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In 2019, More Heavily-Funded Startups Will Succumb To Premature Scaling

30 Dec , 2018  

More than seven years ago, a research outfit called the Startup Genome Project set out to determine the top reasons why funded startups fail. Are they crushed by larger rivals? Doomed by incompetent founders? Hounded to collapse by regulators? Read more

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The Fate of Self-Driving Cars Hangs on a $7 Trillion Design Problem

28 Dec , 2018  

The Fate of Self-Driving Cars Hangs on a $7 Trillion Design Problem. Waymo One is the world’s first self-driving taxi service. Just two rides in, and we’re already bored of the future. Read more

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How To Recruit Talent—When You’re Competing With Giants

28 Dec , 2018  

For a top candidates to join your startup, they have to believe two things: Your startup can give them the return they’re looking for—be it in their bank account, career, or personal life. Your startup will survive long enough for them to realize that return. Read more

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Getting Compensation Right in Startups

26 Dec , 2018  

Setting salaries, bonus levels and equity grants can be a hard task. Getting it right, avoiding misperceptions and keeping motivation and retention where they need to be, are the art and science of good HR. Read more

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What’s next for marketplace startups? Reinventing the $10 trillion service economy, that’s what.

25 Dec , 2018  

[Dear readers, this essay is on the future of marketplaces. Is there still room for marketplace startups to innovate? We answer, emphatically, yes! Am excited to share a vision on the past and future of the service economy, in a collaboration by my a16z colleague Li Jin. Read more

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Mastering Launch PR: Dos & Don’ts

8 Nov , 2018  

When talking to startup founders about launch PR, I’m frequently presented with similar concerns and queries – I thought it would make sense to lay down my thoughts here on recommended dos and don’ts. Read more

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How to start a marketplace business

8 Nov , 2018  

From AirBnB to Uber, marketplace businesses have disrupted industry after industry. Their ability to leverage technology to connect buyers and suppliers directly without middlemen make them an attractive opportunity for founders and venture capital. Read more

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David Rusenko – How To Find Product Market Fit

10 Oct , 2018  

David Rusenko from Weebly (YC W07) details the story of how Weebly developed one of the most popular website creation and hosting sites on the web today. Read more

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All Things Sales! 16 Mini-Lessons for Startup Founders

10 Oct , 2018  

As a former CEO and software engineer (Citrix, XenSource, VERITAS, etc. Read more

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Getting Acquired (4 of 4): Life Post-Acquisition

4 Oct , 2018  

This is the last blog in a 4-part series called Getting Acquired. I started by demystifying how to engage corporate development teams, then talked about how to get a competitive bidding war to get the highest offers and also how to get through diligence to an announcement. Read more