Nicole Centeno – Splendid Spoon

As a biology major at BC, Nicole Centeno spent countless hours in the biochemistry lab, spurring her interest in finding a more nutritious alternative to contemporary eating habits. In 2011, she created the Splendid Spoon meal program “to be a self-care package during the week, so that the minds and bodies of her customers can feel stronger, more peaceful, and more resilient during the ups and downs of a busy, modern life.” Listen to the episode here.

Episode edited by George Elliot CSOM ’21.

 

Pat Grady – Sequoia Capital

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After graduating from Boston College in 2004, Pat Grady went to work at Summit Partners. While he was there, he was recruited by Sequoia Capital, a reputable venture capital firm that has invested in companies like Apple, Airbnb, YouTube, and Google. Pat has been at Sequoia for over 12 years, and as a partner on the growth team, he helps both young and established portfolio companies develop into strong, impactful businesses. Additionally, Pat sits on the board of a number of companies like Zoom and Drift. Listen to the episode here.

Bill Clerico – WePay

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In 2008, Bill Clerico and Rich Aberman found themselves struggling to find an easy way to split the cost of a ski rental house. This prompted the creation of WePay, initially formed to provide a safe and secure online payment processing platform for peer-to-peer transactions. The company soon pivoted to become an enterprise payment platform for crowdfunding sites, marketplaces, small business software companies, and more. In this episode, we hear from Bill Clerico, Co-founder & CEO of WePay, on how he helped grow his company from its roots as a Y Combinator startup to its acquisition by JPMorgan Chase in a deal estimated to be worth up to $400M. Listen to the episode here.

Justin Robinson – Drizly

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Justin Robinson and Nick Rellas looked around at various food delivery services and wondered why alcohol delivery wasn’t available. The pair set off to solve the problem and created Drizly, an alcohol e-commerce platform. The company has raised over $35 million in funding and serves customers in over 70 cities across the U.S. and Canada. Listen to episode here.

Tom Coburn – Jebbit

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Tom Coburn and Jonathan Lacoste discovered that companies received inaccurate and incomplete customer data from mobile ads. The duo built Jebbit, the world’s first declared data platform that captures critical insights for enterprise mobile ads. The company has raised over $10 million in funding and helps customers such as The Boston Globe and Houston Rockets communicate with and understand their audiences. Listen to episode here.