Hey everyone, I'm Tiffany! I'm currently at Binary Capital helping invest in early stage consumer tech startups. I worked part-time (basically full-time since I just worked and video-chatted with the team during classes 😛 ) at Product Hunt last year from Jan-June while I was finishing up high school. I love taking photos (used to shoot lots of concerts, now mostly portraits and landscapes), learning how to produce music and DJ, watching films, and reading. Twitter: https://twitter.com/tzhongg Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/tzhong ALSO, if you live in the Bay Area and want to stay in the loop on cool events, I just started a weekly newsletter: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/... ‼️ Thanks everyone for joining my live chat. For anyone who has more questions, Snapchat (@tzhong) me and I'll answer it if I can!
@mscccc Yes to college. No to "or nah." :P
@blakeir · VC at Ludlow Ventures
Hi. 1. Would you ever consider making a Shark Tank with teen "sharks?" 2. Over the past couple of years you've blown up - at what point was it very clear that people were starting to pay attention to you? 3. What would your DJ name be?
@blakeir 1. Hahahah only if you're doing it with me 😉 2. Two points - 1) when Marc Andreessen gave me a shoutout on Twitter as an "upcoming rockstar in tech" 2) when my WSJ article came out. 3. DJ TZ (or maybe something else...but that's the name for now)
Tiff! What are some of the biggest misconceptions on how teens use tech/apps?
@rrhoover That teens actually care about all the press your app gets. They don't. They care about the product actually being useful to them in some sort of way. They don't care that you're on TechCrunch, BI, Forbes, etc.
@sydney_liu_sl · Co-Founder of Commaful
Tifff!!!! :) :) If you were to write a book about how to be great at Twitter, what would be your 5 biggest tips and tricks?
@sydney_liu_sl Off the top of my head: - Be authentic - Be helpful - Jump into conversations - Don't be afraid to ask questions even if you think they're "stupid questions." You don't really have much to lose. - Try to always connect the dots (goes back to being helpful). Let's say person A tweeted about topic X 2 weeks ago and person B just tweeted about the same topic - connect the two. I usually will just reply to person B's tweet with person A's tweet OR reply with something along the lines of "you and person A should jam sometime!"
@harrystebbings · Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
Tiffany, so awesome to see you do this! I have a big question, you are an absolute rockstar and the community has so much respect and admiration for all you have achieved with Binary in such a short space of time, my question: Why go to University? You are already ahead of the game where you are now? Come and join me in raising my seed fund! ;)
@harrystebbings I think it's important for my personal development for a variety of reasons. Blog post will be coming soon in a few months - keep an eye out for that :)
Hi 👋🏻 What's the most valuable thing you learned as an intern at Product Hunt?
@andrewettinger I learned a LOT and should write a blog post about my experience there. But I learned a lot about community and being a good leader/manager. Actually, yesterday I texted @rrhoover when I was doing a bit of personal reflection and told him that he taught me a lot about values, both professionally and personally - mainly to be authentic, real, nice to people, care about your users, and most importantly, to be humble.
How did you get hired at Product Hunt? And Binary Capital?
@mrtampham I met @eriktorenberg at YC Hacks, kept in close contact with him, just tried to be helpful in whatever way, helped Product Hunt a bit with their hackathon end of 2014, met Ryan through Twitter + Facebook when I was asking for startup advice (whether I should learn to code or not :P), and then Dec 2014 Ryan asked if I was interested in working part-time with them :) Binary Capital - I was already meeting up with VCs starting at the end of 2014 just to learn more about their stories, what they actually do, and how they assess startups. A mutual friend thought I would have fun jamming with the Binary guys (Jonathan and Justin) given their focus on early stage consumer tech startups, and he was right! We did have fun and I ended up choosing to intern at Binary over the summer vs other VC firms because I got along really well with the guys, liked how tight-knit the team is, and their focus on early-stage consumer tech. At the end of my internship, they wanted me to join full-time, which I clearly ended up doing!
What is your piece of advice in networking for teens/young adults who don't live in places like the Bay Area ?
hi @tzhongg, thank you for joining us. what do the teens like these days other than snapchat? also, plz explain musica.ly 🙄
@nivo0o0 Snapchat seems to still be the main one for teens. Instagram and Facebook are dropping off a bit from what I've seen. Snapchat has even become the go-to camera app for many of my friends now 😳 Musical.ly - psh you already know what it is!