Amid Covid’s wreckage, it is hard not to conclude that, for the start-up technology business, 2020 was a year that defied expectations, created an acceleration in business creativity, and left us with some indelible lessons.
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Greylock general partner Reid Hoffman in conversation with Harry Stebbings, host of the popular podcast The 20 Minute VC. Picking back up from a conversation in November 2020, Reid and Harry source questions from Twitter to discuss everything from Reid's earliest lessons as a young entrepreneur; investing in startups such as Airbnb; and up into the current environment of navigating political issues (and a pandemic )while running a company.
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While it’s been difficult, 2020 has also been a time of great progress in the startup ecosystem. Not only have we seen extraordinary efforts to advance technology and experiment with new business models, we’ve seen many individuals and organizations taking important strides towards building a more sustainable, equitable and inclusive future.