The Twenty Minute VC: Jonathan Abrams, Founder & CEO @ Nuzzel

Netscape to Friendster to Nuzzel: A Silicon Valley Adventure

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Harry StebbingsMaker@harrystebbings · Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
@abrams is the founder & CEO of the social news service @Nuzzel. Jonathan is also co-founder and Managing Partner of @FoundersDen, a shared office space and private club for experienced entrepreneurs and their friends. Previously, Jonathan was the founder & CEO of Socializr, Friendster, and HotLinks, and a software engineer at companies such as Netscape and Nortel. Jonathan is a board member at Girls in Tech, an advisor to CodeNow, and has previously been a mentor in Steve Blank's entrepreneurship classes at Stanford and Berkeley, a top-rated mentor at The Founder Institute and a member of the advisory board of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs. Jonathan is also an angel investor in over 50 startups including @AngelList, @Docker, @Front, @HelloSign, @Instacart, @Sapho, Slideshare, Socialcam, and Vouch. In Today's Episode You Will Learn: 1.) How did Jonathan make his way into tech and come to found the likes of Friendster and Nuzzel? What were his biggest lessons from working at Netscape? 2.) How can founders determine the customer stickiness and value proposition in the early days of product testing with friends and family? 3.) How does Jonathan view the competitive landscape for news aggregation? Why is consumer app such a competitive space? 4.) Question From Matt Mazzeo: How does Jonathan compare this moment in time to previous points in the innovation curve? 5.) Having worked with both the old and the new guard of VC, how does working with Lowercase, Homebrew and Softtech compare with the old guard of Benchmark and Kleiner Perkins? Items Mentioned In Today's Episode: Jonathan's Fave Book: Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure, Jerry Kaplan
Bryan Landers@bryanlanders · New podcast: missionandvalues.co
Great episode, @harrystebbings! I confess I didn't know Jonathan was the founder of Nuzzel. I enjoy that email every morning. As a big fan of the product, I have to say I'm a bit bummed out that the next thing for Nuzzel is human-curated emails. 😕 I'm already overwhelmed by curated news emails from great people (@hnshah, @benedictevans, @kennethn...tons of design ones) - getting too little curated news is definitely not a problem! What's great about Nuzzel is precisely the opposite: the algorithmic surfacing of shared links within my Twitter network. Also, being able to see Twitter through the eyes of another user. That is magical and informative! What does everyone else think?