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.
Karthik Rau, VP of Observability at Splunk, on Scaling SignalFx and Getting Acquired
Karthik Rau co-founded and served as CEO of SignalFX from inception in 2013 all the way through the company’s $1.05 billion acquisition by Splunk in 2019. Karthik is presently Vice President of Observability at Splunk and oversees the cross-functional strategy and execution of Splunk's application management, monitoring and observability efforts. SignalFx was founded to help operators of modern distributed applications perform real-time cloud monitoring and observability. Given Karthik’s position at SignalFX and now Splunk, this episode covers the transition to cloud, devops, modern application development and more.
Barr Moses, Co-founder & CEO of Monte Carlo, on Creating Possibilities and Reliable Data
This is the third episode in our early stage series, a group of episodes that highlights younger companies to examine the issues and challenges these businesses uniquely face. Barr Moses is the Co-founder & CEO of Monte Carlo, a company on a mission to accelerate the world’s adoption of data by improving data reliability and reducing data downtime. Prior to founding Monte Carlo, Barr built the customer data and analytics team at Gainsight, where she helped grow the company 10x in revenue. From a silent retreat to building a robust community of data leaders, Barr is setting an impressive example for aspiring founders. This episode is co-hosted by GGV Capital Investor, Oren Yunger.
Adrien Treuille, Amanda Kelly and Thiago Teixeira, Co-founders of Streamlit, on Empowering the Open Source Community
This is the second episode in our early stage series, a group of episodes that highlights younger companies to examine the issues and challenges these businesses uniquely face. Streamlit is an open source product that has become extremely popular with data science teams growing to over 10,000 GitHub stars since launch in late 2019. Streamlit’s founders, Adrien, Amanda and Thiago, previously worked together at Google X. One thing led to another and now they’re back together empowering data scientists and machine learning engineers to create beautiful, performant apps quickly and easily. Streamlit is gaining traction fast and this conversation is a testament to the passion of the people behind it.
Mike Fitzsimmons, Co-founder and CEO of Crosschq, on Harnessing Data to Make Hiring Better
This episode kicks off our early stage series, a group of episodes that highlights younger companies to examine the issues and challenges these businesses uniquely face. Mike Fitzsimmons is the Co-founder and CEO of Crosschq, a SaaS company that has pioneered a new category for talent acquisition called “Human intelligence hiring.” Seeing as 40% of hires don’t make it through a year in their new job, Crosschq is solving a critical mis-hire problem by helping companies’ better source, match, and retain the best talent. In this episode, Mike discusses the importance of building a great product, the challenges of creating a brand new category, how to acquire early customers, and what to consider when fundraising.
Kris Beevers, Co-founder & CEO of NS1, on Building Software and a Deeply Technical Team
Kris Beevers is the Co-founder and CEO of NS1, the leader in modern application and access networking. Kris is a recognized authority on global application delivery and DNS. He joins the show from his new, aptly named boat, Social Distance. Early on, when he was in the process of choosing his co-founders, Kris sought out people who he had a strong and respectful personal relationship with. As the business has grown, the roles of the leadership team have morphed, changed, and become better defined. Now as CEO, Kris considers his job to be hiring great people and letting them run. One thing he wishes he knew during his series A fundraise was that most investors are more interested in investing in the team rather than the product. They want to know you have a great team that will hustle for success. Glenn and Kris also discuss the important impact hiring a COO had on the business and Kris recommends hyper-communication and swift decision making as tools for success during these times.
Mitchell Hashimoto, Co-founder and CTO of HashiCorp, on Growing a Company With a Fully-Remote Workforce
Mitchell Hashimoto is the Co-founder and CTO of HashiCorp, the leader in multi-cloud infrastructure automation software. In this episode, which was recorded during a GGV live webinar, we learn how Mitchell and his cofounder, Armon Dadgar, built HashiCorp into a 1000-person company valued at over $5B—all with a very distributed team since day one. For companies suddenly managing remote workforces, or for startups just beginning the journey toward growth, how can you scale and succeed far into the future with a fully distributed team? HashiCorp’s experiences scaling into a global enterprise software powerhouse without opening the usual array of offices are especially valuable today, now that so many companies have gone remote almost overnight.
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Very helpful and useful
This podcast is very dry and includes lots of useful and helpful content. Have been enjoying this podcast since last year.
The guests of this podcast provide exclusive content on developing a startup company and give many practical tips. Moreover, the host asks a lot of inspiring questions.
Great episode in a great series
It is very hard to find content that will inspire you and give you practical help, but that is exactly what this podcast does. Take notes, cause there are a lot of gems.