Washington Post, David Hall, NBA discussed on Masters in Business


Energy is in the rest of the country while you're gonna find this conversation. Absolutely fascinating with no further ado my chat with David hall. My special guest today is David all he is a partner at the venture capital fund rise of the rest seed funds part of revolution partners of VC. He comes to us with a B A in economics from Morehouse college in an MBA from Harvard prior to joining revolution. He worked at the Washington Post as the director of planning and developing managing corporate, Manet and investments and helping to launch a number of new print and digital publications. David hall. Welcome to Bloomberg. Thank you. It's pleasure to be here. So I've been speaking to a number of VC's over the past couple of years, and I'm always fascinated by their backgrounds. Your background is a little unusual. How do you get from the Washington Post to the world? Eventually let's start with what what were you doing at the Washington Post? Yeah. So I went to the Washington Post actually intern. At the Washington Post company between my first and second years at at Harvard Business School, and it was for me. It was a perfect place because we're do newly minted NBA's want to go. They wanna go to industries that are in crisis. And there was no greater crisis in the two thousand early two thousands than the print newspaper way. Let me interrupt you newly minted NBA's wanna go to industries in crisis. I always thought they either wanted to go to high paying Wall Street jobs or high paying Silicon Valley jobs, you're suggesting other. Well, I figured I could always end up in one of those high paying coastal jobs, but but for cutting my teeth right needed to manage a business through disruption, and that to me was going to be such an interesting, you know, how how how could I be the savior of the great grey lady of of of Washington, at least and managing a business through disruption. Sounds a lot like what VC's look for in startups. I it's you know, I was reflecting on the train up here from from wash. Shington how much of what I been working on? It's been kind of cumulative. It's looking for these these how do you recognize disruption before it hits? And then how do you manage through the disruption, and how do you and now from a from an investor's perspective. How do you manage that process? Sort of indirectly because we're not in the company everyday, but we're advising these companies about disruption that's either coming or disruption that hopefully they're creating with their products and services that they're launching quite quite interesting. So that was your first experience in the workforce. How did you tack from that or to venture it's easy to talk about? But it, but it's actually more visual. You know, I was sitting there one day at the Washington Post, and it's the only place I've ever worked where sitting on your desk reading the newspaper was called product research. Right. And so really article was reading an article about Steve case, and the firm that he'd just launched after leaving AOL Time Warner called revolution. It was going to build these big iconic businesses that we're going to tackle really tough problems around health care.

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