37 Bonus Rishi’s Habits, Influences, and Life Lessons – Rishi Garg of Mayfield – Outlier Academy

Rishi Garg is co-head of the Consumer Investing Practice at the Mayfield Fund, a seed and Series A focused venture capital firm. In this episode, Rishi and Daniel discuss daily habits and tools that contribute to Rishi’s success.
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September 18, 2021
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Before joining Mayfield, Rishi led business development at MTV, Google, Square and Twitter.
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“I never think about the failure of the what. I always think about the failure of the how. How did I show up in these contexts? Was fear a really important emotion during these experiences or did I feel light? Was I courageous and open hearted, or did I feel closed?” – Rishi Garg

Rishi Garg (@rishigarg) is co-head of the Consumer Investing Practice at the Mayfield Fund, a seed and Series A focused venture capital firm. Before joining Mayfield, Rishi co-founded FanSnap, which was acquired by Nextag. He has led business and corporate development for Google, Square, MTV, and Twitter, and has invested in companies such as Quilt, Grove Collaborative, and Projector.

To hear Rishi's full interview, including how he decided to join Mayfield, click here.


For more, explore the transcript of this episode.

Chapters in this bonus interview:

  • Bringing the “people first” mindset to work every day
  • Rishi’s top habits for success, including journaling and physical activity
  • Rishi’s favorite tools: the legal pad and Flow Club
  • Books recommended by Rishi
  • Rishi’s favorite failure and his definition of success

Links in this bonus interview:

Rishi's recommended books

Key Takeaway

Rishi’s thoughts on success and failure are a great balance. 

On success:

There are three words that come to mind. Resilient spiritual freedom. That's what I'm working on. I see that as the journey of my life—as life unfolds, to become better at practicing that. It's not so much something you achieve, resilience because you can achieve spiritual freedom by disconnecting from life. But I don't think I want to disconnect from life. I think real freedom comes when you can be plunged into the river of life and still be free, and still be spiritually open and at peace.

On failure:

I never think about the failure of the what. I always think about the failure of the how. How did I show up in these contexts? Was fear a really important emotion during these experiences or did I feel light? Was I courageous and open hearted, or did I feel closed?
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