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Greymatter offers perspectives and stories from some of the world’s top technology entrepreneurs and business leaders. The featured company builders share personal and insightful lessons while shedding light on common, relatable challenges in the entrepreneurial journey. Greymatter is produced by Greylock Partners.

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18 juin 2019 - 00:41:48
Greylock’s Reid Hoffman and Josh McFarland on the basic principles for successful blitzscaling.Blitzscaling is a set of practices for igniting rapid growth to accelerate to the stage in a startup’s life cycle where the most value is created. Bitzscaling prioritizes speed over efficiency in an environment of uncertainty, and it allows a company to go from “startup” to “scaleup” at a furious pace to capture the market.In this episode of Greymatter, Greylock partner Josh McFarland moderates a discussion with Reid Hoffman at Recode’s 2019 Code Conference. McFarland and Hoffman outline the rationale for the Blitzscaling set of practices and the counterintuitive rules necessary to scale up super fast.
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11 juin 2019 - 00:23:38
Greylock Partner Reid Hoffman and Blitzscaling co-author Chris Yeh on defining and developing a competitive strategy.   Blitzscaling is how startups become enduring, category-defining businesses at lightning-fast speed. This strategy utilizes a set of techniques to grow, raise financing, and quickly scale to a dominant position in a global market. Greylock partner Reid Hoffman and entrepreneur Chris Yeh share their advice for clarifying goals to create a competitive strategy, how to develop an aptitude for strategy, and examples of actionable strategies from today's leading tech leaders.    This episode of Greymatter is the first in a new series dedicated to blitzscaling. The podcast themes draw on the lessons from Reid and Chris' new book Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies, and go deeper into the practical details of how entrepreneurs and leaders can blitzscale their organizations.
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6 juin 2019 - 00:30:30
Greylock Partner Reid Hoffman and OpenAI co-founder and CEO Sam Altman on the transformative potential of AGI.The AI revolution has only just begun. Over the next several decades, numerous industries will continue to see significant transformations as a result of advanced AI research and applications. As AI technology ramps up, so does the potential for artificial general intelligence, AGI, which refers to autonomous systems capable of human-level intelligence. It's challenging to predict when AGI will come into reach or even comprehend the impact this technology will have on society. Early on though, it will be important to have organizations that can prioritize a beneficial outcome for humanity.OpenAI's mission is to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity. This episode of Greymatter features Sam Altman, OpenAI co-founder and CEO and Reid Hoffman, Greylock partner and OpenAI investor and board member.
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30 mai 2019 - 00:30:35
From the 2019 Startup Grind Conference, Greylock's Reid Hoffman and OpenAI Co-Founder and CTO Greg Brockman on the prospects of building beneficial AGI (Artificial General Intelligence).AI systems have achieved impressive capabilities that may one day reach human levels of intelligence. Autonomous systems with this intelligence and capability are referred to as artificial general intelligence (AGI). The future impact human-level AI will have on society is challenging to comprehend. Yet, it's broadly understood that prioritization of building beneficial and ethical autonomous systems today are vital for positive human impact.In this episode of Greymatter, OpenAI co-founder and CTO Greg Brockman and Greylock partner and OpenAI investor Reid Hoffman discuss the implications of today’s AI progress. Greg and Reid deep dive into the transformative potential of AGI on organizations of all kinds, the policy changes required of international governments, and ways to build and scale ethical AI and AGI systems.Founded in 2015, OpenAI is an AI research company discovering and enacting the path to safe artificial general intelligence. Prior to co-founding OpenAI, Greg previously was CTO at Stripe, which he helped scale from 4 to 250 employees. An accomplished entrepreneur and executive, Reid has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. As a Greylock investor, he currently serves on the boards of Airbnb, Apollo Fusion, Aurora, Coda, Convoy, Entrepreneur First, Gixo, Microsoft, Nauto, Xapo and a few early stage companies still in stealth. Reid is the co-author of Blitzscaling and two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-up of You and The Alliance.
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15 mai 2019 - 00:36:28
From the 2019 SFELC Summit, Greylock's Sarah Guo and Reid Hoffman on blitzscaling massively valuable companies.   Getting to scale is a competitive and enduring advantage. Blitzscaling is how companies achieve this massive scale at incredible speed. This strategy utilizes a set of techniques to grow a customer base and revenue, raise financing, and quickly scale to a dominant global position in a market. In this episode of Greymatter, Greylock Partners Reid Hoffman and Sarah Guo share feedback for taking strategical risk, blitzscaling techniques for larger organizations, and counterintuitive rules needed to succeed.
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7 mai 2019 - 00:40:27
From the 2019 SFELC Summit, Google's Advisor of Leadership Fred Kofman on the biggest drivers of motivation.Today's leaders need to motivate their employees for the long-term. Material incentives like salary and benefits are nice, but the real driver for employees is the desire to work in an organization that has a greater purpose and mission. In this episode of Greymatter, Google's Fred Kofman shares his approach to organizational leadership that combines different aspects of economics, business theory, and conflict resolution. He explains how leaders must put aside their self-interest to allow their organization to best function and why companies that are able to focus their people, teams, and culture around meaning outperform their competition.
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30 avril 2019 - 00:22:05
From the 2019 SFELC Summit, Facebook's Head of Engineering James Everingham on management philosophies that foster innovation.Creative people and teams can build valuable and unpredictable innovations. Effectively fostering these creative ideas in the workplace though, requires its own style of management. In this episode of Greymatter, we share a presentation from the2019 SFELC Summit featuring Facebook's Head of Engineering, James Everingham. James shares the characteristics of managers that foster innovation, leadership advice for new managers, and his theory on the surprisingly similar factors between quantum mechanics and today's management styles.James is Facebook's Head of Engineering dedicated to exploring blockchain technology. Prior, he led Facebook/Instagram's engineering team. Earlier in his career, James co-founded and led startups including Luminate and LiveOps. SFELC is a curated community of 2500+ engineering leaders evolving the way leadership is implemented in the tech industry. Greylock Partners is the VC partner for SFELC, and sponsored the annual SFELC Summit which hosted top industry leaders to share management best practices and leadership advice.
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23 avril 2019 - 00:25:40
From the 2019 SFELC Summit, Affirm Founder and CEO Max Levchin on leadership qualities and the early days of PayPal.What does it take to be a real leader? It's not about your title or past experience. Leadership is about taking care of the people within your organization and leading by example. In this episode of Greymatter, you'll hear from Ben Jun, CEO of HVF Labs and Max Levchin, Founder and CEO of Affirm. Max shares the one metric your organization should be tracking, leadership advice for new managers, and lessons learned from the early days building PayPal.Max is a serial entrepreneur, computer scientist, philanthropist, and active investor in more than 100 startup companies. He is the Founder and CEO of Affirm, chairman of Glow, and general partner at SciFi VC. All three of these companies were created and launched from his San Francisco based innovation lab, HVF (Hard, Valuable, Fun). Earlier, Max was one of the original Co-Founders of PayPal where he served as the CTO until its acquisition by eBay in 2002.This discussion took place at the 2019 SFELC Summit. SFELC is a curated community of 2500+ engineering leaders evolving the way leadership is implemented in the tech industry. Greylock Partners is the VC partner for SFELC, and sponsored the annual SFELC Summit which hosted top industry leaders to share management best practices and leadership advice.
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16 avril 2019 - 00:20:29
All leaders experience difficult conversations at some point in their career. Whether it's discussing poor employee performance or an organizational change, any conversation that involves human emotions is hard. These conversations become even more challenging when the delivery is muddled. In this episode of Greymatter, we share a presentation from the 2019 SFELC Summit on best practices for managing difficult conversations. Google's Director of Engineering, Sarah Clatterbuck, shares a Super Mario video game-themed guide to help managers prepare for a difficult conversation and suggested talking points for various challenging topicsSFELC is a curated community of 2500+ engineering leaders evolving the way leadership is implemented in the tech industry. Greylock Partners is the VC partner for SFELC, and sponsored the annual SFELC Summit which hosted top industry leaders to share management best practices and leadership advice.
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11 avril 2019 - 00:17:51
From the 2019 SFELC Summit, Square exec Alyssa Henry on leadership, career development, and building teams at scale.Leading an organization of 10 employees is considerably different than leading an organization of 10,000+ employees. As teams increase and communication becomes more challenging, a lot can break down. In this episode of Greymatter, we share a fireside discussion from the 2019 SFELC Summit on building and managing scaling teams. NodeSource VP of Engineering, Chanda Dharap talks with Square's Head of Seller & Developer Business Units & Infrastructure Engineering, Alyssa Henry. Alyssa shares lessons from scaling companies at hyper-scale including Square and AWS, how to bring purpose to your employee's work, and advice for building company culture.
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2 avril 2019 - 00:24:26
Recruiting and hiring great employees is a priority for every company at any stage of their growth. Yet, without question, recruiting is difficult to master. In this episode of Greymatter, we share a fireside discussion from the 2019 SFELC Summit on recruiting and hiring. In conversation with Dan Portillo, Dropbox's former CTO Aditya Agarwal shares his thoughts on how to recruit without having an established brand, advice to effectively sell your company to candidates and guidance for closing hires.
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12 mars 2019 - 00:41:02
Caffeine CEO Ben Keighran on building a new social broadcasting platform.The rise of mobile technology and social platforms has created a massive shift in the way we consume, interact with, and share media. Today's consumers expect deeper and more meaningful interactions, specifically with content creators and streamers. Enter Caffeine, the social broadcasting platform connecting users, streamers and publishers to share live broadcasts of gaming, sports and live entertainment.In this episode of Greymatter, Caffeine CEO and Co-Founder Ben Keighran and Greylock Venture Partner John Lilly discuss building a sustainable business model, what to look for in strategic partnerships, and what's next for the future of live broadcasting.
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5 mars 2019 - 00:37:43
The explosion of on-demand consumer services have transformed the way millions of us interact with the businesses and people around us. Immediate, transparent, and personalized experiences are characteristics that have become central to everyday life. The modern workforce has similar expectations for how they connect with the teams, tech and tools that help them do their jobs productively. This has created a need for innovative tools and services that adapt to today's increasingly distributed and fragmented workforce.In this episode of Greymatter, Greylock partner Jerry Chen and Spoke co-founder and CEO Jay Srinivasan discuss the organizational value of an “on-demand workplace”, the employee workplace expectation versus the reality, and trends in the on-demand enterprise.
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4 décembre 2018 - 00:51:11
Notable CEO Pranay Kapadia and Greylock Partner Jerry Chen on building a health care company for the next generation.The healthcare industry is undergoing a digital transformation as emerging technologies are revolutionizing patient care in new and exciting ways. Artificial intelligence, specifically, is poised to become a transformational force in health care. As data becomes more available, machine learning and AI solutions can automate repetitive tasks to increase productivity and allow doctors to focus on what matters most: the patient.In this episode of Greymatter, Notable Health CEO Pranay Kapadia and Greylock partner Jerry Chen discuss characteristics to look for in a founding team, how to successfully partner with large enterprises, and AI trends in the healthcare industry and beyond.
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13 novembre 2018 - 01:01:06
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Greylock Partner and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman share lessons learned from scaling Microsoft, LinkedIn and PayPal.   Blitzscaling is the strategy that leading entrepreneurs have implemented to build strong, enduring companies. The techniques allow for startups and incumbents across any industry to scale at rapid rates and outdistance the competition.     This episode of Greymatter is a discussion from Greylock's Blitzscaling Dinner with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Greylock partner Reid Hoffman. The two visionaries discuss the importance of consistency when scaling company culture, tactics to push forward new strategies with your board of directors, and steps to mitigate the unintended risks of blitzscaling.   Greylock's invite-only event hosted CEOs, company founders and top CXOs to discuss the impact of blitzscaling across today's leading companies and ways that Microsoft is applying these techniques as an established company. Below are key takeaways and quotes from the discussion.
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6 novembre 2018 - 00:30:25
Blitzscaling is often associated with high-tech companies in Silicon Valley, but the principles can be applied to organizations of any size, and at any stage. Incumbents can adopt strategies to outdistance their competition and create strong, lasting competitive advantages. Greylock partners Reid Hoffman, Sarah Guo and Blitzscaling co-author Chris Yeh share advice for established companies looking to apply blitzscaling techniques, defense strategies for leaders facing blitzscaling competitors (such as startups), and steps to responsibly blitzscale.This episode of Greymatter is the fifth in a five-part series on “blitzscaling” where general partners from Greylock discuss their experience building tech companies from startup to scaleup. The themes of these episodes are covered in Chris and Reid's new book, Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies. You can listen to the other episodes in the series, here.
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30 octobre 2018 - 00:33:39
Blitzscaling is the ultimate test for managers and company builders. As employee count increases and communication becomes harder, a lot can break down. Founders that can weather these challenges and evolve their management practices build strong, enduring companies. Greylock's John Lilly experienced this hypergrowth first hand as CEO of Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox, the open source Web browser used by more than 450M people. In this discussion with Blitzscaling co-author Chris Yeh, John shares tactical advice to navigate key team transitions, hire for fast decision making, and build a strong company culture.
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23 octobre 2018 - 00:36:30
The lessons of blitzscaling to achieve market dominance are counterintuitive. The strategy requires a shift from the traditional thinking of growth to a prioritization of speed over anything else. Greylock Partner Josh McFarland founded and scaled TellApart (which was acquired by Twitter in 2015), and he will be the first to tell you the risks and rewards of blitzscaling. In this discussion with Blitzscaling co-author Chris Yeh, Josh encourages founders to throw out the conventional approach of decision making and embrace the art of fast decision making and willingness to experiment.
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16 octobre 2018 - 00:33:38
The dot-com era saw the failure of numerous startup companies due in part to the strategy of copying and pasting existing business models, created for the offline world, to the Internet. To achieve market dominance and beat out incumbents, companies need to create an innovative business model that is designed to scale alongside your company. Greylock PartnerJerry Chen and entrepreneurChris Yeh share advice on how to avoid growth limiters, target the right customer and build defensible moats.This episode of Greymatter is the second in a five-part series on “blitzscaling” where general partners from Greylock discuss their experience building tech companies from startup to scaleup. The themes of these episodes are covered in Chris Yeh and Reid Hoffman's new book, Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies.
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9 octobre 2018 - 00:41:57
Entrepreneur Chris Yeh and Greylock Partners Reid Hoffman and Sarah Guo on what it takes to scale to global dominance.Blitzscaling is the secret by which Silicon Valley and China have built startups into global, category-defining businesses at lightning fast rates. This strategy utilizes a set of techniques to grow a customer base, revenue, financing and ultimately create a dominant global position in a market at speeds which were not possible before. Greylock Partner Sarah Guo moderates a discussion between Greylock Partner Reid Hoffman and entrepreneur Chris Yeh about the basics of blitzscaling, decision making and how startups can become dominant companies in Silicon Valley and beyond.This episode of Greymatter is the first in a five-part series where we host several Greylock investment Partners to discuss their experience building tech companies from startup to scaleup. The episodes are in partnership with Chris and Reid to discuss the stories and lessons from their new book Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies.
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