How do you go from from zero to startup success? How do you find product market fit, growth channels, and build a rockstar team?
In Minimally Viable, we interview founders, VCs, advisors, and mentors on exactly those questions.
We are Jonathan and Kevin, founders at Polar, an early-stage EdTech startup. The questions we discuss with our guests are exactly the questions that keep us busy at Polar.
We go deep into topics directly relevant for any tech founder and those aspiring to be one - finding an idea, iterating on product market fit, prioritizing and iterating on features, conducting user research and feedback, building an MVP, growing at an early stage, finding exponential growth channels, building a team and hiring, and more.
For more details about Polar, visit getpolarized.io and follow us on Twitter at @getpolarized
Minimally Viable E26- Jannick Bendtsen, PipeBio Co-founder and CEO on doing YC as a biotech founder and the intersection of tech and biotech
In today’s episode of Minimally Viable, we talk to Jannick Bendtsen, Co-Founder, and CEO of PipeBio. PipeBio is an innovative biotech cloud-based platform that enables faster development for antibody/peptide screening and drug development and allows scientists to analyze large sets of data. Jannick shares his journey from earning a master’s in molecular biology and a Ph.D. in bioinformatics, to leaving academia and working for bioinformatics companies, to meeting his co-founder Owen and founding PipeBio during the pandemic. We talk about his previous experience and how he worked at three companies that were acquired and how experiencing that process helped him when founding PipeBio. We discuss the importance of the relationship with your cofounder and finding people who complement your skills. We also talk about the importance of trust amongst first hires for an early-stage remote-only start-up. He shares his experience of going through YC and the value of it, especially for early-stage startups, and the network developed during that experience. We talk about the goals for PipeBio and new trends emerging in biotech. (https://pipebio.com/)
Minimally Viable E25 - Scott Absher, Founder and CEO of ShiftPixy, on the gig economy, going public via SPACs, and tech in Miami
In today’s podcast, we talk to Scott Absher, CEO of ShiftPixy (https://shiftpixy.com/). ShiftPixy is a revolutionary gig economy platform that serves as an all-in-one workforce management platform for operators and part-time workers. We talk about the emergence of the gig economy, ShiftPixy’s formation and how it is a culmination of Scott’s 30 plus years of experience in human capital and his work in M&A. Scott shares what SPACs are and his process in choosing to go with a SPAC when taking ShiftPixy public. We also talk about moving to Miami and the growth of the tech community there.