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E35 "Angel" Benchmark's Sarah Tavel on being recruited by Peter Fenton, disrupting VC from inside

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Published on Feb 26, 2020
Sarah Tavel, Partner at Benchmark shares insights on getting recruited by Peter Fenton, disrupting VC gender norms from the inside, transitioning from operator to investor & more

0:50 Jason intros Benchmark's Sarah Tavel
1:20 Aside from Slack, what other companies grew like consumer-facing but charge like enterprise?
3:19 How was Sarah recruited to Benchmark? How is Benchmark different from other major VC firms?
12:04 Limited upside of talking to the press in 2020
17:30 Growing up in NYC and going to Harvard
21:30 Jason on becoming a "Don't touch the thermostat" dad
23:58 How did the offer from Peter Fenton go down? What drew Sarah to Benchmark?
28:36 Sarah's thoughts on disrupting VC as a woman from the inside & from the outside
37:30 How going from operating to investing is trading stress for anxiety
40:51 Jason and Sarah discuss their most personal & significant investments: Calm & Pinterest
47:26 How Pinterest's business model was a mold of Facebook and Google
49:45 Jason tells regulators how to stop Google
58:14 Investing in Chainalysis & Crypto infrastructure
1:12:44 Are the best companies polarizing?
1:16:30 Investing in Hipcamp
1:29:43 Marc Andreessen asks Sarah a question
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