Every company has a story.
On the Acquired LP Show, we join the next generation of expert founders and investors — those whose stories are being written in real-time. We go behind the scenes on their journeys and bring back emerging insights and lessons that are useful for anyone in the startup ecosystem.
Italic & a New Era of Online Retail
We sit down with Jeremy Cai, the CEO of new retail pioneer Italic, for a fascinating discussion of how they're upending the traditional manufacturer-brand-retailer model by taking the opposite approach of earlier DTC startups. Rather than elevating brand and cutting out retail, Italic cuts out the brand and lets the actual manufacturers (who you've never heard of but who make most of the actual products that J. Crew, Everlane, etc sell) market and sell direct to customers.
Thank you to Tegus for being our first presenting sponsor for the Acquired LP Show! This is a new experiment for us and we're super excited to have them as our first partner.
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2021 Recap: Acquired x Not Boring x The Generalist
Originally broadcast live on New Years Eve: we raise a glass (of coffee haha) and recap 2021 with our besties Mario Gabriele from the Generalist and Packy McCormick from Not Boring. Thank you for making 2021 an incredible year for all of us at ACQ, NB + TG, and may 2022 be filled with great things and grand adventures for us all!
Mission-Driven Founders, Global Investing, and Canva
Last month, Ben sat down with Wesley Chan at Web Summit for a quick, 18-minute interview. The conversation was supposed to be about global investing in 2021 as an early-stage VC, but the conversation turned mostly into the origin story of Wesley's (unbelievably good) seed investment in Canva.
Wesley's firm Felicis Ventures invested pre-revenue, leading the seed round, and Canva is valued at $40 billion today. Wesley dives into the details (and why he invested in the first place!) in this interview.
Blue Origin and the 2021 Space Landscape (with Rob Meyerson)
Today we're excited to have a longtime friend of the Acquired family on the LP Show, Rob Meyerson. Rob was the President of Blue Origin for 15 years, and today is an investor and advisor to space industry startups. Ben recorded this interview live at the fantastic aerospace industry conference, ASCEND, where Rob is the Executive Producer.
In this interview we cover:
How Blue Origin started, and what it was like in the early days (spoiler: they weren't yet building rockets!) Rob’s experience working directly for Jeff Bezos What’s changed about SpaceX since May of 2020, when we did our Acquired episode on the company Rob’s theses about what sectors of commercial space are poised for growth in the next few years
Ben and David on "This Week in Startups" Holiday Special
Ben and David go on "This Week in Startups" with Jason Calacanis for a holiday special!
- Talking TWIST and All-In this year with everything from politics to weight loss to private jets
- Acquired's year and some of Ben and David's biggest insights from episodes
- VC, valuations, and crypto investing mechanics
- Use cases for crypto, and trying to get Jason (a skeptic) excited
- Carveouts: our favorite books, podcasts, and TV shows from this year
Note: we are publishing this simultaneously in the paid LP feed and the public feed since it is already available in the public TWIST feed.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: A Fireside Chat
We are very excited to bring you a special LP interview with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Aside from Joe's well-known work as a Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy-award-winning actor in films like 500 Days of Summer, Inception, and Looper, Joe is also the founder of HITRECORD, a startup which brings creative collaborators together across film, music, books, and more.
Ben sat down with Joe to discuss:
The creator economy’s focus on the finished product vs. the creative process, and how he thinks about this at HITRECORD The state of the film and TV industry today, amidst the shift to streaming platforms and tech companies as primary distribution channels What it has been like on set playing Travis Kalanick in Showtime’s upcoming “Super Pumped” Thanks to our good friends at Fika Ventures for setting this conversation up!