The Anchor List. Top startup talent in Silicon Valley and beyond.

The Anchor List annually recognizes the most extraordinary startup operators in Silicon Valley and beyond. We especially focus on talented operators that can execute zero to one in the early stages of hypergrowth. We award 4 winners each in the following categories: product, engineering, design, marketing & growth, operations & finance, sales & business development, and talent. This newsletter features their stories.

The Anchor List is curated by operator turned early stage investor Shawn Xu and is powered by venture capital firm Floodgate. Nominees are judged by veteran operators who have helped build Uber, Square, Stripe, Pinterest, Twitter, Spotify, and more.

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