I was featured on three podcasts in the last week. It's amazing to see people are noticing Rocketship Jobs.
As they’re published, I will share them with you.
That said, my favorite one has already been published.
My girlfriend Chrissy recently started a show called #MarketingIn. On it, she talks to people in different marketing positions as she strives to break into the field.
She said to me, “we’ll see how many people really read your newsletter by how many people listen to the podcast”.
So I have to ask you a favor…
Help me show my girlfriend how awesome my newsletter is and take a listen to her podcast. It’s a short show but packed with a ton of information:
This has also been a busy week in the startup world.
It was YC demo day and a lot of startups went public.
For this newsletter, YC demo day is more important so let's start there.
There were a total of 98 companies that presented. I have not watched all of them but based on the descriptions a few stood out to me.
(I liked a total of 26 but I think that’s a little too much for one newsletter. If you want to hear my thoughts on all of my favorite companies, write me back and I will do a podcast episode on it.)
Perch is “Credit Karma for the underbanked”, they help users build their credit score by turning recurring payments (like rent) into credit payments.
This is interesting to me because the underbanked is a HUGE portion of the population. If a company is able to tap into a way to help them develop credit there is a lot of money to be made.
Vitable Health is a healthcare plan for people living paycheck to paycheck.
I like this for the same reason as Perch. This is a large portion of the population. Seems hard to pull off but if they can, it will help a lot of people and be a BIG business. They're hiring in sales and engineer. Both positions are in the Philadelphia area or remote.
Zip School is homeschool for kids via Zoom.
This is being built by a lot of different people in a lot of different ways. Which will win I am not sure. One thing I do know is that homeschooling is going to continue to increase. It was increasing prior to COVID and now it is increasing more than ever. They're also hiring. They are looking for remote K-3rd grade teachers.
Workbase is a data visualization and analytics tool for account/ growth teams, meant to “help B2B companies reduce churn and grow customer spending”.
This is a Churn Zero and Gainsight competitor. Both of those businesses are doing great. The same way Hubspot grew because people began doing more of their buying through online research, Workbase will do well because people are increasingly buying SaaS software. As more people buy SaaS, companies will need more account/ growth teams and those teams will need more tools like Workbase.
PolyOps provides analytics on e-commerce operations including visibility into returns, shipping and customer acquisition expenses.
I like this company because I like e-commerce. This industry is growing fast but it is still very young. It is going to need a lot of tools to help it get out of its infancy and analytics tools like PolyOps can be a big part of that. If they can hitch themselves to the e-commerce wagon effectively, PolyOps is going to be very successful.
You probably noticed a lot of these companies are not hiring yet. That is ok, they will be very soon.
Right now, every investor is reaching out to these companies. They are going to raise money soon and when they do that they are going to need to build a team. Be first in line when the hiring starts.
This isn't a strategy for someone that needs a job ASAP. The next section will be beneficial for you.
Update to the Rockets…
I’ve spoken about Finix a few times but here is one more. As of today, they have raised another $30M for their Series B round. This brings the round total to $75M and their total funding to $96M. This company is going to be something to reckon with. They are hiring in Engineering, Marketing, and Design.
Earlier in this email, I spoke about how well ChurnZero is doing. Well here is another point. They were named the 31st fastest growing company in SaaS. I would go to work there now before it’s too late. They are hiring in Customer Success, Engineering, Marketing, and Sales. All positions are located in Washington, DC.
Maybe a Rocket…..
This company ChartHop received a $14M Series A round from Andreesen Horowitz. I don’t know a lot about ChartHop yet but they have great customer references for such an early company. I know a lot of that can be smoke and mirrors but the product seems interesting and worth a deeper dive. Stay tuned for later updates. If you don’t want to wait for my final review and are ready to reach out, they are hiring in Engineering, Marketing, Product, Customer Success, and Sales. All of the positions are either in NYC, APAC, or Remote.
CoPilot is my favorite new app. It’s Mint for the mobile generation. Mint was acquired in 2009 for $140M and now is responsible for a good portion of Intuit’s $2.775B in consumer revenue. This could all be ChartHop’s if it executes correctly. I don’t often bet on consumer products but I am a big fan of this one. I would check out their job openings if I was in the market (I have already text this to a few friends). They are hiring a Customer Success Manager. This position will be remote.
What's Going on Outside...
A lot of SaaS companies went public this week. Snowflake, Unity, Asana, and JFrog to be exact.
I am not going to talk about each of these individually but I found the full cap table from the Snowflake IPO. I haven’t dove into it completely yet but I’m looking forward to it.
The CEO obviously made a lot of money but I wonder how much was left to the employees. It’s important to remember there can be a lot of equity upside for startups but not always make sure you’re joining for other reasons as well.