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Farez.FM
Ep 7 - Magic Eden on Ethereum, PA/EZU/Rebels, Slope Wallet hack, & AI generated art, feat. JB, Junior, iHeart, & NassyWeazy (CISO at a16z)

Farez.FM

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 92:17


This week I've got a special 90 min long Twitter Spaces episode with a few of my NFT friends from the Psychedelics Anonymous and Rebels By Night communities including Rebels co-founder Nass aka @nassyweazy on Twitter. Apart from being a Rebel by night, Nass is a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Andreessen Horowitz focusing on blockchain security efforts. He worked in a similar capacity at Facebook prior to a16z crypto. Be sure to listen till the end as he shares some insight into various crypto exploits that have occurred including the recent Solana seed phrase compromise caused by a Slope Wallet misconfiguration & the Ronin bridge attack that resulted in the loss of $625 million. And big thanks to my friends JB, and Junior from the PA community for hopping on and discussing ETH vs SOL in light of Magic Eden's announcement of launching their service on Ethereum, and finally giving OpenSea a run for its money. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this jam packed episode. Please subscribe at farezv.com for episode updates straight to your inbox or follow Farez.FM on your favorite podcasting platforms. Thank you for listening! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/farezv/message

TechCrunch Startups – Spoken Edition
Sprig raises $30M to help companies gauge users' reactions to products

TechCrunch Startups – Spoken Edition

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 5:27


Sprig, a startup offering tools for user and software product research, today announced that it raised $30 million in a funding round from Andreessen Horowitz, Accel, First Round Capital, Elad Gil and Figma Ventures.

Digital IQ Podcast
#394: Tiffany & CryptoPunks, Instagram rudert zurück, a16z investiert in VeeFriends

Digital IQ Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 15:56


Tiffany steigt mit CryptoPunks in den NFT-Markt ein. Nach großer Kritik hat Instagram die angekündigten Änderungen wieder zurückgenommen. Und VeeFriends erhält ein $50 Mio. Investment von Andreessen Horowitz.Themen des Podcasts:Intro: 00:00Instagram: 00:48Veefriends: 05.42Tiffany: 10:49Die nächste Metaverse Masterclass findet am 12. August statt: dort könnt ihr alles über Brand-Strategien, Metaverse Marketing und NFTs lernen. Mit dem Promo-Code PODCAST erhaltet ihr einen 10% Rabatt.Weitere Informationen findet ihr hier.1. Kommt in den Discord und werdet Teil der großartigen Community2. Abonniert meinen Daily Newsletter für die neuesten Trends aus Tech und Media3. Podcast abonnieren: Apple, Spotify, Google & Amazon4. Folgt mir LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok & Twitter5. Ihr wollt euch weiterbilden? Hier sind unsere Masterclasses 6. Ihr sucht einen Keynote Speaker für euer Event? Sprecht mich gerne direkt an: teo@delta.pm

Doppelgänger Tech Talk
#167 Heizkosten | S&P 500 vs. Nasdaq | Pinterest & Uber Earnings | Einzelhandel Crash | Oatly Short

Doppelgänger Tech Talk

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 76:17


Kann man auf Heizkosten hedgen? Warum läuft der breite S&P 500 besser als der Nasdaq? Haben wir einen Einzelhandel Crash? Warum gibt ein keine Preisdiskriminierung bei Versandkosten? Kann man mit einer Livecam in einer Touristenstadt Geld verdienen? Warum macht Tiffany Schmuck für Crypto Punk NFT Besitzer und zerstören Andreessen Horowitz ihren Ruf? Pip schaut sich die Earnings Zahlen von Pinterest und Uber an und gibt kurze Predictions zu Paypal, Airbnb, Robinhood, Datadog, Block und Cloudflare. Pip freut sich über seinen Oatly Short. Wir freuen uns auf euch um 21 Uhr auf Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/doppelgaengerio Philipp Glöckler (https://twitter.com/gloeckler) und Philipp Klöckner (https://twitter.com/pip_net) sprechen heute über: (00:02:45) Heizkosten (00.08:30) Tech vs S&P500 (00:18:30) Bill Ackmann shortet Visa (00:27:00) Ccommerce Paketkosten (00:31:00) community frage Webcam monetarisieren (00:34:00) NFT (00:41:00) Pinterest Earnings (00:49:00) Uber (01:01:00) Earnings expectations: Paypal, AirBnb, Robinhood, Block, Sauare (01:04:00) cloud earnings (01:09:30) Oatly Shownotes: Wie performt der S&P 495 (SP500 ohne GAFAM) https://twitter.com/pip_net/status/1554380467398483968 **Doppelgänger Tech Talk Podcast** Doppelgänger & Friends auf Twitch https://www.twitch.tv/doppelgaengerio Sheet https://doppelgaenger.io/sheet/ Earnings & Event Kalender https://www.doppelgaenger.io/kalender/ Disclaimer https://www.doppelgaenger.io/disclaimer/ Post Production by Jan Wagener https://twitter.com/JanAusDemOff

Propertyshe Podcast
Hrish Lotlikar

Propertyshe Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 56:51


Hrish is a Co-founder and CEO at SuperWorld, a virtual world in augmented reality. Previously, he co-founded Rogue Initiative Studios, a Hollywood film, TV, gaming, and immersive entertainment studio.  He was also the founding Managing Partner of Eastlabs, an early-stage VC fund based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Previously, Hrish was a Senior Business Developer and Global Evangelist at Toptal (backed by Andreessen Horowitz, the Rockfellers & the co-founders of Facebook and Zynga), a VC investor, and an investment banker at both UBS Investment Bank and HSBC Securities, where he specialised in public finance, corporate finance, and M&A. Hrish was born in India and grew up in the United States. He also has spent many years living around the world in Europe, Asia, and South America. He has a close connection to the people and cultures in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Spain, France, Vietnam, China, Colombia, Bali and Thailand.Hrish holds a BA in Political Science from Rice University, Houston Texas and both an MBA and MPH from University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Startup Insider
Investments & Exits - Philipp Werner von Project A

Startup Insider

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 28:06


In der Rubrik “Investments & Exits” begrüßen wir heute Philipp Werner, Principal bei Project A. Philipp hat die Finanzierungsrunde von Nash und Root Global analysiert: Das in San Francisco, Kalifornien, ansässige Unternehmen Nash hat in einer Series-A-Finanzierung 20 Millionen US-Dollar erhalten. Angeführt wird die Finanzierungsrunde von Andreessen Horowitz. Zudem beteiligen sich Y Combinator und Rackhouse Venture Capital. Das von Mahmoud Ghulman und Aziz Alghunaim gegründete Startup richtet sich sowohl an Unternehmen als auch private Haushalte und bietet seinen Nutzerinnen und Nutzern eine Zustellungs-Plattform, auf der man seine Lieferungen in Echtzeit überwachen und managen kann. Die Paketzustellung erfolgt bei Nash mithilfe von Drittanbietern wie DoorDash, Uber und einem Netzwerk von über 200 Partnern. Das frische Kapital soll zur Expandierung in Kanada und Europa benutzt werden. In einer Pre-Seed-Finanzierungsrunde konnte Root Global 2,6 Mio einsammeln. US-Dollar ein. Die Finanzierungsrunde wird von Project A angeführt. Zudem beteiligen sich eine Vielzahl von Business Angels wie Andreas Berger (Ex-Managing Director bei Aldi), Markus Windisch (COO bei HelloFresh), Mengting Gao (Founder und CEO von Kitchen Stories), Julius Köhler (Co-Founder und MD von Sennder), Mike Rötgers (Co-Founder und CTO von cargo.one) und Vassili Samolis (Senior director of Product bei Doordash). Das ClimateTech entwickelt Software, die Unternehmen in der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette der Lebensmittelindustrie dabei hilft, ihre Emissionen zu reduzieren. Mithilfe der Softwareplattform von Root soll der Lebensmitteleinzelhandel die tatsächlichen Kohlenstoffemissionen eines Produktes erfahren, um gezielt Emissionen verringern zu können.

Dave Lukas, The Misfit Entrepreneur_Breakthrough Entrepreneurship
312: The Critical Importance of Self-Awareness and Principles of Building a Billion Dollar Business with Mike Smerklo

Dave Lukas, The Misfit Entrepreneur_Breakthrough Entrepreneurship

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 47:44


This week's Misfit Entrepreneur is Mike Smerklo. Mike is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and founder of Next Coast Ventures, a unique venture capital firm that focuses on emerging companies heling them in the critical stage to hyper growth. After working in investment banking at Morgan Stanley, Mike was then recruited by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz to one of their new startups. In 2003, Mike purchased ServiceSource, a 30-person tech services startup and over the next 12 years grew it to a 3000 person publicly traded company with over $300 million in revenue and a market value of $1 billion. After exiting the company, he founded Next Coast, investing in over 40 startups to date and recently wrote the best-seller, Mr. Monkey and Me. Needless to say, Mike has a wealth of experience as an owner/operator and investor, and I am excited for him to share it with you. www.MikeSmerklo.com Mike grew in a rough part of Toledo, Ohio. He was raised by a single mom and had a simple goal which was to just get out. His mom focused him on education as no one had to gone to college in the family. He listened and ended up going to Miami of Ohio. After college, he went to E&Y as an auditor and found quickly he hated it. He then went to Lehman Brothers in investment banking. It sucked the life out of him, but he learned a lot before going to business school and then eventually out to Silicon Valley. He worked for Andreessen Horowitz, bought and ran ServiceSource until he sold it and the “retired” to Austin, Texas. Retirement didn't last long before he started Next Coast. What makes a great business? The short answer is “Do you do something for your customer that is a differentiating approach?” Do you bring a different and unique experience to the customer that they are willing to pay for once or multiple times? We overcomplicate things in our lives, especially business. You wrote Mr. Monkey and Me as a story of your journey with ServiceSource and lessons learned. Take us through the different lessons you learned. The goal was to write a book that got to the mental aspect of entrepreneurship. He not only drew on his experience, but also interviewed top entrepreneurs. The “monkey” is the voice in entrepreneur's heads that holds them back, The core of the book is the SHAPE formula. Self-Awareness Help Authenticity Persistence Expectations Take us through each element of the shape formula and define them. Self-Awareness: The ability to understand strengths and weaknesses and what the entrepreneur should focus energy on to improve. Help: Seeking mentors and coaching to help improve, but also finding those that are better in areas to help in the business. Authenticity: Finding your inner voice. How do you show up as the leader that you want to be and is natural? Persistence: Playing the long game and having the will to continue. Expectations: Thinking about the beginning, middle, and end of the journey and the different expectations needed at each stage. At the 14 min mark, we talk more about SHAPE and persistence more in depth. Lessons from working with Andreessen Horowitz that have really helped in your success? Each of them taught him different things. It was also early in their days in 1999. It felt a little like chaos. From Mark, Mike learned the power of thinking big and not taking half-measures. Ben taught Mike a lot about management. The best “how to be a manager book” is Management by Objectives by Andy Grove. Ben also shared that the first 25 employees hired in a company is all that matters. If you get those right, the culture, ethos, etc. will be set by those first 25. 40+ investments at Next Coast. Talk to us about your model and what you look for when investing a company. Market size is a factor. Does the solution differentiate and are customers willing to pay for it? Will they see real value? What do the economics look like and do they make sense? But 90% of it comes down to the entrepreneur. They use a term called “glass-eater.” Which is asking “Is the entrepreneur willing to do anything and everything, legally and ethically, to make the business a success building a real business – and do they know what it takes to do it?” Next Coast looks at over 1000 companies a year to find just a few. Things that get overlooked are that entrepreneurs have to be able to sell and have to be good at telling the story. “Great entrepreneurs can't imagine the world without their solution.” At the same time, entrepreneurs have to be willing to take feedback and advice. Entrepreneurs also overlook substitutes and inertia as competition.Things that are not direct competitors but are taking customers attention. What are market trends and things that are upcoming that entrepreneurs should be focused on? Each year, Next Coast does a lot of work to understand where the world is going. Future of work is still a strong theme. Work continues to be redefined. There is a still a lot of opportunity in the changing game of retail. Software is another good place. Healthcare hacking is big. Consumers taking more control over their health. Education is another place that is at the start of a big shift. Where do you see the future of work and the changes that will happen? Figuring out what a physical presence looks like. Great talent is everywhere and not having to have a complete physical presence makes it easier to get it. Challenges are managing in a hybrid work environment. Creating a cohesive culture in this new environment. Things are being reshaped. Another big trend is monetizing data. What is software 3.0 and how it is changing growth models…  It is still very early for software. It has gotten much easier to write software. Software 3.0 is no code, APIs, businesses that have software becoming a much bigger part of it. Enterprise is more saturated but using software in all aspects of life is just beginning. Next Coast invested in Everlywell which is healthcare hacking software which allows you to take a test a home on over 30 different things and then get results through software online. What do you think is most important for entrepreneurs to focus on in their business? The customer – they are everything. The entrepreneur must focus on their health – mental and physical. Best advice for entrepreneurs just starting out? Self-awareness is the cornerstone. Understand what you are good and not good at. It is better to play to your strengths than correct your weaknesses.   Best Quote: Great entrepreneurs can't imagine the world without their solution.   Mike's Misfit 3: Be nice. The world needs it now more than ever. Comparison is the thief of joy. Envy wastes emotion and drains you. It is easy to live a hard life. It is hard to live an easy life.   Show Sponsors NordPass Get 70% off a 2-Year Premium Plan and 1 month Free! Go to www.Nordpass.com/Misfit or use the Promo Code: Misfit at check out. Starr Peak Mining To learn more about Starr Peak Mining and stay up to date with the company's success, go www.StarrPeakMiningLtd.com or check out ticker symbol TSX:STE.V

The Mark Haney Podcast
Legends in the Making

The Mark Haney Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 53:52


Azra Games, recently funded by Andreessen Horowitz, is arguably the hottest new startup in the Greater Sacramento region.  Sonny Mayugba, successful entrepreneur and now COO and Cofounder of Azra Games along with Neel Upadhye, VP of Creative Development at Azra Games, join Mark to talk their new Web 3 collectibles and combat RPG game franchise called Legions and Legends that they are building alongside the illustrious Mark Otero.  Tune in for a peek behind the scenes of greatness in the making and learn more about when the first release will be!

Earn Your Leisure
Study Hall: Inside Venture Capital

Earn Your Leisure

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 54:23 Very Popular


In this Study Hall we were joined by one of the most powerful women in Venture Capital. Megan Holston-Alexander is a one of the most successful V.C. firms ever Andreessen Horowitz. She leads the firm's Cultural Leadership Fund (CLF).  She covered venture capital, and her journey in Silicon Valley. #vc #venturecapital #business    Link for InvestFest: https://investfest.com/ EYL University: https://www.eyluniversity.com Link for Stock Club: Link for Stock Club Sale: https://joinredpanda.samcart.com/referral/0J3sPcDo/QPSUPKI9gbfQVwVU See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Inside Intercom Podcast
Three million downloads and counting: Inside Intercom reaches a podcasting milestone

Inside Intercom Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 29:41


This month, we have passed the three million download mark for the podcast, and to celebrate this milestone, we've dived into the archive to bring you highlights from three of our most popular episodes:Rachel Hepworth, at the time the head of growth marketing at Slack, talks about starting a growth marketing team at a startup that had long relied on word of mouth for its growth;Andrew Chen, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, chats about the changing landscape of customer acquisition, his “Law of Shitty Clickthroughs” and its effect on growth channels, and what we can learn from Dropbox and Uber;Intercom co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Des Traynor and Chief Product Officer Paul Adams talk about our product principles.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Podcast Notes Playlist: Latest Episodes
260 | Marc Andreessen on Everything: The Need to Build, Web3's Value, Political Realignments, Collapsing Trust, U.S. History, and More...

Podcast Notes Playlist: Latest Episodes

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2022 85:26


The Realignment ✓ Claim Podcast Notes Key Takeaways The work that's gone into building the internet and digital networks over the last 30 years is comparable to the work that went into building the physical networks, like the railroads and highways, during the second industrial revolution period of the 1880s to 1920sEvery historical achievement started as speculationToday, society is willing to take digital risks but has become extremely adverse to taking analog risks “Nuclear is by far the safest form of energy [for humans and the environment] that we know how to make.” But regulators in the U.S. won't allow new nuclear plants to be built Starting in the 1970s, the U.S. has basically made it illegal to build real-world infrastructure in a very deliberate wayAmericans' trust in large-scale institutions has declined over the last 50 years, and the primary question is whether social media caused the collapse of trust or simply exposed the rot that previously existedThe future of the internet could involve the creation of networks built from the bottom-up that are more participatory and effective at solving today's problems, instead of the existing top-down, traditional, hierarchical institutions that are losing the trust of the people Today, managerial capitalism has overtaken bourgeois capitalism and largely become “capitalism” as we know itThe emergence of venture capital and private equity in the 1970s and 1980s is the “revenge” of bourgeois capitalism Many of the misconceptions in the crypto space are caused by people working backward from price, when they should be working forwards from fundamentalsIronically, the three most dysfunctional areas of our current society – housing, education, and healthcare – are also the most critical for achieving the American DreamThe current system has been wired in a way that makes ordinary people so frustrated that they resort to more radical politicsFixing housing, education, and healthcare would reduce political polarization Read the full notes @ podcastnotes.orgSubscribe to The Realignment on Supercast to support the show and access all of our bonus content: https://realignment.supercast.com/.REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comThis episode and our expanded coverage are made possible thanks to our Supercast subscribers. If you can, please support the show above.Marc Andreessen, cofounder and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, cofounder of Netscape, and co-creator of the influential Mosaic web browser joins The Realignment to discuss how the second industrial revolution (1880s-1920s) shapes his view of America today, the consequences of the shift from a high to low institutional trust society, the response to Web3 skeptics, how crashes shape the tech industry, and why it's "time to build."

Podcast Notes Playlist: Business
260 | Marc Andreessen on Everything: The Need to Build, Web3's Value, Political Realignments, Collapsing Trust, U.S. History, and More...

Podcast Notes Playlist: Business

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2022 85:26


The Realignment ✓ Claim Podcast Notes Key Takeaways The work that's gone into building the internet and digital networks over the last 30 years is comparable to the work that went into building the physical networks, like the railroads and highways, during the second industrial revolution period of the 1880s to 1920sEvery historical achievement started as speculationToday, society is willing to take digital risks but has become extremely adverse to taking analog risks “Nuclear is by far the safest form of energy [for humans and the environment] that we know how to make.” But regulators in the U.S. won't allow new nuclear plants to be built Starting in the 1970s, the U.S. has basically made it illegal to build real-world infrastructure in a very deliberate wayAmericans' trust in large-scale institutions has declined over the last 50 years, and the primary question is whether social media caused the collapse of trust or simply exposed the rot that previously existedThe future of the internet could involve the creation of networks built from the bottom-up that are more participatory and effective at solving today's problems, instead of the existing top-down, traditional, hierarchical institutions that are losing the trust of the people Today, managerial capitalism has overtaken bourgeois capitalism and largely become “capitalism” as we know itThe emergence of venture capital and private equity in the 1970s and 1980s is the “revenge” of bourgeois capitalism Many of the misconceptions in the crypto space are caused by people working backward from price, when they should be working forwards from fundamentalsIronically, the three most dysfunctional areas of our current society – housing, education, and healthcare – are also the most critical for achieving the American DreamThe current system has been wired in a way that makes ordinary people so frustrated that they resort to more radical politicsFixing housing, education, and healthcare would reduce political polarization Read the full notes @ podcastnotes.orgSubscribe to The Realignment on Supercast to support the show and access all of our bonus content: https://realignment.supercast.com/.REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comThis episode and our expanded coverage are made possible thanks to our Supercast subscribers. If you can, please support the show above.Marc Andreessen, cofounder and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, cofounder of Netscape, and co-creator of the influential Mosaic web browser joins The Realignment to discuss how the second industrial revolution (1880s-1920s) shapes his view of America today, the consequences of the shift from a high to low institutional trust society, the response to Web3 skeptics, how crashes shape the tech industry, and why it's "time to build."

CYBER
Why Billionaires Seem Obsessed With Birth Rates

CYBER

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 36:01 Very Popular


Let's talk about that hot new topic screaming from the lips of Tech's hottest billionaires: birth rates.For some time, Elon Musk's pinned tweet was about the declining birth rates in the United States. A man of conviction, Musk has sired at least ten children. Now Marc Andreesen of Andreessen Horowitz is in on the act. He recently went on Joe Rogan and had a wide ranging conversation that covered birth rates and eugenics.So why are some of the richest people alive obsessed with the U.S. having more kids? On this episode of Cyber, Motherboard staff writer Edward Ongweso Jr. comes on to talk about longtermism and America's history of being weird about who gets to have kids.Stories discussed in this episode:Why Are Elon Musk and Marc Andreesen Obsessed With Birth Rates?We're recording CYBER live on Twitch. Watch live during the week. Follow us there to get alerts when we go live. We take questions from the audience and yours might just end up on the show.Subscribe to CYBER on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Cyber Casts
Why Billionaires Seem Obsessed With Birth Rates

Cyber Casts

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 36:01


Let's talk about that hot new topic screaming from the lips of Tech's hottest billionaires: birth rates.For some time, Elon Musk's pinned tweet was about the declining birth rates in the United States. A man of conviction, Musk has sired at least ten children. Now Marc Andreesen of Andreessen Horowitz is in on the act. He recently went on Joe Rogan and had a wide ranging conversation that covered birth rates and eugenics.So why are some of the richest people alive obsessed with the U.S. having more kids? On this episode of Cyber, Motherboard staff writer Edward Ongweso Jr. comes on to talk about longtermism and America's history of being weird about who gets to have kids.Stories discussed in this episode:Why Are Elon Musk and Marc Andreesen Obsessed With Birth Rates?We're recording CYBER live on Twitch. Watch live during the week. Follow us there to get alerts when we go live. We take questions from the audience and yours might just end up on the show.Subscribe to CYBER on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Wharton Digital Health Podcast
Josh Hix, Season Health, on making "food as medicine" accessible

Wharton Digital Health Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 43:16


In this episode, we connected with Josh Hix, Co-Founder and CEO of Season Health. Season Health is a platform that connects members with healthy meal ideas and grocery options to help members and providers manage chronic conditions. Prior to starting Season Health, Josh co-founded the meal prep delivery service Plated, which led to an appearance on SharkTank. Season Health recently raised $34M in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. LRV Ventures, Company Ventures, Cityblock CEO Toyin Ajayi and other angel investors also participated in the round. Prior to this, Season Health raised $11M in seed funding. We discussed: Leveraging Josh's prior experience co-founding Plated to realize a vision of creating a consumer-grade software platform that connects food and medicine. Season Health's mission to make nutritious food more accessible by shaping the increasingly digital food environment and partnering with payers to make food more affordable to improve health outcomes for patients with chronic diseases. Partnering with healthcare industry leaders Geisinger, CommonSpirit, and Cricket Health to scale Season Health's offering and enrich scientific research linking nutrition with better chronic disease management.

The Tim Ferriss Show
#606: Balaji S. Srinivasan — The Network State and How to Start a New Country

The Tim Ferriss Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 204:29 Very Popular


Balaji S. Srinivasan — The Network State and How to Start a New Country | Brought to you by Eight Sleep's Pod Pro Cover sleeping solution for dynamic cooling and heating, Athletic Greens all-in-one nutritional supplement, and Shopify global commerce platform providing tools to start, grow, market, and manage a retail business. More on all three below.Balaji S. Srinivasan (@balajis) is an angel investor and entrepreneur. Formerly the CTO of Coinbase and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, he was also the co-founder of Earn.com (acquired by Coinbase), Counsyl (acquired by Myriad), Teleport (acquired by Topia), and Coin Center.He was named to the MIT Technology Review's “Innovators Under 35,” won a Wall Street Journal Innovation Award, and holds a BS/MS/PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering, all from Stanford University. Balaji also teaches the occasional class at Stanford, including an online MOOC in 2013, which reached 250,000+ students worldwide.His new book is The Network State: How To Start a New Country. You can also read it for free at 1729.com.Please enjoy!This episode is brought to you by Shopify! Shopify is one of my favorite platforms and one of my favorite companies. Shopify is designed for anyone to sell anywhere, giving entrepreneurs the resources once reserved for big business. In no time flat, you can have a great looking online store that brings your ideas to life, and you can have the tools to manage your day-to-day and drive sales. No coding or design experience required.More than a store, Shopify grows with you, and they never stop innovating, providing more and more tools to make your business better and your life easier. Go to Shopify.com/Tim for a FREE 14-day trial and get full access to Shopify's entire suite of features.*This episode is also brought to you by Eight Sleep! Eight Sleep's Pod Pro Cover is the easiest and fastest way to sleep at the perfect temperature. It pairs dynamic cooling and heating with biometric tracking to offer the most advanced (and user-friendly) solution on the market. Simply add the Pod Pro Cover to your current mattress and start sleeping as cool as 55°F or as hot as 110°F. It also splits your bed in half, so your partner can choose a totally different temperature.And now, my dear listeners—that's you—can get $250 off the Pod Pro Cover. Simply go to EightSleep.com/Tim or use code TIM at checkout. *This episode is also brought to you by Athletic Greens. I get asked all the time, “If you could use only one supplement, what would it be?” My answer is usually AG1 by Athletic Greens, my all-in-one nutritional insurance. I recommended it in The 4-Hour Body in 2010 and did not get paid to do so. I do my best with nutrient-dense meals, of course, but AG further covers my bases with vitamins, minerals, and whole-food-sourced micronutrients that support gut health and the immune system. Right now, Athletic Greens is offering you their Vitamin D Liquid Formula free with your first subscription purchase—a vital nutrient for a strong immune system and strong bones. Visit AthleticGreens.com/Tim to claim this special offer today and receive the free Vitamin D Liquid Formula (and five free travel packs) with your first subscription purchase! That's up to a one-year supply of Vitamin D as added value when you try their delicious and comprehensive all-in-one daily greens product.*For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast.For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsorsSign up for Tim's email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday.For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts.Discover Tim's books: tim.blog/books.Follow Tim:Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferrissYouTube: youtube.com/timferrissFacebook: facebook.com/timferriss LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferrissPast guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell, Madeleine Albright, Cheryl Strayed, Jim Collins, Mary Karr, Maria Popova, Sam Harris, Michael Phelps, Bob Iger, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Neil Strauss, Ken Burns, Maria Sharapova, Marc Andreessen, Neil Gaiman, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Jocko Willink, Daniel Ek, Kelly Slater, Dr. Peter Attia, Seth Godin, Howard Marks, Dr. Brené Brown, Eric Schmidt, Michael Lewis, Joe Gebbia, Michael Pollan, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Vince Vaughn, Brian Koppelman, Ramit Sethi, Dax Shepard, Tony Robbins, Jim Dethmer, Dan Harris, Ray Dalio, Naval Ravikant, Vitalik Buterin, Elizabeth Lesser, Amanda Palmer, Katie Haun, Sir Richard Branson, Chuck Palahniuk, Arianna Huffington, Reid Hoffman, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Rick Rubin, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Darren Aronofsky, and many more.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Startup Insider
Investments & Exits - mit Daniel Wild von Mountain Alliance

Startup Insider

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 24:11


In der Rubrik “Investments & Exits” begrüßen wir heute Daniel Wild, Gründer und Aufsichtsrat von Mountain Alliance. Zusammen mit Jans Urlaubsvertretung Fabian Tausch (UnicornBakery) analysiert Daniel die Finanzierungsrunde von Pave und Cleo. Pave, eine Echtzeit-Vergütungsplattform, die Unternehmen bei der Planung, der Kommunikation und dem Benchmarking mit dem Markt unterstützt, gab am Dienstag ein Serie C i.H.v. 100 Millionen US-Dollar bekannt. Außerdem übernahm Pave im Zuge dieser Runde auch Advanced-HR von Morgan Stanley. Advanced-HR verfügt über eine Produktpalette, die Option Impact, Option Driver und VCECS (Venture Capital Executive Compensation Survey) umfasst. Die Serie C wurde von Index Ventures geleitet, wobei Partner Mark Goldberg einen Sitz im Vorstand einnahm. Mehrere neue und bestehende Investoren nahmen ebenfalls teil, darunter Andreessen Horowitz, YC Continuity Fund, LocalGlobe, Craft Ventures, Original Capital, Backend Capital und Contrary Capital sowie namhafte Persönlichkeiten wie der ehemalige LinkedIn-CEO Jeff Weiner und der ehemalige Facebook-Vizepräsident für Personalwesen Tudor Havriliuc. Pave wurde 2019 von Matt Schulman in San Francisco gegründet. Außerdem konnte sich Cleo nach mehreren Monaten eine Finanzierung in Höhe von 80 Millionen US-Dollar sichern. Der 2016 von Barnaby Hussey-Yeo gegründete digitale Assistent Cleo unterstützt Menschen während ihres gesamten finanziellen Lebens, vom ersten Gehaltsscheck bis zum ersten Haus. Das Unternehmen hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, das Leben von Millionen junger Menschen mit finanziellen Kenntnissen positiv zu beeinflussen, die angesichts der sich verschärfenden Lebenshaltungskostenkrise einem erhöhten Druck auf ihre Finanzen ausgesetzt sind. Die Serie-C-Runde wurde von der belgischen Investmentgesellschaft Sofina angeführt und von bestehenden Investoren, darunter EQT und Balderton Capital, unterstützt.

Innovación Sin Barreras
#095. Angela Acosta — De Cero a Uno, Cómo Tomar Decisiones, Creando Empresa en lo que te Mueve, Eliminando Barreras Mentales

Innovación Sin Barreras

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 48:25


En el episodio de hoy tenemos como invitada a Angela Acosta, Founder & CEO at Morado, la nueva generación de marketplace B2B para las tiendas de bellezas. En nuestra conversación, Angela nos comparte cómo es arrancar una empresa desde cero, pasando por descubrir el product-market fit de Morado y llevándola al punto de en tan sólo dos meses de operación levantar una ronda pre-seed de $5M de inversionistas tan destacados como Tiger Global, Andreessen Horowitz y H20 Capital. Además, hemos conversado sobre tomar decisiones en base a los múltiples consejos que recibimos constantemente de otros founders, inversionistas y aceleradoras, lo importante que es crear una empresa que realmente tenga un propósito que te mueva y cómo las mujeres se han creado barreras mentales, en muchos casos influenciadas por las métricas de diversidad. ¡Ahora vamos con el episodio!Enlaces de interésLinkedIn de Angela AcostaTwitter de Angela AcostaPágina web de MoradoTemas del episodioCómo afrontar retos y ser un buen CEO (18:51)Motivaciones detrás de emprender (26:39)El involucramiento de las mujeres en el mundo de las startups (33:30)Consejos para female founders (37:07)Retos y oportunidades en una Latinoamérica y visión a futuro en Morado (41:58)La pregunta de la máquina del tiempo (44:27)¿Te gustó este episodio? Compártelo

The Realignment
260 | Marc Andreessen on Everything: The Need to Build, Web3's Value, Political Realignments, Collapsing Trust, U.S. History, and More...

The Realignment

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 85:26


Subscribe to The Realignment on Supercast to support the show and access all of our bonus content: https://realignment.supercast.com/.REALIGNMENT NEWSLETTER: https://therealignment.substack.com/BOOKSHOP: https://bookshop.org/shop/therealignmentEmail us at: realignmentpod@gmail.comThis episode and our expanded coverage are made possible thanks to our Supercast subscribers. If you can, please support the show above.Marc Andreessen, cofounder and general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, cofounder of Netscape, and co-creator of the influential Mosaic web browser joins The Realignment to discuss how the second industrial revolution (1880s-1920s) shapes his view of America today, the consequences of the shift from a high to low institutional trust society, the response to Web3 skeptics, how crashes shape the tech industry, and why it's "time to build."

The Boost VC Podcast
The DotCom Boom And Bust with guests Marc Andreessen and Tim Draper

The Boost VC Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 80:56


The media is filled with experts comparing today's market with the dot-com crash of 2000. But few, if any, of these experts actually lived and worked through the dot-com boom and bust. Marc Andreessen is Founder and General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and Tim Draper is Founder and Managing Director at Draper VC. And both Marc and Tim were either running or investing in tech startups at the time. So, what was it like to experience the dot-com crash? What did Marc and Tim learn that might give us clarity around how to navigate an uncertain economic future? On this episode of Boost VC, Marc and Tim join us to explore the likelihood that we're headed into a recession and explain what they're encouraging founders to do right now. Marc and Tim discuss the mistakes they made in the early 2000s and describe why a downturn can be good for the best companies. Listen in for insight on retaining employees in a remote or hybrid setting and get Marc and Tim's advice on contingency planning to survive an economic crisis—without losing your business.  Topics Covered Where Marc and Tim go for their mediaTimeless source of info = books prior to 1960Direct conversations with foundersScience fiction to predict future What Marc was doing in the early 2000sLaunch Netscape in 1999 at high point in marketLifting weights to burn off stress What Tim was doing in the early 2000sJust raised $1.4B to bring VC to worldHosted party ‘2001 Cyberspace Odyssey' What it takes to be a successful entrepreneurSmart, open to new ideas and determinedSocial skills to build team, raise money, etc.Disagreeable (think against the grain) The likelihood that we're headed into a recessionGood people laid off start own businessesEconomy too complex to predict future  What a16z is encouraging founders to do right nowThink in terms of scenarios and contingenciesConsider specific circumstances of your companyCut deep enough that only do layoffs once  Tim's experience as an investor in the dot-com crashReactive approach, scrambled to raise moneyLost 4 businesses with $100M in revenues The difference between the dot-com crash and 20082000 was equity-driven, credit crisis in 2008Tech companies don't run on debt What Marc did right and wrong in the dot-com crashUnderestimated how bad things could getIPO saved company from bankruptcy Why a downturn can be good for the best companiesEliminates competitionEasier to recruit, gain market share How to retain employees in a hybrid/remote settingCreate intense social bonding experiencesManagement training, employee development How tech innovation is flowing out of the Bay AreaCOVID as catalyst, other cities rise in importanceTexas and Florida are attracting entrepreneurs How governments are in competition for entrepreneursRegulations push businesses outUS can remain #1 if allow startups to innovate Marc and Tim's greatest qualities + accomplishmentsTim fearless in engaging with boldest ideasMarc transformed the VC business Connect with Marc Andreessen Horowitz https://a16z.com/Andreessen Horowitz on Twitter https://twitter.com/a16z  Marc on Twitter https://twitter.com/pmarca Connect with Tim Draper Associates https://www.draper.vc/   Tim on Twitter https://twitter.com/TimDraper   Draper University https://www.draperuniversity.com/Meet the Drapers https://www.meetthedrapers.com/ Resources Tom Swift Books https://tomswift.net  The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz https://www.amazon.com/Hard-Thing-About-Things-Building/dp/0062273205My Years with General Motors by Alfred Sloan https://www.amazon.com/Years-General-Motors-Alfred-Sloan/dp/0385042353  The a16z Podcast https://future.com/a16z-podcast/  Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/sarbanes-oxley_actDraper Innovation Index https://index.draperhero.org/ Connect with Boost VC Boost VC Website https://www.boost.vc/Boost VC on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/boostvc/Boost VC on Twitter https://twitter.com/BoostVCBoost VC on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/boost_vc/

LatamlistEspresso
Examedi closes a $17M Series A round. MAYA Capital raises venture capital fund of $100M, Ep 100

LatamlistEspresso

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 4:42


This week's Espresso covers updates from Examedi, MAYA Capital, Clicampo, and more!Outline of this episode:[00:27] -Brazilian startup Clicampo closed a $7.7M round[00:52] -Eva Center received a round of financing for $7M[01:22] -Chilean startup Examedi closed a $17M Series A round[01:48] -MAYA Capital raised a second venture capital fund of $100M[02:20] -Proptech startup Around raised a $3.8M seed round[02:51] -KEO World closed a $20M equity round[03:17] -New episode of How to be the Difference with Lydia Kibandi, CEO at Lensational[3:35] -New episode of Hacking Insurance with Jorge Enrique Gómez, José Luis Marciales, and Andrés Felipe Morales.Resources & people mentioned:Companies & Startups: Clicampo, Eva Center, Examedi, NotCo, Merama, Around, KEO World, Lensational, Sura, Aseguradora Solidaria, Chubb.VCs, Accelerators, Institutions: Valor Capital Group, MAYA Capital Fund, MBX, TeleSoft, Browder Capital, Cathexis, Prodigy Fund, General Catalyst, LEAP Global Partners, Latitud Ventures, Ganas Ventures, Gaingels, Unpopular Ventures, August Hill, Andreessen Horowitz, Montreux Growth Partners.People: Monica Saggioro, Lara Lemann, Martin Haiek, Johanna Molina, Paul Lynskey, Lydia Kibandi, Rodrigo Alfonso, Jorge Enrique Gómez, José Luis Marciales, Andrés Felipe Morales.

Model Minority Moms
Ep41: Inspiration for your career journey - interview with Maggie Hsu

Model Minority Moms

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 53:14


Matchmaker, co-founder of a magazine for Asian-American teenage girls, co-founder of the Gold House collective (a leading AAPI organization for advancing media representation and commercial success), former management consultant, former chief of staff to Tony Hsieh the founder of Zappos, now a venture capitalist with Andreessen Horowitz... Maggie's career has been interesting and impressive to say the least. On this episode, she shares her career management philosophy with typical MMM candor and how parenthood and career have influenced each other. Listen for some great inspiration for anyone's career journey.

Startup Insider
Investments & Exits - mit Tina Dreimann von Better Ventures

Startup Insider

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 27:41


In der Rubrik Investments & Exits begrüßen wir heute Tina Dreimann, Co-Founder von Better Ventures. Tina hat die Finanzierungsrunde von Personio, Epoch Biodesign und Lumi Interactive kommentiert: Das australische Startup Lumi Interactive hat 6,75 Millionen US-Dollar für die Entwicklung seines kommenden kostenloses Handyspiels "Kinder World" erhalten, bei dem sich die Spielerinnen und Spieler um virtuelle Zimmerpflanzen kümmern können, indem sie reale Achtsamkeitsaufgaben erfüllen. Die Runde wurde von Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) angeführt, mit Beteiligung von 1UP Ventures, Galileo Ventures, Eric Seufert's Heracles Capital und Double Loop Games CEO Emily Greer. Die überzeichnete Seed-Runde ist die größte Risikokapitalinvestition in ein von Frauen gegründetes Spielestudio in Australien. Epoch Biodesign, ein in London, UK, ansässiges "Total BioDesignTM"-Unternehmen, hat eine Startfinanzierung in Höhe von 11 Millionen Dollar erhalten. Die Runde wurde von Lowercarbon Capital geleitet, mit Beteiligung von BoxGroup, Amadeus Capital Partners, MCJ Collective, Zero Carbon Capital, VOYAGERS Climate-Tech Fund, The Venture Collective und anderen. Das von Jacob Nathan (CEO) geleitete Unternehmen entwickelt natürliche Lösungen für unnatürliche Probleme und hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, die Biologie für einen gesunden Planeten zu skalieren und zu industrialisieren. Mit einer Kombination aus firmeneigenen Berechnungs- und Versuchswerkzeugen treibt Epoch das Biorecycling voran: ein abstimmbarer enzymatischer Prozess zur Umwandlung von Kunststoffabfällen in herkömmliche Chemikalien. Personio gab gestern die Aufstockung der Series-E-Finanzierungsrunde von 200 auf 470 Millionen US-Dollar bekannt. Die zuletzt im Oktober 2021 ermittelte Unternehmensbewertung steigt damit im selben Zug von 6,3 Milliarden US-Dollar auf 8,5 Milliarden US-Dollar. Die erneute Finanzierungsrunde wurde von dem Bestandsinvestor Greenoaks angeführt. In unserer Mittagssendung begrüßen wir heute Christian Eggert, Head of Product von Personio und sprechen natürlich über die Runde sowie über die kürzliche Übernahme von Back!

Sway
As Bitcoin Busts, What's the Future of Web3? And What Even is Web3?

Sway

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 39:06 Very Popular


Chris Dixon is one of Silicon Valley's most ardent crypto-evangelists. A general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, he leads a16z Crypto, which invests in web3. At the beginning of the year, his proselytizing seemed to be paying off: Bitcoin had doubled in value in the last half of 2021, NFTs were all the rage, and crypto seemed poised for mainstream acceptance. Nowhere was this more evident than the Super Bowl broadcast, crammed with cryptocurrency ads featuring celebrities like LeBron James, Matt Damon and even the curmudgeonly Larry David.But it's all come crashing down. This week, Bitcoin reached its lowest point in 18 months — at just above $23,000 — and Ethereum is worth about a quarter of its November peak. The cryptocurrency exchange platform Coinbase announced it was laying off nearly 20 percent of its work force while the crypto-lending platform Celsius paused withdrawals, in a moment that looked a lot like the run on the banks in the film “It's a Wonderful Life.”In this conversation, Kara Swisher asks Dixon if we're watching the beginning of an all-out crash for the industry. They discuss parallels to the 2008 financial crisis, dig into how much of crypto is “scam at scale,” and contemplate what regulation from the government could help. And they talk about whether web3 will really be the decentralized utopia enthusiasts paint it to be, another iteration of an internet that profits too few, or something in between.This episode contains strong language.You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more information for all episodes at nytimes.com/sway, and you can find Kara on Twitter @karaswisher.

Will and Lee Show
Sriram Krishnan (General Partner, a16z Crypto): The Web3 Talent Migration and Why Social Media Is Right For Web3 | Will, Lee, & Andrew Learn Web3 #85

Will and Lee Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 67:37


Sriram Krishnan is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, investing in crypto/web3. Prior to a16z, Sriram led product teams at consumer social platforms - Snap, Facebook, and Twitter.Together with his wife and cohost Aarthi, he broke the Internet during Covid, hosting the Good Time Show on Clubhouse. Where he brought on guests like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerburg, and Virgil Abloh.Learn more about Sriram and a16z Crypto:Sriram Krishnan Twitter: @sriramkSriram Krishnan Website: https://sriramk.comThe Good Time Show: https://www.thegoodtimeshow.cluba16z Crypto Website: https://a16zcrypto.coma16z Crypto Canon: https://a16z.com/2018/02/10/crypto-readings-resourcesa16z 2022 State of Crypto Report: https://a16zcrypto.com/state-of-crypto-report-a16z-2022/In this episode we discuss:Behind the scenes story of hosting Elon Musk on ClubhouseThe preparation and psychology of preparing live showsJohn le Carre - “In the first minute or so of the host talking to him, the host made le Carre feel like you're going to be okay - we're going to take care of you.”Favorite episode stories: Calvin Harris, Naomi OsakaWhy Sriram moved from investing in Consumer to Crypto at a1z6How to get onboarded into Web3How a16z Crypto team id structuredThe Web2 to Web3 migrationWhy social media is right for Web3Differences between Operator and InvestorDifferences between Angel and VCWhat Sriram looks for in foundersTell us what you think by DM'ing @wiiichang. If you liked this episode, you can find more episodes at wld.show!

Currently Cringing
Girl Bossing with Trisha Sakhuja-Walia

Currently Cringing

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 26:05


DISCLAIMER: Due to technical difficulties the audio quality isn't at the usual standard, so please bare with us this week!   Anisha has her friend Trisha on this episode. Trisha is the CEO and founder of Brown Girl Magazine. She recently got funding from Andreessen Horowitz, a world renowned venture capital firm. She discusses her journey so far as a South Asian female founder.   Produced by Dear Media

Dead Cat
Coming to You From a Soon To Be Chesa-Free San Francisco (w/Jonathan Weber)

Dead Cat

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 52:34 Very Popular


I moved from San Francisco to New York, in February 2019, back before it was cool to turn tail on the tech mecca. Truth be told, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for San Francisco, but my girlfriend beckoned from Brooklyn.I’m writing this from my flight back to New York after over a week in SF. I spent much of it in an Airbnb next to Mr. Pickle’s on Van Ness Avenue and then a few days crashing at a fellow tech reporter’s apartment in the Outer Richmond. I ate Mission Chinese and La Taqueria, drank at Brass Tacks and The Monk’s Kettle, and made it up to Calistoga for a picturesque vineyard wedding.But did I spend any time working for you, dear reader? Yes, not to worry. I spent my days shuttling from South Park to the Presidio, catching up with venture capitalists, founders, tech media insiders, and senior tech executives. And I spent my nights getting drunk with them, eager for looser lips.Here are my key immediate takeaways:One source told me that even Insight Partners — which announced a $20 billion fund in February — has decided to seriously slow down big late stage private investments. Until recently, Insight looked like one of the last holdouts when it came to doing late stage deals even as the market unraveled. But now, like pretty much everyone else, it’s mostly focused on its existing portfolio.VC advice on the downturn — even Sequoia Capital’s presentation to founders — has felt too much like content marketing. For some startup CEOs it can feel a bit like you’re the goody two-shoes, “A” student in the classroom, when the teacher reprimands everyone. You think the rebuke applies to you, but really the message is meant for the troublemakers. But it’s the most diligent among us that take these admonitions personally. Founders need advice specific to their company. There’s a sense that there have been many software engineers who have been overpromoted in the bull cycle and that this downturn could force some coders to reset their expectations about their appropriate rank and pay.I spent much of my time asking sources what the overarching, thematic story of the downturn would be. One venture capitalist gave me my favorite answer: He argued that we’d look back on this downturn as a story of the perfect storm between retail and professional investor excesses. On the retail side, we saw the rise of Robinhood and Coinbase, and r/wallstreetbets trades on Kodak and GameStop. On the professional side, we saw firms like SoftBank and Tiger go so, so long without enough diligence to back it up.If I had to name a couple companies/firms that I think are most likely to represent this downturn, right now I’d name Instacart, Coinbase, Robinhood, GoPuff, Bird, Tesla, Tiger, and SoftBank. Though, right now, I think increasingly crypto is looking like it will be the category most associated with this cycle’s excesses.There’s been a lot of envy in traditional startup world of people who went over to the the crypto dark side. Now there’s all sorts of schadenfreude going on as crypto prices plummet. Some VCs are starting to admit (mostly in private) that they never really believed in crypto. Still, there’s so much money. Just as I was leaving the city, Coinbase announced that it was brutally laying off 18% of its staff, locking them out of their emails before they even had time to say goodbye.We’re overdue for a reckoning over who screwed over credulous investors with implausible SPAC deals. ~cough~ Chamath ~ cough ~ At least, Brad Gerstner’s Altimeter led the PIPE on its own terrible Grab SPAC deal. Andreessen Horowitz still remains, probably, the biggest nemesis of many firms in Silicon Valley. Sure, Tiger blew up the startup world. But what Tiger did was so unlike anything venture capital firms were doing, so there’s less professional jealousy. There are whispers that things aren’t as copacetic internally at a16z as might appear from their highly choreographed public communications. It would seem that part of the explanation for the explosion of funds at the firm has been the explosion of egos. Instead of resolving interpersonal conflicts on the consumer fund, let’s just create a gaming fund. In that light, it’s pretty amazing that the firm couldn’t figure out a way to keep Katie Haun. Consumer investing across the board seems challenged. What’s going on over at Popshop, Lunchclub, Cameo, and Clubhouse just to name a few? I guess investors simply wishing consumer investing into being without a strong new thesis wasn’t exactly an omen for the sector’s inevitable success. (I will say that Whatnot and BeReal remain two consumer plays that I’m still following.) What will it mean for this generation of consumer investors? Benchmark’s next generation consumer investor, Sarah Tavel, seems to have made her best investment in business-to-business company Chainalysis, last valued at $8.6 billion. Speaking of Benchmark, the firm deserves some credit for holding firm on its strategy as other venture firms’ fund sizes got crazy. Sure, Benchmark probably could have made way more money if it topped up its own investments — but then it might be taking the heat that Benchmark favorite Altimeter is getting right now over its overexuberance. There’s money and reputation to manage. Benchmark has always made enough money to value its reputation. (That’s something Travis Kalanick, Adam Neumann, Nirav Tolia, etc. surely gripe about.)Last year’s hype around venture capital firms indefinitely holding onto private companies long after they go public is looking like pure bubble thinking. Sequoia’s timing on its all-in-one, hold indefinitely “The Sequoia Capital Fund” looks a little more like one of the excesses from the bull market. But limited partners seem too afraid to do anything to unwind the strategy shift that seems designed to enrich the firm’s general partners. (Reach out to me if you have off-the-record intel on this.)Investors are dramatically slowing the pace of their investments. These funds are going to last years longer than they would have in bull times. Multi-stage investors seem more inclined to double-down on their existing portfolio companies than to make new bets. Bridge rounds are on everyone’s lips. Still, I heard from investors who had made secret Series B and C investments in companies this year. It’s a good time to make a bet on a company that got away for a hype-y Series A round.Startup founders think prospective employees want assurances that their company is really worth what the company says it is. Good private unicorns are in a bit of a bind. Prospective employees are now automatically giving their equity offers a mental haircut based on the market downturn. So good companies have an incentive to reaffirm their valuations with funding rounds during the downturn — even if it otherwise might be smarter to keep their valuations artificially low so as to maintain room to grow should conditions worsen. (I wish employees would get better at assessing companies based on fundamentals, rather than the last tick fundraising round. Employees are basically begging founders to maximize for valuation, which then minimizes employee upside.)Some small-to-medium sized companies are shopping themselves to their rival startups but it’s not always clear why the competitor would want to buy. Why take on additional burn and headcount when all you might end up getting is leads on some new customers? Sure, you might do some venture capital firm a favor, but what’s that really worth?There are some cracks in up-start media world. The most obvious tremor is at BuzzFeed where the stock has sunk 54% in a month. Reporters have been leaving in droves. Meanwhile, The Information lost one of its top editors — Martin Peers. He’s long been a central figure over there. The Information’s up-and-coming venture capital reporter Berber Jin departed to the Wall Street Journal, as did Sarah Krouse who will be covering Netflix for the Journal. Stephen Nellis returned to Reuters. Meanwhile spirits seem strong at my former employer, Bloomberg. The ascendance of the player-coach editor seems to have people upbeat. Sarah Frier is leading big tech coverage and Lucas Shaw (who has been a guest on Dead Cat) is running the show on Hollywood coverage. And somehow Bloomberg just lured back a former star reporter who had left to join the startup ranks: Alex Barinka — who left Bloomberg as a deals reporter to help launch Imran Khan’s Verishop before going over to Stitch Fix — is joining Frier’s team as a social media reporter based in LA. Next week I’m in Toronto for Collision where I’ll be interviewing Uncork Capital’s Andy McLoughlin, Real Ventures’ Janet Bannister, and Left Lane Capital’s Vinny Pujji on a panel Wednesday called “Survival of the leanest: The importance of being capital efficient.” Then, less than an hour later I’ll interview General Catalyst’s Hemant Taneja about responsible innovation. On Thursday, I’ll ask “Has the tech bubble burst... again?!” in a panel with FirstMark’s Matt Turck, Lux’s Deena Shakir, and Neo Financial’s Andrew Chau. Expect the most interesting tidbits in this newsletter late next week.Talking about Chesa Boudin on Dead CatMy first meeting in San Francisco started with a tour of The San Francisco Standard, the Michael Moritz-funded local news enterprise. My old editor Jonathan Weber — once the editor of tech media dot-com icon The Industry Standard — is the editor-in-chief over at the SF Standard. Weber, Dead Cat co-host Tom Dotan, and I met up for a nice dinner at The Morris in the Mission. After spending the evening discussing San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s recall, Tom and I convinced Weber to come on the Dead Cat podcast and talk about the Standard and San Francisco politics.Tom thinks I’m going to get eviscerated by San Franciscans for my politics. This is something we’ve never seen before: a New Yorker opining on San Francisco local affairs. I did my best to offend conservatives and liberals alike, maligning the police while rooting for tech’s ascendant influence on San Francisco politics. Weber makes the case for objective, follow-the-reporting local news and outlines the real issues underpinning the recall. He explains how money is simultaneously to blame and not to blame for Boudin’s recall. And he defends the Standard against its critics for its influential story on Boudin’s refusal to make drug arrests. We interrogate what Boudin’s defeat means for the future of progressive politics and the city of San Francisco.Give it a listen.Read the automated transcript. Get full access to Newcomer at www.newcomer.co/subscribe

La Wikly
📱 ¿Son las redes sociales tan nocivas?

La Wikly

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022


13 de junio | Nueva YorkLeer esta newsletter te llevará 12 minutos y 8 segundos.📬 Mantente informado con nuestras columnas de actualidad diarias. Tienes un ejemplo en este boletín que enviamos el pasado miércoles sobre la derrota del fiscal del distrito de San Francisco Chesa Boudin y lo que ello significa para el futuro del movimiento reformista del sistema de justicia criminal. Puedes suscribirte a través de este enlace:Maldito ladrón. Bienvenido a La Wikly.📱 No tan fácilLo importante: el auge de las redes sociales ha redibujado el panorama social, cultural y político de todas las sociedades del planeta, pero desde hace años impera una narrativa de casi absoluto consenso que concluye que las redes sociales tienen efectos negativos sobre las democracias.Ahí está el ascenso de los populismos, la crisis de salud mental entre jóvenes o la forma en la que el contenido de odio puede propagarse a una rapidez y escala impensables hace años.Explícamelo: en los últimos meses, dos ensayos publicados en The Atlantic y en The New Yorker han reavivado el debate acerca de si realmente las plataformas han tenido consecuencias tan nocivas.Aunque las conclusiones son dispares, los argumentos que esgrimen presentan enfoques interesantes ante el que será un debate que se seguirá dando durante años.Y además permiten desmontar algunas teorías muy establecidas sobre cómo las redes sociales han afectado al mundo real.📜 Reconstrucción históricaContexto: podría decirse que el punto culminante del optimismo tecnodemocrático sobre el aumento de popularidad de las redes sociales fue en 2011, el año que comenzó con la Primavera Árabe y terminó con el movimiento Occupy Global, según cuenta el psicólogo social Jonathan Haidt en su ensayo.También fue entonces cuando Google Translate empezó a estar disponible en prácticamente todos los teléfonos. Con la supresión de la barrera idiomática y la galopante globalización, estábamos más cerca que nunca de ser un solo pueblo.En el cambio de década, los usuarios de las redes sociales se sintieron más cómodos compartiendo detalles íntimos de sus vidas con extraños y con grandes corporaciones; se volvieron más expertos en administrar su marca personal a través de las redes —y tener éxito con esa marca personal.Es decir, los usuarios empezaban a saber qué foto tendría más me gusta o qué comentario tendría más retuits. La adaptación a ese nuevo statu quo desencadenó lo que Haidt define como la intensificación de las dinámicas virales.Llegado 2013, las redes sociales se habían convertido en un nuevo juego: si tenías habilidad o suerte, podías crear una publicación que capaz de viralizarse y hacerte famoso en Internet por unos días. Si cometías un error, podías terminar enterrado en comentarios de odio.El optimismo de 2011 empezó a decaer y empezó a encontrar conclusiones más apocalípticas conforme distintos escándalos ensombrecieron el crecimiento y las posibilidades de plataformas como Facebook, YouTube o Twitter.En la actualidad, los científicos sociales han identificado al menos tres fuerzas principales que unen colectivamente a las democracias exitosas: capital social (extensas redes de vínculos sociales con altos niveles de confianza), instituciones sólidas e historias compartidas.Según Haidt, las redes sociales habrían debilitado a las tres.🔬 El debate científicoHaidt representa el sector académico que defiende una visión pesimista de las redes sociales. Cree que las herramientas de la viralidad han corroído algorítmica e irrevocablemente la vida pública.El auge de las redes sociales ha “disuelto sin darse cuenta el mortero de la confianza, la creencia en las instituciones y las historias compartidas que habían mantenido unida a una democracia secular grande y diversa”, dice Haidt.La principal preocupación de Haidt es que el uso de las redes sociales nos ha dejado particularmente vulnerables al sesgo de confirmación. Es decir, la propensión a consumir e interiorizar el contenido que apuntala nuestras creencias previas.Esto lo llevó en 2021 a ser el coprotagonista de una iniciativa experimental de investigación colaborativa sobre el efecto de las redes sociales de internet que proponía reunir estudios sobre su impacto en la sociedad.El Google Doc “Redes sociales y disfuncionalidad política: una revisión colaborativa” se puso a disposición del público y acumuló comentarios con miles de estudios y fuentes de lo más diversas (desde artículos de revistas especializadas hasta hilos en Twitter y ensayos de Substack).El documento tiene más de 150 páginas y para cada pregunta hay estudios afirmativos y disidentes, así como algunos con resultados mixtos.La puesta en común de investigaciones específicas sobre los efectos de las redes sociales reveló, entre otras cosas, que tres de las preocupaciones más arraigadas podrían no ser tan graves como parece. El periodista Gideon Lewis-Kraus las mencionó en su artículo para The New Yorker:Las cámaras de eco, focos de sesgo de confirmación, se evidenciarían más en los vínculos que establecemos en la vida real que en las redes sociales, donde estamos expuestos a una gama más amplia de puntos de vista.Las fake news tampoco llegarían a tanta gente como se ha dicho. Es posible que un número muy pequeño de personas consuman noticias falsas de forma habitual. Y si lo hacen, suelen no creérselas.Los agujeros de conejo de plataformas como YouTube, esos por los que las recomendaciones algorítmicas habrían radicalizado a millones de personas mostrándoles contenido cada vez más extremista, se podría haber exagerado.“Estas son las tres historias: cámaras de eco, campañas de influencia extranjera y algoritmos de recomendación radicalizados. Pero, cuando miras la literatura, todas han sido exageradas”, sostiene Brendan Nyhan, politólogo de Dartmouth.Un documento de trabajo dirigido por Nyhan encontró que, contrario a lo que muchos preferirían pensar, existen razones de peso para creer que hay muchas personas buscando deliberadamente contenido de odio. Es decir, que el núcleo del problema no es la radicalización algorítmica, sino algo mucho más complejo.Nyhan pensó que asimilar estos hallazgos es crucial, aunque solo sea para ayudarnos a comprender que nuestros problemas pueden estar más allá de ajustes tecnocráticos.“Muchas de las críticas que se les hacen [a las redes sociales] están muy mal fundadas [...] La expansión del acceso a Internet coincide con otras 15 tendencias a lo largo del tiempo, y es muy difícil separarlas. La falta de buenos datos es un gran problema en la medida en que permite a las personas proyectar sus propios temores en este área”, sostiene Nyhan.🔮 ¿Y entonces?Ante esta postura más moderada sobre cuál debería ser la respuesta ante los efectos que parecen producir las redes sociales, Haidt defiende que las condiciones son demasiado terribles como para adoptar una visión realista:“La preponderancia de la evidencia es lo que usamos en salud pública. Si hay una epidemia, como cuando empezó el COVID, supongamos que todos los científicos hubieran dicho, 'No, ¿tenemos que estar seguros antes de hacer algo?'. [...] Tenemos la mayor epidemia de salud mental entre adolescentes de la historia y no hay otra explicación [que el auge de las redes sociales]. Es una epidemia de salud pública atroz, y los propios niños dicen que es cosa de Instagram, y tenemos algunas pruebas de ello, entonces, ¿es apropiado decir, 'Nah, no lo has demostrado'?".El argumento no es infundado. De hecho, como analizamos en esta entrega, investigaciones internas de Facebook revelaron datos como que el 32 por ciento de las adolescentes dicen que, si se sienten mal con sus cuerpos, Instagram hace que se sientan peor.Con el agravante de que las compañías que administran la plataforma de Meta minimizan constantemente en público sus efectos negativos entre adolescentes.El sociólogo Chris Bail, que orquestó junto a Haidt la propuesta de investigación colaborativa, rescata un apunte que contribuye a darle complejidad al fenómeno global de las redes sociales.Para ello, cita dos investigaciones que se propusieron inferir las diferencias entre un grupo A, con perfiles activos en Facebook, y un grupo B, con sus perfiles en la plataforma desactivados, durante las cuatro semanas previas a unas elecciones. Una se realizó en Estados Unidos; la otra, en Bosnia y Herzegovina.Los resultados de las investigaciones fueron diametralmente opuestos.En su newsletter Platformer, el periodista Casey Newton aboga por esperar a la publicación de más estudios antes de sacar conclusiones definitivas o legislar muy en lo concreto. Cabe pensar que una ley que pretenda regular funcionalidades como las recomendaciones algorítmicas puede no tener las consecuencias deseadas y además atente contra la innovación.Aunque bien es cierto que las redes sociales están muy poco reguladas, especialmente en países como Estados Unidos.Ni qué decir que si eres un pesimista como Haidt, entonces la lucha por el futuro de las democracias se está batallando ahora mismo, así que habría que tomar medidas cuanto antes.Quizá la mejor conclusión la dejaba el investigador Matthew Gentzkow en una cita para el artículo de The New Yorker:“Hay muchas preguntas aquí donde la cosa en la que estamos interesados como investigadores es en cómo las redes sociales afectan a la persona promedio. Hay una serie diferente de preguntas donde todo lo que necesitas es que un número pequeño de personas cambie —preguntas sobre violencia étnica en Bangladesh o Sri Lanka, gente en YouTube movilizada para llevar a cabo tiroteos masivos. Mucha de la evidencia generalmente me hacer ser escéptico con que los efectos medios sean tan grandes como la discusión pública piensa que son, pero también creo que hay casos en los que un número pequeño de personas con perspectivas muy extremistas son capaces de encontrarse entre ellos y conectar y actuar. […] Ahí es donde residen muchas de las peores cosas de las que estaría más preocupado”.Así que sí, probablemente las redes sociales han tenido consecuencias negativas sobre la sociedad y sobre las democracias. Y sí, probablemente todos hayamos exagerado los efectos nocivos de algunas particularidades muy concretas de las plataformas. Pero lo que está claro es que:Necesitamos más estudios acerca de los efectos de las redes sociales en la sociedad.Las compañías deberían dejar a los investigadores tener más acceso a sus datos.Hay daños que sí se han demostrado y tanto legisladores como plataformas deberían actuar cuanto antes para atajarlos.¿Desea saber más? Los dos ensayos son lectura muy, muy recomendada. Este otro artículo del Council of Foreign Relations indaga en una crítica habitual a Haidt y sus conclusiones pesimistas: “Las redes sociales no nos han cambiado de forma fundamental, solo nos han permitido ser nosotros mismos. Han dado forma y color a la última erupción de nuestros lados más oscuros, que siempre estuvieron ahí, esperando a venir a la superficie de nuevo tal y como han hecho repetidamente cada pocas generaciones por razones y en un calendario que sigue siendo confuso”.🎬 Una recomendaciónCon la colaboración de FilminBy Emilio DoménechFeels Good Man es una película documental estadounidense de 2020 dirigida por Arthur Jones. Cuenta los inicios de la rana Pepe, convertida ahora en uno de los mayores memes de toda la historia de internet lejos de las manos de su creador original.La película invierte gran parte de su duración en explorar el uso que la extrema derecha online hizo del meme para propagar mensajes de odio.Es difícil encontrar documentales que hablen de internet de una forma elocuente y que al mismo tiempo se sientan significativos o incluso trascendentales. Feels Good Man, pese a no ser perfecto, encapsula a la perfección muchas de las corrientes que influencian la convivencia online y el impacto que la viralidad tiene en el mundo real.Además, ilustra con inteligencia y empatía la forma en la que el arte puede ser corrompido —y pese a los esfuerzos del artista por impedirlo.No conozco ningún otro ejemplo de un documental que haga un trabajo parecido a la hora de traducir la cultura de los memes para todos los públicos, así que Feels Good Man sin duda es una buena oportunidad para espectadores algo desconectados de lo que pasa en cavernas como 4chan.Los muy leídos en el tema también encontrarán gratas recompensas acerca de la historia de Pepe, por cierto un habitual de los emojis de nuestra comunidad de Discord y de mis streams.Feels Good Man está disponible en Filmin.🤳 Una plataforma realistaBy Marina EnrichLo importante: Hace meses que BeReal se ha convertido en la app por excelencia de la generación Z. Emilio no os ha hablado de ella, y yo, que la uso diariamente, me he sentido obligada a explicaros de qué va y por qué tiene tanto éxito.Contexto: BeReal es una App fundada por el francés Alexis Barreyat y que no tiene nada que ver con ninguna red social actual. Cómo funciona. En un momento aleatorio del día te saltará una notificación al móvil diciendo: “Es la hora de BeReal” para que subas una foto. A todo el mundo le llega la notificación a la misma hora. Hasta que no subas tu foto, no puedes ver la de tus amigos. La foto se capturará a la vez con la cámara frontal y trasera. Al día siguiente, todas las fotos habrán desaparecido.Lo más importante: Es una app antipostureo. No tiene filtros. No puedes falsear la realidad. Menos yo este fin de semana, que he esperado a estar en el festival Primavera Sound para subir mi BeReal (son las dos fotos que encabezan esta sección).Eso sí, BeReal no me ha dejado engañar a mis amigos. Al lado de mi foto, ponía que la he subido 5 horas más tarde, siendo así menos real.Por lo general, las fotos que subo cada día a la aplicación son trabajando en mi ordenador, igual que la mayoría de mis amigos. Puede parecer aburrido, pero para mí es un respiro ver a gente que no se pasa el día viajando, tomando el sol y haciendo deporte.¿Pasará de moda? Pues igual. Aunque la verdad es que esta aplicación responde a una tendencia general entre la generación Z de querer compartir contenido más auténtico (lo vimos con los finstas, esos instagrams privados que creas solo para tus amigos).El interés de esta generación por TikTok tampoco es aleatorio. La aplicación china acuna contenido mucho más auténtico y natural que Instagram, y esa es la razón por la que, en general, nos gusta más.Lo mejor. BeReal no crea adicción. Mientras que Facebook, Instagram y TikTok viven de la economía de la atención, intentando retener a sus usuarios la mayor cantidad de tiempo, BeReal es todo lo contrario. Una vez subes tu foto y ves la de tus amigos, la aplicación pierde el interés. Hasta el día siguiente.Lo interesante: ver cómo monetizan la app. Han recaudado 30 millones de dólares tras una ronda de financiación de la firma de capital de riesgo Andreessen Horowitz, por lo que algún cambio tendrán que hacer.Esperamos que se mantengan reales a su premisa original, je.En otro orden de cosas, hoy vuelve Lunes por el mundo con los resultados electorales en las legislativas de Francia y la crisis de hambruna en Somalia, entre otros titulares. Anita os hablará de la Cumbre de las Américas en la entrega premium del martes.Podrás seguir el directo a partir de las 20:00 hora peninsular de España en Twitch.Feliz semana, This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.lawikly.com/subscribe

How to Scale Commercial Real Estate
Real Estate on the Blockchain

How to Scale Commercial Real Estate

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 23:24


Get ready for a crash course in blockchain technology and how it is transforming the real estate industry.   Joining us today is Michael Tabone. He is an economist at Cointelegraph Research. A Ph.D. candidate, engineer, economist, and business strategist, he also provides strategic consulting to firms concentrating in the DeFi and blockchain space. Michael has co-authored several reports for Cointelegraph Research and writes a quarterly venture capitalist report published on the Cointelegraph Research Terminal. His Ph.D. dissertation is on DAOs and their practical applications in the world of business.   Listen in and learn why real estate investors should be paying attention to the crypto space!   [00:01 - 09:-30] Revolutionizing Real Estate Michael talks about his background There's an unbelievable amount of money in crypto The applications of blockchain technology to real estate and other industries Tokenization of real estate assets 89% of security tokens are real estate The impact of blockchain on real estate transactions   [09:31 - 21:46] Getting Started in Crypto Learn about dollar cost averaging and the cold storage wallet Know about Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies Michael shares how he invests in crypto Talk to the experts Blockchain provides speed, liquidity, and transparency in real estate processes How to structure deals with blockchain Start accumulating a bit of crypto and get comfortable owning it   [21:47 - 23:23] Closing Segment Reach out to Michael!  Links Below Final Words Tweetable Quotes “You can adopt this technology or not adopt it, but it's going to come like a tidal wave. It's going to be over you. You're not going to do it? Then your competitor is going to come out and he's going to do it.” - Michael Tabone   “This is only going to help people. You know, this isn't for the big, big, big boys. This is going to help the everyday person.” - Michael Tabone   “There are so many financial functions that you can do with it that are outside of what you would normally do as a firm with real estate.” - Michael Tabone   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------   Connect with Michael! Email him at michael.tabone@cointelegraph.com and follow him on LinkedIn. Want to know more about blockchain and digital assets? Visit Cointelegraph Research or check them out on Twitter!   Resources Mentioned Security Token Market Ledn Milo Strike Andreessen Horowitz MicroStrategy Hope.com   Connect with me:   I love helping others place money outside of traditional investments that both diversify a strategy and provide solid predictable returns.     Facebook   LinkedIn   Like, subscribe, and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or whatever platform you listen on.  Thank you for tuning in!   Email me → sam@brickeninvestmentgroup.com Want to read the full show notes of the episode? Check it out below: [00:00:00] Michael Tabone: Small amounts over a large amount of time, regular. Don't worry about it. Learn what a cold storage wallet is, throw that money in there and just let it sit. And you know, it doesn't matter what it fluctuates over time. There's like I said, in the beginning of this podcast, these VCs about throwing money into these projects, not because they want to lose money because they believe that there's actual utility behind these things. [00:00:24] Michael Tabone: So the whole entire space, isn't a just digital dogs and all these kinds of things and, you know, illicit activities and stuff and, or crypto punks running around.  [00:00:47] Sam Wilson: Michael Tabone is an economist at Cointelegraph Research. He's a PhD candidate, engineer, economist and business strategist. He also provides strategic consulting to firms concentrating in the DeFi and blockchain space. Michael, welcome to the show.  [00:01:01] Michael Tabone: Thanks, Sam. Thanks for having me. Appreciate it.  [00:01:03] Sam Wilson: Pleasure is mine. Three questions I ask every guest who comes on the show: in 90 seconds or less, where did you start? Where are you now? And how did you get there?  [00:01:10] Michael Tabone: I started as an actor, trying to get my acting degree. I became an aerospace engineer. And then I got my degree in economics and a series of different jobs since then, reliability engineer, you know, almost every, janitor to the president of every company, like I think, and now I am also an economist for Cointelegraph Research. [00:01:33] Michael Tabone: And hopefully, you know, the, sky's the limit for other projects where I'm a director of finance and also other kind of stuff. And this, this crypto space is crazy ever-changing, and we'll never know exactly where we ended up.  [00:01:45] Sam Wilson: No, no, we won't. And that's, that's one of the things we're going to look for today is find out how well your crystal ball is working. [00:01:52] Sam Wilson: I'm kidding. This is, this is lots and lots of fun. We've had a lot of guests, or I should say a handful of guests come on the show and really talk about crypto, where they think crypto, where they think of blockchain is coming. Break this down for us. What do you see as the state of the industry right now? And then where do you see it going?  [00:02:11] Michael Tabone: So I'm lucky to be able to produce a venture capital report for Cointelegraph Research. And so I see the amount of investment that's happening in the space just every day. I'm in the weeds, in the details last year, there was 30 and a half, $30.5 billion worth of investment. [00:02:31] Michael Tabone: But in the last three months, it was $14.6 billion of investment into the crypto space. So it's an unbelievable amount of money and the unbelievable amount of things that are happening in a whole bunch of different sectors, including the NFT sector, non-fungible tokens, and non-fungible tokens are on the blockchain, but they can't be broken up. [00:02:53] Michael Tabone: They can't be segmented. So this fits right in with real estate. And there are some projects that are doing this kind of stuff, but there fits right in with real estate where your title is no longer going to be held on a piece of paper by the bank while you're paying off your mortgage. And then they send it to you on that final payment. [00:03:09] Michael Tabone: They finally send it to you and you get to try to put that on you're in your safe. And hopefully it doesn't burn down, right? When the house burns down, now it's going to be on the blockchain. And it's going to revolutionize many, many, many things as an example, title insurance. So title insurance is, as you know, is a huge amount of money per year. [00:03:30] Michael Tabone: Somebody has to go down to the town hall, pick to the records, all that stuff. But now I can just send you an address. You know exactly who owned it, where it went, you know exactly the trail and it's verifiable in seconds immediately, you can do it in a matter of minutes. [00:03:45] Michael Tabone: It doesn't take any time then therefore title insurance, the industry, not only the search, but the insurance on it is tons of money. No longer necessarily needed because it's all on the blockchain. And then again, you don't have to worry about it burning down in your safe because it's on the blockchain. [00:03:59] Michael Tabone: So all you need is that wallet, that address. And then there, if you're afraid of losing that, there's ways to secure that, too. So there's all these solutions that are, that are happening in the world. And it's, it's really fascinating.  [00:04:10] Sam Wilson: So one of the things that we're seeing in this space is that it's almost a dizzying pace just because the applications are just innumerable. It seems. So, at least for me, looking from the outside looking in, is that a fair analysis?  [00:04:22] Michael Tabone: It's fair for us experts, too. I mean, I do this all day long and I'm talking to somebody else, you know, I'll talk to I'll interview or talk to somebody else in this space who's, you know, ahead of an organization or something. [00:04:33] Michael Tabone: And then I'll mention something and I go, I didn't hear about that. And then they'll mention something, I didn't hear about that. And, you know, it's so unbelievable. And there are so many projects across so many different things that, even if you were to keep your head glued 24 hours a day, so fast and moving. [00:04:48] Michael Tabone: And it's really interesting. And like you said, it can be applied to many other things. Your medical information eventually will be on a blockchain where there's something called the zero-knowledge proof and all of these technological advances that allow you to only give out the information that you want. [00:05:02] Michael Tabone: So if you apply for a job. You know, your resume would be on a blockchain. And you can just say to the employer, Hey, I only want you to know where I live and I only want you to know my social security number. And I don't want you to know, you know, X, Y, and Z about me, and you can hold those keys. Private. [00:05:16] Michael Tabone: There's an unbelievable amount of very interesting applications for this. Now, a lot of people like to describe things that blockchain will not do, right? It's not going to cure cancer. It's not going to do anything, but there are some great applications for this. And like I said, the title insurance, not only for your car, you know, your, your house, your car will eventually also be a title that will be on the thing. [00:05:38] Michael Tabone: And then when it comes down to giving it to your relatives and people in your will, probate has way less to do, way less work to do because it's on the blockchain, right? There's nobody really to hunt it down. It really is amazing. So what's really interesting is about a month ago, two months ago, this organization called Security Token Market, they produced a n amazing, it blew my mind, all about security, tokens, and security tokens are regulated and they go through an entire process with different regulators across the entire government and agencies in America and across the world. [00:06:13] Michael Tabone: So when people talk about, you know, crypto is illegal assets and all that stuff, when we're talking about real estate, especially now it's extremely regulated and they go through an extreme process because it is a security, right? So it's really interesting that out of all the security tokens that exist, 89% of them are real estate and 87% are retail and 2% are commercial. [00:06:38] Michael Tabone: The only 2% of that is commercial and 87% of that is retail. And there are tons of examples of houses being put up for sale. I think the first one was in Detroit, was put on Ethereum and it was an NFT, non-fungible token and was sold and so forth as a house because you know, the deed was there. So very interesting. [00:06:57] Michael Tabone: So this is already happening. It's very, I mean, we're in the early stages and we're still learning all about it, but Security Token Market has done an amazing job of producing some information for us and producing information. So anybody who wants to get involved with that, I recommend you reach out to them, check out some of our materials on Cointelegraph Research, where they have reports with us. [00:07:15] Michael Tabone: It's just really amazing stuff. If you're in the space, but you gotta be on top of it now because you know, the thing is, like you said, there's an ever-changing environment. And I talked to people in all different types of industries. And a lot of them say stuff about like, I want to keep control of this, or I want to do that. [00:07:31] Michael Tabone: And I want to, and I'm like, you can do whatever you want. You can adopt this technology or not adopt it, but it's going to come and it's going to take it, it's going to, it's going to be like a tidal wave. It's going to be over you. You're not going to do it? Then your competitor is going to come out and he's going to do it. [00:07:44] Michael Tabone: And all of a sudden, as an example, there's a very, there's a very famous story of this guy who wanted to buy like a bunch of Lamborghini's and Ferrari's and he wanted to buy like, 6 really high-end cars. And it was a Saturday morning. Well, their bank doesn't exist on Saturday morning, right? The bank is closed. [00:08:00] Michael Tabone: There's no wire transfers, especially for the kind of, any kind of money we're talking about. So he calls up the dealership, says, are you on Coinbase? And they said, yeah, he goes, all right, I'm sending over the ETH. Sends over the ETH. Picks up delivery of the cars, right, with, you know, the temporary plates and he has possession of the cars in the weekend. [00:08:16] Michael Tabone: So instead of waiting on, so with your clients, instead of waiting on a Friday night at eight o'clock, some guy goes, all right, I want to buy the house. I have to wait until Monday to have, all this stuff can be avoided. You can, because crypto is 24 hours a day, seven days a week can be traded all the time. [00:08:30] Michael Tabone: You don't have to worry about saying these things, right. It's amazing. That's just the purchasing. We're not even talking about the mortgage of things yet because they're already, I'm sorry, I'm just going here. This is just amazing stuff. There are companies like Ledn, L-E-D-N, BNB Capital, Hoseki, Milo. Milo credit you can call up and you can get a mortgage that's backed by your crypto. So if you have, you know, if you had 10 Bitcoin, right, now, , you'd have like $400,000. If you wanted to take that 400,000 and put it up against collateral against the house, they will give you that mortgage. And that it's in a contract and boom, right? [00:09:04] Michael Tabone: The same thing with LEDN, same thing, right? So you can use it for down payments on a house. So you don't have 10 Bitcoin. You only have half a Bitcoin. Well, half a Bitcoin is $20,000. So if you were having a starter home and you wanted to put 10% down with Bitcoin, you can do that and you want that way. [00:09:17] Michael Tabone: You don't have to sell your Bitcoin either, right? You can use it as a lending platform to continue, so you can still continue to the bank Bitcoin and or other crypto, but you know, Bitcoin's the big one. And then you can use that as collateral. It's it really is amazing.  [00:09:30] Sam Wilson: Again, going back to this, the number of applications are innumerable. What are things, talk maybe directly to use me as an example, right? I'm an everyday, I'm a real estate investor. We're buying RV resorts. I'm raising money from, you know, from outside investors. What are some things I should be doing right now to not be the one caught in that tidal wave? As it, you know, you said the next thing you know, it'll be over you. [00:09:55] Michael Tabone: Well, nothing I say is really financial advice. I'm not a financial advisor, right? So this is not financial advice. Do your own research, right? Famous lines for everybody, I always recommend to people that you want to look for, the things that are the most pristine assets. And that's why real estate was always been an asset that people want to buy because they are not making any more land, right? So that's why, that's why you want to buy something because they're not going to make any more. Well, as an example, Bitcoin is one of those things they're not going to make anymore. Once they get 21 million, once the miners have done their job, it ends in 2140 so way after we are long gone, right? [00:10:31] Michael Tabone: And maybe unless crypto can solve that, too, but we'll be here for a long time. So Bitcoin will be here for a long time. And I recommend at least putting some money in to buying a little bit of that on a regular basis, do not run in and you buy, you know, $35,000 a night. I bought, almost bought a whole Bitcoin look at me. [00:10:51] Michael Tabone: And then tomorrow, you know, COVID 21 strikes or COVID 22 strikes and the price of Bitcoin drops down and you go, oh, I wish I could have bought three. Instead, you should do something called dollar cost averaging. And you should do this with any kind of small assets. Unfortunately, you can't do this with houses, right? [00:11:06] Michael Tabone: You can't dollar cost average in houses, but you can dollar cost average into Bitcoin or other cryptos over small amounts over a large amount of time, regular. Don't worry about it. Learn what a cold storage wallet is, throw that money in there, and just let it sit. And you know, it doesn't matter what it fluctuates over time. [00:11:24] Michael Tabone: There's like I said, in the beginning of this podcast, these VCs about throwing money into these projects, not because they want to lose money. Because they believe that there's actual utility behind these things. So the whole entire space isn't you know, digital dogs and all these kinds of things and, illicit activities and, and stuff, and, or crypto punks running around. It's actual use cases and utility, not just of the NFT space, but, you know, there's Ethereum is the king of DeFi, still. We'll see if that continues in the future. We actually Cointelegraph Research did a whole report on Ethereum as potential dethroners so you may want to check that out too, but you know, they're the Blue Chips, Blue Chip cryptos are great to throw into and I'm a guy who's not against gold, so I just don't think it's as good. [00:12:12] Michael Tabone: But they're actually, as crypto is like PAXG, which is a certified and audited cryptocurrency, which is backed by gold. Once you get a certain amount of that, you can actually trade it in and get physical gold delivered to you. So there's tons and tons of these kinds of things. [00:12:29] Michael Tabone: And again, if you didn't, if you were afraid of fluctuations of price and oh, well, put it against PAXG, if you want to just let it sit there and just kind of write out and then use that as collateral against your house. So there's all of these types of functions that exist and there's way more than that, but that's like the beginner's guide is get a, I like the Strike app because the fees are almost nothing. And I set up an hour, I set up an hourly by for myself. This is what I personally do. And I buy a certain amount every hour. It automatically ticks. And when it gets to a certain amount, I send it to my cold storage wallet because not your keys on your crypto. [00:13:03] Michael Tabone: And then it just sits there and I just let it accumulate. And I don't really look at the price of Bitcoin 'cause I worked in the industry. So I have no fear that it's good. I'm not like afraid it's going to be gone because I, and because I see it, it's just unbelievable. You know, Andreessen Horowitz is a perfect example. There is, a16z is what they go by and you know, they just set up a fund for $2.2 billion for stuff, right? It's just, you know, to, to go into the crypto space, it's really amazing. And somebody left a16z and created our own fund. That was $1.5 billion. So, you know what I mean? [00:13:39] Michael Tabone: Like there's so much stuff going on to help Web 3.0 or the next iteration of, of the worldwide web. Really we're in amazing times. And it's really, who's everybody in the real estate space to learn about it, get somebody in your office that understands this, you know, I would recommend, you know, contacting us or contacting Security Token Market. [00:13:59] Michael Tabone: You know, talk to these guys. They're extremely busy. I tried getting them to have like a webinar kind of thing. Like, oh, we're too busy. We're so busy right now. But you know, bug these guys to get them some information, bug us, you know, we'll help you. You can go to research.cointelegraph.com or find us on Twitter, all that stuff. [00:14:16] Michael Tabone: We're more than happy to help 'cause we'd love to see, we will have adoption. Adoption means that this is going to get bigger and this is only going to help people. You know, this isn't for the big, big, big boys. This is going to help the everyday person, the everyday person who doesn't have to spend the extra $20,000 in closing costs, reduce those closing costs down. That helps them out tremendously, right? The person who's got a billion dollars of closing costs was a write-off. The person who only has a $200,000 house and $18,000 of that is just shot because of the transaction costs that happened. We want to get that down, so we want to help out everybody. And that's what crypto does is it helps out the entire space.  [00:14:52] Sam Wilson: Agreed. Couldn't agree with you more. Are there things that we should be doing as we raise capital? That will allow, you know, 'cause one of the, one of the challenges that we run into is the illiquidity of our investments. You put 50 grand with me, Michael. And the only option you have is to take that and it gives you whatever that is. [00:15:13] Sam Wilson: Maybe, maybe my shares are sold in this deal. A thousand bucks, you have 50 shares in the LLC. The only option you have is to go sell all 50 shares to one other investor and they take your place. And I traded a bunch of paperwork, both of you. And it's a total hassle.  [00:15:27] Michael Tabone: That's a fantastic question. And you're, and that's the exact thought that, that, that has gone into some of these deals. So you might have like a three-family home. So your family home takes in three, three rents. That house is broken into 1000, let's say the separate NFTs 'cause NFTs can be traded amongst all the, all of these investors. [00:15:44] Michael Tabone: And of course, these investors would have to go through a KYC or a know your customer or AML process. So that way we know it's anti-money laundering process. So we know it's not just a random person, but once they jumped through those hoops and they got onto those lists and they got wait-listed, the illiquidity factor almost goes away. [00:16:01] Michael Tabone: It becomes a liquid thing. I have 10 shares of the house. Every single month I get automatically in my wallet, I see 10 shares of those three rents. It's fantastic, right? It becomes immediate. If I need to sell five and I want to hold on to five of those shares of the, of the house. I just go home. I go at two o'clock in the morning and my PJ's and I put it on my phone and someone buys it and I no longer get those rewards in my wallet. [00:16:27] Michael Tabone: But I also get the payment, right to myself, that minute automatically. It, there's, no, the paperwork is the signature I have. The way the blockchain works. It's basically like an accounting system. There's a debit, there's a credit, but there's a signature. So it's a three ledger accounting system. [00:16:42] Michael Tabone: There's, the signature is the only thing that you have the control over. No one else can do that signature for you. And that's the power that gives it. That's amazing, right? The ledger is so immutable that I have to be the only person that can give it the authority. I can make the mistake of putting my signatures in my, the way I get my students, or I can put it on an iPhone cloud. [00:17:01] Michael Tabone: I know I can put it on, like I can put it out in the world where Google, especially where it can get taken and stolen. Everything I do is written down in a little book. You know, I know high-tech we are right. Everything I have is written down a little book or it's in some kind of metal, these metal cases, which I will not open because these are my seed phrases or they're in these little, these little titanium, never going to burn down tabs that I may or may not have throughout the, have all my seed phrases on them. So I know we're talking about high-tech, but this is the, this is the technology that's going to save you. If I need to go back and get those keys, they're here, right? Not physically, they're there to get my keys back. This is a very, that's very long way past the time that we have here for the thing. [00:17:39] Michael Tabone: And I hope that answered the question. I'm sorry.  [00:17:40] Sam Wilson: It does. Yeah, no, no, you're good. I mean, and again, there's, there's so much here to understand, especially from this side of it, which is, you know, the questions that my listeners will have is how does this affect me? What should I be doing to prepare? And how do we get in front of this, especially as deal sponsors, like, how do we get in front of this in such a way that either sets us up for success or, you know, or at least doesn't let us get completely crushed when, you know, whatever it is, comes on the line. [00:18:10] Sam Wilson: And we're like, Hey, wait. So we're uploaded into the blockchain and then there's this and that and the other now. And suddenly we're still typing on typewriters while or rest of the world. You know, sending text messages.  [00:18:19] Michael Tabone: So absolutely. And there's tons of ways that you can structure this, but to kind of break it out past what maybe firms and small places have been doing over this time, if you can take a house and I can sell 95 and I can break it up into a hundred shares and I can keep five shares as the firm, you know, so someone comes in and goes, I really want to buy this house, but I, you know, I can't, it's a $500,000 house, but I don't really have anything to put down. [00:18:44] Michael Tabone: Listen, we'll own a certain percentage of it. We'll put down that we'll keep that part of the house. You can keep 90% of it. We'll keep 10% of it will keep it in these NFTs. And then once you buy that off, you can buy off the rest of that 10%. Now the advantages that as you know, real estate has a tendency to increase over time. [00:19:01] Michael Tabone: So by the time that person can buy off those 10 shares, it's probably appreciated in value, right? It gives me an opportunity to come in and go, all right. You know, we like your, we like your deal. It's not a loan. We own the house, but you know, when we give you and we give you a right to purchase it first, you know, of course, you can sell those things on secondary markets, too, as well. [00:19:20] Michael Tabone: You know, that kind of thing. But I would recommend getting a hold of somebody who understands crypto, who understands this kind of stuff. You're not going to give them, I'm okay with people receiving fees, but you're not, you know, you're not trying to find somebody who's just going to sit in your office and be the crypto guy, and he's going to be on the phone because it's going to be a long time for this to get massive adoption, but you need to become aware of this stuff. [00:19:41] Michael Tabone: So, one thing that I really like is MicroStrategy is one of the public firms that first started buying Bitcoin and they have the most amount of their balance sheets in the billions and billions of dollars. Hope.com is a big website that'll kind of bring you through the basics of Bitcoin. [00:19:55] Michael Tabone: I think you really need to start learning about Bitcoin first as a basis to understand really the culture and how everything kind of works. Everything else has kind of built on that, on that bedrock. And, you know, we have, like I said before, we have some, some great reports at research.cointelegraph.com that go into detail on these things, like we have a DeFi one. DeFi is decentralized finance, which goes through the history of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Solana, Polkadot, Algorand, all of these up-and-coming blockchains. And Ethereum is the one chain that is used mostly there are others in the real estate space. [00:20:33] Michael Tabone: And like I said, you make an NFT, it gets put on, gets made into a security token, and there's ways of doing that. But I would get somebody in just to give you the basics, understand, start reading by yourself. Unfortunately, there's no way to download this information to your brain with like a, like a club or something. [00:20:48] Michael Tabone: It takes hours and hours, hundreds and hundreds of hours, but there are ways to do it. I recommend us and I recommend like hope.com as a, as a way to get introduced to it. But I would, you know, I would start slowly accumulating a little bit of crypto just to get comfortable owning because for people that are, you know, I hate to date myself. [00:21:06] Michael Tabone: I was born in 82, so I, I have a period of time where I was, I didn't have technology. And then I had technology. There was, you know, I was both and the people came after me. Totally into technology, they get it. They're just like, oh yeah, yeah. I own an asset on a phone. [00:21:20] Michael Tabone: People that are older than me are like, eh, I gotta, I want that deed in my hand, right? I get that. So I get both sides. The only thing I can tell you is you got to get used to that. It's not tangible here, but it's tangible on the blockchain. Once you understand that, then it kind of helps you to realize, all right, there are so many financial functions that you can do with it that are outside of what you would normally do as a firm with real estate. It's just crazy. [00:21:47] Sam Wilson: Man. That's awesome. Michael, thank you for taking the time today to kind of give us the broad-scale picture of what's going on in the industry. I mean, where we are now and then really just get this ready for what may be coming down the line. [00:21:59] Sam Wilson: I mean, that's a lot of moving parts there, but I think you, you really summed it up and you said, Hey, this is something you have to research. It's been a lot of time doing and researching just to understand it. And maybe the action items today aren't necessarily like, Hey, here's how we're going to implement this right away. [00:22:13] Sam Wilson: But it's really just keeping our ear to the ground, I think, is what I heard more than anything and paying attention to it. So I think yeah, I appreciate you taking the time to come on and share with us today. Again, if our listeners want to get in touch with you. I know you mentioned this a few times already, but what is the best way to do that? [00:22:28] Michael Tabone: To get in touch with me, you can go on, you can email me at michael.tabone@cointelegraph.com. My last name T-A-B-O-N-E. Michael Tabone. michael.tabone@cointelegraph.com. and, you know, find us on research, research.cointelegraph.com. That's our website, and, you know, feel free to contact me to have any questions and we'll help point you in the right direction if I can. [00:22:54] Sam Wilson: Awesome. Michael, thank you for your time today. I do appreciate it.  [00:22:57] Michael Tabone: Awesome. Thanks, Sam. Appreciate it.

Chain Reaction
a16z VC on crypto criticism and their $4.5 billion bet (with Sriram Krishnan)

Chain Reaction

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 41:30


Welcome back, this week Lucas and Anita discuss investor drama facing blockchain startups during the market crash and the major piece of crypto legislation that just went live on the US Senate floor.In their interview this week, Anita and Lucas chat with Sriram Krishnan. Krishnan is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), which he joined after a trifecta of senior roles at Twitter, Facebook and Snap. Krishnan recently joined the crypto team at a16z, which recently debuted a new $4.5 billion crypto mega fund. We chatted about crypto controversy and opportunities in web3 social with Krishnan. Our interview was edited for length and clarity.Subscribe to the Chain Reaction newsletter to dive deeper: https://techcrunch.com/newslettersHelpful links:https://techcrunch.com/2022/06/08/proposed-bipartisan-us-crypto-bill-could-be-sigh-of-relief-for-the-industry/https://techcrunch.com/2022/05/25/amid-crypto-downturn-a16z-debuts-4-5-billion-web3-mega-fund/https://twitter.com/levie/status/1531498735137476608

Culture Factor 2.0
Ridhima Ahuja Kahn: Dapper Labs make the Top Shots using Flow Blockchain and serve up Brand Partnerships like Cryptokitties

Culture Factor 2.0

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 29:43


Ridhima Ahuja Kahn is the VP of Business Development at Dapper Labs. Her focus is helping build meaningful partnerships with the world's top IPs, creators, and social media platforms as they look to build blockchain-based experiences.Prior to Dapper Labs, she was a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) where she focused on sports, social, media & entertainment, collectibles (both in digital & physical), hospitality/travel and food.She has also spent time on the investment teams at the Hewlett Foundation & Grovenor Capital Management.- Tell me about how you shifted into this role at Dapper Labs and was the inspiration behind TopShot birthed at Dapper or was your sports background the impetus to this idea?- What does fandom look like in metaverse ? What does TopShot and Cryptokitties experiences look like there? And do you think experiences are the magic of an NFT and your utility? What do experiences look like in the Metaverse?- Flow blockchain technology is unique to Dapper, reducing the friction of Web 2 native users and Web 3 adventurers, do you think this shift in creating your own blockchain has been part of the the secret sauce for Dapper Labs?- Digital Fashion will likely see a ton of growth due to the concept of wearables and shopping in the Metaverse: Luxury brands will soar to the top fast bc of virtue signaling and the marketing machine they are built on. Can Dapper help creators or smaller brands with NFTs for this use case?- Because we are also an education platform on Culture Factor, can you define DAO  and is Dapper getting involved in the DAO space?- And what would a brainstorming session at Dapper look like in terms of iterating on best use cases, verticals or simply coming up with experiences?Ridhima Ahuja Kahn of Dapper LabsHolly Shannon's WebsiteZero To Podcast on AmazonHolly Shannon, LinkedinHolly Shannon, InstagramHolly Shannon, Clubhousehttps://youtu.be/PKCND4FqGLc#dapper, #metaverse, #blockchain, #creators, #digital, #flow, #create, #labs, #web3, #community, #physical, fashion, #technology, #experience, #nft, #brands