a16z Podcast: What Time Is It? From Technical to Product to Sales CEO


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Since the startup (and founder) journey doesn’t go neatly linear from technical to product to sales, tightening one knob (whether engineering or marketing or pricing & packaging) creates slack in one of the other knobs, which demands turning to yet …

Kik and the SEC: What’s Going On and What Does It Mean for Crypto?


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Kik, the Tencent-backed messaging app, raised $150 million in August 2017 in an initial coin offering (ICO). Weeks before that, the SEC issued guidance that ICOs may constitute illegal securities offerings, so it was no surprise to learn Kik was

The Empty Promise of Data Moats


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Data has long been lauded as a competitive moat for companies, and that narrative’s been further hyped with the recent wave of AI startups. Network effects have been similarly promoted as a defensible force in building software businesses. So of …

a16z Podcast: Innovating in Bets


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Every organization, whether small or big, early or late stage — and every individual, whether for themselves or others — makes countless decisions every day, under conditions of uncertainty. The question is, are we allowing that uncertainty to bubble to …

Late Stage Venture


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We started Andreessen Horowitz a decade ago with the goal of partnering with great founders by investing across all stages of company lifecycle — from seed through late stage.

Over that same period, the venture industry has seen a number

AI Bias


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Science, Business, and Innovation in Big Pharma: A Conversation with Novartis’ CEO


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Automated System Design and Finding Points of Human Leverage


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Smart Home, Machine Learning, and Discovery


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Brand vs. Subscription: Apple Plus


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a16z Podcast: A Podcast About Podcasting


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It’s a podcast about podcasting! About the state of the industry, that is. Because a lot has changed since we recorded “a podcast about podcasts” about four years ago: podcasts, and interest in podcasting — listening, making, building — is …

Network Effects: Measure Them, Nurture Them (3 of 3)


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Some of the most successful companies and products have been predicated on the concept of network effects, where the network becomes more valuable to users as more people use it… if managed well.

But you can’t manage what you …

Network Effects: Categories & Debates (2 of 3)


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We’ve defined network effects — from what they are and aren’t to how to measure and manage them in practice — but network effects have still always been hotly debated: Where are they, are they real, are they enduring… and …

Network Effects: So, Is It a Network Effect? (1 of 3)


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Some of the most successful companies and products — from the phone era to the internet era — have all been predicated on the concept of network effects, where the network becomes more valuable to users as more people …

Data: Asset Relativity (and the Case of Bay Area Housing)


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If you’ve lived in a country like the U.S. with a pretty stable currency, you probably think about how much things “cost” in seemingly absolute terms — of the currency. Things getting more expensive or less expensive comes down to …

Marketplaces, Pietra, and the Network Effects of Next Startup Talent


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One of my focus areas as an investor is marketplaces, because I’ve seen firsthand how they can transform an industry — especially when they also have network effects that can lead to huge scale and impact. And while marketplaces have …

a16z Podcast: Incenting Innovation Inside


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A “moonshot” is a destination (like going to the moon, quite literally) — but nurturing “loonshots” (which often involves a number of stumbles along the way) is how we get there. This goes beyond the trite mantra of failing …

Shareholders vs. Stakeholders? No: Customers


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As companies generally — and tech companies specifically — play a greater role in social and economic issues, the fundamental question that many consumers, politicians, and company builders are asking is, Do corporations exist only to maximize shareholder value… …

a16z Podcast: For the Billions of Creatives Out There


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The writer-showrunner is a relatively new phenomenon in TV, as opposed to film, which is still a director-driven enterprise. But what does it mean, as both a creative and a leader, to “showrun” something, whether a TV show… or a …

Trust and Privacy: The Case (and Comparison) of Microsoft and Facebook


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