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

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    How VCs size their bets + Ben Birnbaum of TeraWatt and Keyframe | E1620

    How VCs size their bets + Ben Birnbaum of TeraWatt and Keyframe | E1620

    On VC Sunday School, Jason and Molly discuss how VCs size their investments (1:40). Then, Molly is joined by Ben Birnbaum of Keyframe  

    (0:00) Molly tees up today's topics!

    (1:40) Jason breaks down how VCs think about bet sizing!

    (11:43) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

    (13:17) Molly welcomes Ben Birnbaum of TeraWatt and Keyframe to discuss his background and why he started TeraWatt!

    (27:07) Odoo - Get access to all of Odoo's apps, services, and maintenance for under $25 at https://odoo.com/twist 

    (28:15) Ben explains the current state of commercial EVs and TeraWatt's progress

    (34:05) How TeraWatt spawned Keyframe, where Ben is an investment partner

    (38:20) House of Macadamias - Get 20% off at https://houseofmacadamias.com/twist by using code TWIST20

    (39:47) Ben explains how and why he started an investment firm to fund his own startup (and startups like it!)

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    • 55 min
    Zoom earnings, SaaS burnout, Amazon's $10B Alexa loss + FTX contagion with Sunny Madra | E1619

    Zoom earnings, SaaS burnout, Amazon's $10B Alexa loss + FTX contagion with Sunny Madra | E1619

    First up, Jason and Molly discuss Zoom's Q3 earnings and SaaS burnout throughout the industry (1:37). Then, they break down Amazon's $10B loss tied to its Alexa smart speakers (22:13) and an Airbnb Co-Founder's new housing startup! (34:54) Sunny Madra joins in the final segment to help explain the crypto contagion caused by the FTX collapse. (45:12)

    (0:00) Jason tees up today's segments!

    (1:37) J+M wind-down earnings season with Zoom's Q3 results and discuss SaaS burnout in tech

    (14:40) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

    (15:55) How Zoom survives and thrives with insane competition

    (22:13) Amazon's hardware/Prime Video division is on pace to lose ~$10B this year, mostly due to Alexa losses

    (30:33) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST

    (32:01) Solving Amazon's Alexa problem

    (34:54) Startup of the Day: Airbnb Co-Founder Joe Gebbia has started a housing startup!

    (43:46) Mixpanel - Apply for $50K in credits at https://mixpanel.com/startups 

    (45:12) Sunny Madra joins to break down the contagion throughout crypto caused by the FTX collapse

    (1:08:51) More FTX craziness: SBF's hundreds of millions of secondary, FTX's real estate purchases, and more!

    (1:14:14) Is Coinbase in danger as one of the last major exchanges standing? Could Bitcoin fall further? How hard will it be to raise VC in crypto going forward?

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    EMERGENCY POD! Bob Iger returns as Disney CEO | E1618

    EMERGENCY POD! Bob Iger returns as Disney CEO | E1618

    Bob Iger is BACK as Disney CEO, and Bob Chapek has left the company! First, Jason and Molly break down how we got here (11:49) before Lon Harris joins to go deeper on Chapek's missteps and join in on some speculation and predictions for Iger's second stint as CEO! (23:25) 

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

    (1:40) Jason and Molly catch up on some wild news from the weekend: Elizabeth Holmes's sentencing, crypto contagion, and more!

    (10:21) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

    (11:49) Bob Iger is back as Disney CEO as Bob Chapek steps down, Molly's Chapek intuition

    (21:56) Crowdbotics - Get a free scoping session for your next big app idea at crowdbotics.com/twist

    (23:25) Streaming expert Lon Harris joins to break down where Chapek went wrong as Disney CEO

    (32:59) Supergut - Get 30% off with code TWIST at https://supergut.com 

    (34:30) More Chapek missteps, how he could have handled things differently, theories/predictions on Iger's next big swing

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    • 48 min
    VC investing in a downturn & protecting founders + smart vents with Flair's Dan Meyers | E1617

    VC investing in a downturn & protecting founders + smart vents with Flair's Dan Meyers | E1617

    J+M kick off the show with another edition of VCSS: a VC’s role in a down market and protecting your money and founders. (4:32) Then, Dan Meyers of Flair joins Molly for this week’s edition of TWiCS.(28:27)

    (0:00) J+M discuss how winners start work on Sunday

    (4:32) VC Sunday School: Raising and deploying capital in a collapsing economy

    (11:32) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

    (13:02) Pay-to-Play + fiduciary duty vs friendship

    (18:10) Smash Digital - Visit https://SmashDigital.com/TWIST to get a free SEO video audit for your business

    (19:32) Dollar-cost averaging into a trade and having the founder’s back

    (28:27) Molly kicks off TWiCS with Flair Founder - Dan Meyers

    (36:41) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

    (38:10) Flair’s business model and the smart puck and vent

    (49:23) Dan’s pitch to customers and Flair’s competition

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    • 57 min
    Managing a recession, housing market insights & more with Redfin's Glenn Kelman + OK Boomer | E1616

    Managing a recession, housing market insights & more with Redfin's Glenn Kelman + OK Boomer | E1616

    Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman joins Jason to discuss the current downturn, operating in a recession, layoffs, the housing market and more. (1:31) Then, Producer Rachel is joined by Volv Co-Founders Shannon Almeida and Priyanka Vazirani. (33:46)

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

    (1:31) Glenn Kelman joins Jason to break down the current downturn, operating in a recession, layoffs, and more

    (14:30) FanDuel Sportsbook - Sign up with promo code TWIST to place a $1000 risk-free bet at https://sportsbook.fanduel.com 

    (16:02) State of the housing market

    (29:10) Zapier - Try for free today at https://zapier.com/TWIST 

    (30:43) Molly and Producer Rachel tee up this week's OK Boomer!

    (33:46) Volv Co-Founders Shannon Almeida and Priyanka Vazirani join Producer Rachel to discuss their nine-second articles media concept

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    • 57 min
    Breaking down the FTX book + film rights & Michael Lewis’s involvement with Lon Harris | E1615

    Breaking down the FTX book + film rights & Michael Lewis’s involvement with Lon Harris | E1615

    Lon Harris joins for the FULL show to break down the most recent FTX book/film news (2:26), the business of horror movies (30:42), Apple’s MLS deal (46:43), and more!

    (0:00) J+M tee up today’s show

    (2:26) Lon joins to catch up on the most recent FTX book/film news

    (14:16) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

    (15:24) FTX’s new CEO comments, mapping out FTX content based on the coming Michael Lewis book, CAA’s leaked email

    (29:29) Dell for Startups - Apply for Dell for Startups and get an additional 10% off at http://dell.com/twist

    (30:42) Business of horror movies: Blumhouse looking to merge with Atomic Monster

    (38:39) Linode -  Apply to Linode’s Rise program for up to six figures in discounts at https://linode.com/twist

    (40:08) Giving Andor its flowers

    (46:43) Apple’s deal for MLS streaming rights, White Lotus talk, and Lon recommendations!

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    • 1 hr 4 min

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