9 LESSONS I LEARNED
STARTING SCIENCE EXCHANGE
Elizabeth Iorns
• B.S. in Biomedical
Science
• Ph.D. in Cancer
Biology
• Asst Professor at
University of Miami
• First-tim...
SOLVE YOUR

OWN
PROBLEM
The best problems
to solve are the
ones that affect
you personally.
WHAT STARTUP DO
YOU WISH EXISTED?
WHAT STARTUP DO
YOU WISH EXISTED?
…build that!
WHAT IS YOUR
FOUNDING STORY?
SOLVE A

REAL
PROBLEM
What set us apart from
95 percent of other
startups is that we
served a real need.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF
A PROBLEM IS REAL?
• TALK TO USERS
• MARKET RESEARCH
• LAUNCH MVP ASAP
BUILD THE RIGHT

TEAM
MIX WITH PEOPLE

OUTSIDE
YOUR FIELD
FOCUS ON

CULTURE
DECIDE WHAT YOUR VALUES ARE…

AND ONLY WORK WITH
PEOPLE WHO SHARE THEM!
GET THE RIGHT

ADVISORS /
INVESTORS
Investors are
employees you can
never fire. We made
sure to pick investors
that thought like us.
GET

SH*T DONE
FOCUS
DO THINGS THAT

DON’T SCALE
Do things that
won’t scale; it
will teach you.
FOCUS ON FIRST

1,000 USERS
(NOT FIRST 1,000,000)
🌟

🌟

BE AMAZING
AT SUPPORT
🌟

🌟
DON’T

GIVE UP
FOUNDING A STARTUP IS

HARD!
of science
PERSISTENCE
IS EVERYTHING!
DON’T

GIVE UP
THANKS
Y Combinator Female Founder Conference (Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange)
Y Combinator Female Founder Conference (Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange)
Y Combinator Female Founder Conference (Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange)
Y Combinator Female Founder Conference (Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange)
Y Combinator Female Founder Conference (Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange)
Y Combinator Female Founder Conference (Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange)
Y Combinator Female Founder Conference (Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange)
Y Combinator Female Founder Conference (Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange)
Y Combinator Female Founder Conference (Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange)
Y Combinator Female Founder Conference (Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange)
Y Combinator Female Founder Conference (Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange)
Y Combinator Female Founder Conference (Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange)
Y Combinator Female Founder Conference (Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange)
Y Combinator Female Founder Conference (Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange)
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Y Combinator Female Founder Conference (Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange)

  1. 1. 9 LESSONS I LEARNED STARTING SCIENCE EXCHANGE
  2. 2. Elizabeth Iorns • B.S. in Biomedical Science • Ph.D. in Cancer Biology • Asst Professor at University of Miami • First-time startup founder
  3. 3. SOLVE YOUR OWN PROBLEM
  4. 4. The best problems to solve are the ones that affect you personally.
  5. 5. WHAT STARTUP DO YOU WISH EXISTED?
  6. 6. WHAT STARTUP DO YOU WISH EXISTED? …build that!
  7. 7. WHAT IS YOUR FOUNDING STORY?
  8. 8. SOLVE A REAL PROBLEM
  9. 9. What set us apart from 95 percent of other startups is that we served a real need.
  10. 10. HOW DO YOU KNOW IF A PROBLEM IS REAL?
  11. 11. • TALK TO USERS • MARKET RESEARCH • LAUNCH MVP ASAP
  12. 12. BUILD THE RIGHT TEAM
  13. 13. MIX WITH PEOPLE OUTSIDE YOUR FIELD
  14. 14. FOCUS ON CULTURE
  15. 15. DECIDE WHAT YOUR VALUES ARE… AND ONLY WORK WITH PEOPLE WHO SHARE THEM!
  16. 16. GET THE RIGHT ADVISORS / INVESTORS
  17. 17. Investors are employees you can never fire. We made sure to pick investors that thought like us.
  18. 18. GET SH*T DONE
  19. 19. FOCUS
  20. 20. DO THINGS THAT DON’T SCALE
  21. 21. Do things that won’t scale; it will teach you.
  22. 22. FOCUS ON FIRST 1,000 USERS (NOT FIRST 1,000,000)
  23. 23. 🌟 🌟 BE AMAZING AT SUPPORT 🌟 🌟
  24. 24. DON’T GIVE UP
  25. 25. FOUNDING A STARTUP IS HARD!
  26. 26. of science
  27. 27. PERSISTENCE IS EVERYTHING!
  28. 28. DON’T GIVE UP
  29. 29. THANKS
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