This Week in Startups

By 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. Join our community on Twitter to discuss the show: https://twitter.com/i/communities/1496977694747209728

Episode Date
Google, Amazon & Apple earnings + OK Boomer with Slush CEO | E1672
01:17:00

Molly is off for the day, so Producer Rachel joins Jason to break down Google, Amazon, and Apple’s latest earnings report. (1:29) Then LA26 graduate Perrin Davidson, CEO of EATERCLUB, joins Molly. (46:05) Lastly, we end the week with another edition of Ok Boomer, where Rachel interviews Eerika Savolainen, the CEO of Slush. (1:02:16)


(0:00) Jason and Rachel kick off the show!

(1:29) Google earnings

(11:19) MasterClass - Get 15% off an annual membership at https://masterclass.com/startups

(12:44) Amazon earnings

(23:28) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

(23:30) Apple earnings

(33:36) Fitbod - Get 25% off at https://fitbod.me/twist

(34:36) The US jobs report

(46:05) LA26 Founder: Perrin Davidson of EATERCLUB

(1:02:16) OK Boomer with Eerika Savolainen, the CEO of Slush


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Feb 03, 2023
Meta’s massive comeback, FED’s latest hike, GPT-4 rumors + Spotify earnings with Lon Harris | E1671
01:07:57

Jason and Molly kick off the show by discussing Meta’s Q4 earnings and the news that the Fed is raising rates by only 25 basis points (3:06), which leads to a discussion on unemployment, automation, and generative AI updates. (11:24) Then, Lon Harris joins to discuss Oscar nominations, Spotify earnings, “peak podcasting,” and more. (37:51)

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

(3:06) Meta Earnings

(7:56) The Fed raises rates by 25bps

(9:57) House of Macadamias - Get 20% off at https://houseofmacadamias.com/twist by using code TWIST20

(11:24) Unemployment and Automation

(21:59) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes for six figures in discounts at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(23:30) ChatGPT hits 100M MAUs + Google’s Apprentice Bard

(36:46) Anyplace - Get $250 off your booking with the code TWIST250 at https://www.anyplace.com/twist

(37:51) Oscar Nominations with Lon Harris

(44:06) Spotify earnings

(55:35) The Last of Us is another hit for HBO

(1:00:58) James Gunn reveals chapter one of the DC Universe


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Feb 02, 2023
ANGEL: FirstMark’s Rick Heitzmann on shaking off the bull run, “shock absorbers,” and more | E1670
00:54:47

Jason is joined by FirstMark Capital’s Rick Heitzmann, who started his investment career in 1999. They discuss “sobering up” after the 14-year bull run (1:55), Airbnb’s response to the downturn (7:38), how senior leaders must act as shock absorbers for their founders (26:30), and more!

(0:00) Jason kicks off the show

(1:55) Rick’s experience of the “Speculative Asset Bubble”

(7:38) Airbnb’s reaction to the downturn

(11:33) LinkedIn Jobs - Go to https://linkedIn.com/angel and post your first job for free

(12:58) Rick’s memory of the Dot Com bubble

(19:39) Advice for founders in a downturn

(22:27) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist

(23:29) How CAC and LTV have changed

(26:30) The emotional state of Founders and keeping them focused

(35:09) Term sheets in the Dot Com era and today

(40:06) Letterhead - get 50% off their first year at tryletterhead.com/twist

(41:21) Different forms of exits + Key attributes in founders


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Feb 02, 2023
Instagram co-founders team up for new startup + Magic Spoon’s Gabi Lewis | E1669
01:26:02

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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Feb 01, 2023
Anthropic seeking $5B valuation, OpenAI hires 1000 contractors, Mr. Beast’s latest video | E1668
01:07:02

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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Jan 30, 2023
MSG's facial recognition software, BuzzFeed's deal with Meta, The Creator Economy and more | E1667
01:02:54

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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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Jan 27, 2023
Macro picture, Bitcoin’s bull/bear case, DCG controversy & more | E1666
00:58:06

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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

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(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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Jan 27, 2023
ANGEL: Venrock’s Bryan Roberts on 25 years in VC, hitting wins early, avoiding bad habits | E1665
00:52:38

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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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Jan 25, 2023
DOJ sues Google over ad practices, Ticketmaster takes the stand + LA26 founders | E1664
00:56:15

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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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Jan 24, 2023
Employee reactions to Google layoffs, Microsoft & OpenAI codify deal + NVIDIA's new feature | E1663
00:54:26

Join Molly and Jason as they react to TikToks posted by former Google employees who have recently been let go. They discuss why Google is letting people go despite their massive profits (8:54). They also explore Open AI and Microsoft's codified partnership (38:39) and the report from the WSJ that activist investor Elliot Management has invested billions into Salesforce (45:06). To end the show, we have another great edition of WLITF featuring NVIDIA's new AI-generated eye contact feature (49:16).

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

(2:35) Jason is still on the mend + vaccine talk

(7:46) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist

(8:54) The difference between Meta, Amazon and Google's layoffs + Employee reaction to getting laid off

(18:52) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist

(20:16) Why Google is doing layoffs + more employee reactions

(37:05) Meowtel - Book a local and insured sitter on the #1 cat sitting app. Save $25 on your first booking with code TWIST25

(38:29) OpenAI codified its deal with Microsoft

(45:06) Elliot Management invests billions in Salesforce

(49:16) WLITF: NVIDIA's insane update


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Jan 23, 2023
$NFLX earnings, Reed Hastings steps down, Google's 6% RIF & Ok Boomer with Mike O'Brien | E1662
00:57:43

Molly and Jason tackle Netflix's stellar fourth-quarter earnings and the news that Reed Hastings is stepping down as CEO. (1:55) Plus, they delve into Google's announcement to lay off 6% of its workforce (17:00), and the former MySpace founders raised a $32M Seed round for their new gaming startup PLAI. (28:55) Lastly, Producer Rachel is back with another segment of Ok Boomer with Mike O'Brien! (36:47)

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

(1:55) Netflix earnings + Reed Hastings steps down as CEO

(9:29) Crowdbotics - Get a free scoping session for your next big app idea at crowdbotics.com/twist

(9:37) Netflix's future

(17:00) Google to layoff 6% of their staff

(23:37) Mixpanel - Apply for $50K in credits at https://mixpanel.com/startups

(20:50) Will Apple do a RIF?

(28:55) Former MySpace founders raise $32M for their new startup PLAI

(33:53) This Week in Startups 90-second survey - Enter for a chance to win a $50 amazon gift card at www.thisweekinstartups.com/survey

(35:19) House of Macadamias - Get 20% off at https://houseofmacadamias.com/twist by using code TWIST20

(36:47) Ok Boomer with Mike O'Brien

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Jan 20, 2023
Quiet hiring, Semafor’s $10M SBF buyback + M3GAN and The Last of Us with Lon Harris | E1661
01:01:13

Molly and Jason kick off the show by discussing the concept of 'quiet hiring' (1:53) and the SEC's proposed rules making it easier for LPs to sue VCs (9:37). They also cover Semafor's buyback of Sam Bankman-Fried's $10M investment (20:50). And Lon Harris is back to discuss the new box office hit M3GAN (31:00) and the premiere of The Last of Us (45:45). 

(0:00) Molly kicks off the show

(1:53) Jargon Watch: What is “quiet hiring”?

(8:29) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

(9:37) SEC proposes new rules making it easier for LPs to sue VCs

(19:21) Supergut - Get 30% off with code TWIST at https://supergut.com

(20:50) Semafor to buy back SBF’s $10M investment

(29:44) Formulate - Get 25% off at formulate.co/twist

(31:00) Blumhouse and Atomic Monster’s potential merger + M3GAN’s marketing campaign

(45:45) The Last of Us Premiere + more on video game adaptations

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Jan 19, 2023
ANGEL: Brad Feld on investing through 3 economic cycles, CEO/investor dynamics, and more | E1660
01:28:33

(0:00) Jason Kicks off the show

(2:49) Brad Feld, Co-founder of Foundry, talks about starting out in investing

(13:30) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/angel 

(14:56) Brad’s thesis for whom he’ll get in the “trenches” with

(20:48) MasterClass - Get 15% off an annual membership at https://masterclass.com/startups

(22:22) Fighting to the end + Investing through the dot-com bubble

(38:13) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(39:43) Surviving the GFC

(44:23) Brad’s perspective on the investor/CEO dynamic + being a leader in a down market

(1:00:02) Reflecting on the speculative asset bubble

(1:16:44) Looking forward into 2023

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Jan 18, 2023
Getty to sue Stability AI, $MSFT to incorporate OpenAI into Azure + new climate startups | E1659
01:19:57

First up, Molly and Jason cover a bunch of news happening in the world of AI, Getty Images is preparing to sue Stable Diffusion creator Stability AI (8:47), Meta is partnering with Shutterstock to train its AI models, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the company will integrate OpenAI’s software into Azure - it’s cloud computing platform - and ALL it’s other products. (36:07) Then, we cover two new sustainability startups! Mill is a company started by former Nest co-founders making an automated compostability trash can. (55:12) And Sollum is building AI-enabled LED lighting solutions for indoor farming. (1:06:35)

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

(2:47) Molly and Jason catch up after their long weekend

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(8:47) Getty Images prepares a lawsuit against Stability AI

(12:54) Data and data integrity

(17:55) AgeTech Collaborative - Find out more and apply at https://agetechcollaborative.org/twist

(19:30) The similarities between AI and the music industry

(34:31) AgeTech Collaborative - Find out more and apply at https://agetechcollaborative.org/twist

(36:07) Microsoft announces that they will integrate AI into all their products + more on round-tripping

(49:50) Blockchain versus AI

(55:12) SOTD: Mill

(1:06:35) SOTD: Sollum Technologies

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Jan 17, 2023
Tim Cook’s $50M pay cut, CEO compensation packages & Acquire.com's CEO Andrew Gazdecki | E1658
00:57:34

Molly and Jason dive deep into the recent news of Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, taking a $50 million pay cut. They discuss this move's implications and whether CEOs are worth their large compensation packages. (1:24) Andrew Gazdecki, CEO of Acquire.com, joins Jason for a fun interview discussing Acquire.com's rebrand and the acquisition marketplace. (24:47)

(0:00) Molly kicks off the show

(1:24) CEO of Apple, Tim Cook takes a $50M pay cut

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(13:21) Are CEOs worth their compensation packages?

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(24:47) Andrew Gazdecki of Acquire.com joins Jason

(40:45) Formulate - Get 25% off at formulate.co/twist

(42:02) Serial sellers, Acquire.com’s growth and M&As

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Jan 16, 2023
OpenAI’s endgame, DeepMind’s chatbot, United by Zero’s Lex Kiefhaber + OK Boomer | E1657
01:24:34

Molly and Jason kick off the show about social taboo topics and getting to the bottom of Covid-19.(2:22) Following the two discuss Molly attending Strictly VC, DeepMind’s new chatbot Sparrow and OpenAI’s end game. (15:43) Then Molly interviews LAUNCH Accelerator founder United by Zero CEO and Founder Lex Kiefhaber (52:34). Then we cap off the episode with another great edition of Ok Boomer featuring Juliet Meskers, co-founder and CEO of MOTH (1:08:45)

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

(2:22) Covid-19 and cultural taboo topics

(10:32) Linode - Apply to Linode's Rise program for up to six figures in discounts at https://linode.com/twist

(12:01) Getting to the bottom of Covid-19

(15:43) Molly attended Strictly VC to hear Sam Altman speak about AI

(19:33) Crowdbotics - Get a free scoping session for your next big app idea at crowdbotics.com/twist

(21:06) The difference between creating and packaging AI

(28:42) DeepMind’s chatbot Sparrow + AI infringing on intellectual property

(37:18) Acquire.com - Sign up for FREE at https://try.acquire.com/twist

(38:49) What is OpenAI’s end game?

(52:34) Molly interviews LAUNCH Accelerator founder United by Zero CEO and Founder Lex Kiefhaber

(1:08:45) Ok Boomer featuring Juliet Meskers, co-founder and CEO of MOTH


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Jan 14, 2023
Jay Trades and SBF's Substack + Award season and Netflix's content strategy with Lon Harris | E1656
00:59:56

Molly and Jason chop it up about Jason's latest Jay Trades: Apple, Amazon and Disney. (2:21) Then they briefly discuss SBF's new Substack. (14:42) To wrap up the show, Lon joins us for this week's edition of This Week in Streaming to talk about award season and Netflix's content strategy. (21:14)

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

(2:21) Jason explains why he placed a bet on Apple

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(9:20) Molly and Jason discuss his two other Jay Trades, Amazon and Disney

(14:42) SBF's Substack

(19:42) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist

(21:14) Lon joins to discuss award season with Molly and Jason

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(37:17) Netflix's content strategy is like a “gourmet cheeseburger”

(50:36) Award season continued

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Jan 12, 2023
Slack’s troubles inside Salesforce, crypto trader gets jail time, DoNotPay’s robo-lawyer | E1655
01:15:41

First up, J+M cover the problems at Slack and Salesforce (3:00), before breaking down the anti-competitive issues with bundling software to harm competitors. (13:34) Then, they talk about the comeuppance from "A-players" regarding the lack of efficiency in big tech (26:35), a 10-month jail sentence for crypto inside trading (39:52), and DoNotPay's AI-based robo-lawyer taking a case! (51:14)

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

(3:00) Breaking down the recent rift between Slack and Salesforce

(12:00) AgeTech Collaborative - Find out more and apply at https://agetechcollaborative.org/twist

(13:34) Issues with bundling, did Salesforce overpay for Slack?

(25:00) AgeTech Collaborative - Find out more and apply at https://agetechcollaborative.org/twist

(26:35) Lack of efficiency as a lightning rod at big tech companies, management styles

(38:22) Nutrisense - Use code TWIST and get $30 off at nutrisense.io/twist

(39:52) The brother of a former Coinbase PM was sentenced to 10 months in prison for using tips from his brother to make $900K

(51:14) DoNotPay's robo-lawyer will be used in a court case, OpenAI will pilot a paid version of ChatGPT

(1:06:51) Jason ends with an emotional video from Ke Huy Quan's Golden Globes acceptance speech

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Jan 11, 2023
Coinbase cuts 20%, Microsoft to invest $10B into OpenAI & Ascend Elements CEO Mike O’Kronley | E1654
01:35:03

Molly and Jason discuss the news that Coinbase is doing another 20% RIF. (6:50) Then they discuss the announcement that Microsoft is investing $10B into OpenAI with some pretty favourable terms. (27:19) After, Molly and Jason chat about Make Sunsets’ plan to cool the planet and Enpal, a German solar panel company raising money at a $2.4B valuation. (46:56) Then we wrap with this year’s first edition of TWiCS featuring Mike O’Kronley, CEO of Ascend Elements. (1:00:56)

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

(2:10) Atmospheric rivers and the chaos in California

(6:50) Coinbase does another 20% RIF

(11:56) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

(13:03) The future of employment in tech

(21:50) Mixpanel - Apply for $50K in credits at https://mixpanel.com/startups

(23:16) The perfect amount of founders

(27:19) Microsoft is invests $10B into OpenAI

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(34:10) OpenAI going from a non-profit to a for-profit + What is roundtripping?

(46:56) Make Sunsets raises $750K to do what?!

(53:05) Enpal raises at a $2.4B valuation

(1:00:56) TWiCS: Mike O’Kronley of Ascend Elements


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Jan 10, 2023
"The weirdest economy ever," Noma shuts down, Jason demos ChatGPT's iOS app | E1653
01:21:51

Back from the weekend! First up, J+M catch up and cover a very strange economic situation. (2:07) Then, the duo covers NoMa, the world's most famous restaurant, shutting its doors due to an unsustainable business model (24:46), before going deep on generative AI news and demoing OpenAI's ChatGPT iOS app! (49:54)

(0:00) J+M intro today's show!

(2:07) Weekend catchup! Jason's chainsaw adventure

(12:29) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist

(14:04) Twitter view counts being a revealing engagement metric, Jeremy Renner's accident, "the weirdest economy ever"

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(24:46) Noma, the world's best restaurant, to shut down due to an unsustainable business model

(37:43) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(39:12) Massive wealth transfer upcoming and how that impacts the labor market, Kauffman Fellowship

(49:54) OpenAI update: Microsoft reportedly integrating ChatGPT into Word and email, "derivative" AI tools, SOTD: XetHub, ChatGPT banned by NYC public schools

(1:02:38) Jason demos ChatGPT's upcoming iOS app, which is currently in private TestFlight beta

(1:11:12) Uber trademarks "Uber Air," eVTOL relationship with Joby Aviation, current chopper business

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Jan 10, 2023
Logan Paul & CryptoZoo’s alleged scam breakdown with Coffeezilla + Ok Boomer with Em Herrera | E1652
01:13:58

Coffeezilla joins M+J to discuss the latest on the alleged Logan Paul and CryptoZoo scam. (1:21) Then Em Herrera joins Rachel for this year’s first edition of Ok Boomer to discuss 2023 predictions. (50:29)

(0:00) Molly kicks off the show

(1:11) Coffeezilla joins Molly and Jason to discuss the alleged CryptoZoo Scandal and his background

(11:06) Supergut - Get 30% off with code TWIST at https://supergut.com

(12:37) Coffeezilla’s main issue with the alleged grift + What is CryptoZoo?

(19:58) MasterClass - Get 15% off an annual membership at https://masterclass.com/startups

(21:30) Logan Paul’s response video

(26:32) The red flags of CryptoZoo + What Logan should have done

(41:51) Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast at https://www.founder.university/podcast

(43:18) Overtime with Coffeezilla

(50:29) Ok Boomer: 2023 predictions with Em Herrera

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Jan 06, 2023
Bing to integrate ChatGPT, Microsoft’s first union + Flux Gourmet review with Lon Harris | E1651
00:54:28

M+J kick off the show by discussing the news that Bing will integrate ChatGPT into its search service. (1:21) Then they chop it up about ZeniMax forming Microsoft’s first union. (15:06) And then Lon Harris joins the show to review Flux Gourmet and chat about the economics of streaming (27:11)

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

(1:21) Bing to integrate ChatGPT into search

(13:30) Crowdbotics - Get a free scoping session for your next big app idea at crowdbotics.com/twist

(15:06) ZeniMax forms Microsoft’s first union

(25:45) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST

(27:11) Lon, Molly and Jason discuss Flux Gourmet

(41:31) Founder University 2-Day Intensive Course - learn more at intensive.founder.university

(42:31) Starz cancels Dangerous Liaisons, Becoming Elizabeth and Step Up + the economics of streaming


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Jan 05, 2023
Keith Rabois on 2023 macro outlook, startup valuations, founder advice, ChatGPT vs Google | E1650
01:09:11

Multiple time guest and friend of the pod Keith Rabois is back! Jason and Keith talk 2023 macro outlook (1:00), big tech's impact on startups (10:01), advice for founders (18:24), Meta's risky VR bet (27:22), ChatGPT vs Google (39:05), and more!

(0:00) Jason intros today's guest: Keith Rabois!

(1:00) Keith's 2023 macro outlook and thoughts on startup valuations

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(10:01) What are big tech hiring freezes and RIFs doing to the startup market? Entitlement era coming to an end

(18:24) Advice for different archetypes of founders

(25:50) Acquire.com - Sign up for FREE at https://try.acquire.com/twist

(27:22) Importance of founder authority, Tim Cook taking over for Steve Jobs at Apple, Meta's risky VR bet

(37:34) Apply for the LAUNCH Accelerator: https://launchaccelerator.co

(39:05) Keith's thoughts on ChatGPT, a new approach to search, and Microsoft taking on Google

(53:37) What types of founders is Keith looking to invest in right now?

(59:25) OpenDoor thoughts + a little politics

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Jan 04, 2023
SpaceX valued at $137B, Starlink's massive market, Shopify purges meetings | E1649
01:11:24

Jason and Molly are BACK for the first news show of 2023! First up, they break down SpaceX's reported $137B valuation, the astounding market opportunity for Starlink, and more! (7:14) Then, they cover two Shopify stories (37:38) and Apple shutting down fan-favorite weather app Dark Sky. (55:01)

(0:00) J+M intro today's topics!

(2:25) Thoughts on the potential year ahead

(7:14) SpaceX is raising $750M at a $137B valuation, led by a16z

(12:54) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups

(14:24) Producer Sam (powered by ChatGPT), Starlink's bottom-up TAM, SpaceX's genius infrastructure play

(29:56) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, sign up for free at https://coda.io/twist

(31:28) More ChatGPT producing

(37:38) Shopify is attempting to fill the ad targeting void left by Apple's App Tracking Transparency

(45:07) Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast at https://www.founder.university/podcast

(46:32) Second Shopify story: CEO Tobi Lutke has asked employees to purge meetings to increase productivity

(55:01) Apple shuts down the Dark Sky weather app

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Jan 03, 2023
2023 Predictions! Startups, VC, tech, media, stocks, shutdowns, and more! | E1648
00:58:31

Jason and Molly rip through 20+ predictions for 2023, including over/under bets, shutdowns, stocks, main characters, startups, new tech, and SO much more!

(0:00) J+M tee up today's show: 2023 Predictions!

(1:53) Main character of 2023

(4:35) Most anticipated trend

(7:13) Surprising shutdown

(9:40) Biggest bag securer

(13:36) Notion - Sign up for FREE at https://notion.com/jason

(15:06) App/tech breakout

(17:30) Most notable CEO resignation or return

(21:25) Most anticipated technology

(25:37) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist

(26:45) Most anticipated media

(29:09) Over/under: 30.5 year sentence for SBF

(30:07) Over/under: 10.5 year sentence for Caroline Ellison

(30:34) Over/under: $750M box office for Oppenheimer

(31:06) Over/under: 21 months left of recession

(31:46) Hottest take for 2023

(35:53) Fitbod - Get 25% off at https://fitbod.me/twist 

(37:26) Will any VCs be charged in a crypto-related crime?

(38:16) Will total capital raised by VCs fall off a cliff?

(43:11) What startup will make the biggest impact?

(45:59) Overrated hot new vertical

(48:43) Will the fundraising landscape get better for startups?

(50:19) Over/under: 3 new impactful social apps

(51:18) Most stock appreciation: $AAPL, $AMZN, $GOOG, $META, $MSFT

(52:59) Most stock appreciation: $ABNB, $SPOT, $UBER

(55:21) Over/under: 177 IPOs

(56:07) When will VR replace the iPhone?

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Jan 02, 2023
The 2022 TWiSTY Awards! | E1647
01:42:45

Molly and Jason present... the 2022 TWiSTY Awards! Join them in commemorating all the best, worst, and craziest moments from this year in startups, markets, and tech!

(0:00) J+M intro today's show

(1:37) Introducing the 2022 TWiSTY Awards!

(3:18) Best prop

(7:51) Best behind the scenes emoji

(12:38) Mixpanel - Apply for $50K in credits at https://mixpanel.com/startups 

(14:04) Best meme

(19:12) Best gadget

(22:44) Nutrisense - Use code TWIST and get $30 off at nutrisense.io/twist

(24:14) Best media

(39:40) Best Twitter follow

(42:55) Founder University - Apply at https://course.founder.university

(44:32) Main Character of the Year

(54:54) Bag Securer of the Year

(1:02:07) Best CEO of the Year

(1:10:03) Startup of the Year

(1:15:35) Defunct Startup of the Year

(1:20:52) News Topic of the Year

(1:26:55) Surprisingly Awesome Guest of the Year

(1:30:28) Interview of the Year

(1:32:56) Best Guest Chemistry of the Year

(1:39:28) Episode of the Year

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Dec 29, 2022
Direct listing rule change, Notion AI demo, NYE planning & more | E1646
00:57:19

J+M kick off the show by discussing some approved changes to direct listings, which will make it easier for companies going public via direct listings to raise money! (1:18) Then, LAUNCH team member Charlie Cuddy joins Molly to demo Notion's new AI tool (14:07). Finally, Producer Rachel joins Molly to break down which popular consumer apps and tools to use to plan a last-minute NYE party. (33:12)

(0:00) Molly intros today's segments!

(1:18) J+M discuss the approved changes to direct listings, and how this might impact companies going public in 2023

(12:33) Crowdbotics - Get a free scoping session for your next big app idea at https://crowdbotics.com/twist

(14:07) LAUNCH team member Charlie Cuddy joins Molly to demo Notion AI!

(31:58) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist

(33:12) Producer Rachel joins Molly to break down which popular consumer apps and tools to use to plan a last-minute NYE party!

(41:12) Founder University - Apply at https://course.founder.university

(42:52) Rachel and Molly discuss the best gig work apps, playlist tools, sober-curious beverages, and more!

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Dec 27, 2022
Bonus episode! Tár review with Lon Harris
00:49:05

Christmas surprise! Check out Jason and Molly's FULL review of Tár, spoilers and all, with Lon Harris!

(0:00) Tár review from Thursday

(21:53) Bonus Tár review! Reviewing the critics, SPOILER REVIEW, and more!

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Dec 25, 2022
FTX & Alameda execs plead guilty, YouTube inks NFL Sunday Ticket deal + Tár review | E1645
01:28:00

Molly and Jason discuss Caroline Ellison and Gary Wang pleading guilty to securities fraud. (2:04) Then Lon Harris joins J+M for this week’s edition of This Week in Streaming, where they discuss YouTube’s new 7-year multibillion-dollar deal with the NFL. (36:57) We wrap with Part 1 of their review of Todd Field’s latest film Tár. (1:06:12)

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

(2:04) Molly and Jason react to Caroline Ellison and Gary Wang pleading guilty to securities fraud

(8:36) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(12:29) The Truth of FTX is confirmed + the difference between marketing a product and a security

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(23:59) How will VCs fair if tokens are ruled as securities

(30:16) Molly and Jason’s hot takes on the FTX fallout

(35:17) Founder University - Build your MVP with help from Founder University at course.founder.university

(36:57) YouTube inks multibillion-dollar streaming deal with the NFL

(55:40) Lon runs down the topics in his newsletter, including Netflix’s Wednesday becoming a smash hit + actors who have not acted in a streaming series 

(1:06:12) Part 1: Molly, Jason and Lon review Todd Field’s Tár (TO BE CONTINUED)

Dec 23, 2022
Managing your cash reserves | Startup Finance Basics w/ Kruze's Scott Orn | E1644
00:16:57

Kruze COO Scott Orn is back with Jason to educate founders on how to get the most out of their cash reserves. (0:00)

(0:00) Your fiduciary duty to protect and invest your cash responsibly + developing an investment policy 

(8:00) Evaluating your chart of accounts + Jason's credit card hack 

(12:30) Final thoughts for founders going into 2023 

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Dec 21, 2022
The inside story of Iger's Disney return, Epic Games record-breaking fines + ClimateCamp CEO | E1643
01:10:07

First up, J+M break down Disney's "Battle of the Bobs" (2:59), before covering two record-breaking fines against Epic Games, and explaining "dark patterns." (20:35) Molly wraps the show by interviewing ClimateCamp CEO Stijn Gysemans on Scope 3 emissions tracking! (44:26)

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

(2:59) WSJ report on the rift between Iger and Chapek at Disney

(13:36) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST

(15:03) The role Christine McCarthy, Disney's CFO, played in bringing back Bob Iger

(20:35) Epic Games receives two record-breaking fines from the FTC, understanding "dark patterns" and deceptive design

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(31:40) Tangent continued: calling out the worst "dark design" offenders

(44:26) ClimateCamp CEO Stijn Gysemans joins Molly Wood to chat target markets, Scope 3 emissions, and more!

(51:29) Understanding how emissions are calculated, EU rules and regulations

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Dec 21, 2022
Salesforce CEO questions WFH amid SaaS slowdown, OpenAI projects $1B revenue by 2024 & more | E1642
01:23:08

J+M start the show by breaking down the recent disruption at Salesforce and Marc Benioff's comments on remote work. (2:44) Then, they cover OpenAI projecting $1B in revenue by 2024 (57:25) and wrap with a new segment: Little Big Things! (1:14:33)

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

(2:44) Weekend catchup and disruption at Salesforce

(15:44) Supergut - Get 30% off with code TWIST at https://supergut.com 

(17:14) David Sacks tweets about the vicious cycle that Salesforce (and SaaS companies at large) will undergo, grading Benioff's feedback to employees

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(33:15) Remote management issues with thousands of employees, where remote work will wind up in 2023

(47:50) The Pharaohs are taking issue with their pyramids being empty

(57:25) OpenAI is reportedly projecting $1B in revenue by 2024, plus another round of "Google Search or ChatGTP?"

(1:14:33) Little Big Things: Instagram's new "Notes" feature

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Dec 20, 2022
VCSS: Year in review + Valerie Shen of G2 Venture Partners | E1641
01:06:07

Molly and Jason celebrate the last VCSS of 2022 by reflecting on what Molly has learned over this past year. (1:24) Then Valerie Shen of G2 Venture Partners joins Molly for the final TWiCS of the year. (36:38)

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

(1:23) Molly reflects on her first year as a VC

(10:58) MicroAcquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist

(12:29) The founder/VC relationship

(18:30) Learning how to be a VC in a downturn

(20:13) Crowdbotics - Get a free scoping session for your next big app idea at crowdbotics.com/twist

(28:05) The art of patience + getting to 100 meetings

(30:34) Top VCSS episodes of 2022

(36:38) Valerie Shen joins Molly for TWiCS

(40:43) The history of G2 Venture Partners and  Valerie’s role

(51:38) Climate Tech is becoming more popular

(1:01:28) Investable climate tech solutions

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Dec 18, 2022
Financial info to include in your pitch deck | Startup Finance Basics w/ Kruze's Scott Orn | E1640
00:22:36

Kruze COO Scott Orn is back with Jason to explain the MOST important financial information that founders should include in their pitch deck (

(0:00) Kruze's Scott Orn joins Jason to discuss the role of financial information in your pitch deck

(11:02) Conveying your vision with numbers

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Dec 17, 2022
Interest rates, inflation and “getting fit” with Brad Gerstner | E1639
01:08:53

Brad Gerstner of Altimeter Capital joins Molly and Jason for an epic Friday show. They chop it up about the state of the economy, what it actually means to be founder friendly and discuss which big tech companies are“fit”. (1:24)

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

(1:24) Brad Gerstner joins Molly and Jason

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(11:38) Brad presents on interest rates, inflation and business multiples

(26:32) LinkedIn Marketing - Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups

(28:05) The Fed’s core mission

(37:54) Being founder friendly

(39:42) Brad’s letter to Meta

(48:33) Companies that need to get fit

(53:00) Google and Meta’s fitness

(58:08) The curse of the money-printing machine

(1:00:01) Google vs ChatGPT

(1:05:05) Is Uber fit?

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Dec 16, 2022
Jason interviews EatKind CEO Neetha Avalakki and ‘TWiST Mean Tweets’ with Lon Harris | E1638
01:18:49

First up, Jason interviews Neetha Avalakki, the founder and CEO of EatKind. EatKind is an AI-powered search engine that converts ANY food or recipe into a vegan alternative. (3:20) Then Lon Harris joins Molly and Jason for another segment of This Week in Streaming. They play a TWiST version of celebrity mean tweets and discuss Neptune Frost. (36:41)

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

(3:20) CEO of EatKind joins Jason

(8:31) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist

(9:41) Training EatKind’s AI + Product Market Fit

(18:29) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist

(19:44) Being a founder in India

(35:12) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST

(36:41) TWiST Mean Tweets with Lon Harris

(49:46) Reviewing Neptune Frost

(1:06:01) Directors and their breakthrough movies

(1:12:22) James Gunn’s plan for the DC Universe

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Dec 16, 2022
Affirm addresses Molly & Jason + is TikTok getting banned, and Pearpop’s CEO Cole Mason | E1637
01:30:12

Molly and Jason react to a letter they received from Affirm after yesterday’s episode. (1:59) Then, Molly and Jason discuss Marco Rubio’s bipartisan legislation to ban TikTok (35:46), And finally, we cap off season 4 of The Next Unicorns with Co-Founder and CEO of Pearpop Cole Mason (59:28)

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

(1:59) Molly and Jason respond to a letter from Affirm

(9:33) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(15:55) Comparing the pros and cons of BNPL

(27:42) Fitbod - Get 25% off at https://fitbod.me/twist

(29:06) Jason and Molly’s advice on debt

(35:46) Marcos Rubio’s bipartisan legislation to ban TikTok

(46:22) The battle with social media

(59:28)The Next Unicorns: Cole Mason, CEO of Pearpop

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Dec 15, 2022
SBF gets arrested, The Block’s CEO gets a bag from FTX, + Walmart launches a BNPL service | E1636
01:04:49

Molly and Jason react to the breaking news that Bahamian authorities have arrested Sam Bankman-Fried. (1:27) Then, from earlier in the day, Molly and Jason chop it up about the news of The Block’s CEO Michael McCaffrey receiving $40M from Alameda Research. (27:41) We then close with a story about Walmart’s new BNPL service. (45:25)

(0:00) Molly kicks off the show

(1:36) Molly and Jason react to SBF getting arrested

(14:51) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

(15:55) Kevin O’Leary’s FTX deal + Predicting what happens to SBF

(26:11) Nutrisense - Use code TWIST and get $30 off at nutrisense.io/twist

(27:41) Alameda gave Michael McCaffrey $40M

(45:25) Walmart launches a BNPL service

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Dec 13, 2022
Jason’s big night, the culture war in tech + Google Search vs ChatGPT and more | E1635
01:30:10

Molly and Jason talk about their big weekends. (2:27) Then they discuss the culture war in tech right now (13:47). Followed by our new favourite game, ChatGPT or Google Search. (47:15) Then we wrap up with a breakthrough in the world of nuclear fusion. (1:17:16)

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

(2:27) Molly and Jason Catch up after the weekend

(12:24) FanDuel Sportsbook - Sign up with promo code TWIST to place a $1000 risk-free bet at https://sportsbook.fanduel.com

(13:47) The culture war in tech

(28:00) Crowdbotics - Get a free scoping session for your next big app idea at crowdbotics.com/twist

(29:23) Organizations getting bloated

(47:15) ChatGPT or Google Search + is Google in trouble?

(1:12:40) Check us out on Substack!

(1:17:16) WLITF: A major breakthrough in nuclear fusion

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Dec 13, 2022
How to calculate "Bottom-up TAM" + Hubspot Co-Founder Brian Halligan on his new climate fund | E1634
00:51:26

J+M kick off the show discussing TAM, SAM, and SOM on this week’s edition of VCSS. (2:40) Then, HubSpot Co-Founder and Partner at Propeller Brian Halligan joins Molly to discuss his $100M venture fund to invest in protecting the world’s oceans. (26:00)

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

(2:40) Exceeding your TAM + overestimating your TAM

(7:39) House of Macadamias - Get 20% off at https://houseofmacadamias.com/twist by using code TWIST20

(9:07) Inducing a market and Bottom-up TAM

(21:15) AgeTech Collaborative - Find out more and apply at https://agetechcollaborative.org/twist

(22:49) Molly introduces Brian Halligan

(26:00) Why the ocean + from founder to investor

(38:00) AgeTech Collaborative - Find out more and apply at https://agetechcollaborative.org/twist

(39:39) Propeller’s investments, their EIR program & thesis

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Dec 11, 2022
Business of superhero films, James Gunn's DC reboot + OK Boomer w/Alex Banks | E1633
01:37:51

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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Dec 09, 2022
How to send effective investor updates | Startup Finance Basics w/ Kruze's Scott Orn | E1632
00:24:17

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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Dec 09, 2022
Crypto Roundtable: SBF updates, $GBTC's role, Saylor says $ETH is unregistered security | E1631
00:56:49

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

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(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

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(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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Dec 08, 2022
Ask Jason: investing in similar startups, pitch deck tips + MycoWorks Co-Founder Sophia Wang | E1630
00:41:45

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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Dec 08, 2022
Meta's ad targeting troubles, Ask Jason, Hive Social's data mishap & more | E1629
00:46:34

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?

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(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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Dec 07, 2022
Slack CEO departs Salesforce, Circle cancels SPAC, SBF's links with media & regulators | E1628
01:07:39

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?

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(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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Dec 06, 2022
Momentum investing in VC + Convective Capital’s Bill Clerico | E1627
00:46:13

J+M are back for another edition of VC Sunday School. This week, they discuss momentum investing in venture capital! (1:35) Then, Molly interviews Convective Capital’s Bill Clerico on investing in firetech startups. (27:58)

(0:00) Molly tees up Sunday’s segments!

(1:35) VC Sunday School: Momentum investing: fair strategy, or sign of a bubble?

(12:56) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(14:30) Contrarian investing in VC

(26:28) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(27:58) Molly is joined by Convective Capital’s Bill Clerico and talks about investing solely in firetech startups

(35:30) Bill breaks down the different types of firetech startups that he’s investing in

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Dec 04, 2022
OpenAI releases ChatGPT, a16z sunsets future.com + OK Boomer with Jack Raines | E1626
01:13:26

J+M kick off the show by discussing and testing out OpenAI’s ChatGPT. (1:59) Then, they wrap up the news with a16z’s announcement that they are shutting down future.com (37:40). Producer Rachel ends the show with another edition of OK Boomer featuring Litquidity’s Jack Raines. (50:03)

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

(1:59) Molly gets party theme suggestions from OpenAI’s new Chat GPT

(9:58) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups

(11:23) Compounding improvement of AI technology + David Friedberg’s ChatGPT poem and script

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(19:40) Molly and Jason discuss how ChatGPT works using RLHF

(26:57) Advice for founders + Molly & Jason test out ChatGPT

(36:13) MicroAcquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist

(37:40) a16z sunsets future.com + media layoffs

(50:03) OK Boomer with Litquidity’s Jack Raines

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Dec 02, 2022
Reacting to SBF's ill-advised media tour + Disney's new in-house AI-based de-aging tool | E1625
01:31:55

First up, J+M go through a tale of two interviews: SBF at DealBook (3:14) and on Good Morning America (31:58). Then, Lon Harris joins to discuss Disney's new in-house automatic de-aging tool and more! (47:00)

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

(3:14) Covering Sam Bankman-Fried's two recent interviews, reacting to clips from SBF at the NYT DealBook conference

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(13:43) SBF chimes in on VC responsibility and drug usage at FTX

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(28:46) Finish up with clips from DealBook: FTX US and a final round of applause

(31:58) SBF's Good Morning America interview with George Stephanopoulos 

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(39:24) Finishing on SBF's GMA interview and comparing the two interview styles

(47:00) Lon Harris joins to discuss Disney's new in-house automated de-aging tool

(1:07:48) $WBD in talks to license animated content to Amazon, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's new artist-led venture, Lon's recommendations, Jason's nineties stories, and more!

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Dec 02, 2022
Generative AI's potential, Spotify Wrapped + AMP Robotics Founder Matanya Horowitz | E1624
01:11:23

First up, Jason answers two great questions from the most recent cohort of Founder University! (1:34) Then, Molly and Producer Rachel discuss Spotify Wrapped's marketing genius and a potential new contemporary. (22:33) Finally, AMP Robotics Founder Matanya Horowitz joins Molly for another edition of The Next Unicorns! (40:02)

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

(1:34) Ask Jason! Is the Generative AI boom for real?

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(13:12) Ask Jason! How to survive text-to-image tools as a designer

(15:00) Ask Jason! How to build relationships with investors before you start fundraising

(21:07) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://LinkedIn.com/unicorn

(22:33) Molly and Producer Rachel break down this year's Spotify Wrapped (and a new contemporary!)

(38:38) Crowdbotics - Get a free scoping session for your next big app idea at crowdbotics.com/twist

(40:02) Molly is joined by AMP Robotics founder Matanya Horowitz to talk about building recycling-focused robots!

(52:04) AMP's customers, target market, company mission, and how they train AI

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Dec 01, 2022
Apple vs Twitter, app store duopoly, YouTube's efficiency, Snap goes back to the office | E1623
01:13:07

First up, J+M cover Twitter vs. Apple and the app store duopoly (2:10) before breaking down Google's employees per department. (32:48) They wrap up talking about Snap announcing a return to the office for all employees (37:09) and more crypto chaos. (58:18)

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

(2:10) Twitter vs Apple

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(10:53) Apple/Google app store duopoly, Steve Jobs's original App Store pitch

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(23:15) App Store as a blocker for startups, Apple's interesting priorities

(32:48) Google's employees per department breakdown, YouTube's insane efficiency

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(37:09) Google's dramatic headcount increase since 2019, Snap asks employees to return to the office 80% of the time starting in February, end of entitlement in tech

(58:18) BlockFi goes bankrupt and sues SBF, Miami nightclubs see ~99% decline in crypto payments

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Nov 30, 2022
Managing Finances in a Recession: Startup Finance Basics w/ Kruze's Scott Orn | E1622
00:20:24

Jason welcomes back Kruze COO Scott Orn for another edition of Startup Finance Basics! Jason and Scott break down the state of the market (0:00), 2023 budget planning (9:21), and how to nail investor comms! (14:58)

(0:00) Jason welcomes Kruze COO Scott Orn and they discuss the state of startups and VC

(9:21) What a 2023 budget plan should look like at a Seed stage startup

(14:58) Bias for action, investor comms

Nov 29, 2022
Pipe's Co-Founders step down, Apple's China-based iOS update, Black Friday's BNPL boost | E1621
01:27:39

TechCrunch's Alex Wilhelm joins to break down the news! First up, the trio covers Pipe's Co-Founders abruptly stepping down (7:06) and the lessons learned. (26:29) Then, they discuss Apple's China-based iOS update impacting AirDrop (40:31) before Alex leaves. J+M finish the show with more thoughts on China and react to Black Friday's ATH sales volume and the BNPL boom. (1:11:01)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's topics and special news guest!

(2:21) J+M catch up on their Thanksgiving breaks with TechCrunch's Alex Wilhelm!

(7:06) Intense velocity of notable tech stories, teeing up the Pipe situation

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(13:34) Breaking down the Pipe Co-Founders abruptly stepping down

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(26:29) Pipe's expansion into media and crypto, lessons learned from the "speculative asset bubble"

(37:21) Fitbod - Get 25% off at https://fitbod.me/twist 

(38:39) Alex on running a subscription-based media business within an ad-based media business

(40:31) Protests in China, Apple's recent China-specific iOS update, which impacting AirDrop

(59:59) J+M wrap with thoughts on China after Alex departs

(1:11:01) Black Friday spending hits an all-time high, BNPL sees huge bump y/y

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Nov 29, 2022
How VCs size their bets + Ben Birnbaum of TeraWatt and Keyframe | E1620
00:55:31

On VC Sunday School, Jason and Molly discuss how VCs size their investments (1:40). Then, Molly is joined by Ben Birnbaum of Keyframe and TeraWatt! (13:17)

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

(1:40) Jason breaks down how VCs think about bet sizing!

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(13:17) Molly welcomes Ben Birnbaum of TeraWatt and Keyframe to discuss his background and why he started TeraWatt!

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(28:15) Ben explains the current state of commercial EVs and TeraWatt's progress

(34:05) How TeraWatt spawned Keyframe, where Ben is an investment partner

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(39:47) Ben explains how and why he started an investment firm to fund his own startup (and startups like it!)

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Nov 27, 2022
Zoom earnings, SaaS burnout, Amazon's $10B Alexa loss + FTX contagion with Sunny Madra | E1619
01:25:42

First up, Jason and Molly discuss Zoom's Q3 earnings and SaaS burnout throughout the industry (1:37). Then, they break down Amazon's $10B loss tied to its Alexa smart speakers (22:13) and an Airbnb Co-Founder's new housing startup! (34:54) Sunny Madra joins in the final segment to help explain the crypto contagion caused by the FTX collapse. (45:12)

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

(1:37) J+M wind-down earnings season with Zoom's Q3 results and discuss SaaS burnout in tech

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(15:55) How Zoom survives and thrives with insane competition

(22:13) Amazon's hardware/Prime Video division is on pace to lose ~$10B this year, mostly due to Alexa losses

(30:33) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST

(32:01) Solving Amazon's Alexa problem

(34:54) Startup of the Day: Airbnb Co-Founder Joe Gebbia has started a housing startup!

(43:46) Mixpanel - Apply for $50K in credits at https://mixpanel.com/startups 

(45:12) Sunny Madra joins to break down the contagion throughout crypto caused by the FTX collapse

(1:08:51) More FTX craziness: SBF's hundreds of millions of secondary, FTX's real estate purchases, and more!

(1:14:14) Is Coinbase in danger as one of the last major exchanges standing? Could Bitcoin fall further? How hard will it be to raise VC in crypto going forward?

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Nov 23, 2022
EMERGENCY POD! Bob Iger returns as Disney CEO | E1618
00:48:12

Bob Iger is BACK as Disney CEO, and Bob Chapek has left the company! First, Jason and Molly break down how we got here (11:49) before Lon Harris joins to go deeper on Chapek's missteps and join in on some speculation and predictions for Iger's second stint as CEO! (23:25) 

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

(1:40) Jason and Molly catch up on some wild news from the weekend: Elizabeth Holmes's sentencing, crypto contagion, and more!

(10:21) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(11:49) Bob Iger is back as Disney CEO as Bob Chapek steps down, Molly's Chapek intuition

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(23:25) Streaming expert Lon Harris joins to break down where Chapek went wrong as Disney CEO

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(34:30) More Chapek missteps, how he could have handled things differently, theories/predictions on Iger's next big swing

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Nov 21, 2022
VC investing in a downturn & protecting founders + smart vents with Flair's Dan Meyers | E1617
00:57:43

J+M kick off the show with another edition of VCSS: a VC’s role in a down market and protecting your money and founders. (4:32) Then, Dan Meyers of Flair joins Molly for this week’s edition of TWiCS.(28:27)

(0:00) J+M discuss how winners start work on Sunday

(4:32) VC Sunday School: Raising and deploying capital in a collapsing economy

(11:32) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

(13:02) Pay-to-Play + fiduciary duty vs friendship

(18:10) Smash Digital - Visit https://SmashDigital.com/TWIST to get a free SEO video audit for your business

(19:32) Dollar-cost averaging into a trade and having the founder’s back

(28:27) Molly kicks off TWiCS with Flair Founder - Dan Meyers

(36:41) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(38:10) Flair’s business model and the smart puck and vent

(49:23) Dan’s pitch to customers and Flair’s competition

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Nov 20, 2022
Managing a recession, housing market insights & more with Redfin's Glenn Kelman + OK Boomer | E1616
00:57:06

Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman joins Jason to discuss the current downturn, operating in a recession, layoffs, the housing market and more. (1:31) Then, Producer Rachel is joined by Volv Co-Founders Shannon Almeida and Priyanka Vazirani. (33:46)

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

(1:31) Glenn Kelman joins Jason to break down the current downturn, operating in a recession, layoffs, and more

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(16:02) State of the housing market

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(30:43) Molly and Producer Rachel tee up this week's OK Boomer!

(33:46) Volv Co-Founders Shannon Almeida and Priyanka Vazirani join Producer Rachel to discuss their nine-second articles media concept

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Nov 18, 2022
Breaking down the FTX book + film rights & Michael Lewis’s involvement with Lon Harris | E1615
01:04:18

Lon Harris joins for the FULL show to break down the most recent FTX book/film news (2:26), the business of horror movies (30:42), Apple’s MLS deal (46:43), and more!

(0:00) J+M tee up today’s show

(2:26) Lon joins to catch up on the most recent FTX book/film news

(14:16) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(15:24) FTX’s new CEO comments, mapping out FTX content based on the coming Michael Lewis book, CAA’s leaked email

(29:29) Dell for Startups - Apply for Dell for Startups and get an additional 10% off at http://dell.com/twist

(30:42) Business of horror movies: Blumhouse looking to merge with Atomic Monster

(38:39) Linode -  Apply to Linode’s Rise program for up to six figures in discounts at https://linode.com/twist

(40:08) Giving Andor its flowers

(46:43) Apple’s deal for MLS streaming rights, White Lotus talk, and Lon recommendations!

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Nov 17, 2022
Amazon launches "Amazon Clinic" + Calibrate CEO Isabelle Kenyon on metabolic health | E1614
00:57:30

Molly rides solo today as she breaks down Amazon’s new telehealth business, Amazon Clinic. (1:40) Then, Calibrate CEO Isabelle Kenyon joins Molly for another edition of the Next Unicorns! (9:30)

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

(1:40) Molly breaks down Amazon clinic

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(9:30) Calibrate CEO & Founder Isabelle Kenyon joins Molly for the Next Unicorns to chat about calibrate and GLP-1s

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(22:30) Understanding how inflammation causes many chronic diseases +  obesity epidemic

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(37:19) Calibrate’s enterprise business + inequality in healthcare

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Nov 17, 2022
Wild news week, Bird overstates revenue, Chinese startups look to rebrand + WLITF | E1613
00:49:12

J+M kick off the show with some banter about Russia, SBF, and the challenges of being a journalist. (1:51) Then, they discuss the scooter-sharing industry and Bird being under the eye of the SEC. (13:52) Molly and Jason discuss TechCrunch’s article titled ‘The dilemma of Chinese startups going global'. (24:45) We wrap up the show with a We Live in the Future segment featuring Simbe Robotics. (40:57)

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

(1:51) Russian missile, SBF, and the challenges of being a journalist

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(13:52) Scooter sharing industry + Bird in trouble for inflating revenues

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(24:45) Molly and Jason discuss the dilemma with Chinese startups going global + Where is SBF

(39:29) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(40:57) We Live in the Future: Simbe Robotics

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Nov 16, 2022
Amazon to lay off 10K employees, FTX saga update, Shopify's reverse AR platform & more | E1612
01:10:52

First up, J+M break down Amazon's reported ~10K employee RIF (4:27) and try to wrap their heads around the current recession. (15:54) Then, they give an FTX update (26:25), break down the mobile gaming industry (38:12), discuss Shopify's reverse AR platform (47:43), and more!

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

(1:58) Weekend catch-up!

(4:27) Amazon will reportedly cut 10K corporate employees this week

(14:41) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist

(15:54) Why this recession is so unique, advice for founders

(25:16) Policygenius - Go to https://policygenius.com to get a free life insurance quote

(26:25) FTX update: SBF's confusing tweets, FTX's interesting corporate culture

(36:54) Fitbod - Get 25% off at https://fitbod.me/twist 

(38:12) Current state of the mobile gaming industry

(47:43) WLITF: Shopify's reverse AR shopping tool

(55:18) SOTD: UpKeep lets users find, book, and pay for MedSpa treatments

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Nov 15, 2022
Understanding Corporate VC + turning methane into bitcoin w/ Nodal's Daniel Sechrest | E1611
00:55:57

J+M kick off the show by discussing the ins and outs of corporate VC in this edition of VC Sunday School. (2:21) Then, Nodal Power CFO Daniel Sechrest talks with Molly about their independent power plants that convert methane from landfills into bitcoin. (26:38)


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

(2:21) What is Corporate VC + the motivations of CVC and founders who accept it

(10:33) Smash Digital - Visit https://SmashDigital.com/TWIST to get a free SEO video audit for your business

(11:54) The different types of CVC firms & Climate focused CVC

(25:09) Blueground - Get up to $1000 off your booking at https://promos.theblueground.com/twist

(26:38) Nodal Power CFO Daniel Sechrest joins Molly to break down how they turn landfill-based methane into bitcoin

(36:07) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(39:09) Daniel breaks down the history of Nodal Power + how it makes money


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Nov 13, 2022
FTX bankruptcy, spiciest takes, future of crypto VC, new Amazon Prime drones + OK Boomer | E1610
01:21:37

J+M put a bow on an insane week by putting a bow on the FTX saga: a bankruptcy filing (2:25), the future of crypto VC (13:13), and the spiciest takes on the matter! (24:47) Then, Producer Rachel is joined by Owen Roe to break down the gaming economy on another edition of OK Boomer! (46:38)

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(2:25) FTX files for bankruptcy

(11:38) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(13:13) Crypto red flags, crypto VC going forward, financialization

(23:28) Assure - To get 20% off your first Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) visit https://Assure.co/twist

(24:47) Other crypto dominos to fall, spiciest takes

(38:20) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(39:50) We Live in the Future: Revamped Amazon Prime Drones!

(46:38) Owen Roe joins Producer Rachel to break down the gaming economy on another edition of OK Boomer! 

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Nov 12, 2022
FTX fallout: Sequoia's LP letter, SBF's crisis comms + Lon Harris on Andor, $DIS earnings | E1609
00:58:17

J+M kick off the show by breaking down even MORE fallout from the FTX saga: SBF's Twitter thread (2:26), Sequoia's letter to LPs re: marking its FTX investment to $0 (12:02), and more! Then, Lon Harris joins to discuss Andor's brilliance (20:49), Disney's earnings (32:42), and Netflix considering live sports! (48:45)

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

(2:26) More FTX fallout: SBF's notorious Twitter thread

(10:32) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist 

(12:02) SEC and CFTC probe FTX, Sequoia's letter to LPs

(19:19) Mayfair - Get 4% APY on your idle cash automatically at https://getmayfair.com/twist

(20:49) Lon Harris joins to break down Andor's brilliance

(31:15) House of Macadamias - Get 20% off at https://houseofmacadamias.com/twist by using code TWIST20

(32:42) Disney earnings: Disney+ subscriber growth, how to integrate Disney+ to its parks and merch segments, and more

(48:45) Netflix considers live sports and recommendations from Lon!

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Nov 11, 2022
Meta cuts 11K employees, Binance/FTX fallout + Homeward CEO Dr. Jenny Schneider | E1608
01:04:57

J+M start the show by breaking down the two biggest stories in tech: Meta's 13% RIF, impacting 11K employees (1:23) and the Binance/FTX fallout (19:21). Then, Homeward CEO Jenny Schneider joins Molly Wood for another edition of The Next Unicorns! (40:35)

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

(1:23) Meta lays off 11K employees (13% of the company)

(14:20) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedIn.com/unicorn

(15:45) Alternative strategies for Meta

(19:21) Binance/FTX fallout

(28:14) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(29:40) Impact on crypto VC

(39:13) Coda - The all-in-one doc for teams, sign up for free at https://coda.io/twist

(40:35) Homeward CEO Jenny Schneider joins Molly Wood to break down why she started a company that provides healthcare services to rural areas in America

(49:15) Challenges for Homeward

(57:42) Breaking down Homeward's business model

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Nov 10, 2022
EMERGENCY POD: FTX sells to Binance with Vinny Lingham and Sunny Madra | E1607
00:50:38

Vinny and Sunny join the show to cover all the angles of Sam Bankman-Fried selling FTX to Binance after a liquidity crunch! (0:54)

(0:00) Intro!

(0:54) Vinny Lingham and Sunny Madra join to break down SBF selling FTX to Binance after a liquidity crunch!

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(15:04) Comparing FTX's bank run to traditional finance, understanding leverage, culture of: make money first, clean up later, Vinny's theory on Alameda's locked Solana

(23:24) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist

(24:35) Three areas of crypto, understanding where FTX and FTT fall in this, risks of centralized exchanges

(32:01) How this might impact broader crypto regulation, Bitcoin decoupling from the greater crypto market

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(38:57) Understanding what happened to Binance's FTT: Who is the bag holder? How might this unravel going forward?

(42:55) FTX fundraising breakdown: could this situation break the crypto VC model?

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Nov 08, 2022
Meta's looming layoffs & path forward, Airbnb answers concerns & more | E1606
01:07:16

Monday! First, J+M dive deep on Meta reportedly cutting "many thousands" of jobs this week (1:56), the company's best path forward (12:14), and more. Then, J+M discuss some new Airbnb features (40:52) and Peloton's former CEO coming back with a new DTC startup! (55:39)

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

(1:46) Meta will reportedly continue the trend of tech layoffs, to cut "many thousands" of jobs this week

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(12:04) Breaking down Meta's path forward, Jason's newest Jay Trade, plan for Meta to juice its stock price over the next 5-10 years

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(33:22) More context on Meta layoffs, severance and finding jobs post layoffs, Meta's insane pace of hiring since 2019

(40:42) Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky announced new features: full pricing transparency, value prioritization, restrictions on checkout requests, and more!

(55:29) Former Peloton CEO John Foley is back with a new DTC startup

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Nov 08, 2022
Understanding capital calls, one-off SAFEs + Transaera CTO Ross Bonner | E1605
00:45:15

J+M kick off the show with TWO VC Sunday School topics: understanding capital calls (2:11), and one-off SAFEs. (10:29) Then, Transaera CTO Ross Bonner joins the show to break down why he is building energy-efficient and sustainable cooling systems! (19:54)(0:00) J+M tee up today’s topics!

(2:11) VC Sunday School: Understanding capital calls
(9:04) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
(10:29) Bonus VC Sunday School: One-off SAFEs
(18:32) Smash Digital - Visit https://SmashDigital.com/TWIST to get a free SEO video audit for your business
(19:54) Transaera CTO Ross Bonner joins Molly Wood to break down their sustainable cooling systems.
(33:21) Dell for Startups - Apply for Dell for Startups and get an additional 10% off at http://dell.com/twist
(34:34) Ross explains the role of heat pump technology at Transaera

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Nov 06, 2022
Airbnb earnings breakdown + Gen Z becoming adults on the internet | E1604
01:03:50

First up J+M deep dive on Airbnb's Q3 earnings (1:27), before Producer Rachel joins for another edition of OK Boomer! (26:57)

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

(1:27) Airbnb earnings: surviving the pandemic + most profitable quarter to date

(6:49) Comparing Airbnb/Uber market caps and the narrative around profitable companies

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(13:38) Airbnb’s value prop + hidden fees, service industry issues

(25:42) Masterworks - Skip the waitlist to invest in fine art using at https://Masterworks.com/twist

(26:57) Producer Rachel joins J+M to tee up this week's OK Boomer segment

(30:34) Summer Rachel Wood joins Producer Rachel to discuss having a baby and raising a child as a Gen Z influencer

(41:19) Summer talks about creating content as a new mom, how she approaches posting her child, and the lack of education around pregnancy

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Nov 04, 2022
Wave of tech layoffs, Robinhood earnings, what makes a great CEO & more | E1603
01:04:11

First, J+M discuss the recent wave of layoffs at Stripe, Opendoor, Lyft, and others. (1:54) Then, they dive deep into Robinhood's impressive Q3 (21:51), and what other companies can learn from RH's shrinking losses. Then, Producer Rachel joins to break down monetizable mood boards! (52:36)

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

(1:54) Significant layoffs all over tech in the last few days: Stripe, Opendoor, Lyft, Dapper Labs, Chime, and more; Meta and Google's massive opportunity for profitability and share buybacks

(9:42) MicroAcquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist

(11:11) Macro outlook, spending discipline in private and public sectors, Stripe vs Adyen

(20:40) Babbel - Save up to 55% off your language learning subscription at https://babbel.com/twist 

(21:51) Robinhood Q3 earnings: diversifying revenue, subscription vs advertising

(36:14) Revelo - Get 20% off the first 3 months by mentioning TWIST at https://revelo.io/twist

(37:42) Key takeaway: Diversifying revenue at scale makes businesses anti-fragile; investing in battle-hardened CEOs

(41:58) Robinhood earnings: MAUs down significantly from peak, net loss shrinks 87% y/y

(52:36) Producer Rachel joins to discuss monetizable mood boards

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Nov 04, 2022
Uber Q3 earnings, macro picture + Brinc Drones CEO Blake Resnick | E1602
01:16:35

First up, Jason gives an update on his busy weekend. (2:32) Then, Molly joins to break down Uber's Q3 earnings report (8:50) and the macroeconomic picture. (14:31) Then, Brinc Drones CEO Blake Resnick joins for another edition of The Next Unicorns. (38:07)

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

(2:32) Jason gives a quick work update

(8:50) Uber's Q3 earnings

(12:50) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at LinkedIn.com/nextunicorn

(14:31) Fed's newest 75 basis point rate hike, comparing average Uber driver earnings to teachers

(23:58) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(25:24) Ideas on improving public education

(31:47) Jason's warning to founders on the state of the downturn

(36:40) Kalshi - Sign up to win $100K at https://kalshi.com/efc

(38:07) Brinc Drones CEO and Founder Blake Resnick breaks down why he started a first responder safety-focused drone company

(47:12) Blake walks through a demo of Brinc's technology

(54:59) The business of running a hardware startup: sales cycles with government buyers, building prototypes, customer-focused product iteration

(1:07:24) Blake demos Brinc's newest product, the Brinc Ball

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Nov 03, 2022
Steve Case on "The Rise of the Rest", America's economic resiliency & more | E1601
00:50:33

Author, CEO of Revolution, and former AOL CEO Steve Case joins Jason to talk about his new book, "The Rise of the Rest". (0:50) They also discuss reflections on remote work (13:14), American economic resiliency (25:48), capital formation in America (36:32), and more!

(0:00) Show start

(0:50) Jason welcomes Steve Case: Author, CEO of Revolution, and former CEO of AOL to talk about his book, "The Rise of the Rest"

(11:44) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist 

(13:14) Remote work reflections: can a great company be built fully remote? 

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(25:48) American economic resiliency, China's capitalist system going off the rails, not staying complacent

(34:16) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist 

(35:31) Opening investor access, fixing capital formation in America

(43:16) Politics and policy involvement

Nov 01, 2022
Self-driving shakeup: TuSimple CEO fired & Argo AI shuts down + Divvy Homes CEO Adena Hefets | E1600
00:49:14

Molly Wood breaks down some shakeups in the self-driving space: TuSimple fired its CEO and is being probed by the FBI and SEC (1:40), and Argo AI has shut down after raising ~$2.6B. (8:50) Then, Divvy Homes CEO Adena Hefets joins the podcast to break down the state of the housing market and share thoughts on last week's hit piece. (14:09)

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

(1:40) TuSimple CEO fired, company probed by FBI, SEC

(8:50) Argo AI shuts down

(12:45) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist

(14:09) Adena Hefets joins Molly Wood to discuss the Fast Company article covering her startup Divvy Homes last week

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(26:49) Operating a business where the stakes are high (homeownership, healthcare, etc)

(31:17) Adena breaks down the state of the US housing market

(35:14) Athletic Greens - Get 1 year of Vitamin D free and 5 free travel packs with your first purchase at athleticgreens.com/twist

(36:34) State of debt markets, operating in different interest rate environments, different capital structures, taking advantage of low-interest rates

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Oct 31, 2022
Strategies for investing in an overheated market, understanding warrants + Nat Bullard | E1599
01:02:36

First up, J+M cover how to approach a market that's heating up during a downturn (1:42), before covering warrants. (25:07) Then, Voyager's Nat Bullard joins to discuss his journalist to VC path and Voyager's climate focus. (32:09)

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

(1:42) How to approach a market that's heating up during a downturn

(11:26) Blueground - Get up to $1000 off your booking at https://promos.theblueground.com/twist 

(12:58) Strategies around patience in VC, entering markets at the wrong time

(25:07) Understanding warrants

(30:49) Paperclip - Go to getpaperclip.com/twist to get the app free for life

(32:09) Nat Bullard joins Molly and breaks down his path from journalist to climate VC

(39:15) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups

(40:38) Voyager's thesis, most exciting investment opportunities in climate

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Oct 30, 2022
Meta's precarious situation, $AMZN earnings breakdown, James Gunn to run DC + OK Boomer | E1598
01:36:00

First up, Jason goes solo to break down more Meta fallout and Amazon's Q3 earnings. (1:59) Then, Lon Harris joins J+M to break down House of the Dragon's huge finale, James Gunn hired to run DC Films, and more! (21:56) Finally, Producer Rachel wraps the show with another edition of OK Boomer! (1:59)

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

(1:59) Jason breaks down Meta's predicament

(11:21) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(12:55) What Jason would do to fix Meta's stock tumble

(16:28) $AMZN Q3 earnings breakdown

(20:32) Smash Digital - Visit https://SmashDigital.com/TWIST to get a free SEO video audit for your business

(21:56) Lon Harris joins to discuss House of the Dragon's S1 finale

(34:33) Kalshi - Sign up to win $100K at https://kalshi.com/efc 

(36:01) More House of the Dragon discussion: show content, massive ratings; then they discuss Black Adam and James Gunn taking over at DC

(42:37) Bob Chapek's comments on animated content spark backlash; streaming business predictions and streaming recommendations!

(1:08:36) Molly and Producer Rachel tee up this week's OK Boomer segment!

(1:11:31) Tommy Clark joins Producer Rachel to discuss his experience with social media marketing 

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Oct 28, 2022
$META earnings instant reaction, Apple's NFT rules, SBF backlash & more | E1597
00:59:00

Sunny and Vinny are BACK for another crypto roundtable! First up, they give instant reactions to Meta's rough Q3 earnings and Zuck's big bet (1:59), before breaking down Meta's AR/VR battle with Apple (15:14). Then, the trio does a full NFT breakdown: Reddit's NFT usage (20:19), new App Store rules (27:41), and understanding royalties! (37:52) Then, they wrap by covering SBF facing backlash and a crypto Q&A. (47:54)

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

(1:59) Jason welcomes Sunny and Vinny, and the trio breakdown Meta's Q3 earnings right as they drop!

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(15:14) Who will win the AR/VR wars: Meta or Apple?

(20:19) Reddit's NFT usage

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(27:41) Are Apple's new App Store NFT rules overreaching, or a great sign for crypto?

(36:28) Smash Digital - Visit https://SmashDigital.com/TWIST to get a free SEO video audit for your business

(37:52) Understanding NFT royalties

(47:54) SBF facing backlash after comments on regulation

(57:39) Crypto Q&A!

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Oct 27, 2022
$MSFT, $GOOG, $SPOT earnings breakdowns + Coco CEO Zach Rash | E1596
01:10:43

First up Jason does a solo breakdown of recent earnings reports from $MSFT (1:38), $GOOG (13:59), and $SPOT. (26:46) Then, Molly is joined by Coco CEO Zach Rash for another edition of The Next Unicorns! (39:09)

(0:00) Jason tees up today's segments

(1:38) Microsoft earnings breakdown

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(13:59) Google earnings breakdown

(25:20) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://LinkedIn.com/unicorn

(26:46) Spotify earnings breakdown

(33:54) Why now is the best possible time to start a company

(37:58) TripActions - Go to https://tripactions.com/twist and get a $500 Amazon gift card after making your first travel booking OR paying off your first $1000 of liquid spend

(39:09) Coco CEO and Founder Zach Rash joins Molly Wood to talk about his robo-delivery startup!

(55:38) Last mile delivery market size, why Coco is focusing on remote-controlled vs autonomous, and more!

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Oct 27, 2022
Shutterstock partners with OpenAI, Apple's new smart lock partner, Mach 9 spaceplane & more | E1595
00:57:28

First up, J+M discuss Shutterstock partnering with OpenAI and what this means for ownership and IP rights. (1:56) Then they break down Apple partnering with Level to sell a smart lock (29:00) and what the world would be like with a Mach 9 spaceplane. (35:03) Molly wraps the show with a solo news breakdown! (40:37)

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

(1:56) J+M break down Shutterstock partnering with OpenAI and DALL-E 2 and what this means for IP and content rights

(15:30) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups

(16:56) How would Jason solve the "training data" problem from both sides? Is the cat out of the bag regarding ai-generated images?

(27:50) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist

(29:00) Apple partners with Level to sell a smart lock

(35:03) WLITF: Venus Aerospace's Mach 9 spaceplane!

(39:08) Kalshi - Sign up for a chance to win $100K at https://kalshi.com/efc

(40:37) Molly solo segment!: US semiconductor employee shortage, India fines Google $113M, Apple's NFT update

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Oct 26, 2022
Brad Gerstner's open letter to Zuck, Meta's lack of efficiency, Divvy Homes hit piece | E1594
01:18:51

J+M cover Brad Gerstner's letter to Zuck and three-point plan to boost Meta's FCF 2x (7:04), an NFT project located at the Fyre Fest island (33:19), and a hit piece on Divvy Homes and its CEO, Adena Hefets. (39:38)

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

(2:08) Opening banter/weekend catch-up!

(7:04) Brad Gerstner published an open letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, outlining a plan to double FCF and boost its stock price

(12:11) Linode -  Apply to Linode's Rise program for up to six figures in discounts at https://linode.com/twist

(13:41) Specific plans in Brad's letter, the "open-letter approach", Meta efficiency comparisons and advertiser treatment

(27:16) House of Macadamias - Get 20% off at https://houseofmacadamias.com/twist by using code TWIST20

(28:32) Meta's revenue/capex vs. Google

(33:19) Homeownership NFTs on the infamous Fyre Fest island!

(38:08) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

(39:38) J+M go through a hit piece against Divvy Homes and Adena Hefets and describe what subtle tells indicate a hit piece

(1:10:40) Jay Trading update, geopolitics, and more!

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Oct 25, 2022
Venture Debt: should your startup take it on? + Mi Terro's Robert Luo | E1593
00:37:42

First up, J+M chop it up about venture debt on this edition of VC Sunday School. What are the dangers? And when should your startup take it on? (2:12) Then, Molly has a conversation with Mi Terro founder Robert Luo about how they are targeting the world’s microplastic problem. (19:33)

(0:00) J+M tee-up topics for Sunday

(2:12) Jason warns founders of the dangers of taking on venture debt

(9:23) Harmonic - Get $4000 off at https://harmonic.ai/twist

(10:42) Jason addresses when venture debt can and cannot work + PAG’s new venture wealth fund

(18:05) MicroAcquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist

(19:33) Robert Luo joins Molly to explain how Mi Terro is solving the world’s microplastic problem

(28:50) Revelo - Get 20% off the first 3 months by mentioning TWIST at https://revelo.io/twist

(30:17) Robert talks about competition, his background as an entrepreneur and the future of Mi Terro

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Oct 23, 2022
YouTube’s new roadmap, OpenAI & BeReal fundraising news, Snap’s 30% drop + OK Boomer | E1592
01:06:41

First up, J+M discuss YouTube’s new @handle feature (2:10) and break down how TikTok and Facebook aren’t catching misinformation in political ads. (10:07) Then, they each do a solo segment! Jason chimes in on Open AI reportedly raising more money from Microsoft (20:53) and Molly breaks down Snap’s 30% drop and BeReal’s ~$600M valuation. (27:39) Producer Rachel ends the show with another segment of OK Boomer featuring recurring guests Jules Terpak and Danny Miranda. (38:08)

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show!

(2:10)  YouTube has a new @handle feature (and we’re @startups)

(9:05) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(10:07) TikTok and Facebook aren’t catching misinformation in political ads

(19:23) TripActions - Go to https://tripactions.com/twist and get a $500 Amazon gift card after making your first travel booking OR paying off your first $1000 of liquid spend

(20:53) Jason discusses Open AI reportedly raising more money from Microsoft

(27:39) Molly breaks down Snap’s ~30% drop and BeReal’s ~$600M valuation

(36:33) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(38:08) Producer Rachel talks to Jules Terpak and Danny Miranda about AI Podcasts

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Oct 22, 2022
Tesla + Netflix Q3 earnings, Kevin Hart's VC fund, Twitter ideas, revamping the DCEU | E1591
01:19:59

First up, J+M break down Tesla's Q3 earnings with the help of some insightful charts (2:09), before discussing Kevin Hart's VC firm landing JP Morgan as an LP (17:08) and some ideas for Twitter verification. (27:29) Then, Lon Harris joins the show to cover Netflix's Q3 earnings, its coming ad-supported tier, and how he would revamp the DCEU! (37:19)

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

(2:09) Tesla Q3 earnings breakdown

(15:37) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

(17:08) Kevin Hart lands JP Morgan as an LP for Hartbeat Ventures, his VC firm

(26:05) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist

(27:29) Twitter verification ideas

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(37:19) Lon Harris joins the show to break down Netflix's Q3 earnings and its plans for an ad-supported tier

(1:00:05) Head of DCEU leaves, Lon gives his thoughts on how he would revamp DC to compete with the MCU

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Oct 21, 2022
Next Unicorns evaluation + Ask Jason | E1590
00:56:22

New format! Jason evaluates some prior Next Unicorns company's performances since the CEO appeared on the podcast (2:06), and contextualizes the fundraising market throughout the past three years. Then, Jason wraps the show by answering listener questions! (48:18)

(0:00) Jason tees up today's new Next Unicorns format!

(2:06) Jason shares some thoughts on why he started The Next Unicorns series and tees up some of the most successful companies over the first three seasons

(5:32) E971: Checkr CEO Daniel Yanisse

(10:37) E987: Upgrade CEO Renaud Laplanche

(13:59) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(15:29) E992: former Expanse CEO Tim Junio

(23:14) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at LinkedIn.com/nextunicorn

(24:51) E998: Benchling CEO Saji Wickramasekara

(28:32) E1089: Insitro CEO Daphe Koller

(33:26) Kalshi - Sign up at https://kalshi.com/twist and receive $25 after trading your first 100 contracts

(34:57) E1098: Cockroach Labs CEO Spencer Kimball

(38:19) E1113: Loom CEO Joe Thomas

(43:02) E1246: Divvy Homes CEO Adena Hefets

(48:18) Ask Jason: 2023's "Why now?", Jason's favorite qualities in a founder and person, greatest acquisitions of all time

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Oct 20, 2022
Stability AI's $1B+ valuation, why you should start or join a startup, Roblox jumps 20% | E1589
00:52:52

First up, J+M cover Stability AI's new billion-dollar valuation (2:45) before Jason runs through a presentation and a manifesto. (15:33) Then, J+M break down Roblox's stock popping 20% on Monday (33:02), and another excellent WLITF segment featuring Joby Aviation! (42:57)

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

(2:45) Stable Diffusion-maker Stability AI raises at a $1B valuation!

(14:05) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST

(15:33) Jason runs through his talk: "Why you should build -- or join -- a startup" and his document on goals at LAUNCH

(24:59) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

(26:10) J+M discuss the expectations at LAUNCH vs most other venture firms

(33:02) Roblox stock popped 20% on Monday after a strong metrics report

(37:32) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(39:01) Metaverse-winning pair trade, discussion on getting back to work

(42:57) Delta invests $60M into eVTOL-maker Joby Aviation and plans to eventually offer Joby trips to and from airports starting in NY and LA

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Oct 18, 2022
Ye agrees to acquire Parler, Xi Jinping on the state of China, deglobalization & more | E1588
01:19:19

J+M break down Ye agreeing to acquire Parler and share some thoughts on the artist's current situation. (2:22) Then, they cover CCP President Xi Jinping's recent comments on the current state of China (22:39), and what the world might look like with less globalization. (28:58)  They wrap with a social media Startup of the Day (52:29) and a space-themed We Live in the Future! (1:04:40)

(0:00) J+M intro today's topics!

(2:22) Ye has agreed to acquire Parler, a free speech-focused Twitter competitor

(15:35) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist

(16:49) More thoughts on Ye's current situation

(22:39) CCP President Xi Jinping's recent comments on the state of China and his goals moving forward

(27:27) Notion - Sign up for FREE at https://notion.com

(28:58) Unwinding globalization, issues with codependency

(38:31) Helpware - Go to https://helpware.com/TWIST to get $1000 off your first invoice

(39:55) Where CCP policies went wrong, what other countries can learn from them

(52:29) Startup of the Day: Gas is a new social media startup geared towards positive superlatives for high school friend groups

(1:04:40) We Live in the Future: Spinlaunch's rotating arm that launches satellites into low Eather orbit

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Oct 18, 2022
The Wing shuts down, avoiding pitfalls of success + Tesseract Energy's Alan Chang | E1587
00:48:02

First up, J+M discuss The Wing shutting down, where it went wrong, and avoiding ego-based pitfalls. (1:35) Then, Alan Chang joins Molly to break down his idea behind Tesseract Energy! (22:37)

(0:00) J+M tee-up topics for Sunday

(1:35) The Wing shuts down: what went wrong

(12:44) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(14:18) Understanding and avoiding ego- and success-based founder pitfalls

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(22:37) Alan Chang joins Molly and explains his idea behind Tesseract Energy, his time at Revolut, and more!

(35:20) MasterClass - Get 15% off an annual membership at https://masterclass.com/startups 

(36:36) Understanding how a token plays into Tesseract's energy platform

Oct 16, 2022
VCs hiring Twitter ghostwriters, Meta's XR plan, Netflix's ad tier & more | E1586
01:17:19

Friday variety! First up J+M cover a wide range of topics, including VC ghostwriters (12:45), firms investing in public tech companies (22:29), and news lightning round! (34:51) Then, Producer Rachel is back with another edition of OK Boomer. (53:30)

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

(2:45) J+M talk about happy hour, discuss some All-In topics, geopolitics, markets and more!

(11:42) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(12:45) VCs are hiring ghostwriters on Twitter!

(21:10) Assure - To get 20% off your first Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) visit https://Assure.co/twist

(22:29) WSJ reports that VCs are investing in growth-stage public tech companies rather than late-stage private startups

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(34:41) Lightning round: Decentraland's usage stats, use cases for Meta's new AR headset, Netflix announces ad-supported tier launch date and price

(50:22) Producer Rachel joins to tee up this week's OK Boomer!

(53:20) Cliff Lerner joins to discuss his new social startup Saturdays

Oct 15, 2022
SEC investigates Bored Apes, AI-generated Steve Jobs/Joe Rogan interview & more | E1585
01:05:03

Vinny Lingham and Sunny Madra are back for another crypto roundtable! The show starts with a discussion on Nvidia's new high-powered graphics cards (2:35) and an AI-generated podcast interview. (15:21) Then, the group breaks down the SEC investigating Yuga Labs over whether or not Bored Apes are securities! (27:07)

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

(2:35) J+M welcome Sunny Madra and Vinny Lingham; Vinny breaks down his new Nvidia purchase and how graphics cards will power the next wave of AI

(14:03) Dell for Startups - Apply for Dell for Startups and get an additional 10% off at http://dell.com/twist

(15:21) Podcast.ai's AI-generated Steve Jobs/Joe Rogan interview

(25:50) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist 

(27:07) The SEC is investigating Yuga Labs over its Bored Apes NFT collection, regarding whether or not the NFTs are securities

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(37:26) What is this SEC investigation actually about? Why or why not are they securities? What are other similar examples?

(50:55) More interesting developments in the NFT space, Google announces it will use Coinbase to accept crypto payments

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Oct 14, 2022
TikTok planning to build US fulfillment centers + Liquid Death CEO Mike Cessario | E1584
00:59:23

First up J+M discuss TikTok's apparent plan to build an e-commerce business via US fulfillment centers! (8:57) Then, Molly is joined by Liquid Death CEO Mike Cessario to discuss the genesis of a great brand and more. (17:26)

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

(2:13) Starlink, 5G, and the rapid advancement of internet connectivity

(8:57) TikTok appears to be hiring for product fulfillment centers in the US

(16:11) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(17:26) Molly welcomes Liquid Death Co-Founder and CEO Mike Cessario; they discuss Mike's background pre-Liquid Death and his advice for brand building

(28:27) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://LinkedIn.com/unicorn

(29:53) Irreverent marketing approaches pre-Liquid Death, building the Liquid Death brand before launching the product

(38:00) Paperclip - Go to getpaperclip.com/twist to get the app free for life

(39:06) Describing the genesis of the Liquid Death brand, what CPGs have historically gotten wrong, building a brand based on comedy; understanding flavor demand

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Oct 13, 2022
New worker classification test proposal, Getir in talks to acquire Gorillas & more | E1583
01:09:01

J+M kick off the show by catching up after Molly's speaking gig yesterday (2:31), before breaking down the US Labor Dept proposing new rules for worker classification (16:23). Then, they discuss self-driving food-running robots (49:11) before discussing potential consolidation in the instant-delivery space! (58:39)

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

(2:31) Molly's keynote, Jason teaching the next Founder University, data defaults, and liability

(14:57) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups

(16:23) US Labor Dept proposes new test for employee vs. independent contractor classification, understanding the history of worker classification

(26:17) Policygenius - Go to https://policygenius.com to get a free life insurance quote

(27:39) Creating better benchmarks for employees

(35:35) Revelo - Get 20% off the first 3 months by mentioning TWIST at https://revelo.io/twist

(37:02) Uber's proactive attempt at a "third way" solution between independent contractors and employees

(49:11) Startup of the Day: Bear Robotics is creating self-driving food-running robots for restaurants

(58:39) Potential consolidation in the instant-delivery market: Getir is in advanced talks to acquire Gorillas

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Oct 11, 2022
Amazon's transformation, Peloton's mistakes, VC market downturn & more with Ben Gilbert | E1582
01:18:06

Acquired's Ben Gilbert fills in for Molly Wood and joins Jason to discuss Amazon's transformation (3:57), AI edge cases (22:02), Peloton's mistakes (32:05), used car prices (59:59), and the current VC market downturn. (1:09:18)

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

(3:57) Acquired's Ben Gilbert joins Jason to break down the news! First up: Amazon sunsets its "Scout" project, and its transformation from a Day 1 to a Day 2 company

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(11:53) Coco's delivery robots, history of the delivery robot space, where Coco robots can work, the maturation of smartphone components

(22:02) AI edge cases: capturing the likeness of a celebrity/notable person

(27:33) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(29:03) Escaping the Uncanny Valley

(32:05) Peloton cuts 500 more jobs; CEO's comments make employees panic

(37:28) Zapier - Try for free today at https://zapier.com/TWIST

(38:59) Peloton's two major corporate strategy mistakes, Apple's mass market luxury innovation

(59:59) Used car prices are down significantly

(1:09:18) VC market downturn coming off a record 2021; was 2021 an aberration?

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Oct 11, 2022
Why VCs care about ownership percentage + Flowcarbon CEO Dana Gibber | E1581
01:13:50

First, Jason explains why many VCs focus on ownership percentage and maintaining ownership throughout an investment life cycle. (1:40) Then, Molly welcomes Flowcarbon CEO Dana Gibber to break down her blockchain-based carbon credits solution! (23:04)

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

(1:40) VC Sunday School: Why many VCs obsess over ownership percentage

(9:19) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(10:53) Jason uses a table to explain dilution over an investments life cycle and why ownership percentage matters

(21:43) SnackMagic - Get 10% cashback up to $1000 until October 15th with code HOLIDAY, and see more at snackmagic.com/twist

(23:04) Molly welcomes Flowcarbon CEO and Co-Founder Dana Gibber; Dana explains how she got involved with Adam and Rebekah Neumann and Flowcarbon's core offering

(36:58) MicroAcquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist

(38:29) Dana breaks down carbon offsets

(51:14) Dana explains the blockchain verification aspect of Flowcarbon

(58:38) How Flowcarbon plans to make money, why doing this on the blockchain is the best solution

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Oct 09, 2022
US chip industry update, fixing education, Amazon allegations + OK Boomer | E1580
01:02:29

First up, J+M discuss new developments in the US chip industry, including tighter restrictions on exports and a massive new investment in an upstate NY factory! (4:57) They also cover fixing US education (12:37) and a shocking lawsuit against Amazon. (27:58) Then, Producer Rachel is joined by Verci Co-Founders Ami and An on OK Boomer! (40:03) 

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

(1:57) Molly and Jason catch up on Friday!

(4:57) US clamps down on chip exports to China, Micron brings chip plant to Upstate NY

(11:22) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist 

(12:37) Fixing US education

(24:26) Masterworks - Skip the waitlist to invest in fine art using at https://Masterworks.com/twist

(25:48) CHIPS positivity

(27:58) Amazon lawsuit with shocking allegations

(38:51) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(40:03) Producer Rachel is joined by Verci Co-Founders Ami and An to talk about their community group

Oct 08, 2022
Ask Jason! + Streaming news with Lon Harris | E1579
01:10:53

Jason opens the show by answering listener questions for 20+ minutes! (1:19) Then, Lon Harris joins to break down Netflix's new mega-hit, the death of network TV, and more! (30:22)

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

(1:19) How founders building hardware and deep tech products can more efficiently raise capital

(3:58) Settling Co-Founder disputes

(8:28) Jason's thoughts on Seattle as a place to live and as a startup hub

(9:58) Is now the right time to jump to FAANG with a high-paying role?

(13:06) Athletic Greens - Get 1 year of Vitamin D free and 5 free travel packs with your first purchase at athleticgreens.com/twist

(14:20) Benefits of taking VC for a founder that's already successfully bootstrapping

(19:40) How There Will Be Blood relates to entrepreneurship

(23:35) Is there an age cutoff for investing in founders?

(28:56) Revelo - Get 20% off the first 3 months by mentioning TWIST at https://revelo.io/twist

(30:22) Lon Harris joins the show to discuss the biggest stories in streaming

(34:17) Netflix has a new hit show about Jeffrey Dahmer

(38:48) Babbel - Save up to 55% off your language learning subscription at https://babbel.com/twist 

(39:59) Understanding Netflix's numbers with the Dahmer show, and the financials around the show's creator Ryan Murphy

(47:30) Network TV is dying, Comedy Central's big mistake, and more general streaming talk

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Oct 07, 2022
Twitter ideas, Elizabeth Holmes trial update, universal USB-C + Ellevest's Sallie Krawcheck | E1578
01:05:26

J+M start the show by suggesting some Twitter product ideas (1:59), before ripping through a lightning round of news. (16:26) Then, Molly welcomes Ellevest CEO and Co-Founder Sallie Krawcheck to kick off another season of The Next Unicorns! (31:09)

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

(1:59) Jason suggests some Twitter product ideas

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(16:26) News lightning round: Elizabeth Holmes has sentencing postponed due to incident with a key witness, Europe votes in favor of universal USB-C charging

(28:55) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(31:09) Ellevest CEO Sallie Krawcheck joins Molly to discuss her women-focused investing platform

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(40:31) Ellevest total assets, launch story, COVID's harsher impact on women

(51:39) Sallie's background on Wall Street, turning haters into customers

(1:00:13) Sallie shares thoughts on the current macro environment

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Oct 05, 2022
Twitter deal updates, Poshmark acquired, Liquid Death's $700M valuation & more | E1577
01:00:33

First J+M say as much as they can about the Twitter news (2:03), before breaking down Poshmark being acquired by Naver (6:38). Then, they break down Liquid Death's $700M valuation (34:05) and Selena Gomez raising at a $100M valuation for her pre-revenue mental health startup. (46:05)

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

(2:03) Elon Musk proposes closing the Twitter deal at the agreed-upon price of $54.20/share

(6:38) Poshmark acquired by Naver

(15:50) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist 

(17:06) The booming "circular economy" space, Naver's acquisition thesis, "Goodwill Finds", Google's circular economy program

(26:54) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST

(28:17) Jason's ideas for a circular economy startup

(34:05) Liquid Death raises $70M at a $700M valuation, on pace for ~$130M revenue in 2022

(38:43) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist

(40:06) Importance of branding and packaging in CPG

(46:05) Selena Gomez raises $5M at a $100M valuation from Serena Williams VC firm for her startup Wondermind, mental health startup space

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Oct 04, 2022
Tesla AI Day, SEC charges Kim Kardashian for unlawfully promoting token, Section 230 & more | E1576
01:23:52

Monday! First up, J+M go down the rabbit hole on Tesla AI Day, what impact some form of general AI might have on the world, and more! (2:09) Then, the duo covers the SEC charging Kim Kardashian for unlawfully promoting a token (35:29), before wrapping with the SCOTUS announcing they will hear two cases regarding Section 230. (59:05)

(0:00) J+M tee up Monday's topics!

(2:09) J+M open with some thoughts on Tesla's AI Day

(11:48) Notion - Sign up for FREE at https://notion.com/twist 

(13:21) What could the advancement of AI do for creating businesses and humanity as a whole?

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(25:50) Examples of what impact general AI might have on the future, Tesla's AI advantage

(34:15) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(35:29) SEC charges Kim Kardashian with unlawfully promoting crypto token

(59:05) SCOTUS will hear two cases regarding Section 230, how algorithms play into the publisher vs. platform debate

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Oct 03, 2022
How VCs decide to sell a position + Future's Jean-Louis Warnholz | E1575
00:43:25

On VC Sunday School, J+M discuss how and when VCs decide to sell a position. (2:01) Then, Molly is joined by Future's Jean-Louis Warnholz to discuss his startup, Future, which offers a climate-friendly debit card! (21:28)

(0:00) J+M tee up topics for Sunday!

(2:01) On VC Sunday School, J+M discuss how and when VCs decide to sell a position

(9:07) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

(10:14) Jason talks about his fund management strategy

(18:13) Molly tees up today's TWiCS guest!

(19:54) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(21:28) Jean-Louis Warnholz joins to discuss his climate-focused debit card

(31:10) Harmonic - Get $4000 off at https://harmonic.ai/twist

(32:28) Jean-Louis Warnholz breaks down Future's business model

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Oct 02, 2022
The virtuous cycle of tech startups, Mr. Beast turns down $1B offer + OK Boomer: Taylor Bell | E1574
01:01:54

First up, J+M discuss the virtuous cycle of tech startups (2:15) before breaking down Mr. Beast turning down a $1B acquisition offer for his media business (24:58). Then, Producer Rachel is joined by content creator Taylor Bell to discuss her lessons from growing a brand to 180K+ subscribers while having a full-time job. (39:02)

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

(2:15) Demystifying "Friends and Family" rounds, history of angel investing

(10:32) Athletic Greens - Get 1 year free of Vitamin D and 5 free travel packs with first purchase at athleticgreens.com/twist

(11:57) The virtuous cycle of tech startups, angel investing

(23:53) Paperclip - Go to getpaperclip.com/twist to get the app free for life

(24:58) Mr. Beast turned down a $1B acquisition offer for his media company

(33:24) Producer Rachel joins to tee up today's OK Boomer guest!

(37:45) MasterClass - Get 15% off an annual membership at https://masterclass.com/startups 

(39:02) Taylor Bell joins Producer Rachel to discuss starting and growing a YouTube channel to 180K+ subscribers while having a full-time job

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Oct 01, 2022
Meta's text-to-video tool, Zuck's grand plan, Vision Fund to cut staff 30% + $WBD lawsuit | E1573
01:18:57

J+M discuss Meta's new text-to-video tool and what the future of creativity might look like (2:59), then they break down Zuck's grand plan (14:49) before discussing what a recession might mean for startups (27:18) and SoftBank reportedly cutting 30% of its Vision Fund staff. (36:41)

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

(2:59) Meta announces text-to-video tool

(13:33) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(14:49) Breaking down Zuckerberg's grand plan

(21:58) Meta freezes hiring, signals that we've entered a recession

(25:52) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups

(27:18) How a recession and big tech layoffs will impact startups

(35:28) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(36:41) SoftBank is reportedly planning to cut at least 30% of Vision Fund staff

(41:29) Jason welcomes Lon Harris and the pair discuss HBO's House of the Dragon and its 10-year time jump

(51:37) Warner Bros Discovery sued for allegedly misrepresenting HBO Max subscribers by 10M during the Discover / WarnerMedia merger

(57:48) Favorite actors to watch doing anything, rockstars in today's world

(1:03:03) CCP censors a popular film for its realistic depiction of rural life in China

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Sep 29, 2022
Apple allows in-app NFT purchases + Bitcoin's role during global macro headwinds | E1572
00:56:17

Sunny Madra and Vinny Lingham are BACK for another crypto roundtable! First up, a full breakdown of the current NFT space: Apple allowing in-app NFT purchases (1:35), best uses cases & platforms for distribution (15:07). Then, they discuss Bitcoin's role during global macroeconomic headwinds. (37:46)

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

(1:35) Apple allows in-app purchases of NFTs

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(15:07) NFT use cases, best platforms for minting and distributing NFTs seamlessly

(26:19) WorkOS - Go to https://workos.com to learn how to make your app enterprise-ready.

(27:49) NFT platforms adopting open standards to reach critical mass

(31:38) Celsius reportedly plans to issue "IOU" tokens representing its debt

(36:28) Spokn - Get 3 months free at https://getspokn.com/twist 

(37:46) Global macro headwinds, Bitcoin's role in the monetary system going forward

(53:18) Will we ever find out who Satoshi is?

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Sep 28, 2022
Cathie Wood's new VC fund, Bill Gurley's best insights, Girls Who Code on banned books list | E1571
01:03:11

J+M break down Cathie Wood's new VC fund (1:53), Bill Gurley's best insights from his interview with McKinsey (26:13), and Girls Who Code making a banned books list in a Pennsylvania county

(0:00) J+M tee up today's venture-heavy topics!

(1:53) Cathie Wood's new VC fund: Ark Venture Fund

(12:34) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

(13:42) Opening up VC funds and early-stage investing for retail investors, signs of the start of a recession

(24:46) Revelo - Get 20% off the first 3 months by mentioning TWIST at https://revelo.io/twist

(26:13) Reacting to Bill Gurley's interview with McKinsey

(33:51) FanDuel Sportsbook - Sign up with promo code TWIST to place a $1000 risk-free bet at https://sportsbook.fanduel.com

(34:54) More on Gurley's insights: short memories in VC, accepting reality, startups raising too much money, layoffs

(47:32) Girls Who Code made a banned books list in a Pennsylvania county

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Sep 28, 2022
British pound crashes, Do Kwon's red notice, NASA's DART mission, TikTok nears US deal | E1570
01:16:21

J+M break down the British pound dropping below $1.04 (5:15), Interpol issuing a red notice for Do Kwon (27:07), NASA's DART mission (53:52), and TikTok discussing an agreement with the Biden administration! (59:44)

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

(2:48) Importance of focus, avoiding the news cycle in the grand scheme of things

(5:15) British pound crashes to lowest level ever against the USD

(13:15) Indochino - Get $50 off any purchase of $399 or more by using code TWIST at checkout https://www.indochino.com

(14:38) Breaking housing and energy in the economy, income inequality's impact globally

(25:34) Grammarly - Sign up for a free and get 20% Grammarly Premium at https://grammarly.com/TWIST

(27:07) Interpol issues red notice for Do Kwon on behalf of South Korea

(35:39) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist 

(36:54) Do Kwon tweeting on the lamb, more theories around where he might head to

(47:15) New decentralized crypto derivatives platform Nibiru raises a $7.5M seed at a $100M valuation

(53:52) WLITF: NASA's DART mission and planetary defense

(59:44) The Biden administration drafted a preliminary agreement with TikTok to try and resolve national security concerns

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Sep 26, 2022
Evaluating founder ambition, tools vs platforms + USV's Albert Wenger: post-capital world | E1569
00:57:04

First up, J+M discuss founder ambition and tools vs. platforms on VC Sunday School. (3:06) Then, USV's Albert Wenger joins to break down his firm's $162M climate fund, his book "The World After Capital", and more! (24:16)

(0:00) J+M intro today's topics!

(3:06) Evaluating founder ambition, tools vs. platforms

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(12:48) How investors evaluate tools vs. platforms, and when/if something is "too hard"

(19:50) J+M tee up today's TWiCS guest

(22:50) SnackMagic - Get 10% cashback up to $1000 until October 15th with code HOLIDAY, and see more at snackmagic.com/twist

(24:16) Molly welcomes USV Managing Partner Albert Wenger to discuss USV's $162M climate fund and the climate crisis investment opportunity

(33:26) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist

(34:57) Albert discusses his book "The World After Capital", and the human attention problem

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Sep 25, 2022
Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke on navigating a downturn, innovating in compensation & more | E1568
01:41:15

Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke joins Jason for the third time to break down Shopify's wild ride over the past 2+ years (1:40), $SHOP's new compensation system (14:19), competing with Amazon (45:38), Shop Pay (56:25), and more! Then, Producer Rachel welcomes Jules Terpak back for another segment of OK Boomer! (1:15:58)


(0:00) Jason intros today's segments!

(1:40) Shopify CEO Tobi Lütke joins to break down Shopify's wild ride over the past 2+ years and the state of the e-commerce market post-COVID peaks

(13:00) Spokn - Get 3 months free at https://getspokn.com/twist 

(14:19) Dealing with stock price distractions during periods of volatility, innovating Shopify's compensation system

(27:56) Masterworks - Skip the waitlist to invest in fine art using at https://Masterworks.io/twist

(29:23) Tobi breaks down the ideation of Shopify's new "Flex Comp" system

(38:53) Helpware - Go to https://helpware.com/TWIST to get $1000 off your first invoice

(40:09) Laying off 10% of staff over the summer

(45:38) Competing with Amazon, innovating in fulfillment

(56:25) Shop Pay, BNPL, and remote work quirks

(1:15:58) Producer Rachel welcomes Jules Terpak back for another OK Boomer segment covering Gen Z online life, the entertainment economy, social media backlash, "Sharenting" and more


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Sep 24, 2022
DAO breakdown with Orange DAO's Ben Huh + Amazon's $11B NFL deal with Lon Harris | E1567
01:29:58

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

(2:57) J+M intro Ben Huh and discuss his background and why he helped start Orange DAO

(15:21) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(16:51) Understanding how DAOs handle distributions, more DAO mechanics

(26:06) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(27:20) People taking advantage of business processes left up to interpretation, how blockchain helps solve this, standardizing DAOs

(36:58) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist

(38:22) Understanding trustworthiness, downside protections, will the US fall behind in crypto?

(48:32) J+M welcome Lon Harris!

(56:13) Amazon's $11B TNF deal

(1:06:20) House of the Dragon doing huge numbers for HBO, Rings of Power

(1:17:06) Andor, Disney+'s new Star Wars show

(1:24:02) Disney losing goodwill with superfans, where to put the next Disney park


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Sep 23, 2022
Mojo CEO Vinit Bharara on building a stock market to bet on athletes | E1566
01:09:27

On today's show, Mojo CEO and Co-Founder Vinit Bharara joins Jason to talk about his new stock market to bet on athletes, Mojo, which just launched in New Jersey. (1:39) Vinit breaks down the thesis (17:07), does a product demo (40:27), and explains how they raised $100M to build a stock market from scratch and provide instant liquidity!


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

(1:39) Jason intros Vinit Bharara, who breaks down his past business ventures including Cafe.com, Diapers.com, working with his brother Preet!

(13:05) Brave - Download today at https://brave.com/twist to browse faster, search privately and so much more

(14:28) Managing Preet at Cafe.com

(17:07) Vinit explains the thesis behind Mojo

(24:40) Neo.Tax - Get $500 off R&D tax credit fees at https://neo.tax/twist 

(26:02) Raising $100M from Thrive Capital, Tiger, and more

(39:09) Spokn - Get 3 months free at https://getspokn.com/twist 

(40:27) Vinit runs through a Mojo product demo

(53:58) Building a team of handicappers and quants

(1:00:56) Vinit and Jason share 9/11 stories

Sep 21, 2022
Nikola lawsuit updates, Rumble business breakdown + more SPAC updates | E1565
00:53:24

Tuesday SPAC-tacular! J+M cover the biggest on-goings in the world of SPACs, including: the latest in the trial of former Nikola CEO Trevor Milton (1:55), Chamath winding down $IPOD and $IPOF and returning money to investors (30:53), and a breakdown of Rumble's business after completing its SPAC! (42:55)

(0:00) J+M tee up today's SPAC-tacular episode!

(1:55) More chaos at Nikola, Jason reacts to TWiST interview reportedly being used in court

(10:48) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist 

(12:04) State of charges against former Nikola CEO Trevor Milton, lessons for founders to take away from this saga

(23:18) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST

(24:37) How Jason avoids founders pitching ahead of their skis

(30:53) Chamath to wind down $IPOD and $IPOF

(35:06) Revelo - Get 20% off the first 3 months by mentioning TWIST at https://revelo.io/twist

(36:33) Jason's thoughts on the market and the state of SPACs, plus a JAY TRADE!

(42:55) Rumble completes SPAC merger, J+M break down the business

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Sep 20, 2022
Monetizing BeReal, Bogus accounts by US Military, iPhone 14 camera bug, Twilio layoffs | E1564
01:14:26

Jason and Molly kick the week off by breaking down the team's favorite new social media app, BeReal, and its plans to add paid features (15:16). Then, they cover how platforms found fake accounts suspected of being run by the US military (31:12). After, they continue with more tech news, including Apple's iPhone 14 Pro bug (42:25) and Twilio's plans to make "anti-racist" layoffs (49:29). They end the show with a We Live in the Future segment, highlighting the startup TransPod (1:03:06).

0:00) J+M tee up today's segments! 

(2:45) The hosts recap the weekend 

(14:01) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist 

(15:16) BeReal's plans to add paid features 

(29:46) Notion - Sign up for free at https://notion.com/twist  

(31:12) Platforms found fake accounts suspected of being run by the US military

(40:59) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(42:25) The iPhone 14 Pro camera has a camera bug 

(49:29) Twilio's plans to make "anti-racist" layoffs

(1:03:06) WLITF: TransPod's affordable ultra-high-speed transportation 

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Sep 20, 2022
How to deal with failing startups + Team Wildfire CEO Steve Wolf on "Hurricane-as-a-Service" | E1563
00:59:25

Welcome to Sunday! First up, J+M cover different methods and classifications for dealing with failing startups. (2:01) Then, Molly interviews Team Wildfire CEO Steve Wolf about his "Hurricane-as-a-Service" business! (31:56)

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

(2:01) VC Sunday School: J+M discuss hospice care for startups 

(10:50) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

(11:58) VC fund dynamics with Zombie startups, Jason explains "pay to play"

(25:32) Spokn - Get 3 months free at https://getspokn.com/twist 

(27:03) J+M tee up this week's climate interview!

(31:56) Steve Wolf explains his jet engine powered fire-fighting device

(37:21) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(38:55) Steve breaks down the business side of Team Wildfire, "Hurricanes-as-a-Service", and more!

(55:32) Molly gets a virtual tour of the "Hurricane on wheels"

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Sep 18, 2022
Paid newsletter pricing disruption, Instagram Reels underperforming + OK Boomer | E1562
00:46:06

Friday variety is back! First up, J+M do a Startup Breakdown and cover newsletter platform beehiiv and how it could disrupt Substack's pricing model (2:27). Then, they cover leaked documents from Meta that show Reels is underperforming (12:52) before Producer Rachel wraps the show with another edition of OK Boomer! (26:18)

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

(2:27) Startup of the Day Breakdown! beehiiv charges a flat subscription rate for newsletter subscriptions, price comps with Substack

(11:28) Indochino - Get $50 off any purchase of $399 or more by using code TWIST at checkout https://www.indochino.com

(12:52) Leaked Meta documents show Instagram's "Reels" product is underperforming

(22:51) Producer Rachel joins to tee up today's OK Boomer guest!

(24:48) Zapier - Try for free today at https://zapier.com/TWIST 

(26:18) OK Boomer: Josh Kaplan joins to break down his background and starting Smooth Media

(35:14) WorkOS - Go to https://workos.com to learn how to make your app enterprise-ready.

(36:43) Why newsletters are an efficient way for influencers to monetize

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Sep 17, 2022
Adobe acquires Figma for $20B, Patagonia founder donates profits + Streaming consolidation | E1561
01:06:20

J+M kickoff the show by discussing Adobe acquiring Figma for $20B! (2:30) Then, they cover Patagonia's founder donates nearly all profits to solve climate change. (21:53) Finally, Lon Harris joins to discuss streaming consolidation, consumer burnout, and some interesting new projects! (46:36)

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

(2:30) Adobe acquires Figma for $20B in a cash and stock deal!

(14:42) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups

(16:12) Post-merger thesis, large deal user diligence

(21:53) Patagonia founder donates his profits to solving climate change

(29:46) SnackMagic - Get 10% cashback up to $1000 until October 15th with code HOLIDAY, and see more at snackmagic.com/twist

(31:08) Lon Harris joins to break down the state of streaming: consolidation is coming

(37:26) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(38:49) More cuts coming to $WBD, price increases coming to Disney+ and other services, streaming fatigue

(46:36) New content to keep an eye on!: new Blade Runner series green lit at Amazon, Spotify series coming to Netflix, and more

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Sep 16, 2022
Crypto news: Do Kwon arrest warrant, ETH merge, Orange DAO + The Blueprint Part 10 | E1560
01:43:34

First up, Jason is back with the tenth and FINAL edition of The Blueprint, where he explains the seven ways to create wealth (2:12). Then, Vinny and Sunny join J+M for a crypto roundtable, covering: Do Kwon's arrest warrant (24:04), the ETH merge (49:54), an Orange DAO breakdown (1:14:24), and more!

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

(2:12) The Blueprint Part 10: The seven ways to create wealth

(13:01) Visa - Learn more about Visa’s online Small Business Hub at Visa.com/smallbusinesshub

(13:57) The Blueprint Part 10 continued: The seven ways to create wealth

(19:20) J+M catch up on the current state of early-stage dealmaking

(22:39) Brave - Download today at https://brave.com/twist to browse faster, search privately and so much more

(24:04) Vinny and Sunny join! First topic: a South Korean court issued an arrest warrant for Do Kwon

(36:51) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(38:07) How to make crypto safer for retail investors

(49:54) ETH merge, insane stats on crypto power usage

(1:14:24) Orange DAO breakdown

(1:33:23) Vinny challenges Jason's Disney Jay Trade

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Sep 15, 2022
Bob Iger joins VC firm as venture partner, Twitter whistleblower hearing, KKR tokenizes fund | E1559
01:23:35

First up, J+M discuss Bob Iger joining Thrive Capital as a venture partner (2:09), then they break down the most interesting moments from the Twitter whistleblower hearings (24:48). After that, they discuss KKR tokenizing part of its new healthcare fund (57:43), before wrapping on the Launch House allegations. (1:06:22)

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

(2:09) Legendary former Disney CEO Bob Iger joins Thrive Capital as venture partner

(12:23) Revelo - Get 20% off the first 3 months by mentioning TWIST at https://revelo.io/twist

(13:45) How Iger linked up with Josh Kushner, false perceptions of VCs

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(24:48) J+M react to clips from Twitter whistleblower Peiter "Mudge" Zatko's congressional hearing today

(33:13) Assure - To get 20% off your first Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) visit https://Assure.co/twist

(34:33) More clips from the hearing and reflections on Twitter's security issues

(57:43) KKR tokenizes part of its new healthcare fund to allow QPs to invest more easily

(1:06:22) Launch House allegations

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Sep 14, 2022
Bolt cancels $1.5B Wyre deal, $ROKU adds TikTok-style feature, Deere's self-driving tractors | E1558
01:01:01

J+M are back recapping this week's episode of All-In and how to stop brigading on Twitter (1:42). They also cover Bolt cancelling its $1.5B acquisition of crypto payments startup Wyre (19:46), Roku adding a TikTok-style feature (30:31), and two We Live in the Future stories! (39:48)

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

(1:42) All-In recap, how Twitter can reduce brigading, and more

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(19:49) Bolt cancels $1.5B Wyre acquisition

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(30:34) Roku adds TikTok-style feature to its streaming software

(38:17) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(39:51) We Live in the Future: John Deere's self-driving tractors

(49:48) We Live in the Future: $5B Moon-themed hotel might be coming to Dubai

(56:22) China is ramping up its moon operations due to discovering a new mineral

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Sep 13, 2022
How VCs view founders with a side hustle + Bringing ESG to VC with Joe Blair | E1557
00:51:24

Sunday special! First up, J+M break down how VCs view founders with a side hustle (1:44), and how founders can actually make their side hustles accretive to their startup. (12:45) Then, Molly interviews Bay Bridge Ventures Co-Founder & GP Joe Blair on his ESG-focused VC firm. (28:00)

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

(1:44 How VCs view founders with multiple roles

(11:24) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist

(12:45) How to create side hustles that are accretive to your startup

(20:52) J+M tee up today's climate interview

(26:56) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist 

(28:00) Joe Blair, Co-Founder & GP at Bay Bridge Ventures, joins Molly to break down his institutional ESG and sustainability-focused firm

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(37:37) Bay Bridge's thesis, evaluating what qualifies as an ESG investment, diligence on hard tech, and more

Sep 11, 2022
Muck Rack raises $180M, Elly Health Co-Founder Cecilia Anderson + OK Boomer | E1556
00:55:43

Friday Variety is back! First up, J+M break down Muck Rack's $180M Series A (10:43). Then, Elly Health Co-Founder Cecilia Anderson joins Molly to discuss her startup (21:16). Finally, Producer Rachel interviews Contra Founder Ben Huffman for another edition of OK Boomer. (32:38)

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

(1:19) Jason recaps his crazy evening at the Lady Gaga concert

(9:53) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

(10:43) Muckrack (a database for journalists) raised a $180M Series A(ish)

(19:18) WorkOS - Go to https://workos.com to learn how to make your app enterprise-ready.

(20:48) Elly Health Co-Founder Cecilia Anderson joins the show to break down her startup

(30:52) Neo.Tax - Get $500 off R&D tax credit fees at https://neo.tax/twist 

(32:10) Producer Rachel interviews Contra founder Ben Huffman on another edition of OK Boomer!

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Sep 10, 2022
Kim Kardashian's new PE firm & impact on VC + how Amazon can turn a profit on Rings of Power | E1555
01:10:01

First up, J+M discuss Kim Kardashian's new PE firm and break down what this means for the broader private investing industry (2:29). Then, Lon Harris joins the show to break down the controversy, history, and math around Amazon's Rings of Power series (25:58).

(0:00) Today's segments!

(2:29) J+M break down SKKY Partners, Kim Kardashian's new PE firm!

(12:04) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(13:34) Has VC entered the public consciousness? Will VC see more high profile celebrities crossing over and starting funds? Is this the future of VC?

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(25:58) Lon joins to break down Amazon's Rings of Power taking over online discourse, but first they talk about Twitter being a net negative for society

(36:00) Policygenius - Go to https://policygenius.com to get a free life insurance quote

(37:26) Lon explains controversy in Tolkien fandom, the trio gives quick reviews for Rings of Power and House of the Dragon

(54:50) Bezos's vanity play, how Amazon can turn a profit on Rings of Power

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Sep 09, 2022
Instagram to shut down Shopping, reacting to Apple's event & more + The Blueprint Part 9 | E1554
01:32:51

J+M have big hotel energy today as the duo lets it fly on a bunch of topics including: Trump's documents (2:21), Code Conference poker stories (18:40), Instagram shutting down "Shopping" + Zuck's new look (33:36), Starlink (1:04:37), and more! Then, Molly joins Jason for part 9 of The Blueprint! (1:13:00)


0:00 J+M intro today's segments

2:21 Theories on Trump's classified documents

17:18 SnackMagic - Get 10% cashback up to $1000 until October 15th with code HOLIDAY, and see more at snackmagic.com/twist

18:40 Molly's big interview + Jason's tells poker stories from the Code Conference

29:06 Visa - Learn more about Visa’s online Small Business Hub at Visa.com/smallbusinesshub

30:02 Jason brainstorms a publicity stunt

33:36 Instagram looks to sunset "Shopping" feature, Zuck changes his public persona

40:02 Brave - Download today at https://brave.com/twist to browse faster, search privately and so much more

41:28 Jason confronts his Zuck-induced insecurity

48:11 Why Instagram is shutting down its "Shopping" tab

49:16 Reacting to Apple's event, new watch, AirPods, and iPhone 14

1:04:37 Starlink helping bring broadband to rural areas via school COVID subsidies

1:13:00 The Blueprint Part 9: Molly Wood on manifesting your future!


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Sep 08, 2022
Jason's DTC investment thesis, Jokr looking to raise $50M, liquidation preference breakdown, witness in Elizabeth Holmes trial goes rogue | E1553
01:09:14

First up, Jason explains his DTC investment thesis (3:00), before he and Molly give some insight into the Bay Area heat wave (13:41). Then, Jason and Molly dive deep on reporting that instant delivery startup Jokr might be raising a new round with unusual liquidation preferences (25:50), then Jason breaks down what liquidation preferences are with some spreadsheets. To wrap, J+M cover a witness in the Elizabeth Holmes trial going rogue! (53:27)


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

(3:00) Holiday weekend catch up + Jason explains his DTC investment thesis

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(13:41) Bay Area heat wave, Burning Man recap

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(25:50) Jokr look to raise between $35M-$50M from existing investors, why they have closed operations in the US, how immigration and labor plays into Jokr's decision

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(35:01) Breaking down liquidation preferences and why Jokr investors are looking for an unusually large liq pref in its upcoming round

(53:27) A witness in the Elizabeth Holmes case has gone rogue!


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Sep 07, 2022
Raising a VC fund in public + Brilliant Planet's Raffael Jovine on the power of algae | E1552
01:06:11

On VC Sunday School, J+M discuss why Jason is planning on raising LAUNCH Fund IV in public! (2:38) Then, Raffael Jovine joins to discuss how Brilliant Planet is growing algae and using it to sequester carbon (39:25)


(0:00) Teeing up today's topics

(2:38) J+M discuss Jason's plain to raise LAUNCH Fund IV in public

(10:44) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(12:18) LP relationships, partner capital requirements, and more fund talk!

(20:16) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(21:42) Teeing up Molly's interview plus an ESG chat!

(38:10) MasterClass - Get 15% off an annual membership at https://masterclass.com/startups 

(39:25) Raffael Jovine joins Molly to discuss how Brilliant Planet is growing algae and using it to sequester carbon


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Sep 04, 2022
Ask Jason + LAUNCH founder interviews + OK Boomer with Andrew Yeung | E1551
01:01:58

Friday Variety Show! First up, Jason answers a bunch of listener questions. (1:16) Then, Molly interview two amazing LAUNCH portfolio founders building marketplace businesses! (21:09) To wrap the show, Producer Rachel is back with another edition of OK Boomer (42:04)

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

(1:16) Ask Jason: How to vet startups when you're an employee looking to join one

(5:55) Ask Jason: Keep building a specifically requested feature for a major customer OR focus on the core offering?

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(11:38) Ask Jason: A pro athlete asks Jason for his advice on transitioning into VC

(14:42) Ask Jason: Two hypothetical questions about Uber's business

(19:29) Grammarly - Sign up for a free and get 20% Grammarly Premium at https://grammarly.com/TWIST

(21:09) Molly sits down with Giphting CEO Seth Brown to talk about his on-demand gift-giving marketplace

(29:16) Neo.Tax - Get $500 off R&D tax credit fees at https://neo.tax/twist 

(30:32) Molly interviews EnrichedHQ CEO Carleen Haylett about her business: a two-sided marketplace of life skills programs for kids!

(42:04) OK Boomer: Producer Rachel interviews Andrew Yeung on tactics for throwing an amazing networking event/dinner


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Sep 02, 2022
The Definitive History of VC with "Power Law" author Sebastian Mallaby | E1550
01:09:13

Huge interview today. "Power Law" author Sebastian Mallaby joins the show to break down some of the most important moments in VC history and his lessons from writing the book, including: the youth revolt (14:18), KP vs Sequoia (27:02), what makes a legendary VC (38:40), and more!


(0:00) Jason tees up today's interview with "Power Law" author Sebastian Mallaby

(1:42) Sebastian explains how and why he wrote a book on the history of VC

(13:13) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist 

(14:18) The virtuous cycle of luck early in a VC career, youth revolt in startups, Zuckerberg spurning Sequoia

(26:02) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

(27:02) Tom Perkins and the Kleiner Perkins rise and fall vs Sequoia's sustained dominance, KP's Genentech investment

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(38:40) What characteristics make a legendary VC?

(56:29) Why are institutional LPs allocating more capital to VC, what happened with China's interest in the industry? Other investable industries other than software


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Sep 01, 2022
The Blueprint: finding & developing all-stars + Mark Gurman on Apple's AR plans | E1549
00:59:23

Jam packed show! First up, The Blueprint is BACK as Jason breaks down how he finds and develops emerging talent (1:36). Then, Bloomberg's Apple Guru Mark Gurman is back to discuss the latest on Apple's AR project. (31:33)

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

(1:36) Jason explains his strategy for finding and developing all-stars

(13:30) Visa - Learn more about Visa’s online Small Business Hub at Visa.com/smallbusinesshub

(14:26) Jason's tips for managing emerging talent

(22:51) Brave - Download today at https://brave.com/twist to browse faster, search privately and so much more

(24:16) How to attract the right people to your startup

(30:12) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist

(31:33) J+M welcome Bloomberg's Mark Gurman to break down all things Apple, including projected timelines for Apple's AR goggles and the importance of Apple's chip business

(46:17) Mark gives his dream Peloton acquirer and grades Jason's Jay Trade on Apple

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Sep 01, 2022
Twitter's failed OnlyFans-like product, OpenSea trading volume drops 99%, major FTC lawsuit | E1548
00:40:48

BIG Tuesday show! First up, J+M break down the insane saga of Twitter's now-cancelled OnlyFans-like product (1:41), OpenSea NFT trading volume dropping ~99% (20:47), a MAJOR FTC lawsuit against a data broker selling sensitive info (36:26), and more!

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

(1:41) Twitter's cancelled OnlyFans-like product

(10:21) Dell - Apply for Dell for Startups and get an additional 10% off Dell Latitude products at https://dell.com/twist 

(11:49) Practical issues around mixing adult content with brand advertising, Twitter's internal problems

(19:24) Indochino - Get $50 off any purchase of $399 or more by using code TWIST at checkout https://www.indochino.com

(20:47) OpenSea single day trading volume dropped ~99% from a peak of $400M+ in early May to ~$5M in late August

(29:42) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

(30:46) Alexis Ohanian's Seven Seven Six is raising $177M to invest in distressed crypto assets

(36:26) Potentially groundbreaking FTC lawsuit brought against a data broker for selling sensitive geolocation information without user consent

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Aug 31, 2022
YC brings on Garry Tan as President, Apple's AR plans, Bored Apes at the VMAs | E1547
01:23:06

First up, J+M break down YC announcing Garry Tan as its new President and CEO, and what this means for the industry. (11:44) Then, they break down Apple potentially showing its card for its AR goggles name (37:16), and they wrap with some commentary on Eminem and Snoop Dogg performing as their Bored Apes at the VMAs. (58:20)

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

(2:12) Catching up on the weekend

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(11:44) Garry Tan is stepping back from Initialized to become YC's new CEO and President

(25:05) TripActions - Go to https://tripactions.com/twist and get a $500 Amazon gift card after making your first travel booking OR paying off your first $1000 of liquid spend

(26:34) Jason explains "no conflict, no interest"

(35:46) WorkOS - Go to https://workos.com to learn how to make your app enterprise-ready.

(37:16) Quick Jay Trading update, Apple files trademarks for potential AR goggles name

(58:20) Eminem and Snoop Dogg performed as their Bored Apes over the weekend at the MTV VMAs

Aug 30, 2022
How VCs think about deploying reserves & follow-on funding + Quaise CEO Carlos Araque | E1546
00:49:44

Sunday show! On VC Sunday School, J+M discuss how VCs deploy reserves for follow-on funding. (1:58) Then, Molly interviews Quaise CEO & Co-Founder Carlos Araque about his geothermal drilling business! (24:02)

(0:00) J+M tee up segments for Sunday!

(1:58) Jason and Molly talk about how VCs deploy reserves for follow-on funding and bankroll management

(10:31) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(11:47) Golden State Warriors impact on Jason's system-based VC team building philosophy

(15:48) J+M tee up today's TWiCS interview!

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(24:02) Quaise CEO Carlos Araque joins to break down his business: drilling to unlock geothermal energy

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(34:10) Carlos explains the size of Quaise's opportunity and how he raised $50M+ Series A for a deep tech project, what their business model will look like, and more!

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Aug 28, 2022
Twitter adds podcasting, Chatter.dev Founder Pete Oxenham + OK Boomer with Danny Miranda | E1545
01:11:03

Friday Variety Show! First up J+M break down Twitter adding podcasting to the platform and what this means for the product and for the podcasting industry. (2:14) Then, LAUNCH portfolio founder Pete Oxenham joins to discuss his SaaS startup, Chatter.dev, with Molly. (26:48) Finally, Rachel wraps the show with another edition of OK Boomer, featuring Danny Miranda. (38:25)

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

(2:14) Twitter adds podcasting to "Spaces"

(15:08) Babbel - Save up to 60% off your language learning subscription at https://babbel.com/twist 

(16:32) Explaining the value of adding podcasting to a consumer service

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(26:48) Chatter.dev Founder Pete Oxenham joins to break down his SaaS business!

(34:18) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

(35:25) Producer Rachel joins to tee up OK Boomer with J+M!

(38:25) Danny Miranda joins OK Boomer to talk getting into podcasting, starting from scratch, building successful habits, AirPods' impact on podcasting and more!

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Aug 26, 2022
$PTON & $SNOW earnings divergence + Streaming news with Lon Harris: HBO, MoviePass & more | E1544
01:02:33

Big show! First up J+M break down two pandemic darlings on two totally different paths: $PTON and $SNOW (2:26). Then, Lon Harris joins to talk about HBO's record breaking House of the Dragon premiere (27:12), MoviePass returning (47:16), and more!

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

(2:26) Peloton earnings breakdown: it's getting grim, so J+M brainstormed on where the company can go from here, stock was down over 20%

(16:26) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(17:53) Snowflake earnings breakdown: massive quarter, stock was up over 20%

(25:37) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(27:12) Lon Harris joins to break down this week's streaming news! First up: HBO's House of the Dragon set a record for most-watched premiere with almost 10M viewers

(39:39) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist

(40:58) $WBD CEO David Zaslav continues to make cuts

(47:16) MoviePass is making a comeback and Lon gives some streaming picks

Aug 26, 2022
Student loan debate, Zuck copies BeReal, Twitter whistleblower + Blueprint Part 7 | E1543
01:47:26

First up, J+M break down the news, incl: Student loan forgiveness (2:30), Zuck copying BeReal (20:21), the Twitter whistleblower's allegations (36:32), and a climate company's Series A! (1:04:49) Then, Jason wraps the show with another edition of The Blueprint! (1:16:43)

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

(2:30) Student loan forgiveness

(16:37) Brave - Download today at https://brave.com/twist to browse faster, search privately and so much more

(17:57) "Bailout culture"

(20:21) Instagram copies popular social app BeReal

(26:38) Harmonic - Get $4000 off at https://harmonic.ai/twist

(27:59) Jason explains his "never trust Zuck" take origins, how Apple's approach differs from Meta

(35:37) Visa - Learn more about Visa’s online Small Business Hub at Visa.com/smallbusinesshub

(36:32) Twitter whistleblower implications, comparing it to last year's "Facebook Files"

(1:04:49) Series A: Clarity

(1:16:43) Blueprint Part 7: Should you take on student debt to go to college? Is it worth it?

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Aug 25, 2022
Crypto Roundtable: Shkreli's new web3 project, ETH merge, Gensler goes after DeFi protocols | E1542
00:58:04

J+M are joined by Sunny Madra and Vinny Lingham for another crypto roundtable! They cover the following topics: Shkreli's new web3 project (1:50), distributed computing projects (16:08), ETH merge (38:00), Gensler's comments (44:57), and more!

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

(1:50) Martin Shkreli's new web3 project

(14:46) Revelo - Get 20% off the first 3 months by mentioning TWIST at https://revelo.io/twist

(16:08) Breaking down other distributed computing projects: Helium, Filecoin, Hivemapper

(27:54) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(29:17) Understanding inverted incentives in crypto, market depth/liquidity theory

(36:46) UserTesting - Get real human insights from customers, try for free today at https://usertesting.com/twist

(38:00) ETH merge: how risky is it, what impact will the fork have, will it lower gas fees?

(44:57) SEC Chair Gary Gensler's comment re: DeFi protocols and crypto banks

(51:58) Lightning round! Tribe DAO, BendDAO, Sudoswap and lessons learned

Aug 23, 2022
FTX's leaked financials, $AMZN ramps up healthcare interest + Swayed Founder Arjun Shokeen | E1541
01:24:53

Back with a big Monday news show: Jason and Molly recap last week's All-In (2:09), before covering FTX's leaked financials (17:19), Amazon potentially going further into healthcare (40:34), and more M&A in the e-commerce space. (58:55) Then, Molly wraps the show by interviewing LAUNCH portfolio founder Arjun Shokeen, Founder and CEO of Swayed (1:11:27).

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

(2:09) All-In recap, Climate Syndicate, and more

(16:10) Neo.Tax - Get $500 off R&D tax credit fees at https://neo.tax/twist 

(17:19) FTX had its 2020 and 2021 audited financial results leaked to CNBC

(28:07) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(29:26) How to frame crypto going forward, what is crypto's main product? Did the SEC miss the boat on crypto regulation?

(39:19) MasterClass - Get 15% off an annual membership at https://masterclass.com/startups 

(40:34) Amazon is reportedly bidding to acquire Signify Health

(58:55) M&A: eBay acquires trading card e-commerce platform TCGplayer for $295M

(1:11:27) Molly interviews Swayed Founder and CEO Arjun Shokeen

Aug 23, 2022
How VCs evaluate pre-launch startups + Mycocycle's Joanne Rodriguez | E1540
00:53:53

Sunday show! First up, Jason breaks down how VCs evaluate pre-launch startups (1:54) and startups that are going after a market that doesn't exist yet. (15:21) Then, Molly is joined by Mycocycle CEO and Founder Joanne Rodriguez to talk about developing fungi-powered toxic waste removal and raw material generation! (30:36)

(0:00) Molly intros today's segments!

(1:54) VC Sunday School: How Jason evaluates pre-launch startups

(13:46) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(15:21) How VCs evaluate startups building for markets that don't exist yet

(20:51) Comparing early examples of traction: pre-orders, crowdfunding, LOIs and more

(29:16) Masterworks - Skip the waitlist to invest in fine art using at https://Masterworks.io/twist

(30:36) Mycocycle CEO Joanne Rodriguez joins to talk about fungi-powered toxic waste removal and raw material generation

(38:26) Helpware - Go to https://helpware.com/TWIST to get $1000 off your first invoice

(39:33) Mycocycle's finished product, how they're recycling raw materials, traction so far, future of the business

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Aug 21, 2022
Ask Jason + LegalQ founder Zeb Anderson + OK Boomer with Jules Terpak | E1539
00:59:24

Friday variety show! First up, Jason answers your questions on VCs investing in a downturn, winning founder qualities, and more. (1:24) Then, Molly interviews LAUNCH founder Zeb Anderson about his legal startup LegalQ. (16:36) Producer Rachel wraps the show with another edition of OK Boomer featuring Jules Terpak! (26:59)

(0:00) Molly intros the Friday variety show!

(1:24) Ask Jason: Why VCs slow investment pace in a downturn

(7:00) Ask Jason: What qualities make Jason invest in a founder a second time after a failure

(12:29) Jason explains the traction at Uber and Calm when he invested

(15:06) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist

(16:36) Molly interviews LAUNCH Accelerator founder Zeb Anderson of LegalQ about his app connecting legal professionals and clients

(25:34) This podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp - Get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/twist

(26:59) OK Boomer! Producer Rachel welcomes tech commentator Jules Terpak and talks about the importance of curiosity when building your brand

(37:03) iTrust Capital - Visit https://itrust.capital/twist to create your Crypto IRA today

(38:10) Digital culture, banning TikTok, social media consent, and more

Aug 20, 2022
Apple's new feature & potential ads business + more HBO Max layoffs & chaos | E1538
01:02:04

New segment alert! J+M debut "Little Big Things" to highlight a unique new feature from Apple (1:46), before breaking down the company ramping up its ads business and what that means for consumers. (10:49) Then, Lon Harris joins to break down all things streaming. (21:20)

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

(1:46) New segment! Little Big Things: Apple News audio stories

(9:42) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

(10:49) Apple's potential ads business: great for revenue, potentially bad for consumers

(20:08) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

(21:20) Lon joins and Jason discusses Molly's appearance on the Pivot podcast!

(23:47 More chaos at $WBD: 14% RIF at HBO Max, 30+ titles getting canned off streaming, bad feelings with creators

(37:59) Revelo - Get 20% off the first 3 months by mentioning TWIST at https://revelo.io/twist

(39:20) Digital distribution rights, how Netflix changed the industry and how Warner Bros Discovery might use this recent move as leverage going forward

(43:20) New series premiering with massive budgets: House of the Dragon, Rings of Power; breaking down the math on why these shows cost $20M-$58M per episode

(55:32) Streaming overtakes cable viewership for the first time!

Aug 19, 2022
Reaction to Adam Neumann's $350M raise, Boom Supersonic's new deal + The Blueprint Part 6 | E1537
01:04:08

J+M kick off the show by discussing the reaction to Adam Neumann's $350M raise (1:40), before covering Boom Supersonic's new deal with American Airlines (24:59), and a Startup of the Day. (41:55) Jason wraps the show solo for part 6 of The Blueprint, where he covers getting ahead of trends! (48:06)

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

(1:40) Thoughts on the reaction to Adam Neumann's $350M raise from a16z, including a NY Post article that Jason was quoted in

(12:45) WorkOS - Go to https://workos.com to learn how to make your app enterprise-ready.

(14:14) Was the negative reaction to the fundraising warranted? What is the counter case?

(24:04) Visa - Learn more about Visa’s online Small Business Hub at Visa.com/smallbusinesshub

(24:59) American Airlines agrees to purchase up to 20 jets from airplane startup Boom Supersonic, J+M do some math on ticket prices

(34:13) Brave - Download today at https://brave.com/twist to browse faster, search privately and so much more

(35:33) Does the world need supersonic passenger jets?

(41:55) Startup of the Day: Goodfellows helps elderly people and young people foster connections

(48:06) The Blueprint Part 6: Jason explains how he gets ahead of trends

Jason's Howard Stern/Spotify blog from 2015: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/howard-sterns-easy-billion-dollar-pay-day-courtesy-app-calacanis

Aug 18, 2022
Debating Apple's return to work & Jason's WFH playbook, $META partners with $DASH & more | E1536
01:20:47

J+M have a big debate over remote work: including covering Apple's return to work policy, Malcolm Gladwell's comments, Jason's WFH playbook, and much more. Then, they cover Meta's new partnership with DoorDash for Facebook Marketplace deliveries, and a Jay Trading update! (1:05:19)

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

(1:57) Apple will be sending all corporate employees back to the office in September + J+M debate Malcolm Gladwell's comments on remote work

(12:45) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST

(14:04) Hypocrisy of the return to work, understanding the impasse, "overemployed" and "quiet quitting" movements

(26:28) Notion - Sign up for FREE at https://notion.com/twist 

(27:49) What would tech unions look like?

(38:40) Bubbles - Get your point across with unlimited screen and video recordings for free at https://usebubbles.com/twist 

(39:57) Shifting power dynamics in modern work, Jason's advice to startup founders for managing remote employees, UBI thoughts, Jason's WFH requirements

(1:05:19) Meta partners with DoorDash to deliver Facebook Marketplace items, Jay Trading updates

Aug 17, 2022
Adam Neumann raises $350M from a16z for his new startup Flow, Bay Area housing hypocrisy | E1535
01:11:31

Molly is back for a HUGE news days! Adam Neumann has raised $350M from a16z for his new startup Flow (2:14), and his main investor, Marc Andreessen, got into some hot water over housing policy hypocrisy! (22:05)

(0:00) Molly is back! J+M intro today's topics!

(2:14) Jason and Molly catch up Molly's vacation and the craziness of the past week

(12:36) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist 

(13:56) Adam Neumann's new residential real estate company Flow has raised $350M from a16z at a valuation over $1B!

(20:34) TripActions - Go to https://tripactions.com/twist and get a $500 Amazon gift card after making your first travel booking OR paying off your first $1000 of liquid spend

(22:05) Marc Andreessen's blog explaining a16z's Flow investment, Jason and Molly go deep on potential business plans for Flow and why a16z made this bet

(34:37) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(35:56) Marc Andreessen's housing hypocrisy

(53:35) Jason reads slides from the leaked Flow deck *JOKE*, another a16z portfolio founder in a similar market as Flow chimed in on Twitter

Aug 16, 2022
Self-destructive traits of VCs & founders + Air Protein CEO Dr. Lisa Dyson | E1534
00:45:28

First up, Molly and Jason break down self-destructive founder and VC traits (1:37). Then, Molly interviews Air Protein CEO Dr. Lisa Dyson on how they turn carbon dioxide into protein and how they are innovating in the booming alternative meat space! (21:42)

(0:00) Jason intros the Sunday show!

(1:37) VC Sunday School: Self-destructive founder tendencies

(9:15) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(10:45) Self-destructive investor tendencies

(15:13) How to do damage control if you take money from a disruptive investor

(20:35) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist

(21:42) Molly intros Dr. Lisa Dyson who explains Air Protein's founding story, mission, and the science behind it

(30:35) Helpware - Go to https://helpware.com/TWIST to get $1000 off your first invoice

(31:51) How Air Protein differs from traditional meat

(36:33) Air Meat's fundraising history and creation process

Aug 14, 2022
Howard Lindzon reviews Jason's portfolio & breaks down public/private investing + OK Boomer | E1533
01:40:26

Howard Lindzon joins to talk about the different mindsets and skillsets of public and private market investors and breaks down what the future of the blockchain might look like. (1:39) Then, Producer Rachel is back with another OK Boomer segment, interviewing Ben Smith of Goal House NYC! (1:20:52)

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

(1:39) Howard Lindzon joins and breaks down the differences between public and private investing mindsets

(12:21) UserTesting - Get real human insights from customers, try for free today at https://usertesting.com/twist

(13:38) How liquidity impacts public/private investing, why Howard is bullish on $NFLX over $DIS

(24:05) Liquid IV - Get 25% off at https://liquidiv.com using promo code TWIST

(25:17) Remote work's impact on less experienced employees, how the blockchain will impact startups in the future

(36:11) FanDuel Sportsbook - Sign up with promo code TWIST to place a $1000 risk-free bet at https://sportsbook.fanduel.com

(37:20) Potential game-changing NFT and DAO use cases

(48:27) Howard reviews Jason's Jay Trading portfolio

(59:53) Semantics, media, next generation of the internet, politicizing the Fed

(1:11:02) Jason tees up OK Boomer with Producer Rachel

(1:20:52) OK Boomer: Rachel interviews Ben Smith of Goal House NYC


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Aug 13, 2022
$DIS earnings, Disney vs Netflix & streaming strategies with Lon Harris + Ephemeral Tattoos | E1532
01:29:52

Lon Harris joins the show for a full streaming industry breakdown, including $DIS earnings, $WBD drama, streaming strategies, and more! (1:59) Then, Molly interviews Ephemeral CEO Jeff Liu on building a high-quality temporary tattoo solution. (1:09:00)

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

(1:59) Jason welcome Lon Harris to talk misaligned media incentives and Trump coverage

(12:45) MicroAcquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist

(14:05) Hulu's new film Prey is its largest streaming debut to date

(27:18) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

(28:29 Why the Predator franchise is valuable IP for Disney, how streaming platforms should handle "auteurs"

(35:41) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(37:14) $DIS earnings, how Disney's streaming platforms overtook Netflix in terms of subscribers

(46:52 Breaking down $WBD and how it should handle various IP, streaming residuals upheaval

(51:25) Disney vs Netflix BOTE Math, Ezra Miller situation, strategies for Zaslav to take advantage of $WBD IP

(1:09:00) Molly interviews Ephemeral CEO Jeff Liu

Aug 12, 2022
State of the crypto market, Tornado Cash blacklisted, $COIN Q2 + The Blueprint Part 5 | E1531
01:39:36

Sunny Madra and Vinny Lingham join Jason for a fully loaded crypto market breakdown (1:40). Topics covered include: Tornado Cash being blacklisted by the US Treasury Dept, Coinbase Q2 earnings, smart crypto regulation, fixing early-stage crypto governance, and more! Jason wraps the show with Part 5 of The Blueprint: Generalists vs. Specialists. (1:21:44)

(0:00) Jason intros today's segments: crypto roundtable and The Blueprint!

(1:40) Current state of the crypto market after the massive pullback

(14:31) Brave - Download today at https://brave.com/twist to browse faster, search privately and so much more

(15:33 Tornado Cash blacklisted by the US Treasury Dept: what is it, what it means for "frozen" crypto assets & more

(27:12) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups

(28:36) How large-scale spam attacks and hacks will change consumer behavior in the still-early crypto industry

(37:37) Visa - Learn more about Visa’s online Small Business Hub at Visa.com/smallbusinesshub

(38:32) How should crypto be regulated? Should the US create a new agency dedicated to digital assets? Should there be a new set of rules for crypto?

(48:39) Did Coinbase let customers down? $COIN Q2 earnings, responsibilities to customers, what Coinbase's platform might look like if altcoins are regulated as securities

(55:22) Pseudonymous and anonymous impact on high-profile crypto projects, how to fix early-stage crypto governance

(1:04:12 Interesting consumer-facing crypto projects

(1:21:44) The Blueprint Part 5: Generalists vs. Specialists

Aug 11, 2022
VC market overview, Vision Fund impact, Amazon's core businesses & more with Acquired | E1530
01:24:44

Acquired's Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal join the show to discuss how they think about public market investments (1:43), VC token sales (27:25), a VC market overview (45:40), the Vision Fund's impact on Silicon Valley (1:00:33), and Amazon's core pillars! (1:13:21)

(0:00) Jason intros today's guests and topics: Crossover Pod with Acquired!

(1:43) Private markets overview, Jay Trading, Ben's investment thesis for TSMC and Shopify

(13:44) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

(14:52) Jason makes two live Jay Trades, better solutions for employee stock options

(26:14) Dell - Apply for Dell for Startups and get an additional 10% off Dell Latitude products at https://dell.com/twist 

(27:25) Crypto regulation, VC token sales

(39:33) Zapier - Try for free today at https://zapier.com/TWIST

(41:02) The burden of going public, final ideas on digital asset regulation

(45:40) Major takeaways from PitchBook's Q2 US VC Monitor: exit value collapse, deal volume down, seed not impacted as much, signs of life in the early-stage

(1:00:33) Reflecting on Masa's precarious position and the impact that SoftBank's Vision Fund has had on the VC industry

(1:13:21) Ranking the most impressive pillars of Amazon's business: AWS, Prime, marketplace, advertising

Aug 10, 2022
SoftBank's Vision Fund loses $21B+, DTC brands struggle + NutriSense CEO Alex Skryl | E1529
01:13:36

Jason breaks down SoftBank's Vision Fund losing $21B+ last quarter and reflects on how founders should approach raising capital from megafunds. (2:11) Then, Jason reflects on lessons learned from the tough DTC space (27:05) and gives a quick Jay Trading update! (36:17). To wrap, NutriSense CEO Alex Skryl joins J+M to break down the benefits of continuous glucose monitoring! (47:37)

(0:00) Jason tees up today's solo news + founder interview!

(2:11) Jason breaks down SoftBank's Vision Fund losing ~$21B+ last quarter and analyzes some clips from Masayoshi Son's investor presentation

(11:31) Microsoft for Startups Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(12:54) Jason disagrees with Masa's new strategy and direction and explains how founders should approach raising capital by megafunds like the Vision Fund and differences between how Uber and WeWork deployed SoftBank capital

(22:46) Assure - To get 20% off your first Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) visit https://Assure.co/twist

(24:06) Reviewing the biggest hits and misses from Vision Fund I

(27:05) Lessons learned from DTC shutdowns, how VCs deploy capital in a downturn

(34:45) Prometheus - Go to Prometheusalts.com or download it on the App Store and use the access code TWIST to sign up

(36:17) Jay Trading update: $DIS, $AMZN, $WBD, $SFIX

(47:37) Nutrisense CEO Alex Skryl joins to talk glucose monitoring benefits, biohacking, and more!

Aug 09, 2022
Why some VCs won't invest in first-time founders + $369B carve-out for climate/energy | E1528
01:03:07

First up on VC Sunday School, J+M cover the stigma around investing in first-time founders: Is it a myth? What are the pros and cons? What really matters when evaluating a founder? (3:01) Then, Molly interviews Jay Koh of The Lightsmith Group to break down the Inflation Reduction Act's $369B climate/energy allocation. (29:08)

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today's segments!

(3:01) why is there a bias against investing in first-time founders?

(15:04) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(16:21) Most important factors to startup success

(21:42 Jason and Molly tee up Molly's climate interview which is focused on the Inflation Reduction Act's $369B climate/energy carve-out

(27:53) MasterClass - Get 15% off an annual membership at https://masterclass.com/startups 

(29:08) Jay Koh of The Lightsmith Group joins to break down the $369B earmarked for climate/energy in the Inflation Reduction Act

(36:39) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(37:58) What will the $369B do for the climate VC industry?

(48:48) What will this investment do for America's standing as a global climate tech leader?

Aug 07, 2022
$COIN partners with $BLK, $AMZN acquires iRobot for $1.7B, Jay Trading update + OK Boomer | E1527
01:18:08

Solo Jason news day! First up, Jason breaks down Coinbase's performance as a public company and its recent partnership with BlackRock (2:18), then he covers Amazon acquiring Roomba-maker iRobot (18:08), before wrapping the news with a Jay Trading update. (24:53) Producer Rachel wraps the show by interviewing Minted's Marcus Milione for OK Boomer! (52:35)

(0:00) Jason intros today's topics!

(2:18) Jason analyzes $COIN's performance as a public company and its volatile price fluctuations

(14:52) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist

(15:59) BlackRock partnering with Coinbase to manage its institutional crypto trading business

(18:08) $AMZN acquires Roomba-maker iRobot for $1.7B

(23:38) Helpware - Go to https://helpware.com/TWIST to get $1000 off your first invoice

(24:53) Jason debuts jaytrading.com and gives his reasons for doing it

(30:58) $WBD down ~17% after a bad earnings report

(36:53) Bubbles - Get unlimited screen and video recordings for free at https://usebubbles.com/twist

(38:10) Jason tells a quick story about meeting Bill Clinton & talks to Producer Rachel about her first year of interviews on OK Boomer

(52:35) Rachel interviews Marcus Milione on brand building, monetizing a passion, and more

Aug 06, 2022
$WBD shakeup, streaming earnings, Locket raises $12.5M, Lina Khan/FTC sues Meta | E1526
01:13:01

Lon Harris joins the show to break down the chaotic shakeup going on at Warners Bros. Discovery, what's happening with HBO Max, potential new roadmaps for the DCEU, and more. (2:46) Then, J+M break down a new intimate social app called Locket raising $12.5M (44:02) and Lina Khan taking action against Meta. (51:39)

(0:00) J+M intro today's topics!

(2:46) Lon Harris joins to break down what is going on at Warner Bros. Discovery

(14:05) Grammarly - Sign up for a free and get 20% Grammarly Premium at https://grammarly.com/TWIST

(15:22) Is streaming subscription revenue a viable business compared to big box office hauls? Is $WBD making a terrible move re: creative relationships?

(24:26) Indochino - Get $50 off any purchase of $399 or more by using code TWIST at checkout https://www.indochino.com

(25:48) Discovery vs. HBO branding, Roku/Paramount Plus subscriber counts

(38:11) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at https://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(39:34) Lon's crypto queen series update

(44:02) Social app Locket raised a $12.5M early-stage round of funding

(51:39) Lina Khan sues Meta over a ~$400M VR acquisition and tries to change the antitrust precedent

Aug 05, 2022
YC reduces S22 batch by 40%, $HOOD RIF, $MSTR CEO change, $ABNB earnings + Blueprint Part 4 | E1525
01:06:00

BIG show! First up, our co-hosts break down why YC cut its summer cohort size by 40% (2:13), Robinhood letting go 23% of its employees (12:40), Michael Saylor out as MicroStrategy CEO (32:09), and Airbnb earnings. (42:07) Then, Jason is back with another edition of The Blueprint, where he covers the benefits of having a bias for action! (48:52)

(0:00) Jason and Molly intro today's topics!

(2:13) Y Combinator cuts its Summer 2022 batch size by 40%: what does this mean for the early-stage market?

(11:35) iTrust Capital - Visit https://itrust.capital/twist to create your Crypto IRA today

(12:40) Robinhood terminates 23% of employees: RIF vs layoff vs furlough explanation

(27:42) Brave - Download today at https://brave.com/twist to browse faster, search privately and so much more

(29:02) Jason gives a Jay Trading recap and lays out his reasons for doing it

(32:09) Michael Saylor steps down as MicroStrategy CEO

(39:14) Visa - Learn more about Visa’s online Small Business Hub at Visa.com/smallbusinesshub

(40:10) Jason's predictions for MicroStrategy's direction

(42:07) $ABNB earnings, comparing $ABNB and $UBER p/s, $COIN and $HOOD p/s

(48:52) The Blueprint Part 4: The Benefits of Having a Bias for Action

(54:12) How bias for action relates to other cognitive biases

(1:02:50) How founders can have a bias for action: Product velocity

Aug 04, 2022
$UBER & $PINS Q2 earnings + customer-centric primary care with The Lanby's Chloe Harrouche | E1524
01:22:03

J+M break down Uber and Pinterest's Q2 earnings (2:42), and Jason makes a Jay Trade live on air (18:51). Then, The Lanby CEO Chloe Harrouche joins to break down approaching primary care from a customer-centric perspective. (49:40)

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today's show! Big news day + a great early-stage founder interview

(2:42) $UBER Q2 earnings: doubled revenue y/y, FCF positive, rides business is back to pre-pandemic levels

(13:12) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

(14:24) Does Airbnb have similar pricing controls as Uber?

(18:51) Jason does a LIVE Jay Trade and explains his investment thesis! ***NOT investment advice

(27:28) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST

(28:45) $PINS Q2, Should public CEOs be able to retain super-voting shares?

(38:01) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

(39:08) Jason proposes a perfect merger target for Pinterest

(45:44) Jason and Molly tee up the interview with The Lanby CEO Chloe Harrouche

(49:40) Chloe breaks down approaching healthcare from a customer-centric POV, pricing model, unit economics, and more

(1:06:09) Onboarding doctors, scaling the business, opaque pricing in healthcare

Aug 03, 2022
TikTok takes on Spotify, startup advice + US housing market w/ Redfin & Divvy Homes CEOs | E1523
01:25:29

First up, Jason and Molly cover TikTok's recent patents that indicate it might be going after Spotify (2:23). Then, the duo breaks down a recent WSJ report about VCs giving conflicting advice to founders. (18:05) After the news, J+M are joined by Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman and Divvy Homes CEO Adena Hefets for an in-depth break down of the current US housing market. (33:36)

WSJ article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/silicon-valley-lurches-between-deep-cuts-and-bold-spending-11659268801

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today's topics and guests!

(2:23) TikTok might be going after Spotify's music streaming business with "TikTok Music"

(16:45) Policygenius - Go to https://policygenius.com to get a free life insurance quote

(18:04) Jason and Molly break down a WSJ report about conflicting advice that VCs are giving to founders re: approaching the current downturn; Jason debuts his "Cash vs. Profitability Matrix"

(32:04) Notion - Get $250 off by using code TWIST at https://notion.so

(33:36) Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman and Divvy Homes CEO Adena Hefets join and break down their businesses before getting into how a 2022 housing downturn might be different from 2008

(41:36) Prometheus - Go to Prometheusalts.com or download it on the App Store and use the access code TWIST to sign up

(43:09) Institutional buyers' impact on housing supply, pandemic migration impact on local inflation, new construction outlook

(1:08:36) Rental market outlook, commercial real estate's grim projections

Aug 02, 2022
How VC diligence works at different stages + Fion's Sudarshan Sridharan on wildfire tech | E1522
00:52:38

First up on the Sunday show, Jason breaks down the different levels of diligence at different company stages for VC Sunday School (2:02). Then, Fion Technologies CEO Sudarshan Sridharan joins to talk helping firefighters fight wildfires with mapping technology. (21:31)


(0:00) Jason tees up today's Sunday edition of This Week in Startups!

(2:02) Molly recaps her first half year of investing, then asks Jason about diligence at different stages of investing in different verticals

(10:23) UserTesting - Get real human insights from customers, try for free today at https://usertesting.com/twist

(11:40) Jason on great investments coming out of "prepared minds", the importance of testing and trying

(19:57) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

(21:31) Molly welcomes Fion Technologies CEO Sudarshan Sridharan to discuss helping wildfire fighting with software and his founding story

(32:36) Brave - Download today at https://brave.com/twist to browse faster, search privately and so much more

(33:56) Sudarshan explains how the Fion app helps firefighters, its pricing model, and more

(41:06) The state of wildfires in the US, why Sudarshan is building Fion

Jul 31, 2022
$AMZN & $AAPL earnings, $META investors losing faith, Jay Trading + OK Boomer with Nate O'Brien | E1521
01:09:16

Jason is BACK and he's ready to Jay Trade! Jason and Molly wrap up big tech earnings week with a major deep dive on $AMZN's impressive quarter (1:53), $AAPL's slowing revenue growth/growing subscriber base (26:04), and the lack of faith in $META's big bet. (31:44) Producer Rachel wraps the show with another great edition of OK Boomer, featuring popular YouTube and investor Nate O'Brien! (40:18)

(0:00) Jason is BACK for a huge news day!

(1:53) $AMZN Q2 was highlighted by two insane business segments: AWS and advertising

(18:20) iTrust Capital - Visit https://itrust.capital/twist to create your Crypto IRA today

(19:24) Continued breakdown of $AMZN's Q2: Amazon Prime and retail; Jason makes another Jay Trade and gives his investment thesis for $AMZN

(24:43) MicroAcquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist

(26:04) $AAPL earnings: slowing growth, but still putting up huge numbers, Apple's 800M+ paid subscribers

(31:44) Antitrust action against Meta, Jason gives his take on Meta's all-in bet on the metaverse

(39:01) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(40:18) OK Boomer: Investor & YouTuber Nate O'Brien joins to talk growing his YouTube to 1M+ subscribers, his journey to investing, and more

Jul 30, 2022
Revolutionizing podcasting + standards vs. innovation with Anchor Co-Founder Mike Mignano | E1520
00:53:40

Today's show is a CLASSIC TWiST founder interview. Anchor Co-Founder Mike Mignano joins to tell Anchor's founding story (1:40), break down what it's like getting acquired by Spotify (15:32), and talk about how RSS standards might be stunting innovation in the podcasting space. (33:17)


0:00 Jason intros today's guest: Anchor Co-Founder Mike Mignano

1:40 Mike explains why he started Anchor, the original inspiration and first versions, finding PMF, building the nuts and bolts of a great podcast publishing experience

14:23 Helpware - Go to https://helpware.com/TWIST to get $1000 off your first invoice

15:32 Why Anchor sold to Spotify, the Series B term sheet they were considering at the time of acquisition, getting courted by Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, Anchor's first check story

24:44 LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist

25:58 Why Apple hasn't innovated in podcasting, paid podcasts vs. advertising

31:59 Babbel - Save up to 60% off your language learning subscription at https://babbel.com/twist 

33:17 Why Mike wrote his recent article: “The Standards Innovation Paradox”, evolving standards to increase innovation, the Substack example


Read Mike's article:

https://mignano.medium.com/the-standards-innovation-paradox-e14cab521391

Jul 28, 2022
How to supercharge your network + $GOOG & $MSFT earnings & $SHOP layoffs with Deirdre Bosa | E1519
01:03:29

BIG variety show today!

Jason kicks off the show with Part 3 of "The Blueprint" series (1:43), then, CNBC's Deirdre Bosa joins to break down $GOOG and $MSFT earnings, $SHOP layoffs, and $COIN's SEC probe (17:23), and we wrap with Producer Rachel joining to break down the Kylie/Kim vs. Instagram feud! (45:42)


(0:00) Molly tees up today's variety show: The Blueprint Part 3, big tech earnings with Deirdre Bosa, and Kylie/Kim vs. Instagram with Producer Rachel!

(1:43) The Blueprint Part 3: Jason explains how to build and supercharge your network

(16:27) Visa - Learn more about Visa’s online Small Business Hub at Visa.com/smallbusinesshub

(17:23) CNBC's Deirdre Bosa joins to talk big tech earnings

(19:21) $MSFT earnings for fiscal Q4 and FY2022

(25:18) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups

(26:45) $GOOG Q2 earnings

(33:05) $SHOP lays off 10% of employees (~1000), Tobi Lutke's blog post, Q2 earnings

(37:45) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(39:00) $COIN faces new SEC probe regarding whether or not they allowed investors to trade unregulated securities

(45:42) Molly brings on Producer Rachel to break down the recent backlash against Instagram from celebrities and TikTok's superiority regarding creator monetization

Jul 27, 2022
Solving prescription drug pricing in the US with Cost Plus Drugs & Capital RX CEOs | E1518
01:26:24

Today, we have two interviews with founders innovating in the US prescription drug market to bring prices down for consumers.

First up, Molly talks with Alex Oshmyansky, CEO of The Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company, about building a "parallel supply chain", the importance of transparency, and a breakdown of the "financial engineering" in the industry. (3:22)

Then, she talks to Capital RX CEO AJ Loiacono for a full breakdown on PBMs (pharmacy benefit managers) and the opaque pharmaceutical supply chain. (40:35)


(0:00) Molly intros today's two interviews

(3:22) Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drugs Company CEO and Founder Alex Oshmyansky on operating a startup while still being a practicing doctor and Cost Plug Drugs' business model

(11:21) Harmonic - Get $4000 off at https://harmonic.ai/twist

(12:43) Alex explains the state of the US drug space, why they're trying to build a "parallel supply chain", the importance of transparency, and the origin story of the company

(23:44) Prometheus - Go to https://prometheusalts.com or download it on the App Store and use the access code TWIST to sign up

(25:11) Drug production, hot button drug issues

(32:16) Alex explains the "financial engineering" and profiteering in the prescription drug space

(39:15) BairesDev - Go to https://baires.dev/twist and get $10,000 off when you sign your first contract

(40:35) Molly intros the next guest: Capital RX CEO AJ Loiacono, who explains the convoluted and opaque pharmaceutical supply chain

(54:30) Understanding PBMs (pharmacy benefit managers) and the broader healthcare industry

(1:04:09) AJ gets into his background, starting Capital RX, and how it fits into the ecosystem


Jul 26, 2022
$NFLX stops sharing, $SNAP Q2 earnings, $COIN alleged insider trading with Alex Wilhelm | E1517
00:50:30

We have a big news show with a very special guest!

TechCrunch's Alex Wilhelm fills in for Jason to break down the news with Molly.

They cover Netflix cracking down on password sharing (2:12), Snap's rough Q2 earnings (6:45), Coinbase's alleged insider trading (21:28), the 3AC Bloomberg interview (36:37), and more!

(0:00) Molly tees up today's news with Alex Wilhelm, who is filling in for Jason!

(2:12) Molly and Alex share thoughts on Netflix cutting password sharing in some Central/South American countries

(6:45) $SNAP Q2 earnings: stock drops ~40% on slowing revenue growth and growing losses

(11:15) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist

(12:27) Jason's almost-Jay Trade, $SNAP's debt situation, most interesting implications from the week ahead of big tech earnings

(20:12) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(21:28) $COIN's alleged insider trading, Jay Carney getting hired by Airbnb away from Amazon

(35:23) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

(36:37) Reacting to the 3AC founders' interview with Bloomberg, crypto contagion due to intermingling

(45:09) Man who lost ~8000+ Bitcoin in a landfill is trying to raise capital to uncover the hard drive

Jul 25, 2022
Telling founders "no," Board meeting etiquette (VC School), + Michael Luciani | E1516
01:02:49

For today's VC Sunday School, Jason talks about saying "no" to founders (1:20), and Molly asks about board meeting etiquette (20:12). Then, for This Week in Climate Startups, Molly speaks with Michael Luciani of Climate Capital (37:18).

(0:00) Jason intros today’s show

(1:20) VCSS: Saying “no” to founders

(9:20) Brave - Download today at https://brave.com/twist to browse faster, search privately and so much more

(11:01) Some VCs give a “no” to gauge a founder’s tenacity

(19:08) iTrust Capital - Visit https://itrust.capital/twist to create your Crypto IRA today

(20:12) Board meeting etiquette

(36:02) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(37:18) TWiCS: Michael Luciani of Climate Capital

(1:02:40) Outro

Jul 24, 2022
Ben Narasin on raising a new VC fund in a down market, + Natalie Barbu of Rella | E1515
01:25:58

Today, Jason and Molly speak with Ben Narasin of Tenacity VC about raising a new venture capital fund in the down market (1:30). Then, for this week's segment of OK Boomer, Producer Rachel sits down with Natalie Barbu of Rella (1:00:33).

(0:00) Jason intros today’s show!

(1:30) Jason and Molly speak with Ben Narasin of Tenacity VC

(11:45) Masterworks - Skip the waitlist to invest in art using promo code TWIST at https://Masterworks.io/twist

(13:07) How do you make a decision to sell a percent of your position?

(26:59) Bubbles - Get your point across with unlimited screen and video recordings for free at https://usebubbles.com/twist 

(29:06) Valuations, 2022

(39:39) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist

(40:47) Crypto is a speculator’s game

(45:25) Are these tokens securities?

(59:19) Producer Rachel tees up this week’s OK Boomer

(1:00:33) OKB: Natalie Barbu of Rella 1:25:16 Outro + Plugs

Jul 23, 2022
$AMZN acquiring One Medical, The Snyder Cut bot army, + maybe some Jay Trading | E1514
00:52:26

First up, Jason and Molly break down Amazon acquiring One Medical for $3.9B — what is the long-term strategy here (2:44)? And you know it’s Thursday, so you know we had to have Lon Harris on the show (16:36). We break down the Snyder Cut bot craziness (24:38), and Netflix’s path forward (37:25). There might even be a Jay Trade involved!

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up the show!

(2:44) Amazon acquired One Medical for $3.9B

(14:20) Prometheus - Go to Prometheusalts.com or download it on the App Store and use the access code TWIST to sign up

(16:36) Lon Harris joins for This Week in Streaming: “Cryptoqueen” pilot

(22:31) Intercom - Get advanced Intercom features and Early Stage Academy at a 95% discount bit.ly/earlystage22

(24:38) Rolling Stone reported The Snyder Cut was fueled by a bot army

(32:43) Microsoft for Startups Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(34:49) Thoughts on Amazon’s streaming service

(37:25) Jay Trading? Thoughts on Netflix’s path forward

(46:30) Wrapping up and picking a new show

(50:30) Outro

Jul 22, 2022
Jay Trading: $NFLX Q2 earnings, The Blueprint E2: when to quit your job, + more | E1513
01:19:11

Yesterday, Netflix released its Q2 earnings, and this prompted Jason to make some Jay Trades (2:53).  Then, we have our second installment of "The Blueprint," where Jason breaks down when you should quit your job (45:14). Finally, we wrap with our Startup of the Day: BeReal (1:06:48).

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show!

(2:53) Jay Trading: Jason does some Jay Trading in relation to the Netflix Q2 results

(10:27) BairesDev - Go to https://www.baires.dev/twist

(11:50) Netflix reported Q2 earnings yesterday, they were meh

(14:38) What’s the problem at Netflix?

(24:27) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(25:42) Prediction: Disney+ will exceed Netflix

(28:01) Jay Trading: Disney

(30:20) What would make you buy Netflix?

(37:00) Two other ideas for Netflix

(44:18) Visa - Learn more about Visa’s online Small Business Hub at Visa.com/smallbusinesshub.

(45:14) The Blueprint E2: when should you quit your job?

(1:06:48) Startup of the Day: BeReal

(1:17:39) Coming up this week

Jul 21, 2022
Ask an Angel with Zach Coelius: practical advice for founders and investors in a downturn | E1512
01:40:10

Molly had a big board meeting today, so we had our guy Zach Coelius join for another version of Ask an Angel (1:32). Zach and Jason share their thoughts on remote work (4:40), the downturn (22:10), and then they answer audience questions (41:22). It’s a solid episode for founders and investors!

(0:00) Jason intro’s today’s Ask an Angel episode with Zach Coelius

(1:32) Ask an Angel with Zach Coelius

(4:40) Zach’s thoughts on remote work

(13:19) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST

(14:37) Managing a company post-COVID

(17:00) Who shines in the remote work era?

(20:51) Notion - Get $250 off by using code TWIST at https://notion.so

(22:10) The downturn: will people cancel or review their SaaS bills?

(26:09) How many of Zach’s founders have prepped for the downturn?

(30:50) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(32:02) Don’t try to invest in pre-product market fit companies when you’re first starting out (unless you know the founder’s awesome)

(41:22) Q&A: How do you think about competition in the same market in the early stages?

(46:43) What are the top buzzwords you’re staying away from as investors right now?

(59:00) Would you invest in SF?

(1:04:00) How much dilution after seed rounds turns into a red flag?

(1:06:14) Should the equity grant occur during financings or the board meeting?

(1:09:15) What does Zach focus on in terms of diligence?

(1:19:30) As a founder, when should you provide pro rata to angels and when not?

(1:25:10) Have you ever advised a founder to leave the CEO role?

(1:32:29) How long do you think the down market is going to be and what’s your strategy?

Jul 20, 2022
Andy Jassy’s lobbying efforts, small US cities enticing remote workers, Phaidra Series A | E1511
00:58:55

Today, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy is celebrating his one-year anniversary, and the NYT published an interesting profile that has a lot to do with regulatory scrutiny (3:01). Then we cover the boom of remote work incentive programs all over the US to attract remote tech workers (27:00). And, we get into an awesome new company called Phaidra in our Series A segment… some former DeepMind engineers started an awesome machine learning company (40:16). And we wrap with a great story about retail investors who have the same thesis as Jason (47:51).

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show

(3:01) NYT published a profile of Amazon CEO Andy Jassy on his one-year anniversary of becoming CEO, and it had some interesting tidbits

(12:28) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedIn.com/twist 13:44 More on the legislation discussed in the NYT article

(21:37) Microsoft for Startups Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(22:54) Bezos is running for president (prediction)

(27:00) WSJ reported 71 cities and towns in the US are now offering remote work incentive programs

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

(38:33) Producer Nick chimes in on remote workers in Manhattan

(40:16) Series A: Phaidra s a startup selling machine learning software that regulates temperatures at power plants and industrial factories

(47:51) WSJ reported some amateur investors see the declining state of the stock market as a chance to double down 

(56:08) Over the weekend Jason tweeted, “Terrify your investors in 5 words.” These were the best replies

Jul 19, 2022
Taking the leap on valuation, strategic retreats (VC School), + more | E1510
00:59:04

On today's episode of VC Sunday School, Molly asks Jason about taking the leap on valuation (2:10) and best practices for strategic retreats (11:41). Then, Molly speaks with Meiling Gao and David Lu of Clarity Movement, to talk about their hardware for measuring air quality (33:25).

(0:00) Jason and Molly intro today’s show!

(2:10) VCSS: Taking the leap on valuation

(10:28) Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist

(11:41) VCSS: strategic retreats

(27:44) Microacquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist

(29:01) VCSS Bonus Round: Does age matter in founders?

(32:15) Molly tees up This Week in Climate Startups

(33:25) TWiCS: David Lu + Meiling Gao of Clarity Movement

(38:00) Brave - download Brave today at https://brave.com/twist to browse faster, search privately and so much more.

(39:17) TWiCS: More on Clarity Movement’s air pollution measurement hardware

(57:49) Outro + Plugs

Jul 17, 2022
$AMZN considers dropping “Basics”, FCC Commissioner Carr on banning TikTok + more | E1509
01:23:11

Today, we cover the WSJ reporting on Amazon thinking of exiting the private-label business entirely (2:26). Then, Jason talks to FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr about banning TikTok in the US (15:23). And of course, we wrap with another episode of OK Boomer from Producer Rachel (56:17).

Check out BuzzFeed's report on TikTok: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/emilybakerwhite/tiktok-tapes-us-user-data-china-bytedance-access

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show

(2:26) WSJ spoke to anonymous sources who told them Amazon is talking about exiting the private-label business entirely

(14:09) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

(15:23) Jason speaks with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr about potentially banning TikTok in the US

(21:56) Prometheus - Go to Prometheusalts.com or download it on the App Store and use the access code TWIST to sign up!

(24:14) Reciprocity with a potential TikTok ban

(31:55) UserTesting - Get real human insights from customers, try for free today at https://usertesting.com/twist

(33:06) Should the military ban on TikTok mean it should be banned by Google and Apple?

(44:40) Concerns over DJI drones

(56:17) Producer Rachel tees up this week’s OK Boomer segment

(1:01:10) OKB: Producer Rachel speaks with Eric Button, co-founder of Contrast

(1:20:42) Outro + Plugs

Jul 16, 2022
Jay Trading, Stripe valuation cut, $NFLX ads, $PTON outsourcing, + more | E1508
01:16:59

Today, Jason makes his first investment in our new Jay Trading segment (which is not investing advice), and Jason and Molly break it down (3:22). Then, we do a little segment called “Series A & M&A” (24:40)! We also cover Stripe’s 409A valuation (37:52). And of course, we have to cover the Netflix + Microsoft partnership (45:50). Finally, we wrap with Peloton outsourcing their hardware manufacturing (57:00).

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show!

(3:22) Jay Trading: Bill Gurley bought ~1M shares of Stitch Fix yesterday for a total of $5.4M and the stock popped as much as 15% on the news

(14:17) Liquid I.V. - Feel better faster. Get 25% off at https://liquid-iv.com using promo code TWIST

(15:30) Talking revenue and profit

(23:18) Wealthfront - Get your first $5,000 managed for free, for life at https://wealthfront.com/TWIST

(24:40) Series A and M&A: You.com

(35:59) Harmonic - Get $4000 off at harmonic.ai/twist

(37:52) WSJ reports that Stripe just cut its internal valuation by 28%

(45:50) Netflix named Microsoft as its global advertising technology and sales partner 

(57:00) Peloton is going to stop making its own bikes and tread machines, opting to outsource all manufacturing to Taiwan 

(1:06:00) M&A: Battery Ventures announced a $3.8 billion raise

(1:15:07) Outro + Plugs

Jul 15, 2022
The Blueprint E1: Branding yourself, + Jeffrey Pfeffer on the 7 Rules of Power | E1507
01:17:24

Today we kick off our new series, "The Blueprint." Jason gives practical advice on how to brand yourself (1:33). Then, Jason sits down with Stanford professor and author Jeffrey Pfeffer to talk about his new book, "7 Rules of Power: Surprising--but True--Advice on How to Get Things Done and Advance Your Career" (14:36).

(0:00) Jason tees up today’s show!

(1:33) The Blueprint E1: branding yourself

(13:39) Visa. Learn more about Visa’s online Small Business Hub at Visa.com/smallbusinesshub.

(14:36) Jeffrey Pfeffer speaks about his book “7 rules of Power”

(28:26) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups

(29:56) Break the rules: Why are people so uncomfortable breaking the rules?

(37:41) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

(38:58) Show up in a powerful fashion: body language

(41:45) Building a brand

(50:12) Use your power

(53:53) Trump using his power 

(56:46) Once you have power, what you did will be forgiven forgotten or both

(1:01:42) Q&A: how do introverts exert power?

(1:02:46) Best networking tips

Jul 14, 2022
3AC liquidation chaos, Taibbi’s USDC deep dive, startup employee advice + more | E1506
00:55:40

First, we break down the 3AC situation where the founders were reportedly MIA for about 12 hours (1:52). It’s a complex situation, and we try and make sense of it. Then, we cover Matt Taibbi’s deep-dive article on Circle (8:10). Jason also gives his thoughts on a recent Twitter thread about how to succeed as a low-level startup employee (33:27). And we wrap with a little M&A story from Spotify (40:50)!

(0:00) Jason tees up today’s topics!

(1:52) Bloomberg reported that liquidators in charge of handling Three Arrow Capitals bankruptcy have NOT been able to locate the founders

(8:10) Investigative reporter Matt Taibbi spent time researching the Crypto Crash, and warns against investing in Circle’s stablecoin USDC

(11:51) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist

(13:08) Red flags Taibbi found

(24:11) Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist

(25:25) Making sense of the crypto crash

(32:16) Assure - To get 20% off your first Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) visit https://Assure.co/twist

(33:27) Zach Weinberg had an interesting thread about how to stand out as a low or mid-level startup employee

(40:50) Spotify has acquired a Wordle-like daily game for your ears called: Heardle!

(46:56) Previewing the week ahead

(53:17) Outro + Plugs!

Jul 13, 2022
Twitter deal called off, Uber leaks, + Apple Car setbacks | E1505
00:59:43

Today we talk about the Elon Musk & Twitter deal-or-no-deal (2:14). Then we get into two big pieces of Uber news today: first, over a hundred thousand leaked documents about Uber’s aggressive expansion efforts back in the early days (20:47), and second, present-day Uber under Dara is testing out geo-located ads (33:18). Finally, we’ve also got some insider dirt from Apple’s autonomous car efforts (49:20).

(0:00) Jason and Molly intro today’s show

(2:14) Elon Musk calls off the Twitter deal

(12:49) Dell For Startups - Apply for Dell for Startups and get an additional 10% off of all Dell Latitude products at http://dell.com/twist

(13:58) Is Twitter a niche product?

(19:28) This podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp - Get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/twist

(20:47) The Guardian obtained 124,000 leaked internal documents from Uber’s global expansion phase under Travis

(32:04) Thorne - Personalized, science-back wellness. Get 10% off your first order at thorne.com/u/TWIST

(33:18) Uber is testing its ad business

(49:20) Apple Car project has faced repeated setbacks

(58:39) Outro + Plugs

Jul 12, 2022
Molly’s first 6 months as an investor (VC School), + EV battery recycling | E1504
00:47:32

For today's VC Sunday School, Jason asks Molly what she's learned in her first six months as a venture capitalist (1:59). Then, on This Week in Climate Startups, Molly speaks with siblings Steven and Zora Chung of ReJoule about EV battery recycling (18:52).

(0:00) Jason and Molly intro the show

(1:59) VCSS: Molly’s first 6 months as an investor recap

(14:06) Bubbles - Get your point across with unlimited screen and video recordings for free at https://usebubbles.com/twist

(15:24) Toss to TWiCS

(18:52) TWiCS: Zora and Steven Chung, co-founders of ReJoule

(22:51) Brave - Download Brave today at http://brave.com/twist to browse faster, search privately and so much more

(24:08) Explaining the ReJoule technology like we’re 10

(30:03) iTrust Capital - Visit https://itrust.capital/twist to create your Crypto IRA today

(31:06) What’s ReJoule’s business model?

(44:18) Outro + Plugs

Jul 10, 2022
Frost Giant CEO Tim Morten on gaming business models, Esports & more | E1503
01:40:20

Today, Jason sits down with Frost Giant CEO Tim Morten to discuss the gaming business models, Esports, and more (1:50). Then, on this week's OK Boomer segment, Producer Rachel speaks with Richard Mensah, co-founder of Salley, about being an international founder (1:09:45).

(0:00) Jason and Molly introduce today’s show

(1:50) Jason speaks with Production Director & CEO of Frost Giant, Tim Morten

(11:15) PolicyGenius - Head to https://www.policygenius.com to get your free life insurance quotes and see how much you could save

(12:25) Running a game studio as a startup

(21:54) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist

(23:09) Business model changes in the gaming industry

(30:40) Intercom - Get advanced Intercom features and Early Stage Academy at a 95% discount https://www.intercom.com/early-stage

(32:56) Raising money as a gaming startup

(1:09:45) Producer Rachel tees up this week’s OK Boomer

(1:12:37) OKB: Richard Mensah, Co-Founder of Salley, on being an international founder

(1:36:51) Outro + Plugs

Jul 09, 2022
Balwani found guilty, Crypto crash updates, + Turkey’s rare earth discovery | E1502
00:57:26

First, we cover some breaking news: Theranos ex-president Sunny Balwani has been found guilty of fraud (2:27). Then we dive into crypto: those responsible for the lack of crypto regulation in the US might also have significant crypto investments themselves, and the US is currently trying to change that (13:42). Then a big class-action lawsuit hits Solana and takes aim at VCs (23:09). But it's not all bad news, we cover the Turkish government claiming it just discovered almost 700M metric tons of rare earth materials (39:29). And finally, our startup of the day is a job board for warehouse workers (49:27)!

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s topics!

(2:27) Sunny Balwani found guilty of fraud

(12:26) Microsoft for Startups Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

(13:42) US officials that invest in crypto can’t work on crypto-related policies and regulation that could affect the value of their assets

(21:42) Masterworks - Skip the waitlist to invest in art using promo code TWIST at https://Masterworks.io/twist

(23:09) Key players in the Solana ecosystem are being accused of illegally profiting off the blockchain’s token SOL

(36:05) Crypto firm Uprise lost 99% of customer funds trying to short LUNA tokens during the Terra/Luna collapse last month

(38:12) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist

(39:29) The Turkish government is claiming it just discovered almost 700M metric tons of rare earth materials

(49:27) SotD: Traba has a job board that helps entry-level workers find shifts at fulfillment centers and event venues

(53:41) Outro + Plugs!

Jul 08, 2022
Crypto Updates: Voyager files bankruptcy, Celsius pays debt, + Jason Q&A | E1501
01:13:34

Molly is out today, but don’t worry- we still have crypto news to cover. Crypto firm Voyager Digital filed for bankruptcy (2:14), and crypto loan company Celsius paid some debts (10:43). Finally, Jason takes some questions in today’s Ask Jason segment (25:35)!

Voyager Bankruptcy Filing: https://cases.stretto.com/public/x193/11753/PLEADINGS/1175307062280000000036.pdf

(0:00) Jason introduces today's show!

(2:14) Crypto Update: Voyager Digital filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy late last night

(9:31) Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist

(10:43) Celsius just unlocked 2000 “wrapped Bitcoin” (~$40M worth) by paying down ~$183M of debt to another crypto lender

(24:21) Thorne - Personalized, science-back wellness. Get 10% off your first order at thorne.com/u/TWIST.

(25:35) Ask Jason: Jason answers your questions

(26:27) Would you ever apply to Shark Tank as a judge or create your own version with the besties?

(29:23) Trying to bootstrap as long as possible, but when is it ok to quit your day job?

(34:16) Indochino - Get $50 off any purchase of $399 or more by using code TWIST at checkout https://www.indochino.com

(35:34) When a previous investment asks for more money, how do you decide whether or not to double down?

(41:56) I’m about to raise a seed round… should growth be the target or generating positive cash flow?

(45:04) What current FAANG CEOs would you like to interview? What insights would you look for?

(48:00) What are “pre” and “post” money?

(48:43) Do you entertain pro-rata multiples?

(58:31) How is the electric bike effort going?

(1:04:00) What Gen Z startups have excited you from the OK Boomer segment or your staff?

(1:11:31) Outro + Plugs

Jul 07, 2022
"Minions" record-breaking viral strategy, TikTok algo, reframing semiconductors & energy | E1500
00:50:35

On today's show, Molly and Jason catch up after the long weekend (0:00) before breaking down how the new "Minions" movie broke a box office record by using TikTok, catchy hooks, and viral marketing (5:19). They also cover TikTok dropping plans to expand its ecommerce platform into the US and Europe (29:52), before covering the "Chips Act" stalemate and discussing how we should reframe semiconductor manufacturing and energy independence as national defense issues (35:50).


Links referenced in the show:

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2021.578644/full

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2022-07-04/chipmakers-and-us-congress-are-playing-a-stupid-game-of-chicken

Jul 06, 2022
VC School: What's a venture scale business + Matt Duesterberg of OhmConnect | E1499
00:47:54

For today's VC Sunday School, Molly asks Jason about what makes a venture scale business (2:20). Then, for This Week in Climate Startups, Molly sits down with Matt Duesterberg, co-founder of OhmConnect (19:38).

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show
(2:20) VCSS: What is a “venture scale business”?
(12:15) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
(13:31) More on being venture scale
(17:35) Molly tees up This Week in Climate Startups
(19:38) TWiCS Molly speaks with Matt Duesterberg, co-founder of OhmConnect
(26:14) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist
(27:25) How is OhmConnect paid?
(32:10) Microacquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist
(33:27) OhmConnect energy savings, Gigawatt v. terawatt, $55M Series D
(46:02) Thanks for tuning in, and have a happy 4th!

Jul 03, 2022
Crypto crash updates, Sequoia’s structure, $ZM product expansion, Starlink & more | E1498
01:30:34

First, we cover an update from the BlockFi CEO denying that FTX is buying them for $25N (2:33), and we have a couple more crypto quick hits (5:51) before we touch on Sequoia's largest investments being down 70% (34:01). Klarna is raising way down at a $6B valuation (45:23), Zoom is looking to expand beyond video conferencing, (54:50), and the FCC approved Starlink to supply internet to moving vehicles (57:40). Finally, Rachel speaks with co-founder and CEO of Stages, Jared Downing, for this week's OK Boomer (1:08:23).

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show!
(2:33) More info on BlockFi/FTX sale: CEO of BlockFi denied $25M sale to FTX
(5:51) Crypto exchange CoinFlex having public feud w/investor who had a reported $47M loan from the company
(12:34) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist
(13:44) More on contracts
(17:40) CFTC charged Mirror Trading International for fraud over promise of passive income returning 10% a month
(26:44) Helpware - Go to https://helpware.com/TWIST to get $1000 off your first invoice
(27:54) OneCoin not on blockchain and had no real value
(32:43) BairesDev - Go to https://www.baires.dev/twist and get $10k off when you sign your first contract
(34:01) Two of Sequoia’s largest investments, Unity and DoorDash, have each fallen over 70% off their public peaks
(45:23 Swedish BNPL startup Klarna is raising at $6.5B - 1/7th of what they were valued June 2021
(51:48) Breaking: BlockFi says it will be bought by FTX for up to $240 million
(54:50) Zoom looking to expand outside of just video conferencing
(57:40) SpaceX gets new FCC Starlink authorization for trucks and boats!
(1:06:21) Producer Rachel tees up this week's OK Boomer segment
(1:08:23) OKB: Jared Downing, co-founder, and CEO of Stages (a live-streaming platform)
(1:28:43) Outro + Plugs (Bye Producer Justin! We'll miss you)

Jul 01, 2022
FTX buys BlockFi for $25M, Sequoia raising $2.25B, AI Umpires for MLB, Substack layoffs | E1497
01:19:55

First, we talk about Meta’s new Facebook Groups overhaul that looks like Discord (2:35). Then we touch on Sequoia raising over 2 billion for its US venture and growth funds (20:31) and FTX acquiring BlockFi for $25M, 99% below their last private valuation (32:08). For our We Live in the Future, the MLB is looking to automate home plate umpires by 2024 (52:17). Finally, it appears Subtstack is making some cuts after saying it wouldn’t (1:04:48).

(0:00) Jason and Molly intro the show!
(2:35) Meta copying discord with new Facebook feature
(12:48) Zapier - Try for free today at https://zapier.com/TWIST
(14:05) Probably don’t work for Facebook or meet with them
(19:20) UserTesting - Get real human insights, try for free today at https://usertesting.com/twist
(20:31) Sequoia raising $2.25B across 2 new funds
(30:50) Grammarly - Sign up for a free account at https://grammarly.com/TWIST to sign up for a free account!
(32:08) FTX acquiring BlockFi for ~$25 million - 99% below BlockFi’s last private valuation
(52:17) WLiTF: MLB will likely introduce robot umpires in 2024
(1:04:48) Substack cuts 14% of staff
(1:18:13) Outro + Plugs!

Jul 01, 2022
Downtown Josh Brown & Michael Batnick on Disney+, Peloton, Knicks, podcasting, markets, & more | E1496
01:09:18

Today, Jason is joined by the hosts of “What are your thoughts?” Downtown Josh Brown (CEO of Ritholtz Wealth Management) and Michael Batnick (Managing Partner at Ritholtz Wealth Management). They discuss the Knicks (1:22), Podcasting (14:25), markets (26:20), Disney (37:52), and more. Finally, Jason takes some audience questions (44:50).

(0:00) Cold Open
(1:22) Downtown Josh Brown & Michael Batnick join Jason: catching up and talking basketball
(13:10) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
(14:25) Audio as a media business
(18:50) Why can’t the Knicks get great young talent to want to come?
(20:35) ActiveCampaign - Get 10% off your ActiveCampaign subscription today at https://activecampaign.com/promo/twist
(21:46) What’s it like being involved with the Warriors?
(26:20) Market dynamics
(36:25) LinkedIn Marketing - Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups
(37:52) Building a Disney position
(44:50) Questions from the audience: Jason’s thoughts on RobinHood
(59:12) Most exciting recent investment for Jason
(1:06:30) Last question
(1:07:30) Outro

Jun 30, 2022
SBF buys the crypto dip, hedge funds short Tether, VC funding down, flying nuclear cruise mockup | E1495
01:26:12

First, we dig into the crypto contagion where FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried is stepping in to backstop crypto lenders (2:56). Then, we check in on the billions of dollars sitting in SPACs- remember those (39:27)? We do a quick hit on the venture market drying up in Q2 (54:27) before we get into our We Live in the Future: a mockup of a SkyCruise luxury airliner that uses nuclear power and never lands (1:16:36).

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show!
(2:56) FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried seems to be acting as the crypto industry's personal backstop right now
(11:25) Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist
(12:38) Reaction to SBF crypto bailouts/loans
(17:47) Traders short Tether: According to WSJ, multiple hedge funds have shorted Tether in trades worth hundreds of millions of dollars
(22:24) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist
(23:41) Tether’s CTO’s tweet storm
(33:52) Thorne - Personalized, scientific wellness. Go to https://Thorne.com/u/TWIST
(35:08) Gary Gensler clip: “tokens have key assets of securities besides bitcoin”
(39:27) Well over $100B sitting in SPACs looking for companies to invest in
(54:27) VC funding is down to the lowest levels since 2020
(1:16:36) WLITF: SkyCruise, a flying hotel that never lands
(1:23:30) Coming up on This Week in Startups

Jun 28, 2022
Digital surveillance risks post-Roe v. Wade ruling with Legal Voice’s Kim Clark + PE firm acquires Zendesk for $10.2B | E1494
00:53:15

Today, we bring on Kim Clark, an attorney at Legal Voice, who reached out to Molly after listening to our shows last week that mentioned the impacts of surveillance on healthcare privacy, notably abortion (2:13). And in related news, today’s Startup of the day is Stardust, an end-to-end encrypted Period Tracking App (39:13). Then, we cover a non-Roe v. Wade story: Zendesk will be acquired by an investor group in an all-cash transaction valuing it at around $10.2B (42:45).

(0:00) Jason and Molly intro today’s show!
(2:13) Roe v. Wade overturned: Kim Clark, Senior Attorney at Seattle-based Legal Voice, joins to discuss
(10:51) LinkedIn - Post your first job for free at https://linkedIn.com/twist
(12:06) Digital surveillance of pregnant women or women trying to become pregnant
(24:07) Bubbles - Get your point across with unlimited screen and video recordings for free at https://usebubbles.com/twist
(25:24) Period tracking apps and user data
(27:06) Medication abortions
(31:42) Wealthfront - Get your first $5,000 managed for free, for life at https://wealthfront.com/TWIST
(33:00) Best thing to do if you care about this issue
(39:13) Startup of the Day: Stardust, a privacy-first Period Tracker App
(42:45) Zendesk has agreed to be acquired by investor group in all-cash transaction valuing it at around $10.2 billion
(51:15) We’re doing our 12-week Founder University program! Head to founder.university and sign up

Jun 27, 2022
How to co-invest with other firms (VC School) + Electric Sea Gliders: REGENT Co-Founder Billy Thalheimer | E1493
00:59:42

For today's VC Sunday School, Molly asks Jason about co-investing with other VC firms (3:11). Then for This Week in Climate Startups, Molly sits down with REGENT co-founder Billy Thalheimer to talk about the ins and outs of their electric sea gliders (29:46).

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show!
(3:11) VC Sunday School: Co-investing with other VC firms, how and when to do it
(12:59) Swag.com - Visit https://swag.com/twist and use code TWIST for 10% off your order!
(14:16) Co-investing in a down market + the manners of sharing deal flow
(21:29) BetterHelp - Get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/twist
(22:49) More on sharing deal flow
(26:21) Toss to This Week in Climate Startups
(29:46) TWiCS: Billy Thalheimer, co-founder of REGENT, on their electric sea gliders
(39:52) Microsoft for Startups Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups
(41:01) REGENT sea gliders’ physics + regulatory benefits
(58:45) Outro

Jun 26, 2022
Praying For Exits on Markets, Crypto, Startup Valuations + Anisha Sunkerneni of Cyphr VC | E1492
01:42:20

Today, Jason sits down with the anonymous account Praying For Exits — they discuss everything going on in markets, crypto, startup valuations post-crash, and even what was behind the All in podcast controversy (3:09). Then, Producer Rachel sits down with Anisha Sunkerneni of Cyphr VC to talk about NFT NYC and navigating tech events (1:13:30).

(0:00) Jason and Molly intro today’s show!
(3:09) Jason sits down with the anonymous account Praying For Exits
(13:01) Microsoft for Startups Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups
(14:15) Valuations of crypto companies with no product in market: the fault of VCs or founders?
(20:23) Intercom - Get advanced Intercom features and Early Stage Academy at a 95% discount https://www.intercom.com/early-stage
(21:40) Mr. Exits on earlier stage valuations + remote work
(35:57) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist
(37:06) Mr. Exits asks Jason some questions
(1:08:11) Toss to OK Boomer
(1:13:30) OKB: Producer Rachel sits down with Anisha Sunkerneni of Cyphr VC to talk about NFT NYC and navigating tech events
(1:41:02) Outro

Jun 25, 2022
Obi-Wan finale + Healthcare’s hidden money pit with Capital RX CEO AJ Loiacono | E1491
01:41:08

Today we bring on Lon Harris to discuss the Obi-Wan Kenobi finale (2:23), then we do a quick hit on the FDA taking action against Juul (42:14). Finally, Molly chats with AJ Loiacono from Capital RX, who is laser-focused on increasing transparency in prescription drug pricing (55:26).

(0:00) Jason and Molly intro today’s show
(2:23) Lon Harris joins to recap the Obi-Wan Kenobi finale
(10:45) BairesDev - Go to https://www.baires.dev/twist and get $10k off when you sign your first contract
(11:58) Favorite scenes from the Obi-Wan finale
(27:21) Thorne - Personalized, scientific wellness. Go to https://Thorne.com/u/TWIST
(28:35) Thoughts on the Obi-Wan series and finale, will they make live-action clone wars?
(34:50) AdQuick - Visit https://adquick.com/twist and mention TWIST to get $1000 off your first campaign.
(36:07) Discussing the franchise value of Star Wars
(39:56) Jason’s previous Obi-Wan prediction
(42:14) FDA is banning the sale of Juuls in the US (other e-cigarettes will still be available though)
(54:05) Toss to Molly’s interview with AJ Loiacono
(55:26) AJ Loiacono, CEO of Capital RX, who is laser-focused on increasing transparency in prescription drug pricing
(1:40:14) Outro: coming up later this week

Jun 23, 2022
TikTok data security, the Chinese surveillance state, Amazon running out of warehouse workers | E1490
00:55:07

Today we kick it off with a discussion of BuzzFeed’s reporting on TikTok, and we debate if there are real risks to worry about here (2:04). Then, we discuss Amazon forecasting it will run out of workers in some of the cities it operates in (37:16). Finally, we talk about some of the ways we are reducing our consumption (43:55).

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s topics!
(2:04) TikTok: BuzzFeed News investigation revealed 8 internal TikTok meetings showing that US data has been repeatedly accessed from China
(11:40) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist
(12:52) Hot Takes: should the US ban TikTok?
(19:51) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
(21:04) NYT suggests the Chinese government is investing massively in surveillance
(36:09) AdQuick - Visit https://adquick.com/twist and mention TWIST to get $1000 off your first campaign.
(37:16) Amazon leaked memo from 2021 said the company was in danger of running out of people to hire in warehouses by 2024
(43:55) Ways Jason and Molly are reducing their consumption
(51:10) Coming up later this week

Jun 22, 2022
NFT NYC, Solend takeover, Why Non-Finance use cases are the key to Crypto, Magic Eden & more with Vinny Lingham | E1489
01:23:30

There’s been some crazy news in Crypto, so we bring on Vinny Lingham, an early investor in Solana, who runs a startup that encrypts identity information on the blockchain called Civic. We dig into NFT NYC (8:24), the fiasco on Solend protocol (22:29), and how South Korean prosecutors have instituted a flight ban for employees while they investigate the $40 billion collapse (45:54). Finally, we talk about how, despite all of this, the Solana NFT Marketplace Magic Eden still raised $130 million at a $1.6 billion valuation  (51:04). 

(0:00) Jason and Molly introduce today’s show!
(2:18) Weekend banter with Jason and Molly
(8:24) Crypto Update: Solana Whale, NFT NYC, and Magic Eden w/ Vinny Lingham
(13:58) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST
(15:13) The crypto drawdown: Vinny’s thoughts
(21:21) Notion - Get started for free at https://notion.com/thisweekinstartups
(22:29) DeFi protocol built on Solana, called Solend, voted to take over a “whale” account on Sunday, which accounts for ~95% of the platform’s total deposits
(35:29) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
(36:34) Should humans be able to intervene on crypto systems?
(45:54) South Korean prosecutors have BANNED Terraform Labs employees from leaving the country with a flight ban
(51:04) Solana-based NFT marketplace Magic Eden has raised a $130M Series B at a $1.6B valuation
(1:18:55) Outro: stories coming up this week

Jun 21, 2022
When to take a meeting (VC School) + Fungi Flour: Hyfé Foods Founder Michelle Ruiz (Climate) | E1488
00:49:13

For this week's VC Sunday School,  Molly asks Jason about when to take a meeting with a founder (2:18). Then for This Week in Climate Startups, Molly speaks with the CEO and Founder of Hyfé Foods, Michelle Ruiz (16:43). Finally, as we're off tomorrow, we wrap with a couple of Juneteenth book recommendations (44:15).

(0:00) Jason and Molly intro today’s show!
(2:18) VCSS: When to take a founder meeting
(12:00) LinkedIn Marketing - Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups
(13:18) Investing internationally: Sequoia announced an $850 million southeast Asia fund and a $2 Billion India fund
(16:43) TWiCS: Michelle Ruiz, CEO + Founder of Hyfé Foods
(21:15) Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist
(22:28) Breaking down the process of wastewater + how Hyfé Foods capitalizes
(32:13) BairesDev - Go to baires.dev/twist and get $10k off when you sign your first contract
(33:27) More on Hyfé Foods’ process to make flour
(44:15) Outro: Juneteenth book recommendations

Jun 19, 2022
Kraken CEO Jesse Powell responds to NYT hit piece and breaks down the state of crypto + Alexander Olesen CEO of Babylon Micro-Farms | E1487
02:27:07

Today, we recap the Warriors' finals win (2:50) with some potential takeaways for founders (14:00). Next, Jason speaks with Jesse Powell: founder, and CEO of crypto exchange Kraken, and they discuss the state of crypto and the recent hit piece the NYT published on him (48:06). For this week's OK Boomer segment, Producer Rachel sits down with Alexander Olesen, co-founder, and CEO of Babylon Micro-Farms (2:07:41).

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show!
(2:50) Warriors win! Recapping the Warriors’ finals run
(12:47) ActiveCampaign - Get 10% off your ActiveCampaign subscription today at https://activecampaign.com/promo/twist
(14:00) Downmarket: what can you do? Lessons founders can learn from the Warriors’ leadership
(22:37) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist
(23:55) Work harder, work smarter
(30:25) Microsoft for Startups Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups
(31:41) Toss to Jason’s interview with Jesse Powell, founder, and CEO of Kraken
(48:06) Jesse Powell speaks with Jason about his NYT hit piece, crypto, and company culture
(2:02:04) Recapping Jesse Powell + Toss to OK Boomer with Alexander Olesen, CEO, and Co-Founder of Babylon Micro-Farms
(2:07:41) OKB: Producer Rachel speaks with Alexander Olesen
(2:26:00) Outro

Jun 18, 2022
Apple & Disney’s sports streaming strategy, Facebook’s plan to be TikTok, Obi-Wan, Star Trek | E1486
01:13:21

It’s Thursday, so we talk all about streaming with our guy Lon Harris! Spoiler alert as we dive into Obi-Wan Kenobi E5 (1:53) and Star Trek E4-5 (34:48). We cover Disney losing cricket streaming rights in India (41:44) and Apple acquiring MLS soccer rights (50:48). Finally, we hit on an internal memo that shows Facebook plans to be more like TikTok (57:17).

0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s streaming news with Lon Harris!
1:53) Obi-Wan Kenobi E5: sharing thoughts on the episode (SPOILERS)
13:52) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist
15:03) Obi-Wan: plot holes or symmetry + murder of children in television shows
20:58) Ourcrowd - Check out the deal of the week at https://ourcrowd.com/twist
22:04) Clunkiness in Obi-Wan: is it because of their real-time virtual production technology?
33:44) Liquid I.V. - Feel better faster. Get 25% off at https://liquid-iv.com using promo code TWIST
34:48) Star Trek Strange New Worlds E4-5: thoughts on the show (SPOILERS)
41:44) Disney won bid to broadcast Indian cricket for $3B but lost streaming rights
50:48) Apple signed deal w/Major League Soccer to stream every match for 10 years starting in 2023
57:17) Facebook wants to be TikTok, revealed in an internal memo according to The Verge

Jun 16, 2022
YouTube shorts vs. TikTok, Crypto contagion, Twitch ad changes, China found aliens? | E1485
01:25:39

First, we’ll dig into the creator economy: Youtube shorts almost has as many users as TikTok (3:06), and Twitch is changing how they pay creators (24:00). We quickly hit on some breaking news as The Federal Reserve approved its steepest interest rate increase since 1994 and signaled it would continue lifting rates this year at the most rapid pace in decades (38:20). The crypto contagion continues, so we’ll give an update (41:50) and discuss the full context of MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor’s Bitcoin comments in 2021 (54:13). And we can’t leave without talking about Aliens. China thinks it has a sign (1:16:24).

(0:00) Jason and Molly introduce today’s show
(3:06) YouTube Shorts are gaining ground on TikTok
(13:59) Swag.com - Visit https://swag.com/twist and use code TWIST for 10% off your order!
(15:05) TikTok’s owner Bytedance has generated massive revenue across TikTok and its Chinese counterpart Douyin
(22:44) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
(24:00) Twitch is expanding its ad incentive program for creators
(37:09) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist
(38:20) BREAKING: Federal Reserve approved largest interest rate increase since 1994, signaled it would continue lifting rates this year at the most rapid pace in decades
(41:50) The crypto contagion seems to be accelerating
(54:13) MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor’s comments on Bitcoin from March 2021
(1:16:24) China thinks it may have detected signals from an Alien civilization

Jun 15, 2022
Coinbase lays off ~18%, EU crypto regulation, $NFLX & $ROKU ad-tech talks, Hallow prayer app, Prey laptop security | E1484
00:57:06

Today, we kick off the episode with Coinbase’s several hundred-person layoffs (3:23) and the EU’s crypto regulation in progress (23:15). We cover Netflix talking with Roku to help run its planned ad-supported tier (35:18). Our Startup of the Day is Catholic Prayer and mediation app Hallow, partnered with Mark Wahlberg for promotion (41:03). We’ll also showcase Prey, a company that helps protect laptops from theft, which our producer Justin should’ve used in his recent burglary (47:57).

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s news stories
(2:30) Apply today to Remote Demo Day - at remotedemoday.com and pitch +10K investors of thesyndicate.com, and close your round
(3:23) Coinbase laid off 18% of its staff after a crazy few weeks in the crypto space
(14:44) Wealthfront - Get your first $5,000 managed for free, for life at https://wealthfront.com/TWIST
(15:59) Looking at Coinbase’s strongest quarter to date
(22:01) Thorne - Personalized, scientific wellness. Go to https://Thorne.com/u/TWIST
(23:15) EU Crypto Regulation is approaching
(34:02) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
(35:18) Netflix has reportedly reached out to competitors like Roku and Comcast for help with ad sales
(41:03) SOTD: Catholic prayer app Hallow raised $52M and has ads featuring Mark Wahlberg
(47:57) WLitF: Prey app + Producer Justin’s robbery story

Jun 14, 2022
Crypto drops ~$200B, Celsius freezes, Binance’s BTC pause, Google AI sentience, Magic Spoon: DTC isn’t dead | E1483
01:05:48

On today's show, Jason and Molly cover crypto losing $200B from its total market cap this weekend (14:51) and Binance pausing withdrawals of Bitcoin for almost 4 hours this morning (29:53). We also quickly talk about a Google engineer claiming Google's AI chat bot has become sentient (38:15). For our We Live in the Future, we cover Amazon announcing drone delivery for later this year (48:52). Finally, we wrap on our Startup of the Day: Magic Spoon, a high-protein cereal maker (53:57).

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s news stories
(2:44) Catching up with Jason and Molly (hikers vs mountain bikers, rattlesnakes)
(13:51) Ourcrowd - Check out the deal of the week at https://ourcrowd.com/twist
(14:51) Crypto lost $200B from total market cap this weekend, major currencies are down ~25% over past week
(28:42) Assure - To get 20% off your first Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) visit https://Assure.co/twist
(29:53) Binance paused withdrawals of Bitcoin for almost 4 hours earlier this morning
(37:06) AdQuick - Visit https://adquick.com/twist and mention TWIST to get $1000 off your first campaign.
(38:15) Google’s AI is sentient according to engineer Blake Lemoine
(48:52) WLitF: Amazon announced they will officially launch drone delivery this year
(53:57) SotD: Magic Spoon (high-protein cereal maker) raised a $85M Series B

Jun 14, 2022
How to value startups (VC School) + Creating Diamonds from Air with Aether’s Ryan Shearman (Climate) | E1482
01:10:49

For today’s VC Sunday school, Molly asks Jason about valuation- valuing startups (1:44). Then for This Week in Climate Startups, Molly sits down with Ryan Shearman, CEO of Aether, to talk about how Aether makes diamonds using carbon extracted from the atmosphere (37:22).

(0:00) Cold Open
(1:44) VCSS: Valuation- reconsidering valuation, estimating valuation as a function of multiples
(13:16) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist
(14:33) Why are some companies so secretive about their valuation?
(23:17) BetterHelp - Get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/twist
(24:31) Bridges, seed extensions, pre-series A
(30:38) Microsoft for Startups Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups
(31:54) Toss to This Week in Climate Startups
(37:22) TWiCS: Ryan Shearman, CEO of Aether (making diamonds from atmospheric carbon)

Jun 12, 2022
Disney’s ambitious streaming goals with Lon Harris + Dressd Founder Capri Wheaton | E1481
01:34:22

Today, Lon Harris joins for This Week in Streaming and we talk about Obi-Wan Kenobi Episode 4 (1:49), then we cover some Disney news as they fire their head of General Entertainment Content, Peter Rice (43:05), and enter a bidding war to keep their rights to Indian Cricket (48:30). We wrap with a segment of OK Boomer: this week Producer Rachel sits down with Capri Wheaton, founder, and CEO of Dressd, a peer-to-peer clothing rental service (1:06:37).

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show!
(1:49) This Week in Streaming with Lon Harris: “Obi-Wan Kenobi” ep. 4 (SPOILERS)
(13:06) Intercom - Get advanced Intercom features and Early Stage Academy at a 95% discount https://www.intercom.com/early-stage
(14:22) Predicting where “Obi-Wan Kenobi” is headed
(20:35) Gun.io - Get $250 off your first developer hire at https://Gun.io/twist!
(21:51) More predictions for “Obi-Wan Kenobi”
(34:33) Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist
(35:48) What’s working with “Obi-Wan Kenobi”, what isn’t working?
(43:05) Disney has fired Peter Rice, who was Chairman of Disney’s General Entertainment Content (basically the head of Disney’s TV division)
(48:30) Disney is about to enter a bidding war to keep its rights to Indian cricket, which is HUGE for its Disney Plus subscriber count
(1:01:50) Toss to OK Boomer with Producer Rachel and Capri Wheaton
(1:06:37) OKB: Capri Wheaton, founder + CEO of Dressd (peer-to-peer clothing rental)

Jun 10, 2022
Twitter bots & Apple BNPL with Deirdre Bosa + Prediction markets with Kalshi CEO Tarek Mansour | E1480
01:30:37

Today, Deirdre Bosa from CNBC joins Molly to talk about Twitter’s plans to comply with Musk’s demands for data (1:28), Apple being its own bank for Apple Pay Later (17:15), and Facebook's parent Meta changing its ticker to META (32:19). To wrap up, Jason and Molly interview Kalshi co-founder and CEO Tarek Mansour, where they talk about Kalshi building the first CFTC regulated predictions market (39:11).

(0:00) Deidre Bosa joins Molly Wood to cover today’s tech news!
(1:28) Twitter plans to comply with Musk’s demands for data
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(11:18) Will the Elon/Twitter deal just end up in the legal system?
(17:15) Apple Will Handle Lending Internally for its new Apple New Pay Later Service
(21:01) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist
(22:14) Will this open up Apple to more anti-trust scrutiny?
(31:08) Ourcrowd - Check out the deal of the week at https://ourcrowd.com/twist
(32:19) The Facebook parent Meta changed its ticker to META
(38:33) Toss to our interview w/ Kalshi co-founder + CEO Tarek Mansour
(39:11) Tarek Mansour joins to speak about Kalshi, the first CFTC regulated predictions market
(1:26:39) If you are a founder pre-series A, you are invited to our Founder University Two-Day intensive on June 13-14!

Jun 09, 2022
Amazon’s Dave Clark joins Flexport, Bird layoffs, Twitter’s bring-your-own algo, Multiverse, Ken Griffin gets into crypto | E1479
01:28:17

Today, we talk about Flexport Founder Ryan Petersen bringing on Amazon’s Dave Clark to be CEO (2:56). Then, we discuss Bird laying off almost a quarter of their team (17:32), and we talk about Twitter working on a bring-your-own algorithm feature (28:24). Our Startup of the Day is Multiverse, a startup building a pipeline of apprenticeships as a college alternative (37:47). We cover Citadel getting into crypto (47:25) and SEC Chair Gary Gensler hinting there might be some overhauls coming to payment for order flow (54:33). We end with a recap of Jason on Megyn Kelly’s show (1:00:10) and Kara Swisher leaving NYT for Vox (1:17:07).

(0:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s tech news
(2:56) Flexport founder, Ryan Petersen announced that he recruited the former Amazon Consumer CEO Dave Clark to join Flexport
(10:27) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
(11:42) Climate tech being driven by consumers, wrapping up Flexport story
(17:32) Bird to lay off 23% of its staff, accounting for ~138 workers
(27:09) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist
(28:24) Twitter working on custom timelines according to app researcher Jane Wong
(36:33) ActiveCampaign - Get 10% off your ActiveCampaign subscription today at https://activecampaign.com/promo/twist
(37:47) SotD: Multiverse - Companies like Microsoft, Citi, and Verizon are opening up new career pathways without college using the Apprenticeship matching startup Multiverse
(47:25) Citadel Securities Is Building a Crypto Trading Marketplace (According to Coindesk Sources)
(54:33) SEC Chair Gary Gensler hinted that there might be some overhauls coming to PFOF (payment for order flow)
(1:00:10) Jason on Megyn Kelly
(1:17:07) Kara Swisher leaving NYT for Vox
(1:24:17) If you are a founder pre-series A, you are invited to our Founder University Two-Day intensive on June 13-14!

Jun 09, 2022
Why BuzzFeed fell 40%, EU mandates USB-C, Lab-grown ear transplants, Tom Brady’s Series B | E1478
01:00:45

BuzzFeed is tanking- we talk about what it means for its employees and the company (2:07). Next, we discuss Uber Eats coming for GoldBelly (23:51), then we cover the EU mandating that USB-C ports be standard by 2024 (36:17). We close out the show with our Startup of the Day in the sports space (41:21) and a We Live in the Future in the ear transplant space (49:42).

0:00 Jason and Molly tee up today’s news stories
2:07 BuzzFeed shares dropped 41%, their worst one-day % drop
11:23 OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
12:37 “Media + something,” making media viable
22:34 Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST
23:51 Uber Eats coming for GoldBelly
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36:17 European Parliament ruled USB Type-C port standard for all EU mobile phones, tablets, and cameras by Fall 2024
41:21 SotD: Religion of Sports, sports media production company co-founded by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra, raised $5M in Series B funding
49:42 WLitF: Texas woman received 3D printed ear transplant made from sample of her cells (3DBio Therapeutics)
56:45 If you are a founder pre-series A, you are invited to our Founder University Two-Day intensive on June 13-14!

Jun 07, 2022
Apple’s new releases, Twitter bots, Didi returns, Bad actors on Binance + Michael Shellenberger’s vision for California | E1477
01:52:40

Jason talks with independent candidate for California Governor Michael Shellenberger on what he wants to improve in California (2:57). Then, we cover Apple's 2022 WWDC (48:40). We cover the $2.35B of illicit funds laundered through Binance from hacks, investment frauds, and drug deals (1:27:25), and we touch on Elon Musk accusing Twitter of withholding bot information (1:37:24). Finally, we cover Beijing wrapping up the Didi investigation (1:41:11).

(00:00) Jason and Molly introduce today's show!
(2:57) Michael Shellenberger, 2022 California gubernatorial candidate, sits down with Jason
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(12:03) Michael Shellenberger on capital allocators being loyal to CA
(22:35) Ourcrowd - Check out the deal of the week at https://ourcrowd.com/twist
(23:45) Michael Shellenberger on handling drug addiction and rehabilitation
(39:10) First Republic Bank - Discover what a long-term financial relationship can do for you. Visit https://firstrepublic.com/startup today to learn more.
(40:00) Molly’s skunk situation
(41:51) Recapping the Warriors’ finals game 2 victory
(48:40) Apple’s new features from the 2022 WWDC
(1:27:25) At least $2.35B of illicit funds laundered through Binance from 2017-2021 (according to Reuters)
(1:37:24) Elon Musk believes Twitter of withholding info about # of bots, threatening to walk away from $44B bid
(1:41:11) Beijing to wrap up Didi investigation (according to WSJ )
(1:48:42) If you are a founder pre-series A, you are invited to our Founder University Two-Day intensive on June 13-14!

Jun 07, 2022
Markups & markdowns (VC School) + Coral Regeneration with Coral Vita Co-founder Sam Teicher (Climate) | E1476
01:12:37

First, in VC Sunday School Jason answers Molly’s questions about markups and markdowns (1:35), then in This Week in Climate startups, Molly talks with Coral Vita’s Sam Teicher about Coral Regeneration (33:37)

(00:00) Jason and Molly introduce today’s show!
(1:35) VCSS: Marking - what is it, who’s it for?
(11:20) Dell For Startups - Apply and get up to 45% off at http://dell.com/twist
(12:34) When do you mark down?
(21:11) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist
(22:29) “What cash they put in, what cash they get out”
(32:31) Swag.com - Visit https://swag.com/twist and use code TWIST for 10% off your order!
(33:37) TWiCS: Coral Vita co-founder + chief reef officer Sam Teicher (coral regeneration)

Jun 05, 2022
Coinbase & Loom rescind job offers (strategies for managers & workers during a downturn) + OK Boomer: Mehak Vohra of Skillbank | E1475
01:28:38

Today we have a Warriors Game Recap (2:01), we discuss the new Apple emojis (11:29), and then we dive into more layoffs news: Coinbase and Loom rescinding job offers (26:34). Jason and Molly give tips on how to not get laid off (37:55), and then Producer Rachel closes out the episode with an OK Boomer segment with Skillbank founder and CEO Mehak Vohra (1:07:08).

(00:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show
(2:01) Recapping the Warriors' Finals game 1
(10:14) Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist
(11:29) Discussing the new emojis
(25:02) LinkedIn Marketing - Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups
(26:34) Coinbase/Loom rescinding offers + how to avoid layoffs
(36:41) Thorne - Personalized, scientific wellness. Go to https://Thorne.com/u/TWIST
(37:55) How to not get laid off, the employee perspective
(46:30) Layoffs from the manager’s perspective
(1:03:38) Toss to OK Boomer
(1:07:08) OK Boomer: Mehak Vohra, CEO + Founder of SkillBank

Jun 04, 2022
Sheryl Sandberg leaves Meta + This Week in Streaming with Lon Harris: Obi-Wan Kenobi | E1474
00:55:41

Today, we dive into Sheryl Sandberg leaving Meta (2:14), then Lon Harris joins for This Week in Streaming where we cover Kenobi episodes 1-3 (12:36). We talk about Disney’s response to racism (26:54), where the Star Wars sequels went wrong (36:00), and the Depp v. Heard trial coverage (51:00).

(00:00) Jason and Molly introduce today’s show!
(2:14) Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg leaving the company after 14 years
(11:25) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist
(12:36) This Week in Streaming w/Lon Harris: Obi-Wan Kenobi episodes 1-3
(25:37) Masterworks - Skip the waitlist to invest in art using promo code TWIST at https://Masterworks.io/twist
(26:54) Discussing Disney’s response to racism
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(36:00) More on Disney’s response to racism: where the sequels went wrong
(41:52) Filoni and Favreau filling in the holes for Star Wars
(45:40) Teasing next week: Star Trek Strange New Worlds, Amazon + 007?
(51:00) Depp v. Heard trial: fishing for views

Jun 02, 2022
ESG fraud, Stripe & Reddit markdowns, Remote productivity + DroneUp Founder Tom Walker | E1473
01:41:33

First, we talk about Deutsche Bank getting raided by law enforcement for “greenwashing” its ESG funds (2:59), then we touch on Fidelity marking down its investments in Stripe and Reddit (17:00), then we discuss companies going back to the office over concerns about worker productivity (19:35), Jason explains how he’s collaborating with everyone on the team to increase productivity as we go into this recession (26:00). To end, we have an interview with DroneUp CEO Tom Walker where we discuss their current rollout with Walmart, the regulations that need to get sorted out, and how DroneUp is approaching safety (50:00).

(00:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show!
(2:59) Deutsche Bank raided by german law enforcement due to alleged fraudulent advertising of sustainable investment funds
(11:23) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist
(12:37) OpenSea to take legal action against former executive who allegedly engaged in insider trading
(17:00) Fidelity marking down its investments in Stripe and Reddit
(19:35) Remote Work ending: thoughts on productivity
(24:45) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
(26:00) Productivity advice: how to avoid layoffs
(39:14) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
(40:30) Time blocking, Molly’s thoughts on productivity
(48:00) Toss to Jason and Molly’s interview with DroneUp CEO Tom Walker
(50:00) Tom Walker, CEO of DroneUp, joins to talk about the state of DroneUp and the future of drone delivery service

Jun 02, 2022
NYT’s Glossier hit piece, VC winters, Activist CEOs and Podcast live events with Acquired’s David Rosenthal | E1472
01:23:55

Today, Acquired’s David Rosenthal joins us. We discuss their recent Climate Pledge Arena Show (1:37), the new fundraising environment, and what the best founders and VC firms are doing (21:29), and we dig into the New York Times' latest hit piece on Glossier CEO Emily Weiss (37:40). We wrap with an optimistic look at what Australian billionaire and Atlassian CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes is doing to take on Australia's biggest polluter (1:00:59).

(00:00) Cold open
(1:37) David Rosenthal from Acquired catches up with Jason and Molly
(12:01) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
(13:18) Crypto downturn, good for crypto in the long run?
(20:11) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist
(21:29) “VC Winter” warnings for founders
(36:24) Reforge - Apply for their next cohort at https://reforge.com/twist
(37:40) Glossier hit piece - NYT decides to dunk on Glossier founder Emily Weiss
(53:13) Jason reveals his workshop process for comedy
(56:38) Founders’ response to NYT hit piece on Emily Weiss
(1:00:59) Mike Cannon-Brookes trying to buy AGL, Australia's largest energy producer
(1:13:05) Teasing tomorrow’s show: GameStop earnings

Jun 01, 2022
Bolt layoffs, DroneUp, Lunar Outpost, $4.5B crypto fund, Ape theft + Diagram’s Jordan Singer | E1471
01:33:42

In today's episode, Jason and Molly cover Bolt's layoffs (12:11), Walmart's drone deliveries (17:02), Lunar Outpost's $12M seed (32:31), a16z's $4.5B crypto raise (44:07), and Seth Green's Bored Ape heist (54:40). Producer Rachel sits down with Jordan Singer, founder of Diagram, for this week's OK Boomer (1:03:54).

(00:00) Jason and Molly introduce today’s topics!
(2:47) Bolt is laying off an undisclosed number of employees
(10:56) Gun.io - Get $250 off your first developer hire at https://Gun.io/twist
(12:11) Bolt Layoffs story continued
(17:02) We Live in the Future: Walmart expanding deliveries w/DroneUp
(20:31) Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist
(21:47) Walmart delivery drones story continued
(31:16) BetterHelp - Get 10% off your first month at https://betterhelp.com/twist
(32:31) Startup of the Day: Lunar Outpost raised $12M Seed to build moon exploration and mining tech
(44:07) a16z raised another $4.5B Crypto Fund to invest strictly in crypto startups and projects
(54:40) Actor Seth Green’s Bored Ape stolen weeks before it’d star as the main character in his show
(1:02:03) Jason and Molly tee up this week’s OK Boomer
(1:03:54) OKB: Jordan Singer, founder of Diagram

May 27, 2022
The cost of CEOs ignoring mental health with Bonobos Founder Andy Dunn | E1470
00:50:57

Today's episode is a Molly solo interview with Bonobos founder and author of "Burn Rate," Andy Dunn (2:30). We go deep on entrepreneurship and mental health, talk about how founders are up to 7x more likely to suffer from bipolar disorders than the average person, how Andy's bipolar disorder impacted building his business (22:09), and advice for founders navigating mental health struggles (34:31).

(00:00) Molly tees up today’s episode with Bonobos founder Andy Dunn
(2:30) Molly speaks with Andy Dunn about his book “Burn Rate”
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(13:52) Andy Dunn on mistakes he made as a leader
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(22:09) Andy on navigating his Walmart acquisition amidst his mental health issues
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(34:31) More emphasis on mental health in startups; male traits in entrepreneurship

May 27, 2022
Solving our biggest problems, Cerebral’s fast & loose telehealth prescriptions, Jack leaves Twitter Board | E1469
01:27:57

We discuss the tragedy at a Texas elementary school and gun violence in America (2:25). Can tech play a role in decreasing child deaths? (21:14) Then we cover mental health startup Cerebral getting probed by the DOJ (52:55). Finally, we touch on a breaking story: Jack Dorsey steps down from Twitter’s board (1:13:25).

(00:00) Jason and Molly introduce today’s show
(2:25) Talking about the school shooting yesterday in Texas
(10:49) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
(12:06) What is HB8?
(15:45) A school safety drone company?
(20:01) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist
(21:14) Discussing potential technology to save children’s lives, top causes of death for children
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(31:22) Discussing potential solutions to prevent gun deaths in children
(52:55) Cerebral, startup that provides telehealth subscriptions to Adderall & other stimulants, probed by DOJ overprescription methods
(1:13:25) Breaking News: Jack Dorsey leaves Twitter’s board of directors
(1:15:45) Discussing the proper way to release the Palmer Luckey All-In talk

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May 26, 2022
Snap drops 40%, Layoffs at Gorillas & Klarna, Adam Neumann's new startup, Coinbase using Principles | E1468
01:27:44

First, we break down SNAP dropping over 40% after lowering earnings estimates (4:43). Then we cover some layoffs at instant-delivery startup Gorillas AND BNPL player Klarna (29:18). Next, we talk about Adam and Rebekah Neumann co-founding a tokenized crypto carbon marketplace called Flowcarbon (1:00:02). We wrap on Coinbase’s new Ray Dalio-inspired employee rating system (1:10:36).


(00:00) Jason and Molly tee-up today’s news topics!
(04:43) Snap down ~45% in one day, largest single day drop we can remember
(11:03) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST
(12:19) Efficiency, pausing hiring, and cutting new projects in the downturn
(28:03) Thorne - Personalized, scientific wellness. Go to https://Thorne.com/u/TWIST
(29:18) More tech layoffs at delivery service Gorillas
(37:09) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist
(38:22) More tech layoffs at buy-now-pay-later service Klarna
(55:30) David Sacks’ thread about founders thinking about positioning themselves in a downturn
(57:30) Amazon’s share of US eCommerce Sales hit All-Time High of 56.7% in 2021
(1:00:02) Startup of the Day: Adam + Rebekah Neumann have backed a blockchain-based carbon credits company Flowcarbon
(1:10:36) Coinbase is trying a new meeting feedback rating system

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May 24, 2022
All-In Summit recap, Argo debuts AV test cars in Miami/ATX, $AMZN to sublease 10M+ square feet | E1467
00:57:26

Molly and Jason are BACK from Miami to break down all the most interesting stories and content from the All-In Summit! (2:13) Then, they cover Argo AI, an AV company that just launched autonomous test cars in Miami and Austin (36:50). Finally, they close by discussing a recent Bloomberg report on how Amazon is looking to sublease 10M+ square feet of warehouse space... negative signal, or no big deal? (45:23)


(0:00) Molly and Jason intro the show!

(2:13) Recapping the All-In Summit!

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(15:31) Reflecting on the most interesting debates and conversations at AIS

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(27:15) All-In Summit party recap + TWiST Live preview

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(36:50) Argo AI launches autonomous test cars in Miami and Austin!

(45:23) Amazon is reportedly looking to sublease 10M+ square feet of warehouse space, is this a negative signal or just overblown?


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May 23, 2022
Proof of Impact CEO Fleur Heyns on meaningful metrics for measuring environmental impact (This Week in Climate Startups) | E1466
00:39:40

In this episode of This Week in Climate Startups, Molly sits down with Fleur Heyns of Proof of Impact about how to measure, verify, and analyze ESG & impact data. We discuss the current pain points for investors (11:20), how blockchains can interact with real-world assets (21:15), ESG regulation (34:16) and more!


(00:00) Cold open
(01:57) This Week in Climate Startups: Molly sits down with Fleur Heyns of Proof of Impact
(10:03) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
(11:20) Labeling data for investors, the materiality, productivity
(19:58) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist
(21:15) The term “oracle” as it relates to the blockchain
(32:58) Reforge - Apply for their next cohort at https://reforge.com/twist
(34:16) How much will the future regulatory atmosphere affect or improve their business in the US? ESG strategy

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May 22, 2022
Privateer Space CEO Alex Fielding: cleaning up space junk with Steve Wozniak + Behind the scenes of working for Jason | E1465
02:00:22

First, Jason and Molly reflect on their time in previous tech recessions (03:06). Then, Privateer Space CEO Alex Fielding joins to discuss solving the space junk problem (18:02), the difficulties of mapping debris (33:25), and more. Then, Producer Rachel hosts an OK Boomer episode where she talks with the other Gen Z employees that work for Jason about how they got their jobs and what they've learned at Launch (1:00:21).


(00:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s episode
(03:06) Ask JaMo: What do you remember about the tech industry during the dotcom era and recession?
(12:45) Where was Molly in 2008 and how did her career change?
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(12:45) Where was Molly in 2008 and how did her career change?
(18:02) Jason and Molly speak with Alex Fielding, CEO and Co-Founder of Privateer Space
(21:04) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
(22:20) More on the dangers of space junk
(32:12) AdQuick - Visit https://adquick.com/twist and mention TWIST to get $1000 off your first campaign.
(33:25) Is it humanly possible to clean space trash with so many variables?
(1:00:21) Producer Rachel tees up this week’s special OK Boomer segment
(1:10:31) OK Boomer: Rachel speaks with LAUNCH’s other Gen Z employees

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May 21, 2022
Fixing a broken system - Mahmee CEO Melissa Hanna on patient-centric maternal care | E1464
00:54:14

Molly Wood sits down with Melissa Hanna, CEO and Co-Founder of Mahmee, a care network for parents (01:44), they discuss the impetus for Melissa launching the company (12:34), the challenges of bringing the product to market (22:08), how she built the network and more (37:29)!


(00:00) Molly tees up today’s episode
(01:44) Molly Wood sits down with Melissa Hanna, CEO and CoFounder of Mahmee, a care network for parents
(11:19) Thorne - Personalized, scientific wellness. Go to https://Thorne.com/u/TWIST
(12:34) Melissa on how the pandemic helped expose the need for a care service like Mahmee
(20:54) Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist
(22:08) The bittersweetness of it taking so long for this product to happen
(36:12) Reforge - Apply for their next cohort at https://reforge.com/twist
(37:29) How Mahmee built its network

Check out Mahmee: https://www.mahmee.com

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May 19, 2022
Accelerating leadership - Chief Co-Founder & CEO Carolyn Childers on raising $100M Series B, building a women's executive network and more | E1463
00:41:45

Molly speaks with Carolyn Childers, CEO of Chief, a women’s professional network (01:26) about how their community stretches across digital and physical spaces, accelerating women's executive careers, growing with word-of-mouth as marketing (30:08), their $100M raise (33:22), augmenting Linkedin (39:18) and more.


(00:00) Cold open
(01:26) Molly speaks with Carolyn Childers, CEO of Chief (a women’s professional network)
(11:09) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
(12:24) The SoHo club factor of Chief: how its spaces work
(15:05) What does Chief’s roadmap look like?
(20:52) Dell For Startups - Apply and get up to 45% off at http://dell.com/twist
(22:05) Carolyn talks about some of Chief’s early investors
(30:08) Word-of-mouth as marketing, reducing churn with an expensive ask
(32:17) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist
(33:22) How will Chief deploy their $100M raise?
(36:20) What happens on the app?
(38:35) Can you switch core groups in Chief?
(39:18) Engagement: does Chief replace LinkedIn?

Check out Chief: https://chief.com

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May 18, 2022
Bitcoin payments on the Lightning Network with Strike's Jack Mallers | E1462
00:43:54

First, we cover the news of Ex-Meta crypto chief David Marcus launching a Bitcoin payments startup backed by a16z & Paradigm (02:05). Then, Jack Mallers, the CEO of Strike joins (8:13) to discuss the lightning network & the history of payment networks (12:10), why companies use the Strike API (24:42), why he thinks Visa and Mastercard can't compete (31:24), Strike unlocking Bitcoin’s potential (34:40) and more!


(00:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show
(02:05) Ex-Meta crypto chief David Marcus launches Bitcoin payments startup backed by a16z & Paradigm
(08:13) Molly interviews Jack Mallers, CEO of Strike
(10:57) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist
(12:10) The lightning network & the history of payment networks, how Strike disrupts them
(23:26) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
(24:42) Use cases for Strike’s API
(30:070 Reforge - Apply for their next cohort at https://reforge.com/twist
(31:24) How do Strike fees compare to merchant fees from Visa, Mastercard, etc?
(34:40) Has Strike unlocked Bitcoin’s potential?
(41:12) What dominoes will fall before people get off dollars?

Check out Strike: https://www.strike.me
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May 17, 2022
SaaS multiple compression, downturn outlook & advice for new VCs with Jason Lemkin of SaaStr | E1461
01:12:53

Jason and Molly chat with Jason Lemkin of SaaStr (01:44). They discuss: advice for new VCs (16:14), the future of SaaS investing (27:37), playing offense as investors (35:50), secondaries and more.


(00:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s interview show
(01:44) Jason and Molly speak with Jason Lemkin of SaaStr
(14:59) Notion - Get started for free at https://notion.com/thisweekinstartups
(16:14) Jason Lemkin’s advice for new fund managers
(26:16) Microacquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist
(27:37) Will SaaS investments continue to be good?
(32:44) What makes Notion so good?
(34:44) AdQuick - Visit https://adquick.com/twist and mention TWIST to get $1000 off your first campaign.
(35:50) What does it mean to play offense? Why should you be playing offense now if you have the runway?
(39:35) Jason Lemkin’s predictions for the next year & advice for capital allocators/investors
(52:25) Are founder secondary sales a red flag?
(1:01:20) Strategies for investors in a down market

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May 16, 2022
Women in venture capital + SpringEats.com CEO Anukampa Freedom Gupta-Fonner (Climate) | E1460
01:20:21

In VC Sunday School we discuss Pitchbook's data on women-led VC funds (03:16), how much money they've raised and how the industry is evolving. Then, Jason explains why new fund managers often have more success with individual LPs than institutional LPs (27:12). In This Week in Climate Startups Molly speaks with Anukampa Freedom Gupta-Fonner of Springeats.com, a zero-waste grocery service (38:31).


(00:00) Jason and Molly introduce today’s show
(03:16) VC Sunday School: PitchBook gathered a bunch of data for The Information about women-led VC funds
(13:08) ActiveCampaign - Get 10% off your ActiveCampaign subscription today at https://activecampaign.com/promo/twist
(14:19) VCSS: Q1 2022, 199 funds raised $73.8B in commitments; 8% of total funding raised from women-led funds
(25:52) Reforge - Apply for their next cohort at https://reforge.com/twist
(27:12) VCSS: Taking the backdoor for raising
(34:43) Liquid I.V. - Feel better faster. Get 25% off at https://liquid-iv.com using promo code TWIST
(35:47) Wrapping up VCSS
(36:37) Toss to This Week in Climate Startups
(38:31) TWiCS: Molly speaks with Anukampa Freedom Gupta-Fonner of springeats.com (zero-waste grocery service)

Check out Spring: https://www.springeats.com

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May 15, 2022
SBF buys 7.6% $HOOD stake, SoftBank’s $13B loss, Twitter exec layoffs & deal update + Nicole Ruiz from Compound VC | E1459
00:56:08

First Jason and Molly cover FTX CEO SBF buying 7.6% of $HOOD (1:57), SoftBank’s $13B loss (8:29), Twitter’s exec layoffs (14:55) & give a deal update (21:50). Then Producer Rachel chats with Nicole Ruiz is an investor at Compound VC, a thesis-driven, research-centric investment firm (35:34). Together, they talk about her untraditional path to VC, their investment in Pear Bio, the importance of being a skilled researcher, and more.


(00:00) Cold open
(1:57) 4-for-5 Friday: SBF buys 7% of $HOOD
(8:29) SoftBank loses $13B
(13:51) OurCrowd - Check out the deal of the week at https://ourcrowd.com/twist
(14:55) Twitter layoffs start
(20:33) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
(21:50) Twitter deal on hold
(30:29) Gun.io - Get $250 off your first developer hire at https://Gun.io/twist!
(31:45) Toss to this week’s OK Boomer
(35:34) OKB with Producer Rachel and Nicole Ruiz of Compound VC
(31:45) Toss to this week’s OK Boomer
(35:34) OKB with Producer Rachel and Nicole Ruiz of Compound VC


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May 14, 2022
Sundar Pichai, tech crash, crypto, journalism and more with CNBC's Deirdre Bosa | E1458
01:16:13

Deirdre Bosa from CNBC’s Tech Check joins to talk about a wide variety of topics (2:20), including her interview with Sundar Pichai, journalism (12:54), the crashing public markets, crypto (44:58), Twitter iterations (1:06:12) and so much more!


(00:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show
(02:20) Jason and Molly chat with Deirdre Bosa of CNBC
(11:38) LinkedIn - Post your first job for free at https://linkedIn.com/twist
(12:54) Jason, Molly, and Deirdre talk about reporting, journalism, private and public markets
(21:12) Cyvatar - Get your first 2 months free at https://cyvatar.ai/twist
(22:28) More on tech journalism: asking tough questions
(35:30) Swag.com - Visit https://swag.com/twist and use code TWIST for 10% off your order!
(36:42) Uber as a super app?
(43:30) Instacart filing for an IPO
(44:58) Is this the go-to-zero moment for crypto?
(1:06:12) Discussing the open version of Twitter

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May 13, 2022
Airbnb's category search, Coinbase's new disclosure + Facebook exits podcasting with Ashley Carman | E1457
01:08:32

First Jason and Molly open by digging into some details for the All-In Summit (02:12). Then they discuss Airbnb's search options (08:13), Airbnb's new aircover insurance feature (21:34) and Coinbase's disclosure that account funds aren't safe in a Coinbase bankruptcy  (35:04). Then, Molly is joined by Ashley Carman to talk about Facebook dropping podcasts (54:46).


00:00 Molly tees up today’s show
02:12 Jason and Molly are ready for All In Summit, “Details matter”
08:13 Airbnb's search options
12:33 Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist
13:49 More on the new Airbnb search options, where could Airbnb take it?
20:29 Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist
21:34 Airbnb's insurance feature: aircover
33:55 Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
35:04 Coinbase released a filing this morning that sent some into a panic, stock down another 22% today
53:00 Jason heads out to Miami for All In Summit
54:46 Ashley Carman joins to talk about Facebook dropping podcasts

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May 11, 2022
Terra UST stablecoin unpegged with Bennett Tomlin + High growth tech’s runway: $COIN, $SQ, $ZM, $TWLO, $SHOP & $PTON | E1456
01:37:40

First, crypto reporter Bennett Tomlin joins to break down the the massive decline of algorithmic stablecoin Terra USD (UST) and how the Terra-Luna ecosystem works (09:00). Then we recap five tech stocks that are down at least 70% off mid-COVID peaks Coinbase, Shopify, Twilio, Zoom and Block (44:44). We briefly touch of Elon’s comments about reducing permanent bans on Twitter (1:05:48). Wrap with Peloton’s painful earnings (1:22:53).


(00:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s topics
(02:54) Jason and Molly talk a little bit about bitcoin and the stock market tanking
(09:00) Bennett Tomlin joins to discuss what’s going on with stable coins: LUNA, Tether, etc.
(14:10) Indochino - Get $50 off any purchase of $399 or more by using code TWIST at checkout https://www.indochino.com
(15:17) Can you buy 60 cents of LUNA to get a dollar worth of Terra? Are algorithmic stable coins destined to collapse?
(22:09) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist
(23:19) Discussing LFG Reserve balance over time
(31:00) Assure - To get 20% off your first Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) visit https://Assure.co/twist
(32:11) Different types of stable coins, & how much damage will the past few weeks do to the idea of algorithmic stablecoins?
(44:44) Jason and Molly on the bitcoin crash and major tech stock wipeouts
(50:10) Coinbase
(53:20) Shopify
(57:00) Twilio
(1:00:40) Zoom
(1:03:11) Square (Block Inc)
(1:05:48) Breaking News: Elon Musk says “I guess I would” reverse Trump Twitter ban
(1:22:53 )Peloton stock down 93% from pandemic high

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May 11, 2022
Dara sets the tone for Uber's next push, Jason's market prediction, Apple's ML director departs, Internet affordability & more | E1455
01:06:20

First, we discuss Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi's company-wide email rallying Uber behind a cash-generating vision to court investors (6:30). Then, we cover Apple's machine learning director departing because of the company's work from home policies (43:22) and the White House's negotiation with ISPs for low-cost high-speed internet to pair with the Affordable Connectivity Program (57:00).


(00:00) Jason and Molly intro today’s news stories
(02:30) Jason and Molly catch up
(06:30) Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote email employees Sunday night stating Uber needs to increase free cash flow to win support from investors
(11:13) Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist
(12:27) Key takeaways from the Uber email
(20:41) Dell For Startups - Apply and get up to 45% off at http://dell.com/twist
(21:53) Jason and Molly’s thoughts on the Uber email
(28:40) Catching up with Producer Nick
(32:36) Ourcrowd - Check out the deal of the week at https://ourcrowd.com/twist
(33:43) Wrapping up the Uber story, final thoughts
(43:22) Apple’s director of ML is leaving the company due to its return to work policy
(55:05) Jason makes some predictions
(57:00) White House announced plans to boost high-speed internet for low-income families

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May 10, 2022
Side investing (VC School) + Stripe's Nan Ransohoff: Frontier carbon removal | 1454
00:46:35

Sunday double-header. First, Jason discusses why some VC firms allow side investing and others explicitly forbid it (01:50). Then, in a This Week in Climate Startups segment Molly interviews Nan Ransohoff, Head of Climate at Stripe (12:27) about their $900M+ plan to fund carbon sequestration (31:18).


00:00 Jason and Molly introduce today’s show
01:50 VC Sunday School: What’s the deal with side investing?
09:42 Thorne - Personalized, scientific wellness. Go to https://Thorne.com/u/TWIST
10:55 Intro This Week in Climate Startups
12:27 TWiCS: Molly interviews Nan Ransohoff, Head of Climate at Stripe
20:14 Wealthfront - Get your first $5,000 managed for free, for life at https://wealthfront.com/TWIST
21:30 The market for carbon removal: paying to re-sequester carbon
29:57 OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
31:18 Discussing how Frontier functions as a non-profit within Stripe & how to make something like Frontier mainstream

Check out Frontier: https://frontierclimate.com

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May 08, 2022
Twitter's new Birdwatch moderation/annotation feature + OK Boomer: Flapjack's Patrick McDonnell | E1453
01:11:32

First Jason and Molly break down Twitter's new community annotation feature Birdwatch (1:40), they go through screenshots of the beta version and weigh the possibility for the Birdwatch to bridge the moderation gap. Then Producer Rachel interviews Patrick McDonnell of Flapjack (44:04) about working in a hacker house in Miami, optimizing restaurant menus and his experience making the Boring Company flamethrower.


(00:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show
(01:40) BREAKING NEWS: Jason and Molly go over leaked Birdwatch Twitter feature screenshots
(10:21) Notion - Get started for free at https://notion.com/thisweekinstartups
(11:39) How does Birdwatch compare to Reddit or Wikipedia? Some examples of Birdwatch.
(23:04) Ourcrowd - Check out the deal of the week at https://ourcrowd.com/twist
(24:20) “Notes rated helpful” Birdwatch feature. Will Birdwatch work?
(32:45) Intercom - Get advanced Intercom features and Early Stage Academy at a 95% discount https://www.intercom.com/early-stage
(34:00) The power of mods in online communities
(39:58) Rachel tees up this week’s OK boomer segments
(44:04) OKB: Producer Rachel interviews Patrick McDonnell of Flapjack

Check out Flapjack: http://flapjack.co/

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May 07, 2022
Stripe launches Plaid competitor, Cameo layoffs, Elon raises $7B + Streaming news with Lon Harris | E1452
01:19:36

First we chat with Lon Harris from Inside Streaming about the latest Netflix news, strategy, exciting upcoming shows and the proliferation of ads on streaming services (2:23). Then we cover Plaid CEO insinuating that a Stripe PM probed their company for information before making a copycat (39:40), Cameo's round of layoffs that included 4 execs (53:08) and the latest on Elon Musk's Twitter acquisition (1:06:25).


(00:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show
(02:23) This Week in Streaming with Lon Harris
(10:55) iTrust Capital - Visit https://itrust.capital/twist to create your Crypto IRA today
(12:11) The Hollywood Reporter published an article on the craziness inside Netflix that led up to them losing users and the stock collapsing
(17:57) Nerding out on the upcoming Obi-Wan series and Star Wars
(22:54) Masterworks - Skip the waitlist to invest in art using promo code TWIST at https://Masterworks.io/twist
(24:02) More thoughts on what Disney will do with Star Wars and Marvel/DC
(31:52) Peacock will introduce dynamically inserted in-scene ads
(36:07) Microacquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist
(37:30) Wrapping up with Lon
(39:40) Startup news: the Stripe mafia
(52:08) Cameo lay-offs include execs
(1:06:25) CNBC reports Elon Musk will serve as temporary Twitter CEO following takeover
(1:11:25) The money behind Elon's Twitter purchase

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May 06, 2022
Live Show Preview: Wednesday May 4
01:42:44

Every Monday - Thursday, Jason and Molly record live at https://youtube.com/thisweekin - it has bonus content that doesn't make it into the edited version of the show. This is a sample of the LIVE version recorded today. If you like this, subscribe, sign up for notifications and join us live in the YouTube chat. 

May 05, 2022
Tech reactions to Roe vs. Wade leak + $UBER, $LYFT and $ABNB earnings | E1451
01:18:23

First Jason and Molly discuss the way tech is impacted by the leaked Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision (2:20). Then they break down the differences between a Lyft and Uber’s Q1 (52:18). To wrap, we discuss AirBnB’s strong quarter and upcoming big announcement (1:03:48).


00:00 Jason and Molly intro today’s show
02:20 Catching everyone up on the history of Roe v. Wade
11:01 Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist
12:06 When has a federal right been taking away before in the US?
14:45 Tech’s reaction to Roe v. Wade being overturned
20:02 iTrust Capital - Visit https://itrust.capital/twist to create your Crypto IRA today
21:10 How much should companies engage in these conversations?
33:22 Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
34:39 Talking about what the reaction will be to Roe v. Wade being overturned
50:10 A little win in the Climate Syndicate
52:18 Tech earnings: Uber & Lyft
1:03:48 Tech earnings: AirBnB
1:11:33 Chairman Powell raised the fed’s rate by 50 basis points (biggest rate hike in 2 decades)

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May 05, 2022
Meta's VR plans with The Information's Sylvia Varnham O'Regan + SEC strengthens its crypto enforcement team | E1450
00:55:50

First, we speak with The Information’s Sylvia Varnham O’Regan about Meta's plan to double its VR headsets by 2024 (02:06), VR adoption (13:14), and more. We wrap by discussing the SEC’s Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit adding 20 new agents (39:52).


00:00 Jason and Molly tee up today’s show
02:06 Speaking with The Information’s Sylvia Varnham O’Regan on her article about Meta doubling its VR headsets by 2024
12:01 Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist
13:14 What will be the tipping point in adoption for Meta’s VR headsets?
22:10 Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST
23:25 What does the timeline look like for Meta’s VR headsets?
35:40 Meta’s Burlingame Oculus store
38:38 Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist
39:52 The SEC’s Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit, formally known just as Cyber Unit, will be adding 20 new positions

Check out Sylvia's Reporting: https://www.theinformation.com/articles/meta-plots-ambitious-vr-release-schedule-of-four-headsets-by-2024

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May 03, 2022
Bolt's struggles with The Information's Malique Morris + How Yuga Labs' mint sent Ethereum Gas 120X + Gravity Sketch | E1449
01:23:46

First, we discuss Bolt’s declining customer base and struggles with The Information’s Malique Morris (02:50). In addition, we discuss Fast, Amazon's "Buy with Prime," ShopPay (25:35) and all the other developments in online checkout. Next, we cover a massive spike in Ethereum gas prices from Yuga Labs and Solana's bot attack (55:12). We wrap with our Startup of the Day: Gravity Sketch, a 3D design platform (1:11:35).


(00:00) Jason and Molly introduce today’s show
(02:50) Last Thursday, The Information’s Malique Morris published an article on Bolt’s declining customer base and struggles, he joins us to discuss
(12:19) Ourcrowd - Check out the deal of the week at https://ourcrowd.com/twist
(13:26) Speaking to Domm Holland and Ryan Breslow, how are they different?
(24:19) Fiverr - Sign up for https://Fiverr.com/Business free for the first year and save 10% on your purchase with promo code JASON
(25:35) Amazon’s “Buy with Prime” and their Amazon Basics monopoly
(32:12) First Republic Bank - Discover what a long-term financial relationship can do for you. Visit https://firstrepublic.com/startup today to learn more.
(33:08) Stripe doing their own Fast checkout, competing against their own investment?
(46:20) Wrapping up with Malique Morris
(48:50) Spring energy in New York
(55:12) WEB 3 is going great update
(1:11:35) We Live in the Future with our Startup of the Day: Gravity Sketch, a 3D design platform

Read Malique's Article: https://www.theinformation.com/articles/bolt-a-checkout-startup-worth-11-billion-has-been-losing-customers-as-revenue-stalls

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May 03, 2022
How to manage competing portfolio companies (VC School) + Energy Impact Partners' Shayle Kann (Climate) | E1448
01:07:38

Sunday double-header. First, in VC Sunday School Jason discusses competing companies in the portfolio, when it's ok, when it's not and how to manage issues in good faith (01:52). Then, in This Week in Climate Startups, Molly interviews Energy Impact Partners' Shayle Kann (19:42) about "Deep Decarbonization," the carbon management industry (33:37) and more.


00:00 Jason and Molly intro today’s show
01:52 VCSS: Can you invest in competing companies? Where to draw that line?
11:55 iTrust Capital - Visit https://itrust.capital/twist to create your Crypto IRA today
13:11 When to give a “no” to a company
19:42 TWiCS with Shayle Kann
22:19 Cyvatar - Get your first 2 months free at https://cyvatar.ai/twist
23:35 Deep Decarbonization
32:21 Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist
33:37 Defining the Carbon Management Industry
49:18 The nuts and bolts of Shayle’s fund
56:57 Shayle’s podcasts: Carbon Copy and Catalyst

Check out Energy Impact Partners: https://www.energyimpactpartners.com

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May 01, 2022
$AMZN & $AAPL earnings, Snap's drone, China softens on tech, AirBnB goes nomad + Landon from Inside | E1447
00:57:56

First, we cover 5 news stories: Amazon Q1 earnings (02:01), Apple's fiscal Q2 earnings (06:33), China's new tune for tech (12:06), AirBnB's long-term remote commitment (16:55) and Snap's new Pixy camera drone (24:48).  Then Producer Rachel interviews Landon Campbell of inTheir20s and inside.com about investing, landing big guests like Steve Wozniak for his podcast and what he's learned about how great people spent their 20s (29:47).

(00:00) Molly introduces today’s 5-for-5 Friday news stories
(02:01) Amazon Q1 Earnings
(06:33) Apple Q1 Earnings
(10:48) Gun.io - Get $250 off your first developer hire at https://Gun.io/twist!
(12:06) China Eases Tech Regs
(16:55) AirBnB Goes Remote
(23:42) Ourcrowd - Check out the deal of the week at https://ourcrowd.com/twist
(24:48) Snap’s Pixy Drone
(28:19) Producer Rachel introduces this week's OK Boomer
(29:47) OK Boomer: Producer Rachel interviews Landon Campbell of inTheir20s and inside.com
(34:28) Thorne - Personalized, scientific wellness. Go to https://Thorne.com/u/TWIST
(35:44) Producer Rachel and Landon on investing

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Apr 30, 2022
WeCrashed & Severance finales w/ Lon Harris + Twitter follower changes w/ The Verge's Corin Faife | E1446
01:42:31

First up, Lon Harris joins to break down the finales of WeCrashed (1:52) and Severance (34:50), then The Verge's Corin Faife joins to discuss his research on the sharp changes in Twitter follower counts for right-leaning and left-leaning accounts. (1:07:39)


0:00 Jason & Molly intro today’s show with some Don Julio 1942
1:52 Jason and Molly catch up with Lon Harris
5:10 Toasting to the WeCrashed finale
10:03 OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
11:23 Jason’s Jim Brooks wine story
16:50 “If you’re successful be generous”
20:00 LinkedIn Marketing - Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups
21:26 Was the WeCrashed ending satisfying?
32:46 iTrust - Visit https://itrust.capital/twist to create your Crypto IRA today
33:48 Final thoughts on WeCrashed’s pacing
34:50 Breaking down Severance
42:54 Similarities between Severance and WeCrashed, general thoughts on their social commentary
1:05:42 Wrapping up with Lon
1:07:39 Twitter confirmed organic fluctuations in follower counts after the Elon Musk deal was announced, and Corin Faife joins to break down the numbers
1:32:22 Jason and Molly’s thoughts on Twitter follower fluctuations

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Apr 29, 2022
Archegos founder arrested, Bolt sued by Authentic Brands, $GOOG & $MSFT earnings, Apple sells repair parts, EV Corvette | E1445
01:11:39

All news. First we break down the SEC's allegations from one of the craziest financial stories since Bernie Madoff, Archegos Capital (4:20). Then cover: Bolt being sued by its largest customer (28:47), Google and Microsoft's Q1 2022 earnings for the first quarter (42:45) and Apple selling iPhone spare parts and repair tools (1:02:10). We wrap with GM's EV corvette announcement (1:07:20).


00:00 Jason and Molly tee up today’s news stories
04:20 Archegos Capital owner Bill Hang and its CFO were arrested this morning for concealing billions of dollars of leverage that led to the firm closing last March
10:25 Cyvatar - Get your first 2 months free at https://cyvatar.ai/twist
11:42 More on the Archegos Capital fraud and losses
22:17 Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist
23:23 Family Offices and the Archegos fraud
28:47 Bolt sued by their largest customer for failing to deliver on product & potentially, maybe, allegedly committing light securities fraud?
38:42 Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
39:58 Facebook Q1 revenue up 7% y/y, net income down 21% y/y
42:45 Google reported earnings yesterday after the markets closed
51:58 Microsoft reported earnings yesterday after the markets closed
56:58 Manscaped released their Q4 and 2021 full year earnings
1:02:10 Apple acting on Right to Repair
1:07:20 Chevy is making an electric Corvette

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Apr 28, 2022
Jack's Twitter take & employee reactions, Medical NFTs, Hopin's $200M founder secondary sale | E1444
01:13:25

All news. We break down, Jack chiming in on Twitter’s sale to Elon Musk and the employee reactions (2:21). Then, we talk about an NFT project where Doctor influencers on TikTok are selling access to medical advice (40:02). To wrap, we cover Hopin’s fundraising at a large valuation, its founder's $195M secondary sale and more (52:27).


(00:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s news stories
(02:21) What did “Jack After Dark” have to say about Twitter deal?
(14:56) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST
(16:05) Jack feels Elon and Parag want Twitter to be maximally trusted and broadly inclusive
(20:30) How are Twitter employees feeling about the Elon Twitter deal?
(27:14) Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist
(28:29) Twitter has locked down any changes related to their platform to keep employees from “going rogue”
(35:01) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist
(36:15) People do their best work with Elon
(40:02) TikTok famous doctors are getting into NFT’s, and it’s a mess
(52:27) Hopin: virtual event startup struggles, their founder cashed out to $195M

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Apr 26, 2022
Twitter accepts Elon's buyout offer, EU's new algo rule, Pipedream Labs: Hyperloop for package delivery | E1443
01:08:40

First, we cover Twitter's Board accepting Elon Musk's take-private deal (1:41). Then, we cover a new EU social media regulation that will increase algorithm transparency called the Digital Services Act (41:34).  Our startup of the day is Pipedream Labs which is making a Hyperloop for package delivery (53:37).


(00:00) Jason and Molly intro today’s big news stories
(01:41) Elon Musk has acquired Twitter
(10:58) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
(12:14) Billionaires buying companies
(23:15) Ourcrowd - Check out the deal of the week at https://ourcrowd.com/twist
(24:22) Should Twitter expand its paid product?
(27:00) Doing a little dunking…
(33:30) Rocket - Go to http://getrocket.com/twist and use promo code TWIST for 20% off your first placement.
(33:47) Elon’s back and forth with the Saudi’s
(38:00) Bill Gates’ short position on Tesla
(41:34) EU requiring tech companies to explain algorithms
(53:05) We Live in the Future: Pipedream labs is building an underground delivery system
(1:02:17) Thesyndicate.com/climate update

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Apr 26, 2022
VC School: Deal Memos + Sphere CEO Alex Wright-Gladstein (Climate) | E1442
00:49:18

First, in a VC Sunday School segment, Jason explains his approach to deal memos (01:42) and what parts of a memo are most important. Then, in a This Week in Climate Startups segment, Molly chats with Alex Wright-Gladstein of Sphere (17:06) about offering climate friendly retirement plan options (21:43), financial incentives and more. 


(00:00) A teaser from today’s VCSS
(01:42) VCSS: Deal Memos
(10:06) iTrust Capital - Visit https://itrust.capital/twist to create your Crypto IRA today
(11:13) Which parts of deal memos do people really read?
(17:06) TWiCS w/Alex Wright-Gladstein of Sphere
(20:22) Microacquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist
(21:43) What makes it hard to have climate friendly options?
(30:44) Cyvatar - Get your first 2 months free at https://cyvatar.ai/twist
(32:03) How does everybody get paid?

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Apr 24, 2022
Twitter funding secured, Boring Co. raises $675M, Amazon's $1B VC fund, Ackman's $400M loss + The Lunar Society: Dwarkesh Patel | E1441
00:59:10

First Jason and Molly do four rapid news stories: Elon securing funding for the Twitter buyout (03:20), Bill Ackman’s $430M loss on Netflix (11:48), The Boring Company's $675M raise (18:47), Amazon’s $1B Industrial Innovation fund (28:56). Then, Producer Rachel interviews Dwarkesh Patel of The Lunar Society Podcast (37:12), he's a recent computer science graduate and one of the 42 people Jeff Bezos follows on Twitter!


(00:00) Jason and Molly intro today's show
(03:20) Elon secures funding
(09:59) Intercom - Get advanced Intercom features and Early Stage Academy at a 95% discount https://www.intercom.com/early-stage
(11:24) A little more on Elon solving the bot problem
(11:48) Ackman’s $430M loss
(18:47) Boring Co’s $675M raise
(23:17) Microsoft for Startups Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups
(24:35) The grand vision of The Boring Co.
(28:56) Amazon’s $1B fund
(32:51) Thorne - Personalized, scientific wellness. Go to https://Thorne.com/u/TWIST
(34:15) Introducing the OK Boomer Segment
(37:12) Dwarkesh Patel of The Lunar Society Podcast

Check out The Lunar Society: https://www.dwarkeshpatel.com/

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Apr 23, 2022
TSLA earnings + Streaming: WeCrashed & Severance review, CNN+ demise, Netflix’s future | 1440
01:37:26

First, Jason and Molly cover Tesla’s strong Q1 and gems from the earnings call (2:22),  then Lon Harris joins (31:32) to discuss WeCrashed episode 7 (34:17), Severance episodes 1-3 (58:46), Netflix’s rough Q1 and quality drop off (1:13:35) and CNN+ shutting down (1:26:40).


(00:00) Jason and Molly intro today’s news topics and their chat with Lon Harris
(02:22) Tesla had a blowout quarter in Q1 earnings
(14:12) Rocket - Go to http://getrocket.com/twist and use promo code TWIST for 20% off your first placement.
(15:33) Thinking of ways Tesla’s robotaxis could work
(21:37) LinkedIn - Post your first job for free at https://linkedIn.com/twist
(22:52) The power of Optimus; OpenAI getting sentient?
(29:06) iTrust Capital - Visit https://itrust.capital/twist to create your Crypto IRA today
(31:32) Talking WeCrashed, Severance, Netflix, and CNN+ with Lon Harris
(34:17) WeCrashed ep. 7 (SPOILERS)
(58:46) Severance ep. 1-3 (SPOILERS)
(1:13:35) Lon on Netflix dropping subscribers for first time since 2011
(1:26:40) Lon on Warner Bros Discovery shutting down CNN+ April 30th

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Apr 22, 2022
Netflix earnings breakdown, Kushner’s $3B pitch deck, CNN+ on pause, Grubhub for sale | E1439
01:29:22

First, we break down Netflix's earnings and discuss where Netflix’s content strategy might have gone wrong (2:46). Then, Jason pitches Jared Kushner’s leaked PE firm fundraising deck (35:15). We wrap with a discussion of Warner Bros. Discovery possibly killing CNN+ (56:27) and Just Eat Takeaway announcing they are looking into selling Grubhub, 10 months after finalizing a $7B acquisition (1:13:21)!


(00:00) Jason and Molly intro today’s news show

(02:46) Netflix reported a drop in subscribers for the first time ever in their Q1 earnings report

(13:54) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.co/twist

(15:14) Netflix vs. other streaming platforms

(24:47) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist

(26:06) Does Netflix need to take more risks with content?

(34:11) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist

(35:15) Jared Kushner’s $3B VC pitch deck was leaked by The Intercept… it’s exactly what you might expect

(56:27) Axios reports CNN+ is already in danger of being canned 3 weeks after launch

(1:13:21) Just Eat Takeaway announced they’re looking to sell Grubhub after finalizing $7.3B acquisition of the company just 10 months ago

(1:22:22) WeLove Adam Neumann

(1:25:06) All In Summit 30 days away


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Apr 21, 2022
Jack's candid Twitter takes, FB invests in African internet, Regent's electric Seaglider, Better.com layoffs | E1438
01:10:41

First, Jack is getting candid about Twitter’s board dysfunction (2:14). Then, we cover Facebook’s internet infrastructure development projects in Africa (24:31) and Better.com's new round of layoffs (33:53). Our startup of the day is Regent, which is making a regional seaplane (46:51). We wrap with a discussion of Zendesk considering a sale (1:01:34) and Telsa's third act (1:04:57).


(00:00) Jason and Molly intro today’s news
(02:14) “Jack After Dark” Dorsey tweeting candidly about twitter’s board
(13:20) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist
(14:33) What were Jack Dorsey’s plans?
(23:13) Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist
(24:31) Developing countries increasingly reliant on Meta for internet access
(32:39) Rocket - Go to http://getrocket.com/twist and use promo code TWIST for 20% off your first placement.
(33:53) Better.com started another round of layoffs
(46:51) Startup of the day: Regent
(1:01:34) Zendesk working with M&A advisor Qatalyst Partners on a potential sales
(1:04:57) TechCrunch earnings preview saying we may get a look into Pt. 3 of Tesla’s mission

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Apr 19, 2022
Q1 venture capital review, Twitter breaks, BeReal's new take on social & more | E1437
01:00:12

All-news show. First, we go over PitchBook’s Q1 Venture Monitor report where VC fundraising is high, but portfolio exits are down (3:08). Then, we discuss how the incoming CNN CEO Chris Licht and Chris Sacca are both taking a Twitter break (33:35), and touch on Alex Jones' InfoWars filing for bankruptcy (44:33). Our startup of the day is new social app BeReal (53:55).

(00:00) Jason and Molly intro today’s news stories
(03:08) PitchBook and the NVCA released Q1 2022 Venture Monitor, results are staggering
(12:32) Notion - Get started for free at https://notion.com/thisweekinstartups
(13:49) Q1 US VC funds raised combined $73.8B, more than half of 2021’s total of $131.5B
(23:13) Microsoft for Startups Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups
(24:30) Investing in supercycles
(32:23) Wealthfront - Get your first $5,000 managed for free, for life at https://wealthfront.com/TWIST
(33:35) Twitter breaks
(44:33) Alex Jones’ InfoWars filed for bankruptcy
(53:55) Startup of the day: BeReal

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Apr 19, 2022
Twitter's takeover defense, Meta's AR project with The Verge's Alex Heath + Wordcab's Aleks Smechov + OK Boomer: Rachel Cantor | E1436
02:00:35

Friday variety show! First, The Verge’s Alex Heath joins to talk about two big stories he recently broke (2:32): Facebook’s plans for AR glasses and Twitter’s internal reaction to Elon’s takeover bid. Molly sits down with LAUNCH Accelerator founder Aleks Smechov whose company Wordcab specifically focuses on speech-to-text AI summaries (1:04:54). We wrap with an edition of OK Boomer where Producer Rachel talks to writer and marketer Rachel Cantor (1:18:51)!


(00:00) Molly tees up today’s variety show
(02:32) Alex Heath from The Verge joins to discuss the news he broke on Facebook/Meta’s further push into AR/VR
(10:40) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
(11:59) Mark Zuckerberg’s ego in the AR/VR race, CTRL-labs acquisition a cool move or a fool move?
(22:17) Gun.io - Get $250 off your first developer hire at https://Gun.io/twist!
(23:33) Magic Leap & where is Microsoft in AR/VR?
(33:24) Microsoft for Startups Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups
(34:41) Will Google get more involved with AR/VR?
(38:04) Twitter's all-hands and future prospects
(1:04:54) Introducing Molly’s interview w/Wordcab’s founder & CEO Aleks Smechov
(1:07:10) Molly’s interview w/Wordcab founder & CEO Aleks Smechov
(1:18:51) Toss to OKB w/Rachel & Rachel Cantor of Tydo

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Apr 15, 2022
Elon offers to take $TWTR private at $43B + Autonomous car drives away from police | E1435
01:09:39

All news show. First, Jason and Molly debrief after their Worldcoin interview (2:37). Next, they discuss Elon Musk's take-private offer for Twitter at $43B (08:50), the highlights from Elon's TED interview (15:33), and more (24:53). In a We Live in the Future segment, we react to a viral video of police pulling over self-driving Cruise car (58:38).


(00:00) Jason and Molly intro today’s Elon/Twitter packed news day
(02:37) Discussing Worldcoin and dictating narratives
(08:50) Elon offers to purchase all outstanding shares of Twitter and take the company private, a deal worth $43B
(14:01) LinkedIn Marketing - Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups
(15:33) Elon Musk speaks at TED on 4/14/22 about open-sourcing the Twitter algorithm
(23:32) Indochino - Get $50 off any purchase of $399 or more by using code TWIST at checkout https://www.indochino.com
(24:53) Elon on increasing the trust in Twitter as a public platform
(32:42) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
(34:04) Are Elon’s claims about Twitter credible?
(58:38) WLITF: Vid of police pulling over self-driving Cruise car goes viral

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Apr 14, 2022
Meta's 47.5% take rate + Worldcoin CEO Alex Blania: onboarding the globe to crypto | E1434
01:01:18

First, we cover Meta's announcement that they will be taking 47.5% creator fees on their Horizons platform (2:17) and A16Z’s Crypto lead Chris Dixon ranking number one on the Forbes Midas List. Then, Jason and Molly chat with Worldcoin CEO Alex Blania to talk about the crypto project he launched with OpenAI CEO Sam Altman (11:08). Worldcoin is scanning people’s irises with custom-made hardware and aspires to reach over 1 billion people (23:21). Alex addresses privacy concerns, scaling challenges (32:45) and more.


(00:00) Molly Intros today’s crypto episode
(02:17) FB taking 47.5% cut of all transactions in their Horizon Worlds Metaverse
(08:07) Chris Dixon named #1 VC in the world by Forbes
(09:49) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
(11:08) Interview with Alex Blania of Worldcoin
(22:16) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist
(23:21) Worldcoin’s iris-scanner “Worldcoin Orb”
(31:32) iTrust Capital - Visit https://itrust.capital/twist to create your Crypto IRA today
(32:45) Discussing the controversy surrounding Worldcoin’s iris scanning

Check out Worldcoin: https://www.worldcoin.org

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Apr 13, 2022
Shopify Board proposes share restructuring + The Atlantic's Derek Thompson, Why American Teens Are So Sad | E1433
01:15:50

First we discuss Shopify planning 10-to-1 stock split & increasing CEO/Founder Tobi Luke’s control from 34% to 40% (1:42). Then, the Atlantic's Derek Thompson joins to discuss his piece “Why American Teens Are So Sad” (25:59), including the impacts of new-parenting styles (33:38), social media (44:10) and infinite news. 

Check out Derek's piece: https://www.theatlantic.com/newsletters/archive/2022/04/american-teens-sadness-depression-anxiety/629524/

FOLLOW Derek: https://twitter.com/DKThomp


(00:00) Jason and Molly tee up today’s show
(01:42) Shopify planning 10-to-1 stock split & increasing CEO/Founder Tobi Luke’s control from 34% to 40%
(14:31) Rocket - Go to http://getrocket.com/twist and use promo code TWIST for 20% off your first placement.
(15:44) Is Tobi Luke pressing his advantage?
(24:45) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist
(25:59) Talking to The Atlantic's Derek Thompson about his piece “Why American Teens Are So Sad”
(32:14) Dell For Startups - Apply and get up to 45% off at http://dell.com/twist
(33:38) How does parenting or over-parenting play into increased teenage sadness?
(44:10) Should social media be regulated for kids similar to alcohol?


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Apr 13, 2022
Elon no longer joining $TWTR board, Breslow's Instacart case-study, NYT tells reporters to reduce time on Twitter | E1432
01:00:28

All news show. First, we discuss Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal announcing that Elon has reversed his decision to join Twitter's board (04:10) and the NYT's Editor telling reporters to stop tweeting so much in an internal memo (31:29). Then, we discuss Ryan Breslow's latest series of threads, including one claiming that Instacart’s CEO was shadow-fired by Sequoia (44:35). 


(00:00) Jason on meeting Harrison Ford
(01:42) Jason and Molly catching up
(04:10) Elon reverses decision to join Twitter board, according to CEO Parag Agrawal
(12:09) Microsoft for Startups Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups
(13:44) Molly’s take on Elon’s deleted tweets and board seat story
(20:30) Assure - To get 20% off your first Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) visit https://Assure.co/twist
(22:04) Is Twitter dying and why?
(30:08) Microacquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist
(31:29) NYT told its reporters to stop tweeting so much in an internal memo from executive editor Dean
(44:35) Ryan Breslow posted another series of threads over the weekend, including one claiming that Instacart’s CEO was shadow-fired by Sequoia

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Apr 12, 2022
Investing in down rounds (VC School) + The Lightsmith Group Co-Founder Jay Koh (Climate) | E1431
00:45:17

Another Sunday edition of This Week in Startups! In VC Sunday School, Jason answers a question about investing in down rounds (1:54)from "Noti Gang" member Bob Gee. Then, Molly has a great interview with Jay Koh (12:16), an investor at The Lightsmith Group about how he invests in the climate landscape (20:41), cautionary tales from the first climate investing wave (32:13), and more.


(0:00) Jason intros today’s episode
(1:54) VCSS: Has Jason Participated in a down round and what were his lessons?
(11:00) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
(12:16) TWiCS Intro: Molly’s interview with Jay Koh
(19:10) Intercom - Get advanced Intercom features and Early Stage Academy at a 95% discount https://www.intercom.com/early-stage
(20:41) Overlooked areas in the climate landscape (ie. supply chain management)
(30:28) Microsoft for Startups Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups
(31:45) Are there areas venture should steer clear of when it comes to climate?

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Apr 10, 2022
BONUS - Jason on This Week in Startups Australia
00:38:27

Jason talks about how he sees the startup landscape developing, running remote teams and more on This Week in Startups Australia with Mark Pesce.

Check out TWISTA: https://twistartupsaus.com/

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Apr 09, 2022
Macro insights with Rose Technology CEO Alex Campbell + TCG Crypto's Gaby Goldberg | E1430
01:33:04

First, Jason chats with Alex Campbell of Rose Technology, a data analytics tool and marketplace that helps organizations more clearly understand macro trends (1:28). Alex is a former trader for Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates and shares some incredible insights on the global macro environment across Chinese real estate (10:45), investment rates, Bitcoin, Tether, historical financial crises (43:36) and more. Then, for another edition of "OK Boomer," Producer Rachel Chats with Gaby Goldberg (1:08:45) from TCG's Crypto investment arm. They talk about resources to get started in crypto (1:28:52) and why Gaby invests at the intersection of consumer and crypto.


Check out Rose: https://www.rose.ai

FOLLOW Alex: https://twitter.com/ABCampbell

Charts referenced by Alex: https://bit.ly/twistchartsrose

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Gaby's Web 3 Reading List: https://bit.ly/GabyWeb3List

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(00:00) Jason intros the show
(1:28) Interview with Alexander Campbell of Rose Technologies
(9:35) First Republic Bank - Discover what a long-term financial relationship can do for you. Visit https://firstrepublic.com/startup today to learn more.
(10:45) The property bubble in China
(15:40) Patterns of migration and economic impact
(19:49) Rocket - Go to http://getrocket.com/twist and use promo code TWIST for 20% off your first placement.
(21:04) Predicting recessions
(25:48) The transaction costs of different payment networks
(30:55) Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist
(32:14) Discussing the long term value of Bitcoin
(36:07) Risks of holding Chinese real estate bonds
(43:36) British-American economic history
(54:50) The changing world order
(1:05:10) How you can get in contact with Alex
(1:08:45) OK Boomer with Gaby Goldberg of TCG Crypto
(1:28:52) Gaby's best Web 3 resources

Apr 08, 2022
Portfolio construction, Sequoia's transition & Fast with Acquired.FM + The Dropout: This Week in Streaming with Lon Harris | E1429
01:37:48

First, Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal from Acquired join Jason to talk portfolio construction (13:41), Roelof Botha succeeding Doug Leone at Sequoia (30:58), and to debate the takeaway from Fast's demise (52:22). Then Lon Harris from Inside Streaming joins to discuss the final two episodes of The Dropout (1:24:16)!

(00:00) Jason intros today’s show
(1:31) Catching up w/ the http://acquired.fm guys: David Rosenthal and Ben Gilbert
(12:25) Fiverr - Sign up for https://Fiverr.com/Business free for the first year and save 10% on your purchase with promo code JASON
(13:41) Ben on investing in tech
(21:39) Ourcrowd - Check out the deal of the week at https://ourcrowd.com/twist
(22:46) How David thinks about his capital allocation
(29:41) Notion - Get started for free at https://notion.com/thisweekinstartups
(30:58) Talking about Doug Leone’s retirement
(52:22) Talking about the elephant in the room: Fast.co shutdown
(1:24:16) Talking with Lon Harris about the finale of “The Dropout”

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Apr 08, 2022
Uber travel, OpenAI illustrator, Edit button, CNN+ review + Dune Analytics CEO Fredrik Haga | E1428
01:11:28

We kick off our crypto series with Dune Analytics CEO and Founder Frederik Haga about crypto on-chain analytics (37:23). But first, Jason covers Uber’s piloting long-distance travel bookings in the UK, Twitter’s edit button announcement, Open AI’s new Dall-E 2 product, and does a quick CNN Plus review!


(00:00) Jason intros the show
(01:44) Uber testing long distance travel
(07:34) Twitter adding edit button
(14:30) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist
(15:34) WLiTF: OpenAI releases DALL-E
(22:31) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
(23:47) Starups creating swag before product market fit / Gary Darna of Fast looking for work
(26:30) CNN plus review
(35:00) Rocket - Go to http://getrocket.com/twist and use promo code TWIST for 20% off your first placement.
(36:14) Toss to Jason and Molly’s interview with Fredrik Haga
(37:23) Interview with Dune Analytics CEO Fredrik Haga

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Apr 06, 2022
FB vs. Apple on AR and Ads, Twitter's Future, Conflict, Crypto Regulation with Antonio Garcia Martinez & Zach Coelius | E1427
01:43:43

Antonio Garcia Martinez (Chaos Monkeys, The Pull Request) and Zach Coelius (Investor, Coelius Capital) join to discuss a wide range of news topics including Antonio's trip to Ukraine, the one-click company Fast closing down, Elon Musk joining Twitter's board, Apple taking on Facebook in ads (and how it will impact the battle for Ar/VR), crypto regulation and more!

(00:00) Intro
(01:08) Jason catches up with AGM & Zach Coelius
(11:03) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist
(12:18) AGM on going to Ukraine
(23:10) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST
(24:37) Zach and AGM on if the US would go to war
(30:43) Microsoft for Startups Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups
(32:00) More on Ukraine and America’s feelings towards Putin and Russia
(48:38) Fast (one-click checkout startup) closes down
(52:24) Thoughts on Elon Musk joining Twitter board
(1:02:50) Talking about FB hurt by Apple App tracking transparency update

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Apr 06, 2022
Elon buys ~9% stake in Twitter + Freestyle Capital's Dave Samuel | E1426
01:02:06

First, Jason and Molly discuss Elon buying a 9.2% stake in Twitter (01:50). Then, Dave Samuel of Freestyle VC joins (23:18) for a discussion on early stage investing. Freestyle invested early in startups including Airtable, Patreon and Intercom. We talk about how fund size dictates strategy, how to give feedback to founders (especially when it's a no) and more. 


(00:00) Jason and Molly intro today’s show
(01:50) Elon takes 9.2% stake in Twitter, TWTR stock up ~28% today
(11:09) Masterworks - Skip the waitlist to invest in art using promo code TWIST at https://Masterworks.io/twist
(12:250 Do we want more people to take stakes like this?
(20:58) Ourcrowd - Check out the deal of the week at https://ourcrowd.com/twist
(23:18) Interview with Dave Samuel of Freestyle VC
(30:13) iTrust Capital - Visit https://itrust.capital/twist to create your Crypto IRA today
(31:27) Dave’s lessons for other capital allocators and founders

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Apr 05, 2022
Inbound vs. outbound deal flow (VC School) + Jason Jacobs of My Climate Journey | E1425
01:07:17

Sunday double-header! In the opening VC Sunday School segment, Jason discusses deal flow (1:43), you will learn:

1. Inbound vs. outbound deal flow

2. Tactics VCs use to streamline their deal flow 

3. Jason's philosophy on responding to founders - Your process is my opportunity 


Then, Molly chats with Jason Jacobs of My Climate Journey about scaling climate tech investing, inspiring people to solve climate problems and the tangible value of community (21:27). 


(00:00) Jason and Molly introduce the show
(01:43) VCSS: Inbound/outbound deal flow in VC
(11:30) Rocket - Go to http://getrocket.com/twist and use promo code TWIST for 20% off your first placement.
(12:42) Introductions and double opt-in tactics
(19:16) Introducing the This Week in Climate Startups segment
(20:10) Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist
(21:27) TWiCS w/Jason Jacobs of My Climate Journey
(30:19) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
(32:32) “Climate touches everything”
(39:13) When did the community and content become capital?
(49:48) How Jason Jacobs invests
(57:14) The Climate Startup Jason wished existed

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Apr 03, 2022
GoPuff & Fast trimming staff + Bradley Tusk on tech regulation + Glimpse Co-founder Akash Raju | E1424
01:50:39

First Jason and Molly discuss instant delivery company GoPuff and 1-click checkout company Fast making layoffs (2:22). Then, Bradley Tusk of Tusk Ventures joins to discuss Uber’s Taxi strategy in NYC, sports betting and tech regulation (40:06). Then in our Ok Boomer segment Rachel talks to Akash Raju, co-founder of Glimpse, brands pay Glimpse a subscription fee for the products to be featured in short-term rentals (1:36:47).


(00:00) Jason and Molly intro the show
(02:22) GoPuff to layoff ~3% of its workforce to cut $40M in costs ahead of IPO
(11:43) Ourcrowd - Check out the deal of the week at https://ourcrowd.com/twist
(12:56) Red flags with GoPuff story
(26:22) Boast - Get your R&D tax credits without the hassle at https://boast.ai/twist
(27:42) Fast considering layoffs, trying to find buyer, fail to raise at two different valuations over past few months
(38:02) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
(39:18) Introducing the Bradley Tusk interview
(40:06) Bradley Tusk of Tusk Ventures joins to talk about Uber and regulation
(57:05) The future of gambling
(1:26:00) Psychedelics
(1:36:46) OK Boomer intro - Akash Raju from Glimpse
(1:37:47) OK with Producer Rachel and Akash Raju, CEO + Co-founder of Glimpse

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Apr 01, 2022
NFT exclusive restaurant: FlyFish Club CEO David Rodolitz + Reviewing We Crashed & The Dropout with Lon Harris | E1423
01:13:34

Lon Harris joins us for This Week in Streaming to break down WeCrashed episode 4 AND The Dropout episode 6 (1:54). Then, we have David Rodolitz, the CEO and Co-Founder of FlyFish Club, which is NYC’s first NFT restaurant (45:20). 


(00:00) Jason and Molly intro the show
(01:54) Lon Harris on WeCrashed
(12:23) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist
(13:33) The persuasive power of Adam Neuman
(16:09) Shifting to discuss The Dropout
(22:55) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
(24:13) Lessons from The Dropout
(32:20) Gun.io - Get $250 off your first developer hire at https://Gun.io/twist!
(33:37) Lon’s thoughts on "the slap"
(44:59) Transitioning to our interview with David Rodolitz
(45:20) David Rodolitz, CEO of FlyFish Club

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Mar 31, 2022
Facebook funding anti-TikTok lobbyists with Taylor Lorenz + SEC SPAC crackdown, Fast vs. Bolt | E1422
01:11:44

First up, Taylor Lorenz joins to talk about her newest scoop for the Washington Post: Facebook hired a GOP firm to trash TikTok (2:18)! Then, we discuss the SEC considering cracking down on SPACs (39:40), lastly we cover Fast, a 500-person one-click checkout startup, reportedly generating less than $1M in revenue (1:01:14). 

Read Taylor's Article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/03/30/facebook-tiktok-targeted-victory/

Taylor Lorenz’s book: www.goodreads.com/book/show/58818667-extremely-online

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(00:00) Jason and Molly intro the show
(02:18) Taylor Lorenz from the Washington Post on Facebook using Targeted Victory
(11:27) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
(12:41) Separating the legitimate concerns from fake stories
(21:03) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist
(22:21) Measuring the likelihood of TikTok being banned in the U.S.
(31:20) Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist
(32:37) Should journalists be encouraged to build their own brands?
(39:40) SEC meeting TODAY (3/30/22) to discuss crackdown on SPACs, specifically allowing investors to SUE over “embellished projections”
(1:01:14) Bolt’s one-click checkout competitor “Fast” having trouble raising $100M at a $1B valuation, according to The Information

Mar 30, 2022
$625M Axie Infinity Ronin Bridge hack, $TWLO insider trading, Subject's learning platform, $HOOD extends trading hours | E1421
00:54:35

First we explain the $625M hack of Axie Infinity’s Ronin Bridge (1:34), then we discuss the engineers at Twilio who allegedly insider traded (17:30). Next we discuss Robinhood extending its trading window by four hours a day (29:50) and wrap with our startup of the day is Subject, a company providing high school courses for credit online (37:39).


00:00 Molly tees up today's topics
01:34 Axie Infinity’s Ronin blockchain was hacked for over $600M
13:31 Wealthfront - Get your first $5,000 managed for free, for life at https://wealthfront.com/TWIST15:00 Regulation and Axie Infinity hacks
17:30 SEC has charged three Twilio employees for insider trading
28:39 iTrust Capital - Visit https://itrust.capital/twist to create your Crypto IRA today
29:50 Robinhood extends trading window by 4 hours
36:22 Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST
37:39 Startup of the Day: Subject.com (accredited learning platform)
48:22 Final thoughts on the 2022 Oscars moment

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Mar 30, 2022
Oscars recap, FTX investors don't hold board seats, Apple working on hardware subscriptions | E1420
01:13:32

All news show. First, we recap the Oscars, including "The Slap" and Apple winning Best Picture (02:17).  Then, we discuss $32B crypto derivate exchange FTX not having investors on its Board of Directors (42:45), Apple's reported hardware subscription (01:02:12) and Jason's Hot Tub story (01:09:57).

(00:00) Jason and Molly intro the show
(02:17) Talking about the 2022 Oscars slap: initial thoughts, reactions, etc.
(11:47) LinkedIn - Post your first job for free at https://linkedIn.com/twist
(13:18) More thoughts on the 2022 Oscars slap
(23:47) Rocket - Go to http://getrocket.com/twist and use promo code TWIST for 20% off your first placement.
(24:58) “Coda” from Apple TV+ becomes first streaming movie to win best picture at Oscars
(37:28) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
(38:45) Toxic celebrity culture and how that ties into founders
(42:45) FTX, one of the fastest growing crypto exchanges in the world is worth $32B and no investors have board seats
(01:02:12) Bloomberg reported that Apple is working on a hardware subscription for iPhones and iPads
(01:09:57) The Hot Tub story

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Mar 29, 2022
Understanding non-dilutive fundraising options + Continuum Ag Founder Mitchell Hora | E1419
00:57:13

Sunday Double-header! First, in VC Sunday School, Jason explains non-dilutive funding's impact on startups (2:18). Then, Molly interviews Continuum Ag Founder Mitchell Hora. His company helps farmers analyze their soil and create a roadmap improve it via a holistic approach known as regenerative agriculture (21:33).

(00:00) Jason and Molly tee-up the show
(02:18) VCSS: Discussing non-dilutive funding
(12:37) Intercom - Get advanced Intercom features and Early Stage Academy at a 95% discount https://www.intercom.com/early-stage
(13:53) More on venture debt and factoring
(18:33) Jason and Molly Introduce the Climate Guest
(20:17) Cyvatar - Get your first 2 months free at https://cyvatar.ai/twist
(21:33) TWiCS w/ Mitchell Hora of Continuum Ag
(30:20) Thorne - Personalized, scientific wellness. Go to https://Thorne.com/u/TWIST
(31:23) Mitchell Hora on the importance of healthy, balanced soil

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Mar 27, 2022
Teenage hacking phenom allegedly caught, Molly's Hall of Fame induction & OK Boomer | E1418
00:50:09

Another Friday variety show! First up, Jason and Molly break down the 16-year old hacking phenom who was allegedly behind the recent hacks at Microsoft, Nvidia and Okta, and might have just been caught (1:13). Then, the duo covers Molly's induction into LIBSYN's Podcasting Hall of Fame (6:46) and reminisces on the early days of podcasting including their first podcast together over 16 years ago (11:19). Finally, Producer Rachel is back with another edition of OK Boomer, this time with Miami Hack Week founder Ja’dan Johnson (20:19).

Mar 26, 2022
Streaming news! Breaking down WeCrashed E1-3 & The Dropout E5 with Lon Harris | E1417
01:02:56

Lon Harris joins Molly and Jason to talk WeCrashed, The Dropout and Super Pumped! First, they play a round of "Boff, Marry, Kill" between the three shows (1:16), before breaking down the first three episodes of WeCrashed (16:15) and the two lead performances (24:25). They finish with a quick chat on The Dropout and examine the potential of a "tech cinematic universe" (34:15).

Mar 25, 2022
Katie Haun's $1.5B web3 fund, Yuga Labs worth $4B, Apple's BNPL play + ChroniFI's Ben Miller | E1416
01:01:23

Jason and Molly take on another Five in Five! Five stories in (a little over) five minutes each: Katie Haun's record-breaking $1.5B debut web3 fund (2:50), Yuga Labs raising $450M at a $4B valuation (12:42), Apple's potential BNPL play (25:23), Worldcoin's $100M raise and privacy concerns (29:59) and Nothing's new iPhone competitor (40:13). Then, Molly talks to ChroniFI Founder & CEO Ben Miller on building a consumer software product that helps people plan for financial independence. (48:59)

Mar 24, 2022
How Apple can win podcasting, Bezos' leadership, MBAs raising search funds & FDNY robodogs | E1415
00:55:07

Tuesday news day! Jason and Molly break down the following stories: Apple's "new" creator tools, and brainstorming on how they could dominate podcasting again (2:23), Jeff Bezos' letter to shareholders from 2000, when Amazon's share price was down ~80% from its dot-com bubble peak (16:02), understanding search funds and why elite MBA grads are raising them (38:23). Finally, they wrap with a WLiTF segment about the FDNY purchasing a couple of Boston Dynamics "robodogs" to help with search and rescue missions. (47:15)

Mar 23, 2022
Sequoia debuts Arc, SEC considering climate disclosures, Disney CEO fallout & more | E1414
00:58:42

Monday news! Jason and Molly have some big stories to discuss: Sequoia's new "catalyst" program, called Arc (2:37), SEC considering mandating climate disclosures from public companies (19:21), another Startup of the Day (33:28), and they wrap by covering some interesting ongoings at Disney regarding its new CEO and Bob Iger (41:13).


0:00 Jason and Molly intro today’s news: Sequoia debuts Arc, SEC to vote on disclosures of emissions/climate risks, Startup of the day: Heirloom, Disney's CEO fallout
2:37 Sequoia announces Arc, startup “catalyst”
11:14 Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
12:37 Arc accepting Russian founder applications
18:12 OurCrowd - Check out the deal of the week at https://ourcrowd.com/twist
19:21 SEC to vote on disclosures of emissions/climate risks
32:11 OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
33:28 Startup of the day: Heirloom (climate-tech co. using heated limestone to remove CO₂ from atmosphere)
41:13 CNBC reports former Disney CEO Bob Iger and his replacement Bob Chapek have had a falling out since Iger stepped down

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Mar 22, 2022
Super Pro Rata (VC Sunday School) + ClimateCheck Founder Cal Inman (Climate) | E1413
00:44:56

Sunday Double-header! First, in VC Sunday School, Jason discusses and defends his pro rata strategy (1:26). Then, Molly interviews ClimateCheck founder Cal Inman. His company analyzes and risk-rates real estate based on expected changes to the world’s climate (14:43)!


Show Notes

(00:00) Pro Rata VC Sunday School + Assessing Climate Risk
(01:26) Why some investors warn against Super Pro Rata
(08:02) Is there an advantage to having more investors on the cap table?
(13:27) Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist
(14:43) This Week in Climate Startups - Cal Inman of Climate Check
(17:49) How ClimateCheck integrates data for predictions
(23:17) How climate predictions are influencing buying decisions
(24:46) Bubble. Get one month free of a no-code plan at https://bubble.io/twist
(26:14) How financial partners are responding to increasing climate risks
(30:45) Incorporating resilience preparedness into ClimateCheck
(35:33) Rocket - Go to http://getrocket.com/twist promo code TWIST for 20% off your first placement.
(37:14) Next steps for ClimateCheck
(43:28) The latest from the TWIST team

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Mar 20, 2022
NEWS: $BABA & $TCEHY layoffs, Google's AR purchase, $APE coin; OK Boomer: Smirk | E1412
01:07:33

First, Jason and Molly rip through the news (1:44). They cover looming layoffs at two Chinese tech giants (2:31), Google getting back into the AR glasses race with a new acquisition (7:27), chaos in the instant delivery space (13:15), and Yuga Labs launching $APE coin, a BAYC token. (24:58) Then, Producer Rachel interviews Smirk founder Preson Attebery on mobile gaming, the future of social gaming, and more! (33:00)


0:00 Jason and Molly tee up today's topics!
1:44 Rapid fire news!
2:31 Alibaba & Tencent brace for massive layoffs
7:27 Google re-enters the AR glasses race with its $1B acquisition of Micro LED startup Raxium
11:48 Dell For Startups - Visit http://dell.com/twist to apply for Dell for Startups and get up to 45% off select items!
13:15 Instant delivery madness: Getir raises at a $12B valuation, Russian-based Buyk declares bankruptcy due to inability to fundraise from Russian sanctions
23:20 LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedIn.com/twist
24:58 Yuga Labs launches $APE coin
31:47 Intercom - Get access to Intercom's Early Stage Academy at a 95% discount at https://www.intercom.com/early-stage
33:00 Producer Rachel joins to tee up today's OK Boomer segment
34:42 OK Boomer: Smirk Founder Preston Attebery
1:06:02 Plugs!

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Mar 20, 2022
Reacting to Super Pumped (Uber) & The Dropout (Theranos) with Lon Harris +OneShop CEO Nick McHenry | E1411
01:19:27

We chat film expert, podcaster, and Inside.com writer Lon Harris to talk about tech's latest streaming series The Dropout and Super Pumped! After that conversation, Molly sits down with LAUNCH founder Nick McHenry for a quick interview about his startup OneShop (1:08:00).


Show Notes:

(00:00) Jason and Molly intro today’s show: Reviewing shows “The Dropout” and “Super Pumped” with Lon Harris, interview w/Nick McHenry of OneShop
(02:07) Catching up w/OG TWiST cast member Lon Harris
(09:31) Vanta - Get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist
(10:47) Jason and Molly talk to Lon about “The Dropout” (the Theranos show)
(23:16) Odoo - Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist
(24:26) Favorite scenes and performances in “The Dropout”
(39:05) Coda - The All-in-one doc for teams, get a $1,000 credit at https://coda.io/twist
(40:30) Discussing “Super Pumped” - is it realistic?
(01:08:00) Molly interviews Nick McHenry of OneShop on his LAUNCH journey and scaling E-commerce

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Mar 18, 2022
Spotify x Barcelona, ex-Disney CEO joins Genies, AMC gold mine + D.A. Wallach: music and bio-investing | Angel S6 E10 | E1410
01:30:16

We wrap up Angel Season 6 on First Time Funds with Pharrell Williams-signed rocker turned investor D.A. Wallach of TimeBio Ventures (32:23). But first, we do 4 rapid-fire news topics: Spotify spent ~$307M on FC Barcelona naming rights (2:56), AMC acquired a 22% stake in gold miner (10:29), Ex-Disney CEO Bob Iger joins the NFT avatar company Genies’ Board (16:14) and we break down the anatomy of two alleged NFT grifts (22:35).


(00:00) Jason and Molly intro the show: Spotify & FC Barcelona, AMC goes for Gold, Bob Iger joins Genies, NFT Grifts, Angel interview w/ DA Wallach
(02:56) Spotify drops reported ~$307M on FC Barcelona stadium naming rights
(09:18) Ourcrowd - Check out the deal of the week at https://ourcrowd.com/angel
(10:29) AMC goes for Gold
(16:14) Bob Iger joins Genies board
(21:19) Embroker - Get an extra 10% off insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist
(22:35) Anatomy of NFT Grifts
(31:03) LinkedIn Jobs - Go to https://linkedIn.com/angel and post your first job for free.
(32:23) Angel S6 w/ DA Wallach of Time BioVentures

Check out Time Bio Ventures: https://www.timebioventures.com

D.A.'s Blog: http://www.dawallach.com

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Mar 17, 2022
Ex-FB Diem team builds Aptos blockchain, Metamask parent ConsenSys raises $450M, Mojo's athlete betting market, Zero Grocery shutdown | E1409
01:29:05

First, we discuss a new Layer 1 blockchain called Aptos, valued at $1B in a recent round led by a16z (2:42). Then discuss MetaMask’s parent Consensys raising 450M at a $7B valuation (39:47). Our startup of the day is Mojo, which is building a stock market-like product to “bet on athletes” (51:35). Next, we do a post-mortem for our "shutdown of the day," Zero Grocery, a grocery delivery company that closed down this month after announcing raising $12M a month ago (59:06). To wrap, Jason chats with JJ Foster, a listener who did some show notes for us (01:11:05).


Show Notes

(0:00) Jason and Molly intro the show
(02:42) Former Facebook employees raise $200M to build out blockchain
(14:55) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist
(16:13) Thoughts on Facebook and centralized currency
(28:22) Mercury - Banking built for startups. See more at https://mercury.com/twist
(29:40) Breaking News: Bain Capital Crypto hires woman partner
(36:27) Gun.io - Get $250 off your first developer hire at https://Gun.io/twist!
(39:47) ConsenSys raised $450M Series D valued at $7B
(51:35) Startup of the day: Mojo
(59:06) Shutdown of the day: Zero Grocery
(1:11:05) 05 Jason mentors noti gang member JJ Foster about his career

Check out The TWIST Podcast Notes: https://www.thisweekinstartups.com/notes

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Mar 16, 2022
Blue Origin picks Pete, NYT launches Telegram channel, Clearview AI in Ukraine, Semiconductor pains | E1408
00:53:13

It's an all-news show. We discuss Blue Origin selecting Pete Davidson to go space (2:47), Clearview AI offering their facial recognition services to the Ukrainian government (24:58), the NYT launching a Telegram channel and semiconductor slowdowns forcing Ford to ship Explorers without rear AC controls (44:00). 


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