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Focus – Ravi Gupta – Partner, Sequoia Capital

Source: Invest Like the Best with Patrick O’Shaughnessy on Spotify

Why Listen To This?

  • Ravi is a partner at Sequoia. Formerly, spent a decade in private equity at KKR before joining Instacart as their first CFO and COO.


  • ‘3 — Keep the main thing, the main thing.
    • Get the main thing done first.
    • If you juggle 2-3 things at the same time, most of the time, you value activity over progress on the main thing.
  • ‘22 — Attributes of a good main thing:
    • The business should have either:
      • Good metric; or,
      • The best people.
  • ‘25 — The litmus tests for a good main thing:
    • It should be obvious.
    • An exercise put forward by Joseph Campbell:
      • Take seven stones and stand at the edge of a cave.
      • View each stone as something that matters to you.
      • Throw them one by one until you have one remaining.
      • That is the most important thing for you.
  • ‘47 — What does Ravi look for in a company?
    • Look for companies that are early and inevitable.
      • Stripe → Focused on increasing the GDP of the internet.
      • Inevitability ≠ Imminent. Have patience.
    • The management should understand the business in real detail.
Shreesha S
Shreesha S

Shreesha is a Qualified Certified Management Accountant(CMA) and Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis(CSCA).

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