Blog, Fundraising, Startup Stories

The Future of Food: From Sustenance to Experience

It’s no secret that Americans love food. But the food we love today — and how we go about procuring and preparing it — has changed dramatically due to technological advances of the last few centuries. In the last century alone, we’ve seen innovations like¬†frozen food,¬†early kitchen appliances reducing preparation time, and microwaves making meals […]


Experts, Marketing & Growth, Podcast, Product & Design, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

How to Grow Your Startup’s Growth Team [Traction #45: Fareed Mosavat, Slack]

On the show today, Fareed Mosavat shares his experiences on growth teams for Slack, Instacart, and RunKeeper. We learn from his approach but also extract valuable lessons about where growth jobs actually fit into your overall organization. Follow Fareed on Twitter. Follow Jay on Twitter. Listen now or subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, or Google […]


Hiring & Talent, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

How to Vet & Work With Your Cofounder [Traction #43: Wayne Chang & Jeff Seibert]

Wayne Chang and Jeff Seibert are the cofounders of Crashlytics, which Twitter acquired in 2013. Today, as angel investors, they see dozens of entrepreneurs every quarter, and they’ve joined the show today to help us answer some tough questions: How should you structure communication with your cofounder? How do you work through difficult decisions, especially […]


Marketing & Growth, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

How to Ditch the False Silver Bullets and Run a Growth Hacking Process [Traction #42: Sean Ellis & Morgan Brown]

Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown are entrepreneurs, growth experts, and co-authors of the book Hacking Growth. Today, we talk about this notion of growth hacking and debunk some myths, then walk through a smart process you can use to start running a growth engine strategically, instead of seeking false silver bullets. Find their book, Hacking […]


Product & Design, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

How Andela Finds and Trains World-Class Engineers in Africa [Traction #41: Christina Sass]

Christina Sass is co-founder and COO of Andela, a company that locates, trains, and staffs world-class engineers in Africa for hire by tech companies in the US and elsewhere. They’ve sparked a movement, cracked the code on finding great coders, and have attracted investors like Mark Zuckerberg. Visit andela.com to learn more, or follow Christina […]


Marketing & Growth, Product & Design, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

How WHOOP Built a Science-Backed Fitness Band Used by LeBron, Phelps & the NFL [Traction #40: Will Ahmed, WHOOP]

Will Ahmed is the CEO and co-founder of WHOOP, a fitness tech startup working with high-performance athletes. Their users include LeBron James, Michael Phelps, pro teams like the Boston Red Sox, and thanks to a deal with the NFL Players’ Association, every pro football player across the nation. Visit whoop.com to learn more, or follow […]


Podcast, Product & Design, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

Building Product in a Saturated Niche [Traction Podcast #39: Ellen Chisa, Lola]

Ellen Chisa is VP of product at Lola, a travel company combining the human element of travel agents with smart technology. While some entrepreneurs build their products in markets that feel wide open for the taking, travel is one of those industries with tons of noise and competition. So how does one gain a foothold? […]



Fundraising, Hiring & Talent, Podcast, Product & Design, Startup Stories, Traction Podcast

In a World of Startup How-Tos, What About Bucking the Trend? [Traction #37: Chad Laurans, SimpliSafe]

Chad Laurans is the CEO of SimpliSafe, a large and growing tech company located in the Boston area. Years ago, in the span of 30 days, three of Chad’s friends were robbed. The companies that should serve them well in those moments were anything but helpful, comforting, and simple to work with. That led to […]