Arthur Patterson on Company Building
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Twice a month, the super{set} community comes together for a weekly call - often featuring fireside chats with outside speakers and friends of the super{set} Hive. On one such call, we were pleased to welcome Arthur Patterson - founder of the venture capital firm Accel and an investor in Tom and Vivek’s previous companies, Rapt and Krux.

Arthur Patterson is one of the greatest VCs of all time, founding Accel as an upstart in 1983 and building out the firm to become the powerhouse it is today. He’s an investor - not an operator himself - but he’s stood shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the world’s finest entrepreneurs and has plenty of insight into building successful software companies.

From digging into the Nietzschean energy and other qualities required to be a successful entrepreneur to Accel’s philosophy of “the prepared mind,” to identifying the homegrown unknowns that can become the core of your early team, and to what makes or breaks a successful company idea, Arthur has insights for us all.

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