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How a founder made the most of Y Combinator in a pandemic year – TechCrunch


This week, we welcome guest Hana Mohan to our Found podcast. Hana is the co-founder and CEO of MagicBell, a new startup she created with Josue Montano who just graduated from Y Combinator’s Winter 2021 cohort. MagicBell is a complete plug-and-play notification inbox for developers who want to build one in their own product, but don’t want to create one themselves from scratch.

Hana’s background as an entrepreneur spans several businesses, including her latest, which she has seen significant success in terms of annual revenue. She is also a proud transgender woman, who underwent her transition halfway through her existing history as a founder and entrepreneur. Hana tells us about the challenges she faced in transitioning into an industry where the focus is often exclusively on how hard you push yourself and what you build next, as well as her origin story in as a founder from an environment where there weren’t necessarily many examples with a similar life experience to look for for inspiration.

During our chat, Hana also shared a lot of information about YC and what it offers the founders, as well as what it was like to experience the program during a global pandemic in a remote setting. Finally, it provides an excellent context to find your first investors and clients as a distributed team.

We loved talking to Hana and hope you enjoy the episode. You can subscribe to Found in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or any podcast app of your choice. Definitely leave us a comment and let us know what you think, or send us direct feedback on Twitter or by e-mail. Check back next week for another great conversation with a founder on their own one-of-a-kind startup journey.





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