Live (previously Extra Crunch Live) is returning in February, and we have put together an incredible roster to kick off the new season. Changes are also on the way for the show. Look for more pitch decks, pitch-offs, and the best founder/investor combinations in 2022. Last year’s season ended with a bang. We had Pilot’s founder describe how the company persuaded Index Ventures to consider profitability in the end. Before that, Aileen Lee and Rachel Carlson delivered Guild Education’s early pitch deck.
They are available now, but we hope you will be able to join us in person in 2022. We are always seeking for good audience questions to ask our visitors, and businesses will soon be able to apply to pitch their business. TechCrunch Live is a platform that helps entrepreneurs builds stronger venture-backed firms. We accomplish this by bringing together company founders and the investors who back them to discuss what factors contributed to the deal’s success. What are the metrics that investors are looking at? What questions did the founders respond to that piqued the VCs’ interest? How did the founders convey their broad goal and a systematic strategy for achieving it?
On TechCrunch Live, we go through all of this and more, including a peek at these startups’ early pitch decks. The TCL Pitch-off, where audience members can pitch their idea to our eminent guests and receive live feedback, also held at TechCrunch Live. This weekly series, like other TechCrunch events, includes networking so you can meet and greet other attendees.
The program is free to attend and takes place every Wednesday at noon PT/3 pm ET. Only TechCrunch+ members have access to the whole library of on-demand material, so sign up now if you have not already. Without further ado, here is a list of the incredible guests that will be visiting us on TechCrunch Live in February.
In 2016, Dr. Jeff Wessler co-founded Heartbeat Health with the goal of improving heart care. Kenyi Maqubela joined Heartbeat Health’s founding team and board of directors in 2017 after writing the company’s pre-seed check, over the next two rounds, Maqubela’s firm, Kindred Ventures, reinvested in Heartbeat Health. On TCL, Wessler talks about how he sold Maqubela on his ambitious concept and got money. Unit formed in 2019 by Itai Damti to assist firms in integrating financial services into their consumer products. Emmalyn Shaw, as managing partner of Flourish, invested in Unit’s Series a round in 2020, and later in the company’s B round.
Join us on TCL as we discuss Unit’s early days and the pitch deck that helped Flourish close the funding transaction. While pursuing his master’s degree at UC Berkeley, Akilesh Bapu co-founded DeepScribe. The company is now five years old and has recently secured $30 million in a round led by Index Ventures’ Nina Achadjian. We are thrilled to have the duo on TCL to discuss their most recent funding round and it takes to capture Index Ventures’ attention and money.