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Famous Failures

Apr 9, 2019

Sahil Lavingia is the founder and CEO of Gumroad, a web platform where creators can sell products directly to consumers with quick, simple links. Sahil was the second-ever employee at Pinterest before starting Gumroad with the goal of making it a billion-dollar company. Gumroad got off to an explosive start, but it...


Mar 26, 2019

Julie Zhuo is the Vice President of Product Design at Facebook. As one of Silicon Valley's top product design executives, she leads the teams behind some of the most popular web and mobile services used by billions of people around the world. She writes about technology, design, and leadership on her popular blog The...


Mar 12, 2019

Amy Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School.  She is best known for her pioneering work on psychological safety and failure. The topic recently gained widespread popular attention after a February 2016 New York Times Magazine article described psychological safety...



Feb 12, 2019

Maren Kate Donovan is an entrepreneur and writer. Her first venture-backed startup, Zirtual, grew to over 400 employees before she turned 30, but then, due to the perfect storm of missteps, was forced to shut down overnight. She now uses her unique experiences as Managing Partner at AVRA, a firm dedicated to creating a...