Cashflow confidence; SaaS metrics; Canva's valuation doubles & More
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Hi superstars. This is issue No. 141.
Here’s what you will learn today:
Top things to consider when creating a pitch deck.
4 steps to cashflow confidence.
Understanding a gamer’s brain.
Design software unicorn Canva hits $6B valuation in a recent $60M raise amid Covid-19 boom. Largest Black-led VC fund Base10 Partners raises another $250M. How to address the lack of board diversity. Palantir adds the journalist Alexandra Wolfe Schiff as a first woman to its board ahead of the IPO. Beyoncé created a directory of Black owned businesses. What 👁👄👁 actually means and the great team behind it. Purist's digital care package.
Stacy Brown-Philpot is stepping down as after 7 years as COO and CEO of TaskRabbit.
Bessemer Venture Partners promotes Mary D'Onofrio to Vice President.
Sophia Amoruso, the founder Girlboss, is stepping down as CEO.
From The Investor
For early-stage SaaS companies looking to raise future growth rounds, here's what growth stage funds typically ask to see for diligence. Yasmin Razavi / Spark Capital
The key components of a marketing funnel and how you are going to optimize and iterate on your marketing machine.
Learnings from providing founders and fund managers feedback on their pitch decks and top things to consider when creating one. Elizabeth Yin / Hustle Fund
If you surround yourself with positive, energetic people in your life — your spouse/ life partner, your friends, your coworkers, your network — I promise you that you will do your best work.
Here’s more on the secret to doing your best work. Ha Nguyen / Spero Ventures
The Basecamp vs Apple fiasco and the power of conflict in storytelling. Jax Vullinghs / AirTree
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From The Operator
You are a PM and want to improve your analytical skills? Here’s some practical advice for product managers who struggle to incorporate data analysis into their product management toolkit. Amy Lin / Verizon Media
Understanding the success of Fortnite and the gamer’s brain: A UX and psychology perspective. Celia Hodent / former Director of UX at Epic Games
I want to see a world where men and women, who make up equal halves of humanity, also make up equal halves of leadership.
Must read: She sold her company to Autodesk for $875 million in 2018 and here are her reflections on being a female founder. Tracy Young / formerly Plangrid
4 steps to cashflow confidence that will help you to keep running. Deborah Okenla / YSYS
5 truths from a CEO who created his own category. Kira Colburn / Work-Bench
🗓️June 30 Female Founder Office Hours by Anthemis
🗓️July 1 Creandum x Female Founders: New Work
🗓️July 2 Female Founders in B2B Tech
A note from a partner
Envision is a virtual accelerator for womxn and people of color who are currently in college or recent graduates, with the goal of diversifying the entrepreneurship and venture world by providing equity-free funding, hands-on workshops, resources, mentorship, and individualized support for founders. The first cohort will run from July 6 - August 30. There will be virtual weekly programming and events including hands-on workshops on all topics from industry leaders (from founders of Product Hunt, Backstage Capital, Birchbox and more), founder roundtables/AMAs, and office hours with investors.
And In Case You Missed It
Tips for founder personal brand building - for members only
How to build and scale a remarkable startup without compromising on people or culture - for everyone
6 lessons from building a business in a downturn - for members only
VC interview tips and templates with Going VC- for everyone
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Written by Sarah Nöckel, Early-Stage investor at Northzone. All things workplace tech and enterprization of consumer. Born in Germany. Based in London. You can find me elsewhere on Twitter and Instagram.