TechCrunch Live There is a series of exciting episodes scheduled to air in April. Speakers come from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds and locations. As usual, each episode features an entrepreneur presenting their early pitches with the investors who funded the company. We want to know how founders attract VCs, what makes their partnerships work, and how other founders can improve their storytelling and pitching.
TechCrunch Live helps founders build better venture-backed businesses. To that end, we bring together startup founders and their backing investors to discuss exactly what helped close the deal. What metrics do investors focus on? What questions did founders answer make VCs want to know more? How did the founders communicate their grand vision, and what was the step-by-step plan to get there?
TechCrunch Live is also home to the TCL Pitch-off, where founders in the audience can pitch their startups and get real-time feedback from our esteemed guests on our virtual stage.
Like any TechCrunch event, this weekly series also features networking so you can meet and say hello to other attendees.
The event is held every Wednesday at 11:30am PT / 2:30pm ET and is free to attend. Networking and pitches begin at 11:30am PT, followed by interviews at 12pm PT and a live pitch feedback session at 12:30pm PT. Only TechCrunch+ members have access to the full library of on-demand content, so if you haven’t already, Sign up now!
Without further ado, here are the distinguished guests who joined us on TechCrunch Live in April.
Anish Acharya (a16z) + Alex Bouaziz (Deel)
April 20 – 11:30AM PT / 2:30PM ET
Alex Bouaziz co-founded Deel after facing a major hurdle in recruiting remote workers for another business. The company has raised $629 million since its inception in 2018. We hope you can tune in to TechCrunch Live on April 20 to hear Alex and Anish Acharya, general partners of a16z and lead investors in Deel’s Series A round. We were excited to hear how Deel pitched himself to a16z and what lessons Bouaziz and Acharya learned along the way. Provided by JPMorgan.
Mathilde Collin (front) + Frederic Kerrest (Okta)
April 27 – 11:30AM PT / 2:30PM ET
Front co-founder and CEO Mathilde Collin raised capital from a handful of lower-than-traditional venture capital firms, including Okta’s COO and co-founder Frederic Kerrest. Join TechCrunch Live on April 27 to hear Collin’s unique fundraising strategy and how early-stage startups can raise money outside of traditional investors. Kerrest, a part-time podcaster, led Front’s C series and published a book of the same name as his wonderful podcast: From Zero to IPO.