The Twenty Minute VC hosted Front’s CEO and Cofounder Mathilde Collin this week. In this episode, Host Harry Stebbings and Mathilde discuss her philosophy on discipline, advice for fundraising and investor relationships, guidelines for healthy team communication, and more.
1. Building Front
How did Mathilde go from product manager in Paris to raising more than $70 million as CEO and cofounder of Front? Where is Front headed in the next few years?
2. Discipline over vision
Mathilde says, "I would choose discipline over some grand vision any day of the week." What does discipline really mean to Mathilde, and what makes it so important in early stages? As an investor, how can you tell if a founder has discipline?
How does Mathilde manage communications with investors, her team, and direct reports?
Investor Updates: What is Mathilde’s biggest advice to founders when it comes to investor updates? What should they include, and how often should you send them? What mistakes do founders often make, and how can you ask for help in your updates?
Revenue Updates: Why are team revenue updates important to Mathilde? What are the benefits of this transparency? Is it possible to be too transparent? What’s included in the report and who does it go to?
Direct Reports: Why does Mathilde have her calendar public for her team? As a leader, how often should you communicate with direct reports?
What approach does Mathilde take to fundraising at Front today? When do you know it’s time to raise, and how transparent should founders be when they are not raising? When she is not raising, how does Mathilde think about building relationships with investors?
Written by Emily Hackeling
Originally Published: 17 April 2020