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OCTOBER 2019
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new book by Ben Horowitz
In the last few years, tech companies have been in the news because of their real or perceived cultural problems. And while many company builders want to establish a great culture, “leading by example” doesn't scale as the company grows and diversifies. If culture is not perks, a mission statement or corporate values, the personalities and priorities of leadership... then what is it? 
order the book 
where the proceeds are going and why
with Chris Bennett, SheriAnn Cole, Vaughn Ferguson, Ben Horowitz, Diishan Imira, Sherie James, Ram Palianappan, Shaka Senghor
An oft-discussed problem today is that talent is more evenly distributed than opportunity, but the conversation revolves around elite parenting/ early childhood education, fancy college, and so on. What about talented people with the drive, ambition, desire, talent, the hustle -- the entrepreneurial skills -- yet not the resume? That's why our new podcast series, Hustlin’ Tech, shares guides to the technology platforms (and mindsets) for everybody and anybody -- the hustlers -- seeking the opportunity to shine and do great things. 
listen to the hustler's guides to preschool, getting paid, and the hair business
more about this series & how to get updates
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with Andrew Chen, Sonal Chokshi, Kevin Chou, Jorge Conde, Armon Dadgar, Chris Dixon, Ali Ghodsi, Jonathan Lai, Peter Levine, Jennifer Li, Das Rush, Andy Tran
...On gaming: Games have gone from niche hobby to dominant force in the entertainment industry, and they're getting even bigger -- especially as the way we develop, discover, and play makes the next generation of games different in 6 ways. But as we move beyond free-to-play business models, how will we align incentives between game makers and players... and enable new forms of community and creativity? 

...On open source: Open source also started as a fringe activity, and has since become the center of software development (not to mention several valuable companies). However, these companies require different models and go-to-market -- so we share a practical framework for turning projects into businesses, as well as insights from founders on the frontlines of balancing open source community and commercialization. 

...On CRISPR and gene editing: From China's "CRISPR babies" to California's gene-therapy kit labeling law to recent statements of principles against germline editing from prominent companies, what's actually going on and where are we, really, in our ability to rewrite genetic code to treat disease? One thing's for sure: It's not just a tool, but a platform... where science becomes engineering
with Jeff Jordan and D'arcy Coolican
Here's how the story plays out over and over again: New company builds digital platform, successfully serves needs of a broad number of adjacent verticals. Becomes the definitive and dominant platform in the space. Then competition comes in the form of startups that better address the needs of a specific vertical within that platform, taking chunks out. The moral of the story? Broad platforms eventually break, becoming victims of their own success; savvy founders can find the right market at the right time by looking at verticals near such breaking points.
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with Marc Andreessen, Sonal Chokshi, Scott Kupor, Andrew McAfee, Vijay Pande
Google claims quantum supremacy. What's hype, what's real? How near/far are we from quantum computing, and when should companies think about embracing this shift? We share our answers, in just 8 minutes; listen here

The SEC recently made moves against unregistered ICOs; meanwhile, the IRS issued guidance on tax treatment for cryptocurrencies (including hard forks and airdrops). What does it all mean? We share our answers, in just 10 minutes; listen here.

Given all the headlines and important concerns around the environment, how should we think about the role of capitalism and technology here? This episode of the a16z Podcast, with economist Andrew McAfee on his new book More from Less, covers this and more; listen here

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