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Ep 8: How to Raise Funding For Your Startup with Stephanie Lampkin, Founder and CEO of Blendoor

July 27, 2016
35 min

How did the product of a once homeless single mother become the Founder and CEO of a rising startup? This week’s guest, Stephanie Lampkin, shares how an influential aunt led her to coding at a young age, setting the stage for her to graduate from Stanford and MIT Sloan.

Later, a surprise rejection from Google would lead her to found Blendoor, a mobile job matching app that hides candidate name and photo to circumvent unconscious bias and facilitate diversity recruiting in tech companies. Blendoor’s goal is to highlight the information that's most relevant to a candidate being a "good fit" independent of race, gender, military history or sexual orientation.

In this this episode, Stephanie breaks down:

  • How she determined what kind of business structure to set up
  • The art of the “pitch”
  • How she approaches pitching on stage vs pitching for investors
  • How to build a team as an early stage company
  • How she keeps the company lean and financially sustains herself as an entrepreneur

Find out about Stephanie’s experience founding not one, but two startups and her journey to Silicon Valley in this episode.

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