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.

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.

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.

How to Decide, Convey vs. Convince, & More

a16z | 8 October 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Annie Duke about her book How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices. Offers concrete advice on strategies, mindsets and tools to make better decisions under uncertainty.

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.

Tough Love, Global Diplomacy, and Lessons on Leadership

a16z | 14 February 2020 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Susan Rice about her book Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For. Discusses her life and career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy. Covers her family background, education, career development, self-belief, strategic compartmentalisation, compassionate leadership, work-life balance, standing up for herself, China, and more.

Why We Should Be Optimistic About the Future

a16z | 2 January 2020 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Kevin Kelly and Marc Andreessen discuss the evolution of technology, key trends, and why they’re optimistic about the future. Lots of insightful perspectives on technology.

From the Internet’s Past to the Future of Crypto

a16z | 29 August 2019 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Marc Andreessen applying lessons from the history of the internet to the future of crypto. Why crypto is an important evolution (or revolution) of the internet. What entrepreneurs, corporations, and policymakers can learn from the beginnings of the browser, e-commerce, and other examples about how emerging technologies move forward.