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When should founders step aside? Where can you find investors? Were pandemic pivots harmful?


What are the best fundraising options if you can’t access a major VC firm? When should you hire your replacement as CEO? Is blitzscaling still the best strategy in a context of uncertainty? Reid Hoffman answers critical questions from six entrepreneurs across many industries and stages of scale. Co-hosted by Anne Kave, Capital One Business.

“Blitzcaling is not an end to itself – it’s a strategic tool. But it’s not risk free. And risk means that sometimes you fail.”

— Reid Hoffman
About the guests:

Anne Kave is the former head of business brand and product marketing at Capital One.

Building from a taco truck, Mike Lenard has expanded his Korean-fusion restaurant to multiple locations around Washington, DC.

Francis Nwabudike is president & CEO of SpaceManager, a custom closet design and installation company in Houston, Texas.

About the hosts:

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.


Bob Safian is the host of Masters of Scale: Rapid Response, and the editor-at-large for Masters of Scale. He’s the founder of The Flux Group, a media, insights, and strategic advisory firm. He was previously editor-in-chief of Fast Company, where he won the National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year in 2014.

Transcript of Masters of Scale: When should founders step aside? Where can you find investors? Were pandemic pivots harmful?
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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