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Every day, Jason Calacanis and Molly Wood cover startups, technology, markets, media, crypto, and the all the hottest topics in business and tech. They also interview the world’s greatest founders, operators, investors and innovators.

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Every day, Jason Calacanis and Molly Wood cover startups, technology, markets, media, crypto, and the all the hottest topics in business and tech. They also interview the world’s greatest founders, operators, investors and innovators.

Join in the discussion on Twitter: https://twitter.com/i/communities/1496977694747209728

    Apple allows in-app NFT purchases + Bitcoin's role during global macro headwinds | E1572

    Apple allows in-app NFT purchases + Bitcoin's role during global macro headwinds | E1572

    Sunny Madra and Vinny Lingham are BACK for another crypto roundtable! First up, a full breakdown of the current NFT space: Apple allowing in-app NFT purchases (1:35), best uses cases & platforms for distribution (15:07). Then, they discuss Bitcoin's role during global macroeconomic headwinds. (37:46)

    (0:00) J+M tee up today's crypto roundtable!

    (1:35) Apple allows in-app purchases of NFTs

    (13:33) TripActions - Go to https://tripactions.com/twist and get a $500 Amazon gift card after making your first travel booking OR paying off your first $1000 of liquid spend

    (15:07) NFT use cases, best platforms for minting and distributing NFTs seamlessly

    (26:19) WorkOS - Go to https://workos.com to learn how to make your app enterprise-ready.

    (27:49) NFT platforms adopting open standards to reach critical mass

    (31:38) Celsius reportedly plans to issue "IOU" tokens representing its debt

    (36:28) Spokn - Get 3 months free at https://getspokn.com/twist 

    (37:46) Global macro headwinds, Bitcoin's role in the monetary system going forward

    (53:18) Will we ever find out who Satoshi is?

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    • 56 min
    Cathie Wood's new VC fund, Bill Gurley's best insights, Girls Who Code on banned books list | E1571

    Cathie Wood's new VC fund, Bill Gurley's best insights, Girls Who Code on banned books list | E1571

    J+M break down Cathie Wood's new VC fund (1:53), Bill Gurley's best insights from his interview with McKinsey (26:13), and Girls Who Code making a banned books list in a Pennsylvania county

    (0:00) J+M tee up today's venture-heavy topics!

    (1:53) Cathie Wood's new VC fund: Ark Venture Fund

    (12:34) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

    (13:42) Opening up VC funds and early-stage investing for retail investors, signs of the start of a recession

    (24:46) Revelo - Get 20% off the first 3 months by mentioning TWIST at https://revelo.io/twist

    (26:13) Reacting to Bill Gurley's interview with McKinsey

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    (34:54) More on Gurley's insights: short memories in VC, accepting reality, startups raising too much money, layoffs

    (47:32) Girls Who Code made a banned books list in a Pennsylvania county

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    British pound crashes, Do Kwon's red notice, NASA's DART mission, TikTok nears US deal | E1570

    British pound crashes, Do Kwon's red notice, NASA's DART mission, TikTok nears US deal | E1570

    J+M break down the British pound dropping below $1.04 (5:15), Interpol issuing a red notice for Do Kwon (27:07), NASA's DART mission (53:52), and TikTok discussing an agreement with the Biden administration! (59:44)

    (0:00) J+M tee up today's topics!

    (2:48) Importance of focus, avoiding the news cycle in the grand scheme of things

    (5:15) British pound crashes to lowest level ever against the USD

    (13:15) Indochino - Get $50 off any purchase of $399 or more by using code TWIST at checkout https://www.indochino.com

    (14:38) Breaking housing and energy in the economy, income inequality's impact globally

    (25:34) Grammarly - Sign up for a free and get 20% Grammarly Premium at https://grammarly.com/TWIST

    (27:07) Interpol issues red notice for Do Kwon on behalf of South Korea

    (35:39) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist 

    (36:54) Do Kwon tweeting on the lamb, more theories around where he might head to

    (47:15) New decentralized crypto derivatives platform Nibiru raises a $7.5M seed at a $100M valuation

    (53:52) WLITF: NASA's DART mission and planetary defense

    (59:44) The Biden administration drafted a preliminary agreement with TikTok to try and resolve national security concerns

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Evaluating founder ambition, tools vs platforms + USV's Albert Wenger: post-capital world | E1569

    Evaluating founder ambition, tools vs platforms + USV's Albert Wenger: post-capital world | E1569

    First up, J+M discuss founder ambition and tools vs. platforms on VC Sunday School. (3:06) Then, USV's Albert Wenger joins to break down his firm's $162M climate fund, his book "The World After Capital", and more! (24:16)

    (0:00) J+M intro today's topics!

    (3:06) Evaluating founder ambition, tools vs. platforms

    (11:14) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

    (12:48) How investors evaluate tools vs. platforms, and when/if something is "too hard"

    (19:50) J+M tee up today's TWiCS guest

    (22:50) SnackMagic - Get 10% cashback up to $1000 until October 15th with code HOLIDAY, and see more at snackmagic.com/twist

    (24:16) Molly welcomes USV Managing Partner Albert Wenger to discuss USV's $162M climate fund and the climate crisis investment opportunity

    (33:26) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist

    (34:57) Albert discusses his book "The World After Capital", and the human attention problem

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    • 57 min
    Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke on navigating a downturn, innovating in compensation & more | E1568

    Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke on navigating a downturn, innovating in compensation & more | E1568

    Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke joins Jason for the third time to break down Shopify's wild ride over the past 2+ years (1:40), $SHOP's new compensation system (14:19), competing with Amazon (45:38), Shop Pay (56:25), and more! Then, Producer Rachel welcomes Jules Terpak back for another segment of OK Boomer! (1:15:58)



    (0:00) Jason intros today's segments!

    (1:40) Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke joins to break down Shopify's wild ride over the past 2+ years and the state of the e-commerce market post-COVID peaks

    (13:00) Spokn - Get 3 months free at https://getspokn.com/twist 

    (14:19) Dealing with stock price distractions during periods of volatility, innovating Shopify's compensation system

    (27:56) Masterworks - Skip the waitlist to invest in fine art using at https://Masterworks.io/twist

    (29:23) Tobi breaks down the ideation of Shopify's new "Flex Comp" system

    (38:53) Helpware - Go to https://helpware.com/TWIST to get $1000 off your first invoice

    (40:09) Laying off 10% of staff over the summer

    (45:38) Competing with Amazon, innovating in fulfillment

    (56:25) Shop Pay, BNPL, and remote work quirks

    (1:15:58) Producer Rachel welcomes Jules Terpak back for another OK Boomer segment covering Gen Z online life, the entertainment economy, social media backlash, "Sharenting" and more



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    • 1 hr 41 min
    DAO breakdown with Orange DAO's Ben Huh + Amazon's $11B NFL deal with Lon Harris | E1567

    DAO breakdown with Orange DAO's Ben Huh + Amazon's $11B NFL deal with Lon Harris | E1567

    (0:00) J+M tee up today's segments!

    (2:57) J+M intro Ben Huh and discuss his background and why he helped start Orange DAO

    (15:21) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

    (16:51) Understanding how DAOs handle distributions, more DAO mechanics

    (26:06) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

    (27:20) People taking advantage of business processes left up to interpretation, how blockchain helps solve this, standardizing DAOs

    (36:58) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist

    (38:22) Understanding trustworthiness, downside protections, will the US fall behind in crypto?

    (48:32) J+M welcome Lon Harris!

    (56:13) Amazon's $11B TNF deal

    (1:06:20) House of the Dragon doing huge numbers for HBO, Rings of Power

    (1:17:06) Andor, Disney+'s new Star Wars show

    (1:24:02) Disney losing goodwill with superfans, where to put the next Disney park



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    • 1 hr 29 min

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