E251: Dave Goldberg of SurveyMonkey on This Week in Startups



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On This Week in Startups, Jason sat down with SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg. Though he’s now in the business of beautifully simple online surveys, Dave was once a pioneer in the digital music space as the founder of Launch Media, which was eventually acquired by Yahoo. Oh, and did we mention that he’s also married to a pretty awesome woman in tech?

1:00-2:00 Welcome everyone, I’m here today with SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg.
2:00-2:45 How did you get started in the Internet business?
2:45-5:45 What did marketing mean in the early 90s?
5:45-9:15 And then you left the music business at some point to start Launch?
9:15-12:00 What in your mind gave you the ability to start up on your own?
12:00-14:15 How much did you sell the software for?
14:15-16:45 Do you remember what the first images you saw on the Internet were?
16:45-21:30 Thank you to Scott Walker of Walker Corporate Law for sponsoring the program and joining us today to answer some questions!
21:30-23:00 How did selling to Yahoo work out for you?
23:00-28:00 What did you do when the stock market started falling apart?
28:00-30:45 What was the problem with Yahoo’s search business? That they could never live up to Google?
30:45-33:00 So all the experience of working with a big company and all of it working with a small company has led to the success you’re having today with SurveyMonkey?
33:00-36:15 How did you wind up getting involved with SurveyMonkey?
36:15-39:15 Is that why venture funds are decreasing? Because the returns don’t justify the investments?
39:15-40:00 Is Portland a good market for developers?
40:00-42:00 What has the secret been to your growth?
42:00-44:30 Have you thought about upping the premium member costs?
44:30-49:30 Thank you to GoToMeeting for supporting TWiST! Everyone thank @GoToMeeting!
49:30-50:45 Did the company recently raise more money?
50:45-53:00 How much of your experience on Launch makes you not want to go public?
53:00-55:00 How do you deal with liquidity for team members? Is SecondMarket a good or a bad thing?
55:00-56:00 What’s the difference between the Gen X and Gen Y approach to work?
56:00-59:45 Does your company just have to adapt to the reality of business today?
59:45-1:03:00 Are there any great companies run by people working 40 hours a week?
1:03:00-1:05:00 Do you think the industry is less misogynistic than when we started?
1:05:00-1:07:30 What’s it like to come home to the most powerful woman in the tech industry (Dave’s wife is Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook)?
1:07:30-1:11:00 Dave: Why I look at angel investing as paying it forward.
1:11:00-1:14:00 If people aren’t forwarding you along as an entrepreneur, is it time to take a good look in the mirror or at the product?
1:14:00-1:15:30 Everyone follow @davegoldberg and check out SurveyMonkey, it’s an amazing product. Dave, thank you so much, continued success.

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