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07/22/2017
3 minutes
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Lyft launches new self-driving division, Shyp is having some issues and Y Combinator wants in on the 3-comma club. All this on Crunch Report.
02/22/2017
28 minutes
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Ben Blumenfeld is the Co-Founder & General Partner @ Designer Fund, they invest in startups co-founded by designers and build and educate design teams through their program, Bridge. Designer Fund's portfolio includes the likes of Gusto, Stripe, Shyp, Operator and many more incredible companies. As for Ben, previously Ben was a design lead at Facebook for over 5 years where he helped build products for nearly a billion people and grow Facebook’s world-class design team. He was also the design director at Varien which he helped build into one of the world’s leading e-commerce firms. In Today’s Episode You Will Learn: 1.) How Ben made the move from designer to General Partner @ Designer Fund? 2.) How does Ben's design background inform how he invests in companies and then supports them post-investment? How does he evaluate design opportunities from the design perspective? 3.) Why now has design become such a competitive advantage in tech? What has changed? What are the fundamentals of beautifully designed products today? 4.) How does Ben believe the current crop of VCs view design? What do they not understand? What should they look to understand? Will we see a new class of design-centric VCs? 5.) From seeing the likes of Facebook, Medium and Asana scale deign teams, what have been the takeaways to effectively scaling design teams with the growth of an organisation? What is required for this to be successful? Items Mentioned In Today’s Show: Ben’s Fave Book: The Power of One Ben's Fave Blog or Newsletter: Social Snippets, Charles Hudson @ Precursor Ben’s Most Recent Investment: Hustle As always you can follow Harry, The Twenty Minute VC and Ben on Twitter here! Likewise, you can follow Harry on Snapchat here for mojito madness and all things 20VC. Intercom is the first to bring messaging products for marketing and customer support together on one integrated platform. With Intercom, businesses can chat directly with prospective customers on their website, engage current users with targeted messages based on their behavior, and provide personal support at scale with an integrated help desk and knowledge base. This is perfect for Businesses that want to help people visiting their website become customers. Marketing and growth teams that want to onboard and retain users by sending the right messages at the right time and Support teams that want to move beyond email to provide personalized, scalable support so simply head over to Intercom.com/20MVC Cooley are the global law firm built around startups and venture capital.  Since forming the first venture fund in Silicon Valley, Cooley has formed more venture capital funds than any other law firm in the world, with 50+ years working with VCs. They help VCs form and manage funds, make investments and handle the myriad issues that arise through a fund’s lifetime. So to learn more about the #1 most active law firm representing VC-backed companies going public. Head over to cooley.com and also at cooleygo.com.
04/03/2017
33 minutes
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Hunter Walk is a founding partner @ Homebrew, one of Silicon Valley's breakout seed funds of the last 5 years. They have investments in the likes of Shyp, the Skimm, Managed By Q just to name a few incredible companies. As for Hunter, prior to Homebrew, Hunter led consumer product management at YouTube, which he originally joined in 2003, managing product and sales efforts for Google Adsense. Hunter is also a thought leader in the industry and his excellent blog can be found here. CLICK TO PLAY In Today’s Episode You Will Learn: 1.) How Hunter made the transition from Google to VC with the founding of Homebrew? 2.) How does Hunter view the bridge round? Does he agree with Mike Maples @ Floodgate in stating, 'it is often not a bridge but a pier to nowhere'? 3.) How does Hunter look to package his portfolio companies for the next round of investors? Does Hunter agree with Jason Lemkin in stating, 'the best investors are those that specifically know the metrics required to achieve the next round'? 4.) Why does Hunter not believe there is a Series A crunch? How can founders look to describe their story in a narrative that is attractive for VCs? What one trait does Hunter look for in founders more than any other? 5.) What is the biggest challenge in the coming year for Hunter with Homebrew? How does he measure his success as a VC? Items Mentioned In Today’s Show: Hunter’s Fave Book: Harold and The Purple Crayon Hunter’s Fave Blog: Ben Thompson: Stratechery Hunter's Most Recent Investment: JoyMode As always you can follow Harry, The Twenty Minute VC and Hunter on Twitter here! Likewise, you can follow Harry on Snapchat here for mojito madness and all things 20VC. Foundersuite makes the leading CRM for raising startup capital. Since March of 2016, Foundersuite customers have raised over $130M in seed and venture capital. Foundersuite’s CRM sits on a database of over 50,000 investors, which will help you quickly populate your fundraising funnel including a beautiful and easy-to-use investor update tool, and the recently launched a new portal that helps investors and accelerators track their portfolio companies on a single dashboard. For a whopping 40% off a Monthly or Annual subscription use the code “20MinuteVC” at checkout. Greenhouse Software designs tools that help companies hire great people and ultimately build better businesses. Greenhouse works with over 1,500 of the world’s most innovative companies such as Airbnb, Slack, Snap Inc. and Lyft. A wrong hire is not only costly for a company but can also turn an employee into an unhappy one. With Greenhouse’s Applicant Tracking System, companies can make well-informed decisions and hire qualified candidates who are empowered to do the best work of their careers. Anybody who has a company that’s scaling quickly but has trouble hiring and retaining the right people. Visit www.greenhouse.io today to discover how your company can grow.  
12/06/2016
21 minutes
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When seed stage venture capitalist Hunter Walk is evaluating whether to invest in a company, he doesn’t look at the product. To him, it’s all about finding a great team.   This philosophy has helped him make investments in some of the top startups today, such as theSkimm, Shyp, and Joymode. Before Homebrew, he worked at YouTube, Google & Second Life, and even worked for a time on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.   In this episode, Hunter explains why Conan was the first startup he worked for, how he identifies great companies when there’s no data to evaluate, and the three factors every company needs to be successful when taking VC funding.
12/21/2016
8 minutes
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Need a hand with shipping over the holidays? The new startup Shyp is combining an app, data-combing software, and a fleet of pickup vehicles to get your stuff where it needs to go. The company's CEO, Kevin Gibbon, joined us to talk about how it all works. We'll also look at the European Union's claims that Facebook misled officials when it acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion. Facebook has connected user accounts across the two platforms — a move the EU says Facebook indicated it wouldn't do. Now the social network could face a fine of 1 percent of its total revenue. And finally, we'll visit Curran Theatre in San Francisco, where a bunch of employees from major Silicon Valley tech companies gathered to sing — a cappella style. 
12/21/2016
8 minutes
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Need a hand with shipping over the holidays? The new startup Shyp is combining an app, data-combing software, and a fleet of pickup vehicles to get your stuff where it needs to go. The company's CEO, Kevin Gibbon, joined us to talk about how it all works. We'll also look at the European Union's claims that Facebook misled officials when it acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion. Facebook has connected user accounts across the two platforms — a move the EU says Facebook indicated it wouldn't do. Now the social network could face a fine of 1 percent of its total revenue. And finally, we'll visit Curran Theatre in San Francisco, where a bunch of employees from major Silicon Valley tech companies gathered to sing — a cappella style.