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a16z Live

a16z Live is the place to listen to recorded live discussions and events featuring, hosted, or co-hosted by a16z partners (with outside voices too). As a reminder, all content posted here is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Views expressed are those of the individuals and not the views of Andreessen Horowitz, please see a16z.com/disclosures for more. To learn more about the broader a16z Podcast network and shows, please visit a16z.com/podnetwork.

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LATW 2022: Art of the Deal
a16z Cofounder and General Partner Marc Andreessen and Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel are interviewed by a16z General Partner Sriram Krishnan at the “Time to Build: LA” event during LA Week. The trio chat about the future of content distribution, the bull case for VR over AR, the end of corporate brands, and why there is (or isn’t) ever anything good to watch on TV.
37:05 10/27/2022
LATW 2022: Building the Future of Games
In this episode of a16z Live, David Banks, a former Riot Games executive who's now the co-founder and CEO of Elodie Games, and Timmu Tõke, the co-founder and CEO of Ready Player Me, a leading platform for cross game avatars, join a16z General Partner and games investor Jon Lai for a conversation about where they think the metaverse is going, and the future of building games
19:19 10/24/2022
LATW 2022: Building Better Marketplaces
In this episode of a16z Live, Grant LaFontaine, the co-founder and CEO of the livestream shopping platform Whatnot, talks with a16z General Partner Connie Chan about building the company, his experience as the site's first person to go live, and why he prefers Los Angeles over San Francisco. What follows is a slightly edited version of that conversation.
16:47 10/24/2022
LATW 2022: Building Better Factories
In this episode of a16z Live, Chris Power, the Founder and CEO of the precision parts manufacturing company, Hadrian, talks with a16z American Dynamism Partner Oliver Hsu, about why he decided to build his factories in LA, why software engineers shouldn't be afraid of manufacturing company jobs, and how a single mom and pop machinist shop can affect the national supply chain. What follows is a slightly edited version of that conversation.
12:37 10/24/2022
Investing in Los Angeles
To celebrate the L.A. community and the city's growth, a16z recently hosted, "Time to Build Los Angeles," an event where we invited L.A.-based investors, founders, and operators from across a diverse range of industries to talk about company building in L.A. In the first in our series of interviews, we invited Andrew Chen from a16z, Minnie Ingersoll from TenOneTen, and Turner Novak from Banana Capital to talk about why L.A. is at an inflection point, misperceptions about the region, and what makes a great meme. But first, we opened our panel discussion with a presentation from a16z consumer partner, Katia Ameri, on what you need to know about the L.A. scene and why we think it's worth paying attention to in the years to come. What follows is a slightly edited version of that conversation.
30:09 10/24/2022
Titan's Clayton Gardner on How the Fintech Market is Changing
In this episode of a16z Live, we are joined by Titan Invest co-founder and co-CEO Clayton Gardner; a16z General Partner Anish Acharya; and a16z growth partner, Alex Immerman. The trio starts their conversation by diving into the difference between active and passive investment management and where Titan fits into that matrix. Building upon that foundation, they discuss how the fintech market is changing, why historically the best fund managers have not taken retail money, and whether that's changing the importance of curation in UX on competitive platforms, and of course the role of regulation.
38:23 10/20/2022
Ben Horowitz on How the Best Leaders Build Culture
Ben Horowitz discusses the leadership styles of Intel’s Andy Grove and Apple’s Bill Campbell, how Okta won its market with culture, and how to look for and hire the talent you don’t have in an interview with David Weiden, founding partner at Khosla Ventures, at the Khosla Ventures CEO Summit. Read a transcript of the conversation here. 0:40: The management legacy of Intel’s Andy Grove4:26: Why everyone remembers Bill Campbell7:35: How culture gave Okta the competitive edge12:15: Finding the talent you don’t have16:07: Building a resilient company cultureRead a transcript of this conversation here. 
21:49 08/19/2022
The Importance of Partnerships in the Great Unbundling
The API economy and a Cambrian explosion of apps are transforming best-in-class tech from monolithic tools to a stack of 20 applications that work together. Amid this unbundling, partnerships have become a critical part of early go-to-market strategy that can lead to higher quality pipeline and accelerated sales. In this fireside chat, recorded at the 2022 Crossbeam Supernode conference, a16z General Partner Sarah Wang and Bob Moore, Cofounder and CEO of Crossbeam, discuss how partnerships have changed and why the best startups invest early in building a partnership program.   You can read a transcript of this podcast here. 
19:46 06/29/2022
Goldman Sachs' Stephanie Cohen on How the Firm's Approach to Technology Has Evolved
a16z General Partner David Haber chats with his former colleague Stephanie Cohen, Goldman Sachs' Global Co-Head of Consumer and Wealth Management, about her journey from being an investment banker to running a global division, how Goldman Sachs stays relevant to different client audiences, and how fintech entrepreneurs can think about partnering with the financial services giant.
23:58 06/23/2022
CISA Deputy Director Nitin Natarajan on What Cybersecurity Threats Keep Him Up At Night
As the deputy director for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Nitin Natarajan spends most of his days worrying about everything from risk identification and mitigation, to educating young people and small businesses on their potential to be victims. In this fireside chat with Joel de la Garza, a16z operating partner for security, the two men discuss what keeps the CISA official up at night, his view of the situation in Ukraine and Russia, and how being tech savvy doesn’t translate into being cyber savvy (especially for kids).
30:13 06/10/2022
Building Towards American Dynamism with Chris Power, CEO of Hadrian
Katherine Boyle, General Partner at a16z is joined by Hadrian founder and CEO Chris Power, Packy McCormick, founder of Not Boring, and a16z co-founder Marc Andreessen to discuss the opportunity to automate and upskill in the precision parts industry and shore up U.S. manufacturing with new technology.
54:50 04/09/2022
Ken Griffin on Unfettered Conversations with A and Z
An excerpt from a Clubhouse conversation, where Marc interviews Ken Griffin, CEO and founder of Citadel, on GameStop one year later and why the stock price hasn't crashed, as well as about his winning bid for the Constitution in the auction against ConstitutionDAO.
19:50 12/03/2021
a16z Bio + Health #20: How useful is real world data in medicine?
What are you doing with real world data? [1:39]How valuable is real world data? [7:24]How and where do we need shared data infrastructure? [16:37]Can real world data be used for clinical decision support? [20:40]Are diagnostic companies becoming the data aggregator layer? [26:52]What will define the core competency of academic medical centers (AMCs)? [30:35] How could drug manufacturers use real world data?  [33:58]For more on the digital health, visit a16z.com/digital-health-builders. And for more great a16z Bio shows on Clubhouse, follow the a16z bio club.
39:03 11/14/2021
a16z Bio + Health #19: Going B2C2B in Digital Health
Who is your "B" and who is your "C"? [2:02]Why did they choose B2C2B? [6:36]How did they craft their enterprise story? [11:42]Does going B2C2B increase CAC (customer acquisition costs)? [16:56]Three things to build an enterprise story around [22:26]How did their choice of B2C2B impact investor conversations? [34:23]What mix of consumer vs. healthcare talent did they need? [40:42] For more on the new digital health go-to-market, visit a16z.com/digital-health-builders. And for more great a16z Bio shows on Clubhouse, follow the a16z bio club.
54:22 10/29/2021
One on One with A and Z #12: What is the most misunderstood area of markets?
This is an excerpt from the a16z Clubhouse show One on One with A and Z, where a16z cofounders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz answer questions on tech trends, company building, and more. To catch full live episodes of the show, follow the a16z Club on Clubhouse. 
19:24 10/18/2021
Good Time Show: Performance with Purpose with Indra Nooyi
Indra didn't plan her career -- and that was a good thing [2:15]The personal tradeoffs of professional success [4:24]Deciding between a job at GE and PepsiCo [7:27]Rising up the ranks of PepsiCo [12:13]Transitioning PepsiCo to healthier foods... and doing well by doing good [16:34]Management hack: writing letters to parents [19:04] "Performance with Purpose" -- what is it and why does it matter? [22:15]Work-life balance requires tradeoffs [23:24]Meeting Steve Jobs and learning the power of design [31:02]The loneliness of leadership [33:15]This is an excerpt from the Good Time Show on  Clubhouse. To catch full live episodes of the show, follow the a16z Club on Clubhouse. 
38:17 10/06/2021
One on One with A and Z #11: How much rare knowledge is there?
This is an excerpt from the a16z Clubhouse show One on One with A and Z, where a16z cofounders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz answer questions on tech trends, company building, and more. To catch full live episodes of the show, follow the a16z Club on Clubhouse. 
14:23 09/28/2021
Good Time Show: What It Takes to Survive with Lyft Founder John Zimmer
The early days of Zimrides [2:08]Driving early virality [7:56]Competing with Uber [15:47]Why they took political stances [27:03]Managing through the pandemic [38:09]The future focus for Lyft -- autonomous vehicles and the end of car ownership [42:50]Follow the a16z Club to join conversations with tech founders, builders, and leaders live and in-full.
51:38 09/08/2021
a16z Bio + Health #18: What will it take to cure diabetes?
An overview of diabetes Type 1 and Type 2 [2:58]Thinking beyond Type 1 and Type 2 [6:58]New treatment options: stem cells, continuous glucose monitoring [14:19]What's the timeline on stem cell therapies? [17:15]Therapies for controlling, rather than curing, diabetes [23:52]The current technology challenges to treating diabetes [29:52]The challenges in education and access [35:41]This is an excerpt from the a16z Bio show on Clubhouse, where we explore all the ways that biology is technology. To catch full episodes of the show, follow the a16z Club on Clubhouse.
52:07 09/03/2021
a16z Bio + Health #17: Proteomics and Product around a Technological Breakthrough
Founding story of Nautilus [1:43]Why was the Nautilus approach to proteomics a breakthrough? [6:12]Why a startup instead of academic research? [9:57]How to pick a good cofounder (it's not that different from choosing a spouse) [15:32]Advice for academic founders: how to work with VCs  [21:14]The tipping points of scale & the challenges of finding good talent  [25:17]Is proteomics really a gamechanger? [30:49]How is Nautilus bringing it to market? [34:17]What Nautilus can learn from Illumina and genomics [37:32]Looking ahead to the next 10 years [41:26]This is an excerpt from the a16z Bio show on Clubhouse, where we explore all the ways that biology is technology. To catch full episodes of the show, follow the a16z Club on Clubhouse.
43:50 08/31/2021
One on One with A and Z #10: The Impact of System Design on Culture
This is an excerpt from the a16z Clubhouse show One on One with A and Z, where a16z cofounders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz answer questions on tech trends, company building, and more live . To catch full episodes of the show, follow the a16z Club on Clubhouse.  
18:37 08/25/2021
Capital Markets #1 with MSCI CEO Henry Fernandez: What goes into an index?
The MSCI origin story [1:07]How does an index get constructed? [6:51]How do you keep an index accurate? [11:42]MSCI business model... how do they get paid? [16:27]MSCI, competition, and why not an open source index? [23:14]ESG and investment objectives [27:00]ESG disclosure frameworks and the role of government in ESG [32:50]Defining ESG [34:44]MSCI, crypto, and other asset classes [42:55]Why an index business instead of principal investing? [51:09]Follow the a16z Club to join conversations with tech founders, builders, and leaders live and in-full.
56:55 08/23/2021
Good Time Show: Metaverse + Crypto
SPEAKERS:Aarthi Ramamurthy, international, ClubhouseDonnie Dinch, founder and CEO, BitskiGabby Dizon, cofounder, Yield Guild GamesJarrod Dicker, operating partner, TCGJesse Walden, founder, Variant FundJon Lai, principal, a16zPacky McCormick, founder, Not BoringSriram Krishnan, general partner, a16zTwobadour, founder, MetapurseJustin “3LAU” Blau, producer and musicianoriginally aired on Clubhouse  https://twitter.com/sriramk/status/1422987628958208007
59:54 08/18/2021
a16z Infra #6: The Cost of Cloud vs. Repatriation
This conversation centers on the arguments and findings of the a16z piece The Cost of Cloud, a Trillion Dollar Paradox. The Core Findings of The Cost of Cloud piece [5:22]Cloud is a significant part of COGS for public SaaS companies [8:38]Should you allocate engineers to reduce cloud cost or just focus on growth? [12:06]How much of a problem is not knowing cloud spend? [15:56]The tradeoff between focusing cost and engineering resources [19:33]Should large public SaaS companies repatriate? [23:41]Performance  matters -- it's not all about cost [31:55]Is all the talent for running data centers at the Google, AWS, and Azure? [37:46]Will the cloud feature set become commoditized? [44:57]Cloud oligopoly and market dynamics [50:39]Follow the a16z Club to join conversations with tech founders, builders, and leaders live and in-full.
58:32 07/27/2021
Good Time Show: a16z's Journey with Crypto and Crypto Investing
This podcast is an excerpt. Follow the a16z Club to join conversations with tech founders, builders, and leaders live and in-full.Early days of a16z crypto [2:38]New crypto governance capabilities [16:34]How is the VC model different when investing in crypto? [22:24]Crypto regulation and the recent attempt at holiday rulemaking [29:49]Is anyone effectively regulating crypto? [34:15]How do you start working in crypto? [36:58]What problems should crypto founders work on? [43:51]Identity, crypto, and the future of social networks [45:15]Centralized vs. decentralized: the battle for the internet [48:17]
51:31 07/19/2021
a16z Infra #5: Category Creation with Armon Dadger (HashiCorp) and Stephen Mullaney (Aviatrix)
What makes a category? [0:37]The leading indicator? Everyone thinks you're crazy. [5:36]Can you create a category whole cloth? [7:02]How to create a category [12:05]The best category creation CEOs are product marketers [15:55]Category creation tactics: certification programs [18:54]Category creation tactics: persona-based storytelling [22:17]Is there a repeatable way to make a category? [25:35]The role of the CTO and product teams in creating the message [29:22]How do you structure product marketing? [45:16]This is an excerpt from the a16z Clubhouse show a16z Infra. To catch full episodes of the show, follow the a16z Club on Clubhouse. 
49:50 07/16/2021
People Behind the Product #3: What's Next in Retail?
SPEAKERS (in order they are heard in the episode):Shannon Kelly, a16zConnie Chan, a16zBrandon Chu, VP Product and GM  of Platform, ShopifyD'Arcy Coolican, a16zNait Jones, a16zJess Lee, Cofounder and CEO, Modern CitizenImran Khan, Co-founder and CEO, VerishopThis is an excerpt from the a16z Clubhouse show People Behind the Product. To catch full episodes of the show, follow the a16z Club on Clubhouse. 
19:03 07/14/2021
4B with Margit #9: What Exactly Is Growth Hacking?
The origins of growth hacking [1:20]Brand building vs. growth hacking? [13:58]Where does growth fit into the organization?  [31:06]The cold start problem: growth hacking from 0 to 1 [36:47]What can't be measured? [47:53]How do you test and validate new channels? [51:38] Do growth hacks always work, or at some point does it come down to product? [54:55]How do you allocate budget? [1:00:27]For the latest a16z conversations on Clubhouse, follow the a16z Club. 
65:04 06/23/2021
Future.com: The Why, The What, and The Who
Why  Future with Marc Andreessen, Margit Wennmachers, and Sonal Chokshi [2:20]The New Creator Economy with Joost van Dreunen, Wes Kao, Cuy Sheffield, Chris Lyons, Lauren Murrow, and Zoran Basich [17:58]Bubbles, Speculation, and Innovation with Byrne Hobart, Jamie Catherwood, and Zoran Basich [35:38]Work Models & Measures for the Information Age with  Rajiv Ayyangar, Nicole Forsgren, and Das Rush [51:20]The Power of Subtracting, Adding, and AI in Bio with Leidy Klotz, Vijay Pande, and Lauren Richardson [1:05:11]***Visit future.a16z.com for additional content on these topics and more. Follow the a16z Club on Clubhouse to join conversations with tech founders, builders, and leaders live and in-full.  
79:13 06/22/2021
One on One with A and Z #9: The Big Questions around Remote Work
What was the biggest surprise from the past 15 months of remote work? [5:24]How do you handle conflict and build trust? [10:09]What's the role of offsites? [15:45]Should you adjust compensation for different geographies? [24:02]How do you measure productivity? [34:10]What is the impact of remote work on retention and turnover? [49:17]How do startups built on decentralized  platforms (e.g., Ethereum) function? [53:36]Is this the beginning of the end for Silicon Valley? [56:07]For the latest a16z conversations on Clubhouse, follow the a16z Club. 
64:03 06/18/2021