Kevin O'Connor on backing visionaries, the future of VC, internet history and more | E1861E1861 • Dec 8, 2023 • 56 mins
ScOp’s Kevin O’Connor joins Jason (1:39), exploring the early days of the internet, its initial promise, rapid growth, and the recent pivotal changes brought on by AI (1:39). They also discuss tactics for building in a declining market, the emergence of “death-icorns” (19:30), what he looks for in founders (39:18), and much more!
How to pay yourself as a startup founder | Startup Finance Basics w/ Kruze's Scott Orn | E1860E1860 • Dec 7, 2023 • 24 mins
Jason chats with Scott Orn about founder salaries, discussing the trade-offs of starting a company, the importance of board-approved salaries, and equity. They also address gender disparities in founder salaries, managing personal expenses, and investor expectations.
Earth Reimagined: Crafting a planet-scale digital twin with Blackshark.AI's Michael Putz | E1859E1859 • Dec 7, 2023 • 43 mins
Blackshark.ai CEO Michael Putz joins Jason to discuss the necessity and vision behind creating a digital twin of our planet (3:22), why In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture arm, chose to invest in Blackshark.ai (14:59), the story and inspiration behind the name of Blackshark's new product, Orca Hunter (30:25), and much more!
Genomes Unlocked: Anne Wojcicki's Vision for 23andMe and the Future of Proactive Healthcare | E1858E1858 • Dec 5, 2023 • 77 mins
23andMe's Anne Wojcicki joins Jason for a deep dive on genome testing and healthcare. They cover the dramatic reduction in genome sequencing costs from billions to just $99 (3:15), the role of blood testing and sequencing in shaping 23andMe's health approach (27:02), the curious case of the venomous Gila monster (42:09), and much more!
AI demos: Figma’s FigJam, AI drawing, dancing avatars, and more! | E1857E1857 • Dec 4, 2023 • 56 mins
Sunny Madra joins Jason to demo Figma FigJam (2:08), a product that generates images from real-time drawing (31:05), and more while discussing the implications of IP theft writ-large.
David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH) on the ‘Post-SaaS era' | E1856E1856 • Dec 1, 2023 • 82 mins
DHH joins Jason to discuss a post-SaaS world and Once.com (2:29), the evolving landscape of remote work (21:31), navigating internal culture struggles at Basecamp (32:53), and much more!
Exploring AI's Pace of Evolution, AGI's Future, and Data Dominance with Adept CEO David Luan | E1855E1855 • Nov 29, 2023 • 38 mins
Adept Co-Founder and CEO David Luan joins Jason to discuss his experience at OpenAI (2:45), demo Adept's AI-powered workflow builder (13:47), what facets of AI he is most excited about, what keeps him motivated (32:33), and more!
24/7 autonomous agents for everything with Induced AI’s Aryan Sharma | E1854E1854 • Nov 28, 2023 • 53 mins
Induced AI CEO Aryan Sharma joins Jason to discuss the motivation behind Induced AI (3:20), how the product is being integrated into real-world applications (16:42), strategies for mitigating bad actors (32:16), and more!
AI demos: Bard's YouTube summarizer, Stability's image editing tools, and more! | E1853E1853 • Nov 27, 2023 • 75 mins
Sunny Madra joins Jason to demo Bard’s YouTube summarizer (2:27), an iPhone app that draws apps (41:14), Stability’s Clipdrop (59:20), and much more!
OpenAI Chaos Continues with Sunny Madra and David Sacks | E1852E1852 • Nov 20, 2023 • 60 mins
Sunny Madra and David Sacks join Jason to break down all the chaos of the past few days at OpenAI including why the situation is so unprecedented (17:46), the board’s failure (30:18), the impact on startups (43:34), and much more!
BREAKING: Sam Altman fired from OpenAI, chaos ensues! | E1851E1851 • Nov 17, 2023 • 60 mins
Sunny Madra joins Jason for an emergency podcast! They break down the business implications of Altman leaving OpenAI (1:23), speculation around why he was fired (10:27), ongoing developments like Greg Brockman quitting, and more! (23:24)
Real-time AI-powered design with Krea CEO Victor Perez | E1850E1850 • Nov 17, 2023 • 55 mins
First, Jason interviews Krea CEO and Co-Founder Victor Perez, who demos Krea's creative suite, highlighting its unique blend of AI prompts and interactive design elements (2:40). Then, testRigor’s Artem Golubev breaks down how their AI-powered software helps businesses streamline QA processes (48:54).
Avoiding Accidental Tax Fraud | Startup Finance Basics w/ Kruze's Scott Orn | E1849E1849 • Nov 16, 2023 • 22 mins
Kruze’s Scott Orn joins Jason to discuss navigating potential ERC fraud (00:45), expected year-one spend for startups (11:54), importance of accounting from day one (15:22), and more!
Engineering an AI-powered doctor’s office with Forward CEO Adrian Aoun | E1848E1848 • Nov 15, 2023 • 52 mins
Forward CEO Adrian Aoun joins Jason to discuss how his startup creating the first AI doctor's office (13:55)! The two dive into how Forward's AI technology operates (15:55), the challenges with modern healthcare (9:52), and how Forward plans to revolutionize the healthcare service (40:36).
PrayingForExits on the rush into defense tech, “innovator’s sprint,” & global VC markets | E1847E1847 • Nov 14, 2023 • 45 mins
The man behind the anonymous accounts “prayingforexits” on Instagram and “@mrexits” on X joins Jason for a jam-packed episode! Topics covered: Praying For Exits raised a fund! (2:10) Drawing inspiration from Steve Jobs' iconic Think Different Campaign (8:55), defense tech going from “frowned upon” to a very hot market (17:03), and how the modern Middle East will play ball with the USA? (33:29)!
AI Demos! xAI’s Grok chatbot, OpenAI’s GPTs, & more! | E1846E1846 • Nov 13, 2023 • 62 mins
Sunny Madra joins Jason to discuss and demo xAI’s new chatbot, Grok (2:18), OpenAI’s new GPTs (31:54), and an AI designed to detect fake reviews (55:40). Then, Sunny builds a GPT live on air (36:22).
Tech Earnings Breakdown: $UBER, $LYFT, $KIND with TechCrunch's Alex Wilhelm | E1845E1845 • Nov 10, 2023 • 79 mins
TechCrunch's Alex Wilhelm joins Jason to breakdown the latest earnings reports from Uber (4:04), Lyft (24:28), and Nextdoor (44:15). Then, the two dive into WeWork's failed business model (1:01:44), the viability of various careers as AI advances (38:33), and much more!
The Case for Adam Neumann + driverDoc's Josh Kolar on automation for trucking companies | E1844E1844 • Nov 9, 2023 • 45 mins
First, Jason breaks down what forced WeWork’s bankruptcy filing (2:27), and what it might look like if Adam Neumann took back the company. (5:45) Then, driverDoc's Josh Kolar joins Jason to discuss creating an all-in-one digital management platform for trucking companies (25:54).
Managing your treasury in 2023 | Startup Finance Basics w/ Kruze's Scott Orn | E1843E1843 • Nov 8, 2023 • 19 mins
Kruze's Scott Orn joins Jason on the latest edition of Startup Finance Basics! In this episode, they discuss the current state of the market (0:40), diversifying bank relationships (6:09), managing risk (16:25), and much more!
Uber profitable again, SBF guilty, Biden's AI EO + Motive's John Habeck | E1842E1842 • Nov 7, 2023 • 45 mins
First up, Jason takes on the news solo by breaking down Uber's Q3 earnings (2:23), reflecting on SBF's guilty verdict (13:39), and giving some takes on Biden's EO on AI (15:53). Then, Motive CEO John Habeck joins to break down building "Shopify for Car Dealerships" (21:39).