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Pattern Recognition - Investing in the Future

John Hu

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Pattern Recognition - Investing in the Future

Pattern Recognition - Investing in the Future

John Hu

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61
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Pattern Recognition ties together insights across world-class venture capitalists, private equity investors, and startup founders as they invest and manage billions of dollars of capital. Join our host, John Hu, as we dig into the patterns that senior decisionmakers look for as they move markets and stoke innovation. From finance to sales and marketing, we'll dive deeply into every aspect of what it takes to build the next game-changing business.For show notes and more head over to patternrecognitionpod.com

Latest Episodes

Jake Schwartz - Founder at General Assembly - The Entrepreneurial Journey

The founder's journey is as exciting as it is terrifying. Jake Schwartz, CEO/Founder at General Assembly, and I reflect on his winding path while we dive deep into the operational complexities of maintaining quality student outcomes at scale. Having pioneered the coding bootcamp space, Jake shares the key KPIs he gauges to drive the health of the business as well as his reflections in GA’s successful exit to Adecco. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

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Jake Schwartz - Founder at General Assembly - The Entrepreneurial Journey

Leah Solivan - Founder at TaskRabbit - Marketplace KPIs

What are the key KPIs that drive the world's leading task marketplace? Leah Solivan, Founder and Former CEO of TaskRabbit, reflects on the operational metrics that define a successful marketplace on both the supply- and demand-side. We also chat about her reflections on TaskRabbit’s exit to IKEA. And lastly, Leah and I discuss what she looks for in startups now that she’s investing fulltime as a general partner at Fuel Capital. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

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Leah Solivan - Founder at TaskRabbit - Marketplace KPIs

Brian Halligan - Founder at HubSpot - Demandgen Flywheels

With a $6bn+ market cap, HubSpot has revolutionized marketing. Brian Halligan, HubSpot's CEO and Founder, and I sit down to discuss how the entire customer experience, from discovery to post-purchase, is the defining factor of winning companies today. From there, we discuss what exactly a demandgen flywheel is and how to build one through inbound and content-driven marketing. Brian also shares his take on competing with large incumbents in mature markets and the key KPIs one should hone in on in building a sustainable marketing engine. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

33 MIN2019 DEC 11
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Brian Halligan - Founder at HubSpot - Demandgen Flywheels

Elie Seidman - CEO at Tinder - The Future of Dating

Tinder pioneered the dating app market. But where does it go from here and how does it maintain its dominant market position? Elie Seidman, CEO at Tinder, and I discuss how the company has gone from introducing 'swiping' to college campus to becoming a global phenomenon. Additionally, we talk all about user alignment, specifically in the context of the KPIs that drive Tinder's freemium subscription model. We also touch on the challenges of user trust/safety at scale as well as how authentic human connection will sit at the center of the next great consumer platform. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

50 MIN2019 NOV 21
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Elie Seidman - CEO at Tinder - The Future of Dating

Reshma Saujani - Founder at Girls Who Code - Bridging the Gender Gap

Recently named by Fast Company as the most innovative non-profit in the world. Girls Who Code is on a mission to bridge the gender gap. Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO at GWC, shares how her and the team have worked with over 185,000 girls by partnering with governments and corporates alike. Reshma also reflects on the operational KPIs that have driven Girls Who Codes success as well as how brand authenticity and staying true to your mission are at the core of an impactful non-profit. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

30 MIN2019 NOV 5
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Reshma Saujani - Founder at Girls Who Code - Bridging the Gender Gap

Phil DeSimone - Co-Founder at Carbon - 3D Printing

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Phil DeSimone - Co-Founder at Carbon - 3D Printing

David Gardner - Founder at The Motley Fool - Subscription Media

Having built one of the largest financial media conglomerates, David Gardner and his team are now 26 years into democratizing the stock market for the masses. As a firm believer in active management, David's portfolio of stock recommendations has consistently beat the market year after year. So in today's episode, David shares with us the key patterns he sees across his most successful stock picks. Additionally, we get to hear all about the Fool's journey, from dot com boom/bust to the modern era, and how David and his team have honed a culture of innovation, openness and resilience. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

51 MIN2019 OCT 23
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David Gardner - Founder at The Motley Fool - Subscription Media

Chip Paucek - Founder at 2U - Revolutionizing Higher Ed

Having built one of the most successful billion-dollar edtech companies, Chip and his team at 2U made a pioneering bet that the future of education is online. Entering the industry with a disruptive business model: Chip and his team invest their own cash upfront during program implementation, instead negotiating revenue share agreements in a way that better aligns incentives across all stakeholders... in pursuit of the best student outcomes. In today’s podcast, Chip and I discuss how to go about revolutionizing a risk-averse and bureaucracy-laden industry by innovating both in business and delivery model. Additionally, Chip shares the risks inherent in building a $bn edtech businesses and how the 2U team went about convincing the Yales and UNCs of the world to join their journey. And lastly, Chip shares the patterns he sees across successful public companies. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

42 MIN2019 OCT 2
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Chip Paucek - Founder at 2U - Revolutionizing Higher Ed

Sophia Amoruso - Founder at Girlboss and Nasty Gal - Advice for My Younger Self

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39 MIN2019 SEP 19
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Sophia Amoruso - Founder at Girlboss and Nasty Gal - Advice for My Younger Self

Dom Barton - Global Managing Partner at McKinsey - How Talent Wins

Having sat at the helm of the world’s premier management consulting firm for close to a decade, Dom Barton has seen what it takes to build leading teams across the world’s most successful $bn companies. Alongside Ram Charan, Dom penned Talent Wins, a guide that lays out how to scale a dominant and long-term business by focusing on people. So in today’s episode, we discuss how exactly Talent Wins. Specifically, we dive into the structural building blocks found in McKinsey’s culture and values that allow its people to achieve excellence. Additionally, Dom shares the key qualities he looks for in candidates that are applying to McKinsey and how junior talent should think about scaling to senior roles. Lastly, Dom shares the consistent patterns he’s seen across his most successful clients through the lens of multiple economic cycles. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

48 MIN2019 SEP 6
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Dom Barton - Global Managing Partner at McKinsey - How Talent Wins

Latest Episodes

Jake Schwartz - Founder at General Assembly - The Entrepreneurial Journey

The founder's journey is as exciting as it is terrifying. Jake Schwartz, CEO/Founder at General Assembly, and I reflect on his winding path while we dive deep into the operational complexities of maintaining quality student outcomes at scale. Having pioneered the coding bootcamp space, Jake shares the key KPIs he gauges to drive the health of the business as well as his reflections in GA’s successful exit to Adecco. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

52 MINMAR 9
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Jake Schwartz - Founder at General Assembly - The Entrepreneurial Journey

Leah Solivan - Founder at TaskRabbit - Marketplace KPIs

What are the key KPIs that drive the world's leading task marketplace? Leah Solivan, Founder and Former CEO of TaskRabbit, reflects on the operational metrics that define a successful marketplace on both the supply- and demand-side. We also chat about her reflections on TaskRabbit’s exit to IKEA. And lastly, Leah and I discuss what she looks for in startups now that she’s investing fulltime as a general partner at Fuel Capital. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

41 MINJAN 3
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Leah Solivan - Founder at TaskRabbit - Marketplace KPIs

Brian Halligan - Founder at HubSpot - Demandgen Flywheels

With a $6bn+ market cap, HubSpot has revolutionized marketing. Brian Halligan, HubSpot's CEO and Founder, and I sit down to discuss how the entire customer experience, from discovery to post-purchase, is the defining factor of winning companies today. From there, we discuss what exactly a demandgen flywheel is and how to build one through inbound and content-driven marketing. Brian also shares his take on competing with large incumbents in mature markets and the key KPIs one should hone in on in building a sustainable marketing engine. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

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Brian Halligan - Founder at HubSpot - Demandgen Flywheels

Elie Seidman - CEO at Tinder - The Future of Dating

Tinder pioneered the dating app market. But where does it go from here and how does it maintain its dominant market position? Elie Seidman, CEO at Tinder, and I discuss how the company has gone from introducing 'swiping' to college campus to becoming a global phenomenon. Additionally, we talk all about user alignment, specifically in the context of the KPIs that drive Tinder's freemium subscription model. We also touch on the challenges of user trust/safety at scale as well as how authentic human connection will sit at the center of the next great consumer platform. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

50 MIN2019 NOV 21
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Elie Seidman - CEO at Tinder - The Future of Dating

Reshma Saujani - Founder at Girls Who Code - Bridging the Gender Gap

Recently named by Fast Company as the most innovative non-profit in the world. Girls Who Code is on a mission to bridge the gender gap. Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO at GWC, shares how her and the team have worked with over 185,000 girls by partnering with governments and corporates alike. Reshma also reflects on the operational KPIs that have driven Girls Who Codes success as well as how brand authenticity and staying true to your mission are at the core of an impactful non-profit. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

30 MIN2019 NOV 5
Comments
Reshma Saujani - Founder at Girls Who Code - Bridging the Gender Gap

Phil DeSimone - Co-Founder at Carbon - 3D Printing

Having most recently raised at a $2.4bn valuation, Carbon is revolutionizing manufacturing by being the first to market with a breakthrough technology that makes 3D printing both scalable and affordable. Phil DeSimone, co-founder and Chief Customer Officer at Carbon, discusses how Carbon is differentiating in both technology and business model. By leveraging a recurring revenue model and 5-7yr contracts in the company's go-to-market, Phil and his team are building a long-term focused business that's truly aligned with its customers' success. In today's episode, we chat all about specific tips around working with large corporate partners like Adidas/BMW, upping customer retention via a customer success department and properly incentivizing your sales team. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

38 MIN2019 OCT 29
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Phil DeSimone - Co-Founder at Carbon - 3D Printing

David Gardner - Founder at The Motley Fool - Subscription Media

Having built one of the largest financial media conglomerates, David Gardner and his team are now 26 years into democratizing the stock market for the masses. As a firm believer in active management, David's portfolio of stock recommendations has consistently beat the market year after year. So in today's episode, David shares with us the key patterns he sees across his most successful stock picks. Additionally, we get to hear all about the Fool's journey, from dot com boom/bust to the modern era, and how David and his team have honed a culture of innovation, openness and resilience. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

51 MIN2019 OCT 23
Comments
David Gardner - Founder at The Motley Fool - Subscription Media

Chip Paucek - Founder at 2U - Revolutionizing Higher Ed

Having built one of the most successful billion-dollar edtech companies, Chip and his team at 2U made a pioneering bet that the future of education is online. Entering the industry with a disruptive business model: Chip and his team invest their own cash upfront during program implementation, instead negotiating revenue share agreements in a way that better aligns incentives across all stakeholders... in pursuit of the best student outcomes. In today’s podcast, Chip and I discuss how to go about revolutionizing a risk-averse and bureaucracy-laden industry by innovating both in business and delivery model. Additionally, Chip shares the risks inherent in building a $bn edtech businesses and how the 2U team went about convincing the Yales and UNCs of the world to join their journey. And lastly, Chip shares the patterns he sees across successful public companies. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

42 MIN2019 OCT 2
Comments
Chip Paucek - Founder at 2U - Revolutionizing Higher Ed

Sophia Amoruso - Founder at Girlboss and Nasty Gal - Advice for My Younger Self

Having built Nasty Gal into a dominant ecommerce brand in the 2000s, Sophia Amoruso is now leading the #Girlboss movement by creating a new age social network, media company, and community designed to bridge the gender gap and empower women in business. In today’s podcast, Sophia and I reflect on lessons learned during the Nastygal experience, and how those experiences led Sophia to not only start Girlboss, but build the company’s mission, team, and culture in an intentional and deliberate way. Additionally, we also discuss how Girlboss is creating a new age of media as well as how we all can help bridge the diversity gap. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

39 MIN2019 SEP 19
Comments
Sophia Amoruso - Founder at Girlboss and Nasty Gal - Advice for My Younger Self

Dom Barton - Global Managing Partner at McKinsey - How Talent Wins

Having sat at the helm of the world’s premier management consulting firm for close to a decade, Dom Barton has seen what it takes to build leading teams across the world’s most successful $bn companies. Alongside Ram Charan, Dom penned Talent Wins, a guide that lays out how to scale a dominant and long-term business by focusing on people. So in today’s episode, we discuss how exactly Talent Wins. Specifically, we dive into the structural building blocks found in McKinsey’s culture and values that allow its people to achieve excellence. Additionally, Dom shares the key qualities he looks for in candidates that are applying to McKinsey and how junior talent should think about scaling to senior roles. Lastly, Dom shares the consistent patterns he’s seen across his most successful clients through the lens of multiple economic cycles. For show notes, unreleased episodes, and more check out: https://patternrecognitionpod.com Twitter: @JohnHeezy | Instagram: @johnghu

48 MIN2019 SEP 6
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Dom Barton - Global Managing Partner at McKinsey - How Talent Wins
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