By /Thu, 16 Mar 2023 02:46

You may think you know the Nintendo story: a plumber named Mario, a princess named Zelda… and didn’t they buy the Seattle Mariners at some point? We thought we knew it too. And then we started researching and were blown away. The lovable Di

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By /Tue, 21 Feb 2023 13:16

We tell the full history of LVMH, and how Bernard Arnault turned a $15m investment in a bankrupt French textile company into the world’s largest individual fortune. It’s a story that’s equal parts Berkshire Hathaway, Steve Jobs and Barbarians at t

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By /Wed, 25 Jan 2023 14:46

The NFL — it’s almost synonymous with America today. And its history is a fascinating lens to explore the nation’s development over the last 100 years, from WWII to TV and suburbs to the Internet and social media. What began as a quasi-illicit lea

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Holiday Special 2022

By /Mon, 19 Dec 2022 07:22

Cozy up to the fire and join Acquired as we do our annual strategic review of the show and our business “in public”. We recap our perspectives on Acquired’s big moments from the past year, a bit of commentary on the current state of the tech ecosy

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Stratechery (with Ben Thompson)

By /Tue, 06 Dec 2022 03:16

Ben Thompson joins Acquired to discuss the business of Stratechery itself and celebrate 10 years (!) of the internet’s best strategy analysis destination. Even beyond Stratechery’s enormous impact itself on business and tech over the years, Ben’s

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By /Tue, 29 Nov 2022 04:32

The FTX fraud has dominated headlines now for weeks, during which we’ve debated if and how Acquired could uniquely add to the conversation. Then we realized there was an angle so perfect that we had to drop everything and enter Acquired research o

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By /Tue, 15 Nov 2022 05:36

Qualcomm, or “Quality Communications” — despite being one of the largest technology companies in the world, few people know the absolutely amazing technological and business history behind it. Seriously, this story is on par with Nvidia, TSMC and

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Benchmark Part II: The Dinner

By /Mon, 17 Oct 2022 09:43

We sit down with all five current Benchmark GPs for one of their legendary weekly dinners, during which we ask all of the unresolved burning questions from Part 1. How do THEY think about Benchmark v3? What are their day-to-day emotions trying to

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ACQ Sessions: Jason Calacanis

By /Tue, 04 Oct 2022 10:30

We kick off ACQ Sessions with the-behind-the-scenes story of All-in, from the world’s greatest moderator himself Jason Calacanis. ACQ Sessions is our new, occasional “MTV Unplugged” version of Acquired: a great IRL guest, a bottle (or two) of wine

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Benchmark Capital

By /Wed, 28 Sep 2022 01:30

Benchmark Capital. We tell the tale of the legendary equal partnership that accomplished something no other venture firm can claim: twice it has produced the highest returning fund of its cycle, each time with a 100% different GP lineup. If ever t

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Replay: Sequoia Capital

By /Mon, 12 Sep 2022 04:03

Welcome to a new experiment here at Acquired: Replays! We realized many of you have joined us recently and haven’t heard older episodes — so we’re re-releasing some of our “greatest hits”. Today we’re starting with one of our very favorite

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Amazon Web Services

By /Tue, 06 Sep 2022 03:33

So, how DID an online book retailer end up building the infrastructure layer that powers the entire internet? (Or at least 39% of it, per latest market share data.) While many myths, legends, and some downright falsehoods exist, the real

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Howard Marks & Andrew Marks: Something of Value

By /Tue, 30 Aug 2022 00:00

We sit down with legendary investor Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital and his son Andrew who, while less-well-known, is also an incredibly accomplished investor in a very different arena: early-stage VC. The purpose of the conversation was to discus

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By /Tue, 16 Aug 2022 08:26

Amazon. No company has impacted the internet — and all of modern life — more than this one. We’ve waited seven years to do this episode, and are so, so excited to finally dive into every nook and cranny of this legendary company. And of course bec

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From NFL to Startup COO to Congressman Regulating Crypto (with Rep. Anthony Gonzalez)

By /Tue, 02 Aug 2022 00:35

This episode is a first for Acquired: we’re joined by a sitting US Congressman (from Ben’s home state of Ohio!), Republican House Representative Anthony Gonzalez. Anthony serves on the House Financial Services Committee and is deeply invo

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By /Tue, 19 Jul 2022 03:54

We kick off Season 11 with the incredible story of the retail “granddaddy of them all” Walmart, and its founder Sam Walton. Once you study Walmart, you realize just how deep its heritage runs through Amazon and so many iconic modern companies we c

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The Playbook: Lessons from 200+ Company Stories

By /Mon, 20 Jun 2022 02:09

When Patrick O'Shaughnessy and Brent Beshore asked us to give a talk at their incredible Capital Camp conference, we knew we had to bring something special. So we spent months combing through the Acquired back catalog and cataloged our 12 favorite

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American Dynamism (with Katherine Boyle)

By /Mon, 06 Jun 2022 01:15

We sit down with a16z General Partner Katherine Boyle to discuss investing in “American Dynamism”, why it’s so important and why now is the right time to pursue it. Katherine has a fascinating background, beginning her career as a reporter at The

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Capital-Efficient Growth (with Zoom CEO Eric Yuan & Veeva CEO Peter Gassner)

By /Thu, 19 May 2022 07:42

We sit down with the CEO founders of two of the most capital efficient success stories of all time — Zoom and Veeva Systems — to understand how they grew to billions of dollars in revenue (and tens of billions in market cap) on very, very little c

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Arena Show Part II: Brooks Running (with CEO Jim Weber)

By /Mon, 16 May 2022 01:34

For the final act of the Arena Show, we’re joined by Brooks CEO Jim Weber to tell the amazing story of how he transformed the company from a 3rd tier, deeply cashflow negative “also-ran” into one of the world’s premiere fitness brands and a crown

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Arena Show Part I: Idea Dinner + YC Continuity

By /Thu, 12 May 2022 07:47

We did an Arena Show!! This evening was so big and so special, we had to split it into two episodes for the podcast feed. First up is the Idea Dinner with our best internet buddies, Packy McCormick and Mario Gabriele (and special guest judge Shu N

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Nvidia: The Machine Learning Company (2006-2022)

By /Wed, 20 Apr 2022 10:48

By 2012, NVIDIA was on a decade-long road to nowhere. Or so most rational observers of the company thought. CEO Jensen Huang was plowing all the cash from the company’s gaming business into building a highly speculative platform with few clear use

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Platforms and Power (with Hamilton Helmer and Chenyi Shi)

By /Wed, 06 Apr 2022 05:46

We sit down once again with one of the world’s very best strategy thinkers, 7 Powers author Hamilton Helmer — this time joined by his impressive Strategy Capital colleague Chenyi Shi — to discuss platform businesses, and how the Power framework ap

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Nvidia: The GPU Company (1993-2006)

By /Mon, 28 Mar 2022 05:09

He wears signature leather jackets. He can bench press more than you. He makes cars that drive themselves. He’s cheated death — both corporate and personal — too many times to count, and he runs the 8th most valuable company in the world. Nope, he

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Altimeter (with Brad Gerstner)

By /Tue, 15 Mar 2022 05:47

We hear a lot these days about hedge funds becoming venture firms, and venture firms becoming hedge funds. But a decade before either of those approaches became mainstream, a tiny $3m fund in Boston named Altimeter Capital set out simply to invest

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By /Mon, 07 Mar 2022 10:47

Born in the unlikeliest of places — the terrible, wasteland-like aftermath of post WWII Japan — Sony rose to capture the imaginations (and wallets) of consumers and engineers around the world. The company produced hit after hit after hit: portable

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Aid for Ukraine (with Anatoly from Solana and Sergey from Everstake)

By /Mon, 28 Feb 2022 22:12

Like so many, we’ve been both heartbroken and inspired by what’s happening Ukraine. Our friends at Solana and FTX are announcing today that they’ve helped Everstake — a Ukrainian company and the largest Solana valid

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Super Pumped (with Brian Koppelman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt)

By /Tue, 22 Feb 2022 03:15

We sit down with two of the most talented and respected people in Hollywood — Brian Koppelman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt — to talk about the process of adapting Mike Issac’s story of Uber, “Super Pumped”, into their new Showtime series. To say this

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The Browser (with Brendan Eich, Chief Architect of Netscape + Mozilla and CEO of Brave)

By /Tue, 15 Feb 2022 01:45

We sit down with perhaps the only person besides Marc Andreessen who’s had a major influence on each of the Web 1, 2 and 3 eras: Brave Browser CEO (and former Netscape + Mozilla Chief Architect) Brendan Eich. In true Acquired fashion we cover both

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By /Thu, 10 Feb 2022 18:02

The Peloton journey has been one seriously wild ride. From can’t raise money to one of Tiger Global’s first venture investments, to pandemic darling to the stock being down 85% in 6 months... there’s never a dull moment in this company’s history.

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Taylor Swift (Acquired’s Version)

By /Sun, 23 Jan 2022 16:00

Not only is Taylor Swift the biggest music artist of our generation by nearly every metric (it’s not even close!), with the re-recording of her original albums she’s in the process of reshaping the entire music industry in a way no band or artist eve

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CAA (with Michael Ovitz)

By /Tue, 21 Dec 2021 20:13

Season 9 ends at the beginning — with the man who changed Hollywood forever and wrote the blueprint for A16Z’s upending of Silicon Valley a generation later, Michael Ovitz and his “Dream Factory”, Creative Artists Agency. From Jurassic Park to Gho

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FTX (with Sam Bankman-Fried & Mario Gabriele)

By /Wed, 15 Dec 2021 03:21

We tell the definitive (audio!) story behind FTX's "speed run" — how this upstart crypto exchange became the fastest company in history to reach a $25B valuation, just two years after founding. And to do so we're joined by not one but TWO of the v

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7 Powers with Hamilton Helmer

By /Wed, 08 Dec 2021 05:46

You've heard us talk about him every episode for the past two years... but until now most of you have never actually heard us talk to him! To celebrate the LP Show going public, we've remastered our first, canonical interview wit

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Not Boring (with Packy McCormick)

By /Fri, 03 Dec 2021 03:03

When does a creator become a company? Who says that media companies — or venture firms — have to be organizations? How high is the ceiling on one person + the internet? Acquired has the answers and they are... Not Boring. 🙂 Big news!

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Complexity Investing & Semiconductors (with NZS Capital)

By /Wed, 03 Nov 2021 01:25

Of our 65+ sources for the TSMC episode, one stood above the rest: a wonderful Knowledge Project episode with Brinton Johns and Jon Bathgate of NZS Capital laying out the state of the semiconductor market. When coincidentally we met Brinton a week

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Standard Oil Part II

By /Mon, 18 Oct 2021 20:28

We bring the epic saga of Standard Oil and John D. Rockefeller to a close (for now) with two of history's greatest second acts: Rockefeller's pioneering of modern philanthropy (and really modern life itself), and perhaps the single greatest shareh

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Michael Mauboussin Master Class — Moats, Skill, Luck, Decision Making and a Whole Lot More

By /Tue, 05 Oct 2021 14:20

We sit down with the one & only Michael Mauboussin to dive deep into his incredible body of work: untangling skill and luck, measuring moats, persistence of returns in venture capital, decision making and — particularly timely — expectations inves

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Standard Oil Part I

By /Wed, 22 Sep 2021 01:37

It's time. We dive into the *original* American capitalist mega winner, Standard Oil, and its legendary founder John D. Rockefeller. This company and man almost defy characterization -- Elon, Bezos, Gates, Buffett... they've got nothing on old Joh

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By /Tue, 07 Sep 2021 01:23

It's time. We dive into the unbelievable history behind the quietest technology giant of them all — and as of recording the world's 9th (!) most valuable company — the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. This story checks every box in the

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Kevin Rose from Web 2.0 to Web3

By /Mon, 30 Aug 2021 04:16

We sit down with the one and only Kevin Rose to talk about his journey from pioneering Web 2.0 with Digg to leading the charge on Web3 and NFT + DeFi investing as a partner at True Ventures and his new show Modern Finance. We cover it all -- TechT

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Andreessen Horowitz Part II

By /Tue, 10 Aug 2021 01:42

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Andreessen Horowitz Part I

By /Tue, 27 Jul 2021 01:45

We kick off Season 9 with a classic: Part I of the a16z story. How did this brand new venture firm charge out of the gates in 2009, going from zero to disrupting the entire venture industry overnight? You probably kn

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Special: Solana (with CEO Anatoly Yakovenko)

By /Mon, 19 Jul 2021 04:51

We sit down with the hottest new protocol layer in crypto today: Solana, and its cofounder Anatoly Yakovenko, who is the CEO of Solana Labs. If you listened to our Ethereum episode or follow crypto even at a cursory level, you've likely heard of S

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By /Tue, 06 Jul 2021 05:57

We close out Season 8 with the most ambitious organization we've ever covered on Acquired: Ethereum, and it's celebrity wunderkind founder Vitalik Buterin. If you thought Mark Zuckerberg IPO-ing Facebook at $100B by age 27 was something, just wait

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Special: Ho Nam from Altos Ventures — A Different Approach to VC

By /Mon, 21 Jun 2021 02:06

What do you get when you combine Berkshire Hathaway's approach with early-stage venture capital? Altos Ventures. We're joined by Altos's wonderful Ho Nam to discuss their highly unusual approach to VC, which has resulted in them becoming significa

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Berkshire Hathaway Part III

By /Mon, 07 Jun 2021 04:14

It's time. We wrap our Berkshire Hathaway trilogy with Warren and Charlie entering a new era: the age of the internet. Can they and Berkshire adapt to this brave new world? We find out. And, after 9+ hours, we render our final judgments on Berkshi

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Special: Amazon Unbound (with Brad Stone)

By /Thu, 27 May 2021 04:02

Brad Stone joins us to discuss the making of the modern Amazon, and how it's morphed from the "flywheel company" of The Everything Store into a set of interlocking and self-reinforcing businesses that extended both wider and deeper into the global

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Berkshire Hathaway Part II

By /Wed, 12 May 2021 15:51

In Part II of our Berkshire Hathaway Trilogy (!), we pick up the story with Warren wandering in the woods of Omaha, searching for his life's next chapter after retiring from the professional investing business at the top of his game at age 39. How

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Special: 2021 China Tech Trends (with Tech Buzz China)

By /Wed, 05 May 2021 19:53

We team up with two of the very best English-language analysts covering China tech today, Rui Ma and Ying Lu from the Tech Buzz China podcast, to talk about the big trends happening on the ground in China right now. We've had Rui and Ying's episod

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Berkshire Hathaway Part I

By /Wed, 21 Apr 2021 02:02

It's time. After 150+ episodes on great companies, we tackle the granddaddy of them all — Berkshire Hathaway. One episode alone isn't nearly enough to do Warren and Poor Charlie justice, so today we present Part I: Warren's story. How did a folksy

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Special: "Why Now" for Digital Health (with Levels founder Josh Clemente)

By /Tue, 06 Apr 2021 03:57

We dive into the fast-changing world of direct-to-consumer digital health, with perhaps the best person in the world: Levels founder Josh Clemente. (Shoutout to Ben Grynol and Michael Mizrahi from our LP community for introducing us!) Levels is on

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Rec Room Part II (with CEO Nick Fajt)

By /Wed, 24 Mar 2021 05:08

Last Acquired left the plucky Rec Room crew in our 2018 "Part I" episode, they were a seed stage startup making a VR game that users loved but grew slowly and barely monetized. Fast forward to today, and they're now a multi-platform social "place"

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By /Wed, 10 Mar 2021 23:09

We dive into the history behind Meituan, the juggernaut Chinese "super-app" which dominates China's services economy, offering consumers everything from food delivery, restaurant reviews, travel booking, bike-sharing, movie ticketing, and countles

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The New York Times Company

By /Thu, 18 Feb 2021 05:52

For the entire 20th Century, you’d be hard pressed to find a better business than an American newspaper — Warren Buffett famously described them as “franchises” — and no American newspaper stood taller than the New York Times. Controlled by a sing

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Special: Sequoia Capital's Investment Playbook (with Alfred Lin)

By /Mon, 01 Feb 2021 01:49

We cover Sequoia Capital a lot on this show. Not only across our now four(!) dedicated episodes, but across a stunning nearly 50% of recent season companies where Sequoia was a primary or only investor — the most of any venture firm by an enormous

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By /Tue, 19 Jan 2021 02:15

We had to do it. After 12 years and 3,000,000x appreciation, we kick off Season 8 with the best investment of all-time and our biggest episode ever: Bitcoin. From the first bitcoin transaction of 10k for two Papa John's pizzas (worth abou

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Special: Acquired x Indie Hackers

By /Thu, 17 Dec 2020 06:08

As regular listeners know, we typically cover some of the biggest companies who often receive the most media attention (see Airbnb and DoorDash). But today's episode is a little different. In our conversation with Courtland Allen of Indie Hackers,

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By /Fri, 11 Dec 2020 06:14

Over 13 years after its founding, one of the defining startup companies of the past decade finally makes its public debut — and boy was it a big one. But for all the hype (and all the legitimately great things Airbnb has accomplished), this is a c

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By /Thu, 10 Dec 2020 05:56

Live from the scene of its blockbuster IPO, we recount the crazy, roller coaster journey of this "Palo Alto delivery company". From Sand Hill darling during their Series A and B fundraises to all but left-for-dead during the great unicorn massacre

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Slack + Salesforce Emergency Pod with Packy McCormick of Not Boring

By /Wed, 02 Dec 2020 05:47

Acquired is live on the scene covering Salesforce's blockbuster $27.7B acquisition of Slack, with the help of the internet's #1 Slack bull (and top internet analyst in his own right), Packy McCormick of Not Boring. We dissect the deal itself, Slac

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Virgin Galactic

By /Mon, 23 Nov 2020 06:26

Live from the 2020 ASCEND Space Conference, Acquired covers the full story behind the most "out there" technology story of the past few years: Virgin Galactic. How did this space tourism company grow out of the winning X Prize team, and catch the

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Special: Superhuman Part II - Designing Software to Feel like a Game (with Rahul Vohra)

By /Thu, 12 Nov 2020 15:18

Superstar past guest and Superhuman CEO Rahul Vorha joins us for a deep dive on how Superhuman applies concepts from game design to building productivity software. We're not talking points and badges — we mean hardcore, Unreal Engine-style technic

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Twitter (with Dick Costolo)

By /Wed, 28 Oct 2020 16:28

A week before the 2020 US Presidential election, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo joins us to tell the story of a company that has impacted all of our lives (political and otherwise) like none other. While it's easy to forget now, a very viable alt

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Special: Invest Like the Best on Acquired

By /Wed, 07 Oct 2020 02:49

On this special episode of Acquired, we're joined by a master interviewer himself, Patrick O'Shaughnessy from Invest Like the Best. We turn the tables and cover the most fascinating story he's never told on ILTB... his own! What is O’Shaughnessy A

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By /Wed, 30 Sep 2020 23:38

On the eve of the 2020 NBA Finals, we dive DEEP into the history and business model of the league behind the world's 2nd largest and fastest growing major sport. How did the NBA grow from merely an excuse to monetize hockey arena off-nights into a

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Special: Acquired x My First Million

By /Wed, 09 Sep 2020 16:01

Acquired teams up with the My First Million podcast for a “best of both worlds” crossover episode. First we go deep, “Acquired style”, on the wild story of MFM host Shaan Puri’s bought, sold, and then bought-again OG social networking site Bebo, a

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Epic Games

By /Wed, 02 Sep 2020 01:41

We go deep behind the "epic" story of a plucky game developer from Cary, North Carolina (by way of Potomac, Maryland) which, after bootstrapping for its first 22 years, has quietly morphed into an $18b juggernaut that may become the most important

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Eventbrite (with Julia & Kevin Hartz)

By /Tue, 25 Aug 2020 23:35

We're joined by two very special guests, Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz and her cofounder, spouse and Eventbrite Chairman Kevin Hartz, to tell their story of building Eventbrite together (along with their lives and family) from the PayPal diaspora to

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By /Thu, 16 Jul 2020 19:51

We kick off Season 7 with a bang: Pinduoduo, the incredible five year-old Chinese mashup of "Costco and Disneyland" (as self-described in their IPO prospectus) which recently became the fastest company ever to pass $100B market capitalization. Wha

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Oprah (Harpo Studios)

By /Thu, 25 Jun 2020 15:50

We close out Season 6 with the story of perhaps the single most successful media entrepreneur of all-time: Oprah Winfrey, and her juggernaut conglomerate Harpo Studios. Born to a poor single mother in the segregated 1950's deep south, Oprah's rise

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By /Tue, 26 May 2020 14:07

On the eve of SpaceX's historic scheduled launch of its first human spaceflight mission — both the first ever by a private company, and the first to take place on American soil in nearly a decade — we tell the incredible story of its rise from rag

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Adapting Episode 3: Intel

By /Tue, 12 May 2020 01:00

When you think of Intel today, you probably think of the microprocessor company. Maybe you also think about about 'Intel Inside' and their famous jingle. You might even think "big, stable, boring public company". Bu

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Special Episode: Jason Calacanis

By /Wed, 29 Apr 2020 03:41

We're joined by the one and only Jason Calacanis for this very special episode, wherein we chronicle Jason's journey from a kid porter in the barrooms of Brooklyn to building the largest independent media business in tech, becoming the "3rd or 4th

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Podapalooza Announcement: Intel

By /Wed, 15 Apr 2020 04:30

Missing Acquired? We are too. But the world's not done adapting just yet, and neither are we. So get ready for (in the immortal words of Sammy Hagar) the best of both worlds: an Acquired + Adapting crossover lollapalooza... at Podapalooza 2020! We

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Adapting Episode 2: Sequoia’s Black Swan Memo (with Roelof Botha)

By /Tue, 31 Mar 2020 04:14

On March 5th 2020, Sequoia Capital published a Medium post entitled ‘Coronavirus: The Black Swan of 2020’. The memo minces no words, admonishing founders & CEOs to “question every assumption about your business”, and portends that “as Darwin surmi

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Adapting Episode 1: Canlis

By /Fri, 20 Mar 2020 14:59

The world has changed. Acquired is changing too: we’re taking a pause from our normal episodes. The world doesn’t need stories of MA and IPOs right now. But it does still need stories of great companies and great leaders. So we’re taking ever

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The Top 10 Acquisitions of All-Time

By /Tue, 17 Mar 2020 17:16

5 years and 100+ episodes into Acquired, there’s been one question we get asked more than any other: what are the best acquisitions of all-time, and what can we learn from them? We thought it was time to formalize our answers. So here it is, the A

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Sequoia Capital Part II (with Doug Leone)

By /Tue, 18 Feb 2020 05:50

The wait is over. Acquired returns with a very special Part II of the Sequoia Capital story, joined by the very best person in the world to help us tell it - Doug Leone. Since 1996, Doug has served as Sequoia’s Global M

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By /Wed, 29 Jan 2020 04:48

We kick off Season 6 with a long-awaited Acquired Classic: Facebook’s $22B purchase of WhatsApp in 2014, which still ranks as the largest acquisition of a private VC-backed startup in history. Yet despite that enormous pricetag and all its associa

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The Lean Startup and the Long-Term Stock Exchange (with Eric Ries)

By /Mon, 30 Dec 2019 05:11

Season 5, Episode 10: The Lean Startup and the Long-Term Stock Exchange (with Eric Ries) Acquired closes out Season 5 and 2019 wi

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Convoy (with CEO Dan Lewis)

By /Thu, 19 Dec 2019 14:34

Coming to you live from the University of Washington, Ben and David are joined by hundreds of awesome Seattle listeners (and a few non-Seattle listeners!) to cover the meteoric rise of trucking industry disruptor an

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By /Mon, 09 Dec 2019 05:54

We take Acquired to the Old Town Road to cover the amazing story behind the biggest global sensation of 2019 — and the highest valued private startup in the world — TikTok. How did a mid-30 year old UX architect at

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Disney, Plus

By /Mon, 25 Nov 2019 14:37

The Flywheel is strong with this one. We dive deep into the origins of one of the boldest business strategy decisions of our time: Disney CEO Bob Iger’s attempt to buck the Innovator’s Dilemma - and forego billions

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Seattle Live Show Announcement: Convoy!

By /Mon, 18 Nov 2019 01:43

We're loading up the Acquired live experience and trucking north (for David at least) for our first independent live show in Seattle! Hot on the heels of the company's recent $400m fundraise at a $2.7B valuation, we'll be joined by Convoy CEO Dan

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The WeWork “Acquisition” (with Dan Primack)

By /Fri, 25 Oct 2019 02:02

It’s an IPO, it’s a bailout, it’s an... acquisition? We’re joined by the one and only Dan Primack from Axios to recount the epic saga of the We Company in all its tragic glory. How did this business somehow go from

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Season 5, Episode 5: Atari (with Nolan Bushnell)

By /Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:40

We’re joined by the legendary Nolan Bushnell, founder not only of Atari, but also the only person ever to hire Steve Jobs, the recipient of Sequoia Capital’s first-ever investment, and the creator of Chuck E. Cheese

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Sequoia Capital (Part 1)

By /Thu, 26 Sep 2019 14:58

Acquired dives into the history behind storied venture firm Sequoia Capital and its legendary founder, Don Valentine. Part 1 tells Don’s story, starting from humble beginnings born to uneducated parents in Yonkers, NY, through shaping the fabric o

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San Francisco Meetup Announcement!

By /Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:03

Special announcement: we're hosting a meetup in San Francisco! It's been too long and and we can't wait to see many of you. It will be Wednesday, September 25 2019, exact time and location TBD but likely starting at 6pm. You can register at Listen/Read More

Google Maps

By /Mon, 26 Aug 2019 13:46

Ben and David cover the series of three 2004 Google acquisitions that formed the core of Google Maps as we know and love it today: Where 2 Technologies, Keyhole and ZipDash. From nearly zero adoption between the three companies at the ti

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The Shopify IPO

By /Tue, 06 Aug 2019 17:27

Ben and David head north of the border to Ottawa, Canada to cover perhaps one of the greatest IPO success stories of the past 5 years, Shopify. From humble beginnings as a “lifestyle business” hawking hipster snowboard gear online to now routinely

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By /Mon, 22 Jul 2019 15:04

For our first episode of Season 5, Acquired returns to Shenzhen to cover another Chinese technology giant, this one slightly... different from our past subjects: Huawei. From a backwater importer of PBX switches to the

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Superhuman (with CEO Rahul Vohra)

By /Thu, 27 Jun 2019 15:20

Please take the 2019 Acquired Survey. It takes 5-10 minutes, helps us immensely, and you may win a pair of new AirPods or a free 1-year subscription to the LP show!

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The Slack DPO

By /Tue, 25 Jun 2019 03:59

Please take the 2019 Acquired Survey. It takes 5-10 minutes, helps us immensely, and you may win a pair of new AirPods or a free 1-year subscription to the LP show!

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The Zoom IPO (with Santi Subotovsky)

By /Wed, 19 Jun 2019 02:19

Zoom board member (and general partner at Emergence Capital) Santi Subotovsky joins us to tell the true underdog story behind the hottest IPO of 2019. Together we trace founder Eric Yuan’s incredible journey from im

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The Electronic Arts IPO (with Trip Hawkins)

By /Mon, 27 May 2019 17:25

Acquired looks back at a monumental IPO from a *much* different era: Electronic Arts. We’re joined by EA’s founder Trip Hawkins to tell the incredible story of how he built the company that made video games mainstream. Starting from his high schoo

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The Uber IPO

By /Sat, 11 May 2019 20:27

Welcome to the big one. On the day of its IPO, we tell the story of Uber. It’s a story whose roots stretch back 130 years, but whose impact reverberates perhaps more powerfully on our current world than any other. A story that, in all of its great

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The Pinterest IPO

By /Wed, 24 Apr 2019 01:04

In the second episode of our APLUSS(Z!) IPO saga, we dive into the history behind the planet’s largest non-social social network, Pinterest. From The Pirates of Silicon Valley to the bloggers of Salt Lake City, the creation story behind this “prod

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The Lyft IPO

By /Sat, 30 Mar 2019 23:32

Call it the playoffs. Call it the Olympics. Call it March Madness. No matter which sports analogy you borrow, it falls short of capturing what Lyft's IPO yesterday kicked off in the tech world. A generational changing of the guard from the FAANG t

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Season 4, Episode 3: Instagram Revisited (with Emily White)

By /Tue, 26 Feb 2019 03:28

We enter the wayback machine and revisit the subject of Acquired’s second ever episode, Facebook’s bombshell 2012 acquisition of Instagram — this time with the help of then-Facebook executive Emily White, who moved over post-acquisition to become

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Spotify + Gimlet/Anchor Quick Take + Worldwide Meetup Details!

By /Tue, 19 Feb 2019 02:26

Worldwide Meetup Details! Join us on February 21, 2019 at 530pm PT (830pm ET) at for our first worldwide meetup! Ben and David will be live on video hang

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Season 4, Episode 2: ARM & SoftBank

By /Sun, 03 Feb 2019 23:55

We dive into the crazy, little-known story of how this small, former PC-maker in Cambridge, England dethroned Intel, saved Apple from bankruptcy, became the blueprint for the largest investment fund in history, and of course now powers just about

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Season 4, Episode 1: ESPN

By /Mon, 21 Jan 2019 18:21

Booyah! Acquired, the worldwide leader in acquisitions and IPOs, kicks off Season 4 with a classic: ESPN. How did a failed former TV weatherman end up building the world’s most valuable media company on top of a dump (quite literally) in Bristol,

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Season 3, Episode 10: Tencent

By /Mon, 17 Dec 2018 04:52

We close out Season 3 and our China mini-series with a monster episode on Tencent, the Shenzhen-based social networking and entertainment powerhouse. We dive deep into the story of Pony Ma and his cofounders’ incredible journey from making softwar

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Season 3, Episode 9: Netflix (Part 2)

By /Sun, 25 Nov 2018 20:24

We complete our two-part Netflix special with the company’s bold transition to streaming, including of course the most (in)famous spin-out in business history. Rising from the ashes of Qwikster, we chronicle Netflix’s rebirth as a media company an

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Season 3, Episode 8: Netflix (Part 1)

By /Mon, 12 Nov 2018 03:50

In a world ravaged by late fees and lack of rewinding, one man two men from a sleepy California beach town make a stand against tyranny, daringly dethrone an evil empire and… oh who are we kidding, they just copi

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Acquired Season 3 Episode 7: Venmo (live with Andrew Kortina)

By /Mon, 29 Oct 2018 16:42

Ben & David are joined by special guest and Venmo cofounder Andrew Kortina for our first-ever SF live show! In front of a packed house we chronicle the journey of how two freshman-year roommates from Penn turned a healthy obsession with Craigslist

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Season 3, Episode 6: Behance (with Scott Belsky)

By /Tue, 02 Oct 2018 04:46

Ben and David are joined by Adobe’s Chief Product Officer, Behance founder, Benchmark partner, author, and product luminary, Scott Belsky, to tell the story of Adobe Systems’ 2012 acquisition of Behance. We dive into the role it played in of one o

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Season 3, Episode 5: Alibaba

By /Mon, 24 Sep 2018 01:28

We continue our China Tech series with perhaps the most incredible entrepreneurial journey in history: Alibaba and its indefatigable founder, Jack Ma. How did an unknown 30 year-old English teacher from a second tier Chinese city build the world’s

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Season 3, Episode 4: Recode (with Kara Swisher)

By /Tue, 11 Sep 2018 04:07

In this special episode Ben & David head to Recode’s SF office and sit down in the red chair with the one & only Kara Swisher! Kara tells the story of Recode, from the beginnings of her partnership with Walt Mossberg in the late 90’s at WSJ to the

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Season 3, Episode 3: The Sonos IPO

By /Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:20

Ben and David are (almost) live on the scene covering the plucky Southern California “camera company”… uh wait, wrong episode… we mean *speaker* company’s IPO! Continuing the long Acquired tradition of analyzing companies at the intersection of mu

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Season 3, Episode 2: The Xiaomi IPO

By /Mon, 06 Aug 2018 01:15

Acquired kicks off our China tech mini-series by teaming up with the best in the business: Hans and Zara from GGV’s 996 Podcast! Together we cover the largest technology IPO in the world since fellow China tech g

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Season 3, Episode 1: Tesla

By /Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:40

Acquired kicks off Season 3 with a gangbuster two-hour extravaganza on America’s most successful automotive startup since The Ford Motor Company: Tesla. We cover everything, from founding to its 2010 IPO to all that’s happened since, including the

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Season 2, Episode 10: The Rover-DogVacay Merger (with Rover CEO Aaron Easterly)

By /Mon, 18 Jun 2018 03:03

Acquired wraps up Season 2 with our first “elusive” private-private merger: and its 2017 combination with rival pet care marketplace DogVacay. We’re joined by Rover CEO Aaron Easterly to dive into the full

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Season 2, Episode 9: GitHub

By /Wed, 06 Jun 2018 05:52

We’re live on the scene the day following the biggest announcement in the open source software world since well, open source software: Microsoft acquiring GitHub for $7.5B in stock. How did we get here? What does it mean for software developers go

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Season 2, Episode 8: T-Mobile / Sprint

By /Mon, 21 May 2018 14:34

If you thought the telecom business was boring, think again! Acquired brings you an episode packed with more drama than an entire season of Game of Thrones. Starting with a death in the family, we follow a tale of fortunes lost and rebuilt, bitter

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Season 2, Episode 7: PowerPoint

By /Fri, 04 May 2018 14:39

Acquired returns with a classic, delving into Microsoft’s first acquisition ever: Forethought Inc, the makers of PowerPoint. Hate it or love it, you can’t deny the combined companies’ impact: by the early 90’s PowerPoint had transformed the way bu

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Season 2, Episode 6: Spotify’s Direct Listing

By /Fri, 06 Apr 2018 05:31

Acquired wraps up a big few weeks of coverage with not an IPO or an MA or a fundraising round, but what’s still the largest tech exit in recent memory: Spotify’s $30B direct public listing. We dive into what it all means and how we got here:

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Season 2, Episode 5: The Dropbox IPO

By /Mon, 26 Mar 2018 04:49

Acquired is live on the scene following Dropbox’s public market debut. From playing a central role in the early days of Y Combinator, to having Steve Jobs famously label the company a “feature not a product”, to pivoting from consumers to enterpri

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Season 2, Episode 4: SoftBank, Fortress and the Vision Fund

By /Fri, 23 Mar 2018 03:28

Acquired dives into the topic on the minds and lips of just about every VC and founder these days: SoftBank’s $93B+ Vision Fund, and its seemingly-overnight rewriting of the rules of venture capital and startup fundraising. Where did this new 800l

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Season 2, Episode 3: Nest

By /Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:59

Acquired brings it all back home—to the smart home that is—with Google’s 2014 acquisition of Nest for $3.2B. From Nest cofounder Tony Fadell’s first job at General Magic (alongside future Android founder Andy Rubin) to his days as “father of the i

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Season 2, Episode 2: Raising a Seed Round with Against Gravity CEO Nick Fajt

By /Wed, 07 Feb 2018 02:59

We launch mini-series on Acquired with a subject near & dear to our heroes’ hearts: startup fundraising! This has been one of our most-requested new topics, and we’re excited to kick things off with makers of the popular Listen/Read More

Season 2, Episode 1: Zappos (with Alfred Lin)

By /Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:46

Former Zappos Chairman & COO (and current Partner at Sequoia Capital) Alfred Lin joins our heroes to kick off Season 2 with a classic: Amazon’s 2009 acquisition of the internet’s quirkiest online retailer for $1.2B in stock. How did three Harvard

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Episode 51: 2017 Holiday Special

By /Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:50

Acquired cozies up to the fire and looks back on the year in tech. How wildly off were we on last year’s predictions? What does the next year have in store? Most importantly, what price will Bitcoin be trading at in December 2018??? Pour yourself

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Episode 50: Apple - Beats

By /Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:13

Acquired crosses the half-century mark with an instant classic: Apple’s 2014 purchase of Beats, its largest acquisition ever. If you knew Beats as just another headphone company, think again—the history on this one will keep your heads ringin’.Listen/Read More

Episode 49: The Stitch Fix IPO

By /Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:39

Ben and David dive into the most talked-about tech IPO of 4Q 2017: Stitch Fix. After downsizing the offering and pricing below the range, does this signal a warning that public markets won’t value high-flying silicon valley “disruptors” as high as

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Episode 48: Qualcomm - Broadcom

By /Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:54

Ben & David cover the proposed largest tech MA deal of all time, and in the process dive into the evolving dynamics of the industry that started everything in Silicon Valley—silicon. Just when VCs thought innovation was dead in semiconductors

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Episode 47: The Atlassian IPO

By /Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:30

Ben & David venture to the land down under (and reunite in-person!) to tell the story of the granddaddy of all bootstrapped tech success stories, collaboration software company Atlassian. How did two plucky college grads from Sydney, Australia go

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Episode 46: Blue Bottle Coffee

By /Sun, 08 Oct 2017 03:16

Today our heroes cover a deal that might have more impact on life in Silicon Valley than AI, wearables and AR/VR combined… Nestle’s acquisition of Blue Bottle Coffee. Will hipster entrepreneurs and the VCs who love/need them continue to line up ar

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Episode 45: HTC, Google and the Future of Mobile

By /Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:23

Acquired is back and live on the scene! After months of speculation, Google announces today their acquisition (err, "Cooperation Agreement”) of a large portion of HTC

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Episode 44: AOL - Time Warner (with the Internet History Podcast)

By /Mon, 18 Sep 2017 01:13

On this extra-long episode of Acquired, Brian McCullough from the Internet History Podcast returns to discuss perhaps the most (in)famous merger of all time: AOL - Time Warner. Who doesn’t reme

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Episode 43: The Square IPO

By /Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:59

Unicorns and ratchets and lawsuits, oh my! Our heroes dive into the history of Jack Dorsey’s famous “other” company, Square. Was the Square IPO a canary in the coal mine signaling doom & gloom for the so-called unicorn companies of the early 2010’

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Episode 42: Opsware (with special guest Michel Feaster)

By /Sat, 05 Aug 2017 00:33

Acquired dives into the legendary acquisition of Ben Horowitz & Marc Andreessen’s “second act” software company Opsware, from a perspective never before heard—HP’s side of the story! Our heroes are joined by Michel Feaster, who led both the acqu

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Episode 41: with Jetsetter & Room 77 CEO Drew Patterson

By /Wed, 26 Jul 2017 04:25

Acquired trains its lens on the “second or third best acquisition of all-time”, Priceline’s 2005 purchase of Our heroes are joined by friend-of-the-show and former Jetsetter & Room 77 CEO Drew Patterson to help understand how this l

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Episode 40: Activision Blizzard

By /Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:54

Ben & David cover the creation of the gaming world’s equivalent of the 70’s rock supergroup: the 2008 merger of Blizzard and Activision. We tell the story from the Blizzard perspective, tracing the history of one of the most innovative companies

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Acquired Episode 39: Whole Foods Market

By /Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:03

Ben and David are once again live on the scene, this time covering the biggest disruption in grocery since… well, sliced bread: Amazon’s $13.7B purchase of Whole Foods Market. We place this deal in context by di

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"About Acquired" on the Anchor Podcast of the Day

By /Sun, 11 Jun 2017 20:33

Ben and David are guests on Anchor's Podcast of the Day, discussing Acquired's origin story, show structure, and how the show gets made. If you're new to the show and looking for a primer, this is a great p

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Acquired Episode 38: SoundJam (iTunes)

By /Wed, 31 May 2017 14:19

Ben & David revisit the birth of the digital music revolution and Steve Jobs' "digital hub" strategy, with Apple's 2000 acquisition of the Mac music player SoundJam MP, which would go on to become iTunes. We relive the 90's with brushed metal inte

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Episode 37: BAMTech, Disney and "the Biggest Media Company You've Never Heard Of”

By /Wed, 10 May 2017 15:41

Ben and David continue Acquired’s “tech and sports” mini-series with Disney’s 2016 acquisition of a minority stake (with the right to purchase a majority stake at a later date) in BAMTech, the internet streaming company originally founded as par

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Episode 36: The LA Clippers

By /Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:30

In honor of start of NBA playoffs, Ben & David venture off the beaten path to explore one of Steve Ballmer’s most famous acquisitions, his 2014 purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA franchise. Was this landmark purchase a steal or a turnover

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Episode 35: Oculus

By /Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:58

Ben & David transcend the barriers of “real” reality, and dive into Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg’s geek-eutpoia vision of the future of gaming, social, and maybe even the entire internet: strapping goofy-looking goggles to your face. Is VR for r

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Episode 34: The Starbucks IPO with Dan Levitan

By /Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:28

Ben & David "pour over" the 1992 IPO of the legendary Seattle coffee company with the help of Dan Levitan, who served as lead investment banker on the IPO and who would later co-found the venture capital firm Maveron with Starbucks’ CEO Howard Sch

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Episode 33: Overture (with the Internet History Podcast!)

By /Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:33

Episode 33: Overture (with the Internet History Podcast!) Ben & David dive deep into the early days of internet search, with the help of the best in the internet history b

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Episode 32: The Snap Inc. IPO

By /Sat, 04 Mar 2017 11:25

Snap! Acquired is live on the scene reporting from the "Super Bowl" of 2017 tech events: Snap Inc's hugely anticipated (and just plain huge) IPO. What does the future hold for this plucky “camera company”? Will Snap's IPO endure as tech's most i

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Episode 31: The Uber - Didi Chuxing Merger with Brad Stone, author of The Upstarts & The Everything Store

By /Wed, 01 Mar 2017 07:45

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Episode 30: P.A. Semi + AuthenTec

By /Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:39

Topics covered include: P.A. Semi’s original moniker ("Palo Alto Semiconductor”) and its celebrity founder (in the semiconductor world) Dan DobberpuhlListen/Read More

Episode 29: Special—2016 Review and 2017 Predictions

By /Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:58

Ben & David wrap up 2016 with a review of the top tech themes we discussed on the show this year, and look forward to which themes we think will be relevant in the coming year. Can our hosts predict the future? Tune-in in 2018 to find out! Listen/Read More

Episode 28: The Amazon IPO with original Amazon Board Member Tom Alberg

By /Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:08

Ben & David welcome very special guest Tom Alberg, board member and first lead investor in, to cover the IPO of "earth’s most customer-centric company". From longterm thinking to flywheels to riding big waves, this episode is chock fu

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Episode 27: Special—A Conversation with Microsoft's Head of Strategic Investments Brian Schultz

By /Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:56

Topics covered include: Brian’s history working across “both sides of the aisle” as both a startup founder and corporate development leader at a big company, how perspective from each informs the othe

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Episode 26: Marvel

By /Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:16

Topics covered include: Marvel’s corporate origins as "Timely Publications”, created in 1939 by pulp magazine publisher Martin Goodman in NYC, with the publication of Listen/Read More

Episode 25: The Facebook IPO

By /Fri, 11 Nov 2016 19:35

Hey Acquired listeners. A note about this show: we recorded this episode the night before the 2016 Election Day in the US. At the time, the biggest change we saw coming was adding a new type of content to Acquired i

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Episode 24: Skype

By /Wed, 02 Nov 2016 05:28

An acquisition so wild and crazy, they had to do it again. And again. Ben & David cover tech’s perhaps most-traded asset, Skype (which also happens to be a fantastic business). How do we even know which deal to grade? Tune in to find out…

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Episode 23: NeXT (Live show at the GeekWire Summit)

By /Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:33

Ben & David broadcast live from the 2016 GeekWire Summit covering one of the all-time greats, Apple’s 1996 acquisition of NeXT. This episode has it all: the Steve Jobs hero story, Apple, I.M. Pei, Ross Perot, Aaron Sorkin, Nobel Laureates and… G

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Episode 22: Zillow + Trulia (with Zillow Group CFO Kathleen Philips)

By /Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:23

CFO of Zillow Group Kathleen Philips joins Ben and David to cover the show’s first true “merger” versus “acquisition" (only took 22 episodes!), Zillow’s 2015 combination with Trulia to form Zillo

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Episode 21: Inside the M&A Press with Bloomberg's Alex Sherman

By /Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:33

Ben and David go inside the MA press with Bloomberg’s technology MA reporter and host of the Deal of the Week Podcast, Alex Sher

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Episode 20: Android

By /Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:10

Ben & David examine Google’s 2005 purchase of Android for a rumored $50M, undeniably one of the best technology acquisitions of all time. But will it top the list of these tough graders? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 19: Jet

By /Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:00

Ben & David break down’s meteoric rise, culminating in Walmart’s blockbuster $3B+ acquisition of the company just two years after its founding. Will we look back on this deal as an ‘Instagram-like’ bargain or a ‘'-sized blunder?

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Episode 18: Special—An Acquirer’s View into M&A with Taylor Barada, head of Corp Dev at Adobe

By /Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:48

Ben & David are joined by special guest Taylor Barada, VP and Head of Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships at Adobe, to discuss how large tech acquirers approach buying

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Acquired Episode 17: Waze

By /Wed, 03 Aug 2016 22:57

Topics covered include: Community Showcase: the Nexcast podcasting platform from listener Brian Sanders, along with their podcast chronicling the team’s jour

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Acquired Episode 16: Midroll + Stitcher (acquired by Scripps)

By /Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:37

The meta show: Ben and David turn their gaze inward and examine the podcasting industry through E. W. Scripps’ recent acquisitions of the Midroll podcast advertising network and Stitcher podcast client. Featuring discussion of our ow

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Acquired Episode 15: ExactTarget (acquired by Salesforce) with Scott Dorsey

By /Tue, 05 Jul 2016 15:49

Ben and David return to make their first foray into enterprise software, covering Salesforce’s $2.5B acquisition of ExactTarget in 2013 with the help of special guest and ExactTarget cofounder & CEO, Listen/Read More

Episode 14: LinkedIn

By /Thu, 16 Jun 2016 21:11

Ben and David cover the 3-day-old acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft for $26.2 billion. They cover LinkedIn’s founding story by Reid Hoffman, break down their core businesses, analyze recent stock behavior, and speculate on the future of the com

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Episode 13: Push Pop Press (Facebook Instant Articles) with Todd Bishop

By /Mon, 06 Jun 2016 06:19

Ben and David are joined by Todd Bishop, technology reporter and co-founder of GeekWire, to discuss Facebook's 2011 acquisition of Push Pop Press. Highlights include: The founding story of Push Pop Pr

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Episode 12: Snapchat

By /Mon, 23 May 2016 01:06

Ben and David tackle their first failed acquisition: Facebook's 2013 offer to buy Snapchat. They cover the fascinating story of Snapchat's creation and growth, their blossoming business model, how it would be different inside of Facebook, and what

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Episode 11: PayPal

By /Mon, 09 May 2016 04:55

Ben and David return to technology acquisitions by examining a classic: eBay's 2002 purchase of PayPal. Items mentioned in the show: Listen/Read More

Acquired Episode 10: Virgin America

By /Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:47

Ben and David deviate entirely from the stated purpose of the show, tackling this non-technology acquisition that is so recent, we have no idea if it went well yet. But, the April 2016 acquisition of Virgin America by Alaska Airlines was so fascin

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Episode 9: Writely (Google Docs)

By /Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:00

Ben and David continue the cloud productivity saga with Google Docs. They examine the suite of acquisitions made by Google with a focus on Writely in 2006. They tackle: The nuts and bolts of the Upstartle (company behind Writely) acqu

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Episode 8: Acompli, Sunrise, and Wunderlist (w/ Kurt DelBene)

By /Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:00

Ben and David have special guest Kurt DelBene on to discuss Microsoft's acquisition of Acompli, Sunrise, and Wunderlist. Kurt is the EVP of Corporate Strategy and Planning at Microsoft, and joins to discuss Microsoft’s cloud-first, mobile-first st

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Episode 7: YouTube

By /Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:00

Ben and David test the widely-held belief that YouTube was one of the most successful tech acquisitions of all time. In today's world of next-generation video platforms, mobile video, streaming, and chord-cutting, was it actually a great purchase

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Episode 6: Lucasfilm

By /Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:00

Riding closely on the tails of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ben and David cover Disney's 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm. In the episode, they mention Walt Disney's original flywheel diagram, seen below. Listen/Read More

Episode 5: Siri

By /Mon, 14 Dec 2015 17:00

In the last episode of 2015, Ben and David discuss Apple's acquisition of Siri. Notable topics include: The founding of Siri by Dag Kittlau, Adam Cheyer, and Chris Brigham. Scott Forstall on the Apple side, and the end of his

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Episode 4: Bungie (with Xbox Co-Founder Ed Fries)

By /Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:00

Ben and David are joined by Former Microsoft VP and Co-Founder of Xbox, Ed Fries, to discuss the Bungie acquisition and the development of Halo. Highlights include: Ed’s call with Steve Jobs after the acquisition, and sharing the stag

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Episode 3: Twitch

By /Mon, 16 Nov 2015 17:00

Ben and David discuss Amazon's acquisition of Twitch in 2014. Unlike previous episodes, this recent acquisition still has a lot of open questions, and Amazon hasn't publicly reported growth of Twitch since the purchase. Ben and David talk about Ju

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Episode 2: Instagram

By /Sun, 01 Nov 2015 17:00

Ben and David discuss Facebook's acquisition of Instagram in 2012. Was it a success? If so, what are the criteria that made it work? What lessons can be learned for other acquisitions in the future?

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Episode 1: Pixar

By /Thu, 15 Oct 2015 16:00

Ben and David discuss Disney's acquisition of Pixar in 2006. Was it a success? If so, what are the criteria that made it work? What lessons can be learned for other acquisitions in the future?

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