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Saas District - Akeel Jabber | HoriZen Capital Episode 94, 23rd March 2021

How To Fundraise Your SaaS at The Super Early Stages (pre-seed round) With Elizabeth Yin [SDI] #94

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Elizabeth Yin is the co-founder and General Partner at Hustle Fund, a pre-seed fund for software startups & entrepreneurs.

In the Past  Elizabeth was a partner at 500 Startups where she invested in seed stage companies and ran the Mountain View accelerator. In a prior life, Elizabeth co-founded and ran an adtech company called LaunchBit (acq 2014). Elizabeth has a BSEE from Stanford and an MBA from MIT Sloan.

Elizabeth has previously reviewed over 20k startup pitches from around the world in the last few years and has helped numerous portfolio founders raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Her work and writing on startup fundraising has been featured in numerous publications including TechCrunch, Forbes, Huffington Post, BetaKit, and more.

During this interview we cover:


  • 00:00 Contentfy, Your On-Demand Content Team (Sponsor)
  • 01:02 - Intro + Announcement  
  • 03:04 - Elizabeth’s Background, Past Ventures Becoming an Investor 
  • 04:18 - Going Through an Acquisition & How it Changed Her Life
  • 06:29 - What Makes Hustle Fund One of the Most Beloved VC Funds
  • 09:36 - How Different is to Work with Super Early Startups
  • 14:02 - Most Common Reason Why Elizabeth Would Turn Down an Offer in SaaS
  • 14:49 -  Trends or Traits Among More Successful Founders
  • 15:50 -  Growth Strategies Elizabeth has Found More Effective in SaaS 
  • 18:01 - Typical Check Size 
  • 19:03 - Common Pin Points & Playbook for SaaS Founders
  • 20:46 - Get Funding Outside the Valley
  • 32:20 - Underrated Resources for Startups 
  • 24:55 - Advice Elizabeth Would Tell his 25 Year old Self
  • 26:09 - Methodic Strategy when Thinking about Launching a Company
  • 28:42 - Biggest Challenges Elizabeth’s Facing Right Now
  • 31:51 - What does Success mean To Elizabeth Right Now
  • 34:06 - Pitch your Startup & Get in Touch with Elizabeth
  • 33:13 - Bryan’s Top Resources Instrumental to His Success 
  • 36:33 - The Future for Greenpal & Get in Touch with Bryan



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