Fancy a chat with a Silicon Valley Founder who had an Exit?

Startup exits are the most sought after events in Silicon Valley but very few people get to experience them.

If you ever wanted to have a chat with founders that started, ran and sold a tech company to learn about how it all went down, then read on.

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My friend Andrew Vasylyk from StartupSoft is not only collaborating with us at Silicon Roundabout to help UK and EU tech companies outsource projects and technical staff to Ukraine. He’s also launched a pretty awesome podcast where he’s talking with some of the people that made a true success out of their own startup.

Hear from the founders of Shazam, SendGrid and Misfit

The podcast could not launch on a higher note, with 3 iconic founders you’ll really enjoy listening to.

  • Chris Barton, founder of Shazam ($400m sale to Apple) — Chris Barton is a founder and ex-CEO of Shazam, one of the most iconic and loved apps that has ever been built. Shazam amassed over a billion downloads and was acquired by Apple in 2017 for $400 million. Listen to the podcast here.
  • Tim Jenkins, founder of SendGrid ($3b sale to Twilio) — Tim Jenkins is a founder and ex-CTO of SendGrid, world’s largest email delivery platform that sends as many emails per day as Twitter generates Tweets. SendGrid IPO’d in 2017 and was acquired by Twilio for $3 billion dollars in 2019. Listen to the podcast here.
  • Sonny Vu, founder of Misfit ($260 sale to Fossil) — Sonny Vu is a serial entrepreneur turned investor and advisor. Along with cofounders John Sculley (former Apple CEO), Sridhar Iyengar and Christy Trang Le, Sonny started, ran and sold Misfit — one of the most iconic wearable brands on the planet. Listen to the podcast here.

What can we learn from Founders who’ve been there — done that?

It turns out these podcasts are not the first time Andrew decided to turn to founders with past exits.

He wrote a very interesting article actually on why VCs “almost blindly” invest in founders with previous exits. His number are pretty strong, showing how previous startup experience counts a lot when launching and growing successful ventures.

So if you have not taken a startup through to an exit yet, do grab opportunities to learn from those who have.

Whether it’s from following Andrew around the Valley to listen to startup gurus like Chris, Tim and Sonny, or whether it’s by joining a startup community like Silicon Roundabout.

Ultimately tough, my personal advice would be to take this to the next level by reaching out yourself to successful founders you’d like to get advice from. You never know where a simple polite message will take you.

In the meantime, let’s all thank Andrew for his fantastic work with theses podcast episodes —keep ’em coming!

Francesco

Director of Silicon Roundabout — The biggest Startup Hub and Tech Community in the UK

CEO of AGÀPE Properties — The first UK Property Investment and Multi-Let Management Company accepting cryptocurrencies