Eurie joined Forerunner Ventures in May 2012. Over the past 15 years, Eurie has evaluated and aided a wide variety of companies in their quest to define business models, identify target markets, understand consumer behavior, and overcome operational and competitive challenges to drive growth. Eurie also has a personal passion for entrepreneurship, which inspired her to launch an artisanal leather goods brand as well as serve on the founding team of a European luxury brand incubator. At Forerunner, Eurie has supported investments in 30+ early stage companies and currently serves on the Board of Directors of several Forerunner portfolio companies
I really love listening to Eurie because I feel like she’s just done it all. Her information is just so helpful in figuring out where you can go and where you shouldn’t go and what you can do when you go wherever you go. I really admire her attitude in entrepreneurship. I love that she explains that you can be an entrepreneur at any point in your life, and that there are constant opportunities along the way in life that you can jump into. She makes the point that entrepreneurship is something completely individual and different for everyone. The goals are different. The milestones are different. The plans are different. The teams are different. I love that explained that you can be successful in a myriad of ways—you just have to pick where you’ll best fit and thrive. And it seems that those opportunities are endless & everchanging too.
Entire Talk: Fav Quotes
The Right Way to Network
The Traits of Great Founders
Founder vs Founding Team Member
Early-Stage Startups Need Generalists
High Growth Means Hectic Work
Who’s Best Suited for a Big Company?
What’s Your Risk Threshold?
Interested in the whole talk?
Josh McFarland is a partner at Greylock Partners (a Venture Capital Fund), an experienced product leader and entrepreneur who specializes in designing, building and scaling technology-driven businesses. Previously, he was VP of Product at Twitter, founder and CEO of startup TellApart, which he grew at Greylock as an entrepreneur-in-residence in 2009. In 2015, Twitter acquired TellApart for more than $500 million — the largest acquisition in Twitter’s history. Before that, McFarland was a lead product manager at Google.
I really enjoy this presentation because it answers so many of those “startup biz” questions. He’s super helpful and super positive. I think it’s so important to put your ego aside and let others take your brand to the next level. He talks a lot about working/communicating with people—the right way to do it and the kind of people you’d want around you in a start-up. You need to surround yourself around people who are going to support, encourage and fuel you, (YES ENERGY). Other things he covers include learning to argue well and fighting for what you want, as well as knowing when to let go. He covers so many crucial skills. I personally feel that communicating with and managing human beings is a dwindling skill. And he really reinstates the fact and the practice of doing so, when you’re starting a company. I also love how he discusses creating a safe, organized and energetic space for work. And not just for yourself, but for everyone else. Startups should be a place where you love to work and create in; where you look forward to being in. And of course, Josh makes sure to mention giving it your all and going all in with everything you have in a startup. That’s always a wonderful and encouraging reminder, and will be even better with people who believe the same thing.
If you’re interested in watching the whole thing: https://ecorner.stanford.edu/videos/answering-common-startup-questions-entire-talk/
Encouraging you to bring your goals to life and live out your dreams.