Chris Dixon on The State of Venture Capital, Why Companies Fail and Artificial Intelligence [The Knowledge Project Ep. #5]
On this episode, I have Chris Dixon (@cdixon).
Chris is a partner at perhaps the most famous venture capital firm in the world, Andreessen Horowitz or commonly known as a16z.
This interview provides a rare peek behind the scenes of what happens at a16z and the business philosophies that laid the foundation for its success.
In this interview, we discuss:
- The fascinating history of venture capital and how it morphed into what it is today
- What Chris is looking for when he evaluates a company in search of funding
- How a16z earned their reputation as the preeminent VC firm and what they do differently that sets them apart in such a competitive space
- How to shift your mindset to accept and even expect failure and how to learn from it
- The characteristics that Chris seeks out in a founder before investing a dime
- The next wave in technology that will revolutionize the way we interact with one another
- How close we are to having self-driving cars in every driveway and the “edge cases” that the current technology can’t quite get right
- The exciting things some start-ups are doing to improve the food quality in the United States
- How Chris explores the “idea maze” with entrepreneurs to gauge the depth of thought they’ve put into their start-up
And much much more.
If you’re at all interested in the world of venture capital and how great ideas are funded, you’ll get a lot out of this conversation with Chris.
I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.
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