A Guide to VC “Congrats” Tweets, From ? to ?
Hunter Walk
by hunterwalk
1w ago
Tweet Translation “Excited for [Startup] to continue its mission at [Acquirer]” It was an acquihire and I lost money “They never gave up and I’ll miss working with them (hopefully will do so again). Congrats to [Startup] on their exit!” It was a journey but we at least got our money back. Founder, please remember me when you start the next company. “Proud to have been along since the earliest days. Thanks [founder] for letting me be a small part of your journey!” The big VCs in the deal made way more money than I did, but at least I got a little bit into the seed round. “You did it ..read more
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An Operating Manual for Cofounders, Why It’s Silly to Say Your Funding Round was “Oversubscribed,” Space Weather Forecaster is a real job, and more… [link blog]
Hunter Walk
by hunterwalk
1w ago
Links to read When the growth slows, and, You and your Co-founder [Harry Glaser/Cofounder, Modelbit] – More good repeat founder wisdom from Harry. In the former he has practical advice for how to handle speedbumps post-hypergrowth period. The latter is a good articulation of true cofounders. Sometimes when we meet a startup the ‘cofounders’ are really more like a founding team – there’s clearly one lead individual and one or more team members. But the ones which feel like true partnerships are pretty close to Harry’s guidance. The first two he notes are actually the most difficult! The Rick ..read more
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Backing New VC Firms With Screendoor: Welcoming OGs from First Round Capital, Pear VC, Reach Capital, and Refactor to the Cause
Hunter Walk
by hunterwalk
3w ago
Darwin moves at half-speed in venture capital, allowing mediocrity and outdated ‘best practices’ to persist, much to the detriment of founders and LPs. The long time horizons, risk aversion incentives, and opaque flow of information all contribute to this stasis. What’s one possible solution? Release new hungry and competitive species into the pool. That’s Screendoor. I’ve not written much about Screendoor here – it was important to do the work first – but we’re moving quickly these days. 2021 We start Screendoor with some of our industry friends to back new VC firms with $90m+ of Institutio ..read more
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Textio’s Founder Kieran Snyder on the Two Advantages Startups Have in AI (While Remaining Skeptical Of The Funding Gold Rush)
Hunter Walk
by hunterwalk
1M ago
“Admirer from outside of the cap table” is how I approached Kieran Snyder, Cofounder of Textio. That is to say, I DMed her on Twitter in 2016, impressed by the work she was doing but without a preexisting relationship. Thankfully the interest was mutual and we’ve had the chance to exchange thoughts here and there in the time since. When Kieran announced earlier this year she was stepping back from the CEO role at her company it seemed like a great time to (a) learn from her tenure and (b) promote her awesome weekly newsletter. Hunter Walk: Textio, the startup you founded and CEO’ed until a fe ..read more
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The Airline Chatbot Lied and a Passenger Sued, Why You Shouldn’t Care About Your VC Being ‘Founder Friendly,’ and Will AI Slop Kill the Internet? [link blog]
Hunter Walk
by hunterwalk
1M ago
URLs. Fresh hot URLs. Air Canada Has to Honor a Refund Policy Its Chatbot Made Up [Ashley Belanger/Wired] – Air Canada’s chatbot gave a customer incorrect information about bereavement fare policies, and a court held the airline accountable. Unclear whether the chatbot was truly LLM powered – or by whom – but it’s a fun piece of case law now (at least in Canada) for GPT hallucinations. The chatbot provided inaccurate information, encouraging Moffatt to book a flight immediately and then request a refund within 90 days. In reality, Air Canada’s policy explicitly stated that the airline will n ..read more
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Are Startup Stock Options Like ‘Lottery Tickets?’ A CEO and Former Employee Discuss. And My POV.
Hunter Walk
by hunterwalk
1M ago
The good stuff on the Internet really does occur in the comments! I shared a post by Ben Werdmuller where he details that a company he used to work for had a recent repricing/restructuring of their stock to better reflect the current state of the company and provide incentives for the team going forward. Ben’s general POV is that stock options are like lottery tickets and that in most cases it’s a losing proposition for the average employee to exercise them – in fact, he’s never bought his options at any company. He recommends just saving your salary instead. As you can guess I disagreed (sto ..read more
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He Sold His Startup for $130 Million, Here’s What He Learned, and Questions to Ask When Considering Whether a New Job is a ‘Fit’ for You, Plus Other Great Reads [link blog]
Hunter Walk
by hunterwalk
1M ago
More stuff for you to enjoy…. AI generated image What I Learned Selling My Company [Harry Glaser/then: Periscope Data, now: Modelbit] – Harry sold Periscope Data for $130m and is back building again with Modelbit, an ML engineering platform. Here he provides actionable advice for founders who are building long-lasting companies but know M&A might be the eventual, and successful, outcome. This is about the bread-and-butter, $50M-$500M acquisitions of mid/late-stage startups who probably took the offers because they had serious doubts about whether they could go the distance.  The ent ..read more
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Taylor’s Typewriter Boom, How Nvidia Handles Failures, and Matt Mullenweg’s Open Source Philanthropy [link blog]
Hunter Walk
by hunterwalk
1M ago
Links! Get your red hot links here! There Are Plenty of Power Publicists. But Only One Works for Taylor Swift [Allie Jones/WSJ] – Tree Paine (as the owner of what I think is also a great name, I salute you Tree) seems incredible competent. It’s amazing how compelling that is these days. And of course, as a Swiftie myself, I remember her scenes from the Miss Americana documentary. How Jensen Huang’s Nvidia Is Powering the A.I. Revolution [Stephen Witt/New Yorker] – One might make the case that Nvidia is the most important company in technology right now and this classic New Yorker profile gets ..read more
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When to Tip $$, Andrew Huberman-ization of America, Jelly Roll Owns 100% of His Masters, and More [Link Blog]
Hunter Walk
by hunterwalk
3M ago
My favorite links goes multimedia this time with two podcasts, among the other articles. Jelly Roll: The Popcast (Deluxe) Interview [Jon Caramanica and Joe Coscarelli/New York Times] – The guy with the face tattoos from the Super Bowl Uber Eats commercial. I’d known he was also a rising music star but not his backstory. In this podcast he’s confident, humble, thankful, curious, funny, competitive – just basically a great chat between folks who care about the music. Must listen for founders IMO. Has Gratuity Culture Reached a Tipping Point? [Zach Helfand/New Yorker] – The PoS spins around and ..read more
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Seven ‘Pivots’ Later, Warmly Finally Found Its Stride. CEO Max Greenwald Covers What He Wishes He Knew At The Beginning, and More…
Hunter Walk
by hunterwalk
3M ago
I met Max when he was in undergrad and visiting SF as part of Princeton’s annual TigerTrek. Then years later we reconnected at Google (where he was a Product Manager) for a GV BBQ. It was so much fun catching up that soon after as he started Warmly I was fortunately given the opportunity to angel invest. Since that time the company has evolved and grown, but even more so, Max has done the same! And I’ve gotten to see him figure out what kind of leader he wants to be. One who is currently building his company in public [ie sharing a bunch of data, progress, and even setbacks, that a startup fou ..read more
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