Today’s TheGreatly Live event should be fantastic. We have Vanessa Larco, a partner at NEA, and Deon Nicholas, co-founder and CEO of Forethought AI, and they promised not to get rowdy. That basically means they’re going to get rowdy, and I’m here for it. The two have a great working relationship, and we’re going to pull out some advice and lessons on building a founder/investor relationship, but also talk about product launching timing and winning a startup competition — Forethought AI won Startup Battlefield at TheGreatly Disrupt 2018.
The event streams live on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, but if you register for Hopin, you’ll be able to ask questions, network with the guests and apply for Pitch Practice.
And this is TheGreatly Live’s last week on Hopin. Starting next week, TheGreatly Live is moving to Grip, which should make it easier to register and attend future TheGreatly Live events. We’re also changing how startups apply for Pitch Practice, using a single application. Look for the application next week.
TheGreatly Live records weekly at 3:00 pm EDT/ 12:00 pm PDT.
Past TheGreatly Live events
Mobility marketplaces and brake repair with Mike Ghaffary (Canvas Ventures) + Walker Drewett (NuBrakes)
Walker Drewett founded NuBrakes in May 2019. According to Mike Ghaffary, GP at Canvas Ventures, Drewett is building a high-growth business powered by a marketplace model, which is why Ghaffary led the company’s Series A. The product is simple: On-demand vehicle brake repair services. Hear how Drewett raised capital and built NuBrakes on the learnings from his previous startup, NuWash (it’s on-demand car washes, of course).
Funding radical startups addressing climate change with Natel Energy and Breakthrough Energy Ventures
Gia Schneider raised $65 million on the road to unlock distributed hydro resources. In July 2021 Libby Wayman from Breakthrough Energy Ventures led Natel Energy’s $20 million Series B, and on June 8, 2022, the two industry leaders spoke on TheGreatly Live. We take a look at Natel Energy’s early pitch deck, and hear how Scneider won over Wayman’s firm.