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    a16z Live is the place to listen to recorded live discussions and events featuring, hosted, or co-hosted by a16z partners (with outside voices too). As a reminder, all content posted here is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Views expressed are those of the individuals and not the views of Andreessen Horowitz, please see a16z.com/disclosures for more. To learn more about the broader a16z Podcast network and shows, please visit a16z.com/podnetwork.
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    Episodes (129)

    In the Vault: New Applications in Fintech with Plaid’s Zach Perret and Marqeta’s Simon Khalaf

    In the Vault: New Applications in Fintech with Plaid’s Zach Perret and Marqeta’s Simon Khalaf

    In this conversation, which took place at a16z's Connect Fintech event, a16z General Partner Angela Strange, Plaid CEO and cofounder Zach Perret, and Marqeta CEO Simon Khalaf discuss how AI will shape the future of banking, the battle between payment rails in the U. S., and how there's still opportunity to transform the basic credit card into a fully digital product. 

    0:00-1:42 Intro

    1:42-1:56 Topics: Generative AI, payment rails shift, and regulation in open banking and sponsor banking

    1:56-4:46 GenAI's potential impact on credit modeling and fraud

    4:46-7:09 Implications of payment products becoming digital products ("The open face of the internet")

    7:09-8:33 Why brands need to embed finance, and why every company will eventually be a fintech company

    8:33-11:01 The card vs. pay-by-bank debate

    11:01-12:24 New infrastructure to combat fraud

    12:24-17:27 Reassessing traditional "top-of-wallet" tactics and longstanding business models

    17:27-20:04 Potential implications of Visa/Mastercard antitrust suit

    20:04-24:12 Regulation around open banking and sponsor banks

    24:12-24:40 Outro

    Please note that the content here is for informational purposes only; should NOT be taken as legal, business, tax, or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security; and is not directed at any investors or potential investors in any a16z fund. a16z and its affiliates may maintain investments in the companies discussed. For more details please see a16z.com/disclosures.

    In the Vault: Turning Developers Into Clients With Marco Argenti From Goldman Sachs

    In the Vault: Turning Developers Into Clients With Marco Argenti From Goldman Sachs

    In a new episode of In the Vault, a16z General Partner David Haber talks with Marco Argenti, the chief information officer at Goldman Sachs, about bringing fintech processes into financial services, turning developers into clients, and how AI is a major inflection point in the history of technology.

    0-1:30 Intro

    1:30-12:05 From tech to financial services

    12:05-17:30 Turning developers into clients

    17:30-23:50 GenAI and productivity

    23:50-28:50 The future of financial services

    28:50-29:31 Outro

    In the Vault: Finding a Single Source of AI Truth With Marty Chavez From Sixth Street

    In the Vault: Finding a Single Source of AI Truth With Marty Chavez From Sixth Street

    In a new episode of In the Vault, a16z General Partner David Haber talks with Marty Chavez, a partner and vice chairman of Sixth Street Partners, about the foundational role he’s had in merging technology and finance throughout his career, and the magical promises and regulatory pitfalls of AI.

     

    0-1:30 Intro

    1:30-12:50 Marty's history and transition to Wall Street

    12:50-20:50 Financial Crisis and SecDB

    20:50-32:10 GenAI's impact

    32:10-36:15 AI and biotech

    36:15-37:06 Outro

    In the Vault: Placing Multiple Bets on a ‘Mosaic of Solutions’ With Former Global Payments CEO Jeff Sloan

    In the Vault: Placing Multiple Bets on a ‘Mosaic of Solutions’ With Former Global Payments CEO Jeff Sloan

    In a new episode of In the Vault, a16z General Partner Angela Strange talks with Jeff Sloan, former CEO of Global Payments, about how he was early to spot significant industry trends, how to make bets that move an organization, and the sea change that AI represents for the financial services industry.

     

    0-1:40 Intro

    1:40-8:15 Joining Global Payments

    8:15-19:30 Placing many bets

    19:30-26:10 Deal integration and scale advantage

    26:10-31:35 GenAI sea change

    31:35-32:19 Outro

    Harnessing Ecosystem-Led Growth with Bob Moore of Crossbeam

    Harnessing Ecosystem-Led Growth with Bob Moore of Crossbeam

    In this SaaS era, partnering with no one means competing with everyone. How the best companies take advantage of ecosystem-led growth—or where they sit in the SaaS ecosystem to improve acquisition, expansion, and access to new markets, as discussed by a16z general partner Sarah Wang and Crossbeam CEO Bob Moore.

    • [00:01:43] The birth of ecosystem-led growth
    • [00:05:12] The data revolution in partnerships
    • [00:12:46] Integrating ecosystem-level GTM motions
    • [00:16:29] Bob's founder history
    • [00:24:30] Ecosystem-qualified leads and new opportunities
    • [00:29:34] ELG as AI force multiplier

    For a transcript of this episode of a16z Live!, click here.

    Bringing AI to the Masses with Adam D'Angelo of Quora

    Bringing AI to the Masses with Adam D'Angelo of Quora

    CEO of Quora Adam D’Angelo discusses how building infrastructure for creators can democratize AI, in conversation with a16z’s David George. 

    • [01:07] Social networks as compliment to AI
    • [03:59] Poe: bringing AI to the masses
    • [05:51] The future of AI is multi-model and multimodal
    • [08:11] Is the model the product?
    • [11:31] Building AI infrastructure for creators
    • [13:41] Navigating platform shifts
    • [16:02] Sharing human- and computer-generated knowledge
    • [17:43] Knowledge sharing on the internet
    • [20:41] The benefits of scale for AI
    • [21:59] Competing on scale or feature differentiation
    • [25:01] Fault tolerance as a wedge for startups

    This conversation is part of our AI Revolution series, which features some of the most impactful builders in the field of AI discussing and debating where we are, where we’re going, and the big open questions in AI. Find more content from our AI Revolution series on www.a16z.com/AIRevolution.

    Recruiting and Retaining the Right Executive Talent

    Recruiting and Retaining the Right Executive Talent

    Hiring the right executives at the right time is the key to scaling your company. But to many founders, the executive search and hiring process can feel like a black box. a16z talent partner Matt Oberhardt dives deep into the executive search process with Kelli Dragovich and Nolan Church on the HR Heretics podcast.

    [00:01:21] How a16z talent partners assess talent

    [00:03:42] Balancing internal and external roles

    [00:04:57] Measuring success in talent assessment

    [00:06:07] The MOC

    [00:10:29] Whiteboard sessions for assessing fit

    [00:13:10] Referencing as a continuous cycle

    [00:16:47] Putting negative references in context

    [00:20:25] Assessing personal growth vs. mistakes

    [00:21:50] Establishing trust with founders

    [00:25:03] Vetting EQ

    [00:26:53] Measuring success of what you can't control

    [00:28:43] Why hire veterans for startups

    [00:33:45] Talent landscape in 2024

    [00:35:20] Recruiting top talent in a tight market

    [00:38:42] Hiring the "operational glue"

    [00:39:36] The value of tough feedback

    You can read the key takeaways from this conversation, along with a transcript, here.

    Building Better Communities with Flock Safety

    Building Better Communities with Flock Safety

    Respecting privacy and building trust with communities is essential to effectively integrate technology into public safety. a16z general partner David Ulevitch, Flock Safety’s Garrett Langley, and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Kevin McMahill discuss how to build and implement products that communities can trust.

    [00:01:22] Flock Safety's impact on public safety

    [00:05:50] Building trust through tech

    [00:08:23] How Flock Safety builds its product roadmap

    [00:11:06] Drones as first responders

    [00:15:46] Data privacy and protection

    [00:19:05] How the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department rolls out new technology

    [00:21:11] AI, robots, and the future of tech in public safety

    This conversation was recorded at a16z’s 2023 LP Summit. To read a transcript of this talk, click here.

    Sales–Product Tension, the Secret to Segment’s Success

    Sales–Product Tension, the Secret to Segment’s Success

    Sales wants more features. Product gets bogged down with one-off requests. Progress and growth grinds to a halt. It's a familiar story. How Segment turned the sales-product tension into a successful $3.2B acquisition, as told by the former CRO Joe Morrissey and former chief product development officer Tido Carriero.

    [00:01:29] Joe's start as CRO

    [00:03:40] The low point: annual planning

    [00:07:59] Building a more focused product roadmap

    [00:10:57] Why GTM feedback is essential to building great product

    [00:13:04] Identifying value drivers in 48 hours

    [00:19:11] How technical should sales be?

    [00:20:44] How annual planning changed day-to-day operations

    [00:22:57] Segment's Lighthouse program

    [00:24:54] Reorging to deliver on new product priorities

    [00:27:14] How engineering helped develop the product roadmap

    [00:29:18] Leading a platform initiative

    This conversation was recorded at ELC 2023. To read a transcript of this conversation, click here. For more about value-based selling and moving upmarket, check out Getting Ready to Move Upmarket and The Key to Selling in a Downturn. 

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    AI Revolution: Democratizing Design with Figma's Dylan Field

    AI Revolution: Democratizing Design with Figma's Dylan Field

    Will AI take all the design jobs? Dylan Field, founder and CEO of Figma, looks at the relationship between designers, developers, and AI, in conversation with a16z's David George. 

    • [0:58] Will AI replace designers?
    • [4:13] Human vs. AI creativity
    • [8:38] Applying AI to design
    • [11:35] Startups vs. incumbents

    This conversation is part of our AI Revolution series, recorded August 2023 at a live event in San Francisco. The series features some of the most impactful builders in the field of AI discussing and debating where we are, where we’re going, and the big open questions in AI. Find more content from our AI Revolution series on www.a16z.com/AIRevolution.

    AI Revolution: Digital Biology with insitro's Daphne Koller

    AI Revolution: Digital Biology with insitro's Daphne Koller

    Daphne Koller is the founder and CEO of insitro, a company using AI and machine learning to engineer drug discovery. In this conversation with a16z's Vijay Pande, she discusses how an LLM for cells could revolutionize drug discovery and how to bridge the technological and cultural divide between building with atoms and building with bits.

    • [0:59] Why life sciences?
    • [3:42] AI in the life sciences
    • [7:20] LLM for cells
    • [11:55] Engineering disease and drug discovery
    • [13:51] Bits vs. atoms
    • [17:55] The opportunity ahead

    This conversation is part of our AI Revolution series, recorded August 2023 at a live event in San Francisco. The series features some of the most impactful builders in the field of AI discussing and debating where we are, where we’re going, and the big open questions in AI. Find more content from our AI Revolution series on www.a16z.com/AIRevolution.

    AI Revolution: Improving AI with Anthropic's Dario Amodei

    AI Revolution: Improving AI with Anthropic's Dario Amodei

    Cofounder and CEO of Anthropic Dario Amodei unpacks how far can scaling laws take us and how can AI be used to improve AI, in conversation with a16z's Anjney Midha. 

    • [0:59] Dario's background
    • [2:45] GPT-2's emergent capabilities
    • [5:16] Scaling laws
    • [8:55] Why are there so many physicists in AI?
    • [11:58] Constitutional AI
    • [18:29] Anthropic's Roadmap

    This conversation is part of our AI Revolution series, recorded August 2023 at a live event in San Francisco. The series features some of the most impactful builders in the field of AI discussing and debating where we are, where we’re going, and the big open questions in AI. Find more content from our AI Revolution series on www.a16z.com/AIRevolution.

    AI Revolution: Leveling Up with Roblox's David Baszucki

    AI Revolution: Leveling Up with Roblox's David Baszucki

    Roblox cofounder and CEO David Baszucki and a16z's Jonathan Lai discuss the ways AI is changing games and virtual worlds, as well as how we create them. 

    • [1:00] Generative AI in games
    • [4:56] Fully personalized playthroughs
    • [7:50] Roblox's generative model
    • [11:28] Future of interfaces
    • [13:25] impact on creators
    • [16:36] NPCs as copilots
    • [18:49] VR & spatial computing

    This conversation is part of our AI Revolution series, recorded August 2023 at a live event in San Francisco. The series features some of the most impactful builders in the field of AI discussing and debating where we are, where we’re going, and the big open questions in AI. Find more content from our AI Revolution series on www.a16z.com/AIRevolution.

    AI Revolution: Universally Accessible Intelligence with Character.ai's Noam Shazeer

    AI Revolution: Universally Accessible Intelligence with Character.ai's Noam Shazeer

    Noam Shazeer, Character.ai CEO and cofounder, talks to a16z's Sarah Wang about the dawn of universally accessible intelligence, the compute it will take to power it, and his pursuit of AGI's first use...

    • [0:59] Real Noam vs. AI Noam
    • [6:14] Next unlocks
    • [8:11] First use case for AGI
    • [11:06] Building a full-stack LLM
    • [13:33] Noam calculates global compute capacity
    • [15:24] Universally accessible intelligence

    This conversation is part of our AI Revolution series, recorded August 2023 at a live event in San Francisco. The series features some of the most impactful builders in the field of AI discussing and debating where we are, where we’re going, and the big open questions in AI. Find more content from our AI Revolution series on www.a16z.com/AIRevolution.

    AI Revolution: Where We Go From Here with OpenAI's Mira Murati

    AI Revolution: Where We Go From Here with OpenAI's Mira Murati

    As CTO of OpenAI, Mira Murati oversaw the development and release of GPT-4 and ChatGPT. Here she tells Martin Casado the story behind the release of ChatGPT—and what it tells us about the future of AI and human-machine interactions. 

    • [0:59] Mira's background
    • [4:55] Math, physics, and AI
    • [7:31] Natural language interfaces
    • [10:51] OpenAI Roadmap
    • [17:47] Scaling Laws
    • [20:48] One model to rule them all?
    • [23:34] The next 5-10 years

    This conversation is part of our AI Revolution series, recorded August 2023 at a live event in San Francisco. The series features some of the most impactful builders in the field of AI discussing and debating where we are, where we’re going, and the big open questions in AI. Find more content from our AI Revolution series on www.a16z.com/AIRevolution.

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