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September 8, 2020

Elena Zhizhimontova, Co-Founder and CEO of Spiral

Whether you realize it or not, customer discovery is a never ending process. Elena Zhizhimontova, Co-Founder and CEO of Spiral, says don’t write code without talking to at least 50 customers. Get inspiration from this Ex-Amazon employee on customer discovery and how to know when to start a business.

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September 1, 2020

Prem Kumar, Founder and CEO at Humanly

Introducing Prem Kumar- the founder and CEO of Humanly, a hiring platform that has changed the game for high volume applicant enterprises. Kumar shares how he framed the decision to quit his full time job to launch his startup and the fundamental questions he asked along the way.

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August 18, 2020

Jeff Croft, CRO Kurvv.ai

Jeff Croft, CRO of Kurvv.ai shares his decision making process for leaving a great job at Microsoft to join Kurvv as their Chief Revenue Officer.

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August 12, 2020

Nail Your Customer Discovery – Sean Sternbach

Customer discovery is the first step to validating your startup idea. Sean Sternbach, Co-Founder of Venture Out and former EIR at the Alexa Accelerator, breaks down this process and why customer discovery is a key ingredient to startup success.

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August 4, 2020

Kwame Boler, CEO and Co-founder at Neu

Kwame Boler is the CEO and Co-founder of Neu, as well as an alum of Techstars Seattle. He shares his story about the day he decided to leave Boeing, to go full time on his startup.

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July 21, 2020

Diego Oppenheimer, Founder and CEO at Algorithmia

You’re a PM at Microsoft and your friend calls you with a business idea. Soon you realize you have to make a choice between your startup and your steady job. You are not alone. Diego Oppenheimer, founder and CEO of Algorithmia shares why the opportunity costs of leaving a secure job in tech are low and what helped him along his journey to launch his enterprise.

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July 7, 2020

Brennan Keough, Founding Team Member of Mystery

Brennan Keough worked at Boeing for 2 years when he realized it was time to venture out. Get the inside scoop on how Keough overcame his reservations about launching a startup and the advice he has to share for anyone else contemplating a similar path.

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June 23, 2020

(In)Validating my idea with VO Launch program

How do you know when your business solution is nice-to-have or is a must-have? Customer validation, or in Ganesh Sridharan’s case, customer invalidation. Find out what Sridharan, Director of Engineering at Glossier, gained from completing the Launch Program at Venture Out and why it’s important to get customer validation before building your product.

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June 16, 2020

Trista Taylor, Founder and CEO at Regroup

Every year 2 million people apply to work at Google. For Trista Taylor, now Founder and CEO at Regroup, working at Google was her dream job. Then, one day she left. Read the sound advice Taylor has to offer to other founders looking to make the leap into the startup arena and how connecting with other founders helped her dare to jump.

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June 3, 2020

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter. At Venture Out, we are dedicated to creating a more just world. We stand with you, founders, mentors, sponsors, partners, the Venture Out community. We invite you to read our calls to action and how we can continue to advocate for and support each other.

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