All early-stage founders of startups are almost ready for the big day. This is right. On July 8-9, thousands of entrepreneurs from all over the globe will meet virtually for the best two-day bootcamp ever called TC Early Stage 2021: Fundraising and Marketing.
Two days devoted to the essentials of building your business the right way. We give you five reasons to stop doing what you are doing and buy your pass for a conference that will make your life easier.
1. Learn from top startup experts
The agenda was packed with amazing subject-matter experts, who will give highly interactive presentations on a variety of topics startup founders need to understand. So you can avoid costly, painful mistakes and continue to move forward, it is important that you listen, engage, and learn.
Vlad Magdalin was the founder of Webflow and was open about the difficulties he encountered on his path to success. It is common to hear about successful startups raising millions of dollars. But you don't often hear about the struggles that it took to get there. It is important that early founders see the other side of the coin, too. Ashley Barrington is founder of MarketPearl, and an Early Stage 2020 participant.
2. Get the advice straight away
Many conferences are full of opinions but little on practical advice. TC Early Stage won't have that. Socicraft founder Chloe Leaaetoa told us that she left Early Stage 2020 with some tips and tricks she could immediately use.
Sequoia Capitals' session, Start With Your Customer, examined the benefits of storytelling, and created customer personas. My team and I discussed the idea and identified seven user types for our product. We also implemented storytelling to help customers onboard. This one session has changed my business.
3. Increase your network
More opportunities are available through large networks. It's that easy. Early Stage will give you plenty of opportunities to grow your network. Ashley Barrington points out that you never know where a chance encounter might take you.
CrunchMatch made it simple to host short networking sessions with people from all over the globe. I was able to meet other founders in the early stages of their ventures, learn about their current projects, and pool my resources for future opportunities.
4. 4. Improve your pitch deck
Day two will feature a pitch-off among 10 founders in early stages. Our panel of distinguished judges will give valuable feedback and help them present their pitches. Even if you aren't on the virtual stage pitching, you can still learn a lot from tuning in. Let Katia Paramonova (founder and CEO of Centrly), who attended Early Stage 2020, give you some insight.
The pitch deck teardown was a great experience. The VCs reviewed my deck, and provided specific, actionable advice. It was also helpful to see them comment on other decks. We are incorporating their feedback. When we begin fundraising, the slides will be easier for VCs understand our value proposition.
5. Get connected to your community
Each TechCrunch event, regardless of whether it is TC Early Stage or Disrupt, aims to foster a sense community. Why? Because although you might be able to go faster on your own, you'll get further together. Your tribe of early-stage founders should come together to celebrate, communique, and commiserate.
TechCrunch connects total strangers to build a supportive community. All of us were trying to achieve the same goal, which was to bring our ideas to life and make them a reality. That was a wonderful surprise. Jessica McLean is director of marketing communications at Infinite-Compute.
Get your pass now and join the community at TC Early stage 2021: Marketing & Fundraising, July 8-9. We are excited to meet you!
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