Beyond VC: The fundraising alternatives for Europe’s startups...
After three years of bootstrapping, Guillaume Moubeche
, the co-founder of French email software provider Lemlist
, announced in February that his startup was looking to raise capital. Over the course of a couple of weeks, he received two separate offers, for $20 million and $30 million. He didn’t intend to take either.
“When you look at the [VC] community and the media, they only talk about companies that have raised money, and there’s so much pressure as a founder to take funding even if you don’t need it,” Moubeche said. “I wanted to send a message that fundraising should not be the definition of a startup’s success and that you can succeed on your own terms.”
VCs have no shortage of dry powder to deploy, with Europe on track for venture investment to hit new heights. Q1 2021 saw a record amount of capital invested, with €17.6 billion (about $21.3 billion) spread across more than 1,900 deals, according to PitchBook data. But for many startups, taking VC investment comes at a cost: control.
Calm’s Will Larson On How To Build a Technical Leadership Career...
There are plenty of resources and advice on unlocking the secrets of the engineering management career path. But what if the manager role is not for you?
That question has been on Will Larson
‘s mind for a long time. For those who don’t know him, Will has over 10 years of experience in the likes of Yahoo, Digg, Uber, and Stripe, and he’s currently the CTO of Calm
, the mindfulness app that helps millions of people to lower their stress levels and sleep better. As it turns out, he’s also quite the writer – since 2018, he has published not one but two books on engineering. Brian Scanlan
, the Principal Systems Engineer of Intercom
, sat down with Will to talk about all things staff engineer
– what it is, how to get there, and what happens when you progress beyond a senior engineering role.
The Architecture of Uber’s API Gateway…
At the most abstract level, a gateway is yet another service serving data through APIs. Gateways come in many flavours and cover a wide spectrum, from low-level load balancers acting as API gateway, to a very feature-rich, application-level load balancer that operates on the request and response payloads in those APIs. At Uber
, they developed a feature-rich API gateway that is capable of complex operations on the incoming and outgoing data payload across multiple protocols. At the most abstract level, a gateway is yet another service serving data through APIs.
Gateways come in many flavours and cover a wide spectrum, from low-level load balancers acting as API gateway, to a very feature-rich, application-level load balancer that operates on the request and response payloads in those APIs. At Uber, they developed a feature-rich API gateway that is capable of complex operations on the incoming and outgoing data payload across multiple protocols.
The Engineer’s Guide to Career Growth – Advice from My Time at Stripe and Facebook…Raylene Yung
likes to say that her path into engineering management was in some ways gradual, and in others, a wild ride full of challenges at every twist and turn. Her first taste of life as an engineering manager came at Facebook in 2011, on what she describes as a tiny team. “It was three people — including myself,” says Yung. “The day-to-day wasn’t all that different. I was still diving into code, but balancing that with learning how to recruit and hold 1:1s.”
Then the wild ride began. Yung had to strap in as her team took on more in scope, growing from three to thirty, and beyond. “I moved on from reviewing code to owning company metrics and building teams in multiple offices,” she says.
By the time Yung left Facebook in 2015, she was the youngest engineering director at a public company with over 10,000 employees — several rungs up from where she had started, as a new grad at the then 700-person startup.