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When I wrote about how to run your startup in a downturn, the world was on the brink of recession. The economy contracted sharply — and the effects of the 2020 recession will persist.

Coronavirus cases in the US have now reached their highest level since July, bringing a terrible human cost and further economic uncertainty.

If you are a founder, you can help. You can build companies that connect people, create employment, and spark lasting change.

“Building is how we reboot the American dream,” declares Marc Andreessen, venture capitalist and co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz. In his rallying cry ‘It’s…

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As COVID-19 runs its course, it now appears certain that we will enter an economic recession.

For startups burning through cash, there are two forms of advice:

  1. Do whatever it takes to get to profitability
  2. Do whatever it takes to get to a certain amount of runway

For example, Steve Blank recommends doing whatever it takes to get to at least 24 months of runway. If you have less than 24 months of runway, please stop reading this and read Steve’s article — every day counts! But if you already have 24 months of runway, what do you do?


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I’m Rahul Vohra, founder and CEO of Superhuman. Over the last 24 hours, we have seen vigorous debate on pixel tracking within email, also known as email tracking or read statuses.

I’d like to talk about what Superhuman does, why we do it, and what we’ll be changing as a result of this debate and the kind of company we aspire to build.

What are read statuses?

Read statuses are a power user feature that show you when people open your emails. …

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Mailbox, we hardly knew you.

In December 2012, TechCrunch introduced you as the best email app we’ll ever use. Something that could fundamentally change the way we do things.

In March 2013, 93 days after your debut, Dropbox acquired you for $100M.

Unlimited resources. Global distribution. Your next step: fundamentally change everything, of course.

Except that’s not what happened. Last week, less than three years later, Mailbox was shutdown. And so, with a protracted sigh, you join the long list of acquisitions that went up in a cloud of cash.

As an entrepreneur creating a fantastic new email experience, I…

Rahul Vohra

Founder & CEO of Superhuman. Founded Rapportive. Computer Scientist, Gamer, Entrepreneur, Designer.

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