Adam Renklint - How should founders navigate through VC and grow a startup with intention!

Adam Renklint - How should founders navigate through VC and grow a startup with intention!

πŸ‘‰πŸΌ About the Guest:

Adam Renklint is the co-founder, CEO, and prev CTO of Pitch (allowing teams to create compelling stories in the blink of an eye). Adam was previously the founder of Wunderlist, and before that, a senior software engineer at Microsoft, where they led a cross-platform team that developed the task suggestion algorithm that powered Microsoft To-Do. Prior to that, they were a full stack developer at 6Wunderkinder.

πŸ‘‰πŸΌ About the Host:

Sharath is a founder, creator, and community builder. He is also a serial maker who built and shipped 15+ projects using no-code tools. His SaaS product Shoutout generated $30k ARR, which was sold to a UK-based product studio. Prev, Sharath worked for world-changing startups like Product Hunt and On Deck, where he helped build and nurture communities. He also grew his audience on Twitter from 200 to 22,000 using give-first principles and creating high-value content. Currently, he is building a SaaS product called GuestLab, and runs another podcast series called YC Founder Stories alongside hosting this one.

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πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Description:

Listen in as Sharath and Adam discuss the AI wave, growing a startup with intention, playing the long game, and more!
πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Timestamps:
  • 00:00: Episode Highlight
  • 00:37: Shoutout to
  • 03:02: Introduction to Adam Renklint – CEO at Pitch!
  • 05:25: Entering 2024 full of intentionality for a startup
  • 10:40: What does success look like for Pitch?
  • 13:45: How to downsize your goals
  • 17:02: Facing fear when finding a path
  • 20:00: Shift from CTO in 2018 to CEO in 2024
  • 25:15: The philosophy of playing the long game in startups
  • 28:27: Setting expectations as a CEO & founder
  • 32:58: Creating a company with 8 co-founders
  • 41:03: How Pitch started
  • 45:34: How much of Pitch comes from Adam's experience at Microsoft?
  • 51:12: How does Pitch go from idea > feature > product?
  • 1:00:02: Where does the inspiration for Pitch come from?
  • 1:04:33: Which products are points of inspiration for Pitch?
  • 1:09:49: How to choose your own entrepreneurship path
  • 1:16:21: What's next for Pitch
  • 1:21:25: Outro and closing thoughts
πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Resources:
πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Where to find Adam:
  • Twitter:
  • Linkedin:
  • Pitch:
πŸ‘‰πŸΌ Where to find Sharath:

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