Chris Dixon on The State of Venture Capital, Why Companies Fail and Artificial Intelligence [The Knowledge Project Ep. #5]

In this episode, a16z partner Chris Dixon (@cdixon) and I discuss the history of venture capital, artificial intelligence, what makes a great entrepreneur, and why companies fail.

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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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