The Soaked by Slush podcast brings you timeless advice on company-building from some of the most iconic founders and investors in the world. We ask ‘how’ over and over again to uncover the first principles that have built some of the most successful technology companies of our time.
The podcast is produced by Slush – the world’s leading startup event and a global not-for-profit movement on a mission to create and help founders that change the world.
#10 Christian Reber, Pitch Co-founder & CEO + Stephen Nundy, Lakestar Partner and CTO | Product-driven organizations from two perspectives
We bring you two sides of the German collaborative presentation company Pitch as its Co-founder and CEO Christian Reber is joined by board member and Lakestar partner Stephen Nundy to discuss product-driven companies.
Christian and Stephen (as a CTO himself) discuss the various balancing acts companies can struggle with from both founder and board member perspectives: marketing and product team inputs, product-led CEOs and their CTOs, and even the emotional toll of such leadership positions.
#9 Jeppe Rindom, Pleo CEO & Co-founder | Pre to post P/M fit with a Danish unicorn
Jeppe Rindom is the Co-founder and guiding hand of Pleo- The corporate card and expense claim company and the fastest to reach the €1bn valuation in Denmark.
Jeppe dives deep with Mikko Mäntylä into the granular details of how to define your problem space, some key ways to create investor FOMO, and what he believes is a counterintuitive company-building truth.
#8 Sonali de Rycker, Partner at Accel | Foundational lessons in building legendary companies
Sonali de Rycker is a true icon of European venture. In her fourteen years with Accel, she has made early investments in success stories ranging from Spotify to Avito, Hopin to Kry and Monzo to Sennder.
Together with Sonali, we explore everything that more than a decade of backing the greats of European tech has taught her about the formative choices that build legendary tech companies.
#7 Cristina Cordova, Partner at First Round | Operator lessons from a decade at Stripe & Notion
Cristina Cordova spent a decade leading partnerships at two of the most iconic tech success stories of the past decade – Stripe and Notion – before joining First Round Capital in March of 2022. Today, we discuss tactical company-building lessons that that her decade as an operator taught here.
#6 Des Traynor, Co-founder & CSO of Intercom | The surprising principles that built a €1B+ customer comms business
Today, we speak to Des Traynor of Intercom about problem selection, pricing, using principles to scale yourself as a leader, and maintaining alignment as an organisation grows. Des is one of the most succinct communicators in European tech. He didn't disappoint on the episode. Throughout it, you'll come across surprising, unique principles and heuristics that have helped Des propel Intercom into €1B+ business it is today.
#5 Brian O’Malley, MP at Forerunner Ventures | Building for consumers
Today, we’re speaking to Brian O’Malley, Managing Partner at Forerunner Ventures – the famously consumer-savvy Silicon Valley firm – on everything it takes to build generational outcomes in the consumer space.
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