The Startup Podcast

"The Startup Podcast" Presented by hosts Chris Saad and Yaniv Bernstein.

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Live Demos Are Back, How To Avoid Google+ 2.0, ScarJo vs OpenAI (Reacts)

Live Demos Are Back, How To Avoid Google+ 2.0, ScarJo vs OpenAI (Reacts)

How can Google avoid Google+ 2.0? Learn who will win the AI Game of Thrones – and why branding is only one piece of the puzzle.

In this week's episode, Amir Shevat and Yaniv Bernstein discuss:

  • The Demo Dilemma: Why OpenAI’s live demo of ChatGPT-4o was more impressive than Google’s highly polished event.
  • G Suite Dreams: How could Google improve the integration of AI throughout their many products, without repeating the mistakes of Google+?
  • Layoff Games: What does the current trend of tech layoffs mean for productivity and the future of work?
  • Leading From The Front: More and more founders are taking the spotlight to promote their vision and authenticity.
  • The Scarlett Letter: As Scarlett Johansson calls out OpenAI's Sky voice assistant over similarities to her voice in the movie 'Her', Amir and Yaniv highlight the importance of ethical AI development.

Tune in to learn more about the ongoing evolution in how tech companies operate, present themselves, and manage threats – within and without.

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Editor: ⁠⁠⁠⁠Justin McArthur⁠⁠⁠⁠

Intro Voice: ⁠⁠⁠⁠Jeremiah Owyang⁠⁠⁠⁠

Crafting Your Founder Career - Lessons From Two Time Unicorn Founder Jason Cohen (Edu)

Crafting Your Founder Career - Lessons From Two Time Unicorn Founder Jason Cohen (Edu)

Are you planning your founder career in a meaningful way?

Two-time unicorn founder Jason Cohen (WP Engine, Smart Bear) joins Chris and Yaniv to discuss how self-knowledge can lead to a founder journey that's right for you.

  • Passion's Fruit: Understand the importance of aligning your startup with your driving interests.
  • Top Model: Learn how to tailor your business model to fit your personal circumstances and stage of life for optimal growth.
  • Iterate, Iterate, Iterate: Understand why considering your long-term career and life goals leads to better startup decisions as you iterate towards your ambitions.

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Editor: ⁠⁠⁠⁠Justin McArthur⁠⁠⁠⁠

Intro Voice: ⁠⁠⁠⁠Jeremiah Owyang⁠⁠⁠⁠

What You NEED To Know: Google + OpenAI's Announcements Explained (Reacts)

What You NEED To Know: Google + OpenAI's Announcements Explained (Reacts)

Missed this week's duelling announcements from OpenAI and Google? Catch up on ChatGPT 4o, AI Search, and Project Astra, as our insiders discuss how they'll reshape the tech world.

In this week's Reacts episode, insiders Chris Saad, Yaniv Bernstein, and Elli Hanson discuss:

  • Chatting ChatGPT 4o: The new features and improvements in OpenAI's latest AI model.
  • Search and Rescue: How do Google's new AI Search, Project Astra and Gemini Assistant offerings stack up?
  • Through the Google Glass: Pros and cons of wearable AI interfaces, from glasses to earbuds.
  • Instrumental Ad Vice: The crushing controversy around Apple's latest iPad ad campaign.
  • Deepfake or Real Shallow: Is Microsoft and OpenAI's $2 million fund enough to combat election deepfakes?

Tune in now to equip yourself with the insights you'll need to navigate this evolving AI landscape.

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Editor: ⁠⁠⁠Justin McArthur⁠⁠⁠

Intro Voice: ⁠⁠⁠Jeremiah Owyang⁠⁠⁠

Do You Even Need A Product Manager? w/ John Cutler (Reacts)

Do You Even Need A Product Manager? w/ John Cutler (Reacts)

Is your product management approach clashing with real-world demands?

Product expert John Cutler – author of the long-running newsletter The Beautiful Mess and former product evangelist at Amplitude – returns to the podcast to discuss different approaches to product management, and where they might help (or hinder) your business.

Learn about:

  • Ideal or Ordeal: The challenge of applying idealistic, one-size-fits-all perspectives on product management to the harsh realities of business.
  • Canny Valley: The risks of adopting Silicon Valley product management styles without the necessary resources or mindset.
  • Project vs. Product: The similarities and differences between product managers and project managers.
  • Role Call: How to tailor different roles and hierarchies to the actual needs of your business.

This week's discussion got spicy! Don't miss out.

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Editor: ⁠⁠⁠Justin McArthur⁠⁠⁠

Intro Voice: ⁠⁠⁠Jeremiah Owyang⁠⁠⁠

OpenAI Search, Apple’s $100B Stock Buyback, US Civil Unrest (Reacts)

OpenAI Search, Apple’s $100B Stock Buyback, US Civil Unrest (Reacts)

Is your startup prepared for the next US election? Learn about the forces driving today’s tech giants and tomorrow’s political landscape.

In this week's Reacts episode, insiders Chris Saad, Yaniv Bernstein, and Emil Michael cover:

  • Buyback Backlash: Does Apple’s $100 billion stock buyback program signal a shift from innovation to incrementalism?
  • RAGs to Riches: OpenAI are rumoured to be developing a new AI-powered search product to disrupt Google. But what is 'retrieval augmented generation', and how will it help startups like Perplexity AI shape the future of information access?
  • Unrest Assured: Why tech leaders should prepare for potential political instability in the US following the 2024 election.

Tune in for a compelling discussion that could reshape your understanding of where technology and politics intersect.

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Editor: ⁠⁠Justin McArthur⁠⁠

Intro Voice: ⁠⁠Jeremiah Owyang⁠⁠

Founders Getting Fired – Preventing the Nuclear Option (Edu)

Founders Getting Fired – Preventing the Nuclear Option (Edu)

Is firing a founder CEO ever the right move? Learn about how startup founders and their boards can work together effectively to avoid the worst.

In this week's episode of The Startup Podcast, hosts Chris Saad and Yaniv Bernstein explain:

  • Founder Knows Best: Why removing a founder CEO is usually undesirable, given their deep vision and commitment.
  • All Above Board: Why board accountability is necessary when a leadership change becomes essential.
  • Evolving Ambitions: How founder CEOs must grow along with their companies, setting goals, seeking coaching and mentorship, and engaging with stakeholders through regular updates.
  • Support Before Severance: Why boards should exhaust all supportive measures, like setting clear improvement plans and providing targeted coaching, before considering dismissal.
  • The Empty Seat: Know the risks you might face if you leave the CEO position vacant for too long.

Tune in for the full discussion on the delicate balance of power between a startup's founder CEO and their board.

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  • The Startup Podcast is sponsored by Trilligent. Trilligent is your startup's one-stop-shop for regulatory, PR, and international expansion advisory. Their unique startup-friendly offering is essential for any startup looking to go beyond their home shores or deal with complex regulatory environments. Go to ⁠⁠https://trilligent.com⁠⁠ and book a call with their COO Laura to learn more – tell her we sent you!

Learn more about Chris and Yaniv

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Editor: ⁠⁠Justin McArthur⁠⁠

Intro Voice: ⁠⁠Jeremiah Owyang⁠⁠

Useless AI Hardware, TikTok Banned, Google Fires Activist Employees (Reacts)

Useless AI Hardware, TikTok Banned, Google Fires Activist Employees (Reacts)

Why didn't Rabbit R1 and Humane AI live up to the hype? Learn how even the biggest names in tech – from TikTok to Tesla – can falter.

In this week's Reacts episode, insiders Yaniv Bernstein, Emil Michael, and Leah Mahtani discuss:

  • Bad Bunny: Why Silicon Valley funding explains the disappointing launches of AI hardware Rabbit R1 and Humane AI.
  • Bumpy Road Ahead: How Uber's success can inform the debate around autonomous vehicles like Waymo, Cruise, and Tesla's Robotaxi.
  • Tick, Tock: What the TikTok ban means for the US-China relationship, TikTok creators, and other industry players like YouTube, Instagram, and Spotify.
  • Non-Compete Defeat: The Federal Trade Commission cuts non-compete clauses loose.
  • Soul Search: Google fires 50 employees after protests over a $1.2bn Israeli government contract.

Don't miss this timely and controversial discussion!

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  • The Startup Podcast is sponsored by Vanta. Vanta helps businesses get and stay compliant by automating up to 90% of the work for the most in demand compliance frameworks. With over 200 integrations, you can easily monitor and secure the tools your business relies on. Go to ⁠www.vanta.com/tsp⁠ for 20% off their incredible offer.
  • Get your question in for our next Q&A episode: ⁠https://forms.gle/NZzgNWVLiFmwvFA2A⁠
  • The Startup Podcast website: ⁠https://tsp.show⁠

Learn more about Chris and Yaniv

Credits

Editor: ⁠Justin McArthur⁠

Intro Voice: ⁠Jeremiah Owyang⁠

Graceful Degradation – Safeguarding Your Vision (Edu)

Graceful Degradation – Safeguarding Your Vision (Edu)

Do your plans stand strong when things go wrong?

Hosts Chris Saad and Yaniv Bernstein discuss the concept of 'graceful degradation' and its critical role in planning for a robust business. They share tips on:

  • Understanding Graceful Degradation: Why it's important to fail-safe your business plan to avoid collapse in a crisis.
  • Visionary Planning: How a clear, unconstrained vision can guide decision-making as challenges arise.
  • Making Smart Compromises: Ensuring each step aligns closely with your core vision, even when the ideal path is impossible.

This episode is packed with great advice for anyone looking to enhance their decision-making framework and ensure their business remains agile and resilient.

Tune in to learn how to protect your vision and make pragmatic choices in the face of adversity.

The Pact

Honour The Startup Podcast Pact! If you have listened to TSP and gotten value from it, please:

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  • The Startup Podcast is sponsored by Vanta. Vanta helps businesses get and stay compliant by automating up to 90% of the work for the most in demand compliance frameworks. With over 200 integrations, you can easily monitor and secure the tools your business relies on. Go to ⁠www.vanta.com/tsp⁠ for 20% off their incredible offer.
  • Get your question in for our next Q&A episode: ⁠https://forms.gle/NZzgNWVLiFmwvFA2A⁠
  • The Startup Podcast website: ⁠https://tsp.show⁠   

Learn more about Chris and Yaniv

Credits

Editor: ⁠Justin McArthur⁠

Intro Voice: ⁠Jeremiah Owyang⁠ 

The Canva Mafia, SAFE Notes in Australia — Aussie Q&A (Bonus)

The Canva Mafia, SAFE Notes in Australia — Aussie Q&A (Bonus)

Australia’s startup ecosystem is about to be hit by an asteroid of awesomeness, and hardly anybody is talking about it.


Learn why the recent Canva secondary round means Australia finally has its own “mafia” to rival the PayPal, Google, and Facebook mafias—and what it means for tech in Australia.


Also in this bonus Aussie Q&A episode: how to think about SAFE notes as a local founder or investor.


Honour The Startup Podcast Pact! If you have listened to TSP and gotten value from it, please:

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  • The Startup Podcast is sponsored by Vanta. Vanta helps businesses get and stay compliant by automating up to 90% of the work for the most in demand compliance frameworks. With over 200 integrations, you can easily monitor and secure the tools your business relies on. Go to ⁠www.vanta.com/tsp⁠ for 20% off their incredible offer.
  • Get your question in for our next Q&A episode: ⁠https://forms.gle/NZzgNWVLiFmwvFA2A⁠
  • The Startup Podcast website: ⁠https://tsp.show⁠

Learn more about Chris and Yaniv

Credits

Editor: ⁠Justin McArthur⁠

Intro Voice: ⁠Jeremiah Owyang⁠

Bio of The Startup Podcast

"The Startup Podcast" is a compelling exploration of the distinctive mindset and strategies that underlie the widespread disruption characteristic of Silicon Valley. 

Presented by hosts Chris Saad and Yaniv Bernstein, this podcast provides listeners with valuable insights into the world of startups and the innovative thinking that fuels their success.

Through engaging discussions and interviews, Saad and Bernstein offer a behind-the-scenes look at the entrepreneurial journey, shedding light on the principles and approaches that drive Silicon Valley's transformative impact on industries.

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