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Sarah Tavel, a partner at Greylock and formerly product @ Pinterest explains her framework for vetting non-transactional consumer companies. In her framework, Tavel explains shortcomings of focusing too heavily on growth and the key differences between billion dollar products vs ones that rise and fall quickly.

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    Edward Stephens

    about 4 years ago #

    This is a great post - amazing that Greylock has backed 4:5 tech companies worth over $10bn (since 2000), I genuinely didn't know that.

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    Edward Stephens

    about 4 years ago #

    Also the growth graphs for Yik Yak, Dubsmash and Musical.ly are absolutely brutal.....

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      Kendrick Wang

      about 4 years ago #

      Agreed to both comments. It's mind boggling that they only do series A and B investments but still manage to have so many companies like Airbnb, Wealthfront, Facebook, etc. in their portfolio.

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    Gary Rempe

    almost 4 years ago #

    Thanks Sarah this is an excellent macro framework. It can be hard to keep the big picture in mind while building a company and so this is super helpful.

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