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Crucible Moments

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A podcast about the inflection points that shaped some of the most important companies of our time. Crucible moments are pivotal decisions that determine your trajectory. Hear from founders like Jack Dorsey of Block, Jensen Huang of Nvidia, and Anne Wojcicki of 23andMe about how they navigated the challenges and opportunities that defined their stories. Hosted by Roelof Botha of Sequoia Capital. The content of this podcast does not constitute investment advice, an offer to provide investment advisory services, or an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy an interest in any investment fund.

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United States

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A podcast about the inflection points that shaped some of the most important companies of our time. Crucible moments are pivotal decisions that determine your trajectory. Hear from founders like Jack Dorsey of Block, Jensen Huang of Nvidia, and Anne Wojcicki of 23andMe about how they navigated the challenges and opportunities that defined their stories. Hosted by Roelof Botha of Sequoia Capital. The content of this podcast does not constitute investment advice, an offer to provide investment advisory services, or an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy an interest in any investment fund.

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@sequoia

Language:

English

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9179711110


Episodes

Nvidia ft. Jensen Huang - An overnight success story 30 years in the making

11/30/2023
CEO Jensen Huang tells the legendary story of Nvidia, from the company’s early days pioneering 3D graphics cards for a niche PC gaming market to powering the AI revolution as the sixth most valuable company in the world. Nvidia faced multiple near-death experiences along the way, and their so-called “diving catches,” as Jensen calls them, were some of the most dramatic business stories of the modern era. Host: Roelof Botha, Sequoia Capital Featuring: Jensen Huang, Chris Malachowsky, Andrew Ng, Mark A. Stevens, Alfred Lin, Transcript: https://www.sequoiacap.com/podcast/crucible-moments-nvidia/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:38:53

23andMe ft. Anne Wojcicki - How a DNA startup took on the FDA and redefined health tech

11/16/2023
Millions of customers have explored their genome with 23andMe. But when the company started in 2006, the idea of consumer DNA testing was heresy to the medical establishment. The FDA once even ordered 23andMe to stop selling its health testing product. The company persevered to make allies out of adversaries, and became the only FDA-approved product on the market. Learn how 23andMe defined the DNA testing category, and used its success to enter the massive new field of drug discovery. Host: Roelof Botha, Sequoia Capital Featuring: Anne Wojcicki, Richard Scheller Transcript: https://www.sequoiacap.com/podcast/crucible-moments-23andMe/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:38:15

Jawbone ft. Hosain Rahman - The rise and fall of the first wearable technology company

11/2/2023
Co-founders Hosain Rahman and Alex Asseily, and Chief Creative Officer Yves Behar, recount the meteoric rise and fall of Jawbone. One of the most innovative companies of the mid 2000s, Jawbone pioneered wearable technology with UP, the first wrist-worn fitness tracker, and revolutionized sound with Jambox, the first smart wireless speaker. In one of the most dramatic turns in Silicon Valley history, the company went from a nearly $4 billion valuation to liquidation. This cautionary tale provides valuable lessons that are more relevant now than ever. Host: Roelof Botha, Sequoia Capital Featuring: Hosain Rahman, Alex Asseily, Yves Behar Transcript: https://www.sequoiacap.com/podcast/crucible-moments-jawbone/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:36:26

HubSpot ft. Brian Halligan & Dharmesh Shah - How an underdog helped invent modern marketing, and then took on Goliath

10/19/2023
Founders Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah reveal how they took a blog started as a hobby and turned the ideas behind it into a $20+ billion success. In 2006, HubSpot upended traditional approaches to marketing by taking advantage of the the nascent internet in a new way: By capitalizing on seach engines and social media, they offered a way to pull customers in rather than pushing ads and mailers out. They coined the new category “inbound marketing.” They continued to defy conventional wisdom, deciding to serve small businesses over big enterprises, and taking on a Goliath in a new category. As the founders explain, zigging where others zag is the key to their success. Host: Roelof Botha, Sequoia Capital Featuring: Brian Halligan, Dharmesh Shah, Pat Grady, Dannie Herzberg Transcript: https://www.sequoiacap.com/podcast/crucible-moments-hubspot/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:32:38

Eventbrite ft. Julia Hartz - A thriving events company took 14 years to build and nearly disappeared in 14 days

10/5/2023
What happens to an events company when every event is canceled? “Even if you have spent 14 years building something, it could truly be gone in 14 days.” After working tirelessly to revolutionize how live events are organized, this was the reality Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz faced in March of 2020 as pandemic lockdowns went into effect, extinguishing the lifeblood of her business. She brought the same strategic thinking and grit that had led the company through its previous inflection points to rally her team and reinvent Eventbrite in the middle of a global shutdown. Host: Roelof Botha, Sequoia Capital Featuring: Julia Hartz, Kevin Hartz Transcript: https://www.sequoiacap.com/podcast/crucible-moments-eventbrite/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:44:49

Block ft. Jack Dorsey - A controversial hack week project becomes the #1 financial services app

9/21/2023
CEO Jack Dorsey reflects on Block’s origins and defining moments with host Roelof Botha. Dorsey founded Square in 2009 with a clear vision: economic empowerment for all. Their dongle that turns iPhones into credit card readers was just the start. With Square, small business owners were able to reach more customers and better manage their companies. But when Cash App, which emerged from an internal hackathon, started to gain traction, Square had a decision to make: stick to their core focus, or risk building an unproven product for consumers? Dorsey explains how Block succeeded by weaving new products around a core vision, and how a controversial shift in strategy led them to fully deliver on their founding mission. Host: Roelof Botha, Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital Featuring: Jack Dorsey, Alyssa Henry, Brian Grassadonia Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:37:22

Airbnb ft. Brian Chesky - Battling a copycat clone and rebuilding user trust to revolutionize travel

9/7/2023
As Airbnb took off in the early 2010s, Brian Chesky remembers worrying, “this is just one accident away from being a dead idea.” That accident finally came in 2011 when a host’s apartment was ransacked. It set off a period of soul searching that became a turning point—the company’s efforts to rebuild trust led it to becoming the global behemoth it is today. In this episode, Brian reveals how this crisis shaped his thinking, and how the lessons would apply to the company’s next defining moments, including a pandemic that shut down global travel. Host: Roelof Botha, Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital Featuring: Brian Chesky, Ellie Mertz, Alfred Lin Transcript: https://www.sequoiacap.com/podcast/crucible-moments-airbnb/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:39:19

PayPal ft. Max Levchin - A merger of enemies that reshaped Silicon Valley

9/7/2023
PayPal was the defining tech company of its generation, with alumni going on to start YouTube, Tesla, Yelp, LinkedIn, among many others. But the company nearly didn’t make it. The PayPal of today only exists because of how its team navigated early, unprecedented inflection points. Find out why Max Levchin now says he does “not recommend” a merger of equals to anyone, how the team pioneered CAPTCHA to fight $10M in monthly fraud that nearly sank the fledgling business, and how they maneuvered through ongoing battles with eBay on their way to an IPO. Host: Roelof Botha, Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital Featuring: Max Levchin, Michael Moritz, Jimmy Soni Transcript: https://www.sequoiacap.com/podcast/crucible-moments-paypal/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:46:49

Introducing "Crucible Moments"

8/30/2023
A podcast about the inflection points that shaped some of the most important companies of our time. Crucible moments are pivotal decisions that determine your trajectory. Hear from founders like Jack Dorsey of Block, Jensen Huang of Nvidia, and Anne Wojcicki of 23andMe about how they navigated the challenges and opportunities that defined their stories. Hosted by Roelof Botha, Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital, who has spent over 20 years building companies such as Youtube, Square, and Instagram. The content of this podcast does not constitute investment advice, an offer to provide investment advisory services, or an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy an interest in any investment fund. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:03:40