Series A - Startup Stories, host Laurel Touby (mediabistro founder)

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The goal of Series A is to provide lessons to early stage startups from New York-based companies that have successfully raised Series A rounds (and beyond). We are focused on founding stories, fundraising lessons, the changing New York tech landscape, and discussions of how companies scale.
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7 episodes · since Nov, 2015
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June 2, 2016
Laurel sits down with the CEO of Boxed, Chieh Huang, to explore building an e-commerce company in the mobile age. In this episode we discuss: - Exploring new industries as a second-time founder - Sustaining an e-commerce company when Amazon and Costco are among your biggest competitors - Bringing on the right talent to augment your lack of knowledge - Chieh's policy of giving back to his employees
April 12, 2016
Laurel sits down with the CEO of Hello Alfred, Marcela Sapone, to dive into the details behind this high growth startup that allows everyone to experience the benefits of having their own butler. In this episode we discuss: - How to turn your idea into a real company by getting your first customer - When trust is at the core of your product, how do you ensure you're building that trust with your customers - W2 vs 1099: why Alfred chose to classify employees as W2 (it's better for business in the long run) - Deferring growth to focus on unit economics in order to make a sustainable company - Using focused experimentation to continually learn and grow
March 18, 2016
In this episode our guest host, Drew Aldrich (AXA Strategic Ventures), interviews Kris Gale from Clover Health to learn all about how tech can be leveraged to solve major problems in the healthcare industry. Listen to learn more about: - What Medicare is and what the inherent problems are - How patient care can actually improve from a more effective system - The opportunity that Clover Health saw to change this archaic system - How Clover leverages software and data science to identify "health gaps"
Feb. 29, 2016
In this episode Flatiron Investors' managing partner Laurel Touby interviews the founders from The Void, a much-discussed virtual reality company poised to change entertainment and education in the coming years. The Void is “physical virtual reality,” an oxymoronic phrase we stumbled upon in the course of our podcast interview with the founders. The founders discuss their passions for this creative space and dive into how the company has progressed since its inception as well as where they plan to take it in the future. Will this be the future of "going to the movies"?!
Jan. 4, 2016
Flatiron Investors Managing Partner Laurel Touby sat down with Mark Ghermezian, the founder of mobile marketing company Appboy. This company is one of the most innovative tech companies operating in NYC. The technology Appboy has created powers the mobile marketing of companies like Lyft, Soundcloud, Etsy, and Urban Outfitters. Mark discusses how he started his company, trends in the marketing industry, hurdles in building a startup, and lessons learned in raising venture funding.
Nov. 24, 2015
Kevin Sullivan of Flatiron Investors sits down with Wealthcoin Founder Simon Burns. Produced by Charles LaCalle. - Diversified investment portfolio opportunities are limited to certain countries, mainly to the US. - Even after heavy negative press, it is clear Bitcoin is here to stay. - For Bitcoin startups, find investors who have already invested in the space. - Make your pitch just one line that can be easily shared. - Market views, particularly on Bitcoin, differ between coasts.
Nov. 5, 2015
In this inaugural episode, Flatiron Investors Managing Partner Laurel Touby speaks with Osman Khan, the CEO of Paddle8 (a leading online auction house for collectables), about when he recognized it was the right time to pivot and how he successfully guided his business through a critical transition period. Lessons Learned: - When to admit to yourself that something isn’t working, and how to make the difficult decision to pivot your business. - Converting proof of concept and user traction into a sustainable revenue model. - Three key steps to a successful pivot. - The most difficult decision in choosing to pivot. - When a pivot is validated.

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