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Kevin Ryan: How This Billionaire Founder Finds +$20B Business Ideas

Kevin Ryan: How This Billionaire Founder Finds +$20B Business Ideas

Update: 2023-09-146


Episode 495: Shaan Puri ( and Sam Parr ( talk with Kevin Ryan, Founder and CEO of AlleyCorp, an incubator and venture capital fund behind Business Insider, MongoDB, GILT and Zola among others. Kevin shares how he runs his +$20B venture studio AlleyCorp, why Buzzfeed ultimately failed, how he launches 8 companies a year and much more.

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Show Notes:

(0:00 ) Intro

(3:15 ) Selling DoubleClick to Google for ~$3B

(5:20 ) Starting Business Insider, MongoDB and Gilt

(11:00 ) What led Kevin to start Business Insider

(15:00 ) Why Kevin hired Henry Blodget to run Business Insider

(16:45 ) What did Buzzfeed get wrong?

(18:45 ) Why has AlleyCorp been such a success compared to other venture studios?  

(29:20 ) What businesses Kevin’s excited about right now

(39:00 ) Thoughts on buy vs. build vs. bootstrap

(41:00 ) What business has been the easiest and most profitable?

(42:50 ) Thoughts on AI

(44:50 ) Launching 8 companies a year

(47:40 ) Why Kevin isn’t on social media

(50:20 ) Starting companies in the recruiting space

(54:20 ) The benefit of being emotionally stable

(56:20 ) Kevin’s investment portfolio


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Kevin Ryan: How This Billionaire Founder Finds +$20B Business Ideas

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