TechCrunch Live (formerly Extra Crunch Live) returns in February, and we’ve got some fantastic lineup to kick off the new season. Changes are also coming to the series. In 2022, look for more pitch decks, more pitch-offs, and more of the best founder/investor combos.
Last year’s season ended on a high note. We asked Pilot’s founder to explain how he convinced Index Ventures to think long-term about margins. Before that, Aileen Lee and Rachel Carlson presented Guild Education’s first pitch deck. They’re available here, but we hope you’ll be able to join us live in 2022. We’re always on the lookout for great questions from the audience to ask guests, and soon startups will be able to apply to pitch their business.
TechCrunch Live helps founders build better venture-backed companies. We do this by bringing together startup founders and the investors who back them to talk about what, precisely, helped close the deal. What indicators do investors look at? What questions did the founders answer that made VCs want to know more? How did the founders communicate their grand vision and step-by-step plan to get there?
We cover it all – looking at early pitch decks from these companies and more – on TechCrunch Live. TechCrunch Live is also home to the TCL Pitch-off, where founders from the public can take to our virtual stage to pitch their startup to our esteemed guests and get their live feedback.
As with any TechCrunch event, this weekly series also features networking so you can meet and greet fellow attendees.
The event takes place every Wednesday at noon PT / 3 p.m. ET and is free. Only TechCrunch+ members have access to the full library of on-demand content, so if you haven’t already, sign up now!
And without further ado, here’s a look at the standout guests who joined us on TechCrunch Live in February.
Kanyi Maqubela (Kindred Ventures) + Dr. Jeff Wessler (Heartbeat Health)
February 9 – 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET
Dr. Jeff Wessler co-founded Heartbeat Health in 2016 to develop better heart care. After writing the company’s pre-seed test, Kenyi Maqubela joined Heartbeat Health’s founding team and board of directors in 2017. Maqubela’s company, Kindred Ventures, has reinvested in Heartbeat Health over the past two subsequent rounds. Hear on TCL how Wessler pitched Maqubela his ambitious plan and ultimately secured funding.
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Emmalyn Shaw (Flourish Ventures) + Itai Damti (Unit)
February 16 – 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET
Itai Damti co-founded Unit in 2019 to help businesses integrate banking services into their consumer products. In 2020, Emmalyn Shaw, as Managing Partner of Flourish, invested in Unit’s Series A round, and later, the company’s B round. Join us on TCL as we talk about the early days of Unit and the pitch deck that helped secure the fundraising deal with Flourish.
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Nina Achadjian (Index Ventures) + Akilesh Bapu (DeepScribe)
February 23 – 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET
Akilesh Bapu co-founded DeepScribe while working on his master’s program at UC Berkeley. The company is now five years old and has just raised a $30 million funding round led by Nina Achadjian at Index Ventures. We’re thrilled to have the pair on TCL to talk about their latest raise and what it took to get Index Ventures’ attention (and money).
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