This blog post helps highlight a few of our popular podcast episodes from the Everything Marketplaces podcast. We recommend listening to these episodes with leading marketplace founders & leaders if you're interested in learning more about marketplace startups.
Spencer Rascoff is the Co-founder & former CEO of Zillow. Spencer joined us for a group chat to share more about his early experience starting Hotwire, learnings from the acquisition to Expedia, the founding story for Zillow, some of his key learnings from his time as the CEO, tips for founders building marketplaces in real estate & housing, and more.
Nick Huzar is the Founder & former CEO of OfferUP, which is the largest local marketplace in the US. Nick joined us for a group chat to share about the founding story for OfferUp, how they solved the cold start problem, scaled to be the largest local marketplace in the US, some of the challenges with building hyperlocal marketplaces, how they raised $380+ from top investors, and more.
Fabrice Grinda is a Founding Partner at FJ Labs, which is an early stage venture fund that's backed 1,000+ marketplaces. Fabrice joined us for a group chat to share about his early experience building one of the largest classifieds sites, key learnings that he's taken with him to now investing in marketplaces at FJ Labs, what they look for in marketplaces that they invest in, marketplace trends & opportunities, and more.
We recently had an in-person event in Los Angeles where we were joined by Andrew Chen & Olivia Moore from a16z, along with Aziz Alghunaim from Nash for a moderated conversation on marketplaces. The conversation was on marketplaces from both the founder & investor point of view, covering topics like solving the cold start problem, fundraising, expansion, opportunities for marketplaces, and more.
James Currier is a Partner at NFX, which is a leading venture fund that's backed 80+ marketplaces including DoorDash, Lyft, Poshmark, Outdoorsy, Incredible Health, and more. James joined us for a group chat to share more about NFX as a venture fund, what they look for in marketplaces that they invest in, we discussed topics like "finding your white hot center", network effects, and more.
The guests above have been incredibly generous in contributing their time to share more about their experience, insights, and learnings with the Everything Marketplaces community. We'd like to give a huge thanks to them for doing so and also actively supporting founders in the community.
Be sure to subscribe to our podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or YouTube for the latest episodes. You can find the recordings from all of our past 145+ group chats that we've had on our Marketplace Knowledge Hub. We also share recap posts with the recordings, notes, and typically continue the discussion with guests in the community.