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Supporting entrepreneurs & inspiring innovation.

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    E804: News Roundtable! Antonio Garcia Martinez (“Chaos Monkeys,” original Facebook Ads PM) & Austin Smith ( dissect the deepening Facebook data scandal & Cambridge Analytica’s Trump ties & info; also autonomous Uber fatality, full Theranos implosion21 March 2018
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    E803: Startup Tuneup “Solving Cities”: 6 co’s pitch to Jason innovating in autonomous tech sensors, city maps from space, ML for road monitoring, AI-improved city grids, safer construction sites, & alt. car ownership17 March 2018
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    E802: All #AskJason! Minimizing burn rate, SV mental health, self-funding to Series A, equity splits, “sustainability” stigma, solo-founding, founder/angel bad habits, product+services & more13 March 2018
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    E801: Open Listings CEO Judd Schoenholtz on creating a self-service real estate market, promoting affordability & returning agent costs to buyers, reducing legacy bad behavior, & driving the future of housing9 March 2018
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    E801: Open Listings CEO Judd Schoenholtz on creating a self-service real estate market, promoting affordability & returning agent costs to buyers, reducing legacy bad behavior, & driving the future of housing9 March 2018
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    E800: Startup Tuneup/#AskJason LIVE: Five founders pitch for Jason’s candid feedback (& audience votes) in co-working, healthcare, education, investing, and peer networking6 March 2018
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    E799: Introducing Skydio, 1st self-flying camera that follows you around; CEO Adam Bry discusses trustworthy autonomy, consumer to military applications & demos the drone chasing @Jason in an alley27 February 2018
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    E798: News Roundtable! Antonio Garcia Martinez (author “Chaos Monkeys”) & Clara Brenner (Urban Innovation Fund) dissect Facebook’s Russia problem, targeted ads & dilemmas of unrestricted growth, crypto news, harassment in VC, gun control & Gen Z activism23 February 2018
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    E797: “Funding Your Startup”: Jenny Lefcourt, VC at Freestyle Capital & serial entrepreneur, shares anatomy of the ideal deck & ultimate pitch to raise your round right @ Founder.University20 February 2018
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    E18: “Angel” podcast: Rob May, investor 45+ co’s & founder Talla & Backupify, shares dealbreakers, successful founder patterns, using scar tissue as entrepreneur to be a better angel, creating Talla’s ICO & future of bots, blockchain, & crypto18 February 2018
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    E796: Othman Laraki, Color CEO & Co-founder, uses genetics to engage people in preventative health & early disease detection, draws on deep experience as entrepreneur, investor & carrier of BRCA gene16 February 2018
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    E795: Charles Hudson, Managing Partner Precursor Ventures, breaks down how not to mess up your Seed round, manage product, team & investors, avoid distractions, critical hiring questions, future milestones & more @ Founder.University13 February 2018
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    E794: Max Levchin, co-founder Affirm, PayPal, Slide & investor 120+ co’s on SV early days, finding Peter Thiel & Elon Musk, fighting fraud, Yahoo! board tales, mentoring startups, & returning to Fintech with “beneficience” & giving credit to the consumers who really need it9 February 2018
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    E17 “Angel” podcast: Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund shares insights from ~50 investments focused on solving our biggest challenges, importance of tenacity, momentum, culture to scale & positive communication with investors8 February 2018
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    E793: News Roundtable! Ari Levy, CNBC & Dave Mathews, NewAer: Crazy Crypto, Bitcoin rollercoaster & exploding ICOs, Q4 “Earningsaggedon” & what’s next for Amazon/Alphabet/Apple/Facebook, Trump Tax & influx of $, tech graveyard2 February 2018
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    E792: Patty McCord, prev. Netflix Chief Talent Officer & cornerstone of its epic success, shares strategies & actionable insights from her new book, “Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility.”30 January 2018
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    E16: “Angel” podcast: Arjun Sethi, Social Capital on bringing skills as a founder (MessageMe, Lolapps) & Yahoo head of growth to early-stage investing, being candid, overcoming hubris, taking methodical risks, & the critical importance of rapid-learning, resilient teams28 January 2018
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    E791: All Ask Jason! FOMO strategies for investors, product managers as founders, right times to raise, investable media, crypto mania, automotive startup explosion, angel failures & lessons26 January 2018
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    E790: “How to 10x Your People”: David Hassell of 15Five shares best strategies for setting & scaling your startup team & culture @ Founder.University19 January 2018
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    E15: “Angel” podcast: Arlan Hamilton, Backstage Capital on being a self-taught VC, creating a rocket ship to fund 64+ underrepresented founders in just 2yrs, launching an upcoming studio, & mastering the art of disciplined investing18 January 2018
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    E789: “Eliminating Dealbreakers”: Clara Brenner, Urban Innovation Fund, breaks down how to avoid common pitfalls in fundraising @ Founder.University16 January 2018
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    E788: News Roundtable! Jeff Bercovici (Inc.) & Ryan Block (Begin, prev. Engadget) talk Facebook newsfeed about-face, CES strange robots & Kodak’s confusing crypto play, Tesla 3, Thiel intrigue, Google diversity controversy13 January 2018
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    E787: One Concern CEO & natural disaster survivor Ahmad Wani created A.I. platform Seismic Concern to predict earthquake impact, direct response teams with greater accuracy, & save lives10 January 2018
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    E14: “Angel” podcast: Satya Patel, Homebrew, on 80+ investments, betting on founders with mission, solving problems over building biz, funding “phases” not stages, portfolio stars, & the critical importance of boards & organizational muscle memory4 January 2018
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    E786: Startup Tuneup: 8 founders pitch for Jason’s candid feedback in healthcare, sports SaaS, marketing, (co)workspace, voter/candidate match, home repair, interactive mirror @ Founder.University29 December 2017
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    E13: “Angel” podcast: Jeff Clavier, Uncork Capital, on pioneering micro VC, lessons from 200+ investments & 5 funds, strategizing at Seed for Series A crunch, risky ICOs, & the hard-won wisdom of always be raising22 December 2017
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    E785: News Roundtable, Top Tech 2017! Ryan Hoover of Product Hunt & Adam Ludwin of Chain take on net neutrality & fallout, crypto craze & FOMO, hottest products & predictions for biggest stories of 201819 December 2017
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    E12: “Angel” podcast: Boldstart Founder Ed Sim on 20yrs seeding 50+ enterprise co’s, how his father’s fleeing N. Korea shaped his VC, NYC deep tech, & being 1st dollar in to guide founder-product fit to product-market fit to self-sustainability17 December 2017
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    E784: Introducing Descript: Founder Andrew Mason (Groupon) puts seamless audio editing & transcription directly into hands of podcasters, a tool to catapult a booming industry into the stratosphere12 December 2017
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    E11: “Angel” podcast: Shaun Abrahamson & Stonly Baptiste seed & support startups to improve cities, solve climate/housing/transportation, & profit in expanding urban megaregions & TAM10 December 2017
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    E783: Finless Foods is creating clean fish, a biotech solution to the increasing scarcity of healthy, affordable seafood for our planet; CEO Mike Selden demos sustainability with cutting-edge cell culture tech8 December 2017
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    E782: Founder.University Startup Tuneup: Jason & Brian Alvey dissect then perfect pitches in 7 verticals (stain-free clothes, outdoor marketplace, political engagement, acct data, podcast sharing, healthcare, electric scooters!)6 December 2017
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    E10: “Angel” podcast: Matt Brezina, investor in 65+ startups (Dropbox, Cruise) & founder (Xobni, Sincerely) shares strategies for backing relentlessly resourceful founder-builders & bringing operational value in return30 November 2017
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    E781: Matrix Partners’ David Skok breaks down how to get inside your buyer’s head to increase funnel conversion rates; Maren Kate Donovan’s lessons from building Zirtual to $11m/yr & losing it overnight28 November 2017
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    E780: News Roundtable! Peter Rojas (Betaworks, prev. Engadget), Iain Thomson (The Register): Tesla two-punch w/Roadster & Semi, Apple AR boom/VR bust, StitchFix & IPO cautions, backflipping robots & future of auto warfare21 November 2017
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    E779: Brian Armstrong, Coinbase & Tim Draper, DFJ on the state of cryptocurrency’s maturing market: ICOs as new funding vehicle, disruption of VC, the end of fiat, rise of open source, & the continued dominance & resiliency of bitcoin17 November 2017
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    E778: LAUNCH Scale: Greylock’s Josh Elman (prev. FB, Twitter) breaks down the only metric that matters for hyper-growth; Talla’s Rob May (prev. Backupify) presents his step-by-step guide for whether blockchain/ICO is right for your startup15 November 2017
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    E9: “Angel” podcast: Ask An Angel! Jason Calacanis & Brian Alvey answer investor questions on picking startups, evaluating founders, due diligence, how syndicates work, deal terms & more14 November 2017
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    E777: Startups on a mission: AID:Tech uses blockchain to prevent fraud & corruption by issuing digital identities to the undocumented; RoboKind robots teach social & emotional skills to children with autism10 November 2017
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    E776: Social Capital’s Chamath Palihapitiya on turbulent VC ecosystem, ICO skepticism & rethinking biz models to WIN; Samsung NEXT’s David Eun on transforming industry by meeting entrepreneurs wherever they are8 November 2017
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    E775: CoinList, the collab behind Filecoin $205m+ ICO, emerges as one-stop compliance, anti-money laundering & financial services platform for all ICOs; CEO Andy Bromberg talks risks & rewards of the token explosion3 November 2017
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    E774: All #AskJason: product pitches, investment v. bootstrapping, best models & metrics for SaaS & enterprise, getting to revenue, diversity in teams, landing angels & VCs, with Brian Alvey2 November 2017
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    BONUS TWiST Breaking News: Big tech testifies to congress over Russia’s interference in election2 November 2017
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    E8: “Angel” podcast: Pear VC Founding Managing Partner Pejman Nozad shares lessons from selling rugs as an immigrant to seeding 100+ co’s & 6 unicorns, staying disciplined & backing founders who want to make a difference31 October 2017
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    E773: Future of ICOs, Cryptocurrency & VC with Brock Pierce (Blockchain Cap, & Vinny Lingham (Civic) @ LAUNCH SCALE 201727 October 2017
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    E772: LAUNCH SCALE! Investors Ben Narasin (NEA), Arlan Hamilton (Backstage Capital) & Zach Coelius (Angel, Syndicate Lead) share with founders what they look for & what it takes in 201724 October 2017
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    E771: Best of Europe #STHLMTech: Future of Games with Unity’s David Helgason & Future of Investing (& pitches) with BackingMinds, Norrsken, Wellstreet20 October 2017
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    E770: Northvolt CEO Peter Carlsson takes on Tesla with new gigafactory; iZettle & Founder Jacob de Geer power Europe fintech-#STHLMtech Fest17 October 2017
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    E769: #TWiSTLive @ WSGR: Balaji Srinivasan ( & a16z) on pioneering crypto & social tokens, judging ICOs, extended longevity, free speech, future tech predictions as the internet becomes world’s biggest stock market10 October 2017
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    E7: “Angel” podcast: Dave Samuel, Freestyle Capital, on joy & risk of early-stage, qualities of ideal founder, team & product, portfolio faves, & focused investing as a former entrepreneur9 October 2017
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    E768: Freestyle Capital’s Dave Samuel on the joy & risk of early-stage VC, ideal founder & product qualities, focused investing as a former entrepreneur, creating the world’s smartest toilet, & founding then selling the 1st internet music service to AOL6 October 2017
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    E767: Jason Goldberg (Pepo, introduces Simple Token for apps to launch branded crypto tokens, shares serial entrepreneur highs & lows, gaining perspective with age, & building the plumbing for a decentralized web3 October 2017
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    E766: Casey Winters (Greylock, prev. Pinterest & Grubhub) shows how to measure retention & product-market fit to LAUNCH Incubator26 September 2017
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    E6: “Angel” podcast: Ben Narasin shares his strategy behind 80 portfolio co’s (w/ 50% Series A conversions & 3 unicorns), proven thesis on successful startups & founders, & betting on the strength of conviction24 September 2017
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    E765: Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde on his P2P revolution for tech access, jail-time lessons, broken democracy, death of privacy, redefining politics, & the frightening specter of President Zuck – at #SthlmTech Fest19 September 2017
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    E764: News Roundtable! Molly Wood (Marketplace Tech) & Sarah Frier (Bloomberg): Facebook takes Russian money (& next bombshell predictions), divisive ads, Zuck run amok, $1000 Apple, AI predicts orientation, Bodega blow-up15 September 2017
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    E763: Front CEO Mathilde Collin on reinventing team & customer communication with collaborative inbox, unseating enterprise giants, Paris v. SV entrepreneurship, integrating A.I., & building a culture of transparency12 September 2017
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    E5: “Angel” podcast: Zach Coelius, founder-turned-angel & Syndicate leader with a $1b exit after only 2yrs investing, shares insights on advising, hustling, deal flow, & the thrill of first market validation9 September 2017
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    E762: Leap Motion uses high-fidelity hand tracking to make AR/VR come to life; CEO/co-founder Michael Buckwald talks mission, predictions, & successfully funding a 10yr journey pre product-market fit8 September 2017
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    E761: Tim O’Reilly & new book “WTF: What’s the Future & Why It’s Up to Us” use tech’s history & lessons to reveal the true nature of our economy, & the difficult choices we need to make now for our future economic survival5 September 2017
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    E760: MedAware & uHoo: two emerging international health startups aiming to eliminate prescription errors & toxic air4 September 2017
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    E759: Tezos CEO/Co-founder Kathleen Breitman on her record-breaking $232m ICO for a new self-governing smart contract blockchain, fundraising in Switzerland’s Crypto Valley, innovating beyond skepticism, the rise of cypherpunks & the world-changing potential of cryptocurrency1 September 2017
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    E758: Blockchain CEO Peter Smith on scaling his cryptocurrency wallet to 16m+ users, new Etherium & bitcoin cash integration, ICO predictions, the state of the dark web, regulation speculation, & the power of monetary velocity29 August 2017
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    E4: “Angel” podcast: angel & syndicate leader Ed Roman on optimizing for outsized outcomes, leaning on gut & market analysis, not learning the wrong lessons, avoiding fraudulent customers, & swinging for fences (only) in SV26 August 2017
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    E757: Kevin Kelly, “Wired” Founding Executive Editor & “The Inevitable” author/futurist, on transformative A.I. & soft singularity, our global identity crisis, radical optimism about employment, & finding ourselves at only the beginning of the internet25 August 2017
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    E756: Technology pioneer Jim Clark, Co-founder Netscape & Silicon Graphics, launches CommandScape, a building management system for commercial & premium properties, & shares vision on future of security, jobs & the core of entrepreneurship22 August 2017
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    E755: News Roundtable! Ari Levy (CNBC) & Dave Mathews (NewAer): Trump’s disbanded panels, Cloudflare & other co’s boot white supremacists, Amazon reigns (still), rough summer for IPOs, Uber settles with FTC, Bitcoin predictions18 August 2017
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    E754: Atipica Founder & CEO Laura Gomez combines artificial & human intelligence in recruiting to tackle SV’s talent & diversity crisis, helping businesses excel in the workforce of the future15 August 2017
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    E3: “Angel” podcast: Andrea Zurek, XG Ventures (Facebook, Twitter) & angel since 2006, shares startup selection criteria, lessons building Google, ideal terms & valuations, solving hard problems & finding right combination of money, fortitude, discipline12 August 2017
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    E753: LAUNCH Angel Summit: Esther Dyson on early days of angel investing, jobs with purpose, improving America’s health, & future of AR, VR, & self-driving cars11 August 2017
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    E752: All #AskJason: Bootstrapping in flyover states, beating powerful competition, product v. pitch deck, hardware traction & metrics, advice for non-accredited investors, online communities dos & don’ts4 August 2017
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    E751: Live at Spotify NYC: Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize winner & author (“The Power of Habit,” “Smarter Faster Better”), on social responsibility of tech, science of habits, self-motivation & winning teams, anti-intellectualism in Trump era, immigration & more1 August 2017
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    E2: “Angel” podcast: super angel & syndicate leader Gil Penchina on 20 yrs & 200+ investments, learning the game & making your own rules, which founders to back & avoid, optimizing deal flow, minimizing failure, & enjoying the chaos29 July 2017
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    E750: LAUNCH Angel Summit: Sequoia Partner Alfred Lin on backing mission-driven founders, seed stage strategies, the rise of A.I., & the future of tech startups28 July 2017
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    E749: James Altucher interviews Jason on his new book “Angel”: a guidebook to becoming a world-class investor — or founder — in America’s new system of wealth creation25 July 2017
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    E748: LAUNCH Angel Summit: Top VC Brian Singerman, Founders Fund (fmr Google, angel) shares portfolio bests (Stemcentrx, SpaceX, DeepMind) & favorite bets21 July 2017
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    E747: The Syndicate 2: Top startups pitch to world-class investors: w/RecoverX, Stowaway, Zembula, Vow To Be Chic, Elemeno Health, MailHaven19 July 2017
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    E1: “Angel” Podcast Premiere: Cyan Banister, angel investor now Founders Fund VC, shares portfolio hits/misses, deal flow strategies, finding founder-product fit & backing startups that change human behavior18 July 2017
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    E746: Talla CEO Rob May on using A.I. & machine learning to automate HR & IT, the power of bots, the future of jobs, & the age of verticalized A.I.14 July 2017
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    E745: Tovala founder & CEO David Rabie introduces his smart, cloud-connected oven to cook ready-made meals with a smartphone11 July 2017
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    E744: Initialized Capital Operating Partner & TechCrunch contributor Kim-Mai Cutler on affordable housing crisis in San Francisco Bay Area at intersection of race, class, & Silicon Valley7 July 2017
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    E743: News Roundtable! Robert Scoble & Iain Thomson talk new Apple AR, iPhone’s 10 yrs, data collecting destroying privacy for everybody, Amazon gets Whole Foods, Google stops Gmail scan, Trump attacks, Binary Capital, Uber future30 June 2017
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    E742: Stockholm Startup Showcase with Tyler Crowley: Tictail connects world’s best designers; FishBrain levels up fishing with data; Simris pioneers agribusiness with algae; Venue crowdsources live music experiences27 June 2017
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    E741: Kevin Rose, True Ventures PT2: Best ways to pitch, lessons from investing & Google Ventures, cryptocurrency, housing crises, tech & politics23 June 2017
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    E740: Kevin Rose, True Ventures PT1: early Digg days, what it takes to make great products, building Oak meditation app w/fan engagement & real-time data, evaluating founder-investor fit, advice for pitching20 June 2017
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    E739: “Gut Feel” in angel investing: Wharton Prof of Entrepreneurship Laura Huang on how early investors make decisions, quantifying the unquantifiable, questioning meritocracy, the role of gender & other biases (& how to hack them)13 June 2017
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    E738: Treehouse online coding school & founder Ryan Carson get aspiring programmers & developers “zero to job-ready” & use the power of apprenticeships to close the tech skills gap for underrepresented groups6 June 2017
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    E737: Brit + Co founder & CEO Brit Morin on building her digital media & ecommerce powerhouse at intersection of creativity & tech, connecting users w/makers, partnering w/Target, inspiring women & Gen Z, & defining the future of retail2 June 2017
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    E736: Robinhood uses free stock trading to open access to the entire American financial system; co-founder Vlad Tenev talks mission, building a billion dollar startup & the business of millennial money management30 May 2017
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    E735: All #AskJason: Failing after product-market fit, consumer app VC & monetization, the (un)necessity of patents, (un)fundable b-corps, hard lessons, focus above everything26 May 2017
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    E734: Live Crowdfunding Startup Showcase: product pitches & investor inquiries w/Swiftmile, Lendsnap,, LEAF, NowRX & – presented by SeedInvest & LAUNCH23 May 2017
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    E733: News Roundtable! Molly Wood (Marketplace) & Ben Parr (Octane AI): future of net neutrality, Google Lens & iPhone-less predictions, Uber Freight, Biz Stone’s return, how to save Twitter, Elon’s tunnel vision, breaking Trump chaos19 May 2017
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    E732: “The Syndicate”: 7 top startups across 7 verticals pitch to 20 world-class investors, w/Cafe X, Connected Signals, Blokable, Tueo Health, Interviewed, PowerScout, Underground Cellar12 May 2017
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    E731: Inside LAUNCH Incubator, PT2: Ready: Cross-platform programming for personal robotics; Keepster: Curating messages to keep what matters most; Genius Link: Fixing broken links for global brands; Poppins: Child care reimagined with invitation-based service9 May 2017
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    E730: Inside LAUNCH Incubator, PT1: Transported: Virtual Reality Tours for Real Estate & FitBod: Personalized strength-training powered by machine learning5 May 2017
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    E729: Founder Richard Craib shares his A.I. hedge fund Numerai, built with an anonymous network of 15,000 (& counting) data scientists, encryption, the blockchain, his own currency to reward collaboration, and a mission to manage the world’s money2 May 2017
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    E728: “Angel” Sneak Peek + Startup Tune-up: Founder Institute students get first-look at Jason’s upcoming book on angel investing, as he refines their pitches & shares career lessons, insights & advice28 April 2017
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    E727: Future of Food: ROBOTS! w/Alex Garden (Zume Pizza), Henry Hu (Cafe X), Deepak Sekar (Chowbotics); bonus: Hotel Tonight’s Amanda Richardson shares how to grow revenue by giving away your product25 April 2017
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    E726: Investor Outlook with Hunter Walk (Homebrew), Megan Quinn (Spark Capital), & Jalak Jobanputra (FuturePerfect VC); bonus: Rishi Garg, Mayfield (prev. VP CorpDev, Twitter) shares how to stay sane while selling your company21 April 2017
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    E725: 500 Startups’ Dave McClure shares strategies as SV’s most prolific investor, common early-stage startup mistakes & advice to founders; Greylock’s Sarah Tavel on 10 lessons from scaling Pinterest18 April 2017
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    E724: Investor Outlook with Gil Penchina (, Cyan Banister (Founders Fund), Ryan Feit (SeedInvest); Jed Katz of Javelin Venture Partners on a step-by-step practical guide to getting your Series B14 April 2017
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    E723: Stripe CEO Patrick Collison on building his online payment powerhouse, creating Atlas to incorporate the world’s entrepreneurs, public/private markets, & increasing the GDP of the internet11 April 2017
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    E722: Bill Gurley of Benchmark, SV leader & legendary investor (Uber, Twitter, Snapchat) at LAUNCH Festival April 6 20177 April 2017
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    E721: News Roundtable! Iain Thomson (The Register) & Austin Smith (Inside): ISP privacy shattered, Palmer Luckey leaves, FB rips off Snap (again), Elon’s Neuralink & SpaceX hits, Trolls & Idiots of the Week31 March 2017
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    E720: Capital Factory founder Josh Baer on making Austin a startup hub & beacon for talent, investing hits & spectacular failures, nailing deal flow, crowdfunding & rising tide of opportunities for entrepreneurs @ at Cisco Spark Haus, SXSW 201728 March 2017
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    E719: Managing Partner Mar Hershenson on Clinching the Series A: Creating & executing your Ops plan, success metrics, critical data, investor engagement, effective leadership, & navigating fundraising & future markets24 March 2017
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    E718: NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson on building to $1b run rate, early days at Oracle, McAfee & Sun, pioneering enterprise, prioritizing sales, going public, the CEO’s toughest job & the future of employment21 March 2017
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    E717: News Roundtable! Rolfe Winkler (WSJ) & Tess Townsend (Recode): Google, voice-assistant wars & fax-sending bots, political ads & activism, Trump tweets & Twitter slump, Zenefits former CEO starts over, PewDiePie & more17 March 2017
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    E716: People & Product: Intercom co-founder Des Traynor on importance of alignment, building a product-first co., hiring by values, scaling carefully, & avoiding churn14 March 2017
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    E715: News Roundtable! Liz Gannes and Ben Parr talk Snap IPO & predictions, Trump tweets & H1B, FB & fake news, Uber seeks no. 2 exec, drone-bearing cars & 3D-printed houses & more7 March 2017
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    E714: SeedInvest co-founder Ryan Feit on the equity crowdfunding revolution, giving new access to startups & non-accredited investors, & opening the door for Wolf3D founder Timmu Tõke to integrate humanity within VR3 March 2017
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    E713: All #AskJason, PT2: How to break into VC, building social networks, disrupting housing & transportation, taking risks, & the meaning of success28 February 2017
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    E712: All #AskJason, PT1: VC ethics, investing strategies, picking winners, patents & NDAs, women in entrepreneurship, bootstrapping to success & more24 February 2017
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    E711: IFTTT co-founder & CEO Linden Tibbets on building his leading IoT connector of services & 3rd-party devices, essential applets, Alexa everywhere & the dominance of digital assistance21 February 2017
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    E710: REstore founder Jan-Willem Rombouts solves the electrical grid & balances renewable energy with virtual power stations; Bonus LAUNCH SCALE: Greylock’s Josh Elman on making your product viral in 5 easy ways17 February 2017
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    E709: VC Outlook w/Jeff Clavier (SoftTech), Omar Hamoui (Sequoia), Patricia Nakache (Trinity) & Aydin Senkut (Felicis): lessons learned, greatest misses, Series A crunch, SV v. int’l, startups behaving badly, & the Trump factor — at Upfront Summit 201714 February 2017
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    E708: Filmed at Upfront Summit 2017! Vinod Khosla on his journey from entrepreneur to VC, early days at Sun Microsystems, changing the trajectory of the internet, advice to founders & investors, future of cleantech, AI & job growth10 February 2017
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    E707: Jam Session! Startup founders, growth & marketing experts share best practices for communication: use landing pages to capture free traffic, run your marketing department like a tv newsroom, & grow with exponential long-term impact7 February 2017
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    E706: Part 2: Sam Harris, “Waking Up” host, philosopher & neuroscientist on Trump’s asymmetric warfare, Muslim ban, the Jihadism problem, Zuck’s moral compass, fake news & how to avoid the A.I. apocalypse3 February 2017
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    E705: Sam Harris, “Waking Up” host, author, philosopher & neuroscientist, on dawn of A.I. & the uncanny valley of robotics, science of morality, mindful meditation & Trump’s lies – PART 131 January 2017
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    E704: Napster co-founder Jordan Ritter & his new Atlas Informatics are redefining search to solve digital chaos in the age of contextual intelligence; the future of cybersecurity, privacy, AI/machine learning, & political turbulence27 January 2017
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    E703: News Roundtable! Katie Benner (NYT) and Amir Efrati (The Information): self-driving, Trump & tech, SV apocalypse preppers, the future of net neutrality, Snap readying for IPO, Zuck campaigning?, more24 January 2017
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    E702: Stellar startups at CES ‘17 PART 2: wearable interactive lightshow, Raspberry Pi bests, smart garbage that shops, hack-free home security, paper airplane drones, connected baby, tech hubs & more20 January 2017
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    E701: PART 1: The best of future tech & stellar startups at CES with Dave Mathews (NewAer): Alexa everywhere, drones rising, autonomous everything, carsharing & the surging of electric vehicles, w/ChargePoint & VULOG17 January 2017
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    E700: Ring CEO & Chief Inventor James Siminoff on reinventing home security with 1st wi-fi-enabled video doorbell, reducing neighborhood crime, & the future of home automation13 January 2017
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    E699: Mighty Networks founder & CEO Gina Bianchini builds smarter social networks for business and lasting online communities, using lessons from Ning & the best tools for efficient entrepreneurship10 January 2017
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    E698: Best of SCALE! SaaStr Founder Jason Lemkin on getting from $1m to $10m in ARR; Calm Founder Alex Tew demos how to land 100,000 users before you launch3 January 2017
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    E697: Sunflower Labs co-founder Alex Pachikov on modernizing home security with world’s first smart sensor & drone technology; Bonus LAUNCH SCALE: Homebrew Partner Satya Patel on locking down Series A27 December 2016
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    E696: The Distracted Mind’s Adam Gazzaley on our mental degradation, designing products for health, safety & performance, & how we can rescue our brains from high-tech addiction23 December 2016
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    E695: News Roundtable! Dave Mathews (NewAer) & Iain Thomson (The Register) on 2016 best & 2017 bets: Apple follies, drones rising, hacking everywhere, Putin in play, Trump’s tech, self-driving bets, fake Facebook16 December 2016
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    E694: Founder Loic Le Meur on building Europe’s tech with LeWeb, investing in SV powerhouses LinkedIn & Evernote, and now creating a marketplace for the world’s greatest speakers9 December 2016
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    E693: Founder Tom Patterson on growing Tommy John 2.5x YOY in a $41b industry; Future of Fundraising with Paul Judge (Luma), Christine Tsai (500 Startups), Ryan Feit (SeedInvest)2 December 2016
  125. 133.
    E692: CEO David Sacks on scaling Z2, the next generation of Zenefits; Founders Fund Partner Cyan Banister shares 10 strategies for scaling company culture29 November 2016
  126. 134.
    E691: LAUNCH SCALE: Yossi Vardi shares insights from 85 investments & 26 exits: execution over ideas, mastering persistence, and winning the game that is based on failure22 November 2016
  127. 135.
    E690: Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman on reinventing & revitalizing real estate for the consumer; Pear Founding Partner Pejman Nozad on his journey to America, from selling carpets to building a $20b portfolio18 November 2016
  128. 136.
    E689: News Roundtable! Molly Wood (Marketplace) & Eric Newcomer (Bloomberg) on Trump’s triumph, tech, Thiel, the flaws of polling & data journalism, the future of jobs, & the fate of Silicon Valley11 November 2016
  129. 137.
    E688: R/GA Ventures’ Nick Coronges & Richard Ting help startups scale and build enduring brands, forge founder partnerships with major players, and invest in creative capital to dominate the NYC ecosystem4 November 2016
  130. 138.
    E687: Harry’s co-founder & co-CEO Andy Katz-Mayfield shares e-commerce expertise and the science of customer acquisition, vertical integration & direct-to-consumer marketing1 November 2016
  131. 139.
    E686: Douglas Rushkoff on “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity,” exposing the downside of the digital revolution, income inequality & growth agendas of large companies28 October 2016
  132. 140.
    E685: CEO John Shahidi on evolving Shots Studios from selfie app to mega-talent content creator, making videos with Justin Bieber & Floyd Mayweather, & discovering the next generation of comedy superstars25 October 2016
  133. 141.
    E684: Jam Session! Startup founders & growth experts share best strategies to become an influencer, build a channel sales program, & engineer your way to content success21 October 2016
  134. 142.
    E683: Founder Nancy Lublin (, Dress for Success) takes on suicide prevention with Crisis Text Line, partnering the power of human empathy with machine learning to save lives18 October 2016
  135. 143.
    E682: Unity co-founder David Helgason on creating world’s leading 2D & 3D game-making platform, gaming industry trends & challenges, & the future of VR & AR14 October 2016
  136. 144.
    E681: Tala founder Shivani Siroya on transforming microfinance & loans in emerging markets, using untraditional data & behavioral variables to build a global industry & being the CEO of Chris Sacca’s favorite portfolio company11 October 2016
  137. 145.
    E680: Farmers Business Network co-founder & CEO Amol Deshpande on using data to empower farmers, how food supply actually works, GMOs & organics pros/cons & the future of feeding humanity7 October 2016
  138. 146.
    E679: Internet Harassment & Free Speech: Quinn Norton & Kevin Marks join Jason to debate how trolling, human rights, and anonymity v. transparency play out online and in real life4 October 2016
  139. 147.
    E678: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes on his book “Door to Door,” the world of transportation, the tech behind on-demand, & the future of alternative fuel, autonomous travel30 September 2016
  140. 148.
    E677: Chris Sacca & Matt Mazzeo, Part 2: Shark Tank, investing in diversity, Lowercase Alpha, eSports, voting, & the privilege & pressure of spending OPM (other people’s money)27 September 2016
  141. 149.
    E676: Chris Sacca & Matt Mazzeo, Lowercase Capital, Part1: Universal principles of building startups, investing with integrity, major Twitter stumbles & best solutions for its future growth (or purchase)23 September 2016
  142. 150.
    E675: Chain CEO & Co-founder Adam Ludwin on creating the tool helping the top financial firms deploy blockchain, history & future of bitcoin, relevance & the long-term effect of DAO hack, Twitter, Apple, Tesla & a multitude of tech tangents & predictions20 September 2016
  143. 151.
    E674: Upfront Ventures’ Mark Suster shares secrets from both sides of the table: advice for pitching to VCs, best founder qualities, investing in lines not dots, skipping demo day, missing Uber, being pro-a16z & pro-IPO16 September 2016
  144. 152.
    E673: News Roundtable! Cade Metz of Wired & Ellen Huet of Bloomberg talk Apple event, a16z & WSJ haggle over returns, Theranos, startups tightening belts, Airbnb anti-discrimination policy, burrito-bearing drones, Burning Man & more9 September 2016
  145. 153.
    E672: SumoMe & AppSumo Founder Noah Kagan on being Facebook emp #30, getting fired & losing $185m in co. shares, why email marketing reigns supreme & tips to grow your website traffic, lists & audience6 September 2016
  146. 154.
    E671: All #AskJason: Wooing investors after failure, advice for introverts, approach to pricing, tackling growth, B2B vs. B2C & more2 September 2016
  147. 155.
    E670: Munchery CEO & Co-founder Tri Tran on escaping Vietnam and pioneering a food movement in America with his healthy dinner-delivery powerhouse30 August 2016
  148. 156.
    E669: Moon Express’ Bob Richards on being 1st private co. to get permission to go beyond earth’s orbit, plans for moon mining, creating an 8th continent, & unlocking resources of the universe26 August 2016
  149. 157.
    E668: News Roundtable! Jeff Bercovici (Inc.) & Olivia Zaleski (Bloomberg): Hampton Creek controversy & SEC inquiry, Peter Thiel’s revenge & the end of Gawker, robotics & self-driving cars23 August 2016
  150. 158.
    E667: Redpoint VC & analyst Tomasz Tunguz on his new book “Winning with Data,” advice for startups, using data to transform business, key investment outlook predictions, the best data-driven co’s & more19 August 2016
  151. 159.
    E666: PT2-Ed Catmull, President Pixar-Disney & author “Creativity, Inc.” on Disney merge, the art of good filmmaking, building creative culture through radical support, risk-taking to triumph & failure, & storytelling struggles that led to timeless classics16 August 2016
  152. 160.
    E665: PT1-Ed Catmull, Pixar-Disney President & “Creativity, Inc.” author on his early days as a pioneer in computer animation, learning from George Lucas & Steve Jobs, struggles with Disney, the creative necessities of loyalty, change & failure12 August 2016
  153. 161.
    E664: News Roundtable! Ari Levy (CNBC) & Rolfe Winkler (WSJ): Walmart snags – Google, gov’t & anti-trust – U.S. debt crisis – Uber & the China market – Elon & future of energy – startups behaving badly9 August 2016
  154. 162.
    E663: “Godfather of SaaS” Jason Lemkin shares the early indicators of hyper-growth SaaS & his investment strategies with LAUNCH Incubator2 August 2016
  155. 163.
    E662: Jam Session! Startup founders share best practices for e-commerce: Leveraging data, optimizing paid & offline acquisition, & thinking beyond digital to create trust29 July 2016
  156. 164.
    E661: George Hotz, founder of, on the vision & technology behind his Tesla rival, autonomous driving startup22 July 2016
  157. 165.
    E660: Antonio Garcia Martinez shares insights from his bestselling ”Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley,” revealing the secrets of Facebook, Twitter, Y Combinator, dodgy SV deals & startup struggles19 July 2016
  158. 166.
    E659: Founder Institute CEO Adeo Ressi shares lessons from running his global startup powerhouse, characteristics of successful founders, funding strategies & hardships12 July 2016
  159. 167.
    E658: #AskJason at The Last Mile tech accelerator & training program at San Quentin State Prison8 July 2016
  160. 168.
    E657: SeedInvest Co-founder Ryan Feit on his role in passing JOBS Act, spearheading Title III & the equity crowdfunding revolution5 July 2016
  161. 169.
    E656: News Roundtable! Robert Scoble (Upload VR) & Iain Thomson (The Register); Tesla’s fatal crash, useless jetpacks, VR craze, gun control, national security & more1 July 2016
  162. 170.
    E655: Journalist Virginia Heffernan on her new book, “Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art,” the web’s earliest days, Twitter poetry & pain, free speech, minimalist theism, TV triumphs & more28 June 2016
  163. 171.
    E654: Producer David Gluck brings JOBS Act Title III to life with his immersive “The Speakeasy,” the first equity crowdfunding theater project in the U.S.24 June 2016
  164. 172.
    E653: #AskJason @ Microsoft Global Startup Roadshow: global economic engagement, universal CEO challenges, China’s B2C market, fundraising metrics & more21 June 2016
  165. 173.
    E652: News Roundtable! Katie Benner, NYT & Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg: More Gawker-Thiel, 1st amendment, FB moral obligations, Microsoft buys Linkedin, Theranos slow-motion train wreck17 June 2016
  166. 174.
    E651: Trello CEO Michael Pryor on scaling internationally to 1.1m daily users, benefits to hiring remote devs, and the future of work and communication14 June 2016
  167. 175.
    E650: Jam Session! Startup founders share best practices for customer management, satisfaction & success10 June 2016
  168. 176.
    E649: News Roundtable! Jessica Lessin (The Information) & Nellie Bowles (The Guardian) talk Thiel v. Gawker, the Trump effect on SV & the moral obligations of FB7 June 2016
  169. 177.
    E648: All #AskJason: cannabis, education, diversity, real estate, funding & more at #TWiSTlive, Microsoft Reactor3 June 2016
  170. 178.
    E647: IBM SmartCamp 2015 showcase: Winner Jessika Lora’s CarForce connects customers & dealers; finalists Mike Holt of Singapore’s gridComm makes smart street lights & Yoly Avalos of Bquate rocks music distribution in Latin America31 May 2016
  171. 179.
    E646: TWiST Live at Microsoft Reactor! Eric Ries, author of “The Lean Startup” & upcoming “The Leader’s Guide,” on the science of startup success & pro-entrepreneurship public policy27 May 2016
  172. 180.
    E645: David Bennahum, Alpha Venture advisor & Founding Maker of Ready, shares his new coding education program for kids & the urgency of computational literacy24 May 2016
  173. 181.
    E644: Accelerator panel with Dave McClure (500 Startups), Emily Kirsch (Powerhouse), Cameron Teitelman (StartX); Joel Spolsky of Stack Overflow on his developer Q&A juggernaut17 May 2016
  174. 182.
    E643: Vicarious co-founder Scott Phoenix on innovating in AI & the race to unlock the human brain to create artificial general intelligence, the last tech humans will invent13 May 2016
  175. 183.
    E642: News Roundtable! Veronica Belmont & Dave Mathews talk Bots galore, best VR, Twitter security v. privacy, Facebook curation controversy11 May 2016
  176. 184.
    E641: Tony Xu, DoorDash Co-founder & CEO, on building a thriving business in the difficult on-demand market3 May 2016
  177. 185.
    E640: AOL co-founder Steve Case on the internet revolution & innovation roadmap in his new book, “The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future”29 April 2016
  178. 186.
    E639: All-star angel investors Gil Penchina (FlightVC), Paige Craig (ArenaVC) & Jenny Fielding (Techstars); FanDuel’s Nigel Eccles on explosive success, mass appeal of daily fantasy sports26 April 2016
  179. 187.
    E638: Blake Scholl, CEO & Founder of Boom Technology, resurrects the dream of fast flight with his supersonic passenger airplane19 April 2016
  180. 188.
    E637: Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck on using data to map the global economy, bridging digital with physical; Houzz CEO & Co-founder Adi Tatarko designs home dreams for 35m users worldwide12 April 2016
  181. 189.
    E636: Pioneers of space tech & 3D printing: Planet Lab’s Will Marshall & Carbon3D’s Joe DeSimone at LAUNCH Festival8 April 2016
  182. 190.
    E635: VCs Hunter Walk (Homebrew), Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures), Jed Katz (Javelin Venture Partners) on the state of investing; Cyanogen’s Kirt McMaster demos his new platform MOD1 April 2016
  183. 191.
    E634: Hadley Wickham, RStudio Chief Scientist & open source pioneer, on breakthroughs in data science, visualization, statistics & the biggest philosophical questions facing humanity31 March 2016
  184. 192.
    E633: News Roundtable! Ben Parr & Lon Harris dissect A.I. gone bad, robots taking over, Hulk Hogan, free speech, political scandal, low-paying jobs, & the future of cities25 March 2016
  185. 193.
    E632: Parker Thompson, a.k.a. @StartupLJackson, shares insights from creating his wildly popular Twitter persona & turns full focus toward new work at AngelList22 March 2016
  186. 194.
    E631: Sebastian Thrun (Udacity, fmr GoogleX) & George Zachary (CRV) on democratizing higher ed & the future of jobs; bonus: Ludlow Venture’s Jonathon Triest on authenticity & success18 March 2016
  187. 195.
    E630: Keith Rabois on his home-buying disruptor Opendoor, the political storm, advice for founders & the rules of innovation; bonus: Cyan Banister on investing with purpose15 March 2016
  188. 196.
    E629: Hyperloop Tech co-founders Shervin Pishevar & Brogan BamBrogan are making the dream of high-speed travel a reality, changing the future of transportation & cities11 March 2016
  189. 197.
    E628: SocialCapital’s Chamath Palihapitiya on the state of the tech industry, politics, diversity, four keys to picking investors, and the changing morality in America at LAUNCH Festival 20168 March 2016
  190. 198.
    E627: Pinterest product growth lead Casey Winters gives a crash course in growing a startup (or, WTF is growth?)4 March 2016
  191. 199.
    E626: Zapier CEO & Co-Founder Wade Foster on creating the ultimate app connector, & the future of automation and integration1 March 2016
  192. 200.
    E625: Jonah Greenberger’s Bright brings affordable solar energy, and new career opportunities, to Mexico; Jennie Ripps shakes up the first tea cocktail mixer w/Owl’s Brew26 February 2016

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