Check out the amazing speakers joining us on Extra Cru… ahem, Nerdshala Live

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It’s been an extra crunch summer. We’ve heard how to build your pitch deck around something that really appeals to an investor, and how Melissa Wong of Retail Zipline’s industry experience raised her Series A line with Emergence. Ticked every box for it and it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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We also got a glimpse of disrupted startup alley companies in our summer episode of Xtra Crunch Live: Startup Alley Edition.

But there is more to this fall. Without further ado, check out the incredible speakers joining us on an upcoming episode of Xtra Crunch Live.


Oh, and by the way, we’re changing the name. From now on, ECL will be known as Nerdshala Live. Here’s why: We felt that walking around with Nerdshala should be accessible to everyone in this context. We interview startup founders and investors who finance them to learn how the deal really goes, and we have the people in the audience pitch to get our guests’ expert feedback. Everyone should get the benefit of this.

Because of that, we’re calling the series Nerdshala Live, because the live event hasn’t been an EC member perk for quite some time. Although the live portion is free after registration, video replays from Nerdshala Live will be behind a paywall.

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So, let me try again.

Here are the upcoming speakers joining us on Nerdshala Live in October.

Nicole Quinn (Lightspeed Venture Partners) + Vlad Novakowski (Lunchclub)

October 6 – 3pm ET/12pm PT

Lightspeed partner Nicole Quinn has spent her career helping startups reach their target audiences on digital platforms. His portfolio includes Cameo, Zola, Goop, Calm and Haus Laboratories. Talk to Quinn and LunchClub founder Vlad Novakowski about how they came together for Series A of Startups, and get their feedback on their startup’s elevator pitch!

Register for Lightspeed Venture Partners and Lunchclub

image credit: Lightspeed Venture Partners / LunchClub

Sean Carolan (Menlo Ventures) + Chris Britt (Chime)

October 13 – 3pm ET/12pm PT

Chime, played by Chris Britt, has raised over $2 billion with a valuation of $25 billion. Britt, along with investor and Menlo Ventures partner Sean Carolan, share how the company got its earlier funding and how they devised a growth strategy. Carolan and Britt will also listen to the audience’s live pitches and give their feedback.

Register for Menlo Ventures and Chime

image credit: Menlo Ventures / Jhankar

Mark Goldberg (index) + Jessica McKellar (pilot)

October 20 – 3pm ET/12pm PT

Jessica McKellar’s pilot has taken an old-school business (tax, bookkeeping, etc.) and simplified it through software, with over $160 million in funding. The index led the company’s A and B rounds. At TCL, we’ll hear why Index doubles up from partner Mark Goldberg and McKellar, and they’ll give live feedback on pitches from the audience.

Register for Index Ventures and Pilots

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