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Jason Calacanis covers startups, tech, markets, media, and all the hottest topics in business and technology. He also interviews the world’s greatest founders, operators, investors, and innovators.

This Week in Startups Jason Calacanis

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Jason Calacanis covers startups, tech, markets, media, and all the hottest topics in business and technology. He also interviews the world’s greatest founders, operators, investors, and innovators.

    AI investments, VC ecosystem geography, and VC hypocrisy | E1956

    AI investments, VC ecosystem geography, and VC hypocrisy | E1956

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    Todays show:

    David Weisburd hosts Jaime Matus, Michael Eisenberg, and Jason Calacanis to discuss AI investments and the potential washout of overfunded startups (4:11). They also touch on VC hypocrisy (38:47), and the role of geography in the VC ecosystem (54:53).

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    Timestamps:

    (0:00) David Weisburd intros Jaime Matus, Michael Eisenberg, and Jason Calacanis

    (4:11) Pitchbook data summarizing the total amount of capital invested in AI

    (12:12) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at http://www.Squarespace.com/TWIST

    (16:33) Predicting a washout of overfunded AI startups and sky high valuations

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    (26:57) Discussing Michael Eisenberg's career and investment experiences

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    (38:47) Discussion on Greg Isenberg's tweet about VC hypocrisy

    (54:53) Fundraising rankings by ecosystem

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    Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Glue: The New Slack Killer with David Sacks and Evan Owen | E1955

    Glue: The New Slack Killer with David Sacks and Evan Owen | E1955

    In this episode, David Sacks and Evan Owen of Glue join Jason to demo their new “slack killer” product (4:38), explain the role of AI within Glue (14:14), discuss building products with remote vs in-person teams (36:47), and more!

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    Timestamps:

    (0:00) David Sacks and Evan Owen join Jason to show us newly launched Glue.

    (2:42) David Sacks answers, “Why build another product?”.

    (4:38) Evan jumps into a demo of Glue.

    (9:37) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at http://www.Squarespace.com/TWIST

    (12:15) Popular data sources users are incorporating into Glue.

    (14:14) Digging deeper on the AI of Glue and when it will be able to be proactive in its participation.
    (19:42) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://www.linkedin.com/twist
    (21:07) Glue’s strategy on converting users from tools like slack in this competitive landscape.

    (27:18) Glue’s approach to pricing.

    (30:16) Dot Tech Domains - Don’t miss our “Jam with JCal” contest. To apply and get more details go to www.jamwithjcal.tech.

    (31:45) Training models and the heated subject of privacy and security.

    (34:12) How building a company now, fourteen years after Yammer, has been different for Sacks.

    (36:47) Diving into the topic of building products with remote vs in-person teams.

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    (19:42) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://www.linkedin.com/twist
    (30:16) Dot Tech Domains - Don’t miss our “Jam with JCal” contest. To apply and get more details go to www.jamwithjcal.tech.

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    Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland

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    • 44 min
    $NVDA's earnings, media economics in the AI era, Farcaster's mega crypto round, and more! | E1954

    $NVDA's earnings, media economics in the AI era, Farcaster's mega crypto round, and more! | E1954

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    (0:00) Jason and Alex kick off the show

    (1:50) Nvidia earnings for First Quarter Fiscal 2025

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    (14:32) Continuing discussion on Nvidia's earnings

    (22:39) News Corp and OpenAI strike ‘multi year global partnership’

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    (30:51) Apple News+ is driving big numbers for The Daily Beast

    (39:03) HiddenLayer - HiddenLayer’s AI Detection & Response Solution secures your Generative AI & LLMs from malicious attack. Visit https://HiddenLayer.com/TWiST to learn more.

    (40:14) Wearable AI startup Humane is exploring a sale

    (50:56) Windows Recall

    (1:08:45) Farcaster raises $150M: Is crypto making a comeback?

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    Links and articles from show:

    https://nvidianews.nvidia.com/news/nvidia-announces-financial-results-for-first-quarter-fiscal-2025

    https://techcrunch.com/2024/05/21/farcaster-a-crypto-based-social-network-raised-150m-with-just-80k-daily-users/

    https://gizmodo.com/humane-ai-pin-selling-billion-1851493143

    https://www.semafor.com/article/05/19/2024/as-clicks-dry-up-for-news-sites-could-apples-news-app-be-a-lifeline

    https://www.wsj.com/business/media/openai-news-corp-strike-deal-23f186ba?mod=latest_headlines

    https://s201.q4cdn.com/141608511/files/doc_financials/2025/Rev_by_Mkt_Qtrly_Trend_Q125.pdf

    https://x.com/dsiroker/status/1792956339515273537

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    (39:03) HiddenLayer - HiddenLayer’s AI Detection & Response Solution secures your Generative AI & LLMs from malicious attack. Visit https://HiddenLayer.com/TWiST to learn more.
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    Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    OpenAI drama, billion-dollar exits, and founder salaries with new co-host Alex Wilhelm | E1953

    OpenAI drama, billion-dollar exits, and founder salaries with new co-host Alex Wilhelm | E1953

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    Timestamps:

    (0:00) Alex Wilhelm joins Jason to dive into this week’s news.

    (1:17) Announcing new co-host on TWiST Alex Wilhelm of TechCrunch fame!

    (3:03) Alex breaks down what’s on the docket for today!

    (4:16) The OpenAI equity issue.

    (10:38) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at http://www.vanta.com/twist

    (12:39) OpenAI’s ChatGPT 4o.
    (15:33) Why ChatGPT is better than Siri.

    (17:50) OpenAI’s net revenue in the wake of last week’s announcements.
    (20:04) LinkedIn Ads - Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at http://www.linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups
    (22:06) Comparing the needs of consumers vs enterprise for ChatGPT.
    (24:17) OpenAI has pulled “Sky” one of the voices for the new ChatGPT 4o due to it sounding like Scarlett Johansson

    (28:48) Equinix - Join the Equinix Startup Program for up to $100K in credits and much more at https://deploy.equinix.com/startups
    (30:01) Alex’s favorite topic around how much founders paying themselves.
    (38:46) A billion-dollar deal in cybersecurity.

    (45:43) Breaking news Scar Jo!

    (56:24) What’s going on with crypto-venture capital.

    (58:02) A look at “decentralized twitter” called Farcaster.

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    Links from episode:

    OpenAI Equity link: https://www.businessinsider.com/sam-altman-openai-nda-clause-vested-equity-ilya-sutskever-2024-5

    OpenAI revenue growth https://techcrunch.com/2024/05/20/chatgpts-mobile-app-revenue-saw-biggest-spike-yet-following-gpt-4o-launch/

    Founder salary report: https://pilot.com/founder-salary-report-2024

    CyberArk-Venafi deal: https://techcrunch.com/2024/05/20/cyberark-snaps-up-venafi-for-1-54b-to-ramp-up-in-machine-to-machine-security/

    Crypto VC rising: https://www.reuters.com/technology/venture-capital-funding-crypto-rises-24-bln-pitchbook-says-2024-05-20/

    Check out Farcaster: https://www.farcaster.xyz/

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    Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Crypto, the Midas List, and democratizing VC with Delian Asparouhov and Mel Williams | E1952

    Crypto, the Midas List, and democratizing VC with Delian Asparouhov and Mel Williams | E1952

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    Todays show:

    David Weisburd hosts Mel Williams, Delian Asparouhov, and Jason Calacanis to discuss discuss crypto regulation (17:05), AI spending (27:21), and immigration's role in startups (55:43).

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    Timestamps:

    (0:00) David Weisburd intros Mel Williams, Delian Asparouhov, and Jason Calacanis

    (3:46) WSJ reports that top crypto funds are back in the market

    (9:38) OpenPhone - Get 20% off your first six months at https://www.openphone.com/twist⁠

    (10:54) Jason's proposal for a "sophisticated investor test" for crypto investments

    (17:05) The limitations of current SEC regulations and the potential political impact of crypto regulation

    (26:03) Coda - Get a $1,000 startup credit at https://coda.io/twist

    (27:21) AI spend is up across the board in 2024

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    (41:01) GPT-4o demos and the rapid commoditization of AI technology

    (48:29) The impact of AI on the economy

    (55:43) Immigration and its impact on the startup ecosystem

    (1:06:11) Self-censorship and the importance of a free society

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Pioneering physical AI with Archetype AI’s Ivan Poupyrev | E1951

    Pioneering physical AI with Archetype AI’s Ivan Poupyrev | E1951

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    Todays show:

    Ivan Poupyrev of Archetype AI joins Jason to demo Archetype AI’s product “Newton” and discuss the application of sensors in various industries (2:55). The two also dive into anticipatory interfaces (44:14), the role of sensor technology in AI (31:09), and the potential for robots in various industries (28:12).

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    Timestamps:

    (0:00) Ivan Poupyrev of Archetype AI joins Jason.

    (2:55) Demo of Archetype AI's product, Newton, which interprets and processes motion data

    (9:22) .Tech Domains - Apply for the Jam Session with JCal contest today at https://jamwithjcal.tech

    (10:48) Exploration of potential business model and use cases for Archetype AI

    (22:15) OpenPhone - Get 20% off your first six months at https://www.openphone.com/twist⁠

    (23:30) Use cases in aviation, military, and automotive industry

    (28:12) The connection between robots and artificial intelligence

    (30:17) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at http://www.vanta.com/twist

    (31:09) The evolution of sensor technology and its role in AI

    (44:14) The pace of technological innovation and the future of anticipatory interfaces

    (49:00) Future plans for Archetype AI, hiring and partnership opportunities

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    • 50 min

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