“Mullet wigs change everything.” – Chris Sacca
Sometimes one interview just isn’t enough. That was certainly the case with my good friend, Chris Sacca. Chris (who I interviewed before) was recently the cover story of the Midas Issue of Forbes magazine. He was on the cover because he’s a newly minted billionaire and the proprietor of what will likely be the most successful venture capital fund in history: LOWERCASE Capital.
He’s an early-stage investor in companies like Twitter, Uber, Instagram, Kickstarter, and many more.
Also, he wears cowboy shirts, has a great beard, and is hilarious, which is reason enough to bring him back for more. In this episode, he answers all of your most pressing questions based on your votes and feedback. You’ll find some fantastic responses, ranging from life advice to business recommendations and everything in between.
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Selected Links from the Episode
- Chris Sacca on being different and making billions
- Chris Sacca’s commencement address at the Carlson School of Management
- Necker Island
- Mullet wigs
- Grateful Dead bootlegs
- Baauer – The Harlem Shake
- Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Beyoncé – Lift Off
- Truckee, California
- PlayStation Portable
- How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
- Not Fade Away: A Short Life Well Lived by Laurence Shames and Peter Barton
- IRONMAN Triathlon
- Vintage Western Wear
- Shark Tank
- Brickhouse Cafe in SoMa
- Connect with Chris Sacca:
- Suggestions for Chris Sacca’s DJ handle? [04:20]
- Finding and hiring a good technical co-founder vs. exporting to a mobile web development company to retain equity [05:19]
- Chris’s commencement speech message [07:02]
- What are the keys to success for an amazing disco night? [08:28]
- What are situations where startups should not take investor money? [10:29]
- Which person would Chris like Tim to interview? [12:09]
- What’s Chris’s best advice for getting down to business when it’s getting tough? [14:07]
- Are you on offense or defense? [17:23]
- If Chris could move his family anywhere and start fresh, where would it be? [18:22]
- How does Chris envision the impact of rapid technological advancement on the future of humanity? [22:01]
- Is Walmart good or evil? [25:34]
- Is society headed toward utopia or dystopia? [27:28]
- Why does Chris think cultivating an empathetic perspective toward business is important? [30:31]
- Is education the answer to the world’s problems? [32:50]
- If Chris were to start his own school, what would be its focus? [34:30]
- What real-world, transferable lessons has Chris learned from Ironman triathlons and other feats of strength? [35:28]
- Is Chris more inclined to invest in a proven entrepreneur or a first-timer with experience relevant to their field? [36:54]
- How can venture capitalists bring more diversity to their firms and portfolios? [38:27]
- What’s the best way to learn and improve in a startup environment? [43:46]
- Does Chris foresee a time when he’ll be bored with investing? [44:19]
- How to schedule a vitally important meeting to interact with Chris during his Shark Tank appearance. [49:09]
- Richard Branson
- Andreas Vollenweider
- George Winston
- Matt Mullenweg
- Buckminster Fuller
- Larry Page
- Sergey Brin
- Evan Williams
- Melody McCloskey
- Shivani Siroya
- Matt Mazzeo
Posted on: January 15, 2016.
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