The Need for Speed and Other Tips on Building Teams for Transformation (read)
There’s no doubt about it — business transformations are tough. Sean Moriarty learned about transformations first-hand by leading Ticketmaster’s transition from an offline to online company in the mid-2000s, and over the past 18 months, leading Leaf Group from a long tail publishing business into a diversified internet company.
From the Investors
Pejman Nozad of Pear Ventures reflects on how he left Iran to start a new life in the US and went from living in an attic of a yogurt shop to building a portfolio of investments valued over $20 billion in “Tech’s Most Unlikely Venture Capitalist”
Sam Altman of Y Combinator describes what happens to people who decide to start a startup and have everything go their way except happening upon a perfect market in “Navigating Mid-Success”
Todd Schneider of Spinta Capital discusses the hidden costs of venture debt, particularly loans that amortize (ie principal is repaid prior to maturity) in “Eyes Wide Shut”
Martin Giles of Wing Venture Capital looks at why business tech IPOs, not consumer ones like Snap, Inc., have led the mini revival in the US tech IPO market in “The IPO Window”
Ravi Mhatre of Lightspeed Venture Partners details his thoughts on the acquisition of AppDynamics, company building, and the opportunity for enterprise technology in “Building a Multi-Billion Dollar Company the AppDynamics’ Way”
From the Operators
Dan Reich of Troops walks through how they got to Series A as a Slack-first company in “The Work Before the Work”
Amy Chang of Accompany offers hard-won lessons from her vast experience for founders and individuals alike who are looking for a different caliber of advice in “Snag the Best Advisors for Your Startup”
Jeff Epstein of Ambassador summarizes his views on failure and the notion of ‘failing fast’ in “I’m Sorry, I Don’t Want To Fail”
Laura Roeder of MeetEdgar admits that it is ok to change and move onto finding a better path when things get too tough in “Why I Quit Trying to Make it Work”
Jess Garbarino of Brunswick Park hopes to inspire appreciation for the tech industry as a whole with her thoughts as a former techie turned apparel startup founder in “A Love Letter to the Tech Industry”
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