a16z Podcast: Gaming Goes Mainstream

Bobby Kotick is the CEO of Activision Blizzard (a merger he engineered); it’s one of only two video gaming companies in the Fortune 500, and the largest game network in the world. The company is responsible for some of the …

a16z Podcast: Cryptonetworks as Emerging Economies (Done Right?)

When designing cryptonetworks — really, emerging economies — how do we avoid some of the monetary and fiscal policy failings of “real-world” economies? Like not separating currency and capital, which accelerated and spread economic growth through the former… but also …

a16z Podcast: Voting, Security, and Governance in Blockchains

Whether in corporations, boardrooms, or political elections, voting is something we see in all kinds of social systems… including blockchains. It’s the natural human tendency for how to organize decisions, and in distributed systems without centralized middlemen, it’s the only …

Beyond Cameras That See… To Cameras That Understand

Innovation Inspiration from China: On Product, Politics, and Place

We’ve written and talked a lot about China as a laboratory for software-based innovation … especially given it leapfrogged the PC era directly to mobile. Below, we share some of our most interesting, under-the-radar pieces on China, featuring both a16z …

a16z Podcast: Product-Market Sales Fit (What Comes First?)

One of the toughest challenges for founders — and especially technical founders who are used to focusing so much on product features over sales — is striking “product-market fit”. The concept can be defined many ways, but the simple …

Is Alexa Working?

Sandbox VR – The future of entertainment

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The vast ecosystem of moving pictures that we enjoy today — of television, movies, streaming shows/platforms, YouTube clips, and social media stories — all derived from humble beginnings: In 1878, the British photographer Eadweard Muybridge took a

a16z Podcast: Connecting Hearts, Bodies, and Networks to Cure Cancer

Veterinary oncology can inform human oncology, and vice versa — providing a better model for looking at drug performance, interrelationships, and more. Especially when you add in data (there’s no “doggy HIPAA!”) and networks to get a “living laboratory at …

What’s New for Security Startups?

Wait a minute… things are actually getting better — and not worse — for security practitioners today? That’s the contrarian case that Joel de la Garza (former chief security officer at Box and a16z operating partner focused on our security …

Immigration Trends 2019 for Startups

watch time: 1 hour 6 minutes

For startups, which rely on a broad set of talent to breakout, immigration is always top of mind — but especially now, as the policy environment shifts. What are the key trends and shifts …

If You Build It, We Will Fill It: 5G

Notes on Security in 2019

Editor’s Note: These notes — as well as information posted from the FS-ISAC newsletter (permitted to be distributed without restriction) — were shared by operating partner (and former Chief Security Officer at Box) Joel de la Garza internally. They’ve both

CES 2019: A Show Report

a16z Podcast: Dark Data in Healthcare

The problem of “dark data” in healthcare isn’t just a feel-good empowerment thing, but a structural issue that leads to miscommunication and extra friction, different players in the entire healthcare system not being able to collaborate with each other, and …

a16z Podcast: The Science and Business of Innovative Medicines

On average, only 1 out of 20 medicines works when we actually bring them into human beings, and these rates of success haven’t moved much in the pharma industry overall in the past 15 years despite much scientific progress. Because …

What’s Next for Education Startups

Everyone expects schools at all levels — from pre-school to post-graduate universities — to change fundamentally as software turbocharges both students and teachers, enables new business models, and brings scale to an industry that often prides itself on its cottage-industry …

Strong and Weak Technologies

Who Will Control the Software That Powers the Internet?

a16z Podcast: What’s Next for Marketplace Startups (Hint: Services)

The past and future of marketplace startups — where are we? Ever since eBay popularized an internet meeting place for buyers and sellers of, well, just about everything, we’ve been waiting for 100 other at-scale marketplaces for everything else, including …