20VC: The 4 Required Powers For A Startup To Be A $500m Business with “The Most Powerful Woman in Startups”, Ann Miura Ko, Co-Founder @ Floodgate

Posted on 4th July 2016 by Harry

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Ann Miura-Ko has been called “the most powerful woman in startups” by Forbes and is the Co-Founder of Floodgate, one of the valley’s leading early stage funds with investments in the likes of Twitter, Twitch and TaskRabbit. Some of Ann’s investments at Floodgate include Lyft, Ayasdi, Xamarin, Refinery29, Chloe and Isabel, Maker Media, Wanelo, TaskRabbit, and Modcloth. Ann is also a lecturer in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where she got her PhD focused on mathematical modeling of computer security.

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In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

1.) How Ann made her way into the wonderful world of VC?

2.) Ann’s 2nd day in VC was 9/11, how does Ann view investing in times of crisis and downturn? How does this effect the macro-economy and her investing cadence?

Floodgate state that all venture bankable high growth companies share 4 very common characteristics with regards to power. Here we break them down:

  • Proprietary Power: What is it? What are it’s characteristics?
  • Product Power: What does this imply about product market fit? What are the nuances and complexities?
  • Company Power: What does it take to be created and maintained? How have so many unicorns established themselves without credible and sustainable business models?
  • Category Power: Why it is so important to create a new category? How can this be done and who has done it well in the past?

Items Mentioned In Today’s Show:

Ann’s Fave Book: The Poisonwood Bible

Ann’s Fave Blog or Newsletter: Benedict Evans

Ann’s Most Recent Investment: The Greatist

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