Fast growing fast, tons of podcasts, lots of tweets, and much more to check out over the weekend.

Startup and tech news and happenings from the past few weeks.

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Hey everyone — Michael here 👋,

Happy almost February (wow!) and welcome to the January 29nd Edition of What We’ve Been Following, our (mainly) bi-weekly newsletter highlighting some of the newsletters, podcasts, blog posts, tweets, startup news, and more that our Team found interesting over the past few weeks.

If you missed the last Edition of What We’ve Been Following, published on January 2nd and written by Roshan, be sure to check it out, here.

Before getting into today’s newsletter, I want to give a quick shout out to Domm Holland, Jason Alderman, and the rest of the team at Fast. Domm came on The Takeoff as our 8th interview guest! He took a bet on us, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without that.

Fast recently announced a $102M Series B from Stripe, Lee Fixel at Addition, and Index, among others. They’re building a 🚀 and will be hiring for a TON of roles in the near future. This is a company you want to get involved with!


New content since the last What We’ve Been Following newsletter from Jan 2.

  • (Mini Deep-Dive) I (Michael) wrote a post on the SaaS Management space, highlighting vendors such as Intello, Blissfully, Torii, G2 Track, BetterCloud, Cleanshelf, and more. I had a lot of fun putting this together, and, if you haven’t checked it out yet, I’d highly recommend doing so 👇.

  • (Podcast) I chatted with Eric Glyman (Co-founder & CEO of Ramp). Ramp is a leading corporate spend management startup that has raised over $55M to date from D1, Coatue, and Founders Fund, among others.

  • (Q&A) Vinay Iyengar (Investor at Two Sigma Ventures) joined The Takeoff to discuss his path into venture, what he focuses on at TSV, and his recent blog post, The Ultimate Guide to Finding a Startup Job.

What’s coming up.

  • (Podcast & Newsletter) Our first interview collab! Roshan and Rick Liu (Junior at WashU | Founder of The Seed) recently chatted with Square Co-founder and WashU alum, Jim McKelvey. Rick is actually releasing the episode via The Seed today, and we’ll push out a text version of the conversation, as well as our own podcast, next week :)

  • (Newsletter) Roshan recently chatted with VC & TikTok legend Turner Novak about his thoughts on some interesting social media companies. Release date: stay tuned!

  • (Podcast) I recently chatted with Sara Mauskopf, co-founder & CEO at Winnie for the pod! The episode will go live on February 15.

  • (Podcast) Dave Fano (CEO of Teal) joined the pod to discuss what he’s building with Teal, advice he has for aspiring founders, and more. Release date: sometime in February.

What We’ve Been Following.

Some funding rounds.

Tweets, threads, and other Twitter fun.

  • Some of Austin Rief’s insights from building and selling Morning Brew.

  • Affirm IPO’d. Its stock rose a lot on day one of trading.

  • Visa acquiring Plaid is off! Personally, I think this is great for Plaid.

  • My buddy Jack put together a guide on how students can help VC firms.

  • Yes.

Quick shout out to another newsletter

My buddy Leo is working on a substack called Consumer Startups. He writes about the founding stories behind the most successful early stage B2C startups and how the best B2C investors like David Tisch evaluates early-stage startups. Make sure to check it out if you are interested in social apps, brands, marketplaces, and all things consumers.

Check it out + subscribe, here.

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Written by Michael Spiro (Founder at The Takeoff. Senior at Washington University in St. LouisJMI EquityEqual VenturesGround Up VenturesIntello).