This is Minimally Viable - the podcast for founders by founders. We interview other early-stage entrepreneurs, mentors, advisors, and investors on all topics relevant to early-stage startups from PMF to growth, fundraising, hiring, and all things related to early-stage startups
Minimally Viable E26- Jannick Bendtsen, PipeBio Co-founder and CEO on doing YC as a biotech founder and the intersection of tech and biotech
In today’s episode of Minimally Viable, we talk to Jannick Bendtsen, Co-Founder, and CEO of PipeBio. PipeBio is an innovative biotech cloud-based platform that enables faster development for antibody/peptide screening and drug development and allows scientists to analyze large sets of data. Jannick shares his journey from earning a master’s in molecular biology and a Ph.D. in bioinformatics, to leaving academia and working for bioinformatics companies, to meeting his co-founder Owen and founding PipeBio during the pandemic. We talk about his previous experience and how he worked at three companies that were acquired and how experiencing that process helped him when founding PipeBio. We discuss the importance of the relationship with your cofounder and finding people who complement your skills. We also talk about the importance of trust amongst first hires for an early-stage remote-only start-up. He shares his experience of going through YC and the value of it, especially for early-stage startups, and the network developed during that experience. We talk about the goals for PipeBio and new trends emerging in biotech.
Minimally Viable E25 - Scott Absher, Founder and CEO of ShiftPixy, on the gig economy, going public via SPACs, and tech in Miami
In today’s podcast, we talk to Scott Absher, CEO of ShiftPixy (https://shiftpixy.com/). ShiftPixy is a revolutionary gig economy platform that serves as an all-in-one workforce management platform for operators and part-time workers. We talk about the emergence of the gig economy, ShiftPixy’s formation and how it is a culmination of Scott’s 30 plus years of experience in human capital and his work in M&A. Scott shares what SPACs are and his process in choosing to go with a SPAC when taking ShiftPixy public. We also talk about moving to Miami and the growth of the tech community there.
Ali Jamal, Founder of First Check Ventures on His Journey into Investing, LATAM and emerging markets, and early stage investing
In today’s episode, we talk to Ali Jamal, product and growth expert and founder of First Check Ventures. Ali has invested in over 150 companies over the years. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree from Stanford University.
We talk about Ali's journey from investment banking to working with product and growth in tech startups to running his own Angel Syndicate. He is currently working in emerging markets, including leading a couple of unicorns in LatAm. He shares his expertise in product and growth strategies, and the importance of focusing on the user experience as a tool to grow your product. He shares his approaches on first-time user experience, funnels, onboarding, communication, and the importance of experimentation.
We talk about his journey into investing and how his approaches and strategies have evolved from investing in friends’ startups to being one of the first LPs on AngelList to investing in emerging markets and building his own Angel Syndicate. We talk about the opportunities available for startups in emerging markets and how to work in that space.
Minimally Viable E23 - Russ Heddleston, Founder at DocSend on being a serial entrepreneur, his learnings from multiple successful exits, and fundraising successfully
In today's episode of Minimally Viable, we talk to Russ Heddleston, Head of Commercial at DropBox for DocSend. Russ initially co-founded DocSend in 2013 focused on helping sales teams find and share documents that close deals. DocSend was acquired by DropBox in March 2021 for $165M and shares his perspective on the acquisition process. Russ started his journey as a PM Intern at Dropbox in 2010 and already sold his first startup to Facebook in 2011. We talk about his personal journey of becoming an entrepreneur, the story of DocSend, how to raise, investor relations, and the role of an entrepreneur in an early-stage startup
Minimally Viable E22 - Samuel Bosch, founder of Assist-o on founding a company during the pandemic and building it while pursuing a PhD simultaneously
In today's episode of Minimally Viable, we talk to Samuel Bosch, PhD candidate at MIT and founder of Assist-O. Assist-O is a company for remote staffing. It offers remote support to individuals and companies in the development, marketing, design, executive assistance, IT, and more. Samuel started his career as an intern at the D.E. Shaw Group, turned to an academic career, and ended up co-founding Assist-O while pursuing his PhD in CS and Electrical Engineering. We talk about his personal journey of becoming an entrepreneur and the story of Assist-O, changing the business model, opportunities in a crisis, sales, hiring developers, and outsourcing.
Minimally Viable E21 - Mark Thomas, founder and CEO at ZenSports on being a serial entrepreneur, acquiring a comprehensive skillset, and building a blockchain startup
In today's episode of Minimally Viable we talk to Mark Thomas, serial entrepreneur and founder of ZenSports. ZenSports is a mobile sports betting app, in which customers can choose to bet against the house or create their own bets with their own odds and terms (peer-to-peer) and much more. Mark previouslly co-founded Reesio, which was acquired in 2015. As a serial founder, he’s been able to build a holistic skillset around product, marketing & growth, business development, recruiting, and finance. We talk about his personal journey of becoming an entrepreneur and the story of ZenSport, the difficulties of finding PMF, NFTs, crypto, and growth.
Jonathan and Kevin, hosts of the Minimally Viable podcast, highlights all aspects of early-stage entrepreneurs, mentors, advisors, and more in this can’t miss podcast! The hosts and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!