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Author: Jason Calacanis

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Angel investor Jason Calacanis (Uber, Calm, Robinhood) interviews the world’s greatest founders, operators, investors and innovators. Get an insider’s look into venture capital, learn how to start and scale your own startup, and ride the cutting edge of technology in today's headlines and beyond.
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Two startup CEOs share their approach to fundraising, Andrew Farah explains the strategy he used to raise $100M for Density (03:58), Dejan simplifies his community-forming principles for SoleSavy (38:27), and both give tactical lessons from the mistakes they made along the way (46:23)! Deck: https://bit.ly/3b8gz8g
Morgan Spenla shares why her company Crafter delivers a wonderful experience to makers (01:06), how they monetize (15:04), why she hires customer support from Starbucks (48:07), and more!
Jason weighs in on Basecamp's ban of political discussion at work (10:57), the ensuing employee exodus (22:40), shares his policy for his companies (26:32), answers a listener's question about how to surround yourself with great people (40:09), and more! Pod Notes: http://bit.ly/e1208Tnotes
Tiger Global, a crossover hedge fund, is moving at an unprecedented speed and scale in venture capital. Everett Randle of Founder's Fund joins Jason to break down Tiger Global's strategy, discuss the implications for the investing ecosystem (13:14​), explain his "Walmart of VC firms" mental model (24:42​), and more! Pod Notes: http://bit.ly/E1207Tnotes
A high-functioning sales machine is a way to predictably scale revenue quickly. Two 8-figure B2B SaaS CEOs share the lessons they've learned from building effective sales teams including how to create an effective sales motion (2:49), structure a sales pod (12:00), hire a great VP of sales (15:10), train SDRs into AEs (28:55), deal with average performers (47:54), and more! Slide Deck Slide Deck: http://bit.ly/SYS-S2E3-Deck
Arlan Hamilton of Backstage Capital discusses her $5M crowdfunding raise on Republic (04:16​), what's "popping" in her current portfolio (20:06), her founder education course (49:46), and more! Check out the pod notes here: http://bit.ly/1205podnotes
Jason dives deep on Apple vs. Facebook: the numbers, the philosophical differences, the potential outcomes & more! (5:05) Check out the full pod notes here: http://bit.ly/e1204podnotes
Crossover technology investor Brad Gerstner discussed Altimeter Capital taking Grab public in the largest SPAC ever (38:55), why the IPO process is broken and how to fix it (12:55), and the responsibility of people with platforms to encourage responsible retail investing (22:12). As well as, how $2000 for every American invested in the public markets at birth would display the power of capitalism to improve lives (50:50) and more!
Jason is joined by two outstanding CEOs running marketing companies, Mehak Vohra (Skillbank) & Kate Bradley-Chernis (Lately). Mehak shared the strategies she used to drive signups for Skillbank on TikTok(2:57). Kate shared her top business writing techniques (18:48), how to create engagement for B2B sales on LinkedIn (24:15), and more! To see the deck discussed in this episode go to https://bit.ly/3tA7sVb
Jason reacts to all of Apple's most notable product releases from their Spring Loaded event: Apple Podcasts redesign (2:43), AirTags (13:09), M1 iMac (20:08), M1 iPad Pro (25:15) & more!
First Jason discusses Clubhouse's facing new competition in social audio from Reddit and others (2:44). Then, he asks Crypto investor & entrepreneur MetaKovan why he bought Beeple’s "Everydays" NFT at a Christie's auction for $69M (23:30), what crypto assets he is invested in (28:29), and more!
New format! Jason's EOW (End of Week): Jason wraps up the week covering some current events he's interested in, explaining things he's been working on (0:00), and answering fan questions live (14:56).
Kendrick Nguyen of Republic, an early-stage investing platform, talks about the power of the retail investor crowd, how startups can convert their followers into investors (13:05), Republic's diligence process for deals on their platform (47:46), and more!
Jason reflects on Coinbase's monumental direct listing (0:00), then tosses to a November 2017 interview featuring Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong (6:21). Check out the pod notes here: https://rb.gy/1vlx74
Growth experts Craig Zingerline (Growth University) and Allen Chen (Fitbod) cover how startups can grow their user base, including tactical tips and best practices on building a growth model, acquiring and activating customers, retaining users, measuring performance and more. Check out the deck here: https://rb.gy/fb94ib
Dapper Labs CEO Roham Gharegozlou discusses his vision for NFTs and why he created Flow blockchain, how he used CryptoKitties' success to secure the NBA Top Shot partnership (12:26), how building platforms on the blockchain can potentially erode Facebook's power (43:25) and more!
Hank Leber, co-founder of Giggster, talks about growing their production location marketplace, onboarding 10,000 locations from a totally offline process and building "Airbnb for professional locations" (0:00). He shares Giggster's fundraising history and the impact of raising at Remote Demo Day (17:35), and also dives into common use cases and more (30:05)! Check out the advanced pod notes here: https://bit.ly/twist-notes-giggster FOUNDERS! Apply to pitch 7000+ angel investors at Remote Demo Day here: https://remotedemoday.com
First, Jason answers fan questions on attracting VCs and the 3 key metrics for consumer, enterprise SaaS and marketplace startups (1:32), then Snack App CEO Kim Kaplan joins to talk about her new Tinder-meets-TikTok dating app (15:21). For in-depth podcast notes, click here: https://bit.ly/E1195-TwistNotes
Season 9 Episode 1: TWISTA Patron Saint Jason Calacanis joins us to kick off series 9 with a deep dive into the post-pandemic startup world – and the virtuous cycle of successful startups.
Today's show features a throwback format, where Jason answers a fan question about his early blind spots in angel investing (1:54), is joined by Canny.io Founder Sarah Hum (9:08), and then shares his thoughts on the growing "creator economy" (34:22). Check out the advanced pod notes here: https://rb.gy/mqxls8
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Comments (46)

Maciej Czech

Please drink water, edit audio - please relisten to your own podcast at least once. Sounds of inhaling, lips/tounge sounds are awful :/ Or don't use professional microphones if audio is not edited

Apr 21st
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Maciej Czech

Audio quality is worse and worse, why you don't relistej it just once? Inhaling, lips and tounge clicks, it's awful. I've sent you clips with examples, you replied "funny" and it's still ignored. After 600-700 episodes last 200 are nightmare. Few people work there, don't use professional microphones if audio is not edited :/

Apr 8th
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Richard Ottley

great idea 💡

Apr 7th
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Adriano Chiaretta

What a grilling!

Mar 22nd
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Maciej Czech

Is here anybody who remember when this podcast was about Startups and Technology? 🤫

Mar 21st
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Austin Peek

Interesting podcast...

Feb 27th
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Maciej Czech

Jason, about your words on immigration - look at this sometime as a draining other countries/nations from talented, active and educated people. It's not that simple.

Dec 31st
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Maciej Czech

Please drink water or stop that tick/sound of clicking with lips/tounge 😭 Or it can be edited out very easily

Sep 26th
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Maciej Czech

Jason how you can criticize Fisker :O The guy is well known designer and expert from auto industry who just tried EVs when market was nonexistent, he pushed all that industry! :)

Sep 24th
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Maciej Czech

Wow wow! For episodes like THIS we are here still :)

Aug 27th
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Michel Marques

The interviewer is such a douchebag...

Jul 25th
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Maciej Czech

Please stop clicking with lips and tounge or edit this out ;( Or drink water. It's like talking while eating etc

Jul 22nd
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Maciej Czech

Oh thank you! Great quality of recording like before - no unnecessary sounds :) Also these tpping advices, was laughing all the time! :D

Jul 2nd
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Maciej Czech

Please drink some water or mut that cluck/chuck sounds 😭 It's like somebody would eat and talk at the same time 😕

Jun 20th
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Maciej Czech

Listening that preamble in 2020 is quite funny :D How many criticism on Peter by Jason just because of his political views

Jun 14th
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Maciej Czech

Please edit these click/cluck/swallow sounds 😭 It's so easy but wouldn't annoy that much. It's almost like somebody is eating while talking :(

Jun 8th
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Maciej Czech

About Spotify and Rogan - just the way how Spotify is doing it is awful. I'm premium user but Spotify for podcasts is awful. And most importantly we don't want to be forced to use some platforms. It's worst thing from "cable TV" era ;(

May 28th
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Maciej Czech

Yes! Finally somebody said it! Scandinavian countries have nothing to do with socialism! NOTHING!

Mar 18th
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Maciej Czech

I love Kristen! So reasonable!

Mar 6th
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Maciej Czech

Whoa! Love them! It's "The best one yet!" :D

Feb 27th
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