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E876: “Founder Lessons”: 5 founders whose startups range from shut down to scaling share their best advice, mistakes they will never repeat & strategies they will double-down on for future success @ LAUNCH Scale (Nov 18th, 2018)

"Founder Lessons": 5 founders whose startups range from shut down to scaling share their best advice, mistakes they will never repeat & strategies they will double-down on for future success @ LAUNCH Scale

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E875: Founder & CEO Andrew Parker built Papa to solve loneliness across generations with “grandkids on demand” companionship & non-skilled assistance, shares progress since YC, expanding & pursuing partnership w/ Medicare, & securing $2.4m from Alexis Ohanian (Nov 16th, 2018)

Founder & CEO Andrew Parker built Papa to solve loneliness across generations with "grandkids on demand" companionship & non-skilled assistance, shares progress since YC, expanding & pursuing partnership w/ Medicare, & securing $2.4m from Alexis Ohanian

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E874: #AllAskJason Call-In: Jason’s candid feedback on getting investors’ attention pre- product-market fit, selling the big vision, conquering small markets before big, optimizing potential in apparel, breaking into tech from outside SV (Nov 13th, 2018)

#AllAskJason Call-In: Jason’s candid feedback on getting investors’ attention pre- product-market fit, selling the big vision, conquering small markets before big, optimizing potential in apparel, breaking into tech from outside SV

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E873: The Syndicate Showcase: Jason presents 3 portfolio startups & reveals why he invested; founders demo & share accomplishments resulting from Jason’s accelerator & syndicate, w/ Cafe X (robotic coffee), LeadIQ (sales prospecting), Kush Marketplace (wholesale cannabis) (Nov 11th, 2018)

The Syndicate Showcase: Jason presents 3 portfolio startups & reveals why he invested; founders demo & share accomplishments resulting from Jason's accelerator & syndicate, w/ Cafe X (robotic coffee), LeadIQ (sales prospecting), Kush Marketplace (wholesale cannabis)

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E872: David Cohen, Techstars founder & world’s top angel with investments creating $80b+ value in 30 cities across 13 countries, shares insights on picking over-performers, prioritizing quality before quantity, data dilemmas & misplaced outrage, & the early-stage exhilaration of helping founders figure it out (Nov 10th, 2018)

David Cohen, Techstars founder & world's top angel with investments creating $80b+ value in 30 cities across 13 countries, shares insights on picking over-performers, prioritizing quality before quantity, data dilemmas & misplaced outrage, & the early-stage exhilaration of helping founders figure it out

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E871: Craig Newmark on founding & scaling profitable legend Craigslist with dogged dedication to customer service & no VC, now driven to fund the good work in the world, reverse misinformation & stay in touch with what’s real to get our country back on track (Nov 5th, 2018)

Craig Newmark on founding & scaling profitable legend Craigslist with dogged dedication to customer service & no VC, now driven to fund the good work in the world, reverse misinformation & stay in touch with what’s real to get our country back on track

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E870: CEO Bentley Hall brings Good Eggs back from the brink to raise $50m Series C led by Bill Gurley, stays focused on foundation & happy customers before hyper-growth, shares inventory & plans to expand on a mission to make fresh food the default not the exception (Nov 2nd, 2018)

CEO Bentley Hall brings Good Eggs back from the brink to raise $50m Series C led by Bill Gurley, stays focused on foundation & happy customers before hyper-growth, shares inventory & plans to expand on a mission to make fresh food the default not the exception

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E869: Mar Hershenson, Pear VC: “Building Companies from 0 to 1” & what startups need to know to get from idea to Series A; & James Currier, NFX: “Network Effects Produces 70% of the Value in Tech” & how startups can create network effects for defensibility & scale @ LAUNCH SCALE (Oct 30th, 2018)

Mar Hershenson, Pear VC: "Building Companies from 0 to 1" & what startups need to know to get from idea to Series A; & James Currier, NFX: "Network Effects Produces 70% of the Value in Tech" & how startups can create network effects for defensibility & scale @ LAUNCH SCALE

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E868: Calm Co-founder Alex Tew shares lessons on hyper-growth done well, finding the right investors, creating a new market & making a positive difference in the world with 1m+ subscribers, $80m revenue & a $250m valuation (Oct 26th, 2018)

Calm Co-founder Alex Tew shares lessons on hyper-growth done well, finding the right investors, creating a new market & making a positive difference in the world with 1m+ subscribers, $80m revenue & a $250m valuation

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E867: Superhuman CEO Rahul Vohra (prev., Rapportive) created instantaneous email to democratize productivity, demos why customers not only pay but evangelize (w/ 70k on waitlist), shares insights as 2nd-time founder on fundraising, churn, marketing & the workflow of the future (Oct 23rd, 2018)

Superhuman CEO Rahul Vohra (prev., Rapportive) created instantaneous email to democratize productivity, demos why customers not only pay but evangelize (w/ 70k on waitlist), shares insights as 2nd-time founder on fundraising, churn, marketing & the workflow of the future

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E866: “Future of Early-Stage Investing” with Garry Tan (Initialized Capital), Hunter Walk (Homebrew), Andrea Zurek (XG Ventures): Insights on founder-market fit, the value of operators, outdated venture models, & helping startups break through Series A bottleneck (Oct 19th, 2018)

"Future of Early-Stage Investing" with Garry Tan (Initialized Capital), Hunter Walk (Homebrew), Andrea Zurek (XG Ventures): Insights on founder-market fit, the value of operators, outdated venture models, & helping startups break through Series A bottleneck

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E865: Nextdoor CEO & Co-founder Nirav Tolia on getting to 90% of US neighborhoods & 100m users globally with organic growth & hard choices, shares thoughts on parody, possible IPO, & becoming the unique social network that protects, as well as connects, its members (Oct 16th, 2018)

Nextdoor CEO & Co-founder Nirav Tolia on getting to 90% of US neighborhoods & 100m users globally with organic growth & hard choices, shares thoughts on parody, possible IPO, & becoming the unique social network that protects, as well as connects, its members

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E864: Social Capital’s Chamath Palihapitiya on how he fell for the mythology & Ponzi scheme of Silicon Valley, is now getting back to solving problems that matter; urges founders to grow real, grow slow, & stay true to what they want to build in the world @ LAUNCH Scale (Oct 12th, 2018)

Social Capital's Chamath Palihapitiya on how he fell for the mythology & Ponzi scheme of Silicon Valley, is now getting back to solving problems that matter; urges founders to grow real, grow slow, & stay true to what they want to build in the world @ LAUNCH Scale

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E863: Optimism breaks barriers: Omaze CEO Matt Pohlson makes a difference through dream experiences with A-list stars, shares lessons in gratitude, family gambling, coming back from the dead (literally), Bono’s magic, & the smart business of crowdfunded charity (Oct 9th, 2018)

Optimism breaks barriers: Omaze CEO Matt Pohlson makes a difference through dream experiences with A-list stars, shares lessons in gratitude, family gambling, coming back from the dead (literally), Bono's magic, & the smart business of crowdfunded charity

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E862: Andela CEO Jeremy Johnson & his team are training Africa’s top talent to become the world’s software engineers, bridging the gap between a high-growth population & the global need for technical expertise (Oct 5th, 2018)

Andela CEO Jeremy Johnson & his team are training Africa's top talent to become the world's software engineers, bridging the gap between a high-growth population & the global need for technical expertise

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E861: #StartupTuneup Urban-X: Founders solving for cities pitch Jason on data-driven grades for apartments, urban outdoor spaces, connecting tolls to connected vehicles, bike-safety helmets riders will actually wear (Oct 3rd, 2018)

#StartupTuneup Urban-X: Founders solving for cities pitch Jason on data-driven grades for apartments, urban outdoor spaces, connecting tolls to connected vehicles, bike-safety helmets riders will actually wear

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E860: Elad Gil, Angel Investor (Airbnb, Coinbase, Square) & Operator (Color Genomics, Google), shares masterclass on fundraising timeline & process, landing & optimizing investors, notes & equity terms/trade-offs, common mistakes & more @ LAUNCH Incubator (Sep 28th, 2018)

Angel Investor Elad Gil (Airbnb, Coinbase, Square) & Operator (Color Genomics, Google) shares masterclass on fundraising timeline & process, landing & optimizing investors, notes & equity terms/trade-offs, common mistakes & more @ LAUNCH Incubator

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Jason CNBC Squawk Alley 9/28/18: SEC sues Elon; what's next for America's greatest CEO? (Sep 28th, 2018)

.@jason on @CNBC @SquawkAlley this a.m.: @elonmusk refuses SEC settlement, gets sued in return. A lot is at stake for America and its greatest CEO. Can a deal, and cooler heads, prevail?

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E859: Emergency Pod! Instagram founders flee Facebook, things Jason hates/loves, tips for founders, the startup Jason wish existed (Sep 27th, 2018)

Emergency Pod! Instagram founders flee Facebook, things Jason hates/loves, tips for founders, the startup Jason wish existed

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E858: #AllAskJason Call-In: Candid advice on founder mental health & the extreme pursuit of startups, syndicate investing best practices, setting up outside SV, the future of robot-enabled retail, & the dream social media platform to unseat Facebook (Sep 25th, 2018)

#AllAskJason Call-In: Candid advice on founder mental health & the extreme pursuit of startups, syndicate investing best practices, setting up outside SV, the future of robot-enabled retail, & the dream social media platform to unseat Facebook

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