Adapt, Plan, Deliver: Founder/CEO Lessons from 2000 & 2008 Applied to 2020 with Twilio and Bessemer Venture Partners Twilio and Bessemer Venture Partners

A talk by Byron Deeter and Jeff Lawson
Bessemer Venture Partners and Twilio

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During uncertain times, founders are responsible to adapt, make hard decisions and prioritize what's mission-critical to survive. In this deep-dive conversation, Twilio CEO and co-founder Jeff Lawson and Byron Deeter from Bessemer Venture Partners share their personal experiences navigating the last two recessions and the implications for founders today—from managing costs to generating revenue in a SaaS business. As a first time CEO, Jeff rode the dotcom rollercoaster from paper riches to total wipeout, then had the vision to found Twilio during the recession of 2008 and build it into the massive public cloud company that it is today. Byron was also a first time founding CEO in the 2000 recession and had to navigate customer bankruptcies and employee layoffs before successfully selling his business. He then served on a number of boards as a Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners during the 2008 crash and has invested in over 40 cloud companies during his tenure. Together Jeff and Byron will share the insights they've gained over their decade-long partnership and friendship, and the advice and best practices for entrepreneurs as we enter into the COVID induced recession of 2020.

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