News Roundup – Live from Italy

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

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“Github for music” my interview with Splice CEO Steve Martocci | E1265

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?

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Running the best restaurant in the U.S. & Selling Tock to Squarespace for $400M – Nick Kokonas of Alinea | E1262

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

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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

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How Allen Chen Built a Globally Scalable Fitness Trainer | E1259

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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/
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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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How to Manage Influencer Marketing with GRIN CEO Brandon Brown | E1256

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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

Check out GRIN: https://www.grin.co

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Devin Finzer, CEO of OpenSea the NFT Marketplace | E1255

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

TWIST Episode 1251, China punishes Didi, Twitter’s new feature, UAE makes it rain + Do Kwon of Terraform Labs

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?