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Startup Advice

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A roundup of my favourite podcast episodes for the early-stage tech startup entrepreneur.


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Good insight into measuring product-market fit and how to be diligent about iterating to success. SABR = Segment Analyze Build Repeat

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Good succinct view from a16z’s Scott Kupor about what VC’s look for in entrepreneurs they are looking to invest in. Also interesting look at current state of tech funding and what a16z is doing about ...Show More

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Alex, VP of Growth for Facebook, talks about the importance of retention for growth and having the correct north star metric.

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Good conversation between two budding VC firms.

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I really enjoyed this episode. Whitney, the founder of Bumble, is whip smart and insightful. Inspiring story of how she went from wanting to commit suicide due to her situation at Tinder to how she’s ...Show More

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This was a terrific episode full of great practical tips on building online community.

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Jeff Ullrich is the actual godfather of podcasting. Started Earwolf network, Midroll, and the concept of advertising on podcasts plus other business models. Praise this man 🙏

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Enjoyed this episode about a successful self-made woman entrepreneur! Jen and Steph were the perfect co-founders to create the "Warby Parker of suitcases". It's great to hear how they hustled from ide...Show More

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Enjoyed learning about Pinterest's early days and how women powered its growth and investment. Good to see a social network that didn't start with a tech-centric community.

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Always wondered how Yelp became Yelp. Did not know that Jeremy Stoppelman was associated with the "Paypal Mafia". This was a good overview about the birth of Yelp and all the ups and downs over the ye...Show More

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Are online networks better businesses when they’re closed or radically open? Interesting insights from two people who took differences bets.

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Didn’t know Meerkat became Houseparty. Interesting pivot and vision. Educational episode about consumer app growth by density at first and growth challenges at various levels of scale.

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This was a really good interview episode about online community and how to create positive, delightful and fun experiences for users. The title “Tinder babies” is a bit deceiving though because they o...Show More

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Interesting discussion about companies that face market risk vs execution risk and the fundraising strategies associated. Also good tips on being intentional about culture and managing high expectatio...Show More

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About online communities and subcultures that form around interests vs personal relationships, such as on Reddit.

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About Bumble but in the context of listening to users and nudging new behaviours through positioning and tweaks of socialized features. Also, I didn't know where that asteroid analogy was going, but o...Show More

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I loved hearing Tracy Chou tell her story so intimately. I've always admired her work on gender diversity in tech. Surprising, this was probably the first time I've heard her speak at length about it....Show More

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“Growth is connecting more people to the existing value proposition” vs creating new value props or strengthening value props. This is a superb episode with great mental frameworks on how to think abo...Show More

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"100% of users go through onboarding, but not all your product features." Good overview on why onboarding is important. Interesting discussion on "micro-onboarding" instead of trying to do everything ...Show More

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North stars are leading you astray - Brian Balfour @ Reforge

Product to Product: A Product Management Podcast for / by Product People

31:30 | Apr 23rd, 2019

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Hear from the designer of the original Foursquare badges! Mari talks about her experience to change consumer behaviour at Foursquare and how it’s really hard.

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Hannah from Last.fm and Vine talks about social sharing for music and video. She reflects on how the industry was debating about whether human or machine curated playlists were the best and now everyo...Show More

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Glad I listened to this because the Mobile Growth Framework that Andy Carvell crested when he was at SoundCloud looks extremely useful. He talks about his experience at SoundCloud and how he helped tr...Show More

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Interesting discussion about when PR is necessary for startups and why you shouldn't let your competitors and the press define you.

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SUS '18: Interesting lecture on how brand and PR can help you find more users.

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Good talk about brand safety, building audience companies, and venture capital in media. Interesting conversation about The Skimm and how it fits into the media, tech and VC landscape with its audienc...Show More

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There are not a lot of podcast interviews with Pinterest CEO and co-founder Ben Silbermann around. This was was a great candid interview that's focused on product and being a product-focused CEO. He s...Show More

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Practical quick wins for how to engage user engagement for software products.

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Hey everyone! Welcome to the first-ever Podyssey Podcast Club on tech startups. Excited to have you here and to learn from you. TO PARTICIPATE 1. Listen to episode 2. To answer a question, comment on...Show More

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Loved this episode about the founder of Nextdoor and her journey from two failed social media network startup to now a $2B social media network in 250k neighbourhoods around the world. Ingenious insig...Show More

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I've never heard the story of Reddit before in this much detail and light. What an incredible ride that the co-founders went through from when they had to ditch their food delivery business to rescuin...Show More

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Terrific episode with Lean Startup guru Eric Ries about building the Long-Term Stock Exchange that’s a place where companies and investors can succeed together in the long-term vs quarter to quarter. ...Show More

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When do you feel like you have Product-Market Fit? When you feel like you’re no longer pushing a boulder up a hill.

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"Venture is an artisanal business. It's about honing your craft. It's not a world domination kind of business." On VC/Founder relationship: "It is like a marriage in a lot of ways where you should d...Show More

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This was a great mini episode about looking for distribution strategies where people haven’t uncovered yet vs going for saturated strategies.

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Enjoyed this episode about the man who wrote the book "Crossing the Chasm". Did not know that for B2C co's, he recommends the "4 gears" model instead of the "crossing the chasm" model.