Karl Alomar Discusses Leading Through Crisis

M13’s managing partner explains the strategies—and mindset—that got him through past crises.

Last Updated: October 7, 2020

Published: May 10, 2020


This post was guest authored by Darja Gutnick, Co-founder and CEO at Bunch.

Karl Alomar is the managing partner at M13, a U.S.-based VC that has invested in companies like Lyft, Pinterest, Daily Harvest, and Capsule. As a two-time founder and ex-COO, he’s seen his share of company crises over the years.

On the day the dot-com bubble burst, Karl got a phone call. The $20 million wire transfer he was expecting that afternoon wasn’t going to come. In a matter of minutes, he went from ramping up his promising startup to entering survival mode.

It’s a feeling that might be familiar. While the COVID-19 pandemic is certainly unique, Karl believes there are lessons from every crisis that can be applied to the next one.

He recently joined me on the Teams at Work podcast to share a bit of optimism and a lot of learnings from leading companies through the 2000 and 2008 recessions.

Things you’ll learn in this episode

The mindset you need to have to make sound decisions when the stakes are high

Why it’s important to see both play both “offense and defense” in a crisis situation

How to communicate tough decisions and motivate your team

How crises influence behavior and trends in the long term

The impact of the current global crisis on startups

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