Category Archives: 2021

News! EU Mandates USB-C, Facebook Files, China RE, Apple leaks, Stonkfluencers, SaaS Pod | E1289

In this all news show, Jason teases a new podcast dedicated to SaaS (1:46) and covers: the EU’s planned USB-C mandate (7:44), China’s property glut (13:12), TikTok Investors following congressional trades (20:24), Tim Cook’s battle against leakers (25:47), the “Facebook Files” source (28:36), Bolt’s 4-day workweek and more! Then he takes some listener questions (47:24).

Apple Maps 3-D update, SEC Chair tips off coming crypto regulation + Pacaso’s Austin Allison | E1288

First, Jason covers the new Apple Maps and what he speculates it means for their next major product (2:11), then discusses SEC Chair Gary Gensler calling crypto the “wild west”(10:38). Then, Jason interviews Pacaso Founder & CEO Austin Allison about fractional home ownership, battling NIMBY’s and more (24:46)!

Apple launches iCloud Private Relay + Framework’s Nirav Patel on customizable laptops | E1287

In a short news segment, Jason describes Apple’s new iCloud+ privacy suite (2:18). Then, Framework founder Nirav Patel joins to talk about making laptop customization great again (13:04)! They discuss the difficulty of raising VC for a consumer hardware startup, creating products for the “modding” audience, the environmental benefit of fixing products and more(24:16)!

ByteDance limits daily app time for kids in China + Next Unicorns: Orbital Insight’s Kevin O’Brien | E1286

In news, Jason covers Bytedance’s decision to institute a 40 minute limit for kids on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok (1:56) and hits on the real estate situation in SF and implications for the startup community (15:02). Then, Orbital Insight’s CEO Kevin O’Brien joins for the next installment of our Next Unicorns series (21:38) discussing how to make sense of billions of satellite images and pieces of sensor data to form a comprehensive view of the world.

Head of Instagram comments on teen impact, Jay-Z’s NFT lawsuit + Sourcegraph’s Quinn Slack | E1285

First, Jason reacts to comments from Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri on the impact of Instagram on teen girls and comparing the risks of social media to the automobile industry (1:50). Then, Jason breaks down OpenSea’s update on their front-running employee (11:55), and Jay-Z’s NFT lawsuit (15:40). Finally, Sourcegraph CEO Quinn Slack joins to discuss growing his universal code search engine, selling a high-ticket SaaS product and more (21:48)!

Rapid Fire News: App Annie fraud, Instagram’s negative impact, Discord valued at $15B & more | E1284

Full news show! First up, Jason covers the App Annie fraud (1:59), then he shares thoughts on Facebook’s leaked documents showing they knew Instagram was detrimental to teen girls’ mental health despite claiming the contrary (13:55). He also touches on Discord’s $15B valuation (25:56), Mailchimp selling for $12B (33:40), and answers some livestream questions (40:35)!

OpenSea admits employee was front-running featured NFTs + Goldbelly CEO Joe Ariel on food e-commerce | E1283

First, Jason breaks down NFT platform OpenSea admitting one of their employees was front-running featured items (2:02). Could this tip off the SEC that NFTs might be securities rather than collectibles (12:01)? Then, Jason talks to Producer Rachel about TWiST Meetups (18:24). Finally, Goldbelly CEO Joe Ariel joins to talk about his high-end food marketplace, being the first mover in a blossoming category, the food e-commerce market & more. (30:15)

News! Fireproof homes, Amazon’s college plan, Facebook copies Snap, Notion Acquires Automate.io & more | E1280

Rapid fire news episode. First, Jason covers how a fire proofed home survived the Caldor fire, Amazon’s plan to provide college for all its employees, Facebook copying Snap’s glasses, Notion acquiring Automate.io & more. At the end, Jason takes a few questions from listeners and shares a story from when he ran Silicon Alley Reporter.