At Chapter One we’ve been inspired by the innovation coming from the crypto and web3 ecosystem.
Power is shifting from institutions to individuals, consumers are becoming owners, and a new wave of decentralized companies is enabling opportunity for groups of all beliefs and sizes.
Crypto isn’t just a financial medium of exchange or a means of organizing information on a ledger. It’s about rethinking systems from the ground up and designing a better world using this transformative technology.
In this vein we’re looking for a founding engineer to join our team for a web3 company that we’re incubating in stealth.
Chapter One is hiring a full-time investor to join our team to focus exclusively on crypto investments. This is an opportunity to invest full time in crypto at one of the top emerging seed funds.
We believe that crypto and digital assets represent the future of the consumer internet.
We also believe that succeeding in crypto as an investor requires intense levels of specialization, which is why we want to find an investor to focus on this full time.
Our previous seed investments in crypto projects include Compound Finance, Dapper Labs (NBA Top Shot), The Graph, Reserve Protocol, Blockfolio, and…
A few years ago, I started Chapter One with a very simple concept — there should be a venture fund that focuses exclusively on helping founders with all things product. Not the craziest idea.
The concept resonated. Our first fund has become a product partner to 40+ founders from the earliest stage (first check) through the Series B. We already have many breakout companies in Fund One including Roam Research, Misfits Market, Sunday, Alt, and Pipe.
We also launched a mentorship program focused solely on product development called Product Club. …
We have seen a trend the past few years of startups who are building in public. Founders share their daily successes and failures to build an early community, usually on Twitter.
We often tell our founders to build in public, but for productivity software, we recommend another approach.
Raycast is the opposite of building in public. They have instead been building in private for the past year, which is oddly refreshing to see in 2020.
Beyond a few screenshots that have been shared on Twitter, the Raycast founders have been heads down since finishing Y Combinator W20 in early 2020.
Original article by Gaby Goldberg
At Chapter One, we started this accelerator with the goal of staying small and maniacally focused on product. We received over 500 incredible applications and narrowed it down to three, each with a game-changing product and vision.
Now, it’s time to get started — let’s meet the teams.
At Chapter One, smaller is better. When I created Fund One, I wanted to keep AUM small to make sure I know what the hell I am doing.
I’ve seen first time fund managers raise massive funds, which is cool, but I’ve always thought of Chapter One as being a product with Fund One as my MVP.
When I became a full-time investor, people told me that I would miss the quick feedback loops — but Chapter One is iterating and today we’re releasing our most exciting product to date.
We are excited to launch Product Club, an early stage…
Chapter One is hiring our first Designer in Residence (summer internship role), based anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
You are wildly creative and have designed some weird, out-of-the-box shit on mobile and web. You love 0–1 design and building original concepts, but also know how to design a deck.
You find happiness from prototyping things and building brands from scratch. Although you’re a designer first, you are probably pretty technical (or nerd out in esoteric no code debates).
The internship is paid and will last from the sunny summer months of June 2020 to September 2020.
In early April, Ryan Hoover called to talk about an idea he was exploring with his partner at Weekend Fund, Vedika Jain.
At the time, “Fundraise From Home” didn’t have a name, but the basic idea was to create an easier way for entrepreneurs to meet top quality investors with a single video call.
I thought the idea was interesting for three reasons:
1. Fundraising is expensive and should be democratized:
Early stage entrepreneurs spend an insane amount of time pitching individual investors. Before COVID-19, this often included plane flights, Uber rides, and dozens of meetings. …
In the past week, I have received emails from many talented people who have have been impacted by COVID-19. One of my first questions to each person has been “have you ever thought about starting a company?”
I was pleasantly surprised that many people said “yes” — they will consider starting companies as one of their future options.
My instinct is that there are many people throughout the world that haven’t emailed me who are considering creating companies right now. These folks are likely looking to meet investors and potential co-founders.
Some people who emailed me have very clear ideas…
In San Francisco, there is a small music venue called Rickshaw Stop in Hayes Valley. I used to go there when I was young and cool.
I sometimes went to the venue on a random night and saw people waiting in long lines for a band I had never heard of. Without asking questions, I would hop in line too, knowing something special must be happening inside.
More often than not, the music would start playing and the 400'ish fans inside knew the lyrics to every song. The shows were a religious experience for these people. …