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.