From the Investors
Jalak Jobanputra of Future\\Perfect Ventures looks forward to AI advances in hardware and software, if developed responsibly and with awareness of broader societal impacts of the technology, will enable us to live better lives in “The Humanity of Our AI Future”
Benedict Evans of Andreessen Horowitz suspects that voice is certainly a big thing, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer for the next platform shift for it to be the Next Big Thing in “Voice and the Uncanny Valley of AI”
Craig Shapiro of Collaborative Fund expands on why opportunity doesn’t care about your background, your strategy, your expertise or your comfort zone in “Investors Don’t Like Opportunistic Investments Until They Do”
Aswath Damodaran, Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at NYU, offers an in-depth analysis of why good (bad) companies can be bad (good) investments in “Explaining a Paradox”
Brad Harrison of Scout Ventures joins angel investor Dave Lerner to discuss communication with entrepreneurs, how investors can be helpful and where to meet founders early in their journey on “Venture Studio episode 39 and episode 40” (podcast)
From the Operators
Josh Pigford of Baremetrics admits that his team had to take a pay cut to reduce monthly burn and what he learned from nearly running his ship into the ground in “How We Went from Weeks of Cash Left in the Bank to Profitable in 8 Months”
Patrick Ambron of BrandYourself reflects on now having almost ninety employees across two offices, but facing the chance of failure two years ago in “How We Reversed a $300K/mo Burn and Hit Profitability Without Laying Off a Single Employee.”
Matt Krueger of Savvy describes the three character traits he believes an exceptional product manager should have in order to be successful in their career in “A Windows and Lumosity Alum Issues His Three Product Commandments”
Joel Gascoigne of Buffer finds that a company retreat is an opportunity for a CEO to take in the joys and frustrations a team expresses, and try to act to improve the culture and working processes further in “The Power of Company Retreats: Thoughts After the 8th Buffer Retreat”
Mark Organ of Influitive breaks down the three types of of people you can hire for the Chief of Staff role, and how to scope and choose the best person for this critical job in “Why You Need Two Chiefs in the Executive Office”
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