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Peter Thiel: On Why Competition Is For Losers
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The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. <br>Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.<br>Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.
Steve Jobs: On How to Start a Business
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Steve Jobs founded NeXT, Inc. in 1985 after he was forced out of Apple, along with a few of his co-workers. The purpose of the company was to developed and manufactured a series of computer workstations for the higher education and business markets.
Aaron Levie: On Building for the Enterprise (How to Start a Startup 2014: Lecture 12)
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In this video Aaron gives the background and history of Box, then he speaks about the major factors that have changed in enterprise software, and finally walks through patterns that he has seen develop in the enterprise space and how to nagivate these as you build a company that caters to companies of that scale.
Chamath Palihapitiya: On Disrupting the Venture Ecosystem
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Chamath speaks about the changes coming in the Venture Capital industry. Chamath is part-owner of the Golden State Warriors and one of the sharpest minds in the business.
Kevin Rose: On Twitter and Investing with Chris Sacca
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Kevin Rose interviews Chris Sacca, Founder of Lowercase Capital. Interesting to look back at what happened to Twitter over the next few years given Sacca's position back in 2011.
Kevin Rose: On best ways to pitch, GV, cryptocurrency, housing, tech & politics at TWIST E742
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Kevin Rose is an angel investor, venture capitalist, podcaster, and serial entrepreneur best known for building companies like Digg, Revision3, and Milk. In this Part 2 episode, Jason and Kevin continue their discussion of what they look for in a startup founder and lessons learned in early stage investing. Then, they explore their favorite apps, issues around the cryptocurrency and housing markets, and theories around the political side of Zuckerberg.
Kevin Rose: On Digg, great prods, Oak, founder-investor fit, pitching advice from TWIST 740
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This Week in Startups is a show about entrepreneurship, investing, technology, and media. Our guest today is able to speak to all of those areas. Kevin Rose is an angel investor, venture capitalist, podcaster, and serial entrepreneur best known for building companies like Digg, Revision3, and Milk. He recently moved from NY to join True Ventures as a venture partner. Join us as Kevin and Jason discuss what makes a good startup and a good product, how to source deals, his Oak app and the benefit of mediation for entrepreneurs, and more.
Jeff Bezos: On How To Start A Business
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Amazon.com Founder & CEO Jeff Bezos gives wise advice on how to start up a business in a series of clips. This video includes:<br>-Amazon's customer focus<br>-Long Term Strategy in business - for businesses such as Kindle or Amazon Web Services (AWS)<br>-Building a flywheel to bring customers and revenue for the long-run<br>-On Massive Investment in Infrastructure and Employees<br>-Corporate Structure & Management<br>-Hiring A Team<br>-Startup Success vs failure<br>-Differences in Internet and Physical Retail Stores<br>-On Luck & Diligence
Naval Ravikant: On Innovating at Disrupt NY 2017
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AngelList's Naval Ravikant sits down with Connie Loizos to discuss increasing access for and to investors, the Product Hunt acquisition, and potential sources of revenue.
Stewart Butterfield: On Serendipity in Design and Entrepreneurship
50 minutes
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Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of Slack and Flickr, shares lessons from his entrepreneurial journey from philosophy student to creator of hugely popular platforms for sharing and communicating, and how they began as minor features embedded in online games that were otherwise flops. Butterfield speaks with Andrew Braccia of the venture capital firm Accel Partners.
Reid Hoffman: On Founding Amazing Companies with Sam Altman at Startup School 2016
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Another discussion with Sam Altman where Reid discusses the traits he looks for in founders, how to identify market opportunities and what are the conditions that facilitate rapid scaling.
Derek Sivers: On How I built a $22M online business & why I gave it to charity at DNX Berlin
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Derek is a prolific creator. In this discussion he walks us through the history of CD baby, which was his first business success. His story is on of exploration and a desire to solve problems leading to a giant business. In a sense, he stumbled his way to into a $22 Million business. This story provides a rough blueprint for those of you who have an entrepreneurial itch. Start by solving a very small problem and see where it takes you.
Venkatesh Rao: On Investing with a focus on South America
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Venkatesh is another true polymath. This discussion centers around the theme of investment with a focus on South America. He tackles the reduction of poverty, the improvement of the quality of life, the communities and what is required for a healthy ecosystem. It's an introduction to his thought be we highly recommend his weekly newsletter: Breaking Smart.
Scott Belsky: On Pizza & 40s
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Scott Belsky co-founded Behance in 2006, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012. Belsky had been an early-stage investor and active advisor to companies including Uber, Warby Parker, Pinterest, Periscope and Sweetgreen. Sam Parr, founder of the Hustle sits down with Scott at our monthly Pizza & 40s event. Scott shares his experiences, stories, advice and much more.
Chris Sacca: Legendary interview from TWIST #291 Part 2
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This video is from 2012 but it is a classic. In Part 2 he digs into the business of Google, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, his political affliations and more.
Chris Sacca: Legendary interview from TWIST #291 Part 1
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5:00 Chris, welcome to the show.<br>6:15 What is it that you do on a daily basis?<br>9:15 Chris: There's a lot of garbage getting funded today.<br>10:00 What does it mean to be a founder in your book?<br>12:15 Is fearlessness a good trait?<br>14:45 Has it become too easy to become a founder?<br>19:15 How did you wind up being an investor in companies like Facebook, Twitter and Uber?<br>20:00 Chris shares the story of how he found himself in a huge financial hole.<br>25:30 Thank you to Stamps.com for their support of the show! Everyone go to stamps.com and use the code TWIST for your free, 4-week trial.<br>28:15 Chris resumes his story of how he gambled and lost big.<br>29:45 What happens when people come to collect on the debt?<br>34:30 What was Speedera's business?<br>35:00 How did you land at Google?<br>38:15 Chris: My first angel investment was in Photobucket.<br>40:00 Is it right that you once took over on the secondary market for most Twitter shares?<br>44:30 True or false: people in the Valley tend to be like "dude, I got you,"--until the money comes in.<br>47:45 Has VC behavior gotten better or worse in the last decade?<br>50:30 Tell me about Garrett Camp of Stumbleupon.<br>51:45 Twitter, some would say, is screwing over the developers that helped build it. What's your take on that?<br>1:00:00 Are you slowing down on angel investing right now?<br>1:01:45 Chris reveals the existence of the fund Lowercase Stampede.<br>1:03:30 What gives you the ability to look at a new space with fresh eyes?<br>1:05:30 How did you get involved in Hollywood?<br>1:07:00 What do you think the impact of Kickstarter is on the entertainment business?<br>1:10:15 This concludes part one of Jason's interview with Chris. Party two is coming soon--stay tuned!
Marc Andreessen: On How to Raise Money with Ron Conway, and Parker Conrad (HtSaS 2014)
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Sam Altman leads a panel Q&A on Fundraising in this lecture with Marc Andreessen, Founder of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz, Ron Conway, Founder of SV Angel, and Parker Conrad, Founder of Zenefits.
Chris Sacca: On pitches & Shark Tank, Twitter, politics, more at TWIST
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Legendary angel investor and Shark Tank star Chris Sacca returns to TWiST! Chris and Jason sit down to discuss everything from investing in relationships to Jack Dorsey as Twitter's CEO (now and early on). He talks about what he looks for in an investment, how he met Matt Mazzeo, those early years with Twitter and selling people on the business, and how his dream job involved "a lot of being on the phone, a lot of yelling at people... high risk, high reward." Chris shares his experiences on Shark Tank, how fun it is to bust the chops (he uses a different term...) of Mark Cuban and Kevin O'Leary, and how TV could be part of the next chapter of Chris' life.
Paul Graham: On Where Innovation is Needed and YCombinator
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An older talk from the Y-Combinator founder Paul Graham. Graham is one of the most respected people in SV. His essays are a fantastic resource as well.
Chris Sacca: On Investing, Venture Capital and Life
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A interview with billionaire venture capitalist Chris Sacca. This interview covers Chris' unorthodox path into venture capital and how early failures in his career taught him skills that would lead him to prosper. Chris also discusses his investment strategy and what he looks for in a entrepreneur/startup company. 0:00 Introduction <br>0:17 Early life <br>1:12 First company <br>3:14 Day trading & Losing it all<br>7:35 25 and 2.8 million in debt <br>17:59 Working at Google <br>27:45 Angel investing & Starting a fund <br>31:32 Twitter <br>41:04 Investment strategy<br>45:04 What do you look for in entrepreneurs? <br>52:55 Websites to look at
Alexis Ohanian: On Reddit, Lessons from Building a Huge Business and Leaving at Oxford Union
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Armenian-American entrepreneur, activist and investor, Alexis Ohanian is famous for co-founding the social news website Reddit, one of the most visited websites in the world. He describes the history of Reddit, how it's shaping human connection online and where the company is headed.
Alexis Ohanian: On his book Without Their Permission at Google
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In WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION, Alexis Ohanian shows you how to share your great ideas with an unlimited world online. Ohanian charts a course for you to build a business, or create a following, or just expand your world and those of people you haven't even met. What you'll lean from Ohanian isn't taught in any school or in any modern curricula. If you're building a company, his story will resonate. Both entertaining and informative.
David Sacks: On Paypal, Yammer and Lessons Learned
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Professor Todd Henderson leads an engaging discussion with Yammer Founder and CEO, David Sacks. David has been involved in the Internet space more than 10 years as an entrepreneur, executive and investor, starting with PayPal in 1999. He was PayPal's chief operating officer and product leader, taking the company from startup to IPO and eventual sale to eBay for $1.5 billion. Subsequently, he founded Geni.com, a genealogy website that enables millions of family members to collaboratively build an online family tree.
Scott Belsky: On What Are You Willing to Be Bad At?
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In our careers and in our work, we can only get a few things right, so we need to choose what we focus on purposefully. More importantly, we need to choose things that are different from our peers. This is our competitive advantage and it is what can propel us to success.<br> In this 99U talk, Behance co-founder Scott Belsky shares how companies like Apple and Southwest Airlines use this strategy to ensure long term success. But finding your competitive advantage is only step one, the world changes quickly, and just as fast as you find your niche, you should be looking for another one. <br> Self-awareness is the only sustainable competitive advantage you can find.
Reid Hoffman: On From Startup to Scaleup
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Sam Altman sits down with Reid Hoffman to talk about the key changes founders should think about as they transition from a startup to a scaleup. Reid is one of the best minds in the Valley and a master of scaling software businesses.
Marc Andreessen: On Building Companies and the Job of CEO At Startup School
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Marc Andreessen sits down with former Y Combinator COO Qasar Younis to discuss building companies, the role of a CEO, the role of VC and where he sees the future of Silion Valley and innovation.
Scott Belsky: On Making Ideas Happen
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Drawing on the research in his book, "Making Ideas Happen," Behance Founder & CEO Scott Belsky will give an overview of key tips and insights for pushing ideas forward. He will touch on the three crucial components of creative execution – organization, communal forces, and leadership capability – and review a series of best practices shown to be effective across industries.
Aaron Levie: On The History of Box and Enterprise Companies with Dan Olsen
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During the 2017 Product Leader Summit, Aaron Levie, Founder & CEO of Box discusses 1) The founding of Box during Aaron's sophomore year of college. 2) Mark Cuban's initial investment in the company, which led Aaron and team to drop out of college to work on the company full-time. 3) The decision to pivot from a consumer to enterprise business, while preserving consumer mindset ethos. 4) Business strategy as competitive differentiator & creating asymmetric advantages for the company. 5)Solving problems for the end consumer, simpler & cheaper, than competing solutions in the market. 6)Following your North star and defining product strategy. 7) Being disciplined through ruthless prioritization. 8) Knowing when to listen to your customers and when to say "no". 9) The need to balance delivering predictable near term results and going after riskier longer-term bets/innovation as a public company. 10) Having a strong conviction of where the world is going and using data to prove out whether or not you're right. 11) Making sure you have more tailwinds pushing you than headwinds working against you.
Sam Altman: Team and Execution (Sam Altman)
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Sam Altman finishes up "Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution" by covering Team and Execution, in Lecture 2 of How to Start a Startup.
Sam Altman: How to Start a Startup (Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz)
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Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator, and Dustin Moskovitz, Cofounder of Facebook, Asana, and Good Ventures, kick off the How to Start a Startup Course. Sam covers the first 2 of the 4 Key Areas: Ideas, Products, Teams and Execution; and Dustin discusses Why to Start a Startup.
Sam Altman: Before the Startup (Paul Graham)
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Paul Graham delivers an informative (and highly amusing) talk, addressing counterintuitive parts of startups, in Lecture 3 of How to Start a Startup.
Sam Altman: Competition is for Losers (Peter Thiel)
50 minutes
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Peter Thiel, founder of Paypal and Palantir, discusses business strategy and monopoly theory in "Competition is For Losers".
Sam Altman: Growth (Alex Schultz)
47 minutes
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Alex Schultz gives an overview of Growth for startups, speaking from a position of authority as the VP of Growth at Facebook.
Sam Altman: How to Raise Money (Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Parker Conrad)
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Sam leads a panel Q&A on Fundraising in this lecture with Marc Andreessen, Founder of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz, Ron Conway, Founder of SV Angel, and Parker Conrad, Founder of Zenefits.
Sam Altman: How to Get Started, Doing Things that Don't Scale, Press
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Stanley Tang, Founder of Doordash, covers How to Get Started. Walker Williams, Founder of Teespring, covers Doing things that Don't Scale. Justin Kan, Founder of TwitchTV and Partner at Y Combinator, covers Press.
Sam Altman: Culture (Brian Chesky, Alfred Lin)
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Brian Chesky, Founder of Airbnb, and Alfred Lin, Former COO of Zappos and Partner at Sequoia Capital discuss how to build a great company culture.
Sam Altman: How to Raise Money (Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Parker Conrad)
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Sam leads a panel Q&A on Fundraising in this lecture with Marc Andreessen, Founder of Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz, Ron Conway, Founder of SV Angel, and Parker Conrad, Founder of Zenefits.
Sam Altman: Building for the Enterprise (Aaron Levie)
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Aaron Levie - founder of Box, enterprise master, Twitter comedic genius. In this lecture, he'll convince you to Build for the Enterprise.
Sam Altman: Building Product, Talking to Users, and Growing (Adora Cheung)
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So you have an idea. How do you go from zero users to many users?Adora Cheung, Founder of Homejoy, covers Building Product, Talking to Users, and Growing, in Lecture 4 of How to Start a Startup.
Sam Altman: How to be a Great Founder (Reid Hoffman)
49 minutes
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So you've learned how to get started, how to raise money, how to build products, and how to grow. Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn and Partner at Greylock Ventures, addresses many of the questions and confusions that might be cropping up - How to be a Great Founder.
Sam Altman: How to Manage (Ben Horowitz)
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You are not the only one whom your decisions impact. Ben Horowitz, founder of Andreessen Horowitz and Opsware, discusses this important management perspective that founders miss, with, of course, the gratuitous rap lyric or two sprinkled in.
Sam Altman: How to Run a User Interview (Emmett Shear)
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Building product, and talking to users. In the early stages of your startup, those are the two things you should focus on. In this lecture, Emmett Shear, Founder and CEO of Justin.tv and Twitch, covers the latter. What can you learn by talking to users that you can’t learn by looking at data? What questions should you ask? How can user interviews define or redefine your product goals?
Sam Altman: How to Design Hardware Products (Hosain Rahman)
47 minutes
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Hosain Rahman, CEO and Founder of Jawbone, covers the design process for building hardware products users love.
Sam Altman: How to Operate (Keith Rabois)
46 minutes
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What should the CEO be doing on a day to day basis? How do you make sure the company is moving in the right direction? Keith Rabois, Partner at Khosla Ventures and former COO of Square, tackles the nitty gritty - How to Operate. Lots of actionable takeaways from this lecture!
Sam Altman: Hiring and Culture, Part 2 (Patrick and John Collison, Ben Silbermann)
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Stripe and Pinterest - two companies well known for their strong cultures. The founders - John Collison, Patrick Collison, and Ben Silberman - take Q&A from Sam in part 2 of Hiring and Culture.
Sam Altman: Later-stage Advice (Sam Altman)
48 minutes
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Sam caps off the How to Start a Startup series with things you should ignore when you start, but become important a year in.
Sam Altman: Sales and Marketing; How to Talk to Investors (Tyler Bosmeny)
48 minutes
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Three segments in this lecture:Tyler Bosmeny, founder and CEO of Clever, starts off today's lecture with an overview of the Sales Funnel, and how to get to your first $1 Million. Michael Seibel, founder of Justin.tv and Socialcam and Partner at Y Combinator, then goes over how to talk to investors - the pitch. Dalton Caldwell, founder of imeem and App.net and Partner at Y Combiantor, and Qasar Younis, founder of Talkbin and Partner at Y Combinator, then perform an investor meeting roleplay to give you a taste of how it actually might look behind the scenes.
Sam Altman: Legal and Accounting Basics for Startups (Kirsty Nathoo, Carolynn Levy)
48 minutes
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There's a lot that goes behind the scenes in running a startup. Getting the legal, finance (equity allocation, vesting), accounting, and other overhead right will save you a lot of pain in the long run. Kirsty Nathoo, CFO at Y Combinator, and Carolynn Levy, General Counsel at Y Combinator, cover these very important topics in this lecture.
Sam Altman: How to Build Products Users Love (Kevin Hale)
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Kevin Hale, Founder of Wufoo and Partner at Y Combinator, explains how to build products that create a passionate user base invested in your startup's success.