a16z General Partner Jeff Jordan (who formerly oversaw ebay.com; is currently on the board of Pinterest and also oversees a16z investments in Instacart, Julep, Walker & Company, and Zulily) offers his thoughts on the changes being wrought by and around ecommerce. How can ecommerce companies deal with the conflicting expectations and realities of an on-demand economy? How can they compete with ecommerce giant Amazon, which just gets bigger every year? And given all this, how is physical retail faring? MORE
The ease with which we can order anything online masks the tremendous complexity of getting that item to your door in a day or two (or less). Andreessen Horowitz’s Jeff Jordan leads a discussion with four experts in ecommerce logistics and operations — the tough business of getting things from one place to another.
How can the software-driven ideal of product-market-fit be achieved in physical products, too? Does the ability to rapid prototype and manufacture on-demand change traditional notions of seasonality and inventory management in product cycles and development? In this podcast with Shapeway’s Carine Carmy and two a16zers, we examine these questions and much more.
What happens when the importance of access to things trumps the value of owning those same things? The end of ownership. From computer hardware, to houses, trucks, cars, and more, the notion of ownership is changing as software enables the matching of people and organizations that have things and those that need them. MORE
The modern, average 12-year-old Madden NFL videogame player has actually visualized more plays than any past real-life NFL Hall-of-Famer. And now, for the first time, we’re seeing those videogame tactics show up on the field too. There’s a “technological and analytical arms race” going on in sports, and it’s producing the world’s best athletes in history. How are they working smarter, using science and technology to enhance the way they train and perform, when it’s not enough to put in 10,000 hours? How should athletes sleep? (Note: you can try this at home, too). And what does “performance by the aggregation of marginal gains” have to do with winning?
Author of the new book Faster, Higher, Stronger Wired’s Mark McClusky — interviewed by a16z General Partner (and enthusiastic basketball player) Jeff Jordan — bridge the worlds of “jocks” and “nerds” in this wide-ranging conversation about sports, performance technology, nature vs. nurture, and the tricky nuances of why some enhancement technologies are legal vs. illegal or better vs. worse than others. MORE
Don Faul, head of operations at Pinterest and a former U.S. Marine Corps Platoon Commander, grills Marc Andreessen in front of a crowd of veterans at an event we hosted for bringing more veterans into startups. The discussion ranges from what makes great founders great; the shift to venture capital; and how Silicon Valley is all about “applied creativity.” All that, plus the three books every entrepreneur should read…