Pattern Recognition - Investing in the Future

Pattern Recognition - Investing in the Future

www.patternrecognitionpod.com
Pattern Recognition ties together insights across world-class venture capitalists, private equity investors, and startup founders as they invest and manage billions of dollars of capital. Join our host, John Hu, as we dig into the patterns that senior decisionmakers look for as they move markets and stoke innovation. From finance to sales and marketing, we’ll dive deeply into every aspect of what it takes to build the next game-changing business. For show notes and more head over to patternrecognitionpod.com


Sophia Amoruso - Founder at Girlboss and Nasty Gal - Advice for My Younger Self
Sep 18 • 39 min
Having built Nasty Gal into a dominant ecommerce brand in the 2000s, Sophia Amoruso is now leading the #Girlboss movement by creating a new age social network, media company, and community designed to bridge the gender gap and empower women in business.…
Dom Barton - Global Managing Partner at McKinsey - How Talent Wins
Sep 5 • 48 min
Having sat at the helm of the world’s premier management consulting firm for close to a decade, Dom Barton has seen what it takes to build leading teams across the world’s most successful $bn companies. Alongside Ram Charan, Dom penned Talent Wins, a…
Henri Pierre-Jacques and Jarrid Tingle - Founders at Harlem Capital - Why Diversity Matters
Aug 25 • 39 min
The startup industry has a diversity problem. Of the thousands of VC partners out there, only 18% are female, and of the VC-backed founders out there, only 9% are female. And when you cut the statistics by race, the picture gets even more grim. Only 1…
Justin Kan - Founder at Twitch and Atrium - Mindfulness, Gratitude and Building a Meaningful Life
Aug 18 • 50 min
After exiting Twitch to Amazon for $1bn, Justin Kan set out on a mission to redefine B2B legal services… but on the way realized that something wasn’t right. Despite his highlight reel, he felt that something was missing, and that something was a source…
Jim VandeHei & Roy Schwartz - Founders at Politico & Axios - Media in the Age of Trump
Aug 8 • 49 min
After building Politico into the go-to source for politics, Jim VandeHei and Roy Schwartz went about revolutionizing the media industry again, this time through Axios. As a combination of Twitter and The Economist, Axios seeks to meet modern media…
Andrew Dudum - Founder at hims - Customer Acquisition Cost
Jul 29 • 39 min
Breaking through the unicorn barrier in less than 2 years, Andrew Dudum and his team at hims & hers are on a mission to make medicine more accessible… and they’re having a ton of fun while they’re at it. Andrew shares his insights around the novel ways…
Prashant Pandey - VP Engineering at Asana - DevOps and Building an Engineering Org
Jul 24 • 42 min
Scaling a technical organization that’s reached $100M ARR is quite the challenge. Prashant Pandey, VP Engineering at Asana explains how he’s built a thriving engineering organization that’s put collaboration and efficiency at the center of its process. We…
Stephane Kasriel - CEO at Upwork - M&A and IPOs
Jul 16 • 49 min
With a $1.8bn market cap, Upwork is revolutionizing the way we work. As the head of the largest freelancer marketplace, Stephane Kasriel walks us through the operational metrics required to scale a billion dollar marketplace, from user retention to trust…
Alex Garden - Founder at Zume - Revolutionizing the Food Supply Chain
Jul 7 • 45 min
Having raised at a unicorn valuation from SoftBank’s Vision Fund and Kleiner Perkins, Alex Garden and his team at Zume are revolutionizing the way we consume food. In today’s episode, Alex and I discuss everything from the unit economics of restaurant…
Monica Long - SVP Marketing at Ripple - Cryptocurrency
Jun 28 • 23 min
With a $19bn market cap, Ripple’s cryptocurrency XRP is revolutionizing the global financial ecosystem. Monica Long, SVP Marketing at Ripple, demystifies what exactly Ripple is and does… and why their blockchain-based network is so disruptive.…
Keith Belling - Founder at Popchips & RightRice - Food Innovation
Jun 20 • 33 min
What does the food innovation process look like? In our age of wellness-focused living, Keith Belling has helped pioneer better-for-you products in both the snack and pantry aisle. Keith shares how he and his team focus on scaling a brand’s awareness via…
Henrique Dubugras - Founder at Brex - Disrupting Regulated Industries
Jun 12 • 28 min
Having just raised at a $2.6bn valuation, Brex is changing the credit card landscape with a novel approach to underwriting and software. Henrique Dubugras, founder and CEO of Brex, walks us through how his company is revolutionizing one vertical at a time…
Jack Conte - Founder at Patreon - Pricing Optimization
Jun 9 • 35 min
Processing over half a billion dollars in payments per year to support content creators, Patreon is revolutionizing the way we consume the internet. Jack Conte, Founder and CEO at Patreon, discusses how the legacy advertising model has led to perverse…
Ian Siegel - Founder at ZipRecruiter - Aggregation Theory
Jun 3 • 39 min
With a $1.5bn valuation, ZipRecruiter is revolutionizing careers as the #1 Job Search app in the market. Ian Siegel, Founder and CEO at ZipRecruiter, walks us through how ZipRecruiter has created a sustainable competitive advantage with the help of 1)…
Leo & Oliver Kremer - Founders at Dos Toros - Multi-Unit Scaling
May 27 • 41 min
What does it take to build a thriving multi-unit restaurant in fast casual dining? Leo and Oliver Kremer, brothers and founders of Dos Toros, share the key lessons they’ve learned bringing a taste of the Mission burrito nationwide. From managing complex…
Marco Zappacosta - Founder at Thumbtack - Marketplace Differentiation
May 19 • 38 min
Last valued at $1.3 billion, Thumbtack provides a service marketplace for millions of consumers a year. So what’s it like running the ship? Marco Zappacosta, Thumbtack’s founder and CEO, walks us through how he thinks about differentiation in the gig…
Jared Hecht - Founder at GroupMe & Fundera - Strategic Exits
May 8 • 35 min
Very few founders can tout building an app with millions of users and a marketplace that’s originated over a billion dollars in loans. Jared Hecht, the founder and former CEO of GroupMe and founder of Fundera, discusses his reflections selling GroupMe in…
Jeff Fluhr - Founder at StubHub & General Partner at Craft Ventures - Marketplaces
Apr 30 • 35 min
What was it like scaling a marketplace after the the dot-com bubble burst? Jeff Fluhr, General Partner at Craft Ventures and former Founder and CEO at StubHub, sits down to talk lessons learned in hiring, dealing with an unfriendly regulatory environment,…
Doug Bouton - President at Halo Top - Bootstrapped CPG
Apr 23 • 23 min
How do you bootstrap a CPG business to north of $100M in revenue? Doug Bouton, President and COO at Halo Top, discuss how the Halo Top team has built one of the leading consumer brands in today’s grocery aisle without raising institutional capital. We’ll…
Zach Sims - Founder at Codecademy - Freemium Consumer Subscriptions
Apr 14 • 23 min
What’s it like to teach 25 million people how to code? Zach Sims, CEO and co-founder at Codecademy, discusses how he’s empowering millions while building a scalable and sustainable business. We dig into specific levers and initiatives Zach and his team…
Justin McLeod - Founder at Hinge - Dating Apps
Apr 6 • 21 min
What’s it like to monetize love? Justin McLeod, founder and CEO at Hinge, walks us through his story scaling one of the leading dating apps in the game. We’ll dig into his differentiated approach to building an app that’s ‘designed to be deleted’ and how…
Daina Trout - Founder at Healthade Kombucha - New Age Foods
Mar 21 • 25 min
What’s it like running America’s fastest growing beverage company? Daina Trout, Founder and CEO of Healthade , walks us through how she ‘follows her gut’ while leading a rocketship. Additionally, we’ll also discuss the challenges of manufacturing 36+…
Jonathan Reckford - CEO at Habitat for Humanity - The “Business” of Non-Profits
Mar 10 • 29 min
How do you balance running one of the highest impact non-profits, one of the largest global homebuilders, and a highly profitable retail store all at the same time? Jonathan Reckord, CEO of Habitat for Humanity, walks us through how he brings for-profit…
Josh Luber - Founder at StockX - The Rise of Streetwear
Feb 24 • 22 min
Josh Luber, CEO and Founder at StockX, has built the leading marketplace that sits at the crossroads of fashion and ecommerce. Having crossed the one billion dollar revenue run rate market in just three years, Josh and his team are set on redefining the…
Chris Barton - Founder at Shazam - Viral Consumer Apps
Jan 6 • 21 min
Reflecting on a $400M sale to Apple, Chris Barton shares Shazam’s founding story and how the business has tenaciously evolved over time from both a technological and monetization standpoint. We’ll also cover the key takeaways Chris had in maximizing an…
Tien Tzuo - Founder at Zuora - The Subscription Economy
Jan 1 • 24 min
Welcome to the Subscription Economy: an age defined by customer happiness, perpetual product improvements, and more resilient business models. Tien Tzuo, CEO and Founder of Zuora ($2 billion market cap), joins us to talk through why shifting from a…
Andre Haddad - Founder at Turo - Marketplace Business Models
Dec 21, 2018 • 17 min
How do you convince millions of users to join your online marketplace? How can the sharing economy create a cheaper, better and more convenient customer experience than legacy offerings? What are the key KPIs investors and operators should focus on as…
Matt Salzberg - Founder at Blue Apron - DTC Subscription Business Models
Dec 5, 2018 • 25 min
As the Co-Founder/Chairman of Blue Apron, Matt Salzberg dives into how Blue Apron scaled out its supply chain for delivering hundreds of thousands of high quality meals on a weekly basis. Additionally, given his background investing at Blackstone and…
Mason Levey - Founder at Y7 Yoga - Building a Resonant Brand
Nov 28, 2018 • 27 min
As the Co-Founder/Former CEO of Y7 Yoga, Mason Levey shares how Y7 transformed from a weekend pop-up into the leading boutique fitness experience. We’ll dive into the key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics the Y7 team looks to optimize, how to…
Philip Krim - Founder at Casper - Omnichannel Business Models
Oct 31, 2018 • 25 min
As the Co-Founder/CEO of Casper, Philip Krim shares how Casper transformed from a DTC product into an omnichannel brand in its mission to reinvent the sleep industry. We’ll dive into the logistical headaches of serving millions of customers, the logic…