TechCrunch Live is entering its third season and I am thrilled to be leading the events again this year. The first event is February 1, 2023 and will feature a timely discussion on what to do if your company is unable to raise Series A. We have Cambly’s Sameer Shariff and Benchmark’s Sarah Tavel speaking at the first event.
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TCL’s mission is still to help founders build better venture-backed businesses. But as we enter 2023, there is a new urgency behind this mission. TechCrunch Live started in the heady days of 2021 and now, in early 2023, the startup world is undergoing radical changes. It’s harder to raise money, sales cycles are much longer, and investors (and their LPs) have different expectations that affect all industries.
A few updates for 2023
- TechCrunch Live is back on Hopin. Each event has a dedicated Hopin room so you, the viewer, can ask the guests questions. You must register and sign up for each event. But it’s worth it. Believe me.
- I also turn to Twitter to help find some questions for each week’s guest. It’s critical to me that you can ask the questions you find most interesting, so if you can’t log into Hopin, send me questions via Twitter at @mjburnsy.
- The TCL Podcast! I have a producer and the lackluster TCL Podcast is getting some serious love. Every Monday we upload an edited and condensed version of TCL. And the logo changes thanks to @dicebourbon.
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Sarah Tavel (benchmark) and Sameer Shariff (Cambly) — 2/1/2023
Cambly seems like a sure bet at the moment, but as you’ll hear from Sameer, getting to this point has been a struggle. After failing to establish a Series A, the company had to change models overnight. When VC after VC said no, Cambly had to find a way to turn a profit to keep the doors open. Since then, the company has raised a $20 million Series A and a $60 million Series B, but only because the company took the hard steps to turn a profit earlier than expected.
Christina Ross (Cube) and Rajeev Batra (Mayfield) — 2/8/2023
Christina Ross and her company, Cube, are on a mission to improve financial planning and analysis. Unlike competitors, Cube does not try to replace in-house spreadsheets, but to live alongside these beloved spreadsheets. Cube’s strategy is to meet its customers where they are. Hear how this new approach was developed and how it attracted investment from major companies, including Rajeev Batra of Mayfield Fund.
Christina Cacioppo (Vanta) and Andrew Reed (Sequoia) — 2/15/2023
Christina Cacioppo co-founded Vanta to help companies stay current with ever-changing compliances. And the industry responded enthusiastically. The company quickly raised more than $200 million in venture capital and became a unicorn with its $150 million Series B in October 2022. Hear from Cacioppo and Sequoia Capital general partner Andrew Reed about Vanta’s growth trajectory and fundraising strategy.
Sagi Eliyahu (Tonkean) and Joanne Chen (Capital Foundation) — 2/22/2
David Blumberg (Blumberg Capital) and Tanis Jorge (Trulioo) — 3/1/2023
Mark Goldberg (Index Ventures) and Rick Song (Persona) — 8/3/2023
Mamoon Hamid (Kleiner Perkins) and Arianna Huffington (Thrive Global) — 3/15/2023
Eric Tarczynski (Converse) and Harshita Arora (AtoB) — 3/22/2023