Characteristics of a slow burn company; Advice for emerging managers; A DevOps conference in Animal Crossing & More
Your weekly Newsletter on Women in Tech and Venture Capital
Happy Sunday, and happy Mother’s Day to all mums.
2020 has been wild so far. We are seeing mass unemployment like we haven’t seen in a century, crushed consumption, a liquidity crisis that must get absorbed somewhere, and it’s unclear when and how the pandemic will end. And the stock market seems to be totally untethered from economic data.
We’re all being robbed of our rituals. From jobs, loved ones to weddings and exercising… I started this newsletter to shine light on all the incredible things women are achieving. And sharing knowledge is more important now than ever as we all navigate this crisis from different perspectives. The sky may be falling but you got an entire community willing to catch you.
Thank you for being part of Femstreet this Sunday. 👋
Social network for women Peanut, now used by 1.6m women, raised a $12M Series A. A good overview of the global support ecosystem for women entrepreneurs and investors. ReadySet is scaling to meet the demands of a changing workplace. If you’re a consumer startup looking to raise, you should read this.
From The Investor
Shopping x Gaming: On the rise of social e-commerce.
— Anu Hariharan / YC
Accelerating into a New World of Edtech.
— Mercedes Bent / Lightspeed Venture Partners
Be patient. Have an MVP fund size where your strategy works and consider bringing your target now. Focus on existing relationships. Close on what you have committed if it’s enough to get you “in business.”
Advice for emerging managers in the times of COVID-19.
— Mar Hershenson / Pear VC
How to approach strategic planning when the sky is falling, including a sample company playbook and a rocks & KPI template.
— Sarah Hodges / Pillar VC
The IT compliance and security automation landscape.
— Priyanka Somrah / Work-Bench
What are the characteristics of companies that are uniquely suited to tough times?
Single, simple use case
Small (often developer-led) team
User acquisition is cheap, simple, self-service
Margins sustain growth
Strong community-driven support
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From The Founder & Operator
Here’s what I’ve learned building an unlimited graphic design business for 5 years.
— Marilyn Wo / MeetAnders
How my Microsoft interview landed me a higher position than I applied for.
— Mara Hart / Microsoft
From data science to product management: the journey of a woman in AI.
— Fernanda Baker / SamsumgNEXT
Are you a mum and trying to start your next company? Here are some tips for getting more done with less time.
— Amanda Goetz / TheKnot
Fundraise from Home: Pitch early-stage investors at once, from the comfort of your own home. You can even wear your PJs. Apply now.
How Do Enterprises Manage Their Spend with Zoom CFO Kelly Steckelberg and Zendesk CFO Elena Gomez
Leading with Empathy and Kindness with Guild Education Founder & CEO Rachel Carlson and Textio Founder & CEO Kieran Snyder
More Things I Consumed This Week
Copy: A recession planning framework for SaaS companies.
And In Case You Missed It
Remote management strategies - for members only
Tips on hiring, people operations & GTM strategy - for everyone
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