0:00 Jason intros the show – still from Italy! 2:58 Casey Newton’s misfire against Superhuman 12:46 Correcting Casey’s false statements, journalists lack of information, founders coming to the defense of Rahul Vohra and Superhuman 23:14 Apple announces a new on-device child porn screening technology, safety vs. privacy 35:02 Blockchain powered 5G network – Is Jason in or out on this idea? 43:03 Creating sensible new crypto regulation 49:45 WhatsApp & Facebook’s tricky situation in Afghanistan
00:00 Intro Jason’s Italy Trip & Steve Martocci from Splice 02:52 How “sampling” works in the music industry 10:07 What royalty-free means & how music rights work 21:59 How to ensure quality & originality 36:10 Will there be AI music creation?
00:00 Nick Kokonas, CEO at Tock & Co-Owner of Alinea Restaurant Group 00:54 How Nick got into restaurants & met his co-founder Grant Achatz 09:30 Nick’s Angel investments 10:50 Ourcrowd – Check out the deal of the week at https://ourcrowd.com/twist 12:14 What OpenTable got wrong 18:05 Tock’s ticketing innovation 23:20 Benefits of having pre-paid reservations 25:00 Pipe – Start trading for free for 12 months at https://pipe.com/twist 26:40 Dynamic pricing in restaurants 28:55 Nick critiques Jason’s techniques to get a reservation 35:32 Why some Maître d’s hate Tock 38:22 Drata – Get 15% off SOC 2 and other audit at https://drata.com/twist 39:41 Digital checkouts at restaurant tables 44:50 Why tipping should be eliminated & what obstacles stand in the way 50:54 Will high-end restaurants keep doing delivery? 56:16 Hospitality labor supply 1:00:27 Inflation 1:02:42 How Alinea is handling vaccinations & employee health 1:07:18 Alinea’s signature desert 1:12:10 Nick’s core lessons as an entrepreneur 1:20:45 Mock meats
00:00 Intro- Glenn Kelman from Redfin 01:25 How Jason and Glenn met 03:11 Jason’s experiences with being approached in public 05:05 Glenn’s take on the housing current situation 08:02 The impacts of WFH on the housing industry 09:25 Why investing in housing could have been the solution to high prices 11:07 Indochino- Get $50 off of $399 or more by using code TWIST at indochino.com 12:35 Effects of building more housing as a way to limit home price appreciation 16:26 The argument on density being better for progressive’s neighborhoods 19:09 Areas that are pro-development and are booming because of it 21:00 Canada as a progressive area for housing and tech workers 23:43 Glen’s thoughts on San Francisco as a livable city and office location 26:50 Calm- Get one month free after attending a free demo when you go to Calm.com/TWIST 28:22 Discussion around putting efforts into office buildings and working from them 32:54 Jason asks Glen what companies lost from staying in a work from home setting 35:24 A discussion around work-life balance and generational differences 38:15 Notion- Use TWIST to get $250 off an annual team plan at https://Notion.so 39:53 Jason on debt and Glen on the cynicism of capitalism and its impacts on housing 42:22 The difference in lifestyle when having $100M vs $100B 46:52 Redfin, employing their own agents full time and other changes to improve efficiency 55:13 Jason asks Glen what it was like for Redfin to go from struggle to success 58:33 Glen and Jason discuss a controversial topic covering the DOJ and MLS 1:03:03 Nondisclosure states and why people still use listing agents 1:05:20 A breakdown of the DOJ case with the National Association of Realtors 1:10:17 The impacts of speaking to reporters and the press as an entrepreneur
00:00 Intro Allen Chen, CEO of Fitbod 01:06 How Allen and Jason met 05:11 Fitbod Origins 08:19 Fitbods approach to connecting with customers 10:31 Organic Growth vs Paid Growth 11:42 LinkedIn – Post your first job for free at https://linkedIn.com/twist 13:15 The secret to paid marketing 15:33 Fitbod’s history of onboarding and their revamp 17:44 The importance of gaining a users trust 20:12 Allen being the ideal customer profile for Fitbod 21:33 Allen’s advice on having a strong funnel and finding the right audience 24:10 Odoo – Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist 25:22 The outlook on affiliate, influencer, and referral marketing 29:14 The plan to jump from 225K paying customers to 3x revenue 31:27 Jason explains his term “pegasus” and how it relates to Fitbod 33:42 Allen covers Fitbod’s opportunities for raising in the future 35:05 Jason gives Allen an “unsolicited offer publically” of $5M 35:42 Bubble – Get one month free of a no-code plan at https://bubble.io/twist 37:11 Allen asks Jason advice on getting his team to see liquidity 44:48 Jason explains the advantages of a corporate buyback and options to skip dilutions 46:30 Fitbod is hiring across all positions 48:35 Allen’s experience with YC
00:00 Intro Ben & David from Acquired 00:56 David’s new fund Kindergarten Ventures fund 14:45 The costs of operating a fund & how David is doing it 18:49 Why LPs care about pro-rata 25:29 The scale of Jason’s syndicate & value VCs bring 30:17 Jason’s preemptive pro-rata strategy (Sequoia does this too) 35:50 The podcast strategy 39:23 Why All-In works 43:15 Jason’s investing goals 52:39 VC scout programs 56:11 The Mount Rushmore of Venture Capital
00:00 Alex Wilhelm from TechCrunch 00:45 Intro 03:40 IPO dynamics: Robinhood & Duolingo 12:34 Linode – Receive a $100 cloud credit at https://linode.com/twist 14:04 Robinhood IPO, what’s the strength of the business? 20:53 Duolingo the success of DTC edtech 23:35 LinkedIn Jobs – Post your first job for free at https://LinkedIn.com/TWIST 25:09 Can consumer subscriptions continue to succeed 28:25 Google’s growth (at what cost) 33:05 Why companies are more efficient early on 37:24 Masterworks – Skip the waitlist at to invest in art using promo code TWIST at https://Masterworks.io/twist 38:51 Startup fundraising environment 42:46 Amazon’s rapid growth 47:35 China’s actions on Tech & Bitcoin 1:04:19 Apple talk 1:12:32 Why tech companies are vertically integrating 1:14:05 Digital Acceleration & going back to work
00:00 Intro – Nikola, Robinhood & Brandon Brown from Grin 01:50 News – Trevor Milton indicted for fraud at Nikola 12:12 Pipe – Start trading your companies recurring revenue for cash now, free for 12 months at https://pipe.com/twist. 13:23 Lessons for investors 18:55 Robinhood IPO today 24:10 Twilio – Get $500 in credits at Sign-up now at https://TwilioStartups.com/TWIST 25:43 Interview – Brandon Brown, CEO of GRIN 27:48 Why influencer marketing works 37:20 Embroker – Get an extra 10% insurance for your business at https://Embroker.com/twist. 39:00 What influencers earn with partnerships 43:13 How companies use GRIN 51:04 How brands run large scale creator programs 54:19 How advertising is evolving
We had a chance to chat with a leader in the NFT space, powering $170M+ in transactions a month.
00:00 Intro – Google earnings & Devin Finzer 03:22 News – Google’s earnings 12:22 Drata – Get 15% off your SOCS2 and waived implementation fees at https://drata.com/twist 13:48 YouTube’s ad growth 19:16 Google’s return to work policy 25:30 LinkedIn Jobs – Go to https://LinkedIn.com/unicorns to post your first job for free 27:01 Interview – Devin Finzer, CEO of OpenSea 36:47 Odoo – Your first app is free forever get a $1000 credit at https://Odoo.com/twist 37:58 How NFTs moved into the main stream 49:20 How OpenSea manages authenticity on the marketplace 54:25 What NFTs will look like in 10 years
I cover China’s increasing penalties for Didi , Twitter’s test of a downvote feature, and how the UAE was able to induce rain with electricity. Then Do Kwon, the founder of Terraform labs joins to discuss his stable coin project TerraUSD, the underlying cryptocurrency LUNA, and shed light on Tether as crypto insider.
00:00 Start 02:52 News – China increases the pressure on Didi for “data privacy” 10:33 Dell – Sign up for a free IT consultation and a 5% off coupon at https://launch.co/dell 12:13 Twitter tests up/down voting tweets 17:32 UAE figures out how to make it rain with electricity 21:02 Notion – Go to https://Notion.so and use promo code TWIST to get $250 off the annual team plan 22:38 Interview – Do Kwon of Terraform Labs 27:14 Why you can’t build decentralized finance with centralized stable coins 31:18 What is an algorithmic stable coin? 35:26 Vanta – Automate your SOC 2 report, get $1,000 off at https://vanta.com/twist 37:02 Why did Terra’s price fluctuate as a stable coin? 43:46 What Do thinks China’s strategy is re: crypto 59:56 What is going on with Tether?