The difference between good and great founders


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Hello, and welcome back to Equity, the podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

This is our Wednesday show, in which we sit down with a guest, talk about their work and unpack the rest.

This week, Alex spoke to Anu Hariharan, who’s previously worked with a16z, sits on Brex’s board and more recently has been investing in later-stage companies at Y Combinator. She’s also working on something new.

Hariharan recently tweeted about how “great” founders were successfully guiding their companies toward cash flow positivity. Since that very interesting post, both Instacart (a former Y Combinator company) and Klaviyo have filed to go public. And both have super-strong cash flows.

Our chat could not have come at a better time. We dug into how early- and late-stage startups should approach growth and cash conservation (in her view), the future of venture as an asset class and how healthy the unicorn herd really is. We had a blast recording this one! Enjoy!

For episode transcripts and more, head to Equity’s Simplecast website.

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