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  • Iterative Winter 21 Virtual Demo Day

    On Wednesday, 14 April at 10am, Iterative will host Demo Day for our Winter 21 batch. Demo Day is for an invite-only audience.

  • #6 How to Build a Recruiting Machine, Part 1: Why Founders Underestimate the Importance of Recruiting

    In this episode of The Iterative Podcast, Hsu Ken and Brian talk about why hiring is important, why most founders get it wrong, what hiring is like as your startup grows, what to qualities and roles to hire for and more. This is Part 1 of 3 episodes on recruiting.

  • Yolanda Lee on Finding Her Own Path and Building a Professional Community for Women

    In this episode, we have Yolanda Lee, co-founder of Uncommon. Uncommon is a private leadership network for the next generation of female leaders in the nation. Uncommon is a private leadership network for the next generation of female leaders in Asia. Uncommon provides a strong and uplifting network, a personalized development roadmap, tailored courses and workshops, and enriching speaker series, all in one membership.

  • Invest in Slope

    An obvious but overlooked difference between founders and investors is, founders are concerned with how to make their startup successful, and investors are concerned with how to tell if someone else’s startup will be successful. I find that thinking of each startup as a line, is a helpful mental model for assessing whether they will be successful.

  • Iterative Winter 2021 Batch

    In the past 3 months, we've met with over 220 companies from all over Southeast Asia and are excited to announce our Winter 2021 batch.

  • Founder Stories: Tim Grassin from TendoPay

    Tim Grassin is a Co-Founder of TendoPay (Iterative S20), the largest online installment provider in the Philippine. On this episode, I talk to Tim about his earlier influences, switching from finance to entrepreneurship, how he built a multi-million dollar design agency, why he gave that up to start a startup in the Philippines and how they tested their initial idea by building a fake website that sold fake products to see if people would try their fake financing product.

  • Vibhas Jain from Outside Voice on Finding Co-Founders and Ideas

    Vibhas Jain is the co-founder and CEO of Outside Voice (Iterative S20), a no-code app builder for WhatsApp. On this episode, we talk about Vibhas (Vibes) childhood growing up in India, getting into and moving to Stanford but never actually attending Stanford, how he met his co-founder and came up with the idea of Outside Voice.

  • Podcast with Jeff Liu and Justin Louie from Jenfi

    Jeff Liu and Justin Louie are the co-founders of Jenfi (YC W20). Jenfi lends to small businesses in Southeast Asia based on revenue. Jenfi has raised US$2.1M in funding.

  • Iterative Podcast

    We started a podcast! Most of the time, we will be interviewing people who start, operate, and invest in startups, on how they got started and what their experience is like. Once in a while, like in the first episode, we'll be giving practical advice around a specific topic.

  • Office Hours with Iterative Partners

    We're excited to host open online office hours for startup founders every Friday throughout the month of October. Office hours are 20-minute sessions between you and one of our partners, where they try to help you with your startup as much as they can. This is very similar to the partner meetings we hold with companies during the batch.

  • How to Build a Recruiting Machine: Part 3

    This is part 3 of a 3 part series on how to build a recruiting machine. This last part will wrap up the series with how to think through compensation and negotiations to close candidates as well as onboard them effectively.

  • Bootstrapping Computer Vision Data

    Computer vision startups need a lot of data to be successful in the long run. However, I've talked a to few startups trying to go from zero data to one billion datapoints instead of taking the first steps from zero to a hundred pieces of labeled data.

  • 4 Essential Tips for Deep Tech Pitches

    As the government pours more money into deep tech startups, it'll be more challenging for deep tech startups to rise above the rest. In this article we'll provide 4 essential tips to make any deep tech startup pitch more attractive to investors.

  • How to Build a Recruiting Machine: Part 2

    This is part 2 of a 3 part series on how to build a recruiting machine. It covers the motivations for why it's important to get really good at hiring plus writing your first job description, this part will address specific tactics on sourcing and interview loops, and part 3 will dig into how to close your candidates.

  • How to Build a Recruiting Machine: Part 1

    This is part 1 of a 3 part series on how to build a recruiting machine. This first part will dig into the motivations for why it's important to get really good at hiring plus writing your first job description, part 2 will address specific tactics on sourcing and interview loops, and part 3 will dig in how to close your candidates.

  • Framing Your MVP

    Today it’s easier than ever to get creative and build a functional experiment with a shoestring budget. Remember, you should consider your MVP to be an experiment, not a product (I know the naming is confusing). Think of it as a throwaway thing that will end up in the trash later, not the first version of your actual product.

  • Iterative Summer 2020 Batch

    In three short months we met with 200 founders from all over Southeast Asia and narrowed it down to the eight startups you see here. We've also included a short blurb on why we're thrilled to have them as a part of our program.

  • How to Outsource Software Development Successfully

    Working with outsourced engineers can either be a cost-effective, time-saving solution or a nightmare of communications and an expensive source of bugs/technical debt. To increase the probability of having a successful engagement, I've compiled a three step guide below.

  • Southeast Asia Founders are Ready for Prime Time

    By far, the biggest takeaway for me is: Founders are ready for primetime. A prime time founder is someone who's ready to take venture capital, grow at ungodly speeds, has the knowledge and capacity to control the organized chaos of a a startup company, and are ambitious and thinking big.

  • Southeast Asia - The Next Big Opportunity

    Southeast Asia is growing incredibly fast. After founding, helping, and just generally being around startups for the past 15 years of my life, I now know that growth rates are the signals you should follow. High growth rates lead to large TAMs very quickly. But why is this region growing so fast?

  • Advice for Running a Startup During COVID-19

    Founders in the Bay Area have all spent the past couple weeks putting together contingency plans for their tech startups. We want to help export some of that knowledge to SE Asia companies to make sure you're thinking about the same things for your company.

  • Starting Iterative

    Founders of Decide.com (acquired by eBay) are starting a YC-style accelerator in Southeast Asia and investing USD $150K into every startup that's accepted.

  • Our Story

    He took a chance on four young college students with a poor idea and a lot of passion. Sometimes what people need the most is reinforcement that they can do something great and a kick in the right direction. With Iterative, we hope to be able to accomplish something similar with our batches.