So you’re launching a new tech business! If it's your first, there is much to learn, from IP strategy to fundraising to sales & product management to executive leadership-- and you need to learn it fast. Enter The Fundable Founder, which offers tips for first-time founders in short, incisive interviews with dozens of business experts. Hosts Charlie Hipwood and Stacy Swider are former founders themselves, now investors, who spend innumerable hours coaching and advising entrepreneurs, and now they’re here for you.
50. Pison - Dexter Ang
Dexter Ang, founder and CEO of Pison, talks about the challenges of raising venture capital. "Do VC discovery quickly and find the ones that will fall in love with you instantly. Our backers were obvious fits."
49. Planning and Launching a Product
Ready to launch a new product? How do you build a customer base and scale up your sales? Yael Avidan, senior director of product at Chewy gives topline advice to first time #founders in this episode. Learn such tips as: 1) Be specific with your hypothesis for customer need so that you can measure your progress, 2) Fall in love with a problem, not a solution, 3) Measure, measure, measure! 4) Be objective with your data.
48. Product Management 101 - Kaitlyn Kirkaldy, Zipcar
Developing your MVP as a startup can be challenging. You need to be data-driven, good at understanding business needs and technical requirements, and ruthless at prioritization. And you also need to be able to communicate with diverse groups and motivate a team while having empathy for customers. In this episode, Kaitlyn Kirkaldy, senior product manager at Zipcar gives excellent advice on how to succeed at product development.
47. Orienting Around a Mission
Serial founder Greg Segall discusses what drove him to found Alyce, a mission-oriented business, and why that's important. Segall talks about the benefits, including attracting the right talent, building a tighter company culture and gaining competitive advantage as a business.
46. Importance of Culture
As a startup, how do you think about and build culture? And how do you hire for it? Joshua Summers, CEO & cofounder, clypd, inc. shares fascinating insights with Charlie Hipwood in this episode.
45. Fairmarkit - Kevin Frechette
Kevin Frechette, co-founder and CEO of Fairmarkit, talks about the challenge of growing a business while raising venture capital. "Don’t oversell where you are at as a company."