Letters from the Edge

Our team writes about technology, our investments, and how we've seen founders work well together. And sometimes philosophy.

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June 23, 2021
Moving Ahead: Post-Investment and Founder Pitfalls

How we work together with founders (and some common ways companies blow up)

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April 12, 2021
Playing the Long Game

Danielle's sustaining motivation for working on 1517

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March 3, 2021
A Very Specific Thesis

Supporting Dropouts, Renegades & Deep-Tech Scientists

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August 24, 2020
Zero to $3.4 Billion: Luminar Goes Public

The Year the Bubble in Higher Education Pops

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June 16, 2020
The Invisible College: $50k Investments

We’re making $50k investments in idea/R&D-stage teams that want to work outside of school in the fall.

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February 17, 2019
Don't Let Your Cap Kill You

How your valuation cap at the earliest stages affects success later

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Everything Else

September 8, 2021
What Pre-Seed Means in 2021

Raise Based On Targets, Not Arbitrary Numbers

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August 9, 2021
Announcing 1517 Fund Investment: Upkeep

MedSpa On-Demand

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June 23, 2021
Moving Ahead: Post-Investment and Founder Pitfalls

How we work together with founders (and some common ways companies blow up)

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April 28, 2021
You can be rich, or you can be king, but you can't be both

Founder equity splits and why more isn't always better

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April 26, 2021
Chase the Steak, not the Sizzle: Earned Media

Media attention can be useful, but only if you have the steak to back up sizzle

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April 12, 2021
Playing the Long Game

Danielle's sustaining motivation for working on 1517

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April 1, 2021
Building Your Talent Pipeline

Strategies to keep good talent in your orbit.

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March 23, 2021
Startup Talent Mistakes

Attracting and developing talent is far too important for founders to neglect.

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March 3, 2021
A Very Specific Thesis

Supporting Dropouts, Renegades & Deep-Tech Scientists

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February 8, 2021
Announcing 1517 Fund Investment: JobPixel

JobPixel is humanizing hiring by making it ridiculously easy to hire outstanding candidates with video.

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December 9, 2020
Announcing 1517 Fund Investment: Symba

Symba is on a mission to democratize access to work-based opportunities.

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September 24, 2020
Announcing 1517 Fund Investment: Cents

The Future of Rinse & Wash at the Laundromat

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August 24, 2020
Zero to $3.4 Billion: Luminar Goes Public

The Year the Bubble in Higher Education Pops

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August 20, 2020
Announcing 1517 Fund Investment: Stryx

You, More Handsome

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June 16, 2020
The Invisible College: $50k Investments

We’re making $50k investments in idea/R&D-stage teams that want to work outside of school in the fall.

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April 18, 2019
How to Apply to the Thiel Fellowship

Advice from Thiel Fellowship founding team members

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February 17, 2019
Don't Let Your Cap Kill You

How your valuation cap at the earliest stages affects success later

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July 22, 2018
Human Intelligence

What a VC Learned from Interviewing with the CIA

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June 11, 2018
How to Get a Killer Intro

Do's and Don'ts to Get Busy People to Do Intros for You

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February 13, 2018
The Anti-Pitch Playbook

Tips on How to Tell Your Story with Evidence and Design (But not Deceit).

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January 22, 2018
How Not to Sabotage Yourself as a Young Non-Conformist

A guide to keeping your edge without cutting out good folks

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October 17, 2017
The New 95

It's time for a Reformation. Here are our new 95 theses.

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May 6, 2017
The Inadequacies of the Invincible

On the Failure of Stoic Ethics

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March 6, 2016
Kierkegaard on the Psychology of a Risk-Averse Society

Men Wanted for Hazardous Journey

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