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Fredrik Skantze On Being Forced To Close Down His First Business And Now Raising $65M To Prepare Marketing Data For Better Reporting

Fredrik Skantze On Being Forced To Close Down His First Business And Now Raising $65M To Prepare Marketing Data For Better Reporting

Fredrik Skantze is the co-founder and CEO of Funnel which designs and develops software/platforms that help marketers automate their data collection for reporting and analysis. The company has raised so far $65 million from investors such as Eight Roads Ventures, Balderton Capital, F-Prime Capital, and Industrifonden to name a few.

Idriss Al Rifai: From Pro Basketball Player To Building A Business With 5,000 Employees

Idriss Al Rifai: From Pro Basketball Player To Building A Business With 5,000 Employees

Idriss Al Rifai is the co-founder and CEO of Fetchr which is an international express, mail delivery, and logistics services company. The business has raised so far $100 million from top tier investors including New Enterprise Associates (NEA), NGP Capital, Winklevos Capital, and Mobility Ventures to name a few.

Jason Tan On Raising $100 Million To Make The Internet Safer

Jason Tan On Raising $100 Million To Make The Internet Safer

Jason Tan is the CEO and co-founder of Sift, a San Francisco-based technology company that fights online fraud with large-scale machine learning. The company has raised over $100 million from top tier investors like Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital, Founder Collective, Union Square Ventures, and Spark Capital.

Murli Thirumale: His First Business Was Acquired By Citrix, His Second By Dell, And Now Raised $50 Million For His Next Startup

Murli Thirumale: His First Business Was Acquired By Citrix, His Second By Dell, And Now Raised $50 Million For His Next Startup

Murli Thirumale is the co-founder and CEO of Portworx which is the solution for stateful containers running in production. The company has raised over $50 million from HPE, Cisco, GE, and others. Prior to this, Murli Thirumale worked at Dell (following a successful acquisition), Citrix (also post-acquisition) and HP in executive roles.

Brenden Millstein On Raising $133 Million To Help Industrial Buildings Become Carbon Neutral

Brenden Millstein On Raising $133 Million To Help Industrial Buildings Become Carbon Neutral

Brenden Millstein is CEO & Co-founder of Carbon Lighthouse which is on a mission to stop climate change by making it easy and profitable for building owners to cut carbon emissions caused by wasted energy. The company has raised over $130 million from investors like Elemental Excelerator, CEAS Investments, Cox Enterprises, SV Tech Ventures, The Social Entrepreneurs Fund, JCI Ventures, and GRC SinoGreen Fund to name a few.

Andrew Collins On Raising $68 Million To Reinvent How You Live With Roommates

Andrew Collins On Raising $68 Million To Reinvent How You Live With Roommates

Andrew Collins is the co-founder and CEO of Bungalow which is a residential real estate platform that provides renters with a more convenient, flexible, and communal living solution. The company has raised $68 million from Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund, Maverick Ventures, Cherubic Ventures, Coatue Management, UpHonest Capital, Wing Venture Capital, CAA Ventures, Atomic, Nine Four Ventures, and A-Rod Corp.

Sacha Labourey On Raising $100 Million To Build The First End-To-End Automated Software Delivery System

Sacha Labourey On Raising $100 Million To Build The First End-To-End Automated Software Delivery System

Sacha Labourey is the co-founder and CEO of CloudBees which develops an end-to-end automated software delivery system that allows companies to balance governance and developer freedom. The company has raised over $100 million from investors like Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix Partners, Verizon Ventures, HSBC, Delta-v Capital, Blue Cloud Ventures, Unusual Ventures, and Golub Capital to name a few.

Derrick Fung On Raising $70 Million To Reward Loyal Shoppers With Gift Cards

Derrick Fung On Raising $70 Million To Reward Loyal Shoppers With Gift Cards

Derrick Fung is the co-founder and CEO of Drop which is an intelligent mobile rewards platform for debit and credit cards. The company has raised over $70 million from investors such as NEA, ff Venture Capital, Sierra Ventures, CRCM Ventures, Rothenberg Ventures, Hedgewood, White Star Capital, HIGHLINEvc, and RBC Capital, to name a few.

Jaron Waldman: His First Business Failed, Then He Sold His Second To Apple, And Just Sold His Third One To Rakuten For Millions

Jaron Waldman: His First Business Failed, Then He Sold His Second To Apple, And Just Sold His Third One To Rakuten For Millions

Jaron Waldman is the cofounder of Curbside which develops a mobile application to find, buy, and pick up products from stores. The company raised $60 million before its acquisition by Rakuten. Prior to this Jaron Waldman founded Placebase which he sold to Apple. 

Saar Yoskovitz On Raising $60 Million To Listen To Machines And Tell You What‘s Wrong

Saar Yoskovitz On Raising $60 Million To Listen To Machines And Tell You What‘s Wrong

Saar Yoskovitz is the cofounder and CEO of Augury which is an Industrial IoT company that brings predictive maintenance to new markets with cutting-edge machine learning and AI technology. The company has raised over $60 million from top tier investors such as Lerer Hippeau, First Round Capital, Insight Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, Pritzker Group, Formation 8, Sound Ventures, Eclipse Ventures, and Munich Re Ventures to name a few. 

Peter Reinhardt On Failing Twice Before Raising $300 Million For His Startup

Peter Reinhardt On Failing Twice Before Raising $300 Million For His Startup

Peter Reinhardt is the cofounder and CEO of Segment which provides a customer data infrastructure that helps businesses put their customers first. The company has raised $300 million from top tier investors such as Accel, Google Ventures, Meritech Capital Partners, Thrive Capital, NEA, Kleiner Perkins, and General Catalyst to name a few. 

Minnie Ingersoll On Being An Early Employee At Google And Then Building A $100 Million Business

Minnie Ingersoll On Being An Early Employee At Google And Then Building A $100 Million Business

Minnie Ingersoll is the cofounder of Shift which is an online marketplace for buying and selling used cars. The compány has raised $300 million from investors such as Highland Capital Partners, Great Oaks Venture Capital, and DCM Ventures to name a few. She is now a partner at the early stage VC TenOneTen and also hosts the LA Venture podcast.

Gero Decker On Building A $400 Million Business By Helping Companies Make The Most Out Of Their Operational Data

Gero Decker On Building A $400 Million Business By Helping Companies Make The Most Out Of Their Operational Data

Gero Decker is the co-founder and CEO of Signavio which provides tools for business process management. The company has raised over $200 million from investors like Apax Digital and Summit Partners. The company has become an emerging global leader for Business Process Management.

Joshua Motta On Selling His First Business To Microsoft At 15 And Now Raising $50 Million To Keep Companies Safe From Cyber Crimes

Joshua Motta On Selling His First Business To Microsoft At 15 And Now Raising $50 Million To Keep Companies Safe From Cyber Crimes

Joshua Motta is the co-founder and CEO of Coalition which protects the value of a business with Coalition’s intelligence, risk management, and insurance offerings. The company has raised over $50 million from top tier investors such as Hillhouse Capital House, Ribbit Capital, Vy Capital, Valor Equity Partners, and Greenoaks Capital to name a few. 

Mike Cagney: His Previous Business Is Worth $4.2 Billion And His Latest Startup Just Reached $1.2 Billion Valuation

Mike Cagney: His Previous Business Is Worth $4.2 Billion And His Latest Startup Just Reached $1.2 Billion Valuation

Mike Cagney is the co-founder and CEO of Figure which provides consumer financial solutions intended for home improvement, debt consolidation, and retirement planning. The company has raised over $230 million at a $1.2 billion valuation from investors like DCM Ventures, Digital Currency Group, DHVC, Ulu Ventures, DST Global, Thomvest Ventures, Nimble Ventures, and Ribbit Capital to name a few. Prior to this, he founded SoFi which has raised billions and is worth over $4 billion at the moment. 

Oisin Hanrahan On Raising $100 Million To Help You Book Home Services

Oisin Hanrahan On Raising $100 Million To Help You Book Home Services

Oisin Hanrahan is the cofounder of Handy which is an app through which users can book cleaners, plumbers, handymen, and other household service providers. The company raised over $100 million from investors like General Catalyst, Highland Capital Partners, Slow Ventures, Box Group, Revolution, and Fidelity to name a few. Handy was recently acquired by ANGI Homeservices. 

Rachel Drori On Raising $43 Million To Deliver To Your Door Healthy Plant-Based Meals

Rachel Drori On Raising $43 Million To Deliver To Your Door Healthy Plant-Based Meals

Rachel Drori is the founder and CEO of Daily Harvest which delivers superfood eats delivered to your door, frozen and ready to enjoy on your schedule. The company has raised $43 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Collaborative Fund, BAM Ventures, Hedgewood, 14W, M13, Rubicon Venture Capital, and Serena Ventures to name a few. 

Aman Narang On Raising $400 Million To Change How You Order Your Drinks

Aman Narang On Raising $400 Million To Change How You Order Your Drinks

Aman Narang is the co-founder and President of Toast which is an all-in-one point-of-sale and restaurant management platform for businesses in the foodservice and hospitality space. The company has raised so far over $400 million from top tier investors like Bessemer Venture Partners, Google Ventures, Tiger Global Management, TCV, Eight Roads Ventures, E-Prime Capital, T-Rowe Price, and Lead Edge Capital to name a few. 

Amar Hanspal On Managing 10,000 Employees And Raising $200M To Help Drive The Future Of Manufacturing

Amar Hanspal On Managing 10,000 Employees And Raising $200M To Help Drive The Future Of Manufacturing

Amar Hanspal is the co-founder and CEO of Bright Machines which focuses on changing the speed, flexibility, and economics of manufacturing through intelligent software and adaptive robotics. The company has raised over $200 million from Eclipse Ventures, Geodesic Capital, and Flex. Prior to this, he was the co-CEO of Autodesk.

Alex Kazerani On Selling His Business For $400M And Raising $30M To Help You Unlock Your Office Door

Alex Kazerani On Selling His Business For $400M And Raising $30M To Help You Unlock Your Office Door

Alex Kazerani is the co-founder and CEO of Openpath which offers a mobile and cloud-enabled access control system for businesses and landlords. The company has raised $30 million from investors like Unfront Ventures, Pritzker Group, Emergence, Sorenson Capital, Bonfire Ventures, and Fika Ventures. Prior to this, Alex Kazerani cofounded HostPro (acquired by Micron Electronics for $25 million), KnowledgeBase Solutions (acquired by Talisma for over $10 million), and EdgeCast (acquired by Verizon for $400 million).

Osama Elkady On Being 20 Years At Oracle And Then Raising $70M To Reinvent How Companies Analyze Their Data

Osama Elkady On Being 20 Years At Oracle And Then Raising $70M To Reinvent How Companies Analyze Their Data

Osama Elkady is the co-founder and CEO of Incorta which is an analytics software platform that speeds up data ingestion. The company has raised nearly $75 million from a host of Silicon Valley heavyweights – the company counts GV (formerly Google Ventures), Kleiner Perkins, M12 (formerly Microsoft Ventures), Sorenson Capital, Telstra Ventures, and major investor Ron Wohl.

René Rechtman On Selling His Startup To AOL For $100M, His Next One To Disney For $675M, And Now Raising $145M

René Rechtman On Selling His Startup To AOL For $100M, His Next One To Disney For $675M, And Now Raising $145M

René Rechtman is the co-founder and CEO of Moonbug which is a universe of fun and safe digital IP for pre-schoolers. The company has raised $145 million from The Raine Group, Felix Capital, and Fertitta Capital. Prior to this, he sold Maker Studios for $500 Million to Disney and before this, he sold Goviral to AOL for $100 million.

Peter Bailis On Becoming A Stanford Professor At 25 And Raising $66M To Help You Understand Your Data

Peter Bailis On Becoming A Stanford Professor At 25 And Raising $66M To Help You Understand Your Data

Peter Bailis is the co-founder and CEO of Sisu which is a software that empowers people to make better decisions with data. The company has raised $66 million from top tier investors including Andreessen Horowitz, New Enterprise Associates, and Green Bay Ventures. 

Poojan Kumar On Raising $200M Three Months After Launching His Cloud Data Startup

Poojan Kumar On Raising $200M Three Months After Launching His Cloud Data Startup

Poojan Kumar is the co-founder and CEO of Clumio which is a data backup and recovery software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider. The company has raised close to $200M from Index Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, Altimer Capital, and Human Capital. Kumar’s previous company, storage startup PernixData, was acquired by Nutanix.

Colleen Cutcliffe On Raising $57 Million To Heal Your Gut

Colleen Cutcliffe On Raising $57 Million To Heal Your Gut

Colleen Cutcliffe is the cofounder and CEO of Pendulum Therapeutics which develops novel interventions that target the human microbiome to improve the lives of patients suffering from a variety of diseases. The company has raised so far $57 million from top tier investors like Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures, and True Ventures.

Mauria Finley On Selling Her First Business For $50M And Now Reinventing The Personal Shopping Experience

Mauria Finley On Selling Her First Business For $50M And Now Reinventing The Personal Shopping Experience

Mauria Finley is the founder and CEO of Allume which is an on-demand personal shopping service that matches women with experienced stylists who help them find clothing and accessories that fit their body, budget and style. The company has raised $10M from True Ventures and GGV Capital. Prior to this Mauria Finley founded Citrus Lane which was acquired for $50M by Care.com.

Sean Harper and Lucas Ward On Raising Over $60 Million To Change How Homeowners Get Insured

Sean Harper and Lucas Ward On Raising Over $60 Million To Change How Homeowners Get Insured

Sean Haper and Lucas Ward are the cofounders of Kin Insurance which fixes home insurance through intuitive tech, affordable pricing, and world-class customer service. The company has raised so far over $60 million from investors such as 500 Startups, Omydiar Network, August Capital, Chicago Ventures and Commerce Ventures to name a few. 

Arad Levertov On Raising $50M To Give You Better Access To Credit

Arad Levertov On Raising $50M To Give You Better Access To Credit

Arad Levertov is the cofounder and CEO of Sunbit which is a financial technology platform that helps retailers and customers split in-store purchases into manageable payments. The company has raised over $50 million from investors such as Chicago Ventures, Group11, Zeev Ventures, G-Bar Ventures, and Heroic Ventures. 

Andrew Feldman On Generating Over $1B From Selling His Startups And Now Raising $200M To Accelerate Deep Learning

Andrew Feldman On Generating Over $1B From Selling His Startups And Now Raising $200M To Accelerate Deep Learning

Andrew Feldman is the co-founder and CEO of Cerebras Systems which is a computer systems company dedicated to accelerating deep learning. The company has raised so far $200 million from top tier investors like Benchmark, Foundation Capital, and Altimer Capital. Prior to this, Andrew Feldman cofounded SeaMicro (acquired by AMD for $355M) and Riverstone Networks (acquired by YAGO for $280M).

Jeff White On Selling Two Startups For Millions And Now Raising $20M To Take On The $270B Big Data Industry

Jeff White On Selling Two Startups For Millions And Now Raising $20M To Take On The $270B Big Data Industry

Jeff White is the co-founder and CEO of Gravy Analytics which is the leading provider of real-world location intelligence for marketers. The company has raised over $20 million from investors such as Gannett, Spring Lake Equity Partners, and Loeb Global Ventures. Prior to this, he co-founded Blue Canopy (acquired by Jacobs) and GovWin (acquired Deltek).

Sammy Dorf On Raising $100 Million In 48 Hours For His Cannabis Business

Sammy Dorf On Raising $100 Million In 48 Hours For His Cannabis Business

Sammy Dorf is the cofounder of Verano Holdings which is a vertically-integrated operator of licensed cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and retail facilities dedicated to improving lives by providing safe access to effective organic cannabis products that enhance health and wellness and by positively impacting the communities it serves. The company raised over $120 million before it got acquired by Harvest Health And Recreation in a deal worth $850 million. 

Marco Zappacosta On Building A $1.7 Billion Business By Connecting Customers With Local Services

Marco Zappacosta On Building A $1.7 Billion Business By Connecting Customers With Local Services

Marco Zappacosta is the co-founder and CEO at Thumbtack which is an online marketplace that connects millions of people with local professionals for their projects. The company has raised over $420 million from top tier investors such as Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global, Draper Associate, and Javelin Venture Partners to name a few.

Alex Friedman On Raising $35 Million To Disrupt Reproductive Health For Women

Alex Friedman On Raising $35 Million To Disrupt Reproductive Health For Women

Alex Friedman is the co-founder and CEO of LOLA which is the first lifelong brand for a woman’s body, providing the transparency and candor women deserve when it comes to products and content for their reproductive health. The company has raised over $35 million from top tier investors such as Lerer Hippeau, Spark Capital, BoxGroup, and tennis player Serena Williams to name a few.

Fred Kneip On Raising $9 Million With Just An Idea And A PowerPoint

Fred Kneip On Raising $9 Million With Just An Idea And A PowerPoint

Fred Kneip is the co-founder and CEO of CyberGRX which provides the most comprehensive third-party cyber risk management platform to cost-effectively identify, assess, mitigate and monitor an enterprise’s risk exposure across its entire partner ecosystem. The company has raised over $60M from top tier investors such as Bessemer Venture Partners, Google Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, AllegisCyber, Blakstone, Telstra Ventures, and Rally Ventures to name a few.

Nathan McCauley: From Early Employee At Square To Raising $57 Million To Keep Institutional Investors Safe With Crypto Investments

Nathan McCauley: From Early Employee At Square To Raising $57 Million To Keep Institutional Investors Safe With Crypto Investments

Nathan McCauley is the co-founder and CEO of Anchorage which is a crypto-native digital asset custodian that uses modern security engineering to help institutions safeguard their investments. The company has raised over $50 million from investors such as Blockchain Capital, Khosla Ventures, SV Angel, Andreessen Horowitz, and Polychain to name a few. Prior to this Nathan McCauley was an early employee at Square.

Reuven Moskowitz On Selling His First Business At 22 And Then Raising $50M To Take On The $450B Legal Tech Industry

Reuven Moskowitz On Selling His First Business At 22 And Then Raising $50M To Take On The $450B Legal Tech Industry

Reuven Moskowitz is the founder and CEO of Litify which provides technology solutions for law firms by providing a trusted, intelligent, user-friendly platform for practice management. The company has raised over $50 million from top tier investors like Tiger Global or Fortress Investment Group. Prior to this, he cofounded OneReceipt (acquired by Performance Marketing Brands) and Penguin Digital (acquired by Shutterfly).

Valentin Stalf: After 298 Investor Rejections, He Built A $3.5 Billion Business That Is Disrupting Banks

Valentin Stalf: After 298 Investor Rejections, He Built A $3.5 Billion Business That Is Disrupting Banks

Valentin Stalf is the co-founder and CEO of N26 which provides mobile banking solutions. The company has raised more than $600 million from some of the world’s most well-known investors, including Insight Venture Partners, GIC – Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, Tencent, Allianz X, Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures, Earlybird Venture Capital, and Battery Ventures to name a few.

Michael Wystrach On Raising Over $100M To Deliver Chef-Cooked Meals To Your Door

Michael Wystrach On Raising Over $100M To Deliver Chef-Cooked Meals To Your Door

Michael Wystrach is the co-founder and CEO of Freshly which delivers gourmet ready-made meals, prepared and delivered to your door. The company so far has raised $110 million from investors such as Highland Capital Partners, Slow Ventures, Insight Partners, Alumni Ventures Group, Total Access Fund, White Star Capital, Monkish Equity, The Yard Ventures, Chestnut Street Ventures, and Blue Ivy Ventures to name a few. 

Bhavin Turakhia: The Billionaire That Started His First Business At 17

Bhavin Turakhia: The Billionaire That Started His First Business At 17

Bhavin Turakhia is a serial entrepreneur that has found five companies. The first company he started at 17 got acquired for $160 million. He is presently heading Radix – a leading registry for top-level extensions, Flock – a suite of productivity apps, and Zeta – a digital payments platform. Radix is a $200 million company, Flock he has invested his personal wealth on, and Zeta has raised already over $60 million. 

Immad Akhund On Selling His Business For $45M And Then Raising Millions To Create A Bank For Startups

Immad Akhund On Selling His Business For $45M And Then Raising Millions To Create A Bank For Startups

Immad Akhund is the co-founder and CEO of Mercury which is a bank for startups, engineered in Silicon Valley for tech companies. The company has raised over $25 million from investors like Andreessen Horowitz and Charles River Ventures. Prior to this, he cofounded Heyzap which he sold for $45 million. 

Austin Russell On Starting His Business At 16 And Raising $250M To Make Self-Driving Cars A Reality

Austin Russell On Starting His Business At 16 And Raising $250M To Make Self-Driving Cars A Reality

Austin Russell is the cofounder and CEO of Luminar which is an autonomous vehicle sensor and software company. The company has raised over $250 million from investors like Peter Thiel, The Westle Group, Canvas Ventures, Moore Capital, 1517 Fund, GVA Capital, Invariantes Fund, and Corning to name a few.

Rebecca Minkoff On Building A $100 Million Fashion Brand By Using Tech To Drive Sales Growth

Rebecca Minkoff On Building A $100 Million Fashion Brand By Using Tech To Drive Sales Growth

Rebecca Minkoff is the founder and creative force behind Rebecca Minkoff, which is a fashion brand distributed in 900 stores worldwide. The company is doing more than $100M in revenue. Rebecca Minkoff also established Female Founder Collective, a network of businesses led by women that invests in women.

Thejo Kote On Selling His Business For $100M And Raising $7M To Help Businesses Control Their Spending

Thejo Kote On Selling His Business For $100M And Raising $7M To Help Businesses Control Their Spending

Thejo Kote is the co-founder and CEO of Airbase which is an all-in-one platform for spend management, giving companies unprecedented financial control and visibility. The company has raised so far $7 million from First Round Capital, BoxGroup, Village Global, and Quiet Capital. Prior to this, Thejo Kote sold a company for over $100 million.

Dimitri Sirota On Selling His Business For $200M And Now Raising $100M To Address Concerns With Data Security

Dimitri Sirota On Selling His Business For $200M And Now Raising $100M To Address Concerns With Data Security

Dimitri Sirota is the cofounder and CEO of BigID which develops a software that helps companies have a secure customer data and satisfy privacy regulations. The company has raised so far $96 million from investors such as Bessemer Venture Partners, Salesforce Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, Western Technology Investment, Boldstart Ventures, and Deepfork Capital to name a few. Prior to this the founded wo enterprise software companies focused on security (eTunnels) and API management (Layer 7 Technologies), which was sold to CA Technologies in 2013 for $200M.

Chuck Cohn On Starting His Business In College And Raising $110M To Give You Matrix Style Learning With Just A Click

Chuck Cohn On Starting His Business In College And Raising $110M To Give You Matrix Style Learning With Just A Click

Chuck Cohn is the co-founder and CEO of Varsity Tutors which is a live learning platform that connects students and professionals with personalized instruction to achieve any goal. The company has raised so far over $100 million from investors such as TCV, Learn Capital, and the Chan Zuckerberg initiative to name a few. 

Ben Sigelman On Building A Core Technology At Google And Now Raising $70M To Change The DNA Of Software Development

Ben Sigelman On Building A Core Technology At Google And Now Raising $70M To Change The DNA Of Software Development

Ben Sigelman is a co-founder and CEO at LightStep, a company that makes complex microservice applications more transparent and reliable. The company has raised $70 million from investors like Sequoia Capital, Redpoint, Harrison Metal, Cowboy Ventures, and Altimer Capital. Prior to this, he was an employee at Google for nine years. 

Shoaib Makani On Building A $1.4 Billion Business That Is Reinventing The $700 Billion Trucking Industry

Shoaib Makani On Building A $1.4 Billion Business That Is Reinventing The $700 Billion Trucking Industry

Shoaib Makani is the co-founder and CEO of KeepTruckin which is helping trucking companies manage their fleets and have their drivers legally log their hours. The company has raised over $200 million at a $1.4 billion valuation from investors like Index Ventures, Google Ventures, IVP, Scale Venture Partners, Greenoaks Capital, and ITOCHU Corporation. Before becoming a trucker, Shoaib Makani was a VC at Khosla Ventures and also an employee at Google.

Shishir Mehrotra On Raising $60M To Create A Next-Generation Spreadsheet That Makes Excel A Thing Of The Past

Shishir Mehrotra On Raising $60M To Create A Next-Generation Spreadsheet That Makes Excel A Thing Of The Past

Shishir Mehrotra is the CEO and Co-Founder of Coda which creates online documents and the utility of applications into a single new canvas. The company has raised over $60 million from investors like NEA, Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures, Greylock, and General Catalyst. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Product and Engineering at Youtube.

Lior Elazary On Selling His First Business For $20M, His Second For $400M, And Now Taking On The $8B Robotics Industry

Lior Elazary On Selling His First Business For $20M, His Second For $400M, And Now Taking On The $8B Robotics Industry

Lior Elazary is the cofounder of inVia Robotics which provides next-generation robotics warehouse automation solutions for e-commerce distribution centers and supply chains. The company has raised $30 million from Point72 Ventures, Upfront Ventures, and Embark Ventures to name a few. Prior to this, Lior Elazary sold his first business for $20 million and his next one for $400 million.

Sujai Hajela and Bob Friday On Selling Their AI-Powered Startup To Juniper Networks For $405 Million

Sujai Hajela and Bob Friday On Selling Their AI-Powered Startup To Juniper Networks For $405 Million

Sujai Hajela and Bob Friday are the cofounders of Mist Systems which is leading the transition to AI-driven IT, making Wi-Fi predictable, reliable and measurable by providing visibility and proactive automation to the user experience across the AI-driven enterprise. The company raised $90 million from Kleiner Perkins, Google Ventures, and Norwest Venture Partners. Ultimately the company got acquired by Juniper Networks in a deal worth $405 million. 

Stuart Landesberg On Building A $1 Billion Business By Selling Natural Home Care Products

Stuart Landesberg On Building A $1 Billion Business By Selling Natural Home Care Products

Stuart Landesberg is the co-founder and CEO of Grove Collaborative which has an owned direct-to-consumer e-commerce platform for natural home and personal care products. The company has raised over $200 million at a $1B+ valuation from investors like Norwest Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, General Atlantic, Marc Bell Ventures, Greenspring Associates, Nextview Ventures, and Bullpen Capital to name a few. 

Sanjay Shah On Going From Zero To $250 Million In Revenue Without Taking Any Outside Investment

Sanjay Shah On Going From Zero To $250 Million In Revenue Without Taking Any Outside Investment

Sanjay Shah is the founder and CEO of Vistex which is an enterprise software company, providing solutions to drive customer growth and partner relations. The company was bootstrapped to $250 million in revenue without outside investment. Recently the company raised $65 million from Accel-KKR.

Vivek Ravisankar On Raising $60 Million To Remove The Resume From Developer Hiring

Vivek Ravisankar On Raising $60 Million To Remove The Resume From Developer Hiring

Vivek Ravisankar is the CEO and co-founder of HackerRank, a company that is on a mission to match every developer to the right job  based on skills, not pedigree. The company has raised $60 million from investors like SV Angel, Khosla Ventures, Battery Ventures, JMI Equity, and ZenShin Capital.

Ashish Thusoo On Building Facebook‘s Groundbreaking Data Infrastructure And Raising $87M To Deliver Deep Learning at Scale

Ashish Thusoo On Building Facebook‘s Groundbreaking Data Infrastructure And Raising $87M To Deliver Deep Learning at Scale

Ashish Thusoo is the co-founder and CEO at Qubole which delivers a Self-Service Platform for Big Data Analytics built on Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Oracle Clouds. The company has raised $87 million from top investors like Charles River Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, IVP, Singtel Inno8, and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Vijay Balasubramaniyan On Building A $600 Million Business By Preventing Fraud In Calls

Vijay Balasubramaniyan On Building A $600 Million Business By Preventing Fraud In Calls

Vijay Balasubramaniyan is the co-founder and CEO of Pindrop which is a pioneer in voice security and authentication. The company has raised to date over $200 million from top tier investors such as Andresseen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Redpoint, Felicis Ventures, Sigma Partners, and IVP.

Jennifer Fitzgerald On Building A $130 Million Business That Is Taking On The $500 Billion Insurance Industry

Jennifer Fitzgerald On Building A $130 Million Business That Is Taking On The $500 Billion Insurance Industry

Jennifer Fitzgerald is the co-founder and CEO of Policygenius which has developed an easier way to compare and buy insurance. Policygenius has raised to date over $50 million from top investors like Norwest Venture Partners, Revolution, Susa Ventures, AXA Venture Partners, Otter Rock Capital, and Karlin Ventures to name a few. 

Saeju Jeong On Raising Over $100M For An App That Helps You Lose Weight And Overcome Psychological Barriers

Saeju Jeong On Raising Over $100M For An App That Helps You Lose Weight And Overcome Psychological Barriers

Saeju Jeong is the cofounder and CEO of Noom which provides mobile health coaching, focused on combating chronic and pre-chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. The company has raised over $100 million from investors such as Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital, RRE Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Samsung Ventures, TransLink Capital, Scrum Ventures, Recruit Strategic Partners, and LB Investment to name a few.  

Jonathan Cherki On Raising Over $100M To Track With AI How You Interact With Brands

Jonathan Cherki On Raising Over $100M To Track With AI How You Interact With Brands

Jonathan Cherki is the founder and CEO of Contentsquare which provides a solution for mobile & web customer experience optimization. Jonathan Cherki has raised over $120 million for Contentsquare from investors such as Canaan Partners, Highland Europe, Eurazeo, and H14. In addition, the company has also acquired Clicktale and Pricing Assistant.

Rajaie Batniji On Raising $430M To Disrupt The $1.2 Trillion Health Insurance Industry

Rajaie Batniji On Raising $430M To Disrupt The $1.2 Trillion Health Insurance Industry

Rajaie Batniji is the cofounder of Collective Health which is a company providing an alternative to traditional health insurance. The company has raised over $430 million. Their lineup of tier-one investors includes Softbank, DFJ Growth, Life Financial, Google Ventures, NEA, Formation 8, Great Oaks, RRE Ventures, Signatures Capital, Maverick Ventures, Redpoint, Oakhouse Partners, S28 Capital, MSA Capital, and Green Bay Ventures.

Steve Loughlin On Selling His Business To Salesforce For $390M And Now Investing From A Billion-Dollar Fund In AI Startups

Steve Loughlin On Selling His Business To Salesforce For $390M And Now Investing From A Billion-Dollar Fund In AI Startups

Steve Loughlin is a partner at Accel Partners where he focuses on AI, collaboration, and Sass startups at an early stage. Prior to Accel Partners, Steve Loughlin cofounded RelateIQ which offered a relationship intelligence platform that allows teams to track, share and analyze professional relationships. The company was acquired by Salesforce for $390 million.

Ara Mahdessian And Vahe Kuzoyan On Building A $1.6B Business By Helping Their Parents Address Their Biggest Struggle As Immigrant Plummers

Ara Mahdessian And Vahe Kuzoyan On Building A $1.6B Business By Helping Their Parents Address Their Biggest Struggle As Immigrant Plummers

Ara Mahdessian and Vahe Kuzoyan are the cofounders of ServiceTitan which is a service management software that helps leading home services businesses generate more leads and close more sales. The company has raised over $370 million at a $1.6 billion valuation from investors like Bessemer Venture Partners, Index Ventures, ICONIQ Capital, Battery Ventures, I2BF Global Ventures, and Dragoneer Investment Group.

Michael Serbinis On Working With Elon Musk, Taking On Amazon And Selling A Company For $3B

Michael Serbinis On Working With Elon Musk, Taking On Amazon And Selling A Company For $3B

Michael Serbinis is the co-founder and CEO of League which is a digital health platform that connects people to a comprehensive network of health services and benefits. The company has raised over $70 million from Omers Ventures, BDC Venture Capital, Foundation Capital, Real Ventures, Telus Ventures, and RBC Venture Partners to name a few. Prior to this, Michael Serbinis founded DocSpace (acquired by Critical Path) and Kobo (acquired by Rakuten).

Ali Ghodsi On Building A $2.7B Business And Being Considered One Of The True Founders Of Artificial Intelligence

Ali Ghodsi On Building A $2.7B Business And Being Considered One Of The True Founders Of Artificial Intelligence

Ali Ghodsi is the cofounder and CEO of Databricks which accelerates innovation by unifying analytics across data science, data engineering, and the business. The company has raised $500M at a $2.75B valuation from NEA, Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Data Collective, Microsoft, Coatue Management, Green Bay Ventures, and SineWave Ventures to name a few.

Daniel Cane On Selling His First Business For $1.6B And Now Raising $300M To Simplify How Medical Information Is Shared

Daniel Cane On Selling His First Business For $1.6B And Now Raising $300M To Simplify How Medical Information Is Shared

Daniel Cane is the cofounder of Modernizing Medicine which has created the Electronic Medical Assistant, a cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic medical record system. The company has raised to date around $300 million in funding from Warburg Pincus, Summit Partners, Sands Capital Ventures, and IBM. Prior to this he was a cofounder of Blackboard which sold for $1.6 billion.

David Karandish On Selling Answers.com For $950M And Raising $23M For His AI Productivity Platform

David Karandish On Selling Answers.com For $950M And Raising $23M For His AI Productivity Platform

David Karandish is the co-founder and CEO of Capacity which is an enterprise artificial intelligence SaaS company focused on helping teams do their best work. The company has raised to date over $23 million from a Midwest network of private and angel investors. Prior to this, David built and sold Answers.com for $950 million. 

Ido Susan On Selling His Business For $475M To Cisco And Now Raising $120M To Disrupt Them

Ido Susan On Selling His Business For $475M To Cisco And Now Raising $120M To Disrupt Them

Ido Susan is the cofounder and CEO of DriveNets which is a fast-growing software company that is revolutionizing Communications service provider (CSP) networks. The company has raised one of the largest Series A financing rounds to date which amounted to $120 million. Prior to this he founded Intucell which offered a self-optimizing network solution that enabled radio operators to better utilize their radio access networks. Intucell was acquired by Cisco for $475 million. 

Yuchun Lee On Being An MIT Blackjack Prodigy, Selling His Business For $500M, And Growing 140% Per Year With His New Startup

Yuchun Lee On Being An MIT Blackjack Prodigy, Selling His Business For $500M, And Growing 140% Per Year With His New Startup

Yuchun Lee is the founder and CEO of Allego which provides a mobile video-based sales learning and development platform. Prior to this, he was the founder and CEO at Unica which offered enterprise marketing management and cloud-based marketing solutions to companies and different industries. Unica was acquired by IBM for $500 million after taking it public. Interestingly, while at MIT he was also a member of the famed MIT Blackjack Team that inspired the bestseller Bringing Down the House and subsequent movie “21.”

Jay Chaudhry On Growing Up Without Electricity In The Himalayas And Building A $10B Business

Jay Chaudhry On Growing Up Without Electricity In The Himalayas And Building A $10B Business

Jay Chaudhry is the co-founder and CEO of Zscaler which is a global cloud-based information security company. He took Zscaler public and currently has a $10B market cap. Prior to this, he founded AirDefense (acquired by Motorola), CipherTrust (acquired by Secure Computing), CoreHarbor (acquired by AT&T) and Secure IT (acquired by VeriSign).

Bill Clerico On Leaving His Corporate Job At 22 To Build A Business That JPMorgan Acquired For $400M

Bill Clerico On Leaving His Corporate Job At 22 To Build A Business That JPMorgan Acquired For $400M

Bill Clerico is the co-founder and CEO of WePay which is a leading provider of integrated payments for software platforms. The company raised $75 million from SV Angel, Highland Capital Partners, Ignition Partners, August Capital, and founders of YouTube and PayPal. Ultimately the company was acquired by JPMorgan for a reported $400 million.

Joe DeSimone On Building A $2.5B Business At Age 50 That Is Disrupting A 7,000 Year Old Industry

Joe DeSimone On Building A $2.5B Business At Age 50 That Is Disrupting A 7,000 Year Old Industry

Joe DeSimone is the cofounder and CEO of Carbon which is reinventing how polymer products are designed, engineered, manufactured, and delivered, towards a digital and sustainable future. The company has raised over $680 million from Sequoia, Google Ventures, GE, Adidas, BMW, Johnson & Johnson, and JSR. They’ve also got Fidelity, Baillie Gifford, and Madrone Capital Partners as well as investment from additional international sovereign funds. Prior to this Joe DeSimone was a university professor for over 20 years.

Tim Hwang: A Cold Email To Mark Cuban Led To Raise $230M To Predict Politics With AI

Tim Hwang: A Cold Email To Mark Cuban Led To Raise $230M To Predict Politics With AI

Tim Hwang is the co-founder and CEO of FiscalNote which uses artificial intelligence and big data to deliver predictive analytics of governmental action to determine its impact. The company has raised $230 million from investors like Mark Cuban, Jerry Yang (co-founder of Yahoo!), New Enterprise Associates, Plug and Play, AME Cloud Ventures, QueensBridge Venture Partners, Dorm Room Fund, Winklevoss Capital, Middleland Capital, Visionnaire Ventures, or 645 Ventures to name a few.

Sanjay Beri On Building A $1B Business By Keeping Your Data Safe

Sanjay Beri On Building A $1B Business By Keeping Your Data Safe

Sanjay Beri is founder and CEO of Netskope which is a leading cloud access security broker. The company has raised $400 million at a $1B+ valuation. Investors include Lightspeed, Accel, Social Capital, and ICONIQ. Prior to this, Sanjay was the co-founder of one of the world’s first data center encryption companies, Ingrian Networks, which was acquired by SafeNet.

Michael Cammarata: He Was Expected To Fail Due To Dyslexia And Then Made $1M At 13 And Over $100M By Age 20

Michael Cammarata: He Was Expected To Fail Due To Dyslexia And Then Made $1M At 13 And Over $100M By Age 20

Michael Cammarata is the CEO of Neptunes Wellness Solutions which is a publicly-traded company around health and wellness products with a valuation north of half a billion. Prior to this Cammarata cofounded Schmidt Naturals which he sold to Unilever. From 13 to his mid-twenties he also established several other companies which brought him hundreds of millions in revenues.

Frédéric Mazzella On Building A $1 Billion Mobility Business With Twice As Many Customers As British Airways

Frédéric Mazzella On Building A $1 Billion Mobility Business With Twice As Many Customers As British Airways

Frédéric Mazzella is the co-founder and president of BlaBlaCar which is a long-distance carpooling platform that connects drivers with empty seats and passengers to share travel costs. The company has raised over $400 million at a valuation north of $1 billion. Investors include Accel, Index Ventures, Insight Partners, Cabiedes & Partners, ISAI, Grape Arbor VC, Vostok New Ventures and Lead Edge Capital to name a few.

Amit Sharma On Discovering Retail’s Biggest Weakness During His Time at Apple And Then Raising $64M To Address It

Amit Sharma On Discovering Retail’s Biggest Weakness During His Time at Apple And Then Raising $64M To Address It

Amit Sharma is the founder and CEO of Narvar, an intelligent customer experience platform that helps commerce companies simplify the everyday lives of consumers. The company has raised $64 million from Accel, Battery, Freestyle Capital, Scale Venture Partners, and Salesforce Ventures. Prior to this Amit was a senior executive at Walmart and Apple.

Ray Grainger On Raising $100M To Disrupt The $3 Trillion Services Economy

Ray Grainger On Raising $100M To Disrupt The $3 Trillion Services Economy

Ray Grainger is the co-founder and CEO at Mavenlink which provides a modern software platform for professional and marketing services organizations. The company has raised so far $111 million from investors like Goldman Sachs or Carrick Capital Partners. Prior to Mavenlink, Ray Grainger was the Global Managing Partner at Accenture and also had a leadership position at InQuira.

Sid Sijbrandij On Building A $1 Billion Dollar Business Where All 700 Employees Work Remotely

Sid Sijbrandij On Building A $1 Billion Dollar Business Where All 700 Employees Work Remotely

Sid Sijbrandij is the co-founder and CEO of GitLab which is a web-based open source Git repository manager with wiki and issue tracking features and built-in CI/CD. The company has raised over $158 million from Khosla Ventures, Google Ventures, August Capital, ICONIQ Capital, 500 Startups, and Sound Ventures. The valuation of Gitlab is over $1 billion. 

Sanjay Dastoor: This Stanford Dropout Raised Over $100M To Reinvent How We Commute In Cities

Sanjay Dastoor: This Stanford Dropout Raised Over $100M To Reinvent How We Commute In Cities

Sanjay Dastoor is the co-founder and CEO of Skip which operates shared electric scooters for reliable last-mile transportation. The company has raised so far over $30 million from Accel, Y Combinator, SV Angels, Menlo Ventures, Initialized Capital, and Maven Ventures. Before Skip, Dastoor cofounded Boosted which builds and develops lightweight, wireless, remote-controlled motorized electric longboards. The company raised $70 million from top investors like Khosla Ventures, SV Angel, and iNovia Capital.

Sanjay Govil On Taking The $1,000 He Had Left In Savings To Build A $1.8B Business With 7,400 Employees

Sanjay Govil On Taking The $1,000 He Had Left In Savings To Build A $1.8B Business With 7,400 Employees

Sanjay Govil is the founder and Chairman of Infinite Computer Solutions which provides technology-based business process solutions, next-gen mobility solutions, and product engineering services. On its initial public offering, the company raised $1.8 billion. The company has over 7,000 employees and generates more than $700 million in annual revenue. Sanjay also founded Zyter(R) which is a cPaaS based platform that leverages the power of the connected enterprise.

Eyal Lifshitz On Investing $100M In Startups And Then Raising $500M For His Own Business

Eyal Lifshitz On Investing $100M In Startups And Then Raising $500M For His Own Business

Eyal Lifshitz is the co-founder and CEO of BlueVine which provides small and medium-sized businesses with access to fast and simple financial products through an advanced, online platform. The company has raised $140 million in equity capital and over $400 million in debt financing. Its investors include the likes of M12 (Microsoft), Citi Ventures, Menlo Ventures, and Lightspeed Venture Partners – to name a few. Before BlueVine, Eyal was a principal at Greylock Partners’ where he invested over $100 million in capital in start-up companies. 

Mark Dankberg On Building A $5 Billion Business By Delivering Connectivity From Satellites In Space

Mark Dankberg On Building A $5 Billion Business By Delivering Connectivity From Satellites In Space

Mark Dankberg is the co-founder and CEO of Viasat which produces satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to any location. He took the company public in 1996. Viasat has a $5 billion market cap at the moment. Viasat has made more than 12 acquisitions. 

Rohit Arora On Funding 15,000 Companies With Over $2.2 Billion In Loans

Rohit Arora On Funding 15,000 Companies With Over $2.2 Billion In Loans

Rohit Arora is the co-founder and CEO of Biz2Credit which is a hub connecting small business owners with lenders and service providers, and seek solutions based on their online profiles. The company has raised over $55 million from investors such as WestBridge Capital and Nexus Venture Partners. So far Biz2Credit has provided over 15,000 companies with $2.2 billion in loans.

Assaf Wand On Selling His Business And Then Raising $100M To Disrupt A $100B Industry

Assaf Wand On Selling His Business And Then Raising $100M To Disrupt A $100B Industry

Assaf Wand is the CEO and co-founder of insurtech startup Hippo which offers intuitive and proactive home insurance by taking a smarter, tech-driven approach. The company has raised over $100 million from Lennar Corporation, GGV Capital, Felicis Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Munich Re Ventures, Aquiline Technology Growth, Abstract Ventures, Sinai Ventures, Fifth Wall and Propel Venture Partners. Prior to Hippo Assaf founded Foris Telecom and Sabi (acquired by Urbio Inc.). 

David Steinberg: The Chances of Building A $1B Business Are .00006% And He Has Done It Twice

David Steinberg: The Chances of Building A $1B Business Are .00006% And He Has Done It Twice

David Steinberg is the co-founder and CEO of Zeta Global which offers technology and marketing services to help brands acquire, engage, and retain customers. The company has raised over $150 million at a valuation that is rumored to be over $1.3 billion. Prior to Zeta Global, Steinberg cofounded Sterling Celullar Inc., Inphonic Inc, CAIVIS Acquisition Corp, and XL Marketing Corp.

Kristo Käärmann: One Mistake Led This Entrepreneur To Build A $3.5 Billion Business

Kristo Käärmann: One Mistake Led This Entrepreneur To Build A $3.5 Billion Business

Kristo Käärmann is the co-founder and CEO of TransferWise which is a money transfer service allowing private individuals and businesses to send money abroad without hidden charges. The company has raised so far $689 million with a $3.5 billion valuation. Investors include SV Angel, Index Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Kima Ventures, IVP, Sapphire Ventures, IA Ventures, Valar Ventures, or Mosaic Ventures to name a few. Other individual investors include Richard Branson or Max Levchin.

David Gurle On Identifying The Gap Left By Bloomberg And Building A $1.4 Billion Business

David Gurle On Identifying The Gap Left By Bloomberg And Building A $1.4 Billion Business

David Gurle is the co-founder and CEO of Symphony which is a secure team collaboration platform. The company has raised so far $460 million at a $1.4 billion valuation from Mitsubishi UFJ Financial, Standard Chartered, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, Google, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Citi Group, HSBC, and Wells Fargo. David founded and sold Perzo before founding Symphony.

Don Brown On Selling His First Startup To GM, His Second One To IBM, And His Third One For $1.4B

Don Brown On Selling His First Startup To GM, His Second One To IBM, And His Third One For $1.4B

Don Brown is a serial entrepreneur. The first company he co-founded was Dealership Programming which computed finance payments for customers of car dealers. The company was acquired by General Motors. Don then cofounded Software Artistry, a helpdesk software automation platform, which he sold to IBM for $200 million. He then launched Interactive Intelligence with the idea of providing software-based communications for customer service settings in large organizations. This company was acquired for $1.4 billion. His most recent company is LifeOmic which focuses on precision health where he has invested $20 million of his own capital to finance the operation. 

Andrew Dudum On Doing $1M In Sales In The First Week Of Business And Building A $1B Company

Andrew Dudum On Doing $1M In Sales In The First Week Of Business And Building A $1B Company

Andrew Dudum is the co-founder and CEO of Hims & Hers which offers a modern approach to health and wellness by eliminating stigmas and making it easier for people to access care as well as treatment for the conditions that impact their daily lives. The company has raised $200 million from Thrive Capital, Forerunner Ventures, SV Angel, Redpoint, Founders Fund, IVP, Cherubic Ventures, 8VC, Maverick Ventures, and Uphonest Capital. He also co-founded the venture builder Atomic which has raised $600 million from top tier investors such as Peter Thiel. Previously he co-founded Ledforpeace and Ever.com.