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Every company has a story.

Acquired goes behind the scenes of the biggest tech acquisitions and IPOs of all time.

Acquired Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal

    • Technology
    • 4.9, 524 Ratings

Every company has a story.

Acquired goes behind the scenes of the biggest tech acquisitions and IPOs of all time.

    SpaceX

    SpaceX

    On the eve of SpaceX's historic scheduled launch of its first human spaceflight mission, we tell the incredible story of its rise from ragtag rocket jocks to the most disruptive and advanced force in aerospace today.

    • 2 hr 39 min
    Adapting Episode 3: Intel

    Adapting Episode 3: Intel

    When you think of Intel today, you probably think of the microprocessor company. Maybe you also think about about 'Intel Inside' and their famous jingle. You might even think "big boring public company". But for the first two decades of Intel's life, none of those things were true. We tell the incredible story of how the company that started it all clawed back from a crisis that brought them near death, and of one man who rose as the survivor, leader, and a legend: the late, great Andy Grove.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Special Episode: Jason Calacanis

    Special Episode: Jason Calacanis

    Want an edge in your business like Jason? Join thousands of other founders, CEOs, VCs, product people and engineers learning in the Acquired Limited Partner program at: http://glow.fm/acquired

    We're joined by the one and only Jason Calacanis for this very special episode, wherein we chronicle Jason's journey from a kid porter in the barrooms of Brooklyn to building the largest independent media business in tech, becoming the "3rd or 4th greatest seed investor of all-time" (and the original Sequoia Scout), launching one of the top accelerators in the world, and constructing a one-man empire that may just disrupt the entire capital stack in our industry. We dive into how it all ties together, and where the money and power is shifting in the ever changing sands of Silicon Valley...
    For the second half of this extended conversation, join the Acquired LP program at https://glow.fm/acquired/


    Sponsor:
    Thanks to Silicon Valley Bank for being our banner sponsor for Adapting and Acquired Season 6. You can learn more about SVB here: https://www.svb.com/impact Thank you as well to Wilson Sonsini - You can learn more about WSGR at: https://www.wsgr.com/

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Podapalooza Announcement: Intel

    Podapalooza Announcement: Intel

    Missing Acquired? We are too. But the world's not done adapting just yet, and neither are we. So get ready for (in the immortal words of Sammy Hagar) the best of both worlds: an Acquired + Adapting crossover lollapalooza... at Podapalooza 2020! We'll be covering the mother of all adaptations, Intel's abandonment of the memory business in favor of microprocessors in the mid-1980's.
    What is Podapalooza? It's a charity podcast festival that our friends over at Glow are putting on next weekend, April 25-26, and we're really excited to be part of it. Dozens of the best podcasters on the internet (e.g., Patrick at Invest Like the Best, Levar Burton, Cory Doctorow, J.D. Vance, etc.) are creating exclusive content for the festival, with all proceeds going to COVID-19 relief. As Glow puts it, Podapalooza is the 2020 version of Live-Aid: podcast hosts instead of rockers, pajamas at home instead of big hair on stage, but still the same purpose of supporting relief for the most important cause of this moment. We think it's a really great idea -- we've already bought our tickets and hope you do too. You can sign up at: https://www.podapalooza.org

    • 5 min
    Adapting Episode 2: Sequoia’s Black Swan Memo (with Roelof Botha)

    Adapting Episode 2: Sequoia’s Black Swan Memo (with Roelof Botha)

    On March 5th 2020, Sequoia Capital published a Medium post entitled ‘Coronavirus: The Black Swan of 2020’. The memo minces no words, admonishing founders & CEOs to “question every assumption about your business”, and portends that “as Darwin surmised, those who [will] survive ‘are not the strongest or the most intelligent, but the most adaptable to change.’” We’re joined by longtime Sequoia partner and head of the firm’s US business Roelof Botha to discuss on what Sequoia saw leading up to the memo and why they decided to publish it, how they and their portfolio companies are adapting to the new world it warned of, and what lasting changes might come to Sequoia itself from this moment. For anyone facing hard decisions and/or looking for ways to think about opportunity, this is not one to miss.



    Want more Adapting/Acquired? You can join the Acquired Limited Partner program at: https://glow.fm/acquired/

    Links:
    The Black Swan Memo: https://medium.com/sequoia-capital/coronavirus-the-black-swan-of-2020-7c72bdeb9753  The COVID-19 Decision Matrix: https://medium.com/sequoia-capital/the-matrix-for-covid-19-c25bd5195f46   
    Sponsor:
    Thanks to Silicon Valley Bank for being our banner sponsor for Adapting and Acquired Season 6. You can learn more about SVB here: https://www.svb.com/next Thank you as well to Wilson Sonsini - You can learn more about WSGR at: https://www.wsgr.com/

    • 36 min
    Adapting Episode 1: Canlis

    Adapting Episode 1: Canlis

    The world has changed. Acquired is changing too: we’re taking a pause from our normal episodes. The world doesn’t need stories of M&A and IPOs right now. But it does still need stories of great companies and great leaders. So we’re taking everything that we’ve put into Acquired - our format, our infrastructure, and the way we can reach all of you - and launching Adapting. Adapting is a series all about doing just that -- changing to fit what the world needs right now, not what it needed last week.

    • 43 min

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524 Ratings

524 Ratings

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My Favorite Podcast

The Acquired Podcast is my go-to podcast. Ben and David do an incredible job with trend and company history. Their storytelling ability is unmatched in the business world. They have gotten so creative with their format and also have a great community of listeners in the Slack.

I can not recommend this podcast enough!

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Crisp and clear story telling by the hosts

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Outstanding Podcast

I am on the legal side of the tech world, but I can’t recommend this podcast enough. The hosts have an incredible amount of enthusiasm and knowledge, and I am happily making my way through past seasons!

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