Episode 63 - Transfer Learning, Career Cliffs, and Investing for the Future with Bethany Crystal of USV
Today’s interview is with Bethany Crystal at Union Square Ventures. We cover a lot of ground
Building Network Effects as a means to Market Power
Building Careers, avoiding the career cliff
Inspiration from the Idea of Transfer Learning
Diversification in investments and in the self
I also talk about the launch of the Luminary Podcast Network: luminarypodcasts.com
Also - get my take on Google’s ill-fated AI Ethics panel.
About Bethany Crystal
Bethany Crystal is the General Manager of the portfolio network at Union Square Ventures, where she facilitates connections and shared learning opportunities among their 80+ active portfolio companies. Previously, Bethany managed customer experience marketing at Stack Overflow, the world’s largest developer resource. She co-founded the educational initiative Beyond Coding and sits on the boards of Comp Sci High, a new charter school in the Bronx, and the Northwestern University Alumni Association.
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