From the Investors
Seth Levine of Foundry Group announces that Foundry Group has achieved B corp certification and what that means for the fund in “Joining The B Team”
James Riney of 500 Startups busts some myths about startups and venture capital in Japan in “7 Things Investors & Founders Need to Know About the Japan Startup Ecosystem”
Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures writes about his desire to fund big ideas that solve hard problems, are science-led, and if successful will both have a positive effect on people’s lives as well as make great financial returns in “Why Solving Big Food & Healthcare Problems Will Yield Spectacular Companies”
Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures outlines the characteristics of perfectly contestable markets and how they increasingly describe many digital markets in “Contestable Markets in the Age of Network Effects”
David Biesel of NextView Ventures walks through the different types of angel investors in order to help entrepreneurs understand the pros and cons of taking money from certain types of individuals in “Understanding Different Types of Angel Investors”
From the Operators
Marc Barros of Moment talks about how growth is the quiet killer of startups and outlines a few ways to manage it in “The Stress of Growth”
Sasha Orloff of LendUp shares how his company is trying to reform the payday loan industry from the inside by creating better products through technology in “Google is Right to Ban Short-Term Loan Ads, But I Won’t Stop Offering Short-Term Loans”
Todd Jackson of Dropbox explains how startups can define the type of PMs they need, source candidates, ask the right interview questions, and convince them to come work for you in “Find, Vet and Close the Best Product Managers”
Taylor Wakefield, Ev Kontsevoy, and Sasha Klizhentas of Gravitationalchat about the ups and downs of selling your startup and going back to entrepreneurship (and Y Combinator) again in “Mailgun’s Advice on Startup Acquisitions”
Tristan Harris, formerly of Apture, shows how technology exploits our psychological vulnerabilities and how we can fix this in “How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds ”
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