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Every Tuesday, we share a conversation with one of the world's best entrepreneurs or investors. In each episode we dissect what they've mastered and how they got to the top of their field. We break down the tactics, tools, and routines you can put to use today. Including everything from favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and so much more. Subscribe now and start learning how the world's best got that way. For more, visit Outlieracademy.com.
 
Y in the Valley is a podcast featuring leading founders and thinkers, shining a light on how they build companies, products and culture in a wave of accelerated change. Hosted by Ashish Toshniwal, CEO and cofounder of YML, an award-winning digital product and design agency.
 
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The next evolution of companies will be created in public with early customers, partners, and supporters. They’ll be community-owned and operated, building upon the playbooks created by early NFT and play-to-earn projects. Because many of the web 3.0 advantages are hard to adopt as a large web 2.0 company, as a Founder you have to focus on the big …
 
“Being a founder is hard. There are a lot of high highs and a lot of low lows, and just making sure that you figure out a way to deal with it is super important.” – Rachel Sanders Rachel Sanders (@rachelssanders) is CEO and Co-founder of Rootine, a personalized micronutrient subscription service. She started her career in investment banking at Raym…
 
“Feedback's a gift. The worst thing that you can have as a founder is someone ghosting you or not telling you what's wrong or what's right. If you know what's wrong, you know where to focus and know where to fix.” – Rachel Sanders Rachel Sanders (@rachelssanders) is CEO and Co-founder of Rootine, a personalized micronutrient subscription service. S…
 
The future is electric — just ask Gregor Hembrough, President of Polestar USA, a Swedish, electric vehicle company rapidly growing across the US. Initially launched as a high-performance unit within Volvo, Polestar’s vehicles are as thoughtful as they are beautiful; not just the design of the surface details, but the sustainable technology that liv…
 
“You need to understand if you're climbing the right mountain to begin with and understand who you're optimizing to become.” – Marc Champagne Marc Champagne (@marcchampagne) is author of Personal Socrates: Questions That Will Upgrade Your Life from Legends & World-Class Performers. A self-proclaimed Mental Fitness Strategist, Marc is a speaker and …
 
“The thing that lights me up the most is leaving people with more energy after conversation than when they came in.” – Marc Champagne Marc Champagne (@marcchampagne) is author of Personal Socrates: Questions That Will Upgrade Your Life from Legends & World-Class Performers. A self-proclaimed Mental Fitness Strategist, Marc is a speaker and corporat…
 
“Every company is its own work of art, and the founder is the artist.” – James Currier James Currier (@JamesCurrier) is General Partner of NFX, an early stage VC firm with a focus on startups with potential for network effects. Before founding NFX, James co-founded four successful companies: Tickle (acquired by Monster), Wonderhill (merged with Kab…
 
“I think about it from a Buddhist perspective, which is that just being present and being in joy is success, and therefore it's available to anyone.” – James Currier James Currier (@JamesCurrier) is General Partner of NFX, an early stage VC firm with a focus on startups with potential for network effects. Before founding NFX, James co-founded four …
 
“I'm a big believer that a startup, at the end of the day, is a series of experiments to unlock some type of learning or user psychology.” – Vivek Sodera Vivek Sodera (@vsodera) is Co-Founder of Superhuman, a platform striving to be the fastest email experience in the world. He is also an investor, with a portfolio of companies including Framework,…
 
“I'm trying to optimize for happiness. I'm not trying to optimize for ego.” – Vivek Sodera Vivek Sodera (@vsodera) is Co-Founder of Superhuman, a platform striving to be the fastest email experience in the world. He is also an investor, with a portfolio of companies including Framework, UtilizeCore, Rewatch, Bunches, and Playbook. He previously co-…
 
“Great founders never stop recruiting.” — Dave Eisenberg Dave Eisenberg (@Eisenberg) is Founding Partner at Zigg Capital, a venture capital firm investing in real estate and construction technology. Before founding Zigg, Dave spent twelve years as an operator at Bonobos, TellApart, Floored, and CBRE. He started his career at Bain & Company, then mo…
 
“I do believe in direct feedback and specifically from a good place where you want the person to improve, it is one of the most helpful things you can do for someone.” – Dave Eisenberg Dave Eisenberg (@Eisenberg) is Founding Partner at Zigg Capital, a venture capital firm investing in real estate and construction technology. Before founding Zigg, D…
 
“The loudest voices in the room are seldom the best investors, the people sharing the best knowledge. Sometimes the people who are the quietest are sharing some of the most interesting insights.” – David McDonough David McDonough (@DavidMcDoughnut) is Founder/CEO of Commonstock, a platform that securely connects to multiple brokerage accounts to gi…
 
“My definition of success is impacting as many people as possible in the biggest way possible.” – David McDonough David McDonough (@DavidMcDoughnut) is Founder/CEO of Commonstock, a platform that securely connects to multiple brokerage accounts to give a social aspect to investments and empower everyday investors. He previously worked at Google in …
 
“You have to start businesses with an eye towards what they will become, but also an eye towards some of the risk associated with it. And a two-miracle deal requires way too much risk, and you've got to walk away from those before you start them.” – Ryan Boykin Ryan Boykin (@atlasrealestate) is Cofounder and Partner at Atlas Real Estate, a full-ser…
 
“I don't think success is an endpoint. People say, ‘I'll have been successful when this happens.’ No, I want success to be ongoing every day, I want it to be the journey.” – Ryan Boykin Ryan Boykin is Cofounder and Partner at Atlas Real Estate, a full-service real estate firm that manages more than 3,400 units. He is also Cofounder of REACTIV, a pl…
 
Visionary Founders, instead of solving market failures or fixing problems that are clear, push market evolution. They commit to pushing society to the upward bend of the exponential technology curve.Today, our friend Azeem Azhar, former VC-backed Founder, creator of The Exponential View blog, and author of the new book The Exponential Age, gives Fo…
 
Today, Mammoth Biosciences announced their series C and D at more than a $1B valuation. Mammoth is a startup story that Founders should be following because there is so much to learn from their path from the lab to unicorn status. At no other time in modern history has the need for science to lead our society toward a better future been more appare…
 
“The research around psychedelics is just unreal; the potential of these medicines to completely transform the way that we provide mental health care and help people who really need big changes in their life is really exciting.” – Jack Swain Jack Swain is Head of Clinical Operations at Mindbloom, a mental health and wellbeing company focused on psy…
 
“I'm a super optimist. I'm generally pretty buoyant. I see the silver lining in just about everything. Throughout life, as things have come up, I've always viewed it as, how is this a good thing versus how is this a setback?” – Jack Swain Jack Swain is Head of Clinical Operations at Mindbloom, a mental health and wellbeing company focused on psyche…
 
“If you want to run a big successful company or a successful growth venture, you have to bring impact into your decision-making.” – Sir Ronald Cohen Sir Ronald Cohen (@sirronniecohen) is Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and The Portland Trust. He co-founded Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel, and is Chair of Bridges Fund …
 
“That's the lesson here: the businesses that figure out how to use technology to the best of their abilities are the ones that are going to be stronger and more resilient, no matter what happens.” – Dan Frommer Dan Frommer (@fromedome) is Founder and Editor in Chief of The New Consumer, a publication about how and why people spend their money. Dan …
 
“I think I do my best work when I can really see whatever passion or expertise someone has in their creative field. That really inspires me to do things as well as I can.” – Dan Frommer Dan Frommer (@fromedome) is Founder and Editor in Chief of The New Consumer, a publication about how and why people spend their money. Dan has written for Forbes, T…
 
We’ll be back the week of August 23 with a brand new episode of Outlier Academy! In the meantime, we’ll be sharing some of our most popular episodes, including this fantastic interview with Rob Petrozzo of Rally. “You have no choice now—being a Swiss army knife and being able to learn on the fly. It's such an underrated skill. Everybody is so much …
 
We’ll be back the week of August 23 with a brand new episode of Outlier Academy! In the meantime, we're sharing some of our most popular episodes, including this one with Simon Mikhailovich. “The most important thing is that technology evolves, but people don't. That's the biggest lesson of history—humans don't change.” – Simon Mikhailovich In this…
 
"We have all the technical and economic ingredients needed to build a massive economy in space. We’re not focused on Mars or the Moon, we’re singularly focused on building a space economy that makes life better on Earth.”Today NFX Partner Morgan Beller is joined by Andy Lapsa, Co-Founder & CEO of Stoke Space Technologies, a company building reusabl…
 
“Right now my question is, is this something that I and only I can do? And I'm prioritizing even more not just for time, but also my energy, and the amount of bandwidth that it takes.” – Lopa van der Mersch Lopa van der Mersch is Founder and CEO of Rasa, a brand of adaptogenic tonics often used as coffee replacements. Her background in molecular bi…
 
“Living what you are uniquely here to do in integrity with that, because if you're doing that, you're not going to burn yourself out. If you're doing that, you're going to have the impact that you're meant to give in this world. If you're doing that you're taking care of yourself, etc.” – Lopa van der Mersch Lopa van der Mersch is Founder and CEO o…
 
This is The Founders’ List – audio versions of essays from technology’s most important leaders, selected by the founder community.Network effect businesses are reshaping the world. Network effects are still the best and most powerful force we know to create persistent value for billions of people. However, we think that too little has been said abo…
 
This is an NFX Mashup, where we string thoughts from past episodes together under the same topic.Startups today have more options than ever before — much earlier in their life cycles — for entering the public markets. Founders are constantly looking for advice on how to think about traditional IPO vs. SPAC vs. direct listing — and how to even answe…
 
“There's often a binary debate occurring in society, which is about crypto assets—is the asset class a zero? And it's a bit of the wrong debate to be having. The right question to ask here is, are there crypto-assets that deserve a weighting in your portfolio?” – Joe Percoco Joe Percoco (@joepercoco) is Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Titan, an investment…
 
“I think failure is definitely glorified to a degree. The goal is that you don't just fail consistently; eventually, you provide successful impact to others. But to the degree you're able to royally fail, and then royally succeed, that's way better than just royally succeeding. It's like a great underdog story in a way.” – Joe Percoco Joe Percoco (…
 
'Stoner Cats' is an adult animated series centered on five house cats who repeatedly save their beloved owner created by Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and friends, including the creative forces behind Toy Story 2, Spider-Verse, Happy Feet, and Cryptokitties.Users will be able to buy Stoner Cats NFTs and can use those tokens to access the comedy carto…
 
What few people see is that Trillion-Dollar Leadership focuses relentlessly on the “who.” Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt both aligned their companies around this question: Who are we serving and who is going to get us there? Today, Ann Hiatt (former Chief of Staff / Executive Business Partner to Bezos and then Schmidt for 14+ years) shares with NFX Pa…
 
This is The Founders’ List – audio versions of essays from technology’s most important leaders, selected by the founder community.In this article (published in 2014) Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin challenges the Bitcoin maximalist movement a few different ways. Bitcoin maximalists believe that all other digital currencies are inferior to Bitcoin.…
 
“The purpose of the startup community is to take a tiny amount of human and financial capital and create a single product, usually, a single thing, an insight that, through incredible intensity, can be used to break open a market and achieve unusual skill.” – Rishi Garg Rishi Garg (@rishigarg) is co-head of the Consumer Investing Practice at the Ma…
 
“I never think about the failure of the what. I always think about the failure of the how. How did I show up in these contexts? Was fear a really important emotion during these experiences or did I feel light? Was I courageous and open hearted, or did I feel closed?” – Rishi Garg Rishi Garg (@rishigarg) is co-head of the Consumer Investing Practice…
 
Over the past twenty years, tech entrepreneurs have created and captured enormous value by launching new marketplaces to the world. Today NFX Partner James Currier talks with Professor Scott Duke Kominers, who has been teaching the course 'Making Markets' along with other classes at Harvard Business School. With over 80 academic papers published, h…
 
This is The Founders’ List – audio versions of essays from technology’s most important leaders, selected by the founder community.Everyone knows that KPIs are critical, but often Founders are not looking at KPIs from the right angle. As a General Partner at NFX, Gigi Levy-Weiss now asks three questions to every Founder he meets. Their responses spe…
 
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