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Episode 85

Sarah Adler

cofounder @spoonuniversity, originally from atx, only obvious when I say 'expensive'

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Sarah Adler is the co-founder & CTO of Spoon University, a food community and website for college students. Growing up, Sarah loved graphic design and during university ended up co-founding a startup that would become Spoon University, a worldwide food community and website for college students that is in over 150 campuses. Sarah joins us to share her story, how Spoon University came to be, how she taught herself to design & code, how they got into Techstars, what it was like raising a seed round, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Sarah.
  • Learn more about how Sarah taught herself how to design & code.
  • Learn more about how Sarah helped launch Spoon University.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Sarah Adler is the co-founder & CTO of Spoon University, a food community and website for college students.

Growing up, Sarah loved graphic design and during university ended up co-founding a startup that would become Spoon University, a worldwide food community and website for college students that is present in over 150 campuses.

Sarah joins us to share her story, how Spoon University came to be, how she taught herself to design & code, how they got into Techstars, what it was like raising a seed round, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Sarah taught herself design & development.
  • Why Sarah helped launch Spoon University.
  • What it was like going through TechStars.
  • How Sarah & Mackenzie landed $2.5 in seed funding.
  • 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?

4:24
How did you get into design and coding and how did you approach deepening your skills during school?

6:06
You’re currently the co-founder & CTO of Spoon University, a food community and website for college students. What types of challenges have you had to overcome in building Spoon University?

8:38
Spoon University had raised a bit more than 2.5M in Seed funding. What was this process like for you?

10:03
How did you manage to grow your audience & traffic so quickly to meet those goals? What were some of the tactics you used?

12:18
So as you mentioned, you were recently part of Techstars in NYC. What was the entire process like for you and what were some of the outcomes of the program for you?

14:05
What’s next for Spoon University this year - any areas of focus?

16:28
What’s are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded or used?

18:07
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

19:13
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

Sarah Adler on Twitter
Sarah Adler on the web
Spoon University on Twitter
Spoon University on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Trello
Groove
Gusto
Inbox By Gmail
Netflix Culture Presentation

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