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Talking About Today’s Startup Market on The Accelerator Podcast

I had the pleasure of chatting with angel investor Michael Conniff on his The Accelerator podcast recently! We talk about how to find a great startup to invest in, some of my recent investments, and the robot pizza future.

I’ve provided some links to key parts below. Enjoy!

3:28: What I look for in a startup

4:50: The technique for judging startups quickly that I learned from Jason Calacanis

6:31: Why I like SaaS

7:00: Problems with D2C companies

9:00: Why I invested in VADE, which is changing parking forever

13:29: My recent investment in Fathom, which is letting us search podcasts the way we do text

15:52: Why I invested in Capbase, the best way to start your start-up

19:17: Will robots make our pizza in the future? 🍕

22:35: Why I started this blog

25:06: What sectors I invest in

What did you like about the podcast? What did we miss?

And would you like to see more podcast content like this? Leave a comment at the bottom and let me know!

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Why Investors BS You

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Fathom: the Podcast Player from the Future

Let’s say I have a question: “how do angel investors choose startups?” I go to Google and type it in, right? 

But what if the best answer is in a podcast? That audio is trapped somewhere in the dark world of RSS feeds, along with great answers to millions of other questions.

Until now! Fathom makes it easy to search podcasts. 

Let’s try my search on Apple Podcasts:

Bupkus. Now let’s try it on Fathom:

Right away, Fathom directs me to a highly relevant clip from This Week in Startups, a podcast I love! Jason advises me to diversify my investments and make sure I’m choosing companies with products in market.

Sage advice. Question answered.

Do you see how powerful this is? Tons of smart people are talking on podcasts every day, but unlike text, that info is almost impossible to search.

Fathom grew out of a side project during the COVID lockdown. Here’s co-founder Paul Bloch:

Ken, my cofounder reached out to me and mentioned that during the covid lockdown he’d been working on a prototype AI that could answer questions using podcast content. Ken’s a podcast lover and big Lex Fridman Podcast fan. Ken asked if I wanted to help develop the idea and product with him. 

After we started in earnest we felt that there were many more ways we could bring the power of AI to the user and innovate in how people experience podcasts. That’s what brought about the feed of AI-recommended episodes that play AI-generated highlights. 

…I believe in January of 2021 Lex Fridman had an interview where he specifically mentions how game-changing it would be to search inside podcasts. That was the moment of kismet that really made us excited about the potential of the product. Months later we had a prototype, incorporated the company, and had our first investor check. Things started moving fast the moment we really committed to bringing our vision to life.

The application is available on desktop or iOS. As a podcast maniac, I’m really excited to be an investor in this great company!

Give Fathom a try and have fun listening to some awesome episodes! 

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Misfits Market

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Every fruit and vegetable is super fresh and packed with flavor.

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Behind Clubhouse’s Meteoric Rise: User Obsession and Timing

Everyone at once seems to be talking about Clubhouse, the 11 month old social media app that has attracted the likes of Elon Musk, along with a $1 billion valuation. I found myself wondering, why is this app so popular?

The basic architecture seems pretty simple: Zoom without the video, plus the ability to see which discussions are happening now. But this seemingly simple product has grown from zero to 10 million users at warp speed.

The timing of the launch, along with the user obsession of Clubhouse’s founders, seems to have driven this incredible growth.

Clubhouse launched in April 2020, just weeks after the lockdowns began. What better time to debut an app that connects people? And Clubhouse connected us in a live, personal, and serendipitous way. Unlike Twitter or Instagram, you never knew who would show up. These chance interactions were precisely what we were missing while stuck in our houses.

…Hoover said he believed the ephemerality makes the app special. “It better reflects how we communicate in the real world and encourages a more authentic conversation,” he said.

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Clubhouse arrived at a perfect moment. It delivered spontaneous conversations and chance meetings to people stuck at home.

Clubhouse’s founders have also eagerly sought feedback from day one:

Every Sunday, thousands of Clubhousers attend a town hall with the app’s two cofounders, Paul Davison and Rohan Seth.

This strikes me as brilliant and perhaps comes from their history of having built social products before, some of which didn’t make it.

Since I use Android rather than iOS, I actually haven’t tried Clubhouse yet, but I look forward to checking out their forthcoming Android app.

What do you like or dislike about Clubhouse? Let us know in the comments below!

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I Listened to Sammy “The Bull” Gravano’s New Podcast

It’s awesome! Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, Gambino crime family underboss turned government witness, released the first episode of his new podcast today. It’s called “Our Thing” and you can see it here.

I found it very engaging. The style is spare and fast-paced. The first episode covers the planning of a hit on Genovese family boss Vincent “The Chin” Gigante and also Gravano’s later arrest and cooperation with the federal government.

This episode includes interviews with both Gravano and the FBI agents who caught him, so you get a reality check on what could have otherwise been a self-serving narrative.

I found the sound effects really enhanced the story, which is rare in podcasts, where I find they generally detract. Give it a listen! The next episode in this series, which took two years to develop, should come out in the first days of 2021.

The Only Health Podcast That Makes Me Laugh Too

Lee Syatt may not be famous (yet), but he’s a hilarious comedian. Unfortunately, he’s also well over 300 pounds at 5’4″. Lately, I’ve been enjoying his new podcast What Was I Thinking?, where he is detailing his efforts to get in shape.

I find myself laughing hysterically walking down the street as people distance themselves from me for reasons far beyond COVID. If you’d like to do the same, check out his podcast and also his new Patreon, where Lee works with his brother (who happens to be a noted personal trainer) to get healthy.

As someone who once had many of the same problems as Lee, I wish I’d have had this show when I was losing weight!