E1125: LAUNCH Accelerator Cohort 18 founders reflect on their journeys thru the program: Fluent Forever (language learning app), SupportPay (child support management solution) & v.one (no-code app building platform)

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Check out Fluent Forever: https://fluent-forever.com
Check out SupportPay: https://supportpay.com
Check out v.one: https://www.yourvone.com

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Show notes:
0:00 Start
1:04 Jason intros the top 3 vote-getting companies from the LAUNCH Accelerator’s 18th cohort
3:38 Fluent Forever CEO Gabe Wyner explains what Fluent Forever does & answers his most frequent investor question: how is it different from Duolingo?
5:35 Fundraising during the pandemic, top lessons from the Accelerator
11:39 Klaviyo – Get started with a free trial at https://www.klaviyo.com/twist
12:50 Gabe on Fluent Forever’s fundraising goals & how they hit them rapidly, reconciling the $100K for 6% investment, importance of investor updates
18:16 Jason intros SupportPay CEO Sheri Atwood & Sheri explains how SupportPay provides value to separated or divorced parents, helping investors understand their market size
20:32 Sheri on pitching when you don’t have a clear competitor, crafting a 3-minute pitch
23:31 LinkedIn Jobs – Get a $50 credit toward your first job post at https://www.linkedin.com/twist
25:16 Sheri on Jason’s pitch fine tuning & crafting her pitch for virtual meetings
30:21 Sheri on being in the position to turn down money
32:44 Jason intros v.one CEO Jeremy Redman, who is building a no-code app builder, transitioning the product throughout LAUNCH
36:15 How v.one’s solution is better than a dev shop
37:36 Squarespace – Go to https://squarespace.com/twist for a free trial, and use code TWIST for 10% off
39:25 Jeremy on focusing on the business rather than the investors, how they compare to other no-code apps like Bubble
42:57 Jeremy on changing their targeted raise, focusing on the “why” of raising money, Gabe on raising extra money opportunistically, growth planning at the LAUNCH Accelerator
46:58 Gabe on what investors want to see in terms of growth, Jeremy on maintaining growth while iterating on product
53:04 Importance of monthly updates

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