ENTREPRENEUR - Sep 29 - "I want to be the company that fixes dating in the same way Google fixed search," said Amanda Bradford. She studied information systems at Carnegie Mellon and got her business degree from Stanford. Before launching The League in 2015, she worked in technical roles at Salesforce and Google. Today, her company has raised ~$2.3M in funding and operates in 20 cities, 12 of which launched this year.
Q: What's a book that changed your mind and why?
A: The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan. Reading such a legendary, iconic book over 55 years later made me appreciate just how far women have come in such a short time in gaining equality in the workplace.
Q: What's a book you always recommend?
A: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.
Q: What's a strategy to keep focused?
A: I put white noise on and turn off Slack and only check email once an hour.
Q: What did you learn from the worst boss you ever had?
A: The worst boss I had was never around nor gave me feedback, so I learned how to self-manage and self-grade my own work.
Q: Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?
A: My mom. I've never once heard her say, "I don't know how to do that."
Q: What inspires you?
A: Fixing the problem.
Q: What's the best advice you ever took?
A: Raise more money than you think you need. You will spend it, I promise.
Q: What's the worst piece of advice you ever got?
A: Worrying about getting advisors.
Q: What are you learning now?
A: My biggest new learning has been in recruiting.