Andy Dunn

I am @dunn. I love cilantro but understand the people that hate it. Founder and CEO @Bonobos Inc. and Founder @redswanventures

What did Billion Dollar Companies Look Like at the Series A?

There is a lot of coverage of the companies that have reached valuations of over a billion dollars. Many of these companies were not always fast growing businesses.

At Shasta Ventures, we focus on investing at the early stage, so we studied 32 high value consumer companies to see what they looked like…

The Private IPO Phenomenon

By Josh Kopelman

The data shared by Tom Tunguz about The Runaway Train of Late Stage Fundraising deserves a lot of attention from investors — both early and late stage — as well as limited partners.

What stood out to me most was that 231 companies raised over $40 million in growth rounds during 2014 alone, while just about 240…

Can Facebook and Twitter be friends?

Below are three of the most-clicked-on tweets ever published from @NYTimes in the time that I’ve been helping run The New York Times’s main Twitter account.

They all share something in common. Can you guess what it is?

Being popular on Medium is a lot like playing The Legend of Zelda.

You need the ❤ of others to shoot lightning.

Dear Aspiring Bicycle Thief,

Not only did you fail to steal my beloved bicycle today, you destroyed it in the process — making it useless for both me and you.

I love this bicycle, have ridden thousands and thousands of miles on it all across the country, and now ride it every day to the BART station in Oakland on my way to work.

Real Men Quit Football

Chris Borland’s shocking retirement from the NFL at age 24 proves that for some players, lasting health and well being are still important.

Why I Risk My Life Diving Into Swimming Holes

The secret places that bring me closer to nature, to my friends, and to myself

Defusing an F-Bomb

A father admires his daughter’s response

Last Friday night, I found this letter on my nightstand:

Request For Speakers(Of The Female Investor Persuasion)


I try to be more solution oriented than problem focused. To that end, I am skipping commentary on the absolute shit show that has been sexism and gender issues in tech(tl;dr — unacceptable and needs to improve) and…

The One Time It’s Perfectly Ok To Not Hustle

So, how do you hustle when you’re sick?

Answer: you don’t.

The Divine Creation of Chicago House

Pioneers Steve “Silk” Hurley and Marshall Jefferson reveal the humble origins that ignited a worldwide movement

Broken Values & Bottom Lines

A personal reflection, as the CEO of a new company, on what can lead a great company so far astray from its founding values…

Malls Are Dead

At Bonobos, we are convinced that malls are dead. To test our hypothesis, we are opening in malls.

How to “consciously uncouple” at your startup (like Gwyneth Paltrow!)

Last year I saw Gwyneth Paltrow speak at the Re/code conference. She got on stage in front of a bunch of tech…

I Work, I Swear

My employees told me I was too foul-mouthed. Here’s what I said to them.

A mile wide, an inch deep

I was recently quoted as saying, “I don’t give a shit” if Instagram has more users than Twitter. If you read the article you’ll note there’s a big “if” before my not giving of said shit. As quoted:

If you think about the impact Twitter has on the world versus Instagram, it’s pretty significant. It’s at least apples to oranges…

How Bradford Got His Entrepreneurial Groove Back (or a Christmas Message for 2014)

2014 started in Miami, where a trip to Tulum was suddenly diverted to Florida due to a scam…

Showing Up

Life with a spouse who isn’t afraid of failure.

In February of this year, after receiving his millionth phone call from someone asking why their printer…

Our Case for Gratitude

A few weeks ago, we caught the note below from Corey, a student and budding musician. Corey was thanking a donor who had just provided guitars for his classroom:

In response to Here ego again.

Your Backlash Against Sarah Lacy Is Misplaced

Resent the attention she’s getting? Uber singled HER out.

What 15 Minutes of Internet Fame Taught Me About UberGate & Threats to Journalists

Sometimes, getting a small taste of someone else’s life is downright terrifying.

Hatching Inside Medium

Airing our issues

Since the first days of Medium, we’ve had an internal version of the site at a different domain, accessible only within our internal company network. For inexplicable reasons, it was first at At this time, it was used more for testing/staging purposes than actual publishing. In fact, the database was dumped on more…

Why We Shut Down Our Viral Growth Campaign

About one month ago, the Tuft & Needle family assembled for our weekly team rally. Once a week, everyone in the company meets to discuss…