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I interview non-founder/VC/CEO operators that make the startup world go round

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Operators & Delian’s Ramblings Delian Asparouhov

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I interview non-founder/VC/CEO operators that make the startup world go round

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    Operators Ep 23: Nik Koblov (Ramp)

    Operators Ep 23: Nik Koblov (Ramp)

    Nik Koblov is the Head of Risk and Financial Engineering at Ramp.  Prior to joining Ramp, Nik spent three years at Affirm working as the Head of Bank and New Markets Engineering, and 18 years at Goldman Sachs.

    In this episode I talk to Nik about the engineering culture at Goldman and how it set him up well for the startup world, why Affirm’s innovative model was such a breath of fresh air, and what got him so excited about Ramp. He shares about the uniqueness and ambition of Ramp’s holistic approach, how the company works to empower its employees, and some benefits over the past year of being remote.

    I hope you enjoy the show.

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    • 45 min
    Operators Ep 22: Dan Wright (DataRobot)

    Operators Ep 22: Dan Wright (DataRobot)

    At the time we recorded this episode Dan Wright was the President and COO at DataRobot, and was just last week named CEO of the company. Prior to joining DataRobot Dan was the COO (and before that the General Counsel) at AppDynamics.  He also spent two and a half years at Goodwin Law Firm as a technology and venture capitalist lawyer. 

    In this episode I talk to Dan about how lawyers can get involved in the startup world, some of the mentors he leaned on when deciding next steps in his career, and the value of listening when you’re new to a company. He also shares about the importance of building great teams, the partnership dynamics between CEO and COO, and why he believes DataRobot and AI is changing the world.

    I hope you enjoy the show.

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    • 45 min
    Operators Ep 21: Morgan Brown (Shopify)

    Operators Ep 21: Morgan Brown (Shopify)

    Morgan Brown is the VP of Growth at Shopify. Prior to joining Shopify, Morgan was the Director of Product Management at Facebook, COO at Inman News, and Interim Head of Growth at Qualaroo and TrueVault.  He also authored the book, Hacking Growth: How Today’s Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success. 

    In this episode we talk about his experience at FaceBook and why he chose to leave, what his current role at Shopify entails, and why in retrospect he would have started his career off at a large company. He also shares about his college studies in zoology, his success at blogging, and how his approach has always been to outwork everyone else.

    I hope you enjoy the show.

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    • 46 min
    Operators Ep 20: Travis Boyce (Allbirds)

    Operators Ep 20: Travis Boyce (Allbirds)

    Travis Boyce is the Head of Global Retail Operations at Allbirds. He joined as one of the first 10 employees when the company was less than a year old. Prior to joining Allbirds, he worked in operations and finance at Chobani and in investment banking at Morgan Stanley.

    In this episode we talk about the strategy behind Allbirds retail locations, how Covid has affected the shipping process for consumer business, and the importance Allbirds puts on offsetting their carbon emissions. He also shares about how his finance background helped him learn to solve problems, the benefits of generalists in the early days of startups, and why he’s happy he waited for the right opportunity.

    I hope you enjoy the show.

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    • 49 min
    Operators Ep 19: Michal Cieplinski (Pipe)

    Operators Ep 19: Michal Cieplinski (Pipe)

    Michal Cieplinski is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer at Pipe, a financing platform.  Michal joined Pipe nine months ago when the company was less than a year old. Prior to joining Pipe, he was the General Counsel at LendingClub and Fundbox.

    In this episode we talk about Michal’s time being a GC at a public company, how he got involved at Pipe, and launching a company one week before lockdown hit and fundraising completely over zoom. He also shares about his early learnings with venture capital, who he seeks for outside counsel, and why he loves massive amounts of uncertainty.

    I hope you enjoy the show.

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    Operators Ep 18: Chris Degnan (Snowflake)

    Operators Ep 18: Chris Degnan (Snowflake)

    Chris Degnan is the Chief Revenue Officer at Snowflake.  Chris was the first sales hire at Snowflake and has grown his team to over 300 people. Prior to joining Snowflake, Chris worked at Aveksa and Dell EMC for over nine years.  He is also on the board at Clumio. 

    In this episode we talk about the most difficult product he’s had to sell in his career, his secret interview question and what sold him on Snowflake. He also shares about his fear of failure, how realizing he didn’t want his boss’ job prompted him to make a big job change, and the importance of grit.

    I hope you enjoy the show.

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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

BrianR101 ,

Amazing Podcast

Entertaining podcast that is perfect for those wanting to hear more about the operational side of things at high-growth startups.

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Awesome series to learn from

Great podcast. Candid and insightful. Awesome to hear these stories from early stage operators. More please!

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Let’s-a go!

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