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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.

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This Week in Startups Jason Calacanis

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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.

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    Slack CEO departs Salesforce, Circle cancels SPAC, SBF's links with media & regulators | E1628

    Slack CEO departs Salesforce, Circle cancels SPAC, SBF's links with media & regulators | E1628

    J+M start the show with some BREAKING NEWS: Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield is leaving Salesforce! (5:09) Then, they cover Circle canceling its SPAC (26:06), SBF's interactions with regulators and the media (40:29), and a Startup of the Day! (57:50)

    (0:00) Molly tees up today's news topics!

    (1:48) J+M catch up from the weekend

    (5:09) BREAKING: Slack Founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield is leaving Salesforce two years after the Slack acquisition was announced

    (12:49) Mixpanel - Apply for $50K in credits at https://mixpanel.com/startups 

    (14:14) Is this a Salesforce issue or a Slack issue? Is Salesforce's Co-CEO leaving last week just a coincidence?

    (24:43) Crowdbotics - Get a free scoping session for your next big app idea at crowdbotics.com/twist

    (26:06) Circle cancels its SPAC over missed regulatory deadlines

    (39:11) Fitbod - Get 25% off at https://fitbod.me/twist 

    (40:29) SBF and Maxine Waters, Semafor's potential illicit funds from SBF

    (57:50) Startup of the Day! Loft Dynamics is building a VR helicopter flight simulator for ~95% cheaper than traditional simulators

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Momentum investing in VC + Convective Capital’s Bill Clerico | E1627

    Momentum investing in VC + Convective Capital’s Bill Clerico | E1627

    J+M are back for another edition of VC Sunday School. This week, they discuss momentum investing in venture capital! (1:35) Then, Molly interviews Convective Capital’s Bill Clerico on investing in firetech startups. (27:58)

    (0:00) Molly tees up Sunday’s segments!

    (1:35) VC Sunday School: Momentum investing: fair strategy, or sign of a bubble?

    (12:56) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist

    (14:30) Contrarian investing in VC

    (26:28) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

    (27:58) Molly is joined by Convective Capital’s Bill Clerico and talks about investing solely in firetech startups

    (35:30) Bill breaks down the different types of firetech startups that he’s investing in

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    • 46 min
    OpenAI releases ChatGPT, a16z sunsets future.com + OK Boomer with Jack Raines | E1626

    OpenAI releases ChatGPT, a16z sunsets future.com + OK Boomer with Jack Raines | E1626

    J+M kick off the show by discussing and testing out OpenAI’s ChatGPT. (1:59) Then, they wrap up the news with a16z’s announcement that they are shutting down future.com (37:40). Producer Rachel ends the show with another edition of OK Boomer featuring Litquidity’s Jack Raines. (50:03)

    (0:00) J+M Kick off the show

    (1:59) Molly gets party theme suggestions from OpenAI’s new Chat GPT

    (9:58) LinkedIn Marketing -  Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at https://linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups

    (11:23) Compounding improvement of AI technology + David Friedberg’s ChatGPT poem and script

    (18:33) Odoo - Get access to all of Odoo’s apps, services, and maintenance for under $25 at https://odoo.com/twist

    (19:40) Molly and Jason discuss how ChatGPT works using RLHF

    (26:57) Advice for founders + Molly & Jason test out ChatGPT

    (36:13) MicroAcquire - Sell your business with no fees at https://try.microacquire.com/twist

    (37:40) a16z sunsets future.com + media layoffs

    (50:03) OK Boomer with Litquidity’s Jack Raines

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Reacting to SBF's ill-advised media tour + Disney's new in-house AI-based de-aging tool | E1625

    Reacting to SBF's ill-advised media tour + Disney's new in-house AI-based de-aging tool | E1625

    First up, J+M go through a tale of two interviews: SBF at DealBook (3:14) and on Good Morning America (31:58). Then, Lon Harris joins to discuss Disney's new in-house automatic de-aging tool and more! (47:00)

    (0:00) J+M tee up today's segments!

    (3:14) Covering Sam Bankman-Fried's two recent interviews, reacting to clips from SBF at the NYT DealBook conference

    (12:14) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at https://vanta.com/twist 

    (13:43) SBF chimes in on VC responsibility and drug usage at FTX

    (27:31) Embroker - Use code TWIST to get an extra 10% off insurance at https://Embroker.com/twist 

    (28:46) Finish up with clips from DealBook: FTX US and a final round of applause

    (31:58) SBF's Good Morning America interview with George Stephanopoulos 

    (37:54) Nutrisense - Use code TWIST and get $30 off at nutrisense.io/twist

    (39:24) Finishing on SBF's GMA interview and comparing the two interview styles

    (47:00) Lon Harris joins to discuss Disney's new in-house automated de-aging tool

    (1:07:48) $WBD in talks to license animated content to Amazon, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's new artist-led venture, Lon's recommendations, Jason's nineties stories, and more!

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Generative AI's potential, Spotify Wrapped + AMP Robotics Founder Matanya Horowitz | E1624

    Generative AI's potential, Spotify Wrapped + AMP Robotics Founder Matanya Horowitz | E1624

    First up, Jason answers two great questions from the most recent cohort of Founder University! (1:34) Then, Molly and Producer Rachel discuss Spotify Wrapped's marketing genius and a potential new contemporary. (22:33) Finally, AMP Robotics Founder Matanya Horowitz joins Molly for another edition of The Next Unicorns! (40:02)

    (0:00) Molly tees up today's segments!

    (1:34) Ask Jason! Is the Generative AI boom for real?

    (11:42) OpenPhone - Get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://openphone.com/twist 

    (13:12) Ask Jason! How to survive text-to-image tools as a designer

    (15:00) Ask Jason! How to build relationships with investors before you start fundraising

    (21:07) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://LinkedIn.com/unicorn

    (22:33) Molly and Producer Rachel break down this year's Spotify Wrapped (and a new contemporary!)

    (38:38) Crowdbotics - Get a free scoping session for your next big app idea at crowdbotics.com/twist

    (40:02) Molly is joined by AMP Robotics founder Matanya Horowitz to talk about building recycling-focused robots!

    (52:04) AMP's customers, target market, company mission, and how they train AI

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Apple vs Twitter, app store duopoly, YouTube's efficiency, Snap goes back to the office | E1623

    Apple vs Twitter, app store duopoly, YouTube's efficiency, Snap goes back to the office | E1623

    First up, J+M cover Twitter vs. Apple and the app store duopoly (2:10) before breaking down Google's employees per department. (32:48) They wrap up talking about Snap announcing a return to the office for all employees (37:09) and more crypto chaos. (58:18)

    (0:00) J+M tee up today's topics!

    (2:10) Twitter vs Apple

    (9:23) Mayfair - Get 4% APY on your idle cash automatically at https://getmayfair.com/twist 

    (10:53) Apple/Google app store duopoly, Steve Jobs's original App Store pitch

    (21:43) Blueground - Get up to $1000 off your booking at https://promos.theblueground.com/twist 

    (23:15) App Store as a blocker for startups, Apple's interesting priorities

    (32:48) Google's employees per department breakdown, YouTube's insane efficiency

    (35:40) Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub - Apply in 5 minutes, no funding required, sign up at http://aka.ms/thisweekinstartups

    (37:09) Google's dramatic headcount increase since 2019, Snap asks employees to return to the office 80% of the time starting in February, end of entitlement in tech

    (58:18) BlockFi goes bankrupt and sues SBF, Miami nightclubs see ~99% decline in crypto payments

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    • 1 hr 13 min

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