16 Minutes News by a16z

Introducing our new podcast, 16 Minutes, a short news podcast where we cover the top headlines of the week, the a16z podcast way -- why are these topics in the news; what's real, what's hype from our vantage point; and what are our experts' quick takes on these trends? About the a16z Podcast: Discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future -- especially as ‘software eats the world’. It feRead More


Tiktok and 'Seeing Like an Algorithm'

Sep 18, 2020
37 min
with @eugenewei @smc90 In this special "2x" episodes of 16 Minutes, we quickly cover the algorithm that powers TikTok, the short video platform that grabbed massive marketshare in cultures and markets never experienced firsthand by the engineers...
Sep 18, 2020 • 37 MIN

Apple and the 'Doctor’s Office on a Wrist'

Sep 17, 2020
19 min
We cover the latest coming out of Apple's event yesterday, focusing on their new watches (including a lower price model); new sensors (including blood oxygen); and services for healthcare. Is always-on, (relatively) low-cost, passive monitoring for...
Sep 17, 2020 • 19 MIN

A Faster, Cheaper Test -- Will It Really Democratize Coronavirus Testing?

Sep 2, 2020
18 min
[simplecast-embed src="https://16minutes.simplecast.com/episodes/16mins-antigen-covid-test-coronavirus-testing-point-of-care-diagnostics-pregnancy-test-like-democratization?dark=true"] In this episode of 16 Minutes, we cover the recent news around...
Sep 2, 2020 • 18 MIN

Teladoc & Livongo, Is Virtual Care Really Here?

Aug 11, 2020
23 min
In this episode of 16 Minutes -- our show where we cover recent headlines; tease apart what's hype/ what's real; and help orient where we are, trends-wise, on the long arc of innovation -- we cover the merger of Teladoc and Livongo, which was...
Aug 11, 2020 • 23 MIN

GPT-3, Beyond the Hype

Jul 29, 2020
33 min
In this special "2x" explainer episode of 16 Minutes -- where we talk about what's in the news, and where we are on the long arc of various tech trends -- we cover all the buzz around GPT-3, the pre-trained machine learning model that's optimized...
Jul 29, 2020 • 33 MIN

Funding Science & Innovation; Remote Work & Future Silicon Valley

Jul 10, 2020
19 min
This holiday break episode of 16 Minutes on the News (#36) covers two timely and still developing-news topics: #1 The National Science Foundation could rebrand as the National Science AND Technology Foundation -- as well as get up to $100B more in...
Jul 10, 2020 • 19 MIN

Apple App Clips, Program the Offline World!

Jun 29, 2020
20 min
A number of features were announced at Apple's WWDC/ Worldwide Developers Conference this week, but this episode of 16 Minutes on the News focuses on just one: Apple's "App Clips" coming to iOS14. Because App Clips -- small, lightweight, fast,...
Jun 29, 2020 • 20 MIN

Videogames as Medicines -- So What Is/Isn't a Digital Therapeutic?

Jun 21, 2020
19 min
The FDA just approved the first ever videogame that can now be legally marketed and prescribed as a medicine. It's a game called EndeavorRX (formerly known as Project EVO and developed by Akili Interactive based on technology licensed from a...
Jun 21, 2020 • 19 MIN

Snapchat & Bitmoji: Mobile, Social, Cloud Gaming, and Identity

Jun 21, 2020
19 min
At last week's Snap Partner Summit, a number of announcements -- including a navigation redesign and Bitmoji for Games -- have broader implications for the gaming industry and beyond. Especially when such messaging games, built on HTML5 and "mini...
Jun 21, 2020 • 19 MIN

Section 230 CDA: Content Moderation, Free Speech, the Internet

May 31, 2020
40 min
In this special "3x" episode of our news show -- where we cover the headlines and tech trends, offering analysis, frameworks, explainers, and more -- we cover the tricky but important topic of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The 1996...
May 31, 2020 • 40 MIN

The Security and Privacy of Contact Tracing

May 23, 2020
20 min
While governments, policymakers, and employers around the world are all figuring out how to reopen the economy, contact tracing -- which includes identifying and warning contacts of exposure in order to stop chains of transmission -- is a key...
May 23, 2020 • 20 MIN

CRISPR for Covid Testing and FDA EUAs

May 17, 2020
20 min
As calls for better, faster, cheaper, portable testing for COVID-19 disease are heard around the world -- given the important role of test-trace-isolate in re-opening the economy! -- the FDA recently issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for...
May 17, 2020 • 20 MIN

The Case of Zoom and Scaling Cloud Security

Apr 12, 2020
20 min
Zoom has not only experienced unprecedented, rapid growth (from 10M to 200M daily active users) due to the coronavirus pandemic and shelter-in-place -- but is also seeing a shift in use cases from primarily enterprise to more consumer as well. At...
Apr 12, 2020 • 20 MIN

Drugs & Debates: Real World Data, Randomized Controlled Trials

Mar 29, 2020
17 min
If the best way to know whether a medicine is effective is through a clinical trial, then where does (and doesn't) real-world data and real-world evidence come in? The topic is always top of mind in drug development, with additional focus as of...
Mar 29, 2020 • 17 MIN

The Economic Virus - Monetary Policy, Fiscal Policy, and Small Business

Mar 22, 2020
18 min
The U.S. Federal Reserve recently made a range of moves -- from cutting interest rates to near zero (which it also did in the 2008 financial crisis) and using other tools -- to support "the flow of credit to households and businesses, thereby...
Mar 22, 2020 • 18 MIN

Hospitals' Historic Moment & the New Data Rules

Mar 14, 2020
19 min
This episode of 16 Minutes on the News covers the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' "historic rules" to provide patients more control of their data. They've been a long time coming, and despite recent fights over them, the final rules...
Mar 14, 2020 • 19 MIN

Gaming & Chrome OS/Steam; Going Cashless; Coronavirus Latest

Mar 8, 2020
19 min
This episode of 16 Minutes on the news covers:Google could bring Steam support to Chrome OS, according to an earlier unconfirmed report, and what that could mean for the broader gaming ecosystem, developers as well as devices -- with a16z general...
Mar 8, 2020 • 19 MIN

What's Up With All These Fintech Acquisitions; SEC Rules

Feb 28, 2020
15 min
This episode of 16 Minutes on the news covers:all the recent fintech acquisitions! from Intuit announcing it's acquiring Credit Karma this week to Morgan Stanley announcing it's acquiring E-trade last week to Visa acquiring Plaid last month, and so...
Feb 28, 2020 • 15 MIN

Coronavirus Updates

Feb 19, 2020
20 min
This episode covers the latest updates since our previous deep-dive on the novel coronavirus outbreak. We cover the latest developments -- new name, new declarations, new numbers, new definitions -- as well as:practical implications for the U.S....
Feb 19, 2020 • 20 MIN

Epic Battles in Healthcare, FICO Changes

Feb 7, 2020
21 min
This episode of 16 Minutes on the news covers:FICO credit score changes, what are they, do they matter? -- with a16z fintech general partners Angela Strange and Anish Acharya;electronic health record provider Epic's letter urging hospitals to...
Feb 7, 2020 • 21 MIN

Coronavirus Outbreak

Jan 30, 2020
19 min
This episode of 16 Minutes on the news from a16z is all about the recent coronavirus outbreak -- or rather, a new type of coronavirus called 2019-nCoV for 2019 novel coronavirus. Since it's an ongoing and fast-developing news cycle, we take a quick...
Jan 30, 2020 • 19 MIN

CES 2020 - Screens, 8K, 5G, Cars, Micromobility, Smart Home

Jan 18, 2020
17 min
This episode of our news show teases apart what was just a concept, what's near from the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020). Board partner Steven Sinofsky (in conversation with Sonal Chokshi) takes us on a quick tour of the based on his...
Jan 18, 2020 • 17 MIN

Regulating AI; Negative Interest Rates (#19)

Jan 13, 2020
21 min
In this 19th episode of our news show, where we cover recent headlines from our vantage point in tech, we cover the following news items (in conversation with Sonal Chokshi):recent moves to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) software including...
Jan 13, 2020 • 21 MIN