Angel investor Jason Calacanis (Uber, Calm, Robinhood) interviews the world’s greatest founders, operators, investors and innovators. Get an insider’s look into venture capital, learn how to start and scale your own startup, and ride the cutting edge of technology in today's headlines and beyond.
Trump SPAC, WeWork SPAC, GitLab IPO w/ Eric Newcomer + Quick Commerce w/Matt Newberg | E1310
Tech journalist Eric Newcomer joins to talk the Trump SPAC (8:26), WeWork SPAC (15:58), and the behind the scenes funding story of GitLab's IPO (25:41). Then, HNGRY's Matt Newberg joins to talk innovations in the quick commerce space, the growing impact of ghost kitchens, and more! (1:01:10)
Inflation warnings and hedge strategy, Bitcoin ETF, Hindenburg’s Tether bounty + Startup Checklist E3 | E1309
First, Jason reacts to CNBC's Paul Tudor Jones interview, where PTJ warned about inflation and called Bitcoin (and crypto) a better hedge than gold (2:10). Then, Jason covers the new Bitcoin ETF and Hindenburg putting a bounty out for information on Tether (21:34). We wrap with episode three of the Startup Checklist, where Jason covers "Finding and Delighting Customers" in points 21-30 (34:41).
Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson: the next $60B, Engage, Segment acquisition & more + Who actually uses Oculus? | E1308
It was great to have Jeff back on the pod! But first, Producer Rachel gives some updates on TWIST Founder Meetups (01:54) and Jason talks a bit about Oculus (14:12). Then, Jeff Lawson from Twilio joins (24:42) to discuss their new mission to build the leading customer engagement platform, the launch of their new product Twilio Engage, lessons from scaling & their big acquisitions, San Francisco and more!
Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire on USDC, Tether & more + Jason reacts to Apple’s new M1 chips & MacBooks | E1307
First, Jason reacts to the most recent Apple event announcing new M1 chips & Macbooks (1:26). Then, Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire (23:85) joins to discuss how USDC, what makes Circle different from Tether, regulation, and more.
How to manage customer relationships | Customer Basics with Salesforce’s Tiffani Bova | E1306
This Startup Basics is all about managing customer relationships. Tiffani Bova from Salesforce joins to talk about the ways startups can improve customer interactions, transforming one-time transactions to reoccurring relationships. Jason and Tiffani give practical tips better serve customers and keep them coming back.
Coinbase chases NFT billions + Peter Thiel “The Contrarian” with author Max Chafkin | E1305
First, Jason covers Coinbase's announcement of their new NFT platform (2:06). Then, Bloomberg's Max Chafkin joins to discuss his book, "The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley's Pursuit of Power" (19:57). It's a wide-ranging discussion about Peter's life, business, and politics as well as a debate over the way Max framed him in the book.
Prefer old format.
The new format of daily news updates and takes has turned me off a bit. Jason is at his best when he’s interviewing the best startup founders and industry leaders. I understand the desire to produce content galore but news updates isn’t what I tune into podcasts for (me personally anyway). Plus, all the news topics he covers have already landed in my inbox in one of the INSIDE newsletters I subscribe to. There are so many amazing startups out there, more founders less news coverage. A new founder 5 days a week..that’s my utopia.
Plug Into Silicon Valley
Jason gives you access to all the news Silicon Valley VCs think is important and interviews up-and-coming founders in Silicon Valley (mostly). For anyone who wants to be plugged into Silicon Valley, there’s no better podcast.
Not bad. But less promo here and there.
Some of his podcasts are really good. I wrote a bad review previously because I felt like he is too quick to jump and defend in companies he is involved in. But I have to say he often shared some good stuff in some of his podcasts. We as a listener must use our own brain to differentiate good and bad podcasts. We shouldn’t believe in whatever is on the show. Use own brain ppl, we all got one!