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Sept. 13, 2020

#172: Stephanie Lampkin, Fortune 40 under 40, and Founder & CEO of Blendoor, an Inclusive Recruiting & People Analytics Software, on Building Bridges, Prioritizing Corporate DE&I, and the Challenges of Fundraising as a WOC

#172: Stephanie Lampkin, Fortune 40 under 40, and Founder & CEO of Blendoor, an Inclusive Recruiting & People Analytics Software, on Building Bridges, Prioritizing Corporate DE&I, and the Challenges of Fundraising as a WOC

Stephanie Lampkin is the founder and CEO of , an AI and people analytics platform that helps companies hire and retain a diverse workforce by mitigating unconscious bias and leveraging big data and analytics to drive more meritocratic decision-making....


Stephanie Lampkin is the founder and CEO of Blendoor, an AI and people analytics platform that helps companies hire and retain a diverse workforce by mitigating unconscious bias and leveraging big data and analytics to drive more meritocratic decision-making. Candidates are sourced from hundreds of strategic partners & universities and presented to recruiters without name, photo or dates. Then, Blendoor integrates with a company’s HR systems to track candidates based on demographics to identify where & how bias happens; this transparency drives accountability within orgs, teams, and even individual hiring managers. In addition to measuring bias, Blendoor provides metrics that demonstrate the ROI of diversity & inclusion initiatives. With data & AI, they aim to move the discussion from social good to business intelligent.

Stephanie has had a 15 year career in the tech industry founding two startups and working in technical roles at Lockheed, Microsoft, and TripAdvisor. She holds a BS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from MIT.

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Some of the Topics Covered by Stephanie Lampkin in this Episode

  • How Stephanie taught herself coding at age 13
  • What Blendoor is and what led Stephanie to found it
  • Stephanie's original vision for Blendoor and how it has pivoted and evolved into what it is today
  • How Stephanie created the idea at a hackathon
  • How Stephanie approaches customer acquisition
  • The early fundraising process for Blendoor and what she learned from it
  • The importance of relationship building
  • Product development as an AI SaaS B2B company
  • How Stephanie has defined her ideal customers and approached sales
  • Stephanie's move to Silicon Valley
  • Leveraging press and PR for sales
  • Building out the team for Blendoor
  • How Blendoor sources diverse talent
  • How Stephanie approaches partnerships for Blendoor
  • Identifying and onboarding clients that are ready to work with Blendoor
  • The importance of DE&I and getting companies to prioritize it
  • The challenge of fundraising as a black woman
  • The business model for Blendoor
  • The big vision for Blendoor
  • Stephanie's advice for entrepreneurs
  • How Stephanie recharges away from work
  • Stephanie's book recommendations
  • Stephanie's entrepreneurial experience founding Hoowenware prior to Blendoor
  • Deciding to get an MBA
  • How to get involved with Blendoor

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