Julianne Brands - June 2017
What are VC-backed companies in Oregon and SW Washington compensating their employees? OAF teamed up with the Brentwood Group to find out. Here is a summary of the 2017 survey findings.
Scott Sandler - I find the core concept really provocative. It is embodied in the question Theil always asks job candidates: “what do you believe that no else believes?” The implication is that the ideas that create revolutionary new products and services are not at all obvious, and the people that change the world are out in front of everyone else.
Jon Maroney - Figuring out what aspects of your product resonate with customers and building from those successes is one of the most important aspects of successful startups. I recommend this book more than any other to entrepreneurs.
Julianne Brands - Our model seems crazy, and probably shouldn’t work, but this book is the justification for why it does! In collaborative investing, it’s so important to place more value on others than yourself, and it requires that you give more than you take in order to benefit the group. On Eric’s recommendation, I read this book before I started at OAF, and it truly exemplifies how we view the world. A great read for both life and investing
Scott Sandler - This is a truly remarkable book by a really extraordinary author. Daniel Kahnemann won the Nobel in Economics, even though he’s a psychologist! He and his colleagues pretty much changed the world of behavior science by applying methods from “hard” science to the process of studying behavior, and proved some things that most will find pretty hard to accept about ourselves. I found it very enlightening about the process of evaluating investment opportunities, and entrepreneurs would do well to consider what the implications are for their beliefs about their businesses.
Scott Sandler - I found Horowitz’s content and the style in which he presents it refreshing, revealing, and down to earth. It’s one of the business books I really like, because it’s so real and so instructive. I urge everyone running a company to read it. The key takeaway: there’s always a way.