Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Sam Altman | How To Succeed With a Startup


How to Succeed With a Startup
Y Combinator Startup School
Sam Altman | August 2018


00:00 Introduction 00:11 A product so good people tell friends 00:53 Easy to understand 01:13 Exponential growth in market 02:00 Real trends vs Fake trends 03:30 Evangelical founder 04:04 Ambitious vision 04:22 Hard startup vs Easy Startup 05:34 Confident and definite view of future (but flexible!) 06:10 Huge if it works 06:30 Team (non-obvious insights) 07:20 Optimists! 07:47 Idea generators 08:16 'We’ll figure it out’ 08:50 ‘I’ve got it’ 09:08 Action bias 09:34 The blessing or inexperience 10:16 Momentum 11:04 Competitive advantage 11:46 Sensible business model 12:04 Distribution strategy 12:20 Traits of best founders - Frugality, focus, obsession, love 12:46 Why startups win 13:13 One no vs One yes 14:06 Fast-changing markets 14:43 Platform shifts 15:46 End


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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Moonshots, Stable Diffusion and Artificial Intelligence (AI)


Peter Diamadis and Stability AI CEO Emad Mostaque discuss stable diffusion, generative AI and the moonshot potential of artificial intelligence and impact on every industry.


00:50 - 02:16 Intro 02:17 - 04:01 Teaching AI To Understand The Important Things. 04:02 - 07:22 Using AI To Help Treat Autism. 07:23 - 11:57 Rendering A Virtualized World In Real Time. 11:58 - 12:42 What's Going To Happen With Hollywood? 12:43 - 15:51 Communication & A Common Vision Are Keys To Success. 17:41 - 22:10 AI: By The People, For The People. 22:11 - 24:25 When People Do Wrong Do They Believe They Are Right? 24:26 - 25:25 What Is Emad Mostaque Currently Working On? 25:26 - 31:31 How Will The Medical Industry Evolve To Bring About Longevity? 31:31 - 34:49 When AI Creates Your Ideas For You, Who Owns The Product? 34:50 - 36:43 People Don't Understand How Much The World Is About To Change. 36:44 - 40:08 What Happens When Everyone Has Access To The Same Tools. 40:09 - 42:43 How Long Until The Advancements Start Shaking Up The World? 42:44 - 45:07 Emad's Advice For 20-Year-Olds Of Today 45:08 - 49:27 Emad's Advice For Companies Threatened By The Coming Future. 49:28 - 52:17 The Tools For Investment Are About To Change 52:18 - 53:58 Human-Level AI By 2029! 53:59 - 1:02:06 Creating Models Will Be Different, But Will Ultimately Connect Us. 1:02:07 - 1:03:37 How Far Away Is A Future Where AI Has To Be Part Of Society? 1:03:38 - 1:05:36 How Far Off Are We From Having Our Own J.A.R.V.I.S? 1:07:15 - 1:09:37 Does Privacy Exist When We Introduce AI Into Our Lives? 1:09:38 - 1:14:11 What Are The Fears That Come From The Power Of AI? 1:14:12 - 1:18:46 How Do We Build A Peaceful World? 1:18:47 - 1:20:09 Should AI Have A Morale Compass? 1:20:10 - 1:24:44 What Is The Vision For Education Of The Future? 1:24:45 - 1:26:44 The Future Of Education Isn't Screens It's Virtual Reality 1:26:45 - 1:28:50 The Combination Of VR & AI Will Be "Insane!" 1:28:51 - 1:33:39 Emad's Discoveries When Dealing With Autism & How AI Will Help. 1:33:40 - 1:37:49 Will Quantum Computing Have An Impact On AI? 1:37:50 - 1:39:04 Education Is The Next Step In Global Learning. 1:39:05 - 1:40:05 Emad's Mindset For Success. 1:40:06 - 1:40:43 What Are The Moonshots Emad Is Working On? 1:40:44 - 1:42:18 Outro

- Published December 22, 2022

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Nuclear Fusion Energy


Nuclear fusion has been in the news and there are heavily funded startups pursuing different approaches.

In the video above, Lex Fridman discusses fusion energy with Dennis Whyte, a nuclear scientist at MIT and director of the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center.

And, below 60 Minutes goes behind the scenes of the recent milestone for nuclear fusion at Livermore Lab in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Nuclear Fusion
60 Minutes
January 2023

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What Can the Chicago Bears Learn From SoFi Stadium Built By the Los Angeles Rams?


As the Chicago Bears plan to move from historic Soldier Field to develop a stadium in a 300 acre site in suburban Arlington Heights, Illinois, what can they learn from the Los Angeles Rams development of a similar site known as Hollywood Park that now is home to SoFi Stadium?

NBC Chicago's Phil Rogers meets Rams COO Kevin Demoff and the Mayor of Inglewood to understand the similarities and differences between two mega-sites for sports and entertainment districts.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Sam Altman | From Startup Investing to OpenAI to AGI


Sam Altman OpenAI
StrictlyVC Event
January 2023

OpenAI co-founder and former YC President Sam Altman talks about a wide range of topics in a conversation with Connie Loizos.

Part 1 (see video above):
startup investing, fusion energy, supersonic travel, crypto, Y Combinator

Part 2 (see video below):
OpenAI, artificial intelligence, Microsoft, Google, AGI and SF




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From Minimal Viable Product to Marketable to Lovable


Most startup founders have heard about the importance of a building a minimal viable product, but what's next?

In this graphic from Founder University, part of Launch from Jason Calacanis, the MVP (minimal viable product) works well for a beta version.

In the next phase, your Minimal Marketable Product is when you can show someone will pay for it and generate some type of revenue.

That is followed by your Minimal Lovable Product...users or customers are like what you have and are willing to pay for it. You are now ready to scale.

This helps break down the phases and it's important to note the earliest phase of MVP is where you can experiment the most and figure out what works and what doesn't.


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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Steal This Game | The Rise of Free to Play Business Model for Video Games


Gamecraft Podcast
Episode 001 - Steal This Game
with Mitch Lasky and Blake Robbins
January 2023


via Gamecraft:


Hosts Mitch Lasky and Blake Robbins discuss the rise of free-to-play as a dominant business model for video game marketing and distribution.


They look at the roots of free-to-play in the shareware business, where companies like id Software and Apogee used it to build independent game businesses.

Mitch shares some stories about his time as id's publisher in the late 90s. They then look at free-to-play as a response to rampant PC software piracy, primarily in Asia, and how Korean giant Nexon invented the modern internet free-to-play model with games like MapleStory and particularly KartRider.

They conclude by tracing free-to-play back to the West, first in the casual games space and later with companies like Riot Games (League of Legends) and Epic (Fortnite).

Mitch talks about his early investment in a pre-product Riot, and how they used free-to-play to become one of the most valuable games companies in the world.


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What Is ChatGPT?


ChatGPT and AI are on the rise and taking over in social media with many videos going viral about it's capacity.

In this episode, Patrick Bet-David talks about what ChatGPT is and why it may be a threat to Google and other competitors.

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2023 Outlook for Tech with Keith Rabois and Jason Calacanis


Keith Rabois with Jason Calacanis
Outlook for Tech
January 2023

* Macro Outlook
* Startup Valuations
* Big Tech Hiring and Layoffs
* Founder Archetypes
* Founder Authority
* Tim Cook and Steve Jobs
* Meta and VR
* ChatGPT and OpenAI
* Microsoft vs Google
* Investing Today
* OpenDoor



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Future of YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram with Mr Beast


Future of YouTube, Twitter, TikTok and Instagram
January 2023

0:00 - 1 billion views and 1 billion subscribers 5:46 - Mortality 13:08 - Improving YouTube 15:31 - Twitter 20:19 - Brand deals 23:29 - Audience retention 28:08 - Hiring 35:46 - Talking to the camera 40:47 - Brainstorming 53:08 - TikTok 1:02:12 - Advice for beginners 1:06:28 - How to grow on YouTube 1:14:12 - Elon Musk and Twitter 1:15:37 - 10 million dollars vs 10 million subscribers 1:22:55 - Going to Antarctica 1:24:40 - Process of making a video 1:29:16 - Overcoming depression 1:40:20 - Building a business 1:48:15 - MrBeast Burger and Feastables 1:52:20 - Creating video games 1:56:29 - Making billions of dollars 1:59:03 - Money vs Happiness 2:05:51 - Mental health 2:12:29 - Love 2:14:37 - Legacy

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