123 episodes

The Breaking Into Startups Podcast is a platform where we feature stories of people who broke into tech from non-traditional backgrounds. Curious about how startups work, how to get a job without a degree or what technical and non-technical careers are out there? We have news for you - tech fields are booming and you don’t need the best technical degree in information technology to break in and get a six figure job in technology.

Our podcast gives you an inside look at the most disruptive startups by sharing success stories of people from all walks of life, including college drop outs, professional and student athletes, army veterans, teen parents, corporate folks, investment bankers, consultants, venture capitalists who acquired new skills and found jobs in technology.

Our guests attended coding bootcamps and immersive programs like Hack Reactor, App Academy, General Assembly, Dev Bootcamp, Flatiron School, Iron Yard, Tradecraft and more. After graduating they found well paying jobs in big time startups focusing on education, medicine, financial services, healthcare, AI, machine learning, automation, sharing economy and more. If you listen to 500 Startups, Learn to Code With Me, Twenty Minute VC, This Week In Startups, Startup Radio, Startup Podcast, The Tim Ferris show, Startup School Radio, Course Report or other tech stuff news, then this podcast is for you my friend.

Breaking Into Startups Breaking Into Startups

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    • 4.9, 246 Ratings

The Breaking Into Startups Podcast is a platform where we feature stories of people who broke into tech from non-traditional backgrounds. Curious about how startups work, how to get a job without a degree or what technical and non-technical careers are out there? We have news for you - tech fields are booming and you don’t need the best technical degree in information technology to break in and get a six figure job in technology.

Our podcast gives you an inside look at the most disruptive startups by sharing success stories of people from all walks of life, including college drop outs, professional and student athletes, army veterans, teen parents, corporate folks, investment bankers, consultants, venture capitalists who acquired new skills and found jobs in technology.

Our guests attended coding bootcamps and immersive programs like Hack Reactor, App Academy, General Assembly, Dev Bootcamp, Flatiron School, Iron Yard, Tradecraft and more. After graduating they found well paying jobs in big time startups focusing on education, medicine, financial services, healthcare, AI, machine learning, automation, sharing economy and more. If you listen to 500 Startups, Learn to Code With Me, Twenty Minute VC, This Week In Startups, Startup Radio, Startup Podcast, The Tim Ferris show, Startup School Radio, Course Report or other tech stuff news, then this podcast is for you my friend.

    #124: Jake Schwartz - CEO of General Assembly on COVID-19 Response

    #124: Jake Schwartz - CEO of General Assembly on COVID-19 Response

    Jake Schwartz is the co-founder and chief executive officer of General Assembly, a global company advancing the future of work. Jake leads GA's growth, creating sustainable talent pipelines for businesses, and building transparent career pathways to the most transformational work.

    In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, about 33 million Americans have lost their jobs in the last seven weeks. GA has around 120 campuses globally which they had to shut down in two days and go completely online.

    Today, Jake talks about how they’re disrupting the marketplace landscape and getting creative so they could be more accessible to students. It’s all about merging business excellence and education excellence!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #123: Dan Friedman - COVID-19 Response from the Co-Founder of Thinkful

    #123: Dan Friedman - COVID-19 Response from the Co-Founder of Thinkful

    Dan Friedman is the Co-Founder of Thinkful, a coding bootcamp that provides online courses Software Engineering, Design and Data Science courses. Dropping out of Yale, Dan is proof that you don't need a college degree or certain qualifications to find your way to success.

    Thinkful is the first coding bootcamp that came out and created offerings for people impacted by the COVID-19. Listen in to find out more about their initiatives. Another thing Dan emphasized today is the principle of reversibility.

    • 50 min
    #122: Vaibhav Sahgal - Head of Growth at Reddit - How to be a Growth Product Leader

    #122: Vaibhav Sahgal - Head of Growth at Reddit - How to be a Growth Product Leader

    Vaibhav Sahgal is the Head of Growth at Reddit, Inc. which has 500 million unique users around the world. Prior to this, he worked at Zynga for 8 years as a product manager. He led teams building games like Words with Friends, Cityville, and Mafia Wars.

    Vaibhav immigrated from India to the U.S. to get a degree in Computer Science at Purdue University. Today, he talks about his journey into tech, the qualities of effective engineers, and how to build and grow products to millions of users.

    • 53 min
    #121: Kesha Lake - How a Mom from Atlanta became a Remote Software Engineer at Stitch Fix

    #121: Kesha Lake - How a Mom from Atlanta became a Remote Software Engineer at Stitch Fix

    Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kesha Lake is a member of the Career Karma community from Atlanta.

    She joined Career Karma in the beginning of 2019. Less than a year later, she got a job as a remote software engineer at Stitch Fix.

    Today, she talks about her life as a mother, her transition from nursing to tech, her bootcamp journey, and her job search experience.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    #120: Jerrick Warren - How Career Karma's first member became a Software Engineer at Gemini

    #120: Jerrick Warren - How Career Karma's first member became a Software Engineer at Gemini

    Jerrick Warren has an inspiring story of breaking into the Blockchain Tech Startup Gemini coming from a background in medicine.

    He went from joining the Career Karma community, to getting accepted into Lambda School to getting a Software Engineering job in a year!

    Today, he shares with us the many struggles he had to overcome and how Career Karma helped him pave his way to success.

    Career Karma is a community that helps you figure out a road map that is customized to you, your preferences, and your needs. Lambda School is a coding bootcamp that offers a unique pay structure to its students. Find out more about them.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #119: Career Karma Origin Story (by the CEO of Free Code Camp)

    #119: Career Karma Origin Story (by the CEO of Free Code Camp)

    #119: Career Karma Origin Story (by the CEO of Free Code Camp) by Breaking Into Startups

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
246 Ratings

246 Ratings

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Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🔥

Whether you’re well established in the startup ecosystem, or just getting started carving out your niche in the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Artur, Ruben and Timur do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving career in startups, and life you can be proud of - from leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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I’m not quite sure which ads led to my Career Karma and over to this podcast but I am extremely grateful. I’ve been listening nonstop since last night. I’ve been feeling so lost in life regarding my career and next steps. I KNOW I’m worth a million times more than the jobs I’m currently working to scrape by. I can’t wait to bring these visions to life! I’m manifesting that I’ll definitely be on this show speaking on my successes soon. Thank you to the entire team and every single guest that has been on for the immense inspiration!!

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