VC Masterclass, featuring Elad Gil
The following is a synthesis of Gil’s recent interview with Fortune’s Term Sheet.
Gil is currently known as a startup helper. He worked to start Google's mobile efforts and helped Twitter to scale from 90 employees to 1,500. Beyond that, he has placed some pretty impressive early bets on companies including Instacart, Stripe, Coinbase, PagerDuty, Square, Pinterest, Wish, and, most importantly at this moment, Airbnb.
Gil made a pivot to the startup world at the end of the dot-com boom while working on a Ph.D. in biology and deciding that he did not want to be an academic. He traces his entry into the scene to a now oft-satirized Silicon Valley mentality of wanting to help people in the most effective way possible. Gil sees this possibility in the market, which can either elevate or destroy great teams and ideas.
Thus, Gil focuses on teams that already...