20VC: The On Running Memo: From Swiss Mountains to NASDAQ IPO: The Story of Three Friends Who Built a Sports Giant with David Alleman, Co-Founder @ On Running
31st May 2023
Conor White-Sullivan is the Founder & CEO @ Roam Research, the tool taking over our industry providing a seamless note-taking tool for networked thought. Prior to founding Roam, Conor founded 2 prior businesses and also worked at HuffPost as a Co-Founder of HuffPost Labs where he reported directly to Arianna Huffington and HuffPost CTO.
In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:
1.) How Conor’s high school wrestling career taught him “how to win”? What was the founding story with Roam? How does Conor think about when to stay true to vision and persist vs when to give up?
2.) How does Conor think about the product design philosophy they have @ Roam? Conor has said before, “roam is not about taking better notes”, what is Roam about then? How does Conor think about the importance of adding challenge to a product? What does he mean when he discusses the importance of “low floors and high ceilings” with regards to product design?
3.) How would Conor analyse his own hiring and team building philosophy? Why are the two most important traits, “girt and autodidactics”?How does Conor really stress these two characteristics in an interview process? Why does Conor choose to live with the team? What are the benefits of this?
4.) Does Conor believe we are in a phase of bundling or unbundling when it comes to collaboration tools? Does Conor believe we will see large players acquire and consolidate over the coming months? Why does Conor compare Roam more to Google than other collaboration tools?
5.) How does Conor think about go-to-market today? What were some of Conor’s biggest takeaways for bootstrapping for years with revenue from customers? Why is Conor borrowing from the Tesla GTM? What does that really mean in practice?
Items Mentioned In Today’s Show:
Conor’s Fave Book: How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
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