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131 Covid-19, China and Silicon Valley with Kaiser Kuo

Something Ventured -- Silicon Valley Podcast

Release Date: 04/14/2020

146     Trae Vassallo:  Defying Gravity in Silicon Valley show art 146     Trae Vassallo:  Defying Gravity in Silicon Valley

Something Ventured -- Silicon Valley Podcast

Trae Vassallo is co-founder and partner at Defy, a venture capital firm she built with Neil Sequeira.  She was previously a general partner at Kleiner Perkins. Trae made her way to Silicon Valley from…rural Minnesota.  As a girl, Trae fell in love with coding – on an Apple II.  She went, sight unseen, to Stanford University, where she studied mechanical and electrical engineering.  After a stint at design firm IDEO, she co-founded and led product at Good Technologies. In this episode we discuss Trae’s path to Kleiner Perkins, and her experiences being one of...

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145 William Davidow:  “Civilization is Going Through Its Third Phase Change” show art 145 William Davidow: “Civilization is Going Through Its Third Phase Change”

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William Davidow is a Silicon Valley pioneer, former Intel VP, and renowned venture capitalist.  He is author of the new book, with tech journalist Michael Malone, THE AUTONOMOUS REVOLUTION: Reclaiming the Future We’ve Sold to Machines (Berrett-Koehler, February 18, 2020).  It’s a provocative look at how to safeguard humanity from our autonomous future and how to harness its benefits. According to Davidow and Malone, for the third time in the history of humanity civilization is undergoing phase change.  The first was the Agricultural Revolution, the second the Industrial...

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144 Rob Chesnut: Airbnb’s Former Chief Ethics Officer on Intentional Integrity show art 144 Rob Chesnut: Airbnb’s Former Chief Ethics Officer on Intentional Integrity

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Rob Chesnut is an advisor to Airbnb, where he was previously Chief Ethics Officer and general counsel.  His recently released book is Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead An Ethical Revolution. Rob started his career as a federal prosecutor, but decided he could do more good in the world by working for companies like eBay and Chegg. Eventually joining Airbnb, he helped Brian Chesky navigate issues such as racial discrimination by Airbnb hosts.  He also helped Airbnb create a culture of “Intentional Integrity”. In this episode we discuss Rob’s journey to and...

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143 Deena Shakir of Lux Capital on her Amazing Journey, The Post-COVID Future show art 143 Deena Shakir of Lux Capital on her Amazing Journey, The Post-COVID Future

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Deena Shakir is a partner at Lux Capital, a venture capital firm that manages more than $2 billion.  She is particularly interested in entrepreneurs building breakthrough companies enabling human and environmental health, access, and productivity. While her immediate background before joining Lux sounds familiar – she was a partner at GV (previously “Google Ventures”) – her path before that is a bit more unusual.  As a journalist, Deena once hosted the pilot episode of a bilingual Arabic-English TV news series modeled after 60 Minutes.  Deena was also a Presidential...

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143 Deena Shakir of Lux Capital on her Amazing Journey, The Post-COVID Future show art 143 Deena Shakir of Lux Capital on her Amazing Journey, The Post-COVID Future

Something Ventured -- Silicon Valley Podcast

Deena Shakir is a partner at Lux Capital, a venture capital firm that manages more than $2 billion.  She is particularly interested in entrepreneurs building breakthrough companies enabling human and environmental health, access, and productivity. While her immediate background before joining Lux sounds familiar – she was a partner at GV (previously “Google Ventures”) – her path before that is a bit more unusual.  As a journalist, Deena once hosted the pilot episode of a bilingual Arabic-English TV news series modeled after 60 Minutes.  Deena was also a Presidential...

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142  Wag's CEO Garrett Smallwood on Pets in the Time of COVID-19 show art 142 Wag's CEO Garrett Smallwood on Pets in the Time of COVID-19

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Garrett Smallwood was recently promoted to CEO of Wag Labs, the popular on-demand dog-walking service backed by venture firms from Freestyle Capital to Softbank. New York Times said of the company “"Most dog owners should consider installing Wag on their phones just to have as a backup option. It is the best-designed and most efficient app for summoning a dog walker with some or no advance notice." Garrett previously founded Finrise, a startup that Wag acquired. In this episode, find out what happened to the market for walking dogs and checking in on pets when COVID-19 led to widespread...

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141 Domm Holland:  The Fast CEO on Guiding a Rocket Ship Through a Pandemic show art 141 Domm Holland:  The Fast CEO on Guiding a Rocket Ship Through a Pandemic

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Fast.co has raised over $20 million from firms like Kleiner, Index and Stripe.  It bills itself as the world’s fastest checkout – one click, no passwords.  A fascinating but typical story, such as it is, in Silicon Valley.  But then there’s this: Domm didn’t go to Stanford.  He isn’t even from the US. He’s from Australia, where his first business was…a towing company.  A more than $50 million business. His co-founder is a woman.  He met her on Twitter. So in this episode – find out how Domm made his way from Australia to Silicon Valley, and how he...

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140 Brad Feld:  Thoughts on Startup Communities in a Post-COVID-19 World show art 140 Brad Feld: Thoughts on Startup Communities in a Post-COVID-19 World

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What makes communities of startups thrive, and how have they been impacted by the recession, COVID-19, and the remote work trend? Brad Feld addresses these questions in this episode and in his new book “THE STARTUP COMMUNITY WAY: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” and the second edition of his book “STARTUP COMMUNITIES: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City.” You may know Brad as the legendary investor who co-founded the Foundry Group, and who has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Brad previously co-founded Techstars, and was an early investor...

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139 Parker Conrad:  Rippling's CEO on His Entrepreneurial Journey show art 139 Parker Conrad: Rippling's CEO on His Entrepreneurial Journey

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Parker Conrad lists himself as “customer support” at Rippling, but he is its co-founder and CEO.  He previously founded Zenefits.  In this episode he traces his journey from a journalist at Harvard, to founder and CEO of a company that has raised over $50 million. Episode Highlights: The specific thing he likes about sales “I really liked sales. I enjoyed it. But I liked it in a very specific way:  I enjoyed selling something that I had built. I didn't want anyone else explaining why it was great or what was so awesome about it, because they were going to...

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138 Scott Simpson: From Amazon to Apple to Comedy -- A Comedian’s Take on the Future of Comedy show art 138 Scott Simpson: From Amazon to Apple to Comedy -- A Comedian’s Take on the Future of Comedy

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Scott Simpson worked on digital books at Amazon, then podcasting at Apple.  Thus, a key guy on two technologies that revolutionized the “long tail” of content.  And then…he left to start a standup comedy show.  “Cheaper Than Therapy”,  housed in San Francisco’s Shelton Theater, presents about 6 standup comedy shows a week, almost always sold out.  Then Covid hit Cheaper Than Therapy and standup comedy everywhere.  In this episode we discuss Scott’s path from tech to comedy, and the affects of Covid on the future of comedy.  We discuss how well...

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In the midst of the Covid crisis, how should Silicon Valley think about China?  Kaiser Kuo is founder and host of the Sinica podcast, and has been a longtime journalist and tech executive in China. Few people know more about the intricacies of China’s politics and their interaction with technology companies.

In this episode we discuss China’s responsibility for Covid, and compare its response times to those of the US.  We discuss how the US should think about China going forward as a new world order emerges.  Also, as this crisis passes what can we do to make sure it doesn’t happen again?

Finally, Kaiser discusses how we’ve flip flopped on how we view technology and other governments.  Is technology a tool of revolution? (Arab Spring) or of control (WeChat contact tracking apps).

Sinica Podcast:  https://supchina.com/series/sinica/

Something Ventured:  www.somethingventured.us