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All-In with Chamath, Jason, Sacks & Friedberg

All-In with Chamath, Jason, Sacks & Friedberg

Industry veterans, degenerate gamblers & besties Chamath Palihapitiya, Jason Calacanis, David Sacks & David Friedberg cover all things economic, tech, political, social & poker.


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E18: Inauguration talk, breaking down the $1.9T stimulus, the case for recalling Gavin Newsom & more

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M1 Money Stock

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Sacks' thoughts on Wilkinson cancellation

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0:00 Bestie intro, Inauguration talk, Impeachment implications

20:22 Trump as a successful change agent, Facebook's Oversight Board overseeing Trump's appeal

34:07 Will Big Tech be regulated like utilities? Friedberg tells a spy story

44:15 Breaking down the $1.9T Stimulus package, needs for infrastructure bill, worst-case scenarios

55:06 How the tech ecosystem plays into inequality & how to fix it

1:04:00 Recalling California Governor Gavin Newsom, California's lockdown incompetence

1:17:32 Sacks rebukes cancel culture, this time from the right-wing mob

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E17: Big Tech bans Trump, ramifications for the First Amendment & the open Internet

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?I Have Blood on My Hands?: A Whistleblower Says Facebook Ignored Global Political Manipulation

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0:00 David Sacks intros the besties

2:08 Jason & Sacks hash it out & the besties break down reconciliation in American democracy

21:09 Big Tech bans, did they give Trump an easy out? Ramifications for First Amendment

43:01 What laws can be written to prevent Big Tech oligarchy in the future?

59:32 Why Big Tech acted in unison against Trump: internal & external pressure, pending Democratic administration

1:09:42 Current Pence/Trump relationship, McCarthyism 2.0, should Big Tech be broken up?

1:32:46 History of the presidential pardon, Chamath on SoFi's Anthony Noto

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E16: Reflecting on the riots at the US Capitol, plus: Georgia runoff elections, vaccine distribution & more

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The Killer D.A. by David Sacks

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0:00 New intro for the besties - listen here:

2:14 Sacks' trip to Miami

6:01 Reflecting on the riot at the US Capitol: police response, double standard with BLM protest, big picture, prosecuting Trump & healing the nation post-Trump

29:43 2016 Election interference, reasons for unrest & polarization, Trump's culpability

44:19 Should the 25th Amendment be invoked?

49:51 Democrats win Georgia runoff elections, did Trump's implosion lose Georgia for the GOP?

56:23 How Friedberg would handle vaccine distribution

1:07:45 San Francisco's Killer D.A., recalling Gavin Newsom, Kim Kardashian for Governor of CA

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E15: ?The Besties? All-In?s inaugural award show covering the best, worst & most memorable of 2020

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0:00 The besties discuss some recent beak wetting, open source merch & more

6:31 Chamath tells the ?192.5? weight loss bet story

10:54 Biggest Winner - Politics

13:08 Biggest Loser - Politics

16:24 Biggest Winner - Business

19:47 Biggest Loser - Business

23:22 Biggest Winner - Culture

26:24 Biggest Loser - Culture

32:31 Biggest Turnaround

34:49 Biggest Flash in the Pan

39:32 Biggest Breakthrough

43:51 Smartest Move - Business

49:58 Dumbest Move - Business

56:25 Smartest Move - Politics

1:00:20 Dumbest Move - Politics

1:04:22 Best/Worst Political Theatre

1:12:57 Best Memes

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E14: Salesforce acquires Slack, DeepMind?s AlphaFold breakthrough, Trust Fund Socialists & more

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NYT - The Rich Kids Who Want to Tear Down Capitalism

Coinbase - An upcoming story about Coinbase

NYT - ?Tokenized?: Inside Black Workers? Struggles at the King of Crypto Start-Ups

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0:00 Besties intro, fashion talk & the All-In Syndicate

3:47 Insights on Slack being acquired by Salesforce for $27.7B - why did they sell, are there any nitpicks, was this a home run for Salesforce?

19:14 Sacks on going up against Marc Benioff and Salesforce Chatter while at Yammer, importance of holding onto winners as long as possible

27:26 Why is DeepMind's AlphaFold a major breakthrough? When will it begin impacting drug discovery? Dangers of AI at scale

47:07 Republican party misfires, Georgia runoff implications, can Trump pre-pardon his family, Biden's effective strategy so far

59:21 Trump's Section 230 gambit, will Trumpism fade away?

1:05:23 Trust Fund socialists

1:26:14 Coinbase vs. NYT round 2,


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E13: SPACsgiving Special! More promising vaccine news, innovation vs. regulation, reforming higher ed, morality of challenge trials & more

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NYT Article - Politics, Science and the Remarkable Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine

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0:00 Besties congratulate Friedberg & Chamath for taking Metromile public, Chamath explains a PIPE, Sacks & Jason express their discontent for being left out of the first bestie SPAC

10:59 More positive vaccine news, NYT article on Operation Warp Speed: did the Trump administration nail it?

21:50 How will the COVID experience impact the response to the next pandemic? Morality of challenge trials, hypocrisy of regulatory capture around gambling, drug use, pharma, etc.

35:25 Why innovation has occurred so rapidly on the Internet: Permissionless innovation & lack of regulators, regulation vs. innovation

47:07 Thoughts on ISAs & how they could disrupt overpriced higher education, Dave Chappelle's contract with Comedy Central

59:58 Trump accepts defeat (sort of), Biden's cabinet selections so far

1:06:29 What the besties are thankful for

1:14:50 Peace in the Middle East being achieved by declining reliance on oil, based on resume alone - would Trump have won if not for his antics?

1:21:01 Code 13!

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E12: Biden wins, Pfizer vaccine, markets rip, Trump's next act, COVID endgame scenarios & more

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0:00 Besties reflect on the election night special, comparing Trump's case to Al Gore's in 2000

4:44 Was this election devastating for extreme-ism in politics?

12:13 Pfizer vaccine, withholding the vaccine from the political news cycle

21:54 COVID endgame scenarios

28:45 Public markets ripping, gridlock great for the economy

34:43 Analyzing exit polls, death of identity politics

50:57 Biggest loser of the election: Journalism

57:43 When will Trump concede? What will his next move be?

1:07:37 San Francisco's collapse - will it eventually go bankrupt?

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E11: Election Night Special featuring Phil Hellmuth, Bill Gurley, Brad Gerstner & more!

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0:00 The besties & Phil Hellmuth on Trump?s early lead, live betting odds, the Latinx reversal

10:09 Sacks intros political expert Michael Newman on vote tally timing discrepancies, why some states skew a certain way early & more

20:33 Assessing the 180 in the gambling markets & equity markets towards a pro-Trump outcome

24:18 SurveyMonkey Chief Research Officer Jon Cohen joins the show to talk about polling updates from 2016 to 2020, understanding the race so far, electoral college & more

41:51 Biden losing Florida, tax policy, cultural repudiation of the elites in 2020

50:43 Chamath on the stupidity of the establishment, socialism, Democratic ideology for 2024 if Biden loses

55:40 Mid-show predictions, Jason goes off on Trump

1:07:58 What will happen in the time until we have a clear winner, Trump as a middle finger

1:17:55 Brad Gerstner joins the show to talk about stock futures, what the Democrats keep getting wrong - coastal elites losing touch with normal people, rebuking lockdowns

1:38:24 Reviewing the race swing state by swing state

1:47:28 Bill Gurley joins the show to talk about divisiveness, urban/rural rapture & more

1:55:53 Pete Buttigieg as the future of the Democratic Party, Chamath calls out the democratic leaders

2:00:43 Reconciling middle America & the coastal elites, respecting each other?s differences, understanding Prop 22

2:11:34 Diagnosing states that flipped from Biden to Trump, anti-business California state propositions failing, union impact on legislation

2:23:01 Senate races, market talk, which Democratic candidate had the best chance of beating Trump, voting for character over policy

2:34:32 Jason & Sacks debate Russian election interference legitimacy

2:41:34 Sacks unveils his Trump Derangement Score tracker, updated outcome scenarios & more

2:51:51 Trump declaring victory could tank markets, live reaction to Joe Biden?s election night address

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E10: Twitter & Facebook botch censorship (again), the publisher vs. distributor debate & more

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NY Post Hunter Biden Story

Twitter's explanation for censoring it

Facebook's explanation for censoring it

Updated CDC survival rates

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0:00 The besties catch up on the news

1:29 NY Post Hunter Biden story & censorship by Twitter/Facebook

7:27 What is section 230 & how does it play into the publisher vs. distributor debate

13:23 Distinguishing between publishers & distributors

28:30 Why Twitter & Facebook's actions with the NY Post were a huge blunder & crossed a line, should the laws be rewritten?

37:21 Trump beats COVID, what that means for better treatment options, dueling town halls

46:14 Sacks explains his stance on Prop 13 & Zuckerberg's pro-Prop 15 lobbying

54:34 Thoughts on Amy Coney Barrett & Biden's large lead in the polls

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E9: Trump has COVID, First debate reactions, Coinbase letter response & more

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Brian Armstrong's Blog - Coinbase is a mission focused company

President Trump's medical treatment

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0:00 The besties reflect on Trump testing positive for COVID-19: treatment, impact on society & the election

9:06 What treatment is Trump receiving & is it scalable to everyone? Is this the future of disease mitigation?

16:55 What happens to the election if Trump is incapacitated & cannot run?

20:36 Debate reaction - who won, who misfired?

29:05 Live reaction to Trump being flown to Walter Reed hospital

30:43 Has the economy began to separate from political influence?

36:25 Reflection on the execution & reaction to Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong's letter

41:19 How Chamath would have reframed the letter, how Slack & company forums have platformed non-work discourse inside companies

49:30 Reflection on Jack Dorsey & Dick Costolo's reaction, what this means for Coinbase going forward

59:04 Predictions for 2021

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E8: TikTok + Oracle, how privacy loss will impact society, economy & COVID outlooks for 2021 & beyond, California wildfires & more

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0:00 The besties talk about the bestie reunion mishap, the Code 13 story & more

5:42 TikTok + Oracle, is the escalation between China & US a slippery slope, security threats created by modern software

15:01 What?s the bigger picture of the TikTok debate, what policy could be enacted

20:13 The emerging market for guaranteed privacy & how this impacts society

27:43 State of the US economy, is there a permanent unemployed class & could there be a second wave of lockdowns?

37:44 COVID outlooks for 2021 & beyond, innovations in rapid testing

46:22 Trump?s COVID response, Trump vs. Biden, shrinking impact of the executive branch

55:11 California wildfires, politicization of global warming, financial incentives to solving climate change

1:08:28 Practical ways to impact global warming & the carbon crisis

1:11:57 Sacks on A Taxonomy of Fear by Emily Yoffe, Safety-ism & contamination by association

1:18:58 Could Trump being re-elected eliminate the two-party system?

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E7: California's collapse, how SPACs are opening the markets for growth stocks & more

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0:00 The gang recap their summers

6:43 Is California collapsing? Why or why not? Has the one-party system failed?

14:05 Understanding the bureaucratic side of California's problem

20:37 AB-5 & the working rights of freelancers

27:11 How would AB-5 passing impact Uber & Lyft's long-term profitability & consumer experience, could franchising fix this?

34:45 California lagging in police reform, what tactical steps could be taken to stop deadly policing

46:13 Chamath on the most important economic event of the last decade & why he is now bullish on the market

50:46 Why technology companies should be going public sooner, how SPACs are allowing retail investors access to growth stocks

1:01:23 Election talk - who is in the lead ahead of the first debate?

1:12:21 Bestie recommendations

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E6: Big Tech antitrust aftermath, potential effects of an M&A clampdown on Silicon Valley & more

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E5: WHO's incompetence, kicking off Cold War II, China's grand plan, 100X'ing America's efficiency

E4: Politicizing the pandemic, Police reform, Biden's ideal VP, Twitter vs. Facebook on free speech & more with David Sacks & David Friedberg

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0:01 Jason checks in on Chamath, Sacks & Friedberg, opening up their social circles, outdoor activities & more

9:31 Issues with politicizing matters of public health, deaths decreasing while new cases spike, masks, lockdowns & more

20:56 Viral videos, doxxing bad behavior & cancel culture

25:39 Reforming law enforcement, separating police from the military, changing police incentives

36:42 Are public unions too powerful? How a lack of leadership has led us here

41:49 Facebook vs. Twitter on free speech, Zuckerberg's relationship with Peter Thiel, valuing comfort over freedom of expression

59:24 John Bolton's book controversy

1:03:14 Movements in the COVID vaccine space

1:07:38 Trump vs. Biden: Who has the upper hand?

1:14:24 Who should Biden pick as VP?

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E3: Modern Cold War between US & China, economic recovery, potential mass migration out of San Francisco, pandemic politicization & more with David Sacks & David Friedberg

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0:01 Jason & Chamath intro David Sacks & David Friedberg

1:15 Everybody gives their quarantine update: Sacks is in Mexico while running Craft remote, Chamath got a new poker table & is excited for shelter-in-place to end, Friedberg is getting back into a rhythm

8:04 Chamath & Sacks reflect on the coming return to normalcy & politicization of the virus

12:41 Sacks on 3 major data-driven discoveries about the virus

15:54 Friedberg on fatality rate data, overestimating the lockdown's impact on stopping the virus

19:32 Getting back to work

21:05 Chamath on the stock market not reflecting the economy, Sacks on what an economic recovery might look like

28:00 Friedberg on potential of another NYC-level outbreak, Chamath on negative impact of left/right culture war

34:05 Sacks on democratic hesitation to end lockdowns giving Trump a strategic advantage, Friedberg on Hydroxychloroquine's benefits/risks

37:57 Sacks on potential resorting of the Bay Area & Silicon Valley due to remote work

41:51 Chamath on benefits of working remote, why San Francisco might lose large numbers of people

45:18 Tesla/Fremont situation a microcosm for politicization of the pandemic, benefits of people starting to distrust inept bureaucrats

49:33 Chamath on the beginning of the modern Cold War, dealing with market conditions considering China's standing in the world, ideological issues

53:46 Sacks on US/China relationship, how US can penalize China

59:25 Friedberg on how US can leapfrog China in manufacturing by using modern, automated solutions

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E2: Rebooting the economy, understanding corporate debt, steps to avoid a depression & more with David Sacks

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0:01 Jason & Chamath catch us up on their quarantines

1:20 Chamath intros David Sacks

4:40 David explains what their poker group chat has been like since COVID-19 started, and how Jason, Chamath & himself fall on the optimistic/pessimistic spectrum

6:58 How have the past few months defined David's view on the world, and what is his reaction to the US government's response?

12:22 Did the US health apparatus do its job? How could it improve? Why aren't masks already mandated?

19:33 Culture clash between scientific experts & entrepreneurs, thoughts on Chloroquine as a treatment method

27:00 Are US bureaucrats taking the intelligence of US citizens for granted? How liable is Trump?

30:08 David gives his plan to reboot the economy: what now? How does the US avoid a recession/depression?

36:22 Chamath & Jason assess David's plan

43:21 Have the stimulus packages & SMB loans been enough? Will the trickle-down approach work?

49:21 Should the US be allowing companies to declare bankruptcy? How should they decide who gets aid and who does not?

52:02 Chamath explains how corporate debt works through the lens of Ford

56:42 Why is the US not giving a larger % of the stimulus to average Americans? Chances of unrest if quarantine continues?

1:02:17 Trump vs. Biden: who has the edge in 2020 right now?

1:11:24 Was Jack Dorsey's $1B donation the strongest move of 2020 so far?

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E1: US Response to COVID-19 & Impact on Startups, Venture Capital & Public Markets with David Friedberg

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0:01 Jason & Chamath intro David and check in on each other's quarantines

2:26 Has the US overreacted or underreacted so far? David & Chamath give their opinions on new directives & statistics

13:15 Thoughts on potential treatment options & policy changes

22:25 Chamath explains the circumstances of recording a podcast while the Stock Market tanks in real-time

25:03 Should the US adopt Chinese & South Korean quarantine strategies?

29:53 What do the current market conditions mean for startups & VC?

41:24 Chamath explains what is currently happening in the capital markets

45:05 How close is the US on being able to do mass-testing?

54:13 Thoughts on bailouts for companies that manipulated their earnings-per-share ratio by stock buybacks? Impact on the global economy

1:03:14 Impact on luxury goods? Should there be a monthly stipend for low-income citizens?

1:12:10 COVID-19 exposing holes in the US healthcare system

1:17:44 Should we ban wet markets globally?

1:24:12 Over/Under: when Americans will be allowed to go out to restaurants again

1:28:18 When will the weekly poker game resume?

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E0: COVID-19 Political, Economic & Social Ramifications featuring The Production Board's David Friedberg (frmly Founder/CEO, The Climate Corporation)

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0:01 Jason intros Chamath and Episode 0 of All-In and they discuss their current self-quarantine

0:55 Jason intros David Friedberg

1:35 Chamath gives the inaugural (& potentially final) All-In ad read

2:17 As a Warriors owner, Chamath gives his reaction to the NBA postponing & uncoordinated actions of government & private sectors

4:37 Why was the US so slow to react on both an individual & governmental level? What did the OpenTable data show?

9:03 David explains the actions he would take if he was president

12:37 Thoughts on Trump?s private sector involvement

16:58 Has the press failed in its coverage, or are they just feeding people what they want?

23:52 What will the next few weeks in the US look like? Why has the virus spread severely in Italy, but not yet in India?

37:20 How the COVID-19 viral coefficient compares to the early days of Facebook?s numbers

40:26 Chances of Trump testing positive for the virus? What effect would that have on markets?

48:53 What should we do differently next time?

53:13 Will there both more deaths due to second order effects of the virus than direct deaths?

1:01:06 Should there be a global stimulus package? Effect of low-volatility during recent bull run?

1:11:26 Chances of a quick resolution?

1:16:48 How are Jason & Chamath advising their portfolio companies? How are IPO?s of companies like Airbnb & DoorDash being effected?

1:21:17 How to approach the next year in startups & VC?

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