Joining us this week is Kashish Gupta, co-founder and CEO of Hightouch. Hightouch is a software for your data stack that syncs any data warehouse to the SaaS tools that your business runs on, making internal usage and sharing easier for everyone.
Kashish talks to us about the current state of the modern data stack community and how the industry is constantly pushing forward. He describes how this plays into their sales tactic of “evangelizing” larger corporations by teaching them about “Reverse ETL” and how Hightouch works without pushing the sale.
We cover themes such as starting a company with two of his good friends and the procedures they take when it comes to decision-making, the perfect modern data stack, and how to sell your business when the product is something that no one has heard of yet.
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6:00 - Where did Kashish grow up and how did that shape his view of the world?
8:08 - Did Kashish always want to be a founder?
9:27 - How did Kashish's education impact his professional goals?
13:08 - What is the story behind Mama’s Cooking?
15:01 - What was the “aha” moment that got Kashish thinking about Hightouch?
18:10 - How do businesses take advantage of Hightouch?
19:56 - How is Kashish's relationship with his partners, Tejas Manohar and Josh Curl?
21:28 - How do Kashish's and his partners split up responsibilities and tasks?
22:24 - How do Kashish and his partners handle things when there is a disagreement?
25:03 - What part of the go-to-market is Hightouch going to continue investing in?
27:58 - Who was the first person to say yes to investing in Hightouch?
29:51 - When is the right time for a company to embrace its data warehouse?
32:29 - What is Kashish's stance on the semantic layer?
34:38 - What are some tools in the modern data stack?
35:39 - What tools does Kashish recommend for a company building their modern data stack?
38:15 - What advice would Kashish give to an entrepreneur building in this space?
40:44 - What’s next for Kashish and Hightouch?
44:00 - Who is a woman that has had a profound impact on Kashish and his career?
Our mini-series, Movers & Shakers, continues with Rachel Goddard, a partner at Cooley LLP for over 22 years. Rachel walks us through her path to becoming a lawyer before becoming a partner at Cooley. She explains why she loves her job and what she and Cooley do to assist emerging managers to start their funds. Rachel also shares some best practices on things new managers might now know, like management fees and GP commitments. We also get Rachel’s perspective on the next five years for venture funds in light of the past few years being a very hot market and non-accredited investors investing in venture funds. For The Room Podcast in your inbox every week, subscribe to our newsletter. 0:14 - Where did Rachel grow up and how did that shape her view of the world?0:58 - Did Rachel always want to be a Lawyer?1:41 - What was the pivot that led Rachel into law?3:34 - How is Cooley focused on supporting venture capital?6:04 - What comes up in early conversations with emerging managers?8:43 - Rachel clarifies some of the terminology used to describe different stakeholders. 10:42 - What are the four documents that Rachel always starts with?12:15 - What are some best practices on things like management fees and GP commitments?16:31 - What is the definition of a smaller fund to Cooley?17:21 - What are Rachel’s thoughts on non-accredited investors investing in venture funds?20:25 - What do you think the next five years hold for venture funds in light of the past few years being a very ...
This week, we sat down with Amy Nelson, CEO and founder of The Riveter, a digital and physical community for women. Spending 10 plus years in corporate law, Amy never thought she'd be a founder. However, after the 2016 election, she took a closer look at what mattered most to her - The Riveter was born. While it's been a challenging year for physical spaces, Amy has gallantly persevered by building a growing digital space proving our belief that "the room" is more than four walls. In today's episode, we'll explore insights and themes such as how political and venture fundraising have more in common than you might think, motherhood in the workplace, and core product pivots. Let's open the door. ...
And that’s a wrap on Season 1! Thank you so much to all of our listeners for joining us on The Room! We have big plans for Season 2, launching Tuesday, Feb.9, but before we enter the room where it happened with a whole new slew of entrepreneurs, we take a look back on Season 1, its guests, and our biggest takeaways. ...