Pioneer Founder Daniel Gross talks to Jason Calacanis
Shared by · 130d ago · 12 comments

This was a really interesting video and one of the few to better get to know Daniel Gross and maybe the goals behind Pioneer and what they like which imo need to be better stated. They should share this stuff when they do it also.

Takeaway Opinions and facts (looking for others)
- Very idealistic about the emotional support / reinforcement part of the community to take projects out out of hobby Git repos and scaled. Far less people probably need this than they expect.
- Pioneer is not aimed at "normal" people which might suck for those with perfectly fine "normal" or even unsexy SaaS / service businesses that are steady going concerns. I like the cool tech projects as well but ours business wise is also fairly normal and only the ideas are pioneering.
- Agree with Calacanis that Pioneer is very unique although flawed but has potential to be far more impactful than YC as we've said before.
- ISNT for typical Stanford grad, worked at Google/FB. wears a hoodie types confirmed. That's pretty huge.
- Only 5 people, also want to get their "fund unit economics" :D right before scaling up with institutional capital. Essentially a micro fund? $1m prize is likely unrealistic and a one-off · 76d ago

watched 7 minutes.

i bet it's an intelligent and interesting talk. but i'm personally tired of such things...

pioneer biggest flaw given such a noble goal is being closed source.

and calcanis is looking only to his own belly button in the USA, like most americans.

i will bother to know better about either when they start to do libre FOSS.

in any case, i'm thankful for pioneer being free and such a great place for gathering some feedback which i would otherwise have never got!

also thankful for some good unnamed youth memories from twit, which calcanis was probably often there with the amazingly adorable leo laporte.

but i really can't re-enforce enough how sad it is they don't do "libre" in the free and highly subjective way. · 129d ago

this is so beautiful, i think the problem with startups right now is that vc is saturated

jorgegarcia · 129d ago

at some point Jason Calacanis started following us at @nuboxz, i didnt knew about him or his podcasts so long story short thats how we found out about Pioneer, we really really liked Pioneer format since we are a remote team. Its really nice !

ptmn · 130d ago

Pioneer is like a secret chamber. Upon requests, it matches what I have and what is existing in the chamber. After that interview, Jason created his own demo day with a simpler version of Pioneer.

leandermaerkisch · 130d ago

This interview was the literal reason why we started with Pioneer. Incredibly valuable information (accelerators/VCs moving downstream) and Daniel's statements are very on point. Thanks for sharing it!

braddwyer · 130d ago

Good episode. I hope Jason actually joins Pioneer; would be pretty epic.. especially if he struggled to get into the top 50! · 130d ago

Thanks for sharing this. I'm a long time follower of Jason Calacanis' many useful offerings for the startup ecosystem and have never seen this :D · 130d ago

yeah Calacanis is known but Pioneer is not! that is also the downside of a new program like theirs. Techstars, YC etc have the benefit of years of fund marketing so you know what they are about even if remote becomes a necessity like now · 130d ago

:D I don't know if I would call that a flaw (downside) at this stage. For me it's a feature. · 130d ago

oh those werent the flaws I was primarily referring to · 130d ago

:D LOL Sorry. Please elaborate?

Blake · 126d ago

This popped up in my feed (was prepping for YComb application). I remember Daniel's talk being one of the more memorable ones at YC - it was the first I remember reading that gave some more or less concrete steps for being a startup founder in terms of actually taking care of yourself. I remember I had started a Pioneer account earlier in January this year but stopped doing it. (somehow I didn't realize at the time he was involved in it.) I'll give it another go as I happen to like his brand of Kool-aid