Founder Real Talk
By GGV Capital
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From GGV, this is Founder Real Talk, where we get real about the challenges that founders and startup executives face, and how they've grown from tough experiences. Check out founderrealtalk.ggvc.com for more information on the podcast and how to reach us with your founder questions. Hosted by Glenn Solomon, Managing Partner at GGV Capital.
||ExplicitFrom Open Source to Paying Customers, with Mitchell Hashimoto, Co-Founder of HashiCorp||Mitchell turned his hobby into a business that now serves 100 of the Fortune 500 companies. In this episode, he talks about how he grew the HashiCorp open source community, monetized an open-source product, and decided to bring on a CEO. Mitchell...||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHow to Hire in a Competitive Marketplace and Other Talent Questions, with Jen Holmstrom, Head of Talent at GGV Capital||Jen shares her experience working with start-ups as a talent and search specialist and answers all your most pressing questions. This episode is the first of many salon episodes where we feature an expert from the field who has worked extensively with..||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHow to Thwart Terrorist Attacks and Help Save Countless Lives, with Jay Kaplan, CEO and Co-Founder of Synack||Jay started his career at the NSA and brought his love of uncovering cyber vulnerabilities to the private sector through Synack. In this interview, Jay gives his perspective on how to find product-market fit in cyber security, how early customers...||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHow to Build Community in a New Category, with Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight||Repeat CEO Nick Mehta joined Gainsight in its Series A and has since grown the company into the customer success management category leader. In this episode Nick shares what it takes to build an industry leading company in a previously non-existent...||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHow to Build a Winning Sales Team, with Kelly Wright||Kelly Wright tells the story of how selling books door-to-door shaped her approach to start-up sales and how she went from the first sales person at Tableau to becoming the EVP and scaled the company to nearly $1B in revenue. Kelly brings 20 years of...||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEric Wu, CEO and Co-Founder of Opendoor, on How to Build a Plane While Flying and Other Tips for Founders||In this episode, Eric talks about building a capital intensive business across multiple geographies and how he balances speed vs. scale. He also discusses his controversial take on hiring, how poker influences his outlook on business, and how to...||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEdith Harbaugh, CEO & Co-Founder of LaunchDarkly, on Building an Enterprise Software Company||In this episode, Edith shares her story of founding LaunchDarkly. She walks through the valuable lessons learned from disastrous product launches to first pitch meetings. Nowadays she has a podcast called “To Be Continuous” about continuous...||8/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBarmak Meftah, President & CEO of AlienVault, and His Advice to Enterprise Founders||In this episode, Barmak discusses product-market fit, go-to-market strategies, and how to beat incumbents in the enterprise space. AlienVault was recently acquired by AT&T. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed but as shareholders, GGV Capital...||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMikkel Svane, Co-Founder and CEO of Zendesk, on Humility, Diversity and Never Getting Too Comfortable||In this episode, Mikkel talks about how three guys from Copenhagen found themselves in Silicon Valley before people invested in foreign companies, and how they were able to turn that around by creating a new category in the SaaS space and take Zendesk..||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJackie Reses, Lead of Square Capital and People Lead of Square, on Talent, Culture, and Hiring for Fields That Don’t Exist||In this episode, Jackie shares how she brought the rigor of private equity to People Operations at Square. Along the way she talks about how she found an entrepreneurial opportunity within the company through Square Capital, how she built a team for a..||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStewart Butterfield, Founder & CEO of Slack, on the Secret(s) to Slack’s Success||In this episode, Stewart tells Slack’s origin story and the hard decisions it took to get there, elaborating on when to follow your dreams and when to "stop banging your head into the ground until you bleed out." Stewart Butterfield is the...||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitLaura Behrens Wu, CEO & Co-founder of Shippo, on Why Culture is Not a Fluffy Word||In this episode, Laura talks about her experience being a young CEO from a different country, how she built Shippo's culture from the top-down, and how her executive coach made her more like Steve Jobs. Laura Behrens Wu is the founder and CEO of...||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRuss Fradin, CEO & Co-founder of Dynamic Signal, on building 6 companies in 22 years||In this episode, Russ tells the stories of life as a serial entrepreneur, including knowing when to pivot…or not, how to build delightful company culture, and how to be unapologetic about work-life balance. Russ Fradin is the founder and CEO...||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNate Blecharczyk, Co-founder of Airbnb, on Selling Breakfast Cereal and Other Growth Hacks||In this episode, Nate chats about how to get out of the “trough of sorrows” through finding product-market fit, growing a global marketplace, and thinking outside (or inside) the box on building a business. Nathan (Nate) Blecharczyk is the...||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSarah Friar, CFO of Square, on Innovation, Leadership and the Value of Understanding Your Customer’s Struggle||In this episode, Sarah chats about how to not ruin someone's day, or livelihood, the importance of staying ahead, and how leadership inspires change across an organization. Sarah Friar is CFO and Operations Lead at Square. Sarah joined Square in July...||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
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Great guests, great questions and I’ve learned a lot.
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Great content from GGV Capital—so cool that they interview female execs and founders. Looking forward to more episodes!