VC/Unpacked #3: Dynamic Thinking

This series curates great content that folks interested in entrepreneurism and venture capital should explore. Some are from my own must list; others have been suggested by our community.

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The Flywheel

Newsletter by Jay Singer

The Flywheel is 2x monthly newsletter from Jay Singer that takes a deep dive into one company through the lens of feedback loops-a powerful framework that deserves a closer look. Examples are timely: Zoom, Robinhood, Peloton, and Stitch Fix. Singer has a knack for simplifying the analysis, but I always come away with new insights and the reminder of the importance of dynamic thinking.



Hosted by Stephen J. Dubner & Steven Leavitt

Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of Freakanomics, has brought his provocative and illuminating take on economics to the radio/podcasts. With the episodes now numbering in the 400+-from potential downsides of philanthropy to the interior life of a dog-the variety of topics is far-flung and the thinking crisp. The other member of the Freaknomics duo, Steven Leavitt, has a fascinating new podcast “People I Mostly Admire” that is another offering from the same network. The guest list is eclectic and fascinating.


Thinking in Bets + How to Decide

By Annie Duke

Annie Duke is an ex-professional poker player, with a bracelet from 2004. She’s also blessed with a unique mind and world-class chops in decision-making science. Both books will help you professionally, but her basic points affect everyday decisions as well. If our lives are the sum of our decisions, who wouldn’t benefit from making better ones?



Alumni Ventures Group provides smart, simple venture portfolios with community to accredited individuals. PitchBook listed AVG as the third most active VC firm in the U.S. and the seventh most active in the world (2019).

Originally published at on October 29, 2020.

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