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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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This Week in Startups Jason Calacanis

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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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    Instagram co-founders team up for new startup + Magic Spoon’s Gabi Lewis | E1669

    Instagram co-founders team up for new startup + Magic Spoon’s Gabi Lewis | E1669

    Jason and Molly kick off the show with a quick third-rail story about Area 51. (1:56) They then cover Instagram co-founders Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom’s new startup, Artifact. (10:44) Finally, Gabi Lewis of Magic Spoon joins Molly for an awesome interview about their latest raise, launching in big box stores and more. (41:56)

    (0:00) Molly Kicks off the show

    (1:56) Conspiracy Theories with Molly and Jason

    (9:37) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

    (10:44) Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom’s new venture: Artifact

    (20:16) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist

    (21:19) Monetizing news aggregators + content moderation

    (40:42) Letterhead - get 50% off their first year at tryletterhead.com/twist

    (41:56) Gabi Lewis of Magic Spoon joins Molly

    (1:13:51) Jay Trades, immigration and TikTok ideas



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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Anthropic seeking $5B valuation, OpenAI hires 1000 contractors, Mr. Beast’s latest video | E1668

    Anthropic seeking $5B valuation, OpenAI hires 1000 contractors, Mr. Beast’s latest video | E1668

    Jason and Molly kick off the week with a generative ai update! (5:00) Then, they cover Mr. Beast’s latest video and “stunt culture” (35:21), some more third-rail topics (49:40), and Billy McFarland being back in the news! (59:50)

    (0:00) M+J kick off the show

    (2:10) Apply to Founder University 2-Day Workshop at https://intensive.founder.university/

    (5:00) Anthropic raises at a $5B valuation

    (9:31) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist

    (11:01) More on Anthropic

    (18:01) Notion - Sign up for FREE at https://notion.com/jason

    (19:21) Semafor reports OpenAI has contracted 1000 developers

    (27:06) Baidu is developing their own AI Chatbot

    (33:53) CAST AI - get a FREE cloud cost audit AND a personal consultation at cast.ai/twist

    (35:21) MrBeast’s latest video + Stunt culture

    (49:40) Third-rail topics

    (59:50) Billy McFarland is back in the news

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    MSG's facial recognition software, BuzzFeed's deal with Meta, The Creator Economy and more | E1667

    MSG's facial recognition software, BuzzFeed's deal with Meta, The Creator Economy and more | E1667

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    Molly and Jason chop it up about New York Attorney General Letitia James probing into MSG's alleged use of facial recognition to identify and target specific patrons (1:46). This segues into a great discussion about Meta's $10M deal with BuzzFeed and The Creator Economy as a whole (21:41). We cap off the week with two great interviews, one with LA26 graduate Nevsah Karamehmet of Breath Hub (36:17) and another with Brett Bauman, the creator of PlaylistAI (48:09).



    (0:00) M+J kick off the show

    (1:46) WLITF WTF: Facial recognition software at MSG

    (8:33) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist

    (10:03) More on the NYAG case regarding MSG's facial recognition software

    (20:11) Linode - Apply to Linode's Rise program for up to six figures in discounts at https://linode.com/twist

    (21:41) BuzzFeed's lucrative deal with Meta + Revenue share with creators

    (35:07) Crowdbotics - Get a free scoping session for your next big app idea at crowdbotics.com/twist

    (36:17) LA26 Founder: Nevsah Karamehmet of Breath Hub

    (48:09) Ok Boomer with Brett Bauman



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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Macro picture, Bitcoin’s bull/bear case, DCG controversy & more | E1666

    Macro picture, Bitcoin’s bull/bear case, DCG controversy & more | E1666

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    Vinny and Sunny are back for our first crypto-roundtable of 2023. Vinny breaks down the macroeconomic variables affecting Bitcoin’s price (1:39), plus they all predict whether Bitcoin will hit $30K or $16 first (11:43) (This is not financial advice). They delve into the ongoing controversy involving DCG, Gemini and Genesis (26:54), as well as the news that the SEC has charged both Gemini and Genesis with offering and selling unregistered securities (35:12). We wrap up the show with a great discussion about Porsche’s failed NFT drop and how brands should approach entering Web 3.0 (44:38).

    (0:00) Jason kicks off the show

    (1:39) Vinny’s macroeconomic breakdown

    (10:18) Acquire.com - Sign up for FREE at https://try.acquire.com/twist

    (11:43) Bitcoin’s price action + will it hit $30k or $16K

    (17:35) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST

    (18:59) Gluttony and the lack of consumer savings

    (26:54) DCG, Genesis and Gemini controversy

    (33:40) Fitbod - Get 25% off at https://fitbod.me/twist

    (35:12) The SEC has charged Gemini and Genesis for selling unregistered securities

    (44:38) Porsche’s NFT drop



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    • 58 min
    ANGEL: Venrock’s Bryan Roberts on 25 years in VC, hitting wins early, avoiding bad habits | E1665

    ANGEL: Venrock’s Bryan Roberts on 25 years in VC, hitting wins early, avoiding bad habits | E1665

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    Jason sits down with Bryan Roberts of Venrock for another episode of Angel Season 7! They discuss Bryan’s first bets (2:22) and his perception of the dot com bubble. (14:38) The two also dive into topics like creating optionality as a startup (21:24), bad habits in VC (28:49) and Theranos. (36:18) To wrap the show, Bryan and Jason discuss disagreeing with founders (39:07) and the psychology of placing bets! (44:33)

    (0:00) Jason kicks off the show
    (2:22) Bryan’s first investment: Illumina
    (8:52) LinkedIn Jobs - Go to http://linkedin.com/angel and post your first job for free
    (10:16) Bryan’s second investment: Athena Health
    (14:38) Bryan’s experience during the dot-com bubble
    (19:54) Merge - Get started by integrating up to 5 linked accounts for free today at merge.dev/twist
    (21:24) Creating optionality in a startup
    (25:30) Understanding your leaders
    (28:49) Bad habits in venture
    (34:55) Velocity Growth - Get $500 off your first growth audit or monthly package now with promo code TWIST at velocitygrowth.com/twist
    (36:18) Bryan’s thoughts on Theranos
    (39:07) Diligence and disagreements with founders
    (44:33) The psychology of placing bets + advice for founders

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    • 52 min
    DOJ sues Google over ad practices, Ticketmaster takes the stand + LA26 founders | E1664

    DOJ sues Google over ad practices, Ticketmaster takes the stand + LA26 founders | E1664

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    Molly goes solo today to cover the DOJ joining eight states to file an anti-trust lawsuit against Google (2:04) before covering Ticketmaster taking the stand in a Senate hearing today. (15:37) Producer Rachel then joins to discuss the latest on user-friendly ticket competitors. (23:07) Then, Molly is joined by two different LA26 founders: Rhian Beutler of Govalo (32:47) and Daniel Sakhai of HeyHire! (44:44)

    (0:00) Molly kicks off the show

    (2:04) the DOJ’s lawsuit with Google

    (9:16) AgeTech Collaborative - Find out more and apply at https://agetechcollaborative.org/twist

    (10:51) Google and Microsoft’s prior lawsuits with the DOJ

    (15:37) Ticketmaster’s senate hearing

    (21:30) AgeTech Collaborative - Find out more and apply at https://agetechcollaborative.org/twist

    (23:06) Rachel joins Molly to discuss the latest on user-friendly ticket competitors

    (31:18) Nutrisense - Use code TWIST and get $30 off at nutrisense.io/twist

    (32:47) Rhian Beutler of Govalo joins Molly

    (44:44) Daniel Sakhai of HeyHire joins Molly

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    • 56 min

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1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Eddie J. Soto ,

Love the Crypto Roundup Episode

Why Genesis is more concerning than $GBTC segment was insightful. I agree with the skepticism that your panel shares on Genesis loses.

eltorrito51 ,

Sacks the Undertaker Choke Slams TWIST Cast

Sacks body bagged Jason in the latest All-In episode, though, this I suppose isn’t anything new... BUT it reminded me that JCal can only differentiate himself when his surrounding by people that are only at the level of Molly or below.

Sacks also said that All-In ratings outsmoke TWiST. Has to be because TWiST is weight down by Molly. And other than JCal, All-In is a star studded podcast. Except when JCal is sick. His most reasonable points are made when his sick.

In any case, JCal should just phase out this podcast.

Twiese ,

You lost me

Was loving you 2 until the vaccine talk. People dying in the hospital are not vaxxed. Check your info.
Also, jason, you sung a different tune about this on all in.

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