World of DaaS
World of DaaS
SafeGraph
World of DaaS is a podcast for data enthusiasts, by data enthusiasts, where Auren Hoffman talks to business and technology leaders about all things data - building it, acquiring it, analyzing it, and everything in between. World of DaaS will keep you up-to-date with the latest trends, best practices, and innovations to help you create the next great data business.
Neal Katyal: Taking on the Supreme Court
Neal Katyal is a professor of National Security Law at Georgetown University, a partner at Hogan Lovells law firm, and the former Acting Solicitor General. He has argued 45 cases before the Supreme Court.   Neal and Auren look back on the Supreme Court’s most recent term and Neal brings some historical context to the court’s major decisions. They discuss the court’s new balance of power and Neal explains how Supreme Court lawyers can make arguments on the most complex legal issues in under 30 minutes. They also talk about productivity, balancing multiple roles, and how to get the best people on your team. World of DaaS is brought to you by SafeGraph. For more episodes, visit safegraph.com/podcasts.‍You can find Auren Hoffman on Twitter at @auren and Neal Katyal at @neal_katyal
Aug 2
37 min
David Epstein: Never Underestimate the Generalist
David Epstein is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “Range” and “The Sports Gene”.  Auren and David discuss David’s latest book Range and his counterintuitive ideas about specialization and why generalists are so powerful. They talk about why the 10,000 hours rule is overrated, how specialists get so many major predictions wrong, and how to think about talent and interest in your own career. David also discusses some of the intricacies of genetics in medicine and gives some non-obvious advice for healthy living. World of DaaS is brought to you by SafeGraph. For more episodes, visit safegraph.com/podcasts.‍You can find Auren Hoffman on Twitter at @auren and David at @DavidEpstein. You can also find David’s newsletter at https://davidepstein.bulletin.com/. 
Jul 26
49 min
Rob Buxton: The State of DaaS (A Market Snapshot)
Rob Buxton is a partner at AGC Partners where he specializes in the DaaS and SaaS capital markets.  Rob has completed over 300 financings and M&A transactions in his career. Rob and Auren dive into the recent trends in the data-as-a-service (DaaS) sector.  They break down the insights from Rob’s recent DaaS sector report and dig into what makes the great data companies great and the broader DaaS M&A landscape.  Rob walks through the different types of data companies out there, their respective competitive advantages and TAMs, and how the recent downturn has impacted the DaaS space. They also discuss when external data can benefit a company, what data readiness looks like, and why DaaS companies are so profitable at scale. Rob’s DaaS sector report can be found here: https://www.blackpeakcapital.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/AGC-DaaS-Mar-2022.pdfWorld of DaaS is brought to you by SafeGraph. For more episodes, visit safegraph.com/podcasts.‍You can find Auren Hoffman on Twitter at @auren and Rob Buxton on LinkedIn. 
Jul 19
24 min
Gary Marcus: The Failed Promise of Artificial Intelligence
Gary Marcus is the Author of Reboot AI and professor at NYU. Gary and Auren discuss the advancements in and shortcomings of artificial intelligence. They dive into how for AI to be really good, it needs to be built towards human intelligence and gain “Common Sense”, which it lacks today. World of DaaS is brought to you by SafeGraph. For more episodes, visit safegraph.com/podcasts.You can find Auren Hoffman on Twitter at @auren and Gary Marcus at @GaryMarcus.
Jul 5
47 min
Or Offer: The Mechanics of Data Businesses
Or Offer is Co-Founder and CEO of Similarweb (ticker: SMWB), a digital intelligence data company. Auren and Or dive into how data businesses actually work. They explore the problems every data company faces: build vs. partner, accuracy vs. coverage, how to think about data costs, and how to focus on your core competencies.World of DaaS is brought to you by SafeGraph. For more episodes, visit safegraph.com/podcasts.You can find Auren Hoffman on Twitter at @auren and Or at @oroffer.
Jun 28
33 min
Antonio Garcia Martinez: A New Approach to Regulation
Antonio Garcia Martinez is the NYT best selling author of Chaos Monkeys. He is a senior fellow at the Lincoln Network. Previously, he was the founder of AdGrok and formerly a product manager at Facebook. Auren and Antonio explore the unintended consequences of regulation, the growth of the adtech markets, and frameworks to apply when thinking about privacy. They also dive into Antonio’s pursuit of religion in an increasingly complex modern world. World of DaaS is brought to you by SafeGraph. For more episodes, visit safegraph.com/podcasts.You can find Auren Hoffman on Twitter at @auren and Antonio at @antoniogm.
Jun 21
45 min
Liv Boeree: Developing a Probabilistic Mindset
Liv Boeree is a former world poker champion, a science commentator and content creator, and a philanthropist.  Auren and Liv dive into a broad range of topics including poker, probability, societal progress, artificial intelligence and decision-making.  Liv has an incredible mind and has thought deeply about the intricacies of life, society and science. World of DaaS is brought to you by SafeGraph. For more episodes, visit safegraph.com/podcasts.You can find Auren Hoffman on Twitter at @auren and Liv at @Liv_Boeree. 
Jun 14
40 min
Jeremy Stanley: How Machines Actually Learn
Jeremy Stanley is Founder and CTO at Anomalo. Previously, he was VP of Data Science at Instacart. Auren and Jeremy dive into progress in the artificial intelligence field over the past decade and why most people think about AI incorrectly.  They also discuss the approaches to building data science teams and the tactics Jeremy has seen work best. World of DaaS is brought to you by SafeGraph. For more episodes, visit safegraph.com/podcasts.You can find Auren Hoffman on Twitter at @auren and Jeremy Stanley at @jeremystan.
Jun 7
48 min
Ryan Breslow: The King vs. The Mob
Ryan Breslow is the Chairman at Bolt, a decacorn online checkout startup.  While he’s built one of the fastest growing startups in Silicon Valley, Ryan Breslow is perhaps most famous for his twitter threads about the so-called "Silicon Valley Mob".  Auren and Ryan dive into the various claims Ryan made about the Silicon Valley juggernauts like Y Combinator, Stripe and Sequoia. They also dive into company building and the alternative approaches available to young entrepreneurs out there just starting their journey. World of DaaS is brought to you by SafeGraph. For more episodes, visit safegraph.com/podcasts.You can find Auren Hoffman on Twitter at @auren and Ryan Breslow at @theryanking.
May 31
28 min
Glenn Fogel: The Greatest Acquirer in History
Glenn Fogel is CEO at Booking Holdings, a juggernaut in the travel industry. Glenn has a remarkable track record of completing successful acquisitions.Auren and Glenn dive into the common pitfalls of M&A, the heuristics to apply when evaluating deals and why acquisitions can be transformative when done right. Glenn walks through the many acquisitions Booking Holdings has done in the travel space and their strategy over the years.They also discuss the experience of being in the travel industry during the pandemic and how Glenn navigated the unprecedented circumstances.World of DaaS is brought to you by SafeGraph. For more episodes, visit safegraph.com/podcastsYou can find host Auren Hoffman on twitter @auren.
May 24
38 min
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