From Zero to $10M ARR & $160M Funding in Two Years with Vishal Sunak at LinkSquares

Traction

01-06-2022 • 1 hr 12 mins


On this episode of the Traction podcast, host Lloyed Lobo of Boast.AI welcomes Vishal Sunak, Co-Founder and CEO at LinkSquares.

LinkSquares has grown 1,000% in two years, with 400+ brands including Fitbit and Twilio as customers. The company was recently placed No. 253 on the annual Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

Fresh off their $100M Series C funding at an $800M valuation, Vishal joins us to share the founders’ perspective of scaling a company to $10M ARR in 2 years and dives into all the challenges, lessons, triumphs, and failures that come along with the journey.

Session highlights include:

1:54 - Coming up with the idea

9:00 - How LinkSquares acquired their first customers

16:17 - Raising the first external capital and signals of product market fit

25:07 - Key framework to scale from $1 million to $10 million ARR

29:24 - Navigating through the hiring and recruiting process in 2022

35:30 - Tips to evangelize people to join your company

46:44 - Handling missing functionality in the early days

51:38 - How founders should think about when to add a second product

58:16 - Key metrics that founders should watch like a hawk

1:05:30 - How to drive FOMO when fundraising

1:13:38 - Navigating the toughest points in the startup journey

1:20:05 - Unconventional advice founders ignore, but shouldn't

Learn more at https://tractionconf.io

Connect with Vishal Sunak: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vishalsunak/

Learn more about LinkSquares at https://linksquares.com/

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