Scaling with Soul: How I Built and Sold a $25 Million Tech Company Without Being an A**hole

Scaling with Soul: How I Built and Sold a $25 Million Tech Company Without Being an A**hole

by Sharon K. Gillenwater
Scaling with Soul: How I Built and Sold a $25 Million Tech Company Without Being an A**hole

Scaling with Soul: How I Built and Sold a $25 Million Tech Company Without Being an A**hole

by Sharon K. Gillenwater

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Overview

Before Co-founder and CEO Sharon K. Gillenwater exited Boardroom Insiders for 25 million dollars in 2022, she was a kid growing up in the turbulent '70s in sleepy Ocean Beach, California. A voracious reader and deep thinker often at odds with her working-class parents, she was determined to break from her surroundings-though she never thought her dreams would take her to the top of the tech food chain.

In Scaling with Soul, a swashbuckling memoir of resilience on the journey to becoming a CEO, Gillenwater traces her path from waitress to marketer to bootstrapping founder of an industry-leading software company-all despite false starts, sexism and an imploded first startup. In the process, she shares crucial lessons about how ambitious founders can learn to cultivate resilience without losing their soul.

Illuminating the myriad challenges inherent in tech startups and VC funding, and offering advice on how to beat them, Scaling with Soul is also a toolbox of nuts-and-bolts tech wisdom for ambitious founders: on networking, scaling companies, navigating the politics of acquisitions and more.   

Told in a voice guaranteed to galvanize, Gillenwater encourages readers to become tomorrow's leaders today and proves that entrepreneurship is a viable path to financial independence for all, no matter your gender or background.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781964377001
Publisher: Legacy Launch Pad Publishing
Publication date: 05/21/2024
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 738,809
File size: 656 KB

About the Author

Sharon Gillenwater is a SaaS start-up adviser, Inc. 5000 entrepreneur, speaker and author. She is the co-founder of Fidget.com and Boardroom Insiders, where she served as CEO. In 2022, Boardroom Insiders was acquired by Euromoney LLC, leading Gillenwater to a 25 million dollar exit. Gillenwater lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Scaling with Soul is her first book.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Payoff

  1. Blue Collar with a Twist
  2. Jobs and Internships
  3. The Transition to Tech
  4. The Rise and Fall of Fidget
  5. Is That a Polenta in Your Pocket?
  6. From Spaghetti Sauce to Tech Marketing
  7. Full-Time Side Hustle
  8. The Swashbuckler and the Salesman
  9. The Double Sell
  10. Side Hustler No More
  11. BI 2.0
  12. Paying It Forward
  13. Getting Our Tires Kicked
  14. Closing Marathon

Epilogue: The Next Chapter

Notes

Acknowledgments

About the Author

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