Five LP communication principles; Marketing across borders; How to make history with LLMs
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Happy Sunday, friends - welcome to Femstree't’s life online. I’m Sarah and this is the 275th edition of Femstreet.
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From builders and investors in our universe…
How to make history with LLMs & other generative models
Deciding which opportunities to pursue is crucial for an intelligent founder. Over the past year, opinions have varied on where new LLM/generative model-related $10B+ companies will be built. Some believe there are many opportunities to build AI-native companies, while others believe there are flash-in-the-pan opportunities. Some categories offer better risk return than others, as parts of the "LLM stack" appear more resilient. Kleiner Perkin’s Leigh Marie Braswell discusses some exciting ideas and others that are less certain of reaching venture-scale as standalone businesses…Read more.
Scaling developer-first products
Great teams that prioritize customer needs above all can build great products and, consequently, great companies. Developers are increasingly influential decision-makers in organizations, with purchasing power and dedicated budgets. Companies like Stripe, Twilio, and Github have transformed developer-first platforms by placing developers at the heart of decisions. Eeke de Milliano of Retool discusses scaling developer-first products…Read more.
Five LP communication principles
Maintaining a transparent and open dialogue with your LPs is crucial to mutual success. But how do you best communicate the good and bad news? GPs often think they have a communication basis covered by putting important updates in an annual/quarterly report. As a baseline, arm them so have a general sense of the potential breakouts and problem children in the fund. Meghan Reynolds on empathy, communication hierarchy, and the PIE framework…Read more.
Culture's hard to replicate market to market. You almost had to have worked at the “Death Star”, if you want to call it that, to understand how the culture worked from the inside out to be able to replicate it.
Marketing across borders
You can’t copy and paste a marketing playbook when expanding into a new market. But you also don’t need to completely reinvent the wheel. It’s all about finding the balance between a global approach and speaking to your audience at a local level. Linktree’s CMO Monica Austin shares how building global marketing strategies is like baking a cake, and the importance of context in communication and decision-making when you have a culturally diverse team working in different time zones…Read more.
The tea on Gen Z
Gen Z represents a whole new breed: from how they shop and save to what they want out of their families and careers, their health, and their beliefs. As arguably more diverse, independent, and inclined towards action than any prior generation, Gen Z will play an active role in rewriting not only the rules but also their own reality. Redpoint’s Meera Clark dives deep into the world of Gen Z and their obsessions…Read more.
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