Using Investors to Find the Ideal Startup Job

TL;DR: If you want to work at a startup, email a VC or angel investor and ask them for company recommendations. Because of the well-aligned incentives between investors, founders, and job seekers, investors are a great resource for finding the perfect job.

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The Goldilocks Principle of Seed Stage Valuations

Seed stage startup valuations are a hard thing to get right. I've previously written three articles that cover strategies for figuring out 1) how much runway you need, 2) how to plan your current financing round in the context of your next financing round, and 3) how to estimate a reasonable valuation for your level of progress. In this post, I'd like to cover some of the risks of raising at either too high or too low of a valuation.

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Bubbles and Unicorns

Unicorns

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Assembling the Right Team

I meet with a lot of startup founders, and many of them don't have well-balanced teams. For example, a company might have two non-technical cofounders who are outsourcing all of their early engineering work, or two technical cofounders who want to build enterprise SaaS products but have no sales experience and no connections to their target market.

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What Shape is Your Competitive Advantage?

It's important for companies to have some kind of durable competitive advantage -- otherwise competitors can come in, copy a product, and take away significant market share (and profits).

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Valuing Employee Options

Yesterday, I read an interesting exchange on Twitter about how to value employee options. All of it was sparked by this tweet:

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Fundraising Roadmap Algorithm

As a software engineer, I try to approach problems algorithmically. That is, given some kind of input, what kind of procedure can I reliably run to generate the desired output. For example, given a bunch of numbers (input), what's the best process (algorithm) to quickly and efficiently arrange those numbers in increasing order (desired output)?

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The Bubble that Matters

A few days ago, Tom Tunguz had a great post on why the "is it a bubble?" question shouldn't matter to startups. I agree with him: focusing on whether there's a bubble in the startup ecosystem is counterproductive, and founders should just concentrate on building great companies efficiently regardless of the macro environment.

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