All Turtles Podcast Episode 22: Little Giants

Artificial intelligence can render the concept of scale meaningless and enable startups to compete with global giants. Investor Hemant Taneja explains how size becomes a liability in his new book, Unscaled. Hosts Phil Libin, Jessica Collier, and Blaise Zerega also share everyday encounters with AI including autocomplete success and disasters. They also respond to a listener question about regulating Facebook following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

Show notes

Everyday encounters with artificial intelligence

Google sheet autocomplete on iOS (2:21)

Email autocomplete fail (4:24)

The Amy meeting scheduler bot fail (6:36)

Conversation with General Catalyst managing director Hemant Taneja, author of Unscaled (10:19)

General Catalyst A venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston.

Unscaled: How A.I. and a New Generation of Upstarts Are Creating the Economy of the Future, by Hemant Taneja (10:36)

AngelList (16:35)

Livongo A service for people with chronic illnesses to monitor their health. (18:32)

Ep. 5: Raging Bull Maybe it’s kind of B.S.: Personalization (skip to 15:35) (21:51)

Hemant’s three bits of advice for entrepreneurs (30:10)

Listener Questions

Facebook was already operating under a 2011 consent decree with the FTC about sharing people’s data without their permission. Given the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and the fact that this week Zuckerberg stated that he was open to being regulated, should Facebook’s use of AI be regulated? What might that look like? (32:39)

Zuckerberg open to being regulated (New York)

Finally! For a while I thought the All Turtles Subreddit was in the same category as flying unicorns and Daft Punk playing at the trash fence… but I finally found it! Seriously though… this is super hard to find, and you don’t link to it from anywhere else. (39:10)

The All Turtles Subreddit

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