a16z Podcasting with Sonal Chokshi

The a16z Podcast is a show that is produced by Andreessen Horowitz, an investment fund based in Silicon Valley. The a16z Podcast covers topics including software engineering, biology, media, cryptocurrencies and entrepreneurship. A16z is one of the most popular podcasts about technology.

Sonal Chokshi is the editor in chief at Andreessen Horowitz and the showrunner for the a16z podcast. For five years, she has been interviewing entrepreneurs, engineers, artists, and investors, exploring how software has increasingly impacted our lives and transformed society. 

The success of the a16z Podcast is largely a result of Sonal’s high editorial standards and her ability to ask the right questions and drive conversations in fruitful directions. Much of the content of Software Engineering Daily has been shaped by a16z, and I have listened to every single episode.

Sonal Chokshi joins today’s show for a conversation about podcasting and technology. Sonal shares her beliefs for why the podcast medium has taken off, and describes how her background in education, ethnography, and technology has shaped the completely distinct voice and flavor of the a16z Podcast.

Sponsorship inquiries: sponsor@softwareengineeringdaily.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • FindCollabs is a place to find collaborators and build projects. We recently launched GitHub integrations. It’s easier than ever to find collaborators for your open source projects. And if you are looking for some people to start a project with, FindCollabs we have topic rooms that allow you to find other people who are interested in a particular technology, so that you can find people who are curious about React, or cryptocurrencies, or Kubernetes, or whatever you want to build with.
  • Podsheets is an open source podcast hosting platform that we recently launched. We are building Podsheets with the learnings from Software Engineering Daily, and our goal is to be the best place to host and monetize your podcast. If you have been thinking about starting a podcast, check out podsheets.com.
  • New SEDaily app for iOS and for Android. It includes all 1000 of our old episodes, as well as related links, greatest hits, and topics. You can comment on episodes and have discussions with other members of the community. I’ll be commenting on each episode, so if you hear an episode that you have some commentary on, jump onto the app, or on SoftwareDaily.com to share your thoughts. And you can become a paid subscriber for ad free episodes at softwareengineeringdaily.com/subscribe. Altalogy is the company who has been developing much of the software for the newest app, and if you are looking for a company to help you with your mobile and web development, I recommend checking them out. 

Transcript

Transcript provided by We Edit Podcasts. Software Engineering Daily listeners can go to weeditpodcasts.com/sed to get 20% off the first two months of audio editing and transcription services. Thanks to We Edit Podcasts for partnering with SE Daily. Please click here to view this show’s transcript.


Sponsors

Kafka Summit is the place to learn about the new design patterns and engineering practices in the world of Kafka. Kafka Summit returns to San Francisco September 30-October 1, 2019. Listeners of Software Engineering Daily can get 25% off their ticket to Kafka Summit by entering promo code “SED”. 

Cruise is a San Francisco-based company building a fully electric self-driving car service. Cruise is a place where you can build on your existing skills while developing new skills and experiences that are pioneering the future of industry. There are opportunities for backend engineers, frontend developers, machine learning programmers, and many more positions. At Cruise you will be surrounded by talented, driven engineers-all while helping make cities safer and cleaner. Apply to work at Cruise, by going to getcruise.com/careers.

With Triplebyte, you do one online interview, and then you get to go straight to final interviews at hundreds of companies (from tech giants like Dropbox to exciting startups). It’s like the Common App for software engineers. No resume needed. Apply now at triplebyte.com/sedaily. If you take a job through Triplebyte, you’ll get a $1000 signing bonus.

Podsheets is an open source podcast hosting platform. We are building Podsheets with the learnings from Software Engineering Daily, and our goal is to be the best place to host and monetize your podcast. If you have been thinking about starting a podcast, check out podsheets.com

Software Weekly

Software Weekly

Subscribe to Software Weekly, a curated weekly newsletter featuring the best and newest from the software engineering community.