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Lenny's Podcast: Product | Growth | Career

Billion dollar failures, and billion dollar success | Tom Conrad (Quibi, Pandora, Pets.com, Snap, Zero)

Nov 26, 2023
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Tom Conrad, former CEO of Zero, discusses lessons from failures at Pets.com and Quibi, along with successful experiences at Apple, Pandora, and Snap. He shares advice on choosing where to work, understanding the math formula of a business, and how to avoid burnout. Tom emphasizes that not everyone needs to be a founder and talks about his current projects.
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Quick takeaways

  • Timing in the market and investor enthusiasm can greatly impact a company's trajectory.
  • Empowering teams and allowing them to thrive in their respective roles is crucial for success.

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Becoming an Expert in Your Field

During my time at Berkeley Systems working on You Don't Know Jack, I learned the importance of going deep in a specific area and becoming an expert. This experience allowed me to sharpen my software engineering skills and gave me the confidence to hold my own in technical discussions.

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