Startup Straight Talk

Startup Straight Talk

This podcast is a collection of our most popular blogs designed to provide advice from investors, founders, and Silicon Valley vets. You’ll hear startup advice, war stories, and best practices to help you navigate the world of entrepreneurship.

Coming in 2020, we will launch live episodes featuring interviews with heavyweights in the startup ecosystem.

We release episodes weekly. You can also gain all-access to our startup advice by signing up for our Startup Straight Talk newsletter.

Most Recent Episodes

December 5, 2019

How to Find Investors and Get Email Intros

It’s not who you know - it’s who your network knows. Building and leveraging your network to get introductions is the tried and true way to meet investors and get funding. Learn the art and science of the process in this episode of Startup Straight Talk.
Play 14 min
November 28, 2019

How to Be a Balanced CEO: Passion, Self-Awareness, and Support

Leading a startup towards success is no easy feat. Leading a startup through success is even harder. But, that is the life founders sign up for. In order to be the best CEO you can be, you need to make time for deliberate actions and habits to find balance in life. Learn how CEOs can balance their stress, passion, and self-awareness in this episode of Startup Straight Talk.
Play 14 min
November 21, 2019

Founder’s Guide to Allocating Co-Founder Equity

The decisions made around allocating equity early on in a startup’s lifecycle will have major effects on its long-term financial well-being. Make strategic decisions now that will put your company in the best possible position when it comes time to grow and scale your company. Learn all this and more in this episode of Startup Straight Talk.
Play 9 min
November 14, 2019

Founder’s Guide to the Y Combinator Interview

Twice a year, I get a ton of cold emails asking some version of the following question: how can I do well in my Y Combinator interview? Rather than try (and fail) to respond individually, I put together the following

Play 11 min
November 7, 2019

The Founder’s Guide to Selling Your Startup Company

For most founders, selling a company is a life changing event that they have had no training for. At Y Combinator, one big thing we help our startups with is navigating questions around the acquisition process. Originally, I wrote this guide

Play 12 min
October 30, 2019

How to Raise a Seed Round

We learned something interesting by running Atrium Scale, a bootcamp for raising Series A funding from VCs: many applicants aren’t ready for a Series A. They haven’t figured out things like customer acquisition costs, unit economics, business model, and other

Play 22 min
October 24, 2019

Debugging Your Startup: What to Do When Things Aren’t Working

Every CEO goes through times when they say to themselves “things just aren’t working.” While this might very well be true, what is not true is the feeling that generally accompanies it: “I’m all alone and this is a unique

Play 21 min

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