Office Hours Podcast: Bill Gurley On Startups, Venture Capital and Scaling

Spencer Rascoff

Spencer Rascoff serves as executive chairman of dot.LA. He is an entrepreneur and company leader who co-founded Zillow, Hotwire, dot.LA, Pacaso and Supernova, and who served as Zillow's CEO for a decade. During Spencer's time as CEO, Zillow won dozens of "best places to work" awards as it grew to over 4,500 employees, $3 billion in revenue, and $10 billion in market capitalization. Prior to Zillow, Spencer co-founded and was VP Corporate Development of Hotwire, which was sold to Expedia for $685 million in 2003. Through his startup studio and venture capital firm, 75 & Sunny, Spencer is an active angel investor in over 100 companies and is incubating several more.

Office Hours Podcast: Bill Gurley On Startups, Venture Capital and Scaling

On this week's episode of Office Hours, you'll hear from VC legend Bill Gurley, a general partner at Benchmark. Based in Silicon Valley, Bill is famously known for investing early in trailblazing companies including Uber, GrubHub and Zillow — the company I co-founded and led for 10 years.

This is the first time I've had a guest on twice, and that's because Bill is so full of dense, rich insight when it comes to startup culture, tech and investing — dot.LA's sweet spot.


You'll hear us discuss marketplace-based companies, how work-from-home will accelerate business opportunity and why startups — though they might be attached to their autonomy — should pick up the phone when a big company calls with interest to acquire. Plus, hear his insightful and frank take on big tech and antitrust.

"The one thing that's very obvious to me about Google...is they're very willing to use their power...they're offering you partnerships that suck...and you're tempted to do them, because of the market power." — Bill Gurley

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