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Office Hours with Kat Manalac

Kat Manalac and Craig Cannon go through questions submitted on Hacker News. Discussed: How would you go about starting an incubator in another country? If you’re a company launching to the press for the first time, what would you recommend doing?

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Sam Altman’s Whale AMA

Sam answers questions submitted on Whale. Including: What’s the best thing you learned from Paul Graham? What social problems would you like to see startups tackling in 2017? Out of all the founders that have manbuns, who is your favorite?

Fundraising Rounds Are Not Milestones

Raising a round should be a byproduct of success. By deemphasizing investment rounds we would have more opportunity to celebrate companies who develop measurable milestones of value creation, focus on serving a customer with a real need, and generate sustainable businesses with good margins.

Navigating Mid-Success

When you start a startup, you get pushed off the side of a cliff with a bag of aerospace parts. You hope they are the parts for a spaceship but a reasonable amount of the time, it turns out you have the parts for an airplane. An airplane is still a cool and valuable thing to build, but if you try to fly an airplane to the moon you are going to be in a world of hurt.

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Office Hours with Daniel Gross

Daniel Gross and Craig Cannon go through questions submitted on Hacker News. Discussed: How important is it to raise money? How worried should startups be about people copying them? We feel pressured to get into machine learning, should we?

How To Get Into Natural Language Processing

We’re at a very unique point in history where natural language interfaces are beginning to dominate the ways that we interact with our machines. With largely available datasets and open source frameworks, working on NLP problems has never been more accessible.

How Do You Measure Leadership?

It’s tempting to measure leaders simply by the success of their businesses. But even the most successful founders know how much timing and luck can be confounding factors in this approach. Measuring leadership through bottom-line company performance also fails to provide any clues as to how someone can improve as a leader. So is there a better way?

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