Category Archives: Apprentice VC

Floodgate’s Mike Maples: Network Businesses Will Disrupt Your Business | Fortune.com

This is a great read. Lots to take apart in this one.

Floodgate’s Mike Maples: Network Businesses Will Disrupt Your Business | Fortune.com:

Today, I am convinced that:

Software-defined networks will be the most valuable businesses, displacing traditional corporations as central actors.

Networks can bring exponential improvements in prosperity throughout the world.

Networks will encounter fierce resistance from traditional businesses, governments, and other parts of society that don’t want a different future.

Tech leaders are part of the problem, and this needs to change for networks to realize their full potential.

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How Sonos Is Building the Audio Internet | WIRED

I love reading about someone still working at a company 15 years and counting.

#inspiring

In an exclusive interview, Sonos’ chief product officer Nick Millington charts the company’s history and hints at where it could go in the future—like outside your house.
— Read on www.wired.com/story/sonos-nick-millington-exclusive-interview/

Surveying the travel startup landscape, part 2: Front line tips from the founders | PhocusWire

Good read. Has some solid advice from a few people but one of my fav’s is Amit from RedDoorz.

Surveying the travel startup landscape, part 2: Front line tips from the founders | PhocusWire:

Amit Saberwal is founder and CEO of RedDoorz, which has more than 500 budget properties in 16 Indonesian cities, Singapore and the Philippines. Founded in 2015, RedDoorz handles distribution, pricing, marketing, customer service and technology for properties under its brand, but it does not own them. RedDoorz has raised $20 million in funding. Before launching RedDoorz, Saberwal was chief business officer at MakeMyTrip.

Beware of one-sided partnerships. Your startup’s time is too valuable

I don’t like everything Steve says but this one resonates.

I always tell startups be careful with Bizdev and partnerships early on.

Generally the other company, not the startup, is getting the benefits but the startups is doing all the work.

This takes valuable time from running the startup.

Be alert.

Beware of one-sided partnerships. Your startup’s time is too valuable:

Brad Porteus on Inclusivity

I miss Brad.

Always love to reconnect with him via his posts.

This is a good one.

I love this list:

As such the dance metaphor completes itself when adding the holy grail of feelings of belonging. Which completes the triad:

1 Diversity (being invited to the party)

2 Inclusion (being asked to dance)

3 Belonging (dancing like no one is watching)

www.linkedin.com/pulse/case-inclusivity-brad-porteus