a16z Podcast


The a16z Podcast discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future – especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. This podcast is produced by Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”), a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. Multiple episodes are released every week; visit a16z.com for more details and to sign up for our newsletters and other content as well!

Recent Episodes
  • The Future of Cheese
    Jun 2, 2023 – 00:30:24
  • The Rise of the Exponential Organization
    May 25, 2023 – 01:06:39
  • How Fintech is Reshaping Our $4T Healthcare Industry
    May 22, 2023 – 00:37:17
  • Embedding AI: The Questions Every CEO is Asking
    May 15, 2023 – 00:36:31
  • When Two Giants Intersect: Healthcare Meets Fintech
    May 9, 2023 – 00:49:58
  • From Promise to Reality: Inside a16z's Data and AI Forum
    May 2, 2023 – 00:27:03
  • Beyond Avatars: How AI is Reshaping Online Identity
    Apr 24, 2023 – 00:39:42
  • Insights from the Frontlines of Consumer Tech
    Apr 19, 2023 – 00:35:20
  • Marketing web3: Audience, Community, More
    Apr 13, 2023 – 01:16:12
  • Building Hardware and Taking on the Phone Giants
    Apr 6, 2023 – 00:37:10
  • Digital Humans and the Story Behind Lil Miquela
    Mar 30, 2023 – 00:45:04
  • The Marketplace 100: A Glimpse Into the Future of Commerce
    Mar 23, 2023 – 00:47:13
  • The Art and Science of Podcasting
    Mar 20, 2023 – 00:51:47
  • Unlocking Creativity with Prompt Engineering
    Mar 9, 2023 – 00:38:33
  • Rebooting the Arsenal of Democracy with Palmer Luckey
    Mar 7, 2023 – 00:18:46
  • The Robot Lawyer Resistance
    Mar 1, 2023 – 00:48:28
  • The Challenge of Replicating Reality
    Feb 22, 2023 – 00:56:14
  • The 1000x Developer
    Feb 16, 2023 – 01:00:00
  • The State of Apps
    Feb 9, 2023 – 01:04:18
  • Disrupting the World’s Largest Asset Class with Adam Neumann
    Feb 7, 2023 – 00:49:02
  • Healthspan, Lifespan, and the Biology of Aging
    Feb 3, 2023 – 00:36:45
  • 2023 Big Ideas in Technology (Part 2)
    Jan 27, 2023 – 01:08:41
  • 2023 Big Ideas in Technology (Part 1)
    Jan 24, 2023 – 01:22:19
  • The Human Behind the Genius
    Jan 19, 2023 – 00:22:30
  • Building for Tomorrow
    Jan 12, 2023 – 01:14:58
  • Expert AI as a Healthcare Superpower
    Jan 10, 2023 – 00:57:41
  • Creators, Creativity, and Technology with Bob Iger
    Jan 6, 2023 – 01:20:46
  • Best Clips of 2022
    Dec 27, 2022 – 00:43:25
  • Pay Without Borders with Deel, GitLab, and Safetywing
    Dec 20, 2022 – 01:14:07
  • Carbon Solutions Now and Next: From Biomass to Mineralization
    Dec 13, 2022 – 00:45:29
  • Ben Horowitz and Brian Armstrong on Building and Overcoming the Hard Things
    Dec 8, 2022 – 00:43:36
  • Building a Marketplace for Carbon
    Dec 6, 2022 – 00:48:16
  • The Economics of Carbon Removal with Nan Ransohoff
    Nov 30, 2022 – 00:58:49
  • Ryan Petersen on Rearchitecting the Supply Chain
    Nov 24, 2022 – 00:18:15
  • Neal Stephenson on The Future of the Metaverse
    Nov 22, 2022 – 01:18:22
  • The Factory of the Future with Chris Power
    Nov 17, 2022 – 01:15:43
  • Balaji Srinivasan on The Network State
    Nov 15, 2022 – 02:45:39
  • AI and the Creator Economy with Karen X Cheng
    Nov 9, 2022 – 01:06:47
  • Why Technology Still Matters with Marc Andreessen
    Nov 9, 2022 – 01:25:03
  • The Data Highway Above with Privateer’s Steve Wozniak, Alex Fielding, and Dr. Moriba Jah
    Nov 9, 2022 – 01:24:37
  • The a16z Podcast Returns
    Nov 7, 2022 – 00:02:49
  • Is a Fun, Therapeutic Game Possible?
    Oct 28, 2022 – 00:33:57
  • Cycles of Computing, Now and Next
    Oct 19, 2022 – 01:06:46
  • The Future of Audio
    Oct 14, 2022 – 00:57:16
  • Culture as Code
    Oct 6, 2022 – 00:59:59
  • On Mentorship and Leadership
    Sep 28, 2022 – 00:33:44
  • Cloud Wars, Company Wars, and Innovating Through Change
    Sep 7, 2022 – 00:53:44
  • How to Find Product-Market-Sales Fit
    Sep 3, 2022 – 00:51:46
  • The Fintech Opportunity for Students and Gen Z
    Aug 26, 2022 – 00:30:49
  • How to Make Better Decisions
    Aug 19, 2022 – 00:45:11
Recent Reviews
  • sparky9987
    Insightful and entertaining
    Steph has great guests, does a great job of asking insightful questions , listens and assures that the audience is clear on what’s being discussed.
  • Jabil77
    Steph moves it from A to A+.
    The content is timely, relevant, educational, and difficult to obtain at this level of comprehensiveness and density anywhere else. The show is produced incredibly well - rather than single or simply sequential guest interviews, the dialogue is refactored around themes that Steph sets up and guides the listener through. And Steph is SO on point as a host. She drives a dialogue with the listener, and asks insightful questions that get to specific responses from guests. And she always has a technical and strategic understanding of the products/platforms or movements being discussed - she’s a true conversation partner and not a “podcast host.” Amazing!
  • mr_platypus
    This is simply the best tech podcast out there
    This podcast sources the best guests, and host Steph Smith does a great job of facilitating insightful discussions. It’s a must-listen for founders and anyone who wants to be on the bleeding edge of technology and important ideas shaping the world.
  • VIX737
    Ahead of the Tech Curve
    This podcast is a truly inspiring resource for anyone interested in the latest development in technology and innovation. Steph’s tenacity and courage in conducting engaging and thought-provoking interviews with thought leaders in the field is truly admirable. The podcast is a must-listen for anyone wanting to stay ahead of the curve in the fast-moving world of tech.
  • AN123_DC
    Consistently Great
    Steph does an excellent job of bringing a wide range of emerging topics together. The podcast guests are leading innovators in their fields and the style is always easily consumed while provoking big thoughts. Highly recommend
  • upset883838
    Host voice irritating
    The host speaks too fast/anxiously, it makes listening a little challenging. Would prefer a slower, more straight to the point, deeper voice. Or not necessarily a change of host, but maybe some more public speaking training. Don’t want to hurt your feelings, just being real. Thanks!
  • manicupedicu
    Great show for cutting edge tech!
    Steph is a great host. Love the approachable way she talks with guests and how knowledgeable the convos are. Great way to keep up with the latest macro trends in a fast changing landscape !
  • Chris55710
    Favorite new pod
    This has become one of my favorite new podcasts. They find interesting founders and stories, and I always find little nuggets that make me think after the episode has ended. Love the industry insights as well.
  • Mmmmmmieieiejduhuunurnuf
    Consistently high-quality interviews
    I thought the previous host, Sonal, did a great job. Now Steph Smith is doing a great job as well. I really enjoy the thoughtful questions and insightful responses from interesting guests.
  • SickandAnnoyed
    Great content, moderator feels green
    The content and the guests are awesome. The moderator sounds really green / unsure of herself. Why does this matter - the types of questions asked makes the conversation languish. Vs a Tim Ferriss or Shane Parrish interview and the conversation feels richer.
  • gpm2020
    5 Great Reasons to Listen
    1) Engaging Host: Steph Smith brings an infectious energy to each episode. Her guests feel appreciated and reciprocate with enthusiasm, resulting in truly engaging discussion. Dialogue quickly reaches a flow state and you feel privileged to be overhearing the inside scoop on all the cutting edge topics of tech. 2) Relevance of Topics: Each episode is about something impacting your world directly or indirectly. The tech you use. The tech being used to market to you. The tech in the tech you use in your personal life or work life. Climate tech. The tech your kids use that you don’t use. If it is tech moving the needle in society today or expected to in the near future you’ll know about it. 3) Makes you more Interesting: always have something interesting to say. At a networking event. At work. A conference. A dinner party. Wherever you go you’ll have nice juicy nuggets of current trends in technology that you can share. You’ll be smarter at the end of each episode. When you share how these trends are impacting your life and the lives of your colleagues, families, and customers you’ll help them be more tech aware too. 4) Your Investment Portfolio: knowing what tech is emerging and could be disrupting todays tech is critical for all investors in the sector. Here about it on A16Z this week. Read about it in the journal or Fortune in a year. See it in mainstream media in 3 years. Give yourself the head start. You owe it to yourself. 5) No screen Required: Take a walk. Listen and learn. Feel good after. Repeat.
  • jay13467
    Best tech podcast
    This show contains the most intelligent conversations I’ve heard about tech. It’s not dumbed down, subject to hype, or full of outlandish predictions. It’s just smart and insightful, and the new host does a great job of bringing in context.
  • (Mario500)
    A Review of "a16z Podcast"
    I had found what I had believed to had been certain parts (or certain voices involving certain groups of words) of what I had believed to had been certain recordinings of what I had believed to had been this "a16z Podcast" to had been vulgar (or profane), negative, unnecessary, and detrimental).
  • Daniel Olshansky
    A dirty diamond in the rought
    The hosts and guests are all smart and interesting people but somehow it feels like there’s a lot of bloat, forced and ultimately provides little value.
  • 0xyoj
    Love Web3 related content!
    Really enjoy the guests on the show! The style of editing is a little unnatural and anxious though.
  • LisaIsHereForIt
    Great show, fascinating guests! 💥
    No matter the subject, you’re guaranteed to gain something from every episode - can’t recommend a16z enough. 🙌
  • kyleadr1
    Beat tag
    This podcast should start with”DJ on da beat so issa BANGA”
  • malfoxley
    Great show!
    Andreessen, host of the a16z podcast, highlights all aspects of business, tech and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
  • RyanLacker
    Super Helpful
    The mini episode about the third vaccine choice really opened my eyes and answered some very important questions I had. As a potential recipient of the J&J vaccine, thank you for making that episode! Keep it up!
  • Graciebjjman
    Great content
    I learned about this podcast through darknet diaries(which I’ve been completely addicted to haha) and this has been good enough to pull me away from it. It’s comprehensive and has a very satisfying amount of technical details. It doesn’t leave me with questions and has at least a few insights per episode that had some mild “mind blown” effect.
  • Mark Colgan
    Awesome show!
    The hosts are fantastic at interviewing key guests and teasing out the valuable knowledge they have to share. I really enjoyed the interview with Andrew Chen and Brian Balfour on how leaders can still pursue growth even during the turbulent times we’re living. Great podcast.
  • displaycopy
    Good conversations, Terrible production value
    Love the topics, but I’m astonished that that a bunch of tech nerds seem to have no idea how to properly use recording technology.
  • Jaron herad
    Consistently excellent
    Guest selection is great, and I like the balance and interviewer / guest dynamics. Sonar, you’re fantastic!
  • Whotookallmybluesky123
    Annie Duke review - pandering
    Annie I love your book but OMG when I heard you speak with that valley girl upspeak I had a hard time listening to your important ideas. I guess you adopted that speech pattern to fit in with the SF crowed but I found it beneath your status. Andreessen does not talk that way. Minus one star for the pandering.
  • vladislavkorobov
    Volume should be higher
    Please make the volume higher. Everybody can volume down, but. Sometimes volume up is not possible. Education episode has an issue with that. Come on guys, you are editing them just make your podcast accessible by bringing base volume up
  • RoddyHere
    Episode 588 was disappointing
    The issue with these episodes containing “discussions” is the speakers are speaking in idealistic theories that overlay on top of each speaker rather than actually debating the issues and topics at hand. Would have liked to see the facilitator introduce a x vs y point of discussion rather than a 45 minute run on sentence with connector phrases such as “well it’s not even X you could expand that to Y” - superficial topic knowledge exemplified by explaining topics as “but in theory you could take all community college classes and offer them to everyone” is not particularly helpful from a learning perspective. That’s obvious. Where true knowledge is gained in these podcasts are when folks explain alternative replacement views rather than alternative rephrasings of what’s already been said.
  • wishedItwereBetter
    Interesting...but not EVERYTHING can be tied to entrepreneurship
    Conversations w ppl like Alex Honnold are so great - then it becomes so boring when “then we start talking about revenue....” Keep the gold, cut the fat. Or “junk mileage” as Alex said. Sometimes it’s smart enough to have these convos w AH folks and global leaders.
  • alsksjdgh
    Too political
    We get it, you hate the US.
  • cali_sci_gal
    Loving the Journal Club
    I’m really enjoying this series. The host is well informed and the guests (and their studies) are really interesting. Keep it up 🙌
  • AmyZ1904
    Mostly really interesting
    Most episodes are interesting, and presenters are super insightful on current trends across a range of topics. Pick and choose the topics you’re interested in!
  • John Tounger
    Was expecting higher quality
    Was expecting higher quality
  • the real Bionic woman
    Completely healed after 37 major operations
    I love this, after being hit as a pedestrian I have healed myself completely. Medicine free, pain free, and fancy free. I have been study and doing alternative medicine modalities, fitness, Nutrition and spirituality for 33 years. I have held myself completely and Live in a state of peace, love, happiness, compassion, kindness, joy, & gratitude. I made him a miraculous recovery that is unbelievable. With catastrophic injuries you would never know anything ever happened to me. Much gratitude, Stacy Rosman
  • dwbecraf
    Identifying quality comapies <> producing quality content
    Stay in your lane (or prove you can stray outside of it). a16z has been incredible at identifying firms that will generate long term shareholder value, at least to a greater extent than other venture firms (certainly some active participation in there). however, they have no expertise in creating valuable and consumable content, and this podcast is evidence of that. This is garbage. They allowed associates to create this podcast for the sale of job satisfaction. At some point the GPs have to tell them that this is sub-par and stop propping up their value and egos. I’m done.
  • cotter45
    Good A16Z Content, but unwanted feed fillers
    The podcast is insightful, but it overloads your feed with other podcast series they are promoting by publishing under this podcast line. Wish they would stay in their lane because that’s what we subscribed to.
  • just a Rangoon listener's
    Too much interruption
    Host interrupts too much and doesn’t add value. Otherwise the content is great
  • vama89
    Great pod!
  • john rickland
    Great but...
    Great content, but the primary host/Interviewer interrupts the guests quite a lot with her own thoughts. It’s unfortunate - please, let them speak.
  • Heysteeevo
    Is it possible to cut back on jargon?
    As a dumb rube who didn’t go to business school, I sometimes get lost in sections about “first principles” or “ infomediaries”. Is it possible to at least explain some of these terms when they come up? Otherwise I love the pod, it’s always super informative and brief which is refreshing.
  • F sub G
    Couldn’t get through one episode
    I tried listening to the episode on capitalism, technology, and the environment, but it was a joke. The guest MIT economist was making 300-year old arguments from Adam Smith in support of capitalism that have been debunked by Marx, Luxemburg, Lenin, and other non-bourgeois economists. He seemed to conflate capitalism with markets (one is a system of production, the other of distribution) while falsely dichotomizing capitalism and cronyism/corporatism. He argued, with I assume a straight face, that capitalism is the best system for delivering goods and services. Really? So everyone in the US who needs whatever medications to survive can easily afford and obtain them? Everyone who wants to work has a job? There’s no better way of delivering food and shelter to people? Come on! Also, try reading Engels’s “On the Condition of the Working Class in England” before talking about how great the industrial revolution was for everyone.
  • html5cat
    One of the best podcasts imho
    I’ve been listening to this podcast for years now and it’s been super helpful in both working at companies, starting and now running my own (Puma Browser, check it out if you care about privacy or new ways to monetize content 🙃)
  • drshakal
    be brave you are a grown up!
    Could be terrific but don’t pander or sensationalize. The material is awesome without excessive interpretations from Sonal. Let your experts speak. Audience is sophisticated don’t need to dumb down as to how terrible the opioid crisis is. If you must shed a tear do it in private, be brave during show.
  • MrHokie
    Insightful and Sometimes Very Verbose
    Eclectic topics and guests draw you in - however, sometimes there’s quite the verbal battle for “most buzz words” in a single sentence or battle for the mic. Great insights also delivered - and with some work and self-reflection they could really have a deeper impact.
  • bennyb_
    Super insightful conversations
    Super insightful conversations, great guests, and deep-dives into pressing topics. Audio quality can be a bit awkward at times but overally a great show.
  • Rob0ny
    Quality all over the map
    Some topics better than others which can’t be helped given wide ranging nature of topics (not every topic relevant to every listener). What can be helped is how certain moderators/interviewers seem to wish they could do all the talking. Too often the guest gets talked over by the interviewer trying to show off how smart they are. Too bad as ruins what would otherwise be a good show.
  • Dyl1233
    Horrible moderator
    The interviewer needs to shut up and stop interrupting the guests. Completely disrupts the flow and very disrespectful to the guests. Listeners are here for the guests, not the interviewer.
  • Brooke Craven
    Awesome Podcast!!
    The host of the a16z podcast, highlights all aspects of technology, business and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
  • Harrikens
    Better than the book!
    For the episode on the book “Farsighted “ — they managed to make the cast > audiobook . Which is in itself an achievement. 😘😘😘
  • Joseph Bassett
    I like that everyone speaks quickly on this podcast
    The subject matter is also interesting
  • TenderWolf
    Based on talks that are 4 months to about a year old
    These are consistently old. Would be awesome if it wasn’t for the huge delay between recording these conversations and when they release the podcasts.
  • Xlibrium
    I wish they would listen more..
    Great example of people talking over each other all the time, and just waiting to get their point in. I wish they would actually listen to each other especially when they bring on someone to interview. Great content but puts me off every time on how much arrogance comes through.
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