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Conversations on Careers and Professional Life, from the Foster School of Business office of MBA Career Management

Host Gregory Heller has conversations with University of Washington and Foster School faculty, staff, alumni, executives, current MBA candidates and other experts relating to career development, planning, and resilience. If you're navigating a career change, pursuing your MBA, or looking to develop a resilient mindset to help you with your job search, this podcast may be for you!

Conversations on Careers and Professional Life Gregory Heller

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    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Conversations on Careers and Professional Life, from the Foster School of Business office of MBA Career Management

Host Gregory Heller has conversations with University of Washington and Foster School faculty, staff, alumni, executives, current MBA candidates and other experts relating to career development, planning, and resilience. If you're navigating a career change, pursuing your MBA, or looking to develop a resilient mindset to help you with your job search, this podcast may be for you!

    Scott Case, Recurrent Co-Founder, Offers Career Advice and Insights (Part 2)

    Scott Case, Recurrent Co-Founder, Offers Career Advice and Insights (Part 2)

    In the second part of the conversation, Scott Case, co-founder and CEO of Recurrent shares his career journey and lessons learned. Scott has worked at small companies, big companies, and started two companies himself. He shares some lessons learned at his first startup, EnergySavvy.
    Scott then offers advice for people looking to enter the clean technology or energy revolution space. He suggests that recent graduates should gain experience by working for a large company in the industry they want to decarbonize, learn about the processes, and then identify high-leverage ways to disrupt the industry through a startup.
    For those who prefer working at a startup right away, Scott recommends finding a small company where they can make a significant impact, learning about the company and how they can add value. He also shares the qualities he looks for when hiring, such as adaptability and a willingness to take on various roles. 
    This episode is made possible in part with support from SNØCAP.vc. 

    • 24 min
    Scott Case, Recurrent Co-Founder, Talks About Used EV Battery Data Transparency (Part 1)

    Scott Case, Recurrent Co-Founder, Talks About Used EV Battery Data Transparency (Part 1)

    Gregory Heller and Jonathan Azoff talk with Scott Case, the co-founder and CEO of Recurrent, a Seattle-based startup that offers independent evaluations of used electric vehicle batteries. Case discusses his journey as a second-time entrepreneur, having previously founded Energy Savvy, a company that helped energy utilities connect with customers for home energy efficiency upgrades.
    Case explains that Recurrent was founded in June 2020 to address the growing need for transparency in the used electric vehicle (EV) market. As more EVs enter the used car market, buyers are increasingly concerned about battery health and range. Recurrent's product aims to provide answers to these questions by analyzing data from connected EVs and comparing it to a large sample of similar vehicles.
    This episode is made possible in part with support from SNØCAP.vc. 

    • 51 min
    Josh Mastromatto, Co-Founder of Waste Diversion Company Rego, Shares Career Advice (Part 2)

    Josh Mastromatto, Co-Founder of Waste Diversion Company Rego, Shares Career Advice (Part 2)

    In the second part of the conversation, Josh Mastromatto, co-founder of Rego, shares insights on how his experience as an athlete has shaped his approach to building a startup. He emphasizes the importance of focusing on what you can control, learning quickly, and surrounding yourself with people who can help you improve. Josh shares what he looks for an values when hiring. As a first-time founder, Josh's biggest learning curve was navigating the fundraising process, and he shares the importance of reaching out to experts, identifying patterns, and continuously acquiring knowledge through books and audiobooks tailored to the current stage of the business. This is part 2 of a conversation with Josh Mastromatto. Find part 1 in the podcast feed.
     

    • 36 min
    Josh Mastromatto, Co-Founder of Rego, Talks About Building A Sustainability Business Diverting Waste With Software (Part 1)

    Josh Mastromatto, Co-Founder of Rego, Talks About Building A Sustainability Business Diverting Waste With Software (Part 1)

    In this episode of "Conversations on Careers in Climate Tech," Gregory Heller and Jonathan Azoff are joined by Josh Mastromatto, co-founder of Rego, a startup addressing waste management in urban apartment buildings during move-out periods. Rego aims to reduce waste by diverting discarded items from landfills to more sustainable destinations where they can be reused. Part 1 of a this two part discussion covers the the inspiration behind the startup, the pivot from their original idea, fundraising and growth. Josh also shares the challenges of being a first-time founder and the support received from accelerators. The episode concludes with insights into Rego's potential growth and impact on sustainability in waste management.

    • 38 min
    Steven Zhang, Founder of ClimateTechList.com Shares Career Advice (Part 2)

    Steven Zhang, Founder of ClimateTechList.com Shares Career Advice (Part 2)

    Gregory Heller and co-host Jonathan Azoff continue their conversation with Steven Zhang, the founder of ClimateTechList.com, a comprehensive job site dedicated to climate technology roles for both technical and non-technical professionals.  
    Gregory, Jonathan and Steven discuss strategies for job seekers aiming to enter the climate tech industry. They talk about Fred Wilson’s “bits versus atoms” framework, emphasize systems thinking, and explore the sector’s diverse roles. The conversation highlights the need for a systematic job search approach, the value of networking, and the importance of aligning personal values with career choices. They also discuss leveraging one’s current position for environmental initiatives and provide resources for job seekers. The episode is a resourceful guide for those looking to make an impact in the climate tech space.
    Also mentioned in this conversation:
    WorkOnClimate.org Project Drawdown’s Climate Solutions At Work / Every Job Is A Climate Job resources This is the second part of a two part conversation. This first part focuses on Steven’s journey to creating ClimateTechList.com. You may want to listen to the first part before this.
    The Conversations on Careers in Climate Tech mini series is made possible in part with support from SNØCAP.vc. 

    • 33 min
    Steven Zhang on founding ClimateTechList.com (Part 1)

    Steven Zhang on founding ClimateTechList.com (Part 1)

    On this episode first episode of the “Conversations on Careers in Climate Tech” mini series, Gregory Heller and co-host Jonathan Azoff speak with Steven Zhang, the founder of ClimateTechList.com, a comprehensive job site dedicated to climate technology roles for both technical and non-technical professionals. 
    We explore what drove Steven to create the listing, the technology behind it, and how he orchestrated his own pivot to working in climate tech. Steven talks about the importance of networking and informational interviews to map out the industry landscape. We cover the complexities of the climate tech job market, where job titles aren’t as standard is in more established industries. 
    This is part 1 of a 2 part conversation. This first part focuses on Steven’s journey to creating ClimateTechList.com. Part 2 includes more advice to jobs seekers.
    The Conversations on Careers in Climate Tech mini series is made possible in part with support from SNØCAP.vc. 

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

MBA Admit ,

One of the best resources for 1st year MBA students!

Greg meets with many second MBA students and alumni who provide much needed insights around recruiting and professional development during the MBA process. His interviews are insightful, and provide each listener with exponential learning opportunities that you would otherwise have to network to get. Highly recommend to all listeners!

thatengineeringguy14 ,

Great conversations for career builders!

Whether or not you have a connection to the UW Foster School, this podcast is worth listening to. Covering a wide range of topics to help give perspective on how you can make the most of your career!

Joel Graves ,

Great Podcast for MBA Students

Gregory does an excellent job presenting helpful tips and resources for all MBA students to use. Must-listen for UW MBA students.

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