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Founder Resources

Podcasts are owned and distributed by Colossus, a media company founded by Patrick O'Shaughnessy.

Featured Founders

Daniel Ek - The Future of Audio

Daniel Ek is the founder and CEO of Spotify. We cover trends in audio, some of his frameworks for viewing the world, and his commitment to growth for both himself and Spotify.

John Collison - Growing the Internet Economy

John Collison is the co-founder of the digital payments company Stripe. We discuss conglomerates, the power of writing, and why board members are like Pokémon characters.

Katrina Lake - The Next Wave of E-commerce

Katrina is the co-founder and CEO of Stitch Fix. We cover the next wave of e-commerce, how stakeholder focus is a shareholder focus, and the future of Stitch Fix and personalized shopping.

Product

Scott Belsky - Focus on the First Mile

Scott is an angel investor with early investments in Pinterest, Uber, and Airtable and is the CPO of Adobe. We cover the importance of a customer's first mile with any product, the tech trends that will dominate for decades, and what those trends mean for investors and creators.

Rahul Vohra - Using Emotion to Design Great Products

Rahul is the Founder & CEO of Superhuman, the fastest email experience ever made. We cover the idea of using game design & emotion in building products, the framework for achieving product market fit, and Rahul's philosophy when it comes to investing in other startups.

Dylan Field - The Growing Importance of Design

Dylan is the co-founder and CEO of Figma, a collaborative online design tool. We cover the principles that Figma is built upon, the growing importance of design as the world moves from consumption to creation, and what it takes to recruit effectively.

Go to Market

Chetan Puttagunta - Go Slow to Go Fast: Software Building and Investing

Chetan Puttagunta is a general partner at Benchmark Capital. We cover how to implement empathy-led software product development, build an effective recruiting pipeline, and operate a remote-friendly culture.

Nick Kokonas - Know What You Are Selling

Nick is the CEO of Tock and co-owner of some of the world’s best restaurants & bars: Alinea, Next, and The Aviary. We cover misconceptions of starting a restaurant, improving the profitability of any business, and the importance of understanding what you really sell.

Ali Ghodsi - The Past, Present, and Future of Big Data

Ali Ghodsi is the founder and CEO of Databricks, a data analytics platform for data scientists and developers. We cover the history of distributed computing, best practices for using data, and the lessons he has learned as CEO of Databricks and working at UC Berkley AMPLab.

Brand

Rohan Oza / Jason Karp - The Power of Brand

Jason is the founder and CEO of HumanCo and Rohan is the co-founder of CAVU Venture Partners. We cover what makes for a great brand, how partnerships with influencers and celebrities can turbocharge a brand, and how brand ultimately gives you pricing power.

Kat Cole - How to Operate: Lessons in Brand, Distribution, and Leadership

Kat Cole is the COO and president of North America for Focus Brands, which owns famous companies like Cinnabon, Carvel, Jamba, and more. We cover her story from a Hooters waitress to COO of Focus Brands, building and developing brands, and lessons she's learned as a leader.

Michael Duda - Investing In Brands

Michael Duda is a Managing Partner at Bullish Inc. We cover how to build a successful brand, the current landscape of advertising, and marketing strategies.

Hiring

Ilkka Paananen - Superpowering Teams

Ilkka Paananen is the Founder and CEO of Supercell, a mobile game developer based in Finland. We cover how Supercell hires and designs teams, why they incorporate as little process as possible, and the rise of global, social games.

Sam Hinkie - Find Your People

Sam worked for more than a decade with the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers and recently launched his own venture capital firm, Eighty-Seven Capital. We cover how to attract the right people, lessons from the NBA that shape his investment decisions, and building trust.

Kathryn Minshew - How Employers and Employees Should Build Careers

Kathryn Minshew is the co-founder and CEO of the Muse, a career development platform. We cover how companies should market to prospective employees, how employees should represent themselves to employers, and the most common mistakes she sees across the hiring landscape.

Venture Capital

Josh Kopelman - The Past, Present, And Future Of Seed Investing

Josh Kopelman is the founder of the venture capital firm First Round Capital. We cover the changes he expects to see in early-stage investing post-COVID, what he looks for in founders, and what separates First Round from other early-stage investing firms.

Sarah Tavel - Consumer & Marketplace Investing

Sarah is a general partner at Benchmark. We cover Sarah's insights from the food delivery & space rental sectors, building marketplaces, and the future of the consumer social sector.

Jerry Neumann - Why Venture is Hard

Jerry Neumann is a venture investor at Neu Venture Capital. We cover why investing with one’s gut is a bad idea, investment risk, and why some of the popular edges in startups, like network effects, may be picked over.