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Keith Rabois on Miami vs. Bay Area, cognitive variety, America’s self-examination & more PLUS Keith’s Best Twitter Dunks | E1182
Mar 05, 2021
Matt Mullenweg on pioneering remote work, investing in open-source, crypto & more | Angel S5 E7
Mar 04, 2021
Hims & Hers CEO Andrew Dudum on the future of healthcare post-COVID, starting a company to SPAC’ing in 36 months | E1181
Mar 03, 2021
Founders from LAUNCH Accelerator’s 20th Cohort join Jason to talk fundraising, growth, pitching & more | E1180
Feb 27, 2021
Ask an Angel with Zach Coelius: early-stage valuations, product roadmaps, startup killers, Twitter gets its groove back & more | E1179
Feb 27, 2021
Reid Hoffman on the Joby Aviation SPAC, lessons from early Airbnb & Facebook bets, passing on Stripe & SpaceX, investment thesis & more | Angel S5 E6
Feb 25, 2021
Emergency Pod! Deconstructing the grift: Clubhouse coaching scams with Coffeezilla | E1178
Feb 25, 2021
“Crisis” Director Nick Jarecki on the opioid problem in America, post-COVID film distribution & more | E1177
Feb 23, 2021
Ask Jason! All-In origins, avoiding common investor mistakes, defining “lifestyle” business vs. venture scale & more! | E1176
Feb 20, 2021
News! Bitcoin hits $50K, monetizing Clubhouse, drafting the Mount Rushmore of Tech CEOs & more with Acquired FM | E1175
Feb 19, 2021
Mark Cuban on the resurgence of retail investors, NBA’s potential entry into wagering & digital assets, DeFi & much more | Angel S5 E5
Feb 18, 2021
Andrew Wilkinson on bringing the Buffett approach to startups, WeCommerce, Slack & more | E1174
Feb 17, 2021
Box CEO Aaron Levie on the developing cloud storage market, Twitter jokes, Clubhouse vices & more | E1173
Feb 12, 2021
Budgets, models & what investors are looking for with Scott Orn | Kruze Consulting Startup Finance Basics
Feb 12, 2021
Howard Lindzon on public vs. private investing psychology, “great unbundling” of index funds, Robinhood & more | Angel S5 E4
Feb 11, 2021
Ask an Angel with Zach Coelius: is moving to SF still worth it, bubble/recession potential, post-COVID funding & more | E1172
Feb 10, 2021
Commonwealth Fusion Systems’ Bob Mumgaard on trying to solve climate change via nuclear fusion technology | E1171
Feb 06, 2021
Five things you need to nail to scale with Scott Orn | Kruze Consulting Startup Finance Basics
Feb 05, 2021
Emergency Pod! Jeff Bezos steps down as Amazon CEO: Reasons, reactions & more | E1170
Feb 04, 2021
Elad Gil on his product-market driven thesis, importance of market pull, entering the “go public sooner” decade | Angel S5 E3
Feb 04, 2021
Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen on “going big” with $1B funding round, insights from scaling globally, lessons from the pandemic | E1169
Feb 03, 2021
No Rules Rules Co-Author Erin Meyer: Netflix’s “keeper test”, comparative turnover, navigating global business cultures – Part 2 | E1168
Jan 30, 2021
Startup taxes deep dive with Scott Orn | Kruze Consulting Startup Finance Basics
Jan 29, 2021
Emergency Pod! WallStreetBets vs. Suits, breaking down the GameStop fiasco & more | E1167
Jan 28, 2021
Intercom’s Des Traynor on the importance of pricing, product-market fit metrics & more | Angel S5 E2
Jan 28, 2021
No Rules Rules Co-Author Erin Meyer on how Netflix cultivates outlier performance & re-aligns values towards innovation – Part 1 | E1166
Jan 27, 2021
Outer CEO Jiake Liu on standing out in DTC, go-to-market innovations, pitching at Remote Demo Day & more | E1165
Jan 23, 2021
Emergency Pod! Facebook hands off Trump’s indefinite ban to the Oversight Board | E1164
Jan 22, 2021
How to ace diligence & avoid common mistakes with Scott Orn | Kruze Consulting Startup Finance Basics
Jan 22, 2021
David Tisch shares insights from 350+ early-stage investments in companies like Plaid & Roman, importance of reputation, dealing with sharp-elbowed investors & more | Angel S5 E1
Jan 21, 2021 CEO Emery Wells on helping the film industry go remote, how distributed work is changing movie studios & more | E1163
Jan 19, 2021
“Early-stage startups we love right now” with Indie Hackers’ Courtland Allen & Pioneer’s Daniel Gross | E1162
Jan 15, 2021
DocSend CEO Russ Heddleston on pitch deck insights, leaning into criticism & more | E1161
Jan 13, 2021
Coda CEO Shishir Mehrotra on the productivity renaissance, enabling the maker generation, insights from early years of YouTube & more | E1160
Jan 12, 2021
Joel Greenblatt on understanding market factors, improving public education, reducing income inequality & more | E1159
Jan 08, 2021
Andy Rachleff on management theory, Reed Hastings’ genius, lessons from passing on Netflix & more | E1158
Jan 05, 2021
E1157: TWiSTYs 2020 – Jason gives awards for the best, funniest, wettest beak & more!
Dec 25, 2020
E1156: Emergency Pod! Ripple sued by SEC over XRP cryptocurrency, breaking down the SEC Complaint
Dec 23, 2020
E1155: Daryl Morey on his eventful 2020, adapting to paradigm shifts, taking the Sixers job, building a winning organization & more
Dec 22, 2020
E1154: Breaking the low-code stigma amongst developers & adjusting your market with Retool’s David Hsu | Rising Stars of SaaS 10
Dec 16, 2020
E1153: Dave Portnoy on the business of Barstool, talent acquisition, Call Her Daddy controversy & more
Dec 15, 2020
E1152: Keith Rabois on leaving Silicon Valley for Miami, Roaring Twenties 2.0, IPO spree & more
Dec 15, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: Week of December 7th, 2020
Dec 12, 2020
E1151: Tech stock deep dive with Alex Wilhelm & Beth Kindig: Airbnb & DoorDash IPOs, Zoom’s pricing power, post-pandemic outlook, top picks & more
Dec 11, 2020
Employment Agreement deep dive: IP assignment, offer letters, side hustles & more with Becki DeGraw | Wilson Sonsini Startup Legal Basics
Dec 10, 2020
E1150: Creating a better presentation software, competing with PowerPoint, Keynote & Google Slides & achieving great design with Pitch CEO Christian Reber | Rising Stars of SaaS 9
Dec 09, 2020
E1149: Brad Feld on building startup communities, reconciling anxiety as an early-stage investor & remembering Tony Hsieh
Dec 08, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: Week of November 30th, 2020
Dec 05, 2020
E1148: Apps Without Code Founder & CEO Tara Reed teaches aspiring entrepreneurs how to bootstrap startups to profitability
Dec 04, 2020
All-In E14: Salesforce acquires Slack, DeepMind’s AlphaFold breakthrough, Trust Fund Socialists & more
Dec 04, 2020
Understanding Financing Structures: SAFEs, Convertibles Notes, Priced Rounds & more with Becki DeGraw | Wilson Sonsini Startup Legal Basics
Dec 03, 2020
E1147: “Godfather of SaaS” Jason Lemkin on 2020’s cloud software boom, public CEO mindsets, how Zoom conquered the competition & more | Rising Stars of SaaS 8
Dec 02, 2020
E1146: LAUNCH Accelerator Cohort 19 founders reflect on their journeys thru the program: Blush (custom illustration tool), Palabra (no-code email automation) & Rolebot (AI hiring platform)
Dec 02, 2020
E1145: Emergency Pod! Salesforce is reportedly acquiring Slack: winners, losers, ramifications & more!
Dec 01, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: Week of November 23rd, 2020
Nov 26, 2020
E1144: How Income Share Agreements (ISAs) are solving education financing & aligning incentives in a broken system with Meratas CEO Darius Goldman | Rising Stars of SaaS 7
Nov 25, 2020
All-In E13: SPACsgiving Special! Plus: More promising vaccine news, innovation vs. regulation, reforming higher ed, morality of challenge trials
Nov 25, 2020
Negotiating a Term Sheet: Deal killers, what terms are worth fighting for & more with Becki DeGraw | Wilson Sonsini Startup Legal Basics
Nov 24, 2020
E1143: Indie Hackers Founder Courtland Allen is creating a community for the next generation of builders to chase the “new American Dream”
Nov 23, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: Week of November 16th, 2020
Nov 21, 2020
E1142: Emergency Pod! Jason breaks down & ranks his top 4 IPO candidates: Airbnb, Affirm, Robinhood & Roblox!
Nov 21, 2020
E1141: CircleUp’s Ryan Caldbeck on the mental & physical toll of being a founder, why he stepped down as CEO & shared his struggle publicly
Nov 20, 2020
Avoiding Co-Founder legal disputes & C-Corp vs. LLC with Becki DeGraw | Wilson Sonsini Startup Legal Basics
Nov 20, 2020
E1140: Dishcraft Robotics CEO Linda Pouliot on scaling Robots-as-a-Service | Rising Stars of SaaS 6
Nov 19, 2020
E1139: Loop CEO Brian Gannon shares secrets to scaling a hardware startup & launching the Loop 2 + bonus Ask Jason!
Nov 18, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: Week of November 9th, 2020
Nov 14, 2020
E1138: Ask Jason! Benefits to growing a company internationally, Apple’s new chip impact, investing in solo founders & more!
Nov 13, 2020
E1137: Making coding accessible for all with CEO Amjad Masad | Rising Stars of SaaS 5
Nov 11, 2020
All-ln E12: Biden wins, Pfizer vaccine, markets rip, Trump’s next act, COVID endgame scenarios & more
Nov 11, 2020
E1136: SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce on evolving accreditation laws, SPACs, importance of capital markets in wealth creation, spotting fraud & more
Nov 10, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: Week of November 2nd, 2020
Nov 07, 2020
E1135: Density CEO Andrew Farah on launching the Open Area sensor, $51M Series C, impact of increasing spatial efficiency, risk-taking & more
Nov 06, 2020
E1134: Deep dive on the food delivery wars with ChowNow CEO Chris Webb | Rising Stars of SaaS 4
Nov 05, 2020
All-In E11: Election Night Special featuring surprise guests!
Nov 04, 2020
E1133: Podcast & blogging pioneer Dave Winer on inventing new forms of media, tribalism on social media, tales from Silicon Valley’s Golden Age & more
Nov 03, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: Week of October 26th, 2020
Oct 31, 2020
E1132: News! Jack Dorsey vs. Ted Cruz, Google’s antitrust lawsuit, Expensify email, Amazon deep dive & much more with Acquired’s Ben Gilbert & David Rosenthal
Oct 30, 2020
E1131 Bringing barbershops into the digital age with Squire CEO Songe LaRon | Rising Stars of SaaS 3
Oct 29, 2020
E1130: “Billion Dollar Loser” Author Reeves Wiedeman on WeWork’s epic rise & crazy collapse, Adam Neumann’s unique behavior, hypocrisy, red flags & more
Oct 27, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: Week of October 19th, 2020
Oct 24, 2020
E1129: Ring Founder Jamie Siminoff on launching the Always Home Cam – an autonomous indoor drone, taking his company from bad reviews to a billion-dollar acquisition by Amazon & more
Oct 23, 2020
E1128: Emergency Pod! A Quibi postmortem – Diving into the numbers, what went wrong, lessons learned & more!
Oct 23, 2020
E1127: Data privacy deep dive with Transcend CEO Ben Brook; tracking pixels, GDPR, privacy as a selling point & more | Rising Stars of SaaS 2
Oct 22, 2020
E1126: Capital Allocators Host Ted Seides goes deep on endowments, LP turnover, public/private market insights, ESG investing & more
Oct 20, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: Week of October 12th, 2020
Oct 17, 2020
E1125: LAUNCH Accelerator Cohort 18 founders reflect on their journeys thru the program: Fluent Forever (language learning app), SupportPay (child support management solution) & (no-code app building platform)
Oct 16, 2020
All-In E10: Twitter & Facebook botch censorship (again), the publisher vs. distributor debate & more
Oct 16, 2020
E1124: Reducing response times for first responders & revolutionizing outdated systems with RapidDeploy CEO Steven Raucher | Rising Stars of SaaS 1
Oct 14, 2020
E1123: Emergency Pod! Jason reacts to the iPhone 12 fail & Apple jumping the shark; theories on the lack of innovation: is something big in the works or has Apple lost its magic?
Oct 14, 2020
E1122: Running Tide CEO Marty Odlin is helping solve the Climate crisis by using kelp to sequester carbon in the ocean, shares insights on generational shifts in climate response & more
Oct 13, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: Week of October 5th, 2020
Oct 10, 2020
E1121: Mark Suster on investing in human-computer interfaces & sustainability, what he looks for in founders, SPACs impact on early-stage investing & more
Oct 09, 2020
E1120: Shift Co-CEO George Arison on going public via SPAC, lessons from building Uber’s predecessor & innovating in the massive used car market
Oct 07, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: Week of September 28th, 2020
Oct 03, 2020
All-In E9: Trump has COVID, First debate reactions, Coinbase letter response & more
Oct 03, 2020
E1119: Wonderschool CEO Chris Bennett is creating a marketplace for early childhood education & microschools, giving teachers greater access to entrepreneurship & iterating in education
Oct 02, 2020
E1118: Emergency Pod! Two former Apple executives are building the iPhone killer – breaking down the leaks, patents & scoops regarding Humane’s product
Oct 01, 2020
E1117 The Next Unicorns E20: Citizen CEO Andrew Frame on creating a safer world through access to public data, reforming policing via transparency & more
Sep 30, 2020
E1116: Cabana CEO Scott Kubly is building a fleet of hotels-on-wheels, shares insights on scaling an asset-heavy business, providing unique & flexible experiences to customers & more
Sep 29, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: Week of September 21st, 2020
Sep 26, 2020
E1115: Emergency Pod! Collapsing state of media corporations, thoughts on Casey Newton, Andrew Sullivan & Bari Weiss departures, top talent leaving for Substack & more
Sep 26, 2020
E1114: #AskJason! Silicon Valley exodus, product vs. branding, expanding into adjacent markets, avoiding burnout & more
Sep 25, 2020
E1113 The Next Unicorns E19: Loom CEO Joe Thomas is building video for work, shares insights on creating new behaviors, support as a competitive advantage & more
Sep 23, 2020
E1112: Emergency Pod! Nikola fraud allegations, Trevor Milton resigns, Jason reflects on Trevor’s answers
Sep 22, 2020
All-In E8: TikTok + Oracle, how privacy loss will impact society, economy & COVID outlooks for 2021 & beyond, California wildfires & more
Sep 19, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: Week of September 14th, 2020
Sep 18, 2020
E1111: Brewster Kahle on archiving the entire Internet, creating the Wayback Machine, protocols over platforms, microschools & more
Sep 18, 2020
E1110 The Next Unicorns E18: Ghost Locomotion CEO John Hayes builds self-driving kits for consumer vehicles, shares insights on cameras vs. Lidar, targeting highways, 5G’s impact on self-driving & more
Sep 17, 2020
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Sep 16, 2020
E1109: Ritual CEO Katerina Schneider on creating pure & effective vitamins, standing out in a crowded DTC market, utilizing subscriptions & more
Sep 16, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: Week of September 7th, 2020
Sep 12, 2020
E1108: SurveyMonkey CEO Zander Lurie on leading a public company through COVID, championing diversity from the top down, role of a modern CEO & more
Sep 12, 2020
E1107 The Next Unicorns E17: Caffeine CEO Ben Keighran on reimagining live TV for younger generations, what makes Apple’s design team so special, remembering Steve Jobs & more
Sep 09, 2020
All-In E7: California’s collapse, how SPACs are opening the markets for growth stocks & more
Sep 09, 2020
E1106: Desktop Metal CEO Ric Fulop shares insights from taking two companies public, traditional IPO vs. SPAC, future of Computer-aided design & more
Sep 08, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: Week of August 31st, 2020
Sep 05, 2020
E1105: Unpacking the US/China Relationship with Foreign Policy & Technology Expert Jacob Helberg
Sep 04, 2020
E1104 The Next Unicorns E16: Degreed’s David Blake on reimagining lifelong education, ending credentialism, benefits of early apprenticeship & more
Sep 03, 2020
E1103: Domm Holland on launching Fast to the public, creating a one-click checkout for the entire Internet, taking on Apple Pay & more
Sep 02, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: Week of August 24th, 2020
Sep 01, 2020
E1102 The Next Unicorns E15: Zero Mass Water CEO Cody Friesen is perfecting drinking water with hydropanels, aiming to create essential resource UBI for the world
Aug 29, 2020
E1101: News! Apple vs. Epic Games, TikTok CEO resigns, SPACs, Unicorn IPOs & more with Acquired’s Ben Gilbert & David Rosenthal
Aug 28, 2020
E1100: Clearview AI CEO Hoan Ton-That on facial recognition advancements, balancing privacy & security, engaging with controversy & more
Aug 25, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: Week of August 17th, 2020
Aug 22, 2020
E1099: Basecamp Co-Founder Jason Fried on building Hey, making email exciting again, Hey vs. Apple & more
Aug 21, 2020
E1098 The Next Unicorns E14: Cockroach Labs CEO Spencer Kimball on the coming paradigm shifts in tech, competing against AWS & more
Aug 19, 2020
E1097: Understanding the travel collapse & how media can thrive going forward with Skift CEO & Founder Rafat Ali
Aug 18, 2020
Best of This Week in Startups: August 10th-August 14th, 2020
Aug 15, 2020
E1096: Podcasting State of the Union featuring Overcast’s Marco Arment & Oxford Road’s Dan Granger
Aug 14, 2020
E1095 The Next Unicorns E13: Roofstock CEO Gary Beasley is creating the real estate cloud, opening residential investing to millennials & more
Aug 12, 2020
E1094: Thrasio Co-CEO Josh Silberstein acquires & operates 60+ Amazon brands, shares insights on mastering the marketplace, competing with AmazonBasics & more
Aug 11, 2020
E1093: Keith Rabois on China’s grand plan, TikTok, Taiwan, Big Tech & more
Aug 07, 2020
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 05, 2020
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 04, 2020
All-In E6: Big Tech antitrust aftermath, potential effects of an M&A clampdown on Silicon Valley & more
Aug 01, 2020
E1090: Nikola Founder Trevor Milton on competing with Tesla, hydrogen over battery, going public as a pre-revenue company & more
Jul 31, 2020
Emergency Pod! Jason Calacanis reacts to Big Tech hearings: Grades for Bezos, Cook, Pichai & Zuckerberg
Jul 30, 2020
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, 2020
E1088: Building Zero Fasting with Kevin Rose, properly pricing consumer apps, benefits of fasting & more with Big Sky Health CEO Mike Maser
Jul 28, 2020
E1087: Democratizing art as an asset class, indicators of a rapidly appreciating piece of art & more with Masterworks CEO & Founder Scott Lynn
Jul 24, 2020
E1086: Supporting founder mental health at Freestyle Capital with Josh Felser, Caren Maio & Mani Kulasooriya
Jul 21, 2020
E1085: Chris Atoki shares his inspiring story: from homeless to homeowner in 4 years through grit, technology & hustle
Jul 17, 2020
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, 2020
All-In E5: WHO’s incompetence, kicking off Cold War II, China’s grand plan, 100X’ing America’s efficiency
Jul 11, 2020
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Jul 10, 2020
E1083 News: Trump considers TikTok ban, Twitter leaks subscription platform, Clubhouse drama, Harvard price gouging & more with Morgan DeBaun & Alex Wilhelm
Jul 09, 2020
E1082: OfferUp CEO & Co-Founder Nick Huzar on creating liquidity in a marketplace, acquiring their largest competitor in Letgo, location-based pay & more!
Jul 07, 2020
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, 2020
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Jun 30, 2020
E1080: Arlan Hamilton on launching Backstage Crowd, disrupting VC with syndicates, how the tech industry can be better for underrepresented founders & more
Jun 26, 2020
E1079: The Power of Accelerators E10 Daniel Gross, Founder of Pioneer on gamifying the startup process, importance of mentorship in tech & more!
Jun 24, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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 12, 2020
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, 2020
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 09, 2020
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Jun 09, 2020
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 05, 2020
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 at DFJ & more
Jun 03, 2020
E1069: Alexis Ohanian on Reddit’s crypto origins, turning VC into a team sport at Initialized, improving as an investor, fatherhood & more
Jun 03, 2020
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, 2020
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 more!
May 29, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
E1061 AMA: Hustle Fund Co-Founder & General Partner Elizabeth Yin answers 50 questions from founders!
May 19, 2020
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 14, 2020
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. US-based accelerators
May 13, 2020
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 & local pizzerias with Pizza vs. Pandemic
May 12, 2020
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, 2020
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 & more!
May 12, 2020
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 08, 2020
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 08, 2020
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May 07, 2020
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 06, 2020
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 05, 2020
TEASER: Inside Transportation E3: Sandy Munro Talks Electric Vehicles, Tesla Model Y + More
May 02, 2020
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 02, 2020
AMA 1: freeCodeCamp’s Quincy Larson answers founder and developer questions
Apr 30, 2020
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, 2020
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, his top 5 entrepreneurs & more!
Apr 28, 2020
SNEAK PREVIEW! Inside Transportation E2: EV Companies Take PPP Loans, Virgin Australia collapses, Levandowski v. Uber
Apr 27, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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 17, 2020
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 15, 2020
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 11, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, Luckin coffee & more!
Apr 07, 2020
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 03, 2020
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 01, 2020
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!
Apr 01, 2020
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, 2020
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 landscape of VC
Mar 25, 2020
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, 2020
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 21, 2020
E1 All-In with Chamath Palihapitiya & Jason Calacanis: US Response to COVID-19 & Impact on Startups, Venture Capital & Public Markets with David Friedberg
Mar 19, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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 15, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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 06, 2020
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 04, 2020
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 03, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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 22, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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 07, 2020
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 mobility in America, fixing the gig economy & more!
Feb 05, 2020
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 04, 2020
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 04, 2020
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!
Feb 01, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
E1020: CEO/Investor Coach & Author Matt Mochary shares insights on developing his coaching method, understanding & overcoming primal fear, addressing imposter syndrome & more
Jan 21, 2020
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 industry
Jan 17, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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 07, 2020
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 the cannabis compliance space @ WSGR
Jan 03, 2020
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
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
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
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 protecting data from hackers & the next generation of cybersecurity
Dec 20, 2019
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
E1009: #StartupTuneup! Startmate Founders pitch Jason: AR presentation platform, experiential marketing, wearables that help menstrual cramps, education thru e-sports & more!
Dec 13, 2019
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
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 06, 2019
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 grassroots marketing & real-world virality & using sales data to create the most appealing menu
Dec 03, 2019
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 higher-value work & next major trends in AI
Nov 29, 2019
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 as an international startup
Nov 26, 2019
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 coverage & more
Nov 22, 2019
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 banking
Nov 19, 2019
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 & more
Nov 15, 2019
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 next 1000
Nov 12, 2019
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 08, 2019
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 quackery & brilliance – E10 of 10-ep miniseries
Nov 06, 2019
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 05, 2019
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 data & benefits of CEO coaching
Nov 01, 2019
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 industry as a woman & scaling the right team for success – E9 of 10-ep miniseries
Oct 30, 2019
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 Nate Smith
Oct 29, 2019
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 Sales Tim Thyne
Oct 25, 2019
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 cybersecurity optimism & more – E8 of 10-ep miniseries
Oct 23, 2019
E991: #StartupTuneup with Urban-X: Waste-reducing marketplaces, traffic liability reduction, recreational sharing spaces, firefighter safety software & energy cost saving AI
Oct 22, 2019
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 from Odoo
Oct 18, 2019
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 culture while scaling – E7 of 10-ep miniseries
Oct 16, 2019
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 sustainability, & lessons learned from backing winners like Dollar Shave Club from LAUNCH Scale 2019
Oct 15, 2019
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 changed since he started his first company in 2000 – E6 of 10-ep miniseries
Oct 12, 2019
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 Benioff & growing a unicorn out of a sneaker-data site
Oct 11, 2019
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 slow-to-adapt markets
Oct 09, 2019
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 markets hungry for investment
Oct 04, 2019
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, raising moral standards in tech – E5 of 10-ep miniseries
Oct 04, 2019
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 transportation, plus Office Hours with Jason!
Oct 01, 2019
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 & automation @ LAUNCH Accelerator
Sep 27, 2019
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 profits for long-term success, combating the opioid crisis, early days meeting Justin Kan, & innovating in a difficult market – E4 of 10-ep miniseries
Sep 25, 2019
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
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 – with angel investor Kotaro Chiba
Sep 20, 2019
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 costumers and retailers — filmed at the Standard Store in SF — E3 of 10-ep miniseries
Sep 18, 2019
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
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 employee productivity at the highest level
Sep 13, 2019
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 first-time founder – E2 of 10-ep miniseries
Sep 12, 2019
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 rounds thanks to massive growth
Sep 10, 2019
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 employee Scott Ritter on his ~8-year tenure, not receiving earned share worth $2m & life after Toptal
Sep 06, 2019
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 economy & the changing role of the modern tech CEO – E1 of 10-ep miniseries
Sep 04, 2019
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 pricing; plus Office Hours with Jason
Sep 03, 2019
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 China-US rivalry concerns, Long Term Stock Exchange explained, JUUL danger
Aug 31, 2019
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
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 competition & always waking up with a Day 1 mindset
Aug 23, 2019
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 for global water shortage & combating charity distrust with 100% of donations going toward saving lives
Aug 20, 2019
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, strategies for rooting out toxic behaviors to create a sustainable healthy workplace culture
Aug 16, 2019
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 homelessness, & creating a new market for fluid, transferable real estate
Aug 13, 2019
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 markets & leading the future of influencer-fan interaction
Aug 09, 2019
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 entrepreneur, tough lessons learned from Nasty Gal, & the inspiring growth of female founders
Aug 06, 2019
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 02, 2019
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
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 as an entrepreneur from being the solution to building it
Jul 26, 2019
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, & optimizing competitive analysis @ Founder.University
Jul 23, 2019
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, Gigafund, Travis Kalanick & others working to steer the future of AI toward common good
Jul 19, 2019
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 10-ep miniseries
Jul 18, 2019
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 & investor Mike Savino
Jul 16, 2019
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, mastering form emerging from functionality
Jul 12, 2019
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 network of flexible real estate
Jul 09, 2019
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 & deploying funding, early inspiration & lifelong love of education gifted by grandmother who fled Nazis in Poland @ LAUNCH Festival Sydney 2019
Jul 05, 2019
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, obliteration of objectivity, forecasts on the death of physical labor, rise in immersive VR & sensory enhancement implants
Jul 03, 2019