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Discussing Marc Andreessen’s Rallying Cry to “Build”

In this episode of New Ideal Live, Elan Journo is joined by Tal Tsfany, CEO of the Ayn Rand Institute and former tech entrepreneur, and Jason Crawford, writer and co-founder of several tech startups.

Journo, Tsfany and Crawford discuss a recently published essay by Marc Andreessen, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, called “It’s Time to Build.” Andreessen attempts to explain the widespread failure to prepare for this pandemic and how to move forward.

Topics covered include:

  • The positive, production-oriented perspective Andreessen brings to the table;
  • What Andreessen is missing in identifying the root cause of why people don’t want to build;
  • What premises and ideas are actually needed to solve the problem.

Mentioned on the podcast are two additional articles of interest: Tsfany’s open letter to Andreessen, “It’s Time to Think,” and an illuminating essay by former ARI fellow Don Watkins, “We Don’t Deserve Builders.”

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Agustina Vergara Cid

Agustina Vergara Cid, LL.B. and LL.M., is a junior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute.

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