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The Twenty Minute VC: Phil Libin, Managing Director @ General Catalyst & Founder @ Evernote

The pros & cons of moving from Evernote to VC

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Harry Stebbings@harrystebbings · Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
@PLibin is Managing Director @GCVP and Founder and Executive Chairman @Evernote. At Evernote, Phil took the company from idea generation to productivity powerhouse allowing millions of users around the world to remember everything and in the meantime, providing Evernote with over $160m in VC funding from some of the very best including @Sequoia Capital. Now in the world of VC, Phil has a particularly fondness towards all things bots, a theme we discuss heavily today. Phil has also made several angel investments in the likes of @GustoHQ by @joshuareeves, TellApart and Binary Thumb just to name a few. Huge thanks to @bonatsos @benparr @saranormous for the questions for Phil today! In Today’s Episode You Will Learn: 1.) How Phil made his way from Founder @ Evernote to Managing Director @ General Catalyst? 2.) Niko Bonatsos, Managing Director @ General Catalyst asks: What were your biggest takeaways from your time with Evernote that lend to you being a better investor? What are the biggest surprises about the move into VC? 3.) Why have we seen an explosion of hype and excitement around the bot space over the past year? What was the catalyst for the rise of the bot? 4.) Why are we not there yet with bots? Should all be conversational? How does the infancy of messaging platforms affect the rise of bots? What unsolved technical challenges remain? 5.) Will the transition to bots and conversational interfaces represent a major point of disruption or more of an evolution in the interface paradigm? Items Mentioned In Today’s Show: Phil’s Fave Blog: The Economist Phil’s Fave Book: The Three Body Problem Phil’s Most Recent Investment: Sunflower Labs by @alexpach
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@harrystebbings · Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
@PLibin is Managing Director @GCVP and Founder and Executive Chairman @Evernote. At Evernote, Phil took the company from idea generation to productivity powerhouse allowing millions of users around the world to remember everything and in the meantime, providing Evernote with over $160m in VC funding from some of the very best including @Sequoia Capital. Now in the world of VC, Phil has a particularly fondness towards all things bots, a theme we discuss heavily today. Phil has also made several angel investments in the likes of @GustoHQ by @joshuareeves, TellApart and Binary Thumb just to name a few. Huge thanks to @bonatsos @benparr @saranormous for the questions for Phil today! In Today’s Episode You Will Learn: 1.) How Phil made his way from Founder @ Evernote to Managing Director @ General Catalyst? 2.) Niko Bonatsos, Managing Director @ General Catalyst asks: What were your biggest takeaways from your time with Evernote that lend to you being a better investor? What are the biggest surprises about the move into VC? 3.) Why have we seen an explosion of hype and excitement around the bot space over the past year? What was the catalyst for the rise of the bot? 4.) Why are we not there yet with bots? Should all be conversational? How does the infancy of messaging platforms affect the rise of bots? What unsolved technical challenges remain? 5.) Will the transition to bots and conversational interfaces represent a major point of disruption or more of an evolution in the interface paradigm? Items Mentioned In Today’s Show: Phil’s Fave Blog: The Economist Phil’s Fave Book: The Three Body Problem Phil’s Most Recent Investment: Sunflower Labs by @alexpach