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AUGUST 2019
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with Lisa Hawke and Steven Sinofsky
The government wants to get onto the cloud! But how do they assess risk levels in adopting specific products, and decide which “cloud service providers” to work with? That’s where FedRAMP -- the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program -- comes in. Enterprise SaaS companies need to pay attention, since it will be a requirement for selling to the U.S. government... and beyond. What does it mean for a startup to go through this organizationally, culturally; and what are the steps, acronyms, and best practices? 
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with Li Jin
For some occupations, licensing is critical because there is a credible, acute threat to public health and safety. But for other services (like florists or interior designers, for example), "managed marketplaces" -- which mitigate the need for (some) licensing by establishing trust and ensuring quality through other means -- could help address market demand. So what can founders and operators do when it comes to navigating these markets? Where are the opportunities?
read this article
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with Marc Andreessen, Chris Dixon, Katie Haun, Sep Kamvar, Neha Narula, Arianna Simpson, and Zooko Wilcox
The inaugural a16z Crypto Regulatory Summit brought together leading crypto experts, entrepreneurs, other technologists, academics, industry executives, and government officials -- along with forward-thinking regulators -- to foster collaboration and the exchange of ideas. Below are all of the presentations (and an episode of the podcast based on a fireside chat there): ...and what can we learn from the history of the internet for the future of crypto? 
with Marc Andreessen and Jorge Conde
It's the oldest rule of disruption: People inside the incumbent company almost always see the next big thing coming... but then they have a hard time being heard or driving actual change. "Many of us have to go be agents for innovation and change in industries that aren’t necessarily as open to it. What is your advice for that?" -- this question was asked at a recent event, in the context of healthcare innovation, but the mindset can be applied to every industry:
listen to the short answer (4 minutes) 
listen to the full podcast (47 minutes)
read the transcript of the conversation 
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with Anish Acharya, Joel de la Garza, Jeff Jordan, Angela Strange, Julie Yoo, and Sonal Chokshi
What's the real significance of the Apple card in the overall financial system, beyond the surface features? Why do real-time payments (and FedNow) really matter? How can transparency into health-insurance claims data actually change people's health? What does Barney's bankruptcy filing tell us about the "death of retail"... again? And what is going on with all this cyber fraud -- from the recent massive federal indictments for BEC (business email compromise) scams to the Capital One hack? All this and more on the 16 Minutes podcast, where a16z shares views on the news, quickly:
catch up here

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