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Distrust has gone viral! What companies can learn from Fyre Festival and the new sources of trust for consumers

The release of two Fyre Festival documentaries on Netflix and Hulu has sparked a much needed debate on consumer trust and the misaligned incentives between influencers and their followers today. In my presentation Distrust goes viral, I present an in-depth look at recent events where distrust has been amplified by millions of people in a…

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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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Distrust has gone viral! What companies can learn from Fyre Festival & the new sources of trust.

The release of two Fyre Festival documentaries on Netflix and Hulu has sparked a much needed debate on consumer trust and the misaligned incentives between influencers and their followers today. In my presentation Distrust goes viral, I present an in-depth look at recent events where distrust has been amplified by millions of people in a…

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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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Join me on YC Leap

This originally appeared as a tweetstorm on Twitter. Follow me for more updates like this: @briannekimmel Since the launch of YC Leap, I’ve kindly asked women in tech who contact me via email/DM to move the conversation to Leap. This was a strategic decision to encourage women in my network to get more actively involved…

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A completely customizable car with 580 parts

While Silicon Valley is obsessed with electric scooters and Model 3 deliveries, France is quietly building a completely new vehicle class. XYT is a modular, customizable electric car with only 580 parts. Electric vehicles today mimic traditional gas-powered vehicles: design, production and delivery processes are inefficient and outdated. The XYT’s 580 parts can be transported…

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