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Good morning - Welcome to issue No. 131.
After [never actually started to count] days in quarantine, we all know that this shelter-in-place is a marathon and not a sprint. However, I did not expect that it’s possible to get used to staying in your house all day, not seeing any of your friends and colleagues, and generally being deprived of physical experiences that aren’t shuffling around your apartment and opening the fridge every 22 minutes. In conversations with friends (with no kids), I’ve noticed a similar shift towards tolerance. The panic has receded a little, and approaching is a kind of patience.
Close to 200 attendees dialed into our virtual Q&A with Leah Solivan, GP at Fuel Capital and Founder of TaskRabbit, on Building a Business in a Downturn on Thursday. We will be sharing a recording and detailed takeaways early next week.
On Friday, Mary Meeker's Bond Capital published a coronavirus trends report. The 28-page report to Bond's limited partners, obtained by Axios, highlights that digital transformation is accelerating due to so many people working from home and that this may become the "call to arms" to better marry technology with healthcare. "We are optimists and believe there is hope on the other side of despair.... We need government, business and entrepreneurial intervention at scale (deployed logically and effectively) to get to the other side." Read the full report here. Alex Konrad published the 2020 Midas list, an annual ranking of the best dealmakers: 11 women are on the Midas list this year, 1 less than 2019. Creative Covid pivots or product launches. Dating app Bumble has provided small-business cash faster than U.S.
Big and rare career move: Pokémon Go maker Niantic named Megan Quinn, formerly GP at Spark Capital, as chief operating officer.
Corigin Ventures closed its first institutional fund at $36 million to invest in seed startups and Aubrie Pagano joins as a Partner.
From The Investor
“There are all of these people offering me introductions and advice. But it’s really hard to tell who’s just selling you and who’s going to be genuinely helpful.” Sounds familiar?
Here’s how to determine if the VCs you’re talking to might be right for you and tips that help you separating believability from the bullsh*t in a remote-first world.
— Amy Cheetham / Costanoa Ventures
A deep-dive into the big data category covering data quality, data catalogs, KPI observability and streaming.
— Astasia Myers / Redpoint
If you can’t get enough, here’s deep-dive on the evolution of data discovery and catalog.
— Priyanka Somrah / Work-Bench
Bridges across the Chasm to Web 3.0: Where Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 user value propositions are starting to converge.
— Wendy Xiao Schadeck / Northzone
Resources to build resiliency for European Startups.
— Joyce Liu / Designed to Scale
The person most critical in helping the CEO make those high-stakes calls—the CFO—is more vital than ever. Despite an influx of data on which to base business decisions, the tools at the CFO’s disposal have not kept pace. Here’s an analysis of the existing CFO tech stack and where there is room to build something better.
— Seema Amble and Angela Strange / a16z
How to cultivate community during uncertain times.
— Bo Ren / SamsungNext
On why it's not enough to have an amazing product that solves a dire need and switching costs are so important.
— Elizabeth Yin / Hustle Fund
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From The Founder & Operator
Adopt the Mindset of Winning Athletes. Be coachable and receptive to feedback.
On navigating remote work and building a values-aligned company that’s challenging the status quo, angel investing and political activism when sports and entertainment are at a collective standstill.
— Jessica Tillyer / Re-inc
On career progression: Have you been laid off? Here’s a checklist to help you cope with the situation.
— Abadesi Osunsade / Hustle Crew
On Product Marketing: How to use Google`s HEART framework to measure UX metrics.
— Olha Bahaieva / Toptal
When you turn down a $4m term sheet. And then the Coronavirus hit.
— Jo Schneier / Trusty
On cutting marketing spend and why holistic brand management is the new marketing.
— Ana Andjelic / Mansur Gavriel
How to make a plan for cost cutting and manage expenses compassionately.
— Holly Liu / Kabam
In Case You Fancy More Zoom Parties
Women in Finance: Justine and Olivia Moore - CRV
Operator Collective: How do you shift your operations during a crisis?
Helping Your Portfolio Navigate COVID (For VC Investors)
Things I Consumed This Week
Laugh: Zoom FOMO Cartoon from Lila Ash @TheNewYorker
Read: First Round’s tactical guide on how we can care for ourselves — and each other — in this time of crisis. So. Many. Good. Cartoons. Instagram is Hip-Hop’s quarantine destination and how livestreaming non-gaming content is becoming the future of live video entertainment. …Would you rather own TikTok/ its mother Bytedance at $75B or Zoom at $42B today? Food for thought.
Listen…from my quarantine to yours. What’s your favorite quarantine song? I have added a few songs to this playlist which will forever remind me of this crazy time. Please add your tracks!
And In Case You Missed It:
How to navigate fundraising in uncertain times - for everyone
Remote management strategies - for everyone
Tips on hiring, people operations & GTM strategy - for everyone
Tips for founder personal brand building - for members only
How to build and scale a remarkable startup without compromising on people or culture - for everyone
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