Startups And Stuff Episode 9: Did You Miss Us?

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We are back! Startups and Stuff is back online with both Ryan and myself doing important word making that also involves microphones. We are glad that you are here.

This week we had two core topics: Sundar Pichai’s Founder Letter at Google, and the latest pages of the Prof. Jeff Jarvis feud.

Reviewing our show notes and the audio I noticed something that I want to highlight: The ongoing conversations in technology tend to decamp into two categories: Startups, and Giants.

Lost somewhat in the mix of our discussion of Series A Crunches and Look At Apple’s Bank Account are a lot of firms that are stuck somewhere in the middle. Perhaps they are public, or just late stage and lost, but I hope that we as a media troupe can spend a bit more time in the Middle Class.

Regardless, the Little Show That Could is back online and we think that you are terrific.

Startups And Stuff Episode 8: The One Almost Didn’t Happen

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Hello cohorts in our running cohort analysis of life, and welcome to the eighth episode of Startups and Stuff. Ryan named this episode ‘The One That Almost Didn’t Happen,’ which turned out to be ironic as I nearly forgot to post it on the site.

The audio has been live now for a full six days, during which I failed as our Chief Poster Of Podcast On The Blog to actually do my damn job. I apologize.

Anyhoo, here’s the show!

I’ll brief as I am so late to actually posting this, but if you hit play you will hear stories and jokes and market-leading analysis of Tesla, diversity in technology, and more notes about a small room than you can handle.

Love and peace from Ryan and I, and we’ll have a new episode out on Sunday.

Startups And Stuff Episode 7: Andy Grove And Local Layoffs

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Welcome back home, friends and family. Today marks the seventh episode of Startups and Stuff, something that I never thought I would be able to utter, but am very happy about all the same.

Before we talk about topics, I want to thanks Adam Singer for writing theme music for the show. We have friends that are far nicer and more talented than we are. We love them.

Most importantly this week Ryan Lawler and myself dug into the death of Andy Grove, a real titan of Silicon Valley. It’s easy to forget that Silicon Valley wasn’t always the place where so much innovation happened.

After the serious bits, we dug into the recent changes at Pebble and the company’s layoffs. It’s never wildly fun to to discuss layoffs, especially in the current downturn, but here we are.

Oh, and we may have spent a little time discussing virtual reality. How could we not?

Much love, and see you next week.

Startups And Stuff Episode Episode 6: Ryan Was Wrong

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Hello friends, and welcome back to Startups and Stuff, or what we have taken to internally calling Ryan and Alex’s recurring cocktail hour.

This is our sixth episode, something that we are proud of, as we have at once not died, or been shut down.

This week we dive into the great mystery of Startup L. Jackson, and how Ryan tried to chase down the author’s identity and got surprisingly close. He didn’t manage the scoop before leaving TechCrunch, however, sadly.

Now, the mystery over and everyone is in the know.

Never meet your heroes they say, as you will always be disappointed. That is how I feel at the moment. Ryan’s wrong, but entertaining report eventually was published on Medium. So that’s some good TechCrunch salary money well spent.

We also took a lovely detour into the Great History of Spoonrocket, and how its existence led to Postmates losing more money. We apologize to its investors.

All that and a long chat about options and Snapchat. What more could you want!

Startups And Stuff Episode 5: We Pretend To Understand Cars

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Hello, and welcome back to Startups And Stuff, a weekly chat about what’s going on in the little world of Silicon Valley. And what annoys us. Mostly the latter, mixed with a bit of the former.

This week Ryan was in Berlin, so we did a Skype session. The audio is a bit uneven, but the content is as mediocre as always, so don’t worry.

This week our discussion centered around two topics: GM’s entrance into the self-driving car space by using its wallet as a paddle to slap a startup into crying uncle, and Instacart, which appears to be suffering from a teething problem or two.

In the first case, GM minted a fresh unicorn, and then exited it by picking up Cruise for around $1 billion. In the second case, Instacart, a double-corn, is shaking up its business model, changing compensation structures, and generally speaking going through an awkward adolescence.

It always comes back to unit economics.

Next week we will be remote once more, but never fear, after that our sultry voices will be back in the same room. We really enjoy doing this, and having you listen makes it all the more fun.

Tips and tricks to @ryanlawler and @alex on Twitter, as always.

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Startups And Stuff Episode 4: Alex Is Wrong


Hello and welcome back to another episode of Startups And Stuff, a running experiment concerning how well the two of us can coordinate calendars.

This week we took a dive into Slack, Tidal, and more. It was as action packed as podcasts come. Oh, and we found the time to discuss the various merits of sparkling water.

You know that that was on your mind.

I was in charge of editing this week, which meant that I had the pleasure of going back through the show a few times. Normally I would not mind. This week, however, there was a long section in which I argue with Ryan, and lose.

We got into an extended riff concerning Slack, revenue, spend, advertising, and the history of SaaS. Sometimes I pick the wrong hill to die upon. So far in this show, it’s 1-0 Ryan.

Hit play, enjoy, and we are glad that you are taking the time out of your week to hang with us.

Image via Flickr user Vladimir under CC BY-SA 2.0. Image has been cropped.