Why AI is underhyped, selling to other startups is a Silicon Valley crutch, and more with DFJ Partner Josh Stein

I recently joined the Venture Stories podcast with Erik Torenberg, co-founder and partner of Village Global, and Josh Stein, partner at DFJ, to discuss how the SaaS landscape is changing and where the opportunities are for early stage founders and investors. In this episode we’ll discuss: Why inherently viral products still need a traditional sales…

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Introducing SaaS School

Learn from the fastest growing software companies through a series of expert talks and office hours. Join leading experts from Airtable, Dropbox, Drift, Slack, Twilio and more for a full-day of sessions on SaaS Growth, Monetization, Sales and Customer Success. Save the date: Thursday, February 21st in San Francisco This event is for companies with…

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Why startups can’t afford to ignore the competition

A lot of startup folks will tell you to ignore the competition. Here’s what they’re missing: Products today are easy to build and deploy, which means anything that’s working will ultimately get copied. Too often startups focus on product alone and forget the importance of a well planned and executed go-to-market strategy. In this essay,…

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Collaborations don’t need timelines

In January, I declared 2017 the year of no networking. Two years into San Francisco life, I swore off “networking” events and took a step back from teaching at General Assembly. I started studying data science and started writing on a consistent basis. I recently took time to reflect on the most memorable moments in San…

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Skilling up without getting distracted

When I hit my two year anniversary in San Francisco, I realized it was time to start giving back to the tech community. Throughout my career, I’ve had a number of incredible mentors. From moving overseas to starting and selling my first company, I’ve learned that asking for help is a strength and not a…

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My morning routine

I’ve been spending lots of time on Whale. I have to admit I’m a total sucker for social apps and will download just about anything, but I generally lose interest after a week or so. With Whale, I’m hooked. You meet awesome people and you ask them basically anything you want. Lately, I’ve been asked some…

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