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E1114: #AskJason! Silicon Valley exodus, adjacent markets, avoiding burnout, product vs. branding

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Published on Sep 25, 2020
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Show notes:
0:00 Jason teases today's questions
2:01 Lizette asks: "I need advice on whether or not I should start seeking out investors for my early-stage cookie company?"
4:20 Patrick asks: "I'm building a subscription media company as a college senior with minimal real-world experience - how do I learn real-world company building skills without burning out?"
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11:04 David asks: "How to leverage the TWiST community to create network effects?"
15:15 Benjamin asks: "Should I focus on customer acquisition or providing value to current members?"
18:33 Andrew asks: "What's more important - co-founder/skill fit or co-founder/vision fit?
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24:04 Do investors prefer co-founders or solo founders?
25:18 Ben asks: "Would we be better off if social media companies charged subscriptions so the customer is actually the user, not the advertiser?"
28:34 Kuan asks: "What does a focused/intentional way of scaling really mean? At what stage of a company should founders be thinking about adjacent products, or serving adjacent markets with their current product?"
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35:12 Derek asks: "What will the startup/venture capital landscape look like in 2030? Have we seen the end of Silicon Valley as a startup/investor hub? Will Silicon Valley change locations?"
42:50 Brian asks: "How much focus and energy should be put into building a brand rather than fully focusing on creating product value?"

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