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Oct. 28, 2020

#217: Ruben Harris, CEO at Career Karma, a Community of Peers, Mentors, and Coaches That Will Help You Land a Dream Career in Tech, on Becoming the #1 Destination for Career Advice on the Internet

#217: Ruben Harris, CEO at Career Karma, a Community of Peers, Mentors, and Coaches That Will Help You Land a Dream Career in Tech, on Becoming the #1 Destination for Career Advice on the Internet

Ruben Harris is the Co-Founder & CEO of ( https://careerkarma.com/ ). Career Karma is a community of peers, mentors, and coaches that will help you land a dream career in Tech. You never pay a dime. The only cost is to help people behind you. ...


Ruben Harris is the Co-Founder & CEO of Career Karma ( https://careerkarma.com/ ). Career Karma is a community of peers, mentors, and coaches that will help you land a dream career in Tech. You never pay a dime. The only cost is to help people behind you.

Career Karma is always free for students because after they coach you to prepare and get enrolled in a bootcamp in their network, the school pays them a placement fee for helping you.

Here are some cool investors that have joined them:

Michael Seibel (CEO of Y Combinator), Betsy Ziegler (CEO of 1871), Jewel Burks (CEO of PartPic), Arlan Hamilton (Backstage Capital), Unshackled Ventures, Paul Judge (Tech Square Labs), Prakash Jankiraman (Nextdoor), Justin Rosenstein (Asana), Erik Torenberg, David Phillips (Hackbright), Sten Tamkivi (Skype, Teleport, etc), Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon (Founder Gym), Edward Lando, Kevin Lee (Product Manager HQ), Kevin Olusola (Pentatonix), Anarghya Vardhana, and more

About Our Partner

This episode is also brought to you by Hawke Media. Hawke Media is a full-service Outsourced CMO based in Santa Monica, CA, providing guidance, planning, and execution to grow brands of all sizes, industries, and business models.

Hawke Media was recognized by Inc. as the country’s fastest-growing marketing consultancy and is proudly one of Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work”​, 2019 #893 on the Forbes 5000 list, UpCity Top Los Angeles Digital Marketing Agency. Hawke’s collaborative process, à la carte offering, and month-to-month fee structure give clients the flexibility they need to boost digital revenues and marketing ROI.

Hawke Media The company has serviced over 1500 brands of all sizes, ranging from startups like Tamara Mellon, SiO Beauty and Bottlekeeper to household names like Red Bull, Verizon Wireless and Alibaba.

Listen to our interview with Erik Huberman, Founder and CEO of Hawke Media, in episode 23 of the Just Go Grind Podcast.

Some of the Topics Covered by Ruben Harris in this Episode

  • What Career Karma is and what it's like to work with them
  • How Ruben and his Co-Founders decided to start Career Karma
  • Sending 1,900+ cold emails to break into investment banking and the process behind cold outreach
  • Ruben's experience going through Y Combinator and what he did after getting rejected from YC the first time
  • The importance of not lying to yourself and staying laser-focused
  • Ruben's experience raising funding in the seed round for Career Karma
  • What's fueled the growth in the last year (2020)
  • Why user-generated content has been a key driver for Career Karma
  • How Ruben and his team approach partnerships at Career Karma and what they look for in coding bootcamps
  • How Ruben and his team manage so many different relationships
  • The business model behind Career Karma
  • How Career Karma will become a $100B company
  • What Ruben and his team are doing with Reskill America
  • The book Ruben is reading right now

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