I first learned about Strikingly after reading a feature on Y Combinator by Nathaniel Rich in the May 2nd edition of the New York Times Magazine. In order to add a personal feel to the article, Rich picked a few startups and founders to detail, one of them being Strikingly and its three determined founders: David Chen, Daefeng Guo, and Teng Bao. The article is worth a read, and made it easy to root for these founders who turned down lucrative job offers and went through several series of pivots to come up with their final product. Brief insights into stressful moments, like the drama behind determining which founder would make the pitch on demo day, paint a picture of founders who clearly the realize how the success of their idea often weighs in the hands of VCs with short attention spans and deep pockets.
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