84. How a Broke Musician Turned Wildly Successful (Investor in Airbnb & Uber) | Derek Zanutto


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Derek Zanutto is the General Partner at CapitalG, a growth-stage venture capital arm of Google (Alphabet). Before CapitalG, he was an investor in Uber, Airbnb, Lynda.com, CAA, and more.

In our conversation, we go into:

  • How Derek went from studying liberal arts/touring as a musican to becoming an investor
  • How he got into Wall Street with zero to little financial experience
  • What he looks for in founders before investing in their company
  • Questions that entrepreneurs should ask an investor to leave a lasting impression
  • Mastering the art of saying 'no'
  • Thinking clearly, and mental frameworks that Derek always refers back to

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