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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