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This Week in Startups

This Week in Startups

Jason Calacanis and Molly Wood cover startups, tech, markets, media, crypto, and all the hottest topics in business and technology. They also interview the world?s greatest founders, operators, investors, and innovators. Join our community on Twitter to discuss the show: https://twitter.com/i/communities/1496977694747209728

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Zoom earnings, SaaS burnout, Amazon's $10B Alexa loss + FTX contagion with Sunny Madra | E1619

First up, Jason and Molly discuss Zoom's Q3 earnings and SaaS burnout throughout the industry (1:37). Then, they break down Amazon's $10B loss tied to its Alexa smart speakers (22:13) and an Airbnb Co-Founder's new housing startup! (34:54) Sunny Madra joins in the final segment to help explain the crypto contagion caused by the FTX collapse. (45:12)

(0:00) Jason tees up today's segments!

(1:37) J+M wind-down earnings season with Zoom's Q3 results and discuss SaaS burnout in tech

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(15:55) How Zoom survives and thrives with insane competition

(22:13) Amazon's hardware/Prime Video division is on pace to lose ~$10B this year, mostly due to Alexa losses

(30:33) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST

(32:01) Solving Amazon's Alexa problem

(34:54) Startup of the Day: Airbnb Co-Founder Joe Gebbia has started a housing startup!

(43:46) Mixpanel - Apply for $50K in credits at https://mixpanel.com/startups 

(45:12) Sunny Madra joins to break down the contagion throughout crypto caused by the FTX collapse

(1:08:51) More FTX craziness: SBF's hundreds of millions of secondary, FTX's real estate purchases, and more!

(1:14:14) Is Coinbase in danger as one of the last major exchanges standing? Could Bitcoin fall further? How hard will it be to raise VC in crypto going forward?

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2022-11-23
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EMERGENCY POD! Bob Iger returns as Disney CEO | E1618

Bob Iger is BACK as Disney CEO, and Bob Chapek has left the company! First, Jason and Molly break down how we got here (11:49) before Lon Harris joins to go deeper on Chapek's missteps and join in on some speculation and predictions for Iger's second stint as CEO! (23:25) 

(0:00) J+M tee up today's EMERGENCY POD!

(1:40) Jason and Molly catch up on some wild news from the weekend: Elizabeth Holmes's sentencing, crypto contagion, and more!

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(11:49) Bob Iger is back as Disney CEO as Bob Chapek steps down, Molly's Chapek intuition

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(23:25) Streaming expert Lon Harris joins to break down where Chapek went wrong as Disney CEO

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(34:30) More Chapek missteps, how he could have handled things differently, theories/predictions on Iger's next big swing

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2022-11-21
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VC investing in a downturn & protecting founders + smart vents with Flair's Dan Meyers | E1617

J+M kick off the show with another edition of VCSS: a VC?s role in a down market and protecting your money and founders. (4:32) Then, Dan Meyers of Flair joins Molly for this week?s edition of TWiCS.(28:27)

(0:00) J+M discuss how winners start work on Sunday

(4:32) VC Sunday School: Raising and deploying capital in a collapsing economy

(11:32) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

(13:02) Pay-to-Play + fiduciary duty vs friendship

(18:10) Smash Digital - Visit https://SmashDigital.com/TWIST to get a free SEO video audit for your business

(19:32) Dollar-cost averaging into a trade and having the founder?s back

(28:27) Molly kicks off TWiCS with Flair Founder - Dan Meyers

(36:41) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(38:10) Flair?s business model and the smart puck and vent

(49:23) Dan?s pitch to customers and Flair?s competition

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2022-11-20
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Managing a recession, housing market insights & more with Redfin's Glenn Kelman + OK Boomer | E1616

Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman joins Jason to discuss the current downturn, operating in a recession, layoffs, the housing market and more. (1:31) Then, Producer Rachel is joined by Volv Co-Founders Shannon Almeida and Priyanka Vazirani. (33:46)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's segments!

(1:31) Glenn Kelman joins Jason to break down the current downturn, operating in a recession, layoffs, and more

(14:30) FanDuel Sportsbook - Sign up with promo code TWIST to place a $1000 risk-free bet at https://sportsbook.fanduel.com 

(16:02) State of the housing market

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(30:43) Molly and Producer Rachel tee up this week's OK Boomer!

(33:46) Volv Co-Founders Shannon Almeida and Priyanka Vazirani join Producer Rachel to discuss their nine-second articles media concept

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2022-11-19
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Breaking down the FTX book + film rights & Michael Lewis?s involvement with Lon Harris | E1615

Lon Harris joins for the FULL show to break down the most recent FTX book/film news (2:26), the business of horror movies (30:42), Apple?s MLS deal (46:43), and more!

(0:00) J+M tee up today?s show

(2:26) Lon joins to catch up on the most recent FTX book/film news

(14:16) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(15:24) FTX?s new CEO comments, mapping out FTX content based on the coming Michael Lewis book, CAA?s leaked email

(29:29) Dell for Startups - Apply for Dell for Startups and get an additional 10% off at http://dell.com/twist

(30:42) Business of horror movies: Blumhouse looking to merge with Atomic Monster

(38:39) Linode -  Apply to Linode?s Rise program for up to six figures in discounts at https://linode.com/twist

(40:08) Giving Andor its flowers

(46:43) Apple?s deal for MLS streaming rights, White Lotus talk, and Lon recommendations!

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2022-11-18
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Amazon launches "Amazon Clinic" + Calibrate CEO Isabelle Kenyon on metabolic health | E1614

Molly rides solo today as she breaks down Amazon?s new telehealth business, Amazon Clinic. (1:40) Then, Calibrate CEO Isabelle Kenyon joins Molly for another edition of the Next Unicorns! (9:30)

(0:00) Molly tees up today's topics!

(1:40) Molly breaks down Amazon clinic

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(9:30) Calibrate CEO & Founder Isabelle Kenyon joins Molly for the Next Unicorns to chat about calibrate and GLP-1s

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(22:30) Understanding how inflammation causes many chronic diseases +  obesity epidemic

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(37:19) Calibrate?s enterprise business + inequality in healthcare

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2022-11-17
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Wild news week, Bird overstates revenue, Chinese startups look to rebrand + WLITF | E1613

J+M kick off the show with some banter about Russia, SBF, and the challenges of being a journalist. (1:51) Then, they discuss the scooter-sharing industry and Bird being under the eye of the SEC. (13:52) Molly and Jason discuss TechCrunch?s article titled ?The dilemma of Chinese startups going global'. (24:45) We wrap up the show with a We Live in the Future segment featuring Simbe Robotics. (40:57)

(0:00) J+M kick off the show

(1:51) Russian missile, SBF, and the challenges of being a journalist

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(13:52) Scooter sharing industry + Bird in trouble for inflating revenues

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(24:45) Molly and Jason discuss the dilemma with Chinese startups going global + Where is SBF

(39:29) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(40:57) We Live in the Future: Simbe Robotics

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2022-11-16
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Amazon to lay off 10K employees, FTX saga update, Shopify's reverse AR platform & more | E1612

First up, J+M break down Amazon's reported ~10K employee RIF (4:27) and try to wrap their heads around the current recession. (15:54) Then, they give an FTX update (26:25), break down the mobile gaming industry (38:12), discuss Shopify's reverse AR platform (47:43), and more!

(0:00) J+M tee up today's topics

(1:58) Weekend catch-up!

(4:27) Amazon will reportedly cut 10K corporate employees this week

(14:41) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist

(15:54) Why this recession is so unique, advice for founders

(25:16) Policygenius - Go to https://policygenius.com to get a free life insurance quote

(26:25) FTX update: SBF's confusing tweets, FTX's interesting corporate culture

(36:54) Fitbod - Get 25% off at https://fitbod.me/twist 

(38:12) Current state of the mobile gaming industry

(47:43) WLITF: Shopify's reverse AR shopping tool

(55:18) SOTD: UpKeep lets users find, book, and pay for MedSpa treatments

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2022-11-15
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Understanding Corporate VC + turning methane into bitcoin w/ Nodal's Daniel Sechrest | E1611

J+M kick off the show by discussing the ins and outs of corporate VC in this edition of VC Sunday School. (2:21) Then, Nodal Power CFO Daniel Sechrest talks with Molly about their independent power plants that convert methane from landfills into bitcoin. (26:38)

(0:00) J+M intro today's segments!

(2:21) What is Corporate VC + the motivations of CVC and founders who accept it

(10:33) Smash Digital - Visit https://SmashDigital.com/TWIST to get a free SEO video audit for your business

(11:54) The different types of CVC firms & Climate focused CVC

(25:09) Blueground - Get up to $1000 off your booking at https://promos.theblueground.com/twist

(26:38) Nodal Power CFO Daniel Sechrest joins Molly to break down how they turn landfill-based methane into bitcoin

(36:07) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(39:09) Daniel breaks down the history of Nodal Power + how it makes money

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2022-11-13
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FTX bankruptcy, spiciest takes, future of crypto VC, new Amazon Prime drones + OK Boomer | E1610

J+M put a bow on an insane week by putting a bow on the FTX saga: a bankruptcy filing (2:25), the future of crypto VC (13:13), and the spiciest takes on the matter! (24:47) Then, Producer Rachel is joined by Owen Roe to break down the gaming economy on another edition of OK Boomer! (46:38)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's segments

(2:25) FTX files for bankruptcy

(11:38) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(13:13) Crypto red flags, crypto VC going forward, financialization

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(24:47) Other crypto dominos to fall, spiciest takes

(38:20) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(39:50) We Live in the Future: Revamped Amazon Prime Drones!

(46:38) Owen Roe joins Producer Rachel to break down the gaming economy on another edition of OK Boomer! 

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2022-11-12
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FTX fallout: Sequoia's LP letter, SBF's crisis comms + Lon Harris on Andor, $DIS earnings | E1609

J+M kick off the show by breaking down even MORE fallout from the FTX saga: SBF's Twitter thread (2:26), Sequoia's letter to LPs re: marking its FTX investment to $0 (12:02), and more! Then, Lon Harris joins to discuss Andor's brilliance (20:49), Disney's earnings (32:42), and Netflix considering live sports! (48:45)

(0:00) Jason tees up today's segments!

(2:26) More FTX fallout: SBF's notorious Twitter thread

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(12:02) SEC and CFTC probe FTX, Sequoia's letter to LPs

(19:19) Mayfair - Get 4% APY on your idle cash automatically at https://getmayfair.com/twist

(20:49) Lon Harris joins to break down Andor's brilliance

(31:15) House of Macadamias - Get 20% off at https://houseofmacadamias.com/twist by using code TWIST20

(32:42) Disney earnings: Disney+ subscriber growth, how to integrate Disney+ to its parks and merch segments, and more

(48:45) Netflix considers live sports and recommendations from Lon!

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2022-11-11
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Meta cuts 11K employees, Binance/FTX fallout + Homeward CEO Dr. Jenny Schneider | E1608

J+M start the show by breaking down the two biggest stories in tech: Meta's 13% RIF, impacting 11K employees (1:23) and the Binance/FTX fallout (19:21). Then, Homeward CEO Jenny Schneider joins Molly Wood for another edition of The Next Unicorns! (40:35)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's topics!

(1:23) Meta lays off 11K employees (13% of the company)

(14:20) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedIn.com/unicorn

(15:45) Alternative strategies for Meta

(19:21) Binance/FTX fallout

(28:14) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(29:40) Impact on crypto VC

(39:13) Coda - The all-in-one doc for teams, sign up for free at https://coda.io/twist

(40:35) Homeward CEO Jenny Schneider joins Molly Wood to break down why she started a company that provides healthcare services to rural areas in America

(49:15) Challenges for Homeward

(57:42) Breaking down Homeward's business model

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2022-11-10
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EMERGENCY POD: FTX sells to Binance with Vinny Lingham and Sunny Madra | E1607

Vinny and Sunny join the show to cover all the angles of Sam Bankman-Fried selling FTX to Binance after a liquidity crunch! (0:54)

(0:00) Intro!

(0:54) Vinny Lingham and Sunny Madra join to break down SBF selling FTX to Binance after a liquidity crunch!

(13:36) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST

(15:04) Comparing FTX's bank run to traditional finance, understanding leverage, culture of: make money first, clean up later, Vinny's theory on Alameda's locked Solana

(23:24) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist

(24:35) Three areas of crypto, understanding where FTX and FTT fall in this, risks of centralized exchanges

(32:01) How this might impact broader crypto regulation, Bitcoin decoupling from the greater crypto market

(37:33) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist

(38:57) Understanding what happened to Binance's FTT: Who is the bag holder? How might this unravel going forward?

(42:55) FTX fundraising breakdown: could this situation break the crypto VC model?

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2022-11-08
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Meta's looming layoffs & path forward, Airbnb answers concerns & more | E1606

Monday! First, J+M dive deep on Meta reportedly cutting "many thousands" of jobs this week (1:56), the company's best path forward (12:14), and more. Then, J+M discuss some new Airbnb features (40:52) and Peloton's former CEO coming back with a new DTC startup! (55:39)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's topics!

(1:46) Meta will reportedly continue the trend of tech layoffs, to cut "many thousands" of jobs this week

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(12:04) Breaking down Meta's path forward, Jason's newest Jay Trade, plan for Meta to juice its stock price over the next 5-10 years

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(33:22) More context on Meta layoffs, severance and finding jobs post layoffs, Meta's insane pace of hiring since 2019

(40:42) Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky announced new features: full pricing transparency, value prioritization, restrictions on checkout requests, and more!

(55:29) Former Peloton CEO John Foley is back with a new DTC startup

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2022-11-08
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Understanding capital calls, one-off SAFEs + Transaera CTO Ross Bonner | E1605

J+M kick off the show with TWO VC Sunday School topics: understanding capital calls (2:11), and one-off SAFEs. (10:29) Then, Transaera CTO Ross Bonner joins the show to break down why he is building energy-efficient and sustainable cooling systems! (19:54)(0:00) J+M tee up today?s topics!

(2:11) VC Sunday School: Understanding capital calls
(9:04) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
(10:29) Bonus VC Sunday School: One-off SAFEs
(18:32) Smash Digital - Visit https://SmashDigital.com/TWIST to get a free SEO video audit for your business
(19:54) Transaera CTO Ross Bonner joins Molly Wood to break down their sustainable cooling systems.
(33:21) Dell for Startups - Apply for Dell for Startups and get an additional 10% off at http://dell.com/twist
(34:34) Ross explains the role of heat pump technology at Transaera

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2022-11-06
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Airbnb earnings breakdown + Gen Z becoming adults on the internet | E1604

First up J+M deep dive on Airbnb's Q3 earnings (1:27), before Producer Rachel joins for another edition of OK Boomer! (26:57)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's segments!

(1:27) Airbnb earnings: surviving the pandemic + most profitable quarter to date

(6:49) Comparing Airbnb/Uber market caps and the narrative around profitable companies

(12:36) Odoo - Get access to all of Odoo's apps, services, and maintenance for under $25 at https://odoo.com/twist

(13:38) Airbnb?s value prop + hidden fees, service industry issues

(25:42) Masterworks - Skip the waitlist to invest in fine art using at https://Masterworks.com/twist

(26:57) Producer Rachel joins J+M to tee up this week's OK Boomer segment

(30:34) Summer Rachel Wood joins Producer Rachel to discuss having a baby and raising a child as a Gen Z influencer

(41:19) Summer talks about creating content as a new mom, how she approaches posting her child, and the lack of education around pregnancy

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2022-11-04
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Wave of tech layoffs, Robinhood earnings, what makes a great CEO & more | E1603

First, J+M discuss the recent wave of layoffs at Stripe, Opendoor, Lyft, and others. (1:54) Then, they dive deep into Robinhood's impressive Q3 (21:51), and what other companies can learn from RH's shrinking losses. Then, Producer Rachel joins to break down monetizable mood boards! (52:36)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's segments!

(1:54) Significant layoffs all over tech in the last few days: Stripe, Opendoor, Lyft, Dapper Labs, Chime, and more; Meta and Google's massive opportunity for profitability and share buybacks

(9:42) MicroAcquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist

(11:11) Macro outlook, spending discipline in private and public sectors, Stripe vs Adyen

(20:40) Babbel - Save up to 55% off your language learning subscription at https://babbel.com/twist 

(21:51) Robinhood Q3 earnings: diversifying revenue, subscription vs advertising

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(37:42) Key takeaway: Diversifying revenue at scale makes businesses anti-fragile; investing in battle-hardened CEOs

(41:58) Robinhood earnings: MAUs down significantly from peak, net loss shrinks 87% y/y

(52:36) Producer Rachel joins to discuss monetizable mood boards

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2022-11-04
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Uber Q3 earnings, macro picture + Brinc Drones CEO Blake Resnick | E1602

First up, Jason gives an update on his busy weekend. (2:32) Then, Molly joins to break down Uber's Q3 earnings report (8:50) and the macroeconomic picture. (14:31) Then, Brinc Drones CEO Blake Resnick joins for another edition of The Next Unicorns. (38:07)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's topics!

(2:32) Jason gives a quick work update

(8:50) Uber's Q3 earnings

(12:50) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at LinkedIn.com/nextunicorn

(14:31) Fed's newest 75 basis point rate hike, comparing average Uber driver earnings to teachers

(23:58) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(25:24) Ideas on improving public education

(31:47) Jason's warning to founders on the state of the downturn

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(38:07) Brinc Drones CEO and Founder Blake Resnick breaks down why he started a first responder safety-focused drone company

(47:12) Blake walks through a demo of Brinc's technology

(54:59) The business of running a hardware startup: sales cycles with government buyers, building prototypes, customer-focused product iteration

(1:07:24) Blake demos Brinc's newest product, the Brinc Ball

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2022-11-03
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Steve Case on "The Rise of the Rest", America's economic resiliency & more | E1601

Author, CEO of Revolution, and former AOL CEO Steve Case joins Jason to talk about his new book, "The Rise of the Rest". (0:50) They also discuss reflections on remote work (13:14), American economic resiliency (25:48), capital formation in America (36:32), and more!

(0:00) Show start

(0:50) Jason welcomes Steve Case: Author, CEO of Revolution, and former CEO of AOL to talk about his book, "The Rise of the Rest"

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(13:14) Remote work reflections: can a great company be built fully remote? 

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(25:48) American economic resiliency, China's capitalist system going off the rails, not staying complacent

(34:16) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist 

(35:31) Opening investor access, fixing capital formation in America

(43:16) Politics and policy involvement

2022-11-02
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Self-driving shakeup: TuSimple CEO fired & Argo AI shuts down + Divvy Homes CEO Adena Hefets | E1600

Molly Wood breaks down some shakeups in the self-driving space: TuSimple fired its CEO and is being probed by the FBI and SEC (1:40), and Argo AI has shut down after raising ~$2.6B. (8:50) Then, Divvy Homes CEO Adena Hefets joins the podcast to break down the state of the housing market and share thoughts on last week's hit piece. (14:09)

(0:00) Molly tees up today's segments!

(1:40) TuSimple CEO fired, company probed by FBI, SEC

(8:50) Argo AI shuts down

(12:45) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist

(14:09) Adena Hefets joins Molly Wood to discuss the Fast Company article covering her startup Divvy Homes last week

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(26:49) Operating a business where the stakes are high (homeownership, healthcare, etc)

(31:17) Adena breaks down the state of the US housing market

(35:14) Athletic Greens - Get 1 year of Vitamin D free and 5 free travel packs with your first purchase at athleticgreens.com/twist

(36:34) State of debt markets, operating in different interest rate environments, different capital structures, taking advantage of low-interest rates

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2022-10-31
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Strategies for investing in an overheated market, understanding warrants + Nat Bullard | E1599

First up, J+M cover how to approach a market that's heating up during a downturn (1:42), before covering warrants. (25:07) Then, Voyager's Nat Bullard joins to discuss his journalist to VC path and Voyager's climate focus. (32:09)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's segments!

(1:42) How to approach a market that's heating up during a downturn

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(12:58) Strategies around patience in VC, entering markets at the wrong time

(25:07) Understanding warrants

(30:49) Paperclip - Go to getpaperclip.com/twist to get the app free for life

(32:09) Nat Bullard joins Molly and breaks down his path from journalist to climate VC

(39:15) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups

(40:38) Voyager's thesis, most exciting investment opportunities in climate

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2022-10-30
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Meta's precarious situation, $AMZN earnings breakdown, James Gunn to run DC + OK Boomer | E1598

First up, Jason goes solo to break down more Meta fallout and Amazon's Q3 earnings. (1:59) Then, Lon Harris joins J+M to break down House of the Dragon's huge finale, James Gunn hired to run DC Films, and more! (21:56) Finally, Producer Rachel wraps the show with another edition of OK Boomer! (1:59)

(0:00) Jason tees up today's segments!

(1:59) Jason breaks down Meta's predicament

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(12:55) What Jason would do to fix Meta's stock tumble

(16:28) $AMZN Q3 earnings breakdown

(20:32) Smash Digital - Visit https://SmashDigital.com/TWIST to get a free SEO video audit for your business

(21:56) Lon Harris joins to discuss House of the Dragon's S1 finale

(34:33) Kalshi - Sign up to win $100K at https://kalshi.com/efc 

(36:01) More House of the Dragon discussion: show content, massive ratings; then they discuss Black Adam and James Gunn taking over at DC

(42:37) Bob Chapek's comments on animated content spark backlash; streaming business predictions and streaming recommendations!

(1:08:36) Molly and Producer Rachel tee up this week's OK Boomer segment!

(1:11:31) Tommy Clark joins Producer Rachel to discuss his experience with social media marketing 

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2022-10-28
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$META earnings instant reaction, Apple's NFT rules, SBF backlash & more | E1597

Sunny and Vinny are BACK for another crypto roundtable! First up, they give instant reactions to Meta's rough Q3 earnings and Zuck's big bet (1:59), before breaking down Meta's AR/VR battle with Apple (15:14). Then, the trio does a full NFT breakdown: Reddit's NFT usage (20:19), new App Store rules (27:41), and understanding royalties! (37:52) Then, they wrap by covering SBF facing backlash and a crypto Q&A. (47:54)

(0:00) Jason tees up today's topics!

(1:59) Jason welcomes Sunny and Vinny, and the trio breakdown Meta's Q3 earnings right as they drop!

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(15:14) Who will win the AR/VR wars: Meta or Apple?

(20:19) Reddit's NFT usage

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(27:41) Are Apple's new App Store NFT rules overreaching, or a great sign for crypto?

(36:28) Smash Digital - Visit https://SmashDigital.com/TWIST to get a free SEO video audit for your business

(37:52) Understanding NFT royalties

(47:54) SBF facing backlash after comments on regulation

(57:39) Crypto Q&A!

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2022-10-28
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$MSFT, $GOOG, $SPOT earnings breakdowns + Coco CEO Zach Rash | E1596

First up Jason does a solo breakdown of recent earnings reports from $MSFT (1:38), $GOOG (13:59), and $SPOT. (26:46) Then, Molly is joined by Coco CEO Zach Rash for another edition of The Next Unicorns! (39:09)

(0:00) Jason tees up today's segments

(1:38) Microsoft earnings breakdown

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(13:59) Google earnings breakdown

(25:20) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://LinkedIn.com/unicorn

(26:46) Spotify earnings breakdown

(33:54) Why now is the best possible time to start a company

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(39:09) Coco CEO and Founder Zach Rash joins Molly Wood to talk about his robo-delivery startup!

(55:38) Last mile delivery market size, why Coco is focusing on remote-controlled vs autonomous, and more!

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2022-10-27
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Shutterstock partners with OpenAI, Apple's new smart lock partner, Mach 9 spaceplane & more | E1595

First up, J+M discuss Shutterstock partnering with OpenAI and what this means for ownership and IP rights. (1:56) Then they break down Apple partnering with Level to sell a smart lock (29:00) and what the world would be like with a Mach 9 spaceplane. (35:03) Molly wraps the show with a solo news breakdown! (40:37)

(0:00) Molly tees up today's segments!

(1:56) J+M break down Shutterstock partnering with OpenAI and DALL-E 2 and what this means for IP and content rights

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(16:56) How would Jason solve the "training data" problem from both sides? Is the cat out of the bag regarding ai-generated images?

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(29:00) Apple partners with Level to sell a smart lock

(35:03) WLITF: Venus Aerospace's Mach 9 spaceplane!

(39:08) Kalshi - Sign up for a chance to win $100K at https://kalshi.com/efc

(40:37) Molly solo segment!: US semiconductor employee shortage, India fines Google $113M, Apple's NFT update

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2022-10-26
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Brad Gerstner's open letter to Zuck, Meta's lack of efficiency, Divvy Homes hit piece | E1594

J+M cover Brad Gerstner's letter to Zuck and three-point plan to boost Meta's FCF 2x (7:04), an NFT project located at the Fyre Fest island (33:19), and a hit piece on Divvy Homes and its CEO, Adena Hefets. (39:38)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's topics!

(2:08) Opening banter/weekend catch-up!

(7:04) Brad Gerstner published an open letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, outlining a plan to double FCF and boost its stock price

(12:11) Linode -  Apply to Linode's Rise program for up to six figures in discounts at https://linode.com/twist

(13:41) Specific plans in Brad's letter, the "open-letter approach", Meta efficiency comparisons and advertiser treatment

(27:16) House of Macadamias - Get 20% off at https://houseofmacadamias.com/twist by using code TWIST20

(28:32) Meta's revenue/capex vs. Google

(33:19) Homeownership NFTs on the infamous Fyre Fest island!

(38:08) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

(39:38) J+M go through a hit piece against Divvy Homes and Adena Hefets and describe what subtle tells indicate a hit piece

(1:10:40) Jay Trading update, geopolitics, and more!

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2022-10-25
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Venture Debt: should your startup take it on? + Mi Terro's Robert Luo | E1593

First up, J+M chop it up about venture debt on this edition of VC Sunday School. What are the dangers? And when should your startup take it on? (2:12) Then, Molly has a conversation with Mi Terro founder Robert Luo about how they are targeting the world?s microplastic problem. (19:33)

(0:00) J+M tee-up topics for Sunday

(2:12) Jason warns founders of the dangers of taking on venture debt

(9:23) Harmonic - Get $4000 off at https://harmonic.ai/twist

(10:42) Jason addresses when venture debt can and cannot work + PAG?s new venture wealth fund

(18:05) MicroAcquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist

(19:33) Robert Luo joins Molly to explain how Mi Terro is solving the world?s microplastic problem

(28:50) Revelo - Get 20% off the first 3 months by mentioning TWIST at https://revelo.io/twist

(30:17) Robert talks about competition, his background as an entrepreneur and the future of Mi Terro

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2022-10-23
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YouTube?s new roadmap, OpenAI & BeReal fundraising news, Snap?s 30% drop + OK Boomer | E1592

First up, J+M discuss YouTube?s new @handle feature (2:10) and break down how TikTok and Facebook aren?t catching misinformation in political ads. (10:07) Then, they each do a solo segment! Jason chimes in on Open AI reportedly raising more money from Microsoft (20:53) and Molly breaks down Snap?s 30% drop and BeReal?s ~$600M valuation. (27:39) Producer Rachel ends the show with another segment of OK Boomer featuring recurring guests Jules Terpak and Danny Miranda. (38:08)

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today?s show!

(2:10)  YouTube has a new @handle feature (and we?re @startups)

(9:05) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(10:07) TikTok and Facebook aren?t catching misinformation in political ads

(19:23) TripActions - Go to https://tripactions.com/twist and get a $500 Amazon gift card after making your first travel booking OR paying off your first $1000 of liquid spend

(20:53) Jason discusses Open AI reportedly raising more money from Microsoft

(27:39) Molly breaks down Snap?s ~30% drop and BeReal?s ~$600M valuation

(36:33) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(38:08) Producer Rachel talks to Jules Terpak and Danny Miranda about AI Podcasts

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2022-10-22
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Tesla + Netflix Q3 earnings, Kevin Hart's VC fund, Twitter ideas, revamping the DCEU | E1591

First up, J+M break down Tesla's Q3 earnings with the help of some insightful charts (2:09), before discussing Kevin Hart's VC firm landing JP Morgan as an LP (17:08) and some ideas for Twitter verification. (27:29) Then, Lon Harris joins the show to cover Netflix's Q3 earnings, its coming ad-supported tier, and how he would revamp the DCEU! (37:19)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's segments!

(2:09) Tesla Q3 earnings breakdown

(15:37) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

(17:08) Kevin Hart lands JP Morgan as an LP for Hartbeat Ventures, his VC firm

(26:05) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist

(27:29) Twitter verification ideas

(35:52) Blueground - Get up to $1000 off your booking at https://promos.theblueground.com/twist

(37:19) Lon Harris joins the show to break down Netflix's Q3 earnings and its plans for an ad-supported tier

(1:00:05) Head of DCEU leaves, Lon gives his thoughts on how he would revamp DC to compete with the MCU

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2022-10-21
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Next Unicorns evaluation + Ask Jason | E1590

New format! Jason evaluates some prior Next Unicorns company's performances since the CEO appeared on the podcast (2:06), and contextualizes the fundraising market throughout the past three years. Then, Jason wraps the show by answering listener questions! (48:18)

(0:00) Jason tees up today's new Next Unicorns format!

(2:06) Jason shares some thoughts on why he started The Next Unicorns series and tees up some of the most successful companies over the first three seasons

(5:32) E971: Checkr CEO Daniel Yanisse

(10:37) E987: Upgrade CEO Renaud Laplanche

(13:59) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(15:29) E992: former Expanse CEO Tim Junio

(23:14) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at LinkedIn.com/nextunicorn

(24:51) E998: Benchling CEO Saji Wickramasekara

(28:32) E1089: Insitro CEO Daphe Koller

(33:26) Kalshi - Sign up at https://kalshi.com/twist and receive $25 after trading your first 100 contracts

(34:57) E1098: Cockroach Labs CEO Spencer Kimball

(38:19) E1113: Loom CEO Joe Thomas

(43:02) E1246: Divvy Homes CEO Adena Hefets

(48:18) Ask Jason: 2023's "Why now?", Jason's favorite qualities in a founder and person, greatest acquisitions of all time

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2022-10-20
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Stability AI's $1B+ valuation, why you should start or join a startup, Roblox jumps 20% | E1589

First up, J+M cover Stability AI's new billion-dollar valuation (2:45) before Jason runs through a presentation and a manifesto. (15:33) Then, J+M break down Roblox's stock popping 20% on Monday (33:02), and another excellent WLITF segment featuring Joby Aviation! (42:57)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's news topics!

(2:45) Stable Diffusion-maker Stability AI raises at a $1B valuation!

(14:05) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST

(15:33) Jason runs through his talk: "Why you should build -- or join -- a startup" and his document on goals at LAUNCH

(24:59) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

(26:10) J+M discuss the expectations at LAUNCH vs most other venture firms

(33:02) Roblox stock popped 20% on Monday after a strong metrics report

(37:32) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(39:01) Metaverse-winning pair trade, discussion on getting back to work

(42:57) Delta invests $60M into eVTOL-maker Joby Aviation and plans to eventually offer Joby trips to and from airports starting in NY and LA

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2022-10-18
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Ye agrees to acquire Parler, Xi Jinping on the state of China, deglobalization & more | E1588

J+M break down Ye agreeing to acquire Parler and share some thoughts on the artist's current situation. (2:22) Then, they cover CCP President Xi Jinping's recent comments on the current state of China (22:39), and what the world might look like with less globalization. (28:58)  They wrap with a social media Startup of the Day (52:29) and a space-themed We Live in the Future! (1:04:40)

(0:00) J+M intro today's topics!

(2:22) Ye has agreed to acquire Parler, a free speech-focused Twitter competitor

(15:35) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist

(16:49) More thoughts on Ye's current situation

(22:39) CCP President Xi Jinping's recent comments on the state of China and his goals moving forward

(27:27) Notion - Sign up for FREE at https://notion.com

(28:58) Unwinding globalization, issues with codependency

(38:31) Helpware - Go to https://helpware.com/TWIST to get $1000 off your first invoice

(39:55) Where CCP policies went wrong, what other countries can learn from them

(52:29) Startup of the Day: Gas is a new social media startup geared towards positive superlatives for high school friend groups

(1:04:40) We Live in the Future: Spinlaunch's rotating arm that launches satellites into low Eather orbit

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2022-10-18
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The Wing shuts down, avoiding pitfalls of success + Tesseract Energy's Alan Chang | E1587

First up, J+M discuss The Wing shutting down, where it went wrong, and avoiding ego-based pitfalls. (1:35) Then, Alan Chang joins Molly to break down his idea behind Tesseract Energy! (22:37)

(0:00) J+M tee-up topics for Sunday

(1:35) The Wing shuts down: what went wrong

(12:44) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(14:18) Understanding and avoiding ego- and success-based founder pitfalls

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(22:37) Alan Chang joins Molly and explains his idea behind Tesseract Energy, his time at Revolut, and more!

(35:20) MasterClass - Get 15% off an annual membership at https://masterclass.com/startups 

(36:36) Understanding how a token plays into Tesseract's energy platform

2022-10-16
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VCs hiring Twitter ghostwriters, Meta's XR plan, Netflix's ad tier & more | E1586

Friday variety! First up J+M cover a wide range of topics, including VC ghostwriters (12:45), firms investing in public tech companies (22:29), and news lightning round! (34:51) Then, Producer Rachel is back with another edition of OK Boomer. (53:30)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's topics!

(2:45) J+M talk about happy hour, discuss some All-In topics, geopolitics, markets and more!

(11:42) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(12:45) VCs are hiring ghostwriters on Twitter!

(21:10) Assure - To get 20% off your first Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) visit https://Assure.co/twist

(22:29) WSJ reports that VCs are investing in growth-stage public tech companies rather than late-stage private startups

(33:25) House of Macadamias - Get 20% off at https://houseofmacadamias.com/twist by using code TWIST20

(34:41) Lightning round: Decentraland's usage stats, use cases for Meta's new AR headset, Netflix announces ad-supported tier launch date and price

(50:22) Producer Rachel joins to tee up this week's OK Boomer!

(53:20) Cliff Lerner joins to discuss his new social startup Saturdays

2022-10-15
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SEC investigates Bored Apes, AI-generated Steve Jobs/Joe Rogan interview & more | E1585

Vinny Lingham and Sunny Madra are back for another crypto roundtable! The show starts with a discussion on Nvidia's new high-powered graphics cards (2:35) and an AI-generated podcast interview. (15:21) Then, the group breaks down the SEC investigating Yuga Labs over whether or not Bored Apes are securities! (27:07)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's crypto roundtable!

(2:35) J+M welcome Sunny Madra and Vinny Lingham; Vinny breaks down his new Nvidia purchase and how graphics cards will power the next wave of AI

(14:03) Dell for Startups - Apply for Dell for Startups and get an additional 10% off at http://dell.com/twist

(15:21) Podcast.ai's AI-generated Steve Jobs/Joe Rogan interview

(25:50) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist 

(27:07) The SEC is investigating Yuga Labs over its Bored Apes NFT collection, regarding whether or not the NFTs are securities

(36:24) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(37:26) What is this SEC investigation actually about? Why or why not are they securities? What are other similar examples?

(50:55) More interesting developments in the NFT space, Google announces it will use Coinbase to accept crypto payments

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2022-10-14
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TikTok planning to build US fulfillment centers + Liquid Death CEO Mike Cessario | E1584

First up J+M discuss TikTok's apparent plan to build an e-commerce business via US fulfillment centers! (8:57) Then, Molly is joined by Liquid Death CEO Mike Cessario to discuss the genesis of a great brand and more. (17:26)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's segments!

(2:13) Starlink, 5G, and the rapid advancement of internet connectivity

(8:57) TikTok appears to be hiring for product fulfillment centers in the US

(16:11) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(17:26) Molly welcomes Liquid Death Co-Founder and CEO Mike Cessario; they discuss Mike's background pre-Liquid Death and his advice for brand building

(28:27) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://LinkedIn.com/unicorn

(29:53) Irreverent marketing approaches pre-Liquid Death, building the Liquid Death brand before launching the product

(38:00) Paperclip - Go to getpaperclip.com/twist to get the app free for life

(39:06) Describing the genesis of the Liquid Death brand, what CPGs have historically gotten wrong, building a brand based on comedy; understanding flavor demand

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2022-10-13
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New worker classification test proposal, Getir in talks to acquire Gorillas & more | E1583

J+M kick off the show by catching up after Molly's speaking gig yesterday (2:31), before breaking down the US Labor Dept proposing new rules for worker classification (16:23). Then, they discuss self-driving food-running robots (49:11) before discussing potential consolidation in the instant-delivery space! (58:39)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's topics!

(2:31) Molly's keynote, Jason teaching the next Founder University, data defaults, and liability

(14:57) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups

(16:23) US Labor Dept proposes new test for employee vs. independent contractor classification, understanding the history of worker classification

(26:17) Policygenius - Go to https://policygenius.com to get a free life insurance quote

(27:39) Creating better benchmarks for employees

(35:35) Revelo - Get 20% off the first 3 months by mentioning TWIST at https://revelo.io/twist

(37:02) Uber's proactive attempt at a "third way" solution between independent contractors and employees

(49:11) Startup of the Day: Bear Robotics is creating self-driving food-running robots for restaurants

(58:39) Potential consolidation in the instant-delivery market: Getir is in advanced talks to acquire Gorillas

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2022-10-12
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Amazon's transformation, Peloton's mistakes, VC market downturn & more with Ben Gilbert | E1582

Acquired's Ben Gilbert fills in for Molly Wood and joins Jason to discuss Amazon's transformation (3:57), AI edge cases (22:02), Peloton's mistakes (32:05), used car prices (59:59), and the current VC market downturn. (1:09:18)

(0:00) Jason tees up today's topics!

(3:57) Acquired's Ben Gilbert joins Jason to break down the news! First up: Amazon sunsets its "Scout" project, and its transformation from a Day 1 to a Day 2 company

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(11:53) Coco's delivery robots, history of the delivery robot space, where Coco robots can work, the maturation of smartphone components

(22:02) AI edge cases: capturing the likeness of a celebrity/notable person

(27:33) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(29:03) Escaping the Uncanny Valley

(32:05) Peloton cuts 500 more jobs; CEO's comments make employees panic

(37:28) Zapier - Try for free today at https://zapier.com/TWIST

(38:59) Peloton's two major corporate strategy mistakes, Apple's mass market luxury innovation

(59:59) Used car prices are down significantly

(1:09:18) VC market downturn coming off a record 2021; was 2021 an aberration?

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2022-10-11
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Why VCs care about ownership percentage + Flowcarbon CEO Dana Gibber | E1581

First, Jason explains why many VCs focus on ownership percentage and maintaining ownership throughout an investment life cycle. (1:40) Then, Molly welcomes Flowcarbon CEO Dana Gibber to break down her blockchain-based carbon credits solution! (23:04)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's segments!

(1:40) VC Sunday School: Why many VCs obsess over ownership percentage

(9:19) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(10:53) Jason uses a table to explain dilution over an investments life cycle and why ownership percentage matters

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(23:04) Molly welcomes Flowcarbon CEO and Co-Founder Dana Gibber; Dana explains how she got involved with Adam and Rebekah Neumann and Flowcarbon's core offering

(36:58) MicroAcquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist

(38:29) Dana breaks down carbon offsets

(51:14) Dana explains the blockchain verification aspect of Flowcarbon

(58:38) How Flowcarbon plans to make money, why doing this on the blockchain is the best solution

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2022-10-09
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US chip industry update, fixing education, Amazon allegations + OK Boomer | E1580

First up, J+M discuss new developments in the US chip industry, including tighter restrictions on exports and a massive new investment in an upstate NY factory! (4:57) They also cover fixing US education (12:37) and a shocking lawsuit against Amazon. (27:58) Then, Producer Rachel is joined by Verci Co-Founders Ami and An on OK Boomer! (40:03) 

(0:00) J+M tee up today's segments!

(1:57) Molly and Jason catch up on Friday!

(4:57) US clamps down on chip exports to China, Micron brings chip plant to Upstate NY

(11:22) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist 

(12:37) Fixing US education

(24:26) Masterworks - Skip the waitlist to invest in fine art using at https://Masterworks.com/twist

(25:48) CHIPS positivity

(27:58) Amazon lawsuit with shocking allegations

(38:51) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(40:03) Producer Rachel is joined by Verci Co-Founders Ami and An to talk about their community group

2022-10-08
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Ask Jason! + Streaming news with Lon Harris | E1579

Jason opens the show by answering listener questions for 20+ minutes! (1:19) Then, Lon Harris joins to break down Netflix's new mega-hit, the death of network TV, and more! (30:22)

(0:00) Jason tees up today's topics!

(1:19) How founders building hardware and deep tech products can more efficiently raise capital

(3:58) Settling Co-Founder disputes

(8:28) Jason's thoughts on Seattle as a place to live and as a startup hub

(9:58) Is now the right time to jump to FAANG with a high-paying role?

(13:06) Athletic Greens - Get 1 year of Vitamin D free and 5 free travel packs with your first purchase at athleticgreens.com/twist

(14:20) Benefits of taking VC for a founder that's already successfully bootstrapping

(19:40) How There Will Be Blood relates to entrepreneurship

(23:35) Is there an age cutoff for investing in founders?

(28:56) Revelo - Get 20% off the first 3 months by mentioning TWIST at https://revelo.io/twist

(30:22) Lon Harris joins the show to discuss the biggest stories in streaming

(34:17) Netflix has a new hit show about Jeffrey Dahmer

(38:48) Babbel - Save up to 55% off your language learning subscription at https://babbel.com/twist 

(39:59) Understanding Netflix's numbers with the Dahmer show, and the financials around the show's creator Ryan Murphy

(47:30) Network TV is dying, Comedy Central's big mistake, and more general streaming talk

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2022-10-07
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Twitter ideas, Elizabeth Holmes trial update, universal USB-C + Ellevest's Sallie Krawcheck | E1578

J+M start the show by suggesting some Twitter product ideas (1:59), before ripping through a lightning round of news. (16:26) Then, Molly welcomes Ellevest CEO and Co-Founder Sallie Krawcheck to kick off another season of The Next Unicorns! (31:09)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's topics!

(1:59) Jason suggests some Twitter product ideas

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(16:26) News lightning round: Elizabeth Holmes has sentencing postponed due to incident with a key witness, Europe votes in favor of universal USB-C charging

(28:55) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(31:09) Ellevest CEO Sallie Krawcheck joins Molly to discuss her women-focused investing platform

(39:06) Helpware - Go to https://helpware.com/TWIST to get $1000 off your first invoice

(40:31) Ellevest total assets, launch story, COVID's harsher impact on women

(51:39) Sallie's background on Wall Street, turning haters into customers

(1:00:13) Sallie shares thoughts on the current macro environment

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2022-10-06
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Twitter deal updates, Poshmark acquired, Liquid Death's $700M valuation & more | E1577

First J+M say as much as they can about the Twitter news (2:03), before breaking down Poshmark being acquired by Naver (6:38). Then, they break down Liquid Death's $700M valuation (34:05) and Selena Gomez raising at a $100M valuation for her pre-revenue mental health startup. (46:05)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's topics!

(2:03) Elon Musk proposes closing the Twitter deal at the agreed-upon price of $54.20/share

(6:38) Poshmark acquired by Naver

(15:50) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist 

(17:06) The booming "circular economy" space, Naver's acquisition thesis, "Goodwill Finds", Google's circular economy program

(26:54) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST

(28:17) Jason's ideas for a circular economy startup

(34:05) Liquid Death raises $70M at a $700M valuation, on pace for ~$130M revenue in 2022

(38:43) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist

(40:06) Importance of branding and packaging in CPG

(46:05) Selena Gomez raises $5M at a $100M valuation from Serena Williams VC firm for her startup Wondermind, mental health startup space

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2022-10-05
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Tesla AI Day, SEC charges Kim Kardashian for unlawfully promoting token, Section 230 & more | E1576

Monday! First up, J+M go down the rabbit hole on Tesla AI Day, what impact some form of general AI might have on the world, and more! (2:09) Then, the duo covers the SEC charging Kim Kardashian for unlawfully promoting a token (35:29), before wrapping with the SCOTUS announcing they will hear two cases regarding Section 230. (59:05)

(0:00) J+M tee up Monday's topics!

(2:09) J+M open with some thoughts on Tesla's AI Day

(11:48) Notion - Sign up for FREE at https://notion.com/twist 

(13:21) What could the advancement of AI do for creating businesses and humanity as a whole?

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(25:50) Examples of what impact general AI might have on the future, Tesla's AI advantage

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(35:29) SEC charges Kim Kardashian with unlawfully promoting crypto token

(59:05) SCOTUS will hear two cases regarding Section 230, how algorithms play into the publisher vs. platform debate

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2022-10-04
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How VCs decide to sell a position + Future's Jean-Louis Warnholz | E1575

On VC Sunday School, J+M discuss how and when VCs decide to sell a position. (2:01) Then, Molly is joined by Future's Jean-Louis Warnholz to discuss his startup, Future, which offers a climate-friendly debit card! (21:28)

(0:00) J+M tee up topics for Sunday!

(2:01) On VC Sunday School, J+M discuss how and when VCs decide to sell a position

(9:07) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

(10:14) Jason talks about his fund management strategy

(18:13) Molly tees up today's TWiCS guest!

(19:54) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(21:28) Jean-Louis Warnholz joins to discuss his climate-focused debit card

(31:10) Harmonic - Get $4000 off at https://harmonic.ai/twist

(32:28) Jean-Louis Warnholz breaks down Future's business model

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2022-10-02
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The virtuous cycle of tech startups, Mr. Beast turns down $1B offer + OK Boomer: Taylor Bell | E1574

First up, J+M discuss the virtuous cycle of tech startups (2:15) before breaking down Mr. Beast turning down a $1B acquisition offer for his media business (24:58). Then, Producer Rachel is joined by content creator Taylor Bell to discuss her lessons from growing a brand to 180K+ subscribers while having a full-time job. (39:02)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's segments!

(2:15) Demystifying "Friends and Family" rounds, history of angel investing

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(11:57) The virtuous cycle of tech startups, angel investing

(23:53) Paperclip - Go to getpaperclip.com/twist to get the app free for life

(24:58) Mr. Beast turned down a $1B acquisition offer for his media company

(33:24) Producer Rachel joins to tee up today's OK Boomer guest!

(37:45) MasterClass - Get 15% off an annual membership at https://masterclass.com/startups 

(39:02) Taylor Bell joins Producer Rachel to discuss starting and growing a YouTube channel to 180K+ subscribers while having a full-time job

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2022-10-01
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Meta's text-to-video tool, Zuck's grand plan, Vision Fund to cut staff 30% + $WBD lawsuit | E1573

J+M discuss Meta's new text-to-video tool and what the future of creativity might look like (2:59), then they break down Zuck's grand plan (14:49) before discussing what a recession might mean for startups (27:18) and SoftBank reportedly cutting 30% of its Vision Fund staff. (36:41)

(0:00) J+M intro today's segments!

(2:59) Meta announces text-to-video tool

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(14:49) Breaking down Zuckerberg's grand plan

(21:58) Meta freezes hiring, signals that we've entered a recession

(25:52) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups

(27:18) How a recession and big tech layoffs will impact startups

(35:28) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(36:41) SoftBank is reportedly planning to cut at least 30% of Vision Fund staff

(41:29) Jason welcomes Lon Harris and the pair discuss HBO's House of the Dragon and its 10-year time jump

(51:37) Warner Bros Discovery sued for allegedly misrepresenting HBO Max subscribers by 10M during the Discover / WarnerMedia merger

(57:48) Favorite actors to watch doing anything, rockstars in today's world

(1:03:03) CCP censors a popular film for its realistic depiction of rural life in China

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2022-09-30
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Apple allows in-app NFT purchases + Bitcoin's role during global macro headwinds | E1572

Sunny Madra and Vinny Lingham are BACK for another crypto roundtable! First up, a full breakdown of the current NFT space: Apple allowing in-app NFT purchases (1:35), best uses cases & platforms for distribution (15:07). Then, they discuss Bitcoin's role during global macroeconomic headwinds. (37:46)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's crypto roundtable!

(1:35) Apple allows in-app purchases of NFTs

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(15:07) NFT use cases, best platforms for minting and distributing NFTs seamlessly

(26:19) WorkOS - Go to https://workos.com to learn how to make your app enterprise-ready.

(27:49) NFT platforms adopting open standards to reach critical mass

(31:38) Celsius reportedly plans to issue "IOU" tokens representing its debt

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(37:46) Global macro headwinds, Bitcoin's role in the monetary system going forward

(53:18) Will we ever find out who Satoshi is?

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2022-09-29
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Cathie Wood's new VC fund, Bill Gurley's best insights, Girls Who Code on banned books list | E1571

J+M break down Cathie Wood's new VC fund (1:53), Bill Gurley's best insights from his interview with McKinsey (26:13), and Girls Who Code making a banned books list in a Pennsylvania county

(0:00) J+M tee up today's venture-heavy topics!

(1:53) Cathie Wood's new VC fund: Ark Venture Fund

(12:34) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

(13:42) Opening up VC funds and early-stage investing for retail investors, signs of the start of a recession

(24:46) Revelo - Get 20% off the first 3 months by mentioning TWIST at https://revelo.io/twist

(26:13) Reacting to Bill Gurley's interview with McKinsey

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(34:54) More on Gurley's insights: short memories in VC, accepting reality, startups raising too much money, layoffs

(47:32) Girls Who Code made a banned books list in a Pennsylvania county

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2022-09-28
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British pound crashes, Do Kwon's red notice, NASA's DART mission, TikTok nears US deal | E1570

J+M break down the British pound dropping below $1.04 (5:15), Interpol issuing a red notice for Do Kwon (27:07), NASA's DART mission (53:52), and TikTok discussing an agreement with the Biden administration! (59:44)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's topics!

(2:48) Importance of focus, avoiding the news cycle in the grand scheme of things

(5:15) British pound crashes to lowest level ever against the USD

(13:15) Indochino - Get $50 off any purchase of $399 or more by using code TWIST at checkout https://www.indochino.com

(14:38) Breaking housing and energy in the economy, income inequality's impact globally

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(27:07) Interpol issues red notice for Do Kwon on behalf of South Korea

(35:39) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist 

(36:54) Do Kwon tweeting on the lamb, more theories around where he might head to

(47:15) New decentralized crypto derivatives platform Nibiru raises a $7.5M seed at a $100M valuation

(53:52) WLITF: NASA's DART mission and planetary defense

(59:44) The Biden administration drafted a preliminary agreement with TikTok to try and resolve national security concerns

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2022-09-27
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