Rahul Thayyalamkandy & John Zeratsky , Understanding VC

UVC: John Zeratsky from Character on the role of design in venture capital, the OATS scorecard, sprint methodology, and gaining an edge in VC through strategic differentiation

17 Jul 2023 • 50 min • EN
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In this episode we discuss: 06:00 - The Importance of Design in VC 09:00 - Visionary Founders vs. Hypothesis-Driven Founders 15:00 - Importance of Strategy in VC 22:00 - Sprint Method and Product-Market Fit 26:00 - Hypothesis driven approach - How it can save time and money 28:00 - Introduction to the OATS scorecard system 32:00 - Longitudinal use and comparison of scores 33:00 - Reasons for not investing 39:00 - Challenges of FOMO and saying no 42:00 - Detachment and enthusiasm in investment decisions 47:00 - Name selection process and the significance of "Character" About John Zeratsky is co-founder and general partner at venture-capital firm Character, bestselling author of Sprint and Make Time, and former design partner at GV. Previously, John was a design leader for YouTube, Google Ads, and FeedBurner, which was acquired by Google in 2007.

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