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Why Should I Start a Startup?

A lot of people ask themselves why they should start a startup. My answer to why you should start a startup is simple: there is a certain type of person who only works at their peak capacity when there is no predictable path to follow, the odds of success are low, and they have to take personal responsibility for failure (the opposite of most jobs at a large company).

Safes are not bad for entrepreneurs

Pascal Levensohn and Andrew Krowne recently published an article: “Why Safe Notes are not safe for entrepreneurs.” The authors were critical of the safe, describing it (as the click-bait title suggests), as bad for entrepreneurs. But the authors make an important point – which was clarified by Levensohn in a follow-up post — with which we don’t disagree: both investors and entrepreneurs need to understand the way that convertible securities convert, and they need to understand dilution.

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How to Build Your Board | Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin

Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin, talks through how he built his board of directors, and shares lessons-learned.

How To Build an oEmbed Integration for Your Startup, and Why It’s Necessary

In this article we’ll first take a look at why having an embed has become increasingly important given the current state of the web. Then we’ll dive into how to actually implement this for your own startup. Specifically, we’ll take a deeper look at an open protocol called oEmbed, and how to build an oEmbed integration that’s compatible with Embed.ly.

What Founder Friendly Actually Means

Lots of VCs talk about being founder friendly. I’ve noticed that founders often misunderstand how that actually works. What “founder friendly” does and doesn’t mean is important to understand.

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Scaling Product at Airbnb with Joe Gebbia and Reid Hoffman

Co-founder of Airbnb, Joe Gebbia, sits down with Reid Hoffman to talk about scaling the product for Airbnb, and how they thought about designing the full chain of the travel experience (not just the accommodations element).

How to Get into VR

This is the second edition of Paths, a series outlining emerging technologies with clear steps on how to get started in each field. In this post, we’ll explore why it’s an exciting time to get into VR now–both for consumers and developers. Then, we’ll discuss how a wide range of interdisciplinary fields have pushed the technology forward. And last, we’ll identify concrete ways in which you can get started.

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