140 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
    • 4.8 • 89 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.

    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
    Michael Mauboussin Master Class — Moats, Skill, Luck, Decision Making and a Whole Lot More

    Michael Mauboussin Master Class — Moats, Skill, Luck, Decision Making and a Whole Lot More

    We sit down with the one & only Michael Mauboussin to dive deep into his incredible body of work: untangling skill and luck, measuring moats, persistence of returns in venture capital, decision making and — particularly timely — expectations investing and how to think about valuations in the current 2021 market environment. (!!) Michael's work is maybe our most frequent carve out on Acquired, so we're pumped to finally have a chance to interview the man himself.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Standard Oil Part I

    Standard Oil Part I

    It's time. We dive into original American capitalist mega winner, Standard Oil, and its legendary founder John D. Rockefeller. This company and man almost defy characterization — Elon, Bezos, Gates, Buffett... they've got nothing on old John D. Not only was Rockefeller the wealthiest person in modern human history, his company wrote the blueprint for today's corporations and everything we now know about business and capitalism.

    • 2 hrs 12 min
    TSMC

    TSMC

    It's time. We dive into the unbelievable history behind the quietest technology giant of them all — and as of recording the world's 9th (!) most valuable company — the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. This story checks every box in the Acquired pantheon of greatness: China, America, MIT, Don Valentine, Silicon Valley, "real men" looking silly, and... moats literally built by lasers. We're not kidding. Pull up a seat and settle in for a great one!

    • 2 hrs 33 min
    Kevin Rose from Web 2.0 to Web3

    Kevin Rose from Web 2.0 to Web3

    We sit down with the one and only Kevin Rose to talk about his journey from pioneering Web 2.0 with Digg to leading the charge on Web3 and NFT + DeFi investing as a partner at True Ventures and his new show Modern Finance. This was an episode we’ve been wanting to do forever, and Kevin was truly a blast to hang out with. Tune in and then go check out everything he’s building now over at Modern Finance!

    • 1 hr 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

B4517 ,

Really great

Super in depth and thoughtful - love to listen to this whilst working away on my own startup

Barak#S ,

Great technology show

Interesting topics and analysis
Bit geeky :)

Margin Mouse ,

Thought provoking

Gem of a podcast, really well researched, detailed and engagingly packaged. Broad spectrum of companies covered, has become a favourite!

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