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Seth Winterroth (Partner at Eclipse VC)
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Seth Winterroth, Partner at Eclipse VC. Seth and I met just over a year ago now when he came to WashU and Anton Salem and I tracked him down to get drinks after the career fair. Ever since that day his story and words of wisdom have stuck with me and I hope they do the same for you in this interview. Seth Winterroth attended Claremont McKenna, and after a year of traveling post-grad got started at GE, then GE Ventures, and later Eclipse, where he has made various deals in hardware and robotics.
In this episode, we chat about:
-Seth’s fascinating story
-Pursuing your passions
-How to optimize time with mentors
-Importance of mental health
Barak Kaufman (CEO & co-founder of Intello (recently acquired by SailPoint))
Hey everyone! Welcome back for a new Edition of The Takeoff Podcast.
Today's episode is with Barak Kaufman, co-founder & CEO of Intello, a SaaS management startup that he co-founded in 2017 and recently sold to identity security leader SailPoint ($5b market cap). If you want to learn more about the SaaS management space as a whole, check out my deep dive from earlier this year.
Before starting Intello, Barak was an Investor at leading growth equity / VC firm Insight Partners. He earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan Ross.
I hope you enjoy the episode! Reach out if you have any questions.
- Michael (@mspiro3)
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Sara Mauskopf (Co-founder & CEO of Winnie)
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Sara Mauskopf (@sm) is co-founder & CEO of Winnie, the leading marketplace for child care. To date, Winnie has raised over $15M from investors including Rethink Impact, Reach Capital, Afore Capital, Homebrew, and Ludlow Ventures, among others.
Prior to founding Winnie, Sara was Director of Product at Postmates. Before that, she spent a number of years at Google, YouTube, and Twitter.
In this episode, you will learn about:
What Winnie is and the company’s mission.
How Winnie approaches content moderation on its platform.
PM v. CEO.
Hiring great talent.
Advice for aspiring female founders and why female founders often have more sustainable businesses.
Joining a big company v. a small company.
The importance of relationships.
Advice for aspiring founders
If you want to learn more about Winnie, head over to https://winnie.com/ and follow their journey on Twitter @winnie. Likewise, you can find Sara on Twitter @sm.
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That’s all from me. I hope you enjoy the episode!
- Michael (@mspiro3)
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Dave Fano (Co-founder & CEO of Teal)
Michael here 👋. Welcome back to a new Edition of The Takeoff Podcast. Today’s episode guest is Dave Fano, Co-founder & CEO of Teal.
Teal is “an online community and digital platform that enables professionals working in the tech industry to grow their careers with confidence.” Today, the Teal community has over 3,000 individuals from leading tech companies such as Peloton, Facebook, Asana, and many more. Teal has raised over $5M to date from investors including Flybridge, Lerer Hippeau, Aleph, Alpaca, and Oceans (thanks for the intro, Joshua Rahn!).
If you are currently looking for a job / internship, I highly recommend heading over to https://www.tealhq.com/ and at least adding the Teal Job Tracker Chrome Extension to your browser (it’s free!).
Prior to founding Teal, Dave spent almost 4 years at WeWork, where he held positions including Chief Product Officer and Chief Growth Officer (keep in mind, this was peak hyper-growth at WeWork). Before WeWork, Dave was Partner & Managing Director at CASE Design, an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, and CEO of WHObyYOU.
In today’s episode, Dave and I dive into:
How Teal helps people take control of their careers.
What it was like in the earliest days of Teal.
Being obsessed with the problem you’re solving.
Building a “Peloton for your career.”
The importance of having a growth mindset.
Mayor Francis Suarez and the future of the Miami tech scene.
Item’s mentioned in the episode:
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
Why I Believe in Growth Mindset by Pedro Franceschi
That’s all from me. I hope you enjoy the episode! You can find me on Twitter @mspiro3.
Jim McKelvey (Co-founder of Square, Founder of Invisibly, Author of "The Innovation Stack") on starting Square with Jack Dorsey, how Square fought off Amazon, & his new book ("The Innovation Stack")
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Welcome back for a new episode of The Takeoff Podcast!
This is our first-ever podcast collab. Who’d we collab with? The Seed -- The Startup Journey, a podcast hosted by fellow WashU undergrad Rick Liu.
Let’s get into the episode itself…
Today’s episode is with WashU alum, billionaire philanthropist, and author of The Innovation Stack, Jim McKelvey. Jim is best known for being the co-founder of Square, which he co-founded with Jack Dorsey in 2009.
Moderator: Roshan and Rick (The Seed)
In today’s episode, Roshan, Rick (The Seed), and Jim discuss:
How Square survived against Amazon (quick note: if you’re a truly innovative company, Jim suggests it may actually make sense to “ignore your competition”)
What it means to be an entrepreneur, versus a businessperson
Jim’s new book, The Innovation Stack
The most important skills for founders
Jim’s passion for Glassblowing
And, much more.
This was an incredibly special episode for us given Jim’s connection to WashU.
We hope you enjoy the listen and, as always, be sure to follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our Substack newsletter to have all future content sent directly to your inbox.
Items mentioned in today’s episode:
Jim’s book, The Innovation Stack
Rick’s podcast, The Seed -- The Startup Journey
Jim’s favorite book: Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr. Kassler, J.S.P.S.
Eric Glyman (Co-founder & CEO at Ramp) on building a corporate card that helps businesses spend less, advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, and more.
Eric Glyman (@eglyman) is Co-Founder & CEO at Ramp, the spend management platform and corporate card that helps businesses automate accounting and lower costs. Ramp has raised over $55M in funding to date from notable investors including D1 Capital, Coatue, and Founders Fund.
Prior to founding Ramp, Eric was Co-Founder & CEO at Paribus. With Paribus, Eric went through Y Combinator and later sold the business to Capital One.
In the episode, Eric joins The Takeoff’s Michael Spiro to discuss:
What Ramp is and how it differentiates from other corporate cards, particularly why it wouldn’t make sense for traditional corporate cards to incentivize customers to spend less.
His experience building Paribus, going through YC, and selling the business.
The importance of listening to customers and being customer-centric.
The future of Silicon Valley.
Want to get involved with Ramp? Check out their Careers page here.
Items mentioned in the episode:
Packy McCormick’s Not Boring post on Ramp: https://notboring.substack.com/p/ramp-the-card-sized-finance-team
Wooden on Leadership
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