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Some Words Of Wisdom1


I saw this tweetstorm today from Suhail Doshi, founder of Mixpanel. 1/ Getting my first 100 customers always felt like a puzzle. The next 1000 seemed unreachable. Besides, how can you get feedback to make the product better w/o users? After many years, we ended up w/ 6,000+ paying customers. It was a grind to get there.???? Here’s what I Iearned… — Suhail (@Suhail) June 20, 2018 If you click on this link you will be taken to the entire thing. I wish I knew how to embed the entire tweetstorm. I would have done that here. There are some real pearls of wisdom in here, like this: 2/ This 1st lesson comes hard learned for most engineers: get up — away from your monitor—and talk to your users! I know it’s safer & comfortable to just email people but it’s also easier to ignore you. Your first 100 customers are usually acquired as a result of YOU selling. — Suhail (@Suhail) June 20, 2018 And this: 4/ You should put as much energy into the first 3 steps of your product (including your landing page) as you do your entire product after those steps. If people don’t get past step 3, your whole product didn’t matter anyway. It’s easy to get caught up in building the other stuff. — Suhail (@Suhail) June 20, 2018 And this: 7/ Find a niche of customers instead of trying to be something for everyone. FB started w/ elite colleges. SoundCloud started w/ bedroom producers collabing. Airbnb w/ spare bedrooms. It’ll be easier to explain your product making it easier to convince the right early users. — Suhail (@Suhail) June 20, 2018 My partner Brad calls that last one “finding the narrow point of the wedge.” Getting your product right is critical. But getting your “go to market” right is just as important. They are two sides of the same coin and influence each other greatly. Suhail’s tweetstorm makes that point so well. https://avc.com/2018/06/some-words-of-wisdom/

Thirty One Years


Today is our thirty-first wedding anniversary. We got married on a hot steamy June night in the Washington DC area. During the official part of the event, the skies opened up and it poured. After that, the heat and humidity dissipated and we had a really fun party. It has been a productive partnership. We have three fantastic children and an array of business and personal interests that we have pursued, often and increasingly together. We plan to spend the day together and not work. So other than this brief public celebration of matrimony and love, this is all you are going to get from me today. But if you are interested in the crypto/blockchain/token sector, you may want to check out something I wrote on USV.com and posted overnight. It is about our dual strategy of investing directly in companies and projects and also in token funds. You can read that here. https://avc.com/2018/06/thirty-one-years/

Thirty One Years1


Today is our thirty-first wedding anniversary. We got married on a hot steamy June night in the Washington DC area. During the official part of the event, the skies opened up and it poured. After that, the heat and humidity dissipated and we had a really fun party. It has been a productive partnership. We have three fantastic children and an array of business and personal interests that we have pursued, often and increasingly together. We plan to spend the day together and not work. So other than this brief public celebration of matrimony and love, this is all you are going to get from me today. But if you are interested in the crypto/blockchain/token sector, you may want to check out something I wrote on USV.com and posted overnight. It is about our dual strategy of investing directly in companies and projects and also in token funds. You can read that here. https://avc.com/2018/06/thirty-one-years/

Thirty One Years1


Today is our thirty-first wedding anniversary. We got married on a hot steamy June night in the Washington DC area. During the official part of the event, the skies opened up and it poured. After that, the heat and humidity dissipated and we had a really fun party. It has been a productive partnership. We have three fantastic children and an array of business and personal interests that we have pursued, often and increasingly together. We plan to spend the day together and not work. So other than this brief public celebration of matrimony and love, this is all you are going to get from me today. But if you are interested in the crypto/blockchain/token sector, you may want to check out something I wrote on USV.com and posted overnight. It is about our dual strategy of investing directly in companies and projects and also in token funds. You can read that here. https://avc.com/2018/06/thirty-one-years/

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition


Two hundred and fifty years ago, in 1768, The Royal Academy in London decided to hold an annual exhibition of “paintings, sculpture, and design” that would be “open to all artists of distinguished merit” and so began the summer exhibition. We’ve been attending the summer exhibition on and off for something like ten years and I really love it. We went today, which is the 250th annual event. As you can see in the photo above, which is from maybe 150 years ago, they pack the walls with art. You can barely see the walls there is so much art on them. But the thing I love most is the way they hang an unknown twenty-year-old painter next to a Hockney. It really speaks to me and represents an egalitarian approach that is rare in the art world and the worlds beyond art. You can buy many of the works at the summer exhibition and we have done that a few times over the years. Not today, as many of the works we liked had been sold or were not for sale. But I like that it is a place you can collect and many of the works are not particularly expensive. If you live in London or the UK, you have likely gone. If not, you should. And if you are not from the UK but find yourself in London this summer, you should go. https://avc.com/2018/06/the-royal-academy-summer-exhibition/