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Providing virtual gender-affirming care with Jerrica Kirkley and Matthew Wetschler of Plume

Providing virtual gender-affirming care with Jerrica Kirkley and Matthew Wetschler of Plume

Found 18 October 2022

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Telehealth startups had a boom during the pandemic and for certain marginalized communities not having to physically go onto a traditional doctor’s office allows them to access specialized high-quality care. That’s where this week’s guests come in. Jerrica Kirkley and Matthew Wetschler are the co-founders of Plume, a telehealth company that focuses on transgender care. After Jerrica spent time working in the non-profit world she realized that to enact the change she wanted to see, a VC-backed startup could be a more direct route.  Along with providing great care, they’re also dedicated to combatting anti-trans legislation and gathering data on trans care that can help all physicians provide better holistic care. In this episode, they talk about their co-founder relationship, the importance of hiring a team that reflects the community they serve, and how they navigated fundraising in such a conservative environment. 

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Toyin Ajayi, Cityblock

Toyin Ajayi, Cityblock

On Found Live Darrell and Jordan got to chat with Cityblock co-founder and president, Toyin Ajayi. CItyblock provides primary care,  behavioral health, and social care to folks who have been historically marginalized in the healthcare system, primarily people who are receiving their health insurance through Medicaid with the goal of providing high-quality holistic care at a lower cost. They do this through a network of physicians, community outreach teams, and by working with insurance providers. While Dr. Ajayi was working in a hospital system she became frustrated by the systemic issues that were sending the same patients back to the hospital time and time again. So she began experimenting with ways to extend her care like giving out her cell phone number, making house calls, being available to explain medications. That idea grew into Cityblock where that level of personalized care is scaled. They talked about the healthcare system, how providers can improve care, Toyin’s spicy TechCrunch Disrupt panel, and answered a few audience questions. Don’t miss the next live episode with Shivani Siroya from Tala on 3/17 at 10pm PT/ 1pm ET.  RSVP: https://hopin.com/events/found-live-mar17 Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND. Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

7 March 2022


Michelle You, Supercritical

Michelle You, Supercritical

Michelle You, co-founder and CEO of Supercritical, is on a mission to help companies get to net-zero but she refuses to sacrifice her personal life for the startup. Michelle talks with Darrell and Jordan about how motherhood has eased her imposter syndrome, the “scar tissue” she had from a tough exit of her first startup, why the planet needs more effective carbon removal methods now, and how she’s using those learnings as a second-time founder. Don't miss Found Live with Toyin Ajayi from CityBlock this Thursday (3/3) at 12pm PT/ 3pm ET. RSVP: https://hopin.com/events/found-live-mar3 Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND. Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

28 February 2022


Found Live ft Jordan Taylor and Edith Cooper, Medley

Found Live ft Jordan Taylor and Edith Cooper, Medley

Listen in to the first-ever episode of Found Live. We were joined by the mother-daughter duo Jordan Taylor and Edith Cooper who co-founded Medley—a group coaching platform focusing on personal and professional growth. They talked with Jordan and Darrell about what it’s like to start a business with a family member amidst a pandemic, what it takes to foster community in a virtual space, and the importance of vulnerable, honest communication. Those who joined us live were able to participate in the conversation in real-time.  If you missed this live episode, don’t worry, we’re going live on Hopin every other Thursday. On March 3, Toyin Ajayi from Cityblock will join the found crew at 10am Pt/ 1pm ET   Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND. Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

21 February 2022


Sunil Paul, Spring Free EV

Sunil Paul, Spring Free EV

RSVP for Found Live. Don’t miss your chance to listen to episodes found early and interact with Darrell, Jordan, and their guests. On February 17th at 10am PT/ 1pm ET, Thor Fridriksson will be talking about his experience launching two viral games and founding his new company Rocky Road.  When serial founder turned venture capitalist Sunil Paul decided to step back into startups, it was only after trying to give the idea behind his fintech company Spring Free EV away for over a decade. The idea is simple, bring down the initial cost of electric vehicles by charging owners a fee per mile. And after the wildfires in California lead to what he called the "orange sky day" he knew he had to figure out a way to do more to address the climate crisis by making EVs more accessible to the people who drive the most in the US. He joins Darrell and Jordan to talk about the end of the world, recruiting as a climate-focused fintech, fundraising, and of course Canada came up a few times too.  Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND. Links from the episode: Spring Free EV Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

14 February 2022


Kentaro Kawamori, Persefoni

Kentaro Kawamori, Persefoni

RSVP for Found Live. Don’t miss your chance to listen to episodes found early and interact with Darrell, Jordan, and their guests. On February 17th at 10am PT/ 1pm ET, Thor Fridriksson will be talking about his experience launching two viral games and founding his new company Rocky Road.  This week, Persefoni co-founder and CEO, Kentaro Kawamori is joining us this week not only to talk about his climate tech startup that aims at helping asset managers, banks and other financial institutions measure their financial emissions footprint and purchase offsets. But he is also sharing his spicey takes on the fundraising landscape and what he thinks stands the best chance of combatting the climate crisis. Darrell, Jordan and Kentaro get into the importance of building the team that’s a perfect fit for the industry you’re disrupting and the Web3 company “Holy Smokes” they’re all launching together.  Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND. Links from the episode: Persefoni RSVP for Found Live Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

7 February 2022


Elizabeth Ruzzo, adyn

Elizabeth Ruzzo, adyn

We’re in the business of talking to very impressive people who are working to solve incredibly tough problems— but Elizabeth Ruzzo, founder and CEO of adyn, may be one of the most impressive yet. Not only did she develop the only test for women to ensure they are prescribed the birth control that will be the least likely to have detrimental side effects, she also founded the company and fundraised as the sole employee of the company. She talks to Darrell and Jordan about the challenges she faced as a solo founder/employee raising money for a solution for birth control, why she decided to leave academia, and the complicated regulatory maze she had to navigate to get adyn off the ground.    Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND. Links from the episode: adyn Elizabeth on Equity Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

31 January 2022


Julian Green, Headroom

Julian Green, Headroom

We’re talking to serial founder Julian Green whose most recent startup, Headroom is using AI to hack human conversation—starting with meetings. Julian’s goal is to make meetings and virtual communication feel closer to talking in the real world. Come to hear a very smart founder talk about his experience, stay for Jordan pitching sound effects for every time Darrell mentions Canada.  Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND. Links from the episode: Headroom Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

24 January 2022


Ariela Safira, Real

Ariela Safira, Real

This week Darrell and Jordan talk with Real CEO and Founder, Ariela Safira. Real is a therapy platform that aims to make mental healthcare more accessible by offering group sessions and curriculums a user can engage with any time. While in college, Ariela had her first encounter with the mental health care system and realized that people were only seeking help for their mental health when they were in crisis. She then spent years studying the ways people seek care and how therapy could be more accessible and effective. In this conversation as they dive into everything from the research that lead her to found Real to religion to the merits of Goop. CW: suicide and attempted suicide. Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND. Links from the episode: Jordan's TechCrunch Article Real  Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

17 January 2022


Liz Young, Realm

Liz Young, Realm

Liz Young remembers when her family became homeowners, even at six years old she understood it was a big deal. That sparked a fascination with real estate and the home-owning experience. While working at Bloomberg, she discovered the importance of data-driven decisions in the housing market. She wanted to give the power of data to the average homeowner so she founded Realm which helps homeowners prioritize renovation projects to increase the value of the home and use their time and money wisely. Darrell, Jordan, and Liz talk about the tricky housing market, how powerful localized data is for homeowners, and how Darrell can renovate his basement dungeon gym for the greeted ROI. Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND. Links from the episode: Mary Ann Azevedo’s Tech Crunch Article Realm Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

10 January 2022


Ashley Sumner, Quilt (re-release)

Ashley Sumner, Quilt (re-release)

As COVID-19 cases spike many people enter 2022 in some kind of quarantine,  a conversation about community and connecting across a digital space feels like just what the doctor ordered. Ashley Sumner's original concept for Quilt was all about meeting up in person — almost an Airbnb for conversations. But shortly after launch, the universe threw a wrench in the works, as a global pandemic shut down or severely limited in-person interaction almost everywhere, particularly among strangers connecting for the first time. Quilt made a pivot into the suddenly crowded social audio space, but Ashley explains how it kept its core focus and differentiation in the process.   Links for this episode: Quilt Quilt, an audio social network focused on self care, raises $3.5 million in seed funding Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

3 January 2022


Alexandra Bonetti, The Talent Hack

Alexandra Bonetti, The Talent Hack

While owning and operating studio gym spaces in New York, Alexandra Bonetti knew that it shouldn’t have to be this hard to establish processes for issues all gyms have like recruiting new members, hiring qualified talent, and getting substitutes for classes, to name a few. So she founded The Talent Hack which is a platform geared towards helping experts working in the fitness and wellness industry achieve tangible success. In this episode, she discusses her philosophy that everyone has superpowers and she is passionate about discovering those talents and making them work for the individual and how to be nimble as a new company in a complicated industry.  Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND. Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

27 December 2021


Yusuf Sherwani , Quit Genius

Yusuf Sherwani , Quit Genius

Yusuf Sherwani saw the value in remote mental healthcare long before COVID sent everyone into video therapy sessions. He is the CEO and one of three doctor/co-founders of Quit Genius, an app that uses CBT therapy and other proven methods to help patients tackle their addiction. He talks with Darrell and Jordan about starting a telehealth company before COVID and the regulatory hurdles they had to navigate and how they convinced investors that it was crucial to be research-led when it comes to building a patient-focused product. Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND. Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

20 December 2021


Aditi Shekar, Zeta (Re-Release)

Aditi Shekar, Zeta (Re-Release)

This week we're re-releasing Jordan and Darrell's conversation with Aditi Shekar, the co-founder and CEO of Zeta, a new kind of financial services company that's designed from the ground up for "multiplayer" banking. As the year comes to a close and we look toward 2022, we thought everyone could use inspiration to get new year, new financial habits in order. Plus Aditi's unstoppable tenacity and drive are undeniably inspiring.  Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND. Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

13 December 2021


Ross Lipson, Dutchie

Ross Lipson, Dutchie

Co-founder of Dutchie, Ross Lipson talks to Jordan and Darrell about stepping into the cannabis space, taking the hits as they come, and growing a business in a highly-regulated and brand new industry. His positive outlook on business and life may be contagious so pessimists, nihilists, and fatalists beware. Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND. Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

6 December 2021


Carolyn Mooney, Nextmv

Carolyn Mooney, Nextmv

Carolyn Mooney wants you to make your decision-making process code. She is the co-founder and CEO of Nextmv which helps companies make efficient decisions on a mass scale—think Amazon distributing packaging or Uber plotting a route for an uber pool. In this week’s episode, she talks with Darrell and Jordan about Nextmv’s software that doesn’t just optimize decision making and route planning but also enables engineers to work on many different types of teams. Plus she talks about how coaching high school volleyball has made her a better leader and forced her to prioritize a work-life balance. Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND. Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

29 November 2021


Larry Gadea, Envoy

Larry Gadea, Envoy

The way COVID-19 has changed the way we work comes up a lot, founders have had to pivot and innovate to build companies during lockdown but the workplace restrictions seemed to spark inspiration for this week's guest, Larry Gadea, founder, and CEO of Envoy. Envoy started in 2013 as a guest sign-in platform to make offices safer and more efficient. Over the past 18 months, they've created new products to solve for many of the new issues offices have as they adapt to the new and frequently changing office safety protocols.  Larry talks about how remote work affected company culture, his work-life balance philosophy, and how his leadership style has grown with the company.    Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND. Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

22 November 2021


Nabiha Saklayen, Cellino

Nabiha Saklayen, Cellino

Not only is this week's guest the TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 Battlefield winner, but Nabiha Saklayen is also democratizing access to life-saving cell therapies by using—you guessed it—lasers. Nabiha is the co-founder and CEO of Cellino which is a company developing the tech to automate stem cell production that will lower the cost of cell therapies and increase the yield of viable cells. In this episode, Nabiha tells Jordan and Darrell how she built a start-up beginning with the tech and finding a business fit, her evolving leadership style, and why this work is crucial to the biomedical field.   Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND. Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

15 November 2021


Megan O'Connor, Nth Cycle

Megan O'Connor, Nth Cycle

This week we talk to the runner-up in Tech Crunch Disrupt's Startup Battlefield: Megan O'Connor from Nth Cycle. Megan first found out about the impending shortage of materials used in batteries, phones, electric vehicles, and many of the products needed for a more sustainable green economy while studying at Yale and immediately began working towards a solution. She co-founded Nth Cycle which has developed a technology to help mining and recycling companies recover every bit of critical minerals from their operations by more efficiently recycling the materials and working to fill the gaps in the supply chain.    Take our listener survey and let us know a bit about yourself and what you think of FOUND. Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

8 November 2021


Maria Shriver and Patrick Schwarzenegger, MOSH

Maria Shriver and Patrick Schwarzenegger, MOSH

After experiencing firsthand what Alzheimer’s does to patients and their families, Maria Shriver and Patrick Schwarzenegger, have launched MOSH, a nutrition company focusing on brain food. The mother and son duo combined her passion for advocacy with his experience in company building to create and a product and brand that will have people thinking about their brain health. They talk to Darrell and Jordan about how having a co-founder who is also your mother can have some additional stress, how they view health-food brands and the lofty promises of so many brands, and why we should all be thinking about our brain health no matter how old you are.    Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

1 November 2021


Kiki Freedman, Hey Jane

Kiki Freedman, Hey Jane

Kiki Freedman realized access to abortion care was already at risk long before Texas' SB8, and that was what inspired her to found Hey Jane, a virtual health care startup aimed at women with an initial focus on delivering remote abortion care. Hey Jane provides access to consultations with doctors, available 24 hours a day, and home delivery for FDA-approved abortion pills. Freedman tells us about how her experience at Uber informed her founder mentality at Hey Jane, and how the startup hopes to change the healthcare industry. Links for this episode: Hey Jane Virtual clinic Hey Jane raises $2.2M to solve for state anti-abortion legislation Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618 Please fill out our listener survey! http://bit.ly/foundlistenersurvey

25 October 2021


Jacqueline Schafer, Clearbrief

Jacqueline Schafer, Clearbrief

After a legal career that included litigation experience at a big NYC law firm, as well as stops in both the Washington and Alaska Attorney General offices, Jackie Schafer realized that one of the major challenges in litigation is accurate and thorough review and citation of the mass of documents and prior judgements involved in a case. That's why she founded Clearbrief, which could help level the playing field for small legal firms and unlock major efficiencies in the public justice system. Also, she's an amazing singer! Links for this episode: Clearbrief Harnessing AI innovation for struggling families Swing 49's album The Devil's Club Blues Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

18 October 2021


Job van der Voort, Remote

Job van der Voort, Remote

Job van der Voort knows a thing or two about running a remote company, as a long-time GitLab employee, the host of the Remote Work Podcast and the CEO and founder of a company literally named 'Remote.' We talk to him about shifts in how companies and employees are approaching remote work, and how that proved a great basis for the creation of a company that renders a lot of the fundamentals of the model easy and repeatable. Links for this episode: Remote Remote raises $150M on a $1B+ valuation to manage payroll and more for organizations’ global workforces Remote Work Podcast Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

12 October 2021


Tanya Van Court, Goalsetter

Tanya Van Court, Goalsetter

Tanya Van Court's professional career includes a lot of high-profile positions at Nickelodeon, ESPN, Discovery, and more. Despite her success working for others, she felt the need to create her own company in 2016 focused on something she saw as important to her own family, and to the world in general: Financial literacy. Goalsetter was born, and five years later it's going strong as a leading way for families to learn about and manage money together. Links for this episode: Goalsetter Goalsetter raises $3.9 million to teach financial literacy to kids Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

4 October 2021


Jelani Memory, A Kids Company About

Jelani Memory, A Kids Company About

Jelani Memory's 'A Kids Book About...' series began with just one title he created because he wanted to answer a question one of this own kids had. Through that process, Jelani realized that not only was there a need for a lot more similar books that deal frankly with difficult, important issue, but also an opportunity to change the publishing industry from the ground up. Links for this episode: A Kids Company About The journey of a kids book startup that tackles topics like racism, cancer and divorce Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

24 September 2021


Hilary Coles, hims & hers

Hilary Coles, hims & hers

Hilary Coles co-founded telehealth startup hims & hers back in 2017, and the now-public company has expanded its focus considerably since then, including adding a full vertical dedicated to women's health. We talked to Hilary about building a healthcare brand focused on individual customer experience, with a brand designed to appeal to a new generation of healthcare recipients that haven't felt catered to by existing models. Links for this episode: Hims Hers Hims, the telehealth startup, saw its shares slip in their trading debut — and that’s fine with its CEO Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

20 September 2021


Jenn Graham, Inclusivv

Jenn Graham, Inclusivv

Jenn Graham's startup Inclusivv looks very different from when it begins Civic Dinners in 2016. The idea back then was to take advantage of small group dynamics around in-person meetings — and dinners in particular — to foster important conversations around difficult topics, originally focusing on connecting government with the community. Inclusivv took that model, shifted it to digital in the wake of Covid, and expanded the mandate to help big brands and companies handle the topics their employees and users care most about, like sustainability, diversity and belonging. Links for this episode: Inclusivv Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

13 September 2021


Celine Halioua, Loyal

Celine Halioua, Loyal

Celine Halioua has spent much of her career focusing on life extension technology — but her own company started with a specific target of extending the lives of dogs, rather than humans. We hear from her why she wanted to start with canine companions, though her larger goals with her company Loyal include extending and improving our own lives, too. Links for this episode: Loyal Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

6 September 2021


Liya Shuster-Bier, Alula

Liya Shuster-Bier, Alula

Liya Shuster-Bier learned first-hand, twice over, that cancer care leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to everything beyond the basics, and it's incredibly hard to navigate not just for patients themselves, but also for their loved ones and care network. That inspired her creation of Alula, a platform designed to help consolidate the resources that cancer patients, survivors and their care networks need to face tough challenges together. Links for this episode: Alula Alula, a platform for cancer caregivers, patients and survivors, raises $2.2 million Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

27 August 2021


Clarisse Beurrier, Animal Alternative Technologies

Clarisse Beurrier, Animal Alternative Technologies

Clarisse Beurrier went right from school to a lab-grown meat startup called Higher Steaks, and both her experience during her education and that first job in the field left her feeling like more needed to be done at a fundamental level, linking the work happening in research labs and universities to the commercial meat industry. That was the genesis for Animal Alternative Technologies, a company she co-founded with the mission of providing a scalable, end-to-end cultured meat production system for food sellers large and small alike. Links for this episode: Animal Alternative Technologies Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

21 August 2021


Amanda DoAmaral, Fiveable

Amanda DoAmaral, Fiveable

Amanda DoAmaral was an educator herself before she decided to found a tech company aimed at improving the education system. That's a surprisingly rare credential for a startup founder in this area to possess — despite the obvious benefits of real, first-hand experience. Her company, Fiveable, focuses on modernizing (including a remote-first approach) a key and often overlooked part of education for students: Building an active community of peers to share knowledge with. Hear how she took her dissatisfaction with an inadequate system and turned that into the motivation to build a venture-scale business outside of it. Links for this episode: Fiveable Fiveable makes first acquisition: A virtual study tool built by a 16-year-old Edtech’s next mission: Go everywhere Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

16 August 2021


Oleg Stavitsky, Endel

Oleg Stavitsky, Endel

Oleg Stavitsky and his founding team at Endel are not your conventional startup founders: This artists' collective has been working together for years across multiple projects, and it just so happens that their latest collaboration ended up being a venture scale technology company. Endel is all about creating personalized soundscapes to trigger desired emotional and mental states, and the story of how it came to be is hardly your typical consumer app origin tale. Links for this episode: Endel Endel raises $5M to create personalized ‘sound environments’ that improve productivity and sleep Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

6 August 2021


Julie Bornstein, The Yes

Julie Bornstein, The Yes

Julie Bornstein has a storied career that includes spearheading the e-commerce transformations of some of the world's most popular and successful retail brands. She was also at Stitch Fix as COO during a pivotal time just ahead of the fashion startup's IPO, but her latest move was to become a founder and start her own company for the first time. The Yes is an e-commerce retail app that aims to please shoppers, providing a personalized digital store for every user that includes the best brands form all over the world. Hear how she wrangled luxe high fashion and everyday favorites into a single destination for all tastes. Links for this episode: The Yes Former Stitch Fix COO Julie Bornstein just took the wraps off her app-only e-commerce startup, The Yes Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

30 July 2021


Aditi Shekar, Zeta

Aditi Shekar, Zeta

Aditi Shekar's childhood ambitions included literal world domination, but she ended up as an unstoppable entrepreneur instead. She's the co-founder and CEO of Zeta, a new kind of financial services company that's designed from the ground up for "multiplayer" banking — be it with a spouse, a trusted partner or anyone else. Aditi tells us all about how she's revolutionizing money management thanks to her drive and focus. Links for this episode: Zeta What should banking look like for modern couples? Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

23 July 2021


Ashley Sumner, Quilt

Ashley Sumner, Quilt

Ashley Sumner's original concept for Quilt was all about meeting up in person — almost an Airbnb for conversations. But shortly after launch, the universe threw a wrench in the works, as a global pandemic shut down or severely limited in-person interaction almost everywhere, particularly among strangers connecting for the first time. Quilt made a pivot into the suddenly crowded social audio space, but Ashley explains how it kept its core focus and differentiation in the process. Links for this episode: Quilt Quilt, an audio social network focused on self care, raises $3.5 million in seed funding Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

16 July 2021


Rob Schutz, Ro

Rob Schutz, Ro

Rob Schutz didn't expect to be working on a startup addressing the need for reliable, direct-to-consumer erectile dysfunction therapeutics, but that's where he ended up at Roman. The company has since pivoted to become 'Ro,' with a focus on digital health and telemedicine more broadly, as well as pharmacy services, but we talk to Schutz about how he went from Bark Box to human health, and what the experience of building his startup alongside his two cofounders was like. Links for this episode: Ro Ro raises $500M to grow its remote and in-home primary care platform Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com Call us and leave a voicemail at (510) 936-1618

28 June 2021


Sara Spangelo, Swarm

Sara Spangelo, Swarm

Sara Spangelo's startup Swarm now has nearly 100 of its satellites in orbit, but the journey to get here has had plenty of challenges. After a track record that included working at Google X, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and plenty more, Sara realized with her co-founder Ben that including low-bandwidth network capabilities on tiny satellites was not only possible, but offered massive cost-savings vs. the usual way of doing things. But our talk focuses on the challenges of being a first-time founder and CEO, and creating a whole new business model. Links for this episode: Swarm Swarm’s low-cost satellite data network is now available to commercial clients Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com

19 June 2021


Cory Siskind, Base Operations

Cory Siskind, Base Operations

Cory Siskind founded Base Operations after realizing that the enterprise operations security market lagged behind its equivalent information security departments in terms of tech and innovation. She tells us how she went from being dropped into a heap of responsibility for assessing street-level threats in Mexico City right out of school for large global companies, to creating a scalable, tech-powered solution that finally brings the industry out of the 70s. Links for this episode: Base Operations Base Operations raises $2.2 million to modernize physical enterprise security Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com

11 June 2021


Roslyn McLarty, The GIST

Roslyn McLarty, The GIST

After realizing there was a serious lack of options for sports fans who happen to be women, or who just don't fit the typical mould addressed by the existent industry, Roslyn McLarty and her two co-founders created The GIST, a sports newsletter that has since grown into a podcast and a website, too. The GIST doesn't shy away from the human side of sports, nor does it treat sports like a secret club you need years of specialized knowledge to access. Links for this episode: The GIST Women-led sports media startup The GIST raises $1M to challenge sports reporting norms Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com

4 June 2021


Leigh Honeywell, Tall Poppy

Leigh Honeywell, Tall Poppy

Leigh Honeywell has spent her career trying to prevent bad things from happening to people on the internet. She’s spent time at Slack, Heroku, and Microsoft, and is well-versed on both the technical and human sides of online harassment, and has seen first-hand how it can escalate to hacking or worse. That’s how she came up with Tall Poppy, a platform that helps organizations with a public-facing workforce, like media orgs, actively prevent this type of escalation. The Tall Poppy model turns what would be an unscalable business into a fast-growing startup.  Links for this episode: Tall Poppy Tall Poppy  aims to make online harassment protection an employee benefit Leigh Honeywell on Twitter Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com

28 May 2021


Lindsay Tjepkema, Casted

Lindsay Tjepkema, Casted

As a career marketer, Lindsay Tjepkema was used to trying a lot of different strategies and seeing what works. She started to see one type of marketing consistently paying off, however — particularly for B2B brands. That's how she came up with the idea for Casted, a B2B podcast platform that makes it easy technically and in tiers of content for enterprise companies to create their own podcasts to reach their clients and potential customers. Links for this episode: Casted Casted raises $7M to scale its B2B podcast platform Lindsay Tjepkema on Twitter Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com

21 May 2021


Courtne Smith, NewNew

Courtne Smith, NewNew

After starting her career as part of Drake's management team, founder Courtne Smith has gone on to create a couple of different apps aimed at capitalizing on new and emerging behavior in online social interaction. Her latest venture, NewNew, is a bit like a stock market mixed with a crowdsourcing platform for the decision-making of creators, artists, and even just everyday, ordinary people. We talk to Courtne about her path to entrepreneurship, and what's happening in social that's changing how people want to engage. Links for this week's episode: NewNew In a startup reprise, Courtne Smith launches NewNew, a social network based on shared content Courtne Smith on Twitter Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com

14 May 2021


Kathy Hannun, Dandelion

Kathy Hannun, Dandelion

We're joined by Dandelion co-founder and President Kathy Hannun on this week's show. Kathy tells us how her time at Google X led her to creating Dandelion, a startup focused on making geothermal energy accessible to all. She shares what it's like to work at Google's famous moonshot factory, how she came to pursue a moonshot of her very own, and how she grappled with the realization that her startup needed to significantly change gears to serve its target market. Links for this week's episode: Geothermal home heating gets a $30 million boost from Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures Dandelion Energy, the Alphabet X spin out, raises another $16M led by GV and Comcast Dandelion's website Connect with us: On Twitter On Instagram Via email: found@techcrunch.com

7 May 2021


Hana Mohan, MagicBell

Hana Mohan, MagicBell

This week, our guest is Hana Mohan. Hana is the co-founder and CEO of MagicBell, a startup tackling the monumental task of solving notifications for other software products. We spoke to Hana about her path to entrepreneurship, being labelled 'a high-maintenance employee,' taking part in Y Combinator, and what it's like transitioning in the startup world, and being a proud transgender woman founder.  Links for this week's episode: Hana's blog on entrepreneurship and being a transgender woman MagicBell raises $1.9M to build a plug-and-play notification platform for product teams MagicBell's website Connect with us On Twitter Via email: found@techcrunch.com

30 April 2021


Earl Cole, The SMART Tire Company

Earl Cole, The SMART Tire Company

On this week's show, we welcome Earl Cole, winner of Survivor: Fiji, but more importantly, the CEO and co-founder of The SMART Tire company. His startup is working with NASA to commercialize metal tire technology first developed to provide future Mars rovers with nearly indestructible wheels for tackling the toughest terrain, and Cole tells us all about how his background as a serial entrepreneur, and the first unanimous Sole Survivor, helped him navigate NASA's bureaucratic network. Links for this week's episode: Startup founded by ‘Survivor’ champ debuts airless bike tires based on NASA rover tech The SMART Tire Company Let us know what you think about Found: On Twitter Via email

23 April 2021


Brie Code, TRU LUV

Brie Code, TRU LUV

This week's guest is Brie Code, founder and CEO of TRU LUV. In Brie's own words, TRU LUV is building "ritual and emotionally-conscious AI," which sounds ambitious and potentially world-changing because it is. Brie's background as a game developer led her to explore alternate types and motivations for game-like experiences, and that resulted in constructing AI in a mobile app that espouses a "tend-and-befriend" approach. Links for this week's episode: Mobile developer Tru Luv enlists investors to help build a more inclusive alternative to gaming #SelfCare on the App Store TRU LUV's website

16 April 2021


Iman Abuzeid, Incredible Health

Iman Abuzeid, Incredible Health

Incredible Health coverage on TechCrunch: Incredible Health updates its healthcare career platform to help nurse hiring cope with COVID Incredible Health’s hiring platform for nurses gets $15M led by Andreessen Horowitz Have feedback about the show? Connect on Twitter: https://twitter.com/found

9 April 2021


Introducing TechCrunch’s new podcast

Introducing TechCrunch’s new podcast

Join us weekly as we talk to founders from around the world, about why they took the leap into starting a company, what kinds of problems they ran into, and how they solved them — or maybe didn’t! We cover everything from pitching VCs, to focusing your product development plans, to what surprised people most about the founding experience. Subscribe now, and come back to hear our first full episode on April 9!

31 March 2021

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