Key Lessons for Building and Investing in Marketplaces



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The Marketplace Snippet
Issue #31 • View online
The Marketplace Snippet
Hot off the presses, the 31st edition of The Marketplace Snippet curated by Paola and Mathias on behalf of the Speedinvest Marketplaces & Consumer team 🚀
The Marketplace Snippet is a monthly newsletter featuring the most interesting content on Marketplaces.
In this edition:
  • Dan Rose shares lessons from 20 years of experience as an operator at Facebook and Amazon
  • It’s Instacart’s 10th birthday and founder, Apoorva Mehta, shares defining moments since launching
  • Neeraj Arora, ex-Chief Business Officer of WhatsApp, on what went wrong with the sale to Facebook
  • a16z releases its first-ever data-driven overview and analysis on the state of Web3 and crypto
  • Jeff Jordan uncovers how to build and invest in businesses that create consumer marketplaces
More on these topics and additional thought-provoking discussions below.
If you’ve missed past newsletters or simply can’t get enough, catch up here.
Now, let’s jump in!

Insights: Marketplace Operators
"I was at Amazon early '00s when we lost 95% of our market cap. Later at FB, I negotiated a down-round in '09 and then in '12 our stock dropped 50% post-IPO."
Apoorva Mehta celebrates Instacart's 10th birthday by sharing its story of grit and persistence
Neeraj Arora, ex-Chief Business Officer of WhatsApp, on what went wrong with the sale to Facebook 👀
What will Uber 3.0 look like? 👀
Insights: Marketplace Investors
The State of Crypto 2022 🚀
Building & Investing in Marketplaces with Jeff Jordan 🎙
E-commerce in the US: Penetration peaked in Q2 2020 and has been stagnant since at ~16% of retail spend. Where will it go from here?
Mathias Ockenfels & Julian Blessin sit down with "The European VC" podcast
News From our Portfolio
Say goodbye to bad selfies and hello to Smiler’s on-demand photography marketplace  📷
We’re excited to partner with NEA and welcome Bliq to the Speedinvest fam 👏🏻
Congrats to byrd on $56M Series C 💥
Lollipop raises £5M Seed round 👏
Raus tops up investment to attract more city dwellers and nature enthusiasts to its cabin getaways 💥
LISTEN: Felix Ohswald shares the GoStudent success story (German)
Liefergrün named #2 at the E-commerce Germany Awards 2022  🏆
New $$$
NFTs, e-learning, social commerce, q-commerce, and so much more…
Careers in Tech
Now hiring!
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