The Founder's Foyer with Aishwarya Ashok is full of hallway conversations—the space where creators, founders, and builders look for all the foundational concepts and support to grow their ideas into products.
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First-time founder experience, fundraising, building side projects ft. John Koelliker, Leland
John Koelliker is the Co-Founder and CEO of Leland, a marketplace for ambitious people to access coaching, classes, mentorship, and community, to reach their career and educational goals. From growing in your career ladder, to taking a test, finding the right school—discover a friend and mentor to guide you through.
How to start a new company, building communities around the purpose, leading the content game strong, what to look for in the VCs during fundraising—John and Aishwarya touch upon all of these concepts, as they explore the journey of Leland and how John went about getting inspired to build it from a side project idea he earlier worked on.
Product–founder–channel market fit, launching 0–1 products ft. Emily Tate, Mind the Product
Launching the product you build involves massive effort—not just in terms of shipping, but also figuring out the ways in which your audience finds satisfaction with your product. Do they find value? Of course, it’s important to align your product with the market, especially with the right problems to be solved. And this conversation is all around product, market, channels, and how to achieve a fit across all of those.
Emily Tate is Managing Director for Mind the Product, world’s largest community of passionate product people. Emily brings nearly 15 years of product experience and is focused on the craft of product management; She loves talking about new ways to make products that people love.
Emily and Aishwarya discuss about how the product management and product building landscape has changed in the last 20 years, how founders should think beyond product/market fit, what customer channels could teach us, how to effectively tune in for customer feedback, things you shouldn't do as a new founder, and so much more. Listen now!
Product management skills, personal productivity & founder career ft. Shyvee Shi, LinkedIn
Building and shipping impactful products is definitely the enjoyable part of a product manager’s journey. It’s fun to think about what problems to work on, putting on the founder’s mindset from time to time or working with fellow co-founders on the team. Of course, there are so many challenges to tackle on the way, and as someone doing it on my day job, I can’t agree enough! So, here's a fellow peer to chat about building products, navigating ideas, and understanding all about this journey.
Shyvee Shi, Product Manager at LinkedIn Learning, has also co-founded the PM Learning Series wherein she chats with product leaders across the globe to share insights for levelling up the product career. She’s a passionate creator and an educator who also just launched a course on productivity for product managers.
We discuss all about product management career foundations and growth, personal productivity, creator skills, and more...
Future of builders, founder skills, startup journey ft. Sonia & Blake, Kernal
In today’s Foyer Feature, let’s welcome Sonia and Blake from Kernal, the community platform to connect founders, investors and startup ideas. 15,000+ members, 1,500+ startup ideas, they are doing an amazing work in helping creators and builders find success with their project journeys.
Sonia, Blake, and Aishwarya sit down to discuss everything around what makes it interesting for creative folks who look out to building amazing stuff—from no-code tools to helpful communities and resources, the internet is full of inspiration and guidance to step forward and get better at our craft. They also talk about the challenges in running a startup, building sustainable communities, and working towards helping founders in their projects.
Product growth and scaling for founders/builders ft. Casey Winters, Eventbrite (Ex- Pinterest & GrubHub)
As soon as you put your product out in the market, the one major question that gets to you from literally everyone around is - how’s your product growing.
“What’s your growth strategy?”
“Does your product have network effects”
“Did you get more leads or was all the money spent in ads gone to drain?”
There’s no end to the list of such discussions we often get pulled into as we’re building our product. But before all of what, what exactly is growth? How do you measure it?
What’s the fundamental concept of product, sales, growth, and the way they tie in together to help scale and make revenue.
Casey Winters (CPO, Eventbrite | Ex- Growth Lead, Pinterest & GrubHub) and Aishwarya chat all about growth and scaling for products. We specially went into the details of why 'growth' often gets paired with the term 'hacking' and what's the actual route to growing early-stage products. We also discuss about types of growth, why monetization is a part of growth and importantly product/market fit, what mistakes startups usually make, and more...
Creator, content economy, and building your voice ft. Grace Gong, Smart Venture Podcast
How to stay consistent with the inputs especially when your interests are versatile?
I loved chatting with Grace Gong on this topic, especially because she's been doing some amazing work with her podcast, sharing knowledge about crypto and web 3, as well as authoring two books.
A LinkedIn Top Voice for Finance and also an alum of LinkedIn for Creators program, she'd be the right person to share with us about how to get better at creating something.
I love her 1% better rule—trying to stay consistent and focusing on moving the needle each day by a little more.
We discuss about the creator economy, what it takes to learn consistently, why being curious and doubling down on strengths are important for building your voice; She also covers her author journey, sharing her takeaways from meeting and working with global CEOs and founders.