24 episodes

A guide through the unique mindset and approach that drives Silicon Valley style disruption at scale hosted by Chris Saad and Yaniv Bernstein

The Startup Podcast Yaniv Bernstein & Chris Saad

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

A guide through the unique mindset and approach that drives Silicon Valley style disruption at scale hosted by Chris Saad and Yaniv Bernstein

    Edu: Pay it Forward - The Ponzi Scheme of Generosity

    Edu: Pay it Forward - The Ponzi Scheme of Generosity

    As a newcomer in Silicon Valley, Chris was awed by the kindness shown to him by influential insiders and tech luminaries, people he had never met and for whom he could provide little in return. From mentoring, warm intros, couches to sleep on, and more, Chris built lifelong friendships by receiving—and then giving.
    The concept of “pay it forward” is profoundly ingrained in Silicon Valley culture. But what is it exactly? How did it take root so deeply in an individualistic culture full of immigrants and blow-ins? And why is it so fundamental to the success of the ecosystem?
    In this episode, Chris and Yaniv unpack the magic of pay it forward, by way of game theory and the marvellous Robert Scoble.
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    • 33 min
    Office Hours: ReciMe's Christine Nguyen - Solving the Hard Side

    Office Hours: ReciMe's Christine Nguyen - Solving the Hard Side

    Chris and Yaniv talk with Christine Nguyen, founder of ReciMe. ReciMe is a social cooking app that is building a two-sided marketplace of inspirational recipe creators and dedicated home cooks. In this very first Office Hours episode, we dive deep on:

    How to think about solving the marketplace “cold start” problem.
    When and how to monetize.
    Focusing on user experience.
    Targeting a specific market niche.
    High profile angel investors and celebrity endorsements
    Being global from day one.

    This isn’t your typical interview: Office Hours is live-on-air consulting, where we dissect a startup and provide actionable advice and feedback that will help make it stronger. Listen as we take all the building blocks from previous episodes and apply them to a real, live startup.
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    • 51 min
    Edu: Opportunity Cost - How Much Are You Really Paying?

    Edu: Opportunity Cost - How Much Are You Really Paying?

    Chris and Yaniv have seen the three key things that lead to success in startups: momentum, hustle, and an understanding of opportunity cost. In this episode, they’re diving deep into all three of them.
    Chris and Yaniv discuss why momentum, hustle and opportunity cost are the critical concepts to operationalise not just in your business but life in general. There are some long-awaited rants on bureaucracy in start-ups, and great practical advice for anyone working at a startup right now drawn straight from both of their early-career experiences.

    Timestamps:
    1:45 Why momentum is critical to startup success
    4:12 Defining momentum
    7:00 Why it’s important to compare your momentum to the global benchmark
    8:40 How to know if you have the momentum you need to succeed
    9:23 Why you need to be both patient and impatient
    9:42 What hustle really means
    12:55 Why you need to understand opportunity cost
    19:23 How to use opportunity cost and impatience to drive momentum
    21:50 Why replicating big company processes at a start-up is bad business

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    • 36 min
    News: The Uber Files - Tech Industry Narratives and the Media

    News: The Uber Files - Tech Industry Narratives and the Media

    Uber has been in the news recently thanks to a fresh trove of emails discussing some of the early practices at the company. Chris and Yaniv use this news as a jumping-off point to discuss the social obligations of tech companies, shifting public perceptions, the role of the media in framing issues around tech, and the way in which this fits into the broader political landscape---especially in the United States.


    This is a bit different to our usual material, but we really enjoyed recording it. We'd love it if you let us know what you think!

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    • 49 min
    Edu: The Founder Journey - Don’t Get Fired From Your Own Startup

    Edu: The Founder Journey - Don’t Get Fired From Your Own Startup

    Founder-led companies are at a distinct advantage, as long as the founder is able to keep up with the radical change in their role as a startup grows.
    In this episode, Chris and Yaniv discuss the ways in which the role of a founder-CEO changes in quite revolutionary ways, what it looks like when a founder can't keep up with the pace of change, and how founders can work on themselves to make sure they don't become the limiting factor in their startup's success.

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    • 42 min
    Edu: Software Engineering - Don't Burn The House Down

    Edu: Software Engineering - Don't Burn The House Down

    Software engineering is a discipline that is often deeply misunderstood, often leading to frustration and inefficiency. With over 15 years experience as an engineer, Yaniv will help straighten things out (with Chris's help).

    What even are software engineers? How are they different from IT? How do they work with product management? How do you keep your engineers accountable? Why is outsourcing problematic? Do no-code tools mean that software engineers are no longer necessary?

    Listen in to hear the answers to these questions and more.

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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

mastersjd1234 ,

This is good stuff

Having waded through way too much esoteric content in the big VC podcasts, Yaniv and Chris have been a breath of fresh air with broadly applicable, actionable insights for anyone working on or investing in startups.

@shilpsdesigns ,

Best tech/startup podcast in Aus!

Couldn’t recommend this podcast more for anyone in the startup ecosystem. Yaniv and Chris have done the hard yard in startups/tech and it shows in what they have to say.

Fee Lal ,

Highly Recommend

This is an absolutely brilliant podcast for founders and startup operators alike.

It unpacks a lot of the mystery around startups and gives founders tips on what to avoid!

It’s also great value hearing from Yaniv and Chris who have incredible insight from both ends of the market (baby startups through to publicly listed tech companies)!!!

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