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    Oliver Hughes – The Secret FinTech Giant – [Founder’s Field Guide, EP.16]

    Oliver Hughes – The Secret FinTech Giant – [Founder’s Field Guide, EP.16]

    My guest today is Oliver Hughes, the CEO of Tinkoff, the leading online commercial bank based in Russia. I found this conversation fascinating and think it will be essential for anyone who wants to understand online financial services or the next generation of fintech. Our conversation touches on how Tinkoff used direct mail campaigns to become the largest online banking provider in Russia, their last-mile delivery platform that combines couriers with door-to-door salesmen, and how they build profitability into every aspect of the business. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Oliver Hughes.
     
    For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content check out https://www.joincolossus.com/episodes/72486324/hughes-the-secret-fintech-giant
     
    This episode of Founder's Field Guide is sponsored by Klaviyo.  Klaviyo is the ultimate marketing platform for ecommerce.
    With targeted segmentation, email automation, SMS marketing, and more, Klaviyo helps you create your ideal customer experience. See why Klaviyo's trusted by more than 50,000 brands, like Living Proof, Solo Stove, and Nomad to help them grow their business.
    For a free trial check out https://www.klaviyo.com/founders. 
     
    This episode is also sponsored by Vanta.  Vanta has built software that makes it easier to both get and maintain your SOC 2 report, at a fraction of the normal cost. Founders Field Guide listeners can redeem a $1k off coupon at vanta.com/patrick. 
     
    Founder's Field Guide is a property of Colossus Inc. For more episodes of Founder's Field Guide go
    to https://www.joincolossus.com/episodes.   

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    Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_oshag
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    Show Notes
    [00:02:44] – [First question] – The origins of Tinkoff
    [00:06:18] – How they started and stayed profitable, and lessons learned
    [00:08:18] – Bringing Visa to Russia and what he took with him to Tinkoff
    [00:10:02] – Overall Credit card and Tinkoff's specifically business model
    [00:12:35] – Running an effective direct mail acquisition campaign
    [00:15:45] – Branching off from the original core credit card business into other spaces
    [00:18:45] – How he thinks about when to make competing investments
    [00:21:00] – Embedding into new businesses and how it goes wrong
    [00:24:50] – How they became a large door-to-door business in Russia
    [00:27:55] – Why that door-to-door business makes it hard to compete with them
    [00:29:38] – Challenges in the payments business
    [00:32:25] – Using content to help them grow their business
    [00:35:29] – Competitive frontiers for Tinkoff and how often they shift
    [00:38:45] – What the future of Tinkoff might look like and the Russian business environment
    [00:41:55] – State of the market in Russia today
    [00:45:27] – Recruiting talent and building culture
    [00:47:55] – What he enjoys most about his job
    [00:49:14] – Failures and lessons from them
    [00:52:00] – Kindest thing anyone has done for him
     
     

    • 57 min
    Zack Fuss – Breaking Down the Food Ecosystem

    Zack Fuss – Breaking Down the Food Ecosystem

    My guest today is Zach Fuss, an investor at Continental Grain, a 200-year-old family owned business that is focused on investing and operating businesses throughout the food and agriculture ecosystem with assets across the US, Latin America, and Asia. Prior to his work at Continental, Zack was an analyst at Tiger and Citadel. This is a must listen for those interested in any aspect of the food ecosystem but also understanding value chains more generally. In our conversation we cover where profits tend to sit in a specific value chain, how legacy food businesses are creating their 2nd acts as digital businesses and explore what makes Domino's Pizza so interesting and special. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Zach Fuss. 
     
    For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content check out https://www.joincolossus.com/episodes/93129089/fuss-breaking-down-the-food-ecosystem
    This episode of Invest Like the Best is sponsored by Canalyst. Canalyst is the leading destination for public company data and analysis.  If you’re a professional equity investor and haven’t talked to Canalyst recently, you should give them a shout. Learn more and try Canalyst for yourself at canalyst.com/Patrick.  
     
    This episode is brought to you by the MIT Investment Management Company (MITIMCO). MITIMCO is always on the looking for promising investment managers with the potential to compound our capital for a decade or more. If you think your firm is too small, too young, or too non-institutional, you might just be exactly what we are looking for. Check us out at https://mitimco.org/partner/ or e-mail us at  partner@mitimco.org. Please also see our new page for emerging managers https://mitimco.org/emerging-managers/.
      
    Invest like the Best is a property of Colossus Inc. For more episodes of Invest Like the Best go to https://www.joincolossus.com/episodes. 

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    Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_oshag
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    Show Notes
    [00:03:42] – [First question] – Key components of the food management business
    [00:05:12] – The most defensible businesses in the food chain
    [00:07:51] – Law of conservation of attractive profits in the food business and food delivery
    [00:11:05] – Legacy food businesses and ones that have adapted well to changes today
    [00:15:42] – Dark stores and cloud kitchens
    [00:17:11] – Breaking down the Domino's Pizza business
    [00:19:45] – Being a Domino's Pizza franchise owner
    [00:21:03] – Why they offer such high returns to franchise owners
    [00:23:22] – The tech company aspect of Domino's Pizza
    [00:25:25] – Same store economics for an owner
    [00:28:15] – When Domino's Pizza realized their food was not great
    [00:29:45] – Why Domino's Pizza owns the delivery and won’t go on other platforms
    [00:32:47] – Most portable pieces of Domino's Pizza business
    [00:34:03] – Parts of Domino's Pizza history that are intriguing
    [00:35:51] – Build once, sell many times
    [00:40:09] – Lessons from the best retail businesses
    [00:43:26] – Has it become harder for smaller companies to win with larger ones being more nimble
    [00:46:39] – Watching the alternative meat companies flourish
    [00:49:49] – Interesting trends in the food space
    [00:51:22] – Global trends in food that we can learn from
    [00:54:04] – Impact of Covid on the food industry
    [00:57:44] – Businesses outside of stores that he finds fascinating
    [01:00:08] – Why he’s impressed by Chipotle
    [01:01:48] – Approaching buying a franchise
    [01:05:30] – Creating a new QSR busines

    • 1 tim. 19 min
    Carlos Cashman – Lessons from the Amazon Ecosystems – [Founder’s Field Guide, EP.15]

    Carlos Cashman – Lessons from the Amazon Ecosystems – [Founder’s Field Guide, EP.15]

    My guest today is Carlos Cashman,  co-founder and co-CEO of Thrasio an acquirer of third-party Amazon sellers. In a surprising departure for a high growth company, Thrasio has been profitable since its founding in 2018 and was most recently valued at $1 billion. In our conversation we discuss the full spectrum of the Amazon third party seller ecosystem, the effects of globally commoditized manufacturing, and the terms of Thrasio's acquisitions of Amazon businesses. I hope you enjoy this great conversation with Carlos Cashman.  
     
    For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content check out https://www.joincolossus.com/episodes/28372673/cashman-lessons-from-the-amazon-ecosystem
     
    This episode of Founder's Field Guide is sponsored by Klaviyo.  Klaviyo is the ultimate marketing platform for ecommerce.

    With targeted segmentation, email automation, SMS marketing, and more, Klaviyo helps you create your ideal customer experience. See why Klaviyo's trusted by more than 50,000 brands, like Living Proof, Solo Stove, and Nomad to help them grow their business.
     
    For a free trial check out https://www.klaviyo.com/founders. 
     
     
    This episode is also sponsored by Vanta.  Vanta has built software that makes it easier to both get and maintain your SOC 2 report, at a fraction of the normal cost. Founders Field Guide listeners can redeem a $1k off coupon at vanta.com/patrick. 
     
    Founder's Field Guide is a property of Colossus Inc. For more episodes of Founder's Field Guide go
    to https://www.joincolossus.com/episodes.   

    Stay up to date on all our podcasts by signing up to Colossus Weekly, our quick dive every Sunday highlighting the top business and investing concepts from our podcasts and the best of what we read that week.  Sign up here - https://www.joincolossus.com/newsletter.
     
    Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_oshag
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    Show Notes
    [00:02:44] – [First question] – Origin of Thrasio
    [00:07:27] – The types of business they work with
    [00:11:19] – Challenges for smaller businesses selling on Amazon and when they need a Thrasio
    [00:15:31] – How the Amazon ecosystem has changed since they started
    [00:18:14] – The capital sourcing side of their business
    [00:19:49] – Future of the ecommerce space that has them excited
    [00:27:20] – What makes the major online powerful so powerful for DTC companies
    [00:32:18] – How edge erodes on spend when people crowd into a platform
    [00:34:46] – Building the recognition of the Thrasio brand
    [00:44:06] – His history as an entrepreneur and what was the common thread in these businesses
    [00:45:47] – Getting customers early on
    [00:46:47] – Knowing when something will fail
    [00:48:48] – Downside of MBA’s
    [00:50:07] – The importance of people in building a company
    [00:51:01] – Effectively hiring people
    [00:52:37] – What has to remain with the founder
                [00:52:50] – The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success
    [00:53:53] – Other places in ecommerce that fascinate him
    [00:56:36] – What are the risk factors that he worries about
    [00:59:12] – Kindest thing anyone has done for him

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    Ram Parameswaran - Internet Scale Businesses

    Ram Parameswaran - Internet Scale Businesses

    My guest today is Ram Parameswaran, founder of Octahedron Capital. Ram started Octahedron this year after more than 5 years as a partner at Altimeter Capital where he made investments in Square, Bytedance, Pinduoduo, and Udaan. In our conversation we cover the potential for internet scale businesses, explore the common characteristics of these businesses, and then go through a rapid-fire round of the most important qualities for 8 business models. This conversation was a blast of energy and could have gone on for 2 more hours. I hope to have Ram on again and can't imagine what his conversations are like at the dinner table with his wife and former podcast guest, Anu Hariharan. Please enjoy this awesome conversation with Ram Parameswaran.  
     
    For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content check out https://www.joincolossus.com/episodes/22392883/parameswaran-internet-scale-businesses
     
    This episode of Invest Like the Best is sponsored by Canalyst. Canalyst is the leading destination for public company data and analysis.  If you’re a professional equity investor and haven’t talked to Canalyst recently, you should give them a shout. Learn more and try Canalyst for yourself at canalyst.com/Patrick.  
     
    This episode is brought to you by the MIT Investment Management Company (MITIMCO). MITIMCO is always on the looking for promising investment managers with the potential to compound our capital for a decade or more. If you think your firm is too small, too young, or too non-institutional, you might just be exactly what we are looking for. Check us out at https://mitimco.org/partner/ or e-mail us at  partner@mitimco.org. Please also see our new page for emerging managers https://mitimco.org/emerging-managers/.
      
    Invest like the Best is a property of Colossus Inc. For more episodes of Invest Like the Best go to https://www.joincolossus.com/episodes. 

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    Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_oshag
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    Show Notes
    [00:03:45] – [First question] – The opportunity of the commercial internet
    [00:11:18] – Identifying the companies that will take advantage of this shift to online commerce
    [00:18:30] – How businesses build scale, in particular internet vs non-internet businesses
                [00:23:09] – How Amazon Wins: By Steamrolling Rivals and Partners
    [00:24:19] – The Carvana playbook
    [00:30:11] – Using frequency of use as a factor in valuing a business
    [00:33:55] – Evaluating ByteDance and what can others learn from them
    [00:40:52] – Finding success in an experiment
    [00:43:32] – How online commerce business will grow globally, with India in focus
    [00:55:28] – How they approach and evaluate online advertising businesses
    [00:54:50] – Evaluating direct content subscription online businesses
    [00:55:42] – Biggest challenges in building ecommerce online businesses
    [00:58:31] – The lens to evaluate online marketplace businesses
    [00:59:43] – What distinct things matter for on-demand online businesses
    [01:01:56] – The competition in the online payment space business
    [01:06:35] – Rake/Take rates outside of the US
    [01:08:25] – Things that matter for consumer software
    [01:10:25] – How that compares to enterprise software
    [01:11:44] – Evaluating developer companies
                [01:11:51] – Jeff Lawson Podcast Episode
    [01:13:53] – Advice to help people be successful early in their investing career
    [01:17:22] – Kindest thing anyone has done for him

    • 1 tim. 24 min
    Dylan Field - The Growing Importance of Design – [Founder’s Field Guide, EP.14]

    Dylan Field - The Growing Importance of Design – [Founder’s Field Guide, EP.14]

    Dylan Field is the co-founder and CEO of Figma, a collaborative, online design tool which has taken the world by storm. With a most recent valuation of more than $2B and bakers like Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia, Kleiner Perkins, and Greylock, Figma has been one of the most successful companies building tools for creators. In our conversation, we dive into the principles Figma is built on, how they created multi-player for design tools, and the growing importance of design in business. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Dylan Field.
     
    For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content check out https://www.joincolossus.com/episodes/375923/field-the-growing-importance-of-design
     
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    Founder's Field Guide is a property of Colossus Inc. For more episodes of Founder's Field Guide go
    to https://www.joincolossus.com/episodes.   

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    Show Notes
    [00:2:04] – [First question] – His decision to and application for the Thiel Fellowship
    [00:3:23] – What makes his co-founder Evan so good
    [00:4:15] – The Thiel Fellowship interview process
    [00:5:26] – Creating better opportunities for open ended learning in education
                [00:6:12] – Why Software Is Eating The World
    [00:7:48] – Importance and types of independent thought as they built Figma
    [00:10:00] – Early stages of forming Figma
    [00:12:03] – The market of designers and what Figma does
    [00:15:57] – His principles of good design
                [00:17:36] – Bret Victor - Inventing on Principle [Youtube]
                [00:17:49] - Up and Down the Ladder of Abstraction
    [00:18:12] – Future of design tools
    [00:19:45] – Design as a multiplayer concept and surprises that have come from it
    [00:21:40] – Threshold to know when product-market fit occurred
    [00:24:11] – Lessons for pricing something effectively
    [00:25:48] – Biggest challenge growing the business for him
    [00:26:58] – What he’s learned as a manager since starting Figma
    [00:28:38] – Lessons in effective recruiting
    [00:31:49] – Payoff of hiring the right partner
    [00:33:01] – The chapters/stages of Figma
    [00:34:38] – What has led to success in terms of the distribution of Figma
    [00:35:56] – Hardest thing to copy about Figma
    [00:36:47] – Dealing with customer support and unhappy users
    [00:38:08] – Their Communities platform and why it’s important for the business
    [00:39:02] – Learning about and from their competitors
    [00:41:50] – The landscape of software design tools
    [00:43:43] – Interesting creator tools
    [00:44:31] – What would be the key levers that lead to explosive growth for Figma
    [00:45:57] – Global trends he is most curious in
    [00:47:21] – Creating a more private digital world
    [00:49:33] – Thoughts or advice for people building something new
    [00:50:57] – Kindest thing anyone has done for him

    • 56 min
    Tracy Graham - Investing in Overlooked Businesses

    Tracy Graham - Investing in Overlooked Businesses

    My guest today is Tracy Graham, founder and managing principal of Graham Allen Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in acquiring and building technology-enabled businesses. In our conversation we discuss how Tracy ended up playing football at Notre Dame, the key lessons he learned from famed coach Lou Holtz, why Graham Allen believes that businesses in secondary or tertiary US markets are undervalued, and why technology represents a great way to improve old businesses. I hope you enjoy my fun conversation with Tracy.
    For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content check out https://www.joincolossus.com/episodes/86798473/graham-investing-in-overlooked-businesses.
     
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    Visit https://www.tegus.co/patrick to learn more.
     
    This episode is brought to you by the MIT Investment Management Company (MITIMCO). MITIMCO is always on the looking for promising investment managers with the potential to compound our capital for a decade or more. If you think your firm is too small, too young, or too non-institutional, you might just be exactly what we are looking for. Check us out at https://mitimco.org/partner/ or e-mail us at  partner@mitimco.org. Please also see our new page for emerging managers https://mitimco.org/emerging-managers/.
     
    Invest like the Best is a property of Colossus Inc. For more episodes of Invest Like the Best go to https://www.joincolossus.com/episodes. 

    Stay up to date on all our podcasts by signing up to Colossus Weekly, our quick dive every Sunday highlighting the top business and investing concepts from our podcasts and the best of what we read that week.  Sign up here at https://www.joincolossus.com/newsletter.
    Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_oshag
    Follow Colossus on Twitter at @JoinColossus
     
    Show Notes
    [3:35] – [First question] – Tracy’s origin story
    [7:17] – Lessons from Lou Holtz
    [8:58] – Why Lou was so good as a leader
    [10:32] – His early experience as an entrepreneur
    [15:45] – Investing principle at Graham Allen and how it was shaped by his experience
    [18:41] – Types of companies they target for investment
    [23:09] – Defining a unique and interesting data set
    [27:14] – Mispricing data sets and the fools gold
    [29:19] – Overview of a Midwest manufacturing company
    [31:50] – How data is being generated in manufacturing businesses
    [36:57] – Data to improve marketing
    [41:13] – Using data to dissect distribution
    [45:59] – Valuation of the companies in terms of multiples they are looking at
    [47:31] – Business values he strongly believes in
    [50:54] – Significance of Kenneth Allen in the firm
    [52:23] – Kindest thing anyone has done for him
     
     
     

    • 56 min

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Johan Lindén ,

Hash rate episodes recommended.

New listener. Would highly recommend the episodes on blockchains. But it seems to have qualities in other episodes as well. We'll see.

Skane SE ,

10/10

If you listened to the episodes Tim Ferriss did w/ Naval Ravikant, Marc Andreessen & Peter Thiel - you’ll like this too. Start with HashPower Part 1-3. 10/10

Cavil75 ,

Easy going and educational

Looking forward to new episodes, enjoyable

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