EM Group Chat #082: Marketplace Insights With D'Arcy Coolican From a16z

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D'Arcy Coolican

Recording of the Everything Marketplaces Group Chat #082 (1/4) with D'Arcy Coolican, who’s a partner on the investment team at a16z. a16z is a top venture fund that’s invested in marketplaces like Instacart, Airbnb, Lyft, OfferUp, Hipcamp, Lime, Neighbor, and many more.

0:06 Intro
1:12 D'Arcy's background
3:03 Learnings & takeaways from being a founder
7:05 An overview of a16z
9:43 What a16z looks for in marketplaces that they invest in
11:48 Examples of marketplace network effects
13:35 An example of marketplace market & category expansion
15:39 How marketplaces have recently evolved & trends
20:18 Opportunities for marketplaces in Web3
24:31 Tips for early stage marketplace founders
28:10 Group Q&A on the expert economy & how it's emerging
31:33 Group Q&A on building community for marketplaces
34:44 Group Q&A on examples of community-driven marketplaces
36:37 Group Q&A on managed marketplaces & take rates
41:59 Group Q&A on building network effects with B2B marketplaces

D'Arcy on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/DCoolican
a16z: https://www.a16z.com

Connect with D'Arcy in the Everything Marketplaces community.