This week, we welcome guest Hana Mohan to our podcast Found. Hana is the co-founder and CEO of MagicBell, a new startup she created with Josue Montano, who recently graduated from Y Combinator’s Winter 2021 cohort. MagicBell is a full-featured, plug-and-play notifications inbox aimed at developers who want to build one into their own product but don’t want to have to make one themselves from scratch.
Hana’s experience as an entrepreneur spans multiple companies, including her last one, which she grew to significant success in terms of annual revenue. She’s also a proud transgender woman who underwent her transition mid-way through her existing history as a founder and entrepreneur. Hana talks to us about the challenges she faced taking on her transition in an industry where the focus is often exclusively on how hard you’re hustling and what you’re building next, and about her origin story as a founder coming from an environment where there weren’t necessarily many examples with similar life experience to look to for inspiration.
During our chat, Hana also shared lots of insight into YC and what it provides founders and perspective on what it was like going through the program during a global pandemic in a remote context. Finally, she offers some excellent context on finding your first investors and customers as a distributed team.