Story of survival + success from the Dotcom crash - how Greenplum sold to EMC + eventually IPOed as Pivotal
Looking at my Twitter feeds and texts this week, and VC after VC has offered their version of gloom and doom advice. So rather than rehash the basics which amounts to make cash runway last to infinity, let me share a story of resiliency, a pivot, and a success story from the Dotcom crash and some lessons learned. Here’s the 🧵 and hope this gives founders an opportunity to see that good things can happen if you survive through the worst of times.
Read the 🧵 for the rest!
And just finished reading Amp it Up by Frank Slootman and it’s super short and full of so much advice. If you finish my thread above, you’ll see one of the biggest reasons companies run out of cash is premature scaling before PMF. This is a good sign you have PMF 👇🏼
Reminder to be honest about when to scale your sales - when folks are pulling back could be a good time to get market share but also could be deadly
In other news, join Shai Goldman from Brex and I to discuss the State of the Markets next Tuesday at 12pm ET - it will be a Q&A so come with questions and register here.
Also, my firm, boldstart ventures will be hosting Kelsey Hightower, developer advocate guru for a Q&A on June 2 at 12PM ET. Register here
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Yes, there are lots of dollars floating around that is unfunded but folks don’t realize most of that is spent or reserved and this is something to pay attention to a couple quarters out
keep building - more and more large cos will be slowing down and focusing on only what can deliver near term results
Cohosted a dinner at Permissionless crypto conference with Blockdaemon & Sapphire Ventures - mood was more sombre than FTX but folks still investing, still building and not deterred
State of Crypto from a16z - must read REPORT
Where are we in terms of multiples, market - great read from Meritech CapitalSome cool charts from on the recent SaaS pullback, case studies from the Great Recession, and a framework for the future. Thanks Anthony DeCamillo and Dan Knight.
One of most telling charts - Snowflake NTM multiple went from 92.9X to 25.2X which is still super healthy
🧵 on AirBnB evolving architecture…
👇🏼 pretty awesome attach rates
More web2 coming for crypto infra…Today, we are excited to announce the start of our experiments for the next generation of web3 networks that are embracing Proof of Stake; beginning with Ethereum. cfl.re/3LiRiHJ
We are going to support the development and deployment of Ethereum by running Proof of Stake validator nodes on our network. For the Ethereum ecosystem, running validator nodes on our network allows us to offer even more geographic decentralization in places like EMEA, LATAM, and APJC while also adding infrastructure decentralization to the network.
On e-commerce spend, huge COVID spike but growth leveling off - what does that mean for infra cos selling into these markets?
Great comments on developer experience and what it means along with folks chiming in on what a great one is
CNBC Disruptor 50 List - Flexport #1 followed by Brex and Blockchain.com appears at #7
Year 2000 or different?