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

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Stephanie Lampkin Side Hustle Pro

How did the product of a once homeless single mother become the Founder and CEO of a rising startup? Find out on this week’s episode.

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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Meet the host:

Nicaila Matthews-Okome

Hi! I’m Nicaila, the Creator and Host of the Side Hustle Pro Podcast. I started Side Hustle Pro when I was a side hustler myself. I was a digital marketer at NPR by day, side hustler by night. Through the powerful stories shared on this show and the courage to launch my own initiatives, I was able to quit my own job and go full time with Side Hustle Pro.

201: I QUIT my Job! (REWIND)


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