Released May 10th, 2022
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Jeff Jordan - Building & Investing in Marketplaces
Jeff Jordan is a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. We cover how to build and invest in businesses that create consumer marketplaces, the importance of healthy communication between founders and investors, and the unique aspects of the Andreessen Horowitz business model.
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Sarah Tavel - Consumer & Marketplace Investing
Sarah is a general partner at Benchmark. We cover Sarah's insights from the food delivery & space rental sectors, building marketplaces, and the future of the consumer social sector.
Bill Gurley - All Things Business and Investing
Bill Gurley is a general partner at Benchmark Capital. We cover the current venture capital landscape, the marketplace model, and user generated content businesses.
Marc Andreessen - Making the Future
Marc is a co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz and a Silicon Valley icon. Marc was also an early pioneer of the internet, and at the age of 22 built Mosaic, which was the first widely adopted web browser. We cover how software is making the world better, how slow sectors like education, healthcare, and housing are eating the economy, and Marc’s vision for the future of A16Z.
The Curious Case of the OpenTable IPO
The fascinating story of a leading tech company that went public during the worst financial crisis in living memory.
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.
Required Reading for Marketplace Entrepreneurs
Comprehensive list of high quality resources on the business dynamics, historical context, and future of marketplace companies.
The Hierarchy of Marketplaces — Introduction and Level 1
Sarah Tavel provides a framework for understanding how to build and scale a marketplace, including relevant case studies.
See Your Score: The NFX Marketplace Scorecard
NFX shares their methodology for investing or advising in marketplaces. Comprehensive list of elements, useful for investors and operators.
Managing Tensions In Online Marketplaces
Drawing from years of experience as an operator, this is Jeff Jordan’s classic post on managing tensions between consumers and businesses.
Not All Marketplaces are Created Equal: Tales of a Marketplace Founder
An insightful piece on the dimensions and variables that influence marketplace outcomes.
A Recipe for Growth: Adding Layers to the Cake
Jeff Jordan’s classic blog post on scaling businesses by planting seeds that lead to future growth and innovation.
‘Deep’ Job Platforms and How to Build Them
a16z’s guide to building vertical-specific job platforms - a new trend that may change the hiring process forever.
The Cold Start Problem: Using Network Effects to Scale Your Product
Andrew Chen's guide to harnessing network effects to overcome a slow or struggling product launch and achieve scale.
A Guide to Marketplaces: Third Edition
Version One’s Guide to Marketplaces is the definitive resource for founders and startups on building an Internet marketplace.