You can marshal the power of millennials to grow your company, but you have to redefine your concept of loyalty. To keep millennials as users (and employees), you’ll need to keep evolving — and help them evolve. No one understands this better than Brit + Co Founder Brit Morin. As a maker and media creator, Brit is constantly co-evolving with her (mostly millennial) audience—and team. It’s a secret to scale with the generation adapted to a world of constant change. | With a cameo appearance by relationship therapist Esther Perel (Bestselling author and Host of the podcast “Where Should We Begin”). Esther has lately turned her eye toward work relationships; her perspective on the millennial generation — and the broad social trends that have shaped their collective character — may give you an “Aha!” moment.
E875: Founder & CEO Andrew Parker built Papa to solve loneliness across generations with “grandkids on demand” companionship & non-skilled assistance, shares progress since YC, expanding & pursuing partnership w/ Medicare, & securing $2.4m from Alexis Ohanian
This week, Uber was first in line due to the scale of its results. The firm disclosed its third-quarter results including slowing growth (in percentage terms), steep losses on a GAAP basis (GAAP means that all costs were counted) and adjusted losses that fell in the period. Next up was the big deal of the week, effectively. The Qualtrics exit to SAP for $8 billion in cash, a portion of which it borrowed, as we point out. The deal meant that the company didn't actually go public (boo), but it still made a hell of a splash all the same.
E874: #AllAskJason Call-In: Jason’s candid feedback on getting investors’ attention pre- product-market fit, selling the big vision, conquering small markets before big, optimizing potential in apparel, breaking into tech from outside SV
E873: The Syndicate Showcase: Jason presents 3 portfolio startups & reveals why he invested; founders demo & share accomplishments resulting from Jason’s Syndicate, w/ CafeX (robotic coffee), LeadIQ (sales prospecting), Kush Marketplace (wholesale cannabis)
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was a blast. Connie and I were in the studio with our guest, True Ventures's Tony Conrad, while Danny repped the other side of the country, dialing in from New York.
E871: Craig Newmark on founding & scaling profitable legend Craigslist with dogged dedication to customer service & no VC, now driven to fund the good work in the world, reverse misinformation & stay in touch with what’s real to get our country back on track
Your first hires = cultural cofounders. And it’s worth your time to get every one right. Workday CEO Aneel Bhusri personally interviewed his first FIVE HUNDRED employees at Workday. He knows how to map back from the culture he wants, to employee attributes to interview questions. Today, with 8000+ employees and $2b in annual revenue, Workday is consistently rated one of the best places to work. With cameo appearances by Danny Meyer (Founder, Shake Shack), Arianna Huffington (founder, Thrive Global), Michael Bush (CEO, Great Place to Work) and Joyce Nethry (founder of Jeptha Creed Distillery).
E870: CEO Bentley Hall brings Good Eggs back from the brink to raise $50m Series C led by Bill Gurley, stays focused on foundation & happy customers before hyper-growth, shares inventory & plans to expand on a mission to make fresh food the default not the exception
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week, we missed Alex Wilhelm, who was sunning himself somewhere (vitamin D deficit), but we had a rollicking time nonetheless with TC's very excellent VC reporter Kate Clark, along with our always dependable co-host Danny Crichton and, in a bit of perfect timing, investor Brad Twohig of Lightspeed Venture Partners, whose firm participated in one of the week's biggest financings, a $1.25 billion round for Epic Games, maker of the gaming smash hit "Fortnite."
E869: Mar Hershenson, Pear VC: “Building Companies from 0 to 1” & what startups need to get from idea to Series A; & James Currier, NFX: “Network Effects Produces 70% of the Value in Tech” & how startups can create network effects for defensibility @ LAUNCH SCALE
E868: Calm Co-founder Alex Tew shares lessons on hyper-growth done well, finding the right investors, creating a new market & making a positive difference in the world with 1m+ subscribers, $80m revenue & a $250m valuation
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week the normal band was together, with Connie Loizos, Danny Crichton, and myself on hand along with IVP investor Jules Maltz.
Chris and Heidi Powell have been in the business of transforming lives for a long time. Their television show Extreme Weight Loss helped people lose weight and transform their lifestyles. Since the show, they have put their weight training effort into building a fitness and lifestyle app- The Transformation App. See how they went digital with their workouts and weight training.
When it comes to social media marketing, it is important to keep your content full of fresh pictures and stories, which can quickly become expensive. The founder of Social Native has created a way to keep up the content and keep down the cost. He’s enlisting customers to supply the content and earn money for themselves. See how he’s built what is being called “the uber of content.”
You know Kristin Cavallari from reality TV, but she has recently become a well-known name as an entrepreneur. She founded lifestyle brand Uncommon James and opened her first brick and mortar store in Nashville, Tennessee. She shows us how she launched her company and became a business owner.
Speeding through airport security is easier than ever thanks to Caryn Seidman-Becker and the CLEAR lanes at your airport. Becker took a leap of faith when she bought the company out of Bankruptcy in 2010. She is now the CEO of the successful business that is being implemented to theme parks and stadiums. She talks with us about the risks she took and where the future of CLEAR is headed.
As one time mainstream favourite Nokia attempts a comeback with models like the 7 plus. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com
How the Uttamchandanis are transforming the 11,500 crore rupee group from a predominantly trading firm into a fast moving electrical goods maker. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com
From education to automobiles to health care, a clutch of nascent Indian ventures is using artificial Intelligence and machine learning to change the way we live and work. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com
With investment from SoftBank, Indias biggest online insurance aggregator PolicyBazaar is ready for its next big foray, Health care on tap. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com
Most people are already rubbing shoulders with advanced technology at work. The future of work is enthralling, but it also brings some scares. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com
How Asian giants slug it out for pole positon in the Indian smartphone market. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com
Rapidly burgeoning consumer borrowing may not impact the Indian economy yet but it sure is altering the culture of credit. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com
Bajaj Auto is today the worlds third largest motorcycle company, but what will it take for Rajiv Bajaj to get closer to Indias largest, asks Rajiv Singh of Forbes India. Podcast produced in association with theindicast.com
Actress Jennifer Garner has taken her work to the yogurt aisle. She is one of the founders of organic baby food company Once Upon A Farm. This Biz Star talks with us about becoming an entrepreneur and why she was passionate about the baby food industry.
He’s the biggest star on a skateboard, and at 50, he’s still doing the tricks that earned him the nickname, The Birdman. Today, Tony Hawk is referred to as an entrepreneur about as much as he’s called an athlete. We visited him in California to find out how he’s built a multi-million dollar empire and become a business star.
Kareem “Biggs” Burke helped Jay-Z launch Roc-A-Fella records in the 90’s: how his entrepreneurial spirit grew.
Kareem “Biggs” Burke helped Jay-Z and Damon Dash launch Roc-A-Fella records in the 90’s, which would sky rocket Jay-Z’s career. Biggs’ entrepreneurial spirit started as a kid on the streets of Harlem and has led him to now help grow dozens of businesses. We followed Biggs around as he wheels and deals to see what a day in the life of a mogul looks like.
In 1997, the Hanson brothers ruled the airwaves with their hit song “MMMBop.” More than 20 years later, they’re still an active band releasing new music ever year. They’ve now ventured into new territory with beer. Find out how they made their way to “MMMhops.”
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This was one hell of a week. Happily, we had our own Connie Loizos, Matthew Lynley, and Alex Wilhelm on hand, along with Initialized Capital's Alexis Ohanian to pick over the mix.
E839: Mapistry CEO & Founder Allie Janoch shares her SaaS platform for environmental regulation that provides detailed & inexpensive data in real-time, flips incentives for managers toward compliance, overturns dire pollution problems & investor skepticism to scale
To succeed, you have to be relentless about pursuing a big opportunity — and ruthless about killing your own bad ideas along the way. Zynga founder Mark Pincus up-ended the gaming industry with social games like Farmville and Words with Friends. And he did it by gathering data; killing ideas that didn't move the needle, and going all-in on the ones that did. With cameos by Andrea Jones-Rooy, analyst at FiveThirtyEight, and comedian Matt Ruby, founder of Vooza.
Adina Reyter founded her jewelry company, Adina Reyter, in 2001. In 2016 when her business was at the height of its success and she was planning to launch a new website, her son was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Adina had to go through the mental and emotional tolls of her son’s illness which prompted three surgeries. See how she kept up with the company she built while keeping her focus on her son’s health.
E838: David Sacks on raising $350m for Craft Ventures, betting big on scooter unicorn Bird & transforming transportation, future of VR & crypto, lessons scaling Yammer from 0 to $1b, cleaning up Zenefits, keys to frictionless flywheel & great early-stage investing @ LAUNCH Angel Summit
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had another full house which made for a good time. Our own Connie Loizos, Matthew Lynley and I were joined by Renata Quintini, a partner at Lux Capital. Today's episode is a grab bag of topics, including some self-driving stuff, late-stage venture noodling, and Microsoft. So, this show hit on every topic I used to have listed on my OkCupid profile. First up was Zoox's epic $500 million infusion. The self-driving company is notable for its full-stack approach, and, as Lux is a long-time investor in the project, we had the perfect guest on hand to help us discuss it. As you can imagine, we dug around who else is working in the space, what SoftBank is up to, and why Zoox might need so much capital.
E837: #StartupTuneup @ LAUNCH Festival Sydney: Founders pitch Jason on solutions in user-generated video, hiring salespeople fast, attention marketplace for biz, mentorship matching platform, finding nearest parking & more
Founded by Stanford professor Patrick Brown in 2011, the Impossible Burger is the plant based alternative meat patty. Brown and his team have set out to change the minds of meat lovers by creating meat directly from plants. Instead of going directly to the consumer, the Impossible Burger was authentically promoted by popular chefs and restaurants. It quickly gained popularity and is now carried in over 1600 restaurants and fast food carriers around the US.
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had the full crew in the studio along with a friend. The excellent Connie Loizos hosted, and Matthew Lynley and I were both on as well, along with our guest this week: Graham Brown, a partner at Lerer Hippeau, an early-stage venture fund based in New York.
You may think that to scale you need to cut humans out of the equation. The opposite is true. You can harness the power of the "human cloud" to solve almost any problem — as long as you keep the word “human” in the equation. That's what TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot champions for this community of people who work with each other, teach each other, and continually learn from each other. With cameos by DeLashea Strawder (Mosaic Youth Theater in Detroit) and Whitney Johnson (Author, "Build An A Team").
Masters of Scale returns on Wed July 11th with Season 3, featuring the entrepreneurs who wrote the rule book of Silicon Valley - as well as the ones who challenge those rules. We'll hear hard-won insights from the founders of Spotify, Instagram, TaskRabbit, Shake Shack, Glossier and Zynga. Plus Tory Burch, Gwyneth Paltrow, Arianna Huffington, Marissa Mayer, and Dara Khosrowshahi, the new CEO of Uber. You can learn more at MastersofScale.com.
Staying up to speed with new technology advancements is what Baby Boomer Robin Raskin has been doing for over 40 years. Raskin runs Living in Digital Times, a convention and events company that focuses on tech. She is checking out the newest tech startups and future trends of technology at the Collision conference in New Orleans. Find out how she stays on top in the millennial-dominated tech industry.
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we were back in the studio with Connie Loizos and myself hanging out with Jai Das, a managing director at Sapphire Ventures. Our beloved Matthew Lynley was off this week, but he’ll be back for the next episode.