Starting your own company? Finally ready to make that big change?
There’s so much to learn but so little time. The Operators brings you insights on success, whether you’re building a company or a career.
Our guests are execs with operational experience at both fast-rising startups, like Brex, Calm, DocSend, and Zeus Living, and more established companies, like AirBnB, Facebook, Google, and Uber.
Listen in as they share strategies and tactics for building your first a company and charting your career in tech.
S2E7: Rohan Pavuluri on creating Upsolve, one of TIME's "Top 100 Inventions of the Year"
Rohan Pavuluri isn't even 25, but he's a CEO, one of Forbes' "30 under 30" in Law & Policy, and the creator of a TIME 2020 "Top 100 Inventions of the Year." From his endearing start in local politics while in high school to developing his now-famous nonprofit during a summer off from Harvard, Rohan is a rising advocate for important societal change. He created Upsolve with a specific goal in mind: help low-income Americans navigate bankruptcy without the burden of hiring a lawyer. In its 4 years, Upsolve has already relieved almost $300 million dollars in debt, allowing struggling people earn a fresh start. Rohan's company has directly changed millions of lives by pushing the belief that people aren't defined by their credit scores - a radical and impactful shift in the world of personal finance.
S2E6: Expensify CEO David Barrett on Telling 10 Million Customers to Vote for Joe Biden
One week before the presidential election, Expensify founder and CEO David Barrett made a decision that ultimately landed him in the headlines of Bloomberg, CBS News, Business Insider, etc. He sent an email urging all Expensify customers to vote for Joe Biden, stating directly that a vote against Biden is a 'vote against democracy.'
Given that Expensify sells expense management software, it was a shock for customers and investors alike when 10 million people received emails with such an overtly political message. On election day last week, Neil sat down with David to talk over this bold decision, the creation of his company, and the complex relationship between business and politics.
S2E5: It's Personal: Addiction, Sobriety and Multi-Million Dollar Entrepreneurship with Tempest CEO Holly Whitaker
On this week's episode of The Operators, Neil sits down with Founder & CEO of Tempest Holly Whitaker. Holly never planned on starting her own company, but out of her battle with addiction came her calling to create Tempest. Breaking the typical rules of both entrepreneurship and sober living, Holly details her complex journey of raising almost $20M in venture capital for Tempest, ultimately helping so many in their battles with addiction.
S2E4: How Andrew Sutherland Created an Ed Tech Unicorn with Quizlet (and saved your GPA)
Where would we be without Quizlet? If you've gone to school in the last ten years, this tool has probably saved your life. In this episode of The Operators, we hear how Andrew launched this iconic startup when he was just 15 years old, the early days of the company, and his passion for education reform. Take a listen to hear how one of only a handful of $1B+ educational technology startups has been built from the ground up.
With the election coming up, we will be taking a break for the next two weeks. We'll see you in November, and don't forget to vote!
S2E3: How Shivani Siroya Raised $200M+ to Change Her Customers' Lives
Shivani Siroya built her first career as a strong performer in high-end finance job, but some part of her was craving a more impactful path. In an industry that errs on the side of caution - especially when it comes to lending to low-income borrowers - Shivani began asking, "how can we better extend trust to more people?"
With almost half of the global population unable to participate in the formal financial system, Shivani realized that so many people were left behind simply because of where they were born. She came up with a brilliant solution to a seemingly impossible problem: lending to users who lacked a meaningful credit history or involvement in the formal financial system. All that's needed is a mobile phone to underwrite, originate, and collect on microloans.
These microloans, which range from $100 to $500, drive massive impact for borrowers by enabling them to start new businesses, attain new educational opportunities, and have a stopgap for emergencies. With offices in India, Mexico, the Philippines, and Kenya, Tala now serves millions of borrowers with life-changing loans every single day.
Take a listen to Shivani's fascinating journey to hear about her experiences in starting and building Tala.
S2E2: From Raising Over $100M to Change Healthcare to Empowering Workers with Blockchain: learning from Adam Jackson @ Braintrust
Adam Jackson has founded multiple successful companies, including Doctor On Demand with Jay McGraw (the Executive Producer and Creator of The Doctors) and Phil McGraw aka Dr. Phil. He's also a successful investor with investments like SuperHuman, Zenefits, and Bolt.
Despite all his success and experience, Adam believes that how we work is broken. Current structures inhibit employees from having enough control over their own work. Adam shares with us his journeys through entrepreneurship and how his company Braintrust is giving control back to workers. Take a listen to hear about how Adam created the world’s first user-controlled talent platform, his early days as a startup founder, and his passion for meaningful entrepreneurship.