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The best entrepreneurs? They let fires burn. Knowing which problems NOT to solve is just as critical as knowing how to solve them. You have to conserve energy for the biggest blazes, and learn how to sleep easy while other fires smolder around you. Learn from serial entrepreneur Selina Tobaccowala about how to choose which fires to fight.

“Balance your own weaknesses with great people because they’ll have the ability to see fires ahead of you.”

— Selina Tobaccowala
About the guest:

Selina Tobaccowala is the co-founder of Gixo, a fitness app that streams live exercise classes to mobile devices. She’s a serial entrepreneur who’s been disrupting industries ever since she started coding in her Stanford dorm room. As co-founder of Evite and president of SurveyMonkey, she rode through two punishing and exhilarating waves of demand.

About the host:

Reid Hoffman is the host of Masters of Scale. A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, he’s known for his spot-on insights on how to scale a startup. He’s a partner at Greylock and co-founder of LinkedIn, and co-author of the best-selling Blitzscaling and The Startup of You.

Also featured in this episode:

Jerry Chen is a partner at Greylock, and former vice president of VMware, a behind-the-scenes tech company that allows you to connect and secure…

Lisa Curtis is the founder and CEO of Kuli Kuli, a nutrition startup that focuses on bringing moringa food products to the United States.

Serial entrepreneur Cheryl Kellond co-founded Apostrophe, a fresh approach to healthcare billing. When it was acquired, she founded Angel Labs, a Web3 incubator.

Hadi Partovi is co-founder of the educational nonprofit In 2007, Hadi and his twin brother Ali, launched iLike, a music discovery app.

If you try to put out every fire, you’ll only burn yourself out. The best entrepreneurs? They let fires burn.

Transcript of Masters of Scale: Let fires burn
Masters of Scale’s mission is to democratize entrepreneurship. Launched in 2017 as a weekly podcast featuring Reid Hoffman, we’re now two weekly podcasts — Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman, and Masters of Scale: Rapid Response, hosted by Bob Safian — as well as an award-winning daily learning app, a best-selling book, virtual and live events, and more, serving a global community of founders, funders, and leaders looking to innovate at scale.
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