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What books should I be reading?

3 Jul , 2019  

A full and updated list of books that are useful in all areas of tech, entrepreneurship & startups! General Start-up: The Hard thing about hard things Start with why Zero to one The tipping point The Master algorithm Personality/Skills/Characteristics/Life: Lean in How to win every argument Thinking fast and slow How to win friends and […]

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Standing on the shoulders of experience: how a top Silicon Valley coach helps CEOs get better faster.

27 Jun , 2019  

John Hamm is an Octopus Venture Partner and CEO coach based in San Francisco. John works with the CEOs in the portfolio, on the specific premise that the better they perform, the better our returns will be as an investment firm over time. Read more

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How to pick the right metrics

24 Jun , 2019  

Goodhart’s law is an adage named after the economist Charles Goodhart, which states that ‘when a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure’. Read more

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What I learned about procrastination while scaling my startup to 4.2 million users

3 Jun , 2019  

I took a deep breath and rolled onto my side. It was a familiar moment — the moment when my 6 a.m. alarm clock sounded, after a night of tossing and turning. Read more

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Our Top 6 Pieces of Career Wisdom for New Grads (and Everyone Else Too)

28 May , 2019  

Graduation season is upon us, along with its signature mixture of excitement, relief, nostalgia, hope and anticipation for the future. (And speeches. Plenty of speeches.) Read more

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This article will review how market size affects round size when raising funding. 

28 May , 2019  

Sammy is a co-founder of Blossom Street Ventures. We invest in companies with run rate revenue of $2mm+ and year over year growth of 50%+. We lead or follow in $1mm to $5mm growth rounds and can do inside rounds, secondaries, restructurings and special situations. Read more

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How Old Are Successful Tech Entrepreneurs?

28 May , 2019  

We’ll send you one email a week with content you actually want to read, curated by the Insight team. While this may seem extreme, there is clearly a bias among many in the tech sector toward the young. Read more

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How to measure CAC in a two-sided marketplace

19 May , 2019  

Building a marketplace can be a daunting task — you need to start from scratch building two different customer bases, simultaneously. Read more

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15 Annoying Things that VCs say or ask (and how to think about them)

19 May , 2019  

Today’s blog post is all about the annoying things that VCs commonly say or ask.  I did a call out on Twitter this week and these are the VCisms that the crowds have bubbled up as the most annoying things out of a VC’s mouth. Read more

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So You Think You’re Ready to Hire a Marketer? Read This First.

14 May , 2019  

After spending more than a decade as a marketer at companies like Google, Square and Cover, Arielle Jackson has assembled a collection of tested strategies and essential advice in her marketing toolkit. Read more