This Week in Startups

Jason Calacanis

Jason Calacanis covers startups, tech, markets, media, and all the hottest topics in business and technology. He also interviews the world’s greatest founders, operators, investors, and innovators. read less
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Glue: The New Slack Killer with David Sacks and Evan Owen | E1955
3d ago
Glue: The New Slack Killer with David Sacks and Evan Owen | E1955
In this episode, David Sacks and Evan Owen of Glue join Jason to demo their new “slack killer” product (4:38), explain the role of AI within Glue (14:14), discuss building products with remote vs in-person teams (36:47), and more! * Timestamps: (0:00) David Sacks and Evan Owen join Jason to show us newly launched Glue. (2:42) David Sacks answers, “Why build another product?”. (4:38) Evan jumps into a demo of Glue. (9:37) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at http://www.Squarespace.com/TWIST (12:15) Popular data sources users are incorporating into Glue. (14:14) Digging deeper on the AI of Glue and when it will be able to be proactive in its participation. (19:42) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://www.linkedin.com/twist (21:07) Glue’s strategy on converting users from tools like slack in this competitive landscape. (27:18) Glue’s approach to pricing. (30:16) Dot Tech Domains - Don’t miss our “Jam with JCal” contest. To apply and get more details go to www.jamwithjcal.tech. (31:45) Training models and the heated subject of privacy and security. (34:12) How building a company now, fourteen years after Yammer, has been different for Sacks. (36:47) Diving into the topic of building products with remote vs in-person teams. * Check out Glue: https://gluegroups.com/ Glue on X: https://x.com/GlueAI * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Follow David: X: https://x.com/DavidSacks LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidoliversacks/ * Follow Evan: X: https://x.com/kainosnoema LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/evanaowen/ * Follow Jason: X: https://twitter.com/Jason LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Thank you to our partners: (9:37) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at http://www.Squarespace.com/TWIST (19:42) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://www.linkedin.com/twist (30:16) Dot Tech Domains - Don’t miss our “Jam with JCal” contest. To apply and get more details go to www.jamwithjcal.tech. * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast
$NVDA's earnings, media economics in the AI era, Farcaster's mega crypto round, and more! | E1954
3d ago
$NVDA's earnings, media economics in the AI era, Farcaster's mega crypto round, and more! | E1954
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… Zendesk - The best customer experiences are built with Zendesk. Qualifying startups can join their Startup program and get Zendesk products free, for six months! Visit http://www.zendesk.com/twist today to get started. Mercury - Mercury is the fintech startups use for banking* and all their financial workflows. Paying bills, staying in control of company spend, and closing the books doesn't need to be so complex — that's why Mercury powers it all from the one thing every business needs: the bank account. Join 200K startups who use Mercury to operate at their best at http://mercury.com *Mercury is a financial technology company, not a bank. Banking services provided by Choice Financial Group and Evolve Bank & Trust, Members FDIC. HiddenLayer - Generative AI is revolutionizing industries. HiddenLayer’s AI Detection & Response Solution secures your Generative AI & LLMs from malicious attack. Helping you generate more – by enabling seamless & secure Generative AI. Visit https://HiddenLayer.com/TWiST * Timestamps: (0:00) Jason and Alex kick off the show (1:50) Nvidia earnings for First Quarter Fiscal 2025 (12:53) Zendesk - Get six months free at http://www.zendesk.com/twist (14:32) Continuing discussion on Nvidia's earnings (22:39) News Corp and OpenAI strike ‘multi year global partnership’ (29:21) Mercury - Join 200K startups who use Mercury to operate at their best at http://mercury.com (30:51) Apple News+ is driving big numbers for The Daily Beast (39:03) HiddenLayer - HiddenLayer’s AI Detection & Response Solution secures your Generative AI & LLMs from malicious attack. Visit https://HiddenLayer.com/TWiST to learn more. (40:14) Wearable AI startup Humane is exploring a sale (50:56) Windows Recall (1:08:45) Farcaster raises $150M: Is crypto making a comeback? * Links and articles from show: https://nvidianews.nvidia.com/news/nvidia-announces-financial-results-for-first-quarter-fiscal-2025 https://techcrunch.com/2024/05/21/farcaster-a-crypto-based-social-network-raised-150m-with-just-80k-daily-users/ https://gizmodo.com/humane-ai-pin-selling-billion-1851493143 https://www.semafor.com/article/05/19/2024/as-clicks-dry-up-for-news-sites-could-apples-news-app-be-a-lifeline https://www.wsj.com/business/media/openai-news-corp-strike-deal-23f186ba?mod=latest_headlines https://s201.q4cdn.com/141608511/files/doc_financials/2025/Rev_by_Mkt_Qtrly_Trend_Q125.pdf https://x.com/dsiroker/status/1792956339515273537 * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Follow Alex: X: https://x.com/alex LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexwilhelm/ * Follow Jason: X: https://twitter.com/Jason LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Thank you to our partners: (12:53) Zendesk - Get six months free at http://www.zendesk.com/twist (29:21) Mercury - Join 200K startups who use Mercury to operate at their best at ⁠http://mercury.com⁠ (39:03) HiddenLayer - HiddenLayer’s AI Detection & Response Solution secures your Generative AI & LLMs from malicious attack. Visit https://HiddenLayer.com/TWiST to learn more. * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast
OpenAI drama, billion-dollar exits, and founder salaries with new co-host Alex Wilhelm | E1953
5d ago
OpenAI drama, billion-dollar exits, and founder salaries with new co-host Alex Wilhelm | E1953
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… Vanta - Compliance and security shouldn't be a deal-breaker for startups to win new business. Vanta makes it easy for companies to get a SOC 2 report fast. TWiST listeners can get $1,000 off for a limited time at http://www.vanta.com/twist LinkedIn Ads - To redeem a $100 LinkedIn ad credit and launch your first campaign, go to http://www.linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups Equinix - The Equinix Startup program offers a hybrid infrastructure solution for startups, including up to $100K in credits and personalized consultations and guidance from the Equinix team. Go to https://www.equinixstartups.com to apply today. * Timestamps: (0:00) Alex Wilhelm joins Jason to dive into this week’s news. (1:17) Announcing new co-host on TWiST Alex Wilhelm of TechCrunch fame! (3:03) Alex breaks down what’s on the docket for today! (4:16) The OpenAI equity issue. (10:38) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at http://www.vanta.com/twist (12:39) OpenAI’s ChatGPT 4o. (15:33) Why ChatGPT is better than Siri. (17:50) OpenAI’s net revenue in the wake of last week’s announcements. (20:04) LinkedIn Ads - Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at http://www.linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups (22:06) Comparing the needs of consumers vs enterprise for ChatGPT. (24:17) OpenAI has pulled “Sky” one of the voices for the new ChatGPT 4o due to it sounding like Scarlett Johansson (28:48) Equinix - Join the Equinix Startup Program for up to $100K in credits and much more at https://deploy.equinix.com/startups (30:01) Alex’s favorite topic around how much founders paying themselves. (38:46) A billion-dollar deal in cybersecurity. (45:43) Breaking news Scar Jo! (56:24) What’s going on with crypto-venture capital. (58:02) A look at “decentralized twitter” called Farcaster. * Links from episode: OpenAI Equity link: https://www.businessinsider.com/sam-altman-openai-nda-clause-vested-equity-ilya-sutskever-2024-5 OpenAI revenue growth https://techcrunch.com/2024/05/20/chatgpts-mobile-app-revenue-saw-biggest-spike-yet-following-gpt-4o-launch/ Founder salary report: https://pilot.com/founder-salary-report-2024 CyberArk-Venafi deal: https://techcrunch.com/2024/05/20/cyberark-snaps-up-venafi-for-1-54b-to-ramp-up-in-machine-to-machine-security/ Crypto VC rising: https://www.reuters.com/technology/venture-capital-funding-crypto-rises-24-bln-pitchbook-says-2024-05-20/ Check out Farcaster: https://www.farcaster.xyz/ * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Follow Alex: X: https://x.com/alex LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexwilhelm/ * Follow Jason: X: https://twitter.com/Jason LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Thank you to our partners: (10:38) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at http://www.vanta.com/twist (20:04) LinkedIn Ads - Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at http://www.linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups (28:48) Equinix - Join the Equinix Startup Program for up to $100K in credits and much more at https://deploy.equinix.com/startups * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast
Crypto, the Midas List, and democratizing VC with Delian Asparouhov and Mel Williams | E1952
6d ago
Crypto, the Midas List, and democratizing VC with Delian Asparouhov and Mel Williams | E1952
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… OpenPhone. Create business phone numbers for you and your team that work through an app on your smartphone or desktop. TWiST listeners can get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://www.openphone.com/twist⁠ Coda. A new doc that brings words, tables and teams together. All your valuable data, plans, objectives, and strategies in one place. Go to https://www.coda.io/twist to get a $1,000 credit! Northwest Registered Agent. Northwest Registered Agent will form your business quickly and easily. In just 10 clicks and 10 minutes, set up your entire business identity—name, address, mail service, phone, email, website, and domain. For just $39 plus state fees, Northwest will handle your complete business identity. Visit https://www.northwestregisteredagent.com/twist today. * Todays show: David Weisburd hosts Mel Williams, Delian Asparouhov, and Jason Calacanis to discuss discuss crypto regulation (17:05), AI spending (27:21), and immigration's role in startups (55:43). * Timestamps: (0:00) David Weisburd intros Mel Williams, Delian Asparouhov, and Jason Calacanis (3:46) WSJ reports that top crypto funds are back in the market (9:38) OpenPhone - Get 20% off your first six months at https://www.openphone.com/twist⁠ (10:54) Jason's proposal for a "sophisticated investor test" for crypto investments (17:05) The limitations of current SEC regulations and the potential political impact of crypto regulation (26:03) Coda - Get a $1,000 startup credit at https://coda.io/twist (27:21) AI spend is up across the board in 2024 (39:42) Northwest Registered Agent - For just $39 plus state fees, Northwest will handle your complete business identity. Visit https://www.northwestregisteredagent.com/twist today. (41:01) GPT-4o demos and the rapid commoditization of AI technology (48:29) The impact of AI on the economy (55:43) Immigration and its impact on the startup ecosystem (1:06:11) Self-censorship and the importance of a free society * Follow Mel: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mel-williams-00584a5 Check Out: https://truebridgecapital.com * Follow Delian: X: https://x.com/zebulgar LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/delian-asparouhov-87447742 Check out: https://foundersfund.com https://www.varda.com * Follow David: X: ⁠https://twitter.com/DWeisburd⁠ LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/dweisburd⁠ Check out: ⁠https://10xcapital.com * Follow Jason: X: ⁠https://twitter.com/jason⁠ Instagram: ⁠https://www.instagram.com/jason⁠ LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Thank you to our partners: (9:38) OpenPhone - Get 20% off your first six months at https://www.openphone.com/twist⁠ (26:03) Coda - Get a $1,000 startup credit at https://coda.io/twist (39:42) Northwest Registered Agent - For just $39 plus state fees, Northwest will handle your complete business identity. Visit https://www.northwestregisteredagent.com/twist today. * Check out the Launch Accelerator: https://launchaccelerator.co * Check out Founder University: https://www.founder.university * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast
Pioneering physical AI with Archetype AI’s Ivan Poupyrev | E1951
18-05-2024
Pioneering physical AI with Archetype AI’s Ivan Poupyrev | E1951
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… .Tech Domains - Don’t miss our “Jam Session with JCal” contest, coming soon! To apply and get more details go to https://jamwithjcal.tech brought to you by .tech domains. OpenPhone. Create business phone numbers for you and your team that work through an app on your smartphone or desktop. TWiST listeners can get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://www.openphone.com/twist⁠ Vanta. Compliance and security shouldn't be a deal-breaker for startups to win new business. Vanta makes it easy for companies to get a SOC 2 report fast. TWiST listeners can get $1,000 off for a limited time at http://www.vanta.com/twist * Todays show: Ivan Poupyrev of Archetype AI joins Jason to demo Archetype AI’s product “Newton” and discuss the application of sensors in various industries (2:55). The two also dive into anticipatory interfaces (44:14), the role of sensor technology in AI (31:09), and the potential for robots in various industries (28:12). * Timestamps: (0:00) Ivan Poupyrev of Archetype AI joins Jason. (2:55) Demo of Archetype AI's product, Newton, which interprets and processes motion data (9:22) .Tech Domains - Apply for the Jam Session with JCal contest today at https://jamwithjcal.tech (10:48) Exploration of potential business model and use cases for Archetype AI (22:15) OpenPhone - Get 20% off your first six months at https://www.openphone.com/twist⁠ (23:30) Use cases in aviation, military, and automotive industry (28:12) The connection between robots and artificial intelligence (30:17) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at http://www.vanta.com/twist (31:09) The evolution of sensor technology and its role in AI (44:14) The pace of technological innovation and the future of anticipatory interfaces (49:00) Future plans for Archetype AI, hiring and partnership opportunities * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Check out Archetype AI: https://www.archetypeai.io * Follow Ivan: X: https://x.com/ipoupyrev LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ivan-poupyrev * Follow Jason: X: https://twitter.com/Jason LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Thank you to our partners: (9:21) .Tech Domains - Apply for the Jam Session with JCal contest today at https://jamwithjcal.tech (22:17) OpenPhone - Get 20% off your first six months at https://www.openphone.com/twist⁠ (30:20) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at http://www.vanta.com/twist * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast
AI Demos: Big Drops This Week from OpenAI & Google | E1950
17-05-2024
AI Demos: Big Drops This Week from OpenAI & Google | E1950
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… LinkedIn Jobs. A business is only as strong as its people, and every hire matters. Go to https://www.linkedin.com/twist to post your first job for free. Terms and conditions apply. Eight Sleep. Good sleep is the ultimate game changer. The newest generation of the pod, the Pod 4 ultra has arrived. Head to https://www.eightsleep.com/twist and use code TWIST to get $350 off the Pod 4 Ultra. HiddenLayer. Generative AI is revolutionizing industries. HiddenLayer’s AI Detection & Response Solution secures your Generative AI & LLMs from malicious attack. Helping you generate more – by enabling seamless & secure Generative AI. Visit https://www.HiddenLayer.com/TWiST to learn more. * Timestamps: (0:00) Sunny joins Jason to dive into this week’s AI news and demos. (2:10) OpenAI did their big reveal on Monday and review on Sam Altman’s appearance on the All In podcast (5:40) A dive into what OpenAI launched this week. (10:11) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://www.linkedin.com/twist (13:12) OpenAI’s new model, where the “o” stands for omni, means it can now reason across audio, vision, and text in real-time. (17:21) Open AI’s “memory” setting and their new MacOS desktop app! (19:43) Eight Sleep - Head to https://www.eightsleep.com/twist and use code TWIST to get $350 off the Pod 4 Ultra. (22:37) Jason highlights the startup Athena. (25:53) Looking at the improvements on the new ChatGPT 4o model. (29:31) HiddenLayer - HiddenLayer’s AI Detection & Response Solution secures your Generative AI & LLMs from malicious attack. Visit https://www.HiddenLayer.com/TWiST to learn more. (32:34) Breaking down the pricing of the new vs historic ChatGPT models. (35:31) Jason demos Recall. (42:19) Sunny shares Labs.Google and NotebookLM. (46:03) Labs.Google and “AI Overviews” * Check out ChatGPT 4o: https://chatgpt.com/?model=gpt-4o Check out Labs Google: https://labs.google/ Check out Groq: https://groq.com/ Check out article “Apple Nears Deal With OpenAI to Put ChatGPT on iPhone”: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-05-11/apple-closes-in-on-deal-with-openai-to-put-chatgpt-on-iphone Check out Athena: https://www.athenago.com/ Check out Recall: https://www.getrecall.ai/ * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Follow Sunny: X: ⁠https://twitter.com/sundeep⁠ LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/sundeepm * Follow Jason: X: https://twitter.com/Jason LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Thank you to our partners: (10:11) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://www.linkedin.com/twist (19:43) Eight Sleep - Head to https://www.eightsleep.com/twist and use code TWIST to get $350 off the Pod 4 Ultra. (29:31) HiddenLayer - HiddenLayer’s AI Detection & Response Solution secures your Generative AI & LLMs from malicious attack. Visit https://www.HiddenLayer.com/TWiST to learn more. * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast
Bridging education and business with The OC’s Dr. Justin Terry | E1949
16-05-2024
Bridging education and business with The OC’s Dr. Justin Terry | E1949
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… Squarespace. Turn your idea into a new website! Go to http://www.Squarespace.com/TWIST for a free trial. When you’re ready to launch, use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Northwest Registered Agent. Northwest Registered Agent will form your business quickly and easily. In just 10 clicks and 10 minutes, set up your entire business identity—name, address, mail service, phone, email, website, and domain. For just $39 plus state fees, Northwest will handle your complete business identity. Visit ⁠northwestregisteredagent.com/twist⁠ today. Lemon.io - Hire pre-vetted remote developers, get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist * Todays show: Dr. Justin Terry joins Jason to discuss the future of work, education, and the unique impact of Opportunity Central (The OC). They explore how the school incorporates entrepreneurship (9:03), addresses community needs (22:00), and more! * Timestamps (0:00) The OC’s Dr. Justin Terry joins Jason (1:38) The OC, leveling the playing field in education, and the future of job availability (7:42) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at http://www.Squarespace.com/TWIST (9:03) Exploration of the unique educational facility and its impact on local businesses (15:15) Incorporating entrepreneurship and future ready skills in education (20:13) Northwest Registered Agent - For just $39 plus state fees, Northwest will handle your complete business identity. Visit ⁠https://www.northwestregisteredagent.com/twist⁠ today. (21:32) Addressing community needs through the educational facility (31:00) Considering expansions and potential partnerships for the facility (37:42) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist (39:03) The impact of the new educational model on students and equalizing opportunities (51:56) The role of entrepreneurship in public education * Check out The OC: https://www.theoc.net * Follow Dr. Justin Terry: X: https://twitter.com/justinwterry LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-terry-133761aa * Follow Jason: X: https://twitter.com/Jason LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Thank you to our partners: (7:42) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at http://www.Squarespace.com/TWIST (20:13) Northwest Registered Agent - For just $39 plus state fees, Northwest will handle your complete business identity. Visit https://www.northwestregisteredagent.com/twist today. (37:42) Lemon.io - Get 15% off your first 4 weeks of developer time at https://Lemon.io/twist * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast
Max Altman & Ben Braverman chart Saga VC's maiden voyage with Mark Suster | E1948
15-05-2024
Max Altman & Ben Braverman chart Saga VC's maiden voyage with Mark Suster | E1948
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… Mercury - Mercury is the fintech startups use for banking* and all their financial workflows. Paying bills, staying in control of company spend, and closing the books doesn't need to be so complex — that's why Mercury powers it all from the one thing every business needs: the bank account. Join 200K startups who use Mercury to operate at their best at http://mercury.com *Mercury is a financial technology company, not a bank. Banking services provided by Choice Financial Group and Evolve Bank & Trust, Members FDIC. NetSuite - The number one cloud financial system, bringing accounting, financial management, inventory, and HR, into ONE platform. Giving you ONE source of truth. By popular demand, NetSuite has extended its one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks! Head to http://www.NetSuite.com/twist Curotec - Are you one of those companies that knows you need to be using AI, but you're not even sure where to start? Well, then, you need Curotec. They are AI experts, and they're offering TWiST listeners an AI Strategy Roadmap tailored to your business for $5000. That's 50% off the normal cost just for telling them we sent you. Check out http://www.curotec.com/twist and get $5000 off! * Today's show: Max Altman and Ben Braverman of Saga VC join guest host Mark Suster to discuss building up Saga VC’s maiden voyage fund (2:23), the advantage of witnessing “great” at the top of the industry (21:14), praise for Saga VC’s Thomson Nguyen (52:59), and more! * Timestamps: (0:00) Max Altman and Ben Braverman of Saga VC join guest host Mark Suster. (2:23) Building up Saga VC’s maiden voyage fund. (7:48) Saga VC’s reason to live and uniqueness. (9:48) Mercury - Join 200K startups who use Mercury to operate at their best at https://mercury.com (11:22) What Ben Braverman brings to Saga VC. (13:17) Ben speaks about what he learned working with Ryan Peterson at Flexport. (15:12) Max’s background that brought him to Saga and lessons he learned from Parker Conrad (19:58) NetSuite. By popular demand, NetSuite has extended its one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks! Head to http://www.NetSuite.com/twist (21:14) The advantage of witnessing “great” at the top of the industry. (25:54) The X-Factor in strong leaders and founders. (29:16) Curotec - Check out http://www.curotec.com/twist (30:27) Unique advantages Max and Ben on the foray into venture. (44:01) What Saga VC looks for in AI companies to fund. (52:59) Praise for Saga VC’s Thomson Nguyen in his absence. * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Check out Saga VC website: https://www.sagavc.com/ Check out Saga VC on X: https://twitter.com/Saga_Ventures * Follow Max: X: https://twitter.com/maxaltman LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maxhaltman/ * Follow Ben: X: https://twitter.com/braveben LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-braverman-a1120314/ * Follow Thomson: X: https://twitter.com/itsthomson LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/randomforest/ * Follow Mark: X: https://twitter.com/msuster LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marksuster/ * Thank you to our partners: (9:48)Mercury - Join 200K startups who use Mercury to operate at their best at https://mercury.com (19:58) NetSuite. By popular demand, NetSuite has extended its one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks! Head to http://www.NetSuite.com/twist (29:16) Curotec - Check out http://www.curotec.com/twist and get $5000 off * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast
AI Robots with Purpose with Jake Loosararian of Gecko Robotics | E1947
11-05-2024
AI Robots with Purpose with Jake Loosararian of Gecko Robotics | E1947
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… Vanta. Compliance and security shouldn't be a deal-breaker for startups to win new business. Vanta makes it easy for companies to get a SOC 2 report fast. TWiST listeners can get $1,000 off for a limited time at http://www.vanta.com/twist DevSquad. Most dev agencies only offer developers. Why? Because product management is hard. Get an entire product team for the cost of one US developer plus 10% off at http://devsquad.com/twist. Hubspot Podcast Network. Hubspot Podcast Network presents a new podcast called The Next Wave. The Next Wave is your personal Chief AI Officer, bringing fresh takes, industry insights and a trustworthy perspective on how to implement AI to grow your business. Just search for “The Next Wave” on YouTube or in your favorite podcast app. “The Large Language Model Race with Pete Huang, Founder of The Neuron” episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8elHTM9cOOA * Todays show: Jake Loosararian of Gecko Robotics joins Jason to discuss the purpose-designed robots being built at Gecko (3:01), the value of “bear hugging” your key customers (23:39), the “BOM” of current and future robots (1:02:14), and more! * Timestamps: (0:00) Jake Loosararian of Gecko Robotics joins Jason. (3:01) The purpose-designed robots being built at Gecko. (7:03) Origin story behind Jake’s startup. (9:45) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at http://www.vanta.com/twist (10:38) Show us the robots! (17:43) Details on the frequency of needed infrastructure inspections. (19:24) DevSquad - Get an entire product team for the cost of one US developer plus 10% off at http://devsquad.com/twist (23:39) The value of “bear hugging” your key customers. (27:42) Bridging physical and digital with Gecko’s Cantilever digital twins. (29:36) Hubspot for Podcast Networks - The Next Wave: https://www.youtube.com/@TheNextWavePod “The Large Language Model Race with Pete Huang, Founder of The Neuron” episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8elHTM9cOOA (33:50) Extending the value of inspections with fixed sensors. (46:47) Opening up the conversation to the AI data collected. (54:44) Why some robotics companies fail while others succeed. (1:02:14) The “BOM” of current and future robots. (1:06:29) Where humanoid robots may first be “employed”. * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Check out Gecko Robotics: https://www.geckorobotics.com/ * Follow Jake: X: https://twitter.com/loosararian_j LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jake-loosararian-23981350/ * Follow Jason: X: https://twitter.com/Jason LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Thank you to our partners: (9:45) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at http://www.vanta.com/twist (19:24) DevSquad - Get an entire product team for the cost of one US developer plus 10% off at http://devsquad.com/twist (29:36) Hubspot for Podcast Networks - The Next Wave: https://www.youtube.com/@TheNextWavePod “The Large Language Model Race with Pete Huang, Founder of The Neuron” episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8elHTM9cOOA * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast
Today's Space Tech Boom with Apex's Ian Cinnamon and Mark Suster | E1946
09-05-2024
Today's Space Tech Boom with Apex's Ian Cinnamon and Mark Suster | E1946
Squarespace - Turn your idea into a new website! Go to http://www.Squarespace.com/TWIST for a free trial. When you’re ready to launch, use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. LinkedIn Ads - To redeem a $100 LinkedIn ad credit and launch your first campaign, go to http://www.linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups Dot Tech Domains - Dot Tech domains are the go-to namespace to build anything in tech… and home to the world’s most innovative startups. Keep an eye out for our “Jam Session with JCal” contest… coming soon! Be sure to secure your .Tech domain today at https://get.tech/jason * Todays show: Ian Cinnamon joins guest host Mark Suster to discuss all things space tech; including: the importance of building Apex in L.A. (4:49), the drastic change in costs for satellites (16:03), their first Aries Satellite bus on it’s maiden voyage (30:29), and more! * Timestamps: (0:00) Ian Cinnamon joins guest host Mark Suster. (1:53) Why space is a hot sector right now with startups and investors. (4:49) The importance of building Apex in L.A. (6:44) Ian’s background and what brought him to the space industry. (9:52) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at http://www.Squarespace.com/TWIST (11:13) Origin story and perfect fit with Apex co-founder Max Benassi. (13:25) What Apex does and why Max’s manufacturing skillset matters. (16:03) Cost of satellites then and now. (19:55) LinkedIn Ads - Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at http://www.linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups (21:25) Details about the sateliilite bus at Apex. (23:43) The differences and business implications of LEO, MEO and GEO. (29:15) Dot Tech Domains - Be sure to secure your .Tech domain today at https://get.tech/jason (30:29) Their first Aries Satellite bus on it’s maiden voyage and a selfie from space. (53:30) The current scale and expected growth at Apex. (56:19) Competitions in the “space” space. * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Check out Apex: https://www.apexspace.com * Follow Ian: X: https://twitter.com/IanCinnamon LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iancinnamon/ * Follow Mark: X: https://twitter.com/msuster LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marksuster/ * Thank you to our partners: (9:52) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at http://www.Squarespace.com/TWIST (19:55) LinkedIn Ads - Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at http://www.linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups (29:15) Dot Tech Domains - Be sure to secure your .Tech domain today at https://get.tech/jason * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast
Bridging academia and job market realities with Extern’s Matt Wilkerson | E1945
09-05-2024
Bridging academia and job market realities with Extern’s Matt Wilkerson | E1945
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… ⁠Equinix. The Equinix Startup program offers a hybrid infrastructure solution for startups, including up to $100K in credits and personalized consultations and guidance from the Equinix team. Go to https://deploy.equinix.com/startups to apply today. CLA. Innovation takes balance. CLA's CPAs, consultants, and wealth advisors can help you get from startup to where you want to end up. Get started now at https://www.claconnect.com/tech HubSpot. If you’re fundraising, be sure to check out the Million Dollar pitch competition from Hubspot for Startups & HubSpot Ventures. Apply now at ⁠https://www.hubspot.com/milliondollarpitch * Todays show: Extern’s Matt Wilkerson joins Jason to discuss the concept of externships and their role in bridging the gap between academic curriculum and job market reality. They delve into the demand for cybersecurity professionals (14:18), the value externships offer in career path decisions (28:43), and the impact and evolution of Extern (37:20). * Timestamps: (0:00) Extern’s Matt Wilkerson joins Jason (4:22) The concept of externships and he problem of student loans and work experience (7:04) Equinix - Join the Equinix Startup Program for up to $100K in credits and much more at https://deploy.equinix.com/startups (8:09) The Extern student experience (14:18) The demand for cybersecurity professionals and the benefits of externships (19:11) The gap between academic curriculum and job market reality (23:58) CLA - Get started with CLA's CPAs, consultants, and wealth advisors now at https://claconnect.com/tech (25:30) The value of externships in helping students figure out their career paths (33:02) HubSpot - Be sure to check out the Million Dollar pitch competition from Hubspot for Startups & HubSpot Ventures. Apply now at ⁠⁠https://www.hubspot.com/milliondollarpitch (34:17) The impact of Extern on students and the job market (46:04) Understanding customers and the evolution of Extern (52:11) The mission of Extern and advice for new founders * Mentioned on the show: https://www.hotjar.com/net-promoter-score * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Follow Matt: X: https://twitter.com/mwilker LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattwilkerson/ Check out: https://www.extern.com/ * Follow Jason: X: https://twitter.com/Jason LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Thank you to our partners: (7:04) Equinix - Join the Equinix Startup Program for up to $100K in credits and much more at https://deploy.equinix.com/startups (23:58) CLA - Get started with CLA's CPAs, consultants, and wealth advisors now at https://claconnect.com/tech (33:02) HubSpot - Be sure to check out the Million Dollar pitch competition from Hubspot for Startups & HubSpot Ventures. Apply now at ⁠⁠https://www.hubspot.com/milliondollarpitch * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast
LIQUIDITY: Major challenger to OpenAI, xAI, closing on $6B in funding | E1944
06-05-2024
LIQUIDITY: Major challenger to OpenAI, xAI, closing on $6B in funding | E1944
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… OpenPhone. Create business phone numbers for you and your team that work through an app on your smartphone or desktop. TWiST listeners can get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://www.openphone.com/twist⁠ NetSuite. The number one cloud financial system, bringing accounting, financial management, inventory, and HR, into ONE platform. Giving you ONE source of truth. By popular demand, NetSuite has extended its one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks! Head to https://www.netsuite.com/liquidity Attio - A radically new CRM for the next era of companies. Head to https://attio.com/twist⁠ to get 15% off for your first year. * Todays show: David Weisburd hosts Joshua Berkowitz, Donald Stalter and Jason Calacanis to discuss xAI closed on $6B (5:02), PitchBook's report on Emerging Managers (17:32), SVB’s venture portfolio situation (44:18), and much more! * Liquidity Timestamps: (0:00) David Weisburd intros Joshua Berkowitz, Donald Stalter and Jason Calacanis (5:02) xAI raises $6B in funding (9:49) OpenPhone - Get 20% off your first six months at https://www.openphone.com/twist⁠ (13:16) Sequoia leading a $6B round for AI (17:32) PitchBook's report on Emerging Managers (20:38) NetSuite - By popular demand, NetSuite has extended its one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks! Head to https://www.netsuite.com/liquidity (28:18) The impact of the surge of venture capital in 2021 and its implications for the ecosystem (30:41) Attio - Head to https://attio.com/twist⁠ to get 15% off for your first year. (34:42) The impact of a positive investor attitude on founders (44:18) The Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) venture portfolio situation (49:33) Lightning round of last 3 investments * Thank you to our partners: (9:49) OpenPhone - Get 20% off your first six months at https://www.openphone.com/twist⁠ (20:38) NetSuite - By popular demand, NetSuite has extended its one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks! Head to https://www.netsuite.com/liquidity (30:41) Attio - Head to https://attio.com/twist⁠ to get 15% off for your first year. * Mentioned on show: https://www.axios.com/2024/05/03/svb-venture-capital-arm * Follow Donald: X: https://twitter.com/donnystalter LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donaldstalter Check out: https://www.fieldguide.io https://www.permitflow.com https://slopepay.com * Follow Joshua: X: https://twitter.com/berkowitz_josh LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-berkowitz-86005b23/ Check out: https://dexa.ai https://powerset.co * Follow David: X: ⁠https://twitter.com/DWeisburd⁠ LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/dweisburd⁠ Check out: ⁠https://10xcapital.com * Follow Jason: X: ⁠https://twitter.com/jason⁠ Instagram: ⁠https://www.instagram.com/jason⁠ LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Check out the Launch Accelerator: https://launchaccelerator.co * Check out Founder University: https://www.founder.university * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast
Decoding Customer Insights, Trust, and the Jobs-to-be-Done Framework with Bob Moesta | E1943
03-05-2024
Decoding Customer Insights, Trust, and the Jobs-to-be-Done Framework with Bob Moesta | E1943
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… Hubspot for Podcast Networks - Looking to up your marketing game? Check out the podcast: Marketing Against the Grain: https://lnk.to/h3vKHnTW. Hosted by Hubspot CMO Kipp Bodnar and Zapier CMO Kieran Flannigan. They bring you the latest in marketing trends, growth tactics and innovation. “The Best AI Tools For Marketers In 2024” episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeeVKUuEv6Y. Available on all your favorite podcast apps. LinkedIn Jobs. A business is only as strong as its people, and every hire matters. Go to LinkedIn.com/TWIST to post your first job for free. Terms and conditions apply. Zendesk. The best customer experiences are built with Zendesk. Qualifying startups can join their Startup program and get Zendesk products free, for six months! Visit http://www.zendesk.com/twist today to get started. * Todays show: Bob Moesta joins Jason to discuss important customer interview methods, such as the concept and importance of deep listening (7:21), quantitative vs. qualitative and hypothesis-building research (13:08), “The jeweller effect” and building trust (37:47), and more! * Timestamps: (0:00) Bob Moesta of the Re-Wired Group joins Jason. (2:33) Jumping into Bob's origin stories and the early lessons that shaped his career. (4:59) Unpacking the concepts of “the customer is not always right” and that they don’t actually know what they want. (7:21) The concept and importance of deep listening. (8:52) Bob’s use of “the death day” and learning the value of time. (10:57) Hubspot for Podcast Networks - Marketing Against the Grain: https://lnk.to/h3vKHnTW. “The Best AI Tools For Marketers In 2024” episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeeVKUuEv6Y (13:08) Quantitative vs qualitative and hypothesis-building research. (16:51) Bob’s four amazing mentors and how they turned him from an illiterate eighteen-year-old into an innovation machine. (20:16) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://www.linkedin.com/twist (21:40) The dangers of identifying personas and “the secret sauce”. (26:08) Drawing importance from the “irrational decision”, as context drives the rationale. (28:28) Bob explains his approach to interviews. (31:00) Zendesk - Get six months free at http://www.zendesk.com/twist (32:32) Applying these concepts to a customer buying a diamond or health care. (37:47) “The jeweller effect” and how do you cause trust? (40:48) Making people problem aware. (47:45) Applying the fact that people learn out of routine to the electric car customer. (54:18) The concept of nostalgia. (1:03:08) Bob’s current book he is writing about what causes someone to leave one company and go to another. (1:15:57) At what stage is a company that hires the Re-Wired Group? * Check out The Re-Wired Group: https://www.anomalo.com/ Check out Bob’s website and publications: https://www.bobmoesta.com/ * Check out Founder Fridays: https://www.founderfridays.tech/ * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Follow Bob: X: https://twitter.com/bmoesta?lang=en LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobmoesta/ * Follow Jason: X: https://twitter.com/Jason LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Thank you to our partners: (10:57) Hubspot for Podcast Networks - Marketing Against the Grain: https://lnk.to/h3vKHnTW. “The Best AI Tools For Marketers In 2024” episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeeVKUuEv6Y (20:16) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://www.linkedin.com/twist (31:00) Zendesk - Get six months free at http://www.zendesk.com/twist * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast
Startup pitch competition! Jason invests $25K into one of three founders | E1942
02-05-2024
Startup pitch competition! Jason invests $25K into one of three founders | E1942
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… Eppo. Experimentation is how generation-defining companies win. Accelerate your experimentation velocity with Eppo. Visit  https://www.geteppo.com/twist Eight Sleep. Good sleep is the ultimate game changer. Now you can add the Pod Cover to any mattress! Go to https://www.eightsleep.com/twist to check out the Pod Cover and get $200 off the pod plus free shipping! Mercury. Mercury is the fintech startups use for banking* and all their financial workflows. Paying bills, staying in control of company spend, and closing the books doesn't need to be so complex — that's why Mercury powers it all from the one thing every business needs: the bank account. Join 200K startups who use Mercury to operate at their best at http://mercury.com *Mercury is a financial technology company, not a bank. Banking services provided by Choice Financial Group and Evolve Bank & Trust, Members FDIC. * Todays show: Jason and Presh kick off the Founder University pitch competition (00:00), then we hear from Peter on Props AI (10:17), Alan on 2ndHandGeek (21:15), and Alex on Zweelie (37:18). Finally, Jason awards a $25K investment (), and details how to apply! * Timestamps: (00:00) Jason kicks off the show! (1:16) Jason brings on Presh to introduce today's pitches! (9:17) Eppo. Accelerate your experimentation velocity with Eppo. Visit  https://www.geteppo.com/twist (10:17) Peter Kirkham pitches Props AI (19:45) Eight Sleep - Go to https://www.eightsleep.com/twist for $200 off the Pod plus free shipping (21:15) Alan Blakeborough Pitches 2ndHandGeek (36:16) Mercury - Join 200K startups who use Mercury to operate at their best at http://mercury.com (37:18) Alex Hanna pitches Zweelie (41:44) Jason picks the startup he will invest in! (43:26) Advice for founders and Q&A * Founder University: Cohort 8 begins May 9th! Apply here: ⁠https://www.founder.university⁠ * We are doing Founder Fridays! Go check out ⁠https://founderfridays.tech * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Follow Peter: X: https://twitter.com/k11kirky LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-kirkham Props AI: www.getprops.ai * Follow Alan: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/f3zorroblake 2ndHandGeek: https://exchange.2ndhandgeek.com * Follow Alex: X: http://x.com/_alexhanna LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-hanna-founder Zweelie: http://zweelie.com * Follow Jason: X: https://twitter.com/Jason LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Thank you to our partners: (9:17) Eppo. Accelerate your experimentation velocity with Eppo. Visit  https://www.geteppo.com/twist (19:45) Eight Sleep - Go to https://www.eightsleep.com/twist for $200 off the Pod plus free shipping (36:16) Mercury - Join 200K startups who use Mercury to operate at their best at ⁠http://mercury.com⁠ * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast
AI Demos: Llama 3 Innovations, vibecheck, Globe Engineer, Wisdolia and Tesla’s FSD | E1941
30-04-2024
AI Demos: Llama 3 Innovations, vibecheck, Globe Engineer, Wisdolia and Tesla’s FSD | E1941
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… Squarespace. Turn your idea into a new website! Go to http://www.Squarespace.com/TWIST for a free trial. When you’re ready to launch, use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Vanta. Compliance and security shouldn't be a deal-breaker for startups to win new business. Vanta makes it easy for companies to get a SOC 2 report fast. TWiST listeners can get $1,000 off for a limited time at http://www.vanta.com/twist Wistia. All-in-one video platform for business, with tools that help you create, manage, and measure the impact of your videos. Try Wistia for free at http://www.wistia.com/startups * Timestamps: (0:00) Sunny joins Jason to dive into this week’s AI news and demos. (1:52) Various user-driven enhancements to Llama 3 (8:28) Abacus runs Llama-3 locally on your iPhone. (10:31) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at http://www.Squarespace.com/TWIST (11:54) ChatGPT's new memory feature (18:43) Deep dive into the advancements in self-driving car technology and Tesla’s FSD (21:43) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at http://www.vanta.com/twist (24:30) Sunny breaks down how far we are away to different degrees of self-driving cars. (29:22) Wistia - Try Wistia for free at https://wistia.com/startups (33:48) Sunny weighs the possibility of a Robotaxi death in the next couple of years. (37:11) Sunny’s theory that the leader in autonomous cars will be the one to use the Uber model. (46:02) Jason has producer Cort jump on the pod to try out an “AI Death Calculator”. (51:10) Sunny demos Vibecheck. (59:49) Sunny demos Wisdolia. (1:02:25) Sunny demos Globe Engineer * Check out Groq: https://groq.com/ Check out the tweet about Llama-3: https://twitter.com/minchoi/status/1784907752659161432?s=42&t=79J_alIF_jrz1wn1s5pboQ Check out vibecheck: https://vibecheck.market/ Check out Globe Engineer: https://explorer.globe.engineer/ Check out qobuz: https://www.qobuz.com/ca-en/discover Check out Waymo: https://waymo.com/ Check out Wisdolia: https://app.wisdolia.com/ Check out Monic.AI: https://monic.ai/ Check out the Ai Death Calculator: https://life2vec.io/ Check out Founder Fridays: http://www.thisweekinstartups.com/meetups * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Follow Sunny: X: ⁠https://twitter.com/sundeep⁠ LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/sundeepm * Follow Jason: X: https://twitter.com/Jason LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Thank you to our partners: (10:31) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at http://www.Squarespace.com/TWIST (21:43) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at http://www.vanta.com/twist (29:22) Wistia - Try Wistia for free at https://wistia.com/startups * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast
How AI and remote work is coming for your job | E1940
29-04-2024
How AI and remote work is coming for your job | E1940
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… NetSuite. The number one cloud financial system, bringing accounting, financial management, inventory, and HR, into ONE platform. Giving you ONE source of truth. By popular demand, NetSuite has extended its one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks! Head to https://www.netsuite.com/liquidity OpenPhone. Create business phone numbers for you and your team that work through an app on your smartphone or desktop. TWiST listeners can get an extra 20% off any plan for your first 6 months at https://www.openphone.com/twist HiddenLayer. Generative AI is revolutionizing industries. HiddenLayer’s AI Detection & Response Solution secures your Generative AI & LLMs from malicious attack. Helping you generate more – by enabling seamless & secure Generative AI. Visit https://www.HiddenLayer.com/TWiST to learn more. * Todays show: David Weisburd hosts Jeff Richards, Ryan Denehy, and Jason Calacanis to discuss down rounds in startups (5:26), changing operations in response to market shifts (23:07), and impact of AI & remote work on job availability (1:02:17). * Timestamps: (0:00) David Weisburd intros Jeff Richards, Ryan Denehy, and Jason Calacanis (5:26) Down rounds and cram down rounds in VC deals (13:06) NetSuite - By popular demand, NetSuite has extended its one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks! Head to https://www.netsuite.com/liquidity (14:22) The terms of investment and the importance of good business fundamentals (21:67) OpenPhone - Get 20% off your first six months at https://www.openphone.com/twist⁠ (23:24) Changing operations in response to market shifts (30:20) Increasing deal flow and setting ambitious goals (35:32) HiddenLayer. HiddenLayer’s AI Detection & Response Solution secures your Generative AI & LLMs from malicious attack. Visit https://www.HiddenLayer.com/TWiST to learn more (37:26) AI adoption in startups and businesses (1:02:33) The role of remote work in shaping the global economy and the potential of offshore hiring (1:09:34) Comparing the fundraising process pre and post COVID (1:14:30) Wrap up: Jeff's latest 3 investments and Ryan's company, https://www.Electric.ai * Follow Jeff: X: https://twitter.com/jrichlive LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrichards Check out: https://notablecap.com/ * Follow Ryan: X: https://twitter.com/denehyxxl LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryandenehy Check out: https://www.electric.ai/ * Follow David: X: ⁠https://twitter.com/DWeisburd⁠ LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/dweisburd⁠ Check out: ⁠https://10xcapital.com * Follow Jason: X: ⁠https://twitter.com/jason⁠ Instagram: ⁠https://www.instagram.com/jason⁠ LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Thank you to our partners: (13:06) NetSuite - By popular demand, NetSuite has extended its one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks! Head to https://www.netsuite.com/liquidity (21:67) OpenPhone - Get 20% off your first six months at https://www.openphone.com/twist⁠ (35:32) HiddenLayer. HiddenLayer’s AI Detection & Response Solution secures your Generative AI & LLMs from malicious attack. Visit https://www.HiddenLayer.com/TWiST to learn more * Check out the Launch Accelerator: https://launchaccelerator.co * Check out Founder University: https://www.founder.university * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast
PodcastAI: Edward Brawer is here to be your podcast’s arms dealer! | E1939
26-04-2024
PodcastAI: Edward Brawer is here to be your podcast’s arms dealer! | E1939
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… Coda. A new doc that brings words, tables and teams together. All your valuable data, plans, objectives, and strategies in one place. Go to https://www.coda.io/twist to get a $1,000 credit! Northwest Registered Agent. Northwest Registered Agent will form your business quickly and easily. For just $39 plus state fees, Northwest will handle your complete business identity. Visit northwestregisteredagent.com/twist today. NetSuite. The number one cloud financial system, bringing accounting, financial management, inventory, and HR, into ONE platform. Giving you ONE source of truth. By popular demand, NetSuite has extended its one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks! Head to http://www.NetSuite.com/twist * Timestamps: (0:00) Edward Brawer joins Jason to dive into PodcastAI (3:25) Introduction and origin story of Edward Brawer's entry into the podcasting AI technology (5:42) Discussion on the features and benefits of PodcastAI, including its ability to automate podcast production processes (9:40) Finding product-market-fit for PodcastAI (11:38) Coda - Get started for free at https://www.coda.io/twist (13:06) The success of their original cold calls to find those first first customers (15:04) Main features and outline of PodcastAI version 1.0. (20:19) Northwest Registered Agent - For just $39 plus state fees, Northwest will handle your complete business identity. Visit https://www.northwestregisteredagent.com/twist today. (21:51) Hot feature they just launched: viral moments of your pod (29:20) NetSuite - has extended its one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks! Head to http://www.NetSuite.com/twist (31:33) A feature they made specifically from feedback from the All-in pod (34:33) The hilarious origin story of Edward and Jason revolved around an AI version of Jason that, in turn, created an AI version of David Sacks * Check out Podcast AI: https://podcastai.com * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Follow Edward: X: https://twitter.com/edwardbrawer⁠ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/edwardbrawer/ * Follow Jason: X: https://twitter.com/Jason LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Thank you to our partners: (11:38) Coda - Get started for free at https://www.coda.io/twist (20:19) Northwest Registered Agent - For just $39 plus state fees, Northwest will handle your complete business identity. Visit northwestregisteredagent.com/twist today (29:20) NetSuite - has extended its one-of-a-kind flexible financing program for a few more weeks! Head to http://www.NetSuite.com/twist* Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast
The power of super communication with Charles Duhigg | E1938
26-04-2024
The power of super communication with Charles Duhigg | E1938
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… LinkedIn Jobs. A business is only as strong as its people, and every hire matters. Go to https://www.linkedin.com/twist to post your first job for free. Terms and conditions apply. Mantle. The AI-powered equity management platform designed for modern founders and operators. Get your first 12 months free at https://www.withmantle.com/twist HubSpot. If you’re fundraising, be sure to check out the Million Dollar pitch competition from Hubspot for Startups & HubSpot Ventures. Apply now at https://www.hubspot.com/milliondollarpitch * Todays show: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg joins Jason to discuss the different types of conversations (9:29), the role of humor (22:48), and they way conversation dynamics can shift (49:30). * Timestamps (0:00) Charles Duhigg joins Jason to break down his latest publishing, Supercommunicators (4:01) The importance of communication in startups and lessons from "The Power of Habit” (8:06) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://www.linkedin.com/twist (9:29) The role of communication in organizations and the different types of conversations (21:30) Mantle - Get your first 12 months free at https://withmantle.com/twist (22:48) Exploring the role of humor, laughter, and vulnerability in conversations (30:06) Understanding gender and cultural differences in communication (39:23) HubSpot - Be sure to check out the Million Dollar pitch competition from Hubspot for Startups & HubSpot Ventures. Apply now at ⁠https://www.hubspot.com/milliondollarpitch (40:34) The role anecdotes have in conversation (49:30) How the dynamic of the conversation shifts when someone has an ask (1:01:35) The Harvard Study of Adult Development (1:06:36) Closing remarks * Check out Supercommunicators: https://www.charlesduhigg.com/supercommunicators * Follow Charles: X: https://twitter.com/cduhigg LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlesduhigg/ * Follow Jason: X: https://twitter.com/Jason LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Thank you to our partners: (8:06) LinkedIn Jobs - Post your first job for free at https://www.linkedin.com/twist (21:30) Mantle - Get your first 12 months free at https://www.withmantle.com/twist (39:23) HubSpot - Be sure to check out Hubspot for Startups & HubSpot Ventures for their Million Dollar pitch competition. Apply now at https://www.hubspot.com/milliondollarpitch * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast * Founder University: Cohort 8 begins May 9th. Apply here: https://www.founder.university
Ask Jason LIVE!: Navigating startup growth with Real-Time Q&A | E1937
25-04-2024
Ask Jason LIVE!: Navigating startup growth with Real-Time Q&A | E1937
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… Vanta. Compliance and security shouldn't be a deal-breaker for startups to win new business. Vanta makes it easy for companies to get a SOC 2 report fast. TWiST listeners can get $1,000 off for a limited time at http://www.vanta.com/twist Squarespace. Turn your idea into a new website! Go to ⁠https://www.Squarespace.com/twist⁠ for a free trial. When you’re ready to launch, use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Mercury. Mercury is the fintech startups use for banking* and all their financial workflows. Paying bills, staying in control of company spend, and closing the books doesn't need to be so complex — that's why Mercury powers it all from the one thing every business needs: the bank account. Join 200K startups who use Mercury to operate at their best at http://mercury.com *Mercury is a financial technology company, not a bank. Banking services provided by Choice Financial Group and Evolve Bank & Trust, Members FDIC. * Todays show: Jason kicks off Ask Jason live! 5 live guests ask questions on key topics, including finding job opportunities (1:43), the “likely winner” and “definitive winner” framework (26:19), how a non-AI startup with traction can stand out to potential investors (1:04:05), and more! * Timestamps (0:00) Jason kicks off another Ask Jason with 5 live guests! (1:43) Dustin asks about how to find job opportunities and market his generalist skills (9:50) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at http://www.vanta.com/twist (10:42) Dustin asks about how to find job opportunities and market his generalist skills (24:57) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://www.Squarespace.com/twist (26:19) Francis asks about defining the terms "likely winner" and "definitive winner" in a strategic framework using specific metrics (39:15) Mercury - Join 200K startups who use Mercury to operate at their best at http://mercury.com (40:17) Mathew asks about choosing between mission-aligned sponsors and more lucrative, unrelated advertising opportunities for his podcast (52:23) Jason asks whether to continue low-cost growth strategies or seek seed funding to boost growth through advertising, as their product is the advertising itself (1:04:05) Douglas asks about how a non-AI startup with traction can stand out to potential investors (1:15:37) Host or join Founder Fridays! Go check out https://founderfridays.tech * Send us your questions for the next episode of Ask Jason LIVE! http://www.thisweekinstartups.com/askjason * Follow Jason: X: https://twitter.com/Jason LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Thank you to our partners: (9:50) Vanta - Get $1000 off your SOC 2 at http://www.vanta.com/twist (24:57) Squarespace - Use offer code TWIST to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain at https://www.Squarespace.com/twist (39:15) Mercury - Join 200K startups who use Mercury to operate at their best at ⁠http://mercury.com⁠ * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast * Founder University: Cohort 8 begins May 9th. Apply here: https://www.founder.university
AI Demos and News: Llama 3, Marblism, Lumona & AI Jet-Fighter Dogfights | E1936
23-04-2024
AI Demos and News: Llama 3, Marblism, Lumona & AI Jet-Fighter Dogfights | E1936
This Week in Startups is brought to you by… LinkedIn Ads. To redeem a $100 LinkedIn ad credit and launch your first campaign, go to http://www.linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups Curotec. Are you one of those companies that knows you need to be using AI, but you're not even sure where to start? Well then you need Curotec. They are AI experts, and they're offering TWiST listeners an AI Strategy Roadmap tailored to your business for $5000. That's 50% off the normal cost just for telling them we sent you. Check out http://www.curotec.com/twist and get $5000 off! Zendesk. The best customer experiences are built with Zendesk. Qualifying startups can join their Startup program and get Zendesk products free, for six months! Visit http://www.zendesk.com/twist today to get started. * Timestamps: (0:00) Sunny joins Jason to dive into this week’s AI news and demos. (2:03) Examination of Facebook's Llama 3 model, its impact on the AI community, and its superior performance compared to GPT-4 despite being a smaller model. (4:45) Open source vs. commercial products (9:14) LinkedIn Ads - Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at http://www.linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups (10:42) Three big projects where Facebook has affected the open community. (15:38) US Air Foruce staging dogfights with AI-flown fighter jets. (19:09) Curotec - Check out http://www.curotec.com/twist and get $5000 off (21:06) Looking at Grok’s capabilities in first-party research. (27:35) Zendesk - Get six months free at http://www.zendesk.com/twist (29:08) Jason asks Grok a more “spicey” question regarding Trump. (40:46) Sunny demos Marblism. (45:33) Sunny demos Lumona * Check out Marblism: https://www.marblism.com Check out Lumona:https://www.lumona.ai Article “US Air Force stages dogfights with AI-flown fighter jet” https://www.defensenews.com/air/2024/04/19/us-air-force-stages-dogfights-with-ai-flown-fighter-jet Check out Groq: https://groq.com Check out qobuz: https://www.qobuz.com/ca-en/discover Article: Meta is opening up Horizon OS to third parties, Asus and Lenovo first with new headsets https://www.gsmarena.com/meta_is_opening_up_horizon_os_to_third_parties_asus_and_lenovo_first_with_new_headsets_-news-62561.php Check out Waymo: https://waymo.com Check out Founder Fridays: http://www.thisweekinstartups.com/meetups Check out Bubble: https://bubble.io * Subscribe to This Week in Startups on Apple: https://rb.gy/v19fcp * Follow Sunny: X: ⁠https://twitter.com/sundeep⁠ LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/sundeepm * Follow Jason: X: https://twitter.com/Jason LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasoncalacanis * Thank you to our partners: (9:14) LinkedIn Ads - Get a $100 LinkedIn ad credit at http://www.linkedin.com/thisweekinstartups (19:09) Curotec - Check out http://www.curotec.com/twist and get $5000 off (27:35) Zendesk - Get six months free at http://www.zendesk.com/twist * Great 2023 interviews: Steve Huffman, Brian Chesky, Aaron Levie, Sophia Amoruso, Reid Hoffman, Frank Slootman, Billy McFarland * Check out Jason’s suite of newsletters: https://substack.com/@calacanis * Follow TWiST: Substack: https://twistartups.substack.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TWiStartups YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/thisweekin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisweekinstartups TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisweekinstartups * Subscribe to the Founder University Podcast: https://www.founder.university/podcast