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We believe creating something of true significance starts with seeing things others do not.

    The Founders' List: Gigi Levy-Weiss on "How VCs Think: The Psychology That Drives Investing Decisions"

    The Founders' List: Gigi Levy-Weiss on "How VCs Think: The Psychology That Drives Investing Decisions"

    This is The Founders’ List – audio versions of essays from technology’s most important leaders, selected by the founder community.

    "For a startup, understanding VCs’ mindsets is often as important as understanding the mindsets of your customers. With no capital most Founders will not win, so you’d better learn the language."

    VCs speak a different language, one that Founders must learn to be able to raise capital. Understand the psychological drivers and use them to evaluate your counterpart’s state of mind. And repeat the core narratives: we are low risk; we will be huge; others are interested and moving forward.

    Read the original NFX Essay here - https://www.nfx.com/post/how-vcs-think-investing-decisions/

    • 13 min
    A Proposal to Jack & Zuck: Chris Anderson (ex-WIRED) & James Currier on Regulating Social Media

    A Proposal to Jack & Zuck: Chris Anderson (ex-WIRED) & James Currier on Regulating Social Media

    The usual Silicon Valley response to regulation is to offer self-regulation instead — but only tech companies have the skills and speed to fix what they broke, unable to manage the influence over the public sphere they attained almost by accident.

    Unless the few who know how to actually build these tech networks speak out, it won’t just be technology that suffers - it will be the entire world. Having built, funded, and analyzed “unicorn” social networks for 25 years and former Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine, Chris Anderson and NFX Partner James Currier formulate a solution that resurrects a concept from the golden age of newspapers - the ombudsman.

    The ombudsman is another important node in the network that has proven itself in the past and is still missing. Listen as Chris and James outline together why these network problems require network solutions, here on the NFX Podcast.

    • 47 min
    The Founders' List: Valve's New Employee Handbook

    The Founders' List: Valve's New Employee Handbook

    This is The Founders' List - audio versions of essays from technology’s most important leaders, selected by the founder community.

    This is Valve’s new employee handbook, delivered to every new person working at the iconic gaming company. It is an abbreviated encapsulation of Valve's guiding principles. As Valve continues to grow, they hope that these principles will serve each new person joining the ranks as an employee.

    Read the full handbook here - https://cdn.cloudflare.steamstatic.com/apps/valve/Valve_NewEmployeeHandbook.pdf

    • 33 min
    The Founders' List: The Interview Process at Stripe, Answered on Quora by Greg Brockman (Hiring Series)

    The Founders' List: The Interview Process at Stripe, Answered on Quora by Greg Brockman (Hiring Series)

    This is The Founders' List - audio versions of essays from technology’s most important leaders, selected by the founder community.

    Pulled from a Quora post in 2015, Greg Brockman (former CTO at Stripe, now co-founder + CTO at Open AI) answers the question, "What is the engineering interview process like at Stripe?" Greg goes into detail around the frameworks and thinking behind the Stripe technical interviewing process and why they use this formula to build a world-class team at Stripe.

    Read the Quora post here - https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-engineering-interview-process-like-at-Stripe

    • 5 min
    The Founders' List: Internal Letter on Culture from Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb (Hiring Series)

    The Founders' List: Internal Letter on Culture from Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb (Hiring Series)

    This is The Founders' List - audio versions of essays from technology’s most important leaders, selected by the founder community.

    "On Monday, October 21, 2013, I sent this letter to our entire team at Airbnb. I have decided to publish this in the event it is helpful to entrepreneurs building their cultures." In this famous memo from the early days of Aribnb, CEO Brian Chesky stresses the importance of having a succinct company outlook on culture.

    "Why is culture so important to a business? Here is a simple way to frame it. The stronger the culture, the less corporate process a company needs. When the culture is strong, you can trust everyone to do the right thing. People can be independent and autonomous."

    Read the full letter here - https://medium.com/@bchesky/dont-fuck-up-the-culture-597cde9ee9d4

    • 4 min
    The Founders' List: Elad Gil on the 5 People Who Can Destroy Your Culture (Hiring Series)

    The Founders' List: Elad Gil on the 5 People Who Can Destroy Your Culture (Hiring Series)

    This is The Founders' List - audio versions of essays from technology’s most important leaders, selected by the founder community.

    The old saying "one bad apple spoils the bunch" holds especially true for company culture. Keeping around any employee who is a bad culture fit can destroy your team's working environment. Below are some of the typical types of people who can hurt your culture:

    1. The Jerk
    2. The Whiner
    3. Credit Taker
    4. Charming Do Nothing
    5. Loyalty Monger

    With culture fit, you should never compromise. This bar should be the highest for the most visible and most productive of your team. Read the essay here - http://blog.eladgil.com/2014/01/5-people-who-destroy-your-culture.html

    • 6 min

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