25 episodes

One of the top startup coaches in the world, Alisa Cohn, talks to founders, creators, advisors, investors and builders of all kinds about their insights and experiences in growing from Start-up to Grown-up.

From Start-Up to Grown-Up Alisa Cohn

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

One of the top startup coaches in the world, Alisa Cohn, talks to founders, creators, advisors, investors and builders of all kinds about their insights and experiences in growing from Start-up to Grown-up.

    Episode 24 - Carolyn Childers, Chief

    Episode 24 - Carolyn Childers, Chief

    Carolyn Childers is the CEO and Co-Founder of Chief. She is an experienced leader and operator, having successfully scaled several early-stage businesses. Prior to founding Chief, Carolyn was SVP of Operations at Handy. Previously, Carolyn led the launch of the site Soap.com (Quidsi) and acted as its GM through its acquisition by Amazon. Carolyn also had roles at Victoria’s Secret and Avon Products where she worked on strategy and business development. She started her career in finance where she spent over three years in investment banking at Deutsche Bank. Carolyn has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Finance from Boston College.

    I was able to have such a fun interview with Carolyn live at Collision Conference in Toronto this summer! We cover what it’s like to have a successful career and subsequently, the vulnerability one feels becoming a co-founder and CEO. Carolyn discusses the early days of founding Chief with her co-founder and the breakthrough moment they found after that, what it feels like to have so many people not see your vision, and how she learned to be a leader from her background in sports.
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    For more stories and advice on founders and CEOs, head to alisacohn.com

    • 55 min
    Episode 23 - Scott Belsky, Behance

    Episode 23 - Scott Belsky, Behance

    Scott Belsky is an executive, entrepreneur, author, and investor (and all-around product obsessive). He currently serves as Adobe's Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President, Creative Cloud. Scott's passion is to make the creative world more productive, connected, and adaptive to new technologies. Scott co-founded Behance in 2006, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012. Millions of people use Behance to display their portfolios, as well as track and find top talent across the creative industries. After Behance's acquisition, Scott helped kick off Creative Cloud’s services and reboot Adobe's mobile product strategy and led Behance until 2016, when he spent a few years as an investor and advisor to multiple businesses. 

    Alongside his role at Adobe, Scott actively advises and invests in businesses that cross the intersection of technology and design - and help empower people. He is/was an early advisor and investor in Pinterest, Uber, sweetgreen, Carta, Cheddar, Flexport, Airtable, OpenSea, Ramp, Ro, and Periscope (now part of Twitter) as well as several others in the early stages.
    Scott is also the author of the international bestselling books Making Ideas Happen and The Messy Middle.

    We cover so much ground in this conversation, including how he knows when he can trust an executive, why he sees company culture as an immune system, and why it’s important to extinguish most new ideas.
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    • 44 min
    Episode 22 - Sarah Dorsett, Nanit

    Episode 22 - Sarah Dorsett, Nanit

    Sarah Dorsett is CEO of Nanit, a high-growth baby tech company that supports the new parent journey with products that connect parents to their child’s development through powerful insights that improve the sleep and well-being of the entire family.  Under Dorsett’s leadership, Nanit has been named to Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, and CNBC’s Upstart 100 list of most promising startups. An ecommerce leader with more than two decades of experience scaling retail businesses, Dorsett previously served as Vice President of Ecommerce at Bed Bath & Beyond and held executive roles at Bloomingdales.com, Century 21 Department Stores and Coty. Aside from her corporate responsibilities, Sarah is a mom of three and founder of Parken Jewelry.

    Sarah offered a fortune of valuable advice in this conversation! From stepping into the role of a CEO replacing a founder, sharing what her experience was as a first-time CEO, developing a playbook for leadership and management, building trust, creating white space in her calendar to focus on bigger questions, building situational awareness, and how her role as a parent has helped her become a better CEO.
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    Learn more about Nanit
    For more stories and advice on founders and CEOs, head to alisacohn.com

    • 47 min
    Episode 21 - Alexi Robichaux, BetterUp

    Episode 21 - Alexi Robichaux, BetterUp

    Alexi Robichaux is the Co-Founder and CEO of BetterUp, the first leadership development platform to connect coaching to sustainable behavior change. Prior to BetterUp, Alexi was Director of Product Management at VMware. Alexi is Chairman of Youth Leadership America (YLA), a nonprofit he co-founded in 2003, to foster peer-to-peer leadership development and civic engagement in high school students. YLA has collaborated with leading companies including Disney, Google, and Hilton Hotels to coach and mentor future leaders.
    This episode is chock-full of so many stories! We literally dive right into it, talking about what Navy Seals taught him about running his company, handling a cacophony of pain and misery, why it took him two years to hire a CRO, the frameworks he has in place to scale his business, and the mentors who have helped him learn them.
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    Learn more about BetterUp
    For more stories and advice on founders and CEOs, head to alisacohn.com

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 20 - Oleg Rogynskyy, People.ai

    Episode 20 - Oleg Rogynskyy, People.ai

    Oleg Rogynskyy is the Founder and CEO of People.ai
    I was introduced to Oleg by Robin Matlock, who has also appeared on this podcast! Oleg is an incredibly thoughtful and intentional leader in how he builds his company. In our conversation, we talk about specifics for board management,  why he hires people that are "way out of his league," and his strategy to maintain and grow his extensive network.
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    Learn more about People.ai
    For more stories and advice on founders and CEOs, head to alisacohn.com

    • 51 min
    Episode 19 - Jon Stein, Betterment

    Episode 19 - Jon Stein, Betterment

    Jon Stein is the Founder and Chairman of the Board at Betterment.
    Jon was the first person I interviewed for my book, From Start-Up to Grown-Up! We start at the beginning of his journey that led him to founding Betterment, then discuss how important culture is to the success of the company. Later on, we got into why he stepped down as CEO, and how he would end up finding his successor.
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    Learn more about Jon's company, Betterment, at betterment.com
    For more stories and advice on founders and CEOs, head to alisacohn.com

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Irina Cozma ,

It got my full attention!

In the last 2 weeks, I binged Alisa Cohn's podcast! All the episodes. It was such a treat! Alisa is doing a fantastic job as an interviewer. I like a lot how she catches an (apparently) small detail from what they said and goes deeper! And her recurrent questions are such an equalizer too. The funniest part: I am not a podcast person. I cannot listen to podcasts!! But this one got my full attention!

ryan russ ,

Love this Podcast

As a young founder of a group counseling practice, I have found this to be the most helpful business guide podcast.

Alisa, thanks SO MUCH for this excellent content. Keep it coming.

Can you expand your content to cover skilled professionals such as counselors, attorneys, and/or other service providers?

Keep rocking!

peoplelady ,

Valuable insights and guests - definitely worth the time!

Impressive guests, Excellent topics, well curated questions, relevant discussion that helps you grow as a professional, leader, Executive and all around person.

Alisa is the real deal. This is worth your time.

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