a16z Podcast

Andreessen Horowitz

technology, business, science
The a16z Podcast discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future – especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. This podcast is produced by Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”), aRead more
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Best Episodes

Section 230: Everything You Need to Know -- Tweets, Free Speech, Beyond

Jan 9, 2021

"You can't just declare any place a "public square" A "public square" designation only applies in limited circumstances where a private actor is *replacing* traditional government activities"




All about section 230 of the Communications Decency Act -- in what Wired senior writer (and host of the Get Wired podcast) described as "one of the clearest-but-still-nuanced explainers I've heard - worth listening to". So what does and doesn't it say? How does this law play out against broaderRead more

The Present Future of Audio: Talk, Music, Video, Interactivity

Oct 14, 2020

"The Value of Audio Over Video "




We've already talked a lot about podcasting, both evolution of the industry as well as the form, but where are we going with the future of audio, more broadly? Can we borrow from the present and future of video (e.g., TikTok) to see what's next in audio (more layers, more interactivity)? Can weRead more

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Words of 2020! (and Metaphors, and Interfaces of the Year)

Dec 24, 2020

"The “I’m gonna get another drink” of the virtual world"




"In a year that left us speechless, 2020 has been filled with new words unlike any other”... so it's unprecedented that for the first time, the Oxford English Dictionary did NOT name a word of the year. But do we really need the dictionaries to tell us what our words of the year are? Especially ifRead more

The Holy Grail of Social + Fintech

Dec 7, 2020

"How social first overcomes the barriers to consumer Fintech company success "




The intersection of social and finance—as well as shifting attitudes around what we share about money online—have given way to an ambitious new wave of financial products.While revealing one’s financial information was once considered taboo, now people are more apt than ever to openly discuss moneyRead more

Tracking the Trends: AI, WebRTC, Crypto, and Full Stack Startups

Oct 11, 2020




Today’s episode is a conversation about four big trends in the tech world. Any one of these trends would be notable on its own, but we cover all four in this hallway-style chat, as a16z General Partner Chris Dixon talks with Sep Kamvar (professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT and now cofounderRead more

The Machine That Made the Vaccine: Company, Platform, Innovation

Dec 21, 2020

"This innovation should blow us all away"



In this special episode of Bio Eats World -- which aired right after the FDA authorized Moderna's mRNA vaccine for emergency use -- Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel tells the story of not just the vaccine’s development, but the machine that made the vaccine: the platform, the technology, and the movesRead more

a16z Podcast: High Growth in Companies (and Tech)

Jul 20, 2018

"How product orgs start within companies "



with Elad Gil (@eladgil) and Chris Dixon (@cdixon) There's a lot of knowledge out there -- and networks of talent (especially in Silicon Valley) -- on what to do in the early stages of a company, going from 0 to 1, and even in going from 1 to 100... but what about beyond that? It's not as simplyRead more

Textiles as Tech, Science, Math, Culture... or Civilization

Oct 24, 2020

"Your sweater is a GMO"



"The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they're indistinguishable from it." That quote from computer scientist Mark Weiser is from a 1991 paper where he outlined the vision of ubiquitous computing; he also referencedRead more

Amazon Memos, Working Backwards Release, & Power of Narratives to Scale

Feb 8, 2021

" I would love to eleminate coordination all-together Coordination was the wrong answer"



When you hear stories about Amazon's "invention machine" -- which led to a company with not just one or two products but multiple, diverse, strong lines of business -- we often hear about things like: Memos, six pages exactly and no powerpoints at all! Or, the idea of "work backwards from the pressRead more

Designing for, Marketing to, and Partnering With Gen Z

Oct 19, 2020

"Niche interest groups are the new Facebook page "


Gen Z—those born between 1995 and 2010—now makes up 35 percent of the population and represent $143 billion dollars in spending power. This episode is all about how brands can better understand, collaborate with, and resonate with this hugely influential segment of consumers. Our guest, TiffanyRead more
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