105 episodes

Every company has a story.

Acquired goes behind the scenes of the biggest tech IPOs and acquisitions of all time.

Acquired Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal

    • Technology

Every company has a story.

Acquired goes behind the scenes of the biggest tech IPOs and acquisitions of all time.

    Sequoia Capital Part II (with Doug Leone)

    Sequoia Capital Part II (with Doug Leone)

    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 - Doug Leone. Doug is incredibly candid and insightful about all that has gone into building the modern Sequoia: from winning Google and missing Facebook, to the enormous (and enormously successful) bet on decentralized expansion in China and India, to the firm’s “proudest moment” at the depth of the dot com bust.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    WhatsApp

    WhatsApp

    We kick off Season 6 with an Acquired Classic: Facebook’s $22B purchase of WhatsApp in 2014, which still ranks as the largest acquisition of a private VC-backed startup in history. Yet despite that enormous pricetag, as we sit here 5+ years later WhatsApp actually generates LESS revenue than the meager ~$20m it was bringing in at the time of acquisition. Was this this worst acquisition of all-time, or a brilliant strategic chess move by Mark Zuckerberg & co? Tune in as we render Acquired’s judgement!

    • 1 hr 46 min
    The Lean Startup and the Long-Term Stock Exchange (with Eric Ries)

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

    Acquired closes out Season 5 and 2019 with a radical look into both the past and future decades of startup company building, investing and - yes, exiting - in conversation with legendary Lean Startup author and Long-Term Stock Exchange CEO Eric Ries.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Convoy (with CEO Dan Lewis)

    Convoy (with CEO Dan Lewis)

    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!) to cover the meteoric rise of trucking industry disruptor and hometown hero Convoy. How did Dan and Convoy go from nervously conducting market research at truck stops on I-5 to one of the largest logistics companies and fastest-growing startups in the world in just four short years, raising over $650m (not a typo) along the way? Tune in to find out!

    • 1 hr 34 min
    TikTok

    TikTok

    We take Acquired to the Old Town Road to cover the amazing story behind the biggest global sensation of 2019 — and the highest valued private startup in the world — TikTok. How did a mid-30 year old UX architect at enterprise software giant SAP wind up creating Gen Z’s favorite social app that’s now rivaling Instagram in global MAU? And perhaps most importantly, why is TikTok such an important product & technology innovation that all of us should be learning from? Tune in for all the answers!

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Disney, Plus

    Disney, Plus

    The Flywheel is strong with this one. We dive deep into the origins of one of the boldest business strategy decisions of our time: Disney CEO Bob Iger’s attempt to buck the Innovator’s Dilemma - and forego billions of dollars in cashflow from Netflix and pay TV providers - in order to establish a direct distribution relationship with its customers for the first time in the company’s history.

    • 2 hrs 12 min

Customer Reviews

bgrynol ,

Solid listen with great storytelling!

Love Acquired a ton! It’s so great to hear the detail that David and Ben go into in each show. It makes you feel like a fly on the wall during the early days of a startup. Highly recommend to anyone that loves business and storytelling!

jenniferxxie ,

Super engaging

So glad I stumbled across this gem. Love the two hosts, super engaging and great storytelling. As a business student this is right up my alley

John Schumacher ,

Great Show

Super informative - like a 1 hour Wikipedia deep dive and analysis on topics super interesting and relevant to To growth company founders.

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