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Why the Pandemic Startup Apocalypse Never Happened

For many companies, unexpected circumstances became the perfect storm for massive growth

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“Coronavirus is the black swan of 2020.” So began the ominous letter that venture capital firm Sequoia Capital sent to the founders and CEOs of its portfolio companies on March 5 of last year. In many ways, the note was prescient…




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Aaron Dinin, PhD

Aaron Dinin, PhD

I teach entrepreneurship at Duke. Software Engineer. PhD in English. I write about the mistakes entrepreneurs make since I’ve made plenty. More @

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