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Hack To Start
Episode 52

Sandi MacPherson

canadian marooned in silicon valley. creator of disruptive innovention.

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Sandi MacPherson is the founder and CEO of Quibb, a social platform that enables you to share what you're reading for work. Sandi has a background in science and non-profit organizations, but realized that she wanted to be in tech. She joins us to share her insights on starting a company, building communities and social platforms for professionals, how she raised money, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Sandi.
  • Learn more about Quibb and what motivated Sandi to start it.
  • Learn more about how Sandi approaches building social tools for professionals.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Sandi MacPherson is the founder and CEO of Quibb, a social platform that enables you to share what you're reading for work.

Sandi has a background in science and non-profit organizations, but realized that she wanted to be in tech. She joins us to share her insights on starting a company, building communities and social platforms for professionals, how she raised money, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • Why Sandi started Quibb.
  • How Sandi transitioned from science to tech - and what she learnt along the way.
  • Sandi's approach to building professional social products.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:42
Where are you from, what did you study and how did your passion for entrepreneurship start?

3:40
How did you transition from an academic background in science to the tech industry?

4:48
While in school, you had an internship in New Zealand - can you tell us a little more about your work there and what was that experience was like?

9:10
You’re currently the founder and CEO of Quibb. So what is Quibb and what motivated you to start it?

11:34
What's unique about growing a social networking product for professionals?

14:52
Just a year ago, Quibb raised 800k as seed round from some pretty awesome investors. What was that process like and do you have any tips on raising a seed round that you’d share with other entrepreneurs?

21:08
What are some of the most important lesson about startups you’ve learnt over the past few years?

23:13
Do you have any hilarious or unbelievable stories that you’d be able to share with us about Quibb or your experience as an entrepreneur?

31:29
Where do you see the biggest opportunities for entrepreneurs? Any technologies or industries that really interest you?

33:28
What apps, devices or tools are you using right now? And are there any books that you are currently reading, or are on your recommendation list?

37:05
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

Sandi on Twitter
Quibb on Twitter
Quibb on the Web
50/50 Pledge
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, & Books

Gmail
Asana
Typeform
Dropbox
Something Ventured
Founders At Work
The Monk And The Riddle

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