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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
    • 5.0 • 17 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.

    The Playbook: Lessons from 200+ Company Stories

    The Playbook: Lessons from 200+ Company Stories

    When Patrick O'Shaughnessy and Brent Beshore asked us to give a talk at their incredible Capital Camp conference, we knew we had to bring something special. So we spent months combing through the Acquired back catalog and cataloged our 12 favorite lessons from the 200+ stories we’ve told over the past 7 years. From Sequoia through Sony, TSMC, Nvidia, The New York Times, the NBA and Oprah — we revisited all the classics and pulled out the common threads that weave the tapestry of great companies we’ve covered on Acquired. This episode was truly a joy to put together… huge thank you to Patrick and Brent for giving us the perfect stage on which to present it!


    This episode has video! You can watch it on Spotify (right in the main podcast interface) or on YouTube.


    Sponsors:
    Thanks to the Solana Foundation for being our presenting sponsor for this special episode. Solana is the world’s most performant blockchain, the BEST place for developers to build Web3 applications, and of course very near & dear to the Acquired community’s heart. You get in touch with them here. Just tell them them Ben and David sent you! Thank you as well to Modern Treasury and to Mystery. Register here for the Acquired Mystery on July 7th 2022 at 3pm PT!

    ‍Note: Acquired hosts and guests may hold assets discussed in this episode. This podcast is not investment advice, and is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. You should do your own research and make your own independent decisions when considering any financial transactions.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    American Dynamism (with Katherine Boyle)

    American Dynamism (with Katherine Boyle)

    We sit down with a16z General Partner Katherine Boyle to discuss investing in “American Dynamism”, why it’s so important and why now is the right time to pursue it. Katherine has a fascinating background, beginning her career as a reporter at The Washington Post before entering the VC world first at Founders Fund, then General Catalyst and now a16z. Her perspectives don’t fit neatly in any box — political, economic or otherwise — and we have a great conversation exploring them. Tune in!


    This episode has video! You can watch it on Spotify (right in the main podcast interface) or on YouTube.


    Links:
    Katherine’s post on Building American Dynamism Marc Andreessen’s It’s Time to Build Katherine’s Substack

    Sponsors:
    Thanks to the Solana Foundation for being our presenting sponsor for this special episode. Solana is the world’s most performant blockchain, the BEST place for developers to build Web3 applications, and of course very near & dear to the Acquired community’s heart. You get in touch with them here, and learn more about Metaplex here. Just tell them them at Ben and David sent you! Thank you as well to Modern Treasury and to Mystery.

    ‍Note: Acquired hosts and guests may hold assets discussed in this episode. This podcast is not investment advice, and is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. You should do your own research and make your own independent decisions when considering any financial transactions.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Capital-Efficient Growth (with Zoom CEO Eric Yuan & Veeva CEO Peter Gassner)

    Capital-Efficient Growth (with Zoom CEO Eric Yuan & Veeva CEO Peter Gassner)

    We sit down with the CEO founders of two of the most capital efficient success stories of all time — Zoom and Veeva Systems — to understand how they grew to billions of dollars in revenue (and tens of billions in market cap) on very, very little capital invested. With the fundraising environment changing rapidly, we couldn’t think of a better topic to discuss or better sources of wisdom for founders, operators and investors all to learn from. Very special thanks to Jake Saper and our friends at Emergence Capital for inviting us and putting this conversation together at their 2022 CEO Summit!


    This episode has video! You can watch it on Spotify (right in the main podcast interface) or on YouTube.


    Links:
    Peter’s great Medium blog

    Sponsors:
    Thanks to the Solana Foundation for being our presenting sponsor for this special episode. Solana is the world’s most performant blockchain, the BEST place for developers to build Web3 applications, and of course very near & dear to the Acquired community’s heart. You get in touch with them here, and learn more about GenesysGo here. Just tell them them at Ben and David sent you!

    Thank you as well to Modern Treasury and to Mystery.

    ‍Note: Acquired hosts and guests may hold assets discussed in this episode. This podcast is not investment advice, and is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. You should do your own research and make your own independent decisions when considering any financial transactions.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Arena Show Part II: Brooks Running (with CEO Jim Weber)

    Arena Show Part II: Brooks Running (with CEO Jim Weber)

    For the final act of the Arena Show, we’re joined by Brooks CEO Jim Weber to tell the amazing story of how he transformed the company from a 3rd tier, deeply cashflow negative “also-ran” into one of the world’s premiere fitness brands and a crown jewel of the Berkshire Hathaway empire — with compounding revenue and cashflow growth that rivals even the legendary Mrs. See’s Candies!


    If you want more Acquired, you can follow our newly public LP Show feed here in the podcast player of your choice (including Spotify!).
    Links:
    Jim's book, "Running with Purpose" Sponsors:
    Thank you to our presenting sponsor for all of Season 10, Vanta! Vanta is the leader in automated security compliance – making SOC 2, HIPAA, GDPR, and more a breeze for startups and organizations of all sizes. You might say they’re like the “AWS of security and compliance”. Everyone in the Acquired community can get 10% off using this link.

    Thank you as well to Vouch and to SoftBank Latin America!

    ‍Note: Acquired hosts and guests may hold assets discussed in this episode. This podcast is not investment advice, and is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. You should do your own research and make your own independent decisions when considering any financial transactions.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Arena Show Part I: Idea Dinner + YC Continuity

    Arena Show Part I: Idea Dinner + YC Continuity

    We did an Arena Show!! This evening was so big and so special, we had to split it into two episodes for the podcast feed. First up is the Idea Dinner with our best internet buddies, Packy McCormick and Mario Gabriele (and special guest judge Shu Nyatta), followed by the story of YC Continuity with managing partner Anu Hariharan. Huge, huge thank you to PitchBook for making this night possible. Stay tuned for Part II!


    If you want more Acquired, you can follow our newly public LP Show feed here in the podcast player of your choice (including Spotify!).


    Sponsors:
    Thank you to our presenting sponsor for all of Season 10, Vanta! Vanta is the leader in automated security compliance – making SOC 2, HIPAA, GDPR, and more a breeze for startups and organizations of all sizes. You might say they’re like the “AWS of security and compliance”. Everyone in the Acquired community can get 10% off using this link. Thank you as well to Vouch and to SoftBank Latin America!

    ‍Note: Acquired hosts and guests may hold assets discussed in this episode. This podcast is not investment advice, and is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. You should do your own research and make your own independent decisions when considering any financial transactions.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Nvidia: The Machine Learning Company (2006-2022)

    Nvidia: The Machine Learning Company (2006-2022)

    By 2012, NVIDIA was on a decade-long road to nowhere. Or so most rational observers of the company thought. CEO Jensen Huang was plowing all the cash from the company’s gaming business into building a highly speculative platform with few clear use cases and no obviously large market opportunity. And then... a miracle happened. A miracle that led not only to Nvidia becoming the 8th largest market cap company in the world, but also nearly every internet and technology innovation that’s happened in the decade since. Machines learned how to learn. And they learned it... on Nvidia.


    PSA: We’re doing an ARENA SHOW!! May 4th, 2022 in Seattle (Star Wars day). All proceeds go to charity. We’d love to see you there!


    If you want more Acquired, you can follow our newly public LP Show feed here in the podcast player of your choice (including Spotify!).


    Sponsors:
    Thank you to our presenting sponsor for all of Season 10, Vanta! Vanta is the leader in automated security compliance – making SOC 2, HIPAA, GDPR, and more a breeze for startups and organizations of all sizes. You might say they’re like the “AWS of security and compliance”. Everyone in the Acquired community can get 10% off using this link. Thank you as well to Vouch and to SoftBank Latin America!

    Links:
    Ben Thompson’s great Stratechery interview with Jensen Linus Tech Tips tests an Nvidia A100 Episode sources

    Carve Outs:
    The Expanse short story collection, Memory's Legion Sony RX100 point-and-shoot camera

    ‍Note: Acquired hosts and guests may hold assets discussed in this episode. This podcast is not investment advice, and is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. You should do your own research and make your own independent decisions when considering any financial transactions.

    • 2 hrs 15 min

Customer Reviews

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17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Mboshh ,

Excellent

Love this show. Keep up the good work guys.

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Nkosana the bad singer ,

Hooked

Im addicted. As a startup entrepreneur from South Africa, I learn a lot about the culture of startups in the US from you guys. Love how you give the background of these companies. Keep them coming.

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