Founder Forward
Founder Forward
Mar 1, 2023
BlueOcean & Cloudflare: Defying Expectations, Radical Prioritization and “Scaling” Culture
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In this episode, BlueOcean Co-Founder Liza Nebel speaks with host Kate Barrett about her journey from the advertising world to starting a brand intelligence company, building a strong foundation to drive rapid growth, and the importance of aligning a team around shared goals. Throughout the conversation, Cloudflare Co-Founder Michelle Zatlyn and NEA’s Scott Sandell reflect on their decade-long journey working together, sharing insights and advice about what it takes to build one of the world's most impactful technology companies. Tune in to find out what inspired Liza and Michelle to become founders, the important lessons they have learned along the way, and their perspectives on often being the only woman in the room.

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