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53 minutes | May 12, 2021
What They Don't Tell You About Acquisitions
Join Immad Akhund with Pilot CEO and Co-founder, Waseem Daher, and Ramp's Chief Business Officer, Colin Kennedy, as they discuss the acquisition process for startups.
46 minutes | May 5, 2021
Think Seed Like Liquid 2 Ventures
This week we’re having tea with Mike Miller and Michael Ma, Partners at Liquid 2 Ventures. Before joining Liquid 2, Mike founded Cloudant (now IBM’s Cloud Data Services) and raised $18M before getting acquired by IBM. Michael Ma was the COO & Founder of TalkBin, acquired by Google, and then served as a Product Manager for Google. In this episode, Mike and Michael share: - Areas they’re excited about investing in - What Liquid 2 looks for in a great team - The most common mistakes founders make when pitching
62 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Leo Polovets: Think Seed Like Susa Ventures
This week we’re having tea with Leo Polovets, co-founder and General Partner at Susa Ventures. Before joining Susa Ventures, Leo was the second engineering hire at LinkedIn and built the first versions of products like LinkedIn Jobs and LinkedIn Groups. In this episode, Leo shares: 06:50: Tips for sending a cold intro 18:44: How founders can think about and pitch valuations 50:29: If seed-stage founders should pay themselves a salary
53 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Scott Orn: Manage Your Finances Like Kruze Consulting
This week we’re having tea with Scott Orn, COO at Kruze Consulting, a startup CFO consulting firm. Prior to joining Kruze, where he runs the Venture Debt consulting practice, Scott was a Partner at Lighthouse Capital and has been part of deals like Upwork, Impossible Foods, and Freshbooks.
46 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Alex Bouaziz: Build a Remote Team Like Deel
This week we’re having tea with Alex Bouaziz, Founder of Deel. Prior to founding Deel, Alex Bouaziz was Founding Partner at Sarona Ventures and Co-founder at Lifeslice, a mobile app for creating collaborative videos. In this episode, Alex shares: 03:50: How to create serendipity between remote employees 14:20: Choosing between independent contractors vs. salaried employees 18:40: How to think about cost-of-living and salary adjustments Want to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
59 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Kanyi Maqubela and Steve Jang: Think Seed Like Kindred Ventures
This conversation was recorded live on Clubhouse. In this episode, Kanyi and Steve share:- How many companies Kindred invests in per year- What makes a cold email stand out- If Kindred invests in companies from other countries Want to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at email@example.com.
51 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Sahil Lavingia: Roll a Rolling Fund
This conversation was recorded live on Zoom. In this episode, Sahil shares:- Should CEOs be running funds on the side?- Is there a base level qualification you need before you’re ready to start a rolling fund?- What is a syndicate? Do they work alongside rolling funds?- How Sahil thinks about warm intros vs cold outreachWant to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
40 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Jamie Quint: Building Your Growth Stack
This conversation was recorded live on Zoom. In this episode, Jamie shares:- Mistakes founders make when thinking about growth- The best process for experimenting with a new channel- How to approach growth for products with a high learning curve- Attributes to look for in a good growth hireWant to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at email@example.com.
58 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Hunter Walk and Satya Patel: Think Seed Like Homebrew
This conversation was recorded live on Clubhouse. In this episode, Hunter and Satya share:20:14: Should entrepreneurs favor more involved lead investors?29:01: How to pitch Homebrew: cold emails vs lukewarm intros 49:33: Is equity crowdfunding a turnoff to future investors? Want to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
58 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
John Bautista: Structure Your Startup Like a Serial Founder
This conversation was filmed live on Zoom with questions from the audience. In this episode, John shares:- Founders Preferred - what is it and when to set it up- Is there a correct ratio for converting stock into Founders Preferred?- Ideal pre-Series A board composition- Avoiding dilution and pushing for equity refreshersWant to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at email@example.com.
48 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Elizabeth Yin: Think Seed Like Hustle Fund
This conversation was filmed live on Zoom with questions from the audience. In this episode, Elizabeth shares:- How Hustle Fund defines pre-seed- Check sizes and valuations at Hustle Fund- Assessing for scrappiness in founders- How to pitch Hustle FundWant to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
42 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Kevin Hartz: Explaining SPACs
This week we’re having tea with Kevin Hartz, co-founder and chairman of Eventbrite. He's an early investor in startups like PayPal, Airbnb, and Pinterest. Most recently, he founded A-*, a new special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) which raised $200 million to acquire A-One and take it public. In this episode, Kevin shares: 0:55: What a SPAC is and why he chose to start one 04:44: How he launched a SPAC in 60 days 15:45: The revenue number at which startups should go public 19:21: The difference between SPACs and direct listings 28:23: How SPACs work in practice Want to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at email@example.com.
24 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
Andrew Ofstad: Getting your product to market
This week we’re having tea with Andrew Ofstad, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at Airtable. Andrew previously led the redesign of Google Maps and worked as a PM on Android. In this episode, Andrew shares: 0:39: The timeline of getting Airtable to market 9:10: Tradeoffs between going after a narrow use case and building a horizontal product 17:05: How Airtable thought about pricing their pro account Want to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
23 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
Chris Lyons: Diversity on the cap table
This week we’re having tea with Chris Lyons who leads the Cultural Leadership Fund at Andreessen Horowitz. The goal of the CLF is to connect great cultural leaders to the best new technology companies and enable more African Americans to get into tech. Chris previously served as Chief of Staff at Andreessen Horowitz and worked with Jermaine Dupri as a music producer and engineer. In this episode, Chris shares: 0:45: How Chris’ journey led him to A16Z and the CLF 5:10: Why CLF is tackling diversity on the cap table 14:07: What entrepreneurs can do to increase diversity in their own startups Want to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at email@example.com.
19 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
Allison Barr Allen: Designing fintech
This week we’re having tea with Allison Barr Allen. Allison is the COO and co-founder of Fast, a one-click login and check out startup. They recently raised a $20m Series A from Stripe and Index Ventures. Previously, she was Head of Product Operations for the Money team at Uber. She is also an angel investor with Trail Run Capital. In this episode, Allison shares: 3:50: Why existing financial tools don’t serve customers well 5:30: Where she sees opportunities in fintech and payments 12:10: Why designing simple products is so challenging 14:00: How Fast thinks about brand and content Want to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
26 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
Semil Shah: Raising a seed round in a recession
This week we’re having tea with Semil Shah. Through his seed fund, Haystack, he's invested in 70+ startups including Instacart, DoorDash, and Opendoor. He's also a venture partner at Lightspeed. In this episode, Semil shares: - 2:48: What entrepreneurs need to know about portfolio construction - 10:08: Why public markets aren't matching the private investment sector - 19:30: How entrepreneurs can use valuation as a lever when fundraising - 22:28: Why he passed on investing in Clubhouse Want to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at email@example.com.
20 minutes | May 19, 2020
Brianne Kimmel: The future of remote work
This week we’re having tea with Brianne Kimmel, founder and managing partner of Work Life Ventures. She’s an investor in Webflow, Voiceflow, Tandem, and 20+ startups focused on the future of work. Business Insider recently named Brianne a top angel investor that every startup should know. In this episode, Brianne shares: 3:25: Why productivity tools blur lines between consumer and enterprise 6:12: Tools to help remote teams stay connected 9:30: How companies can reimagine benefits for remote teams 13:30: Advice for startups to extend runway and limit churn Want to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
20 minutes | May 5, 2020
Brad Flora: Angel investing in global markets
This week we're having tea with Brad Flora, a Visiting Partner at Y Combinator. Prior to YC, Brad founded and sold Perfect Audience, an online advertising startup. He's an active angel investor and has invested in 150 startups around the globe. In this episode, Brad shares: 4:08: How he broke into investing 5:26: Why he bets big on international markets 13:16: Where he sees investment opportunities 15:33: Why raising in Silicon Valley is harder for international startups
22 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
Cadran Cowansage: Building community
This week we're having tea with Cadran Cowansage. Cadran is the CEO and founder of Elpha, an online community for women in tech. Prior to founding Elpha, Cadran was an Engineering lead at Y Combinator and Senior Software Engineer at Mongo DB. In this episode, Cadran shares: 1:55: How to know if building community makes sense for your company 5:05: What resources you need to invest in community building 8:45: Tactics to get a new community off the ground 13:10: How to building and monetize a healthy community Want to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at email@example.com.
24 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
Elad Gil: Leading your startup through a recession
This week, we're having tea with serial entrepreneur and investor, Elad Gil. In a past life, Elad started the Mobile team at Google and co-founded Color Genomics. Now, he's an investor and advisor to companies including Airbnb, Pinterest, and Stripe. He's also the author of the High Growth Handbook. In this episode, Elad shares: 1:27: How both early and late stage companies can adjust to a downturn 6:52: The amount of runway you should aim for 13:05: How to position decelerated growth to investors 18:07: Why now is a great time to start a new company Want to hear more? Like the episode? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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