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So…I bought a bank.

This is a wonderful example of “do things, tell people.” Brian Barnes, CEO of Chicago-based M1 Finance, bought a bank and wrote about it. Of interest, it seems he bought the bank personally because, M1 “has work to do before […]

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Passive investing in venture capital.

Tom Tunguz muses about the parallels between public and private markets, and whether passive investing will take permanent hold in the venture capital market. There’s some basis for it, as it’s not like Series F/G/H investors are very involved in […]

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ESW Capital operating manual.

“Joe Liemandt is the billionaire founder and CEO of Trilogy Software and ESW Capital (short for enterprise software) a holding company that buys software companies. It is essentially Liemandt’s family office funded by his $3 billion fortune. ESW buys US […]

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Twist Biosciences: The DNA API.

“Twist is a DNA factory. They start with inputs – the A, C, T and G chemical letters that make up the base-4 code for life on earth. And they produce outputs – sequences of DNA, called oligonucleotides, whose code […]

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Starting SaaS companies: 2013 vs 2021.

“In 2013, I co-founded Heap, a product analytics company that I helped grow to over 200 people and $X0,000,000 in ARR before I left in 2020. In 2021, I co-founded Airplane, a developer platform for quickly creating internal tools. Here’s […]

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Excel as code.

“Not counting Excel users, there are only about 30 million programmers. Estimates put the number of Excel users between 500m and over 1 billion! It is therefore, by far, the most used programming language on the planet. It is easily […]

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The false narrative around Theranos.

Elad Gil defends Silicon Valley tech startups, making the case that Theranos is not representative of them. “Theranos raised no real mainstream venture capital. None of the mainstream tech or biotech funders invested in Theranos.” | learn more