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    Andreessen Horowitz ("a16z") co-founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz explore everything from science to business to culture, all through the lens of technology.
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    Marc Andreessen on Building Netscape & the Birth of the Browser

    Marc Andreessen on Building Netscape & the Birth of the Browser

    Welcome back to "The Ben & Marc Show," featuring a16z co-founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. 

     

    In this special episode, Marc and Ben dive deep into the REAL story behind the creation of Netscape—a web browser co-created by Marc that revolutionized the internet and changed the world. As Ben notes at the top, until today, this story has never been fully told either in its entirety or accurately. 

     

    In this one-on-one conversation, Marc and Ben discuss Marc's early life and how it shaped his journey into technology, the pivotal moments at the University of Illinois that led to the development of Mosaic (a renegade browser that Marc developed as an undergrad), and the fierce competition and legal battles that ensued as Netscape rose to prominence. 

     

    Ben and Marc also reflect on the broader implications of Netscape's success, the importance of an open internet, and the lessons learned that still resonate in today's tech landscape (especially with AI). That and much more. Enjoy!

     

    Book mentioned on this episode: 

    - “Expert Political Judgment” by Philip E. Tetlock https://bit.ly/45KzP6M 

     

    TV Series mentioned on this episode: 

    - “The Mandalorian” (Disney+) https://bit.ly/3W0Zyoq 

     

    Watch the FULL Episode on YouTune: https://youtu.be/8aTjA_bGZO4

     

    Resources: 

    Marc on X: https://twitter.com/pmarca 

    Marc’s Substack: https://pmarca.substack.com/ 

     

    Ben on X: https://twitter.com/bhorowitz 

     

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    The views expressed here are those of the individual personnel quoted and are not the views of a16z or its affiliates. This content is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investors or prospective investors and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any a16z funds. PLEASE SEE MORE HERE: https://a16z.com/disclosures/

    The Future of the American Dream

    The Future of the American Dream

    Are we on the verge of a new American Dream?

     

     Welcome back to "The Ben & Marc Show," featuring a16z co-founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. In this timely new episode, Marc and Ben explore the foundations of American life and identity.

     

    From the material aspects of home ownership, education, and healthcare, to the intangible aspects of community and self-actualization, Ben and Marc reveal what it truly means to be American today. They also examine the numerous challenges our nation now faces, as well as reveal how technology can soon revolutionize American life, business and culture in unprecedented ways. That and more. Enjoy! 

     

    * Watch the full video: https://youtu.be/X48l6W1EBWY

     

    Books mentioned on this episode: 

    - "America Betrayed" by David Horowitz amzn.to/3QNSGrm 

    - "The Weirdest People in the World" by Joseph Henrich amzn.to/4bL2CKf 

     

    Chart: - Mark J. Perry's "Chart of the Century" bit.ly/4asusKu 

     

    Resources: 

    Marc on X: https://twitter.com/pmarca 

    Marc’s Substack: https://pmarca.substack.com/ 

     

    Ben on X: https://twitter.com/bhorowitz 

     

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    The views expressed here are those of the individual personnel quoted and are not the views of a16z or its affiliates. This content is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investors or prospective investors and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any a16z funds. PLEASE SEE MORE HERE: https://a16z.com/disclosures/

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    AI, Robotics & the Future of Manufacturing

    AI, Robotics & the Future of Manufacturing

    Welcome back to "The Ben & Marc Show," featuring a16z co-founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. In this new episode – the second in a 2 part series – Marc and Ben address a new round of questions regarding the "State of AI" in relation to company building. 

     

    In light of recent developments at Boeing, Marc and Ben commence the episode with a discussion on the real criteria boards utilize to select a CEO. Returning to the topic of AI, they explore the potential for emerging chip startups, the incorporation of AI in robotics, and what America will need to do in order to regain its position as world's leading manufacturer.

     

    Watch on Youtube:

    *Part 1: https://youtu.be/XyrBJ0gk-is

    *Part 2: https://youtu.be/QyyWsr1NMt8

     

    Article mentioned: 

    - "Ones and Twos" by Ben Horowitz https://a16z.com/ones-and-twos/ 

     

    Book mentioned: 

    - "Elon Musk" by Walter Isaacson https://amzn.to/3wyGOmo 

     

    Resources: 

     

    Marc on X: https://twitter.com/pmarca 

    Marc’s Substack: https://pmarca.substack.com/ 

     

    Ben on X: https://twitter.com/bhorowitz 

     

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    Find us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z 

     

    The views expressed here are those of the individual personnel quoted and are not the views of a16z or its affiliates. This content is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investors or prospective investors and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any a16z funds. PLEASE SEE MORE HERE: https://a16z.com/disclosures/

    Build Your Startup With AI

    Build Your Startup With AI

    Welcome back to "The Ben & Marc Show," featuring a16z co-founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. In this new episode – the first of two parts – Marc and Ben answer YOUR questions on the “State of AI” as it relates to company building. 

     

    In this one-on-one conversation, Ben and Marc discuss how small AI startups can compete with Big Tech’s massive compute and data scale advantages, unpack the reasons why data is overrated as a sellable asset, and uncover all the ways the AI boom compares to the internet boom. That and much more. Enjoy!

     

    *Watch the FULL EPISODE on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/XyrBJ0gk-is

     

    Connect with Ben & Marc: 

    Marc on X: https://twitter.com/pmarca 

    Marc’s Substack: https://pmarca.substack.com/ 

    Ben on X: https://twitter.com/bhorowitz 

     

    Stay Updated: 

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    The views expressed here are those of the individual personnel quoted and are not the views of a16z or its affiliates. This content is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investors or prospective investors and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any a16z funds. PLEASE SEE MORE HERE: https://a16z.com/disclosures/

     

     

    Startup Building: Challenges & Opportunities

    Startup Building: Challenges & Opportunities

    "It turns out the spreadsheet is not actually the business, despite what you may have learned in business school." - Ben Horowitz 

     

    Welcome back to "The Ben & Marc Show" featuring a16z co-founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. In this second episode of a two-part series, Marc and Ben answer MORE questions about startup building in the post-COVID world. 

     

    In this one-on-one conversation, Ben and Marc discuss how startups can think differently about organizational design and talent deployment, unpack the lore around layoffs, and even tackle the future of customer service. They also reveal some unexpected benefits of nicotine and Ozempic. That and much more. Enjoy! 

     

    *Watch the FULL EPISODE on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/Fw4p85jSfQc

     

    Connect with Ben & Marc: 

    Marc on X: https://twitter.com/pmarca 

    Marc’s Substack: https://pmarca.substack.com/ 

    Ben on X: https://twitter.com/bhorowitz 

     

    Stay Updated: 

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    The views expressed here are those of the individual personnel quoted and are not the views of a16z or its affiliates. This content is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investors or prospective investors and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any a16z funds. PLEASE SEE MORE HERE: https://a16z.com/disclosures/

    Building Startups: Major Shifts in Tech & Culture

    Building Startups: Major Shifts in Tech & Culture

    Welcome to "The Ben & Marc Show" featuring a16z co-founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. In this first episode of a two-part series, Marc and Ben visit the Twittersphere (or X-sphere) to answer YOUR questions about startup building in this post-COVID world.

     

    In this one-on-one conversation, Ben and Marc discuss the biggest tech disruptions of the past four years, dive into the major problems facing American cities – including crime and a commercial real estate crisis – and question the future of our 40-hour work week.  That and much more.  Enjoy!

     

    Watch this Episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/-zzrGs5Z1yk

     

    Resources:

    Marc on X: https://twitter.com/pmarca

    Marc’s Substack: https://pmarca.substack.com/

    Ben on X: https://twitter.com/bhorowitz

     

    Book mentioned in this episode: 

    - “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair amzn.to/3Ue2snA

     

    Films mentioned in this episode: 

    - “The Graduate” (1967; Dir. Mike Nichols) amzn.to/44a7BSi

    - “The Hunt for Red October”  (1990; Dir. John McTiernan) amzn.to/3UvYc4j

     

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    The views expressed here are those of the individual personnel quoted and are not the views of a16z or its affiliates. This content is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investors or prospective investors and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any a16z funds. PLEASE SEE MORE HERE: https://a16z.com/disclosures/

    Politics & the Future of Tech

    Politics & the Future of Tech

    “If America is going to be America in the next one hundred years, we have to get this right.” - Ben Horowitz

     

    Welcome to “The Ben & Marc Show”, featuring a16z co-founders Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen.  In this latest episode,  Marc and Ben take on one of the most hot button issues facing technology today: tech regulation and policy.

     

    In this one-on-one conversation, Ben and Marc delve into why the political interests of “Big Tech” conflict with a positive technological future, the necessity of decentralized AI, and how the future of American innovation is at its most critical point. They also answer YOUR questions from X (formerly Twitter). That and much more.  Enjoy!

     

    Watch full episode: https://youtu.be/dX7d6bRJI9k

     

    Resources:

    Marc on X: https://twitter.com/pmarca

    Marc’s Substack: https://pmarca.substack.com/

     

    Ben on X: https://twitter.com/bhorowitz

     

    * Ben’s Article: “Politics and the Future” bit.ly/3PGKrgw

     

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    The views expressed here are those of the individual personnel quoted and are not the views of a16z or its affiliates. This content is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investors or prospective investors and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any a16z funds. PLEASE SEE MORE HERE: https://a16z.com/disclosures/

     

     

    Future of Crypto, Blockchain & Web3 w/ Chris Dixon

    Future of Crypto, Blockchain & Web3 w/ Chris Dixon

    Welcome to “The Ben & Marc Show”, featuring a16z’s co-founders Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen.  This week, Marc and Ben are joined by guest Chris Dixon to discuss his recent NY Times bestselling book “Read Write Own”, as well as the future of crypto, blockchain and Web3.

     

    Chris Dixon has been a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz since 2012. He founded and leads a16z crypto, which invests in web3 technologies through four dedicated funds with more than $7 billion under management. Previously, Chris was the cofounder and CEO of two startups, SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee in 2006) and Hunch (acquired by eBay in 2011).

     

    In this wide-ranging conversation, the three discuss the evolution of the internet, the current relationship between AI and cryptocurrencies, and how the Web3 movement could inspire a new political ideology. They also take questions from X. Enjoy!

     

    Watch the Full Video: https://youtu.be/u95r025U9K8

     

    Resources:

    Marc on X: https://twitter.com/pmarca

    Marc’s Substack: https://pmarca.substack.com/

     

    Ben on X: https://twitter.com/bhorowitz

     

    Chris Dixon on X: https://twitter.com/cdixon

    More info on Chris Dixon’s book “Read Write Own”: https://readwriteown.com/

     

    Book referenced on this episode:

    “Fully Automated Luxury Communism” by Aaron Bastani bit.ly/3Td7HVw

     

    Stay Updated: 

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    The views expressed here are those of the individual personnel quoted and are not the views of a16z or its affiliates. This content is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investors or prospective investors and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any a16z funds. PLEASE SEE MORE HERE: https://a16z.com/disclosures/

    Higher Education Crisis: Ask Us Anything!

    Higher Education Crisis: Ask Us Anything!

    Welcome to “The Ben & Marc Show”, featuring a16z co-founders Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen.  In this latest episode -- the final in a three part series on the current crisis in higher education -- Marc and Ben answer YOUR questions from X (formerly Twitter).

     

    In this one-on-one conversation, Ben and Marc unpack the merits of a Harvard undergrad education versus a Thiel Fellowship, discuss the benefits of trade school, and determine what universities are going to look like ten years from now. That and much more!  Please enjoy.

     

    Resources:

    Marc on X: https://twitter.com/pmarca

    Marc’s Substack: https://pmarca.substack.com/

    Ben on X: https://twitter.com/bhorowitz

     

    Stay Updated: 

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    Find us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z

     

    The views expressed here are those of the individual personnel quoted and are not the views of a16z or its affiliates. This content is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investors or prospective investors and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any a16z funds. PLEASE SEE MORE HERE: https://a16z.com/disclosures/

    Fixing Higher Education & New Startup Opportunities

    Fixing Higher Education & New Startup Opportunities

    Welcome to "The Ben & Marc Show," featuring a16z's co-founders Ben Horowitz & Marc Andreessen. In this latest episode, Marc and Ben continue their in-depth exploration of the current education system. While Part I of their discussion unpacked the crisis facing higher education, Part II presents solutions to overhaul the modern university. 

    In this one-on-one conversation, Ben and Marc delve into actions that existing institutions can take to improve their current and future situations. This includes exploring new methods for talent recruitment, providing a more individualized education experience for students, and reducing administrative bloat. They also apply an entrepreneurial lens to each university function, revealing startup opportunities poised to emerge – including the building of brand new institutions, nonprofits, and research entities. Enjoy! 

    *Watch Part I: https://youtu.be/7J2_G4oHRQ0 

    *Watch Part II: https://youtu.be/EeIdalo2huI

     

    Resources: 

    Marc on X: https://twitter.com/pmarca 

    Marc’s Substack: https://pmarca.substack.com/ 

    Ben on X: https://twitter.com/bhorowitz 

     

    “South Park” episode mentioned in this discussion: – Eps 1505 (stream on Max): https://bit.ly/3HrZQg0 

     

    Stay Updated: 

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    The views expressed here are those of the individual personnel quoted and are not the views of a16z or its affiliates. This content is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investors or prospective investors and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any a16z funds. PLEASE SEE MORE HERE: https://a16z.com/disclosures/

    Crisis in Higher Ed & Why Universities Still Matter

    Crisis in Higher Ed & Why Universities Still Matter

    Welcome to “The Ben & Marc Show”, featuring a16z co-founders Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen.  In this latest episode, Marc and Ben tackle the university system – a hot topic that’s been dominating the news over the past few months.


    As Marc states at the top of the episode, universities matter tremendously to our world, but they’re currently in a state of crisis.  In this one-on-one conversation, Ben and Marc take a “structural” look at higher education, delving deep into the twelve functions of the modern university.  They also unpack the numerous challenges that universities face today – the student debt and the replication crisis, among them.  


    As colleges face an existential dilemma that could have long lasting repercussions, how can we find ways to improve these institutions, while being open to new entrepreneurial opportunities in education? Enjoy!

     

    Resources:

    Marc on X: https://twitter.com/pmarca

    Marc’s Substack: https://pmarca.substack.com/

    Ben on X: https://twitter.com/bhorowitz

     

    Books mentioned on this podcast:

    – “The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money” by Bryan Kaplan https://amzn.to/47HOSOO

    – “Public Opinion” by Walter Lippmann amzn.to/48uY3m5

     

    Article mentioned on this podcast:

    – “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False” by John Ioannidis bit.ly/3RZnqWa

    Stay Updated: 

     

    Find us on X: https://twitter.com/a16z

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    The views expressed here are those of the individual personnel quoted and are not the views of a16z or its affiliates. This content is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investors or prospective investors and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any a16z funds. PLEASE SEE MORE HERE: https://a16z.com/disclosures/

    The Future of Longevity with Tony Robbins

    The Future of Longevity with Tony Robbins

    Welcome to “The Ben & Marc Show”, featuring a16z’s co-founders Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen.  In this week’s episode, Marc and Ben are joined by special guest Tony Robbins to discuss the future of longevity.  

     

    Tony Robbins is an entrepreneur, #1 NY Times bestselling author, philanthropist, and the nation’s #1 life & business strategist.  For over four and a half decades, Tony has empowered more than 50 million people from 100 countries around the world through his audio programs, educational videos, and live seminars. He’s also the author of six international bestsellers, including “Money: Master the Game” (2014), “Unshakable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook” (2017) and “Life Force: How New Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine Can Transform the Quality of Your Life and Those You Love” (2022).

     

    Joined by a16z’s own Dr. Vijay Pande, PhD – General Partner since 2014, and founder and leader of a16z Bio + Health – the group discusses new breakthroughs in regenerative medicine, AI, biohacking, gene editing, mindset and confirms why this might be the best time to be alive. Enjoy!

     

    Watch the full video version of this episode: https://youtu.be/V8h11baC_ok

     

    Resources:

    Marc on X: https://twitter.com/pmarca

    Marc’s Substack: https://pmarca.substack.com/

     

    Ben on X: https://twitter.com/bhorowitz

     

    Dr. Vijay Pande on X: https://twitter.com/vijaypande

     

    Learn more about Tony Robbins https://tonyrobbins.com

    Tony’s Time to Rise Summit (Jan 25-27, 2024): https://timetorisesummit.com/join-now  

    Pre-order Tony’s upcoming book “The Holy Grail of Investing” (Feb 2024): http://theholygrailofinvesting.com

     

    Stay Updated: 

    Find us on X: https://twitter.com/a16z

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    The views expressed here are those of the individual personnel quoted and are not the views of a16z or its affiliates. This content is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investors or prospective investors and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any a16z funds. PLEASE SEE MORE HERE: https://a16z.com/disclosures/

    Ask Us Anything!

    Ask Us Anything!

    Welcome to “The Ben & Marc Show”, featuring a16z’s co-founders Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen.  In this week’s episode, Marc and Ben answer YOUR questions from X (formerly Twitter).


    In this one on one conversation, Ben and Marc discuss the best way to approach a VC, how their views on crypto have evolved over the past few years, and whether we should be using AI to bring iconic musical artists back from the dead.  That and more!  Please enjoy.

     

    Topics Covered:

    00:00:01 Teaser

    00:00:31  What is the best way to approach VCs for potential funding?

    00:04:53  Which of your foundational investment dogmas have withstood the test of time? 

    00:13:31  What are your thoughts on the creator economy blending into startup territory?

    00:21:32  What happens when the cost of AI goes to zero? 

    00:27:18  How will generative AI change public education?

    00:34:33  How soon before AI advancement allows ALL people to access their greatest creativity?

    00:38:53  Are data centers in a position today to accommodate the growth of AI apps?

    00:43:49  Could AI replace governments in the future?

    00:49:20  What are your thoughts on AI being used to create new songs by mimicking deceased artists?

    00:53:57  Is the issue of a growing wealth gap in society solved through techno-optimism? 01:00:35  How do you assess the future economic and technological growth potential in the Middle East?

    01:07:29  Do you see recent crypto scandals (like FTX) leading to more government regulations?

    01:11:41 How have your views on crypto changed over the past 5 years?

    01:15:08  What was your last strongly held belief that you’ve changed your mind on?

    01:20:25  Sign off

     

    Resources:

    Marc on X: https://twitter.com/pmarca

    Marc’s Substack: https://pmarca.substack.com/

    Ben on X: https://twitter.com/bhorowitz

     

    Book mentioned on this podcast:

    – “The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money” by Bryan Kaplan https://amzn.to/47HOSOO

     

    Films mentioned on this podcast:

    - “Who Killed the Electric Car?” https://amzn.to/3Ne2uZU

    - “Tropic Thunder” https://amzn.to/41bVzXg

     

    Stay Updated: 

    Find us on X: https://twitter.com/a16z

    Find us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/a16z

     

    The views expressed here are those of the individual personnel quoted and are not the views of a16z or its affiliates. This content is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investors or prospective investors and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any a16z funds. 

    PLEASE SEE MORE HERE: https://a16z.com/disclosures/

    The Techno-Optimist Manifesto

    The Techno-Optimist Manifesto

    Last week, Marc Andreessen released his new vision for the future – “The Techno-Optimist Manifesto” (https://a16z.com/the-techno-optimist-manifesto/). In an article that has sparked widespread conversation across the media and social media, Marc challenges the pessimistic narrative surrounding technology today, and instead celebrates technology as a liberating force that can lead to growth, progress and abundance for all.

     

    In this one-on-one conversation based on YOUR questions from X (formerly Twitter), Ben Horowitz and Marc discuss how technological advancements can improve the quality of human life, uplift marginalized communities, and even encourage us to answer the bigger questions of the universe.

     

    We hope you’ll be inspired to join us in this Techno-Optimist movement. Enjoy!

     

    Watch the video version here: https://youtu.be/HCfwKBwxLYk?si=c5HaDwI-_nlKxRsb 

     

    Resources:

    Marc on X: https://twitter.com/pmarca

    Marc’s Substack: https://pmarca.substack.com/

    Ben on X: https://twitter.com/bhorowitz

     

    Book mentioned on this podcast:

    – “When Reason Goes on Holiday: Philosophers in Politics” by Neven Sesardic https://amzn.to/455zYRv

    – “The Ultimate Resource” by Julian Lincoln Simon https://amzn.to/3Ft2MIi

     

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    The views expressed here are those of the individual personnel quoted and are not the views of a16z or its affiliates. This content is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. Furthermore, this content is not directed at nor intended for use by any investors or prospective investors and may not under any circumstances be relied upon when making a decision to invest in any a16z funds. PLEASE SEE MORE HERE: https://a16z.com/disclosures/

    AI and the Future of Hollywood

    AI and the Future of Hollywood

    In this episode of “The Ben & Marc Show”, a16z’s co-founders Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen take on the most hot-button issue in Hollywood: artificial intelligence.  Over the past few months, the topic of AI technology has pushed the entire industry into unknown territory.  Screenwriters fear they’ll no longer be needed, while actors believe they’ll be replaced altogether. But is it possible AI can actually level the playing field and create new opportunities for all artists?

     

    In this two-part conversation based on YOUR questions from X (formerly Twitter), Marc and Ben examine the evolving business models of the film and television industries,  as well as explore how writers, directors and actors can soon use AI technology to unleash their creative potential in ways they never thought possible.  In fact, AI’s future in Hollywood may not be as dystopian as some of our favorite films have led us to believe.

     

    We hope you enjoy this episode!

     

    * Episode Note: This conversation was recorded in two parts.  Part one took place before the WGA and AMPTP reached an agreement. Topics Covered:

     

    Watch the video version here:  https://youtu.be/KFboZkwHjsU?si=QrIbhRVfqXVDtFq5 

     

    Resources:

    Marc on X: https://twitter.com/pmarca

    Marc’s Substack: https://pmarca.substack.com/

    Ben on X: https://twitter.com/bhorowitz

     

    “Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need” by Blake Snyde: 

    https://amzn.to/3EYsBj3

     

    Films mentioned on this episode:

    - “Monsters of Man” (Amazon Prime): https://amzn.to/3tf7CWV

    - “Tenet” (Amazon Prime): https://amzn.to/46aI8bE

    - "Reservoir Dogs” (Netflix): https://bit.ly/48zbQbM

    - “Buy Bust” (Netflix): https://bit.ly/3LHcmuw  [**Marc’s recommendation**

     

    TV Series mentioned on this episode:

    - “Fauda” (Netflix): https://bit.ly/3roB9wN

    - “Squid Game” (Netflix): https://bit.ly/3LGOreK

    - “Mad Men” (Amazon Prime): http://bit.ly/3LM2srB

     

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    Oppenheimer and the Catastrophe of Communism

    Oppenheimer and the Catastrophe of Communism

    In this episode of “The Ben & Marc Show”, a16z’s co-founders Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen take on the biggest  and most important film of the year – Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster “Oppenheimer”.

     

    The film – based on the 2005 biography “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer'' by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin – chronicles the life of the American theoretical physicist, whose direction of the top secret Manhattan Project forever changed the course of world history.

     

    In this one-on-one conversation based on YOUR questions from Twitter, Marc and Ben examine the historical accuracies (and inaccuracies) of Nolan’s epic work, explore in-depth the life of the enigmatic physicist himself, and tackle – from all angles – the social and philosophical aspects of communism, a theme that weighs heavily in the film, as Oppenheimer’s association with party members led to his political downfall.

     

    We hope you enjoy this episode!

     

    Watch the video version here:  https://youtu.be/AwOFcxENsVk?si=vUF9ZO5Fcj9W0O49

     

    Resources:

    Marc on X: https://twitter.com/pmarca

    Marc’s Substack: https://pmarca.substack.com/

     

    Ben on X: https://twitter.com/bhorowitz

     

    NY Times: "The Problem With Everything-Bagel Liberalism" by Ezra Klein: ’https://www.nytimes.com/2023/04/02/op...

     

    Books mentioned on this podcast (and others you’ll want to check out):

    – “Red Decade” by Eugene Lyons https://amzn.to/3OEQMbZ

    – “When Reason Goes on Holiday: Philosophers in Politics” by Neven Sesardic https://amzn.to/455zYRv

    – "Witness" by Whittaker Chambers https://amzn.to/3OEu0RC

    – ”The Great Leap Forward" by Alexander J. Field https://amzn.to/3QlCYV2

    – "The Economic Consequences of U.S. Mobilization for the Second World War" by Alexander J. Field https://amzn.to/3Yemsbz

    – “The Man From the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann” by Ananyo Bhattacharya https://amzn.to/446SbNf

    – “Stalin's War: A New History of World War II” by Sean McMeekin https://amzn.to/47c29zw

    – “McCarthy” by Arthur Herman https://amzn.to/3OFKYzc

     

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