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 - Elizabeth’s Top Resources Instrumental to His Success
36:33 - The Future for HustleFund & Get in Touch with Elizabeth