Personal Lessons From Startups – Part 5 of 5

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Know When to Pivot In the dynamic world of startups, the ability to pivot is not just a strategic necessity but a key driver of personal growth. Resilience is invaluable, yet the pivotal moment when to adapt and change course is equally critical. Let’s draw inspiration from two intriguing stories, offering insights for startup founders and investors. Startup Story: Instagram’s Strategic Pivot In the startup realm, the story of Instagram’s pivot is often overshadowed by its later success. Founded by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the platform initially took shape as Burbn, a location-based check-in app reminiscent of Foursquare. Despite…...

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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).