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Latest podcast episodes about Sequoia Capital

DealMakers
Michael Fey On Building A $1.3 Billion Business By Giving Companies Complete Control Over The Browser

DealMakers

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2023 37:31


Mike Fey has gone from playing soccer to writing software to building really big businesses. His venture, Island, attracted funding from top-tier financiers like Insight Partners, Sequoia Capital, Stripes, and Cisco Investments.

Secure Freedom Radio Podcast
With Col. Derek Harvey (Ret.)

Secure Freedom Radio Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2023 52:55


COL. DEREK HARVEY (RET.), Former Director for Investigations and Senior Advisor to the Ranking Member, House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee Assessing the current conflict between the United States and CCP How is the U.S. aiding in enhancing China's military?  What is Sequoia Capital? Sequoia Capital's connection to the Chinese Communist Party Is there a decrease in patriotism taking place within the U.S. government?

The AI Podcast
Sequoia Capital's Pat Grady and Sonya Huang on Generative AI - Ep. 187

The AI Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 42:43


In the latest episode of the NVIDIA AI Podcast, host Noah Kravitz is joined by Pat Grady and Sonya Huang, partners at Sequoia Capital, to discuss their recent essay, “Generative AI: A Creative New World.” The authors delve into the potential of generative AI to enable new forms of creativity and expression, as well as the challenges and ethical considerations of this technology. They also offer insights into the future of generative AI. Grady and Huang emphasize the potential of generative AI to revolutionize industries such as art, design and media by allowing for the creation of unique, personalized content on a scale that would be impossible for humans to achieve alone. They also address the importance of considering the ethical implications of the technology, including the potential for biased or harmful outputs and the need for responsible use and regulation. Listen to the full episode to hear more about the possibilities of generative AI and the considerations to be made as this technology moves forward.

Once BITten!
@edstromandrew - @Croesus_BTC - Watching Crypto Land Self-Destruct. #316

Once BITten!

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 95:05


BTC $ 21,111 Block Height 772,369 Today's guests on the show are @edstromandrew - @Croesus_BTC who rejoin me to take a look at what has been happening in the #bitcoin and wider 'CrYpTo' space. Why are the SEC filing a lawsuit against Shitcoin Casino Gemini and how might this play out? What has been the fallout of the FTX bankruptcy and how have companies such as Sequoia Capital got themselves caught up in such an obvious (To #bitcoin maxis) scam. Where does the yield come from? Where do the fines go? How are the 3AC founders raising millions to start yet another shitcoin Casino and how has nobody learnt their lesson yet? Thanks to @edstromandrew - @Croesus_BTC for coming back on the show and sharing your thoughts! ALL LINKS HERE - https://linktr.ee/princey21m - GET UP IN MY LINKTREE IF YOU WANT TO OFFER PLEBS DISCOUNTS! Pleb Service Announcement. @orangepillapp That's it, that's the announcement. Thank you: @coincorner @swanbitcoin @relai_app @ShiftCryptoHQ @wasabiwallet @hodlhodl for your trust and support. Support the pods via @fountain_app https://play.fountain.fm/show/2oJTnUm5VKs3xmSVdf5n Shills and Mench's: WASABI WALLET - https://www.wasabiwallet.io/ SWAN BITCOIN www.swanbitcoin.com/bitten RELAI APP relai.me/bitten USE CODE - REL727- RELAI DESKTOP https://relai.app/bitten - USE CODE - REL727- SHIFTCRYPTO http://shiftcrypto.ch/bitten Use Code BITTEN COINCORNER https://www.coincorner.com/social/bitten HODL HODL - https://hodlhodl.com/join/BITTEN BITCOIN MAIAMI - https://b.tc/conference - Use Code - BITTEN - for a 10% discount. @TheBitcoinConf BTC PRAGUE - www.BTCprague.com USE CODE - BITTEN - For a 10% discount. @BtcPrague BITCOIN RESERVE - www.bitcoinreserve.com/bitten SATSBACK - Shop online and earn back sats! https://satsback.com/register/5AxjyPRZV8PNJGlM UNGOVERNABLE MISFITS - Radical uncensored streetwear - https://ungovernablemisfits.com/?um=bitten Use code ‘bitten' for your 10% discount. KONSENSUS NETWORK - Buy bitcoin books in different languages. Use code bitten for 10% discount -https://konsensus.network?ref=bitten

Power Couples Rock Podcast
Ramona Shaw - How You Think Is How You Lead: EP 054

Power Couples Rock Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 52:18


This episode features Ramona Shaw, who discusses her passion for giving back to causes such as charity water and her views on mindset, leadership, and the importance of managing the people and teams around you. She encourages people to recognize their privilege and think about how they can use it to help others, stressing the importance of understanding personal responsibility and giving back in any way you can.As a Certified Professional Leadership Coach, podcast host, and best-selling author, Ramona Shaw is dedicated to empowering new and mid-level managers to become confident, competent leaders. With a Masters in Finance and extensive experience leading strategic projects and international teams in the private equity industry, Ramona has the knowledge and expertise to help managers strengthen their leadership and communication skills, boost their confidence and resilience, and improve their focus and emotional intelligence.Ramona has worked with a variety of fast-growing startups and companies, including Twitch, UBS, Google, Dropbox, Lionsgate, Asana, Stitch Fix, and Sequoia Capital, to deliver coaching and training programs that help leaders thrive. In addition to sharing her insights with her thousands of LinkedIn and Instagram followers, Ramona hosts a weekly podcast, The Manager Track, where she provides valuable tips and strategies for those looking to excel in their leadership roles.

Secure Freedom Radio Podcast
With George Rasley, Chuck DeVore and Kevin Freeman

Secure Freedom Radio Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 52:55


GEORGE RASLEY, Editor, Conservative HQ, former White House Staff Member, Vice President Dan Quayle, former Assistant Director, National Park Service, former Director of Policy and Communication, Congressman Adam Putnam (FL-12) Is the Speaker of the House debate good for democracy? The final report from the January 6 Committee Ray Epps' role in January 6 CHUCK DEVORE, Vice President of National Initiatives, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Contributor, The Federalist, Intelligence Officer, U.S. Army (Ret.), @ChuckDeVore Financial aid the U.S. has given Ukraine over the past couple years Analyzing Ukraine's performance against Russia in this war Assessing the likelihood of Putin using nuclear weapons KEVIN FREEMAN, Host, Economic War Room, Senior Fellow, Center for Security Policy, Author, “Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber-Economic Attack” and “Secret Weapon: How Economic Terrorism Brought Down the U.S. Stock Market and Why It Can Happen Again,” Founder, Globaleconomiwarfare.com, @SecretWeaponUSA: What is Sequoia Capital? Is Kevin McCarthy trying to protect other interests of his in the House? The connection between the Chinese Communist Party and ESG investing

Secure Freedom Minute
Is the CCP's ”Elite Capture” a Factor in the Speaker's Race?

Secure Freedom Minute

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 1:00


Why has Kevin McCarthy not withdrawn from the House Speaker's race after six failed attempts to win the post? It may have less to do with his notorious lust for power than self-preservation.   Under present circumstances, a Republican House is basically reduced to conducting investigations. McCarthy's choice to perform oversight on China, Rep. Mike Gallagher, says he intends to examine U.S. underwriting of the Chinese Communist Party. The trouble is that Kevin McCarthy has long worked with Sequoia Capital, a firm that has invested heavily in and for China. The botched Benghazi investigation illustrates how a Speaker like McCarthy's mentor, Paul Ryan, can neuter an inquiry. Ditto the failure of McCarthy's own China Task Force to examine financial firms like BlackRock and Sequoia's enabling of our enemy. We need a Speaker who will root out the CCP's “elite capture,” not exemplify it. This is Frank Gaffney.

What Fuels You
S15E11: Allison Arzeno

What Fuels You

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 47:46


Allison Arzeno is the CEO of Assurance, which helps people choose the best insurance products for themselves. As CEO, Allison leads the company's strategy to scale and drive growth while staying true to its original mission of building a better insurance solution for the mass market. Allison joined Assurance in 2017 as a chief data scientist, then became president in 2020 and CEO in 2021. She is passionate about using data science to help people address life's most important challenges and teaching others to find answers in data for themselves. It started with her work in operations research at MIT, where she earned her PhD studying how predictive modeling can help diabetes patients personalize care. She later applied this expertise as CEO of a health wearables startup focused on heart health and as a data science consultant at Sequoia Capital. Allison is the co-author of “The Analytics Edge,” a widely accredited business analytics textbook, as well as a former lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and MIT Sloan School of Management. In addition to receiving her PhD from MIT, Allison holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of California, Davis.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

What Fuels You
S15E11: Allison Arzeno

What Fuels You

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 47:46


Allison Arzeno is the CEO of Assurance, which helps people choose the best insurance products for themselves. As CEO, Allison leads the company's strategy to scale and drive growth while staying true to its original mission of building a better insurance solution for the mass market. Allison joined Assurance in 2017 as a chief data scientist, then became president in 2020 and CEO in 2021. She is passionate about using data science to help people address life's most important challenges and teaching others to find answers in data for themselves. It started with her work in operations research at MIT, where she earned her PhD studying how predictive modeling can help diabetes patients personalize care. She later applied this expertise as CEO of a health wearables startup focused on heart health and as a data science consultant at Sequoia Capital. Allison is the co-author of “The Analytics Edge,” a widely accredited business analytics textbook, as well as a former lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and MIT Sloan School of Management. In addition to receiving her PhD from MIT, Allison holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of California, Davis.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Keen On Democracy
Chris Schroeder: How to Read 100 Books in 2023 Without Going to Live in a Library or a Bookstore

Keen On Democracy

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2023 30:08


Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, right now. In this episode, Andrew is joined by Chris Schroeder, writer of the Seeking Awesome Substack newsletter and the author of Startup Rising. Christopher M. Schroeder is a Washington D.C. and New York City based entrepreneur and venture investor. He co-founded HealthCentral.com, one of the nation's largest social and content platforms in health and wellness, backed by Sequoia Capital, Polaris Ventures, The Carlyle Group, Allen & Company and IAC Corporation. The company was sold to the health media publisher, Remedy Health, in January 2012 where Schroeder remained a board advisor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Shadow Warrior by Rajeev Srinivasan
Ep. 83: The FTX saga, and the many implosions in the US, especially in Big Tech

Shadow Warrior by Rajeev Srinivasan

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2023 17:26


A version of this essay was published by firstpost.com at https://www.firstpost.com/world/ftx-saga-and-many-implosions-in-us-especially-in-big-tech-11709111.htmlElizabeth Holmes, the formerly celebrated founder of Theranos, got hit with a jail term of 11 years, according to the Wall Street Journal. That was a startling end to what looked at one time like a huge Silicon Valley success story.But it was not the only Big Tech or big company story. The following stories also come from the WSJ:Along with these, there have been stories about massive layoffs: Meta axes 13% of its workforce, or about 11,000 people; Amazon lays off 10,000 staff, mostly those in core areas such as engineering and marketing; and Google (Alphabet) is under pressure from activist investor TCI to do much the same for cost-cutting reasons. All this may add up to a “techno-winter” (if not a general recession), one might think; surely the “crypto-winter” is already in progress. But is that really true? I believe there are three separate things going on, and it does not make sense to mingle all of them and seek solutions. The first is just plain old-fashioned grift; the second is the normal churn in business models; and the third is whether crypto makes sense.There are always major scams in the US: examples include Enron, Bernie Madoff, and the Lehman Brothers meltdown. There is the spectacle of supposedly sensible people (e.g. bankers and venture capitalists) being completely bamboozled by a smooth-talking person with a spreadsheet, with the result that lots of investor's (and taxpayers') money goes down the drain.Elizabeth Holmes seems to have hoodwinked the whos-who of not only Silicon Valley's VCs, but also name-brand politicians and captains of industry and got them on her board of directors. I mean, George Schulz and Henry Kissinger: it doesn't get any bigger than this. Exactly what did these luminaries see in the company? Some earth-shaking vision, I suppose. To be honest, I too wondered if Theranos did have a really disruptive technology that would upend the market for diagnostic blood tests. But after an expose in Bad Blood by a WSJ reporter, it was clear that the company was really a house of cards (see my column on this in Open Magazine, where I explored, among other things, Holmes' ‘reality distortion field').It is now clear that Theranos was a scam built up by Holmes and her then-boyfriend, Ramesh ‘Sunny' Balwani, a Pakistani-American entrepreneur who was much older than her, who was also president of the company. Holmes got sentenced to 11 years, Balwani got 13. Bernie Madoff, and Jeff Epstein also got long sentences. Bernie Madoff is a champion of sorts, for he ran the largest Ponzi scheme in history: $64 billion.Now Sam Bankman-Fried is giving Madoff a run for his money. His crypto exchange, FTX, valued at $32 billion just a fortnight ago, is worth virtually nothing at this time, and billions of dollars worth of customers' money has… disappeared. John Ray III, the lawyer brought in to clean up FTX during bankruptcy proceedings (ironically the same person who did the Enron clean-up), said he couldn't believe the ‘unprecedented mess' he found there. The point is that despite all the fuss about crypto-currency, it is increasingly evident that Sam Bankman-Fried ran an old-fashioned fraud: “pump and dump”. The crypto bit was merely window-dressing to give sex appeal to the whole gig. And it worked, too. Major investors like the blue-chip VC firm Sequoia Capital were so thoroughly taken in that the purported reactions of their partners is simply astonishing, if true. Here's a screenshot of an alleged Sequoia memo. There's worse: another tweet purports to show that two partners, a male and a female, reported being sexually aroused on hearing Bankman-Fried's pitch about FTX's world-beating vision to control all money (it is too embarrassing and too crude to quote):Is crypto a scam? Stephen Diehl, author of Popping the Crypto Bubble says so in this interview with the Financial Times. He calls post-2016 crypto the Grifter Era, and that's not far from the truth. It's like the carpetbaggers have arrived and set up shop. I am personally of the opinion that crypto may have some value, only that the killer apps haven't been dreamt up yet; I do believe the underlying blockchains are useful, although successful rollouts and use cases are still too few.But the point is that the FTX meltdown has relatively little to do with crypto per se. It was just a device to dress up a rather standard, old-fashioned fraud or Ponzi scheme. We have seen this sort of thing going even way back: remember the Dutch Tulip Bubble, and the South Seas Bubble. You have fast-talking hucksters hoodwinking gullible investors, who lose their shirts.It would be unfair to blame crypto for the greed and indiscipline shown by the FTX founder, or the lack of governance and regulatory control which let insiders essentially loot investor funds. For example, here's Bankman-Fried and Nishad Singh plundering away:The other angle that's remarkable is the fact that the meltdown happened just days after the US midterm elections. Coincidence? Hard to believe, because Sam Bankman-Fried had been a major donor to the Democratic party: he donated some $30 million directly to them, and then perhaps a few hundred million to the ecosystem around the Democratic party, especially the media. Said media then lionized Bankman-Fried beyond all reason, as though he were some messiah.Once again, the media, sadly, is not covering itself with glory. They didn't do any investigative journalism; and now that the skeletons are tumbling out of the closet, they should be kicking themselves for having missed out on a juicy story. But the omerta of left-leaning, ideological journalists is a wonder to behold. This is what the WaPo is worried about now? Not fraud?The ‘effective altruism' school of thought that SBF (Sam Bankman-Fried's handle) allegedly espoused is probably another scam, even though it's dressed up in fashionable ESG and DIE memes.Sam Bankman-Fried was the second-biggest donor to the Democratic party before the 2022 midterms (George Soros was the biggest). The website Gateway Pundit quoting someone else (ok, they might have a beef with Democrats anyway, so take it with a pinch of salt) paints a staggering picture of SBF's political and government connections, which is in itself highly suspicious. All this cannot be mere coincidence. Did SBF materially affect the midterm election results? I hope the Republican-controlled House of Representatives will launch an investigation. Frankly this smells like a Deep State operation. I am sure there is a Ukraine angle as well. More generally, is the US business model facing a crisis? ‘Greed is good', declared Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. Does modern corporate greed have an origin? In this interview with the Stanford Business School, David Gelles, author of The Man Who Broke Capitalism squarely blames ‘Neutron' Jack Welch of GE for what he claims is a toxic culture of profit at all cost in US corporations. That may or may not be fair to Welch, but anyway slash-and-burn, as well as short-termism and ideological metastasis seem to be the watchwords of many US CEOs these days.It would be difficult to accuse Elon Musk of seeking undue profit in his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, which probably is worth much less than that sum just weeks after Musk took it over. But the issue there is, as is probably the case with Disney too, that there is too much ideology permeating the firm. Disney's recently fired CEO was seriously into woke causes. What Musk has done is to sweep away the wokeness in Twitter, thereby possibly allowing it to fulfill its purported role of ‘digital town square'. Under the previous dispensation, it had become basically a far-left bubble, because anybody who didn't fit into their world-view was simply deplatformed, defenestrated, silenced, censored: the very antithesis of Freedom of Speech. I published this podcast long ago about how the explicit silencing of TrueIndology was a watershed event in the suppression of online speech in India. Shadow banning, reduction of followers, and other malign acts were common against anybody that the Twitter powers-that-be didn't consider to fit their views, which in India meant anti-Hindu perspectives. Despite all the noise in the media about how Twitter has gone down the drain, it is entirely possible that Musk will not run it into the ground. Advertisers who are now staying away will most likely return. The savage layoffs don't seem to have materially affected the actual performance of Twitter on the ground, as it were: so was there a lot of waste? Wokes are known to live well off Other People's Money, as in the very case of FTX (in the Bahamas), per the WSJ.I am betting that Elon Musk will be able to return Twitter to some semblance of a business model, not run it in the ground. After all, the platform does offer value to its subscribers, even long-suffering shadow-ban victims such as me (I have often found people I've never heard of have blocked me: I am apparently on mass-blocking lists) still find it useful.It is not clear, though, if the ‘greed at all costs' attitude of US business will survive. It is clear, for instance, that they have surrendered America's industrial capacity to China in the last 30 years, all in return for short-term profits from the ‘China price'. This is suicidal in the long run, as they are beginning to now realize. There has to be some introspection.It may be too grand to claim that Western business will now go through a sea-change, a once-in-a-generation shift to something more accountable to national interests. This is especially hard when the Deep State is so ascendant, and its friends in the military-industrial-complex thrive on war in Other People's Countries.But these woes are coming at the very time that we are seeing the limits of globalization and to the excesses of Wall Street and Silicon Valley VCs. The US business community, and regulators, should consider FTX and Theranos to be canaries in the coalmine: there are useful lessons in their failures.1675 words, 22 Nov 2022.  This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit rajeevsrinivasan.substack.com

Management Consulting Insights by Kevin Jon
Doug Leone: The Godfather of Venture Capital - Early career, How to generate massive amounts of wealth and get into VC, Rise at Sequoia Capital, Dot com bubble, Doug Leone at the peak of his career

Management Consulting Insights by Kevin Jon

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2022 21:51


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The Entrepreneur Way
2061: Work the Way You Want with Wei Deng Founder and Owner of Clipboard Health

The Entrepreneur Way

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2022 50:59


Wei Deng is the founder and CEO of Clipboard Health, an app-based marketplace that matches healthcare facilities with nurses nearby, and operates in dozens of U.S. cities. It is backed by Sequoia Capital and Y Combinator. Wei was previously with Sendwave, and started her career as a lawyer. “my best advice is to talk to customers and put one foot in front of the other. It's like exercise. If you want to lose 50 pounds tomorrow don't try to lose it all tomorrow. Like I mentioned progress is non-linear. I think if you lose the first couple of pounds you will see that compounding effect of wow I can do this and I just need to do more of this and it seems suddenly very doable. I think that unblocking your own psychology there is probably the most powerful thing you can do as an entrepreneur ”…[Listen for More] Click Here for Show Notes To Listen or to Get the Show Notes go to https://wp.me/p6Tf4b-nt5

How to Live
#031 Entrepreneurship: Taking the leap of faith with Rameez Ansar

How to Live

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 49:51 Transcription Available


Thinking of entrepreneurship? How do you take that leap of faith?If you manage to jump, how do you thrive as an entrepreneur?We discuss this with Telco founder Rameez Ansar. Rameez is the Co-Founder of Circles.Life, one of the most successful companies in South East Asia and a leading one in the Telco space. Despite a stellar career with the Boston Consulting Group and Temasek, an MBA from Harvard Business School, Rameez took the leap of faith into entrepreneurship back in 2010 when there was limited start-up activity in Singapore.After a few ups and downs, he Co-Founded Circles.Life in 2014 in an industry that was monopolised by the traditional giants. Today Cirlces.Life has grown to 16 countries with 800 people spread across Asia, Europe and the US. It's routinely voted one of the best companies to work in. Investors in Circles include the most prestigious in the world - Sequoia Capital and Warburg Pincus. Recently there was also news of Peter Thiel's investment vehicle being in discussion with them for a potential multi billion dollar listing. In our conversation we talk aboutThe initial motivation to take the leap of faithHow does this differs from the enduring motivation to thriveRole of risk and analysis The inner voice - how to get it to work for you Peer comparisons and other demonsAnd a lot moreRelated Episode#006 Stoicism: How to live a good lifeSpotify: https://howtolive.life/ep6spotify Apple Podcasts -  hhttps://howtolive.life/ep6appleEpisode Shownoteshttps://howtolive.life/episode/031-entrepreneurship-taking-the-leap-of-faith-with-rameez-ansarContact ushttps://howtolive.life/contactFollow usFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/PodcastHowtolive/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/podcasthowtolive/Information on Podcast & Hosthttps://howtolive.life/

Management Consulting Insights by Kevin Jon
The Company That Determines Our Future | Sequoia Capital - Don Valentine: The Father of Sequoia & VC, Michael Moritz: The Soft-Spoken Wolf of VC, Doug Leone: The Godfather of VC, Sequoia's Influence.

Management Consulting Insights by Kevin Jon

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2022 44:46


Solidus has built an eco-friendly 8,000 square foot high-performance computing (HPC) Data Centre in a highly secure location in Europe. You can join the Private sale of Solidus with this link: https://launchpad.truepnl.com/app There's a GIVEAWAY OF 500$ in TruePNL's telegram with super simple rules! Join TruePNL Telegram to find out: https://t.me/+ESf3ueWO-3swMzg6 This is the story of Sequoia capital, one of Silicon Valley's most notorious and enduring venture capital firms, investing in the likes of Apple, Cisco, WhatsApp, Airbnb, Zoom, LinkedIn, PayPal and Google among others hroughout its 50-year history. It's investments are now worth trillions of dollars in public market value. And graduates around the world would love to get a shot at working at Sequoia. Because having Sequoia Capital on your CV carries massive prestige.

The Entrepreneur Experiment
EE 228 - Deal Maker & VC Investor Reveals Insider Secrets - Marc McCabe

The Entrepreneur Experiment

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2022 71:02


Marc McCabe, VC Investor & one of the first employees at Airbnb, joins Gary Fox on the podcast this week. He gives us a masterclass on what it takes to spot incredible companies & build relationships as both an investor & founder. Marc has worked as a scout for Sequoia Capital, one of the world's most successful & well-known VC firms since 2010. Marc joined Airbnb as one of the first employees. During his time at the company, it grew to over 6,000 people & scaled across the globe. He shares his journey in a rapidly scaling startup and all the lessons learned.  In 2021, he returned to Dublin where he started Nomad Capital to focus on investing in early-stage B2B software and marketplaces. Marc's insights as both an investor & entrepreneur are unique & insightful. -- Contact Gary: https://bit.ly/mrgaryfox --- Proudly Partnered with Sage Visit Sage: https://bit.ly/sageEE Location Partner: Iconic Offices https://bit.ly/eeiconic Music by Andrew Applepie

Paradigm Shift
EP32: Building and launching cross-chain crypto infrastructure, with Bryan Pellegrino, founder/CEO of Layer Zero ($140M Series A)

Paradigm Shift

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022 54:09


Bryan is the founder of LayerZero Labs, which is an omnichain interoperability protocol that unites decentralized applications across disparate blockchains, enabling cross-chain applications.LayerZero Labs is building foundational crypto infrastructure. Since being founded in 2021, the company has raised over $140M from top investors including Sequoia Capital, a16z, Tiger Global, Coinbase, Cristies, Paypal, Polygon and Dapper Labs.In this conversation, we discuss the LayerZero founding story, how Bryan approached building complex decentralized infrastructure, their explosive launch and seemingly immediate product-market fit, and the cross-chain opportunity space. This was an incredibly fun conversation and we learnt a ton from Bryan about the "behind the scenes" of building and launching widely used crypto infrastructure. LinksFollow Bryan and Layer Zero on TwitterHit subscribe to keep up with new episodes!Follow Ashish and Zane on Twitter for summariesClick here to share feedback — it only takes a minute

Paradigm Shift
EP32: Building and launching cross-chain crypto infrastructure, with Bryan Pellegrino, founder/CEO of Layer Zero ($140M Series A)

Paradigm Shift

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022 54:09


Bryan is the founder of LayerZero Labs, which is an omnichain interoperability protocol that unites decentralized applications across disparate blockchains, enabling cross-chain applications.LayerZero Labs is building foundational crypto infrastructure. Since being founded in 2021, the company has raised over $140M from top investors including Sequoia Capital, a16z, Tiger Global, Coinbase, Cristies, Paypal, Polygon and Dapper Labs.In this conversation, we discuss the LayerZero founding story, how Bryan approached building complex decentralized infrastructure, their explosive launch and seemingly immediate product-market fit, and the cross-chain opportunity space. This was an incredibly fun conversation and we learnt a ton from Bryan about the "behind the scenes" of building and launching widely used crypto infrastructure. LinksFollow Bryan and Layer Zero on TwitterHit subscribe to keep up with new episodes!Follow Ashish and Zane on Twitter for summariesClick here to share feedback — it only takes a minute

Entrepreneur Stories 4⃣ Inspiration
248: The Secret to Fixing Businesses like Expedia, Rosetta Stone, & PetMeds | Matt Hulett (aka The Startup Whisperer)

Entrepreneur Stories 4⃣ Inspiration

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 82:59


Matt Hulett is the CEO and President of PetMeds. Matt is a seasoned technology executive leading world-class public and private companies and working closely with Boards and investors in organizations that include Rosetta Stone, RealNetworks, Expedia and many more. He has had multiple turnaround successes as a public company president as well as a private company CEO. He has a proven track record raising venture capital from blue chip firms (Sequoia Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Allen and Company, Intel Capital) with multiple liquidity events. Also, Matt is regularly featured in technology and business podcasts and media outlets, such as Recode, Forbes, Entrepreneur and others.   This Episode is Sponsored By: With Masterclass, you can learn from the world's best minds, anytime, anywhere, at your own pace. You can learn a science-based approach to the art of persuasion selling and motivating yourself from Daniel Pink, or improve your negotiation skills from Chris Voss, or you can learn how to be a disruptive entrepreneur from Richard Branson. With over 150 classes from a range of world class instructors, that thing you've always wanted to do is closer than you think. As a listener to this podcast, you can get 15% off in annual membership, go to: millionaire-interviews.com/masterclass If you have a brand that you've always dreamt of building, or business you want to take online, the first step is finding your domain name. Hover makes it super simple with clear and straightforward user experience, easy to use tools, and truly amazing support from friendly humans. Secure, simple, and reliable, Hover is a trusted and popular choice amongst millions of people launching any kind of brand or business. If you're ready to get your idea off the ground with the perfect domain name, head to: millionaire-interviews.com/hover to get 10% off your first Hover purchase. Great leaders don't do anything alone. Find the support you need to delegate those details with Belay. Belay has been helping business leaders with staffing solutions for over a decade. And you can find that out by checking out Episode 84 of our podcast where Austin interviewed the founder of Belay, Bryan Miles. Belay is offering an exclusive VIP offer to all of our podcast listeners, so just text STORY to 55123 to claim your VIP offer. Optimize workflow with NordPass Business, a platform where your company's digital wealth is managed. With the NordPass Business Password Manager, you will save time and energy allowing your team to focus on what matters most. NordPass eases the burden of access to business accounts, making it possible for your team to work across devices and apps uninterrupted. Log in to your account in seconds, securely share sensitive data with your colleagues, and make payments efficiently backed by the highest standard of cyber secure technology. You could see NordPass Business in action right now, with a 3 month free trial with our special URL: millionaire-interviews.com/nordpass and use code Millionaire at check out. Richard in Missouri listened to our first Patreon Group Call, which got him intrigued with some of our members. You can also be a part of our Group Call and One-on-One Calls by joining our Patreon community, just sign up at: millionaire-interviews.com/patreon   Want to Support the Show? Well we'd love for you to join our Patreon Group!  What's in it for you?  Well you'll instantly get a scheduled call from Austin, where he'll help you with your current or future business... Sign-Up Now at millionaire-interviews.com/patreon.

DealMakers
Gaston Irigoyen On Raising $60 Million To Create The New Infrastructure Of Fintech

DealMakers

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2022 44:54


After leading several businesses through to successful exits, Gaston Irigoyen has already raised $60M for a new company, in less than two years. His latest venture, Pomelo has acquired financing from top-tier investors like Index Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Insight Partners, and Tiger Global Management.

Career Strategies for Women that Work
How You Think is How You Lead with Ramona Shaw

Career Strategies for Women that Work

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 20:22


In this episode of the Career Strategies for Women podcast, leadership expert and best selling author, Ramona Shaw, talks about how our thoughts influence our behaviors and why therefore you have to grow, expand, and update your thought patterns to become a more effective leader to others.JJ and Ramona also discuss common leadership challenges and why the root causes to these challenges lie in the leaders' mind and have a lot less to do with skills and habits than you might think.Plus, Ramona shares how leaders can change the way they think to become more confident & competent leaders people love to work for.  Ramona Shaw is a Certified Professional Leadership Coach, podcast host, and best-selling author of “The Confident & Competent New Manager: How to Rapidly Rise to Success in Your First Leadership Role.” She is passionate about helping new and mid-level managers become leaders people love to work for by strengthening their leadership and communication skills, raising their confidence and resilience, and increasing their focus and emotional intelligence.After graduating with a Masters Degree in Finance, Ramona entered the field of private equity and ultimately led strategic projects and international teams as a VP of Client Services at a renowned global private equity firm.She now specializes in delivering coaching and training programs for leaders at fast-growing startups and companies such as Twitch, UBS, Google, Dropbox, Lionsgate, Asana, Stitch-Fix, Sequoia Capital, and dozens of others.Ramona regularly shares insights to her over 8,000 LinkedIn followers, nearly 2,000 Instagram followers, and via her podcast, The Manager Track, with new episodes published every week since April of 2020.Shownotes:  jjdigeronimo.com/41

Patrick Boyle On Finance
The Institutional Investors Who Lost With FTX

Patrick Boyle On Finance

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 16:50 Transcription Available


Since its launch in 2019, FTX has raised $1.8bn and was most recently valued at $32bn. Among its shareholders are some of the world's most-respected hedge fund managers and Venture Capitalists. Now with FTX having filed for bankruptcy, their investments look to be a complete wipeout. Investors including Sequoia, SoftBank and Paradigm, which was co-founded by former Sequoia partner Matt Huang, have marked their holdings in the company to zero, vaporising hundreds of millions of dollars in value.FTX's list of investors spans powerful and well-known investment firms: NEA, IVP, Iconiq Capital, Third Point Ventures, Tiger Global, Altimeter Capital Management, Lux Capital, Mayfield, Insight Partners, Sequoia Capital, SoftBank, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Ribbit Capital, Temasek Holdings, BlackRock and Thoma Bravo.Patrick's Books:Statistics For The Trading Floor:  https://amzn.to/3eerLA0Derivatives For The Trading Floor:  https://amzn.to/3cjsyPFCorporate Finance:  https://amzn.to/3fn3rvCPatreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/PatrickBoyleOnFinanceVisit our website: www.onfinance.orgFollow Patrick on Twitter Here: https://twitter.com/PatrickEBoylePatrick Boyle YouTube Channel Support the show

Stop Struggling Now - We help Improve your Personal and Business Wealth Mindset
TEAM FTX EXPOSED? Graham, Meet Kevin, Andrei Jeikh, Jeremy, O'leary

Stop Struggling Now - We help Improve your Personal and Business Wealth Mindset

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 20:55


TEAM FTX EXPOSED? Graham, Meet Kevin, Andrei Jeikh, Jeremy, O'leary, Tom Brady, Shaq, Curry? You going to blame them or Sam Bankman Fried aka FTX? Or Blackrock, Sequoia Capital, MLB, NBA, Ontario Pension Fund and Congress for legitimizing SBF?➡️FTX Sponsorships: https://decrypt.co/114210/ftx-spent-hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars-on-sports-marketing-on-road-to-bankruptcy ➡️FTX Partners, Ambassadors and famous Shareholders: https://ftx.us/our-partners ❤️️Miracle Cash and More - Cashflow NFT for $5000. Profits from Miracle Cash & More stores, atm machines, exchange profits and more. Buy the $5000 NFT or refer others and/or earn $500 per NFT commission you refer to reach your $5000. Signup for free to get your referral code: https://cashflownft.net/?ref=1178Want to learn more about Cashflow NFT opportunity? https://youtu.be/YmMAauLnsR4❤️️Cashflow NFT $5000 Business Opportunity. SSN Lifestyle Ring Of Fire Group Economics for 1 Cashflow NFT. Earn 7 ways with the Cashflow NFT Marketing revenue program. Minimum contribution of $250 and up to get in. Limited space available. Get in now before it's to late: https://ssnlifestyle.com/product/cashflow-nft-5000-business-opportunity/❤️️IX Global allows you to buy Debt Box nodes at a wholesale price. Commodity Nodes are here. Earn passive income 24/hrs a day. Please use this link to find out more: https://www.ixacademy.us/en/team2win/us/v13/ref-member

Breakaway
Crypto/FTX/SBF, Twitter

Breakaway

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 40:47


Markets. Down 17% was down 25%. Meta job cuts. 11000 13%. Brad Gerstner letter. A summary of some of the layoffs this year…Twitter: cutting 50% of its workforce (estimated 3,700 jobs).Facebook ($META): cutting 13% of its staff (11,000 jobs), its largest round of CryptoSBF is a FRAUD! Bernie Madoff style! FTX lends money to Alameda!! $10b loan on $16b in assets.   FTX meltdown. FTX. Alameda. Binance. Coinbase. Nothing safe. FTX has a prominent list of backers such as Sequoia Capital, BlackRock Inc., Tiger Global Management and SoftBank Group Corp.Sam Bankman-Fried. $8b shortfall! He was worth $26b…apparently.  Tom & Gisele. Hedgefunds. FTX Arena in Miami. Home of Heat. FTX on umpire uniforms. Celeb lawsuits: https://deadline.com/2022/11/tom-brady-giselle-bundchen-ftx-lawsuit-larry-david-steph-curry-crypto-1235174541/In the case of Curry, the NBA legend admitted in another tongue-in-cheek-ish TV spot that he was not that knowledgeable about crypto. He added, looking at the camera: “I don't need to be. With FTX I have everything I need to buy, sell, and trade crypto safely.”FTX's new chief executive“Never in my career have I seen such a complete failure of corporate controls and such a complete absence of trustworthy financial information as occurred here,”  “From compromised systems integrity and faulty regulatory oversight abroad, to the concentration of control in the hands of a very small group of inexperienced, unsophisticated and potentially compromised individuals, this situation is unprecedented.”SBF is 2nd largest democratic donor this election cycle. $37 million. SBF parents. raised by two Stanford professors who specialize in law and taxes.Caroline Ellison.    Caroline interview. Related party loans: $300m from last $450m investment to SBF.  Alameda Research had $4.1 billion in related-party loans. Among those were $1 billion to Bankman-Fried, $543 million to FTX Director of Engineering Nishad Singh and $55 million to FTX Digital Markets head Ryan SalamTwitterLays off ½ of 7500 workers. Had to bring some back.  The whole world shit-posting that the site will go down now. Tesla AI runs with 150 engineers. Ligma and Johnson.

Sovereign Man
FTX: It takes a village to fail this big…

Sovereign Man

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 51:30


You've probably been following the news that FTX, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, is in hot water. And frankly that characterization is an insult to hot water. FTX has already filed for bankruptcy. Potentially $10 billion or more of customer money is at risk. The new CEO states that the company's internal controls were “a complete failure”. And the company's founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, has proven himself to be, at a minimum, an irresponsible, reckless child, if not a full-blown fraudster. It's easy to lay the blame exclusively on him. And he clearly deserves a lot of it. But a failure (if not fraud) of this size cannot be perpetrated by a single individual. Even Bernie Madoff had accomplices. Or people who should have noticed but were totally negligent at their jobs. In fact the Madoff scandal is a great example. Madoff's firm had to undergo routine regulatory examinations. And yet, year after year, the Securities and Exchange Commission completely failed to notice the rampant fraud. In the aftermath of the Madoff scandal, a US Department of Justice investigation concluded that in the SIXTEEN YEAR period between 1992 and 2008, the SEC had “more than ample information” and that they “could have uncovered the Ponzi scheme well before Madoff confessed.” The report further blames the regulatory agency's failure on “systematic breakdowns in which the SEC conducted its examinations and investigation.” Talk about being asleep at the wheel... In the case of FTX, there were also a lot of people who failed to notice what was happening. Most notably, Sam Bankman-Fried became the #6 biggest political donor in the United States; 99.6% of his contributions went to progressive candidates. Did any of those politicians really scrutinize where the money came from? Did any of them ask for audited financial statements to make sure the money was clean… or to make sure that the guy wasn't spending his customers' money? Apparently not. Politicians happily cashed the checks and didn't ask any questions. This is an outrageous failure. Politicians constantly pass rules and regulations making financial compliance far more onerous for everyone else. (If you don't believe me, try going down to your local bank and withdrawing $25,000 in cash… and see how quickly they treat you like a criminal suspect. You'll be there all day filling out forms and justifying your actions.) But do they apply those same rules to themselves? Absolutely not. They just take the donations. It's a despicable double standard. Also culpable in this massive failure are the prominent venture capital firms who enabled this overgrown man-child to go rogue. Sam Bankman-Fried raised at least $1 billion from investors, including firms like Softbank and Sequoia Capital. Softbank, of course, is infamous for its enormous investment in WeWork, effectively encouraging CEO Adam Neumann to recklessly spend other people's money. It seems that Softbank didn't learn its lesson, because they once again dumped a mountain of cash on a guy who is even worse than Neumann. More importantly, however, Sequoia and Softbank are hard core, sophisticated investors. They have huge teams of lawyers, bankers, and analysts. And, even though FTX is a private company, as investors they would have had access to the company's financial statements. In other words, they should have seen the impropriety. They should have seen it, and they should have done something about it. But they didn't. They stood by once again in silence, enabling Bankman-Fried's irresponsibility. Despite this colossal failure of a major player in the crypto sector, however, it's important to separate FTX (the company) from crypto (the idea, and the asset class). In my view, FTX isn't even a crypto business. It's a financial institution, little different than Bank of America. Whenever you make a deposit at Bank of America, that money becomes BOA's asset. In other words,

Tech Sales Insights
E100 Part 3 - The Secret Sauce to Leadership - with Carl Eschenbach

Tech Sales Insights

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 15:37


This episode of Tech Sales Insights is the last part of our conversation with Carl Eschenbach, Partner at Sequoia Capital. He shares his wisdom on the secret sauce to effective leadership and how to become a leader who motivates, inspires, and lives the true meaning of servant leadership as well.  HIGHLIGHTSThe CRO's scope of responsibilities and leadership across rolesAim to become the motivational and inspirational leaderUnderstanding the servant leader QUOTESThe true meaning of servant leadership inspires success - Carl: "If you go and study what true servant leadership is, think about the very first word of servant leadership, and that is to serve. And I fundamentally believe the greatest leaders, regardless of role or capacity, are the ones that serve their people. They're not leading them. And through that servant-type approach, your leadership gets displayed and everyone becomes more successful."First level is motivational leader, second is inspirational, third is both - Carl: "The third level of leadership is the one who knows how to do both, because there are times, Randy, when you needed to be pushed probably and get that little extra out of Randy, but then there's other times when people inspired you and pulled you in." Find out more about Carl in the link below:About Carl Send in a voice message to us: https://anchor.fm/salescommunity/message This episode of Tech Sales Insights is brought to you by: Sales Community | https://www.salescommunity.com/OpenSymmetry | https://www.opensymmetry.com/

The Tim Ferriss Show
#635: Jason Calacanis on Brooklyn Grit, Big Asks, Angel Investing (Uber, Calm, Robinhood, and more), The Magic of Thinking Big, and St*bbing People in the Face but Never in the Back

The Tim Ferriss Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 134:42


Brought to you by Eight Sleep's Pod Cover sleeping solution for dynamic cooling and heating, House of Macadamias delicious and nutritious nuts, and LinkedIn Jobs recruitment platform with 800M+ users. Jason Calacanis (@jason) has invested in more than 300 startups in the past decade (Uber, Calm, Robinhood, and more), was Sequoia Capital's first Scout, and is the author of the book ANGEL. He also hosts two podcasts, This Week in Startups and All-In.Please enjoy!This episode is brought to you by LinkedIn Jobs. Whether you are looking to hire now for a critical role or thinking about needs that you may have in the future, LinkedIn Jobs can help. LinkedIn screens candidates for the hard and soft skills you're looking for and puts your job in front of candidates looking for job opportunities that match what you have to offer.Using LinkedIn's active community of more than 800 million professionals worldwide, LinkedIn Jobs can help you find and hire the right person faster. When your business is ready to make that next hire, find the right person with LinkedIn Jobs. And now, you can post a job for free. Just visit LinkedIn.com/Tim.*This episode is also brought to you by House of Macadamias delicious and nutritious nuts! I love macadamia nuts and have been enjoying them often since keto expert Dr. Dominic D'Agostino recommended them on the podcast in 2015. They taste great, and with more healthy, monounsaturated fat than both olive oil and avocados, 27% fewer carbs than almonds, and more than 50% fewer carbs than cashews, they're the perfect low-carb, keto-friendly, nutty snack. In fact, I just ate a handful of lightly white-chocolate-covered macadamias about an hour ago to keep me going through the afternoon until dinner. And I will say this: ​House of Macadamias produces the best-tasting macadamia nuts I've ever eaten… by far.Listeners of The Tim Ferriss Show can use code TIM20 to get 20% off all orders, plus free two-day shipping across the US, UK, and African continent with the purchase of two or more boxes! Visit HouseOfMacadamias.com/Tim to discover some of the most delicious and nutritious nuts on the planet.*This episode is also brought to you by Eight Sleep! Eight Sleep's Pod Cover is the easiest and fastest way to sleep at the perfect temperature. It pairs dynamic cooling and heating with biometric tracking to offer the most advanced (and user-friendly) solution on the market. Simply add the Pod Cover to your current mattress and start sleeping as cool as 55°F or as hot as 110°F. It also splits your bed in half, so your partner can choose a totally different temperature.For a limited time, Eight Sleep is offering my listeners up to $450 off their Sleep Fit Holiday Bundle, which includes my personal favorite, the Pod 3 Cover. Go to EightSleep.com/Tim to get the exclusive holiday savings. Eight Sleep currently ships within the USA, Canada, the UK, select countries in the EU, and Australia. That's EightSleep.com/Tim*[05:39] Why is this only the first time Jason's been on the show?[06:37] Never underestimate the power of checklists.[08:56] How Jason's young life was steeped in blood and taxes.[11:57] How Jason entered the world of entrepreneurship.[29:32] What happened when Jason got fired from his own company.[34:05] Orchestrating a comeback the very next day.[37:49] The Mercury Club that never was.[41:37] The origin of “Calacanis.”[43:01] Building a blogging empire.[48:36] Finding blog writers.[52:51] Planning events and making memories.[58:39] Friendship, loyalty, and collaboration with close friends.[1:06:00] All-In: When a solo act gets tricked into joining a band.[1:13:39] Memorable times All-In has gone off the rails.[1:21:49] With greatly followed podcasts comes great responsibility.[1:27:38] KeepingAll-In running smoothly with four very different personalities.[1:34:53] Talent-wrangling techniques.[1:39:30] Bill Maher's moderation style.[1:40:47] Friendly rapport can be contagious.[1:42:26] Can you see your comfort zone from the Overton window?[1:45:44] Transfering skills, building popularity, and co-existing with jet blockers.[1:52:16] What happens when you catch the car?[1:55:15] Psychedelic therapy and a big win in Colorado.[2:01:28] Jason's billboard and parting thoughts.*For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast.For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsorsSign up for Tim's email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday.For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts.Discover Tim's books: tim.blog/books.Follow Tim:Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferrissYouTube: youtube.com/timferrissFacebook: facebook.com/timferriss LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferrissPast guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell, Madeleine Albright, Cheryl Strayed, Jim Collins, Mary Karr, Maria Popova, Sam Harris, Michael Phelps, Bob Iger, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Neil Strauss, Ken Burns, Maria Sharapova, Marc Andreessen, Neil Gaiman, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Jocko Willink, Daniel Ek, Kelly Slater, Dr. Peter Attia, Seth Godin, Howard Marks, Dr. Brené Brown, Eric Schmidt, Michael Lewis, Joe Gebbia, Michael Pollan, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Vince Vaughn, Brian Koppelman, Ramit Sethi, Dax Shepard, Tony Robbins, Jim Dethmer, Dan Harris, Ray Dalio, Naval Ravikant, Vitalik Buterin, Elizabeth Lesser, Amanda Palmer, Katie Haun, Sir Richard Branson, Chuck Palahniuk, Arianna Huffington, Reid Hoffman, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Rick Rubin, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Darren Aronofsky, Margaret Atwood, Mark Zuckerberg, Peter Thiel, Dr. Gabor Maté, Anne Lamott, Sarah Silverman, Dr. Andrew Huberman, and many more.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Tech Sales Insights
E100 Part 2 - Change Management Gets Things Done - with Carl Eschenbach

Tech Sales Insights

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 18:39


This episode of Tech Sales Insights is the second part of our conversation with Carl Eschenbach, Partner at Sequoia Capital. He provides deep insights into how they choose companies to invest in, as well as the primary importance of change management to survive economic headwinds. Carl also gives actionable tips on how companies must sell and the shift in messaging that this requires. HIGHLIGHTS"Look inside and outside the building" to decide when to invest in a companyGet things done by focusing on change managementHow to sell effectively in a down market QUOTESAdapt as fast as the changes come to survive - Carl: "In the climate we're in today and potentially even broader headwinds going forward, if your company is not changing as fast as what's happening outside the walls of your company, death is near. You just got to be open to change. You have to communicate change."Show a strong ROI to attract buyers during a downturn - Carl: "In down markets, nothing sells like a strong ROI, so I encourage people to revisit their value proposition, number one, around ROI. The second reason people buy is if you're going to help them drive revenue growth. And if you can have a value proposition that shows tangible evidence of it and you can back it up with quantifiable numbers, people will buy your technology."The growing complexity of operations has eroded operational rigor - Carl: "Simplicity scales, complexity doesn't." Find out more about Carl in the link below:About Carl Send in a voice message to us: https://anchor.fm/salescommunity/message This episode of Tech Sales Insights is brought to you by: Sales Community | https://www.salescommunity.com/OpenSymmetry | https://www.opensymmetry.com/

Tech Sales Insights
E100 Part 1 - The Journey to Becoming a Tech Sales Legend - with Carl Eschenbach

Tech Sales Insights

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 17:47


This episode of Tech Sales Insights is the first part of our conversation with Carl Eschenbach, Partner at Sequoia Capital. Today, Carl shares his remarkable career journey, from working at a PBX company in 1987 to the present day at Sequioa, and all the sales jobs in between. He discusses what they do and do not do as a company and how working in a VC keeps him young. HIGHLIGHTSCarl's professional journey to becoming a legend in tech sales salesTaking care of a growing family and joining Sequioa QUOTESFrom sales to sales leadership and culminating in becoming partner at Sequioa - Carl: "I got a fortunate opportunity to join Sequoia and I've been here six and a half years and it's been a great experience. I've learned how to be an investor. I think I'm a better executive. I'm much more detailed on how to operate and run a company here."  Find out more about Carl in the link below:About Carl Send in a voice message to us: https://anchor.fm/salescommunity/message This episode of Tech Sales Insights is brought to you by: Sales Community | https://www.salescommunity.com/OpenSymmetry | https://www.opensymmetry.com/

SoFi Daily Podcast
SoFi Daily Podcast - 11/11/2022

SoFi Daily Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 5:14


US stocks rose Thursday. Plus, Sequoia Capital takes big loss in FTX fallout, Nio delivers a record number of EVs, and fewer people will fly home for Thanksgiving.

Worldwide Exchange
What Does a Cooler Than Expected CPI Print Mean for Stocks? 11/11/22

Worldwide Exchange

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 44:19


Stocks are getting a big boost on the back of the October CPI report showing a smaller than expected increase in consumer prices. Bank of America's Aditya Bhave explains what this means for the economy going forward. Plus, reports say FTX is looking for more than $9 billion in rescue funds from rivals such as OKX and current investors like Sequoia Capital. TechCrunch's Jackie Melinek gives the latest on the story. And, it's been a rough ride for commercial real estate, with rising interest rates having an impact on demand. Marcus & Millichap's Hessam Nadji weighs in on the sector.

Not Boring
Not Boring Founders: Joe Connor, Odyssey

Not Boring

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 55:54


Odyssey (formerly Agora) fully believes in the power of technology to provide families with opportunity to choose the educational environment and services that help them best meet their unique learning needs. In order to help parents do that, we have partnered with the best K-12 providers and vendors in order to create a robust marketplace for our families. Joe Connor is the founder and CEO of Odyssey, and brings with him years of experience in education & law. Packy and Joe have been friends for 23 years, so it was especially special to have Joe come on the podcast to talk about his work at Odyssey. This episode was sponsored by Hyper. Hyper is a different kind of startup accelerator back by a16z and Sequoia Capital. Hyper supports participating startups with access to deep networks, media presence, and now hands-on support from unicorn founders. You can learn more about Hyper and apply here. Tell them Not Boring sent you! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/notboring/message

Reinvent
Where's My Village?: What Private Investment Can (and can't) Do For Childcare

Reinvent

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 41:17


Private investment in childcare companies doubled between 2020 and 2021, and the range of apps, software, products and services investors can put their money into is growing. Many think private dollars have the potential to transform the childcare industry, others think involving private investors is a risky endeavor. In this episode of Where's My Village?, Fortune senior writer Megan Leonhardt digs deeper into the opportunity for and pros and cons of private investment in childcare. Shruthi Jayaram of Dalberg Advisors and Jess Lee of Sequoia Capital talk through why investors have been skeptical of investing in care in the past and what's changed in the past few years. Chris Bennett, the CEO of Wonderschool. discusses his decision to focus on in home providers, how many providers on the Wonderschool platform earn almost triple the national average and his vision for the company's future. Wonderschool is a childcare management platform that works with home-based providers to streamline and grow their businesses. We also hear from home-based providers about the realities of their professions and experts in the field on their concerns about private investment in childcare. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Paradigm Shift
EP30: Building web3 email, drive and docs with a privacy-first and decentralized approach, with Andrew Milich, founder of Skiff ($10M Series A led by Sequoia)

Paradigm Shift

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2022 43:53


Andrew is the founder of Skiff, which is a privacy-first, end-to-end encrypted, wallet native workspace with email, file sharing, and collaboration.Skiff has hundreds of thousands of users and is part of a broader trend towards privacy-first and decentralization. Skiff is backed by Sequoia Capital who led their seed and Series A.In this conversation we discuss Andrew's path to building privacy-first products, approach to finding Product-Market Fit with Skiff, and the various tarde-offs and opportunities when building privacy-forward and web3/decentralized products.This was a really fun conversation and we learnt so much about what why privacy products matter, their path to increasing mainstream adoption, the business models that are working, and how companies like Skiff are taking us into an exciting future where technology continues to democratize and protect privacy and digital freedom.Topics discussed:How did you end up working on privacy-first products?What is your vision for Skiff and what does the product to today?How did you approach integrating crypto login with meta-mask and decentralization?How did you approach being privacy-first from the ground up? How does that affect the user experience and user journey?How did you approach the trade-offs between building on centralized and decentralized APIs/components for the best user experience? Eg: onboarding, account recovery, etc.How did you approach e2e encryption and interoperability when building a privacy-first Skiff email product?How did you get started building the initial Skiff MVP and who was your first user?What are your thoughts on competing with very mature incumbent products like GMail, Drive, Notion and Evernote? How have you approached it?How did you build conviction in the opportunity around Skiff and the market opportunity?What have you noticed are some triggers that make people switch to a privacy-first email or collaboration product like Skiff? What are some archetypes of people who seek out these products and switch?Since you don't track your users, how do you figure out who they are, what they want and figure out how to improve the product?How do you think about the global opportunity and internationalization?How do you cross the user adoption chasm to mainstream adoption from where we are today to privacy-first networked products like email?How do you think about business models for Skiff and privacy products?What made you decide to be consumer first vs enterprise and b2b focused?Who should use Skiff and how should they use it?Zooming out what are some areas in the privacy space that you're most excited about?Closeout questions: what is the most challenging or difficult feedback you've received and how have you processed it? What are some superpowers you've identified in yourself that you like to lean on?LinksFollow Andrew and Skiff on TwitterSignup for Skiff for end to end encrypted web3 email, drive and docsHit subscribe to keep up with new episodes!Follow Ashish and Zane on Twitter for summariesClick here to share feedback — it only takes a minute

Startuprad.io - Startup podcast from Germany
This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups - October 2022 Wrap-Up

Startuprad.io - Startup podcast from Germany

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 23:41 Transcription Available


Welcome to This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups in October 2022 by Startuprad.io with Chris from Essen, Germany, and Joe from Frankfurt. We recorded this news episode on Thursday, October 20th, 2022. Our Highlights: Another one of our former guests gets a Snoop Dog investment. Quick delivery startup Gorillas seems to sell itself to competitor Getir, according to Bloomberg, despite an earlier announcement they are looking for more investments. Gadget rental service Grover adds 270 m € in venture debt, getting it close to 2 billion €. Our former guest Nuri (formerly Bitwala) had to file for insolvency, now investors jump ship and the company is wound down this year. Volocopter is sued by early crowdfunding backers, Home24 has a takeover offer from a brick-and-mortar furniture retailer and BioNTech takes on cancer. Also, Munich-based travel tech Holidu raises 100 m € in a combination of 75 m equity and 25 m debt funding. Let's talk startups: Our Enablers Younium Younium is the subscription management and billing platform for B2B SaaS. Younium brings the transformative infrastructure to manage and grow your business while you focus on the things that matter. https://www.younium.com/ Tvarit Tvarit is an industrial ai startup, that helps companies to reduce rejections by 40%-60% in metal casting, as well as saving up to 18% on energy. Learn more here: https://www.tvarit.com/ Invest-in-Hessen This show was made possible by Hessen Trade and Invest with their brand Invest-in-Hessen. You can learn more about them here (https://www.invest-in-hessen.com/). We also run a dedicated sub-podcast with all interviews and news in cooperation with them. Find it all here: Tech Startups Germany - Startups and Venture Capital Startupraven.com The best way to identify investors and cooperation partners for early stage startups. Sign up for early access here: Startup Raven Top News Europe's Largest Cannabis Funding To Date Europe's largest cannabis funding to date: Snoop Dogg-backed German cannabis startup gets $37.6M Series B led by British American Tobacco learn more about the Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 (German Startup Awards) founder Finn Age Hänsel in our interview Gorillas May Soon Be Bought By Getir Delivery Startup Getir in Advanced Talks to Buy Gorillas (Bloomberg). They write: “Proposed deal for Gorillas would be a mix of cash and equity The combination would give Getir, which is backed by Mubadala Investment Co. and Sequoia Capital, scale in key European markets including the UK and Germany. Gorillas had previously held talks with a number of competitors about the prospects for a merger or sale of its business, people familiar with the matter said previously. Chief Executive Officer Kagan Sumer said earlier this year that he planned to look for new financing to recalibrate the company to work toward profitability.”  Grover Takes Home 270 m € As consumer spending tightens, yet appetites for tech remain the same, Berlin-based Grover sees an uptick in rental interest and is now bringing its debt funding to close to €2 billion to meet demand. Grover takes on more debt funding, this time €270 million from London-based M&G Our Former Guest Nuri (Bitwala) Will be wound down. Despite seeing interest from investors, they could not get one to sign up. So the company will be shut down until the end of the year. The last day one can use a Nuri account is in mid-December. Neobank Vivid makes all former Nuri customers a good offer. Insolvency administrator of crypto startup Nuri sees interest in the platform and fintech sales capacities After the crypto markets did not turn positive, two potential investors in Nuri jumped ship, so the company will not emerge from insolvency but be wound down  Volocopter Now Sued by Crowdinvestors German unicorn Volocopter was sued by 177 former crowd backers, who feel they should have gotten “a fair participation”, especially since they backed the company very early We Mentioned Home24 on a Regular Basis Now they stand alone time may be over. We talked in the past about lowering forecasts and the tough environments. Now XXXLutz — a traditional brick-and-mortar furniture store — made an offer to buy Home24 BioNTech Takes on Cancer First, they took on Corona with their widely successful vaccine. Now the doctors are hopeful it could lead to new treatments for melanoma, bowel cancer, and other tumor types. The mRNA technology being used works by sending an instruction or blueprint to cells to produce an antigen or protein. In Covid, this antigen is part of the spike protein of the virus. In cancer, it would be a marker on the surface of tumor cells, which teaches the immune system to attack it.Learn more on BBC: Could Covid vaccine technology crack cancer? TravelTech is Not Dead Munich-based traveltech startup Holidu raises 100 m € for renting out vacation homes. The 75 m € Series E investment is led by VC 83North, other investors include Northzone, HV Capital, Vintage Investment Partners, and Communfund Capital. Holidu also raised 25 m € venture debt. The brother's Johannes and Michael Siebers will use the money for product development, geographic expansion, and acquisitions. Links and Show Notes Learn more here

Fintech Germany - By Startuprad.io
This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups - October 2022 Wrap-Up

Fintech Germany - By Startuprad.io

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 23:41 Transcription Available


Welcome to This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups in October 2022 by Startuprad.io with Chris from Essen, Germany, and Joe from Frankfurt. We recorded this news episode on Thursday, October 20th, 2022. Our Highlights: Another one of our former guests gets a Snoop Dog investment. Quick delivery startup Gorillas seems to sell itself to competitor Getir, according to Bloomberg, despite an earlier announcement they are looking for more investments. Gadget rental service Grover adds 270 m € in venture debt, getting it close to 2 billion €. Our former guest Nuri (formerly Bitwala) had to file for insolvency, now investors jump ship and the company is wound down this year. Volocopter is sued by early crowdfunding backers, Home24 has a takeover offer from a brick-and-mortar furniture retailer and BioNTech takes on cancer. Also, Munich-based travel tech Holidu raises 100 m € in a combination of 75 m equity and 25 m debt funding. Let's talk startups: Our Enablers Younium Younium is the subscription management and billing platform for B2B SaaS. Younium brings the transformative infrastructure to manage and grow your business while you focus on the things that matter. https://www.younium.com/ Tvarit Tvarit is an industrial ai startup, that helps companies to reduce rejections by 40%-60% in metal casting, as well as saving up to 18% on energy. Learn more here: https://www.tvarit.com/ Invest-in-Hessen This show was made possible by Hessen Trade and Invest with their brand Invest-in-Hessen. You can learn more about them here (https://www.invest-in-hessen.com/). We also run a dedicated sub-podcast with all interviews and news in cooperation with them. Find it all here: Tech Startups Germany - Startups and Venture Capital Startupraven.com The best way to identify investors and cooperation partners for early stage startups. Sign up for early access here: Startup Raven Top News Europe's Largest Cannabis Funding To Date Europe's largest cannabis funding to date: Snoop Dogg-backed German cannabis startup gets $37.6M Series B led by British American Tobacco learn more about the Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 (German Startup Awards) founder Finn Age Hänsel in our interview Gorillas May Soon Be Bought By Getir Delivery Startup Getir in Advanced Talks to Buy Gorillas (Bloomberg). They write: “Proposed deal for Gorillas would be a mix of cash and equity The combination would give Getir, which is backed by Mubadala Investment Co. and Sequoia Capital, scale in key European markets including the UK and Germany. Gorillas had previously held talks with a number of competitors about the prospects for a merger or sale of its business, people familiar with the matter said previously. Chief Executive Officer Kagan Sumer said earlier this year that he planned to look for new financing to recalibrate the company to work toward profitability.” Grover Takes Home 270 m € As consumer spending tightens, yet appetites for tech remain the same, Berlin-based Grover sees an uptick in rental interest and is now bringing its debt funding to close to €2 billion to meet demand. Grover takes on more debt funding, this time €270 million from London-based M&G Our Former Guest Nuri (Bitwala) Will be wound down. Despite seeing interest from investors, they could not get one to sign up. So the company will be shut down until the end of the year. The last day one can use a Nuri account is in mid-December. Neobank Vivid makes all former Nuri customers a good offer. Insolvency administrator of crypto startup Nuri sees interest in the platform and fintech sales capacities After the crypto markets did not turn positive, two potential investors in Nuri jumped ship, so the company will not emerge from insolvency but be wound down Volocopter Now Sued by Crowdinvestors German unicorn Volocopter was sued by 177 former crowd backers, who feel they should have gotten “a fair participation”, especially since they backed the company very early We Mentioned Home24 on a Regular Basis Now they stand alone time may be over. We talked in the past about lowering forecasts and the tough environments. Now XXXLutz — a traditional brick-and-mortar furniture store — made an offer to buy Home24 BioNTech Takes on Cancer First, they took on Corona with their widely successful vaccine. Now the doctors are hopeful it could lead to new treatments for melanoma, bowel cancer, and other tumor types. The mRNA technology being used works by sending an instruction or blueprint to cells to produce an antigen or protein. In Covid, this antigen is part of the spike protein of the virus. In cancer, it would be a marker on the surface of tumor cells, which teaches the immune system to attack it.Learn more on BBC: Could Covid vaccine technology crack cancer? TravelTech is Not Dead Munich-based traveltech startup Holidu raises 100 m € for renting out vacation homes. The 75 m € Series E investment is led by VC 83North, other investors include Northzone, HV Capital, Vintage Investment Partners, and Communfund Capital. Holidu also raised 25 m € venture debt. The brother's Johannes and Michael Siebers will use the money for product development, geographic expansion, and acquisitions. Links and Show Notes Learn more here

OnTrack with Judy Warner
JITX, a Way for Hardware Engineers to Write Codes

OnTrack with Judy Warner

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 45:21


This is a very interesting episode, especially for hardware engineers. Duncan Haldane, the CEO, and co-founder of JITX joins us to share a very interesting approach to PCB design. JITX is a way for hardware engineers to write code to design circuit boards. I know you are excited to hear more! Watch this episode or listen on the go. Be sure to check out the show notes and additional resources below. Watch this episode here Show Highlights: Duncan talks about the Series A funding from Sequoia Capital and the general availability of JITX as an actual product. Duncan's path to engineering started in robotics How can an electrical engineer benefit from JITX? Duncan explained in detail JITX is very well integrated with Altium, it works natively with the existing designs and libraries  Hardware-generated code transforms the job of an engineer a little bit so that they don't have to manually look through all of the different specs for every component that they need JITX is a Nexar partner and uses Octoparts data, in addition, they built a different type of database that's meant for part optimization. Reusable expert hardware engineering knowledge is one of JITX's ultimate goals They are building full automation for boards, new kinds of routing algorithms, new kinds of placement algorithms, and checks for physical geometry The future is optimization Zach and Duncan excitedly talked about AI, and how it can be used to drive some parameters to create new designs Electrical engineers' job is secure, automation can help with the shortage, but will not replace electrical engineers' jobs What the future looks like for JITX Links and Resources: Connect with Duncan Haldane on LinkedIn Visit JITX website Read JITX Launches General Availability And Announces $12M Series A From Sequoia Capital Connect with Zach on LinkedIn Visit Nexar website Visit Octopart website   Claim the special offer for Podcast listeners only

The Marketing AI Show
#22: Adobe Adopts AI Images, DALL-E 2 for Product Design & Sequoia Capital Goes All-In on Generative AI

The Marketing AI Show

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 36:41


Paul and Mike return, discussing three more hot topics in the world of artificial intelligence. Adobe, along with many other innovators, has been experimenting with Generative AI. It is a transformational technology, one that will accelerate the ways artists brainstorm and explore creative avenues — and make creativity accessible to millions more people. At the same time, like many new technologies, Generative AI has raised valid concerns. Among the questions: How is the work of creative people being used to train AI models? And how will we know whether something we see was created by a human or a computer? Next, New York City-based CALA, a startup that bills itself as the “world's first operating system for fashion,” offers a digital platform (including a mobile app launched in March) that allows creators to design and produce clothing lines, unifying the process from product ideation through order fulfillment. With the addition of DALL-E-powered text-to-image generating tools, users can generate new visual design ideas from natural text descriptions or uploaded reference images – which the company says are first-of-its-kind capabilities for the fashion industry. And finally, Sequoia Capital just signaled that they're all-in on generative AI. Sequoia is one of the best-known venture capital firms on the planet, with decades of experience investing in some of tech's biggest names like Apple, Google, Instagram, LinkedIn, and PayPal. Recently, Sequoia published a post called “Generative AI: A Creative New World,” where they laid out their position on generative AI tools like Jasper, DALL-E 2, Stable Diffusion, and others taking the world by storm. Listen to the conversation.

Legends of Retail
How to Unlock Your Company's Potential: Matt Hulett, CEO, PetMeds

Legends of Retail

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 66:20


Can a struggling company change its destiny? Can you reliably turn a company's fortunes around? If you're Matt Hulett, the answer to both of these questions is a resounding yes.Over his 30 years as an executive in the technology sector, Matt Hulett has become the go-to company fixer. From RealNetworks to Rosetta Stone to Expedia, he has steered start-ups and large companies into renewed areas for growth and driven more than $2 billion in value creation. He's in the midst of his latest venture as the CEO of PetMeds. In this conversation, Matt shares his operating framework for turning companies around and evaluating a company's likelihood of success — T3PM: trends, timing, track record, planning and momentum. Matt recently documented the T3PM framework in his book Unlock: 5 Questions to Unleash Your Company's Power. He relates each of these factors back to real-world examples from companies like Expedia, Rovio, Concur, and yes, even Convictional. He also shares how he's leveraging T3PM through his current turnaround at PetMeds, where he is CEO and President. No matter where you are in your career, you'll have something to learn from Matt. Episode Highlights 09:37 - How Matt built his triage mindset 13:58 - The T3PM framework 25:28 - The difference between TAM and SAM 32:53 - Finding the right timing with learned secrets 38:58 - How Matt earns trust from his teams 50:32 - Navigating PetMeds through the market downturn 55:54 - PetMeds' competitive edge in a crowded market About MattMatt Hulett is a seasoned technology executive with more than 30 years of experience building and leading world-class SaaS and consumer companies. Matt has led the growth of companies in the private and public sectors, including Rosetta Stone, RealNetworks, Expedia and many more. He has had multiple turnaround successes as a public company president as well as a private company CEO. Matt has a proven track record raising venture capital from blue chip firms (Sequoia Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Allen and Company, Intel Capital) with multiple liquidity events.Connect with Matt on Linkedin and TwitterCheck out Matt's book UnlockConnect with Chris on Linkedin and Twitter

Boom Vision
Purpose-Driven Entrepreneur: Learning How to Persevere w/ Zack Swire

Boom Vision

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 72:35


#032:  “Success consist of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." - Winston ChurchillToday's interview is my guest, Zack Swire, Business Coach and Visionary Entrepreneur. From the highs and lows of his entrepreneurial journey, it's remarkable to hear what entrepreneurship has taught Zack about persevering, being purpose driven and heart centered.  In today's interview, we dive into:Zack's origin storyHis biggest takeaway from meeting with Roelof Botha at Sequoia Capital.How Zack defines successThe biggest misconception about entrepreneurshipThe most reoccurring roadblock his clients encounter when they seek his advice as a Business Coach.His advice for entrepreneursJoin our Boom Vision family and hit subscribe!  Follow me on Instagram @benjaminyehIf you'd like to get the links and show notes for this episode, head to:https://www.benjaminyeh.com/ep-32-entrepreneur-persevere-with-zack-swire

How to Win
Content, community, and customer acquisition with Mutiny's Jaleh Rezaei

How to Win

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 26:32


Summary:This week on How To Win: Jaleh Rezaei, CEO and co-Founder of Mutiny. Mutiny is a no-code AI and personalization platform for marketers. Mutiny launched in 2018, raised their Series A in 2021 with Sequoia Capital, and their Series B this year with Tiger Global. They now have over 70 employees. In this episode, we discuss how they carved out and dominated their niche, the benefits of building a community around your product, and why continually innovating to add value should be part of your long-term strategy. I weigh in on building a great business in an existing category, increasing your customer value footprint, and competing to be unique.Key Points: Jaleh talks about how she spotted a gap in the market during her time at Gusto (01:03) How does Mutiny go beyond A/B Testing? (04:30) What is Mutiny's go-to-market strategy? (05:50) I discuss building a business in an existing category with a quote from Professor Jonathan Byrnes (09:09) Jaleh breaks down Mutiny's unique customer acquisition-focused marketing (10:50) I weigh in on the importance of new customer acquisition with a quote from Professor Byron Sharp (11:52) Jaleh lays out Mutiny's long-term strategy (13:02) I stress the importance of adding customer value with a quote from Unbounce's Tamara Grominsky (15:38) Jaleh discusses Mutiny's strategy to differentiate faster (16:48) I weigh in on competing to be unique with a quote from business strategist and Harvard Professor Michael Porter (18:38) Jaleh gives three pieces of advice to fellow SaaS founders (20:15) Wrap-up (25:02) Mentioned:Jaleh Rezaei LinkedInJaleh Rezaei TwitterMutiny LinkedInMutiny WebsiteM2Professor Jonathan Byrnes and John Wass' Choose Your CustomerProfessor Byron Sharp's How Brands GrowTamara Grominsky on how Unbounce are pairing marketer and machine to create a new category and fend off the competitionMichael Porter's Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and CompetitorsMy Links:TwitterLinkedInWebsiteWynterSpeeroCXL

Dave Lukas, The Misfit Entrepreneur_Breakthrough Entrepreneurship
321: The Secrets to Prosper and Thrive as an Entrepreneur with Ken Burke

Dave Lukas, The Misfit Entrepreneur_Breakthrough Entrepreneurship

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 53:29


This week's Misfit Entrepreneur is Ken Burke. Ken is a serial entrepreneur who built a massive enterprise software company and sold it for over $100 million. He then went on to create Entrepreneur NOW, a company that provides over 160 eLearning courses designed for entrepreneurs to help them start, grow and run their business. EntrepreneurNOW courses are also distributed all over the world on over 40 major eLearning sites. Ken has been featured on the INC 500, been named Entrepreneur of the Year, and has authored multiple books, most recently the best-seller, Prosper, 5 Steps to Thriving in Business and Life. Needless to say, Ken has a wealth of experience and knowledge on how to succeed as an entrepreneur, and I've brought him to squeeze every bit I can out of him. www.EntrepreneurNow.com www.KenBurke.com Entrepreneurship is in Ken's blood. It's all he knows. It started 25 years ago when he started MarketLive and rode the E-commerce wave. It took 4-5 years before it took off, but they became one of the major players in enterprise e-commerce software. Ken learned a lot through the experience and honed his skills. As things grew, he had to go through the ups and downs of growing and scaling a large business. Sequoia Capital was their large investor and at one point, Ken had his “Steve Jobs” moment where he was replaced as CEO. He was moved to the chairman role and the new “more experienced” CEO was brought in. It was a miserable failure. Ken came back in after 4 years and built things back up and made it very successful selling on a high to a large software conglomerate. He then started EntrepreneurNOW and is at it again and as he says, it having to learn a lot of things all over again. It's never the same path. At the 8 min mark, we talk about how it is different the second time around and just because he was successful once doesn't mean the same things will work in the next venture. Talk to us about the state of entrepreneurship as you see it… The latest batch of entrepreneurs has experienced another crash. Entrepreneurs have had to get a healthy dose of persistence and are learning that the notion of having a startup that maxes value in 3-4 years and the founders cash out is not a reality. The VC/Equity money is drying up. The cost of capital is much higher, and inflation is causing a lot of issues across the board. At the 13 min mark, we discuss persistence and Ken's thoughts. “You have to be in the game the win the game.” A lot of entrepreneurs take themselves off the field because they are not willing to persist through the major barriers they encounter. Don't expect things to always go as planned. Thoughts on the entrepreneur mindset? Ken wrote Prosper to help entrepreneurs in this area. It is impossible to fail because we are here to learn, grow, and develop. Challenges are part of the growth process. There is a lot of “You” in the business, so you must build a structure in the business that allows others to come up and help build the business and learn, grow, and develop. Do not let your ego get in the way. Be careful not to hamper the ability for your business to grow by injecting yourself too much in the business or letting limiting beliefs stop progress. Prosper: 5 Steps to Thriving in Business and Life. Can you take us through the 5 steps? You take you wherever you go. All your baggage comes with you into business or personal life. The healthier you are as a person, the better you are in business and life. Step 1: You must accept yourself. Don't self-sabotage. Step 2: Manage your ego. Your identity is not things, money, success, etc., it is internal. Step 3: Clarity. You need to know exactly where you are going and have a clear vision. Step 4: Take action. It comes down to consistent action. Fear is usually the #1 roadblock. Step 5: Gratitude. Serve and live with gratitude for all those around you and part of your journey. You must practice these things daily. What should entrepreneurs know about how to prepare themselves and their business for a sale and what did you learn through your process? It starts at the very beginning. Covet thy equity. Protect every ounce of equity that you have. Never give more than you have to give up when it comes to equity. Stair-step your investment. Take a little bit more at each step to bring your business 18 months into the future at a time. Be prepared for a “down round.” Manage your board and investor as if they are employees otherwise, they will manage you. They must know you are the leader and are in charge. Do not have a “parent-child” relationship with your board or investors. In the end, you are 100% accountable for everything in your business. When going to sell, you must prepare at least 1 year in advance. Think about how to maximize every aspect of value. Try to find a strategy investor and partner with them ahead of time. Anything you have seen that has worked for you consistently in building businesses? The bigger the problem, the more successful you can be. Start with the problem and find the solution. Finances. 3-5 year financial forecast and reviewing it each quarter keeps you on pace and helps to ensure you are on the right path. 5 clear, key initiatives per year that you are working toward that everyone knows in the business. Focus is widely important. Land and expand. Own a niche first and expand from there. Best advice for an entrepreneur just starting out? Focus. Focus. Focus. Master, then move on. Take action. Action creates momentum.   Best Quote: You have to be in the game the win the game. A lot of entrepreneurs take themselves off the field because they are not willing to persist through the major barriers they encounter.   Ken's Misfit 3: Practice the idea of fulfillment, joy, and happiness on a daily basis. Leave your ego at the door. Avoid the judgement of yourself and those around you. Know that it is impossible to fail. Growth is at the center of what you do.   Show Sponsors Shopify: Get a 14-day FREE trial at www.Shopify.com/misfit Simple Texting: Free for 14-day trial and 500 extra free credits! Text “MISFITS” to 833-2TRY-SMS (833-287-9767)

Danny In The Valley
Empower's Warren Hogarth: "Giving credit to 100 million people"

Danny In The Valley

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 43:43


The Sunday Times' tech correspondent Danny Fortson brings on Warren Hogarth, founder of Empower, to talk about solving the credit score quandary (3:20), how his struggle to buy a car planted a seed for the company (6:20), tapping in to bank account data (8:05), his first job shoveling poop (13:00), trying his hand at fuel cell technology (14:40), then doing a fintech startup (15:50), joining the legendary venture firm Sequoia Capital (18:00), not investing in Lyft (19:55), launching Empower (21:50), the problem with credit scoring (28:05), learning how fintechs got built at Sequoia (31:10), raising $150 million after staying lean for years (34:10), completely automating credit approval (34:30), keeping an eye on employment amid economic turmoil (36:35), and operating remote-first (39:50). Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Unlimited Partners
David Rosenthal, Acquired / Kindergarten Ventures | Why They Invested in Vanta, an Automated Compliance Company

Unlimited Partners

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 115:32


Today is a special episode of UP with our first returning guest David Rosenthal from the Acquired Podcast (Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal)! David also started a venture fund called Kindergarten Ventures with his friend (from kindergarten) Nat Manning (Kettle). Thomas and David discuss their investment in Vanta, an automated compliance company which "helps companies scale security practices and automate compliance for the industry's most sought after standards - SOC 2, ISO 27001, HIPAA, PCI DSS, GDPR, and CCPA." Topics Include: -David and Thomas' investing thought processes -Software eating the world -Why Vanta? -What is Vanta? -Why you still need the Auditors and why that was smart for Vanta to pursue -Christina Cacioppo, CEO & Founder, at Vanta "Christina Cacioppo is the CEO and co-founder of Vanta, a leading security and compliance platform backed by Sequoia Capital and Y Combinator. Previously, she led product management for Dropbox Paper. She is based in San Francisco and enjoys running and reading in her spare time." -Kindergarten Fund -Terms of the Vanta deal -Vanta deal dynamics -Goals and Future hopes for Vanta -Rule of 40 Company (Recurring revenue growth + cash flow margin) a SaaS company's growth rate when added to its free cash flow rate should equal 40 percent or higher -Liquidation Preference (Benefits and Downside?) Sponsors: Tegus Research My Marketplace Builder Links: Thomas McGannon LinkedIn Follow us on social media: Like and subscribe and all that stuff...stay in touch as we will have exciting updates and content soon... @uppodpod Twitter @uppodpod Instagram UP YouTube Channel up-pod.com (Now with ListenNotes for transcripts of each episode) Email us: show@up-pod.com,

The Brave Marketer
Authentic Team Cultures Build Authentic Brands That Standout

The Brave Marketer

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 31:47


Laura Mesa, Vice President of Community and Marketing at Product Hunt, shares how allowing your team to be vulnerable in the workplace, allows your brand to show up authentically too. She also discusses the importance of developing a customer first product strategy and putting in extra effort to personalize based on real needs of your users In this episode we discuss:  How “Makers” like Notion and Figma got their start on Product Hunt – what made them successful on the platform and how it's great resource for discovering the next big idea Dating and Job Hunting: how Laura combined both efforts to launch her marketing career, including getting the chance to meet Steve Jobs and launch the iPhone Testing, learning and using sentiment validation when evaluating products and features Why standing up for your customer is the bravest thing marketers can do   Guest Bio: Laura Mesa, Vice President of Community and Marketing at Product Hunt, is a mother, wife and a tech marketer with more than 15 years experience in consumer tech brands, including roles at Facebook, Apple, Mozilla, Yahoo, Sequoia Capital and currently, Product Hunt. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- About this Show: The Brave Marketer Podcast is hosted by Donny Dvorin, VP, Head of Sales at Brave Software - the makers of the privacy-respecting browser with a built-in ads platform that rewards users for their attention with the Basic Attention Token. Brave is at the forefront of a new online privacy frontier and has unique insights into the future of marketing and advertising in a cookieless world.  Music by: Ari Dvorin

Acquired
Replay: Sequoia Capital

Acquired

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 170:12 Very Popular


Welcome to a new experiment here at Acquired: Replays! We realized many of you have joined us recently and haven't heard older episodes — so we're re-releasing some of our “greatest hits”. Today we're starting with one of our very favorite Acquired series: the legendary Sequoia Capital. This is a 2-part series that we've edited into one episode: the first part is the story of the firm and its founder, Don Valentine, and the second is our interview with Doug Leone. Let us know what you think about this experiment, and tell us in Slack what episodes we should revisit in the future! If you want more Acquired, you can follow our newly public LP Show feed here in the podcast player of your choice (including Spotify!). Sponsor: Thank you to Tegus for sponsoring this episode! Tegus is the world's leading company intelligence platform, containing thousands of fully transcribed, searchable interviews with experts on companies of every stage and sector – all accessible online and on-demand. They're trusted by great firms like Benchmark, Spark, Thrive, First Round, Redpoint, MITIMCo, IGSB and more. You can learn more and get a free trial by clicking here. Just tell them that David and Ben sent you when you get in touch! Links: Silicon Valley's “Traitorous Eight” Don Valentine's lecture at Stanford GSB Berkeley's oral history with Don ‍Note: Acquired hosts and guests may hold assets discussed in this episode. This podcast is not investment advice, and is intended for informational and entertainment purposes only. You should do your own research and make your own independent decisions when considering any financial transactions.

The Tim Ferriss Show
#618: Roelof Botha — Investing with the Best, Ulysses Pacts, The Magic of Founder-Problem Fit, How to Use Pre-Mortems and Pre-Parades, Learning from Crucible Moments, and Daring to Dream

The Tim Ferriss Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 132:54 Very Popular


Roelof Botha — Investing with the Best, Ulysses Pacts, The Magic of Founder-Problem Fit, How to Use Pre-Mortems and Pre-Parades, Learning from Crucible Moments, and Daring to Dream | Brought to you by Wealthfront's high-yield savings account, Eight Sleep's Pod Cover sleeping solution for dynamic cooling and heating, and Shopify global commerce platform providing tools to start, grow, market, and manage a retail business. More on all three below.Roelof Botha (@roelofbotha) has spent over 20 years building companies in Silicon Valley. He began within the walls of nascent PayPal, which he joined in March of 2000 while completing his MBA at Stanford. He became CFO in 2001 and led the company through both its IPO in early 2002 and subsequent acquisition by eBay. Roelof joined Sequoia Capital in 2003 to help founders build enduring businesses. He leads the US/Europe business as Managing Partner and serves as Senior Steward of the global Sequoia Partnership. Roelof is a director of 23andMe, Bird, Ethos, Evernote, Inside.com, Landis, mmhmm, MongoDB, Natera, Pendulum Therapeutics, Square, and Unity Technologies. Previously, he was a director of companies that include YouTube, Tumblr, Xoom, Assurex, and Eventbrite. He also led Sequoia's investment in Instagram.Please enjoy!This episode is brought to you by Wealthfront! Wealthfront is an app that helps you save and invest your money. Right now, you can earn two percent APY—that's the Annual Percentage Yield—with the Wealthfront Cash Account. That's twenty times more interest than if you left your money in a savings account at the average bank, according to FDIC.gov. It takes just a few minutes to sign up, and then you'll immediately start earning two-percent interest on your savings. And when you open an account today, you'll get an extra fifty dollar bonus with a deposit of five hundred dollars or more. Visit Wealthfront.com/Tim to get started.*This episode is also brought to you by Shopify! Shopify is one of my favorite platforms and one of my favorite companies. Shopify is a platform designed for anyone to sell anywhere, giving entrepreneurs the resources once reserved for big business. In no time flat, you can have a great looking online store that brings your ideas to life, and you can have the tools to manage your day-to-day and drive sales. No coding or design experience required.More than a store, Shopify grows with you, and they never stop innovating, providing more and more tools to make your business better and your life easier. Go to Shopify.com/tim for a FREE 14-day trial and get full access to Shopify's entire suite of features.*This episode is also brought to you by Eight Sleep! Eight Sleep's Pod Cover is the easiest and fastest way to sleep at the perfect temperature. It pairs dynamic cooling and heating with biometric tracking to offer the most advanced (and user-friendly) solution on the market. Simply add the Pod Cover to your current mattress and start sleeping as cool as 55°F or as hot as 110°F. It also splits your bed in half, so your partner can choose a totally different temperature.And now, my dear listeners—that's you—can get $250 off the Pod Cover. Simply go to EightSleep.com/Tim or use code TIM at checkout. *For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast.For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsorsSign up for Tim's email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday.For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts.Discover Tim's books: tim.blog/books.Follow Tim:Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferrissYouTube: youtube.com/timferrissFacebook: facebook.com/timferriss LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/timferrissPast guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell, Madeleine Albright, Cheryl Strayed, Jim Collins, Mary Karr, Maria Popova, Sam Harris, Michael Phelps, Bob Iger, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Neil Strauss, Ken Burns, Maria Sharapova, Marc Andreessen, Neil Gaiman, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Jocko Willink, Daniel Ek, Kelly Slater, Dr. Peter Attia, Seth Godin, Howard Marks, Dr. Brené Brown, Eric Schmidt, Michael Lewis, Joe Gebbia, Michael Pollan, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Vince Vaughn, Brian Koppelman, Ramit Sethi, Dax Shepard, Tony Robbins, Jim Dethmer, Dan Harris, Ray Dalio, Naval Ravikant, Vitalik Buterin, Elizabeth Lesser, Amanda Palmer, Katie Haun, Sir Richard Branson, Chuck Palahniuk, Arianna Huffington, Reid Hoffman, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Rick Rubin, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Darren Aronofsky, and many more.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.