Bizcast: SaaStories – In Conversation with Andrew Goldner, Founding Partner of GrowthX.
- Andrew is the Founding Partner of GrowthX. He has been in the technology sector since 1998, based in New York City, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Palo Alto. Andrew was early at Guidespark, an employee communication SaaS startup, and BrightTalk, a content marketing SaaS startup. He then co-founded GoodMoney to democratize high-performance, values-based investing. Andrew is a Kauffman Fellow, Regional Board Member of Venture for America, and a Mentor at Endeavor, Alchemist Accelerator and Galvanize.
- In Silicon Valley technology experts who start companies are called Founders. Business experts with the ability to market and sell products, that is, provide solutions for customers, are called non-technical founders. There is an inherent bias in the way startups are treated, and that extends well beyond Silicon Valley. People who understand how to deliver innovation and technology into the hands of customers profitably are mostly treated as second class citizens. This is what led to the founding of GrowthX.
- We live in the age of applied technology, where technology is in reality cheaper than before, less complex than before, and easily deployable. Talent to develop technology is more easily available. The stumbling blocks are in delivering and applying that technology.
- Contrary to what logic dictates, however, there exists the bias towards technology acquisition and development at the expense of business skills. While most towns would have coding boot camps, there is nothing similar on offer in the area of marketing and selling.
These and more Stats, Data and inside stories in this insightful episode of SaaStories
Run time – 54.14 mins.