I spoke with Courtney Duffy, Head of Creator Policy Engagement at Patreon, a global creator-founded membership platform and pioneer of the creator economy.

A creative and interdisciplinary person at her core, Courtney’s center of gravity has always sat at the nexus of innovation and impact. In her early career, she…


I spoke with Faryl Ury, director of communications at Aurora, a company on a mission to deliver the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly.

Faryl has spent her career telling the stories of top brands. She has always enjoyed connecting with people, asking interesting questions, and telling compelling…


I spoke with Warren Hogarth, co-founder and CEO of Empower, a high growth financial technology startup on a mission to improve the financial well-being of today’s generation.

Warren immigrated to the US from Australia. He was fortunate and grateful to be educated and financially savvy when he came to the…


I spoke with Joseph Sanborn, SVP of Corporate Development and Strategy at EverQuote, a leading online insurance marketplace, connecting consumers with insurance providers, which is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.

Joseph completed his bachelor’s degree at Georgetown and worked at the White House after graduation. There, he met a Harvard Kennedy…


I spoke with Samita Mannapperuma, SVP of Strategy and Business Development for Television and Streaming at NBCUniversal.

Samita has always been a big sports and entertainment fan. After graduating from Harvard, she went into investment banking at Goldman Sachs working in the technology, media, and telecommunications group focused mostly on…


Last year, I left VC to become an operator again. I reflected on what I was most surprised and challenged by and what I took away:

From external to internal work

In VC, especially at a high volume seed fund (an early stage fund that made tons of investments each…


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I spoke with Hannah Yang, Chief Growth Officer at The New York Times. Hannah moved to the US from Korea when she was 9 years old. As an immigrant, she grew up hearing only about the most traditional career paths of doctors, lawyers, and engineers. …


I spoke with Nora Staebler, Senior Vice President of Global Digital at PIMCO. After graduating business school, Nora joined Campbell Soup. At that time, the internet was just emerging, so Nora was a part of the group at Campbell Soup that first thought about how to leverage the internet for…


I spoke with Nick Hotchkin, Chief Operating Officer at WW (formerly Weight Watchers). WW is a direct to consumer digital subscription company powered by the world’s leading weight loss program and platform. Since its founding 58 years ago, WW has transitioned into a digital first company (WW has over 400…


I spoke with Russ Heddleston, co-founder and former CEO of DocSend and now head of commercial for DocSend at Dropbox. In March of 2021, Dropbox acquired DocSend for $165 million.

Russ grew up in South Dakota and studied computer science at Stanford where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees…

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