Dec 19, 2022
#10: a16z General Partner Andrew Chen on The Cold Start Problem: How to Start and Scale Network Effects
Welcome to another episode of The Coral Capital Podcast, a show about startups, technology, and venture capital with a focus on Japan and Asia.
In this episode we chat with _Andrew Chen_, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where he invests in games, AR/VR, metaverse, and consumer tech startups. He is on the boards of Clubhouse, Substack, Z League, Sleeper, Snackpass, All Day Kitchens, Sandbox VR, Reforge, Maven, Practice, and others.
He is a prolific writer on user growth, metrics, and network effects at _andrewchen.com_ and has been cited on Wired, WSJ, and The New York Times.
In this episode we discuss a broad range of topics focused on his book, _The Cold Start Problem: How to Start and Scale Network Effects_, which was _just published in Japanese_. We cover:
* What motivated Andrew to write a book on “network effects”
* The power of network effects and and real-world examples
* Why it’s critical to identify the “hard side” of a network
* How Tinder solved the cold start problem
* Why Google+ didn’t take off despite enormous distribution channels
* What are the key metrics that signal network effects
* What was going on behind the scenes when Clubhouse went viral
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