This Week in Startups

Jason Calacanis

Jason Calacanis and Molly Wood cover startups, tech, markets, media, crypto, and all the hottest topics in business and technology. They also interview the world’s greatest founders, operators, investors, and innovators. Join our community on Twitter to discuss the show: https://twitter.com/i/communities/1496977694747209728 read less

Macro picture, Bitcoin’s bull/bear case, DCG controversy & more | E1666
1w ago
Macro picture, Bitcoin’s bull/bear case, DCG controversy & more | E1666
Please take our 90-second audience survey for a chance to win a $50 amazon gift card at www.thisweekinstartups.com/survey Vinny and Sunny are back for our first crypto-roundtable of 2023. Vinny breaks down the macroeconomic variables affecting Bitcoin’s price (1:39), plus they all predict whether Bitcoin will hit $30K or $16 first (11:43) (This is not financial advice). They delve into the ongoing controversy involving DCG, Gemini and Genesis (26:54), as well as the news that the SEC has charged both Gemini and Genesis with offering and selling unregistered securities (35:12). We wrap up the show with a great discussion about Porsche’s failed NFT drop and how brands should approach entering Web 3.0 (44:38). (0:00) Jason kicks off the show (1:39) Vinny’s macroeconomic breakdown (10:18) Acquire.com - Sign up for FREE at https://try.acquire.com/twist (11:43) Bitcoin’s price action + will it hit $30k or $16K (17:35) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST (18:59) Gluttony and the lack of consumer savings (26:54) DCG, Genesis and Gemini controversy (33:40) Fitbod - Get 25% off at https://fitbod.me/twist (35:12) The SEC has charged Gemini and Genesis for selling unregistered securities (44:38) Porsche’s NFT drop FOLLOW Vinny: https://twitter.com/VinnyLingham FOLLOW Sunny: https://twitter.com/sundeep FOLLOW Jason: https://linktr.ee/calacanis FOLLOW Molly: https://twitter.com/mollywood
ANGEL: Venrock’s Bryan Roberts on 25 years in VC, hitting wins early, avoiding bad habits | E1665
Jan 25 2023
ANGEL: Venrock’s Bryan Roberts on 25 years in VC, hitting wins early, avoiding bad habits | E1665
Please take our audience survey!: https://launchevents.typeform.com/to/K5RhKaEH Jason sits down with Bryan Roberts of Venrock for another episode of Angel Season 7! They discuss Bryan’s first bets (2:22) and his perception of the dot com bubble. (14:38) The two also dive into topics like creating optionality as a startup (21:24), bad habits in VC (28:49) and Theranos. (36:18) To wrap the show, Bryan and Jason discuss disagreeing with founders (39:07) and the psychology of placing bets! (44:33) (0:00) Jason kicks off the show (2:22) Bryan’s first investment: Illumina (8:52) LinkedIn Jobs - Go to http://linkedin.com/angel and post your first job for free (10:16) Bryan’s second investment: Athena Health (14:38) Bryan’s experience during the dot-com bubble (19:54) Merge - Get started by integrating up to 5 linked accounts for free today at merge.dev/twist (21:24) Creating optionality in a startup (25:30) Understanding your leaders (28:49) Bad habits in venture (34:55) Velocity Growth - Get $500 off your first growth audit or monthly package now with promo code TWIST at velocitygrowth.com/twist (36:18) Bryan’s thoughts on Theranos (39:07) Diligence and disagreements with founders (44:33) The psychology of placing bets + advice for founders FOLLOW Bryan: https://twitter.com/brobertsvc FOLLOW Jason: https://linktr.ee/calacanis FOLLOW Molly: https://twitter.com/mollywood
Employee reactions to Google layoffs, Microsoft & OpenAI codify deal + NVIDIA's new feature | E1663
Jan 23 2023
Employee reactions to Google layoffs, Microsoft & OpenAI codify deal + NVIDIA's new feature | E1663
Join Molly and Jason as they react to TikToks posted by former Google employees who have recently been let go. They discuss why Google is letting people go despite their massive profits (8:54). They also explore Open AI and Microsoft's codified partnership (38:39) and the report from the WSJ that activist investor Elliot Management has invested billions into Salesforce (45:06). To end the show, we have another great edition of WLITF featuring NVIDIA's new AI-generated eye contact feature (49:16). (0:00) M+J kick off the show (2:35) Jason is still on the mend + vaccine talk (7:46) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist (8:54) The difference between Meta, Amazon and Google's layoffs + Employee reaction to getting laid off (18:52) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist (20:16) Why Google is doing layoffs + more employee reactions (37:05) Meowtel - Book a local and insured sitter on the #1 cat sitting app. Save $25 on your first booking with code TWIST25 (38:29) OpenAI codified its deal with Microsoft (45:06) Elliot Management invests billions in Salesforce (49:16) WLITF: NVIDIA's insane update This Week in Startups 90-second survey - Enter for a chance to win a $50 amazon gift card at www.thisweekinstartups.com/survey FOLLOW Jason: https://linktr.ee/calacanis FOLLOW Molly: https://twitter.com/mollywood
$NFLX earnings, Reed Hastings steps down, Google's 6% RIF & Ok Boomer with Mike O'Brien | E1662
Jan 20 2023
$NFLX earnings, Reed Hastings steps down, Google's 6% RIF & Ok Boomer with Mike O'Brien | E1662
Molly and Jason tackle Netflix's stellar fourth-quarter earnings and the news that Reed Hastings is stepping down as CEO. (1:55) Plus, they delve into Google's announcement to lay off 6% of its workforce (17:00), and the former MySpace founders raised a $32M Seed round for their new gaming startup PLAI. (28:55) Lastly, Producer Rachel is back with another segment of Ok Boomer with Mike O'Brien! (36:47) (0:00) M+J kick off the show (1:55) Netflix earnings + Reed Hastings steps down as CEO (9:29) Crowdbotics - Get a free scoping session for your next big app idea at crowdbotics.com/twist (9:37) Netflix's future (17:00) Google to layoff 6% of their staff (23:37) Mixpanel - Apply for $50K in credits at https://mixpanel.com/startups (20:50) Will Apple do a RIF? (28:55) Former MySpace founders raise $32M for their new startup PLAI (33:53) This Week in Startups 90-second survey - Enter for a chance to win a $50 amazon gift card at www.thisweekinstartups.com/survey (35:19) House of Macadamias - Get 20% off at https://houseofmacadamias.com/twist by using code TWIST20 (36:47) Ok Boomer with Mike O'Brien Bloomberg Article: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2023-01-20/reed-hastings-retires-as-netflix-ceo-with-a-long-list-of-wins FOLLOW Mike: https://twitter.com/mikeobrienn FOLLOW Rachel: https://twitter.com/_rachelbraun FOLLOW Jason: https://linktr.ee/calacanis FOLLOW Molly: https://twitter.com/mollywood
Getty to sue Stability AI, $MSFT to incorporate OpenAI into Azure + new climate startups | E1659
Jan 17 2023
Getty to sue Stability AI, $MSFT to incorporate OpenAI into Azure + new climate startups | E1659
First up, Molly and Jason cover a bunch of news happening in the world of AI, Getty Images is preparing to sue Stable Diffusion creator Stability AI (8:47), Meta is partnering with Shutterstock to train its AI models, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the company will integrate OpenAI’s software into Azure - it’s cloud computing platform - and ALL it’s other products. (36:07) Then, we cover two new sustainability startups! Mill is a company started by former Nest co-founders making an automated compostability trash can. (55:12) And Sollum is building AI-enabled LED lighting solutions for indoor farming. (1:06:35) (0:00) M+J kick off the show. (2:47) Molly and Jason catch up after their long weekend (7:23) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://Squarespace.com/TWIST (8:47) Getty Images prepares a lawsuit against Stability AI (12:54) Data and data integrity (17:55) AgeTech Collaborative - Find out more and apply at https://agetechcollaborative.org/twist (19:30) The similarities between AI and the music industry (34:31) AgeTech Collaborative - Find out more and apply at https://agetechcollaborative.org/twist (36:07) Microsoft announces that they will integrate AI into all their products + more on round-tripping (49:50) Blockchain versus AI (55:12) SOTD: Mill (1:06:35) SOTD: Sollum Technologies FOLLOW Jason: https://linktr.ee/calacanis FOLLOW Molly: https://twitter.com/mollywood
OpenAI’s endgame, DeepMind’s chatbot, United by Zero’s Lex Kiefhaber + OK Boomer | E1657
Jan 14 2023
OpenAI’s endgame, DeepMind’s chatbot, United by Zero’s Lex Kiefhaber + OK Boomer | E1657
Molly and Jason kick off the show about social taboo topics and getting to the bottom of Covid-19.(2:22) Following the two discuss Molly attending Strictly VC, DeepMind’s new chatbot Sparrow and OpenAI’s end game. (15:43) Then Molly interviews LAUNCH Accelerator founder United by Zero CEO and Founder Lex Kiefhaber (52:34). Then we cap off the episode with another great edition of Ok Boomer featuring Juliet Meskers, co-founder and CEO of MOTH (1:08:45) (0:00) M+J kick off the show (2:22) Covid-19 and cultural taboo topics (10:32) Linode - Apply to Linode's Rise program for up to six figures in discounts at https://linode.com/twist (12:01) Getting to the bottom of Covid-19 (15:43) Molly attended Strictly VC to hear Sam Altman speak about AI (19:33) Crowdbotics - Get a free scoping session for your next big app idea at crowdbotics.com/twist (21:06) The difference between creating and packaging AI (28:42) DeepMind’s chatbot Sparrow + AI infringing on intellectual property (37:18) Acquire.com - Sign up for FREE at https://try.acquire.com/twist (38:49) What is OpenAI’s end game? (52:34) Molly interviews LAUNCH Accelerator founder United by Zero CEO and Founder Lex Kiefhaber (1:08:45) Ok Boomer featuring Juliet Meskers, co-founder and CEO of MOTH FOLLOW Lex: https://mobile.twitter.com/_united_by_zero FOLLOW Juliette: https://mobile.twitter.com/mothhealth FOLLOW Jason: https://linktr.ee/calacanis FOLLOW Molly: https://twitter.com/mollywood
Slack’s troubles inside Salesforce, crypto trader gets jail time, DoNotPay’s robo-lawyer | E1655
Jan 11 2023
Slack’s troubles inside Salesforce, crypto trader gets jail time, DoNotPay’s robo-lawyer | E1655
First up, J+M cover the problems at Slack and Salesforce (3:00), before breaking down the anti-competitive issues with bundling software to harm competitors. (13:34) Then, they talk about the comeuppance from "A-players" regarding the lack of efficiency in big tech (26:35), a 10-month jail sentence for crypto inside trading (39:52), and DoNotPay's AI-based robo-lawyer taking a case! (51:14) (0:00) J+M tee up today's topics! (3:00) Breaking down the recent rift between Slack and Salesforce (12:00) AgeTech Collaborative - Find out more and apply at https://agetechcollaborative.org/twist (13:34) Issues with bundling, did Salesforce overpay for Slack? (25:00) AgeTech Collaborative - Find out more and apply at https://agetechcollaborative.org/twist (26:35) Lack of efficiency as a lightning rod at big tech companies, management styles (38:22) Nutrisense - Use code TWIST and get $30 off at nutrisense.io/twist (39:52) The brother of a former Coinbase PM was sentenced to 10 months in prison for using tips from his brother to make $900K (51:14) DoNotPay's robo-lawyer will be used in a court case, OpenAI will pilot a paid version of ChatGPT (1:06:51) Jason ends with an emotional video from Ke Huy Quan's Golden Globes acceptance speech FOLLOW Jason: https://linktr.ee/calacanis FOLLOW Molly: https://twitter.com/mollywood Subscribe to our YouTube to watch all full episodes: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkkhmBWfS7pILYIk0izkc3A?sub_confirmation=1
"The weirdest economy ever," Noma shuts down, Jason demos ChatGPT's iOS app | E1653
Jan 10 2023
"The weirdest economy ever," Noma shuts down, Jason demos ChatGPT's iOS app | E1653
Back from the weekend! First up, J+M catch up and cover a very strange economic situation. (2:07) Then, the duo covers NoMa, the world's most famous restaurant, shutting its doors due to an unsustainable business model (24:46), before going deep on generative AI news and demoing OpenAI's ChatGPT iOS app! (49:54) (0:00) J+M intro today's show! (2:07) Weekend catchup! Jason's chainsaw adventure (12:29) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/twist (14:04) Twitter view counts being a revealing engagement metric, Jeremy Renner's accident, "the weirdest economy ever" (23:17) House of Macadamias - Get 20% off at https://houseofmacadamias.com/twist by using code TWIST20 (24:46) Noma, the world's best restaurant, to shut down due to an unsustainable business model (37:43) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups (39:12) Massive wealth transfer upcoming and how that impacts the labor market, Kauffman Fellowship (49:54) OpenAI update: Microsoft reportedly integrating ChatGPT into Word and email, "derivative" AI tools, SOTD: XetHub, ChatGPT banned by NYC public schools (1:02:38) Jason demos ChatGPT's upcoming iOS app, which is currently in private TestFlight beta (1:11:12) Uber trademarks "Uber Air," eVTOL relationship with Joby Aviation, current chopper business FOLLOW Jason: https://linktr.ee/calacanis FOLLOW Molly: https://twitter.com/mollywood Subscribe to our YouTube to watch all full episodes: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkkhmBWfS7pILYIk0izkc3A?sub_confirmation=1