At Early Stage 2021, design expert Scott Tong walked us through some of the ways founders should think about design, what design means and the steps that come before focusing on the pixels.
"Finding product-market fit is not a deterministic process. Most of the time, it requires iteration. It requires constant adaptation."
'In deep tech, it's essential to think about founder-investor fit. And what we mean by this is understanding why an investor is even in VC in the first place.'
'At each layer of your growth model, you don't want to just be relying on ads or just be relying on SEO or just be relying on email marketing … you really want to have your eggs in multiple baskets.
'I think you want insight from people who understand how human beings listen and learn and grow.'
'I think successful growth folks tend to be voracious learners; they're resourceful and have that sort of get-shit-done mindset; they're ultimately simplifiers and actually generalists.'
"You may think that the message is boring because you've said it once. But repetition never spoils the prayer."
The CEO joined us last week at a TechCrunch Early Stage event to share all kinds of insight, from the state of the market to his thoughts on why there's suddenly so much money flooding into VC.
We have not had to wait for a second close or we've not had to request the company to do a second close. We've been able to close along with the rest of the the syndicate."
"When a VC says they don't like an LLC, they literally mean they are definitely allergic to peanuts, and you are a bowl of nuts."
The overlapping in job roles is uncanny: The best investors and founders have to find focus through the noise, understand the weight of due diligence and pitch others with conviction.
It's so critical to frame the problem from your perspective. And I also think that this is a really great opportunity to introduce emotion to really build a more compelling story.
Superhuman worked to optimize and refine their product early to create a version of "growth hacking" that would not only help the company attract users, but serve them best and retain them, too.
"She pointed to the screen projected behind her to help us stay on the most relevant piece of information. The way she did it really made us stay with her. Like, we couldn't break eye contact."
"They didn't want to touch Croatia, like 'Where the hell is that?' It was quite a ride."
"What we need is more capital — angel funds, venture funds so that entrepreneurs have a variety of funding sources to go to locally."
Investor Marlon Nichols and founder Chris Bennett review Wonderschool's original pitch deck.
GM has launched a series of new subsidiaries tackling electrification, connectivity and even insurance — all part of the automaker's aim to find value beyond its traditional business.
CEO Shishir Mehrotra and Madrona partner S. Somasegar joined Extra Crunch Live to discuss Coda's pitch doc -- and give live feedback on pitches from the audience.
At TC Sessions: Mobility 2021, Revel CEO and co-founder Frank Reig, Remix CEO and co-founder Tiffany Chu, and lawyer Tamika L. Butler discussed how mobility companies should think about equity.