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”), a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. Multiple episodes are released every week; visit a16z.com for more details and to sign up for our newsletters and other content as well!
Crypto, an Oral Essay
This is a special episode of the a16z podcast — it's an audio history, told through the voices of the a16z crypto team, about what crypto is, how it really works, and why it matters. This "innovation overview" is meant as a resource, and it features hallway-style conversations with the a16z team as well as outside experts.
In brief segments, we’ll take you from the ground up — from the basics, to the most current developments, and beyond that to a look at what we might see in the future.
Here are the topics and voices you'll hear:
Introduction — Zoran Basich, a16z crypto editor
Before bitcoin: previous attempts to create digital money, 1:45 — Dan Boneh, computer science professor at Stanford and a16 advisor
The core innovations of Satoshi’s white paper, 3:36 — Dan Boneh
Proof of work, 5:36 — Alex Pruden, chief strategy officer at Aleo Systems and former a16z crypto partner
Mining and why it’s important, 7:10 — Alex Pruden
The history of mining, 8:20 — Alex Pruden
Value in monetary systems, or why bitcoin is worth anything, 9:53 — Arianna Simpson, a16z crypto partner
Bitcoin as store of value, 11:30 — Arianna Simpson
Security in crypto, 12:45 — Alex Pruden
Why is it called a blockchain? 14:00 — Eddy Lazzarin, a16z data scientist
Why the blockchain matters and what you can do with it, 15:09 — Chris Dixon, a16z general partner
Beyond bitcoin, 17:01 — Eddy Lazzarin
Ethereum as logical extension of open source, 17:36 — Eddy Lazzarin
Tokens: What are they? 19:04 — Eddy Lazzarin
Tokens and the functions they serve, 19:53 — Scott Kupor, a16z managing partner
Tokens and the ownership economy, 21:19 — Jesse Walden, Variant Fund founder, former a16z partner, and Mediachain founder
What tokens enable for creators, 22:18 — Ali Yahya, a16z general partner
What DeFi means, 23:58 — Eddy Lazzarin
Yield farming: What is it? 25:16 — Eddy Lazzarin
NFTs: What they are and why they matter, 27:15 — Linda Xie, Scalar Capital managing director, and Jesse Walden
Developer ecosystems, crypto, and composability, 30:17 — Jesse Walden
Decentralized networks, value capture, and what it means for builders, 33:05 — Ali Yahya
The big picture, web3, and DAOs, 35:38 — Chris Dixon
For more crypto resources, please see our Crypto Startup School page, our documentary about the program, and our NFT Canon.
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On Monetizing Community with Patreon Cofounder Sam Yam
with @samyamiam @ljin18 @laurenmurrow
It's clear from the growth of Patreon, Substack, TikTok, Clubhouse and many more that the power of the Creator Economy continues to build. In this episode, first published a year ago, Patreon cofounder Sam Yam, Atelier Ventures' Li Jin (formerly a16z), and host Lauren Murrow discuss monetizing community, why creators today are effectively making more money off fewer fans, and what all of this means for the future of work.
The Creator Economy: NFTs and Beyond
In today’s episode of the a16z Podcast, we’re talking about the Creator Economy, and how NFTs (but not just NFTs!) are making it possible for artists, musicians, videogamers, game developers, and writers to create entirely new markets to make money from their work and engage with their fans.
Part of this emerging picture is social tokens, which share a crypto foundation with NFTs, but unlike NFTs (which are non-fungible tokens, in which each token is unique), social tokens are typically fungible, meaning each token has the same value. (Listen to our explainer episode "All About NFTs" with Sonal Choksi, Jesse Walden, and Linda Xie, or see our curated NFT Canon for much more info on NFTs!)
This hallway-style chat features a16z General Partner and crypto investor Chris Dixon, talking with Kevin Chou, who founded Kabam, and is the founder of Rally, an open network on Ethereum where creators can launch social tokens; and Jesse Walden, the founder of MediaChain, a music rights protocol that was acquired by Spotify; he’s now the founder of crypto venture fund Variant.
They’ll talk about how musicians, artists, and writers can think about NFTs and social tokens as well, and how those different types of assets can interact to create models that haven’t existed before.
But Chris starts off the discussion by talking about the emergence of crypto tokens, and a look at how videogames and gamers were early to the idea of community engagement and digital assets, and how that model is beginning to spread outward.
All about NFTs
with @ljxie @jessewldn @smc90
From "I've never seen anything like this before" to "is this like ICOs all over again" to "it's just a jpg I don't get it" to "but what about the energy use!" -- this special deep-dive episode from the a16z Podcast network breaks down everything you need or want to know about NFTs... while cutting through the noise for what’s hype/ what’s real.
The Next Wave of Marketplace Startups
with @conniechan @DCoolican @jeff_jordan @laurenmurrow and @sriramk
Marketplaces encompass a huge swath of services we use every day, from grocery delivery to online shopping to remote learning. Which marketplace companies are on a tear and which are locked in close competition? Which categories are poised for growth, and which may make a comeback? In this episode, we discuss the post-pandemic outlook for marketplaces—based on data from the Marketplace 100—and the most promising companies and categories on the rise.
The Third Vaccine, and Vaccine Choice
Understanding J&J vaccine efficacy and more.
Listening to the episodes like an addict. The podcasts touches some of the more fascinating topics. The depth of discussions is what sets it apart from anything else.
- Vitaly Pecherskiy
I’ve only listened to a few episodes, but I’m very surprised there are no reviews. A few of my coworkers both enjoy listening to this podcast and I decided to give it a try. The audio quality is great so far and the guest speakers are very well-spoken and amazing people. I’m learning a lot.
They really need an outro though! After every episode I sit and wait for a few seconds wondering if there were technical difficulties, only to realize it had finished.
Great Content But...
The production quality is quite poor. Many episodes DESPERATELY need de-essing, and are unlistenable because of it. In some cases the intro features a host who literally whistles when each ess sound comes up.
This is easy to fix, but unfortunately I've already unsubscribed. Hopefully they see this and it's resolved, it should be pretty easy to fix!