Kara Goldin

Founder and CEO at Hint Water

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON May 09, 2017

Discussion

Kara Goldin@karagoldin · founder & ceo of @hint
Hi! I'm Kara, the founder, and CEO of Hint. You've probably had hint water if you've entered the offices of Google, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. Before Hint, I worked at AOL to lead their eCommerce business to do over $1B in revenue/year. And, before that, I worked at a startup with Steve Case (AOL founder) and Steve Jobs (Apple founder). Hint currently has over 40 investors, so feel free to ask about fundraising. I'm excited to be here—ask me anything!
Buka Cakrawala@bukacak · Make School student
how do you validate you startup idea? does it always need to build the working product first?
Kara Goldin@karagoldin · founder & ceo of @hint
@bukacak the customer dictates what they will buy. get your product in the customers hands and let them decide
Jake Crump@jakecrump · Community Team with Product Hunt
What is your morning routine?
Kara Goldin@karagoldin · founder & ceo of @hint
@jakecrump wake up, get outside and drink hint!
Michael Rosenau@mprosenau · Designer
What is your biggest takeaway from working with Steve Jobs?
Kara Goldin@karagoldin · founder & ceo of @hint
@mprosenau i never worked with Steve Jobs. I wish I had. I did work at a company that was his idea though and a spinout of apple.
Michael Rosenau@mprosenau · Designer
@karagoldin spin offs are cool. I've got some branding ideas for you.
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · Words @ProductHunt & @AngelList
Hey Kara! I've only recently heard of Hint Water, but now notice it in so many tech offices (like Facebook, Zenefits, etc.) Have you or the team been doing anything in particular to get it in front of a tech audience? (seeing a lot of cool tweets about it) 😜
Kara Goldin@karagoldin · founder & ceo of @hint
@nivo0o0 offices are trying to give people what they want. people want to drink water or @hint not all the sweetened stuff. be weary of cans -- they all contain BPA
Zakaria Ouhra@zakariaouhra · iOS engineer
What is your #1 startup lesson for first time founders?
Kara Goldin@karagoldin · founder & ceo of @hint
@zakariaouhra trust your gut!
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Community and Marketing, Product Hunt
Hi Kara thanks for joining us today! What are your top fundraising tips for founders?
Kara Goldin@karagoldin · founder & ceo of @hint
@ems_hodge top 3 fundraising tips 1. know your audience -- have they invested in your category before 2. do they get what you are talking about? highly unlikely that a dude will invest in pantyhose (aka Spanx!) 3. get more than you need but not too much more
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
Hey if you had to swap lives with a tech CEO for a week who would it be and why?
Kara Goldin@karagoldin · founder & ceo of @hint
@bentossell hmm that's a tough one. thinking
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
What's the big water craze that seems to be taking off in tech?
Kara Goldin@karagoldin · founder & ceo of @hint
@bentossell people want health. and they are "on" to all this bullshit around companies trying to sell sugar water and crap. the craze around health is here to stay! @hint is where its at!
Jacqueline von Tesmar@jacqvon · Community at Product Hunt ⚡️
What growth tips can you share with the Product Hunt community?
Kara Goldin@karagoldin · founder & ceo of @hint
@jacqvon build brand! pay attention to the customer and keep him happy! don't be afraid to change your mind and your course if necessary.
Veselin@vesln · Ship's captain @ProductHunt ⛵
What was it like to work with Steve Jobs?
Kara Goldin@karagoldin · founder & ceo of @hint
@vesln i never worked with Steve Jobs. I wish I had. I did work at a company that was his idea though and a spinout of apple.
Paula Dycaico@pdycaico · Director of Product Management
What were some of the tough lessons learned from starting your own company, particularly as a woman in business
Kara Goldin@karagoldin · founder & ceo of @hint
@pdycaico great brands sometimes take awhile to grow and nurture and that's just fine.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
What is one thing you believe that others disagree with you on
Kara Goldin@karagoldin · founder & ceo of @hint
@bentossell passion trumps industry experience.
Brendan Beirne@brendanbeirne · Product / strategy, Joojoo
Any tips re building 'buzz' around a brand or community in its early stages?
Kara Goldin@karagoldin · founder & ceo of @hint
@brendanbeirne engage the consumer and THEY will do the work for you.