Closing out the 100-point Startup Checklist

This episode wraps up the Startup Checklist. 100 items across 10 episodes of This Week in Startups Thank you to Charlie, Nick, Jacqui, Ashley, Presh, Mahreen and everybody who worked on it. Share it & feel free to remix it

Geoff Lewis – Vibe Capitalist

Geoff is an irrepressible, delightful, candid personality on Twitter with an impressive investing track record. After leaving Founders Fund, Geoff launched Bedrock an investment firm “in search of narrative violations” with ~$6B AUM (according to Pitchbook). Episode 1340 discusses valuations, crypto, defense, AI, entrepreneurship, new city-states and more.

The Nuts & Bolts of Hiring Remote

Lots of founders have started hiring remote. We brought on Scott Orn from Kruze Consulting to explain the pitfalls & options available to do it right. Listen here:

  • Using PEOs to hire far & fast
  • Sales tax implications of a remote team
  • Virtual compliance best practices

A metaverse filled episode… VR Golf & Roblox earnings

Ryan Engle is the developer behind Topgolf with Proputt, a top selling VR game on Oculus. The game retails for $20 on the Oculus site. He came on the show to talk about usage trends in VR, the state of hardware development and more. Listen here:

Startup Checklist: Building a Great Product

We’ve been working hard on these Startup Checklist episodes

  • Do you have a MVP?
  • Is your product simple to use?
  • What’s your killer feature?
  • Is there an obvious product hook?
  • Can your product market itself?
  • What are your retention strategies & key metrics?

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Why this startup CEO switched his entire company to a 4-day work week

“At Bolt, we fundamentally believe that we can get MORE work done at a HIGHER quality in a 4 day week.” @ryantakesoff & his @bolt team noticed that people were working way more & burning out because of remote work. So they made a change. Here’s how the 4-day work week is going for them.

Talking with Max Chafkin about his book on Peter Thiel

Max is a reporter at Bloomberg. Listen to what he learned about Peter Thiel here:

How to deliver a great customer experience | E1297

Make your customers love you. 20 minutes full of tactics guaranteed to make your startup more valuable (even if you just do one thing)

A new reinsurance model for forest fires | E1295

Rising temps are increasing the frequency of wildfires in California. 6 out of the 7 largest California wildfires ever tracked by the state were in the last 18 months. Nat Manning from Kettle came on the program to discuss how their team is modeling fire risks to prevent the insurance system from falling apart.

Lessons from Michael Dell on building a computing giant | E1293

Michael Dell built one of the biggest computing companies, starting in his college dorm room at UT. But it hasn’t just been a straight line. On the podcast, he talked about negotiations with Gates & Jobs, his massive take-private transaction, the biggest tech acquisition ever and so much more. Listen here: