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Jason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you this weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories from the world of Web companies. Calacanis, a podcasting pioneer, gives you an insider's look at what's happening in the tech industry with his trademark blunt style and good humor. Looking to start your own company? Need strategies for improving your business or motivating your team? Just want to catch up on what's happening in Silicon Valley and beyond? Your journey begins here.

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Jason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you this weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories from the world of Web companies. Calacanis, a podcasting pioneer, gives you an insider's look at what's happening in the tech industry with his trademark blunt style and good humor. Looking to start your own company? Need strategies for improving your business or motivating your team? Just want to catch up on what's happening in Silicon Valley and beyond? Your journey begins here.

    E1029: Basecamp Co-Founder & Author David Heinemeier Hansson (@DHH) debates Jason on reining in capitalism, benefits of state-run education & healthcare, big-tech disappointments, work-from-home paradigm shift, wealth tax & more!

    E1029: Basecamp Co-Founder & Author David Heinemeier Hansson (@DHH) debates Jason on reining in capitalism, benefits of state-run education & healthcare, big-tech disappointments, work-from-home paradigm shift, wealth tax & more!

    0:56 Jason intros David Heinemeier Hansson (@DHH) and asks about the work-from-home paradigm shift

    5:28 Measuring programming success via budgets instead of estimates, quantifying creativity

    9:57 Are incentive systems inherently bad?

    13:01 How terrible commutes turned the tides for remote work in Silicon Valley, why do executives subject themselves to horrible working conditions?

    17:59 What is the optimal amount of work hours per week?

    19:58 Benefits of higher minimum wage

    23:28 How can America "get to Denmark"? Should we rein in capitalism?

    27:19 How do educational stipends work in Denmark? Benefits of state-sponsored education & healthcare

    32:27 Is American bureaucracy able to change quickly?

    35:52 Are gig workers being exploited? Why or why not?

    45:57 Flexibility vs. Security in the gig-economy

    51:20 Has the American Dream become false in America?

    1:00:26 Are ISA schools (like Lambda School) an innovation or a bandaid on the failing capitalist system?

    1:06:30 What do successful numbers look like for ISAs?

    1:12:28 Starting Basecamp & raising from Jeff Bezos in the early days

    1:19:43 Roasting Jeff Bezos on Twitter, socialism, progressivism in America

    1:28:13 Amazon disappointments & how can Bezos save face?

    1:36:31 Wealth tax debate

    1:43:23 Which major tech companies should be broken up?

    1:52:04 Will GDPR-like policies work in America?

    1:55:59 What is David doing with Hey.com? Should there be two-sided consent in email read-receipt tracking?

    2:03:29 Could there ever be an open-source Twitter or messaging app? Was WhatsApp it before being bought by Facebook?

    2:09:34 Thoughts on tech journalism vs. big-tech

    2:12:22 Can big-tech regulation fix the competitive landscape?

    • 2 hrs 16 min
    E1028: Laura Huang, author of “Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage” shares insights on overcoming disadvantages to create an edge, being bitter vs. getting better, structural bias in tech & more

    E1028: Laura Huang, author of “Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage” shares insights on overcoming disadvantages to create an edge, being bitter vs. getting better, structural bias in tech & more

    0:41 Jason intros "Edge" Author Laura Huang

    3:00 How do Harvard MBA students compare with Stanford MBA students?

    7:17 Why did Laura write "Edge" at this time?

    8:55 Overcoming disadvantages based on race, ethnicity & gender

    14:56 Laura's experience reading her own audiobook

    17:23 What does her research show about structural bias against Female entrepreneurs?

    23:33 How can a founder turn adversity into an advantage when asked a question with a negative bias?

    28:01 How being underestimated inhibits the opportunity to enrich & provide value? What is an example of delight in p2p interaction?

    36:39 How should we look at intent when discussing bias & privilege?

    44:35 How to deal with being bitter vs. getting better and controlling emotions while still allowing ourselves to feel?

    1:00:17 Laura & Jason share personal stories about bitter vs. better & explain how she converted her energy

    1:05:09 What is Laura's hope for the lasting impact "Edge" has on its readers?

    • 1 hr 14 min
    E33: “Angel” Podcast: Dan Rose, Chairman at Coatue Management is leading a $700M early-stage fund, shares insights on working with Bezos & Zuckerberg during pivotal years at Amazon & Facebook, 100+ angel investments, standout founder traits & more

    E33: “Angel” Podcast: Dan Rose, Chairman at Coatue Management is leading a $700M early-stage fund, shares insights on working with Bezos & Zuckerberg during pivotal years at Amazon & Facebook, 100+ angel investments, standout founder traits & more

    0:50 Jason intros Coatue Management's Dan Rose

    1:52 Dan takes Jason through getting his internship at Amazon in 1999 and meeting Jeff Bezos

    6:55 What was Amazon's core business in 1999? What was it like incubating the Kindle in the mid-2000s?

    10:04 How did Bezos grow as a leader and businessman during Dan's tenure at Amazon?

    18:21 How does Bezos' ability to turn Amazon around in the eyes of public investors relate to Uber, Lyft and other large & unprofitable companies? How does Bezos inspire so much loyalty?

    23:27 What was Amazon's company culture during Dan's tenure? How was AWS developed?

    26:08 How did Dan wind up at Facebook as employee ~130? What did he see in a young Mark Zuckerberg?

    32:13 Who created the original Facebook News Feed?

    35:34 How did they get the ad-network to work at scale?

    42:50 Where do Elon, Bezos & Zuckerberg rank in the Pantheon of Entrepreneurs?

    44:06 How did the billion-dollar acquisition offer from Yahoo! fall apart?

    46:42 Why launching open registration led to the billion-dollar investment by Microsoft

    48:30 Insights on the Instagram deal

    51:00 How Facebook bounced back from the stock dropping from $31 to $17 shortly after IPO & how Dan's experience at Amazon helped him rally the troops?

    58:44 Zuckerberg's response to mistakes

    1:03:01 How did Dan wind up at Coatue Management leading a $700M early-stage fund?

    1:08:01 What is Coatue's strategy around data science?

    1:11:20 Dan had over 100 Angel investments before joining Coatue

    1:13:18 What is Coatue's new fund strategy?

    1:16:09 How does Dan think of diligence in regards to early-stage companies?

    1:20:25 What does Dan want to see in an ideal founder?

    • 1 hr 30 min
    E1027: Orreco CEO & Founder Dr. Brian Moore built a platform that optimizes performance of elite athletes, shares cutting-edge benefits of blood sampling, biomarkers, inflammation reduction, glucose monitoring & more!

    E1027: Orreco CEO & Founder Dr. Brian Moore built a platform that optimizes performance of elite athletes, shares cutting-edge benefits of blood sampling, biomarkers, inflammation reduction, glucose monitoring & more!

    0:46 Jason intros Dr. Brian Moore

    3:39 What does Orreco do and how do they help elite athletes?

    4:46 Do they sample blood?

    6:33 What teams do they work with?

    7:50 What is a bio-marker?

    9:05 Why has inflammation monitoring become so popular?

    15:01 Brian demos the Orreco app

    22:56 What are the top reasons for elite athletes to use Orreco?

    28:06 How did Brian get into this business?

    30:34 How does blood differ in elite athletes? Is it regional?

    36:25 What does Orreco have the biggest impact on?

    43:40 What kinds of performance optimization should or shouldn't be legal in pro sports

    51:12 How have they monitored machine learning?

    56:47 Importance of glucose monitoring

    59:15 Correlation in NBA between minutes per game and years played?

    1:01:29 Taking a personal loan out to fund Orreco in the early days

    1:15:39 Marc Andreessen asks Jason a question

    • 1 hr 16 min
    E1026: Cocoon Co-Founders Sachin Monga & Alex Cornell are building an intimate app to connect close circles, share insights on key standout features, raising money as a messaging app, breeding trust via strong domain names, ideal customers & more

    E1026: Cocoon Co-Founders Sachin Monga & Alex Cornell are building an intimate app to connect close circles, share insights on key standout features, raising money as a messaging app, breeding trust via strong domain names, ideal customers & more

    0:57 Jason intros Alex & Sachin

    4:46 When and why did they start Cocoon?

    6:40 Why did Facebook keep changing their developer tools platform?

    9:22 What is the vision for Cocoon and who is it made for?

    14:58 How did they get the cocoon.com domain name and why do strong domain names breed trust?

    16:57 What are they doing with customer data and how will they monetize?

    20:20 Cocoon demo and Alex takes us through some key features

    29:45 How difficult was raising money going up against Facebook, iMessage, etc.?

    33:04 Who is their ideal customer?

    38:35 Building a company in San Francisco vs. outside of it

    41:57 Jason tries to invest in Cocoon live on air

    47:45 Growing Cocoon in the crowded app store

    51:51 Why do Cocoon founders use Notion?

    54:37 Jason calls Ben Horowitz

    • 55 min
    E32: “Angel” podcast: Season 4 Premiere! Sarah Cannon, Partner at Index Ventures, shares insights on investing in the future of work, underrated emerging startup markets, going from the Obama Administration to Venture Capital, increasing upward mobi

    E32: “Angel” podcast: Season 4 Premiere! Sarah Cannon, Partner at Index Ventures, shares insights on investing in the future of work, underrated emerging startup markets, going from the Obama Administration to Venture Capital, increasing upward mobi

    0:01 Jason intros Season 4 of Angel & Index Ventures' Sarah Cannon

    3:22 How did working for the Obama administration lead Sarah into Venture Capital?

    4:56 Picking a fight with Larry Summers as an intern

    15:42 Choosing Harvard's MBA program over Stanford's

    18:26 Getting into VC

    20:27 Working at CapitalG

    24:09 How was the foundation of Index built by Danny Rimer and what is Sarah's role?

    31:42 What does Index focus on during a Series A and what is a partner meeting like at Index?

    36:31 Thoughts on gig economy work and is there a better way to categorize freelancers and full-time workers in the gig economy?

    44:54 Sarah's proposed solution for categorizing gig economy workers

    46:36 Jason's thoughts on politicians evolving their views over time

    50:15 Ideas to increase upward mobility in America

    1:00:35 What was Sarah's first investment? How did it work out?

    1:08:42 Founders getting distracted after raising large rounds of funding

    1:11:05 Thoughts on emerging international startup markets like India & Australia

    1:13:19 Is France an underrated startup market?

    1:17:42 What is Sarah most passionate about investing in?

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

Jimmyjambam1 ,

Reason why we started Phyxable

Hi Jason and crew. Our team @phyxable loves what you are doing with Launch . I literally started phyxable because of your show . Cheers. Jim

austin gomez ,

Amazing show, but..

Hey Jason. Big fan of the show and I’ve learned a ton. I’ve listened to probably 400+ episodes but there’s something I’ve noticed. Your interrupting has been getting worse.. Episode 1005 was almost unlistenable. You wouldn’t let him get a full sentence out and you kept putting words in his mouth.

This has been a trend in the last 50 episodes or so.. Your guests are interesting — they’re experts. Let them speak!

DanielCanuck ,

This week in start-ups

This is the first podcast series that I have listened to and Jason gives great insight into the thought process behind angel investing. Very interesting guests! I am going to continue going back through the archives to learn more.

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