This is Week 07 of 09 of Astra’s Y Combinator Startup School Journal.
This lecture with Geoff Ralston (YC Partner) was particularly valuable. He shares some great rules of thumb (eg. how much to raise) as well as frames up the process of fundraising in such a way that makes it seem less daunting (i.e. you will get lots of no’s but that’s really just a difference between your and the investor’s vision of the future).
This week we attended the Tuesday lectures, headed back to the office for a quick meeting before driving up to the city for book launch event (thanks Founder Collective and Homebrew for hosting!). Although not officially related to Startup School, Scott Belsky‘s The Messy Middle is a great complement to the content from YC. TL;DR: Optimize the peaks and Endure the valleys!
A couple of our users reported stale balances in the app and we realized we needed to handle the associated Plaid tokens when in an error state. We did a big push to get that developed so users would be able to reauthenticate those accounts. 😅
Our growth efforts this week were all long term bets. With fixes above and some optimization tweaks to the App Store listing, we are hoping next week’s organic signups get a boost. With the little remaining time, we:
Per our refined dashboard, this week’s user stats:
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