144 episodes

Every company has a story.

Learn the playbooks that built the world’s greatest companies — and how you can apply them as a founder, operator, or investor.

Acquired Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal

    • Technology
    • 4.9 • 80 Ratings

Every company has a story.

Learn the playbooks that built the world’s greatest companies — and how you can apply them as a founder, operator, or investor.

    CAA (with Michael Ovitz)

    CAA (with Michael Ovitz)

    Season 9 ends at the beginning — with the man who changed Hollywood forever and wrote the blueprint for A16Z’s upending of Silicon Valley a generation later, Michael Ovitz and his “Dream Factory”, Creative Artists Agency. From Jurassic Park to Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Goodfellas, Rain Man, ER, and even the Coca-Cola polar bears... almost nothing in 80s and 90s pop culture didn’t have CAA’s stamp on it.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    FTX (with Sam Bankman-Fried & Mario Gabriele)

    FTX (with Sam Bankman-Fried & Mario Gabriele)

    We tell the definitive (audio!) story behind FTX's "speed run" — how this upstart crypto exchange became the fastest company in history to reach a $25B valuation, just two years after founding.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    7 Powers with Hamilton Helmer

    7 Powers with Hamilton Helmer

    You've heard us talk about him every episode for the past two years... but until now most of you have never actually heard us talk to him! To celebrate the LP Show going public, we've remastered our first, canonical interview with Hamilton Helmer, originally released as an LP episode in March 2020. This episode is an absolute must-listen for anyone working or investing in tech (and beyond), and we're so excited to finally make it available to everyone.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Not Boring (with Packy McCormick)

    Not Boring (with Packy McCormick)

    When does a creator become a company? Who says that media companies — or venture firms — have to be organizations? How high is the ceiling on one person + the internet? Acquired has the answers and they are... Not Boring.

    • 2 hrs 44 min
    Complexity Investing & Semiconductors (with NZS Capital)

    Complexity Investing & Semiconductors (with NZS Capital)

    We dive into NZS's fascinating philosophy of "complexity investing", which was born out of their interactions with the world-famous Santa Fe Institute (of W. Brian Arthur and Increasing Returns fame!)... and of course we also throw in some semiconductor shop-talk for good measure. :)

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Standard Oil Part II

    Standard Oil Part II

    We bring the epic saga of Standard Oil and John D. Rockefeller to a close (for now) with two of history's greatest second acts: Rockefeller's pioneering of modern philanthropy (and really modern life itself), and perhaps the single greatest shareholder value "unlock" of all-time in the breakup of Standard Oil. And like any great American saga, of course the good guys win in the end. The only question is... just who were the good guys??

    • 2 hrs 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

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Amazingly insightful

This is great. I enjoy the deep dives into so many details and people who intersect throughout. This has become my favourite podcast.

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The most in-depth company analysis

I love the detailed analysis of the companies covered at the IPO stage.

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Wow!

I’m a newer listener and this is the type of content I strive for. I highlighted appreciate the resource links for further inquiry on the listeners part.

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