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The Insider Story of Houseparty with Ben Rubin & James Currier
This is the insider story of Houseparty. In the last two months, the video app has grown 1600% to become the #1 social app in 82 countries, including the U.S., with hundreds of millions of users. Its success, however, has been many years and trials in the making. In this episode, early investor & advisor James Currier joins Ben Rubin, the Founder of Houseparty to share the insider story of how the product went from zero-to-one to ubiquity. It’s the real story that most founders never get to hear. This episode is about the ups and downs of building Meerkat & Houseparty, and about his new work communications network, /Talk (Slash Talk). This is a masterclass in product, pivots and perseverance that every Founder will benefit from.
May 18, 2020
The Next Social Era is Here: Josh Elman & James Currier on Social Products Reshaping Human Connection
Today Josh Elman & James Currier discuss the history of social media, where it is today, and the next wave of social companies that may be a result of the current lockdown situation. Due to the massive behavioral changes over the last few months, Founders may have room to build and the 'Golden Age' of social media might see a resurfacing. Josh Elman has run product for top-tier companies like Robinhood, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and was a partner at Greylock. In this episode, we discuss: - A brief history of social media - The behavioral changes from COVID-19 - The 'New Wave' of social media platforms - The opportunity for founders to build companies - How social products reshape the human connection Be on the lookout for new episodes on The NFX Podcast and read more NFX content at -
May 04, 2020
Your Life is Driven by Network Effects
Working with network effects in our 100+ portfolio companies makes it impossible not to notice how the same mechanisms and math that create near-destiny for companies also create near-destiny for us as individuals. It’s mind-blowing once you see it. We will get to how the network force should guide your decision making in the 7 crossroads of your life, including: What Family You’re Born Into, your High School Network, your College Network, your First Job, Marriage/Choosing a Life Partner, Where You Live, and Reassessments. We all think we make these choices ourselves. It certainly feels like we’re in full control. But it turns out that our choices — both in our startups and in our lives — are more constrained than we think. Our networks are our most valuable resource. They are the way our lives express themselves. Those networks are made up of all the people you care about, the people you, inspire, move, and help to live their best lives.
Apr 30, 2020
The Great Reset: How Reid Hoffman & James Currier See the Path Ahead for Founders
Today Reid Hoffman & James Currier discuss the path ahead for Founders in a post-COVID world. What you need to learn and unlearn to get your company through a crisis, frameworks for the tough decisions Founders are facing today and the way they see the world changing forever - opening new opportunities for savvy founders. Reid is the co-Founder and was the executive chairman of LinkedIn, and is now a partner at Greylock. In this episode, we discuss: - How to be human first - The VC landscape post-COVID - How to make decisions around risk - The mental patterns Founders should unlearn - Founders & frugality - Silicon Valley's involvement in COVID-19 - Zero-sum thinking Be on the lookout for new episodes on The NFX Podcast and read more NFX content at -
Apr 16, 2020
How PayPal & Trulia Navigated Downturns: David Sacks, Craft Ventures + Co-Founder of PayPal
Today we’re talking with David Sacks & Pete Flint about how to lead a company through an unforeseen downturn, and what it takes to adapt and survive in an unpredictable economy. David is a general partner at Craft Ventures and previously a Co-Founder of PayPal & Yammer. Both David and Pete founded iconic companies and led them through unstable markets to emerge with high growth and success. In this episode, we discuss: - The Founder mindset during a downturn - The Investor mindset during a downturn - Tactics/frameworks for founders - Happy Talk vs Hard Talk - Silicon Valley during COVID-19 Be on the lookout for new episodes on The NFX Podcast and read more NFX content at -
Apr 07, 2020
Leading Startups Through Uncertainty: Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO of TaskRabbit
TaskRabbit invented the gig-economy in 2008 with a marketplace that matches freelance labor with local demand for everyday tasks. Stacy Brown-Philpot became CEO of TaskRabbit in 2016 and led the company through its acquisition by IKEA in 2017. In this episode, we discuss: - Leadership changes - Growth vs. profitability - Competition - Exits - Expanding - Regulation Be on the lookout for more Iconic Marketplace episodes on the NFX podcast in the near future and read more NFX content at -
Mar 18, 2020
How I Raised Venture Capital: Iman Abuzeid, CEO of Incredible Health
After raising venture capital from NFX, Andreessen Horowitz, Obvious Ventures, and Precursor Ventures, CEO & Co-Founder Iman Abudzaid made her fundraising learnings, methodology, and frameworks public for the benefit of Founders everywhere. Topics discussed with Iman include: - When to fundraise - Fundraising amount & goals - Personal insights & learnings - Personal fundraising process - Traction & metrics - Evolution of the pitch deck - And much more Incredible Health - TechCrunch article - Signal - The Brief - To read more essays and content on fundraising, network effects, growth, and frameworks visit -
Jan 29, 2020
How Billion Dollar Marketplaces Are Built (w/ Marco Zappacosta, Founder & CEO of Thumbtack)
Marco Zappacosta (Co-founder & CEO of Thumbtack) talks with Pete Flint (NFX & founder of Trulia) about what it takes to build a billion-dollar marketplace and the lessons he's uncovered along the journey. They discuss how they solved the chicken & egg problem, what he would have done differently as an early-stage marketplace, fundraising lessons, and how short-term metrics can actually hinder long-term retention. Read more essays from NFX -
Nov 11, 2019
16 Non-Obvious Fundraising Lessons On Pitching - The NFX Podcast
As Founders ourselves, we started 10 venture-backed companies that exited for over $10 Billion. During that time as Founders and now as VCs, we’ve seen 16 counterintuitive lessons in pitching VCs that increase your odds of success. Today we’re sharing them for the benefit of the entire founder community. Learn more at - Start your Company Brief at -
Oct 28, 2019
Why Top Founders Understand Network Effects (w/ Scott Cook, Founder of Intuit)
About 2 years ago, Intuit Founder Scott Cook came to NFX to meet with James Currier to discuss their shared interest in network effects. It was one of the most compelling conversations James has had with anyone on the topic, and so we recently visited the Intuit HQ in Mountain View, CA to continue the conversation. Today we're making it public, for the benefit of Founders everywhere
Oct 08, 2019
The Psychology Of Startup Growth - The NFX Podcast
Growth comes from adopting the right psychology. The right mindset. From an approach you bring to your daily work consistently for years. In this episode of The NFX Podcast, James Currier shares the five hallmarks of high-performance growth psychology. Follow @NFX on Twitter To read our essay on the The Psychology Of Startup Growth, visit - To read more NFX Essays visit -
Aug 22, 2019
The Hidden Patterns to Great Startup Ideas - The NFX Podcast
It’s often said that success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. We disagree. This might be true at later stages, but at the initial stage of a startup, the core idea makes a huge difference. Small changes in your initial idea/direction will make a big difference to where you end up. In this episode of The NFX Podcast, James Currier uncovers the hidden pattern to great startup ideas. Follow @NFX on Twitter To read our essay on the The Hidden Pattern to Great Startup Ideas, visit -
Aug 22, 2019
9 Habits of World Class Startups (The NFX Podcast)
Startups that grow into transformative companies do two things: (1) they nail the basics and (2) they cultivate the right habits (core operating principles). In this episode of The NFX Podcast, James Currier lists 9 habits that get investors to lean in and take special notice. Follow @NFX on Twitter To read our essay on the 9 Habits of World Class Startups, visit - For more NFX essays, visit -
Aug 21, 2019
Iconic Marketplaces: The Poshmark Story (w/ Manish Chandra, Co-founder & CEO)
They were rejected by 200+ investors. They were turned down by every single payment processor in the country. They discovered they were in violation of USPS regulations, and almost ran out of money. Yet today, Poshmark is one of the most successful marketplaces of all time. Be on the lookout for more Iconic Marketplace episodes on the NFX podcast in the near future and read more NFX content at -
Jun 18, 2019
Uber - Inside the Marketplace (The NFX Podcast)
James Currier of NFX outlines 5 important lessons you can learn from Uber and their growth over the last 10 years. Check out our past Inside the Marketplace episode on Lyft here -
May 02, 2019
Lyft - Inside the Marketplace (The NFX Podcast)
NFX Managing Partners Pete Flint and James Currier discuss Lyft's upcoming IPO, the defensibility of the ridesharing business model, and what Lyft should do next.
Mar 25, 2019
"Why Growth Hacking Is Broken" - Pete Flint & Andy Johns
"Why Growth Hacking Is Broken" - Pete Flint & Andy Johns by NFX
Feb 13, 2019