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Recently I've been speaking to various founders on how they are sailing their ship during this pandemic. While there were many interesting stories that came up, one such conversation just stuck with me, and I thought I'll share it.
I asked him, "Your business has been heavily impacted by Coronavirus, how are you keeping up?"
He said: "It feels like I have a bootstrapped startup again. I and my co-founder are back to doing the jobs which we did when we started the company. I'm teaching kids online and my co-founder is doing sales. Every founder talks about the first year being so memorable and fun, and feels like I'm back there, but I'm back there with credible industry knowledge & more resources. It's like I'm getting 2 startups for the price of 1".
I know this sounds easier said than done, but more power to each and everyone out there!! 💪
This conversation was with Akshay, Co-founder of Avanti.
We've recorded the conversation and will be sharing it soon! :)
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Experts predict an economic recession that could last anywhere from a few months up to two years. Due to the downturn, venture capitalists are spending most of their time working with their portfolio companies, making sure they have enough runway to stay afloat. In fact, investors are slowing down overall: Angel investors who had money in the stock market — as most do — lost a lot of cash when the market nose-dived in March in the midst of coronavirus panic. While the market has bounced back somewhat, many investors are more cautious of making new deals in the midst of this volatility. 
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Early in her career at Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg had a series of conversations with Chamath Palihapitiya, Facebook’s vice president of operations. Palihapitiya was at a crossroads. He had joined Facebook barely a year before, leaving a job as a venture capitalist. Previously, Palihapitiya had been a VP at AOL, the youngest person to hold that position at the company. During his time there, AOL wound up doing a small deal with Facebook that linked AOL Instant Messenger to Facebook’s website. But the biggest outcome of the deal was the connection Palihapitiya formed with Mark Zuckerberg.
In November of 2017, Bytedance acquired Musical.ly for $1 billion. In August of 2018, Bytedance officially rebranded Musical.ly and TikTok into one app. Shortly after, ByteDance raised $3 billion and was valued at ~$75 billion. Analysts estimate its 2019 revenue was anywhere from $16-20 billion, up 100% from 2018. Its market share of the Chinese digital ad market has grown from zero to 22%, up from only 5% in 2017. TikTok has become the best way to create and consume short videos on mobile. It rode the wave of AirPods and audio memes to over 1 billion DAU’s (Daily Active Users), and is likely worth ~$200 billion. This would make it not only the world’s most valuable "startup” but one of the world’s most valuable companies, period.
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