Weekly Roundup: Holiday Dinners, Salon Disussions, & Sahil Lavingia
What we learned together on Network Capital this week
Dear community members,
Hope you had a rejuvenating weekend. This is a quick overview of the week gone by on Network Capital. You can get access to all our offerings once you subscribe.
📹 New Masterclass: Becoming a Minimalist Entrepreneur with Gumroad Founder Sahil Lavingia
❤️ NC Salons: Crypto, Web3, & Frontier Technologies
NC Holiday Dinners
To celebrate the holiday season with Network Capital community members in your city, join in on our ‘Holiday Dinners’ series.
The ticket for the Holiday Dinner includes -
Drinks & dinners
One month access to the Network Capital subscription
An evening of interesting discussions with NC members
PS. Existing subscribers, can get their discounted tickets for $6 here.
Details of the venue and event will be sent to those you have purchased the tickets. Limited spots available.
Session with Ravi Kyasaram
With a cohort of 35+ fellowships from across four continents we kicked off the Deep-Generalist Fellowship on Dec 11, 2021.
For the third session in the fellowship, we are hosting Ravi Kyasaram.
Ravi Kyasaram is a Growth Strategy expert and has a strong appetite to comprehend the interplay of operations, sales, marketing, finance and most importantly customer needs. Over the years, he has helped many professionals learn the importance of the interplay and apply it to their work.
We hosted Sahil for an hour-long chat about his new book “The Minimalist Entrepreneur” where he reflects on his journey thus far and shares interesting ideas for building sustainable businesses. Hope you enjoy watching / listening.
This is what he did:
Kept building Gumroad in an unorthodox way. Today Gumroad is valued between $100 Million and $500 Million. Valuation does not mean success but it is great to see the company rebuild itself. As an investor and a believer in the passion economy, I hope it succeeds in the long run.
Leveraged his Twitter following to launch a rolling fund.
Started teaching online with Maven (a company I invested in)
Wrote a book with the same title as his online course, “The Minimalist Entrepreneur”
Basically, Sahil failed forward, productized himself and unbundled his experiences to become an unorthodox entrepreneur, investor, teacher and writer
For more than a century now the salon as a gathering to exchange ideas has been a footnote of the history of ideas
On Network Capital, we have started a series of member lead salons to explore and unpack new ideas, themes, technologies and trends. On December 12, 2021 we hosted the first session on 'Crypto, Web3, & Frontier Technologies’.
Ambition is the desire and determination to achieve something. It has many layers - the work we want to do, how we want to feel, the impact we want to have and the recognition we derive from success. Network Capital is a community of ambitious and curious professionals so we have had the opportunity to witness and shape the desire and determination to succeed. While we are happy to report many cases of strong achievement, we have also seen our members struggle to redefine their work lives with the evolving context. The questions that often come up include
Do I matter?
Does the work I do matter?
Should I be doing something else?
The difference between being hurt and feeling insulted is that of intention. When you are hurt, you can’t decide whether the action of the other party was unintentional or deliberate. Part of us tells us that it couldn’t have been deliberate and in most cases that would be the pragmatic inference. If your closest friend forgot to wish you on your birthday, it is unlikely that you would think s/he deliberately wanted to make you feel unwanted. Despite all rationality, that is how most of us end up feeling. It is only natural.
Abloh was also the CEO of Milan-based label Off-White, a fashion house he founded in 2013. Throughout his career, he focused on inclusivity and philanthropy across these disciplines. He recently passed away due to cancer (he had been private about it) but his legacy legacy of designing products and experiences will last generations. In a way, Abloh was the ultimate deep generalist. This newsletter will explain why.
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