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Beyond the Series B, Episode Three: The Great Rivalries of Silicon Valley

By Sarah Lacy , written on October 4, 2017

From The Lessons from the Trenches Desk

You want to build a billion dollar company?

Don’t even roll up in here saying you don’t have any real competition. If you don’t have someone who scares the shit out of you, your market isn’t big enough, your idea isn’t good enough or you are living in a dream world.

There are the Davids versus the Goliaths. There are the Davids versus the Davids: Two rivals chasing the same market locked in intense battle. There are the intra-company battles, where founders battle with one another. There are founders who battle their VCs, and even VCs battling with VCs.

What there isn’t, is a bunch of people simply “running their own race” not at all concerned about anyone else when billions of dollars, thousands of jobs, and massive egos are on the line.

In the latest installment of our new podcast, “Beyond the Series B: How the Giants of Silicon Valley Made It,” we bring you the stories about high tech rivalries. Leaders of Silicon Valley give us the dirt on Netscape’s battles with Microsoft, Foursquare surviving a Facebook clone war, Uber v. Lyft, Buzzfeed v. Gawker, Workday’s ten year revenge on Larry Ellison, the end result of the E.pinions lawsuit, the times when the PayPal mafia didn’t all get along so well, and Andreessen Horowitz picking a fight with much of the venture capital establishment, as told to Pando by Ben Horowitz, Marc Andreessen, Max Levchin, John Zimmer, Jonah Peretti, Dennis Crowley, Annel Bhusri, and Naval Ravikant.

The moral? Sometimes rivalries can drive you, sometimes they can distract you, sometimes they can unfairly decimate you. But if you are doing something valuable and worthwhile, you’ve got one.