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The art and science of venture investing – #3: it’s investing vs divesting and the “relationship”

Some of the most interesting analyses about investing that has been making the rounds of the institutional investment community in the last few years has been about how fund managers … Continue Reading


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Re-imagine: products, policies, digital transformation, machines vs humans

As we move into a new decade, it is worth asking broader questions like “what does our world need”? We’ve just sent out an investor newsletter discussing how the world … Continue Reading


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Dear Founder #5: Managing growth pains – 8 alignment tools to manage complexity

Anyone who has worked at large organisations will know what organizational inertia feels like.  There was once this much-read corporate tome titled “Can elephants dance?” (written by the then CEO … Continue Reading


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Dear founder #4: not all revenues are created equal

[A note from 5 Oct 2019: “gross margins” and “sustainable revenues” has become talk of tech town this past week, and a big-name Silicon Valley VC has made a similar … Continue Reading


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The Power of the Power Law, “super-stars”, and moving the returns curve “to the right”!

I finally get to jot down some of my thoughts here about the “power law”, and more specifically the “power of the power law” …. I. The phenomenon of superstars OK, … Continue Reading


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Nuts and bolts #3: your financial model and your understanding of your business, your market and your customers, and your value drivers

Dear founder. This is a letter to all you founders who are preparing a financial model for your Series A or even Series B round. First, may I congratulate for … Continue Reading


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Great founding teams – a revisit

[An earlier version of this post was titled “Builders of the world, design and surf once in a while!”] As 2018 draws to a close, we reflect on how we … Continue Reading


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Nuts and bolts #2: 9 delightful things about product-market fit

A lot of ink has been spilled on “product market fit” but we are still very often answering Qs about this and so we are going to jot down a … Continue Reading


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Being long on innovation – part 2: Thriving under the shadows of giants

[Addition on 24 Oct: adding a link to an a16z blog-post published not long after on the same topic highlighted in point 5 below, that selling in the early stages … Continue Reading


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Dear founder #3: building strong and weather-proof companies

We invest to support companies building for the long term and so we are very interested in founders who want to build long-lasting and strong companies irrespective of the state … Continue Reading