a16z Podcast

The Rise of the Exponential Organization

Peter Diamandis, Salim Ismail, and Stephanie Smith

Posted May 25, 2023

Many companies today are grappling with a few things: an economic downturn, potential layoffs and restructuring, and trying to keep up with the latest tech trends… all while still maintaining a growth trajectory.

In this episode, you’ll learn which companies are uniquely designed to weather this storm and what attributes these exponential organizations have. We’re joined by the co-authors of Exponential Organzations, Peter Diamandis and Salim Ismail, both also well-known for their involvement in XPrize and Singularity University, among many other companies.

Show Notes

00:00 – Introduction

03:11 – What is an ‘Exponential Organization’?

04:46 – What has changed in business since 2014

07:06 – Building companies with minimal cost supply ***

11:49 – Can  incumbents become exponential organizations?

16:27 – Massive Transformative Purpose (MTPs)

19:04 – How can you tell if you have a good MTP

22:34 – Unilever’s MTP

23:27 – Staff on demand

29:35 – Building interfaces and dashboards

30:36 – The importance of experimenting

34:19 – The economic downturn and restructuring

38:00 – Peer-to-peer collaborative technologies

42:30 – Digitizing your business

43:53 – Kodak example

45:37 – Automation and the humans role

52:06 – How have you seen companies integrate AI?

56:56 – Emerging roles due to exponential trends

59:56 – The framework and diagnostic survey

01:00:02 – Creating APIs you can build on

01:05:00 – Opportunities in the market

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The a16z Podcast discusses the most important ideas within technology with the people building it. Each episode aims to put listeners ahead of the curve, covering topics like AI, energy, genomics, space, and more.

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