With much coverage of technology lined with pessimism, the a16z Podcast returns to highlight the bright side of technology, alongside the founders building it. But before featuring the solutions in progress, we wanted to explore why building the future is still so important.
And who better to traverse this ground than a16z’s own cofounder Marc Andreessen, who has built and invested in the future time and time again, especially when it wasn’t the obvious thing to do.
Together with Marc, this episode explores technology through the lens of history – including the three stages of human psychology as we encounter new technologies, how that process often manifests in regulation, when to change your mind, the Cambrian explosion of opportunity coming from distributed work, the importance of founder-led companies, and perhaps most importantly, we examine why there’s still much reason for optimism.
00:00 – Welcome back!
02:19 – The importance of tech today
05:25 – Historical negativity toward technology
9:40 – The invention of the bicycle
13:16 – Innovation vs status in society
20:45 – Automobile moral panic and red flag laws
24:52 – Balaji’s arc on social networking
27:44 – Surfacing signal from noise
34:06 – The role of timing in innovation
37:39 – Today’s major unlocks
44:59 – Remote work and society reshuffling
49:49 – Changing your mind
54:06 – Retaining a lens of optimism
1:04:25 – What Marc’s excited about
1:08:41 – Bourgeois vs managerial capitalism
1:17:32 – Reform vs starting anew
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.