Hear from these amazing investors and founders on Nerdshala Live this February

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Nerdshala Live (formerly Xtra Crunch Live) is coming back this February, and we have a great lineup to start the new season. Changes are coming in the show too. Look for more pitch decks, more pitch-offs and the best founder/investor combo in 2022.

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Last year’s season ended on a high note. We had Pilot’s founder explain how it persuaded Index Ventures to think long-term about margins. Earlier, Eileen Lee and Rachel Carlson presented Guild Education’s opening pitch deck. They are available here, but we hope you can join us live in 2022. We’re always on the lookout for great questions from the audience to ask guests, and soon startups will be able to apply to pitch their company.

Nerdshala Live helps founders build better venture-backed businesses. We do this by bringing together startup founders and the investors who support them to talk about what, exactly, helped close the deal. What metrics are investors watching? What questions did the founders answer that made the Chancellors want to know more? How did the founders communicate their grand vision and their step-by-step plan to get there?

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At Nerdshala Live we cover the opening pitches of all these companies, complete with a look at decks and more. Nerdshala is also home to the live TCL Pitch-Off, where founders in the audience can come on our virtual platform to pitch their startups to our esteemed guests and receive their live feedback.

Like any Nerdshala event, this weekly series also features networking so you can meet and greet other attendees.

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The event kicks off every Wednesday at 3 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET and is free to attend. Only Nerdshala+ members have access to the entire library of on-demand content, so if you haven’t signed up yet, sign up now!

And without any further ado, take a look at the outstanding guests who joined us on Nerdshala Live in February.


Kanye Macubella (Kindred Ventures) + Dr. Jeff Wesler (Heartbeat Health)

February 9 – 12 pm PT / 3 pm ET

Dr. Jeff Wesler co-founded Heartbeat Health in 2016 to develop better heart care. Kenny Makubella joined Heartbeat Health’s founding team and board of directors in 2017 after writing the company’s pre-seed check. Macubella’s firm, Kindred Ventures, reinvested in Heartbeat Health over the next two rounds. Hear TCL about how Wesler pitched Makubella about his ambitious plan to eventually secure funding.

Register for Nerdshala Live with Kindred Ventures and Heartbeat Health

image credit: Kindred Ventures / Heartbeat Health


Emmaline Shaw (Florish Ventures) + Itai Damati (Unit)

February 16 – 12 pm PT / 3 pm ET

Itai Damati co-founded the unit in 2019 to help businesses integrate banking services into their consumer products. In 2020, Emmeline Shaw, as Managing Partner of Florish, invested in the unit’s Series A round and later in the company’s B round. Join us at TCL as we talk through the early days of the unit and the pitch deck that helped close the fundraising deal with Florish.

Register for Nerdshala Live with Florish Ventures and Unit

image credit: Unit / Florish Ventures


Neena Achadjian (Index Ventures) + Akhilesh Bapu (Deep scribe)

February 23 – 12 pm PT / 3 pm ET

Akhilesh Bapu co-founded DeepScribe while working on his master’s program at UC Berkeley. The company is now five years old and has raised a $30 million round led by Nina Achdjian at Index Ventures. We at TCL are excited to talk you through their latest growth and what it took to get Index Ventures’ attention (and money).

Register for Index Ventures and DeepScribe

image credit: Index Ventures / DeepScribe

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