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. Calacanis, a podcasting pioneer, gives you an insider’s look at what’s happen


E1093: Keith Rabois on China’s grand plan, TikTok, Taiwan, Big Tech & more
Aug 7 • 108 min
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E1092: The Next Unicorns E12: Homebound CEO & Co-Founder Nikki Pechet is solving the home building process by increasing customer experience, helping victims of natural disasters rebuild efficiently
Aug 5 • 63 min
Check out Homebound: https://www.homebound.com Follow Nikki: https://twitter.com/NikkiPechet Follow Jason: https://linktr.ee/calacanis Thanks to our partners: Zendesk - 6 months free at https://www.zendesk.com/twist LinkedIn Jobs - Get $50 off your first…
E1091: LAUNCH Accelerator Cohort 17 founders reflect on their journeys throughout the program: Nude Barre (DTC hosiery made for women of all shades), Techmate (On-demand tech support for remote & satellite employees) & Solo (Trucking-as-a-Service)
Aug 4 • 78 min
Check out Nude Barre: https://nudebarre.com Check out Techmate: https://www.techmate.com Check out Solo: https://solotrucking.com Thanks to our partners: Squarespace - save 10% by using code TWIST at checkout https://www.squarespace.com Trends, by The…
All-In E6: Big Tech antitrust aftermath, potential effects of an M&A clampdown on Silicon Valley & more
Jul 31 • 41 min
Follow the crew: https://twitter.com/chamath https://linktr.ee/calacanis https://twitter.com/DavidSacks https://twitter.com/friedberg Follow the pod: https://twitter.com/theallinpod https://bio.fm/theallinpod
E1090: Nikola Founder Trevor Milton on competing with Tesla, hydrogen over battery, going public as a pre-revenue company & more
Jul 31 • 75 min
Check out Nikola: https://nikolamotor.com Follow Trevor: https://twitter.com/nikolatrevor Follow Jason: https://twitter.com/jason Follow This Week in Startups: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups
Emergency Pod! Jason Calacanis reacts to Big Tech hearings: Grades for Bezos, Cook, Pichai & Zuckerberg
Jul 29 • 43 min
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E1089 The Next Unicorns E11: insitro CEO Daphne Koller is revolutionizing drug discovery via machine learning & data, shares insights on remote education from time at Coursera & more
Jul 29 • 70 min
Follow Daphne: https://twitter.com/DaphneKoller Check out insitro: https://insitro.com/ Follow Jason: https://linktr.ee/calacanis
E1088: Building Zero Fasting with Kevin Rose, properly pricing consumer apps, benefits of fasting & more with Big Sky Health CEO Mike Maser
Jul 28 • 75 min
Follow Mike: https://twitter.com/mmaser Get Zero Fasting: https://www.zerofasting.com/ Follow Jason: https://linktr.ee/calacanis
E1087: Democratizing art as an asset class, indicators of a rapidly appreciating piece of art & more with Masterworks CEO & Founder Scott Lynn
Jul 24 • 67 min
Signup for Masterworks: bit.ly/32T19Si Disclaimer: bit.ly/3hCG2aD Follow Scott: https://twitter.com/scottlynn Follow Jason: https://linktr.ee/calacanis
E1086: Supporting founder mental health at Freestyle Capital with Josh Felser, Caren Maio & Mani Kulasooriya
Jul 21 • 87 min
Josh’s Medium post on founder mental health: https://medium.com/@joshmedia/for-the-love-of-founders-d50b405f42a3 Hoffman Institute: https://www.hoffmaninstitute.org/ Meru Health: https://www.meruhealth.com/ Check out Freestyle Capital:…
E1085: Chris Atoki shares his inspiring story: from homeless to homeowner in 4 years through grit, technology & hustle
Jul 17 • 66 min
Follow Chris: https://twitter.com/kingatoki Follow Jason: https://linktr.ee/calacanis
E1084: David Sacks on “The Cadence”: an operating philosophy he developed at PayPal which helped him lead Yammer to a billion-dollar exit without a COO
Jul 14 • 68 min
David Sacks’ recent Medium post: https://medium.com/craft-ventures/the-cadence-how-to-operate-a-saas-startup-436aa8099e8 Follow David: https://twitter.com/DavidSacks Follow Jason: https://linktr.ee/calacanis
All-In E5: WHO’s incompetence, kicking off Cold War II, China’s grand plan, 100X’ing America’s efficiency
Jul 10 • 52 min
Follow the crew: https://twitter.com/chamath https://linktr.ee/calacanis https://twitter.com/DavidSacks https://twitter.com/friedberg Follow the pod: https://twitter.com/theallinpod https://bio.fm/theallinpod
Founders: Pitch Thousands of Angel Investors over Zoom at Remote Demo Day!
Jul 10 • 4 min
Submit your application at https://remotedemoday.com/ Jason Calacanis & TheSyndicate.com will select seven startups to pitch thousands of angel investors on July 28th. We held our first Remote Demo Day in June, where 5 of the 7 companies that pitched…
E1083 News: Trump considers TikTok ban, Twitter leaks subscription platform, Clubhouse drama, Harvard price gouging & more with Morgan DeBaun & Alex Wilhelm
Jul 9 • 88 min
Follow Alex: https://twitter.com/alex Follow Morgan: https://twitter.com/morgandebaun Check out Blavity: https://blavity.com/ Follow Jason: https://twitter.com/Jason https://linktr.ee/calacanis
E1082: OfferUp CEO & Co-Founder Nick Huzar on creating liquidity in a marketplace, acquiring their largest competitor in Letgo, location-based pay & more!
Jul 7 • 68 min
Follow Nick: https://twitter.com/nickhuzar Check out OfferUp: https://twitter.com/offerup https://offerup.com/ Follow Jason: https://twitter.com/Jason https://linktr.ee/calacanis
E1081: SevenRooms CEO & Co-Founder Joel Montaniel on raising $50M Series B during COVID, taking on large incumbents, helping restaurants leverage data to maximize customer experience
Jun 30 • 69 min
Check out SevenRooms: https://twitter.com/sevenrooms https://sevenrooms.com/ Follow Jason: https://twitter.com/Jason https://linktr.ee/calacanis
Learn how to be an Angel Investor from Jason Calacanis at Angel.University Online!
Jun 29 • 3 min
Register: https://www.angel.university/online In this workshop, I share my lessons from deploying over 70 million dollars of capital in over 200 startups, including Uber, Robinhood, Calm, Wealthfront, and others. You’ll learn how to source and negotiate…
E1080: Arlan Hamilton on launching Backstage Crowd, disrupting VC with syndicates, how the tech industry can be better for underrepresented founders & more
Jun 26 • 69 min
Follow Arlan: https://twitter.com/ArlanWasHere Join Backstage Crowd: http://backstagecrowd.com Follow Jason: https://twitter.com/Jason https://linktr.ee/calacanis
E1079: The Power of Accelerators E10 Daniel Gross, Founder of Pioneer on gamifying the startup process, importance of mentorship in tech & more!
Jun 24 • 75 min
Follow Daniel: https://twitter.com/danielgross Check out Pioneer: https://pioneer.app/ Follow Jason: https://twitter.com/Jason https://linktr.ee/calacanis
E1078 Pomp Podcast Crossover: Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano on most exciting crypto projects, Hey vs. Apple, Robinhood/Barstool traders, Zuck vs. Bezos, Jason’s Bitcoin position & more!
Jun 23 • 136 min
Pomp Podcast x TWiST crossover Follow Pomp: https://twitter.com/APompliano Follow Jason: https://twitter.com/Jason https://linktr.ee/calacanis
All-In E4: Politicizing the pandemic, Police reform, Biden’s ideal VP, Twitter vs. Facebook on free speech & more with David Sacks & David Friedberg
Jun 21 • 45 min
Follow @chamath: https://twitter.com/chamath Follow @jason: https://twitter.com/Jason https://linktr.ee/calacanis 0:01 Jason checks in on Chamath, Sacks & Friedberg, opening up their social circles, outdoor activities & more 9:31 Issues with politicizing…
E1077: “Alchemy” Author Rory Sutherland on the Darwinian approach to business, analyzing outliers, why eccentric CEOs have a psychological advantage with customers & more!
Jun 19 • 139 min
1:00 Jason intros “Alchemy” author Rory Sutherland 3:45 Architecture is the cheapest way to buy art 6:01 How Rory is dealing with quarantine, why he prefers working from home, and will businesses be more efficient post-COVID? 14:12 What is Rory’s job, why…
E1076: The Power of Accelerators E9 Sunny Madra, Head of Ford X on innovating mobility for a post-COVID world, going from idea to product at a large corporation & more
Jun 18 • 62 min
0:52 Jason intros Ford X’s Sunny Madra 4:39 How Sunny got his start in Accelerators working on Tinder with Hatch Labs at IAC 11:47 What is Ford X’s thesis on mobility and how do they decide whether to buy or build a company? 16:18 How does Ford X evaluate…
E1075: Cendana Capital’s Michael Kim on investing in Seed funds as a serial LP, Robinhood as an acquisition target, greatest Seed funds of all time & more
Jun 16 • 74 min
0:38 Jason talks about the now fully-virtual LAUNCH Accelerator and intros Cendana Capital’s Michael Kim 2:47 What is a fund of funds & why do they exist? History of raising Cendana’s first fund 6:06 Portfolio construction of fund of funds 10:19 Why…
E1074 News: How VC can do better for underrepresented founders, Zoom shuts down Chinese pro-democracy accounts, Wall Street Bets, Reddit appoints YC CEO Michael Seibel to BoD & more with Lolita Taub & Tom Uebel
Jun 11 • 89 min
0:01 Jason intros Tom Uebel & Lolita Taub 5:17 George Floyd/Black Lives Matter protests impacting Venture Capital, Angela Benton’s tweets about her bad experience with Cowboy Ventures, how can VC move forward and be better towards underestimated founders?…
E1073: The Power of Accelerators E8 Mike Jones, CEO of Science shares insights on what makes a great Direct-to-Consumer Founder, investing early in Dollar Shave Club, economics of a venture-studio & more!
Jun 10 • 72 min
0:32 Jason speaks on current events and intros Science CEO Mike Jones, how they met after selling their companies to AOL 6:02 What is Science and how has it evolved since being started in 2011? Why did they pivot away from the startup studio model? 12:43…
E1072 Ask Jason: Growing as a leader, managing more experienced employees as a young CEO, Consumer SaaS pricing tips, bull markets post-COVID & more
Jun 9 • 42 min
0:01 Jason teases today’s questions 2:09 Luai: Is Uber still a hyper-growth company? 5:25 Weston: Advice on getting in front of/selling to startups/enterprises outside of our immediate VC network? 8:13 Martin: Do you have any resources, insights, or…
Announcement: Learn how to become a professional angel investor at Angel.University Online
Jun 8 • 2 min
Angel.University Online is a 3-hour course for individuals interested in becoming professional angel investors. Hosted by Jason Calacanis & Mike Savino, the course focuses on five key topics: sourcing deals, evaluating startups, negotiating deals,…
E1071 Ask Jason: Black Lives Matter, Post-COVID tech hubs, Founder/VC disputes, bringing manufacturing back to the US, pre-selling SaaS products & more
Jun 5 • 41 min
Jason on CNBC: https://youtu.be/V6oqvDnuAgI 0:01 Jason intros today’s questions 1:51 Aaron: Thoughts on Black Lives Matter? 9:06 Joe: How can startups play a role in bringing manufacturing back to the US? 14:46 Alex: Any tips on pre-selling a SaaS…
E1070: The Power of Accelerators E7 Ravi Belani, Managing Director of Alchemist Accelerator on why the best entrepreneurs love the process, risk-taking, sourcing & investing in Justin.tv at DFJ & more
Jun 3 • 65 min
0:20 Jason intros Alchemist’s Ravi Belani 3:41 Why is Alchemist named after Paulo Coelho book? What is the biggest benefit of Accelerators? 5:47 Ravi’s background at DFJ, sourcing the Justin.tv investment 15:02 Why Ravi left DFJ to start Alchemist 21:52…
E1069: Alexis Ohanian on Reddit’s crypto origins, turning VC into a team sport at Initialized, improving as an investor, fatherhood & more
Jun 2 • 66 min
1:02 Jason welcomes Alexis Ohanian to the show and asks about the Reddit sale & re-joining for the turnaround 3:39 Why was Reddit “the last website standing” from all of the Web 2.0 sales in the early 2000s? 6:05 History of Reddit Gold, future of…
E1068 AMA: NEA’s Ben Narasin takes questions from founders: most important content in a pitch deck, COVID’s impact on dealmaking, traits he looks for in founders & more!
May 30 • 48 min
NEA’s Ben Narasin takes questions from founders: most important content in a pitch deck, COVID’s impact on dealmaking, traits he looks for in founders & more! Join the TWiST Slack: https://launchevents.typeform.com/to/kLq5Bi Follow Ben:…
E1067: Garry Tan, Managing Partner & Co-Founder of Initialized Capital, on dealing with downstream investors as a Seed-stage firm, software companies acting as governments, possibility of building IPO-level companies while fully-distributed & much…
May 29 • 97 min
1:03 Jason intros Garry Tan and checks in on how his quarantine has been going 4:39 How does Garry look at Initialized’s portfolio companies? What are his 3 groups of companies dealing with COVID? 8:04 How will VCs react to the crisis? Why does…
E1066: The Power of Accelerators E6 David Brown, CEO & Co-Founder of TechStars on leading the virtual accelerator trend, benefits of going global, sustained vs. temporary changes from COVID & more!
May 27 • 67 min
0:43 Jason intros TechStars CEO David Brown 4:47 TechStars leading the virtual accelerator trend 10:21 Will TechStars go with a hybrid model going forward and what key points should remote accelerators focus on? 15:27 How did TechStars settle on the…
E1065 AMA: Slice CEO Ilir Sela answers questions from founders: tips on selling into scattered markets (like Mom & Pop shops), COVID’s impact on the restaurant industry, scaling Slice’s $43M Series C & more!
May 21 • 49 min
Slice CEO Ilir Sela answers questions from founders: tips on selling into scattered markets (like Mom & Pop shops), COVID’s impact on the restaurant industry, scaling Slice’s $43M Series C & more! Join the TWiST Slack:…
E1064: News Roundtable! Sam Parr & Zach Coelius on Barstool Sports vs. Call Her Daddy, SoftBank’s $17B loss, TikTok poaches former Disney exec as CEO, Facebook launches Shops & more!
May 21 • 62 min
0:51 Jason intros Zach Coelius & Sam Parr 2:28 Barstool Sports vs. Call Her Daddy 6:49 Penn National Gaming stock soaring, Dave Portnoy winning this controversy 13:17 SoftBank reports $17.7B annual loss, worst figures in 39-year history 17:19 Does…
All-In E3: Modern Cold War between US & China, economic recovery, potential mass migration out of San Francisco, pandemic politicization & more with David Sacks & David Friedberg
May 21 • 49 min
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. Calacanis, a podcasting pioneer, gives you an insider’s look at what’s happening…
E1063: The Power of Accelerators E5 Joshua Baer, CEO & Founder of Capital Factory shares lessons from investing in 400+ startups, best practices for transitioning accelerators to remote, insights on SXSW cancellation & more
May 20 • 71 min
0:35 Jason intros Capital Factory CEO & Founder Josh Baer 1:47 What is Capital Factory in its current iteration? How are they transitioning to remote? Loss of serendipity of random in-person connections 5:38 Josh takes Jason through the SXSW cancellation…
E1062: News Roundtable! Acquired.FM Co-Hosts Ben Gilbert & David Rosenthal on Clubhouse’s pre-launch $100M valuation, Joe Rogan to Spotify, Uber layoffs, food delivery wars, Facebook buys GIPHY & more!
May 20 • 117 min
0:31 Jason intros today’s news roundtable guests Ben Gilbert & David Rosenthal 6:54 Clubhouse raises Series A from a16z at a $100M valuation pre-launch 11:12 How do $2M in secondary shares play into Clubhouse’s situation? 14:08 How Clubhouse achieved…
E1061 AMA: Hustle Fund Co-Founder & General Partner Elizabeth Yin answers 50 questions from founders!
May 18 • 74 min
0:43 Prashant: Would you have benefited from an AngelList equivalent for venture capital? In other words, if up and coming venture firms can find Potential LPs in every corner of the world, instead of just SF? 1:23 Kate: What do you look for in a…
E1060 AMA: Range CEO & Co-Founder Dan Pupius answers questions from founders: meeting & collaborating with Evan Williams, divvying up time while building a remote team, product development advice, benefits of co-founders & more
May 13 • 38 min
Range CEO & Co-Founder Dan Pupius answers questions from founders: meeting & collaborating with Evan Williams, divvying up time while building a remote team, product development advice, benefits of co-founders & more Join the TWiST Slack:…
E1059: The Power of Accelerators E4 Sean O’Sullivan, Managing General Partner of SOSV on running capital intensive accelerators in hardware, life sciences & food science, unique follow-on strategy, cell-based meat going mainstream, China-based vs.…
May 13 • 65 min
0:42 Jason intros SOSV’s Sean O’Sullivan 4:19 How is operating in China during COVID? 5:22 Origin of SOSV, thoughts on in-person accelerators over remote accelerators, why hardware/life-science accelerators need in-person cohorts 9:02 Sean describes…
E1058: Slice CEO & Founder Ilir Sela helps local pizzerias compete with chains by digitizing orders & small fees, shares insights on raising $40M+ Series C during pandemic, “reverse franchise model”, viral GrubHub invoice, helping front-line workers…
May 12 • 77 min
0:36 Jason shares thoughts on his portfolio activity, getting back to work, leadership & more 4:20 Jason intros Slice Founder Ilir Sela 7:14 How has Slice been helping local pizzerias and front-line workers during the pandemic?…
E1057: Founders Fund General Partner Keith Rabois on stock market bounce back, domain expertise being overrated, US/China issues, 2020 election, recipe for startups success, chaos making way for a new generation of entrepreneurs & much more!
May 12 • 84 min
0:56 Jason intros Keith Rabois and checks in on his quarantine, Zoom’s heightened exhaustion factor & more 5:46 What will the lasting impact of COVID be on Silicon Valley & the startup funding landscape? 8:18 How the early 2000’s dot-com bust paved way…
E1056 AMA: StartX & Nexus Events Founder Cameron Teitelman answers questions from founders: how universities with no entrepreneurial culture can mimic Stanford, building flexible & sustainable culture during COVID, scaling Nexus Events rapidly &…
May 12 • 36 min
StartX & Nexus Events Founder Cameron Teitelman answers questions from founders: how universities with no entrepreneurial culture can mimic Stanford, building flexible & sustainable culture during COVID, scaling Nexus Events rapidly & more! Join the TWiST…
E1055: Hustle Fund Co-Founder & General Partner Elizabeth Yin on her unique portfolio strategy, attracting first-time LPs, optimism for post-COVID fundraising, dealing with pro rata as a smaller fund & more!
May 8 • 63 min
0:50 Jason opens the show with some thoughts on livelihood, getting back to work as a lose-lose situation and approaching the situation with kindness and empathy 5:47 Jason intros Hustle Fund’s Elizabeth Yin and they discuss the process of raising Hustle…
AMA 2: All Turtles CEO Phil Libin answers questions from founders: should early-stage founders prioritize data or instincts, building global products, ML risks, thoughts on remote work
May 8 • 56 min
All Turtles CEO Phil Libin answers questions from founders: should early-stage founders prioritize data or instincts, building global products, ML risks, thoughts on remote work Join the TWiST Slack: https://launchevents.typeform.com/to/kLq5Bi Mentioned…
UPCOMING: Register for Angel.University Online at Angel.University/Events
May 7 • 1 min
Hosted by Jason Calacanis & Michael Savino, Angel.University is a workshop for individuals interested in becoming professional angel investors. The curriculum is designed for angels who have done 0 to 100 angel investments and focuses on five key topics:…
E1054: The Power of Accelerators E3 Siobhan Dullea, CEO of MassChallenge on running a non-profit accelerator, accepting hundreds of companies per year, what makes a great application, why East Coast investors are more conservative & more!
May 6 • 65 min
0:42 Jason intros MassChallenge CEO Siobhan Dullea 3:09 What is MassChallenge & how is it different from a typical accelerator? 5:48 How many startups do they accept across their different programs? 11:33 How does their prize money situation work? How are…
E1053: Ask Jason! Catching‌ ‌an‌ ‌investor’s‌ ‌eye‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌cold‌ ‌email‌, what founders/investors often overlook during pitches, COVID’s impact on Jason’s deal flow, domain name hacks & more!
May 5 • 50 min
0:01 Jason intros today’s questions! 2:18 Kate asks what founders & investors often overlook while pitching/being pitched, and what they should focus more closely on 6:58 Daniel asks about Jason’s next book 8:59 Avery asks for advice on performing…
TEASER: Inside Transportation E3: Sandy Munro Talks Electric Vehicles, Tesla Model Y + More
May 2
Subscribe: https://linktr.ee/transportationpodcast Featuring Sandy Munro (CEO of Munro & Associates), Jason Calacanis (Angel investor, LAUNCH, Inside.com) and Johan Moreno (Inside.com). Subscribe to Inside Transportation newsletter:…
E1052: Range CEO & Co-Founder Dan Pupius shares best practices on building culture as a remote team, insights from working on Google+, importance of asynchronous communication on distributed teams, Holacracy & more!
May 1 • 72 min
0:56 Jason intros the show & talks about the impact the TWiST Slack has had on him 4:47 Jason intros Dan Pupius of Range 6:13 What is Range and why is it asynchronous & who types of companies is it made for? 10:48 What is the core feature of Range? 15:19…
AMA 1: freeCodeCamp’s Quincy Larson answers founder and developer questions
Apr 30 • 41 min
freeCodeCamp Founder Quincy Larson answers questions from his exclusive AMA only on This Week in Startups’ Slack! If you’d like to participate in exclusive AMAs, jam sessions, and discuss all aspects of startup life with Jason and our community of 20,000+…
E1051: The Power of Accelerators E2 Cameron Teitelman, Founder & Chairman of StartX on optimizing Stanford’s entrepreneurial landscape, thesis on peer-support groups’ correlation to founder success, why growth-stage founders join StartX & more!
Apr 29 • 58 min
1:00 Jason intros Power of Accelerators Episode 2! 3:07 Jason intros StartX Founder Cameron Teitelman: What is StartX, how do they invest, when and how was it started? 6:54 How does StartX exist? Are they profitable? 8:43 Why would a growth stage founder…
E1050: PlayVS CEO & Founder Delane Parnell shares his incredible journey from the projects to raising almost $100M to build the esports platform of the future, breaking through as an outsider in tech, using leverage & partnerships to create a moat,…
Apr 28 • 103 min
0:42 Jason intros PlayVS CEO & Founder Delane Parnell 2:59 What is PlayVS, how do they make money & how fast are they growing? 5:37 Attracting investors, leveraging an exclusive contract to scale across US high schools & average hours spent on the…
SNEAK PREVIEW! Inside Transportation E2: EV Companies Take PPP Loans, Virgin Australia collapses, Levandowski v. Uber
Apr 27
2:42 — Electric vehicle startups receive PPP loansAs thousands of small business owners struggle to pay rent and keep their employees on staff, two high-profile electric vehicle startups have applied and received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans…
E1049: freeCodeCamp Founder Quincy Larson shares insights on democratizing developer skills, which programs to learn to land a coding job, if anyone can learn to code, maximizing earning potential & more!
Apr 24 • 58 min
0:50 Jason thanks the front-line workers & intros freeCodeCamp’s Quincy Larson 7:45 Why & how did Quincy start freeCodeCamp? What is freeCodeCamp? 12:16 Jason & Quincy discuss starting & running large online communities, benefits of Discord & Slack 15:36…
E1048: The Power of Accelerators E1 Steve Barsh, Managing Partner of Dreamit Ventures on top portfolio companies, focusing on specific verticals, tips for nailing accelerator interviews, follow-on philosophy & more
Apr 22 • 62 min
1:00 Jason thanks all frontline workers and intros Dreamit Ventures’ Steve Barsh 3:33 How did Dreamit start, what is the goal and how is their program structured? 9:43 How often does Dreamit follow-on with their portfolio companies, how do they think…
E1047: Ask Jason Slack Special! Sourcing talent during a crisis, building strong culture & motivating remote teams, investing in distributed startups, importance of market timing & more!
Apr 22 • 50 min
0:01 Jason intros today’s #AskJason and talks about the This Week in Startups Slack! 4:04 Ethan asks where and how Jason gets his news for general industry knowledge 6:43 Sean asks Jason how to acquire talent during a crisis 9:54 Vik asks Jason about…
E1046: News Roundtable! TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm & Slow Ventures’ Sam Lessin on COVID’s potential privacy risk, private/public investor outlooks, remote work challenges & at-risk early-stage investors
Apr 16 • 76 min
0:37 Jason intro Alex Wilhelm & Sam Lessin & checks in on how their quarantines are going 5:59 Are they all working more during quarantine then they were beforehand? 9:58 Will we see a birthrate drop due to the crisis? 15:45 Having & raising children in…
E1045: 15Five CEO & Co-Founder David Hassell shares insights on remote work: transitioning from in-person to remote, tips for keeping employees engaged, defining trust & more!
Apr 14 • 63 min
0:51 Jason intro 15Five’s David Hassell & checks in on how his company is doing 4:23 What does a great leader need to do in a crisis? 8:26 How to share information with your team about potential layoffs 10:27 What is 15Five? What have they set out to…
SNEAK PREVIEW: E2 All-In with Chamath Palihapitiya & Jason Calacanis: Rebooting the economy, understanding corporate debt, steps to avoid a depression & more with David Sacks
Apr 10 • 30 min
0:01 Jason & Chamath catch us up on their quarantines 1:20 Chamath intros David Sacks 4:40 David explains what their poker group chat has been like since COVID-19 started, and how Jason, Chamath & himself fall on the optimistic/pessimistic spectrum 6:58…
E1044: Ask Jason! Starting a company in an economic crisis, bringing on & compensating startup advisors, scaling diligence as an angel investor, Jason’s thoughts on solving the unemployment surge & more!
Apr 10 • 56 min
0:01 Jason previews today’s Ask Jason & drops some hints about the Super Secret TWiST Slack room 2:29 Aaron asks how investors view no-code startups 6:33 Andrii asks if an economic crisis is a good time to start a company 9:52 Jesse asks if he should…
E41: “Angel” Podcast: Shawn Carolan, Managing Partner at Menlo Ventures shares insights on his early investments in Uber, Roku, Siri & JUMP Bikes, adjusting his approach in response to hundreds of new venture funds with billions in dry powder & more!
Apr 10 • 95 min
0:01 Jason thanks the sponsors, guests, listeners & the team for Angel Season 4! 4:38 Jason intros Menlo Ventures’ Shawn Carolan 7:26 Thoughts on the market’s reaction to COVID-19, when will it get back to normal? 11:51 What advice is Shawn giving to his…
E1043: News Roundtable! Bloomberg Beta’s Roy Bahat & Coelius Capital’s Zach Coelius on how tech is helping during the crisis, how startups should approach SMB loans, when VC funding will bounce back, Notion’s $50M raise, Zoom’s security issues,…
Apr 7 • 84 min
0:54 Jason intros Roy Bahat & Zach Coelius, and they discuss their current quarantine situations 6:04 What is the timeline looking like for going back to work? What needs to happen before we can get back to normal? 14:51 Has government & media failed the…
E1042: Balaji Srinivasan (@balajis) shares insights on Recode incident, need for decentralized citizen journalism, techlash through the years, potential COVID-19 endgames: bull, bear & base case scenarios
Apr 3 • 112 min
0:55 Jason intros Balaji Srinivasan and tees up his incident with Recode’s piece: “No handshakes, please”: The tech industry is terrified of the coronavirus 4:28 Balaji shares his experience with the story and his issues with corporate journalism 15:16…
E40: “Angel” Podcast: Jeff Richards, Managing Partner at GGV Capital shares lessons for founders & investors from 2008 recession & Dot-com bust, criteria for taking on venture debt, valuing companies in a down market & more
Apr 1 • 72 min
0:51 Jason gives some thoughts on quarantine & intros GGV’s Jeff Richards 5:11 What will this crisis look like on the other side? Benefits of having a levelheaded approach 11:38 What has Jeff seen from his seasoned portfolio founders who went through the…
E1041: The Lean Startup’s Eric Ries gives tactical advice for founders during an economic downturn: obligations of leadership, extending runway, handling layoffs with grace, finding new revenue opportunities, capitalizing on silver-linings & more!
Mar 31 • 78 min
0:52 Jason intros Eric Ries and they discuss how things have been since shelter-in-place started 8:33 What good will come out of this? Will UBI proponents like Andrew Yang be proven right? 10:12 Eric’s advice to today’s founders after living through the…
E1040: Figma CEO & Co-Founder Dylan Field shares insights on crucial moments in Figma’s creation, overcoming SaaS burnout, active vs. passive user-pricing, getting Greylock & Sequoia to invest after they initially passed & more!
Mar 27 • 82 min
1:00 Jason intros Figma’s Dylan Field & Dylan explains why WebGL was crucial to Figma’s creation 7:09 Why ChromeOS is flourishing in schools 11:28 Who are Figma’s competitors & how do they compare 14:12 How does multiplayer mode work on Figma? 17:29 What…
E39: “Angel” Podcast: Sarah Guo, General Partner at Greylock Partners shares insights on Greylock’s “Zero to One” investment thesis, sharpening her decision-making skills, ranking team, market & product as investment criteria & the changing…
Mar 25 • 79 min
0:52 Jason intros Greylock’s Sarah Guo 3:37 How did Sarah wind up at Greylock? 5:45 Sarah explains Greylock’s “Zero to One” thesis & typical term commitment of a VC 11:53 How does Sarah measure her personal performance and her portfolio’s performance?…
E1039: Independent Journalist Vincent Woo reflects on his piece, “Lambda School’s Misleading Promises”, shares insights on what drew him to the story, where Lambda School went wrong, how they can be better & more
Mar 24 • 70 min
0:45 Jason intros Vincent Woo, who wrote “Lambda School’s Misleading Promises” for New York Magazine 2:21 What drew Vincent to this story? What wrongdoings did he discover? 6:02 Vincent describes Lambda’s ISAs and how they were sold 14:24 How Vincent…
E1038: News Roundtable! Index Ventures’ Sarah Cannon & TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm on COVID-19’s impact so far: lessons learned, Sarah’s stimulus plan, endgame scenarios & more
Mar 20 • 82 min
1:04 Jason intros Alex Wilhelm & Sarah Cannon 5:00 COVID-19: Where are we now? 10:12 Have would Obama have handled this situation? What are the proper next steps? 15:29 Sarah lays out her economic stimulus plan 20:29 How much has the political landscape…
E1 All-In with Chamath Palihapitiya & Jason Calacanis: US Response to COVID-19 & Impact on Startups, Venture Capital & Public Markets with David Friedberg
Mar 18 • 91 min
0:01 Jason & Chamath intro David and check in on each other’s quarantines 2:26 Has the US overreacted or underreacted so far? David & Chamath give their opinions on new directives & statistics 13:15 Thoughts on potential treatment options & policy changes…
E38: “Angel” Podcast: David Cowan, Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners shares insights on owning up to his anti-portfolio, understanding sunk cost, top traits for becoming a VC & best Founders & CEOs he’s ever worked with
Mar 18 • 74 min
0:53 Jason intros Bessemer’s David Cowan 1:54 David explains how he got his start in Venture capital in 1992 4:22 What does Bessemer look for in a potential investor today? How has VC hiring and demographics have changed over time? 8:10 David gives an…
E1037: LAUNCH Accelerator Class 16 Founders of BasicBlock (payment solution for truckers), DaoCloud (lead-gen for health & wellness practitioners) & Lately (AI-powered social media writing software) reflect on their journeys through the program
Mar 17 • 69 min
0:38 Jason explains the LAUNCH Accelerator 5:39 BasicBlock CEO Taylor Monks details his journey through the LAUNCH Accelerator 14:58 BasicBlock CEO Taylor Monks’ biggest takeaways from the Accelerator 27:35 DaoCloud CEO Max Coleman describes his journey…
EMERGENCY POD: E0 All-In with Chamath Palihapitiya & Jason Calacanis: COVID-19 Political, Economic & Social Ramifications featuring The Production Board’s David Friedberg (frmly Founder/CEO, The Climate Corporation)
Mar 14 • 88 min
0:01 Jason intros Chamath and Episode 0 of All-In and they discuss their current self-quarantine 0:55 Jason intros David Friedberg 1:35 Chamath gives the inaugural (& potentially final) All-In ad read 2:17 As a Warriors owner, Chamath gives his reaction…
E1036: #AskJason Special! When to join a startup to maximize equity & job security, types of companies that will thrive in an economic downturn, legendary founder & investor traits, tips for starting a podcast & more!
Mar 13 • 62 min
0:01 Jason intros today’s topics 2:15 George calls in and asks Jason about social media interference in the 2020 election 11:13 Joey calls in and asks Jason for some tips on starting and growing a podcast 21:05 Dan asks Jason about which health-tech…
E37: “Angel” Podcast: Nicole Quinn, Partner at Lightspeed shares benefits of celebrity founders like Lady Gaga & Gwyneth Paltrow, insights on investing in consumer & power of “Force of Nature” product people
Mar 11 • 60 min
0:53 Jason intros Nicole Quinn 1:59 Nicole & Jason describe their separate Calm investments, will it be the first mental health IPO? 8:00 Calm’s I.C.E. celebrity engagement method & how it got them LeBron James 8:54 Investing in Sophia Amoruso & Girlboss:…
E1035: SoftBank Managing Partner Jeff Housenbold on deploying the $100B Vision Fund, getting recruited by Masayoshi Son, counseling founders to manage massive capital, creating moats, reasons for shift toward profits, lessons from WeWork & more
Mar 10 • 93 min
0:40 Jason intros Jeff Housenbold 2:16 What did Jeff do before joining the Vision Fund? How did he help scale eBay & Shutterfly? 4:15 How did he wind up at SoftBank? What was it like being recruited by Masayoshi Son? How did Masa pitch the Vision Fund to…
E1034: Formlabs CEO & Co-Founder Max Lobovsky shares insights on hitting $100M in revenue as a 3D printing platform, most lucrative use cases, growing organically, best 3D printing examples in science fiction
Mar 6 • 69 min
0:54 Jason intros Max Lobovsky 3:21 What is Max’s business with Formlabs? What are people printing? Is it hitting scale with consumers yet? 10:52 Where does the majority of their business come from? 15:40 Is coronavirus impacting the supply-side of…
E36: “Angel” Podcast: Ajay Agarwal, Partner at Bain Capital shares insights on culture evolving from sales-driven to product-driven, why enterprise software is the ideal business, best investments & anti-portfolio
Mar 4 • 65 min
0:51 Jason intros Bain Capital’s Ajay Agarwal 3:17 Are we experiencing late-stage capitalism? Is capitalism broken? 8:22 Why is upward mobility stalling? 15:29 What is it about founders & startups that made him dedicate his life’s work to? 18:46 What…
E1033: News Roundtable! Lambda School CEO Austen Allred & General Catalyst Partner Katherine Boyle on Lambda School controversy, Techlash & late-stage journalism, Robinhood down as Dow jumps & more!
Mar 3 • 67 min
0:54 Want to see what it’s like to be an Angel Investor in Jason’s Syndicate? DM @thesyndicate415 to read Jason’s last 3 deal memos 1:37 Jason intros Austen Allred & gets his side of the recent Lambda School controversy 6:22 Jason intros Katherine Boyle &…
E1032: News Roundtable! Robinhood Snacks’ Duo Jack Kramer & Nick Martell on Coronavirus’ impact on public markets, Iger out at Disney – Buy or Sell?, link-baiting Tesla crash, defining Cult Stocks & more!
Feb 27 • 89 min
0:42 Jason intros Jack Kramer & Nick Martell of Robinhood Snacks 1:06 Starting Market Snacks as a side hustle after rooming together in college 13:24 What Series of Robinhood were they acquired at? 14:11 Jason’s origin story meeting Vlad & investing in…
E35: “Angel” Podcast: Sarah Tavel, Partner at Benchmark shares insights on getting recruited by Peter Fenton, disrupting VC gender norms from the inside, transitioning from operator to investor & more
Feb 26 • 93 min
0:50 Jason intros Benchmark’s Sarah Tavel 1:20 Aside from Slack, what other companies grew like consumer-facing but charge like enterprise? 3:19 How was Sarah recruited to Benchmark? How is Benchmark different from other major VC firms? 12:04 Limited…
E1031: Zumper CEO & Co-Founder Anthemos Georgiades makes renting an apartment as easy as booking a hotel, shares insights on monetizing marketplaces, diversifying revenue streams to limit downside, Airbnb’s effect on the rental market & more!
Feb 25 • 69 min
0:44 Jason shares some thoughts on hard work 1:52 Jason intros Anthemos Georgiades and they discuss how Zumper was launched at TechCrunch 4:02 How did Anthemos wind up as a founder after working in consulting 6:45 What is Zumper’s origin story? How many…
E1030: News Roundtable! Zapier CEO Wade Foster & Early-Stage Investor Monique Woodard on Tech Journalists vs. Founders/VCs, Twitter’s fake news detection, Kickstarter union, Blue Apron plummeting, Lambda School controversy & more!
Feb 21 • 86 min
0:36 Jason intros Monique & Wade 8:29 Tech Journalists vs. Founders/VCs 14:48 Is link-baiting press a systemic, societal issue? 19:21 Future of Founders/VCs controlling their own voice via podcasts, email newsletters, etc. 23:59 SpaceX sending passengers…
E34: “Angel” Podcast: George Zachary, General Partner at CRV shares insights on cancer scare shifting his focus to investing in health-tech, passing on Google at MDV, CRISPR & “designer babies”, coronavirus threat, origins of Sand Hill Road & more!
Feb 19 • 123 min
0:50 Jason intros CRV’s George Zachary 2:20 Passing on Google at MDV and coming to peace with the anti-portfolio 5:51 Differences between leadership & management, where Steve Jobs, Larry & Sergey fell on that scale 10:27 Why 1990’s VC was sales &…
E1029: Basecamp Co-Founder & Author David Heinemeier Hansson (@DHH) debates Jason on reining in capitalism, benefits of state-run education & healthcare, big-tech disappointments, work-from-home paradigm shift, wealth tax & more!
Feb 18 • 136 min
0:56 Jason intros David Heinemeier Hansson (@DHH) and asks about the work-from-home paradigm shift 5:28 Measuring programming success via budgets instead of estimates, quantifying creativity 9:57 Are incentive systems inherently bad? 13:01 How terrible…
E1028: Laura Huang, author of “Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage” shares insights on overcoming disadvantages to create an edge, being bitter vs. getting better, structural bias in tech & more
Feb 14 • 74 min
0:41 Jason intros “Edge” Author Laura Huang 3:00 How do Harvard MBA students compare with Stanford MBA students? 7:17 Why did Laura write “Edge” at this time? 8:55 Overcoming disadvantages based on race, ethnicity & gender 14:56 Laura’s experience reading…
E33: “Angel” Podcast: Dan Rose, Chairman at Coatue Management is leading a $700M early-stage fund, shares insights on working with Bezos & Zuckerberg during pivotal years at Amazon & Facebook, 100+ angel investments, standout founder traits & more
Feb 12 • 90 min
0:50 Jason intros Coatue Management’s Dan Rose 1:52 Dan takes Jason through getting his internship at Amazon in 1999 and meeting Jeff Bezos 6:55 What was Amazon’s core business in 1999? What was it like incubating the Kindle in the mid-2000s? 10:04 How…
E1027: Orreco CEO & Founder Dr. Brian Moore built a platform that optimizes performance of elite athletes, shares cutting-edge benefits of blood sampling, biomarkers, inflammation reduction, glucose monitoring & more!
Feb 11 • 76 min
0:46 Jason intros Dr. Brian Moore 3:39 What does Orreco do and how do they help elite athletes? 4:46 Do they sample blood? 6:33 What teams do they work with? 7:50 What is a bio-marker? 9:05 Why has inflammation monitoring become so popular? 15:01 Brian…
E1026: Cocoon Co-Founders Sachin Monga & Alex Cornell are building an intimate app to connect close circles, share insights on key standout features, raising money as a messaging app, breeding trust via strong domain names, ideal customers & more
Feb 7 • 55 min
0:57 Jason intros Alex & Sachin 4:46 When and why did they start Cocoon? 6:40 Why did Facebook keep changing their developer tools platform? 9:22 What is the vision for Cocoon and who is it made for? 14:58 How did they get the cocoon.com domain name and…
E32: “Angel” podcast: Season 4 Premiere! Sarah Cannon, Partner at Index Ventures, shares insights on investing in the future of work, underrated emerging startup markets, going from the Obama Administration to Venture Capital, increasing upward…
Feb 5 • 90 min
0:01 Jason intros Season 4 of Angel & Index Ventures’ Sarah Cannon 3:22 How did working for the Obama administration lead Sarah into Venture Capital? 4:56 Picking a fight with Larry Summers as an intern 15:42 Choosing Harvard’s MBA program over Stanford’s…
E1025: #StartupTuneup @ Founder.University Part 2!: 6 founders pitch to Jason & Dave Samuel of Freestyle Capital on AI driving assistance, sleep-aid wearables, marijuana, B2B food analytics & more!
Feb 4 • 60 min
1:07 Megan pitches Moment AI (facial recognition software that helps drivers) 3:19 Juan pitches DreamOn (wearable and app that help you fall asleep and sleep better) 5:38 Elissa pitches Fumé (marijuana products) 7:46 Feedback & questions for Cohort 3…
E1024: #StartupTuneup @ Founder.University: 6 founders pitch to Jason & Dave Samuel of Freestyle Capital on merging communication networks, athlete performance tracking, DTC women’s clothing, smart tabletop gaming systems & more!
Feb 3 • 44 min
1:31 Bryan pitches Project OWL (smart communications platform) 3:46 Erin pitches Nude Barre (DTC eco-friendly hosiery) 6:02 Mike pitches STACT (Athlete performance tracking) 8:05 Feedback & questions for Cohort 1 16:53 Rankings for Cohort 1 19:53 Jonathan…
E1023: News Roundtable! Machine Zone CEO Kristen Dumont & The Register’s Iain Thomson on Bezos phone hack, Tesla valuation skyrocketing, DJ Elon, Coronavirus, Barstool Sports funding, unions, proposed Uber/DoorDash merger & more!
Jan 31 • 107 min
0:48 Jason intros Iain Thomson & Kristen Dumont 1:58 Iain on the grim state of his WeWork office 4:34 Bezos phone hack, Saudi interference 15:12 DJ Elon plays Jason out of the break 16:45 $TSLA vs. $TSLAQ, Elon haters & more 23:07 Airborne Tesla in LA…
E1022: One Drop CEO & Founder Jeff Dachis helps people with diabetes manage & improve their blood-sugar levels, shares insights on making data actionable, recent strategic partnership with Bayer, issues with US healthcare & potential life-expansion
Jan 28 • 67 min
0:47 Jason intros One Drop CEO Jeff Dachis 2:37 What was Jeff’s original vision with One Drop? How has it evolved over time? 5:39 How did One Drop go from collecting data to making it actionable? 8:09 How important was getting the One Drop retail products…
E1021: Bubble Co-CEO & Co-Founder Emmanuel Straschnov built a no-code platform to empower the next generation of programmers, shares insights on bootstrapping to over 300k users, developing skills while scaling & more
Jan 24 • 51 min
0:53 Jason intros Bubble CEO Emmanuel Straschnov 4:25 Defining “no-code” and how Bubble differs from other no-code tools? 9:04 How much more efficient is Bubble than popular coding schools? How advanced do you have to be to learn Bubble? 14:16 Emmanuel…
E1020: CEO/Investor Coach & Author Matt Mochary shares insights on developing his coaching method, understanding & overcoming primal fear, addressing imposter syndrome & more
Jan 21 • 82 min
0:01 Calling all writers! Apply to be the first TWiST Archivist at twistarchivist.com 2:42 Jason intros CEO Coach & Author Matt Mochary 4:49 How and why did Matt decide to become a CEO coach? 8:32 What is the secret to being a great coach for investors &…
E1019: Mahmee CEO & Co-Founder Melissa Hanna is helping new moms navigate thru postpartum care, shares insights on getting Serena Williams & Mark Cuban to invest, improving the experience for mothers of color & adding structure to a fragmented…
Jan 17 • 67 min
0:58 Jason intros Melissa Hanna 1:40 What is Mahmee? What challenges are they solving for? 4:54 How does Mahmee acquire customers? Who pays for the service? 7:37 What is the current cost of having a child in the US? What are some glaring postpartum care…
E1018: #AskJason! Avoiding first-time founder mistakes, causes of big-tech layoffs, participating in a Series A as an Angel, running a US-based startup as an international student, importance of having a strong lead investor & more!
Jan 14 • 48 min
1:39 Peter calls in and asks Jason the optimal check size if first engaging with a company in their Series A and general best practices while Angel investing 14:00 Sarah asks Jason why so many investors seek out a “lead” 17:30 Amrit calls in and asks…
E1017: Open Office Hours LIVE! Jason helps founders with their biggest challenges: scaling as a solo founder, reducing churn, raising capital in a heavily regulated field, pivoting from one-time payments to SaaS & more @ WSGR
Jan 10 • 63 min
0:46 Mehak from OnDelta (ISA School for Growth Hacking/Marketing) asks Jason best practices on scaling her business as a solo founder 10:18 Ketan from HireClub (Career coaching SaaS) asks Jason about transitioning his business to help with natural churn…
E1016: Substack CEO & Co-Founder Chris Best empowers writers via his email newsletter platform, shares insights on driving change in the attention economy, raising $15M from a16z, providing value to retain talent & more
Jan 7 • 99 min
1:00 Jason intros Chris Best 3:24 What happened to Kik? (Chris’ first startup) What did he learn from it? 5:03 What is it about email newsletters that attracted Chris? 9:41 Chris explains the AI alignment problem and how it relates to content consumption…
E1015: Open Office Hours LIVE! Jason helps founders with their biggest challenges: gaining interest from investors, scaling while bootstrapping in a niche market, automating operations tasks, acquiring national customers & focusing on customers in…
Jan 3 • 67 min
0:47 Jason intros Open Office Hours 2:15 Trevor from Moovin (on-demand software to rent professional furniture) asks Jason to share some hacks on how to gain interest from investors 18:31 Jelica from Saddle Shoppe (e-commerce luxury equestrian…
E1014: Open Office Hours LIVE! Jason helps founders with their biggest challenges: targeting a specific segment of customers, overcoming past failures in a market, developing new nuclear energy, competing against a major incumbent & more!
Dec 31, 2019 • 65 min
0:49 Jason intros Open Office Hours Live at Neyborly 1:09 Sebastian from Tailpath asks Jason how to generate consumer habits to drive demand 18:37 Sana from Ribitt asks Jason how to overcome past failures in a lucrative market 38:21 Elizabeth from Deep…
E1013: Decade Wrap-Up Roundtable! Garry Tan, Initialized Capital & Zach Coelius, Coelius Capital on the biggest hits & misses of the past decade: Trump, Theranos, Streaming, Mindfulness, Crypto, Tesla, WeWork, Amazon Prime, Vaping & more!
Dec 27, 2019 • 66 min
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E1012: Open Office Hours LIVE! Jason helps founders with their biggest challenges: goal-setting, starting a sales flywheel, converting bounced customers, capitalizing on investor feedback & more!
Dec 24, 2019 • 64 min
0:52 Kenny from Bacarai asks Jason how to start a flywheel with paid pilots as a pre-revenue company in the group airfare space 13:30 Elyse from Bloom Bras asks Jason some tactical questions around converting bounced website visitors 32:05 Pranav from…
E1011: Check Point CEO & Co-founder Gil Shwed shares insights on being the “Godfather of Cybersecurity”, growing Check Point into Israel’s most impactful tech company, pricing & developing products for an emerging market, best practices on…
Dec 20, 2019 • 61 min
0:48 Jason intros Gil and asks about his lengthy background in cybersecurity 3:02 What experiences inspired Check Point? 8:31 Gil explains how he raised money for Check Point in the early 1990’s 14:04 How did Gil build and price his first product in a…
E1010: TWiST Live! Thumbtack CEO & Co-founder Marco Zappacosta shares insights on pivoting to optimize for consumer experience, starting a company during the great recession vs. 2019, fundraising tips & the future of Thumbtack
Dec 17, 2019 • 70 min
0:52 Jason intros TWiST Live guest and one of his first investments Marco Zappacosta & Marco describes how they met in 2010 2:28 What did Thumbtack look like back in 2010? How has it changed in 2019? 6:09 Dealing with regional price differences 7:58 How…
E1009: #StartupTuneup! Startmate Founders pitch Jason: AR presentation platform, experiential marketing, wearables that help menstrual cramps, education thru e-sports & more!
Dec 13, 2019 • 81 min
0:58 Jason welcomes the Startmate companies to the TWiST Studio 1:36 Zac from JigSpace pitches an AR platform for educational presentations 11:56 Teresa from Brandcrush pitches an experiential marketing platform 24:57 Jimmy from Syncio pitches a 1-click…
E1008: VSCO CEO & Co-founder Joel Flory is building a photo-sharing platform free of ads, likes & comments to empower creators, shares insights on appealing to Gen Z, expanding their global reach & the magic of subscriptions
Dec 10, 2019 • 73 min
1:08 Jason intros Joel Flory 2:12 What is VSCO? How is it different than Instagram, Facebook & other photo-sharing apps? 4:33 How does VSCO grow at hyper speed without follower counts, likes, etc.? 8:28 What is VSCO’s scale so far? 12:23 How does VSCO get…
E1007: DoNotPay CEO & Founder Josh Browder built an AI lawyer to fight corporations & governments, demos product features & how it helps consumers, shares insights on following in footsteps of his father Bill Browder, & future of consumer empowerment
Dec 6, 2019 • 64 min
0:51 Jason intros Josh Browder & DoNotPay 2:48 Starting DoNotPay in college 6:12 How much $ has DoNotPay saved citizens since launching in 2016? 7:46 Josh explains his product roadmap to Jason 15:14 DoNotPay’s mission and how Wells Fargo scammed its…
E1006: Farmer’s Fridge CEO & Founder Luke Saunders is creating a connected network of vending machines offering fresh & healthy meals, shares insights on creating a restaurant-like experience, solving food-supply chain issues, capitalizing on…
Dec 3, 2019 • 67 min
0:44 Jason intros Luke and describes how he found out about Farmer’s Fridge 5:01 How did Luke overcome barriers of making a vending machine feel like a restaurant 9:18 Luke’s life before Farmer’s Fridge 11:52 How Luke discovered the issues of distribution…
E1005: Scale AI CEO & Co-founder Alexandr Wang creates training data for all AI applications to improve machine learning, shares insights on the future of autonomous vehicles, China’s AI advantages over US, importance of humans focusing on…
Nov 29, 2019 • 95 min
1:04 Jason intros Alexandr 2:19 Alexandr shares his personal startup history 5:17 How & why did Scale start? 8:26 What is the best example of Scale in practice? What problem are they solving? 10:44 Video demo of Scale’s platform 15:34 Acquiring the…
E1004: Yousician CEO & Co-founder Chris Thür created an interactive platform to master musical instruments, shares insights on acquiring 1M+ users, increasing retention through gamification, using profitability as leverage while attracting investors…
Nov 26, 2019 • 56 min
1:06 Jason intros the Pegasus concept & Yousician’s Chris Thür 3:52 Chris explains Yousician 5:22 How did Yousician start and what did Guitar Hero have to do with it? 11:02 Capitalizing on Apple’s inclusion of subscriptions 16:00 What were the early days…
E1003: The Athletic CEO & Co-founder Alex Mather is building a paid online sports media publication, shares insights on attracting investors in a seemingly dying industry, managing 500+ remote writers, creating interesting angles through unique…
Nov 22, 2019 • 93 min
1:05 Jason intros Alex Mather 2:08 Why did Alex launch a paid subscription publication in a seemingly dying industry? 4:32 How & where did The Athletic start? What was their thesis? 6:32 What was early feedback like from investors? 15:57 Changing approach…
E1002: Wealthfront CEO & Co-founder Andy Rachleff on hitting escape velocity at Wealthfront, pioneering “self-driving money” for consumers, shares insights on product-building in 1980’s vs. today, best investor attributes, & the future of NextGen…
Nov 19, 2019 • 85 min
1:08 Jason intros Andy Rachleff 2:20 Where is Wealthfront at currently? 4:44 How are traditional money managers allowed to get away with so much? 10:19 How has Andy dealt with becoming the elder statesmen at his company? 14:15 What are Wealthfront Cash…
E1001: Eight Sleep CEO & Co-founder Matteo Franceschetti pioneered “sleep-fitness” with smart heating & cooling technology; shares insights on product iteration, delighting customers, innovating in D2C, raising $40M from LAUNCH, Founders Fund, Craft…
Nov 15, 2019 • 60 min
1:03 Jason’s thoughts on the exploding DTC movement 4:10 How Jason discovered Eight Sleep 7:15 Jason intros Matteo Franceschetti 8:18 Matteo describes starting Eight Sleep and The Pod 15:48 What was Matteo’s history before Eight Sleep 16:27 What did…
E1000: 1000th Episode Retrospective! Jason & TWiST lifers Lon Harris, Brian Alvey, & Tyler Crowley re-live favorite moments & guests, highlighting innovations in podcasting & tech over the last decade, hitting global trends & what’s in store for the…
Nov 12, 2019 • 134 min
1:10 Jason intros episode 1000 + Brian Alvey & Lon Harris 3:58 “Money is the Root of All Evil” theme song 5:22 What were the first few episodes of TWiST like? 6:27 What is working with Jason like? 7:49 Tyler joins the show from Thailand and shares his…
E999: ROOM CEO & Co-founder Brian Chen is building phone booths for the modern office, shares insights on maximizing open floor plans, partnering with Calm to reduce stress at work, maintaining capital efficiency as a hardware startup
Nov 8, 2019 • 51 min
0:53 Jason intros Brian Chen 1:15 Brian demos ROOM’s collaboration with Calm 2:42 How did ROOM get their room.com domain name? 3:49 Upside & downside of open floor plans 5:52 Why ROOM manufactures the product in Indiana (for US distribution) & Portugal…
E998: The Next Unicorns: Benchling CEO & Co-founder Sajith Wickramasekara is increasing efficiency for scientists with a cloud-based platform, gives insights on recent life-science innovations, ethics of gene therapy & defining the line between…
Nov 6, 2019 • 54 min
0:53 Jason intros Sajith Wickramasekara 1:40 What does Benchling do? 2:24 How did Sajith get into life science? 6:55 Benchling’s value proposition for scientists 9:04 How do they charge? 10:43 Is Chamath Palihapitiya the most famous Sri Lankan in the US?…
E997: HubSpot CEO & Co-founder Brian Halligan shares insights on the origin of inbound marketing, how The Grateful Dead inspired HubSpot, importance of customer experience, managing employees in the Glassdoor Era & more
Nov 5, 2019 • 65 min
0:52 Jason intros Brian Halligan 1:35 Brian describes how his job has changed as HubSpot has scaled 3:33 Jason asks Brian about buying Jerry Garcia’s guitar “Wolf” 4:42 Jason & Brian reminisce over Grateful Dead shows at Giants Stadium 6:36 How the…
E996: Clearbit CEO & Co-founder Alex MacCaw is creating god-mode for marketers with Clearbit X, gives insights on dynamic customer targeting, prioritizing profitability over valuation, GDPR’s adverse effect on Facebook & Google, value of aggregated…
Nov 1, 2019 • 61 min
0:58 Jason intros Alex MacCaw 2:26 What is Clearbit? 8:53 What are some Clearbit use cases? 12:48 Benefits of cashflow positivity in terms of fundraising 15:39 How Jason felt about Alex Tew’s Calm investor updates 18:59 GDPRs effect on Clearbit and the…
E995: The Next Unicorns: NEXT Trucking CEO & Co-founder Lidia Yan brings trucking into the digital age with her two-sided marketplace, shares insights on finding & focusing on an untapped market, owning & innovating drayage, navigating the trucking…
Oct 30, 2019 • 61 min
0:55 Jason intros Lidia Yan 5:03 Lidia describes getting into the trucking industry and why NEXT focuses on “drayage” 13:29 How NEXT has revolutionized drayage shipping 18:22 What is a typical shipping broker’s take rate 20:54 How does pricing work in the…
E994: All Turtles CEO Phil Libin shares his state machine that answers all growth questions; Future of Early-Stage VC w/Pete Flint (NFX), Rebecca Lynn (Canvas Ventures), Dave Samuel (Freestyle Capital); plus LAUNCH Scale Partner Talk w/Lever CTO…
Oct 29, 2019 • 82 min
1:03 Jason intros Phil Libin from LAUNCH Scale 2019 1:51 Phil Libin on “The State Machine that Answers All Growth Questions” 32:40 Jason joins Phil on stage for Q&A 39:56 Jason intros Phil (NFX), Rebecca (Canvas Ventures) & Dave (Freestyle Capital) 41:34…
E993: Superhuman CEO Rahul Vohra shares the formula for his Product-Market Fit Engine; Future of Angel Investing w/Jeff Clavier (Uncork), Ben Ling (Bling), Clara Brenner (Urban Innovation Fund); plus LAUNCH Scale Partner Talk w/Help Scout VP of…
Oct 25, 2019 • 76 min
0:48 Jason intros Rahul Vohra 3:21 Rahul gives a talk on building a “Product-Market Fit Engine” 29:42 Rahul takes questions from the LAUNCH Scale audience 37:28 Jason intros the “Future of Angel Investing” panelists: Ben Ling (Bling Capital), Clara…
E992: The Next Unicorns: Expanse CEO & Co-founder Tim Junio reduces exposure to online threats by providing “attack surface visibility”, shares insights into current threats from China & Russia, potential 2020 election tampering, reasons for…
Oct 23, 2019 • 97 min
0:50 Jason intros Tim Junio 1:44 Tim explains what Expanse does and how “attack surface inventory” is the first step in their cybersecurity platform 5:20 Tim explains the Dyn cyber attack 13:20 How many Fortune 500 companies have been blackmailed via…
E991: #StartupTuneup with Urban-X: Waste-reducing marketplaces, traffic liability reduction, recreational sharing spaces, firefighter safety software & energy cost saving AI
Oct 22, 2019 • 87 min
0:41 Jason intros the #StartupTuneup with Urban-X companies 2:33 David Rodriguez pitches Food for All: food marketplace to reduce waste & help restaurants sell unused food 12:43 Jim Selevan pitches Pi-Lit: innovating transportation thru a wireless lamp…
E990: SurveyMonkey CEO Zander Lurie on driving growth by listening to customers & employees, importance of a strong & diverse board, direct listings v. IPOs, lessons learned from WeWork; plus LAUNCH Scale Partner Talk featuring Yosiat Gimbernard…
Oct 18, 2019 • 45 min
1:45 Zander’s take on the recent volatility in the public markets 3:38 What are the lessons learned from the WeWork disaster in terms of corporate governance? 6:09 Importance of diversity on BoD 10:18 Where does WeWork go from here, and how will the…
E989: The Next Unicorns: Culture Amp CEO & Co-founder Didier Elzinga is building an employee analytics platform that keeps workers satisfied & motivated, shares insights on the changing role of culture, what modern employees value & maintaining…
Oct 16, 2019 • 79 min
0:52 Jason intros Culture Amp’s Didier Elzinga 2:44 How Didier’s prior career in Visual Effects led him to start Culture Amp 8:24 Issues with yearly performance evaluations 14:15 Did Silicon Valley take culture too far? 17:35 What defines good culture?…
E988: Aileen Lee, Founder & Managing Partner of Cowboy Ventures, pioneered actionable change to diversify tech & VC, shares early days innovating in e-commerce, insights on current funding landscape, dangers of prioritized growth over…
Oct 15, 2019 • 53 min
0:51 Jason intros Aileen Lee 1:36 Aileen on her time at MIT, early bias against women in math 5:56 What brought Aileen to San Francisco & working at GAP in the early days of the Internet 9:40 Aileen on working for Mary Meeker & what makes her special…
E987: The Next Unicorns: Upgrade CEO & Co-founder Renaud Laplanche is empowering users to better understand credit through his consumer credit platform, announces the Upgrade Card, shares insights on taking LendingClub public & how startups have…
Oct 12, 2019 • 56 min
0:51 Jason intros Upgrade CEO Renaud Laplanche 2:07 Renaud goes over the idea of his previous startup, LendingClub, and taking it public 9:57 What happened at LendingClub after the IPO? 11:18 What is Upgrade? How did it grow out of LendingClub? 12:40 Are…
E986: StockX Co-founder Josh Luber is building a stock market for things, shares insights on the two cultural shifts that brought sneaker culture mainstream, attracting Mark Wahlberg, Eminem & Steve Aoki to invest along with Google Ventures & Marc…
Oct 11, 2019 • 61 min
1:00 Want to work at LAUNCH? gettheseat.com 2:28 Jason intros StockX’s Josh Luber 3:14 When did the sneaker crazy start? 6:37 What is StockX? 9:19 What should Jason wear courtside? And why not Kawhi’s? 14:13 Most $ Josh has spent on pair of sneakers? What…
E985: #AskJason! Recognizing great founders as an investor, dealing with a lack of updates, raising capital through crowdfunding, the ideal makeup of today’s founder, how Angel Investing has changed since the release of “Angel”, standing out in…
Oct 8, 2019 • 51 min
1:00 Jason intros #AskJason and today’s questions 1:47 How to differentiate a great founder from an okay one? - Darius 7:40 Dealing with the lack of updates as a syndicate Angel Investor? - Said 15:54 Bomani calls in and asks Jason about raising through…
E984: Vice Ventures Founding Partner Catharine Dockery raised $25M to invest in vices: marijuana, sextech, gambling, alcohol, vaping; shares insights on hacking her way into VC through cold emails & a strong investment thesis, capitalizing on early…
Oct 4, 2019 • 57 min
0:47 Jason intros Catharine Dockery 4:29 How Catharine came up with Vice Ventures 7:00 What was the response when Catharine began raising her first fund? 7:19 What does harm-reduction mean for Vice Ventures? 9:21 Getting Marc Andreessen to invest in her…
E983: The Next Unicorns: Zola CEO & Co-founder Shan-Lyn Ma shares insights on growing her all-in-one wedding platform in a $100bn market, adapting to changes in wedding demographics, balancing growth and profitability while keeping her team focused,…
Oct 3, 2019 • 60 min
0:51 Jason intros Shan-Lyn Ma 3:17 Starting Zola and competing in a crowded space 5:14 Jason and Shan go through LAUNCH President Sam’s Wedding Registry live on air 6:30 How Zola’s registry and business model work 9:10 How does Zola look at Amazon’s…
E982: Karmic Bikes Founder Hong Quan on creating the “Tesla of E-Bikes” with OSLO, bootstrapping through Kickstarter, lowering costs as a strategy, insights on U.S. resistance to widespread E-Bike adoption, & why this vehicle is the future of…
Oct 1, 2019 • 45 min
1:10 Jason intros Hong Quan from Karmic Bikes 2:55 What is the OSLO bike? 4:10 Why are there separate classifications for e-bike laws? 9:15 What does OSLO cost? 12:35 How Karmic bikes are different 14:55 Why e-bikes haven’t taken off in the US? 16:52 Is…
E981: Roy Bahat, Head of Bloomberg Beta, shares the myths of venture capital, the great value of founders turned investors, why VCs reject startups, searing insights on fundraising & valuations, and predictions on the future of enterprise, AI, work…
Sep 27, 2019 • 72 min
1:00 Jason Demant intros Roy Bahat 3:14 Roy’s thoughts on raising venture capital 4:14 Debunking the myth of pitching VCs 9:24 Two questions VCs ask themselves after hearing a pitch, and how founders can apply them 15:33 The startup paradox 18:04 Does…
E980: The Next Unicorns: Alto Pharmacy CEO & Co-founder Mattieu Gamache-Asselin is working to fix the broken US pharmacy system by removing friction & aligning incentives among patients, doctors & insurers, shares insights on trading short-term…
Sep 25, 2019 • 79 min
0:51 Jason intros Mattieu Gamache-Asselin 2:52 Changing from ScriptDash to Alto Pharmacy 4:19 Meeting and working with Twitch founder Justin Kan in the early days of Alto 6:51 Message to HBO’s Silicon Valley writing room 7:26 Working out of Justin Kan’s…
E979: Open Office Hours LIVE! Jason helps founders with their biggest challenges: Understanding investors in your market, proving a business is venture-scale, balancing growth & spend, changing consumer behavior via advertising
Sep 24, 2019 • 59 min
1:14 Jason intros Open Office Hours 2:40 Jean-Loïck from Serendipia asks Jason about understanding the investors in his market 12:44 Sophie from Resprana joins Jason and demos her air filtration nose buds 23:35 Sophie asks Jason how to prove to investors…
E978: #StartupTuneup Japan! Millennial-targeted modernized homes, SaaS for “desk-free” workers, women’s lifestyle app development, investor evaluation database, connecting space satellites & antenna owners, food services for international visitors –…
Sep 20, 2019 • 67 min
1:09 Jason intros the Kotaro Chiba, the “Jason Calacanis of Tokyo” 7:09 Ted from Homma pitches a millennial-targeted modernized homes 17:28 Dustin from Junify pitches SaaS for “desk-free” workers 28:52 Satoshi from Wondershake pitches women’s lifestyle…
E977: The Next Unicorns: Standard Cognition CEO & Co-founder Jordan Fisher is making autonomous checkout available anywhere through camera computing, raised $86M to compete against Amazon Go, potential for other market opportunities, empowering both…
Sep 18, 2019 • 56 min
0:52 Jordan’s inspiration for Standard Cognition 1:18 How Standard Cognition works 4:45 Scaling by removing friction from shopping 5:33 What kind of cameras does Standard Cognition use? 7:46 The purpose of the Standard Store 9:02 Onboarding store items to…
E976: Shoot My Travel CEO & Co-founder Valerie Lopez is building a global on-demand photography startup, doubling revenue YOY with minimal funding, sharing lessons from the LAUNCH Accelerator & the importance of delighting customers
Sep 17, 2019 • 51 min
0:47 Jason intros Valerie and Shoot My Travel 3:33 Valerie tells Shoot My Travel’s founding story 6:00 How does Shoot My Travel help insta-husbands? 8:50 How to get on Shoot My Travel’s photographer platform 12:39 How Valerie and Jason met 13:20 Valerie…
E975: Machine Zone CEO Kristen Dumont on growing her mobile gaming unicorn, journey from advisor to COO to CEO, iterating to the best business model, creating exciting content for a global market, attracting celebrity talent, & optimizing for…
Sep 13, 2019 • 74 min
1:15 Jason intros Kristen 2:56 Differences between casual, mid-core and hardcore mobile games 10:40 Mobile gaming’s monetary scale 12:30 Demanding excellence at MZ 14:00 How Kristen handles work/life balance 18:00 Mobile games going international,…
E974: The Next Unicorns: Grove Collaborative CEO & Co-founder Stuart Landesberg grew his natural household goods startup to $100M+ in revenue as a B Corp, brings natural products to underserved markets, successfully competes against Amazon as a…
Sep 11, 2019 • 67 min
2:30 Stuart explains Grove Collaborative’s mission 6:50 Bringing natural products to under-served markets 12:35 Supply-chain diligence necessary for a Certified B Corp 16:20 What is a Certified B Corporation, and how did Grove stay investable early on?…
E973: Webflow CEO & Co-founder Vlad Magdalin shares insights on growing his no-code startup to $20M in revenue, securing recent $72M round, maintaining profitability while scaling, & pioneering the “Pegasus” movement of startups that skip funding…
Sep 10, 2019 • 54 min
1:00 Jason intros Vlad Magdalin and the “No-Code Movement” 3:10 Jason explains the “Pegasus” movement 4:34 Vlad shares his founding story 14:21 Turning “No” into “Yes” from investors 18:50 How it felt when Webflow became profitable 25:45 Capitalism v.…
E972: “Robbed of Equity”: Toptal denies any shares to employees & investors. Amir Efrati of The Information on breaking the story, founder Taso Du Val’s stock hoarding, unusual tactics & changing landscape of startup-investor relations; then former…
Sep 6, 2019 • 102 min
1:00 Jason intros the Toptal situation and Amir 3:00 Amir on breaking the Toptal story 3:20 Frequency of compensation issues in startup funding 13:45 Jason explains convertible notes 16:10 Did Taso Du Val know what he was doing? 22:00 How can Toptal…
E971: The Next Unicorns: Checkr CEO & Co-founder Daniel Yanisse built the first API for background checks, shares insights on scaling to 10,000+ customers, bringing transparency & fairness to hiring, growth v. profitability, the future of gig…
Sep 4, 2019 • 55 min
0:50 Jason introduces The Next Unicorns 3:30 Founding Checkr through the gig economy 4:28 Creating the first API for background checks 13:09 Solving the “False Positive” issue in background checks 15:10 Are gig economy companies doing enough in their…
E970: Revel CEO & Co-founder Lisa Marrone is building communities for women over 50, creating networking opportunities & solving loneliness through curated collaborative events, shares insights on inspiration, virality, scaling strategies, and…
Sep 3, 2019 • 61 min
2:45 What is Revel? 8:00 Losing friends as you age 18:05 Revel’s pricing model 20:47 Who does Revel resonate with most? 23:10 Helping women over 50 with loneliness 33:25 How Revel uses virality to scale 36:58 Revel hosts using the platform as a second…
E969: News Roundtable! Molly Wood, Marketplace & Alex Wilhelm, Crunchbase News on WeWork IPO, obfuscation & the consequences of too much money, Peloton appeal, Jeffrey Epstein & the culpability of tech elite, TikTok data mining Americans & other…
Aug 31, 2019 • 84 min
1:19 Jason Intros the panelists 3:08 WeWork IPO chaos 10:06 Comparing Ray Kroc and Adam Neumann 16:15 Founder lessons from WeWork mess 24:45 Worst part of the WeWork IPO 27:24 Peloton IPO 28:10 Is Peloton elitist? 31:30 Peloton’s high margin hardware…
E968: Open Office Hours LIVE! Jason helps founders with their biggest challenges: acquiring enough customers to successfully fundraise, when to raise prices, hype vs. metrics in the seed stage, avoiding dying markets & more
Aug 27, 2019 • 76 min
1:33 Crystal from Healthiest 5:13 Growing users to appeal to investors 20:12 Adam from Yuma 26:39 Raising $ or innovating production 38:27 Claire from Online Profile Pros 43:45 Hype vs. traction in the Seed stage 58:32 Karen from Perceive 1:00:02 “Dead…
E967: Twilio CEO & Co-Founder Jeff Lawson on growing Twilio to 160,000 customers & a billion-dollar run rate, innovating in a trillion-dollar market, learning from Bezos, strategic timing of Twilio’s IPO, the importance of focusing on customers over…
Aug 23, 2019 • 60 min
2:14 Starting Twilio 16:54 How did Twilio 1000x revenue? 20:57 Passing $1B in revenue 31:37 Why Twilio went public when they did 41:20 What makes Jeff Bezos special?
E966: Scott Harrison, charity: water Founder & CEO shares journey from club promoter to entrepreneur & philanthropist, raising $400M to bring clean & safe water to 5000 new people every single day, scaling with SaaS model & equity sharing, solving…
Aug 20, 2019 • 96 min
2:39 What is charity: water? 12:43 Rachel’s birthday story 34:23 Working with local governments 46:19 Funding charity: water through “The Well” 1:01:39 Creating “The Pool” and how Scott uses startup tactics to run his non-profit 1:10:31 How Scott almost…
E965: Kim Scott, author of “Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity,” shares secrets of great leadership through giving & getting honest feedback, lessons learned running Google’s AdSense & working with Sheryl Sandberg,…
Aug 16, 2019 • 77 min
1:08 How Jason met Kim while she ran Google AdSense 4:01 What Kim learned from working with Sheryl Sandberg 14:40 Does Google regret losing Sheryl Sandberg? 21:24 Why the lack of Psychological Safety in today’s business landscape? 35:43 How much should…
E964: PodShare Co-founder & CEO Elvina Beck builds co-living communities where tenants trade privacy for access to the most desirable locations at a low-price point, shares insights on bootstrapping to profitability, using Pods to tackle…
Aug 13, 2019 • 56 min
1:37 What is PodShare? 5:16 PodShare’s real estate triangle 15:40 Is PodShare a venture scale business? 32:08 What do potential investors think of PodShare? 44:43 What Elvina has learned since starting PodShare in 2012?
E963: Cameo CEO & Co-founder Steven Galanis allows celebrities to monetize their fame by delivering personal messages to fans, shares his unique founding story, new $50m raise by Kleiner Perkins, insights from massive growth, expanding into global…
Aug 9, 2019 • 57 min
2:10 Steven tells Cameo’s unique founding story 15:26 Who is the most booked person on Cameo? 29:50 Who can and can’t be on Cameo? 37:11 Steven’s Top 3 Talent Wishlist 44:10 Scaling Cameo
E962: Sophia Amoruso, Girlboss CEO & Co-founder, shares the evolution of #Girlboss from book, podcast & TV series to recently launched digital network for ambitious women, her personal journey from a “freegan” dumpster diving anarchist to successful…
Aug 6, 2019 • 54 min
3:35 Sophia’s journey from scrappy dumpster-diver to building Nasty Gal 13:03 Mistakes and lessons from Nasty Gal 18:40 Why she started Girlboss 30:27 Growth of female founders since Sophia started Nasty Gal 39:52 Building Girlboss from a business…
E961: Open Office Hours LIVE! Jason helps founders with their biggest challenges: pitching to avoid being pigeonholed, expanding in slow markets, scaling past grass-roots beginnings, marketing beyond traditional channels & more
Aug 2, 2019 • 67 min
4:08 Kelley from Blue Studios 20:01 Manuel from Helpful Village 34:12 Steve from Glide Cruisers 54:59 Christine from Potli
E960: The Future of Angel Investing with Paul Judge (TechSquare Labs), Elizabeth Yin, (Hustle Fund), Shaun Abrahamson (Urban Us); The Metrics that Matter with Allen Chen, Co-founder & CEO of Fitbod @ LAUNCH Festival Sydney
Jul 30, 2019 • 65 min
The Future of Angel Investing with Paul Judge (TechSquare Labs), Elizabeth Yin, (Hustle Fund), Shaun Abrahamson (Urban Us); The Metrics that Matter with Allen Chen, Co-founder & CEO of Fitbod @ LAUNCH Festival Sydney
E959: Hipcamp CEO & Founder Alyssa Ravasio announces new $25m raise from Andreessen Horowitz to scale her camping, glamping & outdoor recreation platform, shares insights on developing talent, staying on mission, the importance of brand, & evolving…
Jul 26, 2019 • 61 min
Hipcamp CEO & Founder Alyssa Ravasio announces new $25m raise from Andreessen Horowitz to scale her camping, glamping & outdoor recreation platform, shares insights on developing talent, staying on mission, the importance of brand, & evolving as an…
E958: Matt Horiuchi, Director of User Acquisition at Calm, breaks down “Growth, Paid Marketing & Attribution”: best strategies for understanding LTV/CAC, where your customers are coming from, most effective channels, creating the right messaging, &…
Jul 23, 2019 • 51 min
Matt Horiuchi, Director of User Acquisition at Calm, breaks down “Growth, Paid Marketing & Attribution”: best strategies for understanding LTV/CAC, where your customers are coming from, most effective channels, creating the right messaging, & optimizing…
E957: Luminous Computing CEO & Co-founder Marcus Gomez is building the world’s largest supercomputer that fits in the palm of your hand, allowing AI to go supernova by giving everyone the compute to scale anything, raises $9m seed from Bill Gates,…
Jul 19, 2019 • 53 min
4:36 What is Luminous Computing? 15:07 Pitching his big-name investors 19:55 Why photonics? 32:51 The growing dangers of AI 42:31 The potential upside of AI
E956: Scaling Your Startup, “Culture”: Creating your culture, hiring, diversity & inclusion, high performance, scaling culture, work environment & tools with Jason Calacanis & LAUNCH Managing Directors Ashley Whitehurst & Jacqui Deegan — E10 of…
Jul 18, 2019 • 71 min
Episode Ten: Scaling Your Startup, “Culture”: Jason Calacanis & LAUNCH Managing Directors Jacqui Deegan Ashley Whitehurst go through creating your culture, hiring, diversity & inclusion, high performance, scaling culture, work environment & tools 3:15…
E955: Office Hours Sydney! Australian founders present universal startup challenges: finding the right geo, fundraising & pivoting in niche market, gaining traction in hardware/software, effective messaging for a noble vision & more with Jason &…
Jul 16, 2019 • 58 min
2:50 Kim from Buddee Fitness 13:40 Pete from Ayvri 30:10 Sean from TimeChi 46:40 Frances from GoodGivs
E954: Gentry Underwood, Co-founder & CEO of Navigator, demos new AI assistant for meeting efficiency & teamwork, insights from selling Mailbox to Dropbox for $100M just 37 days after launching, SaaS burnout in SV, desktop v. mobile cognition,…
Jul 12, 2019 • 88 min
4:20 Why Gentry built Mailbox 16:25 Optimizing email for mobile 24:36 Best aesthetic designs in tech today 45:15 Origins of Navigator 48:52 Gentry demos Navigator 1:03:54 Importance of seating arrangements in board meetings
E953: Neyborly Co-founder & CEO Ben Seidl shares journey from nearly shutting down to $1m in revenue, optimizing LAUNCH Founder.University, Accelerator & Jason’s Syndicate, redefining a massive market & leveraging the retail apocalypse to create a…
Jul 9, 2019 • 75 min
4:03 What is Neyborly? 12:12 Ben’s experience at Founder.University 15:00 Understanding numbers for founders seeking $ 19:34 Building connections through the LAUNCH Accelerator 28:34 Creating market-networks 34:27 Raising through Jason’s Syndicate 45:27…
E952: MasterClass Co-founder & CEO David Rogier on shaping the future of online learning with life-changing & accessible classes taught by world’s top talent, landing Dustin Hoffman as 1st to scaling to over 60 celebrity courses, lessons in raising…
Jul 5, 2019 • 49 min
4:32 Why Jason passed on investing in MasterClass & landing Dustin Hoffman as 1st instructor 8:53 Bridging the gap between professional entertainment and online education 13:18 Ideal target customer & company mission 26:00 Why Steph Curry was the perfect…
E951: News Roundtable! Antonio Garcia Martinez (“Chaos Monkeys,” WIRED) & Zach Coelius (Coelius Capital) take on Facebook content moderation, crypto play with Libra & the currency of audacity, Ive departs Apple, trade & surveillance war with China,…
Jul 3, 2019 • 77 min
Facebook content moderation (2:36) Is Facebook responsible for the sensitivity of its employees? Jony Ive leaving Apple (16:12) Is Chrome OS coming catching up to Apple? Libra / @Libra_ (19:45) Audacity is the currency, Zuckerberg still has guts, Jason is…
E31: “Angel” podcast: Samantha Wong, Partner at Blackbird Ventures (Canva, Culture Amp), shares insights on the growth of Australia’s startup ecosystem, valuations outside of SV & benefits for investors, focusing on deep tech & “science nonfiction,”…
Jul 1, 2019 • 57 min
E31: “Angel” podcast: Samantha Wong, Partner at Blackbird Ventures (Canva, Culture Amp), shares insights on the growth of Australia’s startup ecosystem, valuations outside of SV & benefits for investors, focusing on deep tech & “science nonfiction,”…
E950: Ethos Co-founder & CEO Peter Colis makes life insurance accessible to everyone, leverages data to eliminate friction & simplify the traditional complications, enables 99% of customers to obtain an affordable policy in 10 minutes with no…
Jun 28, 2019 • 46 min
Ethos Co-founder & CEO Peter Colis makes life insurance accessible to everyone, leverages data to eliminate friction & simplify the traditional complications, enables 99% of customers to obtain an affordable policy in 10 minutes with no medical exam or…
E949: Pony.ai co-founder & CEO James Peng shares insights from scaling his global self-driving unicorn, developing Level 4 & 5 autonomous tech to make any car operate safely in all conditions without human intervention, visions for trucking &…
Jun 25, 2019 • 52 min
Pony.ai co-founder & CEO James Peng shares insights from scaling his global self-driving unicorn, developing Level 4 & 5 autonomous tech to make any car operate safely in all conditions without human intervention, visions for trucking & ride-hailing,…
E30: “Angel” podcast: Part 2. Dave Morin of Slow Ventures (250+ investments inc. Slack, Pinterest, Twitter), shares insights on favorite business models & products, backing founders with a tangible sense of inevitability, the rise of two internets,…
Jun 24, 2019 • 57 min
“Angel” podcast: Part 2. Dave Morin of Slow Ventures (250+ investments inc. Slack, Pinterest, Twitter), shares insights on favorite business models & products, backing founders with a tangible sense of inevitability, the rise of two internets,…
E948: HackerOne CEO Mårten Mickos shares insights on how he grew his bug bounty army to 400,000 strong by providing a path to hack for good, most common security vulnerabilities, worst security breaches, hacking the Pentagon, protecting the open…
Jun 21, 2019 • 61 min
HackerOne CEO Mårten Mickos shares insights on how he grew his bug bounty army to 400,000 strong by providing a path to hack for good, most common security vulnerabilities, worst security breaches, hacking the Pentagon, protecting the open source that…
E29: “Angel” podcast: Dave Morin of Slow Ventures shares insights from 250+ investments (Slack, Pinterest, Twitter), architecting Facebook & building Path, promoting mental health with Sunrise, combatting the internet’s true tax of depression & how…
Jun 19, 2019 • 46 min
“Angel” podcast: Dave Morin of Slow Ventures shares insights from 250+ investments (Slack, Pinterest, Twitter), architecting Facebook & building Path, promoting mental health with Sunrise, combatting the internet’s true tax of depression & how founders…
E947: Mike Ghaffary, General Partner at Canvas Ventures, shares “Strategic Advantages” @ Founder.University & shows how startups can identify, evaluate & strengthen defensibility in their markets
Jun 18, 2019 • 60 min
Mike Ghaffary, General Partner at Canvas Ventures, shares “Strategic Advantages” @ Founder.University & shows how startups can identify, evaluate & strengthen defensibility in their markets
E946: Part 2! Jerry Colonna, legendary investor & executive coach, shares new book, “Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up,” insights on absolute complicity in creating our own conditions & strategies we need to overcome self-imposed…
Jun 14, 2019 • 61 min
E946: Part 2! Jerry Colonna, legendary investor & executive coach, shares new book, “Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up,” insights on absolute complicity in creating our own conditions & strategies we need to overcome self-imposed limitations in…
E945: Scaling Your Startup, “Delighting Your Customers”: Talking to customers, tracking NPS & product-market fit, maintaining focus, getting feedback, tactics & tools for customer success with Jason Calacanis & LAUNCH Managing Directors Jason Demant…
Jun 12, 2019 • 52 min
Scaling Your Startup, “Delighting Your Customers”: Talking to customers, tracking NPS & product-market fit, maintaining focus, getting feedback, tactics & tools for customer success with Jason Calacanis & LAUNCH Managing Directors Jason Demant & Jacqui…
E944: Jerry Colonna, legendary investor & executive coach, shares new book, “Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up,” insights on absolute complicity in creating our own conditions & strategies we need to overcome self-imposed limitations in…
Jun 11, 2019 • 57 min
Jerry Colonna, legendary investor & executive coach, shares new book, “Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up,” insights on absolute complicity in creating our own conditions & strategies we need to overcome self-imposed limitations in business & in…
E28: “Angel” podcast: Ryan Hoover, Founder of Weekend Fund & Product Hunt, shares lessons from building his early-stage fund, harnessing excitement for new markets, betting on founders with strong perspectives & unique qualities, & bringing his…
Jun 10, 2019 • 64 min
“Angel” podcast: Ryan Hoover, Founder of Weekend Fund & Product Hunt, shares lessons from building his early-stage fund, harnessing excitement for new markets, betting on founders with strong perspectives & unique qualities, & bringing his expertise &…
E943: Qualtrics CEO & Co-Founder Ryan Smith shares insights from building his data powerhouse, bootstrapping to profitability, refusing VC & foregoing IPO to sell for $8b, keeping focus, going all in, democratizing information & creating the new…
Jun 7, 2019 • 62 min
Qualtrics CEO & Co-Founder Ryan Smith shares insights from building his data powerhouse, bootstrapping to profitability, refusing VC & foregoing IPO to sell for $8b, keeping focus, going all in, democratizing information & creating the new category of…
E942: #StartupTuneup @ Founder.University: 9 founders pitch to Jason & Dave Samuel of Freestyle Capital on AI transport platform, content creation, keto cookies, adventure subscription, restaurant delivery, on-demand consulting, video & event…
Jun 4, 2019 • 68 min
#StartupTuneup @ Founder.University: 9 founders pitch to Jason & Dave Samuel of Freestyle Capital on AI transport platform, content creation, keto cookies, adventure subscription, restaurant delivery, on-demand consulting, video & event marketing
E27: “Angel” podcast: Mamoon Hamid, Partner at Kleiner Perkins & expert early investor (Slack, Box, Intercom) on evolving from growth to venture, lessons from founding & leaving Social Capital, exceptional founder qualities, wisdom of complementary…
Jun 3, 2019 • 63 min
Mamoon Hamid, Partner at Kleiner Perkins & expert early investor (Slack, Box, Intercom) on evolving from growth to venture, lessons from founding & leaving Social Capital, exceptional founder qualities, wisdom of complementary teams, & the winning formula…
E941: #AskJason Call-in: Getting ready for investment, social media transparency & brand protection, finding angels that bring value, common pitching mistakes, intangible qualities investors look for in founders & more
May 31, 2019 • 77 min
#AskJason Call-in: Getting ready for investment, social media transparency & brand protection, finding angels that bring value, common pitching mistakes, intangible qualities investors look for in founders & more
E940: Scaling Your Startup, “Marketing”: Finding North Star, social channels & content to grow audience, retargeting, converting customers & understanding marketing tools with Jason Calacanis, LAUNCH Managing Director Jacqui Deegan & LAUNCH…
May 29, 2019 • 70 min
Episode Eight: Scaling Your Startup, “Marketing”: Jason Calacanis, LAUNCH Managing Director Jacqui Deegan & LAUNCH President Samantha August go through finding North Star, social channels & content to grow audience, retargeting, converting customers &…
E939: Canva CEO & Co-Founder Melanie Perkins shares insights from growing her Australian college startup into a global unicorn with over one billion designs & 15m monthly active users, breaking into Silicon Valley, landing the first investment from…
May 28, 2019 • 65 min
Canva CEO & Co-Founder Melanie Perkins shares insights from growing her Australian college startup into a global unicorn with over one billion designs & 15m monthly active users, breaking into Silicon Valley, landing the first investment from Mary…
E26: “Angel” podcast: Ben Ling of Bling Capital (prev. Khosla Ventures), shares strategies from 100+ investments & 9 unicorns, qualities of great founders & teams, assessing market opportunities, the art of startup valuations, Google’s early days,…
May 27, 2019 • 56 min
Ben Ling of Bling Capital (prev. Khosla Ventures), shares strategies from 100+ investments & 9 unicorns, qualities of great founders & teams, assessing market opportunities, the art of startup valuations, Google’s early days, the future of AR/VR, &…
E938: TripActions Co-Founder & CEO Ariel Cohen shares insights from growing his business travel unicorn 600% YOY, harnessing AI & ML to upend antiquated infrastructures, the art of finding product-market fit & scaling rapidly with core values &…
May 24, 2019 • 52 min
TripActions Co-Founder & CEO Ariel Cohen shares insights from growing his business travel unicorn 600% YOY, harnessing AI & ML to upend antiquated infrastructures, the art of finding product-market fit & scaling rapidly with core values & culture built on…
E937: Scaling Your Startup, “Fundraising: Diving into the Details”: Ideal numbers, finding investors, refining your deck, what to do during & after your first meeting, term sheets & due diligence with Jason Calacanis & LAUNCH Managing Directors…
May 23, 2019 • 89 min
Episode Seven: Scaling Your Startup, “Fundraising: Diving into the Details”: Jason Calacanis & LAUNCH Managing Directors Ashley Whitehurst & Jason Demant walk through ideal numbers, finding investors, refining your deck, what to do during & after your…
E936: #StartupTuneup with Urban-X: Founders innovating in construction robotics, shuttle service, AI & real-time heavy equipment optimization & electric car subscription get candid feedback from Jason
May 21, 2019 • 81 min
#StartupTuneup with Urban-X: Founders innovating in construction robotics, shuttle service, AI & real-time heavy equipment optimization & electric car subscription get candid feedback from Jason
E25: “Angel” podcast: Chris Redlitz, General Partner of Transmedia Capital, shares success of The Last Mile program teaching tech to incarcerated populations, insights from investing/advising in 90+ startups, nurturing networks & deal flow,…
May 20, 2019 • 57 min
“Angel” podcast: Chris Redlitz, General Partner of Transmedia Capital, shares success of The Last Mile program teaching tech to incarcerated populations, insights from investing/advising in 90+ startups, nurturing networks & deal flow, evolution of…
E935: Segment Co-Founder & CEO Peter Reinhardt shares insights from pioneering customer data infrastructure (CDI) to unseat CRM, lessons from first failed product launch & critical pivots, the importance of customer pain as your startup’s North…
May 17, 2019 • 59 min
Segment Co-Founder & CEO Peter Reinhardt shares insights from pioneering customer data infrastructure (CDI) to unseat CRM, lessons from first failed product launch & critical pivots, the importance of customer pain as your startup’s North Star, & building…
E934: Scaling Your Startup, “Staying Lean”: Creating low-burn culture, raising for runway, optimizing with hacks, firing fast & what to do when it hits the fan with Jason Calacanis, LAUNCH Managing Director Jason Demant & LAUNCH President Samantha…
May 16, 2019 • 65 min
Episode Six: Scaling Your Startup, “Staying Lean”: Jason Calacanis, LAUNCH Managing Director Jason Demant & LAUNCH President Samantha August go through creating a low-burn culture, raising for runway, optimizing with hacks, firing fast & what to do when…
E933: Scaling Your Startup, “Sales”: Hiring salespeople, ideal compensation, prospecting, nurturing & closing leads, upselling & utilizing sales tools with Jason Calacanis, LAUNCH Managing Director Jacqui Deegan & LAUNCH President Samantha August —…
May 15, 2019 • 72 min
Episode Five: Scaling Your Startup, “Sales”: Jason Calacanis, LAUNCH Managing Director Jacqui Deegan & LAUNCH President Samantha August go through hiring salespeople, ideal compensation, prospecting, nurturing & closing leads, upselling & utilizing sales…
E932: Office Hours with Jason! Founders present their most pressing challenges: B2B pricing, focusing on customer retention v. traction, scaling on-boarding, upselling, productizing advice
May 14, 2019 • 62 min
Founders present their most pressing challenges: B2B pricing, focusing on customer retention v. traction, scaling on-boarding, upselling, productizing advice
E24: “Angel” podcast: Mitch Kapor, Partner at Kapor Capital, shares stellar return results of their portfolio’s first-ever Impact Report, investing with purpose to close gaps & back entrepreneurs with distance traveled, insights on Uber’s IPO,…
May 13, 2019 • 67 min
Mitch Kapor, Partner at Kapor Capital, shares stellar return results of their portfolio’s first-ever Impact Report, investing with purpose to close gaps & back entrepreneurs with distance traveled, insights on Uber’s IPO, fixing the gig economy, promoting…
E931: JFrog Co-Founder & CEO Shlomi Ben Haim shares lessons from growing his DevOps unicorn, helming massive growth, hitting essential milestones from Series A through D, integrating valuable acquisitions, & leading the future of security
May 10, 2019 • 48 min
JFrog Co-Founder & CEO Shlomi Ben Haim shares lessons from growing his DevOps unicorn, helming massive growth, hitting essential milestones from Series A through D, integrating valuable acquisitions, & leading the future of security
E930: Scaling Your Startup, “Team”: First hires, outsourcing, HR, org structure, compensation, firing & other tough choices with Jason Calacanis, LAUNCH Managing Director Ashley Whitehurst & LAUNCH President Samantha August — E4 of 10-ep miniseries
May 9, 2019 • 77 min
Episode Four: Scaling Your Startup, “Team”: Jason Calacanis, LAUNCH Managing Director Ashley Whitehurst & LAUNCH President Samantha August walk through first hires, outsourcing, HR, org structure, compensation, firing & other tough choices you face when…
E929: Scaling Your Startup, “Business Model & Turning on Revenue”: Charging customers, revenue streams, unit economics, considering competitors, key metrics & more to build your business, with Jason Calacanis & LAUNCH Managing Directors Jason Demant…
May 8, 2019 • 92 min
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. Calacanis, a podcasting pioneer, gives you an insider’s look at what’s happening…
E928: Adam Foroughi, AppLovin Co-Founder & CEO, shares insights on the mobile gaming boom, early bootstrapping to profitability, massive opportunities in 5G, handling fraud, privacy, parenting, commitment to culture & other lessons from building his…
May 7, 2019 • 65 min
Adam Foroughi, AppLovin Co-Founder & CEO, shares insights on the mobile gaming boom, early bootstrapping to profitability, massive opportunities in 5G, handling fraud, privacy, parenting, commitment to culture & other lessons from building his…
E23: “Angel” podcast: Matt Ocko, Managing Partner of Data Collective, invests in deep tech with an algorithmic edge, shares decision-making in difficult markets, building a world-class team, the state of Seed in 2019, being brave & taking risks to…
May 6, 2019 • 64 min
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. Calacanis, a podcasting pioneer, gives you an insider’s look at what’s happening…
E927: Melody McCloskey, Founder & CEO of StyleSeat, shares the goals, product & measurement strategies in growing her beauty & wellness marketplace to 18m clients in 16,000 cities across the US @ Founder.University
May 3, 2019 • 57 min
Melody McCloskey, Founder & CEO of StyleSeat, shares the goals, product & measurement strategies in growing her beauty & wellness marketplace to 18m clients in 16,000 cities across the US @ Founder.University
E926 Casey Neistat, Legendary Vlogger & Founder of 368, shares journey from leaving home at 15 to leading YouTube’s creative pioneers, the evolution of social media & continued quest for authenticity, challenges of success, cultivating gratitude, &…
Apr 30, 2019 • 87 min
Casey Neistat, Legendary Vlogger & Founder of 368, shares journey from leaving home at 15 to leading YouTube’s creative pioneers, the evolution of social media & continued quest for authenticity, challenges of success, cultivating gratitude, & starting a…
E22: “Angel” podcast: Charles Hudson, Managing Partner of Precursor Ventures, shares strategies on the great rewards & risks of pre-seed, betting on founders with unique insight, analyzing market structure vs. size, importance of mobilization to…
Apr 29, 2019 • 74 min
Charles Hudson, Managing Partner of Precursor Ventures, shares strategies on the great rewards & risks of pre-seed, betting on founders with unique insight, analyzing market structure vs. size, importance of mobilization to increase SV diversity, & the…
E925: Founder.University #StartupTuneup: 6 startups innovating in online fitness, data-less tipping, rapid customized merch, rechargeable batteries, smart investments & cross-border ecommerce get candid feedback from Jason & Julie Lein, Urban…
Apr 26, 2019 • 65 min
Founder.University #StartupTuneup: 6 startups innovating in online fitness, data-less tipping, rapid customized merch, rechargeable batteries, smart investments & cross-border ecommerce get candid feedback from Jason & Julie Lein, Urban Innovation Fund
E924: Chegg CEO Dan Rosensweig on early days innovating in internet publishing, journey from executive to entrepreneur, insights on IPO experience, dangers of information abuse, the changing college landscape, & how prioritizing students &…
Apr 23, 2019 • 81 min
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. Calacanis, a podcasting pioneer, gives you an insider’s look at what’s happening…
E21: “Angel” Season 3 Premiere! 500 Startups Co-founder & Managing Partner Christine Tsai shares lessons from her fund’s 10 unicorns & 2200+ startups across 74 countries, what it takes to be a successful founder, achieving a 26% women-led portfolio,…
Apr 22, 2019 • 59 min
In Season 3 premiere of “Angel,” 500 Startups Co-founder & Managing Partner Christine Tsai shares lessons from her fund’s 10 unicorns & 2200+ startups across 74 countries, insights on what it takes to be a successful founder, achieving 26% of portfolio…
E923: All Turtles Co-founder & CEO Phil Libin (prev. Evernote) launches Sift news therapy to promote understanding over anxiety, shares model for innovation at his AI multi-product startup, insights on failing efficiently, the future of health &…
Apr 19, 2019 • 75 min
All Turtles Co-founder & CEO Phil Libin (prev. Evernote) launches Sift news therapy to promote understanding over anxiety, shares model for innovation at his AI multi-product startup, insights on failing efficiently, the future of health & work, & what it…
E922: Scaling Your Startup, “Communication”: Essential tools, tips, and tactics for founders to most effectively communicate with investors, their team, and each other, with Jason Calacanis, LAUNCH President Samantha August & LAUNCH Managing…
Apr 18, 2019 • 58 min
“Scaling Your Startup” is a special 10-episode TWiST series that will add jet fuel to your startup rocketship, as Jason shares what he’s learned as an early investor in 200+ startups and 7 unicorns (Uber, Thumbtack, Robinhood, Calm.com). Our second…
E921: Confluent Co-Founder & CEO Jay Kreps shares insights from building his data streaming cloud platform unicorn, new partnership with Google Cloud, learnings as lead engineer at LinkedIn, & the future of innovation in enterprise
Apr 16, 2019 • 57 min
Confluent Co-Founder & CEO Jay Kreps shares insights from building his data streaming cloud platform unicorn, new partnership with Google Cloud, learnings as lead engineer at LinkedIn, & the future of innovation in enterprise
E920: Rally Rd. Co-Founder & CEO Chris Bruno turns collectible cars into stocks, shares vision of product expansion to make high value assets accessible to everyone & create a new generation of excited, diversified investors
Apr 12, 2019 • 68 min
Rally Rd. Co-Founder & CEO Chris Bruno turns collectible cars into stocks, shares vision of product expansion to make high value assets accessible to everyone & create a new generation of excited, diversified investors
E919: Scaling Your Startup, “Funding Your Company”: What startups need to know to raise their rounds right & other tips from an early investor in 200+ startups & 7 unicorns (Uber, Thumbtack, Calm) with Jason Calacanis & LAUNCH Managing Directors…
Apr 11, 2019 • 69 min
“Scaling Your Startup” is a special 10-episode TWiST series that will add jet fuel to your startup rocketship, as Jason shares what he’s learned as an early investor in 200+ startups and 7 unicorns (Uber, Thumbtack, Robinhood, Calm.com). Our first episode…
E918: Stack Overflow CEO & co-founder Joel Spolsky shares lessons growing his groundbreaking Q&A site to 100m+ monthly visitors, insights on leading, pivoting, selling Trello, engaging with VCs, becoming focused & what he’s looking for in his…
Apr 9, 2019 • 53 min
Stack Overflow CEO & co-founder Joel Spolsky shares lessons growing his groundbreaking Q&A site to 100m+ monthly visitors, insights on leading, pivoting, selling Trello, engaging with VCs, becoming focused & what he’s looking for in his replacement as CEO
E917: Five9 CEO Rowan Trollope on how his cloud-based contact center is leading the future of customer success by fixing a globally hated experience that eats $500b/year, shares insights on qualities of a great acquisition, the power of AI to…
Apr 5, 2019 • 75 min
E917: Five9 CEO Rowan Trollope on how his cloud-based contact center is leading the future of customer success by fixing a globally hated experience that eats $500b/year, shares insights on qualities of a great acquisition, the power of AI to revitalize…
E916: Office Hours with Jason, Part 2! Founders present their most pressing challenges: finding the best revenue model to hit escape velocity, building communities to share & realize goals, prioritizing fundraising versus growth
Apr 2, 2019 • 53 min
Office Hours with Jason, Part 2! Founders present their most pressing challenges: finding the best revenue model to hit escape velocity, building communities to share & realize goals, prioritizing fundraising versus growth
E915: Office Hours with Jason! Founders present their most pressing challenges: immediate growth & revenue versus product development, expanding into new verticals, marketing a unique product on a tight budget, prioritizing results over the perfect…
Mar 29, 2019 • 58 min
Office Hours with Jason! Founders present their most pressing challenges: immediate growth & revenue versus product development, expanding into new verticals, marketing a unique product on a tight budget, prioritizing results over the perfect pitch-PART 1
E914: News Roundtable! Parker Thompson, AngelList & Ryan Block, Begin: Apple announcements (what’s hot & not), inside IPO big wave & high valuations, Beto the hacker, favorite apps, the futures of crypto, political ads, social media & the venture…
Mar 26, 2019 • 89 min
News Roundtable! Parker Thompson, AngelList & Ryan Block, Begin: Apple announcements (what’s hot & not), inside IPO big wave & high valuations, Beto the hacker, favorite apps, the futures of crypto, political ads, social media & the venture industrial…
E913: Roland Ligtenberg, Co-founder & SVP Growth of Housecall Pro, shares growth hacking strategies on go-to-market, customer acquisition, marketing & sales channels from Seed through Series B @ Founder.University
Mar 22, 2019 • 56 min
Roland Ligtenberg, Co-founder & SVP Growth of Housecall Pro, shares growth hacking strategies on go-to-market, customer acquisition, marketing & sales channels from Seed through Series B @ Founder.University
E912: #AskJason Call-in: Stepping stones to VC, attracting top talent on a tight budget, pay-to-pitch & other startup scams, educating investors on the problem & your solution, landing leads for your round & more
Mar 19, 2019 • 77 min
#AskJason Call-in: Stepping stones to VC, attracting top talent on a tight budget, pay-to-pitch & other startup scams, educating investors on the problem & your solution, landing leads for your round & more
E911: Kabbage Co-founder & CEO Rob Frohwein disrupts business financing by using real-time data to grant capital in minutes, shares insights on founder stress, the future of financing & building a billion-dollar company that helps other startups…
Mar 15, 2019 • 59 min
Kabbage Co-founder & CEO Rob Frohwein disrupts business financing by using real-time data to grant capital in minutes, shares insights on founder stress, the future of financing & building a billon-dollar company that helps other startups scale
E910: Founder.University #StartupTuneup: 9 startups in talent & ride-share marketplaces, insurance fraud detection, anonymous global messaging, high-end home repair, curated digital shopping & more get candid feedback from Jason & Jenny Lefcourt,…
Mar 12, 2019 • 92 min
Founder.University #Startup Tuneup: 9 startups in talent & ride-share marketplaces, insurance fraud detection, anonymous global messaging, high-end home repair, curated digital shopping & more get candid feedback from Jason & Jenny Lefcourt, Freestyle…
E909: Part 2! Roger McNamee, author of “Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe,” investor & early Zuck mentor, distills the destructive power of persuasive tech, the cult of libertarianism in SV, election interference, Russian subversion of…
Mar 8, 2019 • 62 min
Part 2! Roger McNamee, author of “Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe,” investor & early Zuck mentor, distills the destructive power of persuasive tech, the cult of libertarianism in SV, election interference, Russian subversion of American…
E908: Roger McNamee, early Facebook investor & author of “Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe,” shares early days mentoring Zuck, the destructive power of persuasive tech, the Russian plan to subvert American democracy, & Beyond Facebook:…
Mar 5, 2019 • 56 min
Roger McNamee, early Facebook investor & author of “Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe,” shares early days mentoring Zuck, the destructive power of persuasive tech, the Russian plan to subvert American democracy, & Beyond Facebook: Big Tech’s…
E907: The Syndicate Showcase: Jason shares 4 portfolio startups & why he invested; founders present product, achievements & updates since syndication, w/ 15Five (employee performance management) , Growth Boulevard (growth & content marketing tools),…
Mar 1, 2019 • 79 min
The Syndicate Showcase: Jason shares 4 portfolio startups & why he invested; founders present product, achievements & updates since syndication, w/ 15Five (employee performance management) , Growth Boulevard (growth & content marketing tools), STEEZY…
E906: Caterina Fake, co-founder of Yes VC & Flickr, explores tech’s unintended consequences in new podcast “Should This Exist?”; shares insights on community building, founder skills, the zebra movement, the future of capitalism & funding startups…
Feb 26, 2019 • 87 min
Caterina Fake, co-founder of Yes VC & Flickr, explores tech’s unintended consequences in new podcast “Should This Exist?”; shares insights on community building, founder skills, the zebra movement, the future of capitalism & funding startups that embody…
E905: PT2 – Keith Rabois, operator (PayPal, Opendoor) & investor (Khosla, future Founders Fund) shares advice on getting into tech, insights on censorship, secondary shares, selling too early, self-driving, biggest misses, economic concerns & other…
Feb 22, 2019 • 48 min
PT2 - Keith Rabois, operator (PayPal, Opendoor) & investor (Khosla, future Founders Fund) shares advice on getting into tech, insights on censorship, secondary shares, selling too early, self-driving, biggest misses, economic concerns & other lessons from…
E904: Legendary investor & operator Keith Rabois (Khosla Ventures, PayPal, Opendoor) shares advice for entrepreneurs in the current anti-VC/anti-hustle climate, insights on Thiel, Trump, Margaret Thatcher & Masayoshi Son, & lessons from his lifelong…
Feb 19, 2019 • 56 min
Legendary investor & operator Keith Rabois (Khosla Ventures, PayPal, Opendoor) shares advice for entrepreneurs in the current anti-VC/anti-hustle climate, insights on Thiel, Trump, Margaret Thatcher & Masayoshi Son, & lessons from his lifelong quest to…
E903: DeepMap CEO & Co-founder James Wu built the world’s greatest maps for Google, Apple & Baidu, now provides precision HD mapping technology & real-time data for autonomous vehicles // Office Hours with Jason! Balancing supply & demand
Feb 15, 2019 • 64 min
DeepMap CEO & Co-founder James Wu built the world’s greatest maps for Google, Apple & Baidu, now provides precision HD mapping technology & real-time data for autonomous vehicles // Office Hours with Jason! Balancing supply & demand
E902: Looking Glass Factory Co-founder & CEO Shawn Frayne demos his 3D holographic display that creates shared experiences & unlimited potential for human-tech direct interaction // “Guess the Fake Startup!”: which chat product is too outrageous to…
Feb 12, 2019 • 67 min
Looking Glass Factory Co-founder & CEO Shawn Frayne demos his 3D holographic display that creates shared experiences & unlimited potential for human-tech direct interaction // “Guess the Fake Startup!”: which chat product is too outrageous to exist?
E901: Twilio SendGrid CEO Sameer Dholakia shares how he led $30m co. to $2b acquisition with strategic focus on marketing, product & team, embedded values & scalable culture, aligning with the right partners, knowing what great looks like, &…
Feb 8, 2019 • 66 min
Twilio SendGrid CEO Sameer Dholakia shares how he led $30m co. to $2b acquisition with strategic focus on marketing, product & team, embedded values & scalable culture, aligning with the right partners, knowing what great looks like, & expanding platform…
E900: Justin Kan, co-founder of Justin.tv, Twitch.tv & Atrium, shares lessons pioneering live-stream video, early days at YC, learning from failure, selling as a superpower, strengthening core & building startups from the joy of exploration
Feb 5, 2019 • 84 min
Justin Kan, co-founder of Justin.tv, Twitch.tv & Atrium, shares lessons pioneering live-stream video, early days at YC, learning from failure, selling as a superpower, strengthening core & building startups from the joy of exploration
E899: News Roundtable! Zach Coelius (Coelius Capital) & Gadget Guy Dave Mathews (NewAer): Apple’s self-driving Project Titan is dropped, FaceTime eavesdrops, flying cars, latest Facebook scandal, the largest privacy breach ever (again!), journalism…
Feb 1, 2019 • 77 min
News Roundtable! Zach Coelius (Coelius Capital) & Gadget Guy Dave Mathews (NewAer): Apple’s self-driving Project Titan is dropped, FaceTime eavesdrops, predictions for flying cars, latest Facebook scandals, the largest privacy breach ever (again!),…
E898: Office Hours with Jason! Founders present their most pressing startup challenges: strengthening momentum after fundraise, igniting excitement for biometrics, educating angels on personal flight, increasing sales for AI video, targeting the…
Jan 29, 2019 • 68 min
Office Hours with Jason! Founders present their most pressing startup challenges: strengthening momentum after fundraise, igniting excitement for biometrics, educating angels on personal flight, increasing sales for AI video, targeting the right…
E897: Obvious Ventures Co-founder & Managing Director James Joaquin brings operator expertise to VC to fund #worldpositive startups; shares early days pioneering online photo, teaming up with Ev Williams, insights on founder mental health, investor…
Jan 25, 2019 • 74 min
Obvious Ventures Co-founder & Managing Director James Joaquin brings operator expertise to VC to fund #worldpositive startups; shares early days pioneering online photo, teaming up with Ev Williams, insights on founder mental health, investor bad…
E896: NURX Co-founder & CEO Hans Gangeskar makes healthcare accessible with home delivery of birth control, HIV prevention & now an HPV testing kit, connects customers to an integrated network of doctors & pharmacies for direct control // Join Jason…
Jan 22, 2019 • 57 min
NURX Co-founder & CEO Hans Gangeskar makes healthcare accessible with home delivery of birth control, HIV prevention & now an HPV testing kit, connects customers to an integrated network of doctors & pharmacies for direct control // Join Jason for “Guess…
E895: News Roundtable! Anthony Pompliano & Mick Liubinskas do a Crypto deep dive: the state of bitcoin, ideal use cases, Ripple trouble, ICO flame-outs & scams, incremental improvements & exponential potential; plus, Black Swan events, aliens…
Jan 18, 2019 • 93 min
News Roundtable! Anthony Pompliano (“Off the Chain”) & Mick Liubinskas (“She’s Building a Robot”) do a Crypto deep dive: state of bitcoin, ideal use cases, Ripple trouble, ICO flame-outs & scams, incremental improvements & exponential potential; plus,…
E894: How do you know when to hire a CEO? Owl Labs Co-founder & outgoing CEO Max Makeev & new CEO Frank Weishaupt on applying robotics thinking to transform video conferencing, shaping the future of distributed teams, & hitting the gas on growth by…
Jan 15, 2019 • 54 min
How do you know when to hire a CEO? Owl Labs Co-founder & outgoing CEO Max Makeev & new CEO Frank Weishaupt on applying robotics thinking to transform video conferencing, shaping the future of distributed teams, & hitting the gas on growth by handing over…
E893: All #AskJason! Working in VC, prospects for non-revenue projects, cliche entrepreneur phrases, effective networking tips, recession-proof industries, what makes a great investment, negotiating co-founder title, misguided startup advice, SV v.…
Jan 11, 2019 • 61 min
All #AskJason! Working in VC, prospects for non-revenue projects, cliche entrepreneur phrases, effective networking tips, recession-proof industries, what makes a great investment, negotiating co-founder title, misguided startup advice, SV v. NYC
E892: News Roundtable! Peter Rojas & Monique Woodard: CES (5G, bread robots, double standards & more!), tech backlashes & what lies beneath, the dilemmas of regulation, have we reached peak Apple?, political deja vu, online harassment & the rise of…
Jan 9, 2019 • 88 min
News Roundtable! Peter Rojas & Monique Woodard: CES (5G, bread robots, double standards & more!), tech backlashes & what lies beneath, the dilemmas of regulation, have we reached peak Apple?, political deja vu, online harassment & the rise of fake internet
E891: #AllAskJason Call-In: right approach to metrics, customer acquisition & retention, landing qualified leads & true feedback from the front lines, to take or not to take investor money, relentless focus as a strategy
Jan 4, 2019 • 50 min
#AllAskJason Call-In: right approach to metrics, customer acquisition & retention, landing qualified leads & true feedback from the front lines, to take or not to take investor money, relentless focus as a strategy
E890: #StartupTuneup: 16 founders pitch for Jason’s candid feedback on scaling: from social networks to smart contact lenses, flying on-demand to subscription freelancers, multi-purpose boxes to blockchain for litigants & many more @ LAUNCH SCALE
Jan 1, 2019 • 71 min
#StartupTuneup: 16 founders pitch for Jason’s candid feedback on scaling: from social networks to smart contact lenses, flying on-demand to subscription freelancers, multi-purpose boxes to blockchain for litigants & many more @ LAUNCH SCALE
E889: Union Square Ventures Partner & Co-founder Brad Burnham shares insights on market forces, innovation impinged by dominant players & consolidating network effects, the enduring benefits of open systems, potential for distributed trust, &…
Dec 28, 2018 • 71 min
Union Square Ventures Partner Brad Burnham shares insights on market forces, innovation impinged by dominant players & consolidating network effects, the enduring benefits of open systems, potential for distributed trust, & continued conviction for crypto…
E888: Honor CEO & Co-founder Seth Sternberg (prev. Meebo, Google) turns his tech expertise toward human betterment, combining care professionals with machine learning for quality home care; shares lessons as serial entrepreneur, raising money,…
Dec 21, 2018 • 72 min
Honor CEO & Co-founder Seth Sternberg (prev. Meebo, Google) turns his tech expertise toward human betterment, combining care professionals with machine learning for quality home care; shares lessons as serial entrepreneur, raising money, assembling teams,…
E887: #StartupTuneup @ TWiST Live! Jason’s candid feedback to founders on teledentistry as a service, tax management for cannabis, stylish activewear bras, data science for software engineering, online 3D printing, integrated traveling platform
Dec 18, 2018 • 55 min
#StartupTuneup @ TWiST Live!: Jason’s candid feedback to founders on teledentistry as a service, tax management for cannabis, stylish activewear bras, data science for software engineering, online 3D printing, integrated traveling platform
E886: Samasource Founder & CEO Leila Janah is reducing poverty by training people in Africa in AI & future technologies to earn 400% more; shares her LXMI organic skincare products, the rewards & challenges of running two startups, raising VC, & the…
Dec 14, 2018 • 67 min
Samasource Founder & CEO Leila Janah is reducing poverty by training people in Africa in AI & future technologies to earn 400% more; shares her LXMI organic skincare products, the rewards & challenges of running two startups, raising VC, & the profitable…
E885: Year-end special TWiST! Top 2018 trends, prominent players & 2019 predictions for products, AI, podcasting, platforms, entertainment, politics & much more – with Nick Abouzeid, Lon Harris, Rob May, Skye Pillsbury & Austin Smith
Dec 13, 2018 • 65 min
Year-end special TWiST! Top 2018 trends, prominent players & 2019 predictions for products, AI, podcasting, platforms, entertainment, politics & much more - with Nick Abouzeid, Lon Harris, Rob May, Skye Pillsbury & Austin Smith
E884: News Roundtable! Kim-Mai Cutler, Initialized Capital & Ryan Carson, Treehouse talk IPO heat: Uber & Lyft file, more on deck, effects to ricochet across transportation & housing; diversity in tech & the future of education; the latest in…
Dec 11, 2018 • 92 min
News Roundtable! Kim-Mai Cutler, Initialized Capital & Ryan Carson, Treehouse talk IPO heat: Uber & Lyft file, more on deck, effects to ricochet across transportation & housing; diversity in tech & the future of education; the latest in Facebook & Google…
E883: #AllAskJason: low-cost marketing, protecting stealable ideas, decacorns & superunicorns, early-traction momentum, advice for non-tech founders, transparency best practices, unique ideas, advice for kid entrepreneurs, running out of money –…
Dec 9, 2018 • 87 min
#AllAskJason: low-cost marketing, protecting stealable ideas, decacorns & superunicorns, early-traction momentum, advice for non-tech founders, transparency best practices, unique ideas, advice for kid entrepreneurs, running out of money - with LAUNCH CMO…
E882: TWiST Live! OpenAI Co-founder & CTO Greg Brockman on our rapid acceleration toward artificial general intelligence: shares achievements in deep learning, the death of Moore’s Law (300,000x compute increase), & the risks of malice, competition…
Dec 7, 2018 • 82 min
TWiST Live! OpenAI Co-founder & CTO Greg Brockman on our rapid acceleration toward artificial general intelligence: shares achievements in deep learning, the death of Moore’s Law (300,000x compute increase), & the risks of malice, competition & unintended…
E881: Helm CEO & Co-founder Giri Sreenivas built a personal server to safeguard your online data in this era of runaway surveillance; insights on hacking, Snowden, the unceasing exploitation of information by government, advertisers & big tech, & a…
Dec 4, 2018 • 63 min
Helm CEO & Co-founder Giri Sreenivas built a personal server to safeguard your online data in this era of runaway surveillance; insights on hacking, Snowden, the unceasing exploitation of information by government, advertisers & big tech, & a $4m raise…
E880: Brandless CEO & Co-founder Tina Sharkey (prev., iVillage, AOL) shares how her ecommerce platform eliminates inefficiency, builds community & disrupts retail with products reflecting the values of consumers, not brands; shares insights from…
Nov 30, 2018 • 70 min
Brandless CEO & Co-founder Tina Sharkey (prev., iVillage, AOL) shares how her ecommerce platform eliminates inefficiency, builds community & disrupts retail with products reflecting the values of consumers, not brands; shares insights from early internet,…
E879: News Roundtable! Antonio García Martínez (“Chaos Monkeys,” WIRED) & Iain Thomson (The Register): Facebook’s embattled leadership & unraveling internal culture, world’s 1st gene-edited babies, bitcoin zero-bound?, deep-fakes, Amazon HQ2 fiasco,…
Nov 26, 2018 • 84 min
News Roundtable! Antonio García Martínez (“Chaos Monkeys,” WIRED) & Iain Thomson (The Register): Facebook’s embattled leadership & unraveling internal culture, world’s 1st gene-edited babies, bitcoin bound for zero?, deep-fakes, Amazon HQ2 fiasco,…
E878: Founder.University #StartupTuneup: 9 startups in drone recovery, automated architecture, daily newsletters, soccer software, SMB marketing, design management, shoe commerce, tech recruiting, boutique delivery & more get candid feedback from…
Nov 23, 2018 • 91 min
Founder.University #StartupTuneup: 9 startups in drone recovery, automated architecture, daily newsletters, soccer software, SMB marketing, design management, shoe commerce, tech recruiting, boutique delivery & more get candid feedback from Jason & Kirby…
E877: Fairygodboss CEO & Co-founder Georgene Huang built a career marketplace for women, shares insights on best companies, equal pay, forced arbitration for misconduct, work-life balance, & results from her Sexual Harassment in Workplace Survey…
Nov 20, 2018 • 67 min
E877: Fairygodboss CEO & Co-founder Georgene Huang built a career marketplace for women, shares insights on best companies, equal pay, forced arbitration for misconduct, work-life balance, & results from her Sexual Harassment Survey that shows, even post-…
E876: “Founder Lessons”: 5 founders whose startups range from shut down to scaling share their best advice, mistakes they will never repeat & strategies they will double-down on for future success @ LAUNCH Scale
Nov 18, 2018 • 54 min
“Founder Lessons”: 5 founders whose startups range from shut down to scaling share their best advice, mistakes they will never repeat & strategies they will double-down on for future success @ LAUNCH Scale
E875: Founder & CEO Andrew Parker built Papa to solve loneliness across generations with “grandkids on demand” companionship & non-skilled assistance, shares progress since YC, expanding & pursuing partnership w/ Medicare, & securing $2.4m from…
Nov 16, 2018 • 58 min
Founder & CEO Andrew Parker built Papa to solve loneliness across generations with “grandkids on demand” companionship & non-skilled assistance, shares progress since YC, expanding & pursuing partnership w/ Medicare, & securing $2.4m from Alexis Ohanian
E874: #AllAskJason Call-In: Jason’s candid feedback on getting investors’ attention pre- product-market fit, selling the big vision, conquering small markets before big, optimizing potential in apparel, breaking into tech from outside SV
Nov 13, 2018 • 54 min
#AllAskJason Call-In: Jason’s candid feedback on getting investors’ attention pre- product-market fit, selling the big vision, conquering small markets before big, optimizing potential in apparel, breaking into tech from outside SV
E873: The Syndicate Showcase: Jason presents 3 portfolio startups & reveals why he invested; founders demo & share accomplishments resulting from Jason’s accelerator & syndicate, w/ Cafe X (robotic coffee), LeadIQ (sales prospecting), Kush…
Nov 11, 2018 • 80 min
The Syndicate Showcase: Jason presents 3 portfolio startups & reveals why he invested; founders demo & share accomplishments resulting from Jason’s accelerator & syndicate, w/ Cafe X (robotic coffee), LeadIQ (sales prospecting), Kush Marketplace…
E872: David Cohen, Techstars founder & world’s top angel with investments creating $80b+ value in 30 cities across 13 countries, shares insights on picking over-performers, prioritizing quality before quantity, data dilemmas & misplaced outrage, &…
Nov 9, 2018 • 45 min
David Cohen, Techstars founder & world’s top angel with investments creating $80b+ value in 30 cities across 13 countries, shares insights on picking over-performers, prioritizing quality before quantity, data dilemmas & misplaced outrage, & the…
E871: Craig Newmark on founding & scaling profitable legend Craigslist with dogged dedication to customer service & no VC, now driven to fund the good work in the world, reverse misinformation & stay in touch with what’s real to get our country back…
Nov 5, 2018 • 44 min
Craig Newmark on founding & scaling profitable legend Craigslist with dogged dedication to customer service & no VC, now driven to fund the good work in the world, reverse misinformation & stay in touch with what’s real to get our country back on track
E870: CEO Bentley Hall brings Good Eggs back from the brink to raise $50m Series C led by Bill Gurley, stays focused on foundation & happy customers before hyper-growth, shares inventory & plans to expand on a mission to make fresh food the default…
Nov 2, 2018 • 67 min
CEO Bentley Hall brings Good Eggs back from the brink to raise $50m Series C led by Bill Gurley, stays focused on foundation & happy customers before hyper-growth, shares inventory & plans to expand on a mission to make fresh food the default not the…
E869: Mar Hershenson, Pear VC: “Building Companies from 0 to 1” & what startups need to know to get from idea to Series A; & James Currier, NFX: “Network Effects Produces 70% of the Value in Tech” & how startups can create network effects for…
Oct 30, 2018 • 71 min
Mar Hershenson, Pear VC: “Building Companies from 0 to 1” & what startups need to know to get from idea to Series A; & James Currier, NFX: “Network Effects Produces 70% of the Value in Tech” & how startups can create network effects for defensibility &…
E868: Calm Co-founder Alex Tew shares lessons on hyper-growth done well, finding the right investors, creating a new market & making a positive difference in the world with 1m+ subscribers, $80m revenue & a $250m valuation
Oct 26, 2018 • 44 min
Calm Co-founder Alex Tew shares lessons on hyper-growth done well, finding the right investors, creating a new market & making a positive difference in the world with 1m+ subscribers, $80m revenue & a $250m valuation
E867: Superhuman CEO Rahul Vohra (prev., Rapportive) created instantaneous email to democratize productivity, demos why customers not only pay but evangelize (w/ 70k on waitlist), shares insights as 2nd-time founder on fundraising, churn, marketing…
Oct 23, 2018 • 87 min
Superhuman CEO Rahul Vohra (prev., Rapportive) created instantaneous email to democratize productivity, demos why customers not only pay but evangelize (w/ 70k on waitlist), shares insights as 2nd-time founder on fundraising, churn, marketing & the…
E866: “Future of Early-Stage Investing” with Garry Tan (Initialized Capital), Hunter Walk (Homebrew), Andrea Zurek (XG Ventures): Insights on founder-market fit, the value of operators, outdated venture models, & helping startups break through…
Oct 19, 2018 • 40 min
“Future of Early-Stage Investing” with Garry Tan (Initialized Capital), Hunter Walk (Homebrew), Andrea Zurek (XG Ventures): Insights on founder-market fit, the value of operators, outdated venture models, & helping startups break through Series A…
E865: Nextdoor CEO & Co-founder Nirav Tolia on getting to 90% of US neighborhoods & 100m users globally with organic growth & hard choices, shares thoughts on parody, possible IPO, & becoming the unique social network that protects, as well as…
Oct 16, 2018 • 40 min
Nextdoor CEO & Co-founder Nirav Tolia on getting to 90% of US neighborhoods & 100m users globally with organic growth & hard choices, shares thoughts on parody, possible IPO, & becoming the unique social network that protects, as well as connects, its…
E864: Social Capital’s Chamath Palihapitiya on how he fell for the mythology & Ponzi scheme of Silicon Valley, is now getting back to solving problems that matter; urges founders to grow real, grow slow, & stay true to what they want to build in the…
Oct 12, 2018 • 46 min
Social Capital’s Chamath Palihapitiya on how he fell for the mythology & Ponzi scheme of Silicon Valley, is now getting back to solving problems that matter; urges founders to grow real, grow slow, & stay true to what they want to build in the world @…
E863: Optimism breaks barriers: Omaze CEO Matt Pohlson makes a difference through dream experiences with A-list stars, shares lessons in gratitude, family gambling, coming back from the dead (literally), Bono’s magic, & the smart business of…
Oct 9, 2018 • 85 min
Optimism breaks barriers: Omaze CEO Matt Pohlson makes a difference through dream experiences with A-list stars, shares lessons in gratitude, family gambling, coming back from the dead (literally), Bono’s magic, & the smart business of crowdfunded charity
E862: Andela CEO Jeremy Johnson & his team are training Africa’s top talent to become the world’s software engineers, bridging the gap between a high-growth population & the global need for technical expertise
Oct 5, 2018 • 63 min
Andela CEO Jeremy Johnson & his team are training Africa’s top talent to become the world’s software engineers, bridging the gap between a high-growth population & the global need for technical expertise
E861: #StartupTuneup Urban-X: Founders solving for cities pitch Jason on data-driven grades for apartments, urban outdoor spaces, connecting tolls to connected vehicles, bike-safety helmets riders will actually wear
Oct 3, 2018 • 64 min
#StartupTuneup Urban-X: Founders solving for cities pitch Jason on data-driven grades for apartments, urban outdoor spaces, connecting tolls to connected vehicles, bike-safety helmets riders will actually wear
E860: Elad Gil, Angel Investor (Airbnb, Coinbase, Square) & Operator (Color Genomics, Google), shares masterclass on fundraising timeline & process, landing & optimizing investors, notes & equity terms/trade-offs, common mistakes & more @ LAUNCH…
Sep 28, 2018 • 47 min
Angel Investor Elad Gil (Airbnb, Coinbase, Square) & Operator (Color Genomics, Google) shares masterclass on fundraising timeline & process, landing & optimizing investors, notes & equity terms/trade-offs, common mistakes & more @ LAUNCH Incubator
E859: Emergency Pod! Instagram founders flee Facebook, things Jason hates/loves, tips for founders, the startup Jason wish existed
Sep 26, 2018 • 33 min
Emergency Pod! Instagram founders flee Facebook, things Jason hates/loves, tips for founders, the startup Jason wish existed
E858: #AllAskJason Call-In: Candid advice on founder mental health & the extreme pursuit of startups, syndicate investing best practices, setting up outside SV, the future of robot-enabled retail, & the dream social media platform to unseat Facebook
Sep 25, 2018 • 67 min
#AllAskJason Call-In: Candid advice on founder mental health & the extreme pursuit of startups, syndicate investing best practices, setting up outside SV, the future of robot-enabled retail, & the dream social media platform to unseat Facebook
E857: Solving drowning: 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…
Sep 21, 2018 • 56 min
Solving drowning: 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 lives
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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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