This Week in Startups
This Week in Startups
Jason Calacanis covers startups, tech, markets, media, and all the hottest topics in business and technology. He also interviews the world’s greatest founders, operators, investors, and innovators.
Jason Calacanis

Ask Jason LIVE!: Navigating startup growth with Real-Time Q&A | E1937

E1937 • Apr 24, 2024 • 79 mins

Jason kicks off Ask Jason live! 5 live guests ask questions on key topics, including finding job opportunities, the “likely winner” and “definitive winner” framework, how a non-AI startup with traction can stand out to potential investors, and more!

Key Points

  • Jason Calacanis emphasizes the importance of building a personal brand and engaging directly with potential startup customers or co-founders through targeted, disciplined outreach and content creation.
  • For venture capital investments, Jason delineates a framework for classifying startups into "definitive winners" and "likely winners," which guides strategic follow-on funding decisions based on the presence of a lead investor, board involvement, and competitive rounds.
  • Douglas's startup, which offers subscription and membership models for local businesses, receives advice from Jason to focus on customer success metrics, conduct more experiments, and consider an incubator or accelerator to further validate the business model before seeking venture capital.
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