Experiment Your Way to Market Success | The Validation-Driven Startup

Experiment Your Way to Market Success | The Validation-Driven Startup

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Jun 7




2:00 pm



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WeWork SXSW, Austin, Texas

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Key Takeaways

Are you tired of struggling to find success in the market?

It's time to stop wasting precious time and resources on developing a product no one wants.

Calling all ambitious Austin startup founders - unleash your startup’s potential and join: THE VALIDATION-DRIVEN STARTUP.

Agenda of the event:

- Aaron Perman (Partner at S3 Ventures)/ Market validation for investing in early-stage startups

- Catalin Briciu (CEO at Linnify) / [WORKSHOP] Creating unique value in the market

- David Valentino (Managing Director at Austin Venture Association) / The path to your first ‘anchor’ or ‘lighthouse’ customers.

Join us for a perspective-changing workshop on product validation and discover how to experiment faster and more efficiently with the right mindset.

This workshop will provide you with the essential tools and knowledge to take your product development journey to the next level.

During this workshop, you'll learn:

👉 the importance of validating assumptions before diving into product development

👉 the essential steps to achieving problem-solution fit, product-market fit, and business model fit

👉 practical tips on how to validate your ideas with real customers and stakeholders

👉 how to streamline your product development journey

But that's not all! You'll also have the opportunity to hear directly from investors on what they're looking for in terms of market validation.

To top it all off, we'll finish the event with the startup founder’s favorite menu: pizza and beers!

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to accelerate your product development journey.

Thank you for all the support to: AVA, WeWork Texas, FIESTA, Tech Ranch, Austin Chamber of Commerce, and ATC.




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Cătălin Briciu

Cătălin Briciu


Cătălin Briciu is one of the Co-Founders and Co-CEO of Linnify, and other multiple startups with the purpose of making life better and simpler. With a background in Law and Economics and an interest in Business and Technology, he is the binding element between Linnify and the market, clients, and partners.

Cătălin is constantly on a mission to help others bring value to the world in their unique manner. He is a strong believer in people’s ability to reach their full potential only provided that their authentic creativity has space to evolve and transform into something bigger and better.

David Valentino

David Valentino

Managing Director at Austin Venture Association

With over 25 years of experience in the technology industry, David Valentino is a highly experienced business executive. He has a successful track record of supporting the growth of early and later-stage startups and is passionate about delivering business value to these companies, having gone through successful IPOs with some of them.

As the Managing Director of the Austin Venture Association, Valentino is dedicated to helping tech startups achieve consistent scalability and take the right steps toward growth. He deeply understands the industry and has implemented revenue systems and teams that have generated hundreds of millions in SMB and Enterprise software products and services revenue.

In late 2021, the Austin Venture Association shifted its focus to activities and services supporting the Austin Venture Community. This change has further cemented Valentino's commitment to supporting the growth and success of startups in the region and his dedication to helping startups achieve their full potential.

Aaron Perman

Aaron Perman

Partner at S3 Ventures

Aaron Perman is a seasoned venture capitalist, currently a Partner at S3 Ventures since joining in 2013. Throughout his tenure, he has been involved with multiple burgeoning companies, such as Buildforce, Civic Eagle, HYAS, Hydrolix, Nexus.gg, Liquibase, Stellar, Sudozi, and Upkey. His hands-on approach to guiding startups has also led him to serve on the boards of successful acquisitions, such as Levelset (acquired by Procore), Invodo (acquired by CoCreativ), and Tango Health (acquired by Benefitfocus).

Before stepping into the venture capital world, Aaron honed his investment skills at Western Standard, a long/short equity hedge fund, focusing on small-cap publicly traded companies. He also sharpened his business acumen working in the corporate strategy group at Southern California Edison and even started a prosperous business dealing with computer hardware liquidation.

Aaron brings a wealth of business and investment experience to the table. His insight into how businesses operate and succeed, coupled with his investment expertise, makes him an invaluable asset to both startups and investors.


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