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Jason Calacanis and Molly Wood cover startups, tech, markets, media, crypto, and all the hottest topics in business and technology. They also interview the world’s greatest founders, operators, investors, and innovators.

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    Business of superhero films, James Gunn's DC reboot + OK Boomer w/Alex Banks | E1633

    Business of superhero films, James Gunn's DC reboot + OK Boomer w/Alex Banks | E1633

    First up, Lon Harris joins to cover James Gunn's DC reboot (2:14), the business of superhero films (28:18), the top films of the year debate (37:15), and more! Then, Producer Rachel is back with another edition of OK Boomer, featuring through the Noise and Tribescaler founder Alex Banks! (1:21:27)

    (0:00) J+M tee up today's segments!

    (2:14) Lon Harris joins the show to discuss DC's James Gunn-led revamp

    (9:29) Odoo - Get access to all of Odoo's apps, services, and maintenance for under $25 at https://odoo.com/twist

    (10:37) Lon's thoughts on James Gunn's new DC plan, and what's working in the box office right now

    (26:44) AgeTech Collaborative - Find out more and apply at https://agetechcollaborative.org/twist

    (28:18) The business of superhero films

    (35:40) AgeTech Collaborative - Find out more and apply at https://agetechcollaborative.org/twist 

    (37:15) Jason reacts to AO Scott's Best Movies of 2022 list

    (44:19) Lon's top movies of 2022

    (58:06) Other ongoing stories at Warner Bros Discovery and HBO Max

    (1:21:27) OK Boomer: Producer Rachel interviews Through the Noise and Tribescaler founder Alex Banks

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    • 1 hr 37 min
    How to send effective investor updates | Startup Finance Basics w/ Kruze's Scott Orn | E1632

    How to send effective investor updates | Startup Finance Basics w/ Kruze's Scott Orn | E1632

    Kruze COO Scott Orn is back with Jason to explain how founders can nail their investor updates!

    (0:00) Kruze's Scott Orn joins Jason to discuss the MOST important metrics and information that founders should include in their investor updates to make them concise and effective

    (11:49) Other non-financial items to include

    (14:50) How to break bad news to investors

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    • 24 min
    Crypto Roundtable: SBF updates, $GBTC's role, Saylor says $ETH is unregistered security | E1631

    Crypto Roundtable: SBF updates, $GBTC's role, Saylor says $ETH is unregistered security | E1631

    Sunny and Vinny are BACK to break down all the important topics in crypto: SBF updates (2:52), how $GBTC played into the industry unraveling (11:34), why we should be paying attention to Genesis (25:51), Michael Saylor's recent comments (44:13), and more!

    (0:00) Jason tees up today's crypto roundtable!

    (2:52) Sunny and Vinny are back to talk about the current vibes in crypto and some updates on the SBF situation

    (10:20) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

    (11:34) How the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust played into the industry unraveling

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    (25:51) Why Genesis is more concerning than $GBTC

    (35:00) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

    (36:29) Decentralized exchanges, importance of self custody, how Solana's price drop relates to Genesis

    (44:13) Michael Saylor's recent comments on Ethereum and Ripple being securities, problems with the "foundation" entity workaround

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    • 56 min
    Ask Jason: investing in similar startups, pitch deck tips + MycoWorks Co-Founder Sophia Wang | E1630

    Ask Jason: investing in similar startups, pitch deck tips + MycoWorks Co-Founder Sophia Wang | E1630

    First up, Jason answers some founder questions! (1:46) Then, MycoWorks Co-Founder Sophia Wang joins for this week's edition of The Next Unicorns! (10:12)

    (0:00) Molly tees up today's segments!

    (1:46) Ask Jason! What happens if a VC finds a great startup/founder to invest in, but they've already invested in a similar business

    (4:31) Ask Jason! What is the ideal number of slides in a pitch deck? What are some general tips to spruce up a pitch deck?

    (8:34) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at LinkedIn.com/nextunicorn

    (10:12) Molly welcomes MycoWorks Co-Founder Sophia Wang to discuss her founding story, why she got into Mycelium solutions, and more!

    (19:37) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

    (21:05) Sophia breaks down the technology process at MycoWorks

    (27:39) MycoWorks's unusual fundraising journey

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    (31:43) Sophia explains her role as Chief Culture Officer, and explains some of the brands they work with

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    • 41 min
    Meta's ad targeting troubles, Ask Jason, Hive Social's data mishap & more | E1629

    Meta's ad targeting troubles, Ask Jason, Hive Social's data mishap & more | E1629

    First up, Molly breaks down some news stories, including Meta's ad troubles in Europe (1:24) and Semafor's saga with its climate editor departing. (9:51) Then, Jason answers questions from founders! (20:25) Finally, Producer Rachel joins Molly to discuss what happened with Hive Social. (32:10)

    (0:00) Molly tees up today's segments!

    (1:24) Molly covers Meta's targeted ad troubles in Europe - are we headed for a new standard for ad-based business models?

    (8:24) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST

    (9:51) Breaking down Semafor parting ways with its climate editor and a major crypto lending business is stopping its US operations

    (19:12) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist

    (20:25) Ask Jason! What percentage of equity should a startup give to an advisor?

    (27:22) Ask Jason! General advice for founders pitching investors?

    (29:31) Ask Jason! In this environment, should early-stage startups focus on profitability from day one?

    (32:10) Rachel Reporting: Molly and Producer Rachel break down what happened with Hive Social and discuss broadcast platforms vs consumption platforms

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    • 46 min
    Slack CEO departs Salesforce, Circle cancels SPAC, SBF's links with media & regulators | E1628

    Slack CEO departs Salesforce, Circle cancels SPAC, SBF's links with media & regulators | E1628

    J+M start the show with some BREAKING NEWS: Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield is leaving Salesforce! (5:09) Then, they cover Circle canceling its SPAC (26:06), SBF's interactions with regulators and the media (40:29), and a Startup of the Day! (57:50)

    (0:00) Molly tees up today's news topics!

    (1:48) J+M catch up from the weekend

    (5:09) BREAKING: Slack Founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield is leaving Salesforce two years after the Slack acquisition was announced

    (12:49) Mixpanel - Apply for $50K in credits at https://mixpanel.com/startups 

    (14:14) Is this a Salesforce issue or a Slack issue? Is Salesforce's Co-CEO leaving last week just a coincidence?

    (24:43) Crowdbotics - Get a free scoping session for your next big app idea at crowdbotics.com/twist

    (26:06) Circle cancels its SPAC over missed regulatory deadlines

    (39:11) Fitbod - Get 25% off at https://fitbod.me/twist 

    (40:29) SBF and Maxine Waters, Semafor's potential illicit funds from SBF

    (57:50) Startup of the Day! Loft Dynamics is building a VR helicopter flight simulator for ~95% cheaper than traditional simulators

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    • 1 hr 7 min

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less celeb and political gossip

Fan since the Kanye intro song. Went to first Launch conf. Thank you for the podcast. Would like hear less about celebs and politics however.

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