From the Investors
Sam Altman of Y Combinator explains that to have a successful startup, you need: a great idea, a great market, a great team, a great product, and great execution in “Startup Playbook”
Mamoon Hamid of Social Capital looks at how to scale investments within a small firm, what he looks for in Series A investments and what the future of VC might look like in “Podcast: Mamoon Hamid on Raising Capital” (audio)
Leo Polovets of Susa Ventures advises people to think critically and to understand two specific biases before you criticize others in “Respect the Other Players”
Samir Kaji of First Republic Bank encourages founders to evaluate their personal and business objectives and understand the consequences of raising capital before they take the leap in “The Venture Capital Treadmill”
David Rose of Rose Tech Ventures and Gust and Nick Moran of The Full Ratchet weigh in on the passing of Title III of the JOBS Act, how Gust will adapt to it, and more in “Ep46: The 3-Year Wait is Over” (audio)
Brad Harrison of Scout Ventures outlines two of Scout Ventures’ investment principles and reflects on the impact of greed in M&A deals in “The Ugly Unicorn: Greed”
From the Operators
Ben Thompson of Stratechery dives into the background and lessons publishers should learn from ESPN shutting down Grantland in “Grantland and the (Surprising) Future of Publishing”
Andy Jiang of Segment explores the growth dynamics of two-sided marketplaces, building numerical models, and aligning company growth objectives in “How Segment Models Growth for Two-Sided Marketplaces”
Vimarsh Karbhari of Okta defines what ‘robo advisors’ are, the 3 types, and analyzes key market trends in “The State of Robo Advisors – Personal Finance Advisor as a Service”
Venture Scanner surfaces 12 categories of insurance technology startups, 311 companies, and visualizes the landscape in “Introducing the Insurance Technology Startup Ecosystem”
Brett Bivens of Visible guides entrepreneurs through how to build an investor interest profile to understand the why of their investment thesis in “What Investors Want”
Max Ventilla of AltSchool walks through a difficult conversation about the skills a company is looking for in management in “AltSchool’s CEO Rebuilt Google’s Performance Review System to Work for Startups”
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