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Episode 67

Poornima Vijayashanker

Founder of @Femgineer. Yogini + Runner. Previously @mint founding engineer.

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Poornima Vijayashanker is the founder of Femgineer, an education company for forward-thinking tech professionals who are interested in entrepreneurship and leadership. Poornima was previously the founding engineer of Mint.com and then transitioned to a founding role with her first startup BizeeBee. She was then an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at 500 Startups. Poornima joins us to share her story as a founder, what it was like transitioning from an engineering role to a founder, how to raise money, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Poornima.
  • Learn more about Femgineer.
  • Learn more about how Poornima transitioned from an engineer to a founder.
  • Learn what it was like to be an Entrepreneur In Residence at 500 Startups.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Poornima Vijayashanker is the founder of Femgineer, an education company for forward-thinking tech professionals who are interested in entrepreneurship and leadership.

Poornima was previously the founding engineer of Mint.com and then transitioned to a founding role with her first startup BizeeBee. She was then an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at 500 Startups.

Poornima joins us to share her story as a founder, what it was like transitioning from an engineering role to a founder, how to raise money, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Poornima got into startups.
  • How Poornima transitioned from an engineer to a founder.
  • Learn what it was like to be an Entrepreneur In Residence at 500 Startups.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:34
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

4:58
How did you transition from engineering into entrepreneurship & startups?

14:24
You were previously the Entrepreneur in Residence at 500 startups. What is 500 startups and how did you end up joining the team there?

16:28
You’ve seen lots of pitches and candidates applying to be part of 500. What advice would you give to entrepreneurs and future applications looking to get in (not only to 500, but other accelerators as well)?

21:24
You’ve also helped startups prepare to raise capital but generally, what’s your recommended approach and what insights can you share with others?

29:12
You’re currently the founder of Femgineer. For those who might not know, what is Femgineer and what motivated you to start it?

31:14
What distribution channels have you used to help grow the Femgineer brand and reach women who are interested in tech and entrepreneurship?

32:45
What’s next for you and Femgineer?

33:43
What’s are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded or used?

35:55
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

37:17
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

Poornima on Twitter
Femgineer on Twitter
Femgineer on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, & Books

WhatsApp
TripAdvisor
Kindle
Instagram
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