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E912: #AskJason Call-in: Stepping stones to VC, attracting top talent on a tight budget, pay-to-pitch & other startup scams, educating investors on the problem & your solution, landing leads for your round & more
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Uber's IPO targets April, Stash stacks cash, and YC shakes it up
Equity TechCrunch
access_time5 days ago
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was a lot of fun. Connie Lozios took the captain's chair in San Francisco while I manned the sails, and we had Female Founders Fund's founder Anu Duggal in the studio to round out our crew.
E910: Founder.University #Startup Tuneup: 9 startups in talent & ride-share marketplaces, insurance fraud detection, anonymous global messaging, high-end home repair, curated digital shopping & more get candid feedback from Jason & Jenny Lefcourt, Freestyle Capital
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Check your blindspot w/Sallie Krawcheck (Ellevest)
If your company's dominated by one type of person, you run the risk of tunnel vision. You might move fast — but you'll often drive straight into traps as you grow. Truly scalable companies need a diverse portfolio of viewpoints to see the opportunities others miss. Sallie Krawcheck knows this well. As an investment banker, she rose through the ranks of Wall Street, and saw firsthand the challenges a lack of diversity brings. She went on to found Ellevest, an investment platform aimed at women. Her straight talk — and hilarious asides — create the clear business case for diversity of all kinds. Cameo appearance: Steven Johnson (host of the podcast American Innovations; and author of best-selling books, including the recent "Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most").
Changes at Y Combinator, $1.5B more for ridehailing, and Airbnb buys HotelTonight
Equity TechCrunch
access_time12 days ago
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.We're back to basics this week with Kate Clark at the helm, Alex Wilhelm in the sidecar, and a stack of venture capital news and happenings to get through. And to make everyone feel included, we kicked off the episode with a roll-call of new VC funds.
113: ep 96 - Michal Stawicki on Book Marketing and Goal Setting
Michal Stawicki is an author, coach, entrepreneur who has published over 2 million words over the past 7 years. He has been a past guest on MyKitaab Podcast, and in this episode, we talk about his evolution from an author to an authorpreneur. He and his wife have been able to leave their full time jobs, and they have been supplement their income from writing and related activities.  Listen to this very insightful interview from Michal on MyKitaab Podcast. You can subscribe to MyKitaab Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Storiyoh, Stitcher and other fine places where you can consume your favourite episodes. You can of course listen to the podcast interviews and get the shownotes at https://mykitaab-podcast.com
E909: Roger McNamee Pt. 2
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Equity Shot: Lyft files to go public and we're stoked
Equity TechCrunch
access_time19 days ago
Hello and welcome to an Equity Shot, a short-form episode of the show where we dive into a single breaking news story. Guess what we're talking about today?! It's Lyft. You guessed correctly. The Lyft S-1 is the very first major S-1 event of 2019. As you might recall, the government shutdown gummed the IPO process by halting the Securities and Exchange Commission, an agency that plays the most active role in helping a company go public. Now the government is open, and Lyft's formerly private filing is now a public filing.
Four rounds for women-led startups, and a huge Series A for Motif
Equity TechCrunch
access_time19 days ago
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. February is now behind us, but we gathered the troops to send it off in style: Connie Loizos was here, Kate Clark was in, I was around, and NEA's Jonathan Golden joined us, as well.
Caterina Fake, co-founder of Yes VC & Flickr, explores tech’s unintended consequences in new podcast “Should This Exist?”; shares insights on community building, founder skills, the zebra movement, the future of capitalism & funding startups that embody creativity & expression
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The Reid Hoffman Story (Part 2) — Make everyone a hero
We’re back with Part 2 of our special turn-the-tables episode with Reid Hoffman. In this episode, we follow Reid through PayPal, LinkedIn, the Microsoft acquisition, his angel investments, Greylock, and his hosting of Masters of Scale — all the while proving our theory that you can chart an epic journey to scale if you make everyone you enlist a hero — in their OWN story and not just yours. Guest Host: June Cohen (Former Exec Producer, TED; Exec Producer, Masters of Scale & Cofounder of WaitWhat, the company behind it). Cameo appearances: Arianna Huffington (Thrive Global) and Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn).
Pinterest and Lyft move closer to IPO and LPs question the Vision Fund's investment strategy
Equity TechCrunch
access_time26 days ago
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. What a week. It had looked a bit quiet with just a few big rounds to cover. I was looking forward to a relaxed episode, frankly. But no, as Kate and I were prepping the show notes, the News Gods opened the heavens and dropped a fifty-weight of mana right on our heads.
Introducing: Should This Exist?
Introducing a brand new show from the team behind Masters of Scale, Should This Exist?Woebot is a mobile app that gives one-on-one therapy and gets 2 million messages a week. But Woebot isn't a person – it's a chatbot. It was invented and developed by psychologist Alison Darcy and it uses AI to guide users through a session, anytime, anywhere. Darcy hopes that Woebot will help break down the stigma of therapy and help provide services to communities with a lack of mental health resources. But what happens when we remove the human therapist from therapy? Host Caterina Fake, Woebot founder and CEO Alison Darcy, and experts Esther Perel, Baratunde Thurston, and Kevin Delaney debate the possibilities.
E903: DeepMap CEO & Co-founder James Wu built the world’s greatest maps for Google, Apple & Baidu, now provides precision HD mapping technology & real-time data for autonomous vehicles // Office Hours with Jason! Balancing supply & demand
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Peloton peddles toward an IPO, self-driving is big business and SaaS's new highs
Equity TechCrunch
access_time1 month ago
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was a treat. We had TechCrunch's own Connie Loizos in the studio along with your humble servant and General Catalyst's Niko Bonatsos. A fine group for a busy week. We had to pare our topic list some for length, but after working out what qualified as the biggest news from our usual orbit, we decided to touch on:
112: ep.95-Yogesh Dashrath, Storytel India
Welcome to episode number 95 of MyKitaab podcast. Our guest is Yogesh Dashrath, who is the Country Manager for Storytel in India. Storytel is an audio book and ebook  publisher from Sweden.  Yogesh tells his own journey as an avid book reader and an audiophile, and Storytel's journey in India. We also discuss the evolution of the market for audiobooks in India. Specifically, the challenges he faced when he approached publishers and authors while trying to build up their audio book collection in India. We also talked about audiobooks in Indian languages, particularly Marathi and Hindi. This is the first ever interview of MyKitaab Podcast which has recorded it not one, not two, but three languages: English, Hindi and Marathi. This is a very, very exciting and high energy conversation which I am sure you would learn a lot from. Also look out for the link through which you can try Storytel for FREE for 30 days! visit www.storytel.com/30days You can listen to MyKitaab Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Storiyoh, Stitcher and other fine places where you can consume your favourite episodes. You can of course listen to the podcast interviews and get the shownotes at https://mykitaab-podcast.com.
E902: Looking Glass Factory Co-founder & CEO Shawn Frayne demos his 3D holographic display that creates shared experiences & unlimited potential for human-tech direct interaction  // “Guess the Fake Startup!”: which chat product is too outrageous to exist?
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Spotify <3 podcasts, Calm becomes a unicorn and Reddit's Series D
Equity TechCrunch
access_time1 month ago
Hello, and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Kate Clark and I sat down to get through the biggest news in the venture and startup world. This is our regular episode of the week after a shot focused on the Slack IPO, and an interview concerning Facebook. So, back to our roots. And as has been the case for months and months now, there was a lot to get through.
E900: Justin Kan, co-founder of Justin.tv, Twitch.tv & Atrium, shares lessons pioneering live-stream video, early days at YC, learning from failure, selling as a superpower, strengthening core & building startups from the joy of exploration
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Equity Interview: Roger McNamee is certain Facebook is destroying our democracy
Equity TechCrunch
access_time1 month ago
Famed investor Roger McNamee once advised Facebook. Now he's certain it's destroying our democracy.
Equity Shot: Slack's Confidential IPO Filing
Equity TechCrunch
access_time1 month ago
Hello, and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Today we’re bringing back an old Equity format: The Shot. No, I haven’t started drinking again, Equity Shots are short takes on breaking news. And no news was more explosive recently than word that Slack has filed to go public confidentially. Confidentially in that we don’t get to see the numbers (yet), but publicly in that the company went ahead and told the world that it had filed, privately, with the SEC. Which, as our own Danny Crichton points out, is open once again now that the government has reopened. If you want to follow along with the numbers as we talk, this post is where most of my notes are, and you can read all of TechCrunch’s Slack coverage here. We’re back in a flash with our regular weekly episode on Friday. Stay cool!
Everyone Raises $100M, Pinterest And Zoom Want To Go Public, And HelloSign
Equity TechCrunch
access_time2 months ago
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we recorded as a trio: Connie Loizos holding down the studio with our guest, the ever-present Jeff Clavier of Uncorked Capital. I dialed in from the what was the East Coast, back before it froze over.
E898: Office Hours with Jason! Founders present their most pressing startup challenges: strengthening momentum after fundraise, igniting excitement for biometrics, educating angels on personal flight, increasing sales for AI video, targeting the right investors, & more
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Scooters 2.0, Munchery ghosts, and solving contraceptive deserts
Equity TechCrunch
access_time2 months ago
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had the gang back together with our own Connie Loizos at the helm, Kate Clark in the studio as well, Alex on the phone, and Ed Sim from Boldstart Ventures onboard as well. A good crew for a busy week.
The Reid Hoffman Story (Part 1) — Make everyone a hero
In this special episode, we turn the tables on host Reid Hoffman. He’s the guest and we tell his story, while proving a theory that’s perfect for Reid: You can chart an epic journey to scale, if you make everyone a hero along the way. Guest Host is June Cohen, Executive Producer of Masters of Scale, CEO of WaitWhat, and former Executive Producer of TED. Cameo Apperance: Matthew Mercer, host of the web series Critical Role.
More scooter dollars, Slack’s revenue projections, and the IPO traffic jam
Equity TechCrunch
access_time2 months ago
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.
E894: How do you know when to hire a CEO? Owl Labs Co-founder & outgoing CEO Max Makeev & new CEO Frank Weishaupt on applying robotics thinking to transform video conferencing, shaping the future of distributed teams, & hitting the gas on growth by handing over the reigns
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E893: All #AskJason! Working in VC, prospects for non-revenue projects, cliche entrepreneur phrases, effective networking tips, recession-proof industries, what makes a great investment, negotiating co-founder title, misguided startup advice, SV v. NYC
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E892: News Roundtable! Peter Rojas & Monique Woodard: CES (5G, bread robots, double standards & more!), tech backlashes & what lies beneath, the dilemmas of regulation, have we reached peak Apple?, political deja vu, online harassment & the rise of fake internet
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Let your customers be your scouts – w/Eventbrite's Julia Hartz
That constant roar of customer feedback? Be thankful for it. It holds all the secrets to your success, if you learn how to read the signs. Listen to what users say, sure. But also watch what they do and interpret what they need. Eventbrite's Julia Hartz embodies this principle. She believes passionately in learning from her customers, and has made rapid response to user feedback the driving force behind Eventbrite’s strategy — as it grew from a simple ticketing app to a full-service platform for event creators, offering everything from ticket sales to custom-made RFID readers.
E891: #AllAskJason Call-In: right approach to metrics, customer acquisition & retention, landing qualified leads & true feedback from the front lines, to take or not to take investor money, relentless focus as a strategy
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E890: #StartupTuneup: 16 founders pitch for Jason’s candid feedback on scaling: from social networks to smart contact lenses, flying on-demand to subscription freelancers, multi-purpose boxes to blockchain for litigants & many more @ LAUNCH SCALE
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E889: Union Square Ventures Partner Brad Burnham shares insights on market forces, innovation impinged by dominant players & consolidating network effects, the enduring benefits of open systems, potential for distributed trust, & continued conviction for crypto to create a platform that is not evil
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Bradley Tusk on mobile voting, Uber's IPO race with Lyft and the Dems taking over the House
Equity TechCrunch
access_time3 months ago
With everyone logging valuable family time this week and wondering if it's worth returning that sweater, we decided to do something a little different and run a special holiday episode, one that features just Connie Loizos in conversation with Bradley Tusk, a venture capitalist, philanthropist, book author and, earlier in his career, a trusted aid to billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
E888: Honor CEO & Co-founder Seth Sternberg (prev. Meebo, Google) turns his tech expertise toward human betterment, combining caregivers with machine learning for quality home care; shares lessons as serial entrepreneur, raising money, assembling teams, navigating execution & market risks
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SoftBank's triple, Pinterest is going public, and the market meltdown
Equity TechCrunch
access_time3 months ago
This week we had 75 percent of the core crew on hand to chat: Connie Loizos, Danny Crichton, and myself. Kate will be back on the show early next year, we promise. We were also joined by Menlo Ventures' Venky Ganesan who was a super great addition to the team.
E887: #StartupTuneup @ TWiST Live! Jason’s candid feedback to founders on teledentistry as a service, tax management for cannabis, stylish activewear bras, data science for software engineering, online 3D printing, integrated traveling platform
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To scale, you must master the skill of storytelling w/Charity: Water’s Scott Harrison
You need a great story to build a great company. And great stories are unwaveringly TRUE. No one embodies this principle more fully than Scott Harrison, founder of Charity: Water. A master storyteller, Scott built his nonprofit on 3 radical principles: (1) 100% of donations would go to water projects (not overhead) (2) Progress reports would be utterly transparent, sharing victories, defeats and even GPS coordinates of water wells (3) The brand’s storytelling would lead with hope instead of guilt, inspiring joyful participation without sacrificing honesty.
111: ep 94 Open Source Tools for Creatives - Jason Van Gumster
Welcome to episode number 94 of MyKitaab Podcast. Our guest today is Jason Van Gumster. Jason is from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, he is a creative professional, an author and an advocate of open source programs. His books include the GIMP Bible and Blender for Dummies He is also the creator and the host of the Open Source Creative Podcast.  We had used Skype for recording this call, and occasionally you may hear a drop in the audio quality, particularly after the call had dropped around two thirds of the recording. We had originally recorded this interview in April 2017, and we are publishing it in December 2018. You can find the shownotes and links mentioned in this episode at gaathastory.com/jason-van-gumster
E886: Samasource Founder & CEO Leila Janah is reducing poverty by training people in Africa in AI & future technologies to earn 400% more; shares her LXMI organic skincare products, the rewards & challenges of running two startups, raising VC, & the art of doing more with less
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Ridesharing IPOs and $850M for Luckin, Plaid and Zymergen
Equity TechCrunch
access_time3 months ago
This week we had the regular crew back together which was good fun. Connie took point, we had Danny mic'd up in New York, and I was onsite to help the crew natter along with Bubba Murarka, a former VC and founder who now cuts checks on his own. Thematically, this was a week of mega rounds so we had little choice but to go over more than a few. And Uber is out there doing its IPO thing. So, we started with cars and pivoted into rounds.
E885: Year-end special TWiST! Top 2018 trends, prominent players & 2019 predictions for products, AI, podcasting, platforms, entertainment, politics & much more – with Nick Abouzeid, Lon Harris, Rob May, Skye Pillsbury & Austin Smith
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E884: News Roundtable! Kim-Mai Cutler, Initialized Capital & Ryan Carson, Treehouse talk IPO heat: Uber & Lyft file, more on deck, effects to ricochet across transportation & housing; diversity in tech & the future of education; the latest in Facebook & Google moral bankruptcy
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E883: #AllAskJason: low-cost marketing, protecting stealable ideas, decacorns & superunicorns, early-traction momentum, advice for non-tech founders, transparency best practices, unique ideas, advice for kid entrepreneurs, running out of money – with LAUNCH CMO Presh
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Lyft's going public, Uber's eyeing Bird, Utah's tech scene, and trade tensions
Equity TechCrunch
access_time3 months ago
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.
Your Plan B Needs a Plan B — w/Nancy Lublin of Do Something and Crisis Text Line
[A favorite episode returns!] To succeed as an entrepreneur, you need grit. But grit is more than persistence. You’re not just charging up the same hill over and over. You're generating an endless supply of Plans B. And Nancy Lublin always has a Plan B, and C, and D. It’s this kind of grit that fueled her success scaling three not-for-profits: Dress for Success, DoSomething.org and Crisis Text Line. With practical wisdom and wicked humor, she shares the innovative approach to technology, financing, volunteers and staff development that helped her organizations scale.
Asana raises $50M, Airbnb gets a new CFO, and a 2019 IPO preview
Equity TechCrunch
access_time4 months ago
Asana raises $50 million. Airbnb gets a new CFO. And there are a number of private tech companies worth $10 billion or more (10x unicorns, or, ahem, decacorns) that will probably try to go public next year.

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