Kat Manalac is a partner at YC.
The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon.
00:05 - Kat’s intro
00:45 - Avni’s intro
1:45 - When did it become clear that scaling Poppy wasn’t working?
5:20 - Experiments Avni tried with Poppy
9:25 - The last six months of runway
12:55 - Choosing to shut Poppy down
16:55 - Pivot or shut down?
19:40 - Who did Avni have these hard conversations with?
24:05 - Communicating with investors during the process of shutting down
30:50 - How does Avni feel since shutting down Poppy?
38:00 - Tying self-worth to your accomplishments and how it feels after shutting down
39:00 - “This is what trying looks like.”
43:30 - The effects of having raised money
45:30 - Starting to think about what’s next
48:30 - Struggling with unstructured nothing
49:15 - Kindness