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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC) interviews the world's greatest venture capitalists with prior guests including Sequoia's Doug Leone and Benchmark's Bill Gurley. Once per week, 20VC Host, Harry Stebbings is also joined by one of the great founders of our time with prior founder episodes from Spotify's Daniel Ek, Linkedin's Reid Hoffman, and Snowflake's Frank Slootman. If you would like to see more of The Twenty Minute VC (20VC), head to www.20vc.com for more information on the podcast, show note ...
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Quick advice to help startup founders fundraise better. Founders, do you feel like you're fundraising on an uneven playing field? You are. The VC minute is here to help you level up. Venture capitalists navigate pitches and negotiate investments every day. They know the ins and outs and are up-to-date on the current funding environment. But as a founder, it may be your first foray into fundraising, and no matter how much success you've had in other areas nothing truly prepares you for the fu ...
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Why would Tom self-fund or limit fundraising if he could? It can distract from the business iink is the best way for home restorations professionals to get paid after a property claim. They've processed over $250M in property damage insurance claims and helped thousands of property owners navigate this to get their property fixed more efficiently. …
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Jiaona “JZ” Zhang is the Chief Product Officer at Linktree, the world’s leading link-in-bio platform empowering 45M+ creators, brands and SMBs. JZ joined Linktree from Webflow, where she served as SVP of Product. Before that, she spent four years at Airbnb where she built and led numerous teams on the host side. JZ’s also held leadership roles at t…
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Stacking SAFEs gets messy, vs. priced rounds that clean cap tables. And having more investors can benefit you because they can make introductions to other investors. iink is the best way for home restorations professionals to get paid after a property claim. They've processed over $250M in property damage insurance claims and helped thousands of pr…
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Two common mistakes: trying to tell everything in the first meeting, and not finding your painkiller solution. iink is the best way for home restorations professionals to get paid after a property claim. They've processed over $250M in property damage insurance claims and helped thousands of property owners navigate this to get their property fixed…
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Dan Siroker is the Co-Founder and CEO @ Limitless, a personalized AI powered by what you’ve seen, said, or heard. For his latest funding round, Dan took an unusual approach resulting in 1,000 preliminary offers with valuations as high as $1BN — and resulted in a $350 million Series A valuation. Prior to founding Limitless, Dan was the Founder of Op…
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If the CEO's job is to fundraise, what do you do when the best fundraiser on your team isn't the CEO? What iink did was change CEOs. iink is the best way for home restorations professionals to get paid after a property claim. They've processed over $250M in property damage insurance claims and helped thousands of property owners navigate this to ge…
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Despite not having a network of wealthy people that could invest in his startup, Tom built that network himself leveraging service providers, LinkedIn, and highly customized emails. iink is the best way for home restorations professionals to get paid after a property claim. They've processed over $250M in property damage insurance claims and helped…
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Tom Blomfield is a Group Partner at YC. Before YC, Tom founded two unicorns in the UK. He was co-founder of Monzo (most recently valued at $5BN), one of the first challenger banks in the UK. Monzo raised more than £1bn and counts 15% of the UK population as customers. Before Monzo, Tom founded GoCardless (YC S11), an online payments processor, most…
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After digging through the data, I lay out my expectations for the rest of the year. Seed Crust: State of the Seed Market 1H 2024 Most startups at Seed are circling around, unable to break through to Series A. We're calling this the Seed Crust. I recently released a market report covering: The market forces behind this What it will take for this to …
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Larry Shurtz is the Chief Sales Officer at Genesys where he oversees the company’s global go-to-market strategies, including commercial activities, field sales and partner ecosystem operations. Larry has nearly three decades of experience in the software industry, from leading Confluent to delivering more than 60% revenue growth and doubling custom…
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Peter & Allyson share about some of the things founders should be aware of when raising money on SAFE notes. Seed Crust: State of the Seed Market 1H 2024 Most startups at Seed are circling around, unable to break through to Series A. We're calling this the Seed Crust. I recently released a market report covering: The market forces behind this What …
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Peter Walker dubbed 2023 "The Year of the Bridge Round." In many cases, the founders did what they set out to do, it's just that the bar for Series A moved. Seed Crust: State of the Seed Market 1H 2024 Most startups at Seed are circling around, unable to break through to Series A. We're calling this the Seed Crust. I recently released a market repo…
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Tom Hulme is a Managing Partner of GV (Google Ventures), and leads the European team. Today, GV has over $10BN in AUM and Tom has led investments in Lemonade.com (IPO), Snyk, Secret Escapes, Blockchain.com, GoCardless, Blue Vision Labs (exited to Lyft), and Currency Cloud (exited to Visa). Prior to joining venture full-time, Tom was one of Europe's…
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Startups getting from Seed to Series A in two years has dropped by a third. It's creating a "messy middle in the earliest parts of the market," according to Peter Walker. Seed Crust: State of the Seed Market 1H 2024 Most startups at Seed are circling around, unable to break through to Series A. We're calling this the Seed Crust. I recently released…
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There are rays of hope for the market, but the most important thing is to stay focused on what you can control. Seed Crust: State of the Seed Market 1H 2024 Most startups at Seed are circling around, unable to break through to Series A. We're calling this the Seed Crust. I recently released a market report covering: The market forces behind this Wh…
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Sarah Tavel is a General Partner @ Benchmark, one of the most successful and renowned venture firms in the world. At Benchmark, Sarah has led rounds in Chainalysis, Hipcamp, Medely, Rekki, Glide, Cambly and more. Prior to Benchmark, Sarah was a Partner at Greylock Partners. Before Greylock, Sarah was the first 30 employees at Pinterest. Sarah joine…
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Eric Glyman is the Co-Founder and CEO of Ramp, America's fastest growing corporate card and finance automation platform. Under Eric’s leadership, Ramp has raised more than $1 billion in financing, with a valuation of $8.1 billion. Prior to Ramp, Eric co-founded Paribus, a price-tracking app to help consumers save money (acquired by Capital One). Ra…
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Mark Suster is a General Partner @ Upfront Ventures, one of LA's leading early-stage venture firms. Prior to leading Upfront, Mark was a serial entrepreneur having founded two software companies, selling both with the last selling to Salesforce.com. Mark is also a prolific writer and one of his favourite pieces, Lines Not Dots is one for the ages. …
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Arthur Mensch is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mistral AI. Since its inception in May 2023, Mistral has raised over $520M in funding from investors like Andreeseen Horowitz, General Catalyst, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Microsoft with a current valuation of $2 billion. Before founding Mistral, Arthur was a research scientist at DeepMind, one of th…
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Adam Gross is one of the masters of product-led growth (PLG). Most recently, Adam was Vimeo's interim CEO. Before Vimeo, Adam was CEO of Heroku, which he joined after selling his startup, Cloudconnect in 2013. Additionally, Adam has held executive leadership roles at Salesforce and Dropbox, and has been an active angel investor & advisor to compani…
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Distributions back to LPs dried up. LPs slowed down their fund investments. VCs had to slow down. The cycle feeds itself. About AVL Growth Partners AVL Growth Partners, founded in 2009, is the leading fractional Finance and Accounting firm supporting organizations in pivoting from growth to scale. AVL brings an experienced team of CFOs, Controllers…
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If all Seed & Pre-Seed funds shift just 5% of their allocation from first checks to follow-on checks, there will be $3 billion fewer available for first checks. About AVL Growth Partners AVL Growth Partners, founded in 2009, is the leading fractional Finance and Accounting firm supporting organizations in pivoting from growth to scale. AVL brings a…
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Rujul Zaparde is the Co-Founder and CEO of Zip, the world’s leading Intake-to-Pay solution, adopted by leading enterprises and startups including Snowflake, Canva, Airtable, Webflow, and others. In 2023, Zip raised $100 million in a Series C round, valuing the company at $1.5 billion. Before founding Zip, Rujul was a Visiting Partner at Y Combinato…
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Join us for a live webinar about the state of the Seed market on May 2 @ 11:00 AM MT (1:00 PM ET // 10:00 AM PT) https://stvc.us/seedcrust The backlog in the private markets extends from IPOs to PE, all the way down to Series A. It's one of the primary drivers of so many startups stuck at Seed. About AVL Growth Partners AVL Growth Partners, founded…
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Join us for a live webinar about the state of the Seed market on May 2 @ 11:00 AM MT (1:00 PM ET // 10:00 AM PT) https://stvc.us/seedcrust The market conditions driving Seed have been building for the past few years. More Seed funds kept Seed isolated from the later stage problems... until now. About AVL Growth Partners AVL Growth Partners, founded…
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Daniel Dines is the Co-Founder @ UiPath, one of the most incredible journeys in startups. For 10 years, UiPath was a bootstrapped company that scaled to just $500K in revenue. Then it all changed, product market fit became obvious and the rest is history. The company went on to raise funding from Sequoia, Accel, Kleiner Perkins and more. Today, the…
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After you raise, recognize that you can't possibly hire everyone all at once. Take your time to hire right. And most importantly, celebrate! About AVL Growth Partners AVL Growth Partners, founded in 2009, is the leading fractional Finance and Accounting firm supporting organizations in pivoting from growth to scale. AVL brings an experienced team o…
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Girish Mathrubootham is the founder and CEO of Freshworks, India’s first SaaS company to list on NASDAQ. Today, Freshworks has over $596M in ARR with a $5.27BN market cap, with investors like Accel Partners, Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global Management, and CapitalG. Girish is also a founding member of SaaSBOOMi, Asia’s largest community of founders an…
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What to say when asked about your valuation expectations. And don't forget to negotiate valuation! About AVL Growth Partners AVL Growth Partners, founded in 2009, is the leading fractional Finance and Accounting firm supporting organizations in pivoting from growth to scale. AVL brings an experienced team of CFOs, Controllers, and Accountants to yo…
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One of Karyn's clients put together a team from the Board to support the fundraise. It drove the process and drove results. About AVL Growth Partners AVL Growth Partners, founded in 2009, is the leading fractional Finance and Accounting firm supporting organizations in pivoting from growth to scale. AVL brings an experienced team of CFOs, Controlle…
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Vickie Peng is a Product Partner at Sequoia and the co-creator of Arc, their company-building immersion programme for pre-seed and seed stage founders. Prior to Sequoia, Vickie was a product manager at Polyvore (acquired by Yahoo for $200M) and Instagram, where she grew SMB advertising from $200M to $1BN. In Today’s Episode with Vickie Peng We Disc…
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Avoiding some common financial pitfalls can help with both cashflow and fundraising. About AVL Growth Partners AVL Growth Partners, founded in 2009, is the leading fractional Finance and Accounting firm supporting organizations in pivoting from growth to scale. AVL brings an experienced team of CFOs, Controllers, and Accountants to your organizatio…
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It's invaluable having a CFO that can provide meaning and actionable business insights. About AVL Growth Partners AVL Growth Partners, founded in 2009, is the leading fractional Finance and Accounting firm supporting organizations in pivoting from growth to scale. AVL brings an experienced team of CFOs, Controllers, and Accountants to your organiza…
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Sam Altman is the CEO @ OpenAI, the company on a mission is to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity. OpenAI is one of the fastest-scaling companies in history with a valuation of $90BN and $2BN+ in revenue. Prior to OpenAI, Sam was the President and CEO @ Y Combinator and made angel investments in the likes of Airbnb…
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There's so much in fundraising that you cannot control. Focus on what you can control and it will help what you can't control fall into place. About Guest House Guest House is the first company to automate home staging for agents and enable commerce for homebuyers across the US real estate market. Their proprietary technology makes the furnishing p…
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Sam Blond is the former CRO at Brex, where he led the company from near $0-$400M in ARR and a $12.5B valuation. Before Brex, Sam was VP of Sales at Zenefits, where he led the company from $0-$70M ARR in 2 years and a $4.5B valuation. Sam joined Founders Fund as a Partner in 2022 and recently left to focus more on operating. In Today's Episode with …
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By making fundraising into a game, you can change your mindset around it. About Guest House Guest House is the first company to automate home staging for agents and enable commerce for homebuyers across the US real estate market. Their proprietary technology makes the furnishing process as simple as ordering groceries online, with every home instal…
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Advice to founders to avoid time-wasting VCs: ask in the first call if a fund is actively investing. About Guest House Guest House is the first company to automate home staging for agents and enable commerce for homebuyers across the US real estate market. Their proprietary technology makes the furnishing process as simple as ordering groceries onl…
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Kevin Ryan is one of the leading serial entrepreneurs and investors in New York. Previously he co-founded MongoDB, Business Insider, Gilt Groupe, Zola, Nomad Health, Pearl Health, and was the CEO of DoubleClick (Acquired by Google for $3.1B). Today, Kevin is the founder and CEO of AlleyCorp, a venture capital firm that incubates and invests in tran…
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A year after the boom-times, raising another funding round was a different story. About Guest House Guest House is the first company to automate home staging for agents and enable commerce for homebuyers across the US real estate market. Their proprietary technology makes the furnishing process as simple as ordering groceries online, with every hom…
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Unsure of whether or not he wanted to raise, Alex found himself with term sheets for both venture funding and an acquisition in mid 2021. About Guest House Guest House is the first company to automate home staging for agents and enable commerce for homebuyers across the US real estate market. Their proprietary technology makes the furnishing proces…
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Basti Lehmann is the co-founder and former CEO of Postmates, the on-demand delivery service that raised over $900M from the likes of Tiger Global, Founders Fund, Spark Capital and Andreesen Horowitz. Following Uber’s $2.65BN acquisition in 2020, Basti founded TipTop, a platform for fast tech sales which Marc Andreesen led the $20M seed round for. I…
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Tell a story that is genuine to you and your startup. About AVL Growth Partners AVL Growth Partners, founded in 2009, is the leading fractional Finance and Accounting firm supporting organizations in pivoting from growth to scale. AVL brings an experienced team of CFOs, Controllers, and Accountants to your organization, delivering transparent, stra…
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Mario Schlosser is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Oscar Health. The public company that went public with a market cap of $7.1BN. Following a tumultuous time in the markets, their stock price dropped 94%. Today, the company has rebounded and has a market cap of $3.2BN with an astonishing $5.8BN of revenues. Before co-founding Oscar, …
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I didn't have time to make a short deck, so I made a long one instead. About AVL Growth Partners AVL Growth Partners, founded in 2009, is the leading fractional Finance and Accounting firm supporting organizations in pivoting from growth to scale. AVL brings an experienced team of CFOs, Controllers, and Accountants to your organization, delivering …
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Consistently sending investor updates maintains awareness, opens opportunities for serendipitous introductions, and demonstrates transparency about the company's progress and challenges. Follow more of Allyson's writing on the VC Minute Substack: https://vcminute.substack.com/ About AVL Growth Partners AVL Growth Partners, founded in 2009, is the l…
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Trae Stephens is a Partner at Founders Fund, one of the world's leading funds where he has worked with some of the best and backed the likes of Palmer Luckey with Oculus and Ryan Peterson @ Flexport since the very early days. Trae is also Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Anduril Industries, a defense technology company focused on autonomous sys…
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Focusing on a well-defined target customer profile is crucial for rapid growth and investor confidence. Follow more of Allyson's writing on VC Minute Substack: https://vcminute.substack.com/ About AVL Growth Partners AVL Growth Partners, founded in 2009, is the leading fractional Finance and Accounting firm supporting organizations in pivoting from…
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The longer an investor has been around, the more likely they've seen someone attempting to solve the same problem you're tackling. Convince them "why now" to get their attention. Read more of Allyson's work on our Substack: https://vcminute.substack.com/ About AVL Growth Partners AVL Growth Partners, founded in 2009, is the leading fractional Finan…
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Billy Hult is Chief Executive Officer of Tradeweb Markets (Nasdaq: TW), as Billy puts it, they are the "electronic interface that connects Citadel and Goldman". They are also one of the most under the radar but incredible businesses of the last 20 years. Through no glitz acquisitions or specific moments, TradeWeb has compounded organic growth for t…
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