RoadUntraveled: Bain Capital Ventures’ Jamison Hill on setting up your WFH, digital partner meetings, and the importance of CEO transparency during COVID19

Summary

With experience in both consumer and enterprise early stage investing, hear how Jamison is following the news, what he is hearing from founders, and advice on working from home for those used to traveling.

Key Takeaways:

If you don’t have a WFH setup, now is the time to invest in one. Taking care of your health matters!

You have to see people! Convert calls to zoom conferences, and utilize the benefits of video over audio as a means of social engagement.

CEO’s that are honest and transparent up front will win long term. Everyone will make mistakes, but letting employees feel as they are part of the process matters.

RoadUntraveled: WndrCos’ Arteen Arabshahi on mental health, recession vs pandemic investing, and the long term impact of remote work

Summary

Notorious for being ready to “meet a founder anywhere”, hear how Arteen is adjusting to working from home, “recession” vs “pandemic” investing and how WndrCo is supporting it’s portfolio companies.

Key Takeaways:

Humans are incredibly resilient and incredibly adaptive. We will find a variety of ways to continue celebrating and sharing expression.

There is a spectrum in mental health, not two polar ends. Everyone should be open with their experiences over the next few months and recognize there are others that would love to chat.

This environment will push large enterprises to adapt to remote work faster than they would’ve on their own. Although digital adoption will “revert back”, most companies will likely be further progressed than prior to COVID19 levels.

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RoadUntraveled: Bessemer Venture Partners’ Elliott Robinson on mentorship, investing and unit economics during COVID19

Summary

From Microsoft to helping launch a growth equity platform for Bessemer Venture Partners, hear how Elliott and the BVP team are “watching the world” and preparing their portfolio companies for success in times of uncertainty.

Key Takeaways:

It is critical to “dial in” to the leaders around you who have deep expertise in the fields you don’t. Sharing those findings with portfolio companies is value-add as an investor.

Firms and companies alike will need to get prepared to hire individuals who they may have never met in person. There are lots of ways to still do effective diligence and make good decisions.

Unit economics like cac payback, churn and gross margins still matter, and some business models will be better able to handle this type of change.

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