May 26 • 1HR 42M

Not Boring Founders Podcast: Amjad Masad, Replit

Decentralizing software creation & the alpha in being authentic online

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Hi friends 👋 ,

Happy Thursday!

This really will be the shortest Not Boring in history. You have a Memorial Day Weekend to get to. But since odds are you’ll be in a car for a couple hours at some point in the next few days, I thought it would be the perfect time to listen to my favorite episode of Not Boring Founders yet.

Not Boring Founders is a twice-weekly podcast on which I talk to founders — often Not Boring Capital portfolio founders — about what the world looks like if they’re wildly successful, and how they’re making that version of the world a reality.

Normally, the episodes are about 30 minutes. For this one, with Replit co-founder and CEO Amjad Masad, we went a full 1 hour 41 minutes, covering a wide range of topics:

  • Decentralized software creation

  • How the internet could have been built differently

  • The history and future of coding (aka when Wordcels rule the code)

  • Amjad’s story: from Jordan to Codecademy, Facebook, and Replit

  • Authenticity Alpha

  • Balancing theory and just doing things

  • Replit’s hiring spree and talent density

  • The software economy being built on Replit

  • Aggressiveness vs. caution in the current market

I hate listening to myself talk, and I listened to this one all the way through.

Amjad has quickly become one of my favorite people in tech, and is someone who I genuinely believe will play a big role in shaping the future. I believed that when I wrote about Replit in December, and I believe it even more strongly after this conversation.

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That’s it! Told you, short and sweet.

Not Boring will be off for Memorial Day. Have a great long weekend!

Thanks for listening,

Packy