Learn the Business Strategy of 10 Companies like Brave, Apple, and CarbonCure

Check out some of the best posts from Week 2 of our latest MyMBA cohort!

We started to build out a strategic analysis of a company based on UVA Darden’s Foundation of Business Strategy Course.

Over the next month, we’re diving deeper into an industry and company that we’re passionate about.

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Tess Perese writes about Sequoia Capital and and how they differentiate themselves through exceptional customer service to their founders.

This seems to be why Sequoia capital is one of the more coveted VCs in the space. They do not invest in many, rather a lucky few in which they have identified partnership potential.

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Lena Madison writes about Girlfriend Collective and their sustainable business practices in creating a zero waste clothing brand.

Read the full post here.

Jae Lee writes about Apple’s move into the healthcare industry. Jae goes into how Apple has built a moat over a decade to position itself to transform healthcare.

“This package was prepared gradually, starting with the launch of iPhone in 2007. Through the series of new launches, Apple carefully played its digital healthcare moves that focused not only on advantageously positioning itself, but also on effectively lowering the threat of entry within the industry.”

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Jack Markusen discusses Charter Schools. Did you know:

“In a natural experiment, 2005’s Hurricane Katrina caused New Orleans to transfer control of their schools to the Recovery School District, a predominately charter school district. Today, 98% of NOLA students attend charter schools. In the 14 years between 2004 and 2018, graduation rates rose from 54% to 78%, and college entry rates rose from 37% to 60%.”

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Ben Inglese writes about Union Square Ventures and their investing strategy.

“We take the total amount of capital we have invested in a company and divide it by our total ownership.” – Fred Wilson.

Read the full post here.

Chris Shadek dives into network economies and how building extensive network effects will be critical to a winner in the augmented reality industry.

Read the full post here.

Ryan Gavin writes about CarbonCure, a Halifax, Nova Scotia based company.

They are “on a mission to reduce embodied carbon in the built environment by 500 million tons annually by 2030”

Read the full post here.

Annina Ruggirello writes about Hydrow – the Peloton of rowing machines. The community-based fitness market is taking off and new companies are entering the space.

Read the full post here.

Alex Godziela writes about the “Incubator Industry” and specifically Y Combinator. Read more about YC’s history and how they are positioned in the market.

“Started in 2005, it was the first company to achieve great success with selecting startups, scaling them up through mentoring and investments, and then profiting when the startup became profitable. It has helped bring us household names such as AirBnB, DoorDash, Coinbase, Instacart, Dropbox, Twitch, and Reddit, and these are just the most well-known of the thousands of other companies they have helped launch.”

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Ari Faust writes about Brave – a new browser that differentiates itself through:

  1. Privacy

  2. Ad Blocking

  3. Rewarding BAT to users that opt into Brave ads

Read the full post here.

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