E697: Sunflower Labs co-founder Alex Pachikov on modernizing home security with world’s first smart sensor & drone technology; Bonus LAUNCH SCALE: Homebrew Partner Satya Patel on locking down Series A



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Home security systems haven’t meaningfully evolved in decades. Current monitoring systems can have false alarm rates ranging between 95%-99%, giving homeowners no more of a sense of security than having no system at all. Sunflower Labs CEO & co-founder Alex Pachikov is modernizing the home security market with the introduction of the Sunflower Home Awareness System, which combines outdoor sensors with an aerial camera for a complete view of what’s going on around your home. Backed by $2.1m in funding from General Catalyst and others, Sunflower Labs is disrupting the home security market at this exciting intersection of new technology and the smart home.

Then, Homebrew General Partner Satya Patel shares a framework for understanding how to get from seed stage to series A. Why is this relevant today? About 20% of companies that have raised seeds in the past few years are now going to be able to raise series A’s, but that number is decreasing, so the battle for the A dollar is becoming more brutal. In Homebrew’s first round of raising funds, they had a 92% success rate of helping companies raise A rounds vs. seed rounds that they lead. Join us and learn about ideas on how to get money in your bank.

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