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Productivity is a function of the number of hours worked … but that changes by job type
Spoke to an entrepreneur the other day with this funding history: Seed: Led by a hedge fund Series A: Led by a growth fund Series B: Led by an early-stage fund That's some straight-up Benjamin Button stuff there... well done!
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Most common trait of 10xers: they don’t understand what’s in their job description 10xers think they should do way more than they are β€œsupposed” to do @danielgross and I explore how to identify great employees on World of DaaS podcast. safegraph.com/podcasts/danie…
the quickest way to become a higher earner is figure out how to give leverage to another high earner
When you get conflicting advice from your board members…
The percentage of time different people preface a question with the phrase β€œI have a question”
Diagram of the Keith Rabois formula for starting a company
not just Baylor: β€œThe proportion of male undergraduates at UCLA fell to 41% in the fall semester of 2020 from 45% in fall 2013. Over the same period, undergraduate enrollment expanded by nearly 3,000 students. Of those spots, nine out of 10 went to women.”
more on changing demographics: female-to-male ratio of college students now 3:2. and even larger ratio for college graduates. WSJ: β€œAt the close of the 2020-21 academic year, women made up 59.5% of college students, an all-time high, and men 40.5%”
It is now significantly easier to get into college if you are a man: β€œAt Baylor University, where the undergraduate student body is 60% female, the admission rate for men last year was 7 percentage points higher than for women.” - WSJ
15 episodes in and still have no idea what works to make a podcast popular
Measuring your wealth in USD is measuring the length of an object with a rubber-band that keeps stretching.
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If you can survive eating at a restaurant with toddlers you can accomplish anything in life.
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After 5 years, almost 100% of founder CEOs are compensated LESS than a replacement would be on a go-forward basis. auren.substack.com/p/lets-talk-ab…
Reporting to a CEO for the first time? Realize one thing: there’s like no onboarding or training
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Interviewing a podcast host on your podcast is nerve wracking.
9-yr-old: "The Last Emperor was a really good movie. Can we watch the sequel?" Me: "well ... it was the LAST Emperor" 9-yr-old: "is there a prequel?"
Time is our most valuable asset, but we don’t know how to spend it. Should we use Zoom, Slack, or email? This might be the first time that we can answer these questions. @tylercowen explains why it would be our most valuable dataset on World of DaaS. safegraph.com/podcasts/tyler…
what are the best things written on product marketing at startups?
the worst trained SDRs work for VC firms -- VCs should just acquire one of their portfolio companies so that they can have a well-functioning SDR process.
Expect more hugely successful startups founded by people in their late 30s, 40s, and even 50s, as WFH enables parent founders to juggle better.
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when I check Slack, I always check the open Threads first. anyone else have that same strategy?
As you scale, you add people with low tolerance for risk, but high tolerance for process. Left unchecked, the "process people" will overwhelm the "risk people". Adding process is natural, taking risk is not. You need to push and support the taking of calculated risks.
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wow -- Checkr is one of the data companies I most admire. what a rocketship! twitter.com/SafeGraph/stat…
Background checks are really complex. They use fragmented, nonstandard, incomplete data. @danielyanisse, CEO of @checkr on World of DaaS. We cover: * the gig economy’s need for a new solution * channel partnerships * leveraging B2B to enter B2C safegraph.com/blog/building-…
"we got a new buyer on our e-commerce site! yeah! let's spam them with 42 emails in the next three days to see if we can get them to unsubscribe"
"It used to be that β€œwho you know,” not β€œwhat you know,” held the most value. But in the last 15 years, it has become much more important to build something than to know people: The β€œwhat-you-knows” are ascendent." twitter.com/a16z/status/14…
on World of DaaS videos, you can see me hopping up and down on a few interviews where I forgot this very important rule twitter.com/auren/status/1…
Doom by @nfergus is a super interesting book. going to ask Niall about it on an upcoming World of DaaS
Founder CEOs are a good deal compared to outside CEOs
this is one of the more important articles. there are now 50% more women graduating college than men. 50% more. this is going to have very large societal implications twitter.com/AurenReads/sta…
The bigger the monitor the longer it takes me to find my cursor
the best start-ups have high velocity. they keep improving month after month after month. We document @SafeGraph's improvements every month with an official release. the sept release is our single biggest monthly improvement including 4,028 new BTC ATMs docs.safegraph.com/changelog/sept…
Why does shock and awe equal success on social media? Sinan Aral and MIT conducted a study on the spread of misinformation on Twitter, and the role novelty plays in amplification. Learn more on the World of DaaS podcast hosted by Auren Hoffman. bit.ly/3jGf8mp
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About a third of @SafeGraph employees in California (including Tahoe) -- and half in SoCal. But Colorado and Florida are ascendant. (not exactly a napkin graph)
startups make no sense. a product can improve at a rate of 10-15% per month -- which means over 2 years, the product gets 18 times better!! that means that your early customers got a product which is only 5% as good as the one you have today ... and they still bought it! crazy
the most important rule I learned about doing a podcast is to always go to the bathroom before starting a podcast
80% Twitter 60% Slack 50% Zoom 40% Email 5% Random comments on Google docs twitter.com/zachperret/sta…
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