Why This Entrepreneur Bought a Bored Ape | E1275

Is this Beanie Babies 2.0, or is there actually some thing more behind these collectable NFTs? Listen and decide for yourself.

Why Housing is Messed Up and One Way to Fix It | E1274

Chatted with Blokable CEO Aaron Holm. Blokable is a vertically integrated housing developer. They build modular units in a factory and then assemble them quickly onsite. In so many American cities there is a housing crisis, Aaron explains some of the reasons why and potential solutions.

Also cover Elizabeth Holmes going to trial.

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A Crash Course in How Decentralized Crypto Projects Actually Work (not just the speculation) | E1273

00:00 Jason intros the show
01:50 CCP closes foreign IPO loophole
16:07 The 4 ways the CCP is reigning in big tech
18:44 Roneil Rumburg, Founder and CEO of Audius
27:24 Why NFTs & Crypto matter for music
38:20 How token-based fundraising works
47:44 Why Crypto isn’t as transparent as people think
57:13 The Foundation that controls $450M in tokens
1:07:34 Royal, 3lau’s new company

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HeadSpin accused of $80M fraud, housing startup irks NIMBYs + Not Boring’s Packy McCormick | E1272

00:00 Jason intros the show
02:06 SEC & DOJ charge SaaS startup Headspin
09:08 Vanta – Get get $1,000 off automating your SOC 2 https://vanta.com/twist
10:39 Digging into HeadSpin
17:35 Fractional home ownership startup Pacaso’s business model
22:45 Indochino – Get $50 off any purchase of $399 or more by using code TWIST at checkout https://indochino.com
24:14 Why neighbors hate Pacaso
33:10 Marketerhire – Get $500 off your first hire at https://MarketerHire.com/TWIST
34:41 Packy McCormick of Not Boring
36:14 Breather and battling Adam Neumann
52:11 How Not Boring makes money
59:12 Packy’s Investing
1:03:17 Are NFTs a grift?

Check out Not Boring: https://www.notboring.co

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OnlyFans changes course (again), Circle removing commercial paper from USDC reserves, breaking down Warby Parker’s S-1 | E1271

News show! We cover, OnlyFans being back to business as usual (1:31), the stablecoin Circle cleaning up commercial paper from their USDC reserves (16:49), and does a break down of Warby Parker’s S-1 as the company prepare to go public via direct listing (30:30).

How to make government more effective | E1267

0:00 Jason says hello from Italy and talks about what he’s up to!
2:09 NoodleGate: is this the end of cancel culture?
9:59 How cultures can inspire each other to amazing outcomes
12:50 Embroker – Get an extra 10% insurance for your business at https://embroker.com/twist
14:10 Jason intros OpenGov’s Zac Bookman, Zac explains selling into governments
24:37 Odoo – Get your first app free and a $1000 credit at https://odoo.com/twist
25:46 Outrageous government expenses, most innovative & efficient governments today
30:37 How transparency manifests itself on OpenGov, reducing corruption
34:22 LinkedIn Jobs – Post your first job for free at https://linkedin.com/unicorn
35:54 Ways to improve citizen participation in local governments, what would OpenGov look like if applied properly in San Francisco, measuring government data via public records
48:28 Potential new features for OpenGov

Check out OpenGov: https://opengov.com/

FOLLOW Zac: https://twitter.com/zacbookman

Glenn Kelman CEO of Redfin | E1261

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

Check out Redfin: https://www.redfin.com/

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How Allen Chen Built a Globally Scalable Fitness Trainer | E1259

Episode Here: https://bit.ly/twiste1259

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

Check out Fitbod: https://fitbod.me/
FOLLOW Allen Chen: https://twitter.com/allenchen1217
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How to start a new Venture Capital Fund with Acquired.FM | E1258

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

Talking Duolingo, Robinhood, China and more with Alex Wilhelm | E1257

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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

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