Resource Code: Innovating the VC Firm with Platform & Community | Rob Hayes, First Round Capital

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Rob Hayes, Partner, First Round Capital

Since the beginning of venture capital time, the "product" that VCs offer has been money and , if you were lucky, a smart partner. That is changing quickly as investors begin to use platforms and network effects to improve the quality if the offering they bring to the companies they work with. Come hear how one leading venture firm thinks about how they can best serve their customers.

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Resource Code: Innovating the VC Firm with Platform & Community | Rob Hayes, First Round Capital

  1. 1. Innovating VC with Platform and Community
  2. 2. An entrepreneur’s job is complex
  3. 3. Venture Business is Simple Simple ≠ Easy
  4. 4. 2. Help Companies 1. Pick Companies
  5. 5. 2. Help Companies
  6. 6. 1. Money 2. Partner Advice
  7. 7. 1. Money 2. Partner Advice
  8. 8. 1. Money 2. Partner Advice
  9. 9. Operating experience Portfolio experience Time Valueofexperience
  10. 10. - Knowledge “how do I do x?” - Talent - Business Development/Partnerships - Research/Insights
  11. 11. Venture Capitalist Company 3 Company 2 Company 1 Company 4
  12. 12. 1. Money 2. Partner Advice Where’s the Innovation?
  13. 13. =
  14. 14. =
  15. 15. What Should You Be Asking For From Your VC?
  16. 16. We Asked Ourselves the Same Question
  17. 17. Venture Capitalist Company 3 Company 2 Company 1 Company 4
  18. 18. Venture Capitalist
  19. 19. Company 3 Company 2 Company 1 Company 4
  20. 20. 2005
  21. 21. CEOs- Please forward this (immediately) to anyone you know with MySQL scalability and tuning expertise. Have them call me at xxx.xxx.xxxx! We thought we prepared for some scale (we spent all last week testing), but we've had about 150,000 unique visitors in the past 24 hours, and over 20,000 signups. Each signup adds 3-4 financial accounts with hundreds to thousands of financial transactions per account. Our site is crawling, and we've isolated it to our MySQL DB. I think we have the hardware to handle it (16 GB of mem, 15,000 RPM RAID 10 disks, 8-CPU box). However, we need a real expert to: 1) Make sure we have the right configuration parameters and caching (immediately) 2) Help us with database partitioning or replication strategies (in the next few days) We're well funded. We can pay well for assistance. Even if it's just a simple phone call to give us any pointers we might not have thought of, we could use the help. Thanks, Aaron Founder & CEO, Mint.com
  22. 22. Peer to Peer Model
  23. 23. - Curated - Trusted - Collaborative - Confidential
  24. 24. Built Tons More
  25. 25. 70 Events
  26. 26. 70 Events
  27. 27. 70 Events
  28. 28. 70 Events
  29. 29. 70 Events
  30. 30. The Result
  31. 31. - Software driven network effects - Transformative value outside of the C-Suite - More successful companies - More fun
  32. 32. 1. Money 2. Partner Advice 3. Community / Network
  33. 33. Push Your VC Partners
  34. 34. Thank You

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