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51 minutes | May 22, 2016
05 How to Build a Software Company to Combat Unconscious Bias with Stephanie Lampkin
Welcome to Episode 05. Today we will be speaking with Stephanie Lampkin about raising capital, her decision to pursue an MBA mid-career, and unconscious biases which play a role in the hiring process in many technology companies. She touched on building the first iteration of her product and the resources which she was able to access through participating in accelerators. In this episode we also talked about: creating a public relations strategy to attract consumers and investors, motivation and things to consider when pursuing an MBA, carefully building a team, and raising first round of investments through Pipeline Angels. Stephanie Lampkin is the founder & CEO of Blendoor, a ‘blind’ recruiting app that circumvents unconscious bias and thus facilitates diversity recruiting in tech companies. With a 13 year career in tech spanning companies like Lockheed, Microsoft, and TripAdvisor, she is all too familiar the difficulties faced when one doesn’t #looklikeanengineer. Through technology and data, her mission is to challenge the assumptions that seeking diversity means lowering the bar or the lack thereof is primarily a pipeline problem. Stephanie holds a BS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
41 minutes | May 8, 2016
04: How to Facilitate Productive Relationships with Investors
In Episode 04, we spoke with Rodney Williams CEO and Co-founder of Lisnr. We talk about developing relationships with investors, as well as growing and pivoting his company based on the market’s responses. Rodney also touched on the importance of predicting his company's yearly outcomes and planning accordingly. He stressed the importance of learning quickly in the role of CEO. A few other things we touched on include: Filing a provisional patent within the first 3 months of the company’s inception; Prioritizing product features; Finding product market fit; targeting core strategic investors and much more. Rodney Williams is CEO and Co-founder of LISNR. He was recently selected in 2013 for AdAge’s top 40 marketers under 40 and is aiming to change the way consumers interact with audio as engagement platform and an intriguing advertising model for brands. Prior to Lisnr, he spent 4+ years at Procter & Gamble leading a number of Brand Management, digital, and point of entry media efforts, often being noted as one the most innovative young talents within the company. During his time at P&G, he became the 1st marketer to be issued a digital patent (3 Total P&G Patents awarded). Prior to P&G, he spent 2 years in Business Development for Lockheed Martin and 4+ years leading a collegiate digital agency focusing on consumer acquisitions and CRM management. Rodney currently holds an M.B.A. from Howard University along with 3 additional degrees Rodney intends the barrier for proximity-based marketing on mobile devices, LISNR is expanding the opportunity for marketers and brands to target messaging to consumers through relevant mobile connections. The Cincinnati-based company was started in 2012.
47 minutes | May 8, 2016
03: How to Pivot from a Customer to Enterprise Solution
We spoke with Jennifer Wong CEO and Co-founder of Shopping Quizzes. We talked about management best practices and her background as a social scientist. We also touched on the inspiration for their disruptive new technology, Shopping Quizzes, which is the world’s leading provider of interactive product recommendations for e-commerce. Jennie explained her methodology behind hiring and delegating to her team and the many lessons she has learned during her entrepreneurial journey. In this episode we also talked about: facilitating relationships with investors; pivoting from a consumer-facing app to B2B; challenges of educating customers on the needs for their new application; conducting case studies with large companies. Shopping Quizzes is the brainchild of a social scientist and full-stack e-commerce engineer, and the world’s leading provider of interactive product recommendations for e-commerce.It’s patent-pending approach to retail personalization combines the latest research in human cognition and decision science with decades of experience in web development. Jennie Wong is CEO and Co-founder of Shopping Quizzes, an e-commerce tool for online retailers. Wong earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California at the age of 22, and has been a trained social scientist her entire adult life. Her award-winning research in communication led her to a career in management consulting, specializing in creating brain-based behavior change for companies like AIG. She then used her expertise in human cognition and decision science to found Shopping Quizzes, the world’s leading provider of interactive product recommendations. Follow her on Twitter @DrJennieWong. Winner: TechCrunch Radio Pitch-off, Digital LA Startup Showcase, USC Incubator Grant
49 minutes | May 8, 2016
02: How to Create a Minimum Viable Product
In today's episode, we spoke with Topik CEO/Software Engineer, Kevin Hagen as well their Communications Director Clayton Pasley. These former football players turned software entrepreneurs talked about the initial steps they took to build their company. Kevin and Clayton touched the inspiration for Topik as well as the process of building a minimum viable product. Kevin also touched on the process of finding his team and advisors and his laid back approach to management In this episode, we also touch on: Conducting market research; Setting milestones; creating an enterprise solution for established Magazine Publishers.;the importance of testing, iterating and listening to what the market tells you; Maintaining communication with early adopters and the importance of moving at your own pace. Topik is a mobile blogging platform that simplifies publishing. Anyone from a mobile device can write and present their story in an elegant format. In the summer of 2015 Topik was selected as a start-up business at the DePaul University Entrepreneurship program. Building on the momentum from the entrepreneurship program, Topik caught the eye of a major publications companies in Chicago, that wanted to leverage the technology to power their digital platforms. With these early successes, Kevin formed a software company with five other seasoned professionals from business and technology. Their goal is to launch Topik in the summer of 2016 as a consumer and enterprise product. Kevin Hagens is a 23 year old software entrepreneur from St. Louis, Missouri with a deep interest in engineering. His addiction for computers started at grandfather allowed him to create a Powerpoint presentation on a Windows 98 PC. While his teenage life was consumed with football, baseball and track he was inspired by how software could impact the world in major way. Motivated by that dream he graduated with honors in Computer Science from Concordia University Chicago in 2014. While a student, Kevin began working on many of his o
52 minutes | May 4, 2016
01: How to Start a Print Magazine from Scratch
We spoke with BUNCH Magazines Publisher & Editor in Chief, Lizzy Okoro, and the Creative Director Asia David. Bunch is a guide for daring creative entrepreneurs. Okoro tells us about New York's art scene serving as the inspiration for pursuing her dream of starting a print magazine. We go through the initial steps she took to turn her idea into reality. Asia David, Creative Director of BUNCH Magazine talks about cold emailing her way into an internship at BRUNCH. After consistently producing great content, she vocalized her interest in additional responsibility and earned her position as Creative Director and eventually rebranded BUNCH. In this episode we also talked about: Finding a printer and shipping methods. Revenue streams such as advertising. The structure of their team and working with contributors. The challenges and excitement of print magazines. And much more.
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