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Understanding India’s Chilly Reception of Jeff Bezos

The CEO’s pledge to create millions of jobs was met with protests.
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We sold Intros for $100,000: Turning a product failure into a business success

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In 2018 we launched a product called Baremetrics Intros, which essentially helped companies and investors find each other based on their actual data instead of just who they knew. Three months later…we shut it down. It was, commercially, a failure. We just couldn’t get any investors (our target)....
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[Workflow Guide] Accomplish Your Big Goals With Don’t Break the Chain

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Don’t Break the Chain (or The Seinfeld Method) is a productivity strategy coined after comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Curiously, he’s claimed to have no part in its inception.

The productivity method commits you to completing a daily goal for an extended period of time. Each day that you complete your....
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Every Company Will Be a Fintech Company

This is an abbreviated version of a presentation I gave live at the a16z Summit in November 2019. You can watch a video version on YouTube.

In the not-too-distant future, I believe nearly every company will derive a significant …
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Wealth Is What You Don't Spend

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Let me tell you a story about why some people aren’t as financially secure as they could be. It starts with a weight-loss study.

Fitness is a $30 billion industry. Almost 40% of Americans are obese.

How do you reconcile those figures?

You could say a lot of people don’t exercise. Or they aren’t....
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Finding the One Decision That Removes 100 Decisions (or, Why I’m Reading No New Books in 2020)

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Donald Knuth, a renowned mathematician and recipient of the Turing Award (considered the Nobel Prize of computer science), retired from using email in 1990.

He issued a public statement on his Stanford faculty page, which I saved to Evernote 1–2 years ago. I think of it often, and my favorite....
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Atomic Habits for Product Managers

Atomic habits book James Clear's Atomic Habits provides a compelling rationale for why frequently practicing small and easy to do atomic habits consistently compounds in benefit to ultimately generate incredible results. It then goes on to provide a comprehensive guide for reliably forming such atomic habits,....
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To Achieve Big Goals, Start with Small Habits

Begin with these five steps.
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What is Rust and why is it so popular?

Rust has been Stack Overflow’s most loved language for four years in a row, indicating that many of those who have had the opportunity to use Rust have fallen in love with it. However, the roughly 97% of survey respondents who haven’t used Rust may wonder, “What’s the deal with Rust?”

The short....
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What is a Best in Class Payback Period for a Software Company in 2020?

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Payback period is one of the best composite diagnostic metrics of product market fit. I've written before about the benefits of short payback periods. In short, startups with shorter payback periods require less capital and also grow more quickly. In 2020, what is an excellent payback period[1]?....
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