Paul Graham on Ambition, Art, and Evaluating Talent

Conversations with Tyler | 9 August 2023 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Paul Graham discussing what areas of talent judgment his wife is better at, whether young founders have gotten rarer, whether he still takes a dim view of solo founders, how to 2x ambition in the developed world, on the minute past which a Y Combinator interviewer is unlikely to change their mind, what YC learned after rejecting companies, how he got over his fear of flying, Florentine history, why almost all good artists are underrated, what’s gone wrong in art, why new homes and neighborhoods are ugly, why he wants to visit the Dark Ages, why he’s optimistic about Britain and San Fransisco, the challenges of regulating AI, whether we’re underinvesting in high-cost interruption activities, walking, soundproofing, fame, and more.

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The Future of Venture Capitalists: A Discussion with Sebastian Mallaby

The Future of . . . with Owen Bennett-Jones | 20 June 2023 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sebastian Mallaby about his book The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future. Discusses the factors critical to success in the venture capital industry.

See also the Thoughts in Between and Conversations with Tyler interviews. This is a fabulous book. Beyond venture capital, it is also insightful on the unusual personalities of many startup founders.

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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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Ali Tamaseb on Super Founders

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 13 October 2021 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ali Tamaseb about his book Super Founders: What Data Reveals About Billion-Dollar Startups. Draws from the 30,000 data points in his manually collected dataset on start-ups to bust myths about entrepreneurship and startups. Discusses his findings on founder patterns, the importance of having technical and non-technical founders onboard, VC biases funding startups, defensibility and scale, and accelerator programs.

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Sebastian Mallaby: What is Venture Capital Good For?

Thoughts in Between | 7 February 2022 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sebastian Mallaby about his book The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future. Discusses why VC is so different from any other asset class, why VC networks should be considered a third core institution of capitalism alongside firms and markets, and whether VC has a positive impact in the world.

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Sebastian Mallaby on Venture Capital

Conversations with Tyler | 9 February 2022 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Sebastian Mallaby about his book The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future. Discusses why venture capital skills aren’t more replicable, the promise of biotech despite increased regulations, why venture capital remains concentrated in the Bay area even after the pandemic, the differences in risk-taking between East and West coast finance, the Darwinian evolution of good hedge fund strategy, and more.

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Marc Andreessen: Interview with an Icon

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 25 January 2022 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Marc Andreessen exploring investing, decision making, and the art of solving unsolvable problems. Discusses why the Internet has become the conduit for some people to disrupt traditional power structures and for others to enforce them; optimistic and pessimistic scenarios for the future of the Internet; assessing judgment; the unresolvable problems in education; and the book he turns to for insight.

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Mike Maples, Jr. – A Playbook for Startups

Invest Like the Best | 26 August 2021 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Mike Maples, co-founder and partner of Floodgate, about his life and work in venture capital. Discusses his early insights and secrets, value hypothesis testing, customer development, growth, team orchestration, and a lot more.

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