The Full Ratchet: Venture Capital Demystified

Lanham Napier of BuildGroup joins Nick to discuss Scaling Rackspace, The Evolving Responsibilities of a Venture-Backed CEO, and Confronting Big Tech Monopolies. In this episode, we cover:

  • You took on capital from Seqouia, Norwest and others while at Rackspace.  What was the biggest challenge to taking on venture capital?
  • How were you able to move from the early product-market-fit days to true scale... what were the defining decisions/actions that helped you expand exponentially?
  • As a company leaves the product-market-fit stage and reaches scale, what is the job of the CEO or how does the job of the CEO change as the company scales?
  • You've talked about investing "long-term capital"... what do you mean by that?
  • How have you created a fee-light model, where management fees are eliminated?
  • How do you guide CEOs that have been conditioned to think in 12-18 months cycles, when the long-game is much more critical?
  • You've hired and developed a lot of folks over the years.  What advice do you have for young CEOs with regards to selection and/or development of people?
  • Leadership -- great ones emerge in hard times.  What are some of the most important lessons you've learned about leadership?
  • We're in an environment where the largest tech companies have monopolized a lot of the upside in the market.  Of course recently many of the CEOs appeared in front the house judiciary committee.  Where do you stand on the position of large tech companies and how that impacts emerging startups?
  • Do you think China is a threat to the U.S.'s position as world power and tech leader?
  • What would suggest we do about it?
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