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Episode 37

Liz Wessel

I'm the co-founder & ceo of @TheCampusJob. Formerly @Google. I love travel + boardgames.

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Elizabeth Wessel is the co-founder and CEO of Campus Job, the online marketplace for students to find part-time jobs & internships during school. Prior to starting Campus Job, Liz launched a few startups while in college before working for Google on some major campaigns. In June 2014, Liz and her co-founder started Campus Job and raised a seed round in less then a month. They are now part of the W15 cohort at Y Combinator. Liz shares her insights on startups, managing partnerships, and making a difference.

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Liz.
  • Learn more about Campus Job.
  • Learn more about how Liz got into startups, managed to lead some big projects at Google, and the biggest lessons from Y Combinator.

Episode Overview

Elizabeth Wessel is the co-founder and CEO of Campus Job, the online marketplace for students to find part-time jobs & internships during school. Prior to starting Campus Job, Liz launched a few startups while in college before working for Google on some major campaigns.

In June 2014, Liz and her co-founder started Campus Job and raised a seed round in less then a month. They are now part of the W15 cohort at Y Combinator. Liz shares her insights on startups, managing partnerships, and making a difference.


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Liz got started with startups.
  • What motivated her to work for Google and move to India.
  • The biggest lessons from being a part of Y Combinator.
  • 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?

2:28
You interned on Capitol Hill for a congress woman before joining Hillary Clinton’s campaign team as a finance intern in 2007. What was that entire experience like?

4:38
You started a few different startups before Campus Job, typically in the college niche. Can you give us the elevator pitch for PennEats and later UniEats (guessing there was a pivot here)?

9:16
You were accepted to Y Combinator for Campus Job - what was the application process like?

10:48
What were some of the best highlights of the experience?

12:40
In-between startups, you worked at Google managing brand moments and partnerships. What was it like having to help coordinate so many moving parts?

15:00
How did you approach managing these partnerships? Any processes or tips you can share?

20:45
What were some of the biggest lessons you learnt from your time with Google?

21:51
Where do you see the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs? Any technologies or industries that really interest you?

23:40
What apps, books, devices or tools are you obsessed with right now?

25:10
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

Liz on Twitter
Liz on the Web
Campus Job on Twitter
Campus Job on the Web
Google Impact Challenge
Google Elections
Google Zeitgeist 2012
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps & Books

iPhone
Venmo
Campus Job
Uber

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