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Dylan Hoyle

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Dylan Hoyle - 06/05/2024

'Advice for Early-Stage Founders' with Ellen Chisa

Episode 6

Welcome to the Scale with Strive podcast, the place where you come to listen to some of the world’s most influential leaders of the SaaS industry. 🚀 

I am your host, Dylan Hoyle and on today’s episode, I am excited to welcome Ellen Chisa, Partner at Boldstart Ventures! 

Boldstart's speciality is partnering with Founders at inception, and today's conversation was centred around advice for Early-Stage Founders when looking to build a company. 

Some of my key takeaways from our conversation were: 

💡 The first steps that a Founder should take when they have an idea. 

💡 The specific qualities that VCs look for in Founders when considering investment. 

💡 Some of the common mistakes that Founders make when pitching to Venture Capitalists. 


Let’s Dive in! 

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9:09 Navigating Early-Stage Startup Challenges 


20:15 Navigating Early-Stage Venture Capital Relationships 


25:05 Building Relationships with VCs Before Pitching 


29:31 Market Trends and Investor Resilience