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Beyond the Blue Badge - by the Microsoft Alumni Network
Microsoft Stories that Inform and Inspire

This podcast features alumni who are leaders in business, careers and philanthropy as they talk about lessons learned, overcoming obstacles, finding their bliss and thriving post-Microsoft.

Beyond the Blue Badge Microsoft Alumni Network

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    • 4.9 • 10 Ratings

Beyond the Blue Badge - by the Microsoft Alumni Network
Microsoft Stories that Inform and Inspire

This podcast features alumni who are leaders in business, careers and philanthropy as they talk about lessons learned, overcoming obstacles, finding their bliss and thriving post-Microsoft.

    Unlocking startup success with Robert Wahbe

    Unlocking startup success with Robert Wahbe

    Creating new industry categories, trials and tribulations and advice for desired outcomes
    Robert Wahbe co-founded Seattle-based Highspot, a company that defined a new market category. Now, the sales enablement platform is valued at nearly $4 billion. During this Beyond the Blue Badge episode, Host T.A. McCann sits down with the Microsoft alum to discuss the ideation of Highspot, the trials and triumphs that came with breaking into a new industry space, how to achieve desirable business outcomes and advice for other startup leaders.

    • 44 min
    Unlocking opportunity with Mohit Bhende

    Unlocking opportunity with Mohit Bhende

    Smart interviewing to level up on representation
    Mohit “Mo” Bhende is determined to bring more diversity into engineering roles. After six years at Microsoft, Mo co-founded Seattle-based Karat, which provides the first interviewing cloud to help companies find engineers in an equitable way. In this episode, host Eddie Pate and Mo discuss how Karat is raising the bar on representation, its flagship Brilliant Black Minds program and partnership with Serena Williams, closing the interview access gap, and why he always puts people first.

    • 24 min
    Investing in innovation with Bindi Karia

    Investing in innovation with Bindi Karia

    Navigating the entrepreneurial ecosystem for startup success
     
    It’s no secret that many Microsoft alumni dive into the startup world after leaving the company. After eight years at Microsoft as venture capital and emerging business lead in United Kingdom, Bindi Karia did just that and has since spent her career helping fuel innovation as a tech industry guru, advisor, speaker and venture partner. In this episode of our Beyond the Blue Badge podcast, host Peter Proud sits down with Bindi to discuss the stages of launching a startup, the six characteristics she notices of a successful entrepreneur, the importance of utilizing your network in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and how she’s investing in the innovation of today.

    • 39 min
    Mentorship matters with Alonda Williams

    Mentorship matters with Alonda Williams

    Using corporate experiences to fuel the nonprofit sector and change lives
    Microsoft alumni have the opportunity to use their unique experiences to supercharge change in the nonprofit sector. In this episode of our Beyond the Blue Badge podcast, host Paul Shoemaker sits down with alum Alonda Williams, author, speaker and current chief executive officer at Big Brothers Big Sister of Puget Sound, which is provides mentorship to thousands of children. Alonda discusses how she uses her Microsoft and life experiences to lead in the nonprofit sector, why she’s passionate about building confidence in young black girls, and how mentorship can transform our communities and youth.

    • 30 min
    Leadership evolution with Joe Levy

    Leadership evolution with Joe Levy

    Finding the right balance for a remote workforce 
    Microsoft alum Joe Levy is CEO and co-founder of Uplevel, a Seattle-based software company that helps engineering teams measure and manage their time and productivity. Like many companies in the early days of the pandemic, Uplevel went 100% remote and Joe has used their own software to pivot and tweak the way his own team operates, including experimenting with a four-day work week. He sat down with Beyond the Blue Badge host Ali Spain to discuss leading during the pandemic, managing a remote workforce and keeping startup culture strong.  

    • 34 min
    Partnership principles with Adam Warby

    Partnership principles with Adam Warby

    How to cultivate and maintain rich partnerships
    In 2000, tech giants Microsoft and Accenture came together to found Avanade. The founding partnership has evolved into a global leader that digitally transforms businesses using Microsoft ecosystems. Microsoft alumnus Adam Warby was a founding employee at Avanade and was named CEO in 2008 where he stayed for 11 years. In this episode of our Beyond the Blue Badge podcast, Adam sits down with host Peter Proud to discuss navigating a company with two large corporate parents, crucial decision points to Avanade’s success, advice for how to be a good partner and how he’s empowering the next generation of business leaders.

    • 38 min

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