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5th December 2022
Spencer Kimball is the Founder & CEO @ Cockroach Labs, the open-source database for building global, scalable cloud services that survive disasters. They have backing from some of the greats of the world of VC having raised from the likes of Sequoia, Benchmark, Google Ventures and Index. As for Spencer, prior to Cockroach he spent 10 years at Google where he oversaw their hyper growth transition from startup to global behemoth. He also spent two years at unicorn payments company, Square as well as co-founding 2 prior startups.
In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:
1.) How Spencer made his move from a decade @ Google to starting Cockroach Labs?
2.) Why does Spencer enjoy speaking to VCs? What has Spencer taken away from the best of VC conversations? What are the best ways Spencer feels investors can make initial contact? What are the signs of bad investor interactions?
3.) How does Spencer want his VCs and board members to interact with him? How do the best board members provide constructive advice and feedback?
4.) How can investors get into the best deals? If they fail the first time, what can be done on their behalf to show continued interest?
5.) How does Spencer implement a 4 day work week at Cockroach and remain so highly productive? What are the benefits of this for the team and culture?
Items Mentioned In Today’s Show:
Spencer’s Fave Book: The History of The Decline & Fall of The Roman Empire
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