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Author: Mudassir Mustafa

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Each week, I invite entrepreneurs, venture capitalists & industry professionals to share their experiences and insights on the journey to building a successful startup.

I try to explore the human side of the business, their successes, failures, stories, we talk about latest trends, and dive deep into whatever is going on in the startup world. 

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SummaryIn this Startup Business Podcast, learn how to scale a $100 million ARR SaaS company using strategies like founder-led sales and b2b vs b2c saas models. Expert insights from leaders in the industry!This podcast episode also dives a packed with valuable insights for founders starting their entrepreneurial journey. Mudassir sits down with Kevin Van Gundy, a seasoned tech industry veteran with experience at Neo4j, Trey, and Vercel. Uncover strategies for crafting winning pricing models. U...
SummaryHow Much Money You Should Actually Raise? Playfair Venture Capital FundEver wondered how much money your startup should actually aim to raise? This episode spills the tea on venture capital fundraising. We'll chat with an investor about the rollercoaster founders go on, from getting funded to dealing with tough situations. You'll learn how investors pick which startups to back, how to build a strong relationship with them, and how to avoid common fundraising mistakes. Basically, this e...
SummaryDiscover the real reasons behind Airtable's success in this podcast episode! From their innovative pitch deck to their unique distribution strategy, learn how Airtable became a venture capital sensation.Early-stage founders, this podcast decodes the secrets to startup success! Learn from a VC investor's journey, craft a winning go-to-market strategy, and discover the power of distribution innovation. We'll guide you through pre-seed funding, pitch deck mastery, and the VC ecosystem. Pl...
SummaryThis podcast dives into the world of venture capital (VC) with a focus on early-stage startups, particularly those in the B2B SaaS space. Elizabeth Yin, founder of Hustle Fund, shares her insights on democratizing wealth creation through startups, the power of content marketing for VCs, and the importance of investing in first-time founders with strong product-market fit. The episode explores the challenges and considerations for VCs, including investment theses, market saturation, and...
SummaryIn this video, Somi Arian shares what it takes to build a billion-dollar company. Learn about scalability, agencies, and more! If you're wondering how to make your business successful, this video is a must-watch!TakeawaysWhen starting a business, think about what people want and how you can provide it to them in a more efficient way than your competitors.Building a personal brand on LinkedIn involves creating valuable content, listening to what resonates with your audience, and associa...
SummaryWant to know how VCs pick founders to back or not? Join us as Pearse Coyle of Deepseed Fund VC shares insights on deep tech startups, venture capital due diligence, and more. If you're a startup looking for funding, this video is a must-watch!Takeaways1. Market discovery is crucial for startups to identify potential customers and validate their product or service.2. Cap table issues often arise in university spinouts, with tenured academics expecting a larger stake than full-time found...
SummaryJoin us as we dive into the world of product market fit with Aaron Michael of 1984 Ventures. In this episode, we discuss the importance of finding product market fit for startups and the role venture capital plays in the process. Tune in for valuable insights and advice from a investor!Takeaways1. The key to success when starting a company is learning and iterating quickly.2. Finding product-market fit requires speed and the ability to pivot when necessary.3. VCs provide support to fou...
SummaryAre you a first-time founder with a brilliant startup idea but unsure how to get the funding to make it a reality? This podcast is your roadmap to success!Join Eva who is a seasoned VC industry professional as she empowers you with the knowledge and practical steps to secure funding for your venture. We'll delve into everything from venture capital and alternative funding methods to crafting a killer pitch deck and negotiating the right valuation.Takeaways1. The VC world has a da...
SummaryConfused about "cap tables" and fundraising? This episode is your guide! We explain what a cap table is and why it's important for startups. Plus, VC expert Jeff Crusey reveals the warning signs investors look for in a cap table. Learn how to avoid these red flags and build a cap table that sets your startup up for success! This episode is perfect for first-time founders and anyone interested in venture capital.Takeaways1. Background in the industry is important for VC inve...
SummaryToday's guests is Francesco Petricarari of Silicon Roundabout Ventures who primarily invests in Deep Tech and Hard Tech. Francesco is an early stage deep tech VC who shares the importance of founding team, VC founder fit, having the right board member, and a lot more. Takeaways1.Founder-led funds provide advantages in terms of understanding the challenges faced by founders and offering relevant support.2. Deep tech encompasses companies that focus on technology development rather than ...
SummaryLearn how VCs evaluate your idea from early stage founder and investor Sam Marchant of Hambro Perks. Get insider tips on how to craft a successful pitch deck and stand out as a first-time founder in the competitive world of startup and CPG brands. Don't miss this valuable advice from an experienced entrepreneur!Takeaways1.Observing entrepreneurship in childhood can have a significant impact on one's career path.2.Consumer product goods (CPG) startups face unique challenges, including t...
Summary In this conversation, Alyona Mysko discusses her journey in finance and the motivation behind building a financial management product. She shares her early interest in math and economics, as well as the inspiration she received from professors and corporate finance professionals. Alyona emphasizes the importance of making finance accessible and easy to understand for both financial and non-financial people. She also highlights the current demand for financial management solutions...
Looking to build a $100 million business? Join startup business podcast with our guest Daniel Priestley. He shares his insights on how to build a $100 million business. From finding your niche to creating a solid business plan, Daniel will cover the key steps to building a successful startup. Don't miss out on this valuable advice from one of the top business minds in the industry!-------------------------------------------------*Prodcircle Insider*Join ~15,000+ founders and VCs in the US. Bu...
60% startups dont split equity 50-50The conversation with Peter Walker covers various topics related to startups, including structuring compensation packages, equity distribution among early hires, co-founder splits, raising capital, startup failure rates, and alternative financing options. Peter shares insights based on data from Carta, providing valuable information for founders and investors. The conversation highlights the challenges and opportunities in the startup ecosystem, partic...
If you're an early-stage startup founder and want to take your startup to the next level with venture capitalist funding, even if you've failed to secure funding in the past, don't worry! In today's episode, we're joined by Jenny Fielding venture capitalist who will teach you how to get venture capital (VC) funding, including: how to pitch them, what qualities they want, and other things venture capitalists look for before investing in any startup. No matter your past experience, this ep...
SummaryIn this conversation, Preston Rutherford discusses his early life, memories, and how his upbringing shaped him as an entrepreneur. He shares the reasons behind building Chubbies and Loop Returns, emphasizing the importance of using personal experiences as fuel for entrepreneurship. Preston also provides insights into the concept of branding, explaining that it goes beyond logos and design elements. He discusses the role of advertising for established brands and startups, highlighting t...
SummaryJason Kirby shares his entrepreneurial journey and the challenges he faced in raising venture capital. He emphasizes the importance of determining if a business is venture backable and when to raise money. Jason also discusses the role of growth stage investors and the strategies they employ. He highlights the need for founders to explore non-venture capital routes and the support Thunder.VC provides in navigating complex capital structures. In this conversation, Jason Kirby shares ins...
Dreaming of building a powerhouse brand, but your bank account whispers sweet nothings about marketing budgets? Fear not, scrappy startup warriors! This video is your secret weapon, packed with winning strategies to propel your brand to success, even on a shoestring budget.Forget fancy agencies and sky-high ad spends. We're diving deep into the world of DIY branding magic, showing you how to craft a powerful brand identity that resonates with your audience, all without breaking the bank. We'l...
This conversation explores the rise and fall of Theranos, the credibility of visionary leaders, the influence of media, and the changing landscape of entrepreneurship. The discussion highlights the importance of cohorts and the role they play in determining the success and viability of companies. It also delves into the impact of education and elitism in the entrepreneurial world. The conversation concludes with insights into the passion for problem-solving and the enjoyment derived from...
Raymond Luke shares his early context, growing up with teacher-entrepreneur parents, and the decision to wind down Year One Labs. He discusses the qualities of a good advisor and the problem with media and information on fundraising. Raymond emphasizes the importance of critical thinking in consuming advice and shares his perspective on who should raise money and when. He also explains the thesis behind Flow Ventures and HockeyStick and highlights the differences between the Canadian and US f...
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