Released July 12th, 2021
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David Sacks - How to Operate a SaaS Startup
David Sacks is a General Partner at Craft Ventures and founding COO of PayPal. We cover the ways in which operating cadence applies within an organization, what makes for a magical product launch event, and what key growth metrics David uses to measure success.
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Carlos Brito - Creating an Ownership Culture
Carlos Brito is the CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev. We cover AB InBev’s culture of ownership, how Carlos balances organic growth with acquisitions and managing disruption as an industry incumbent.
Eric Vishria - The Past, Present, and Future of SaaS and Software
Eric Vishria is a general partner at Benchmark Capital. We cover the different generations of SaaS and software businesses, why the future remains brighter than ever for companies building software products, and what impact their products will have on business in general.
David Sacks on his foolproof operating philosophy: “The Cadence”
David outlines the operating philosophy he developed at PayPal and has implemented in several startup ventures.
When Organic Growth Goes Enterprise
A16z examine the shifting trend in B2B enterprise sales models towards a more organic product and user focused strategy.
Brian Chesky on Launching Airbnb and the Challenges of Scale
In this lecture at Stanford, Brian shares the remarkable journey of how Airbnb overcame challenges to scale and grow into what it is today.
Individuals or Teams: Who’s the Better Customer for SaaS Products?
A thought-provoking piece from David Sacks that contrasts SaaS business models and gives an insight into his investment philosophy.
BlitzFail: How Not to Go Off the Rails
David Sacks outlines a series of common pitfalls encountered by fast-growing startup businesses and shares tips on how to avoid them.
How the 'PayPal Mafia' redefined success in Silicon Valley
A concise and detailed history of PayPal’s early days and the team behind it, who have since gone on to found several well-known unicorns.
Amp It Up!
Frank Slootman’s legendary post on leadership, accountability and how to build a high-performance culture. (Reposted from LinkedIn)
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
Behavioural expert Nir Eyal examines how products drive customer behaviour and looks at how companies effectively create engagement.
Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days
A rich collection of interviews with prominent founders who share their trials, tribulations and the valuable lessons learned along the way.