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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! How startups can win using the new sources of truth.

Distrust Goes Viral was originally presented at Pioneers Tech Conference shortly after the shocking events of Fyre Festival. In this talk, I’ll explain why distrust has gone viral: Why influencers are losing trust with consumers. While influencers were once considered one of the most trusted sources, consumer sentiment towards “pay per post” influencer marketing is changing. We’ll explore…

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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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Hi friends, It’s been a busy month as I continue to explore the new building blocks for consumer technology, which I call “the unbundling of cool.” I’ve asked dozens of founders working on social apps, gaming and other consumer tech: When do you build vs. use an API or Platform as a Service? What technology…

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