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Ryan Hoover
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"Should I raise money?"
Earlier this month, a bootstrapped founder emailed me to ask if she should raise money. Things were going well and VC’s were approaching her. My response:
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What I'm upvoting 🔼
TLDR Options
There’s a lot of opaqueness in employee compensation, particularly in equity options that are offered. Use this tool to estimate how much you might make from your startup options. It’s not perfect but useful.
Rheo
This new mobile video discovery app is slick, built by a team of ex-Apple and ex-Faceook folks. Unlike other apps in this space, it’s extremely performant and reminiscent of old-school channel flipping (in a good way).
Unboxed
I’ve seen several building the “QVC for mobile”. Unboxed is the best executed app in this category, a 24/7 stream of unboxing videos of cool tech gadgets with an added turntable.fm-like community dynamic.

What I'm reading 📖
Real Businesses by Bryce Roberts
Faceless Publishers by Ben Thompson

Who I'm following 🐥
Alexia Tsotsis, former co-editor at TechCrunch
One of the most connected individuals in tech, Alexia doesn’t take Twitter too seriously. 😉
Hiten Shah, CEO CrazyEgg and KISSmetrics
Hiten’s one of the most generous people in Silicon Valley. His Twitter feed will fill your Pocket queue with useful startup advice.
Jackson Dahl, investor at Lowercase
I’ve been a fan of Jackson since I met him during his senior year at USC. As a young investor, he shares a different perspective than gray-haired VC’s.

What I'm listening to 🎶
Memory by Com Truise
All Around the World by Mura Masa (ft. Desiigner)
Oceans by Emmit Fenn (ft. Nylo)

From Recode's Code Conference 👀
ICYMI, Recode hosted its annual Code Conference, introducing dozens of amazing folks to their trademark red chairs. The interview with Marc Andreessen and Reid Hoffman is a must-watch.
Watch all the interviews on YouTube or listen to them in podcast form.
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