132 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
    • 4.9 • 709 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.

    Berkshire Hathaway Part II

    Berkshire Hathaway Part II

    In Part II of our Berkshire Hathaway Trilogy (!), we pick up the story with Warren wandering in the woods of Omaha, searching for his life's next chapter after retiring from the professional investing business at the top of his game at age 39. How does he emerge from those woods anew? (Spoiler: Charlie Munger.) And how did one rotten-to-the-core business nearly bring it all down — everything he'd ever worked for — in the span of one terrible week? Tune in!

    Special: 2021 China Tech Trends (with Tech Buzz China)

    Special: 2021 China Tech Trends (with Tech Buzz China)

    We team up with two of the very best English-language analysts covering China tech today, Rui Ma and Ying Lu from the Tech Buzz China podcast, to talk about the big trends happening on the ground in China right now. We've had Rui and Ying's episodes on repeat in our own podcast players for many years as we researched our Meituan, PDD, Tencent and Alibaba episodes, and we're so excited to have them finally join us live.

    Berkshire Hathaway Part I

    Berkshire Hathaway Part I

    It's time. After 150+ episodes on great companies, we tackle the granddaddy of them all — Berkshire Hathaway. One episode alone isn't nearly enough to do Warren and Poor Charlie justice, so today we present Part I: Warren's story. How did a folksy, middle-class kid from Omaha become the single greatest capitalist of all-time? Why, like Jordan, did he retire (twice!) at the top of his game, only to reinvent himself and come back stronger than ever? As always, we dive in. Let's dance.

    Special: "Why Now" for Digital Health (with Levels founder Josh Clemente)

    Special: "Why Now" for Digital Health (with Levels founder Josh Clemente)

    We dive into the fast-changing world of direct-to-consumer digital health, with perhaps the best person in the world: Levels founder Josh Clemente. (Shoutout to Ben Grynol and Michael Mizrahi from our LP community for introducing us!) Levels is on a mission to make consumers everywhere aware of their metabolic health by enabling anyone to track blood glucose levels with a continuous glucose monitor.

    Rec Room Part II (with CEO Nick Fajt)

    Rec Room Part II (with CEO Nick Fajt)

    Last Acquired left the plucky Rec Room crew in 2018, they were a seed stage startup making a VR game that users loved but grew slowly and barely monetized. Fast forward to today, and they're now a $1B+ multi-platform social "place" with millions of active users, 500%+ YoY growth and hosting a robust creator economy that's rivaled only by their oft-compared metaverse cousin Roblox in dynamics and efficiency.

    Meituan

    Meituan

    We dive into the history behind Meituan, the juggernaut Chinese "super-app" which dominates China's services economy, offering consumers everything from food delivery, restaurant reviews, travel booking, bike-sharing, movie ticketing, and countless other entertainment and lifestyle services all at the touch of a button.

Customer Reviews

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709 Ratings

709 Ratings

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Greatest tech/business podcast out there

Ben and David are simply masterful at telling stories, organizing ideas, and effectively communicating their thoughts. The hosts create a captivating experience by stuffing every episode with insightful observations, thrilling stories, and fantastic chemistry.

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Thorough Deep Dives

This has turned into one of my favorite podcasts. I like how the hosts do a lot of deep research on the topics/companies they are covering and also make the show interesting with their VC view.

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Current Favorite Podcast!

Long time listener to Jason Calacanis’s This Week In Startups (TWIST) podcast and these guys have become repeat members of his news round table over recent months so I decided to check out their podcast Acquired and it’s quickly becoming my most consumed podcast!

I listened to som of the podcasts bu then realized I wanted waayyyy more so I went back and started from the very beginning and even though the episodes are 4-5 years old I still find them so fascinating and interesting and they completely level up my knowledge of the tech and startup eco system because of all of Ben and David’s ancillary knowledge they throw out while evaluating a tech acquisition - highly recommend!

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