Top articles of the week | April 3

April 3, 2021

Every week, we put together a list of our top 5 articles of the past week. Happy reading!

How to Build a Strong Brand Georgian Partners (reading time: 6 minutes)

This is a good post on what it takes to build a strong brand. The post is written by the CEO of a dental insurance company who provides a few great principles. These serve a great reminder on building a solid foundation. Georgian continues to create great content, I also loved this post on the API economy.

Fast Execution Needs Fast Strategy BCG (reading time: 7 minutes)

We ­argue that disruptors sustain a tempo advan­tage by cycling more rapidly than their competitors through a four-step learning loop consisting of scan, orient, decide, and act

I deeply relate to this post by BCG on what it takes to have successful strategy execution today. It’s much more than using agile methods that mimic how technology companies operate. It’s a system & philosophy that permeates the entire organization.

Fender hits the right notes strategy+business (reading time: 7 minutes)

My pandemic hobby has been learning how to play the bass. My friends pushed me into it and it’s been a lot of fun. The Fender brand is a monster in the industry. Their CEO reveals how it not only survived during the pandemic but also managed to solidify its business.

Balaji Srinivasan on The Future of Bitcoin and Ethereum, How to Become Noncancelable Tim Ferriss Podcast (reading time: 3 hours, 38 minutes)

Yes, this is a really long podcast. Yet, ist is chock full of insights from Balaji Srinivasan. Balaji is an expert in genomics and is infamous for calling out the dangers of the pandemic in its early days. It is a wide ranging interview. The most interesting parts were related to the future of crypto and its impact on geopolitics.

State of Venture Capital Chamath Palihapitiya (reading time: 8 minutes)

This is a short presentation by investor Chamath Palihapitiya on the state of venture capital. It covers a few fascinating trends in VC: the change in demographics, solo GPs, cross-over funds and accessible financing.