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Spero Ventures invests in Nana Technologies

By Shripriya Mahesh and Sara Eshelman

People are fundamentally good and capable. What they often lack is opportunity. At Spero, we’ve seen how platforms can unlock access to opportunity and provide agency — the way eBay transforms individual collectors into professional sellers, and Skillshare empowers anyone to teach a craft.

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Twitter took a (somewhat) principled stand last week. They exhibited some understanding of the fact that product leadership extends beyond creating a product: it also entails product stewardship. By “product stewardship” I mean taking a stand on what people should and shouldn’t be able to do with your product.

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Product-led communities foster authentic connection and the pursuit of shared goals, which can be valuable to companies, as well as society.

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By Shripriya Mahesh, Sara…

Product-led communities foster authentic connection and the pursuit of shared goals, which can be valuable to companies, as well as society.

Part 2 of 3: A breakdown of existing models; how companies are building product-led communities.
You may also want to read Part 1: What is a product-led community and why is this happening?

By Shripriya Mahesh, Sara Eshelman, and Stephen Wemple

In our last piece, we talked about how a…

As society changes and we live more of our lives online, companies are discovering new ways to forge community. (Clockwise from top left: a church congregation singing; a virtual Peloton spinning class; a photo from the Tempest website; a group of players in Fortnite).

Product-led communities foster authentic connection and the pursuit of shared goals, which can be valuable to companies, as well as society.

Part 1 of 3: What is a product-led community and why is this happening?

By Shripriya Mahesh, Sara Eshelman, and Stephen Wemple

When I was growing up, my community was made up of the people I saw physically — at school, around my neighborhood or at a temple. But these…

Because Actions Speak Louder Than Job Titles

On a film set, every worker is hand-picked to be there. Usually, you get hand-picked because someone on that set knows your work. They recommend you because you are good at what you do and because you are a pleasure to work with.

The tech/startup world is not too different…

Our Spero Ventures team (L to R): Marc Tarpenning, Sara Eshelman, Shripriya Mahesh, Ha Nguyen, Rob Veres

Tesla Co-Founder Marc Tarpenning joins Spero VC as Venture Partner

When we were forming Spero Ventures, we were sure about one thing: We wanted to invest in mission-driven founders driven to deliver value to shareholders and society. By building successful companies that scale and inspire, these founders upend the balance of power and change how we live and work. …

Shripriya Mahesh

Founding Partner, Spero Ventures. Venture investing in the things that make life worth living. Product. Formerly @eBay. Filmmaker. shripriya.com/newsletter

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