strategies for setting & scaling your startup team & culture @ Founder.University
Jan 19 • 66 min
“How to 10x Your People”: David Hassell of 15Five shares best strategies for setting & scaling your startup team & culture @ Founder.University
E15: “Angel” podcast: Arlan Hamilton, Backstage Capital on being a self-taught VC, creating a rocket ship to fund 64+ underrepresented founders in just 2yrs, launching an upcoming studio, & mastering the art of disciplined investing
Jan 18 • 53 min
Arlan Hamilton, Backstage Capital on being a self-taught VC, creating a rocket ship to fund 64+ underrepresented founders in just 2yrs, launching an upcoming studio, & mastering the art of disciplined investing
E789: “Eliminating Dealbreakers”: Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund, breaks down how to avoid common pitfalls in fundraising @ Founder.University
Jan 16 • 57 min
“Eliminating Dealbreakers”: Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund, breaks down how to avoid common pitfalls in fundraising @ Founder.University
E788: News Roundtable! Jeff Bercovici (Inc.) & Ryan Block (Begin, prev. Engadget) talk Facebook newsfeed about-face, CES strange robots & Kodak’s confusing crypto play, Tesla 3, Thiel intrigue, Google diversity controversy
Jan 12 • 66 min
News Roundtable! Jeff Bercovici (Inc.) & Ryan Block (Begin, prev. Engadget) talk Facebook newsfeed about-face, uninspiring CES robots & sad Kodak crypto, Tesla 3, Thiel intrigue, (more) Google diversity controversy
E787: One Concern CEO & natural disaster survivor Ahmad Wani created A.I. platform Seismic Concern to predict earthquake impact, direct response teams with greater accuracy, & save lives
Jan 9 • 54 min
One Concern CEO & natural disaster survivor Ahmad Wani created A.I. platform Seismic Concern to predict earthquake impact, direct response teams with greater accuracy, & save lives
E14: “Angel” podcast: Satya Patel, Homebrew, on 80+ investments, betting on founders with mission, solving problems over building biz, funding “phases” not stages, portfolio stars, & the critical importance of boards & organizational muscle memory
Jan 4 • 78 min
Satya Patel of Homebrew on 80+ investments, betting on founders with a mission, solving a problem over building a business, funding “phases” not stages, portfolio stars, & the critical importance of boards & organizational muscle memory
E786: Startup Tuneup: 8 founders pitch for Jason’s candid feedback in healthcare, sports SaaS, marketing, (co)workspace, voter/candidate match, home repair, interactive mirror @ Founder.University
Dec 29, 2017 • 78 min
Startup Tuneup: 8 founders pitch & get Jason’s candid feedback in healthcare, sports SaaS, influencer marketing, (co-) work space creation, voter/candidate matching, home repair concierge, retail interactive mirror
E13: “Angel” podcast: Jeff Clavier, Uncork Capital, on pioneering micro VC, lessons from 200+ investments & 5 funds, strategizing at Seed for Series A crunch, risky ICOs, & the hard-won wisdom of always be raising
Dec 22, 2017 • 76 min
Jeff Clavier, Uncork Capital, on pioneering micro VC, lessons from 200+ investments & 5 funds, strategizing at Seed for Series A crunch, risky ICOs, & the hard-won wisdom of always be raising
E785: News Roundtable, Top Tech 2017! Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt & Adam Ludwin of Chain take on net neutrality & fallout, crypto craze & FOMO, hottest products & predictions for biggest stories of 2018
Dec 18, 2017 • 91 min
News Roundtable, Top Tech 2017! Jason, Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt & Adam Ludwin of Chain take on repealed net neutrality & fallout, crypto craze & FOMO, hottest products & predictions for the big stories of 2018.
E12: “Angel” podcast: Boldstart Founder Ed Sim on 20yrs seeding 50+ enterprise co’s, how his father’s fleeing N. Korea shaped his VC, NYC deep tech, & being 1st dollar in to guide founder-product fit to product-market fit to self-sustainability
Dec 17, 2017 • 58 min
Boldstart Founder Ed Sim on 20yrs seeding 50+ enterprise co’s, how his father’s fleeing N. Korea shaped his VC, NYC deep tech, & being 1st dollar in to help move founder-product fit to product-market fit to self-sustainability.
E784: Introducing Descript: Founder Andrew Mason (Groupon) puts seamless audio editing & transcription directly into hands of podcasters, a tool to catapult a booming industry into the stratosphere
Dec 12, 2017 • 68 min
Today, entrepreneur Andrew Mason (Groupon, Detour) is in the studio with Jason to demo Descript, his audio editing & transcription tool for podcasters. A simple and seamless tool that aims to revolutionize content & catapult the booming podcast industry…
E11: “Angel” podcast: Urban.us Shaun Abrahamson & Stonly Baptiste seed & support startups to improve cities, solve climate/housing/transportation, & profit in expanding urban megaregions & TAM
Dec 10, 2017 • 63 min
As populations grow, and climates change, could cities be our salvation? With the right infrastructure, urban areas or megaregions can be the most carbon & economic efficient habitations. But cities face countless problems, in housing shortages, broken…
E783: Finless Foods is creating clean fish, a biotech solution to the increasing scarcity of healthy, affordable seafood for our planet; CEO Mike Selden demos sustainability with cutting-edge cell culture tech
Dec 8, 2017 • 60 min
Fish consumption is on the rise, but the earth’s exploitable fish supply is dwindling. And becoming more polluted. And expensive. Finless Foods is looking to solve this scarcity with biotechnology. CEO Mike Selden explains his clean fish, an affordable,…
E782: Founder.University Startup Tuneup: Jason & Brian Alvey dissect then perfect pitches in 7 verticals (stain-free clothes, outdoor marketplace, political engagement, acct data, podcast sharing, healthcare, electric scooters!)
Dec 6, 2017 • 90 min
Filmed at LAUNCH Founder.University, 12/4/17. Startup Tuneup: Jason & Brian Alvey dissect then perfect pitches in 7 verticals (stain-free clothes, outdoor marketplace, political engagement, acct data, podcast sharing, healthcare, electric scooters!)
E10: “Angel” podcast: Matt Brezina, investor in 65+ startups (Dropbox, Cruise) & founder (Xobni, Sincerely) shares strategies for backing relentlessly resourceful founder-builders & bringing operational value in return
Nov 30, 2017 • 91 min
In “Angel” episode 10, Jason talks with Matt Brezina, angel investor in over 65 startups, including Dropbox, Cruise & Ring, and also founder of Xobni & Sincerely. Matt shares how & why he got into investing, his critical formative time in YC, the lasting…
E781: Matrix Partners’ David Skok breaks down how to get inside your buyer’s head to increase funnel conversion rates; Maren Kate Donovan’s lessons from building Zirtual to $11m/yr & losing it overnight
Nov 28, 2017 • 59 min
Filmed at LAUNCH SCALE 2017: Matrix Partners’ David Skok breaks down how to get inside your buyer’s head to increase funnel conversion rates; Maren Kate Donovan’s lessons from building Zirtual to $11m/yr & losing it overnight
E780: News Roundtable! Peter Rojas (Betaworks, prev. Engadget), Iain Thomson (The Register): Tesla two-punch w/Roadster & Semi, Apple AR boom/VR bust, StitchFix & IPO cautions, backflipping robots & future of auto warfare
Nov 20, 2017 • 74 min
News Roundtable! Peter Rojas (Betaworks, prev. Engadget), Iain Thomson (The Register): Tesla two-punch w/Roadster & Semi, Apple AR boom/VR bust, StitchFix & IPO cautions, backflipping robots & future of auto warfare
E779: Brian Armstrong, Coinbase & Tim Draper, DFJ on the state of cryptocurrency’s maturing market: ICOs as new funding vehicle, disruption of VC, the end of fiat, rise of open source, & the continued dominance & resiliency of bitcoin
Nov 17, 2017 • 53 min
Filmed at DFJ Summit 11/16/17: Brian Armstrong, Coinbase & Tim Draper, DFJ on the state of cryptocurrency’s maturing market: ICOs as new funding vehicle, disruption of VC, the end of fiat, rise of open source, & the continued dominance & resiliency of…
E778: LAUNCH Scale: Greylock’s Josh Elman (prev. FB, Twitter) breaks down the only metric that matters for hyper-growth; Talla’s Rob May (prev. Backupify) presents his step-by-step guide for whether blockchain/ICO is right for your startup
Nov 15, 2017 • 64 min
Filmed at LAUNCH Scale 2017: Greylock’s Josh Elman (prev. FB, Twitter) breaks down the only metric that matters for hyper-growth; Talla’s Rob May (prev. Backupify) presents his step-by-step guide for whether blockchain/ICO is right for your startup.
E9: “Angel” podcast: Ask An Angel! Jason Calacanis & Brian Alvey answer investor questions on picking startups, evaluating founders, due diligence, how syndicates work, deal terms & more
Nov 14, 2017 • 60 min
Ask an Angel! It’s a special episode of “Angel,” with Jason Calacanis & Brian Alvey (Clipisode, LAUNCH) candidly answer the burning questions of investors and those aspiring to be. Picking startups, evaluating founders, due diligence, Syndicates ins/outs,…
E777: Startups on a mission: AID:Tech uses blockchain to prevent fraud & corruption by issuing digital identities to the undocumented; RoboKind robots teach social & emotional skills to children with autism
Nov 10, 2017 • 53 min
Today: two startups making a difference in the world. First, AID:Tech uses blockchain to prevent donation fraud by issuing digital identities to the undocumented — thus combatting the 4.4 trillion dollars lost each year because of fraud corruption and…
E776: Social Capital’s Chamath Palihapitiya on turbulent VC ecosystem, ICO skepticism & rethinking biz models to WIN; Samsung NEXT’s David Eun on transforming industry by meeting entrepreneurs wherever they are
Nov 8, 2017 • 76 min
At LAUNCH SCALE 2017, Jason sits down with two leaders defining the future of investment. Chamath Palihapitiya, who grew Facebook and went on to found VC powerhouse Social Capital, sets us straight on the state of venture capital and markets today, and…
E775: CoinList, the collab behind Filecoin $205m+ ICO, emerges as one-stop compliance, anti-money laundering & financial services platform for all ICOs; CEO Andy Bromberg talks risks & rewards of the token explosion
Nov 3, 2017 • 70 min
Billions of dollars are gushing into ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings). But with every dollar emerges more questions about what purchasers are actually getting. And as reality sets in, the law suits begin. (To wit: Tezos, on this program for after raising…
E774: All #AskJason: product pitches, investment v. bootstrapping, best models & metrics for SaaS & enterprise, getting to revenue, diversity in teams, landing angels & VCs, with Brian Alvey
Nov 2, 2017 • 65 min
It’s a special All #AskJason, with Brian Alvey! The duo offer candid feedback and practical advice on a variety of entrepreneurs’ video questions and pitches. Investment v. bootstrapping, best models & metrics for SaaS & enterprise, getting to revenue,…
BONUS TWiST Breaking News: Big tech testifies to congress over Russia’s interference in election
Nov 1, 2017 • 46 min
In today’s emergency bonus episode of TWiST, the topic is Facebook, Google, and Twitter testifying to Congress about Russia’s interference in the U.S. 2016 presidential election. The two-day testimony saw no shortage of shocking revelations, most notably…
E8: “Angel” podcast: Pear VC Founding Managing Partner Pejman Nozad shares lessons from selling rugs as an immigrant to seeding 100+ co’s & 6 unicorns, staying disciplined & backing founders who want to make a difference
Oct 31, 2017 • 71 min
In episode 8 of “Angel,” Jason sits down with Pejman Nozad, Founding Managing Partner of Pear VC. Pejman came to the U.S. from Iran with nothing, and eventually became one of the most successful angel investors ever, seeding 100+ startups including 6…
E773: Future of ICOs, Cryptocurrency & VC with Brock Pierce (Blockchain Cap, Block.one) & Vinny Lingham (Civic) @ LAUNCH SCALE 2017
Oct 27, 2017 • 50 min
Cryptocurrency & ICOs are the definitive talk of tech today. Two of the field’s greatest innovators, Brock Pierce (Blockchain Capital & Block.one) & Vinny Lingham (Civic) joined Jason at LAUNCH SCALE 2017 to discuss how we arrived at arguably the most…
E772: LAUNCH SCALE! Investors Ben Narasin (NEA), Arlan Hamilton (Backstage Capital) & Zach Coelius (Angel, Syndicate Lead) share with founders what they look for & what it takes in 2017
Oct 24, 2017 • 44 min
Pure hustle, tireless fighting, and (sometimes) unadulterated dumb luck are just a few of the reasons why this star investor panel has succeeded when others have failed. Filmed at LAUNCH SCALE 2017, Ben Narasin (NEA), Arlan Hamilton (Backstage Capital) &…
E771: Best of Europe #STHLMTech: Future of Games with Unity’s David Helgason & Future of Investing (& pitches) with BackingMinds, Norrsken, Wellstreet
Oct 20, 2017 • 67 min
First up at Stockholm Tech Fest 2017 hosted by Tyler Crowley, Jason talks to David Helgason, founder of Unity, the leading creation game engine in the world. Then Jason and Tyler head over to the Future of Investing and talk with BackingMinds, Norrsken &…
E770: Northvolt CEO Peter Carlsson takes on Tesla with new gigafactory; iZettle & Founder Jacob de Geer power Europe fintech-#STHLMtech Fest
Oct 17, 2017 • 52 min
At Stockholm Tech Fest 2017 hosted by Tyler Crowley, Jason sits down with Northvolt CEO Peter Carlsson, formerly of Tesla, who is building Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery factory…and a competitor to Tesla. It’s a fascinating discussion on the future…
E769: #TWiSTLive @ WSGR: Balaji Srinivasan (21.co & a16z) on pioneering crypto & social tokens, judging ICOs, extended longevity, free speech, future tech predictions as the internet becomes world’s biggest stock market
Oct 10, 2017 • 98 min
Balaji Srinivasan, 21.co founder & a16z board member, talks with Jason at #TWiSTLive, filmed at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Balaji’s startup 21.co, which began in bitcoin mining, pivoted to a platform for incentivized in-mail responses, paid in…
E7: “Angel” podcast: Dave Samuel, Freestyle Capital, on joy & risk of early-stage, qualities of ideal founder, team & product, portfolio faves, & focused investing as a former entrepreneur
Oct 9, 2017 • 85 min
On Episode 7 of “Angel,” Jason talks to Freestyle Capital co-founder Dave Samuel, a former founder (Spinner, Brondell) who brings his entrepreneurial focus to investing. Dave shares what qualities he looks for in startups & products, his love for building…
E768: Freestyle Capital’s Dave Samuel on the joy & risk of early-stage VC, ideal founder & product qualities, focused investing as a former entrepreneur, creating the world’s smartest toilet, & founding then selling the 1st internet music service to…
Oct 6, 2017 • 85 min
Today’s guest is Freestyle Capital’s Dave Samuel, former entrepreneur (Spinner, Brondell) who applies his founders’ lens to his investing and talks with Jason about what qualities he looks for in startups, the trouble with B2C, his love for building teams…
E767: Jason Goldberg (Pepo, Fab.com) introduces Simple Token for apps to launch branded crypto tokens, shares serial entrepreneur highs & lows, gaining perspective with age, & building the plumbing for a decentralized web
Oct 3, 2017 • 87 min
Pepo & Fab.com founder Jason Goldberg introduces Simple Token for apps to build branded tokens, bridging the gap between consumer & cryptocurrency. Jason G. walks Jason C. through what he calls the most exciting project he’s ever been involved with, now…
E766: Casey Winters (Greylock, prev. Pinterest & Grubhub) shows how to measure retention & product-market fit to LAUNCH Incubator
Sep 26, 2017 • 50 min
Back by popular demand is Casey Winters of Greylock (previously Growth Head Pinterest, Grubhub), who gives the LAUNCH Incubator a master class on measuring retention & product-market fit. Do you have product-market fit? How do you know? How do you go…
E6: “Angel” podcast: Ben Narasin shares his strategy behind 80 portfolio co’s (w/ 50% Series A conversions & 3 unicorns), proven thesis on successful startups & founders, & betting on the strength of conviction
Sep 24, 2017 • 74 min
Ben Narasin has a unique view on early-stage investing, quite different than Jason’s, and today on “Angel,” he shares his proven thesis and dives into a track record that speaks for itself, with over half of his seed companies reaching Series A, and 3…
E765: Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde on his P2P revolution for tech access, jail-time lessons, broken democracy, death of privacy, redefining politics, & the frightening specter of President Zuck – at #SthlmTech Fest
Sep 19, 2017 • 42 min
At Stockholm Tech Fest 2017: Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde talks with Jason about his P2P revolution for global technology access & impact, lessons he learned from the resulting jail time, our completely broken democracy, the total death of privacy,…
E764: News Roundtable! Molly Wood (Marketplace Tech) & Sarah Frier (Bloomberg): Facebook takes Russian money (& next bombshell predictions), divisive ads, Zuck run amok, $1000 Apple, AI predicts orientation, Bodega blow-up
Sep 15, 2017 • 101 min
On today’s News Roundtable, Molly Wood of Marketplace & Sarah Frier of Bloomberg join Jason to talk the biggest news of the week: Facebook deploying Russian money for ads during the election. The ethics of FB ad targeting, Zuckerberg’s intentions,…
E763: Front CEO Mathilde Collin on reinventing team & customer communication with collaborative inbox, unseating enterprise giants, Paris v. SV entrepreneurship, integrating A.I., & building a culture of transparency
Sep 12, 2017 • 58 min
Today’s guest features CEO of Front, Mathilde Collin. Originally based in France, she moved her company of 17 people to Silicon Valley and now has thousands of customers for her enterprise product, which is currently used by Inside.com. She went to Y…
E5: “Angel” podcast: Zach Coelius, founder-turned-angel & Syndicate leader with a $1b exit after only 2yrs investing, shares insights on advising, hustling, deal flow, & the thrill of first market validation
Sep 9, 2017 • 81 min
In today’s episode of “Angel,” Jason welcomes Syndicate leader Zach Coelius, Triggit founder who, only after 2yrs as an angel, has already enjoyed a $1b exit (Cruise, bought by GM). Zach shares his insights as a founder-turned-investor, including finding…
E762: Leap Motion uses high-fidelity hand tracking to make AR/VR come to life; CEO/co-founder Michael Buckwald talks mission, predictions, & successfully funding a 10yr journey pre product-market fit
Sep 8, 2017 • 68 min
Today on the program, we are going full science fiction with a company that is at the forefront of the VR revolution, Leap Motion. They are making great progress in this space, recently raising $50m from investors like Bill Warner, Founders Fund, and…
E761: Tim O’Reilly & new book “WTF: What’s the Future & Why It’s Up to Us” use tech’s history & lessons to reveal the true nature of our economy, & the difficult choices we need to make now for our future economic survival
Sep 5, 2017 • 90 min
Tim O’Reilly is one of the great thought leaders in the history of technology. His much anticipated book (coming 10/10), called “WTF: What’s the Future & Why It’s Up to Us,” breaks down his lessons & observations from a life in tech to draws a roadmap for…
E760: MedAware & uHoo: two emerging international health startups aiming to eliminate prescription errors & toxic air
Sep 3, 2017 • 50 min
Today’s episode features two emerging startups tackling two critical health problems around the world. MedAware & CEO/co-founder Gidi Stein are focused on eliminating prescription errors using AI/Machine Learning, flagging mistakes in real-time, saving…
E759: Tezos CEO/Co-founder Kathleen Breitman on her record-breaking $232m ICO for a new self-governing smart contract blockchain, fundraising in Switzerland’s Crypto Valley, innovating beyond skepticism, the rise of cypherpunks & the world-changing…
Sep 1, 2017 • 78 min
Today, we’re going to get a lot smarter about ICOs and cryptocurrencies with today’s guest, Kathleen Breitman, co-founder of Dynamic Ledger Solutions, which has developed Tezos, a new blockchain-based smart contract platform with an on-chain governance…
E758: Blockchain CEO Peter Smith on scaling his cryptocurrency wallet to 16m+ users, new Etherium & bitcoin cash integration, ICO predictions, the state of the dark web, regulation speculation, & the power of monetary velocity
Aug 29, 2017 • 84 min
If you’ve been paying attention, blockchain, bitcoin, Ethereum, and ICOs are hot topics. After talking about cryptocurrency for a few years on This Week in Startups, it is now having its shining moment, with one bitcoin trading at over $4000. Our guest…
E4: “Angel” podcast: angel & syndicate leader Ed Roman on optimizing for outsized outcomes, leaning on gut & market analysis, not learning the wrong lessons, avoiding fraudulent customers, & swinging for fences (only) in SV
Aug 26, 2017 • 52 min
In episode 4 “Angel” podcast Jason talks to angel & syndicate leader Ed Roman. Ed describes his journey from serial entrepreneur in Austin to syndicate angel in Silicon Valley, and shares strategies for optimizing for outsized outcomes, developing the…
E757: Kevin Kelly, “Wired” Founding Executive Editor & “The Inevitable” author/futurist, on transformative A.I. & soft singularity, our global identity crisis, radical optimism about employment, & finding ourselves at only the beginning of the…
Aug 25, 2017 • 79 min
From the Whole Earth Review to Wired magazine, to his many books, Kevin Kelly has been at the leading edge in chronicling technology’s impact on society. In this thought-provoking and inspiring interview, Kevin provides an optimistic roadmap for the…
E756: Technology pioneer Jim Clark, Co-founder Netscape & Silicon Graphics, launches CommandScape, a building management system for commercial & premium properties, & shares vision on future of security, jobs & the core of entrepreneurship
Aug 22, 2017 • 72 min
Today, we are lucky to have a legendary tech pioneer on the program, someone who has been building tech products since tech startups started in the 1970’s and 1980’s, Jim Clark. He founded several notable Silicon Valley technology companies, including…
E755: News Roundtable! Ari Levy (CNBC) & Dave Mathews (NewAer): Trump’s disbanded panels, Cloudflare & other co’s boot white supremacists, Amazon reigns (still), rough summer for IPOs, Uber settles with FTC, Bitcoin predictions
Aug 18, 2017 • 85 min
News Roundtable! Ari Levy (CNBC) & Dave Mathews (NewAer) are in the studio to talk with Jason about the latest tech news. On tap: the CEO rebellion against Trump’s advisory councils, Cloudflare and the regulation of content on the internet, Amazon and its…
E754: Atipica Founder & CEO Laura Gomez combines artificial & human intelligence in recruiting to tackle SV’s talent & diversity crisis, helping businesses excel in the workforce of the future
Aug 15, 2017 • 75 min
Laura Gomez’s passion for diversity in tech inspired her to start Atipica, as well as her involvement with several non-­profit organizations. Diversity is in our DNA, and Atipica’s mission is to work side-by-side with companies to help them unlock the…
E3: “Angel” podcast: Andrea Zurek, XG Ventures (Facebook, Twitter) & angel since 2006, shares startup selection criteria, lessons building Google, ideal terms & valuations, solving hard problems & finding right combination of money, fortitude,…
Aug 12, 2017 • 72 min
In “Angel” episode 3, Jason speaks with Andrea Zurek, Founding Partner of XG Ventures (“ex-Googlers”), and angel investor since 2006. Andrea, whose portfolio includes Facebook, Twitter and Box, shares how she picks companies, her ideal terms and…
E753: LAUNCH Angel Summit: Esther Dyson on early days of angel investing, jobs with purpose, improving America’s health, & future of AR, VR, & self-driving cars
Aug 11, 2017 • 33 min
Filmed live on stage at the 2017 LAUNCH Angel Summit in Napa Valley, Jason interviews Esther Dyson, journalist and technology investor turned wellness enthusiast, who is on a mission to better health by rethinking and recreating the environment in which…
E752: All #AskJason: Bootstrapping in flyover states, beating powerful competition, product v. pitch deck, hardware traction & metrics, advice for non-accredited investors, online communities dos & don’ts
Aug 4, 2017
As an angel investor, as a founder, and as host of 700+ episodes of TWiST, Jason constantly receives questions from founders and superfans about startups. Today, he offers timeless advice — from what an angel investor looks for in a venture outside their…
E751: Live at Spotify NYC: Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize winner & author (“The Power of Habit,” “Smarter Faster Better”), on social responsibility of tech, science of habits, self-motivation & winning teams, anti-intellectualism in Trump era,…
Aug 1, 2017
Filmed live at Spotify NYC, Jason interviews Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of “The Power of Habit” and “Smarter Faster Better”. Charles was one of a team of New York Times reporters who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory…
E2: “Angel” podcast: super angel & syndicate leader Gil Penchina on 20 yrs & 200+ investments, learning the game & making your own rules, which founders to back & avoid, optimizing deal flow, minimizing failure, & enjoying the chaos
Jul 29, 2017 • 45 min
In episode 2 of Jason’s new podcast, “Angel,” Super Angel & Syndicate Leader Gil Penchina shares secrets from his 20 years investing in 200+ startups, including LinkedIn, PayPal, & Cruise. Gil reveals why he became an angel, which founders & verticals to…
E750: LAUNCH Angel Summit: Sequoia Partner Alfred Lin on backing mission-driven founders, seed stage strategies, the rise of A.I., & the future of tech startups
Jul 28, 2017
Filmed live on stage at the 2017 LAUNCH Angel Summit in Napa Valley, Jason interviews industry veteran Alfred Lin. In this intimate fireside chat, Alfred shares insights into the stepping stones of his journey from Venture Frogs, to Zappos, to Sequoia…
E749: James Altucher interviews Jason on his new book “Angel”: a guidebook to becoming a world-class investor — or founder — in America’s new system of wealth creation
Jul 25, 2017 • 78 min
Filmed live at Squarespace NYC headquarters, James Altucher interviews Jason on his new book “Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups-Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000.” The book can be thought of as a…
E748: LAUNCH Angel Summit: Top VC Brian Singerman, Founders Fund (fmr Google, angel) shares portfolio bests (Stemcentrx, SpaceX, DeepMind) & favorite bets
Jul 21, 2017 • 27 min
In under a decade, Founders Fund has become what many people would consider to be in the Top 5 in the venture capital space. Filmed live on stage at the 2017 LAUNCH Angel Summit in Napa Valley, Jason interviews Founders Fund’s top VC Brian Singerman. In…
E747: The Syndicate 2: Top startups pitch to world-class investors: w/RecoverX, Stowaway, Zembula, Vow To Be Chic, Elemeno Health, MailHaven
Jul 19, 2017 • 49 min
E1: “Angel” Podcast Premiere: Cyan Banister, angel investor now Founders Fund VC, shares portfolio hits/misses, deal flow strategies, finding founder-product fit & backing startups that change human behavior
Jul 18, 2017 • 58 min
Welcome to the first episode of the “Angel” podcast. In this series, Jason interviews angels about their investment strategies and pulls back the curtain on how early-stage startups get funded. In E1, Cyan Banister, former angel investor (Uber, Thumbtack)…
E746: Talla CEO Rob May on using A.I. & machine learning to automate HR & IT, the power of bots, the future of jobs, & the age of verticalized A.I.
Jul 14, 2017 • 79 min
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and bots are starting to get a lot of buzz, and people are saying that advances in AI is moving faster than anticipated. Our guest today, Rob May, is formerly the CEO and co-founder of Backupify, and is now the…
E745: Tovala founder & CEO David Rabie introduces his smart, cloud-connected oven to cook ready-made meals with a smartphone
Jul 11, 2017 • 55 min
Food is one of the hardest spaces that any founder can operate in. Food should be innovated upon, and we should be having many more services and products that make our life more delightful. But, we’ve seen more failures than successes here in Silicon…
E744: Initialized Capital Operating Partner & TechCrunch contributor Kim-Mai Cutler on affordable housing crisis in San Francisco Bay Area at intersection of race, class, & Silicon Valley
Jul 7, 2017 • 63 min
Housing has become a hot button issue in the Bay Area, and in fact, the world, with homes being unaffordable and the ability to produce more housing being throttled by a number of interests. Housing in the Bay Area has become more expensive than anywhere…
E743: News Roundtable! Robert Scoble & Iain Thomson talk new Apple AR, iPhone’s 10 yrs, data collecting destroying privacy for everybody, Amazon gets Whole Foods, Google stops Gmail scan, Trump attacks, Binary Capital, Uber future
Jun 30, 2017 • 81 min
News Roundtable! Robert Scoble of Transformation Group.io & Iain Thomson of The Register UK are in the studio to talk with Jason about the latest tech news. On tap: the latest in Apple AR, iPhone’s 10th anniversary and what drove the smartphone…
E742: Stockholm Startup Showcase with Tyler Crowley: Tictail connects world’s best designers; FishBrain levels up fishing with data; Simris pioneers agribusiness with algae; Venue crowdsources live music experiences
Jun 27, 2017 • 82 min
Something has happened in the past decade, which is very unique. The world has gotten smaller, and entrepreneurship has spread across globe. When we look at the breakout successes in the tech space, it was rare to see huge breakout success anywhere…
E741: Kevin Rose, True Ventures PT2: Best ways to pitch, lessons from investing & Google Ventures, cryptocurrency, housing crises, tech & politics
Jun 23, 2017 • 63 min
Kevin Rose is an angel investor, venture capitalist, podcaster, and serial entrepreneur best known for building companies like Digg, Revision3, and Milk. In this Part 2 episode, Jason and Kevin continue their discussion of what they look for in a startup…
E740: Kevin Rose, True Ventures PT1: early Digg days, what it takes to make great products, building Oak meditation app w/fan engagement & real-time data, evaluating founder-investor fit, advice for pitching
Jun 20, 2017 • 69 min
This Week in Startups is a show about entrepreneurship, investing, technology, and media. Our guest today is able to speak to all of those areas. Kevin Rose is an angel investor, venture capitalist, podcaster, and serial entrepreneur best known for…
E739: “Gut Feel” in angel investing: Wharton Prof of Entrepreneurship Laura Huang on how early investors make decisions, quantifying the unquantifiable, questioning meritocracy, the role of gender & other biases (& how to hack them)
Jun 13, 2017 • 75 min
Laura Huang is a Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Laura’s research examines how an investor’s gut feel plays a role in innovation and entrepreneurial decision making. She explores how…
E738: Treehouse online coding school & founder Ryan Carson get aspiring programmers & developers “zero to job-ready” & use the power of apprenticeships to close the tech skills gap for underrepresented groups
Jun 6, 2017 • 61 min
Founder & CEO Ryan Carson was a guest on TWiST Episode 198, and he returns today to talk about Treehouse, his online trade school for adults that does one thing really well: taking anybody who has never coded from zero to job-ready. Ryan figured out how…
E737: Brit + Co founder & CEO Brit Morin on building her digital media & ecommerce powerhouse at intersection of creativity & tech, connecting users w/makers, partnering w/Target, inspiring women & Gen Z, & defining the future of retail
Jun 2, 2017 • 85 min
Brit + Co is a media company that inspires, educates, and entertains real women with a creative spirit through content, online classes, and creative products. Brit + Co connects a community of over 125m online and across platforms every month, bringing a…
E736: Robinhood uses free stock trading to open access to the entire American financial system; co-founder Vlad Tenev talks mission, building a billion dollar startup & the business of millennial money management
May 30, 2017 • 83 min
We are pleased to have one of Jason’s investments as our guest today, Robinhood co-founder Vlad Tenev. Tenev went to Stanford in 2004 looking to become an academic, first studying physics and later math. During this time, he met and became good friends…
E735: All #AskJason: Failing after product-market fit, consumer app VC & monetization, the (un)necessity of patents, (un)fundable b-corps, hard lessons, focus above everything
May 26, 2017 • 54 min
Most days at startups, you have more problems than you have solutions, and more bad days than good days. As an angel investor, as a founder, and as host of 700+ episodes of TWiST, Jason constantly receives questions from founders and superfans about…
E734: Live Crowdfunding Startup Showcase: product pitches & investor inquiries w/Swiftmile, Lendsnap, Kylie.ai, LEAF, NowRX & Laugh.ly – presented by SeedInvest & LAUNCH
May 23, 2017 • 73 min
LAUNCH Festival 2017 kicked off with a unique twist. Live equity crowdfunding was offered for a handful of companies that were simultaneously listed on the SeedInvest platform, which connects venture capital, angel investors and accredited investors.…
E733: News Roundtable! Molly Wood (Marketplace) & Ben Parr (Octane AI): future of net neutrality, Google Lens & iPhone-less predictions, Uber Freight, Biz Stone’s return, how to save Twitter, Elon’s tunnel vision, breaking Trump chaos
May 19, 2017 • 94 min
News Roundtable! Molly Wood of Marketplace and Ben Parr of Octane AI are in the studio to talk with Jason about the latest tech news. On tap: the relevance of net neutrality for the startup economy, what lies ahead for Google Lens, Uber Freight connecting…
E732: “The Syndicate”: 7 top startups across 7 verticals pitch to 20 world-class investors, w/Cafe X, Connected Signals, Blokable, Tueo Health, Interviewed, PowerScout, Underground Cellar
May 12, 2017 • 72 min
Today’s TWiST introduces a new format called “The Syndicate,” where 7 top startups across 7 verticals pitch to 20 world-class investors in Silicon Valley every 6 weeks. These top startups are selected based on feedback of the angel investors: who has the…
E731: Inside LAUNCH Incubator, PT2: Ready: Cross-platform programming for personal robotics; Keepster: Curating messages to keep what matters most; Genius Link: Fixing broken links for global brands; Poppins: Child care reimagined with…
May 9, 2017 • 60 min
It’s Part 2 of Inside LAUNCH Incubator. In this hour, we will meet 4 more innovative startups that have gone through the Incubator, learn about their products, give and receive candid feedback about the highly competitive Incubator, key takeaways,…
E730: Inside LAUNCH Incubator, PT1: Transported: Virtual Reality Tours for Real Estate & FitBod: Personalized strength-training powered by machine learning
May 5, 2017 • 61 min
Today Jason and Brian Alvey talk with LAUNCH Incubator founders about their products, give and receive candid feedback about the highly competitive Incubator, key takeaways, struggles, the funding process, and more. The first founder is Tyson Woeste and…
E729: Founder Richard Craib shares his A.I. hedge fund Numerai, built with an anonymous network of 15,000 (& counting) data scientists, encryption, the blockchain, his own currency to reward collaboration, and a mission to manage the world’s money
May 2, 2017 • 78 min
There’s a new way to make stock market predictions. Numerai, a hedge fund based in San Francisco, has gained a following as the first hedge fund that gives stock market data to machine learning data scientists using structure-preserving encryption to…
E728: “Angel” Sneak Peek + Startup Tune-up: Founder Institute students get first-look at Jason’s upcoming book on angel investing, as he refines their pitches & shares career lessons, insights & advice
Apr 28, 2017 • 98 min
Jason’s passion is to create things in the world that make a difference, and that’s really at core of what entrepreneurs are. They are the people who decide that they’re not just going to have an idea, but that they will take that idea and have it…
E727: Future of Food: ROBOTS! w/Alex Garden (Zume Pizza), Henry Hu (Cafe X), Deepak Sekar (Chowbotics); bonus: Hotel Tonight’s Amanda Richardson shares how to grow revenue by giving away your product
Apr 25, 2017 • 56 min
Filmed at LAUNCH Festival 2017, Jason sits down with Alex Garden of Zume Pizza, Henry Hu of Cafe X, and Deepak Sekar of Chowbotics to have a candid discussion about the future of robotics in the food industry—the inspiration for their companies,…
E726: Investor Outlook with Hunter Walk (Homebrew), Megan Quinn (Spark Capital), & Jalak Jobanputra (FuturePerfect VC); bonus: Rishi Garg, Mayfield (prev. VP CorpDev, Twitter) shares how to stay sane while selling your company
Apr 21, 2017 • 66 min
Just because you write the check doesn’t mean that you’re the important person in the equation. In fact, the check is not important in the equation either. It’s the people who get up everyday and do the hard work, and that kind of humility, work ethic,…
E725: 500 Startups’ Dave McClure shares strategies as SV’s most prolific investor, common early-stage startup mistakes & advice to founders; Greylock’s Sarah Tavel on 10 lessons from scaling Pinterest
Apr 18, 2017 • 46 min
500 Startups is a global venture capital seed fund with a network of startup programs headquartered in Silicon Valley, with investments in more than 1,800 technology startups all over the world since its inception in 2010. Jason sits down with Founding…
E724: Investor Outlook with Gil Penchina (Flight.vc), Cyan Banister (Founders Fund), Ryan Feit (SeedInvest); Jed Katz of Javelin Venture Partners on a step-by-step practical guide to getting your Series B
Apr 14, 2017 • 56 min
There are two things that startups need: money and growth. Money is the fuel, and growth happens typically through investments, and through making better products and technique. Filmed at LAUNCH Festival 2017, Jason interviews an all-star panel of…
E723: Stripe CEO Patrick Collison on building his online payment powerhouse, creating Atlas to incorporate the world’s entrepreneurs, public/private markets, & increasing the GDP of the internet
Apr 11, 2017 • 37 min
Filmed at LAUNCH Festival 2017, Jason sits down with Stripe CEO Patrick Collison to explore his journey to solving one of the toughest barriers to a global e-commerce economy: payments. About a decade ago, companies were mostly working with legacy players…
E722: Bill Gurley of Benchmark, SV leader & legendary investor (Uber, Twitter, Snapchat) at LAUNCH Festival April 6 2017
Apr 7, 2017 • 39 min
E721: News Roundtable! Iain Thomson (The Register) & Austin Smith (Inside): ISP privacy shattered, Palmer Luckey leaves, FB rips off Snap (again), Elon’s Neuralink & SpaceX hits, Trolls & Idiots of the Week
Mar 31, 2017 • 90 min
E720: Capital Factory founder Josh Baer on making Austin a startup hub & beacon for talent, investing hits & spectacular failures, nailing deal flow, crowdfunding & rising tide of opportunities for entrepreneurs @ at Cisco Spark Haus, SXSW 2017
Mar 28, 2017 • 53 min
Filmed at Cisco Spark Haus, SXSW 2017, Jason sits down with Capital Factory Mentor founder of Josh Baer, who helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs. Josh is a tireless supporter of startups, but more specifically, has made Austin a center…
E719: Pear.vc Managing Partner Mar Hershenson on Clinching the Series A: Creating & executing your Ops plan, success metrics, critical data, investor engagement, effective leadership, & navigating fundraising & future markets
Mar 24, 2017 • 56 min
This week’s LAUNCH Incubator features Pear.vc partner Mar Hershenson as she gives an instructive talk about turning seed companies into series A companies. There is a lot of confusion among seed founders as to the right approach. Depending on what…
E718: NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson on building to $1b run rate, early days at Oracle, McAfee & Sun, pioneering enterprise, prioritizing sales, going public, the CEO’s toughest job & the future of employment
Mar 21, 2017 • 72 min
Zach Nelson is one of Silicon Valley’s most experienced business leaders. After roles at Oracle, Sun, and McAfee, he became the CEO of cloud provider NetSuite in 2002. NetSuite started with less than $1m in revenue and Zach ran it up to a billion dollar…
E717: News Roundtable! Rolfe Winkler (WSJ) & Tess Townsend (Recode): Google, voice-assistant wars & fax-sending bots, political ads & activism, Trump tweets & Twitter slump, Zenefits former CEO starts over, PewDiePie & more
Mar 17, 2017 • 93 min
News Roundtable! Rolfe Winkler of the Wall Street Journal and Tess Townsend of Recode are in the studio to talk with Jason about the latest tech news. On tap: Google Allo and the future of personal assistants, a bot that turns your texts into faxes to…
E716: People & Product: Intercom co-founder Des Traynor on importance of alignment, building a product-first co., hiring by values, scaling carefully, & avoiding churn
Mar 14, 2017 • 59 min
Intercom co-founder Des Traynor returns to the LAUNCH Incubator with another powerhouse talk. There are 3 ingredients to a company: people, product and profit. Today, Des focuses on people and product by extracting key principles from his experience at…
E715: News Roundtable! Liz Gannes and Ben Parr talk Snap IPO & predictions, Trump tweets & H1B, FB & fake news, Uber seeks no. 2 exec, drone-bearing cars & 3D-printed houses & more
Mar 7, 2017 • 88 min
News Roundtable! Liz Gannes of 60dB and Ben Parr of Octane AI are in the studio to talk with Jason about the latest tech news. On tap: Snap’s IPO timing, Uber moving forward, the Trump factor, Bitcoin, drone-bearing cars & 3D-printed houses & more.
E714: SeedInvest co-founder Ryan Feit on the equity crowdfunding revolution, giving new access to startups & non-accredited investors, & opening the door for Wolf3D founder Timmu Tõke to integrate humanity within VR
Mar 3, 2017 • 77 min
Aside from having an idea and a product, there are two things that every startup needs: money and growth. We are starting to open up the aperture of who can invest in a company. There is a global competition for ideas that requires entrepreneurs, and…
E713: All #AskJason, PT2: How to break into VC, building social networks, disrupting housing & transportation, taking risks, & the meaning of success
Feb 28, 2017 • 38 min
In this Part 2 episode, Jason continues to answer questions from founders and superfans — from convincing an angel investor that being a solo founder is good to starting a social network, from advice around risk-taking to the future of transportation and…
E712: All #AskJason, PT1: VC ethics, investing strategies, picking winners, patents & NDAs, women in entrepreneurship, bootstrapping to success & more
Feb 24, 2017 • 48 min
As an angel investor, as a founder, and as host of 700+ episodes of TWiST, Jason constantly receives questions from founders and superfans. Today, he answers 15 — from how to passively support viable startups if you have a day job to best fundraising…
E711: IFTTT co-founder & CEO Linden Tibbets on building his leading IoT connector of services & 3rd-party devices, essential applets, Alexa everywhere & the dominance of digital assistance
Feb 21, 2017 • 75 min
Linden Tibbets is the co-founder & CEO of IFTTT, one of the leading IoT solution platforms that automates simple tasks and controls a variety of devices. Linden comes from the world of programming, and worked as an engineer connecting API’s together at…
E710: REstore founder Jan-Willem Rombouts solves the electrical grid & balances renewable energy with virtual power stations; Bonus LAUNCH SCALE: Greylock’s Josh Elman on making your product viral in 5 easy ways
Feb 17, 2017 • 59 min
One of the biggest problems that we face in the world today, specifically here in the U.S. and in Europe, is the electrical grid. The energy market is going through a rapid transition - increased penetration of renewable energy. The energy market is…
E709: VC Outlook w/Jeff Clavier (SoftTech), Omar Hamoui (Sequoia), Patricia Nakache (Trinity) & Aydin Senkut (Felicis): lessons learned, greatest misses, Series A crunch, SV v. int’l, startups behaving badly, & the Trump factor — at Upfront Summit…
Feb 14, 2017 • 36 min
Filmed at the Upfront Summit 2017, Jason interviews a panel of VC thought leaders that all share the common theme of incredible portfolios and tremendous success. Patricia Nakache (Trinity Ventures), Aydin Senkut (Felicis Ventures), Jeff Clavier (SoftTech…
E708: Filmed at Upfront Summit 2017! Vinod Khosla on his journey from entrepreneur to VC, early days at Sun Microsystems, changing the trajectory of the internet, advice to founders & investors, future of cleantech, AI & job growth
Feb 10, 2017 • 34 min
Filmed at the Upfront Summit 2017, Jason sits down with legendary entrepreneur-turned-investor, Vinod Khosla. In 1980, Vinod co-founded Daisy Systems, the first significant computer-aided design system for electrical engineers. In 1982, he made his early…
E707: Jam Session! Startup founders, growth & marketing experts share best practices for communication: use landing pages to capture free traffic, run your marketing department like a tv newsroom, & grow with exponential long-term impact
Feb 7, 2017 • 68 min
Jason “jams out” a number of marketing and growth tips with founders in this special “Jam Session” episode of This Week in Startups. Casey Winters is a growth advisor and was previously Growth Product Lead at Pinterest and GrubHub. He explains how to use…
E706: Part 2: Sam Harris, “Waking Up” host, philosopher & neuroscientist on Trump’s asymmetric warfare, Muslim ban, the Jihadism problem, Zuck’s moral compass, fake news & how to avoid the A.I. apocalypse
Feb 3, 2017 • 51 min
In this Part 2 episode, Jason and Sam continue their exploration of the Trump Phenomenon, social media and fake news, and the benefits and threats of A.I. The thematic question to ask ourselves is: what sort of society do we want to live in? As technology…
E705: Sam Harris, “Waking Up” host, author, philosopher & neuroscientist, on dawn of A.I. & the uncanny valley of robotics, science of morality, mindful meditation & Trump’s lies – PART 1
Jan 31, 2017 • 60 min
Today’s guest is Sam Harris, philosopher, neuroscientist and best-selling author of books including “Waking Up,” “The End of Faith,” “Letter to a Christian Nation,” and “The Moral Landscape.” Jason and Sam explore a wide range of topics, including the…
E704: Napster co-founder Jordan Ritter & his new Atlas Informatics are redefining search to solve digital chaos in the age of contextual intelligence; the future of cybersecurity, privacy, AI/machine learning, & political turbulence
Jan 27, 2017 • 75 min
Jordan Ritter is an accomplished serial entrepreneur perhaps best known for co-founding Napster, the controversial file-sharing company that fundamentally changed the music industry. He shares about the inspiration behind the music-streaming site, the key…
E703: News Roundtable! Katie Benner (NYT) and Amir Efrati (The Information): self-driving, Trump & tech, SV apocalypse preppers, the future of net neutrality, Snap readying for IPO, Zuck campaigning?, more
Jan 24, 2017 • 52 min
News Roundtable! Katie Benner of The New York Times and Amir Efrati of The Information are in the studio to talk with Jason about the latest tech news. On tap: SnapChat cleaning up Discover and readying for IPO, Tesla cleared in accident investigation and…
E702: Stellar startups at CES ‘17 PART 2: wearable interactive lightshow, Raspberry Pi bests, smart garbage that shops, hack-free home security, paper airplane drones, connected baby, tech hubs & more
Jan 20, 2017 • 73 min
In this Part 2 episode, Jason and Dave Mathews continue looking at the latest technology showcased at CES 2017, featuring interviews with: - Betsy McHugh, Founder and CEO of Hurdl - Alexander Kaay, CEO of s7.io - Rob Griffin, Co-Founder of GeniCan - Shai…
E701: PART 1: The best of future tech & stellar startups at CES with Dave Mathews (NewAer): Alexa everywhere, drones rising, autonomous everything, carsharing & the surging of electric vehicles, w/ChargePoint & VULOG
Jan 17, 2017 • 60 min
Filmed at CES 2017, the theme of today’s show is the future of transportation. Jason and tech inventor Dave Mathews sit down at the Ring booth to talk about new automotive trends & innovations from Mercedes and Audi, the big story of Amazon Alexa, and…
E700: Ring CEO & Chief Inventor James Siminoff on reinventing home security with 1st wi-fi-enabled video doorbell, reducing neighborhood crime, & the future of home automation
Jan 13, 2017
Filmed at CES 2017, Jason sits down with James Siminoff, a dogged entrepreneur driven by the idea of winning no matter how tough the challenge. James was one of three people inside a garage workshop, tinkering away on projects. Answering the doorbell from…
E699: Mighty Networks founder & CEO Gina Bianchini builds smarter social networks for business and lasting online communities, using lessons from Ning & the best tools for efficient entrepreneurship
Jan 10, 2017 • 55 min
Gina Bianchini is an expert in community building. Many know her as the co-founder and former CEO of Ning, an online platform for people and organizations to create custom social networks. Her latest venture is with a social software startup called Mighty…
E698: Best of SCALE! SaaStr Founder Jason Lemkin on getting from $1m to $10m in ARR; Calm Founder Alex Tew demos how to land 100,000 users before you launch
Jan 3, 2017 • 50 min
Today’s TWiST features the two highest-rated speakers at 2016 LAUNCH SCALE, sharing their best strategies for building startups. First, Jason Lemkin, Founder of SaaStr, shares tips and common mistakes to getting from $1m to $10m in ARR. Then, Alex Tew,…
E697: Sunflower Labs co-founder Alex Pachikov on modernizing home security with world’s first smart sensor & drone technology; Bonus LAUNCH SCALE: Homebrew Partner Satya Patel on locking down Series A
Dec 27, 2016 • 72 min
Home security systems haven’t meaningfully evolved in decades. Current monitoring systems can have false alarm rates ranging between 95%-99%, giving homeowners no more of a sense of security than having no system at all. Sunflower Labs CEO & co-founder…
E696: The Distracted Mind’s Adam Gazzaley on our mental degradation, designing products for health, safety & performance, & how we can rescue our brains from high-tech addiction
Dec 22, 2016 • 72 min
We have a primal desire to fill our brains with information, as animals forage for food. But with the constant and exponential barrage of technology, we are at a near-constant state of interruptions and distractions. “Multi-tasking” is a myth, it’s brain…
E695: News Roundtable! Dave Mathews (NewAer) & Iain Thomson (The Register) on 2016 best & 2017 bets: Apple follies, drones rising, hacking everywhere, Putin in play, Trump’s tech, self-driving bets, fake Facebook
Dec 16, 2016 • 104 min
News Roundtable! Dave Mathews (NewAer) and Iain Thomson (The Register) join Jason to tackle 2016’s biggest stories and 2017’s best bets. The trio starts by dissecting Apple and its disastrous decisions, stepping into high gear with the rise of the Drones,…
E694: Leade.rs Founder Loic Le Meur on building Europe’s tech with LeWeb, investing in SV powerhouses LinkedIn & Evernote, and now creating a marketplace for the world’s greatest speakers
Dec 9, 2016 • 78 min
Loic Le Meur is a serial entrepreneur based in San Francisco. He co-founded one of the largest European tech events, LeWeb. Loic is an active business angel and was an early investor in LinkedIn, Evernote and Lending Club, among many others. In this…
E693: Founder Tom Patterson on growing Tommy John 2.5x YOY in a $41b industry; Future of Fundraising with Paul Judge (Luma), Christine Tsai (500 Startups), Ryan Feit (SeedInvest)
Dec 2, 2016 • 65 min
Filmed at 2016 LAUNCH SCALE, Tom Patterson sits down with Jason and shares his wisdom around his massively successful high-end men’s underwear brand, and how he went from being a medical device salesman to leading Tommy John to exceed $100M in sales by…
E692: CEO David Sacks on scaling Z2, the next generation of Zenefits; Founders Fund Partner Cyan Banister shares 10 strategies for scaling company culture
Nov 29, 2016 • 72 min
Filmed at 2016 LAUNCH SCALE, David Sacks of Zenefits and Cyan Banister of Founders Fund sit down with Jason to hash out the trials and successes in scaling culture. David Sacks talks openly about the transformation of culture at Zenefits—how he fixed the…
E691: LAUNCH SCALE: Yossi Vardi shares insights from 85 investments & 26 exits: execution over ideas, mastering persistence, and winning the game that is based on failure
Nov 22, 2016 • 55 min
With over 85 investments and 26 high-profile exits under his belt, technology- and investment guru Yossi Vardi sits down with Jason and imparts his advice for hopeful startups. Yossi then takes questions from the audience about raising money or staying…
E690: Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman on reinventing & revitalizing real estate for the consumer; Pear Founding Partner Pejman Nozad on his journey to America, from selling carpets to building a $20b portfolio
Nov 18, 2016 • 65 min
Filmed at 2016 LAUNCH SCALE, Glenn Kelman of Redfin and Pejman Nozad of Pear.vc sit down with Jason and share how their stories of staying obsessively focused and persistent led them to building great companies. Glenn Kelman demonstrates how Redfin is…
E689: News Roundtable! Molly Wood (Marketplace) & Eric Newcomer (Bloomberg) on Trump’s triumph, tech, Thiel, the flaws of polling & data journalism, the future of jobs, & the fate of Silicon Valley
Nov 11, 2016 • 81 min
News Roundtable! Molly Wood (Marketplace) & Eric Newcomer (Bloomberg) on Trump’s triumph, tech, Thiel, the flaws of polling & data journalism, the future of jobs, & the fate of Silicon Valley
E688: R/GA Ventures’ Nick Coronges & Richard Ting help startups scale and build enduring brands, forge founder partnerships with major players, and invest in creative capital to dominate the NYC ecosystem
Nov 4, 2016
New York is an important ecosystem that combines the art scene, media companies, Wall Street, the advertising industry, and news organizations. What it didn’t have in the early days was any kind of infrastructure—angel investors, incubators—which meant…
E687: Harry’s co-founder & co-CEO Andy Katz-Mayfield shares e-commerce expertise and the science of customer acquisition, vertical integration & direct-to-consumer marketing
Nov 1, 2016
E-commerce is growing, and direct-to-consumer e-commerce is becoming a trend. Andy Katz-Mayfield is the co-founder and co-CEO of the men’s razor subscription company Harry’s, along with Jeff Raider, one of the co-founders of Warby-Parker. The shaving…
E686: Douglas Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity,” exposing the downside of the digital revolution, income inequality & growth agendas of large companies
Oct 28, 2016
Media theorist and author Douglas Rushkoff joins Jason to discuss the current economic environment. The two talk about Douglas’ latest thought-provoking book, “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity,” the digital…
E685: CEO John Shahidi on evolving Shots Studios from selfie app to mega-talent content creator, making videos with Justin Bieber & Floyd Mayweather, & discovering the next generation of comedy superstars
Oct 25, 2016 • 95 min
When John Shahidi, co-founder and CEO of Shots Studios, was building an app that finds the next big digital stars, he looked to the behaviors of his users—10 million users who were mostly 15 years old. What he found out was, less than 9% of shots users…
E684: Jam Session! Startup founders & growth experts share best strategies to become an influencer, build a channel sales program, & engineer your way to content success
Oct 21, 2016 • 80 min
Jason “jams out” a number of marketing and growth tips with founders in this special “Jam Session” episode of This Week in Startups. Scott Abel, CEO of The Content Wrangler, shares 10 lessons to creating your own influencer campaign. Arjun Moorthy is…
E683: Founder Nancy Lublin (DoSomething.org, Dress for Success) takes on suicide prevention with Crisis Text Line, partnering the power of human empathy with machine learning to save lives
Oct 18, 2016 • 70 min
A recurring theme in our society and in the technology industry is suicide, depression, people in crisis. Nancy Lublin is a social entrepreneur, author and philanthropist that previously founded Dress for Success, the organization that helps women…
E682: Unity co-founder David Helgason on creating world’s leading 2D & 3D game-making platform, gaming industry trends & challenges, & the future of VR & AR
Oct 14, 2016 • 65 min
David Helgason is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Unity 3D, a platform creating 2D and 3D games. In 2003, he had the crazy idea of revolutionizing the gaming industry and his pioneering days started in a garage during a time when VR and AR were still…
E681: Tala founder Shivani Siroya on transforming microfinance & loans in emerging markets, using untraditional data & behavioral variables to build a global industry & being the CEO of Chris Sacca’s favorite portfolio company
Oct 11, 2016 • 64 min
Shivani Siroya is the CEO and founder of Tala, a company is tackling a massive problem: there are 3 billion people around the world that are currently underserved from financial services—they don’t have bank accounts, access to formal credit options,…
E680: Farmers Business Network co-founder & CEO Amol Deshpande on using data to empower farmers, how food supply actually works, GMOs & organics pros/cons & the future of feeding humanity
Oct 7, 2016 • 70 min
There will be 11 billion people on the planet by the end of this century, and the challenge will be to sustainably and efficiently feed them. Food is becoming a big business, and big agriculture is taking over the Monsanto’s of the world with strong…
E679: Internet Harassment & Free Speech: Quinn Norton & Kevin Marks join Jason to debate how trolling, human rights, and anonymity v. transparency play out online and in real life
Oct 4, 2016 • 109 min
The emergence of social media connecting millions worldwide (& via Facebook, that’s a cool billion) has thrown the problem of online harassment into the forefront of everyday life. What can we do about it? What’s at stake? How does it affect real life,…
E678: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes on his book “Door to Door,” the world of transportation, the tech behind on-demand, & the future of alternative fuel, autonomous travel
Sep 30, 2016 • 67 min
Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Edward Humes joins Jason to discuss one of humankind’s greatest innovations and persistent problems: transportation. The two talk about Edward’s latest book, “Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of…
E677: Chris Sacca & Matt Mazzeo, Part 2: Shark Tank, investing in diversity, Lowercase Alpha, eSports, voting, & the privilege & pressure of spending OPM (other people’s money)
Sep 27, 2016 • 76 min
It’s Part 2 of Chris Sacca and Matt Mazzeo of Lowercase Capital. In this hour, the conversation turns to the patriotic duty of voting, Chris’s experience on “Shark Tank” & the illustration of social mobility, the tremendous eSports market, drug testing,…
E676: Chris Sacca & Matt Mazzeo, Lowercase Capital, Part1: Universal principles of building startups, investing with integrity, major Twitter stumbles & best solutions for its future growth (or purchase)
Sep 23, 2016 • 58 min
Chris Sacca & Matt Mazzeo of Lowercase Capital join Jason in L.A. for a rollicking two-parter. In between the ribbing, Part 1 finds the three catching up on the universal principles of building companies, what Chris & Matt can bring to the table, why…
E675: Chain CEO & Co-founder Adam Ludwin on creating the tool helping the top financial firms deploy blockchain, history & future of bitcoin, relevance & the long-term effect of DAO hack, Twitter, Apple, Tesla & a multitude of tech tangents &…
Sep 20, 2016 • 86 min
Entrepreneurs are driving all of the innovation today, and this episode’s guest is no exception. Adam Ludwin, CEO & Co-founder of Chain created a tool that’s helping top financial firms (NASDAQ, CapitalOne, Citi, Fidelity, Visa & more) deploy the…
E674: Upfront Ventures’ Mark Suster shares secrets from both sides of the table: advice for pitching to VCs, best founder qualities, investing in lines not dots, skipping demo day, missing Uber, being pro-a16z & pro-IPO
Sep 16, 2016 • 86 min
On location at Upfront Ventures, Mark Suster joins Jason to share the lessons he’s learned from both sides of the table, as an entrepreneur and investor. Mark lends insight into the hottest topics in the investing world: why VCs are obsessed with…
E673: News Roundtable! Cade Metz of Wired & Ellen Huet of Bloomberg talk Apple event, a16z & WSJ haggle over returns, Theranos, startups tightening belts, Airbnb anti-discrimination policy, burrito-bearing drones, Burning Man & more
Sep 9, 2016 • 89 min
News Roundtable! Cade Metz of Wired and Ellen Huet of Bloomberg are in the studio to talk with Jason about the latest tech news. On tap: the Apple event and what was relevant (anything?), the Andreessen Horowitz and The Wall Street Journal kerfuffle over…
E672: SumoMe & AppSumo Founder Noah Kagan on being Facebook emp #30, getting fired & losing $185m in co. shares, why email marketing reigns supreme & tips to grow your website traffic, lists & audience
Sep 6, 2016 • 89 min
Noah Kagan, founder of SumoMe & AppSumo, started his career as employee #30 at Facebook, before getting fired and losing $185m in company shares. Lessons learned showed Noah what he truly he excels at — building small businesses and helping them grow. As…
E671: All #AskJason: Wooing investors after failure, advice for introverts, approach to pricing, tackling growth, B2B vs. B2C & more
Sep 2, 2016 • 62 min
After years of angel investing, Jason constantly gets questions. Today, he answers 11 common questions for 2016, some that are timeless, others about the moment — from advice for introverts to self-promote to approaches to tackling growth, from how do you…
E670: Munchery CEO & Co-founder Tri Tran on escaping Vietnam and pioneering a food movement in America with his healthy dinner-delivery powerhouse
Aug 30, 2016 • 68 min
Should we have open or closed borders? Should we build walls or bridges? Today on the program is CEO and co-founder of Munchery, Tri Tran, who fought his way into the U.S. from Vietnam and built a company that employs hundreds of people and that is…
E669: Moon Express’ Bob Richards on being 1st private co. to get permission to go beyond earth’s orbit, plans for moon mining, creating an 8th continent, & unlocking resources of the universe
Aug 26, 2016 • 65 min
Ten or twenty years ago, if you were told that startups were going to try to build a business that is going to space, you would have laughed, because the only players in the space game were NASA, Russia, Japan, and China. But ten years ago, Elon Musk…
E668: News Roundtable! Jeff Bercovici (Inc.) & Olivia Zaleski (Bloomberg): Hampton Creek controversy & SEC inquiry, Peter Thiel’s revenge & the end of Gawker, robotics & self-driving cars
Aug 23, 2016 • 89 min
News Roundtable! Joining Jason is @jeffbercovici of @Inc and @OliviaZaleski of @bloomberg. The tech industry is moving at high speed; we are in the age of advancement. Companies are getting bigger, M&A and investment are going crazy — but this leads to a…
E667: Redpoint VC & analyst Tomasz Tunguz on his new book “Winning with Data,” advice for startups, using data to transform business, key investment outlook predictions, the best data-driven co’s & more
Aug 19, 2016 • 67 min
Something has changed in the way we build companies in the past decade, and that major change was data-driven product design. Storage and bandwidth became essentially free and unlimited, changing the way companies stored data. “Should we store this data?”…
E666: PT2-Ed Catmull, President Pixar-Disney & author “Creativity, Inc.” on Disney merge, the art of good filmmaking, building creative culture through radical support, risk-taking to triumph & failure, & storytelling struggles that led to timeless…
Aug 16, 2016 • 68 min
Pixar-Disney Co-founder & President, Ed Catmull, and author of “Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration,” is one of the greatest startup founders in the history of Silicon Valley. In this Part 2 episode,…
E665: PT1-Ed Catmull, Pixar-Disney President & “Creativity, Inc.” author on his early days as a pioneer in computer animation, learning from George Lucas & Steve Jobs, struggles with Disney, the creative necessities of loyalty, change & failure
Aug 12, 2016 • 53 min
Pixar-Disney Co-founder & President Ed Catmull, and author of “Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration,” is one of the greatest startup founders in the history of Silicon Valley. Today he joins Jason on…
E664: News Roundtable! Ari Levy (CNBC) & Rolfe Winkler (WSJ): Walmart snags Jet.com – Google, gov’t & anti-trust – U.S. debt crisis – Uber & the China market – Elon & future of energy – startups behaving badly
Aug 9, 2016 • 80 min
Ari Levy of CNBC and Rolfe Winkler of The Wall Street Journal joined Jason for a must-see News Roundtable on This Week in Startups. An amazing discussion that kicked off with big deal of the week, Walmart snapping up Jet.com for $3b, that crackled on to…
E663: “Godfather of SaaS” Jason Lemkin shares the early indicators of hyper-growth SaaS & his investment strategies with LAUNCH Incubator
Aug 2, 2016 • 52 min
There are few people in the industry who really do the work, and take the work seriously. Many investors don’t take the work as seriously as the founders take their work. Being an investor is a great privilege, especially if you started off as a founder…
E662: Jam Session! Startup founders share best practices for e-commerce: Leveraging data, optimizing paid & offline acquisition, & thinking beyond digital to create trust
Jul 29, 2016
Jason “jams out” a number of growth tips and e-commerce tips with founders in this special “Jam Session” episode of This Week in Startups. Melody McCloskey of StyleSeat talks about leveraging data to drive growth and engagement, while Edgar Blazona of…
E661: George Hotz, founder of Comma.ai, on the vision & technology behind his Tesla rival, autonomous driving startup
Jul 22, 2016 • 63 min
George Hotz is known for unlocking the iPhone and PlayStation, but most recently, as being the founder of Comma.ai, an autonomous driving startup. He and his team built a driver assistant system that will get increasingly more sophisticated, also known as…
E660: Antonio Garcia Martinez shares insights from his bestselling ”Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley,” revealing the secrets of Facebook, Twitter, Y Combinator, dodgy SV deals & startup struggles
Jul 19, 2016 • 77 min
The world of startups is a dog-eat-dog world, and Antonio Garcia Martinez shares all in his brutally candid book “Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley.” Antonio shares his journey starting as a Wall Street Goldman Sachs…
E659: Founder Institute CEO Adeo Ressi shares lessons from running his global startup powerhouse, characteristics of successful founders, funding strategies & hardships
Jul 12, 2016 • 61 min
Spanning 135 cities across the globe, and producing around 2000 companies per year, the Founder Institute has become one of the biggest, most impactful programs for early stage companies in the world. In this episode, Jason sits down with the Adeo Ressi,…
E658: #AskJason at The Last Mile tech accelerator & training program at San Quentin State Prison
Jul 8, 2016 • 81 min
Today Jason is at San Quentin State Prison talking to prisoners participating in The Last Mile (TLM), a tech accelerator & training program to help prepare incarcerated individuals for successful reentry. Jason gives candid feedback on the products…
E657: SeedInvest Co-founder Ryan Feit on his role in passing JOBS Act, spearheading Title III & the equity crowdfunding revolution
Jul 5, 2016 • 53 min
Jason connects with equity crowdfunding pioneer Ryan Feit to discuss the groundbreaking Title III law, giving way to a brand new form of startup fundraising. The fight to end “80-year-old laws” regulating investment freedom has come to an end under the…
E656: News Roundtable! Robert Scoble (Upload VR) & Iain Thomson (The Register); Tesla’s fatal crash, useless jetpacks, VR craze, gun control, national security & more
Jul 1, 2016 • 80 min
Esteemed reporter Iain Thomson of The Register and seasoned entrepreneur Robert Scoble of Upload VR join Jason for a gripping News Roundtable on this episode of This Week in Startups. Robert starts off the discussion with some juicy background on some of…
E655: Journalist Virginia Heffernan on her new book, “Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art,” the web’s earliest days, Twitter poetry & pain, free speech, minimalist theism, TV triumphs & more
Jun 28, 2016 • 93 min
“The internet is the great masterpiece of human civilization.” The world wide web has shaped the modern world in ways that the greatest creative minds of the past could never have imagined. Author, journalist, columnist and critic Virginia Heffernan joins…
E654: Producer David Gluck brings JOBS Act Title III to life with his immersive “The Speakeasy,” the first equity crowdfunding theater project in the U.S.
Jun 24, 2016 • 74 min
Immersive theater has been around for some time now, but “The Speakeasy” is turning heads — since JOBS Act Title III took effect, it’s the 1st crowdfunding theater project in the U.S. to offer equity. Jason sits down with David Gluck, the producer and…
E653: #AskJason @ Microsoft Global Startup Roadshow: global economic engagement, universal CEO challenges, China’s B2C market, fundraising metrics & more
Jun 21, 2016 • 86 min
Episode 653 of This Week in Startups is a special “Ask Jason” session filmed live at the Microsoft Reactor in front of an audience of up-and-coming entrepreneurs as a part of the Microsoft Global Startup Roadshow. From London, to Tel Aviv, to Beijing,…
E652: News Roundtable! Katie Benner, NYT & Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg: More Gawker-Thiel, 1st amendment, FB moral obligations, Microsoft buys Linkedin, Theranos slow-motion train wreck
Jun 17, 2016 • 97 min
News Roundtable! Occupying the table with Jason are two distinguished tech journalists, Katie Benner of NYT Technology & Eric Newcomer of Bloomberg. There’s almost not enough time to cover all the biggest news in tech over the last few days. Between…
E651: Trello CEO Michael Pryor on scaling internationally to 1.1m daily users, benefits to hiring remote devs, and the future of work and communication
Jun 14, 2016 • 64 min
Trello CEO Michael Pryor sits down with Jason to talk about the business model that drove his company to such healthy and steady growth in Episode 651 of This Week in Startups. Grown to over 1.1 million users in just five years Trello has cemented itself…
E650: Jam Session! Startup founders share best practices for customer management, satisfaction & success
Jun 10, 2016 • 48 min
E649: News Roundtable! Jessica Lessin (The Information) & Nellie Bowles (The Guardian) talk Thiel v. Gawker, the Trump effect on SV & the moral obligations of FB
Jun 7, 2016 • 62 min
Episode 649 of This Week in Startups is a News Roundtable featuring Jessica Lessin, founder and editor-in-chief of The Information, and Nellie Bowles, staff writer for The Guardian. Jason riffs with the distinguished journalists on the polarizing and…
E648: All #AskJason: cannabis, education, diversity, real estate, funding & more at #TWiSTlive, Microsoft Reactor
Jun 3, 2016
In episode 648 of This Week in Startups, Jason opens up his office hours to an audience of investors and entrepreneurs at the Microsoft Reactor in San Francisco to answer questions and analyze pitches. One by one, founders take the stage to pitch their…
E647: IBM SmartCamp 2015 showcase: Winner Jessika Lora’s CarForce connects customers & dealers; finalists Mike Holt of Singapore’s gridComm makes smart street lights & Yoly Avalos of Bquate rocks music distribution in Latin America
May 31, 2016 • 72 min
In episode 647 of This Week in Startups, Jason interviews the top three finalists of the 2015 IBM SmartCamp. First, he sits down with Jessika Lora, CEO & founder of the SmartCamp overall winner, CarForce. Then Mike Holt of Gridcomm, one of the finalists,…
E646: TWiST Live at Microsoft Reactor! Eric Ries, author of “The Lean Startup” & upcoming “The Leader’s Guide,” on the science of startup success & pro-entrepreneurship public policy
May 27, 2016 • 82 min
Filmed live at the Microsoft Reactor in San Francisco, Jason takes the stage with seasoned entrepreneur and author of “The Lean Startup,” Eric Ries. Jason and Eric dive right into the meaty processes lined out in the bestselling book. They analyze real…
E645: David Bennahum, Alpha Venture advisor & Founding Maker of Ready, shares his new coding education program for kids & the urgency of computational literacy
May 24, 2016 • 78 min
There was literally no program available to teach computational learning to kids past the age of ten…that is, until Ready was brought to market in February 2016. Jason sits down with Alpha Venture advisor and Ready Founding Maker David Bennahum in Episode…
E644: Accelerator panel with Dave McClure (500 Startups), Emily Kirsch (Powerhouse), Cameron Teitelman (StartX); Joel Spolsky of Stack Overflow on his developer Q&A juggernaut
May 17, 2016 • 65 min
Accelerator programs have become an invaluable force in the world of startups. In episode 644 of This Week in Startups, Jason interviews a panel of accelerator thought leaders on the LAUNCH Stage at the 2016 LAUNCH Festival. Dave McClure of 500 Startups,…
E643: Vicarious co-founder Scott Phoenix on innovating in AI & the race to unlock the human brain to create artificial general intelligence, the last tech humans will invent
May 13, 2016 • 87 min
True artificial intelligence is arguably the ultimate technology. To create machines that not only learn, but teach themselves, is sure to unlock new realms of technological possibilities that we haven’t even considered. This is exactly what Vicarious…
E642: News Roundtable! Veronica Belmont & Dave Mathews talk Bots galore, best VR, Twitter security v. privacy, Facebook curation controversy
May 10, 2016 • 89 min
Episode 642 of This Week in Startups is a News Roundtable featuring Dave Mathews, Founder and CEO of NewAer, and Veronica Belmont, writer and host of the extremely popular tech podcast The Sword & Laser. Jason leads the discussion on topics ranging from…
E641: Tony Xu, DoorDash Co-founder & CEO, on building a thriving business in the difficult on-demand market
May 3, 2016 • 84 min
Can the On Demand space stay afloat? Tony Xu, CEO and Co-founder of DoorDash, sits down with Jason for an in depth interview on This Week in Startups to explain how his company has scaled in the On Demand economy. The discussion ranges from growth and…
E640: AOL co-founder Steve Case on the internet revolution & innovation roadmap in his new book, “The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future”
Apr 29, 2016
Steve Case’s new book The Third Wave is the centerpiece for this special episode of This Week in Startups, and who better to discuss the content of the book than the author, Steve Case himself! Jason sits down with the legendary internet pioneer and…
E639: All-star angel investors Gil Penchina (FlightVC), Paige Craig (ArenaVC) & Jenny Fielding (Techstars); FanDuel’s Nigel Eccles on explosive success, mass appeal of daily fantasy sports
Apr 26, 2016 • 62 min
What do syndicates, Kickstarter campaigns, and AngelList all have in common? An all-star panel of angel Investors convenes to connect all of those dots and more in episode 639 of This Week in Startups. Gil Penchina of Flight.vc, Paige Craig of Arena…
E638: Blake Scholl, CEO & Founder of Boom Technology, resurrects the dream of fast flight with his supersonic passenger airplane
Apr 19, 2016 • 56 min
After the retirement of the Concorde in 2003, the supersonic passenger jet has become long overdue for re-entering the market. In episode 638 of This Week in Startups, Boom CEO Blake Scholl sits down with Jason to explain how his company is resurrecting…
E637: Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck on using data to map the global economy, bridging digital with physical; Houzz CEO & Co-founder Adi Tatarko designs home dreams for 35m users worldwide
Apr 12, 2016 • 58 min
Have you ever wondered what it takes to build a truly scalable business from the ground up? Filmed on the LAUNCH Stage at the 2016 LAUNCH Festival, episode 637 of This Week in Startups features two very successful entrepreneurs who share some insights…
E636: Pioneers of space tech & 3D printing: Planet Lab’s Will Marshall & Carbon3D’s Joe DeSimone at LAUNCH Festival
Apr 8, 2016 • 48 min
Filmed on the LAUNCH Stage at the 2016 LAUNCH Festival, Joe DeSimone of Carbon3D and Will Marshall of Planet Labs demonstrate why their companies go beyond the cutting edge in their respective industries. First, Will Marshall brings in one of Planet Labs’…
E635: VCs Hunter Walk (Homebrew), Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures), Jed Katz (Javelin Venture Partners) on the state of investing; Cyanogen’s Kirt McMaster demos his new platform MOD
Apr 1, 2016 • 57 min
It’s no secret that entrepreneurs everywhere are feeling the effects of the constricting tunnel of capital flow. Filmed on the LAUNCH Stage at the 2016 LAUNCH Festival, Episode 635 of This Week in Startups features an all-star VC panel with Jed Katz of…
E634: Hadley Wickham, RStudio Chief Scientist & open source pioneer, on breakthroughs in data science, visualization, statistics & the biggest philosophical questions facing humanity
Mar 30, 2016 • 63 min
The world has become flooded with data over the past 10 to 20 years. Hadley Wickham, Professor of Statistics at Rice University and Chief Scientist at RStudio, explains the most efficient ways to sort through the oceans of useless data and find what…
E633: News Roundtable! Ben Parr & Lon Harris dissect A.I. gone bad, robots taking over, Hulk Hogan, free speech, political scandal, low-paying jobs, & the future of cities
Mar 25, 2016 • 96 min
Are Millennials too entitled? Is Artificial Intelligence going to destroy the workforce? What if you had to choose between two presidential candidates you don’t like … ? (Hypothetically, of course.) On today’s News Roundtable, Episode 633 of This Week in…
E632: Parker Thompson, a.k.a. @StartupLJackson, shares insights from creating his wildly popular Twitter persona & turns full focus toward new work at AngelList
Mar 22, 2016 • 71 min
In episode 632 of This Week in Startups, Jason sits down with Parker Thompson, creator of popular parody Twitter account @StartupLJackson, current partner at AngelList, and previous partner at 500 Startups. Topics of conversation range from the…
E631: Sebastian Thrun (Udacity, fmr GoogleX) & George Zachary (CRV) on democratizing higher ed & the future of jobs; bonus: Ludlow Venture’s Jonathon Triest on authenticity & success
Mar 18, 2016 • 48 min
If you’ve ever experienced frustration in the face of the U.S. higher education system and mounting student debt, you’re not alone. In episode 631 of This Week in Startups, filmed at LAUNCH Festival 2016, Jason guides a fireside chat with Sebastian Thrun,…
E630: Keith Rabois on his home-buying disruptor Opendoor, the political storm, advice for founders & the rules of innovation; bonus: Cyan Banister on investing with purpose
Mar 15, 2016 • 47 min
Keith Rabois on his home-buying disruptor Opendoor, the political storm, advice for founders, & the rules of innovation; bonus: Cyan Banister on investing with purpose
E629: Hyperloop Tech co-founders Shervin Pishevar & Brogan BamBrogan are making the dream of high-speed travel a reality, changing the future of transportation & cities
Mar 11, 2016 • 41 min
Today, Jason is joined on the LAUNCH Festival stage by Shervin Pishevar and Brogan Bambrogan, Co-founders of Hyperloop Technologies. The Hyperloop is happening and we learn all about it! How it works, costs, location, government support (here and abroad),…
E628: SocialCapital’s Chamath Palihapitiya on the state of the tech industry, politics, diversity, four keys to picking investors, and the changing morality in America at LAUNCH Festival 2016
Mar 8, 2016 • 53 min
At 2016 LAUNCH Festival, Jason sits down with Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and CEO of Social Capital. It’s classic, candid Chamath sharing his insights on the changing morality in America (for better and worse), the insanity of Donald Trump, the critical…
E627: Pinterest product growth lead Casey Winters gives a crash course in growing a startup (or, WTF is growth?)
Mar 4, 2016 • 92 min
Casey Winters, Pinterest, gives a crash course in growing a startup (or, WTF is growth?)
E626: Zapier CEO & Co-Founder Wade Foster on creating the ultimate app connector, & the future of automation and integration
Mar 1, 2016 • 50 min
In episode 626 of This Week in Startups, Jason sits down with Zapier CEO and co-founder Wade Foster. Through the lens both of their experiences with Zapier – Jason as a user and Wade as a founder – they discuss the origins of Zapier, how Wade and his…
E625: Jonah Greenberger’s Bright brings affordable solar energy, and new career opportunities, to Mexico; Jennie Ripps shakes up the first tea cocktail mixer w/Owl’s Brew
Feb 26, 2016 • 72 min
Jason talks to founders of two very different, emerging markets: solar energy and artisanal mixers. His first guest is Jonah Greenberger, whose company Bright is bringing affordable solar power installation to developing countries. It’s a great…
E624: Thinking through the funnel: Des Traynor, Intercom founder, teaches the LAUNCH Incubator how to acquire & retain customers
Feb 23, 2016
In episode 624 of This Week in Startups, Intercom cofounder Des Traynor returns to the LAUNCH Incubator with another powerhouse talk. “Thinking Through the Funnel,” Des leads founders through different issues they should consider when trying to acquire…
E623: Dennis Mortensen’s startup, x.ai, is an AI assistant that sets up meetings like a human, and that’s only the beginning
Feb 19, 2016 • 57 min
Scheduling a simple coffee meeting can take days and countless emails to complete, but Dennis Mortensen wants to change all that — and more. In episode 623 of “This Week in Startups,” the founder of x.ai show us his AI assistant, which sets meetings for…
E622: Alec Ross, Sen. Advisor for Innovation during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Sec. of State, discusses his new book & the “Industries of the Future” propelling us forward
Feb 16, 2016 • 60 min
In episode 622 of This Week in Startups, Jason sits down with Alec Ross, author of The Industries of the Future to discuss technology, employment, and the future of the United States economy (as well as the world). Their conversation ranges from Alec’s…
E621: Science rules! Rowbots transforms agriculture with robotic farming & Experiment.com crowdfunds cutting-edge research
Feb 12, 2016 • 81 min
Science rules! Rowbots transforms agriculture with robotic farming & Experiment.com crowdfunds cutting-edge research
E620: Sprig co-founder & CEO Gagan Biyani scales sustainable, on-demand healthy food up to the next level
Feb 9, 2016 • 83 min
Sprig co-founder & CEO Gagan Biyani scales sustainable, on-demand healthy food up to the next level
E619: News Roundtable! Marketplace’s Molly Wood & The Guardian’s Nellie Bowles: Theranos, LinkedIn, Yahoo!, what’s up w/YC, warped SF, & the land customer service forgot (hint: SV)
Feb 5, 2016 • 67 min
On episode 619 of This Week in Startups, Jason sits down for another News Roundtable, with Molly Wood from Marketplace, and Nellie Bowles from The Guardian. Through the course of conversation, they touch on some of the hottest issues in startups and…
E618: Brock Pierce (Blockchain Capital Partner & Bitcoin Foundation Chair), breaks down blockchain protocol, bitcoin mining & scalability, innovative use cases, & the future of cryptocurrency
Feb 2, 2016 • 70 min
Today Jason sits down with Brock Pierce, Managing Partner at Blockchain Capital and Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation. Together, they discuss blockchain protocol, bitcoin mining and scalability, innovative use cases, and the future of cryptocurrency.…
E617: WSJ’s John Carreyrou shares his investigative reporting on Theranos, including latest & breaking: CMS declares the co. an immediate public health threat & Walgreens suspends testing
Jan 28, 2016 • 100 min
Wall Street Journal’s John Carreyrou began reporting on Theranos nearly a year ago, since uncovering many troubling facts about the fast-rising startup, amid a firestorm of controversy. In October 2015, John informed the public about the co’s struggles…
E616: Change.org Founder & CEO Ben Rattray launches mobile platform, Change Politics, and shares insights from 9yrs leading online activism & citizen engagement
Jan 26, 2016 • 84 min
Today Jason sits down with Ben Rattray, founder and CEO of Change.org. It’s the launch of their mobile platform, Change Politics, where citizens can vote on issues and submit questions directly to candidates (so far, to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders,…
E615: News Roundtable! Mattermark’s Danielle Morrill & NYT’s Katie Benner dig into the state of the markets, funding & IPO fall-outs, Apple A.I. & VR, on-demand faves, & projections for 2016
Jan 22, 2016 • 74 min
It’s the News Roundtable with Danielle Morrill, CEO and Founder of Mattermark, and Katie Benner, reporter at the NY Times. Each brings their expertise of deep data and reporting to shed light on the state of the market and projects for 2016. Among the…
E614: Co-founder & CEO Emily Kirsch leads the charge with Powerhouse, the world’s 1st incubator/accelerator dedicated to solar
Jan 19, 2016 • 51 min
As Co-founder and CEO of Powerhouse, the world’s first solar-focused incubator and accelerator, Emily Kirsch thinks about energy a lot. On today’s This Week in Startups, Jason and Emily sit down to talk all things solar, including the current state of the…
E613: Andy Artz (SocialCapital) shares major keys to mobile growth success; Cheshire.tech, the winners of Jason’s “Request for Startup” proposal
Jan 15, 2016 • 81 min
Andy Artz, Partner at Social Capital, shares the major keys to mobile growth success with the LAUNCH Incubator. But first, brothers Kirill & Oleg Zdornyy, the winners of Jason’s “Request For Startup” (RFS) stop by the studio to demonstrate Cheshire.tech.
E612: All #AskJason: scaling strategies, pitching tips, video trends, traction tactics, cautionary hiring, valuable practices and more for 2016
Jan 12, 2016 • 52 min
It’s an All #AskJason to jumpstart your 2016! Jason answers 14 fan questions, from selling ideas to successful startups to the top 5 things you should consider when pitching to investors, from business processes that have been surprisingly valuable to…
E611: Jed Katz of Javelin Venture Partners shares his 52-pt Series A checklist at LAUNCH Incubator; bonus: HomeHero’s Kyle Hill on 7 values that guide his company culture
Jan 8, 2016 • 68 min
Today’s two-parter begins with a 52-point Series A checklist from Jed Katz, Managing Director of Javelin Venture Partners. Speaking to the LAUNCH Incubator, Jed lays it all out, from how to present yourself to investors, to how much money to raise, to…
E610: Chris Impey on “Beyond: Our Future in Space” & the great entrepreneurial opportunities awaiting us there
Jan 5, 2016 • 65 min
Space is the topic today, where out there exists incredible business opportunities. From mining asteroids to low-orbit internet satellites, the entrepreneurial space race is on! Jason’s guest is Chris Impey, astronomy professor and author of “Beyond: Our…
E609: Scott Croyle on his vision for Nextbit & Robin, Future of the Kitchen, Matt Galligan shares lessons from Circa at LAUNCH Mobile Wearables IoT
Jan 1, 2016 • 73 min
From LAUNCH Mobile Wearables IoT, Jason and Peter Rojas (Engadget, Gizmodo) meet the entrepreneurs on the cutting edge of these industries. First, a fireside chat discussing mobile tech with Scott Croyle from Nextbit; second, it’s the Kitchen of the…
#AskJason: Rachel Proffitt & Todd Carpenter of WSGR tackle tough startup legal questions
Dec 30, 2015 • 35 min
It’s a special #AskJason, featuring Rachel Proffitt and Todd Carpenter from WSGR, answering your startup legal questions. On today’s docket: learn the absolute legal must-haves when bootstrapping a startup (and what can wait…), the convertible note versus…
E608: News Roundtable: Best of 2015! The spectacular (and sometimes dangerous) year in drones, space, self-driving cars, Twitter, Elon, Amazon, IPOs, Theranos, & investigative journalism
Dec 29, 2015
It’s the News Roundtable: Best of 2015! Jason recaps the biggest stories of the year with Ari Levy, Senior Tech Reporter at CNBC, and Dave Mathews, inventor and founder of Newaer. The trio reviews 2015 and predicts 2016 across many areas, such as drone…
E607: The Ecommerce Episode! BenchMade Modern, CloudPeeps, and Bento innovate in on-demand customized furniture, human resources, and Asian cuisine
Dec 25, 2015 • 78 min
Today, a special ecommerce episode! Jason sits down with three startup founders innovating in this exciting space. First is Edgar Blazona of BenchMade Modern, an on-demand furniture service that builds personalized sofas, to-the-inch, in 24 hours; second…
E606: Tim Draper (DFJ) & Troy Carter (AtomFactory) on the state of investing: what’s broken, what’s coming, the virtues of transparency & paranoia, and why Theranos is still one to watch
Dec 22, 2015 • 55 min
In today’s episode, Jason sits down for an investors fireside with leaders Tim Draper (DFJ and Draper Associates) and Troy Carter (Atom Factory) at the Draper Venture Network CEO Summit. Tim uses his extensive experience to analyze the current startup…
E605: Jared Fliesler of Matrix Partners & Erik Moore of Base Ventures with rapper Too Short, share rock-star strategies on marketing, messaging, and hustle at LAUNCH Scale
Dec 18, 2015 • 68 min
Two of the top-rated speakers from LAUNCH Scale 2015! First is Jared Fliesler, General Partner at Matrix Partners and former growth & product guru at Square, Google, and Slide. Jared shares his best strategies on product marketing, focusing on one thing…
E604: News Roundtable: Yahoo! (Yikes!), low IPOs, Zuck’s philanthropy, Alibaba buys media, Bitcoin plot thickens, fundraising landscape now & tomorrow
Dec 15, 2015 • 66 min
News Roundtable! Joining Jason today are Ryan Block (AOL, Engadget) and Brian Alvey (Weblogs Inc., Recurrency), both seasoned and savvy entrepreneurs who are now helming early-stage companies. The trio tackle the latest news, including Yahoo! mess…
E603: Chris Sacca is back! The legendary investor hears pitches & talks Shark Tank, Twitter, education, climate change, politics, the state of fundraising, what’s next
Dec 11, 2015 • 117 min
Legendary angel investor and “Shark Tank” star Chris Sacca returns to TWiST! Chris and Jason sit down to discuss everything from investing in relationships to Jack Dorsey as Twitter’s CEO (now and early on). He talks about what he looks for in an…
E602: Roger Dickey scores $10m Series A from Andreessen Horowitz for his on-demand software dev platform, Gigster; bonus LAUNCH Scale growth lessons from Sue Khim, Brilliant.org
Dec 8, 2015 • 79 min
Today’s guest is Roger Dickey, Founder of Gigster, an on-demand software development platform that just raised $10m in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. Roger showcases to Jason how Gigster works, using a sample “Uber for Pizza” project to…
E601: All Shark Tank / Ask Jason at TWiST Live!
Dec 4, 2015 • 74 min
All Shark Tank / Ask Jason at TWiST Live! Join in as Jason hears a plethora of startup pitches and serves up his trademark searing feedback. Among the companies we meet: a data platform dairy farmers, an app that helps parents create healthy menus for…
E600: TWiST Live! Eric Ries on The Lean Startup, the law of sustainable growth, lessons learned, and looking ahead
Dec 1, 2015 • 80 min
It’s a special TWiST Live for Ep600! Jason sits down with Eric Ries, author of “The Lean Startup” and the upcoming, Kickstarter-backed, “The Leader’s Guide.” Eric and Jason discuss in depth The Lean Startup methodology, what it means today with so many…
E599: Building a marketplace & taking it to the streets: Marco Zappacosta of Thumbtack & Sonny Mayugba of Requested share super-growth tactics at LAUNCH Scale
Nov 27, 2015 • 45 min
LAUNCH Scale 2015 featured 50+ speakers sharing their best growth strategies. And today’s episode features two of these amazing talks. First is Marco Zappacosta, Founder of the unicorn Thumbtack, who talks about his epic success and explains how he built…
E598: Babak Hodjat, Sentient.ai Co-Founder & Chief Scientist (& main inventor of tech behind Siri), is creating artificial intelligence that learns and adapts with our every decision
Nov 24, 2015 • 85 min
Babak Hodjat is Co-founder and Chief Scientist of Sentient, the most-funded artificial intelligence startup in the world, which emerged from stealth in 2014 after raising more than $100m Series C (the largest round ever by an AI startup). Though already…
E597: The “Godfather of SaaS” Jason Lemkin shares his Saastr community, criteria for investing, analysis of SaaS startups & unicorns, and what’s next
Nov 20, 2015 • 96 min
Jason sits down with the “Godfather of Saas,” Jason Lemkin, to discuss everything from the SaaS (software as a service) industry to angel investing criteria, from Lemkin’s current venture Saastr, to what the field has in store. We learn about the history…
E596: Matthew Markus’ Pembient is creating synthetic rhino horns to disrupt an illegal $750m trade and halt the acceleration of rhinoceros endangerment
Nov 17, 2015 • 51 min
Today Jason explores the world of synthetic biology with Matthew Markus, Co-founder and CEO of Pembient, a startup creating synthetic rhinoceros horns to disrupt the $750m illegal rhino trade and stop the poaching and farming of this increasingly…
E595: SF 49ers CEO Jed York on building the world’s most connected stadium; the Future of Wellness at LAUNCH Mobile Wearables & IoT
Nov 13, 2015
From LAUNCH Mobile Wearables & IoT: Jason and Sundeep Madra (VP Strategy and Corporate Development at Pivotal) talk to Jed York, CEO of the San Francisco 49ers, who built the most connected stadium in the world. Jed, Jason, and Sunny discuss the stadium’s…
E594: Future of the Smartwatch with Pebble Founder & CEO Eric Migicovsky; the Futures of Transportation & On-Demand at LAUNCH Mobile Wearables & IoT
Nov 10, 2015 • 94 min
It’s the Futures of the Smartwatch, Transportation, and On-Demand from LAUNCH Mobile, Wearables & IoT! First, Eric Migicovsky, founder and CEO of Pebble, shows us his latest in timeround and talks with Jason and Peter Rojas (co-founder of Engadget and…
E593: News Roundtable! Twitter hearts, PropF fails, Google-Android antics, IPO dangers, unicorn obsession, smartwatch stalls, self-driving cars
Nov 6, 2015 • 103 min
Amir Efrati of The Information and Eric Newcomer of Bloomberg join Jason today to break down the latest tech news. Twitter’s new heart and its meaning; Prop F failure, Airbnb dominance, and San Francisco’s housing crisis; Google’s solution to its…
E592: Miles Beckett, “lonelygirl15” creator, returns to healthcare and builds Silversheet, a verification platform and community for doctors, nurses, and surgery centers
Nov 3, 2015 • 68 min
Miles Beckett, creator of the first web series “lonelygirl15,” joins Jason today to discuss his latest adventure. Returning to his M.D. roots, Miles founded Silversheet, a verification platform for doctors and nurses and a certification platform for…
E591: Roelof Botha, Partner at Sequoia with David Rusenko, Founder of Weebly; Leah Busque, Founder of TaskRabbit at LAUNCH Scale
Oct 30, 2015 • 56 min
At LAUNCH Scale 2015, Jason sits down with Roelof Botha, Parter at Sequoia and David Rusenko, Founder/CEO of Weebly; and with Leah Busque, Founder/CEO of TaskRabbit.
#AskJason: Mobile, Wearables & Internet of Things! Part 3, with Janice Fraser, Pivotal
Oct 28, 2015 • 22 min
Today, it’s a special #AskJason: mobile, wearables & Internet of Things (IoT) edition, with special guest Janice Fraser, the Director of Innovation Practice at Pivotal. Jason and Janice lend insights to fans’ pressing questions on m/w/IoT, including why…
E590: TheTake & Minbox: two LAUNCH festival alums take great risks to innovate and succeed — and become leaders in very different markets
Oct 27, 2015 • 73 min
Today’s guests for this two-parter: Tyler Cooper, Founder & CEO of TheTake, a platform for identifying people and places in movies, and Alexander Mimran, Founder & CEO of Minbox, a cloud file-sharing and storage software. Both are graduates of the LAUNCH…
E589: News Roundtable with Quentin Hardy, NYTimes & Jeff Bercovici, Inc.: Q3 earnings stunner, Theranos mess, Slack dominance, RedYouTube, journalism’s shifting landscape
Oct 23, 2015 • 76 min
News Roundtable with Quentin Hardy, NYTimes & Jeff Bercovici, Inc.: Q3 earnings stunner, Theranos mess, Slack dominance, RedYouTube, journalism’s shifting landscape.
E588: Tony Hsieh, Zappos & Joel Simkhai, Grindr on mission, growth, and leadership at LAUNCH Scale
Oct 20, 2015 • 61 min
At LAUNCH Scale 2015, Jason sits down with Tony Hsieh of Zappos and Joel Simkhai of Grindr.
E587: David Sacks (PayPal, Yammer, Zenefits); Troy Carter (Atom Factory) w/Nalden (WeTransfer) at LAUNCH Scale
Oct 16, 2015 • 55 min
At LAUNCH Scale 2015, Jason sits down with David Sacks of three-unicorn PayPal, Yammer, and Zenefits fame, Troy Carter of Atom Factory, and Nalden Hans of WeTransfer.
E586: Nami Zarringhalam’s unicorn Truecaller surges past 150m users worldwide; bonus panel on the Future of Finance at #STHLMtech
Oct 13, 2015
At#STHLMtech Jason sits down with Truecaller Cofounder Nami Zarringhalam; bonus panel on the Future of Finance.
E585: Jason takes a global look at The Future of Investing with Accel, 500Startups, & Telia at #STHLMTech
Oct 9, 2015
At #STHLMTech Fest, Jason takes a global look at The Future of Investing with Accel, 500Startups, & Telia.
E584: Jeffrey Pfeffer, Professor at Stanford Business School, on the toxic “Leadership B.S.” that plagues companies and stifles true innovation
Oct 6, 2015 • 76 min
Today’s guest is Jeffrey Pfeffer, Professor at Stanford Business School, whose new book “Leadership B.S.: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time” tackles the leadership crisis plaguing companies and stifling true innovation.
E583: Niklas Zennstrom, Founder of Skype and Atomico, and Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Founder of Klarna, with Jason at #STHLMtech
Oct 2, 2015 • 46 min
At STHLM TECH FEST Jason sits down with Skype and Atomico Founder Niklas Zennstrom and Klarna Founder Sebastian Siemiatkowski. An amazing conversation spanning: Stockholm v. Silicon Valley breakdown as the best place to start your company, how Niklas came…
#AskJason: Mobile, Wearables & Internet of Things! Part 2
Oct 1, 2015 • 27 min
Today, it’s a special #AskJason: mobile, wearables & Internet of Things (IoT) edition! Jason lends insights to fans’ pressing questions on m/w/IoT, including the best wearable safety tech for bicyclists, Apple watch and glanceables, how to coach clients…