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E1121: Mark Suster on investing in computer vision, what he looks for in founders, SPAC impact

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Published on Oct 09, 2020
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Referenced in the episode:
Disunited Nations by Peter Zeihan
https://www.amazon.com/Disunited-Nations-Scramble-Power-Ungoverned/dp/0062913689/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Disunited+Nations&qid=1602186151&sr=8-1

Americana by Bhu Srinivasan
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Show notes:
0:00 Start
1:08 Jason intros Mark Suster & Mark explains his recent investment focus: computer vision & human-computer interfaces
10:08 Looking to invest in a startup that's solving Alzheimer's, dementia & Parkinson's detection in the elderly
12:50 Trends, by The Hustle - start your two-week trial for $1 at https://trends.co/twist
14:31 Thoughts on the Ring flying drone
16:54 Density investment thesis
20:39 Importance of bias for action, continuous glucose monitoring, weight loss
24:48 Gusto - Get three months free when you run your first payroll at https://www.gusto.com/twist
26:07 Mark's weight loss tactics, importance of consistency & emotional control
31:21 What impressed Mark about Density: team, recruitment, true north
34:51 Dealing with politics at work, reaction to Coinbase letter
41:46 Klaviyo - Get started with a free trial at https://www.klaviyo.com/twist
43:36 Investing in sustainability, being early but not too early, 5 year cadence
51:17 Disunited Nations, generational shifts, combatting disinformation
56:14 What the pandemic has taught investors, importance of bending the rules as a startup to push bureaucracy to innovate
1:06:17 Is micromobility sustainable long-term?
1:12:03 Capitalism, unions, populism & more
1:21:25 SPACs positive & negative impacts on early-stage investors
1:26:38 Breaking up big tech, geopolitical outlook

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