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Fundraising
2 min read

Atrium’s Next Phase of Growth

When we founded Atrium just over a year ago, it was just an idea: how could we transform the legal industry to be better for founders and for lawyers? In the past year, we’ve made significant progress towards realizing that…

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Fundraising
9 min read

How International Startups Can Raise US Funding

When I was a Y Combinator partner, I noticed that more and more of the batches were companies started by international founders. It’s now at 35%, and because of this I’m frequently asked about how non-American companies can raise money…

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Founder's Guide
7 min read

Why You Should (And Shouldn’t) Join a Startup

I’ve spent my entire professional career in the startup space. After a couple successes (and more than a couple failures), I’ve determined that I’m passionate about startups and it’s how I want to spend my time. It might therefore seem…

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Founder's Guide
7 min read

Why I Love B2B over B2C

The biggest technology companies in the world are typically consumer internet companies, like Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook, so it’s easy for new entrepreneurs to be attracted to B2C. Founders generally draw business ideas from their own experiences, so for…

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Fundraising
14 min read

How to Raise a Seed Round

We learned something interesting by running Atrium Scale, a bootcamp for raising Series A funding from VCs: many applicants aren’t ready for a Series A. They haven’t figured out things like customer acquisition costs, unit economics, business model, and other…

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Leadership
3 min read

How to Do Anything

Many people, when faced with doing something new that they know nothing about, won’t ever get started. The project seems too daunting and they don’t have any context for even where to begin. In fact, in the very beginning, Justin.tv…

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Leadership
4 min read

What I Learned About Online-to-Offline

Many new online-to-offline entrepreneurs have asked me about my experience founding Exec. “Uber for X” businesses seem to be the startup of the day — it probably helps that on the face they are less technically complex and more accessible to aspiring…

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Leadership
7 min read

Three Stories

It’s easy to recall the things that went well during your startup. Here are three stories about times when things weren’t going so well. In the first two years of Justin.tv’s existence, we had a bus number of 1: Emmett was the…

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Leadership
2 min read

Survive and Thrive

This is an excerpt from the introduction I give to my group at Y Combinator at our orientation before each batch begins. Several years ago my my cofounder Michael and I were recalling the early days of Justin.tv when he…

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