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From GGV, this is Founder Real Talk, where we get real about the challenges that founders and startup executives face, and how they've grown from tough experiences. Check out founderrealtalk.ggvc.com for more information on the podcast and how to reach us with your founder questions. Hosted by Glenn Solomon, Managing Partner at GGV Capital.

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    • Tecnologia

From GGV, this is Founder Real Talk, where we get real about the challenges that founders and startup executives face, and how they've grown from tough experiences. Check out founderrealtalk.ggvc.com for more information on the podcast and how to reach us with your founder questions. Hosted by Glenn Solomon, Managing Partner at GGV Capital.

    Dheeraj Pandey, Founder & CEO of Nutanix, on Refactoring to Earn the Trust of the Enterprise

    Dheeraj Pandey, Founder & CEO of Nutanix, on Refactoring to Earn the Trust of the Enterprise

    Dheeraj Pandey is a Ph.D. dropout from University of Texas (Austin), where he was a Graduate Fellow of CS. That didn’t stop him from founding the fastest growing startup in history in 2009. In 2014, Nutanix eclipsed 100 Million in revenue. In this episode, we learn that behind the rosy story, there were a few near death experiences for the company. Inspired by Apple’s playbook, Dheeraj applied simplicity and elegance to a “very nerdy, geeky thing called web scale architecture for data centers."

    • 40 min
    Michelle Zatlyn, Co-founder & COO of Cloudflare, on Trying an Idea to Building an Enduring SaaS Company

    Michelle Zatlyn, Co-founder & COO of Cloudflare, on Trying an Idea to Building an Enduring SaaS Company

    In this episode, we learn why Michelle Zatlyn turned down a job at LinkedIn to pursue an idea that started as a school project with Matthew Prince and Lee Holloway at Harvard Business School and ultimately turned into Cloudflare. Among Michelle’s recommendations to founders is to think about cofounders as Venn diagrams in an effort to cover as much surface area as possible. She also encourages founders to go after something you’re “proud" of, not necessarily something you are “passionate” about.

    • 40 min
    Mark Mader, President and CEO of Smartsheet, on Staying Accountable and Scaling a High Growth SaaS Company

    Mark Mader, President and CEO of Smartsheet, on Staying Accountable and Scaling a High Growth SaaS Company

    Learn how Mark Mader grew Smartsheet from a six-employee startup to a publicly traded company with over 1000 employees serving 82,000 customers. How did Mark and his team convince investors and customers that Smartsheet was solving for what spreadsheets don’t do well? Why did Smartsheet host their first customer conference just three years ago? What did Mark look for in new board members heading into Smartsheet’s IPO? Get the answers to these questions and more in this episode.

    • 36 min
    Aghi Marietti, Co-founder & CEO of Kong, on Scaling an Open Core Offering for the Enterprise

    Aghi Marietti, Co-founder & CEO of Kong, on Scaling an Open Core Offering for the Enterprise

    In this episode, we learn from Aghi how he and his Co-founder & CTO Marco Palladino decided to move to an open core model. Kong Inc. was born from the first API marketplace, previously known as Mashape. Today, Kong has 75k downloads for its open source API gateway and 40k+ community members. Aghi and Glenn discussed the changing face of the enterprise software market, and how selling developer tools has changed as developers have more control over the software they use.

    • 55 min
    Assaf Wand, Co-Founder and CEO of Hippo, on Staying Resilient and Modernizing Home Insurance

    Assaf Wand, Co-Founder and CEO of Hippo, on Staying Resilient and Modernizing Home Insurance

    In this episode, we learn how Assaf Wand and the team at Hippo are modernizing the $100 billion home insurance industry. Now at unicorn status, Hippo is using data to deliver better and cheaper insurance policies to homeowners. Assaf talks about the importance of having a co-founder that counters you on a psychological level and notes why he and his co-founder, Eyal Navon, align in values. Assaf reads The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand every few years. Listen to the end for the best falafel place in the world.

    • 37 min
    Erica Brescia, Chief Operating Officer at GitHub, on Trusting your Gut While Bootstrapping and Scaling Open Source Companies

    Erica Brescia, Chief Operating Officer at GitHub, on Trusting your Gut While Bootstrapping and Scaling Open Source Companies

    In this episode, we learn how Erica Brescia went from balancing a Y Combinator interview while caring for her then 2-week-old baby to growing Bitnami’s team to about 100 people with little outside capital. Erica explains why taking her current role at Github felt like “coming home,” despite not being a developer. When she’s not helping scale Github’s product roadmap and global expansion, Erica is supporting the next wave of female founders at XFactor, a seed fund that only invests in female entrep

    • 40 min

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