Angel investing returns and takeaways; How to prepare for an enterprise sales pipeline review; Lessons from a failed startup
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Good morning from London. This is issue No. 156 and here’s what you'll learn today:
How to find a technical co-founder.
Real-life angel investing returns and takeaways.
A guide to successful onboarding for consumer product companies.
How you can best prepare an enterprise sales pipeline review for your investors.
Yale may have just turned institutional investing on its head with a new diversity edict. VC funds backed by Yale's endowment will "be measured annually on hiring, training, mentoring and retaining women and minorities on their investment staffs." A map of the top female founders in each country. We have more women-led VC funds but a new report from Women in VC shows there’s a long way to go. Chelsea Clinton’s venture capital firm Metrodora makes more investments in health and edtech. Yin Wu of Pulley is taking on Carta. Ready Set Raise, an accelerator for women built by women, announces its third class. Cyan Banister on her relationship with money and the future of Silicon Valley. Katelin Holloway, former Head of People at Reddi, is joining Alexis Ohanian’s new fund Seven Seven Six as Founding Partner.
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From The Investor
Are you a founder of a B2B SaaS company and going out fundraising soon? Jessica Lin of Work-bench shares how you can best prepare an enterprise sales pipeline review for your investors.
Best investors often get access to good deal flow. But the key to sourcing is not about getting a ton of deals your way, it’s also about getting the right kind of deal flow. Shruti Gandhi of Array Ventures on how you can build a network to generate deal flow.
“Onboarding can be the most welcoming part of your product. It can turn people who are curious about your app into your most committed users. It can turn doubters into superfans. Great onboarding is a superpower of your app.” — Josh Elman
“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Gaby Goldberg of Bessemer Ventures Partners went deep on why onboarding matters and the best practices of successful consumer product companies.
Maegan Loyst of Lerer Hippeau talked to 71 young investors to explore the top 4 Gen Z trends to watch.
One of the most important catalysts for the recent growth in financial services has been fintech enablers and infrastructure. Seema Amble of a16z analyses the promise of payroll APIs, opportunities and challenges.
From The Founder and Operator
Janine Sickmeyer of NextChapter on how to build a company in public as a non-technical founder
After 8 years and of investing in 150+ startups, software engineer Yun-Fang Juan shared her real-life angel investing returns and takeaways.
Amanda Daering of Newance on how to find a technical co-founder, whether you need a cofounder or some software built.
Are you frustrated that your progress has been slow on your growth? Sophia Sunwoo of Ascent Strategy says these are the 4 subtle signs you’re an entrepreneur who’s growing.
“Don’t lose focus. Don’t bombard customers. Don’t solve possibilities.” Wendy Maybee of Fervidia shared three lessons from a failed startup.
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And In Case You Missed It
8 things to think of when first angel investing- for members only
5 trends in data- for everyone
5 internal processes to increase customer retention- 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
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Effects of hype and exclusivity onlaunch strategies- for everyone
The Athlete CEO- for everyone
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Written by Sarah Nöckel, Early-Stage investor at Northzone. All things workplace tech, data and enterprization of consumer. Born in Germany. Based in London. You can find me elsewhere on Twitter and Instagram.