Why Network Effects Are Mission Critical
NFX Masterclass · Season1: Network Effects · Episode1
Speakers: James Currier
The world can often seem chaotic but underneath that apparent complexity, there's actually some wonderful, simple math. And once you see it and understand it, the world gets calmer and you can follow that math to your destination.
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What is NFX Masterclass?
NFX Masterclass is the first video streaming platform built exclusively for early-stage founders. 100% free. It is built by NFX, the world’s largest dedicated pre-seed and seed venture firm and the creator of popular free founder products including BriefLink, a fundraising deck service, and Signal, the founder-investor network.
Is NFX Masterclass really free?
Yes. NFX Masterclass is 100% free and we will never charge for it. Our mission is to build tools that benefit the startup community. As founders ourselves, we have engineered network effects into 10 businesses valued at $10B+. We believe the more founders and startup teams that master the power of network effects, the more value will be created in the world.
Who is NFX Masterclass for?
Founders, CEOs, startup teams, growth leaders, marketers – and anyone who wants to move fast and find a competitive edge in their professional and personal lives.
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Are there upcoming seasons of NFX Masterclass?
Yes, upcoming seasons will drop soon. They are all focused on helping early-stage founders unlock their competitive edge. Viewers of Season 1: The Network Effects Masterclass will get first access to these seasons. Tweet @NFX to share wishlist topics you would like to see us cover in the future.
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Where did you film Season 1: The Network Effects Masterclass?
At various locations around the Bay Area: In the Craftsman House, at Sea Ranch, in our NFX offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto, in the Mammoth Biosciences office, and also at home in San Francisco with one of our GPs.