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20VC: Raising $60M and Not Touching a Dollar of It; The 3 Decisions That Led to a Cash-Flow Positive Business, Why Not Being Able To Fundraise in the Early Days Can Help Build Your Business & What are the First Things To Break in Scaling Orgs with Sameer

The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

Release Date: 08/05/2022

20Growth: Hubspot CMO Kipp Bodnar on Why the Best Marketers Think Like VCs | Why the Best Companies Do Not Start with Product Marketing | New Channels; When To Do, How Much To Spend, How To Test, When To Stop show art 20Growth: Hubspot CMO Kipp Bodnar on Why the Best Marketers Think Like VCs | Why the Best Companies Do Not Start with Product Marketing | New Channels; When To Do, How Much To Spend, How To Test, When To Stop

The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

is the Chief Marketing Officer of , where he sets HubSpot’s global inbound marketing strategy. Prior to his role as CMO, Kipp served as VP of Marketing at HubSpot, overseeing all demand generation activity worldwide and building out the EMEA and APAC marketing teams. Kipp serves as a marketing advisor for SimplyMeasured, InsightSquared and Guidebook. Kipp is the co-author of “.” In Today's Episode with Kipp Bodnar We Discuss: 1.) The Journey to CMO @ Hubspot: How Kipp made his way into the world of marketing and came to be CMO @ Hubspot? What does Kipp know now that he wishes...

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20VC: Clubhouse Founder Paul Davison on What Went Right and What Went Wrong | What Does Clubhouse Do Now To Regain Mindshare? | Why Clubhouse is not a Content Platform? | What is the Next Wave of Consumer Social and Does Web3 Play a Role? |  show art 20VC: Clubhouse Founder Paul Davison on What Went Right and What Went Wrong | What Does Clubhouse Do Now To Regain Mindshare? | Why Clubhouse is not a Content Platform? | What is the Next Wave of Consumer Social and Does Web3 Play a Role? |

The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

is the Co-Founder and CEO @ , the startup that believes people are at the centre of every moment, providing a platform to talk with friends and meet new friends. To date, Paul has raised over $310M with Clubhouse from a16z, DST, Elad Gil, Naval Ravikant, and many more. Prior to co-founding Clubhouse, Paul was the Founder of Highlight, a location-based consumer social service backed by Benchmark. Before Highlight, Paul actually spent time at Benchmark as an EiR. In Today's Episode with Paul Davison We Discuss: 1.) Entry into Startups: How Paul came to found Highlight in the early days...

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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

is the Founder and Managing Partner @ , one of the leading early-stage funds in Latin America. Prior to the world of venture, Julio got his break in the world of startups as Facebook’s first country lead for Brazil. Julio then went on to co-found Peixe Urbano, a company he scaled to over 1,200 employees and $100M+ in revenue. Post the sale of Peixe Urbano, Julio became an EiR @ Benchmark Capital where he met Scott Belsky. Scott and Julio went on to co-found Prefer, a Benchmark backed company transforming the future of work. If that was not enough, Julio has a stellar angel track record...

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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

is one of the product OGs of the last decade. As the founder of Bump David pioneered how over 150M users shared data, contacts and more before the company was acquired by Google. At Google, David took this one step further by creating Google Photos, which he has led with immense success for the last 9 years. In the last few weeks, David announced his latest move, to join Y Combinator, one of the world's leading accelerators as a Visiting Group Partner. If that was not enough, David also has a stellar angel portfolio with the likes of Rippling, Flexport, Tally, Maven and many more. In...

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20VC: From Struggling to Raise Funding to IPOing at Close to $9BN Just Five Years Later; The $8BN Company You Might Not Know | How To Build Large Companies with Small Teams | The Biggest Hiring Lessons and Mistakes with Seba Kanovich, CEO @ dlocal show art 20VC: From Struggling to Raise Funding to IPOing at Close to $9BN Just Five Years Later; The $8BN Company You Might Not Know | How To Build Large Companies with Small Teams | The Biggest Hiring Lessons and Mistakes with Seba Kanovich, CEO @ dlocal

The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

Seba Kanovich is the CEO @ , the #1 payments leader with a single solution focused on Latin America and other emerging markets. In June 2021, dlocal raised $617M in their NASDAQ IPO listing valuing the company at nearly $9BN. Before their IPO, dlocal raised from some of the best including General Atlantic, Bond Capital, and Oren Zeev to name a few. Prior to dlocal, Seba was CEO @ AstroPay, a leading payment solution provider in Emerging Markets. In Todays Episode with Seba Kanovich We Discuss: 1.) The Journey to CEO of an $8BN Company: How Seba made his way to the role of CEO of an...

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is a Sales Leader @ , the company that allows you to build internal tools, remarkably fast. Prior to Retool, Eleanor joined Retool when there were only three account executives and has scaled the sales org sales to over 30 AEs, many SEs, and an entire SDR team. Before Retool, Eleanor was at Segment, where she built out the company’s customer success operations team before pivoting to creating an expansion sales team, renewals team, and a new business sales team. Finally, before Segment, Eleanor made her way into startups, starting as an unpaid intern at Clever, just four...

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20VC: Why 95% of Venture Capital is Not Really 20VC: Why 95% of Venture Capital is Not Really "Venture Capital" | The Five Core Levers Needed To Assess Risk and Price a Startup | The Future of Venture; Who Wins, Who Loses, What Happens to the Crossover Funds with Will Quist, Partner @ Slow Ventures

The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

is a Partner @ . Over the last decade, the team at Slow Ventures have invested in the earliest rounds of over 500 companies including Robinhood, NextDoor, Airtable, Solana and many more. As for Will, prior to Slow he spent over 8 years at Industry Ventures and before industry, cut his teeth in the world of finance at Banc of America. In Todays Episode with Will Quist We Discuss: 1.) Entry into Venture: How Will made his way from 6th generation San Francisco to Partner @ Slow? What are 1-2 of the biggest takeaways from his early 1-1s with Don Valentine? What does Will know now that he...

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The Twenty Minute VC (20VC): Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch

is a Partner @ , one of the most successful venture firms of the last decade with a portfolio including the likes of Snap, Affirm, Epic Games, Mulesoft and more. As for Mike, prior to venture, he was Head of Talk for Spotify where he led the podcast, live, and video businesses for the world’s leading audio streaming platform. Michael came to Spotify through their acquisition of Anchor, a company he co-founded and is credited for democratizing podcasting globally. Mike has also been a prolific angel investor with a portfolio including Cameo, Pipe, Sandbox VR and Stir. In Today's Episode...

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is the CEO @ Arm. The technologies that Arm creates are used in over 230+ Bn devices with everything from sensors to smartphones to servers. In 2016 Softbank made Arm it's largest ever acquisition with a reported price of $32Bn. As for Rene, he was appointed CEO in February 2022 having spent the last 8 years in numerous different roles within the company. Before Arm, Rene was Vice President & General Manager of the Computing Products Business Unit at Nvidia where he enjoyed a very successful 7 years with the team there. In Today's Episode with Rene Haas We Discuss: 1.) Entry into...

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is the CPO @ , the company that makes scheduling meetings simple and painless. The company now has over 10M users around the world and over 50,000 companies loving the product. As for Annie, before Calendly, Annie led Glassdoor's product vision and user experience, managing a 70 person product and design org. Prior to Glassdoor, Annie led enterprise product teams at Box both before and after their 2015 IPO. If this was not enough, Annie is also on the Board of WorkRamp and Well Health. In Today's Episode with Annie Pearl We Discuss: 1.) Entry into Product From Consulting: How did...

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Sameer Shariff is the Co-Founder and CEO @ Cambly, the company that allows you to become fluent faster through one-on-one video chat lessons with native English tutors. To date, Sameer has raised over $60M with Cambly from the best including Jeremy Levine @ Bessemer, Sarah Tavel @ Benchmark, Monashees, YC and more. Prior to founding Cambly, Sameer spent close to 5 years at Google on the Search Quality team and became the Tech Lead of the Search experiments team helping make experimentation a core part of the launch process.

In Today's Episode with Sameer Sharif We Discuss:

1.) Entry into Startups and Co-Founding Cambly:

  • How did Sameer make his way into the world of tech with his joining Google straight out of college?
  • What were the 1-2 biggest takeaways from his time at Google? How did it shape his mindset?
  • What was the a-ha moment for Sameer with Cambly?

2.) The Trials and Tribulations of Leadership:

  • What does "high performance" mean to Sameer in business? How has it changed over time?
  • What are the first things to break in a scaling company?
  • How do the best companies retain speed and agility with scale?
  • What are the single biggest hiring mistakes Sameer has made? What did he learn?

3.) The Fundraise that Led to Cash Flow Positive:

  • Why does Sameer think it was so hard to fundraise for Cambly in the early days?
  • When they failed to raise their Series A, what 3-4 core decisions did they make to get Cambly to cash flow positive as fast as possible?
  • How did Sameer communicate their failed fundraising to the team? How did he do this in a way that rallied the troops and did not worry or scare them?
  • What was the tipping point for fundraising to become much much easier for the company?
  • Given they have not touched any of their Series A or Series B funds, how does Sameer think about the balance of growth vs profitability?

4.) Marketplace Dynamics 101:

  • How did Cambly acquire the first 100 customers on the demand side?
  • What is the most challenging dynamic of Cambly; demand or supply side?
  • Where does Sameer see most marketplace founders make the biggest mistakes?
  • What does Sameer know now on the intricacies of marketplace dynamics that he wishes he had known at the beginning?

Items Mentioned In Today's Episode with Sameer Shariff:

Sameer's Favourite Book: The Most Human Human: What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us about Being Alive