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Nuzzel's Jonathan Abrams shares his love for connecting people, board constitution, & startup timing

A Canadian implant in SV Jonathan Abrams (https://twitter.com/abrams) is now a founder of 4 SV startups: Socializr, Friendster, HotLinks and most recently Nuzzel (http://nuzzel.com/) with backing from Marc Andreessen, Naval Ravikant, Homebrew, and SoftTech to name a few. Jonathan has first hand experience on how timing matters for companies, how to differentiate in a crowded market to rise above the competition, and how execution is as important as the initial idea for the company to...


Paul Martino, Bullpen Capital: How do you differentiate your fund?

After founding several successful start-ups, Paul Martino (@ahpah), Duncan Davidson (@duncandavi), and Rich Melmon (@RMelmon) decide to start a different kind of company, a venture capital fund - Bullpen Capital (http://bullpencap.com). Starting a successful VC firm requires differentiation. They found a gap in the market allowing them to start a fund with differentiation based on “stage" vs “lifecycle” approach. Bullpen successfully takes a “stage” focus approach creating a "post seed”...


Roy Bahat: Starting a new Corporate VC fund? Listen to Roy's thoughts on setting it up for success

Roy Bahat is one of the founder of Bloomberg Beta. I met Roy through my friend Shivon Zilis who is also a partner at Bloomberg Beta. Shivon was in one of our earlier podcasts on Array talking about AI. Bloomberg Beta is one of my favorite firms to work with and not only because they are also an LP in my fund Array Ventures but because I respect how they have built their firm and constructed their portfolio in a thoughtful way. They are the only firm I know that sends a survey to their...


Brad Feld, founder of Techstars, shares how he invests in companies and funds

Brad Feld is a legend in the venture industry. Brad started out as a founder of Feld Technologies then became an angel and institutional investor and recently also expanded his firm, Foundry Group, into fund investments. Amongst the many things he is known for Brad started Techstars and was an early investor in well known public companies such as Zynga, and Fitbit. He has been one of the few investors bringing transparency to this opaque industry by blogging about his perspectives. In this...


How Cloudflare became a unicorn from a business plan and a vision in span of 8 years

It’s amazing how Cloudflare a company that was a mere dream 8 years has become core part of the internet infrastructure today making websites more secure and scalable. Cloudflare sees all kinds of traffic and attacks from Neo Nazis, largest phasing attacks, political campaigns before you know about it. Tighten your seat belts to get on a roller coaster with Cloudflares's co-founder, Michelle Zatlyn, and her journey to becoming a fast unicorn from her early days of starting Cloudflare at...


When competitors proliferate and market crashes how do you survive?

If you look up the word hustle in wikipedia, You might find a section on today's founder, Tawheed Kader (TK). TK shares his honest thoughts on how he successfully sold his company ToutApp to Marketo in 2017. This did not come without challenges. Even while he was growing fast and at $5m in recurring revenue difficulties came from stock market crash in early 2016. Emergence of highly funded competitors in the category made it tough to fundraise and TK had to layoff a large portion of his...


Shivon Zilis discusses how she became part of the machine intelligence movement

On our podcast from a few weeks ago on All things AI we heard from Lucas Baker of Google Deepmind on his perspective on current state of AI. Today we chat with Shivon Zilis who is an investor at VC firm Bloomberg Beta and gives an investment perspective on AI. Shivon became somewhat of a celebrity in AI after she first launched the state of machine intelligence in 2014. She has continued to add to that over the years. Let’s have a chat with her about investing in machine intelligence....


Tim Campos (New Version) - 3:17:17, 10.30 AM

Tim Campos, former CIO of Facebook talks about importance of culture at a company, impact of a life coach on his career and challenges he faced as a CIO of two Fortune 500 companies - Facebook and KLA Tencor


Making It Against All Odds - Life Story of Director of Engineer at Slack, Leslie Miley

In this podcast we'll hear the story of a college dropout, but not the glamorous Steve Jobs-type story you might expect. Learn how Leslie Miley worked his way up through engineering roles at Walmart, ODesk, Apple, Google, Twitter, to become director of engineering at Slack, one of Silicon Valley's most beloved startups, find out his struggles along the way and what he's up to now at Venture for America.


How To Go From Post-Collegiate Soul-Searching To A $1B Exit To Amazon

In the space of nine years, Justin Kan pivoted from aimless post-collegiate soul-searching to a massive exit on his company, Twitch, which he sold to Amazon for $1B. Before that he sold his company Kiko Software on ebay! Justin went from being a partner at Y-Combinator to starting his own incubator Zero-F.


Fundraising? You should benchmark your SaaS metrics

Lauren Kelly is the CEO of Opex Engine (https://www.opexengine.com) where they benchmark metrics for SaaS companies. Lauren tells us what metrics should companies track depending on who they are selling to.


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