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Author: Andreessen Horowitz

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Conversations on Clubhouse and beyond -- to capture and share many of the live discussions and events featuring, hosted, or co-hosted by a16z partners (with outside voices too).

Many of these different discussions and events take place on the social audio/ drop-in chat app Clubhouse; to attend those in real time or sign up for the app please visit joinclubhouse.com.

As a reminder, all content posted here is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Views expressed are those of the individuals and not the views of Andreessen Horowitz, please see a16z.com/disclosures for more.

To learn more about the broader a16z Podcast network and shows, please visit a16z.com/podnetwork.
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What was the biggest surprise from the past 15 months of remote work? [5:24]How do you handle conflict and build trust? [10:09]What's the role of offsites? [15:45]Should you adjust compensation for different geographies? [24:02]How do you measure productivity? [34:10]What is the impact of remote work on retention and turnover? [49:17]How do startups built on decentralized  platforms (e.g., Ethereum) function? [53:36]Is this the beginning of the end for Silicon Valley? [56:07]For the latest a16z conversations on Clubhouse, follow the a16z Club. 
This podcast is an excerpt. Follow the a16z Club to join conversations with tech founders, builders, and leaders live and in-full.In this episode: The abandoned M&A with Visa [3:47]Communicating to employees around the M&A [8:29]Plaid's near death experiences in the early days [12:41]The fintech trends that made Plaid possible [17:29]What is a bank now? [26:54]Fintech and new revenue models [29:20]Plaid's role in the creator economy [35:21]What is a neobank? [37:30] 
In what ways is digital health for complex care under or overrated? [4:04]Are digital health solutions better suited to tackling clinical or non-clinical needs for complex care? [17:32]The challenge of the physician's inbox [27:55]Have we meaningfully moved the needle on complex digital care? If so, where? [32:08]Should we focus on applying basic tech to easy optimization and automation problems or advanced tech to more complex problems? [41:48] It's Time to Heal, Mondays at 5pm PT on Clubhouse. Join the a16z bio team — Jorge Conde, Vineeta Agarwala, Julie Yoo, and Vijay Pande — plus special guests as they explore all the ways that biology is technology.
Good Time Show: DAO Primer

Good Time Show: DAO Primer

2021-06-1501:34:14

Decentralized autonomous organizations, or DAOs, are one of the hottest topics in crypto and tech right now. But what exactly are they? Why do they matter? And what new modes of governance, ownership, and creation do they make possible?
mRNA research before COVID and how "mRNA is code" [3:21]The early days of COVID: designing a vaccine in 48 hours [5:44]The software behind the vaccine: getting mRNA researchers out of Excel and into a drug design studio [9:11]The first draft of the vaccine was the final draft [11:10]How the government sped up vaccine development for COVID [12:18]What other new vaccines will come from mRNA?  [15:34]How far are we from these mRNA vaccines? What do we need for them to be widely available? [25:31]Open sourcing Moderna  [27:53]When will COVID vaccines be available for a five year old? [29:47]The three factors that matter when dealing with COVID variants [30:46]How might open source shake up biotech [36:41]The moonshot applications for mRNA therapeutics  [39:43]Advice for building a new category in a regulated environment [46:49]The clinical or regulatory advances needed to speed drug time to market [51:08]Challenge trials for vaccines: good or bad idea? [59:11]It's Time to Heal, Mondays at 5pm PT on Clubhouse. Join the a16z bio team — Jorge Conde, Vineeta Agarwala, Julie Yoo, and Vijay Pande — plus special guests as they explore all the ways that biology is technology.
Fab 5 Freddy on New York in the 70s, Warhol, Blondie, Basquiat, and Yo! MTV Raps [1:40]Contrarian strategy and challenging assumptions [5:12]Boring AI and solving meaningful problems [8:42]Drop-in audio copycats [14:39]How is copying software different from remixing hip hop? [21:07]Do you want a CEO as an inventor or an operator? [24:12]Recruiting sales development reps [30:34]Being a boss and having a personal life [36:56]How do you tell the story of letting someone go? [42:47]Best practices for delegating responsibility [49:46]Worst boss advice Ben and Ali have received [57:15]Boss Talk is the Clubhouse show where a16z cofounder Ben Horowitz and Ali Ghodsi, the Founder/CEO of Databricks, discuss CEO stuff, leadership stuff, management stuff... boss stuff. Live every Tuesday 5-6pm on Clubhouse. For more a16z Clubhouse shows, follow the a16z Club on Clubhouse or visit www.a16z.com/clubhouse. 
The six functions in an enterprise marketing org [2:54]Why product marketing is the killer function [6:52]How do you hire a world class product marketer? [11:16]Is community or developer evangelists its own function or part of product marketing? [17:46]How does community tie into the marketing funnel? [22:56]Is community top of funnel, an accelerant for the whole funnel, or something else entirely? [29:39]If the product you're selling becomes someone's job, then your community marketing is working. [32:40]Plugging the community into sales... is there a tool for that? [34:29]How do all the different marketing tools come together? Do you need engineers in marketing? [39:24]How do you make marketing data-driven? [41:56]Building marketing in the early stages [50:06]Inside sales, field sales, product-led, channel sales, marketing, post-sales… On a16z GTM, David Ulevitch talks to builders about what it takes to go to market, and the evolving strategies and lessons learned from enterprise companies past and present. Every other Thursday 4-5pm.For more a16z Clubhouse shows, follow the a16z Club on Clubhouse or visit www.a16z.com/clubhouse. 
What did Substack think about the NYTimes article "Why We’re Freaking Out About Substack" [1:01]What is Substack? [4:40]The issues with social media content models and how Substack is different [5:54]What about the echo chamber? [8:54]Turning cultural principles (e.g., freedom of the press) into actual culture [12:00]Will Substack replace traditional media? [14:01]Would Donald Trump be welcome on Substack? [20:35]Why do they pay writers advances? And why is that controversial? [23:33]The origins of American journalism aren't what most people think [27:20]Non-fungible writers and the Substack model [31:45]Ad-supported media predates the internet  [39:21]How do I price my Substack? [43:39]Substack, political topics, and culture wars: "We knew we were running towards the fire." [45:01]How do you prevent algorithms from slanting the platform [51:06]Substack's vision for the future of media [55:27]Boss Talk is the Clubhouse show where a16z cofounder Ben Horowitz and Ali Ghodsi, the Founder/CEO of Databricks, discuss CEO stuff, leadership stuff, management stuff... boss stuff. Live every Tuesday 5-6pm on Clubhouse. For more a16z Clubhouse shows, follow the a16z Club on Clubhouse or visit www.a16z.com/clubhouse.  
eBay to today, a brief history of collectibles and tech [1:03]Are collectibles about sentiment or investment? [5:13]How do you bring the excitement of a collection to digital goods? [13:34]Is the future of all collectibles digital? [20:20]The role of blockchain and NFTs [26:39]Are collectible marketplaces different from other marketplaces? [32:19]Importance of live video [38:28]Celebrity interest in NFTs: will it last? [40:46]Are collectibles a bubble? [43:13]Listen live to the a16z show People Behind the Product Wednesdays noon-1pm PT with the a16z consumer team.
For videos of the NFT Virtual Summit, visit a16z.com. Session 1: The Future of the Digital Ownership Economy with Dan Boneh (Stanford University) and Chris Dixon (a16z)What is an NFT? [3:01]Why are NFTs  so big right now? [7:04]The most exciting programmable ownership structures  [11:36]NFTs and composability: what can  you do with NFTs? [15:16]How would quantum impact the immutability of the blockchain ledger? [18:40]How important is decentralized permanent storage for NFTs... and when will we get there? [20:54]Session 2: The New Creative Economy with Kayvon Tehranian (Foundation Labs)How Foundation Labs works with creatives [24:54]Digital Art NFTs: Nyan Cat, Ethiopian Artists Collective, Rafael Rozendaal, Aphex Twin, and Reuben Wu [28:08]The Edward Snowden NFT [33:45]Why is tracking provenance powerful for creatives? [36:34]Creators becoming collectors and crypto investors [39:00]Can you buy an NFT on one platform and sell on another and still track provenance? [41:31]Session 3: NBA Top Shot and Other NFTs on the Flow Blockchain with Dan Boney (Stanford University) and Dieter Shirley (Dapper Labs)The Flow Blockchain from CryptoKitties to NBA Top Shot [45:18]What is NBA Top Shot, and what was the hardest part of building it [50:34]Building a successful user experience [52:55]Negotiating with the NBA [54:32]The biggest challenges for NFTs going mainstream [56:55]Why did they build their own blockchain? [1:01:23]Building ERC-721 and lessons learned on crypto standards [1:04:00]Session 4: Going Beyond Collectibles and The Future of Tokens for Creators with Kevin Chou (Rally) and Chris Dixon (a16z)What are social tokens? (and how is Portugal. The Man. using them) [1:05:51]What are the roles of fungible and non-fungible tokens? [1:08:30]NFTs in gaming now and what's next [1:14:35]Pricing and price discovery for NFTs [1:17:39]Tips for launching a social token [1:19:06]How does Rally make money? [1:22:08]Session 5: NFT Use Cases Today and Tomorrow with Devin Finzer (OpenSea) and Katie Haun (a16z)What does OpenSea do? [1:26:14]Why the sudden interest in NFTs? [1:28:35]What can and can't be turned into an NFT [1:30:13]How NFTs can interact with the physical world [1:32:33]Virtual lands and the metaverse economy [1:35:14]Virtual concerts and NFT tickets [1:40:44]Mixing and remixing NFTs [1:43:04]Session 6: The Accidental Art DAO with pplpleasr (digital artist)pplpleasr's NFT "Apes Together Strong" that was auctioned as part of The NFT Summit serves as the artwork for this podcast.    
What inspired Eric and Sam to start Dyno [4:09]How does the use of ML impact Dyno's GTM [10:40]The current challenges of gene therapy [21:43]Why Dyno wants to be a horizontal platform for gene therapy [30:56]How does Dyno think about competition [44:23]After party and audience Q&A [52:01]It's Time to Heal, Mondays at 5pm PT on Clubhouse. Join the a16z bio team — Jorge Conde, Vineeta Argawala, Julie Yoo, and Vijay Pande — plus special guests every week as they explore all the ways that biology is technology.
Note: the recording of this episode starts a minute or two into the show.Ali recommends: The Hard Thing about Hard Things  by Ben Horowitz [0:18]Ben recommends: High Output Management by Andy Grove [4:36]Marc recommends: Who Really Matters: The Core Group Theory of Power, Privilege, and Success by Art Kleiner [10:48]Best read for enterprise sales: Power Base Selling by Jim Holden, et al [13:06]Microsoft, Google, government contracts, and politicized workplaces [16:28]Marc recommends: The Tyranny of Structurelessness by Jo Freeman [29:32]Ali recommends: Radical Candor by Kim Scott [33:19]Ben recommends: No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention  by Erin Meyer and Reed Hastings [44:19]Ben recommends: Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon by Colin Bryar [50:28]How they are approaching the return to work and remote work [53:00]Boss Talk is the Clubhouse show where a16z cofounder Ben Horowitz and Ali Ghodsi, the Founder/CEO of Databricks, discuss CEO stuff, leadership stuff, management stuff... boss stuff. Live every Tuesday 5-6pm on Clubhouse. For more a16z Clubhouse shows, follow the a16z Club on Clubhouse or visit www.a16z.com/clubhouse. 
How Ben took over Take Two [1:42]How digital distribution and publishing changed gaming [8:36]What is a next generation publisher? [13:51]Can publishers add value as tastemakers? [17:36]How do you make sure studios ship on time? And in the era of persistent game worlds, does it matter? [22:01]Lessons learned from Take Two [27:27]Taking the long view of the creative process — "Every overnight success was ten years in the making." [30:53]Is there a successful game that surprised Ben? [37:08]What's the next big gaming platform? [46:07]Where will subscription models lead? [52:06]Sabbaticals and life advice [56:50]Join a16z partners and special guests from the gaming industry for discussions on games, game development, online communities, esports, AR/VR, and everything in between. Wednesdays at 5pm PT. For more a16z Clubhouse shows, follow the a16z Club on Clubhouse or visit www.a16z.com/clubhouse. 
Robert's foundational experiences growing up [3:03]His introduction to computers, how he got an internship at Bell Labs, and what he learned there [6:38]Why he studied chemical engineering [13:15]Working at Kraft and engineering macaroni and cheese [15:08]Why he moved to investing [18:12]How he realized that it made sense to do buyouts in enterprise software [23:19]Creating a common playbook for running enterprise software companies [30:45]How does he think about retaining vs replacing founders [34:54]Vista's approach to evaluating talent and getting people in the right roles [37:02]Robert's next ambition [46:10]His philosophy of philanthropy [49:15]Why he paid off the student debt for Morehouse College Class of 2019 [1:00]For our upcoming schedule of Clubhouse conversations, follow the a16z Club on Clubhouse or visit a16z.com/clubhouse. 
What happened at Basecamp and could it have gone differently? [3:51]When did Basecamp turn into a 4B? [7:45]Why were buyouts  a good policy for Basecamp and Coinbase? [10:26]Why not have a more moderate policy? [11:56]What makes something "political"? [14:45]What about when political issues have a personal impact on employees? [19:18]What happened at Peloton and why they apologized [22:53]When should you issue an apology?  [26:12]How do you rebuild trust after you apologize? [28:32]Audience Q&A [33:44]"4B with Margit" is a Clubhouse show for raw and unfiltered advice from comms and marketing experts who have seen it all, as well as insider stories from the builders and pioneers who were in the trenches. Think “Scandal” meets “Halt and Catch Fire.” Catch it live Wednesdays 4-5 PST. For our upcoming schedule of Clubhouse conversations, follow the a16z Club on Clubhouse or visit a16z.com/clubhouse. 
What are red teams and blue teams? [2:03]How Cedric cracked Mac Gatekeeper [6:55]Apple's response [15:22]Cedric's craziest hack [19:24]Red team advice for the blue team [22:02]Audience Q&A [26:31]🔐Breach of the Week 🔐looks at who got hacked, how it happened, and what it means for the industry. 🎙With hosts Joel de la Garza (a16z Security Operating Partner) and Geoff Belknap (CISO LinkedIn) on Clubhouse every Thursday 5-5:30pm.
On this episode of the a16z Bio Clubhouse Show, a16z general partners Vineeta Agarwala, Julie Yoo, Vijay Pande, and Jorge Conde talk to guest Shantanu Nundy, the Chief Medical Officer of Accolade. The conversation covers Dr. Nundy's new book, "Care After Covid: What the Pandemic Revealed Is Broken in Healthcare and How to Reinvent It",  the next steps in the evolution of hospitals, interoperability (or lack thereof), and more.
Why does it feel like there's a database for everything? [4:46]What is the actual use case and market for streaming? [9:34]How real is real time? [20:12]Can you do everything in SQL? [25:08]Is the future SQL extensions or does SQL become embedded in data frames? [40:19]Is database consolidation coming? How many different systems will we have? (SPOILER: 3... maybe) [49:41] a16z Infra is the Clubhouse Show where the a16z enterprise team and guests discuss the foundational technology and products that underpin all of tech. We dig deep into data, AI/ML, security, developer tools, compute, network, storage, hardware, and anything else found below the surface of modern  stacks.Like what you hear? Tune in for our next show on Thursday, May 13, 11am-noon.  
What is AI? [2:27]AI is statistics, not consciousness [7:05]Why then so much talk about the singularity? [12:12]AI breakthroughs and FAANGs [17:21]Building the AI toolchain [26:07]AI applications in bio and medicine [30:19]Ali's favorite AI use cases [34:35]What will AI do to jobs? [39:27] AI in 10 years [46:09]Snowflake, Databricks, data Lake, data warehouse, and how it all fits together [48:16]Boss Talk is the Clubhouse show where a16z cofounder Ben Horowitz and Ali Ghodsi, the Founder/CEO of Databricks, discuss CEO stuff, leadership stuff, management stuff... boss stuff. Live every Tuesday 5-6pm on Clubhouse. 
In this episode: Melody McCloskey - CEO of StyleSeat, a booking platform that connects stylists and beauty professionals with clients. Since its founding in 2011, StyleSeat has powered 150 million beauty appointments and generated over $6.5 billion in revenue for beauty professionals. The company has created a loyal community of the country’s leading hair, makeup and nail stylists.Camille Ricketts - Head of Marketing at Notion, a popular workspace collaboration and productivity tool that has developed an almost cult-like following of users.Eric Lam - Founder of AspireIQ, an influencer marketing and community building platform that works with big brands like Walmart and Marriott as well as with startups to help them identify and activate their most valuable brand advocates, empowering them to share their passion for their favorite brands with the world."4B with Margit" is a Clubhouse show for raw and unfiltered advice from comms and marketing experts who have seen it all, as well as insider stories from the builders and pioneers who were in the trenches. Think “Scandal” meets “Halt and Catch Fire.” Catch it live Wednesdays 4-5 PST.  For our upcoming schedule of Clubhouse conversations, visit a16z.com/clubhouse. 
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