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Don’t Mine for Gold When You Can Sell Shovels

1/15/2018
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Source: FanArt Get rich or die trying — that’s a common mantra among entrepreneurs, gangsters and drug dealers. I know that was my mindset. How can I hustle my way to a million bucks? That was the question I asked myself every day, and night. Looking back, this was the wrong question to ask. But as Kanye... The post Don’t Mine for Gold When You Can Sell Shovels appeared first on The Syndicate.

Duration: 00:12:31


Consumer Hardware’s a Horrible Business Model, So Apple Slows Down Your iPhone

1/12/2018
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Hardware is hard. Consumer hardware is even worse. As an ex ecommerce seller with years of experience manufacturing overseas, I can tell you dealing with suppliers, MOQs (minimum order quantities), quality control, cash flow and even LTV are tough. Unlike SaaS where you build it once and sell again and again with almost no added... The post Consumer Hardware’s a Horrible Business Model, So Apple Slows Down Your iPhone appeared first on The Syndicate.

Duration: 00:14:22


Facebook’s Mantra “Join us or we will copy you” – Platforms, Marketplaces and Playing with Fire

1/5/2018
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The internet has changed. The world of the walled garden is here. This creates interesting dynamics, problems and opportunities for startups. It is exciting, and terrifying. Let me explain. My background is ecommerce and Amazon. In 2015 I invested ~$8k in product and managed to scale my “startup” to a 7 figure exit at the... The post Facebook’s Mantra “Join us or we will copy you” – Platforms, Marketplaces and Playing with Fire appeared first on The Syndicate.

Duration: 00:16:11


How to Start a Series A Fundable SaaS Business — A 15 Page Guide to Acquiring Customers and Reducing Churn

12/19/2017
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Software as a service is the new heroine. Companies and individuals sign up for free trials and are instantly hooked. It is a hell of a drug. For B2B customers this is especially true. Most businesses hate change. When the ball is rolling, the last thing you want is overhaul the entire new system. You... The post How to Start a Series A Fundable SaaS Business — A 15 Page Guide to Acquiring Customers and Reducing Churn appeared first on The Syndicate.

Duration: 00:26:29


Uber is Going to 0, and Benchmark Knows It!

12/13/2017
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“Moving first is a tactic, not a goal….It’s much better to be a last mover.” — Peter Thiel On the surface this seems contrarian. When is being last better than being first? Steve Jobs understood this. Apple didn’t make the 1st MP3 player or the 1st smartphone. Yet in consumer tech, Apple is synonymous with both. That was no accident.... The post Uber is Going to 0, and Benchmark Knows It! appeared first on The Syndicate.

Duration: 00:16:09


Marketplace Monopolies and the Cult-Like Religion of ICOs

11/21/2017
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As an angel investor, I am always looking for transformational businesses. And marketplaces are arguably one of the strongest and most time-tested business models of all time. From early Rome and milenia earlier, merchants conducted commerce in markets. Thanks to efficiency gains for both buyers and sellers, the market thrived. Sellers could set up shop... The post Marketplace Monopolies and the Cult-Like Religion of ICOs appeared first on The Syndicate.

Duration: 00:12:45


Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods, Gameover Groceries…

11/16/2017
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Amazon’s is the most monopolistic and well positioned marketplace the Western world has ever seen. Last year they did $136B in revenue with double digit growth every year. Yet they haven’t even scratched the surface. The US food retail and food services industry represents a $5.35T market (with $800B+ in grocery alone). That is 40x... The post Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods, Gameover Groceries… appeared first on The Syndicate.

Duration: 00:12:51


Network Effects and The Unbreakable, Unregulatable Monopolies of Today

11/14/2017
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With great power comes great profit, and then even the innovative get fat and lazy. This was the paradigm pre 2000s. Rome rose and fell. Microsoft’s monopoly was cracked. Kodak created the digital camera and kept it from customers. The bigger they are, the harder they fall and the harder they fight. But historically failure... The post Network Effects and The Unbreakable, Unregulatable Monopolies of Today appeared first on The Syndicate.

Duration: 00:10:47


The Amazon Apocalypse of Ecommerce

11/1/2017
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Jeff Bezos is the Terminator… and he is killing competition and ecommerce faster than Arnold can say “I’ll be back” Hope you are hooked. Let’s go for a ride. My background is ecommerce. Before starting The Syndicate and investing in early stage disruptors, I cut my teeth in ecommerce, specifically Amazon. I had learned a... The post The Amazon Apocalypse of Ecommerce appeared first on The Syndicate.

Duration: 00:07:05


The Exponential Boom, Bust and Rebirth of the ICO Economy, ie Dotcom Bubble with Dumber Money

10/26/2017
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The blockchain build up is eerily reminiscent of the Dotcom era – inexperienced founders with only an idea raising absurd amounts of money to build a product and take it to market. We all remember how that turned out. Things went up, things blew up, and later things went up again. This time is no... The post The Exponential Boom, Bust and Rebirth of the ICO Economy, ie Dotcom Bubble with Dumber Money appeared first on The Syndicate.

Duration: 00:07:07