The NFX Podcast

The NFX Podcast

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We believe creating something of true significance starts with seeing things others do not.


Steve Blank on “Don’t Waste A Good Crisis”
Aug 5 • 21 min
Speed is often the secret weapon, especially when adjusting to and tackling a crisis. Credited with launching the Lean Startup movement, eight-time entrepreneur-turned-educator Steve Blank joins NFX partner James Currier and shares counterintuitive advice…
George Dyson on Why Your Work Matters: Darwin, Machines, & The Future We’re Building
Aug 3 • 34 min
As a Founder, having a strong sense of direction, purpose, and context for what you are doing every day gives you an advantage. Finding the deeper meaning gives you speed and power. Your work matters. But to see how it does clearly requires us to step…
Navigating Uncertainty: Garrett Smallwood & James Currier on the Founder Journey
Jul 31 • 34 min
Garrett Smallwood (CEO of Wag!) joins NFX partner James Currier to share his thoughts on profitable and efficient management of companies, thoughtfully operating before and after COVID-19, and shifting your mental models to adapt to your current…
The Product Thinking That Built Slack & Twitter w/ April Underwood
Jul 13 • 61 min
Twitter and Slack are two of technology’s most talked-about companies. They are both category-defining products marked by hypergrowth, each amassing a large base of deeply loyal users and a valuation of more than $20B. But Founders rarely get access to…
How Contrarians Think: The Early Days of Square, Yelp, & PayPal with Keith Rabois
Jun 30 • 63 min
In this episode of the NFX Podcast, Keith Rabois and James Currier examine the rule deviation behind some of technology’s greatest startup feats — PayPal, Square, Yelp, and even Apple, Tesla, and SpaceX. They discuss: - The 5 People You Spend the Most…
NFX Keynote Podcast: The Frameworks Behind Superhuman w/ Rahul Vohra
Jun 17 • 22 min
Rahul is the founder and CEO of Superhuman where he and his team are building the fastest email experience in the world. Before Superhuman, Rahul founded Rapportive, which was acquired by LinkedIn in 2014. We’re bringing you an NFX Keynote podcast that…
The Google of Biology: Meet the Company that is Reading & Writing the Code of Life
Jun 8 • 42 min
Biology is the new frontier. At NFX, we’ve been investing in this space. And in this episode of the NFX podcast, we talk to Trevor Martin, the CEO and Co-Founder of Mammoth Biosciences, an NFX company, that is now the largest repository of CRISPR IP in…
The Insider Story of Houseparty with Ben Rubin & James Currier
May 18 • 53 min
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…
The Next Social Era is Here: Josh Elman & James Currier on Social Products Reshaping Human Connection
May 4 • 55 min
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…
Your Life is Driven by Network Effects
Apr 30 • 49 min
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…
The Great Reset: How Reid Hoffman & James Currier See the Path Ahead for Founders
Apr 16 • 33 min
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…
How PayPal & Trulia Navigated Downturns: David Sacks, Craft Ventures + Co-Founder of PayPal
Apr 7 • 45 min
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…
Leading Startups Through Uncertainty: Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO of TaskRabbit
Mar 17 • 36 min
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…
How I Raised Venture Capital: Iman Abuzeid, CEO of Incredible Health
Jan 29 • 24 min
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…
How Billion Dollar Marketplaces Are Built (w/ Marco Zappacosta, Founder & CEO of Thumbtack)
Nov 11, 2019 • 54 min
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…
16 Non-Obvious Fundraising Lessons On Pitching - The NFX Podcast
Oct 28, 2019 • 23 min
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…
Why Top Founders Understand Network Effects (w/ Scott Cook, Founder of Intuit)
Oct 8, 2019 • 48 min
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…
The Psychology Of Startup Growth - The NFX Podcast
Aug 21, 2019 • 9 min
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.…
The Hidden Patterns to Great Startup Ideas - The NFX Podcast
Aug 21, 2019 • 8 min
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…
9 Habits of World Class Startups (The NFX Podcast)
Aug 21, 2019 • 9 min
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…
Iconic Marketplaces: The Poshmark Story (w/ Manish Chandra, Co-founder & CEO)
Jun 17, 2019 • 49 min
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…
Uber - Inside the Marketplace (The NFX Podcast)
May 2, 2019 • 11 min
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 -…
Lyft - Inside the Marketplace (The NFX Podcast)
Mar 25, 2019 • 33 min
Pete Flint & James Currier of NFX discuss Lyft’s upcoming IPO, the defensibility of the ridesharing business model, and what Lyft should do next. Check out our past Inside the Marketplace episode on Lyft here -…
“Why Growth Hacking Is Broken” - Pete Flint & Andy Johns
Feb 12, 2019 • 30 min
“Why Growth Hacking Is Broken” - Pete Flint & Andy Johns by NFX