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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

This Week in Startups Jason Calacanis

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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

    Howard Lindzon reviews Jason's portfolio & breaks down public/private investing + OK Boomer | E1533

    Howard Lindzon reviews Jason's portfolio & breaks down public/private investing + OK Boomer | E1533

    Howard Lindzon joins to talk about the different mindsets and skillsets of public and private market investors and breaks down what the future of the blockchain might look like. (1:39) Then, Producer Rachel is back with another OK Boomer segment, interviewing Ben Smith of Goal House NYC! (1:20:52)

    0:00 Jason tees up today's segments!

    1:39 Howard Lindzon joins and breaks down the differences between public and private investing mindsets

    12:21 UserTesting - Get real human insights from customers, try for free today at https://usertesting.com/twist

    13:38 How liquidity impacts public/private investing, why Howard is bullish on $NFLX over $DIS

    24:05 Liquid IV - Get 25% off at https://liquidiv.com using promo code TWIST

    25:17 Remote work's impact on less experienced employees, how the blockchain will impact startups in the future

    36:11 FanDuel Sportsbook - Sign up with promo code TWIST to place a $1000 risk-free bet at https://sportsbook.fanduel.com

    37:20 Potential game-changing NFT and DAO use cases

    48:27 Howard reviews Jason's Jay Trading portfolio

    59:53 Semantics, media, next generation of the internet, politicizing the Fed

    1:11:02 Jason tees up OK Boomer with Producer Rachel

    1:20:52 OK Boomer: Rachel interviews Ben Smith of Goal House NYC



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    • 1 hr 40 min
    $DIS earnings, Disney vs Netflix & streaming strategies with Lon Harris + Ephemeral Tattoos | E1532

    $DIS earnings, Disney vs Netflix & streaming strategies with Lon Harris + Ephemeral Tattoos | E1532

    Lon Harris joins the show for a full streaming industry breakdown, including $DIS earnings, $WBD drama, streaming strategies, and more! (1:59) Then, Molly interviews Ephemeral CEO Jeff Liu on building a high-quality temporary tattoo solution. (1:09:00)

    0:00 Jason tees up today's segments!

    1:59 Jason welcome Lon Harris to talk misaligned media incentives and Trump coverage

    12:45 MicroAcquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist

    14:05 Hulu's new film Prey is its largest streaming debut to date

    27:18 Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

    28:29 Why the Predator franchise is valuable IP for Disney, how streaming platforms should handle "auteurs"

    35:41 OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

    37:14 $DIS earnings, how Disney's streaming platforms overtook Netflix in terms of subscribers

    46:52 Breaking down $WBD and how it should handle various IP, streaming residuals upheaval

    51:25 Disney vs Netflix BOTE Math, Ezra Miller situation, strategies for Zaslav to take advantage of $WBD IP

    1:09:00 Molly interviews Ephemeral CEO Jeff Liu

    • 1 hr 29 min
    State of the crypto market, Tornado Cash blacklisted, $COIN Q2 + The Blueprint Part 5 | E1531

    State of the crypto market, Tornado Cash blacklisted, $COIN Q2 + The Blueprint Part 5 | E1531

    Sunny Madra and Vinny Lingham join Jason for a fully loaded crypto market breakdown (1:40). Topics covered include: Tornado Cash being blacklisted by the US Treasury Dept, Coinbase Q2 earnings, smart crypto regulation, fixing early-stage crypto governance, and more! Jason wraps the show with Part 5 of The Blueprint: Generalists vs. Specialists. (1:21:44)

    0:00 Jason intros today's segments: crypto roundtable and The Blueprint!

    1:40 Current state of the crypto market after the massive pullback

    14:31 Brave - Download today at https://brave.com/twist to browse faster, search privately and so much more

    15:33 Tornado Cash blacklisted by the US Treasury Dept: what is it, what it means for "frozen" crypto assets & more

    27:12 LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups

    28:36 How large-scale spam attacks and hacks will change consumer behavior in the still-early crypto industry

    37:37 Visa - Learn more about Visa’s online Small Business Hub at Visa.com/smallbusinesshub

    38:32 How should crypto be regulated? Should the US create a new agency dedicated to digital assets? Should there be a new set of rules for crypto?

    48:39 Did Coinbase let customers down? $COIN Q2 earnings, responsibilities to customers, what Coinbase's platform might look like if altcoins are regulated as securities

    55:22 Pseudonymous and anonymous impact on high-profile crypto projects, how to fix early-stage crypto governance

    1:04:12 Interesting consumer-facing crypto projects

    1:21:44 The Blueprint Part 5: Generalists vs. Specialists

    • 1 hr 39 min
    VC market overview, Vision Fund impact, Amazon's core businesses & more with Acquired | E1530

    VC market overview, Vision Fund impact, Amazon's core businesses & more with Acquired | E1530

    Acquired's Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal join the show to discuss how they think about public market investments (1:43), VC token sales (27:25), a VC market overview (45:40), the Vision Fund's impact on Silicon Valley (1:00:33), and Amazon's core pillars! (1:13:21)

    (0:00) Jason intros today's guests and topics: Crossover Pod with Acquired!

    (1:43) Private markets overview, Jay Trading, Ben's investment thesis for TSMC and Shopify

    (13:44) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

    (14:52) Jason makes two live Jay Trades, better solutions for employee stock options

    (26:14) Dell - Apply for Dell for Startups and get an additional 10% off Dell Latitude products at https://dell.com/twist 

    (27:25) Crypto regulation, VC token sales

    (39:33) Zapier - Try for free today at https://zapier.com/TWIST

    (41:02) The burden of going public, final ideas on digital asset regulation

    (45:40) Major takeaways from PitchBook's Q2 US VC Monitor: exit value collapse, deal volume down, seed not impacted as much, signs of life in the early-stage

    (1:00:33) Reflecting on Masa's precarious position and the impact that SoftBank's Vision Fund has had on the VC industry

    (1:13:21) Ranking the most impressive pillars of Amazon's business: AWS, Prime, marketplace, advertising

    • 1 hr 24 min
    SoftBank's Vision Fund loses $21B+, DTC brands struggle + NutriSense CEO Alex Skryl | E1529

    SoftBank's Vision Fund loses $21B+, DTC brands struggle + NutriSense CEO Alex Skryl | E1529

    Jason breaks down SoftBank's Vision Fund losing $21B+ last quarter and reflects on how founders should approach raising capital from megafunds. (2:11) Then, Jason reflects on lessons learned from the tough DTC space (27:05) and gives a quick Jay Trading update! (36:17). To wrap, NutriSense CEO Alex Skryl joins J+M to break down the benefits of continuous glucose monitoring! (47:37)

    (0:00) Jason tees up today's solo news + founder interview!

    (2:11) Jason breaks down SoftBank's Vision Fund losing ~$21B+ last quarter and analyzes some clips from Masayoshi Son's investor presentation

    (11:31) Microsoft for Startups Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

    (12:54) Jason disagrees with Masa's new strategy and direction and explains how founders should approach raising capital by megafunds like the Vision Fund and differences between how Uber and WeWork deployed SoftBank capital

    (22:46) Assure - To get 20% off your first Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) visit https://Assure.co/twist

    (24:06) Reviewing the biggest hits and misses from Vision Fund I

    (27:05) Lessons learned from DTC shutdowns, how VCs deploy capital in a downturn

    (34:45) Prometheus - Go to Prometheusalts.com or download it on the App Store and use the access code TWIST to sign up

    (36:17) Jay Trading update: $DIS, $AMZN, $WBD, $SFIX

    (47:37) Nutrisense CEO Alex Skryl joins to talk glucose monitoring benefits, biohacking, and more!

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Why some VCs won't invest in first-time founders + $369B carve-out for climate/energy | E1528

    Why some VCs won't invest in first-time founders + $369B carve-out for climate/energy | E1528

    First up on VC Sunday School, J+M cover the stigma around investing in first-time founders: Is it a myth? What are the pros and cons? What really matters when evaluating a founder? (3:01) Then, Molly interviews Jay Koh of The Lightsmith Group to break down the Inflation Reduction Act's $369B climate/energy allocation. (29:08)

    (0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today's segments!

    (3:01) why is there a bias against investing in first-time founders?

    (15:04) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

    (16:21) Most important factors to startup success

    (21:42 Jason and Molly tee up Molly's climate interview which is focused on the Inflation Reduction Act's $369B climate/energy carve-out

    (27:53) MasterClass - Get 15% off an annual membership at https://masterclass.com/startups 

    (29:08) Jay Koh of The Lightsmith Group joins to break down the $369B earmarked for climate/energy in the Inflation Reduction Act

    (36:39) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

    (37:58) What will the $369B do for the climate VC industry?

    (48:48) What will this investment do for America's standing as a global climate tech leader?

    • 1 hr 3 min

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