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Standard Oil Part II
We bring the epic saga of Standard Oil and John D. Rockefeller to a close (for now) with two of history's greatest second acts: Rockefeller's pioneering of modern philanthropy (and really modern life itself), and perhaps the single greatest shareholder value "unlock" of all-time in the breakup of Standard Oil. And like any great American saga, of course the good guys win in the end. The only question is... just who were the good guys??
Michael Mauboussin Master Class — Moats, Skill, Luck, Decision Making and a Whole Lot More
We sit down with the one & only Michael Mauboussin to dive deep into his incredible body of work: untangling skill and luck, measuring moats, persistence of returns in venture capital, decision making and — particularly timely — expectations investing and how to think about valuations in the current 2021 market environment. (!!) Michael's work is maybe our most frequent carve out on Acquired, so we're pumped to finally have a chance to interview the man himself.
Standard Oil Part I
It's time. We dive into original American capitalist mega winner, Standard Oil, and its legendary founder John D. Rockefeller. This company and man almost defy characterization — Elon, Bezos, Gates, Buffett... they've got nothing on old John D. Not only was Rockefeller the wealthiest person in modern human history, his company wrote the blueprint for today's corporations and everything we now know about business and capitalism.
It's time. We dive into the unbelievable history behind the quietest technology giant of them all — and as of recording the world's 9th (!) most valuable company — the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. This story checks every box in the Acquired pantheon of greatness: China, America, MIT, Don Valentine, Silicon Valley, "real men" looking silly, and... moats literally built by lasers. We're not kidding. Pull up a seat and settle in for a great one!
Kevin Rose from Web 2.0 to Web3
We sit down with the one and only Kevin Rose to talk about his journey from pioneering Web 2.0 with Digg to leading the charge on Web3 and NFT + DeFi investing as a partner at True Ventures and his new show Modern Finance. This was an episode we’ve been wanting to do forever, and Kevin was truly a blast to hang out with. Tune in and then go check out everything he’s building now over at Modern Finance!
Andreessen Horowitz Part II
Alright, backstory's out of the way, and Acquired is rolling three hours deep on the venture firm that changed the game for everyone — a16z.
VC marketing? Check.
Platform services? Check.
Huge valuations and massive fund sizes? Check and check.
We dissect it all in glorious detail, right down to the famous office library (located next to the Rosewood on Sand Hill, natch). The story of modern venture capital starts here. Let's Go!!!
David and Ben, hosts of the podcast, highlight all aspects of successful companies and more in this can’t miss podcast! The hosts and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
I like the show and the info but hard to endure the constant barrage of the superfluous “like” and “totally”. Three “it’s like” in one sentence is very lazy communication.
Perhaps they can learn to tighten up the script by simply dropping the “likes” habit and occasionally substitute “I agree” or “that’s right” (even I can think of even more alternatives) for “totally”.
I’m enjoying the Standard Oil story. But I have to take a break of a few days to relax before another episode and prepare to endure another “likes” shower. I hope this is useful criticism.
You’ll just keep listening
I stumbled upon Acquired in an airport on my way to Amsterdam. Needless to say, I haven’t stopped listening. This podcast is easy to listen to on a morning walk, while you’re grinding on excel, or even at the gym.