Podcast Alert (a.k.a) Why I love the podcast, Acquired.
I have praised about the podcast, Acquired, in my Oral History of Netflix post. Since then, I have been digging deep into their past episodes.
Jim Barksdale, the CEO of Netscape, had made a comment about business:
Gentlemen, there’s only two ways I know of to make money– bundling, and unbundling.
The guys at Acquired seemed to have understood Jim's maxim very well. When the entire podcast landscape is flooded with very similar talk shows, book author interviews, Acquired has done something really nice. They have carved a niche of their own by focussing on technology acquisitions and IPOs. There are people like Kara Swisher, Patrick O'Shaughnessy or Joe Rogan, who talk to interesting people over a wide range of topics. And it is really good. To stand out in this crowded space, Acquired is a beacon of specialization (which is what I call as unbundling).
I really like the detailed research that goes into the show. I can easily come up to speed about a company's history, key things to note in their S-1 filings and phenomenal reading between the lines to avoid narrative fallacy makes this show really stand out.
I am a fan of many tech companies and their founding stories. Being a wannapreneur, I devour the books, blogs, interviews about these tech companies. Acquired is a serendipitous discovery (came to know through a newsletter) but I have one more reason to be excited about them.
I have been a die-hard fan of Podcasts for the last five years. I used to worry on the business models for the podcast because if I have to consume good quality podcasts, the incentives for the creators should be addressed. If not, this entire bubble will fade down and die. Acquired seems to be making headway on this front by experimenting with the paid podcasts on Kimberlite.
I have paid for their premium content in Kimberlite and you know what they call the paid members: Limited Partners. Yes, I am a fucking LP of Acquired 😎.
If you are interested in tech or how VCs operate or view the companies through VC/exit lens, I really recommend you becoming an Acquired LP. It's awesome.