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a16z Podcast

Andreessen Horowitz

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a16z Podcast

a16z Podcast

Andreessen Horowitz

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The a16z Podcast discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future – especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. This podcast is produced by Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”), a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. Multiple episodes are released every week; visit a16z.com for more details and to sign up for our newsletters and other content as well!

Latest Episodes

Controlling AI

AI can do a lot of specific tasks as well as, or even better than, humans can — for example, it can more accurately classify images, more efficiently process mail, and more logically manipulate a Go board. While we have made a lot of advances in task-specific AI, how far are we from artificial general intelligence (AGI), that is AI that matches general human intelligence and capabilities? In this podcast, a16z operating partner Frank Chen interviews Stuart Russell, Founder of the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHAI) at UC Berkeley. They outline the conceptual breakthroughs, like natural language understanding, still required for AGI. But more importantly, they explain how and why we should design AI systems to ensure that we can control AI, and eventually AGI, when it’s smarter than we are. The conversation starts by explaining what Hollywood's Skynet gets wrong and ends with why AI is better as "the perfect Butler, than the genie in the lamp."

26 MIN1 d ago
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Controlling AI

Food, Drugs, and Tech—100 Years of Public Health

The federal agency known as the FDA, or the Food and Drug Administration, was born over 100 years ago—at the turn of the industrial revolution, in a time of enormous upheaval and change, and rapidly emerging technology. The same could be said to be just as true today. This wide-ranging conversation between Principal Commissioner of the FDA Amy Abernethy and Vijay Pande, GP on the Bio Fund at a16z, discusses how the agency is evolving to keep pace with the scientific breakthroughs like CRISPR and AI, while staying true to its core mission of assessing safety and effectiveness for consumers in the world of food and medicine.

44 MIN3 d ago
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Food, Drugs, and Tech—100 Years of Public Health

On Pharma Trends and Big Company Innovation

with @vasnarasimhan @jorgecondebio @vijaypande @smc90 How does the world’s largest producer of medicines in terms of volume balance the science and the business of innovation, from R&D to go to market to talent and more?

59 MIN6 d ago
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On Pharma Trends and Big Company Innovation

Personal Genomics: Where Are We, Really?

with @jorgecondebio and @smc90 A look-back and look-forward on the topic of personal genomics, given recent and past retrospective and prospective pieces in the media on the topics of DNA sequencing, personalized medicine, criminal investigations, genetic privacy and large datasets, multiomics, and more.

19 MIN1 w ago
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Personal Genomics: Where Are We, Really?

Why We Should Be Optimistic About the Future

Kevin Kelly interviews Marc Andreessen at our most recent innovation Summit; they discuss the evolution of technology, key trends, and why they're the most optimistic people in the room.

44 MIN2 w ago
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Why We Should Be Optimistic About the Future

What to Know about CFIUS

with @mikeleiter @katie_haun What does the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) and updates to the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) mean for founders taking investments from or doing joint ventures with foreign entities or just doing business globally in general? What does and doesn't CFIUS cover, and how might one structure partnerships strategically as a result?

46 MIN3 w ago
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What to Know about CFIUS

Are ISAs the Solution to Student Debt?

A bold proposal: You go to college for free, then pay back the school after graduation—but only if you get a job in your field of study and make a high enough salary to afford it. It's called an income share agreement, and Austen Allred, the CEO and cofounder of Lambda School, thinks it's the future of education.

27 MIN2019 DEC 19
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Are ISAs the Solution to Student Debt?

Shonda Rhimes on How to Create Stories (and Products) People Want

with @shondarhimes @pmarca The creator of hit shows like Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and others, writer and executive producer Shonda Rhimes shares lessons she's learned about pitching ideas, storytelling, leadership, and scaling a business across mediums.

34 MIN2019 DEC 18
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Shonda Rhimes on How to Create Stories (and Products) People Want

The Journey from 0 to 1, from Mosaic to Netscape

with @pmarca and @mjr2 In this special guest hosted episode -- cross-posted from the new show Starting Greatness (featuring interviews with startup builders before they were successful, hosted by Mike Maples jr) -- Marc Andreessen shares some rare, behind-the-scenes details of his story from 0 to 1... from the University of Illinois and Mosaic to Netscape.

44 MIN2019 DEC 17
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The Journey from 0 to 1, from Mosaic to Netscape

Direct Listings, Myths and Facts

with @stacey_cunning barrymccarthy @smc90 Another route to the public markets is the direct listing, recently reinvented for tech companies (with Spotify and Slack so far). This episode of the a16z Podcast brings together two experts from the frontlines -- the architect of the direct listings in their current form, the CFO of Spotify; and president of the NYSE, where they were listed -- in conversation with Sonal Chokshi to share more about the what, the how, and the why from an insider perspective. What does it, did it take?

44 MIN2019 DEC 11
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Direct Listings, Myths and Facts

Latest Episodes

Controlling AI

AI can do a lot of specific tasks as well as, or even better than, humans can — for example, it can more accurately classify images, more efficiently process mail, and more logically manipulate a Go board. While we have made a lot of advances in task-specific AI, how far are we from artificial general intelligence (AGI), that is AI that matches general human intelligence and capabilities? In this podcast, a16z operating partner Frank Chen interviews Stuart Russell, Founder of the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHAI) at UC Berkeley. They outline the conceptual breakthroughs, like natural language understanding, still required for AGI. But more importantly, they explain how and why we should design AI systems to ensure that we can control AI, and eventually AGI, when it’s smarter than we are. The conversation starts by explaining what Hollywood's Skynet gets wrong and ends with why AI is better as "the perfect Butler, than the genie in the lamp."

26 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Controlling AI

Food, Drugs, and Tech—100 Years of Public Health

The federal agency known as the FDA, or the Food and Drug Administration, was born over 100 years ago—at the turn of the industrial revolution, in a time of enormous upheaval and change, and rapidly emerging technology. The same could be said to be just as true today. This wide-ranging conversation between Principal Commissioner of the FDA Amy Abernethy and Vijay Pande, GP on the Bio Fund at a16z, discusses how the agency is evolving to keep pace with the scientific breakthroughs like CRISPR and AI, while staying true to its core mission of assessing safety and effectiveness for consumers in the world of food and medicine.

44 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Food, Drugs, and Tech—100 Years of Public Health

On Pharma Trends and Big Company Innovation

with @vasnarasimhan @jorgecondebio @vijaypande @smc90 How does the world’s largest producer of medicines in terms of volume balance the science and the business of innovation, from R&D to go to market to talent and more?

59 MIN6 d ago
Comments
On Pharma Trends and Big Company Innovation

Personal Genomics: Where Are We, Really?

with @jorgecondebio and @smc90 A look-back and look-forward on the topic of personal genomics, given recent and past retrospective and prospective pieces in the media on the topics of DNA sequencing, personalized medicine, criminal investigations, genetic privacy and large datasets, multiomics, and more.

19 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Personal Genomics: Where Are We, Really?

Why We Should Be Optimistic About the Future

Kevin Kelly interviews Marc Andreessen at our most recent innovation Summit; they discuss the evolution of technology, key trends, and why they're the most optimistic people in the room.

44 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Why We Should Be Optimistic About the Future

What to Know about CFIUS

with @mikeleiter @katie_haun What does the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) and updates to the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) mean for founders taking investments from or doing joint ventures with foreign entities or just doing business globally in general? What does and doesn't CFIUS cover, and how might one structure partnerships strategically as a result?

46 MIN3 w ago
Comments
What to Know about CFIUS

Are ISAs the Solution to Student Debt?

A bold proposal: You go to college for free, then pay back the school after graduation—but only if you get a job in your field of study and make a high enough salary to afford it. It's called an income share agreement, and Austen Allred, the CEO and cofounder of Lambda School, thinks it's the future of education.

27 MIN2019 DEC 19
Comments
Are ISAs the Solution to Student Debt?

Shonda Rhimes on How to Create Stories (and Products) People Want

with @shondarhimes @pmarca The creator of hit shows like Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and others, writer and executive producer Shonda Rhimes shares lessons she's learned about pitching ideas, storytelling, leadership, and scaling a business across mediums.

34 MIN2019 DEC 18
Comments
Shonda Rhimes on How to Create Stories (and Products) People Want

The Journey from 0 to 1, from Mosaic to Netscape

with @pmarca and @mjr2 In this special guest hosted episode -- cross-posted from the new show Starting Greatness (featuring interviews with startup builders before they were successful, hosted by Mike Maples jr) -- Marc Andreessen shares some rare, behind-the-scenes details of his story from 0 to 1... from the University of Illinois and Mosaic to Netscape.

44 MIN2019 DEC 17
Comments
The Journey from 0 to 1, from Mosaic to Netscape

Direct Listings, Myths and Facts

with @stacey_cunning barrymccarthy @smc90 Another route to the public markets is the direct listing, recently reinvented for tech companies (with Spotify and Slack so far). This episode of the a16z Podcast brings together two experts from the frontlines -- the architect of the direct listings in their current form, the CFO of Spotify; and president of the NYSE, where they were listed -- in conversation with Sonal Chokshi to share more about the what, the how, and the why from an insider perspective. What does it, did it take?

44 MIN2019 DEC 11
Comments
Direct Listings, Myths and Facts
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