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Rev1 Weekly Recap | Tech and VC

Rev1 Weekly Recap

We’re excited to announce the first ever Rev1 Weekly Recap. In this series, we will be highlighting interesting or high-profile articles that the Rev1 team has been reading across the technology and venture capital landscape. 

Fear and Loathing in Venture Capital – Max Neiderhofer, Sunstone Capital

Max Neiderhofer is a general partner at Sunstone Capital, a European early-stage venture capital firm. In his blog post, Fear and Loathing in Venture Capital, Max sheds some light on the less glamorous aspects of venture capital investing. This is a great post for anyone involved in the startup ecosystem from would-be venture capitalists to entrepreneurs raising capital and investors looking for some wisdom early on in their career. 

Not Even Wrong – Ways to Dismiss Technology, Benedict Evans, a16z

Benedict Evans, a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, details what it means when someone says that a new product or new technology is “just a toy” or “nobody will want that anyway”. There are a lot of ways to try and predict the future, but Evans looks at some of the more plausible ways of telling if a new technology is worth a second glance. He asserts that product roadmaps and determining whether the new product is a super power are some of the best ways to tackle naysayers of innovations.

Building Bicycles for Our Minds – John Borthwick, Betaworks

John Borthwick, CEO at Betaworks lays out his firm’s guiding principles and human-focused investment thesis in this post. John argues that much of the promise and optimism around the great companies built over the past couple of decades remains unfulfilled. He claims that platforms built to maximize   engagement at the cost of user utility are holding back innovation and only through investing in “bicycles”, companies designed to enhance personal experience without confining it, can we start to deliver on the promises of modern technology.

Raising Seed Capital? Here’s Your 2018 Guide on How to Do It Successfully – Parul Singh, Founder Collective

In this article, Parul Singh, Principal at Founder Collective, outlines six questions that every entrepreneur should ask themselves before raising seed capital. There are some great practical lessons in here as well as some potentially tough questions that entrepreneurs often avoid asking themselves before seeking venture funding. It’s important for entrepreneurs to understand that venture capital is not for everyone and that once you get on the venture capital train, it is difficult to get off at the next station.

9 Highlights from Snapchat Ceo’s 6,000-Word Leaked Memo on Survival – Josh Constine, TechCrunch

Snap Inc. has been going through some turbulent times as of late and as a result, CEO Evan Spiegel sent out a memo to employees of the embattled company to address concerns. There are a lot of great lessons in here about long-term success, what it means to successfully launch a product/service, and recognizing your core strengths. The detailed report also breaks out why it is important for Snap to start making money, something I can’t believe has to be stressed in the first place.

How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever – Christopher Mims, The Wall Street Journal

You have probably heard about Amazon’s massive fulfillment centers that are popping up all over the country – this article examines how those fulfillment centers actually function and how they are becoming the “Physical Cloud”. There future of automation is one that everyone should be paying attention to. The article also outlines the advancements that Ocado, an online-only grocer in England, has utilized to bring the cost of delivering groceries to a consumer’s front door the same as the price of picking them up at the grocery store the old-fashioned way. 

Do you have reading suggestions you think we should check out? Please comment below.

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