You're on a deserted island and you can only bring one product that you own. Which product will you bring and why?I’d bring a Lifestraw because it’s possible that I can rely on the island supplying food and resources to create tools but I can’t rely on it providing clean water. And clean water is kinda necessary for survival. Otherwise, you can get diarrhea (learned this in Vietnam) or diseases from dirty water.
LifeStraw makes contaminated water safe to drink by removing bacteria and parasites, preventing the majority of waterborne disease.
What beverage do you most enjoy on a Friday evening?A tall glass of cold sparkling water, that I made, hits the spot every time. Don’t know how I ever lived without my SodaStream. It’s so satisfying to press a button and carbonate my own water.
What book has had the most impact on your career or life? How so?I’d have to say that The Art of Saying No has been pretty impactful in my life. I’ve struggled with saying “no” for a long time and since I’ve read the book I’ve gotten better at it. The book gave me ideas on how to say “no” and reinforced why I should say “no.” I’m standing my ground and reclaiming my time (more often), with less guilt.
What’s the most useful product you own that few people know about? Why do you love it?I don’t think a lot of people know about the Bubble level app. It’s amazing for putting stuff up on the wall! If you’re bothered by frames not being straight, and you don’t want to buy a level, I recommend downloading the app.
What app brings you the most lols? How so?🤣My “Familia” group in WhatsApp. My brother, sister, mom, and my husband, Josh, bring a mean GIF game. And they’re good sports about things like poop stories and zits. Sometimes they get too comfortable with what they share. lol.
What products do you use to help manage your startup investing process?I use Gmail (for communication), Google Drive (for collecting due diligence docs), Hubspot (for deal stage progression and notes on deals), and the startup-investor matching tool Josh and I created (for deal flow management). What I love about the tool is that it helps us quickly go through tons of startups, while simultaneously, matching other investors to startups for investment. After a couple of weeks, the tool has resulted in two term-sheets, and one investment!
Jun 17, 2020
Josh Constine - Principal & Head Of Content at SignalFireJosh is a principal investor, head of content at SignalFire and former Editor-At-Large at TechCrunch. Josh also writes a weekly newsletter called the Moving Product, sharing weekly deep dives on fresh ideas, examples of brilliant new designs, and commentary from top product experts.
Jun 19, 2020
Marco Marandiz - Co-Founder & Head of Marketing at ElliotMarco Marandiz is a co-founder and the Head of Marketing for Elliot, as well as a strategist for high-potential DTC brands.
Jun 24, 2020
Cherie Hu - Journalist, Researcher & Owner of Water and MusicCherie Hu is an award-winning journalist and researcher who has been covering the intersection of music, technology, and business for over 5 years. She runs Water & Music, a newsletter exploring innovation in the music business. Cherie is currently writing a book about the parallels between independent music careers and tech entrepreneurship.