Every start-up founder has to determine the best method for funding their company. Housing Joint Venture is no exception. As we grapple with bootstrapping or accepting external funding this silicon valley intensive emerged as a key experience we needed to validate the business.
Founder University is a three-day curriculum for start-up founders who have launched their product but have not raised Series A funding. The workshop is only available to 60 founders selected based on merit. The class is free of charge for the accepted founders.
Our co-founder, John, has been on the Femgineer email list for a long time. Their founder Poornima was one of the original Mint employees and now consults with other startups. Her information is super valuable, as the HJV family watches her YouTube videos religiously and read her book! At the end of one of Poornima’s emails was a link to Founder University. She recommended founders of diverse background apply because it would be a good opportunity…so we did!
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It was easy to take Poornima’s advice because Founder University has an excellent pedigree. Jason Calacanis is the founder and host of the This Week in StartUps podcast. Jason and his team have invested in multiple unicorn startups with unparalleled success.
We are accelerating our growth so we wanted to get feedback from the best and brightest. We wanted to cut through the fluff. To be honest, we also wanted to see if the mirage of ‘the valley’ is real. The opportunity to meet other talented founders, share experiences and network was not to be missed. In short, we wanted to listen and learn.
The program was held in the Wilson Sonsini Offices in downtown San Francisco. They are Startups global law firm that specializes in
Housing Joint Venture Accepted to Founder University
Being accepting to Founder University was an honor, we felt an elite company among our peers of other thought leaders. This was an opportunity for us to refine and get to the next level. The fact that we were one of the few companies selected in the global competition for a spot was
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The curriculum was robust and we
Some of the new concepts helped us elevate our perspective on the health of the business. For example, we learned best practices for structuring our monthly reporting for our team and investors, how to develop processes for merger and acquisition relationships, and a system for documenting and following up with investor relationships.
Unfortunately, Team HJV did not get to pitch in public, and we’re glad we didn’t. The public pitches
The whole experience was great for our confidence! We have been doing the work and we just need to continue to progress. We have the opportunity to apply to their accelerator in the future.
After attending Founder University changing our revenue model was the most significant change. We adopted a monthly subscription model instead of the one-time annual fee. The smaller, monthly price point is more accessible for would-be investors and provides stability to HJV income. Of
For more information visit:
Founder University: https://www.founder.university
This Week in Startups: https://thisweekinstartups.com
HJV Subscriptions: https://housingjv.com/resources/library/