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Welcome to Accelerated! We're Justine and Olivia, identical twins and investors at CRV. We're Stanford grads ('16) and co-founded student startup accelerator Cardinal Ventures

Accelerated is for students and young professionals interested in tech & VC. Our goal is to be a resource for you to prepare for interviews or pitches and make career decisions. We are far from experts, but will do our best to answer your questions or find someone who can!

We want to make this newsletter interactive. We'll ask for your advice through polls, and would love to hear whatever is on your mind. If you're interested in getting more involved, sign up here - we're looking for scouts and product testers!
As part of the "Richest People in Crypto" list released this week, Forbes published a comparison of daily volatility in January 2018 for three of the top cryptocoins versus more traditional stocks and assets. 
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In the News

1. Uber/Waymo lawsuit ends. After four days of testimony (including Travis Kalanick explaining a “jam sesh”), Uber and Waymo agreed to settle. Waymo will receive 0.34% of Uber’s equity, currently valued at ~$244M. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi issued a statement thanking Uber employees for their patience during the case and noting that while he doesn’t believe that trade secrets were transferred from Waymo to Uber, the case brought up “hard questions.”

2. Twitter makes a profit. Twitter announced earnings on Thursday, posting a profit for the first quarter in the company’s history. While Twitter didn’t add any net new users in Q4 and revenue only grew 2% YoY, the company managed to cut costs significantly, mostly in R&D, sales and marketing, and stock-based compensation. CEO Jack Dorsey said that the team will now focus on investing in products to boost audience engagement.

3. Snap releases earnings. Snap surprised the market with strong user growth (18% growth in DAUs YoY), with revenue up 72% YoY - ad impressions were up 575% YoY. This growth was largely due to Snap finally starting to reach a significant number of users in the developing world, where revenue doubled this quarter due to better partnerships with wireless carriers and improved Android performance. The company also managed to cut cash burn by 50% QoQ. 

4. SpaceX launch. SpaceX successfully launched the Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket in the world, for the first time this Tuesday. Two rocket boosters returned back to the landing zone, and the payload, a cherry red Tesla Roadster driven by a mannequin called "Starman," was launched into space. SpaceX livestreamed the launch, attracting the second highest number of concurrent viewers (2.3M) in YouTube history. 

5. Facebook tests downvote. Nine years after introducing the "like" button, Facebook is finally starting to test the ability to "dislike" content via a downvote button. There's a catch, though - downvotes can only be used on comments on public page posts, and are used to flag "inappropriate, uncivil, or misleading" content to the Facebook team. The feature is currently available to a small number (5%) of Android users in the U.S. using Facebook in English. 
The new Snapchat update has not been well-received, to say the least. Even Carl's Jr. has joined in on the roasting. 
Career Corner

We want to help you find the perfect job or internship, and we use Career Corner to answer your career-related questions and feature advice from other students and recent grads. 

This week, we'll be answering a question submitted via our anonymous message box. You can submit your own question here, or email us!

Q: I received a full-time offer from a later-stage startup (raised a Series C), and I'm wondering if there's a way to tell how well the company is doing? I really love the mission and team, but I'm not sure if I'd be better off taking a role at a more established company that's less likely to go out of business.

A: This is a great question, and definitely something that is important to investigate before taking a job - especially a full-time one! First of all, take a look at their Crunchbase page to see how much they've raised and who their investors are. If they are a Series C or D stage startup with well-regarded investors, chances are they are less risky than a seed, A, or B stage startup. You should also look at when they last raised money, how much they raised, and the valuation (if it's public). You ideally want to see that they've raised in the last few years, and a larger amount than the prior round. 

If you have any connections (even friends of friends!) who work for the company or are investors, ask for their opinion off-the-record. You can also ask the hiring manager for some basics on financials - how much funding they've raised, how quickly they are growing, when they plan to fundraise again - they may or may not be willing to surrender this info, especially if it's a later stage company, but it's worth asking. Through the interview process, you should also be able to get a sense of how the employees feel about the company's prospects. Do they seem engaged and excited, or kind of checked out?

It's also important to ask yourself: What do I want out of this job experience? If you're looking to learn a lot about the industry that the company is operating in, or want to see what it's like to be part of an early-stage team, that's one thing. If you're trying to leverage your time on a "rocket ship" to add credibility to your resume before founding your own company, that's an entirely different thing. You should also do some diligence on what exactly your role would be on the team - who would you be directly working for? Have you met/do you like that person? What would your day-to-day look like? Is there anyone else on the team currently doing that job that you could talk to? 

If you have any other specific questions on this topic, please feel free to reach out to us! We are happy to help how we can. 

Have a suggestion for someone we should feature, or a topic you want to hear about? Email us or post on our Facebook page

As recruiting season kicks into full gear, we're going to start featuring more summer as well as winter and spring internships! Internships for summer 2018 will be noted with an *. 

If you're a Stanford student founder looking for help building your startup, consider applying to Cardinal Ventures! The spring application closes on 2/15 - apply here!
Full-Time 🎓

Qadium - Strategic Finance Associate (SF)

VoiceOps - Product Engineer (SF)

Everlane - Software Engineer (SF)

ZenProspect - SDR (SF)

Eden - Account Manager (SF)

Plaid - New Business Associate (SF)

The Athletic - Product Manager (SF)

Digit - Product Analyst (SF)

The Information - Business Analyst (SF)

Panda - Community Manager (SF)

Dolly - Ops Lead (Seattle)

Laylo - Backend Developer (LA)

82 Labs - Brand/Marketing Designer (LA)

Balcony - Writer (LA)

Built In - Staff Writer (Chicago)

CampusWire - Mobile Engineer (NYC)

Lilu - Marketing & Social Media (NYC)

Wonder - Product Operations (NYC)

Talkspace - Content Marketing Manager (NYC)
Internships 📝

*Galaxy Capital Partners - Intern (SF)

Comet Labs - Investment Intern (SF)

*Airbnb - Content Strategy Intern (SF)

BetterView - Operations Intern (SF)

*Thumbtack - People Analytics Intern (SF)

*Survey Monkey - Survey Research Intern (San Mateo)

*Tegus - Intern (SF)

Feastly - Content Marketing Intern (SF)

*Poshmark - Data Science Intern (Redwood City)

The Farmer's Dog - Intern (Brooklyn)

Lucy - UX Intern (NYC)

*Goby - Marketing & Partnerships Intern (NYC)

Casper - Social Media Intern (NYC)

AptDeco - Engineering Intern (NYC)

Reedsy - Content Marketing Intern (Remote)

Slice Capital - Content Creator (Remote)

Lily - Marketing Intern (Remote)
What We're Following
A Q&A with Bloomberg's Emily Chang, whose book Brotopia came out this week. 

Facebook hired a pollster to measure and track Mark Zuckerberg's approval rating - this is why he quit after six months.

A London writer turned his backyard shed into the top rated restaurant on TripAdvisor.  

Is it possible to get people to pay for access to high-quality news
Apparently, the dozens of disastrous relationships that have unfolded over 14 (!) seasons of Grey's Anatomy are not enough to dissuade some people from pursuing workplace relationships.

The Wall Street Journal published an interesting piece (here's a recap not behind a paywall!) about how startups and tech companies are beginning to implement more formal policies around office relationships. After the recent and high-profile sexual harassment cases, companies are starting to worry that they might be held liable if they don’t do enough to prevent uncomfortable displays of interest or monitor relationships that could impact someone’s career.

Facebook and Google have established a rule that allows employees to ask a co-worker out once - if it’s a “no” (or even something ambiguous like “I’m busy”), you can’t ask again. However, Facebook doesn’t require all employees to disclose relationships, only those that may create a conflict of interest. Other companies require all relationships to be disclosed immediately, or bar all senior employees from dating anyone more junior.

We're glad that companies are taking this issue seriously, but have heard concerns that employers are trying to "police" relationships. What do you think about these policies? Let us know

Puppy of the Week
Meet Rory, a seven-month-old sheepadoodle (English Sheepdog x Poodle) who lives in Long Island.

Rory loves playing soccer, wearing seasonal bandanas (check out her Valentine's Day swag!), and climbing on the kitchen counter to steal food - she's a particularly big fan of pizza.

Follow Rory on Instagram @rory_the_sheepadoodle.

Have a cute pet? Send us a photo! 
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