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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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