What Leadership Roles at Facebook & YouTube Taught Rushabh Doshi About Building Product Teams

What do I hope happens when I write a blog post? Lots of people to read it? Sure, I guess. But the dream is really smart responses from folks who can help refine or expand my thinking. …


Three Tips For Leaders Who Want To Up Their Recruiting Game

Show me the first 20 employees of a startup and I’ll tell you whether it’s going to be successful or not. In my mind there’s no greater indicator of success than the quality and characteristics of the individuals you’re able to bring on board. Success is a signal of two…


This Has Been My Favorite Question Of Peers In 2021

“So, do you think your job is to win ‘consensus’ deals or find the ‘non-consensus’ opportunities?” This has been my favorite question to ask fellow seed investors over the last year, and the answers are telling. Some have very strong reactions, dismissing any alternate strategy to their own as imperfect…


More than 800 women die every day from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth.

If you don’t want to read any further and just want to take action, I’m matching up to $10,000 of donations today to nonprofit Every Mother Counts, so just go to their website, give them some money (tax deductible!) …


How My Attitude Towards Mental Health Changed From My 20s to 30s to 40s

2011 and I was at a low point. Most alarmingly, it wasn’t clear that I could get out of my situation by myself. The mental stress and overwork at my job helped catalyze a physical disability of repetitive strain which created a vicious cycle. The bottoming occurred over the summer…


VCs With Multiple Stage-Specific Funds Are Likely To Rewrite The Existing Etiquette. And What This Means For Founders.

Let’s start out by admitting that the question of ‘competitive conflict’ has always been more of a situational dynamic than industry standard. …


Don’t Freak Out When Part Of Your Original Hypothesis Was Wrong

If you showed me a bunch of random early stage startups and asked me to select the ones disproportionately likely to be successful, I’d bet on the teams which are able to turn a hypothesis into a test and a test into learnings with the greatest compounding velocity. This is…


Startup CEOs Should Test Strength of Cap Table Every ~6 Months To Know Where They Stand

I really liked Jason Lemkin’s “Do You Have a Weak Investor Syndicate” blog post from earlier in the summer. Go read it and then come back here….

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash

Ok, so there are two different types of ‘weakness’ that Lemkin mentions — one has to do with lack of credibility in your…


Why The Move to Remote Has Accelerated The Need for New Tools

The first generation of SaaS was about single player workflows and data. The second generation added collaboration (aka multiplayer). And the third generation added ML/AI to reorganize/optimize those workflows based upon the intelligence of the computer, not the habits of the user. Not every industry and not every profession has…

Hunter Walk

You’ll find me @homebrew , Seed Stage Venture Fund w @satyap . Previously made products at YouTube, Google & SecondLife. Married to @cbarlerin .

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