Eric Frenkiel, co-founder and CEO of MemSQL, discusses his journey from pre-IPO Facebook to YCombinator to a thriving In-Memory database company that has successfully navigated a fat startup path.
Venky Balasubramanian, co-founder of Plivo, along with his partner, has achieved the amazing feat of growing a relatively fast growth business to well over $10 million in revenue with just $2M in Angel financing. What’s even more impressive is that they have done this with a convertible note, first $250K from angel investors in India, followed by $1.75M from investors in the Bay Area. The company operates in the US-India mode, and for those of you working in that style, many important lessons are discussed.
Jeremy Young, CEO of Tanga Network, which has bootstrapped a ~$30M a year affiliate marketplace. It’s a Groupon-like business, but with much more sustainable unit economics and business practices. Very interesting discussion on how and why!
Daniel Gulati, Principal and Head of Seed Investment Practice at Comcast Ventures, discusses e-commerce startup trends and what can and cannot be venture financed at this stage, and why.
Pallav Nadhani, CEO and Cofounder at FusionCharts, is someone I have known for a long time, and he will always have a special place in my heart as a young entrepreneur from Calcutta, where I was born and raised. Pallav has bootstrapped an $8 million a year product company from Calcutta, and we discuss the philosophical question “Is growth at all costs desirable?” I encourage you all to think about this question amidst the Unicorn mania raging in our industry today.
Nevin Shetty, CEO of Blueprint Registry, did TechStars last year, and we discuss some strategies for getting into YCombinator and TechStars, the two high quality seed fund accelerators that are worth going through. Note, there are very few among the 7,500+ accelerators out there that are worth parting with 7-10% equity for.
Girish Rowjee, Co-Founder and CEO of Greytip Software, discusses his long journey selling HR and Payroll software to the Indian SMEs. Greytip is one of the two successful SaaS companies in India who have managed to penetrate the mid-market.
Venkat Vishwanathan, Founder and Chairman of LatentView Analytics, discusses the trends of the industry, in particular, the Do It For Me trend we’re seeing in the space.
Allan Wille, President and CEO at Klipfolio, discusses his long journey from a bootstrapped business to a venture funded, higher growth company with 8,000+ customers.
Eyal Levy, Co-founder and CEO of Yogibo, shares his lessons from the trenches building a niche online-offline brand that started with a set of bean bags. It’s a charming and very informative interview.
Christian Vanek, CEO and Co-founder of SurveyGizmo, has bootstrapped the company to $13 million and is forecasting $26 million within a year with no external funding. We had a candid discussion that was both inspiring and enlightening.
Shane Evans is Founder of Scrapinghub, a virtual company with 5M Euro in revenue and 132 people. They have employees in 43 countries and operate 100% virtually.
Mark Dorsey, VP of Business Development and Co-founder at Bonanza, discusses how the company found its unique angle to break into a group of sellers looking for specific solutions. The company has ONLY raised $1M in funding and has delivered over $75M in revenues. Great story.
David Ciccarelli, Founder and CEO at Voices.com, has scaled a two-sided marketplace to $20 million in net revenue and discusses his inspiring journey.
Nilay Banker, Founder & CEO at Inspyrus, takes us through his wonderful bootstrapping using services story, along with nuances in business model innovations.