Early Stage 2021

Cowboy Ventures’ Ted Wang: CEO coaching is ‘about having a second set of eyes’

'I think you want insight from people who understand how human beings listen and learn and grow.'

Greylock’s Mike Duboe explains how to define growth and build your team

'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.'

Silicon Valley comms expert Caryn Marooney shares how to nail the narrative

"You may think that the message is boring because you've said it once. But repetition never spoils the prayer."

AngelList Venture’s Avlok Kohli on rolling funds and the busy state of VC

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.

The head of Citi Ventures on how, and why, to leverage corporate venture arms like his

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."

Cleo Capital’s Sarah Kunst explains how to get ready to raise your next round

"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."

Norwest’s Lisa Wu explains how to think like a VC when fundraising

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.

Emergence Capital’s Doug Landis explains how to identify (and tell) your startup story

Doug Landis joined the TechCrunch Early Stage: Marketing and Fundraising event to discuss the value of storytelling for startups -- and how to do it.

Khosla’s Adina Tecklu breaks down how to nail your pitch

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’s Rahul Vohra explains how to optimize your startup’s products for lasting growth

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.

Announcing the startups pitching at TC Early Stage

This Thursday and Friday, TechCrunch will host Early Stage – a virtual bootcamp for early stage founders. After the success of the spring event, on Friday, TC will feature 10 phenomenal early-st

Product design expert Scott Tong will join us at TC Early Stage in July

Thoughtful and high-quality product design is no longer optional. Gone are the days that a startup could launch with a bare-bones app or website. The demand side of the design equation has only grown

Applications for the TC Early Stage Pitch-Off in July are open

Early-stage startups — now is your time to shine at the TechCrunch Early Stage event on July 8 and 9. This is part two of the highly successful event from April where top experts train and teac

Learn how to create an effective earned media strategy with Rebecca Reeve Henderson at TC Early Stage 2021

TechCrunch’s Early Stage 2021 is back for part two of our bootcamp-for-entrepreneurs event, with a focus on marketing and fundraising. Building on the first half of the event in April, this two-

How to pivot your startup, save cash and maintain trust with investors and customers

"We would go all in on a product and we'd build it and put blood, sweat and tears into it, and then I would kill it, and we'd move on to the next thing."

Alexa von Tobel outlines how founders should manage personal finances

Von Tobel outlines steps to stay out of debt, build credit and accumulate wealth to ensure financial peace of mind as you take on the most stressful venture of your life: Starting a company.

Founder and investor Melissa Bradley outlines how to nail your virtual pitch meeting

Ureeka founder Melissa Bradley explains how to prepare for a virtual pitch, allocate time, how to close meetings with a clear list of action items, and what to avoid.

Building the right team for a billion-dollar startup

Bain Capital Ventures managing director Sarah Smith talks about how to ensure the critical early hires are the right ones to grow a business.

So you want to raise a Series A

Bucky Moore, a partner at Kleiner Perkins, gives founders tactical advice on the process of raising a Series A round.

Bootstrapping, managing product-led growth and knowing when to fundraise

Calendly CEO Tope Awotona and Blake Bartlett, partner at OpenView, talk about expanding internationally, when to bootstrap and when to fundraise, and how VCs approach a profitable company.
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