Today’s TechCrunch Live event should be fantastic. We have Vanessa Larco, a partner at NEA, and Deon Nicholas, co-founder and CEO of Forethought AI, and they promised not to get rowdy. That basically means they’re going to get rowdy, and I’m here for it. The two have a great working relationship, and we’re going to pull out some advice and lessons on building a founder/investor relationship, but also talk about product launching timing and winning a startup competition — Forethought AI won Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt 2018.
The event streams live on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, but if you register for Hopin, you’ll be able to ask questions, network with the guests, and apply for Pitch Practice.
And this is TechCrunch Live’s last week on Hopin. Starting next week, TechCrunch Live is moving to Grip, which should make it easier to register and attend future TechCrunch Live events. We’re also changing how startups apply for Pitch Practice using a single application. Look for the application next week.
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Past TechCrunch Live events
Mobility marketplaces and brake repair with Mike Ghaffary (Canvas Ventures) + Walker Drewett (NuBrakes)
Walker Drewett founded NuBrakes in May 2019. According to Mike Ghaffary, GP at Canvas Ventures, Drewett is building a high-growth business powered by a marketplace model, which is why Ghaffary led the company’s Series A. The product is simple: On-demand vehicle brake repair services. Join this episode to hear how Drewett raised capital and built NuBrakes on the learnings from his previous startup, NuWash (it’s on-demand car washes, of course).
Funding radical startups addressing climate change with Natel Energy and Breakthrough Energy Ventures
Gia Schneider raised $65 million on the road to unlock distributed hydro resources. In July 2021 Libby Wayman from Breakthrough Energy Ventures led Natel Energy’s $20 million Series B, and on June 8, 2022, the two industry leaders are speaking on TechCrunch Live. We’ll take a look at Natel Energy’s early pitch deck, and hear how Scneider won over Wayman’s firm. This episode comes ahead of TechCrunch’s inaugural in-person event: TechCrunch Sessions: Climate.