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Mullet startups and how Silicon Valley has changed

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November 14, 2018 02:00

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Today on Product Hunt Radio, I make the trek from San Francisco down to
Sandhill Road to talk to Andrew Chen and Ada Chen at Andreessen Horowitz.
Their matching last name is not a coincidence — yes, they are siblings. Andrew
Chen is a relatively recent addition to Andreessen Horowitz team, where he's a
General Partner focused on consumer and SaaS. Prior to joining the illustrious
firm, he led growth teams at Uber. He's also a prolific writer with more than
650 essays over the past decade covering startups, growth, and more. Fun fact:
he coined the term “mullet business” which we touch on during the podcast.
(Where's a mullet emoji when you need it!?) Ada Chen has a unique background,
operating at companies with massive scale, including Mochi Media, LinkedIn,
and SurveyMonkey, as well as startups at the earliest stage. Today she advises
several startups and is the COO of Notejoy, a collaborative notes app for
teams, which she co-founded with her husband. In this episode we talk about:
The uniqueness of the Silicon Valley tech ecosystem, how network effects
conspire to create a “rich get richer” situation for cities, and why new
communication tools enabling distributed teams to work together across
continents could mean that there will be no “next Silicon Valley.” Ada shares
her insights on the contrasting skill sets needed when working at a big
company versus a small startup, after having herself gone from a small startup
to a huge organization like LinkedIn back to a two-person startup with her
husband. How to port the concept of OKRs — objectives and key results, a
personnel management framework originated by legendary Intel CEO Andy Grove —
to your personal life from your business (and why you would want to). We talk
about you can use them to help manage your exercise, social life and
relationship with your SO. Of course, we also chat about some of their
favorite products, including an app that lets you pop in to a luxury hotel for
a few hours to shower or have a nap, a super cool way to greet visitors to
your office, and a new app for emailing yourself. We’ll be back next week so
be sure to subscribe wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Also, big
thanks to our sponsors, Airtable, GE Ventures, Intercom and Stripe for their
support. Read more
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