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Episode 38

Dorothy Sanders

Co-founder @Maptia. Join our community to explore the world through beautiful stories.

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Dorothy Sanders is the co-founder and CEO of Maptia, a community of amazing stories told by photographers, writers, and adventurers on the the planet. As avid traveler, reader, and scientist, Dorothy and the founding team dreapt of building an ultimate map. Without any prior technical knowledge or education in startups - Dorothy joins us to share how they've built Maptia, completed two accelerator programs, and grown through their community and philosophies.

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Dorothy.
  • Learn more about how Dorothy & the team got into startups.
  • Learn more about how Maptia has evolved through different places, accelerators, and continuing to build a community through pictures.

Episode Overview

Dorothy Sanders is the co-founder and CEO of Maptia, a community of amazing stories told by photographers, writers, and adventurers on the the planet. As avid traveler, reader, and scientist, Dorothy and the founding team dreapt of building an ultimate map.

Without any prior technical knowledge or education in startups - Dorothy joins us to share how they've built Maptia, completed two accelerator programs, and grown through their community and philosophies.


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Dorothy, Jonny, and Dean decided to start Maptia.
  • What motivated them to apply to both Startup Chile & Techstars - and some of the biggest lessons they've learnt from both those programs.
  • How Maptia is centered on thier mission as their approach growth and community.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:38
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

4:30
You previously worked for the United Nations. Tell us more about your work there.

7:20
You’re currently the cofounder, CEO, & designer at Maptia. For those who might not know, what’s Maptia? And how did you come up with the idea?

15:00
The Maptia team is comprised of yourself, Dean, and Jonny. How did the Maptia team meet?

17:50
How did you get into both Startup Chile & Techstars?

33:05
How do you run a startup on the move? How has each location impacted the development of both Maptia and yourselves?

39:53
How do you manage being the CEO and a designer?

46:00
For those who haven’t read the article, what were some of yours and how did you get through them?

49:45
What’s next for Maptia in 2015?

54:56
What apps, books, devices or tools are you obsessed with right now?

56:56
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Dorothy on Twitter
Maptia on Twitter
Maptia on the Web
Ten Things We Believe After 1,000 Days of Building Maptia
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps & Books

Google Sheets
Slack

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