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Episode 103

Ruby Lee

product partner at @kpcb_edge. former APM at @google and CS & bioe at @stanford.

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Ruby Lee is a Product Partner at KPCB Edge, a team of builders, investing in seed stage founders working on emerging areas of technology. While studying at Stanford, Ruby got more into startups through entrepreneurship and business groups. She was also part of the founding team of the Dorm Room Fund - a student run investment group backed by First Round Capital. After school, Ruby joined Google as an associate product manager through their APM program started over 10 years ago by Marissa Mayer. While at Google, Ruby worked with the Chrome team, then decided to join a less established team and worked on Project Fi. Ruby was then approached by a friend to come help launch a new seed investment group out of KPCB. It’s been just over a year since KPCB Edge launched. Ruby joins us to share her story, some of the initiatives they’ve launched over the last year, advice she has for new product managers and entrepreneurs looking to create new products, what they look for when investing, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Ruby.
  • Learn more about how Ruby got into startups & investing.
  • Learn more about how Ruby got to be a part of the Google Chrome and Project Fi teams.
  • Learn more about Product Management.
  • Learn more about KPCB Edge and their areas of focus.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Ruby Lee is a Product Partner at KPCB Edge, a team of builders, investing in seed stage founders working on emerging areas of technology.

While studying at Stanford, Ruby got more into startups through entrepreneurship and business groups. She was also part of the founding team of the Dorm Room Fund - a student run investment group backed by First Round Capital.

After school, Ruby joined Google as an associate product manager through their APM program started over 10 years ago by Marissa Mayer. While at Google, Ruby worked with the Chrome team, then decided to join a less established team and worked on Project Fi.

Ruby was then approached by a friend to come help launch a new seed investment group out of KPCB. It’s been just over a year since KPCB Edge launched.

Ruby joins us to share her story, some of the initiatives they’ve launched over the last year, advice she has for new product managers and entrepreneurs looking to create new products, what they look for when investing, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Ruby got into startups & investing.
  • How she created the opportunity to work at Google and what she learnt about product management while being a part of the Chrome & Project Fi Team.
  • How she created the opportunity to work at KPCB Edge and what they're focused on.
  • What they look at when investing.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:49
Where are you from and what did you study?

3:42
So how did your passion for entrepreneurship develop?

5:02
While in school, you were on the investment team of Dorm Room Fund. Can you tell us a bit more about the Dorm Room Fund and what that experience was like for you?

6:02
How did you create the opportunity to work at Google?

8:05
You were part of the Chrome team and then later Project Fi. What was it like working on those teams and what were some of the biggest lessons that came out of that time?

12:40
Do you have any insight for other product managers or entrepreneurs around building and launching products? Especially from your time on Project Fi?

14:43
You’re now a product partner at KPCB Edge - can you tell us a bit more about KPCB Edge (what makes it special) and how you created the opportunity to work there?

22:10
What do you look for in terms of investment opportunities? Any advice for startups who may be interested in applying or raising some seed funding in general?

23:10
What are some of the most interesting technologies or industries that you’re exploring right now?

26:52
What are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded or used lately?

29:24
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

30:06
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Ruby Lee on Twitter
Ruby on the web
KPCB Edge on Twitter
KPCB Edge on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

The Beta Program Behind This Startup's Winning Launch
Building Two Mobile Apps At Once With Javascript
The Good Gut
uBiome
Hopper
Mi Fit
Ready Player One

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