Andrew Chen

Andrew Chen

A16Z and author. Ex-Uber growth, startups.

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#technology

autonomous vehicles = car-less future ubiquitous on-demand food = kitchen-less future

#predict the future

Future of retail: Experiential, self-serve, or on-demand... and not much else.

#systems thinking

Growth tips/tricks are like "Get rich fast" schemes- they promise instant results, but they don't work The real answer is painstaking iteration to get p/m fit, nailing a single growth channel, layering on over time, hiring teams and building repeatable systems Get rich slow

#money management

Growth tips/tricks are like "Get rich fast" schemes- they promise instant results, but they don't work The real answer is painstaking iteration to get p/m fit, nailing a single growth channel, layering on over time, hiring teams and building repeatable systems Get rich slow

#business model

“Business to Influencer to Consumer.” B2I2C is the new B2B2C There’s so many new products that are targeting social media influencers, streamers, and the long tail of creatives/makers as their primary growth strategy Especially if your product/service is visual.

#self-driving cars

autonomous vehicles = car-less future ubiquitous on-demand food = kitchen-less future

#tech industry

The narrative of "The Bay Area is over for tech" is provocative but too simplistic. So is "Work will go to the cloud, people will work from anywhere" Prediction: Things will redistribute to 3-5 new cities, but SF will stay as the top ecosystem because of network effects

#decision making

In-person is much better than video conf for high trust, high stakes decisions: - picking an investor/board member for the next ten years - hiring an exec and putting a big % of the team under them - convincing a big partner/customer - talking team/customers out of quitting!

#environment

In-person is much better than video conf for high trust, high stakes decisions: - picking an investor/board member for the next ten years - hiring an exec and putting a big % of the team under them - convincing a big partner/customer - talking team/customers out of quitting!

#social media

observation: Startups are embracing celebs/influencers/streamers in a big way. As biz partners, investors, and more. Why? - ad spend on FB/G is too damn expensive! Social media is key, where celebs reign supreme - signal for quality, differentiation for talent/partners/VCs

#internet

the only place on the internet you'll find more popups, promotions, auto-playing videos, email capture forms than ecommerce sites are newspaper article pages.

#focus

Pro tip: Turns out having a dedicated writing device is the best way to force yourself to ignore social media, email, and all that delicious, amazing, addictive stuff.

#growth

Growth tips/tricks are like "Get rich fast" schemes- they promise instant results, but they don't work The real answer is painstaking iteration to get p/m fit, nailing a single growth channel, layering on over time, hiring teams and building repeatable systems Get rich slow

#business insights

“Business to Influencer to Consumer.” B2I2C is the new B2B2C There’s so many new products that are targeting social media influencers, streamers, and the long tail of creatives/makers as their primary growth strategy Especially if your product/service is visual.

#advertising

observation: Startups are embracing celebs/influencers/streamers in a big way. As biz partners, investors, and more. Why? - ad spend on FB/G is too damn expensive! Social media is key, where celebs reign supreme - signal for quality, differentiation for talent/partners/VCs