Mike Collins AVG Blog April 7, 2021


Builders | April 2021

VC/Unpacked #11: Builders

April 7, 2021 | Mike Collins

This series curates great content that folks interested in entrepreneurism and venture capital should explore. Some are from my own must list; others have been suggested by our community.

Have a recommendation? Tell us about it.


Hi Alumni Ventures Community,

Building something new and innovative requires a lot of experimentation and “learning by doing,” but there’s efficiency in learning from others who’ve built something similar before. Below, find a few of my favorite reading and listening recommendations for other builders.

Venture on,

– Mike Collins


Not Boring

By Packy McCormick


I get A LOT of email, but I decided early on that I wanted to make room in my inbox for the twice-weekly Not Boring newsletter. With McCormick’s signature flair for incorporating timely topics, each issue is as relatable as it is thought-provoking. You’re guaranteed to come away with fresh perspectives.



Moonshots: Creating a World of Abundance

By Naveen Jain


As the founder of several successful companies — including Moon Express, Viome, Bluedot, TalentWise, Intelius, and InfoSpace — Naveen Jain knows a thing or two about  building. In Moonshots, he shares the importance of a mindset of infinite possibility when pursuing your vision. Whether you’re nursing the ambition to start a new enterprise or looking for ways to grow an existing project, Moonshots is a great resource.



How I Built This

Hosted by Guy Raz


If you’ve ever wished you could have coffee with the entrepreneurial minds behind today’s most legendary brands, How I Built This is the next best thing. Guy Raz is an energetic host and skilled interviewer who asks great questions of everyone from Judi Sheppard Missett of Jazzercise to Steven Ells of Chipotle. The recent “How I Built Resilience” series is a great listen in this time of COVID and gives you an even deeper look into the minds and journeys of incredible public figures.



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