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01/17/2017
about 1 hour
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The world is an unfair place, but anyone can even the playing field using the 48 Laws of Power. If you've ever had a terrible boss, a scheming co-worker looking to throw you under a bus, a manipulative friend or a terrible relationship in which your heart was broken, this is a podcast you should listen to. NY Times best-selling author Robert Greene spent years researching the most powerful people in history and examining their psychological profiles to write the 48 Laws of Power, a manuscript that gives the average person a set of tools to help navigate through a world filled with people who don't want you to succeed, wish to take advantage of you, and take what is rightfully yours. 
01/16/2017
26 minutes
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Tim Chang is a Managing Director @ Mayfield Fund and Tim was referred to me by many other VCs as 'the fittest man in silicon Valley', notable tech publications even write it. His eclecticness does not stop there as he is also a musician in 3 bands and a serious body hacker. As for his investments, he has had AdChina (acquired by Alibaba), Playdom (acquired by Disney) and Basis (acquired by Intel) just to name a few. Prior to Mayfield, he spent time at notable institutions including General Motors and Norwest Venture Partners. It is not only us that appreciate Tim’s skills though as he has also been named to ‘Top 100 Innovators’ on Forbes Midas List for 2 years running.   In Today’s Episode You Will Learn: 1.) How Tim made his way into the wonderful world of VC following Stanford Business School? 2.) How did Tim's perspective of starting VC around 9/11 shape his perspective coming into the industry? Why does Tim believe you need to see multiple cycles to be a good VC? 3.) Where are theWhy does Tim believe that startups need to be better capitalised than they currently are in the early days? Why does Tim argue for the existence of the Series B Crunch? 4.) How does Tim view the creation of a business model for machine learning? What are the 2 elements that founders need to consider before deciding in a pricing mechanism? 5.) How does Tim evaluate machine learning startups today in the plethora that have been created over the last few years? How does Tim determine true machine learning talent? Items Mentioned In Today’s Show: Tim’s Fave Book: Nexus  Tim's Fave Blog or Newsletter: Wait But Why Tim’s Most Recent Investment: Next Entertainment As always you can follow Harry, The Twenty Minute VC, Tim on Twitter here! Likewise, you can follow Harry on Snapchat here for mojito madness and all things 20VC. The Simba Hybrid. The most advanced mattress in the world. With a unique combination of two thousand five hundred conical pocket springs and responsive memory foam, it offers the perfect support for two people. A mattress that responds to you and your partner’s sleeping patterns. Delivered free, with a one hundred night sleep trial, free returns and a ten year guarantee. Start your free trial at simbasleep.com Cirrus Insight is a plugin for sales pros who use Gmail and Outlook.  It automatically updates activities in Salesforce so you don’t have to.  It was named #41 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies, and it has more than 1,700 customer reviews on the Salesforce AppExchange. Today, it serves over 150,000 sales people across 5,000 organizations using Gmail, Outlook, iPhone, iPad, and Android. Cirrus Insight is perfect for sales, support, and success teams who want to save time, schedule 3x more appointments, track email opens and much more with Salesforce information at their fingertips in the inbox. www.cirrusinsight.com/20VC    
01/17/2017
about 1 hour
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This week, The Naked Scientists take a look at the science of laughter, asking why we like to laugh, hearing what babies find funny and meeting a joke-building robot. Plus, news of a gene editing technique taking on a deadly disease and a record-breaking knot.
02/01/2017
31 minutes
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Ryan McIntyre is a Co-Founder @ Foundry Group, one of the leading VC funds of the last decade with investments in the likes of Fitbit, SendGrid and Makerbot. Prior to Foundry, Ryan started his career in VC at Mobius Venture Capital in January 2000.  While at Mobius Venture Capital, Ryan led the firm’s investments in Postini (acq. GOOG) and Sling Media (acq. DISH). Prior to Mobius, Ryan co-founded Excite in 1993, which went public in 1996 and later became Excite@Home following the $6.7 billion merger of Excite and @Home in 1999. At the time this acquisition was the largest internet transaction to date and created a company that achieved peak revenues of $616 million in 2000. In Today’s Episode You Will Learn: 1.) How Ryan made his way into the wonderful world of VC and came to co-found Foundry? 2.) At what moment did Ryan realise that he wanted to be a VC rather than his previous life of an entrepreneur? What was the catalyst moment for Ryan? 3.) What does the investment decision making process look like @ Foundry Group? What are the benefits and challenges of implementing such a model? 4.) What are the fundamentals to creating a successful venture partnership? How important is differing skill sets and contrarian thinking? 5.) What makes the great board members to Ryan? How has Ryan seen his style of being a board member alter over the time he has been on boards? Items Mentioned In Today’s Show: Ryan’s Fave Book: Dune by Frank Herbert Investment Ryan Is Most Excited By: Sendgrid As always you can follow Harry, The Twenty Minute VC and Ryan on Twitter here! Likewise, you can follow Harry on Snapchat here for mojito madness and all things 20VC. Intercom is the first to bring messaging products for marketing and customer support together on one integrated platform. With Intercom, businesses can chat directly with prospective customers on their website, engage current users with targeted messages based on their behavior, and provide personal support at scale with an integrated help desk and knowledge base. This is perfect for Businesses that want to help people visiting their website become customers. Marketing and growth teams that want to onboard and retain users by sending the right messages at the right time and Support teams that want to move beyond email to provide personalized, scalable support so simply head over to Intercom.com/20MVC Cooley are the global law firm built around startups and venture capital.  Since forming the first venture fund in Silicon Valley, Cooley has formed more venture capital funds than any other law firm in the world, with 50+ years working with VCs. They help VCs form and manage funds, make investments and handle the myriad issues that arise through a fund’s lifetime. So to learn more about the #1 most active law firm representing VC-backed companies going public. Head over to cooley.com and also at cooleygo.com.
02/08/2017
34 minutes
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Randy Glein is a Co-Founder & Partner @ DFJ Growth where he looks to partner with entrepreneurs that have achieved market validation and are looking to scale rapidly. Randy's investments include the likes of Twitter, Tumblr, SpaceX and Tesla just to name a few. Prior to DFJ, Randy was CFO @ Feedburner (acq by Google), a business development executive at DIRECTV. Randy was also named to the Forbes Midas List in 2013, 2014, and 2015 as one of the world's top tech investors and to the New York Times / CB Insights list of top 100 venture capital investors in 2016. In Today’s Episode You Will Learn: 1.) How Randy made his way into VC and came to found DFJ growth? 2.) What does it mean to be a diligent and disciplined investor? How can a futuristic mindset be balanced with an analytical and academic approach to evaluation and due diligence? 3.) How does Randy evaluate invest time horizons? How important is it to push for liquidity events as soon as possible? What is it that LPs really want to see? 4.) How have we seen public market expectations of tech companies change over the last 10 years? What are public market investors willing to give up in exchange for predictability? What are the benefits of tech companies staying private longer? 5.) What are the metrics that suggest a company with market validation and ready to scale into hyper-growth? What are the required levels of revenue and ARR? Items Mentioned In Today’s Show: Randy’s Fave Book: Being Digital Randy's Fave Blog: Brad Feld, Fred Wilson Randy’s Most Recent Investment: Unity 3D As always you can follow Harry, The Twenty Minute VC and Randy on Twitter here! Likewise, you can follow Harry on Snapchat here for mojito madness and all things 20VC. Intercom is the first to bring messaging products for marketing and customer support together on one integrated platform. With Intercom, businesses can chat directly with prospective customers on their website, engage current users with targeted messages based on their behavior, and provide personal support at scale with an integrated help desk and knowledge base. This is perfect for Businesses that want to help people visiting their website become customers. Marketing and growth teams that want to onboard and retain users by sending the right messages at the right time and Support teams that want to move beyond email to provide personalized, scalable support so simply head over to Intercom.com/20MVC Cooley are the global law firm built around startups and venture capital.  Since forming the first venture fund in Silicon Valley, Cooley has formed more venture capital funds than any other law firm in the world, with 50+ years working with VCs. They help VCs form and manage funds, make investments and handle the myriad issues that arise through a fund’s lifetime. So to learn more about the #1 most active law firm representing VC-backed companies going public. Head over to cooley.com and also at cooleygo.com.  
09/17/2015
42 minutes
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Here's what Michael and David talk about this week: Stephen Colbert launches. Can he play himself? Is he better in character? Apple announcements, iPad Pro, Apple TV, Pencil was my favorite; Live photos; iPad Pro; Apple TV Apple Pencil - Is it a mistake or a boon? (story) Only 11% of US IPOs are tech this year (story) Washington Post blocking the ad blockers (story) John McAfee is running for president (story) More Ashley Madison News. Badly encrypted passwords - 11.2 million passwords revealed (story) Android Pay debuts. Are you having a hard time paying for things that you need this? (story) Programming cheerleaders (story) Missing Podcast 39 Best Simpsons literary references Finishing Narcos GameInformer Email us at teardownshow@gmail.com Connect with David Spark on Twitter at @dspark. His business is Spark Media Solutions. Connect with Michael Wolf on Twitter at @michaelwolf. His business is NextMarket Insights. Please send us your feedback. We want to hear from you and put your input in our show
09/03/2015
about 1 hour
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In this edition of SovereignBTC Podcast, John Bush interviews Will Pangman of Airbitz on the value of decentralization, the bitcoin grassroots, and why AirBitz is such a kick-ass wallet. SOVEREIGNBTC PODCAST SPONSORS The Individual is Rising - Joe Withrow's cutting edge book about the primacy of the individual over the state and other centralized institutions. The book examines monetary history, presents current economic analysis focusing on the distortions created by the Federal Reserve, and makes the case that a "Great Reset" is in the works. From a solutions stand point, Joe gives insights in to how liberty, free markets, decentralization, and personal resiliency can lead towards a more free society. Veldt Gold - Recognized and trusted in the Bitcoin community, Veldt Gold is your leader in sound money solutions. Veldt Gold has fast shipping and the ability to send and receive encrypted messages. They also will buy your gold and silver in exchange for bitcoin! USE COUPON CODE johnbush TO RECEIVE FREE SHIPPING ON ANY ORDER! TIPPING ADDRESSES BTC: 1HJ3WRuEEapWgEFNTDCxpTxzWoJCZ8YZQc LTC: Ld35jZQhkJrpRPKtnfRw1r37KuazzgAiQS DOGE: DLpxS6j6DA38kZzkGAUNtR6tCtCHckaW7k NXT: NXT-9VGC-DBUT-NDJP-2A6DP LTBC: 14Jkk139oKUbVgkHgbDZQvhh83yqBwUSZS PayPal: donttreadoncat@gmail.com
09/24/2015
39 minutes
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Hello, welcome to episode 26 of The Bitcoin Game, I'm Rob Mitchell. Back some months ago, Los Angeles had its first Bitcoin conference called The State Of Digital Money. Jeff Garzik (Bitcoin Core Developer for BitPay and CEO of Dunvegan Space Systems) was the featured speaker, and he gave a presentation called The Future of Bitcoin. I originally believed the presentation needed the accompanying visual slides, but after giving the audio of Jeff's presentation a fresh listen, I realized the audio is really good on its own. I even found it refreshing to hear a core developer speak on a variety of Bitcoin topics, without having to weigh in on the current contentious block size debate. So relax and enjoy this presentation by Jeff Garzik. Jeff's The Future of Bitcoin slides http://www.slideshare.net/jgarzik/the-future-of-bitcoin-state-of-digital-money-2015-conference TWITTER GIVEAWAY Follow me on twitter at theBTCgame, because I'll be asking questions related to this episode. The first person to tweet the correct answer wins their choice of either a classic Bitcoin keychain or a Bitcoin Fork Pen. I just ask that you follow me, and if you win, you're not allowed to enter another giveaway for 90 days. For more information about the Bitcoin Fork Pen, go to BitcoinForks.com For more information about the classic Bitcoin Keychain, go to Bkeychain.com Note: I will send a Bitcoin Fork Pen to Core Devs upon request. Offer valid while supplies last. MAGIC WORD Listen for the magic word, and submit it to your LetsTalkBitcoin.com account to claim a share of this week's distribution of LTBcoin. Listeners now have a full week from the release date to claim a magic word. The magic word for this episode must be submitted by 2am Pacific Time on October 1, 2015. SHOW LINKS Dunvegan Space Systems http://www.dunveganspace.com BitPay https://bitpay.com State Of Digital Money http://www.cureativ.com/sodm/#digitalmoney Linux projects by Jeff Garzik http://linux.yyz.us/projects.html Headers First Synchronization https://bitcoin.org/en/glossary/headers-first-sync Pay to script hash (P2SH) https://en.bitcoin.it/w/index.php?title=Pay_to_script_hash Payment Channels in BitcoinJ https://bitcoinj.github.io/working-with-micropayments Lightning Network (implementation of Payment Channels) https://lightning.network Impulse Protocol (implementation of Payment Channels) http://impulse.is BIP 65 - CheckLockTimeVerify https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0065.mediawiki Mike Hearn - Turing Festival 2013 - Tradenet (YouTube) https://youtu.be/Pu4PAMFPo5Y BitPay's ChainDB whitepaper https://bitpay.com/chaindb.pdf Sidechains whitepaper https://blockstream.com/sidechains.pdf Rusty Russell on Lightning Network http://rusty.ozlabs.org/?p=450 Below is an embedded YouTube video of Jeff's presentation at The State Of Digital Money 2015, you can also find it here: https://youtu.be/oRG0nzSUpSU The videographer who captured this content works relentlessly on the front lines, recording cryptocurrency and P2P content from all over the country. Check out all his videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxfh-2aOR5hZUjxJLQ2CIHw/feed?activity_view=3. MUSIC All the music in this episode of The Bitcoin Game was created by me, with some funky vocal noises on one clip by Michael Coleman. STAY IN TOUCH https://Twitter.com/TheBTCGame http://TheBitcoinGame.com Email me at Rob at TheBitcoinGame.com Thanks for listening! The Bitcoin Game box artwork created from an illustration by Rock Barcellos.