Author Archives: Molly Heath

  1. 6 considerations for building your company’s community – and how to expand your own

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    Online and ‘irl’ communities are fast moving to the center of companies’ growth strategy. You only need to look at the rapid growth of web3 to see the critical role that communities can play in expansion, idea adoption and customer retention.

    Equally, as a founder, your community can be an invaluable tool. Building is an intense commitment, where you’ll probably find yourself thinking about your company most of the time, working longer hours, and even down the line, potentially relocating. 

    To stay sane, it helps to be around people who get what you’re going through. It’s why at EF, we focus as heavily as we do on community. Your cohort aren’t just where you meet your co-founder – they’re your people, and your support.

    A lifelong founder, Amber Atherton is an expert in both functions. 

    She has spent a career immersed in community-building, perhaps most prominently as CEO of Y Combinator-backed startup Zyper, and following its acquisition in 2021, as Head of Strategic Communities at Discord. In addition, she serves as Executive Director at GBx, a private community for British founders in Silicon Valley to meet both professionally and socially.

    So it doesn’t come as a surprise that she shares our passion for community.

    In this interview, she shares her advice on how founders, from their earliest stages and beyond, can build community – both as a part of their growth strategy, and as support on their journey.

  2. What Love is Blind can teach you about finding a cofounder

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  3. How to grow at record-breaking pace – Omnipresent’s story

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    At the start of 2020, remote working was predicted to grow. Then, overnight it became the new normal. 

    As COVID-19 turned all of our lives upside down, offices across the world shut, the daily commute was cancelled and kitchen tables became desks. Many of us learned that our jobs could be done as well, if not better, at home. A new acceptance of flexible working was widely adopted, and plenty of workplaces began to question whether being physically present – or even in the same city, or country – was an essential quality in an employee.

    At the same time, Matthew Wilson and Guenther Einsinger were coming to the end of Entrepreneur First London’s 13th cohort. 

    Together, they’d build Omnipresent, a tool to make it easy for companies to hire, pay and support global teams. Suddenly, their tool solved a hair-on-fire problem for employers globally.

    Now, they’ve announced that they have raised $120M in Series B funding – just over two years after being founded.

    Here, we speak with Matthew Wilson, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Omnipresent, to explore their story, and how the team sprinted to create the fastest growing company in Entrepreneur First’s history.

  4. How to become a radically self-honest founder

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    Based in NYC, Dr. Gena Gorlin is a professor and licensed clinical psychologist. Armed with extensive research on cognitive and motivational factors in goal-pursuit, Gena’s clinical and coaching work centres around utilising science-based therapeutic tools to catalyse self-creation in ambitious individuals. Over the years, she’s become increasingly drawn to helping startup founders develop the mindset and psychological tools to achieve their highest ambitions. 

    Here we distill some of Gena’s learnings, sharing why founders need radical self-honesty and three practical steps for practicing it:

  5. Three takeaways when building early-stage web3 startups

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    Bradian Muliadi first met Lorenzo Ampil at Entrepreneur First. Their shared love for all things finance and technology saw them found Hawksight, a crowdsourced AI-powered trading signals platform. 

    With their asset-agnostic platform seeing a high proportion of active crypto users, they began their foray into decentralised finance, commonly known as DeFi, beyond just offering actionable on-chain signals. 

    Entrepreneur First Singapore recently hosted an AMA session with the Hawksight founders, Bradian Muliadi and Lorenzo Ampil where they shared their insights and key learnings about building in DeFi.

    Here are three takeaways: 

  6. How Entrepreneur First is supporting the web3 ecosystem

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    web3 is growing at breakneck speed, capturing the interests of everyone from teenagers in their bedrooms to seasoned venture capitalists.

    At Entrepreneur First, we’re looking for talented, ambitious people in the first few years of their careers. Across our global sites, we’ve backed web3 founders building on multiple blockchain protocols, and we’re excited about the potential impact of web3 across every sphere of human activity. 

    Here’s a list of Web 3.0 startups that have come out of EF so far:

  7. 3 reasons why Entrepreneur First accelerates company-building for entrepreneurs

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    Entrepreneurship can be highly rewarding but it is also highly intense. Even the most successful entrepreneurs would wish they could have just gotten valuable advice before they started, and avoid the pitfalls of the founders that came before them.

    Entrepreneur First recently hosted an AMA session with EF Singapore alum, Abhishek Gupta, the founder of Movel AI, a startup that makes robots smarter. His startup has since grown to a team of 18 people across China, India, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

    Here are the 3 biggest takeaways from his Entrepreneur First experience:

  8. The Case for Decentralised Finance

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    Decentralised Finance, commonly known as DeFi, is an ecosystem of blockchain-powered products and services that empower individuals to manage their assets, borrow and lend money, and trade derivatives.

    Instead of using banking apps built on legacy systems, consumers can now transact more quickly and affordably. Rather than rely on the meager returns in savings accounts at banks, consumers get to enjoy better returns by moving their idle crypto assets into different lending protocols. 

    The premise of DeFi is that it allows individuals to maintain complete control over their assets. At the same time, they can access the whole gamut of financial services without costly intermediaries such as financial institutions.

    It’s no wonder then that it has generated huge amounts of excitement and has become one of the leading trends in the crypto world, and we are barely scratching the surface of what’s to come.