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Kickstarting a Marketplace with Trey Closson, CEO of Amplio

Trey Closson is the CEO and Founder of Amplio — a platform for proactively identifying the risks of tomorrow’s supply chain. Prior to starting Amplio, Trey spent time at Flexport and Georgia Pacific. Trey joins us to break down his first year as a founder and what he has learned from transitioning from operator to founder. A couple of key topics we hit on: The current state of the global supply chain issues How Amplio found their first customers How Amplio is using pilot programs to scale their customer base The importance of relentless focus Why founders should invest in community Why building a startup is a marathon, not a sprint Give episode 6 a listen below (or give it a listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you normally…

This Week in Metrics & Data — March 31st, 2022

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. [Webinar Recording] SaaS Benchmarking with Christoph Janz of Point Nine Capital Christoph Janz, Managing Partner at Point Nine Capital, joined us for a webinar to discuss how he thinks about SaaS metrics benchmarking. Check out the recording here: Watch now Money in the Bank vs Burn Seth Levine, Partner at Foundry Group, explains why a startup’s burn rate should be based on the unit economics of the business. Read more Key Metrics to Track and Measure In the eCommerce World On the Visible Blog, we offer an in-depth guide with key metrics for e-commerce…

This Week in Hiring & Talent — March 31st, 2022

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. Common Pitfalls of Startup Managers Elizabeth Yin of Hustle Fund shares 7 common management mistakes that she sees startup founders make. Read more What Order Should You Hire Your Management Team In? Jason Lemkin of SaaStr lays out an approach for startups hiring their first executives and VPs. Read more How to Hire Engineers in a Distorted Job Market The team at Initialized Capital explains how startups can attract the best engineering talent in the current market. Read more  

This Week in Product & Pricing — March 24th, 2022

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. [Webinar Recording] SaaS Benchmarking with Christoph Janz of Point Nine Capital Christoph Janz, Managing Partner at Point Nine Capital, joined us for a webinar to discuss how he thinks about SaaS metrics benchmarking. Watch now Up-front Payments: Fueling SaaS Growth Without Dilution Tim Page of High Alpha explains how early-stage SaaS companies can incentivize up-front payments. Read more Usage-Based Pricing: 3 Questions to Ask Before Leaping Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures lays out 3 questions to help leaders understand if user-based pricing is right for their product. Read more    

This Week in Hiring & Talent — March 24th, 2022

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. Equity for Employees Yu Win, Founder of Pulley, offers an in-depth guide to help founders “understand the mechanics, decisions, and trade-offs related to issuing equity to employees.” Read more How to Mentor in a Remote Workplace In an article for HBR, Ellen A. Ensher shares the 5 skills leaders must sharpen to master their virtual mentoring. Read more How We’re Helping Our Remote Team Feel More Connected Nicole Miller of Buffer explains how they’re using asynchronous, synchronous, and in-person events to strengthen their team relationships. Read more    

This Week in Leadership — March 17th, 2022

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. Run This Diagnostic to Thoughtfully Build (and Evaluate) Your Startup’s Culture Laura Del Beccaro, CEO of Sora, breaks down the framework she used to build and develop a strong company culture. Read more How Long Will You Wait? The team at Founder Collective makes the case why founders need to practice patience. Read more The Durability Formula – How It Will Determine Your Startup’s Future Value James Currier, General Partner at NFX, explains the five main factors that build long-term value. Read more    

This Week in Sales & Marketing — March 17th, 2022

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. A Simple Yet Effective B2B Content Strategy for Early-Stage Startups Mollie Kuramoto of High Alpha offers a high-level, step-by-step guide to help founders and early marketing hires build a content strategy. Read more Cheat Codes: 5 SaaS Sales Challenges & How to Solve Them Mike Marg of Craft Ventures shares 5 challenges go-to-market teams are constantly facing (and the “cheat codes” to help solve them). Read more What PLG Means to Marketing The team at Battery Ventures explains how product-led growth impacts a team’s marketing playbook. Read more  

This Week in Product — March 10th, 2022

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. Set “Non-Goals” and Build a Product Strategy Stack Ravi Mehta of Reforge offers a framework to help early-stage startups build their product strategy stack. Read more Watch Out For 12-Day Weeks Jason Fried, Founder of Basecamp, explains why they went from pushing new products on Fridays to Mondays/Tuesdays. Read more 20 Interesting PLG Learnings from The Leaders in SaaS Jason Lemkin, Founder of SaaStr, studies 20 different SaaS companies to showcase how they leverage product-led growth. Read more  

What is Pre-Revenue Funding?

Raise capital, update investors and engage your team from a single platform. Try Visible free for 14 days. Quick Navigation What is Pre-Revenue Funding? What Does It Mean To Be Pre-Revenue? How Do Startup Founders Get Pre-Revenue Funding? How Investors Evaluate Pre-Revenue Startups Looking for Fundraising? Visible Can Help! Raising venture capital for your startup is difficult. Raising venture capital for your startup with little to no revenue can feel impossible. However, venture capital funds have started to invest earlier and earlier into startups. The emergence of pre-seed rounds has led to more interest in pre-revenue startups.  Related Resources: All Encompassing Startup Fundraising Guide & Seed Funding for Startups 101: A Complete Guide Luckily, there are countless startups that have done it before. In order to better help founders navigate…

The Week in Fundraising — March 10th, 2022

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 Find an Investor’s Email Zev Lapin, Product Manager at Google, shares tips to help founders find any email address. Read more Founder Playbook: When & Why to Raise from Equity Crowdfunding Platforms The team at Alpaca VC offers an in-depth guide to help founders understand when and why to raise crowdfunding. Read more 7 Tips for Founders When Negotiating Term Sheets with VCs Alex Iskold, Managing Partner at 2048 Ventures, gives 7 tips to help founders negotiate with investors. Read more    

Finding the Balance While Building a Marketplace with the Founders of ChefPrep

Josh Abulafia & Elle Curran are the Co-founders of ChefPrep. ChefPrep is a marketplace for ready-made meals that are prepared by award-winning restaurants, delivered to your door. Josh and Elle join us to break down their journey as startup founders. A few key topics we hit on with Elle and Josh: How ChefPrep validated their core thesis Why ChefPrep decided to focus on the supply side Key marketplace metrics they track Building barriers to entry in marketplaces Why tracking the right data is vital to startup success Building their company operating system Give episode 5 a listen below (or give it a listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you normally consume podcasts):

[Webinar] SaaS Company Benchmarking with Christoph Janz of Point Nine Capital

Christoph Janz, a Managing Partner of Point Nine Capital, started his career in 1997 as an entrepreneur and has since invested in many SaaS businesses (like Zendesk, Algolia, Typeform, Contentful, and more). Christoph has made a name for himself by not only investing in top-notch SaaS companies but by being a guide when it comes to all things SaaS metrics, data, and benchmarking. Save Your Spot Join us on March 22nd as we discuss what it takes to raise financing in SaaS, how Christoph thinks about metric benchmarking, and more. A few topics we’ll discuss: The 5 ways to build $100M business What it takes to raise financing in SaaS How Christoph thinks about portfolio company benchmarking We’ll also leave ample time for Q&A, so have those questions ready! The…

FinTech Venture Capital Investors to Know

2021 was an interesting year for Fintech as we saw both startups and established companies start to rethink the financial industry in order to adapt to a world that was rapidly changing thanks to crypto, blockchain, and the pandemic.  Relevant trends in 2021 were: A surge in investmets and interest in crypto and blockchain Financial services and products broadened as more partnerships were created thanks to embedded banking A shift from lagacy infrastructures to core banking systems Fintech’s reach expanded to regions of the world that needed it most due to broken financial systems such as Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America There was a focus on innovation and global opportunites from VC’s and companies who are looking to take advantage of the increasing need for change within the Fintech…

This Week in Hiring & Talent — March 3rd, 2022

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. Looking Beyond a Candidate’s Resume with Malcolm Burenstam Linder Malcolm Burenstam Linder, CEO and Co-founder of Alva Labs, joins us on the Founders Forward podcast to share his startup journey and why the best leaders look beyond a candidate’s resume. Listen now When Hiring We Screen Candidates for our Values, Here’s How and Why Nicole Miller of Buffer offers an inside look at how their team approaches hiring and why they screen for values. Read more Why Employee-Driven Companies Will Succeed in Today’s Work Environment Gurman Hundal, CEO of MiQ, makes the case why…

This Week in Metrics & Data — March 3rd, 2022

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. 4 Traits of Fast-Growing SaaS Companies Kyle Poyar of OpenView Ventures studies the characteristics that fast-growing software companies share. Read more How the Acquisition Choices a Company Makes Differentiate a High-Quality From a Low-Quality Business Nayut Sitachitt of ESA Global Value Fund explains why “understanding a company’s customer acquisition strategy will help investors differentiate a good business from a bad one.” Read more Our Guide to E-Commerce Metrics (with Google Sheet Template) On the Visible Blog, we share a Google Sheet template filled with essential metrics for e-commerce startups. Read more  

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