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Meczyki.Net has more than just a site with words. We are also building out a growing fixture of podcasts focused on the most important topics related to the startup and venture capital worlds. To help you find the right show for your interests, we’ve compiled our audio output from the week.

Below is the latest from Embedded chain reactionHosted by our Stellar crypto-focused podcast lucas And Anita, you will also find found itA long-form work deep into the real story of the company’s formation, from Jordan And Darrell, Meczyki.Net Live has an audio-only version hosted Matt Including founders and investors discussing successful pitch decks. Finally, there is equityMeczyki.Net’s long-running, Webby-award-winning podcast focused on venture capital and the latest startup news, hosted by Natasha, Mary Ann And alex,

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Episode 13: Instagram is being MySpace by TikTok and other TC news

This week on the Meczyki.Net podcast, Becca Szutak comes in to talk about the dire state of expansion rounds for several early-stage startups and Devin Coldaway talks about the upcoming changes to Instagram that a lot of users agree. That will make the app worse. And as always, Darrell will bring you the tech news you may have missed this week.

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Episode 17: Hackers Stealing Crypto in the Best Way

Welcome back, this week Lucas and Anita welcomed Jackie Melinek as a new permanent co-host on Chain Reaction. He delved into the week’s hot crypto topics, including the $190 million withdrawal of Nomad Bridge by ‘black-hat’ and ‘white-hat’ hackers. He also discussed the widespread Solana wallet attack and a particularly intense round of layoffs at Robinhood.

You’ll notice something different about the show this week with the addition of a new co-host – we’re splitting the news analysis and interview segment into individual episodes! On Tuesday you’ll hear us sit down with experts in the crypto sector and on Thursday, we’ll discuss the week’s hottest Web3 topics. Contact us early next week for an interview with Uniswap COO MC Lader.

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Episode 14: Convoy.com’s Secret Growth Hack (Hint: The Truck Stops)

Dan Lewis launched Convoy in 2015 in the highly fragmented industry of trucking. The now $3.8 billion company is a leader in bringing digital services to trucking and freight traffic. I’m thrilled to be with him on Meczyki.Net Live this week, Chris Howard, founding partner of Fuel Capital, which invested in Convoy’s first several rounds.

As you’ll hear, in 2014 and 2015, freight traffic was ready for rediscovery. Uber was becoming a verb, and the trucking industry needed a digital solution to connect different parts of the industry. The convoy launched just in time, CEO Chris Howard told me. Wireless carriers began offering free smartphones from 2014 onwards, and once truckers got their hands on these devices, the industry began to change rapidly.

But there is more to this story than just free smartphones. Lewis and his fellow co-founders spent countless hours with truck drivers, trying to understand the market and how digital services would impact their businesses. Dan also points out that the company sometimes holds truck stops off-site.

During this event, we’ll look at Convoy’s opening pitch deck, which shows when Convoy launched and how it established clear guiding principles.

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Episode 70: Caroline Childers, Chief

Comics are the foundation for a lot of movies, TV shows, and video games, though creators still struggle to get fair compensation for their content. Founding of Chris Gilliberti zestworld, a creator-focused platform that provides solutions for artists to publish their work, manage commissioned artwork, and manage their IP and licensing. In this episode Chris and Darrell explain upcoming projects, the best ways to monetize digital custom art, and building a community online that feels like walking through your local comic book store. Jordan is there too, just not freaking out because he hasn’t got a comic book for him yet.

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Episode 551: Robinhood’s Hangover, Lack of YC and Uber’s Return to Form

hello and welcome back equityA podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuances behind the headlines.

alex, Natasha And Mary Ann We met with Maggie and Grace this week for the Weekly Roundup show, and as always, there was a lot to talk about, including the fact that there were more topics than usual to choose from because of the heat of summer. The recession seems to be over.

What else did we get? Following:

  • to kick us week deals, We discussed the fact that a startup that focuses on depression, suicide and related mental health conditions, KetaMD, in an effort to hone its telehealth skills and, in particular, expand its tech-facilitated ketamine-based treatments is buying a company. Don’t know what ketamine is? you are not alone
  • From there, it was time to talk about a new $100 million fund, which has some high-profile LPs and partners, set out specifically to invest in Latino(a) startup founders. Then we dug into the gesture of a fintech company that aims to give consumers a cut of daily expenses directly from their paychecks — a concept that took us a bit to wrap our heads around.
  • Then we moved on to Robinhood and the news that the retail investment giant had laid off 23% of its workforce — just 3 months after it let go of 9% of its employees. The three of us contemplated CEO Vlad Tenev’s acceptance of responsibility for the layoffs, and, of course, how alarming news the company has received over the past 18 months.

  • next? We talked about Y Combinator’s somewhat surprising decision to reduce its group by 40% — what it could mean for the early-stage enterprise scene. We also add to its increased check size and in-person returns. So many variables! Only one experiment!
  • Finally, we spoke about Uber and how the company both reported positive free cash flow and yet was deeply unprofitable in the second quarter (thanks to Alex for breaking it down for us).

And we had a blast to boot! See you again!

Equities drop every Monday at 7 a.m. PDT and Wednesday and Friday at 6 a.m. PDT, so subscribe to us Apple Podcasts, overcast, Spotify Onend all cast.

Episode 550: Is It Time to Jump on the Bootstrapper’s Venture Treadmill?

hello and welcome back equityA podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuances behind the headlines.

This is our Wednesday show, where we come across a single topic, think of one question and unpack the rest. This week, Natasha And alex Asked: Is it time for the bootstrapper to jump on the venture treadmill?

The episode was inspired by Natasha’s recent Startup Weekly column, “Coming Bootstrapped, Coming Bootstrapped” and fellow Meczyki.Net + piece, “Will Once Bootstrapped Startups Turn to Enterprise During a Watershed Moment?” But, certainly in classic equity style, we continued to negotiate with nuance and numbers as a form of attention.

Here’s what we got into:

  • Definition of Bootstrapping, and Our Own Additions and Subtractions
  • The trend of more bootstrapped companies venturing out, or at least more venture capitalists being interested in bootstrapped companies
  • What is an enterprise treadmill, and what do drugs have to do with it?
  • We both agreed that we really are the best.

There is a substantial history of ultimately raising money when it comes to bootstrapping companies. We just want to know if this is going to happen more often today and earlier. lets chat!

Equities drop every Monday at 7 a.m. PDT and Wednesday and Friday at 6 a.m. PDT, so subscribe to us Apple Podcasts, overcast, Spotify Onend all cast.

Episode 549: Public Take’s Espresso Shot Is Literally The Cloud

hello and welcome back equityA podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuances behind the headlines.

Last week we said you need to focus on the public markets, and we weren’t kidding. It was a huge week for earnings — with all sorts of notes including the ad market and cloud spend. But this week’s Monday show was more than just another entry in the series, it was an experimental live show! Natasha got included in alex For fun, and this is what they joined in:

  • Stocks up, mostly flat after a solid week of crypto gains.
  • Will Alibaba be delisted or not? This question matters more than just what happens to a Chinese tech giant. The question is really a bigger question about the ability of Chinese tech companies to access overseas markets more generally, where capital can flow at a higher clip. Given China’s economic woes, cutting that particular liquidity pipe could be risky.
  • From there we moved on to the layoff of Clearco, UiPath buying Refiner, and the first closing of Oui’s own new fund.
  • And then we dive into Big Tech’s earnings. main point? These companies are too big to summarize, and without the cloud they would be struggling.
  • Despite $2B loss, Amazon shares rally in earnings
  • Apple’s services revenue growth slows to $19.6B in Q3, reaching 860M paid subscriptions
  • Microsoft misses expectations, points to foreign exchange rates and a weak PC market
  • Meta reports revenue decline in its first quarter
  • and via CNBC, Alphabet misses out on earnings and revenue for the second quarter

So what did you think? Should we go live again? Next time with an Equity-themed espresso cup that no one can enjoy except us? Tell us, and don’t worry, the Equity team is back with a stellar bootstrapping show on Wednesday.

Equities drop every Monday at 7 a.m. PDT and Wednesday and Friday at 6 a.m. PDT, so subscribe to us Apple Podcasts, overcast, Spotify Onend all cast.