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Pixar President’s Wisdom

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 17:31:19 +0000

Some highlights from Ed Catmull’s Creativity Inc. Ed is the President of Pixar. “If there is more truth in the hallways than in meetings, you have a problem. “The desire for everything to run smoothly is a false goal. “The truth is, the cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of...



How to be an angel investor, Part 3

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:08:12 +0000

This guest post is by Tyler Willis, an entrepreneur and angel investor. You can learn more about him on AngelList. For several interesting macro-economic reasons [1], more and more people are becoming angel investors. This is a good thing – it allows more investors to participate in a high-growth (but high-risk) area of our economy....



Designers at AngelList

Fri, 01 Nov 2013 16:16:14 +0000

Must be a 1-(wo)man startup. Must code. Must write good copy. Must be passionate about solving problems for our customers, not “designing.” Must fix other people’s designs and front-end code on production (people ship whenever they want). Must help our 1-(wo)man startups with their design problems. Must force your help on them when needed. Must...



AngelList new employee reading list

Sat, 26 Oct 2013 17:02:04 +0000

I do the onboarding for all new AngelList team members. Part of it is asking them to read the following (many candidates have read these before they even come in for an interview). Culture Startups are here to save the world Things we care about at AngelList Doing the wrong things the right way Execution...



Things we care about at AngelList

Sat, 12 Oct 2013 00:11:00 +0000

We care about: Eliminating frictions so startups can change the world Connecting startups with their ideal partners, on the best terms, fast Building tools for investors to help startups Telling startups and investors what we would want to know in their shoes Building products that scale, instead of manual processes or throwing bodies at the...



How much traction do I need to raise money?

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:23:18 +0000

How much traction do you need to raise $1M? AngelList’s Ash Fontana has the answer on TechCrunch: Read the post for details and also see these comments by me, Michael Wolfe, and Shallaba.



No email at AngelList

Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:05:01 +0000

We use very little email at AngelList. Most of our communication happens on Yammer, HipChat, Tracker and face-to-face. This probably gets us a 90% reduction in email. If you’re running your company via email, you’re missing out on newer, more effective communications technologies. Yammer is our company mailing list Yammer has nested conversations, search, inline...



6-year vesting

Fri, 01 Mar 2013 16:30:50 +0000

Every team member of AngelList is on a 6-year vesting schedule. Including the founders. Why? Because it takes a long time to build something important. And we want everyone to stick around for a long time. Because we want people who are here for the mission, not a payday. Because it sells prospective hires: the...



The Entrepreneurial Age

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:19:03 +0000

The entrepreneurial age will be as important as the industrial age and the information age. In the industrial and information ages, we learned how to put physics and information to great use. Physics and information were also the basis for an organization’s differentiation and victory. In the entrepreneurial age, physics and information will be replaced...



No tradeoff between quality and scale

Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:03:08 +0000

For an entrepreneur, if it is possible to make it better, she must make it better. If it is possible to make it more accessible, she must make it more accessible. If it is impossible to make it better or broader, she innovates. Starting a great Italian restaurant is not entrepreneurship because the proprietors make...