- Startups - Rob Hayes of First Round Capital - TWiST #249





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Published on Apr 18, 2012

1:00-2:15 Welcome everyone, with me today is Rob Hayes of First Round Capital.
2:15-4:00 Thank you to eMinutes for sponsoring the show. If you're a first-time entrepreneur, contact eMinutes for free incorporation services!
5:00-5:30 Your speciality is getting into deals early, yes?
5:30-7:30 What is the average fund size?
7:30-8:30 Were Josh and Howard visionaries when they decided on this fund size?
8:30-11:30 What's different about what you guys do than the Sequoia Capitals of the world?
11:30-13:30 When startups raise a huge fund without anyone in charge, what problems does that cause?
13:30-15:30 Tyler: Breast augmentation is a leading indicator of a bubble.
15:30-19:15 Was Instagram a "bubble-like" purchase, in your mind?
19:15-22:45 What's your advice to young entrepreneurs, go for growth or go for revenue?
22:45-25:45 Thank you to Trada for supporting TWiST! Everyone thank @Trada!
25:45-29:15 What are the things you look for that make you want to invest in companies?
29:15-30:45 When you're not going to invest in something, how do you tell the person know?
30:45-34:15 Rob explains his process working with Mint.com's Aaron Patzer.
34:15-36:00 What was your biggest hit? Uber? How did you get them?
36:00-37:00 What are some of First Round's other big hits?
37:00-38:15 Is Jack Dorsey a genius?
38:15-43:30 If you were on the board of Apple, would you give a stock dividend or purchase companies?
43:30-46:30 It's time to play "Guess the Fake Startup" with Kirin Kalia of LAUNCH.
46:30-53:15 Jason, Tyler and Rob review the startups for consideration.
53:17 Fucking, Jason
53:15-54:00 LearningTrails.com is the fake startup!
54:00-56:30 What's the most important trait for an entrepreneur to succeed?
56:30-59:45 Is a certain humility necessary?
59:45-1:00:45 If you've made enough money that you don't have to work, why do you still do what you do?
1:00:45-1:02:45 How much harder is it to be a founder than it is to be a VC?
1:02:45-1:04:45 Why is First Round's reputation so good?
1:04:45-1:06:00 Have you ever funded someone who emailed you cold?
1:06:00-1:08:30 What's your biggest miss?
1:08:30-1:10:00 What's your take on the YCombinator bubble?
1:10:00-1:11:15 Tyler: Is Silicon Valley losing its grip as "startup mecca"?
1:11:15-1:11:45 Thank you to our friends at eMinutes and Trada.
1:11:45-1:13:00 Rob, thank you for joining us today. And remember, TWI is still looking for a CEO. If you're a samurai CEO, email jason@thisweekin.com. We'll see you next time!

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Jason: @jason
Tyler: @steepdecline
Rob: @robhayes
Trada: @trada
eMinutes: @eminutes


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