E551: News Roundtable w/Benedict Evans & Molly Wood: U.S. tech funding dissected, Apple plays for music & news, Twitter’s shake-up & platform puzzles, the biggest co’s greatest fears, whither VR, rating Mad Max

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Powerhouse News Roundtable! Joining Jason today for a roaring good time is Benedict Evans, Partner Andreessen Horowitz/top tech analyst & Molly Wood, Host/Senior Tech Correspondent, APM’s Marketplace. You’ll want to listen a couple times to keep up with this epic, jam-packed, crackling convo. Learn exactly what is going on in tech funding (what year are we in, anyway? hint: not 1999), what’s behind Apple’s latest attempts to get into the game (of news & music), Twitter’s catch-22 and all its puzzles wrapped in an enigmatic business model, Microsoft’s biggest opportunities, THE most burning virtual reality questions, among them: are investors ready?, what will reign supreme: games, education, or porn?, will Molly ever finish watching that first-person VR horror movie she was too scared to finish?, and will Benedict finally commit to a 1-10 rating for Mad Max? (I mean, how many times does Jason have to ask?) And MUCH MORE.

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  • Paul Towers

    Great round table discussion. In particular the insight into Twitter and the challenges they face with growing their user base, the hunt for a new CEO and where too next for the company were all very interesting. Also as someone who was too young to experience VR 1.0 it’s great to get some context on where this tech has come and where it could potentially go.