a16z Podcast: M&A and Innovation, Inside Out

As chief strategy officer of Goldman Sachs (and former global head of financial sponsors M&A), Stephanie Cohen has seen it all when it comes to the ins and outs of M&A. And what it means to innovate from within, especially at a large company.

Given Cohen’s unique vantage point and nearly 20-year tenure at Goldman Sachs, Casado — himself a veteran of both an acquisition (Nicira) and big company innovation (VMware) — interviews Cohen in this episode of the a16z Podcast, on the ways that big companies navigate innovation… both inside¬†and outside. How do they make the decision to build vs. buy? How does one diversify perspectives? And so on.¬†

This episode is based on a fireside chat that originally took place at our annual a16z Summit event in November 2018.