November 12, 2013

Lessons learned from the Foundation interviews

Kevin Rose (@kevinrose - 1.4 million followers) is currently working as an investor at Google Ventures, but he's probably most famous for being the founder of the social news website Digg, or for throwing away a raccoon that had attacked his dog Toaster (video). One of his less known endeavors is a series of interviews called Foundation that features famous entrepreneurs from mostly Silicon Valley. He has so far made 34 interviews and more will be added in the future. Foundation can be compared with the Market Wizards books series that featured interviews with top traders - the Foundation interview series features interviews with top entrepreneurs.

The idea here is to summarize each interview with a few lessons learned and then in the end make one large summary of all interviews. I have no idea if it will be any good, but as a rocket entrepreneur said: "If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough." This page will serve as the main page with links to everything else.

2010
  1. Jack Dorsey - Twitter, Square
2011
  1. Jeff Smith - Smule
  2. Philip Rosedale - Second Life
  3. Tony Conrad - about.me
  4. Brian Wong - Kiip
  5. Jesse Jacobs - Samovar Tea Lounge
  6. Chris Sacca - Lowercase Capital
  7. Philip Rosedale Part 2 - Second Life
  8. Jason Goldberg - Fab
  9. Dennis Crowley - Foursquare
  10. John Borthwick - Betaworks
  11. Leah Busque - TaskRabbit
  12. John Ham - Ustream
  13. Ryan Carson - Treehouse
  14. Tim Ferriss - The 4-Hour book series
2012
  1. Kevin Systrom - Instagram
  2. Scott Harrison - charity: water
  3. Sahil Lavingia - Gumroad
  4. Om Malik - Gigaom
  5. Elon Musk - PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors
  6. Matt Rogers - Nest
  7. Tom Conrad - Pandora
  8. Ben Horowitz - Andreessen Horowitz
  9. Melody McCloskey - StyleSeat
  10. Tony Hsieh - Zappos
2013
  1. Dave Morin - Path
  2. Hosain Rahman - Jawbone
  3. Robyn Sue Fisher - Smitten Ice Cream
  4. Chad Hurley - YouTube
  5. Jim Gilliam - NationBuilder
  6. Evan Williams - Blogger, Twitter
  7. Phil Libin - Evernote
  8. David Copperfield - Magician
  9. Matt Galligan - Circa
  10. Brian Armstrong - Coinbase