When it comes to a list of the top Venture Capital firms in the world, there’s usually one name on top of the list:
Sequoia has been an early investor in hypergrowth companies like Airbnb, Dropbox, Stripe, and Google (and recently joined Drift as an investor in our Series B).
And on this episode of Seeking Wisdom, we’re joined by Sequoia’s Pat Grady. Pat is an investor in Drift, and this year was on the Forbes Midas Brink list as one of the top VC’s to watch over the coming years.
We talked to Pat about pattern matching, first principles, how he thinks about the funnel at Sequoia, books he’s reading, and more.
Time Stamped Show Notes:
01:29 – Pattern matching
02:38 – Thinking and investing using first principles
07:22 – Filtering the lead funnel at Sequoia
10:08 – Don Valentine of Sequoia Capital: “Target Big Markets“
12:55 – How Pat got started in investing and at Sequoia.
21:34 – Company growth and Dunbar’s number of 150.
24:15 – Pat’s advice for young entrepreneurs
3 Key Points:
- Companies exist to solve a problem. Answer this first principle question: What is the problem you are solving?
- Target big markets. Focus on the big problems.
- Create systems and a culture to sustain your company when the number of employees grows well beyond 150.
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