Personal Lessons from Startups – Part 4 of 5

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Iterate and Experiment Startups are known for their iterative approach. They test hypotheses, gather feedback, and continuously improve or adjust their products or services based on customer insights. Startup story: Originally known as, Twich began as a general live-streaming service in 2007. The founders, Justin Kan and Emmett Shear, encountered numerous challenges before identifying their sweet spot in the gaming and esports market. Here’s how Twitch iterated to find its product-market fit: Diverse Streaming Platform: allowed users to broadcast a wide range of content, from personal vlogs to general interest live streams. However, it struggled to attract a…...

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Sonal Panda I am a Principal at Tau Ventures, investing in early stage AI startups in healthcare, enterprise, and automation. I began my career in buy-side M&A, evaluating multi-billion dollar deals at a Fortune 500 MNC in India, led business development at Asian Heart Institute - the #1 heart hospital in India, and served as Chief of Staff to the CEO at Signos - a digital health startup - where I joined as the first hire. I hold a BS in mechanical engineering from VJTI in Mumbai, and an MBA in Healthcare Management and Finance from Wharton. Coming from a family of doctors, I am passionate about healthcare which extended to mental health and wellness while volunteering and leading outreach efforts at Samaritans Mumbai - a suicide prevention helpline. Outside San Francisco, I feel most at home in remote corners of the world photographing wildlife (@sonal.panda).