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VC Theses #100 | Building the American Workforce, An Ominous October, & more
Oct 31st– Nov 6th | Insights from A16Z, Cowboy Ventures, Redpoint, Canaan, and others
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Investment Themes, Theses, & Outlooks
Building the American Workforce (Oliver Hsu, Partner @ A16Z)
How new risks are driving opportunities in insurtech (Mouro Capital Team)
What We’re Excited About: The Verticalization of B2B Fintech (Jillian Williams, Principal @ Cowboy)
3 Things: ZoomInfo for Devs, Generative AI Books for Kids, Trusted Health for Locum Tenens (Elaine Zelby, Partner @ SignalFire)
Industry Developments & Analyses
Charts to Chew On: An Ominous October. (Meera Clark, Principal @ Redpoint)
The State of Vertical SaaS 2022 (Fractal Software Team)
Why America Must Develop Space, and How We’ll Do It (Ryan McEntush, Partner @ A16Z)
How Payments Were Won: An Inside Look At Fintech’s Original Embedded Service (Medha Agarwal, Partner @ Redpoint)
Partner Bank Compliance and the Impact on Fintech (Marc Andrusko & David Haber, A16Z)
The Evolution of Infrastructure Markets — Cloud Computing (Nandu Anilal, VC @ Canaan)
Guides, Case Studies, and Best Practices for Operating
How to Build A Winning Paid Membership Program (Connie Chan, GP @ A16Z)
OpenCloud 2022: How to Navigate Stormy Markets and Other Tips for Cloud Founders (Battery Ventures Team)
Figma’s Early Days — How Patience & Discipline Fostered a Killer Product (Sean Whitney, VC @ Craft Ventures)
Product Marketing as fuel for Category Creation (Akash Bajwa, VC @ Earlybird)
Inside Hotjar’s bootstrapped PLG strategy (Kyle Poyar, Partner @ OpenView)
Markets, Markets, and Markets (Kyle Harrison, GP @ Contrary)
Cutting R&D to Grow GTM Spend : Is it Happening Across Software Companies? (Tomasz Tunguz, MD @ Redpoint)
Identity: The Mega Theme of the 2020s (Doug Clinton, MP @ Loup)
The Rise of the Digitally-Native Job (Rex Woodbury, Partner @ Index)
Thinking outside the (text) box: better interfaces for generative models (Kojo Osei, VC @ Matrix)
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