Ian Siegel: The Business He Started At His Kitchen Table Is Now Worth Over $1.5 Billion
Ian Siegel is the co-founder and CEO of ZipRecruiter which is an online employment marketplace that connects millions of employers and job seekers through mobile and email services. The company has raised over $200 million from investors such as IVP, Industry Ventures, or Basepoint Ventures.
Craig Walker Sold His First Startup To Yahoo, His Second To Google And Now His Third Is Worth $500M
Craig Walker is the co-founder and CEO of Dialpad which offers a cloud-based business phone solution simplified for every business. The company has raised $120 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Felicis Ventures, SoftBank, and Iconiq Capital. Previously he led Dialpad Communications Inc., (acquired by Yahoo! for $50 million), a provider of VOIP services, and cofounded GrandCentral (acquired by Google for $100 million), communications services.
Brian Liu On Building A $2B Business With 1,000 Employees By Disrupting The Legal Industry
Brian Liu is the co-founder and founding CEO of LegalZoom which is a technology platform giving access to professional legal advice. The company has a $2B+ valuation today with over 1,000 employees. Brian is currently the co-founder and CEO of BizCounsel. Modeled as a Saas service, for a $69 monthly fee, BizCounsel members can get legal advice from its network of business attorneys, without paying by the hour as it is typically structured with lawyers.
Daniel Saks: From Zero Customers To A $1B Business By Learning One Simple Lesson
Daniel Saks is the co-founder and co-CEO of AppDirect which provides an end-to-end cloud commerce platform for succeeding in the digital economy. The company has raised so far $300 million from investors such as Foundry Group, Inovia Capital, StarVest, Peter Thiel, and Mithril Capital.
Philippe Von Borries: Building A $500M Business By Seeing Women As More Than A ‘Niche’ Market
Philippe Von Borries is the co-founder and CEO of Refinery29 which is a leading digital media and entertainment company dedicated to inspiring young women to live an informed & well-rounded life. The company has raised so far $130 million from investors such as First Round, Lerer, Floodgate, Stripes Group, and even Hearst Communications.
Christopher Ahlberg On Selling His First Business For $190M And His Second One For $780M
Christopher Ahlberg is the co-founder and CEO of Recorded Future which is a technology company specializing in threat intelligence powered by machine learning. He raised $58 million from top tier investors such as Google Ventures, Insight Partners, and Balderton Capital. The company was recently acquired for $780 million by Insight Partners. Prior to Recorded Future, Christopher cofounded Spotfire which he sold to TIBCO for $190 million.
Al Goldstein On Raising $600 Million To Disrupt A $13 Trillion Industry
Al is the co-founder and CEO of Avant which is an online lending platform that offers alternatives to its clients with safer, faster, better financial products. The company has raised over $600 million from top tier investors such as RRE, QED, DFJ, KKR, Tiger Global, August Capital, General Atlantic, Hyde Park Venture Partners, and Origin Ventures to name a few. Prior to Avant, Al co-founded Pangea Properties and Enova International which he sold for $250 million.
David Hauser: Building His First Startup At 17 And Selling His Next Bootstrapped Business For $176M
David Hauser is a serial entrepreneur. He is best known for being the co-founder and CEO of Grasshopper, a virtual telephone service that was acquired by Citrix for $176 million that he bootstrapped without outside investors. The first company he co-founded at 17 was Return Path which raised $120 million and was acquired by Validity for an undisclosed amount. David has also co-founded a number of other startups including Chargify, Spreadable, PopSurvey, or Deck Foundry.
Emil Eifrem: From Having $2,000 Left In The Bank To Building A Billion Dollar Business
Emil Eifrem is the CEO and Co-Founder of Neo4j which provides a graph platform that helps organizations make sense of their data by revealing how people, processes, and digital systems are interrelated. They've raised $160 million to date, including an $80 million round in 2018. Some of its investors include Eight Road Ventures, Heartcore Capital, Dawn Capital, or Conor Venture Partners to name a few. The company is rumored to be valued at over $1 billion.
Adam Pritzker On Selling His First Business For $400 Million And Reinventing How Brands Are Built
Adam Pritzker is the co-founder of Assembled Brands which is a modern holding company providing a new way to finance consumer brands. Prior to Assembled Brands, Adam Pritzker cofounded General Assembly which raised $100 million from top tier investors. General Assembly was reportedly acquired for over $400 million by The Adecco Group.
Steve Newman On Creating Google Docs in 100 days Giving Microsoft A Run For Its Money
Steve Newman is the Founder of Scalyr which offers a cloud platform for high-speed log management and server monitoring. The company has raised over $30 million from investors such as Google Ventures, Shasta Ventures, or Bloomberg Beta. His most recent company prior to Scalyr, Writely, was acquired by Google to become Google Docs. Steve Newman has co-founded 6 companies so far.
Lori Torres On Selling Her Startup For $100 Million Just 5 Years After Quitting Corporate America
Lori Torres is the founder and CEO of Parcel Pending which provides innovative package management solutions. The company raised over $15 million from investors such as Tech Coast Angels. Parcel Pending was acquired in January 2019 by Neopost for a reported $100 million.
Derek Wall: This High School Dropout Went From $0 To $200 Million In Revenue In 12 Months
Derek Wall is the cofounder of HUBX which is a marketplace platform democratizing and disrupting the trillion dollar secondary distribution industry by empowering manufacturers, brands and distributors to sell anonymously direct to worldwide B2B customers. Within 12 months the company has achieved over $200 million of revenue with no outside investment. Prior to HUBX, Derek was involved with the founding teams of Ezequiel Clothing, Dita Eyewear, Techstore, Buynow.com, PriceGrabber, and VAULT.
Dave Girouard On Raising $160 Million After Pivoting His Business Model
Dave Girouard is the co-founder and CEO of Upstart which leverages machine learning to price credit and automate the borrowing process. The company has raised $160 million from investors such as Kleiner Perkins, NEA, Google Ventures, Mark Cuban, CrunchFund, Eric Schmidt, Marc Benioff, Khosla Ventures, or Founders Fund.
Lidia Yan On Raising $125 Million To Take On The $800 Billion Trucking Industry
Lidia Yan is the CEO and Co-Founder of NEXT which is the world’s first trucker-centric, tech-enabled marketplace that efficiently matches freight with available truck capacity- easing the logistics bottleneck. The company has raised to date $125 million from investors like China Equity Group, Sequoia, or Brookfield.
Ajeet Singh On Building A $7B Business And Raising $300M For His Next Startup Valued Now At $1B
Ajeet Singh has built two multibillion-dollar technology companies from the ground up - ThoughtSpot and Nutanix. ThoughtSpot is a company revolutionizing analytics with search and AI. He has raised over $300M for ThoughtSpot from the likes of Lightspeed Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, or General Catalyst. Prior to starting ThoughtSpot, he was co-founder and Chief Products Officer at Nutanix, the leader in the enterprise cloud industry and largest tech IPO of 2016.
Frida Polli: Single Mom Scientist That Raised $58M To Make Hiring Less Biased Despite Rejection
Frida Polli is the co-founder and CEO of pymetrics which improves the efficiency and diversity of hiring through neuroscience games and AI. The company has raised $58 million from Khosla Ventures, General Atlantic, Salesforce Ventures, Workday Ventures, and Jazz Venture Partners to name a few. They have their U.S. headquarters in New York, as well as offices in London, Singapore, and Sydney.
Max Rhodes: Building In 24 Months A $500M Business By Addressing The Gap Left By Amazon
Max Rhodes is the co-founder and CEO of Faire which helps retailers find and buy wholesale merchandise for their stores. The company has raised to date $115 million from investors such as Sequoia Capital, SV Angel, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund, or DST Global to name a few.
Stefan Heck On Building A $1 Billion Business By Saving Lives With AI
Stefan Heck is the cofounder and CEO of Nauto which is an AI technology company on a mission to make driving safer and smarter. Today, the company has raised over $174 million with partners and investors including General Motors, Toyota AI Ventures, BMW iVentures, SoftBank Vision Fund, Greylock Partners, and DNX Ventures at a valuation rumored to be over $1 billion.
Jamie Hodari On Raising $150 Million To Take On WeWork
Jamie Hodari is the Co-Founder and CEO of Industrious which is a premium workplace platform, blending five-star service and stunning design to provide an unparalleled workplace experience. The company has raised so far $150 million from investors such as Riverwood Capital or Fifth Wall. Prior to Industrious, Jamie was the CEO and Co-Founder of Kepler, a rapidly growing experimental university.
Doug Winter On Selling His First Startup For $90 Million And Then Building A Billion Dollar Business
Doug Winter is the co-founder and CEO at Seismic which offers a global sales and marketing enablement solution for improving close rates and delivering larger deals for sales. The company has raised $179 million at a valuation that is rumored to be $1 billion from investors like JMI Equity, General Atlantic, Jackson Square Ventures, Lightspeed, and T. Rowe Price. Prior to that, he co-founded Objectiva Software Solutions, a software outsourcing company that provides projects and products to help ISV's and enterprise companies. The company was sold to EMC for $90 million.
Ray Reddy On Selling His Business To Google And Raising $120 Million For His Next Startup
Ray Reddy founded PushLife which was a mobile commerce platform for mobile operators. He sold the company to Google and after spending 4 years there he went on to launch his next company, Ritual. The company is a social ordering app that taps into networks of co-workers and colleagues for fast and easy pick up and pay at a wide variety of local restaurants and coffee shops. So far Ritual has raised $120 million from investors such as Greylock, Insight Partners, or Golden Ventures.
Henry Ward: 300 Investor Rejections And 1 Failed Startup Led To Build A $1 Billion Business
Henry Ward is the CEO and co-founder of Carta, which is a global ownership management platform that helps companies, investors, and employees manage their equity. The company has raised close to $150 million from investors like Meritech, Tribe Capital, Union Square Ventures, Spark Capital, and Menlo Ventures. Carta has a valuation that is rumored to be over $1 billion.
Nick Green: From 50 Investor Rejections To $200 Million In Sales
Nick is the co-founder and CEO of Thrive Market, which is an online retailer with over 2,500 high-quality healthy foods, vitamins, home goods, and beauty supplies. Thrive Market is doing $200 million in sales and also raised $200 million from celebrity investors. Some of those investors are Demi Moore, John Legend, Deepak Chopra or Tony Robbins. On the VC side, they have investors like Greycroft, e.ventures, and Kapor Capital.
Reggie Aggarwal: From $400,000 In Credit Card Debt To Selling His Business For $1.65 Billion
Reggie Aggarwal is the founder and CEO of Cvent which is an event management platform enabling planners to manage all aspects of an event. Reggie raised over $130 million for Cvent from investors like NEA or Insight Partners before doing an IPO in 2013. He ended up selling his business to Vista Equity Partners for $1.65 billion.
Frank Poore On Selling His Billion Dollar Business 3 Times
Frank Poore is the founder and CEO of CommerceHub which is a cloud-based e-commerce merchandising, demand generation and order fulfillment platform for retailers and brands. Frank successfully built an industry-leading company that created 3 liquidity events for shareholders and employees - first through a sale to Liberty Media/QVC in 2006, second via public offering in 2016 (Nasdaq:CHUBK), and through a take-private sale of the company to GTCR and Sycamore Partners for $1.1 billion in 2018.
Jonah Goodhart: Selling To Oracle For $850 Million And Investing In Over 100 Startups
Jonah Goodhart is the CEO and co-founder of Moat, a New York–based analytics company focused on driving success for brand marketers and premium publishers. Moat raised $70 million from investors like First Round Capital, Founders Fund, Lerer Hippeau, Insight Partners, or Founder Collective to name a few. Moat was ultimately acquired by Oracle for a reported $850 million. Jonah was the founding investor and board member of Right Media (acquired by Yahoo for a reported $680 million), founding partner of WGI Group and co-founder of Billions.org. Jonah was also a member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Council on Technology and Innovation.
Jeff Raider On Founding Not One But Two Billion Dollar Companies With Warby Parker And Harry‘s
Jeff Raider is a serial entrepreneur. The first company he cofounded was Warby Parker which is a lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear at a revolutionary price. With over 2,000 employees, the company has raised $300 million from top tier investors at what is rumored to be a valuation of almost $2 billion. Jeff is currently the cofounder and CEO at Harry‘s which allows users to buy razors, German engineered blades and shaving creams. The company employs over 1,000 people and has raised $375 million with a valuation of over $1 billion.
Ben And Moisey Uretsky: From Humble Beginnings, These Two Russian Brothers Built A Billion Dollar Business In America
Ben and Moisey Uretsky are the cofounders of DigitalOcean which is the third largest hosting company in the world. They have today more than 500 employees and over $200 million in annual revenues. They have raised for their business $123 million at a valuation rumored to be over $1 billion. Some of the investors include Andreessen Horowitz, IA Ventures, or Trinity Capital to name a few.
Duke Rohlen On Selling 4 Companies For Over $1 Billion Following These 3 Steps
Duke Rohlen is a serial entrepreneur. He is the cofounder of FoxHollow Technologies (acquired by Ev3 for $780 million), CV Ingenuity (acquired by Covidien for $300 million), Spirox, Inc. (acquired by Entellus Medical for over $200 million), and EPIX Therapeutics (acquired by Medtronic for $350 million). His most recent company is Ajax Health which will source and provide operational and financial capabilities to a diversified portfolio of emerging medical device companies. The company has raised over $120 million from investors such as KKR.
Mohit Aron On Building A $6 Billion Business And Raising $400 Million For His Next Company
Mohit Aron was an early employee at Google. He is a serial entrepreneur and previously co-founder of Nutanix which is worth more than $6 billion today. Nutanix is a virtualized data center platform that provides disruptive datacenter infrastructure solutions for implementing enterprise-class. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Cohesity which delivers the industry’s first hyperconverged secondary storage for backup, test/dev, file services, and analytic datasets. He has raised for Cohesity over $400 million from investors like Sequoia, Accel, Battery, Google Ventures, Foundation Capital, Trinity Ventures, Qualcomm, or SoftBank to name a few.
Gil Elbaz On Google Acquiring His Company And Turning It Into A $15 Billion Business
Gil Elbaz cofounded Applied Semantics which he sold to Google for over $100 Million. Applied Semantics was the creator of Adsense which Google turned into a $15 billion business representing 23% of its total revenue. Elbaz most recently founded Factual which provides accurate and comprehensive data on places and people worldwide. The company has raised over $100 million from investors like Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Felicis, Founder Collective, or Data Collective.
Ned Tozun On Raising $100 Million To Provide Access To Power To 2.3 Billion People
Ned Tozun is the cofounder of D.light which is looking to serve the 2.3 billion people that doesn‘t have access to reliable electricity. The company has raised over $100 million from investors such as Omydiar Network, DFJ, or Garage Technology Ventures. The social enterprise has 1,000 employees and 3,000-5,000 commissioned agents, is generating about $100 million of revenue a year, and experiencing 40-50% growth annually.
Jyoti Bansal On Waiting 7 Years For His Green Card Before Selling His Business For $3.7 Billion
Jyoti Bansal is the cofounder and founding CEO of AppDynamics which develops application performance management (APM) solutions that deliver problem resolution for highly distributed applications.. He raised over $220 million from top tier investors such as Kleiner Perkins, Greylock, Battery Ventures, or Lightspeed. AppDynamics got acquired by Cisco for $3.7 billion. Jyoti went on to launch his own fund, Unusual Ventures, and his most recent company, Harness, which is a Continuous Delivery as-a-Service platform for engineering and DevOps teams to release applications into production.
Eswar Priyadarshan On Selling His Business To Steve Jobs For $275 Million And Learning One Critical Lesson About Success
Eswar Priyadarshan is a serial entrepreneur. He sold his first company, m-Qube, to Verisign for $275 million. His next company was Quattro Wireless which he sold to Steve Jobs himself also for $275 million. His most recent company is BotCentral which was recently acquired by LivePerson for an undisclosed amount.
Peter Rahal On Turning A $10,000 Startup Investment Into A $600 Million Acquisition
Peter Rahal is the cofounder and founding CEO of RXBAR. He bootstrapped the company from 0 to hundreds of millions in revenue and hundreds of employees only taking a loan from his father. Rahal sold the company five years later to Kellogg for $600 million.
Cameron Chell On Being Once Homeless And Building A $100 Million Business
Cameron Chell has been an entrepreneur since age 14 and is currently the CEO of Business Instincts Group, a Venture Creation Firm with a focus on building high-tech startups. Cameron is the cofounder of Urthecast, Cold Bore Technologies, Slyce, Raptor Rig, Trace and Trax. Most recently, Cameron has served as an advisor to KodakCoin, one of the first compliant cryptocurrencies.
Alexei Agratchev On Raising $200 Million To Address The Collapse Of Retail
Alexei Agratchev is the cofounder and CEO at RetailNext which enables retailers and manufacturers to collect, analyze, and visualize data about in-store customer engagement. The company has raised to date $200 million from investors such as Qualcomm Ventures, August Capital, American Express Ventures, or NGP Capital.
Daniel Ramot On Finding The Gap Left By Uber And Raising Over $450 Million
Daniel Ramot is the cofounder of Via which provides on-demand transit on a mass scale. The company has raised so far over $450 million from investors such as Pitango Venture Capital, Daimler, Kapor Capital, Hearst Ventures, or RiverPark Ventures. Daniel has a Ph.D in neuroscience from Stanford. Prior to Via, Ramot built supercomputers designed to discover new pharmaceutical drugs and developed avionic systems for F-15s and F-16s for the Israeli Air Force.
Rick Stollmeyer On Selling For $1.9 Billion The Company That He Created Out Of His Own Garage
Rick Stollmeyer co-founded MINDBODY in his garage in 2001. He raised over $100 million before leading the IPO for the company. Some or his investors include Bessemer Venture Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, or Catalyst Investors. The company was recently acquired by Vista Equity Partners in a $1.9 billion deal.
Matt Salzberg On Creating A Billion Dollar Business By Selling Meal Kits
Matt Salzberg founded Blue Apron in 2011 and served as President & CEO for its first six years. After raising $200 million from the likes of Bessemer, First Round, or Stripes Group, Matt led Blue Apron's $1.9 billion IPO and served as CEO until the company had approximately $910 million of trailing revenue and 5,000 employees. Matt is currently Blue Apron's Executive Chairman, and serves on the company's Board of Directors.
Alex Mashinsky On Achieving $3 Billion In Exits And Being One Of The Most Feared By Banks
Alex Mashinsky is on his eighth startup company, Celsius Network, which has already raised $50 million via an Initial Coin Offering (ICO). He’s also made around 120 VC investments himself, holds 34 patents, raised over a billion dollars for his companies, and has achieved at least over $3 billion in exits.
Henrique Dubugras On Creating A $1.1 Billion Company At 22 Years Old
Henrique Dubugras is the founder and CEO of Brex. The company is valued at over $1.1 billion and has raised over $220 million. Current investors include Peter Thiel, Max Levchin, DST Global, Ribbit Capital, Global Founders Capital, or Institutional Venture Partners to name a few. Prior to Brex, he cofounded Pagar.me. The company got acquired in 2016. Before this he built an educational platform and a gaming company at age 12.
Robbie Cape: What This Former Microsoft Employee Is Doing With $86 Million To Change Lives
Robbie Cape is the cofounder of 98point6 which combines deep technology with the expertise of board-certified physicians to provide text-based primary care anytime, anywhere. The company has raised over $86 million. Prior to this Robbie founded Cozi (acquired by Time Inc.) which provided mobile and internet-based applications to help families stay organized. Robbie started initially at Microsoft where he worked for 12 years.
Guy Kawasaki: 3 Counter Intuitive Principles Learned From Working With Steve Jobs
Guy Kawasaki is the co-founder of Alltop.com, an online magazine that offers articles about popular topics. He is also a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures and the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Prior to that, he was the chief evangelist of Apple and an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google. Kawasaki is the author of ten books, including Enchantment, Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way.
Todd Olson On Raising $100 Million And Hiring 600 Employees Outside Of Major Tech Hubs
Todd Olson is the founder and CEO of Pendo, which is a product cloud creator for digital products and data-driven product teams with headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. The company has raised $108 million from top tier investors such as Battery Ventures, Spark Capital, Meritech Capital Partners, or Sapphire Ventures. Prior to Pendo, Todd started 6th Sense (acquired by Rally) and Cerebellum which raised $17 million in institutional capital only to shut down during the dotcom era.
David Klein: From Living In His Office For Years To Landing $4 Billion In Funding
David Klein is the CEO and CoFounder of CommonBond, a leading marketplace lender that lowers the cost of student loans for borrowers and provides financial returns to investors. The company has raised $4 billion to date. That is $130 million in equity and the rest in debt capital or lending capital. Investors include Social Capital, August Capital, Tribeca Venture Partners, Nyca Partners, etc. and also Vikram Pandit, the former CEO of Citigroup.
Jon Carder: From Running A Hot Dog Stand To Becoming A Millionaire At Age 27
Jon Carder is the founder of Mogl - a frictionless online to offline rewards program & Empyr - an online to offline ad platform. Mogl/Empyr has raised $50M from investors like Sigma Partners or Aequitas Capital. In college Jon founded eHeaven, an online e-commerce superstore that was purchased by BabyUniverse in 2002. Jon Carder then founded Client Shop, a website dedicated to finding consumers the lowest rates on home loans. ClientShop was sold to Internet Brands in 2006. Prior to Mogl, Jon Carder founded MojoPages.com, an online local search engine which received $5M (series A) from Austin Ventures and operates out of La Jolla, CA.
Sam Yagan: From Startup Failure To Leading A $400M IPO That Transformed Online Dating
Sam Yagan is currently the CEO of ShopRunner which has raised over $100M from the likes of Alibaba Group or August Capital. Previously, he served as CEO of The Match Group and led it through a period of growth culminating in its initial $400M public offering. Yagan cofounded OkCupid in 2003 and it was acquired by Match Inc. for $90 million in 2011. Earlier, he founded SparkNotes, which he sold to Barnes & Noble Inc. SparkNotes transaction was reported to be $30M. Yagan cofounded Excelerate Labs (now TechStars Chicago), a startup accelerator, and founded Corazon Capital, an early stage fund.
Josh Abramson: Declining A $9 Million Acquisition At Age 18 And Building One Of The Most Trafficked Sites
Josh Abramson is the cofounder of Connected Ventures which was the parent company under which he cofounded CollegeHumor, Vimeo, and BustedTees. IAC purchased a majority stake in Connected Ventures for over $20 million. Josh Abramson is also the cofounder of the crowdsourced T-shirt design company TeePublic. TeePublic was acquired by RedBubble for over $41million cash.
Jon Stein: From Launching In An Economic Downturn To Managing $15 Billion
Jon Stein is the cofounder of online investment advisor Betterment. One of the first FinTech companies, and a startup that launched in the pit of the 2008 financial crisis. Betterment has landed $275 million in funding. Investors include Fabrice Grinda, FJ Labs, Andy Dunn, Menlo Ventures, and Bessemer, as well as large family offices with patient capital.
Randy Hetrick: From Being A Navy SEAL To Creating A $50 Million Business
Randy Hetrick is a former Special Forces Commander and the founder of the hyper-successful TRX fitness brand. TRX is a $50 million business with products that are used by celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Drew Brees, Michael Phelps, or Gisele Bündchen to name a few.
Eric Ryan: From Zero To $100 Million A Year In Sales Within 24 Months Of Launching
Eric Ryan has launched two very successful ventures. These are Method Products and Olly. Together they’ve already raised more than $34 million in funding. Method Products sold to SC Johnson. Olly has attracted some very high profile investors, and effectively went from zero to $100 million a year in sales within 24 months of launching.
Roger Dickey: From A Facebook Job Rejection To Raising $32 Million From Celebrity Investors
Roger Dickey is the founder of Gigster, a venture-backed start-up that gives clients a way to systematically outsource software development to a large network of freelance coders. Gigster has raised over $32 Million from high profile investors including Redpoint Ventures, Andreessen Horowtiz, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, former basketball player Michael Jordan, actor Ashton Kutcher, and "Super Angel" Ron Conway. The company has quickly become a Silicon Valley darling.
Eugenio Pace: Bouncing Back From Failed Startup To Raising $110 Million From Top VCs
Eugenio Pace is the cofounder of Auth0, a technology company that builds a suite of modern platforms for developers. The company has raised to date $110 Million from the likes of Bessemer Venture Partners,Trinity Ventures, Meritech Capital Partners, Sapphire Ventures, or K9 Ventures amongst other VC firms.
Anthemos Georgiades: One Lesson That Led To Raise $90 Million From The Top Venture Capital Firms
Anthemos Georgiades is the co-founder and CEO of Zumper, the largest startup in the rental industry. The company has raised $90 million from investors such as Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock, Kleiner Perkins, NEA, Blackstone, and now Marcus & Millichap and Axel Springer.
Martin Rawls-Meehan On Bootstrapping His Startup From Zero To Over $100 Million In Revenue
Martin Rawls-Meehan is the cofounder and CEO at Reverie. He has taken a different route to generating $100 million in revenue a year with over 150 employees. He has proven that building a profitable company can still lead to becoming a sizable enterprise without the need of taking outside capital. One which can give you even more control over your startup and its ability to live out your vision.
Heini Zachariassen On Raising Over $55 Million To Disrupt A 6,000 Year Old Industry
Heini Zachariassen is the founder behind Vivino. He has raised for the company over $55 million to date. The app now has 33 million users, looking up around 2 million wines every single day, and is attracting 20,000 new users per day.
Kevin O‘Connor: Selling For $1.1 Billion By Following One Simple Rule
Kevin O‘Connor founded Double Click, the advertising machine now owned by Google. A part of a bundle of services that Google ended up paying around $3.1B for. He was also an early investor in ISS which was bought by IBM for $1.5B.
Michael Ellenbogen: From Corporate America To Startups And Landing Bill Gates As An Investor
Michael Ellenbogen built an exited Reveal Imaging where he raised over $20M and sold to SAIC giving investors an 8x multiple of returns. Now he has cofounded Evolv Technology, has already raised $30M and has also landed investors such as Bill Gates.
Thomas Korte On Helping Entrepreneurs Raise Over $1.4 Billion And Building Angel Pad
Thomas Korte is one of the founders at one of the consistently top ranked startup accelerators. They’re always up there with names like 500 Startups, Y Combinator, and TechStars. To date Angel Pad companies have raised around $1.4 billion, with Thomas’ own company having raised close to $80 million itself.
Josh Hix: From 200 Investor Rejections To A $300 Million Acquisition
Josh Hix is one of those founders who just seems to have been born with the entrepreneurial spirit. He’s been featured on Shark Tank, raised almost $100 million for his subscription startup, and sold to a larger corporation for a reported $300 million.
Michael Litt: From Selling Firecrackers To Landing $70 Million For His Canadian Startup
In an exclusive interview for the DealMakers podcast, Michael Litt revealed how he accelerated his startup, landed $70 Million from some of the most enviable investors on the planet, is disrupting the classic board meeting, and what it takes to get funded by him. Now he is a serious startup investor and founder at the heart of Canada’s new tech ecosystem.
Adeo Ressi: The Entrepreneur That Sold Two Companies For $1 Billion Before Age 30
Founder of The Founder Institute, Adeo Ressi unveils the truth about launching and selling a startup in Silicon Valley, and why entrepreneurs should never plan to exit. Adeo reveals some of the crazy sides of founding a venture. As well as powerful advice for structuring your next company and surviving a buyout.
Fabrice Grinda: From $100,000 In Debt To Hundreds of Millions In Exits
With over 400 startup investments and 150 plus exits Fabrice Grinda is unquestionably one of the most experienced entrepreneurs and investors on the planet today. If anyone knows what it takes to build a scrappy and scalable startup, and how to cash in on one, it’s got to be Fabrice. In a new episode of the DealMakers podcast he pulled back the curtain on his biggest mistakes and how to hit home runs, again and again.
Kevin Ryan Shares His Formula To Create Several Billion Dollar Companies
Few tech entrepreneurs have created a billion-dollar company. Kevin Ryan, has created not one but multiple billion-dollar companies. Ryan co-founded DoubleClick, which went public and then sold to Google for $3.1 billion; MongoDB, recently did an IPO with another billion dollar valuation; Gilt Groupe, sold for $250M and Business Insider recently got acquired for $450M. In a new episode of the DealMakers podcast Kevin Ryan shares the formula to create multiple billion dollar companies and the different factors to take into consideration.
Will Herman On Selling Your Business Twice For Over $700M
In this episode Will Herman reveals his own struggles and successes with launching and fundraising for his early ventures. As well as how he fell into investing in startups himself after selling two companies for over $700M, and ended up ultimately writing one of the most important books for today’s entrepreneurs.
Dane Madsen: Turning A 100 Year Old Business Model Into A $100 Million Company
Dane Madsen has proven to be an incredible deal maker. He not only built one of the most famous companies twice, but sold his startup for $100M. Here’s what it took, and his essential advice for today’s entrepreneurs.
Rand Fishkin On Building An SEO Empire And Overcoming Depression After Raising $30 Million
In a new episode of the DealMakers podcast, Rand Fishkin shares the ups and downs of building a hyper growth startup. Rand also shares the process of raising capital and the journey of the business he created where he raised $30 Million from top tier investors which led him to become one of the biggest authorities in the SEO world.
Ander Michelena On Selling His Business For $190 Million After Leaving His Corporate Career
One of the greatest things to witness today is not just an entrepreneur accomplish a successful fundraising round or exit, but to then evolve into becoming an angel who gives back to the startup ecosystem. Ander Michelena is one of this new breed of investors who has been through the full cycle themselves. Ander reveals the process his own startup went through, and how its acquisition turned him into a $100M VC.
Carlos Reines On How To Raise $20 Million From Top US Investors As A Foreign Entrepreneur
Carlos Reines shares the journey and the struggles involved with raising $20M as a foreign founder in a regulated industry for his company, RubiconMD. The company that Carlos Reines has gone out to build includes top tier investors such as Waterline Ventures, HLM Venture Partners, or Optum Ventures. During this episode, listeners will gain access to how the process of fundraising changes as a company matures and moves from Seed to Series B and beyond.