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Greymatter offers perspectives and stories from some of the world’s top technology entrepreneurs and business leaders. The featured company builders share personal and insightful lessons while shedding light on common, relatable challenges in the entrepreneurial journey. Greymatter is produced by Greylock Partners.

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    • Business
    • 4.3 • 98 Ratings

Greymatter offers perspectives and stories from some of the world’s top technology entrepreneurs and business leaders. The featured company builders share personal and insightful lessons while shedding light on common, relatable challenges in the entrepreneurial journey. Greymatter is produced by Greylock Partners.

    Nike CEO John Donahoe | The Next Play

    Nike CEO John Donahoe | The Next Play

    Greylock general partner Reid Hoffman interviews Nike CEO John Donahoe as part of Greylock's Iconversations speaker series. In the interview, Donahoe discusses the iconic sports retailer's digital transformation in recent years; the lessons learned as a four-time CEO; and his “head coach” mentality to leadership.
    You can read a transcript of this interview here: https://greylock.com/greymatter/the-next-play/

    • 36 min
    Alchemy | Bringing Web3 to the World

    Alchemy | Bringing Web3 to the World

    Known as the "AWS of Web3", Alchemy's platform powers most of the top web3 applications around the world. The idea came to founders Nikil Viswanathan and Joe Lau following their own frustration when building a crypto analytics tool. Seeing that developers around the world needed a toolkit to enable the next wave of innovation, they set out to build Alchemy. Launched in 2020, the company's platform quickly became an indispensable tool for developers creating projects with blockchain technology, including the top NFT platforms such as Open Sea and Makerspace. Greylock investor Christine Kim spoke with Viswanathan for Greymatter's new crypto-focused series Mint Condition. You can read a transcript of the conversation here: https://greylock.com/greymatter/bringing-web3-to-the-world/

    • 34 min
    Maya Frai | Design-Centered Product

    Maya Frai | Design-Centered Product

    Greylock investor Maya Frai outlines her perspective on design-centered products, which she believes is the now overarching driver of innovation in several industries including commerce, social, saas, web3, and more. Based on her experience on product teams at Google, Facebook, and Rent the Runway, Maya believes technology that puts people at the center are often the most successful. You can read the essay that inspired this conversation here: https://greylock.com/greymatter/the-design-first-approach/

    • 45 min
    Reid Hoffman | How to Decide

    Reid Hoffman | How to Decide

    A re-broadcast of our episode focused on one of the most critical (yet often under-analyzed) aspects of entrepreneurship: decision-making. As Greylock general partner Reid Hoffman and his Blitzscaling co-author Chris Yeh discuss, there are actually many things entrepreneurs can do to improve their decision-making skills. The central skill is learning how to be quick and decisive, and to adjust your course to avoid the worst of the mines.You can read the essay based on this discussion here:
    https://greylock.com/greymatter/how-to-decide/

    • 33 min
    Solv CEO Heather Fernandez | Purpose into Action

    Solv CEO Heather Fernandez | Purpose into Action

    Solv CEO and co-founder Heather Fernandez talks with Greylock marketing partner Elisa Schreiber about a unique fundraising strategy Solv undertook to add more women investors to the company's cap table. In late 2021, Solv was wrapping up its Series C round when Fernandez was encouraged by longtime investor and friend Kara Norton (Upfront Ventures) to launch a special purpose vehicle (SPV) aimed solely at women investors. Within 10 days, the SPV raised $3.5M from 75 women investors, 60% of whom were women of color and a majority were first-time investors. Fernandez and Schreiber discuss the process and provide a playbook for other entrepreneurs.
    You can read a transcript of this conversation here:
    You can watch a video of the conversation here: https://youtu.be/1KemFU4_vGo

    • 28 min
    Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky | People-First Capitalism

    Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky | People-First Capitalism

    A re-broadcast of our episode featuring Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky. Chesky joined Greylock partner Reid Hoffman on Greylock's Iconversations speaker series to talk about how he guided Airbnb from an 80% loss within the first two months of the pandemic to a record-breaking IPO by the end of 2020; why Silicon Valley needs to redefine how it measures growth; how Chesky’s design background informs Airbnb’s business strategy; and, ultimately, the importance of putting people first.
    You can read a transcript of this episode here: https://greylock.com/greymatter/airbnb-brian-chesky-people-first-capitalism/
    You can watch the video of this interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKz9Aohljvw&list=PLnsTB8Q5VgnUtQ2Yc32sqgCr_pm77YGZr

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 Ratings

malfoxley ,

Great show!

The host of the podcast highlights all aspects of tech, business and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

J. Barshop ,

I love discovering new ideas here

It’s obvious that the Greylock team put extraordinary effort in covering topics and finding guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world - the insights they bring to bear is still mind-blowing Every. Single. Time.

No matter the subject, you’re guaranteed to gain something from every episode - can’t recommend Greymatter enough 🙌

jlw12313 ,

For goodness sake stop the cheesy format

Reid and Chris are both awesome, but this format is just cringeworthy. Chris asks a question in a tone that makes him sound like he’s talking to a fifth grader and Then a cut of Reid talking happens. Clearly they didn’t record it together live, it’s all cut together. So many better podcasts out there that have actual conversations

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