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This show is hosted by Kathy and Brian who are Disney and Universal Enthusiasts, as well as annual pass holders to both parks. They discuss all things Disney and Universal giving you tips and advice and talk about their adventures at the parks. We also vlog and visit other parts of Florida and beyond!
 
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RockWater, Chris Erwin

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Interviews with entrepreneurs and executives who are shaking things up and building exciting new companies. In industries like new Hollywood, podcasting, ecommerce, and the metaverse. Entertaining you with stories you won't hear anywhere else, from the next generation of leaders that are going to change the world. Brought to you by Chris Erwin, the founder of RockWater and 15-year veteran operator, seller, and investor of media, commerce, and technology companies.
 
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We're back again with another episode of, The 605 Show!Episode 52 is recorded live from the Thinker Network studio and today we're joined by the one and only Rose Ann Hofland from Levitt Sioux Falls! Rumor has it we also have a guest host, so more on that later.We hope you enjoy the show. Tune in wherever podcasts are streamed!…
 
When Patrick O'Shaughnessy and Brent Beshore asked us to give a talk at their incredible Capital Camp conference, we knew we had to bring something special. So we spent months combing through the Acquired back catalog and cataloged our 12 favorite lessons from the 200+ stories we’ve told over the past 7 years. From Sequoia through Sony, TSMC, Nvidi…
 
This interview features James Creech, SVP Influencer Strategy at Brandwatch and founder of Paladin. We discuss how former GE CEO Jack Welch inspired James to be a number one category leader, using his down payment on a house to start Paladin, his make or break pivot when the creator economy evolved in 2018, working till 3AM over Christmas to sell h…
 
We sit down with a16z General Partner Katherine Boyle to discuss investing in “American Dynamism”, why it’s so important and why now is the right time to pursue it. Katherine has a fascinating background, beginning her career as a reporter at The Washington Post before entering the VC world first at Founders Fund, then General Catalyst and now a16z…
 
We sit down with the CEO founders of two of the most capital efficient success stories of all time — Zoom and Veeva Systems — to understand how they grew to billions of dollars in revenue (and tens of billions in market cap) on very, very little capital invested. With the fundraising environment changing rapidly, we couldn’t think of a better topic…
 
For the final act of the Arena Show, we’re joined by Brooks CEO Jim Weber to tell the amazing story of how he transformed the company from a 3rd tier, deeply cashflow negative “also-ran” into one of the world’s premiere fitness brands and a crown jewel of the Berkshire Hathaway empire — with compounding revenue and cashflow growth that rivals even …
 
We did an Arena Show!! This evening was so big and so special, we had to split it into two episodes for the podcast feed. First up is the Idea Dinner with our best internet buddies, Packy McCormick and Mario Gabriele (and special guest judge Shu Nyatta), followed by the story of YC Continuity with managing partner Anu Hariharan. Huge, huge thank yo…
 
By 2012, NVIDIA was on a decade-long road to nowhere. Or so most rational observers of the company thought. CEO Jensen Huang was plowing all the cash from the company’s gaming business into building a highly speculative platform with few clear use cases and no obviously large market opportunity. And then... a miracle happened. A miracle that led no…
 
Join the 605 Show crew LIVE from the Thinker Networks Studio as we shoot Episode 50! We do one of these a month, and as you can see, we just keep getting better and better at this. (Well you may or may not be able to see it...but we try.) Again, don't forget to go check out the live video recording of all of these episodes on our 605 Magazine YouTu…
 
This interview features Michael Cohen, CEO at Team Whistle. We discuss being denied by a Goldman Sachs recruiter, when wearing a suit can be bad for business, being on the launch team of Whistle Sports, why the movie The Martian inspires his leadership, executing an M&A roll-up strategy and going from $0-100M in revenue, exiting to ELEVEN Group, an…
 
The Data is In!: The podcasters Did Research for an episode. We got the Mia Khalifa/iLOVEFRiDAY beef (10:54; pt.ii 54:59), the Amberlynn Reid & Nikocado Avocado feud (21:50), and SpaceGhostPurrp vs Lil Shark (1:19:00). Experience the Kübler-Ross model all in one shebang in 1 preposterously long episode. Best heard on a pair of Sony MDR-G61 behind t…
 
We sit down once again with one of the world’s very best strategy thinkers, 7 Powers author Hamilton Helmer — this time joined by his impressive Strategy Capital colleague Chenyi Shi — to discuss platform businesses, and how the Power framework applies to them. If you’re building, investing in, or just curious about the dynamics of platforms, this …
 
He wears signature leather jackets. He can bench press more than you. He makes cars that drive themselves. He’s cheated death — both corporate and personal — too many times to count, and he runs the 8th most valuable company in the world. Nope, he's not Elon Musk, he’s Jensen Huang — the most badass CEO in semiconductor history. Today we tell the f…
 
This interview features Brendan Gahan, Partner and Chief Social Officer at Mekanism. We discuss working with OG YouTubers like Smosh back in 2005, founding Epic Signal and selling it to his former employer, hanging out in El Salvador’s Bitcoin Beach, why it takes him 100 drafts to publish content, the future of the creator economy, and learning how…
 
[Original airdate: 2/20/18] To celebrate the "Year of the Rat," the Crafts Conversation team zeros in its focus on, "The Secret Life of Rats"….or something. I dunno this aired like 4 years ago. Rat facts abound for everyone! Josh Levitt (Kate's Brother) calls in to answer some questions about how the pain scale for humans applies to rodents. So put…
 
We hear a lot these days about hedge funds becoming venture firms, and venture firms becoming hedge funds. But a decade before either of those approaches became mainstream, a tiny $3m fund in Boston named Altimeter Capital set out simply to invest in a concentrated portfolio of America’s very best technology companies, regardless if they were publi…
 
Born in the unlikeliest of places — the terrible, wasteland-like aftermath of post WWII Japan — Sony rose to capture the imaginations (and wallets) of consumers and engineers around the world. The company produced hit after hit after hit: portable transistor radios, CDs, the Walkman, the PlayStation, DVDs, life insurance(!!)... and yet ultimately f…
 
Like so many, we’ve been both heartbroken and inspired by what’s happening Ukraine. Our friends at Solana and FTX are announcing today that they’ve helped Everstake — a Ukrainian company and the largest Solana validator in the world — set up a DAO called Aid for Ukraine that can 1) accept crypto donations, and 2) directly offramp them into the Ukra…
 
Edward and Brian went to school for colors and are mocked by Kate. Kate defends fucking a jellyfish for 3 hours but thankfully Elijah cut that out. Brian discovers he’s color-blind. Edward stuffed himself with Blue brand dog food (to see if it tasted like the color) but Elijah cut that out too. Elijah went cutting board crazy. Edward discovers he’s…
 
We sit down with two of the most talented and respected people in Hollywood — Brian Koppelman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt — to talk about the process of adapting Mike Issac’s story of Uber, “Super Pumped”, into their new Showtime series. To say this was a thrill for us is a MASSIVE understatement. Huge thank yous to Brian, Joe and Showtime for making …
 
We sit down with perhaps the only person besides Marc Andreessen who’s had a major influence on each of the Web 1, 2 and 3 eras: Brave Browser CEO (and former Netscape + Mozilla Chief Architect) Brendan Eich. In true Acquired fashion we cover both a huge amount of both internet history AND internet future in one awesome conversation. Big thank you …
 
The Peloton journey has been one seriously wild ride. From can’t raise money to one of Tiger Global’s first venture investments, to pandemic darling to the stock being down 85% in 6 months... there’s never a dull moment in this company’s history. And guess who’s leading the pack for its next chapter: that’s right, THREE-TIME ACQUIRED SUPERHERO, the…
 
Just in time for the holidays, it’s the Craft of Cookies & Candy! All about the yummy-wummy ooey gooey sweets you love to choke down and dissolve with your gullet. TIRED of eating fruits and vegetables?? Try some Runts shaped like onions. FED UP with eating ass-fed beef??? Then eat a yummy gummy chewy hamburger like the cutie patootie slob U are. *…
 
This interview features Sarah Penna, Senior Manager of Creator Launch at Patreon. We discuss how a trip to India inspired her media career, being one of the youngest YouTube MCN founders, her $15 million exit to DreamWorks Animation, how she picks co-founders, marrying a YouTuber-turned Hollywood filmmaker, founding a female-forward entertainment b…
 
The 605 Show Podcast records live from the Thinker Networks studio! We're pumped to have the one, and perhaps the only (we haven't checked), Brian Bieber joining us in studio. Some of you may recognize that name and that's because Brian was the OG Producer of the 605 Show for the first 30 episodes and has been instrumental in helping our crew creat…
 
Not only is Taylor Swift the biggest music artist of our generation by nearly every metric (it’s not even close!), with the re-recording of her original albums she’s in the process of reshaping the entire music industry in a way no band or artist ever has before. And oh yeah — she’s still only thirty-two. We dive into the incredible business story …
 
Beatlemania is described thusly within the DSM-5 (A Sacred Text) as "A peculiar uneasiness, with a slouching gait and wildness of eye, are the truest signs of hydrophobic intent. When these are observed, the worms should be confined by his master, or avoided when met. Your Meyer's branded candle should remain hidden. Just the tip visible." Brian co…
 
In this episode, (a true labyrinth) Elijah comes in to the fore and the fray and Does Editing. Meanwhile the goober patrol talks manic pixie chicks bent on world whimsification AKA have the dsm-V app on the 1st page of their phone. I dunno i didn’t really listen but damn that Scott Pilgrim chick is hot (Elijah's Note: Who is that?) and i’m inside a…
 
Live, Laugh, Love...and they’re back! 5 Years later...by popular demand, Audible+ in partnership with W.B. Mason has rebooted the classic series Crafts Conversation for your mind, body, and craw. Listen closely as our 3 heroes gestate carefully on just what is a cranberry bog, and to a lesser extent get hyphy flippant about the Incan flag. Won’t yo…
 
Season 9 ends at the beginning — with the man who changed Hollywood forever and wrote the blueprint for A16Z’s upending of Silicon Valley a generation later, Michael Ovitz and his “Dream Factory”, Creative Artists Agency. From Jurassic Park to Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Goodfellas, Rain Man, ER, and even the Coca-Cola polar bears... almost n…
 
This interview features Dev Sethi, Head of Sports at Instagram. We discuss being separated from his twin in highschool, his side door into sports at YouTube, launching the first sports MCN at Whistle, why NIL is this century’s most important breakthrough for athletes, why he left the incredible team at Complex for Instagram, and the metaverse’s imp…
 
We tell the definitive (audio!) story behind FTX's "speed run" — how this upstart crypto exchange became the fastest company in history to reach a $25B valuation, just two years after founding. And to do so we're joined by not one but TWO of the very best people in the world to help: FTX's wunderkind CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, and special guest host Ma…
 
You've heard us talk about him every episode for the past two years... but until now most of you have never actually heard us talk to him! To celebrate the LP Show going public, we've remastered our first, canonical interview with Hamilton Helmer, originally released as an LP episode in March 2020. Hamilton’s 7 Powers framework gives a deep, academ…
 
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