From early-stage VC NextView Ventures, Traction is a show about all the creative, clever, unusual, and downright brilliant ways entrepreneurs scrap their way to early results. These are stories you don't often hear despite being crucial to every startup.
Founders, startup execs, media members, and investors are interviewed, with a unique spin and sound.
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NextView All-Hands: Redesigning the Everyday Economy
In a very special episode of Traction, we sit down as a team and discuss the new mission of the firm and talk through B2C and B2B examples of the Everyday Economy. We learn what commonalities exist among founders who are redesigning that economy, and the NextView partners share their perspectives on the next big wave of internet innovation. Plus, we share some news about the future of the show.
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Powerful Mental Models for Product-Market Fit & Beyond (Andy Rachleff, Wealthfront)
On the podcast today, NextView cofounder Rob Go sits down with Andy Rachleff, VC veteran and the president, CEO, and executive chairman of Wealthfront. They talk about how Andy came up with the term product-market fit, how he applied his own lessons (and updated them) in building Wealthfront, and the mental models founders can use to unlock their real unfair advantage in a tactics-obsessed world: how you think.
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#46: Starting Your Influencer Marketing
Today, Samantha Howe of Grove Collaborative shares her in-depth knowledge of a massive trend in marketing: working with influencers. You'll hear how to get started, approach influencer in your space, and measure impact. Jay and Samantha also rant against some of the less effective but common tactics permeating this approach to marketing.
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#45: How to Grow a Growth Team (Fareed Mosavat, Slack)
On the show today, Fareed Mosavat shares his experiences on growth teams for Slack, Instacart, and RunKeeper. We learn from his approach but also extract valuable lessons about where growth jobs actually fit into your overall organization.
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#44: Thinking Bigger, Better, and Bolder (Shan-Lyn Ma, Zola)
Today's episode features a fast-rising company led by Shan-Lyn Ma. Her startup, Zola, is changing the way people purchase gifts for brides and grooms. Anyone who has ever experienced the insanity of wedding season -- whether attending as a guest or planning your own -- knows just how stressful the whole experience can be. Shan-Lyn and her team are using some unique insights and past experiences to rethink it, and boy, is it working right now.
We talk about tough early beginnings, clever market validation tests, and what Shan-Lyn believes about the future of startups and venture capital.
Visit zola.com to learn more about the company, and follow Shan-Lyn on Twitter: twitter.com/shanlynm
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#43: Vetting & Working with Cofounders (Wayne Chang, Jeff Seibert)
Wayne Chang and Jeff Seibert are the cofounders of Crashlytics, which Twitter acquired in 2013. Today, as angel investors, they see dozens of entrepreneurs every quarter, and they've joined the show today to help us answer some tough questions: How should you structure communication with your cofounder? How do you work through difficult decisions, especially if nobody on the founding team is a domain expert? What would the pair do differently next time around? And what are they exploring as their next venture?
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