E1120: Shift Co-CEO George Arison on going public via SPAC, lessons from building Uber’s predecessor & innovating in the massive used car market

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Show notes:
0:48 Jason intros George Arison & discusses building the predecessor to Uber before starting Shift
7:27 Negative impact of being conservative & enterprise-focused at Taxi Magic, coming to America from the former USSR
10:23 Squarespace – Go to https://squarespace.com/twist for a free trial, and use code TWIST for 10% off
12:30 Working on Fiber while at Google
15:22 What is Shift? What is the market like in the US? Are EVs like Tesla harder or easier to resell?
23:13 Fiverr – use code TWIST for 10% off your first order at https://www.fiverr.com
25:06 How Shift makes money & refining the used car selling process
30:25 Which cars hold the most value after initial purchase?
32:11 Why choose SPAC over IPO or direct listing?
35:12 Masterclass – 15% off an annual subscription at https://www.masterclass.com/startups
36:51 George’s pro-PIPE argument for SPACs
43:00 Importance of SPAC promoters, impact in 5 years of more growth-stage public companies
49:39 Thoughts on anti-capitalism in the US based on his experience in the USSR, Russian interference in elections

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