I’ve known Fred Wilson for two decades and I was finally able to get him to sit down with me at the LAUNCH Festival this month.
Took me seven years to get him to the Festival but it was well worth it.
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Many felt this was the best fireside chat of the event, which I would credit to the fact that he’s hitting the peak of his career — and to those 20 years of friendship.
One thing I’ve found is that when folks “summit,” they make great interviews (and people). There is something about hitting the peak that allows one to see the journey they completed clearly. They can appreciate the views, they can see the other summits, and other climbers.
Sometimes they can see the end of the journey and start focusing on their legacy.
Side note: my big, fat, soft, and orange “couchchairs” are really working to relax my guests.
Have a great Sunday everyone!
PS – I’m playing the long game with the top speakers, lobbying them year after year, slowing checking them off my list. Next year I’m hoping we get a couple more of the great ones: Sheryl Sandberg, Elon Musk, Jony Ive, Reed Hastings, Bill Gates, Larry Page, and Sergey Brin. Not to mention some of the up and coming folks like Satya Nadella, Marissa Mayer and Sophia Amoruso. If you’re friendly with one of those folks, or a fan of the Festival/TWIST, I appreciate the whisper campaign: i.e., “I’d love to see Reed Hastings sit down with @Jason for a conversation.”