The Techno-Optimist Manifesto with Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz

a16z | 25 October 2023 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz discuss Andreessen’s article The Techno-Optimist Manifesto. Challenges the pessimistic narrative surrounding technology today, celebrating it as a liberating force that can lead to growth, progress and abundance for all. Discusses how technological advancements can improve the quality of human life, uplift marginalized communities, and even encourage us to answer the bigger questions of the universe.

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Marc Andreessen – AI, Crypto, Regrets, Vulnerabilities, & Managerial Revolution

The Lunar Society | 1 February 2023 | 1h 19m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Marc Andreessen discussing how AI will revolutionize software; whether NFTs are useless, & whether he should be funding flying cars instead; a16z’s biggest vulnerabilities; the future of fusion, education, Twitter, venture, managerialism, & big tech.

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The Economics of Carbon Removal with Nan Ransohoff

a16z | 30 November 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nan Ransohoff about using a nearly $1B advanced market commitment fund to try to jumpstart the market for carbon removal. Discusses the multivariate carbon equation, why emission reductions are not enough, the difference between offsets and permanent removal, who’s paying for tons today, moving down the cost curve, where policy fits in, and ultimately what success might look like in this nascent industry. Part 1 of a 3-part series on carbon removal.

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Amazon Narratives: Memos, Working Backwards from Release, More

a16z | 8 February 2021 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Colin Bryar and Bill Carr about their book Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon. Shares inside stories behind AWS, Kindle and Prime along with the leadership principles, decision-making practices, and operational processes that delivered them. Discusses lean MVP; the internal API economy; whether you need a chief product officer; coordination as a business grows; the power of narratives; and more.

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Textiles as Tech, Science, Math, Culture… or Civilization

a16z | 24 October 2020 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Virginia Postrel about her book The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World. Discusses the ubiquitousness of textile metaphors; the genetics of cotton; the supply chain of silk (including early machines, early management techniques, maestra and notions of expertise); the storage and transmission of knowledge; knitting and AI; and the environmental impact of dyes.

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The Question of Education

a16z | 11 September 2020 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Marc Andreessen and Dylan Field discuss education. Covers the purpose, past and present of education; economics of education (student loans, the debt crisis, government funding, industry cost disease, credentialing and accreditation capture); tradeoffs of hard and soft degrees when it comes to making money and assessing skills objectively; and advice for students.

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Remote Work and Our New Reality

a16z | 23 March 2020 | 0h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Ulevitch, and Lauren Murrow about the swift rise of remote work and virtual networking amid the spread of the coronavirus. Covers the platforms powering our newly homebound workforce (and student body), creative use cases for video conferencing and streaming—from online education to virtual therapy—and whether remote work will become the new normal.

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