Astronomer.io 2 Yrs Old, Hits $60K MRR, $2m Raised Helping Companies Makes Sense of Data with CEO Ry Walker

Ry Walker

In Episode #618, Nathan interviews Ry Walker. He’s the co-founder and CEO of Astronomer.io, a big data infrastructure company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Astronomer is an AngelPad batch #9 company and has raised $ 2M from the likes of 500 Startups, CincyTech, Router Ventures and SocialStarts. Astronomer measures, connects and centralizes data making it super simple for anyone from business users to data scientists to quickly create and monitor their data and pipelines.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 02:35 – Nathan introduces Ry to the show
  • 03:17 – Astronomer helps companies figure out how to use their data to benefit their business
    • 03:22 – Astronomer works with early stage startups and big companies
  • 03:41 – Some companies in the web analytics space are Mixpanel, Amplitude, Google Analytics
  • 03:57 – Astronomer helps the companies to get the right data from their inside companies
  • 04:32 – Astronomer is called data engineering as a service
    • 04:39 – Astronomer does the work for their customer while building the platform out
    • 04:51 – Astronomer has a flat price of 6K and 10K monthly
  • 05:14 – Astronomer has their private cloud addition for the customers
  • 05:33 – Astronomer was launched in May 2015
    • 05:36 – Astronomer was at Collision Conference when they pivoted after the first day
    • 06:13 – They realized that their biggest problem is to get companies to send them the data to run the analysis
  • 06:35 – The number one issue in the space is the onboarding
  • 07:03 – Ry explains the type of company they were
  • 08:02 – The Angelpad is one of the most important pivot Astronomer did
  • 08:13 – Angelpad’s model
  • 08:46 – What Ry was thinking when they got into Angelpad
  • 09:30 – First year revenue
  • 09:38 – 2016 revenue
  • 09:57 – Team size and location
  • 10:08 – Astronomer has raised $2M in 2 years
    • 10:31 – Last round was at $ 1.1M and a convertible note
  • 10:40 – Average MRR
  • 12:04 – Astronomer currently has 20 customers
  • 12:14 – Customer churn
  • 12:17 – Astronomer currently has a net negative churn of 48%
    • 12:46 – Ry explains the net negative churn of 48%
  • 13:33 – CAC
    • 13:38 – Astronomer just started with paid CAC this year
    • 14:00 – Astronomer started with $600
  • 14:21 – LTV
  • 15:40 – Last round of funding was in August
  • 16:21 – Ry explains the amount they are burning
  • 16:42 – Ry is thinking now of the post-seed round
    • 16:52 – It’s a $ 3-5 M up round
    • 17:14 – The valuation Ry is aiming for
    • 17:40 – “We don’t really want to bump our valuation too much”
  • 20:30 – The Famous Five

3 Key Points:

  1. The number one issue in data analytics is the onboarding.
  2. Study your valuation.
  3. Be bold and confident.

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