120 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 • 608 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.

    Virgin Galactic

    Virgin Galactic

    Live from the 2020 ASCEND Space Conference, Acquired covers the full story behind the most "out there" technology story of the past few years: Virgin Galactic. How did this space tourism company grow out of the winning X Prize team, and catch the eyes and fancy of billionaires like Paul Allen, Sir Richard Branson, and, most recently, company chairman Chamath Palihapitiya who took it public via the first "modern" technology SPAC transaction in history? Tune in to find out!!

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Special: Superhuman Part II - Designing Software to Feel like a Game (with Rahul Vohra)

    Special: Superhuman Part II - Designing Software to Feel like a Game (with Rahul Vohra)

    Superstar past guest and Superhuman CEO Rahul Vorha joins us for a deep dive on how Superhuman applies concepts from game design to building productivity software. We're not talking points and badges — we mean hardcore, Unreal Engine-style technical innovations and Fortnite-level understanding of fun and mastery. It's a topic where Rahul has serious cred: he worked on RuneScape, the pioneering browser-based MMORPG. Every founder, engineer, product and even sales person should listen - tune in!

    • 53 min
    Twitter (with Dick Costolo)

    Twitter (with Dick Costolo)

    A week before the 2020 US Presidential election, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo joins us to tell the story of a company that has impacted all of our lives (political and otherwise) like none other. While it's easy to forget now, a very viable alternate history exists where it's Twitter, not Facebook, who owns Instagram, and Vine, not TikTok, that's the global platform for mobile video. We dive into it all on this episode — and while we had Dick, we had to discuss his controversial recent deleted tweet.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Special: Invest Like the Best on Acquired

    Special: Invest Like the Best on Acquired

    On this special episode of Acquired, we're joined by a master interviewer himself, Patrick O'Shaughnessy from Invest Like the Best. We turn the tables and cover the most fascinating story he's never told on ILTB... his own!

    • 1 hr 44 min
    The NBA

    The NBA

    On the eve of the 2020 NBA Finals, we dive DEEP into the history and business model of the league behind the world's 2nd largest and fastest growing major sport. How did the NBA grow from merely an excuse to monetize hockey arena off-nights into a global powerhouse with more reach and influence and reach than any other American sport? Tune in!!

    • 2 hr 44 min
    Special: Acquired x My First Million

    Special: Acquired x My First Million

    Acquired teams up with the My First Million podcast for a “best of both worlds” crossover episode. First we go deep, “Acquired style”, on the wild story of MFM host Shaan Puri’s bought, sold, and then bought-again OG social networking site Bebo, and then we turn the tables and brainstorm startup ideas and investing themes “MFM style”. This episode was frankly a blast to do. We hope you have as much fun listening as we did recording!

    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
608 Ratings

608 Ratings

AdrianHorning ,

LOVE the history of the companies

LOVE hearing the in depth stories of these companies. These guys do an incredible amount of research. I am on the edge of my seat listening to the history. Fascinating and educational.

aarmas42 ,

Brilliant!

This is my favorite podcast. Ben and David have created an incredible network of knowledge. A must check for anyone wanting to learn about business building.

Bidurshiwakoti ,

Awesome contents

All the contents are awesome and really informative. A view from all the side of the story. Love the work

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