Our 7 Favorite Quotes from the Founders Forward Podcast in 2020

In 2020 we launched the Founders Forward Podcast. The goal of the podcast is to enable founders to learn from their peers and leaders that have been there before. Over the last 7 weeks our CEO, Mike Preuss, has interviewed a different founder or startup leader every week.

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Here are some of our favorite quotes and takeaways from the first 7 interviews:

Episode 1 — Lindsay Tjepkema, CEO and Founder of Casted

Our first episode of the Founders Forward was with Lindsay Tjepkema. Considering she is a podcasting expert, we figured there could not be a better first guest. We chat all things podcasting and alternative media types. However one of the tidbits we found most interesting was Lindsay’s outlook on venture fundraising. Oftentimes fundraising can be a frustrating journey but Lindsay views the process as an opportunity to promote her business and tell her company’s story. Give the full episode a listen here.

 

Episode 2 — Amanda Goetz, CEO and Founder of House of Wise

House of Wise is Amanda’s second go as a startup founder. However things are no less difficult than her first time around. Her first journey was spent worrying about legal aspects and the basics of getting her business running. That was easy with House of Wise but she has faced new challenges (and opportunities) during her second journey. Give the full episode a listen here.

 

Episode 3 — Jeff Kahn, CEO and Founder of Rise Science

Jeff has 10 years of sleep science experience and research. Before starting Rise Science Jeff spent time publishing academic articles and supporting world class athletes and teams with better sleep. Jeff Kahn is a true expert in all things sleep. During our interview with Jeff we chat how sleep can improve a founder’s leadership skills and productivity. Give the full episode a listen here.

 

Episode 4 — Aishetu Dozie, CEO and Founder of Bossy Cosmetics

Aishetu Dozie started her career in banking and eventually made the transition to starting a cosmetics company. Just like any founder, her first time journey has been full of highs and lows. Aishetu, like many founders and leaders, has struggled with imposter syndrome. We love her thoughts below on how she has tackled imposter syndrome. Give the full episode a listen here.

 

Episode 5 — Kyle Poyar, VP of Growth at OpenView Ventures

OpenView Ventures is credited with coining the term “Product-Led Growth.” As Kyle and the team at OpenView continue to help SaaS companies grow and become market leaders he has seen it all. From the early days of defining PLG and the impact of COVID-19 Kyle is full of first-hand stories and the data to back it up. Check out how Kyle defines and thinks about PLG below. Give the full episode a listen here.

 

Episode 6 — Yin Wu, CEO and Founder of Pulley

Yin Wu has been through Y Combinator 3 times and has successfully exited 2 companies. Over the course of her founder journey it is safe to say that she has spent a good amount of time fundraising and chatting with investors. Yin likes to bucket investors into 3 categories to structure who she should be chatting with and raising from. Give the full episode a listen here.

 

Episode 7 — Cheryl Campos, Head of Venture Growth at Republic

Over the past 3 years the funding options for startups have continued to transform. Over her 3 years at Republic, Cheryl has watched as the market has changed and crowdfunding has become a more viable option. Check out Cheryl’s thoughts on the new funding options below. Give the full episode a listen here.

We have plenty of new episodes recorded and ready to share in 2021. To stay up-to-date with the Founders Forward Podcast, subscribe here.

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