Five F'ups (& Learnings) from Building & Funding Unicorns with Harj Taggar, Y Combinator


31-05-2022 • 21 mins

On this episode of the Traction podcast, host Lloyed Lobo of Boast.AI features a fireside chat between Harj Taggar, Partner at Y Combinator, and Alda Leu Dennis, General Partner at Initialized Capital from the in-person Traction Conference.

Previously, Harj was a Co-founder and CEO at Triplebyte and Co-founder and President at Auctomatic. Harj was also the first seed investor in a number of unicorns including Instacart, Coinbase, Rippling, and Opendoor.

In this episode, Harj dives into:

1:26 - How he became the first partner at Y Combinator

7:36 - The #1 mistake when starting up

11:29 - The most common mistakes post launch and post product-market fit

15:47 - The balancing act of hiring too fast vs. too slow

17:00 - How CEOs need to transform on their journey to building a unicorn company

20:00 - The key factor that helps early stage companies raise money

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