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Network Effects

NFX Podcast: Lyft vs. Uber and the Battle for Ridesharing Dominance

NFX Managing Partners Pete Flint and James Currier discuss Lyft's upcoming IPO, the defensibility of the ridesharing business model, and what Lyft should do next.

Pete Flint, James Currier

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Reinforcement: The Hidden Key to Building Iconic Tech Companies

Every iconic company to come out of Silicon Valley in the last 25 years has done the same three things: product-market fit, rapid growth, and reinforcement.

James Currier, Managing Partner

James Currier
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Managing Partner

Network Effects Predict the Future of Facebook

Facebook stands alone in the depth and variety of network effects they’ve built, even though most go undetected. As a result, their defensibility is unparalleled.

James Currier, Managing Partner

James Currier
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Managing Partner

70 Percent of Value in Tech is Driven by Network Effects

We wanted to put an actual number on the amount of value network effects have created in the digital world. The short answer: over the past 23 years network effects have accounted for approximately 70% of the value creation in tech.

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Defensibility Adds the Most Value for Founders

A discussion of the four remaining defensibilities of the digital age: scale, brand, embedding, and network effects.

A discussion of the four remaining defensibilities of the digital age: scale, brand, embedding, and network effects.

James Currier, Managing Partner

James Currier
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Managing Partner

The NFX of Trulia: Building a $3.5 Billion Marketplace

Almost every marketplace will face similar problems in one form or another, but I believe our solutions at Trulia were uniquely effective. By sharing our story, I hope to cut through the of vague (and bad) advice out there with a detailed account of how we built a multi-billion dollar, category leading marketplace in under 10 years; a story which, I hope, Founders will find both interesting and useful.

Pete Flint, Managing Partner

Pete Flint
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Managing Partner

Network Effects Are Not Dead, They Are Alive and Thriving

More than ever, we believe getting network effects are critical to building value in startups. I believe this will be true for the rest of my lifetime.

James Currier, Managing Partner

James Currier
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Managing Partner

The Network Effects Map | NFX Case Study: Uber

A look at why Uber's core network effect is weak, how it makes them vulnerable, and what they can do about it.

James Currier, Managing Partner

James Currier
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Managing Partner

The NFX Archives: Foundations for Mastering Network Effects

Foundational reading for mastering how network effects work. Papers, articles, and books that have proved invaluable for building strong, highly defensible companies.

James Currier, Managing Partner

James Currier
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Managing Partner

The Network Effects Bible

Network effects have been responsible for 70% of all the value created in technology since 1994. Founders who deeply understand how they work will be better positioned to build category-defining companies.

James Currier and the NFX Team

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The Next 10 Years Will Be About "Market Networks"

Market-networks will produce a new class of unicorn companies and impact how millions of service professionals will work and earn their living.

James Currier, Managing Partner

James Currier
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Managing Partner

The Network Effects Manual: 13 Different Network Effects (and counting)

The 13 Network Effects & How They Actually Work

James Currier, Managing Partner

James Currier
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Managing Partner