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Epic Games

Sep 2, 2020
145 min
We go deep behind the "epic" story of a plucky game developer from Cary, North Carolina (by way of Potomac, Maryland) which, after bootstrapping for its first 22 years, has quietly morphed into an $18b juggernaut that may become the most important...
Sep 2, 2020 • 145 MIN

Eventbrite (with Julia & Kevin Hartz)

Aug 25, 2020
91 min
We're joined by two very special guests, Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz and her cofounder, spouse and Eventbrite Chairman Kevin Hartz, to tell their story of building Eventbrite together (along with their lives and family) from the PayPal diaspora to...
Aug 25, 2020 • 91 MIN

Pinduoduo

Jul 16, 2020
111 min
We kick off Season 7 with a bang: Pinduoduo, the incredible five year-old Chinese mashup of "Costco and Disneyland" (as self-described in their IPO prospectus) which recently became the fastest company ever to pass $100B market capitalization. What...
Jul 16, 2020 • 111 MIN

LP Show Preview: Consumer Investing Master Class with Sarah Tavel, General Partner at Benchmark

Jul 7, 2020
14 min
On this preview of our most recent LP Show episode, Benchmark General Partner Sarah Tavel joins us for a master class on consumer investing. We start with why invest in consumer at all (given the inherent risks of its "hit-driven nature"), then...
Jul 7, 2020 • 14 MIN

Oprah (Harpo Studios)

Jun 25, 2020
128 min
We close out Season 6 with the story of perhaps the single most successful media entrepreneur of all-time: Oprah Winfrey, and her juggernaut conglomerate Harpo Studios. Born to a poor single mother in the segregated 1950's deep south, Oprah's rise...
Jun 25, 2020 • 128 MIN

SpaceX

May 26, 2020
159 min
On the eve of SpaceX's historic scheduled launch of its first human spaceflight mission — both the first ever by a private company, and the first to take place on American soil in nearly a decade — we tell the incredible story of its rise from...
May 26, 2020 • 159 MIN

Adapting Episode 3: Intel

May 12, 2020
78 min
Want more Acquired? Join thousands of other founders, CEOs, VCs, product people and engineers learning in the Acquired Limited Partner Program: https://glow.fm/acquired/ When you think of Intel today, you probably think of the microprocessor...
May 12, 2020 • 78 MIN

Acquired Special Episode: Jason Calacanis

Apr 29, 2020
92 min
Want an edge in your business like Jason? Join thousands of other founders, CEOs, VCs, product people and engineers learning in the Acquired Limited Partner program at: https://glow.fm/acquired/ We're joined by the one and only Jason Calacanis...
Apr 29, 2020 • 92 MIN

Podapalooza Announcement: Intel

Apr 15, 2020
5 min
Missing Acquired? We are too. But the world's not done adapting just yet, and neither are we. So get ready for (in the immortal words of Sammy Hagar) the best of both worlds: an Acquired + Adapting crossover lollapalooza... at Podapalooza 2020!...
Apr 15, 2020 • 5 MIN

Adapting Episode 2: Sequoia’s Black Swan Memo (with Roelof Botha)

Mar 31, 2020
36 min
On March 5th 2020, Sequoia Capital published a Medium post entitled ‘Coronavirus: The Black Swan of 2020’. The memo minces no words, admonishing founders & CEOs to “question every assumption about your business”, and portends that “as Darwin...
Mar 31, 2020 • 36 MIN

Adapting Episode 1: Canlis

Mar 20, 2020
43 min
The world has changed. Acquired is changing too: we’re taking a pause from our normal episodes. The world doesn’t need stories of M&A and IPOs right now. But it does still need stories of great companies and great leaders. So we’re taking...
Mar 20, 2020 • 43 MIN

The Top 10 Acquisitions of All-Time

Mar 17, 2020
104 min
Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://glow.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) 5 years and 100+ episodes into Acquired, there’s been one question we get asked more than any other: what are the best acquisitions of all-time, and what...
Mar 17, 2020 • 104 MIN

LP Show Preview: Remote Work, No-Code, and Products that Sell Themselves (w/ Zapier CEO Wade Foster)

Mar 5, 2020
15 min
Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://glow.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) We're joined by Wade Foster, cofounder & CEO of Zapier, a company that basically hasn’t raised capital, doesn’t have an office, doesn’t have salespeople,...
Mar 5, 2020 • 15 MIN

Sequoia Capital Part II (with Doug Leone)

Feb 18, 2020
61 min
Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://glow.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) The wait is over. Acquired returns with a very special Part II of the Sequoia Capital story, joined by the very best person in the world to help us tell it...
Feb 18, 2020 • 61 MIN

WhatsApp

Jan 29, 2020
106 min
Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://glow.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) We kick off Season 6 with a long-awaited Acquired Classic: Facebook’s $22B purchase of WhatsApp in 2014, which still ranks as the largest acquisition of a...
Jan 29, 2020 • 106 MIN

The Lean Startup and the Long-Term Stock Exchange (with Eric Ries)

Dec 30, 2019
79 min
Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://glow.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)  You can hear a preview of our most recent LP show, an interview with Webflow cofounder and CEO Vlad Magdalin, at the end of this episode. To get access to...
Dec 30, 2019 • 79 MIN

Convoy (with CEO Dan Lewis)

Dec 19, 2019
95 min
Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://glow.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) Coming to you live from the University of Washington, Ben and David are joined by hundreds of awesome Seattle listeners (and a few non-Seattle listeners!)...
Dec 19, 2019 • 95 MIN

TikTok

Dec 9, 2019
97 min
Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://glow.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Attend the Seattle Live Show with Dan Lewis, Co-Founder and CEO of Convoy: http://acquired.fm/liveshow    We take Acquired to the Old Town Road to...
Dec 9, 2019 • 97 MIN

LP Show Preview: Chetan Puttagunta, General Partner at Benchmark

Nov 11, 2019
8 min
Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://glow.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) On this episode of the Limited Partner bonus show, we are joined by Chetan Puttagunta, General Partner on Benchmark, talking his investment philosophies,...
Nov 11, 2019 • 8 MIN

The Pinterest IPO

Apr 24, 2019
98 min
Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://glow.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   In the second episode of our APLUSS(Z!) IPO saga, we dive into the history behind the planet’s largest non-social social network, Pinterest. From The...
Apr 24, 2019 • 98 MIN

Season 3, Episode 6: Behance (with Scott Belsky)

Oct 2, 2018
71 min
Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile) Ben and David are joined by Adobe’s Chief Product Officer, Behance founder, Benchmark partner, author, and product luminary, Scott Belsky, to tell...
Oct 2, 2018 • 71 MIN

Episode 37: BAMTech, Disney and "the Biggest Media Company You've Never Heard Of”

May 10, 2017
74 min
Join the Acquired Limited Partner program! https://kimberlite.fm/acquired/ (works best on mobile)   Ben and David continue Acquired’s “tech and sports” mini-series with Disney’s 2016 acquisition of a minority stake (with the right to purchase a...
May 10, 2017 • 74 MIN