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This Week in Leadership — September 16th, 2021

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. 20 Underrated Qualities to Look for in Candidates — And 50+ Interview Questions to Suss Them Out The team at First Round Review lays out 20 traits that startup early-stage founders might miss when interviewing potential candidates. Read more 3 Tips to Beat Founder Stress Alisa Cohn of OpenView shares 3 tips that help founders beat the stress and anxiety associated with the difficult moments you phase as a founder. Read more 10+ Signs of a Mediocre Hire Jason Lemkin, Founder of SaaStr, offers a list of things that separate mediocre employees and the…

The Past, Present, and Future of VC Funding with Anne Dwane of Village Global

On episode 8 of the Founders Forward Podcast, we welcome Anne Dwane. Anne is the partner and co-founder at Village Global — an early-stage venture capital firm backed by successful entrepreneurs. Anne has a unique perspective on the VC space as she founded her first successful startup, Military.com, in the 1990s. After Military.com, Anne founded a startup later acquired by Chegg where she helped scale as they went public. Anne joins us to share what she has learned from time in the space. We discuss who founders should look to for advice, the thought process behind the roster of Village Global’s LPs, and how founders can build a fundraising process. Our CEO, Mike Preuss, had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Anne. You can give the full episode…

This Week in Product & Pricing — September 2nd, 2021

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. 8 Product Hurdles Every Founder Must Clear The team at First Round Review offers 8 hurdles an early-stage founder must understand and clear before building a product. Read more Per Seat or Per Use Pricing: A Framework for Evaluating the Right Strategy for Your Startup Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures shares a framework to help SaaS companies determine if they should use per seat or per use pricing. Read more What Superpowers Should a “Product Founder” Possess? Micah Rosenbloom of Founder Collective explains what he looks for in a product founder who wants to…

This Week in Fundraising — September 2nd, 2021

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. How to Model Your Seed Round with Yin Wu of Pulley Yin Wu, CEO of Pulley, joined us for a webinar to break down how founders can model a seed round. We talk about the current market, valuations, dilution, hiring plans, and more. You can check out the recording and related resources here: Watch now Venture Debt 101: Basics and Approach Jon Levy of Y Combinator shares the benefits, risks, and best practices for approaching venture debt. Read more The Benefits of a Great Investor Update The team at Concrete Ventures explains how founders…

How Design Can be a Competitive Advantage with Kristian Andersen of High Alpha

On episode 7 of the Founders Forward Podcast, we welcome Kristian Andersen. Kristian is a founder and partner at High Alpha, a venture studio located in Indianapolis. Before launching High Alpha, Kristian founded the prolific design agency, Studio Science. During his time at Studio Science, Kristian primarily served software companies which ultimately led to him being a founding partner at High Alpha. Between Kristian’s experience at Studio Science and his time at High Alpha helping launch 30+ companies, it is safe to say he knows a thing or 2 about design and storytelling. Kristian joins us to break down how design can be a competitive advantage, the importance of storytelling in business, the High Alpha Studio model, and much more. Our CEO, Mike Preuss, had the opportunity to sit down…

6 Fundraising Takeaways from Season 2 of the Founders Forward

We are just over halfway through season 2 of the Founders Forward. We’ve talked to 6 awesome investors and have dug into everything from pitch decks to mental health. To recap the first half of the season, we’ve shared our favorite quotes and thoughts from the season so far below. If you’d rather skip to a specific episode, you can do so below: Quick Navigation The Supply & Demand of Venture with Kenn Shasta of Shasta Ventures Creating Momentum in Your Fundraise with Brett Brohl How to Create FOMO During a Fundraise with Elizabeth Yin of Hustle Fund Building a Calm Company with Tyler Tringas How Starting Line Helps Founders Address Their Mental Health with Ezra Galston All Things Community-Led Growth with Corinne Riley of Greylock The Supply & Demand…

This Week in Metrics & Data — August 26th, 2021

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. Choosing Your North Star Metric In an article for a16z, Lenny Rachitsky offers a comprehensive guide to help startups define their north star metrics. Read more The State of Revenue Retention with Patrick Campbell of ProfitWell Earlier this month, Patrick Campbell, CEO of ProfitWell, joined us to chat about all things retention. Learn why retention is the best growth lever in the recording below. Watch more The Goldilocks Zone of SaaS Metrics Christoph Janz of Point Nine Capital makes the case why all SaaS metrics come down to LTV/CAC. Read more  

This Week in Fundraising — August 26th, 2021

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. How to Model Your Seed Round with Yin Wu of Pulley Yin Wu, CEO of Pulley, joined us for a webinar to bring down how founders can model a seed round. We talk about the current market, valuations, dilution, hiring plans, and more. You can check out the recording and related resources here: Watch now It is Better, All Things Being Equal, If Your VCs are Friends Jason Lemkin, Founder of SaaStr, explains the benefits of having investors that already have a relationship. Read more You aren’t your cap table But … A strong one…

This Week in Fundraising — August 19th, 2021

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. How to Model Your Seed Stage Fundraise with Yin Wu of Pulley Raising capital in the early days of your business can have major implications later in your company lifecycle. Join us and Yin Wu, CEO of Pulley, on August 24th as we walk through what to consider when determining how much to raise, setting valuations, and more. Save your spot Village Global Accelerator’s Weekly Investor Update Template Village Global backs founders with capital and a game-changing community of peers and operator angels.  Anchored by Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Reid Hoffman, Magic Johnson, Anne Wojcicki,…

This Week in Leadership — August 19th, 2021

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. The Secret to Recruiting Quickly and Retaining Your People Tomasz Tunguz, VC at Redpoint Ventures, shares why startups benefit from having a layer of management as opposed to a single leader. Read more Teach, Be Curious, and Challenge Them to Rise: Tips for Better 1:1s Casey Renner of OpenView Ventures surveyed the OpenView network to understand how the best leaders are leveraging 1 on 1 meetings. Read more How Starting Line Helps Founders Address Their Mental Health with Ezra Galston On the Founders Forward Podcast, we are joined by Ezra Galston of Starting Line. As…

All Things Community-Led Growth with Corinne Riley of Greylock

On episode 6, season 2 of the Founders Forward Podcast, we welcome Corinne Riley. Corinne is an investor at the prolific venture capital firm, Greylock, where she primarily invests in B2B companies. Over the course of her career, Corinne has built a knack for helping companies build and develop a go-to-market motion. Corinne has extensive knowledge of community-led growth and helping companies grow at the earliest stages of their business. Corinne joins the show to break down community-led companies and the thought process behind her investment decision-making. Our CEO, Mike Preuss, had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Corinne. You can give the full episode a listen below: What You Can Expect to Learn from Corinne: What a community-led company is How community-led growth can be a moat…

This Week in Fundraising — August 12th, 2021

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. How Starting Line Helps Founders Address Their Mental Health with Ezra Galston On episode 4 of the Founders Forward Podcast, we welcome Ezra Galston of Starting Line. As someone who has faced the ups and downs of being a founder, Ezra made mental health a focus at Starting Line. Ezra joins the Founders Forward to break down fundraising, founder health, and the consumer market. Listen now How Starting Line Helps Founders Address Their Mental Health with Ezra Galston On episode 4 of the Founders Forward Podcast, we welcome Ezra Galston of Starting Line. As…

This Week in Leadership — August 12th, 2021

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. Sticking With The Plan Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures breaks down why it is important to “stick to the plan” when it comes to building a business and a leadership team. Read more How to Find Your Zone of Genius Mathilde Collin, CEO of Front, shares a method to help individuals find their “zone of genius.” Read more An Exact Breakdown of How One CEO Spent His First Two Years of Company-Building Sam Corcos, CEO of Levels, offers an in-depth look at where and how he spent every minute of his working time…

This Week in Pitch Decks — August 12th, 2021

The following were featured in the Visible Weekly — our weekly newsletter. We search the web for the best tips to help founders move forward, then deliver them to thousands of inboxes every week. Subscribe here. 18 Pitch Deck Examples for Your Next Round On the Visible Blog, we share 18 pitch deck examples to help you find inspiration for your next raise, whether it be your first round or Series C. Read more How Founders Can Leverage a “Lite” Pitch Deck Earlier in season 2 of the Founders Forward Podcast we had on Brett Brohl of Bread & Butter Ventures. Brett breaks down how founders can build a “lite” pitch deck to use while reaching out to investors. Listen now Starting Your Fundraising Pitch Deck In a post for…

How Starting Line Helps Founders Address Their Mental Health with Ezra Galston

On episode 5, season 2 of the Founders Forward Podcast, we welcome Ezra Galston. Ezra is the founder and partner at Starting Line, a consumer-focused VC fund located in Chicago. As someone who has faced the ups and downs of being a founder (plus the stresses of fundraising), Ezra and the team at Starting Line has made mental health a focus. Every founder in the Starting Line portfolio receives a subsidy for “their first three sessions of therapy, executive coaching, or co-founder counseling (up to $200 each).” Ezra joins the Founders Forward to break down fundraising, founder health, and the consumer market/what excites the team at Starting Line. Our CEO, Mike Preuss, had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Ezra. You can give the full episode a listen…

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