About the Episode:
After that, they built a small scrappy team out of a WeWork space in downtown San Francisco and focused on growing their customer base until acquisition talks with Sendgrid serendipitously fell into their lap.
We’re also hearing from Kat Mañalac, a partner at Y-Combinator, about what investors look for in founders, and why they chose to back Jen and Chiara.
In Today’s Episode, We Talk About:
02:02 We start off by finding out what book Jen and Chiara are reading at the moment.
03:05 An overview of how Bizzy works.
03:50 Factors that led to the sale of Bizzy to Sendgrid.
05:05 How they found, reached out, and partnered with Sendgrid.
07:01 How Bizzy stood out from the thousands of other competing SaaS products in the marketplace.
08:06 How Jen and Chiara’s differences made them perfect partners.
08:35 The beginning of their friendship and collaboration.
10:36 Some piece of advice for those graduating from college and thinking of starting side projects.
11:32 How these two female co-founders pitched their investors.
12:59 Their piece of advice to female founders looking to raise funds for a business idea.
14:36 Another piece of advice on how to validate your side project idea.
16:09 Their strategy on how to get your first 100 subscribers, leads, and potential customers.
17:37 The sacrifices they’ve had to make over the past couple of years for their business.
18:38 The best investment they have made.
20:01 Their fair share of business ideas that have completely failed.
21:38 Kat talks about what investors look for in founders.
22:59 How she met Jen and Chiara.
25:46 What kind of founders apply to Y-Combinator.
26:34 The challenges female co-founders, Jen and Chiara, faced at Y-Combinator.
29:26 The important areas of your business to focus on in order to become an attractive acquisition target.
31:42 What traits you should look for in a co-founder.
34:56 Her best piece of advice for those interested in applying to programs like Y-Combinator.
36:26 What you need to know when you re-apply.
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