Founder Reading – Thursday, September 19th, 2019

PRODUCT: Ryan Singer, Head of Product Strategy at Basecamp, walks through how Basecamp cultivates its unique company culture, why they use breadboards and fat marker sketches to mock up potential products, how to separate strategic failure from execution failure and more: How To Ship Work That Matters with Basecamp’s Ryan Singer

FUNDRAISING: Justin Kan of Atrium and Jason Lemkin of SaaStr, share their learnings from across 100s of investments, and provide founders with actionable insights to navigate the fundraising process: Justin Kan and Jason Lemkin: “Things VCs Say”

STRATEGY: Anu Hariharan and Adora Cheung, Partners at Y Combinator, discuss how investors evaluate startups, best approaches for minority female founders to gain visibility within venture capital (VC), common startup business models, e-commerce, product market fit and more: Startup School Week 3 Recap: Anu Hariharan and Adora Cheung

FOUNDER INTERVIEW: Rahul Vohra, Founder of Superhuman, recounts what it takes to build a truly remarkable product, how to find product market fit when you’re not yet launched, raising capital and more: How to Launch Without Launching — Advice From the Founder of Superhuman

 Melody Koh, Partner at NextView Ventures, discusses the ideal flow for a pitch, the so-called people and product roadmap, key milestones to achieve long-term vision and more: Pitch Deck Month: The “Where Are You Going?” Slide

 James Allgrove, Head of US East Coast at Stripe, discusses the core steps to international expansion which include identifying the right market, assigning and hiring the most effective team, setting realistic and achievable goals and more: Move Thoughtfully and Create Things: Stripe’s 4 Steps to International Expansion

STRATEGY: Martina Lauchengco, Operating Partner at CostanoaVC, shares thoughts and insights on how to transition go-to-market from SMB to enterprise, what works on both sides of the board table and more: “Don’t listen to the Silicon Valley archetypes,” and other priceless advice I heard at the Operator Summit