Recode Media
Recode Media
May 21, 2020
Meet the man who made Netflix’s most popular movie
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Have you seen Extraction? More than 90 million Netflix viewers have, making the violent thriller the service’s most popular original movie to date. Stuntman-turned-director Sam Hargrave, sits down with Recode’s Peter Kafka to discuss his action movie starring Chris Hemsworth. Hargrave talks about learning how to make action movies on the set of Marvel’s Avengers series, working with the Russo brothers, and the power of Netflix’s global platform.

Featuring: Sam Hargrave (@thesamhargrave), Director of Extraction

Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode

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Invisible Forces
Invisible Forces
An All-Encompassing Economy
Culturally in 2020, the conversation around racial injustice has hit a breaking point. COVID-19 exacerbated inequities in health outcomes for Black and Latino Americans, and in the wake of George Floyd’s death, we’ve seen a massive movement for enduring change. The people have spoken. But how will businesses, markets and economies respond? Today, consumers are seeking ways to support the Black-owned businesses with their dollars, and companies are looking to hire more equitably and inclusively. Even our technology is getting a redesign – to correct biases built right into the programming of tech tools we use everyday. Hosts Shannon Murphy and Erin Shea are joined by colleague Nadia Batchelor to explore how this powerful movement can create lasting changes in businesses around the world. Featuring Nadia Batchelor, Head of Jefferies’ Global Corporate Access Team and the founder and head of J-NOBLE - Jefferies Network of Black and Latinx Employees. Also featuring: * Kristina Liburd is the founder & CEO of Viageur and the organizer behind the Black Startup Collective, a directory of Black-owned startups in Boston. * Stephanie Wemusa is the VP of Diversity and Inclusion for TalVista - a startup that develops tools to support equitable hiring. * Boyuan Gao is the founder and principle of Project Inkblot, a design for diversity consultancy. * Evie Cheung is a designer and researcher, exploring the biases built into AI-powered smart voice assistants.
26 min
The Digiday Podcast
The Digiday Podcast
'Retention has been one of our best stories of the year': Bob Cohn on steering The Economist through the crisis
Bob Cohn joined The Economist Group in February after more than a decade at The Atlantic, where he served on both sides of the fence -- as its digital editor and later as its president. As president and managing director, his stated remit was to grow The Economist's global readership and open up new commercial opportunities in North America. Of course, merely six weeks into the job, the coronavirus pandemic hit. With it came a surge of subscribers as readers looked to the Economist to unpick the impact on the economy, politics, culture and more. "We did see, for a few months back in the spring, new subscribers coming [in] at about twice the rate that we expected," said Cohn on the Digiday podcast. Subscriptions and circulation made up around two-thirds (£204 million;$265 million) of the £326 million ($423 million) The Economist Group generated in revenue in the year to Mar. 31 2020. In recent months, pre-pandemic, the company had already shifted its subscription strategy from focusing on acquisition to more of a retention push. The surge in subscribers during the coronavirus crisis created "a kind of urgency" to keep the newly acquired users. "We were an acquisition machine; we were not focused as diligently as we could on retention," prior to Cohn's arrival, he said. "We came into this year with a determination to be better at that and embrace best practice and go beyond best practice." Some of the new efforts have involved the creation of subscriber-only digital events (some 27,000 subscribers tuned in to watch a Bill Gates interview,) increasing the price of its introductory offers and exclusive subscriber newsletters. The number of subscribers in The Economist's "highly engaged" category increased 21% last year, Cohn said Looking ahead, The Economist plans to roll out a new customer experience platform and create more products at a wider price range to tap a more diversified user base. "Retention has been one of our best stories of the year," Cohn said.
41 min
Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal
Special: Invest Like the Best on Acquired
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 Asset Management, and how are they bringing "AWS-level" innovation to the sleepy wealth management industry? How did he go from Notre Dame philosophy major to quant researcher to (arguably) technology CEO and now also an early-stage venture investor... all while simultaneously building one of the world's top new business media empires? Acquired is here to explore it all. If you want more more Acquired and the tools + resources to become the best founder, operator or investor you can be, join our LP Program for access to our LP Show, the LP community on Slack and Zoom, and our new live Book Club discussions with top authors. Join here at: Sponsor: * This episode is supported by Teamistry, a great podcast from Atlassian that tells the stories of teams who work together in new and unexpected ways to achieve remarkable things. It's one of our best new podcast discoveries in 2020 and we honestly think Acquired listeners are going to love it. (business + history + space!) Click the link below to listen, and our thanks to Teamistry for their support. * Playbook Special! Patrick’s Favorite Themes from 5 Years of ILTB: * Chetan Puttagunta (#1): Go slow to go fast — * Chetan Puttagunta (#2): Open source isn’t about saving on R&D, it’s about building differentiated distribution among developers — * Bill Gurley: Healthy marketplace opportunities have increasing marginal value to demand from incremental supply penetration — * Matthew Ball: The key to unlocking the Metaverse isn’t about building Ready Player One, it’s about creating interoperable systems that will move value and information between experiences — * Charlie Songhurst: The best place to look for talent is in less-competitive markets — * Katrina Lake: The past of e-commerce was about price, convenience and selection; the future is about personalization and curation — * Daniel Ek: Company scaling as “seeing around corners” — * Kat Cole: Inversion as a tool to deal with difficult people — * Sarah Tavel: Hierarchy as a framework — * Josh Wolfe: The “directional arrow of progress” and the simple power of extrapolating trend lines — Links: * Invest Like the Best: * Founder's Field Guide: * OSAM and Canvas:
1 hr 45 min
The Energy Gang
The Energy Gang
Greentech Media
Watt It Takes: Why Steph Speirs Wants Solar For All
This week on Watt It Takes: Powerhouse CEO Emily Kirsch sits down with Solstice CEO Steph Speirs. Solistice is a community solar company trying to make PV accessible to everyone. Steph Speirs grew up one of three kids, first generation, in Hawaii. Her mom had immigrated from Korea. She knows what eviction feels like, and what it’s like to skirt homelessness. And she knows how a poor credit score can sink a human being. She got a scholarship to a private high school, became a National Merit scholar and accrued three masters degrees at Yale, Princeton and MIT.   In this interview, we’ll hear how her time in the Obama administration led to a summer internship with the non-profit impact investor Acumen. She worked on solar lanterns in India. Her time in Yemen, India, and then Pakistan led to an awakening about energy injustice in the United States.  Solstice has now developed demand for 100 MW of community solar and just closed its biggest funding round so far.  To learn more about future speakers and attending a live event, go to and click on the events tab. You can listen to all of the episodes of Watt It Takes here. The Energy Gang is also brought to you by KORE Power. Based in the U.S., KORE Power is situated to meet the growing global demand of the energy storage market. KORE Power is building the first large-scale battery cell manufacturing facility in the U.S. owned by an American company. Once it’s operational, the 1-million-square-foot facility will have 12 gigawatt-hours of scalable manufacturing capacity. Learn more.  The Energy Gang is brought to you by Sungrow, the leading global supplier of inverter solutions for renewables. During these uncertain times, Sungrow is committed to protecting its employees and continuing to reliably serve its customers around the world. Sungrow has also leveraged its extensive network across the United States to distribute face masks to communities in need.
53 min
Quibi’s shortform life
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Myself, along with Danny and Natasha had a lot to get through, and more to say than expected. A big thanks to Chris for cutting the show down to size. Now, what did we get to? Aside from a little of everything, we ran through: * The fall of Quibi, and who lost money in the mix. TechCrunch has a bit more on the video service's downfall here. * The Netflix quarter, and why its shares lost ground after its report. The Quibi-Netflix stories show that it's not smooth sailing in the market for online video. * If Netflix stumbled, Snap soared with stronger-than-expected growth. The company still loses lots of money, but it's getting closer to reasonable results, and has lots of cash. * Then we turned to a few media startups that raised, including $4 million for Stir and $2.5 million for Quake. Quake the podcasting company, mind, not the excellent FPS. * Next was a handful of housing rounds, including the very neat Abodu and the somewhat controversial RVshare, which split the three of us about whether or not it was going to work out. * Then we had some great reporting from Natasha to parse through, including her piece on startup hacker houses, and her report on a new women-focused accelerator class. Whew! It was a lot, but also very good fun. Look for clips on YouTube if you'd like, and we'll chat you all next Monday.
36 min
16 Minutes News by a16z
16 Minutes News by a16z
Andreessen Horowitz
A Nobel for CRISPR! When, Who, How, What Now
"It's CRISPR!" This week, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to scientists Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna (also an a16z co-founder, of Scribe Therapeutics), for the development of the CRISPR/Cas9 method for genome editing -- a technology that's "had a revolutionary impact on the life sciences, is contributing to new cancer therapies, and may make the dream of curing inherited diseases come true". While many describe this technology as "genetic scissors", one of the sharpest _tools_, is that analogy too limited for describing the true power and potential of CRISPR as a gene-editing _platform_? And while the time between (unexpected) discovery to practice to award has been less than a decade -- further confirming that we're in the new century of biology! -- at what point does such discovery become engineering, that is, innovations we can use and systematize and scale (much like transistors)? In this special episode of 16 Minutes, a16z general partners Vijay Pande and Jorge Conde, in conversation with Sonal Chokshi, examine the long arc and narrative of CRISPR, both backwards and forward; tease apart what's hype/ what's real in terms of where we really are, in practice; and... celebrate the incredible milestone this is. It's CRISPR!, and much more...articles cited in this episode [see also related pieces below] "Pioneers of revolutionary CRISPR gene editing win chemistry Nobel", Heidi Ledford & Ewen Callaway, Nature, 7 October 2020 "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020", The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences,, 7 October 2020 _image: __Bianca Fioretti__ / __Wikimedia Commons_
24 min
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