About This Show
Real Leaders brings you the story behind the story of some of the most innovative, authentic leaders in business -- from startups to enterprise.
Sue Heilbronner is the CEO of MergeLane, an accelerator for startups with at least one female in leadership. Sue also is a seasoned startup leader, advisor to CEOs of growth companies, Tedx speaker, professor of entrepreneurship, active angel investor, and mentor to many.
Most Recent Episode
#30 -- Vlada Bortnik, Founder of Marco Polo, An Immigrant Story, An App That Helps Us Stay in Touch
When Vlada Bortnik arrived in the United States from the Ukraine at age 10 knowing very little English, her family settled in Kansas. Vlada was immersed in the language and in American culture, but she has never forgotten many of the things many Americans take for granted -- food in the grocery stores and enough money to buy it.
From the time she was a kid, the founder of Joya (known best for the widely popular video communication app Marco Polo) has charted an intentional life. She landed at Northwestern University with a meaningful scholarship (which she needed), she majored in art and computer science, she successfully navigated from intern to product manager at Microsoft, and then she went out on her own (alongside her husband and co-founder) and built businesses that addressed market gaps or, with Marco Polo, solved a real problem.
Vlada tells her inspiring entrepreneurial journey and her motivation for focusing on Marco Polo to help families communicate better with each other through technology. Hear the intimate conversation on the Real Leaders Podcast with Sue Heilbronner.
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