The Investor + Operator (IO) Podcast hosts the most candid, vulnerable conversations about building companies with the world’s best operators and investors.
Keith Rabois, Founders Fund | The IO Podcast - Episode 2
54:24If there was a Mount Rushmore of Investors, Keith Rabois would definitely be on it.Over his decades long career as both an investor and operator, Keith has had a hand in Silicon Valley unicorns like Square, Paypal, Airbnb and Youtube. In fact, he's aiming to be the 'Michael Jordan' of the investment world. Now, as a co-founder of Opendoor and Partner at Founders Fund Keith sits down with Tyler and Sterling and shares what he looks for in companies he invests in, what attributes a founder must have, why Elon Musk is wrong and takeaways from his career. Timestamps00:01:07 - Keith’s Investments & Becoming the Michael Jordan of VC00:04:36 - Finding Your Strengths as an Investor or Operator00:13:10 - The Traits & Characteristics of Successful Founders00:18:25 - Launching OpenDoor and the role of storytelling in successful companies00:24:41 - What Makes Founders Fund Unique00:30:25 - How They Select Partners and Investments at Founders Fund00:34:12 - Build A Ideologically Diverse Team For Success00:41:00 - Common Bad Advice Given To Founders00:53:08 - Live a Purposeful and Deliberate LifeDon't miss this episode - be sure to comment and subscribe
Andy Rachleff from VC to Entrepreneur
34:02The IO podcast with Sterling and Tyler features Andy Rachleff, the founder of Benchmark Capital and unicorn startup Wealthfront, and explores the intersection between investing and operating. Ratcliffe believes that finding product-market fit and being ambidextrous in finding new opportunities while optimizing existing ones is more important than being paranoid in either role. He also discusses the importance of learning from success and putting entrepreneurs first. Venture capitalist Bill Gurley emphasizes the importance of product market fit and finding an inflection point in technology to identify a non-consensus market that is desperate for a product. Rachleff admires investors Howard Marks, John Dora, and John Valentine, and considers Reed Hastings as an exemplary operator who makes asymmetric bets. The success of running a company or making investments is determined by the magnitude of success when you are right, and great CEOs must be like venture capitalists in adding businesses to their portfolio and betting the company through major development initiatives and acquisitions with a high chance of failure.Timestamps[00:00:00] Interview with Investor Operator Andy Rachleff[00:01:40] Investing vs. Operating Skills[00:03:32] Product Market Fit and the Art of Being Ambidextrous[00:05:41] From VC to Entrepreneur: How Wealthfront Was Born[00:09:41] Making Money & Taking Leaps of Faith in Non-Consensus Ventures[00:12:37] The History and Success of Benchmark's Equal Partnership Model[00:16:41] Insight on Product Market Fit with Andy Keen[00:19:03] Spotting Inflection Points: Technology Entrepreneurship and Venture Capitalism[00:20:22] Product Market Fit and the Thesis of Everything Going Wrong[00:22:51] Key Trait of Successful Entrepreneurs: Deep Understanding of Technology[00:27:07] Finding Desperate Customers for Startup Success[00:28:41] Why Great CEOs Layer New Businesses to Succeed[00:33:04] Best Startup for Asymmetric Bets Today?
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