The FORT Podcast: Joe Du Bey

In Episode 16, Chris sits down with Joe Du Bey, Founder and CEO of Eden, a management solutions company based in San Francisco. They discuss the process of raising capital, finding investors, the life of a start-up CEO and more. They also discuss mentorship, learning, their favorite podcasts and social media.

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7:02 – How did you meet your co-founder?
9:24 – How does someone without a tech background find a great engineer?
11:00 –  What did YC do for you?
18:14 – What did you decide to do with your first round of investment?
19:18 – Smart Startup Marketing
21:30 – How much has OKR helped you?
22:57 – How do venture capitalists encourage growth?
25:11 – What is the best advice you’ve received from one of your investors?
26:28 – Being the CEO of a Startup
31:46 – Determining the Best Metrics
32:33 – Starting a Technology Company Outside the Bay Area
35:06 – The Perfect Customer for Eden
37:27 – Biggest Office Problems
40:53 – The Future of Eden
44:27 – Joe’s Experience Raising Capital
46:45 – What does a good VC do for a startup?
50:23 – Pressures in the Startup World
52:00 – Mentorship, Learning, Podcasting, Social Media and Life Balance


Joe Du Bey is the CEO and Co-Founder of Eden, the leading workplace management platform. Eden provides all facilities services and vendor management software to offices, with the most curated marketplace of local vendors for all office needs, from janitorial to IT support and beyond. Eden is backed by the top venture investors in Silicon Valley, including Fifth Wall Ventures, S28 Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Comcast Ventures, ENIAC Ventures, Maven Ventures, Y Combinator, Stanford University, and a number of other institutional investors. Prior to Eden, Joe worked as a Vice President at Patamar Capital, a venture capital firm, and as an Associate at Lindsay Goldberg, a private equity firm. Joe hold a MBA from Stanford University and a BBA from the University of Michigan.

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