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News Roundtable! TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm & Slow Ventures’ Sam Lessin on COVID’s potential privacy risk, private/public investor outlooks, remote work challenges & at-risk early-stage investors
0:37 Jason intro Alex Wilhelm & Sam Lessin & checks in on how their quarantines are going
5:59 Are they all working more during quarantine then they were beforehand?
9:58 Will we see a birthrate drop due to the crisis?
15:45 Having & raising children in the digital age/COVID crisis
18:24 How are Apple & Google helping with tracking COVID-19, and when do their efforts become a privacy risk?
27:29 For how long would big-tech need personal health data?
31:54 Differences between Facebook & Twitter, Twitter usage for Jason, Alex & Sam
37:41 What is Sam working on with Fin? How has he transitioned his team to remote?
39:47 Who will be impacted by the move away from luxurious big-tech campuses? Will it lead to a competitive disadvantage for companies that are hesitant?
56:19 Disconnect between optimistic public investors & pessimistic private investors
1:00:38 Why early-stage investors are most at-risk in the private market?
1:05:33 Misaligned metrics in VC, understanding massive unemployment numbers
1:11:26 Is government-backed healthcare good for capitalism & entrepreneurship?