The TC initial phase is back in July and we have a great lineup in store that focuses on marketing and fundraising. This includes, but is not limited to, Mike Vernal of Sequia, whose portfolio companies include Citizen, PixArt, Whisper, Threads, Houseparty and more.
Vernal will lead the discussion on tempo and product-market fit. The conversation stems from Vernal’s experience as an investor, not only to secure early investment, but to share lesser-known keys to success in order to secure later-stage investments.
In short, tempo is everything. In the initial phase, investors are looking at the team more than the product, knowing that the product is more likely to change and develop. This means that the ability to adapt – including systems for collecting feedback and willingness to continue iterating – are incredibly important factors.
Vernal will not only emphasize the importance of tempo and product iteration (and how it relates to fundraising success), he will also share how both enterprise and consumer companies need to create and quickly iterate with these feedback loops with customers. How to go about
Vernal joined Sekoya in 2016 as a partner. He currently sits on the boards of Citizen, Jumpstart, RideOS, PixArt, Rockset, Threads and Whisper. Prior to Sequoia, Mike was VP at Facebook, where he led various product and engineering teams. He co-created the Facebook login and graph API.
In other words, he saw and participated in the success, and did the work of product iteration himself.
Vernal joins a stellar lineup of speakers on the TC Early Stage in July, including Norwest Venture Partners’ Lisa Wu, GrayLock’s Mike Dubey and Cleo Capital’s Sarah Kunst, to be announced soon.
One of the great things about TC Early Stage is that the show is designed around a breakout session, with each speaker mastering the art of a specific startup core competency (eg fundraising, designing a brand, PR Doing and more) leads a chat around. In addition, each session has plenty of time for Q&A from the audience.
Choose your ticket for the event, which goes down on July 8 and July 9. And if you do it before the end of today, you will save $ 100 from your registration.