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Episode 65

Cindy Wu

optimistic. i takes notes here. sciencing at http://experiment.com

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Cindy Wu is the co-founder of Experiment, a crowdfunding platform for scientific research. Cindy has a bachelor of science in cellular, molecular and developmental biology and she’s written several peer-reviewed articles. But when she started to look for funding to take a new drug to market she quickly realized there was a major problem. Experiment launched and was later accepted into Y Combinator. Today, more than 350 projects have raised more than 4 million dollars. Cindy joins us to share her story, why she helped launch Experiment, how they got accepted into YC, how they closed a seed round in 10 days, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Cindy.
  • Learn more about Experiment.
  • Learn more about how Cindy closed a seed round in 10 days.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Cindy Wu is the co-founder of Experiment, a crowdfunding platform for scientific research.

Cindy has a bachelor of science in cellular, molecular and developmental biology and she’s written several peer-reviewed articles. But when she started to look for funding to take a new drug to market she quickly realized there was a major problem. Experiment launched and was later accepted into Y Combinator. Today, more than 350 projects have raised more than 4 million dollars.

Cindy joins us to share her story, why she helped launch Experiment, how they got accepted into YC, how they closed a seed round in 10 days, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Cindy got into startups & entrepreneurship.
  • Why Experiment launched.
  • How they got accepted into YC.
  • How Cindy raised a seed round in 10 days.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:33
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

1:54
So you were published in a few peer-reviewed journals and are currently the co-founder of Experiment. For those who might not know, what is Experiment and what was the transition from science to tech like?

3:22
Why did you decide to launch Experiment and not use a platform like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo?

4:15
What distribution or growth channels have you used to grow both the projects and funding side of the platform?

6:31
You were accepted into YC - what was that process like for you?

11:00
You raised venture capital from some major firms like Andreessen Horowitz and Index ventures. What was this process like for you? Any tips to share with other entrepreneurs, especially those who might be working on something outside of the typical markets?

13:29
What’s next for you and Experiment?

15:31
Do you have any funny stories about being an entrepreneur or running Experiment that you can share with us?

18:08
What’s are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded or used?

20:00
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

20:34
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Cindy on Twitter
Experiment on Twitter
Experiment on the web
Experiment Stats
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, & Books

Slack
Front
Clara
Spotify
Swarm
Brainpickings

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