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Acquired
Acquired
Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal

Every company has a story. Learn the playbooks that built the world’s greatest companies — and how you can apply them as a... more

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Episodes

From NFL to Startup COO to Congressman Regulating Crypto (with Rep. Anthony Gonzalez)

This episode is a first for Acquired: we’re joined by a sitting US Congressman (from Ben’s home state of Ohio!),... more

02 Aug 2022 · 2 hours,
Walmart

We kick off Season 11 with the incredible story of the retail “granddaddy of them all” Walmart, and its founder... more

19 Jul 2022 · 3 hours, 5 minutes
The Playbook: Lessons from 200+ Company Stories

When Patrick O'Shaughnessy and Brent Beshore asked us to give a talk at their incredible Capital Camp conference, we knew... more

20 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
American Dynamism (with Katherine Boyle)

We sit down with a16z General Partner Katherine Boyle to discuss investing in “American Dynamism”, why it’s so important and... more

06 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
Capital-Efficient Growth (with Zoom CEO Eric Yuan & Veeva CEO Peter Gassner)

We sit down with the CEO founders of two of the most capital efficient success stories of all time —... more

19 May 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Arena Show Part II: Brooks Running (with CEO Jim Weber)

For the final act of the Arena Show, we’re joined by Brooks CEO Jim Weber to tell the amazing story... more

16 May 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Arena Show Part I: Idea Dinner + YC Continuity

We did an Arena Show!! This evening was so big and so special, we had to split it into two... more

12 May 2022 · 1 hour, 33 minutes
Nvidia: The Machine Learning Company (2006-2022)

By 2012, NVIDIA was on a decade-long road to nowhere. Or so most rational observers of the company thought. CEO... more

20 Apr 2022 · 2 hours, 15 minutes
Platforms and Power (with Hamilton Helmer and Chenyi Shi)

We sit down once again with one of the world’s very best strategy thinkers, 7 Powers author Hamilton Helmer —... more

06 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
Nvidia: The GPU Company (1993-2006)

He wears signature leather jackets. He can bench press more than you. He makes cars that drive themselves. He’s cheated... more

28 Mar 2022 · 2 hours, 3 minutes
Altimeter (with Brad Gerstner)

We hear a lot these days about hedge funds becoming venture firms, and venture firms becoming hedge funds. But a... more

15 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 52 minutes
SONY

Born in the unlikeliest of places — the terrible, wasteland-like aftermath of post WWII Japan — Sony rose to capture... more

07 Mar 2022 · 3 hours, 3 minutes
Aid for Ukraine (with Anatoly from Solana and Sergey from Everstake)

Like so many, we’ve been both heartbroken and inspired by what’s happening Ukraine. Our friends at Solana and FTX are... more

28 Feb 2022 · 11 minutes
Super Pumped (with Brian Koppelman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt)

We sit down with two of the most talented and respected people in Hollywood — Brian Koppelman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt... more

22 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
The Browser (with Brendan Eich, Chief Architect of Netscape + Mozilla and CEO of Brave)

We sit down with perhaps the only person besides Marc Andreessen who’s had a major influence on each of the... more

15 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 43 minutes
Peloton

The Peloton journey has been one seriously wild ride. From can’t raise money to one of Tiger Global’s first venture... more

10 Feb 2022 · 2 hours, 21 minutes
Taylor Swift (Acquired’s Version)

Not only is Taylor Swift the biggest music artist of our generation by nearly every metric (it’s not even close!),... more

23 Jan 2022 · 2 hours, 38 minutes
CAA (with Michael Ovitz)

Season 9 ends at the beginning — with the man who changed Hollywood forever and wrote the blueprint for A16Z’s... more

21 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 48 minutes
FTX (with Sam Bankman-Fried & Mario Gabriele)

We tell the definitive (audio!) story behind FTX's "speed run" — how this upstart crypto exchange became the fastest company... more

15 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 32 minutes
7 Powers with Hamilton Helmer

You've heard us talk about him every episode for the past two years... but until now most of you have... more

08 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Not Boring (with Packy McCormick)

When does a creator become a company? Who says that media companies — or venture firms — have to be... more

03 Dec 2021 · 2 hours, 44 minutes
Complexity Investing & Semiconductors (with NZS Capital)

Of our 65+ sources for the TSMC episode, one stood above the rest: a wonderful Knowledge Project episode with Brinton... more

03 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 44 minutes
Standard Oil Part II

We bring the epic saga of Standard Oil and John D. Rockefeller to a close (for now) with two of... more

18 Oct 2021 · 2 hours, 20 minutes
Michael Mauboussin Master Class — Moats, Skill, Luck, Decision Making and a Whole Lot More

We sit down with the one & only Michael Mauboussin to dive deep into his incredible body of work: untangling... more

05 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Standard Oil Part I

It's time. We dive into the *original* American capitalist mega winner, Standard Oil, and its legendary founder John D. Rockefeller.... more

22 Sep 2021 · 2 hours, 12 minutes
TSMC

It's time. We dive into the unbelievable history behind the quietest technology giant of them all — and as of... more

07 Sep 2021 · 2 hours, 33 minutes
Kevin Rose from Web 2.0 to Web3

We sit down with the one and only Kevin Rose to talk about his journey from pioneering Web 2.0 with... more

30 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 40 minutes
Andreessen Horowitz Part II

Alright, backstory's out of the way, and Acquired is rolling three hours deep on the venture firm that changed the... more

10 Aug 2021 · 2 hours, 52 minutes
Andreessen Horowitz Part I

We kick off Season 9 with a classic: Part I of the a16z story. How did this brand new venture... more

27 Jul 2021 · 2 hours, 5 minutes
Special: Solana (with CEO Anatoly Yakovenko)

We sit down with the hottest new protocol layer in crypto today: Solana, and its cofounder Anatoly Yakovenko, who is... more

19 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
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We bring the epic saga of Standard Oil and John D. Rockefeller to a close (for now) with two of history's greatest... more