Here’s what you’ll learn at Early Stage in San Francisco this April – Meczyki.Net

Meczyki.Net Early Stage is the ultimate educational resource for a founder who is just starting out. We’ve used experts from myriad startup core competencies, from fundraising to operations to marketing, to create step-by-step guides on how you can set up and grow your business.

Wondering how to recruit talent in this scenario? We have a session for that. Struggling to find product market fit? we’ve got you covered. Curious about the ideal process for raising a Series A? We are one step ahead of you.

The Meczyki.Net Early Stage is our first in-person event since the pandemic began, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be back in the same room with our audience and speakers (while taking all precautions, of course).

The format is unique to most TC events, with our speakers giving presentations around their topics (all attendees will receive transcripts and visual assets from those sessions) and then devoting most of their time to audience Q&A. We’ll also have roundtables focused on fundraising, operations and more where founders can chat with each other to solve some of the biggest challenges facing early-stage startups today.

It’s going to be an incredible event, and we’re excited to share the agenda with you:

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Jess Lee (Sequoia)

  • Once the first domino falls, the rest inevitably follow. But when it comes to quick fundraising, it’s not as easy as a tap of the finger. Sequoia’s Jess Lee will talk to you about how to get that first investor on board that won’t get other investors excited about the prospect of working with you.

Evolution from Scientist to Founder (Sponsored by Mayfield)
Janice Chen (Mammoth Biosciences), Ursette Parikh (Mayfield), and Diego Rey (Endpoint Health)

  • How do you go from PhD to startup founder and beyond? In this session, Janice Chen, co-founder and CTO of Mammoth Biosciences, and Diego Rey, co-founder and CSO of Endpoint Health, joined Ursett Parikh of Mayfield to share lessons from their own scientist-to-founder development journey. Learn how to go from bench to bedside and take advantage of scientific breakthroughs to save lives, how startups can form productive partnerships with industry veterans, and more.

Finding Product Market Fit
Terry Burns (GV)

  • Validating your idea through customer love for your product can be one of the most emotionally and intellectually taxing parts of being an early-stage founder. GV’s Terry Burns, former operator (Twitter and Venmo) turned VC, will formulate fundamentals, including processes, feedback loops and adaptability, to fit the product market.

How to get earned media
Elliot Tomeno (ASTRSK)

  • When handled properly, the press can be an invaluable weapon. ASTRSK founder Elliot Tomeno has spent his life telling startup stories to the press. He’ll break down how journalists think about the news, how to get their attention, and how to approach a relationship in the long term.

Optimizing Your Series A
Peter Boyce II (Stellar Capital)

  • The fundraising landscape is frothy. Startups are, for the first time in a long time, reaping huge leverage in their Series A growth. Hear from Stellation Capital (former partner at General Catalyst) founder Peter Boyce II about how to find the best terms, with the best investors for your startup, and ultimately the best long-term success, during his Series A fundraise.

Playbook for Startup Brand Building
Hadley Wilkins (Atomic)

  • Building your brand is important in the early stages of company building but is often overlooked and misunderstood. A brand is much more than a logo and a website; It is the story that reflects your values ​​and vision, guides every touchpoint and communication, and sparks connection and emotion. Brands are interactive, so you create your own brand story at launch, but others define it as you grow. Learn about the fundamentals of developing a compelling brand story that wins hearts and minds while supporting your company’s growth.

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Lottie Ciniscalco (Emergency Capital)

  • An attractive pitch is the cornerstone of a startup’s chances of successful fundraising. Pair that with a well-constructed pitch deck and you’re ready to race. In this interactive session, Emergence Capital’s Lottie Ciniscalco will share what sings, what doesn’t, and why through an actual startup pitch deck presented by an audience.

ARR. Scaling from $1 to $10MM
Marie D’Onofrio (Bessemer Venture Partners)

  • When it comes to building and expanding a cloud business, leaders at all levels wonder what “exclusive” and “best-in-class” look like — and, while they are some of the most useful financial data points in the world Private market financial benchmarks remain some of the most elusive. To bridge this gap, join Bessemer partner Marie D’Onofrio as she shares definitive benchmarking figures and qualitative insights for companies reaching new heights, focusing on ARR growth of $1 to $10MM. focuses.

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Viviana Faga and Aydin Sencutt (Felicis Ventures)

  • Investors prefer unrealistic goals based on practical strategies. Aydin Sencutt and Viviana Faga of Felicis Ventures will explain how to think about their initial clients, the path to expanding that pool, and how to balance potential planning with impossible dreams.

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Dalton Caldwell (Y Combinator)

  • Y Combinator is the most prestigious accelerator out there, and with more successful alumni who started out at YC, we don’t care to count. As far as startup Launchpad goes, it’s relatively unmatched. Hear from YC Partner and Head of Admissions Dalton Caldwell about how to increase your chances of being accepted to YC and optimize your time to set your company up for success.

Growth Marketing for Startups

Brian Rothenberg (

  • It takes money to make money, but smart spending on growth marketing can make a difference not only to your bottom line, but to your long-term viability. Hear from’s Brian Rothenberg, who led marketing and development for TaskRabbit and Eventbrite, about how to make the most of your marketing dollars.

How to Hire Top Talent in Today’s Hypercompetitive Market
Glenn Evans (Greylock)

  • After a record year for startups combined with great resignations, almost every startup is facing a talent crunch. Hear from Greylock’s Glenn Evans (formerly Slack, Facebook and Google) about how to optimize the hiring and hiring process, how to find and develop talent, and best practices for turning candidates down.

Growing From Founder to CEO (Sponsored by Mayfield)
Naveen Chaddha (Mayfield) and Dheeraj Pandey (Devrev)

  • In this session, Dheeraj Pandey, co-founder and former CEO of Nutanix, and Devrev co-founder and CEO, met Naveen Chadha, MD, Mayfield, with revenues of over $1 billion as well as the creation of Nutanix into a public company. Join us to share your lessons. Launching DevRev during the pandemic. Learn how to build distributed teams from day one, playbooks to ignite community and leverage product-based development, and more.

Foundation for Built-to-Last Companies Established (Sponsored by Mayfield)
Rajeev Batra (Mayfield) and Manny Medina (Outreach)

  • When it comes to company building, some things just can’t be retrofitted – they have to be established from day one. Join this session with Outreach Co-Founder and CEO Manny Medina and Mayfield’s Rajeev Batra as they share insights from Outreach’s inception to the iconic journey, including lessons learned on building an empathetic performance culture, Embedding DEI in your DNA, the playbook for great range design and more.

How to scale with usage-based pricing
Kyle Poyar (open view)

  • As more SaaS startups move towards usage-based pricing, the old playbook becomes less and less useful. OpenView’s Kyle Poyar talks about how you can grow your business without all those benchmarks, milestones, and strategies like the SaaS companies that have come before.

TC Early Stage is happening on April 14th and we’re excited to bring you all of this great content live and in person! Before we sell out and prices go up, get your tickets now!