E740: Kevin Rose, True Ventures PT1: early Digg days, what it takes to make great products, building Oak meditation app w/fan engagement & real-time data, evaluating founder-investor fit, advice for pitching

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This Week in Startups is a show about entrepreneurship, investing, technology, and media. Our guest today is able to speak to all of those areas. Kevin Rose is an angel investor, venture capitalist, podcaster, and serial entrepreneur best known for building companies like Digg, Revision3, and Milk. He recently moved from NY to join True Ventures as a venture partner. Join us as Kevin and Jason discuss what makes a good startup and a good product, how to source deals, his Oak app and the benefit of mediation for entrepreneurs, and more.

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Timestamps:

00:35: Jason introduces today’s guest, Kevin Rose of True Ventures

3:41: Approach to sourcing deals

4:18: How Kevin finds companies

9:09: Interviewing people, building products, angel investing – which one do you love the most?

10:00: Moment when Kevin knew Digg would be huge

11:22: What it takes to build great products

21:04: Benefit of mediation for entrepreneurs

25:37: How Kevin picks founders

31:49: The next big thing in commerce will be to figure out how to monetize it

38:40: Oak meditation app

47:00: Making of app

49:44: Mindfulness meditation

55:38: Thoughts on new home pod

01:03:04: ICO

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