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VC Chris Dixon on 'Re/code Decode' Podcast: 'Facebook Is Essentially an RSS Reader.' Also, Soylent!

From Oculus to glasses to BuzzFeed to Soylent, this investor wants to invent the future.

Vjeran Pavic for Re/code

This week on the "Re/code Decode" podcast marquee interview in the Red Chair, I sat down with Chris Dixon, who is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz with investments in hot startups like Oculus, BuzzFeed, Warby Parker and Soylent.

Dixon is an experienced investor, who said he is more interested these days in the big-idea investments like in health care and food rather than the lighter stuff like a photo app. He talked about his life on the "dark side" — as a venture capitalist — as well as what’s hot in investing, the alleged bubble and the fast-changing VC industry.

He is particularly riveted by virtual reality and bitcoin, which he thinks are two of the most disruptive trends. And he has made a huge bet on content with a $50 million funding of BuzzFeed — pushed by the popularity of social networks like Facebook, which Dixon compared to an RSS reader.

Later on, reviewer Walt Mossberg talked about Microsoft’s Windows 10 and Ina Fried painted a scary picture of the hacking of cars.

If you like what you hear on "Re/code Decode," you can also head over to "Re/code Replay," an archive of audio content from our events and interviews by Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg, Peter Kafka, Ina Fried and more. We’ve already published about 30 episodes from past events, including all of the Code 2015 sessions, and we’ll add more over time.

Every episode for both shows will be available in two places: On our site at and on Apple iTunes (here for "Re/code Decode" and here for "Re/code Replay"). We’ll be adding more distributors soon and new episodes weekly. And you can follow @recode on Twitter for updates on upcoming guests.

If you like what we’re doing, please write a review on iTunes — and, if you don’t, just strafe me on Twitter. You can also suggest guests for the show there and we’ll try our level best to nab them for a Red Chair interview.

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