Kristen Hamilton (2x founder, SVP at Guild) on the value of inquiry, overcoming fear, and honesty in the struggle
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On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with  Kristen Hamilton, co-founder of Onvia and Koru, SVP at Guild, and startup Board member.

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Episode Highlights

  • How she realized that experience matters.
  • Why she was operating from fear and what happened.
  • The real magic of teamwork and recognizing emotions.
  • The questions Kristen asked to get clarity of purpose during her time off.
  • How she found calm and ease in her work.
  • The problem with "swagger" in startup founder.
  • How Kristen is learning from the way Millennials work.
  • The added pressures facing female CEOs and executives.
  • Why achievement for achievement sake can be dangerous.
  • Being who you are versus what other people want.
  • What she learned from helping other CEOs.

Guest Bio

Kristen Hamilton is a technology entrepreneur and CEO with multiple exits and is currently SVP at Guild Education. She is also currently a board director of growth stage companies Top Hat and Aduro, the WTIA’s private health benefits corporation, and is chair of the board of Directors’ Cup Invitational Ski Classic. Kristen co-founded predictive hiring software leader Koru, and was it’s CEO until it was acquired by UK based Capfinity. She previously co-founded e-commerce pioneer Onvia and took it public on NASDAQ. She has served as an executive for large enterprises including Microsoft, where she was head of educator strategy, and World Learning, where she was COO. The primary focus of her career has been driving impact in the technology, talent and education industries. She has a passion for skiing, biking, rowing, and spending time outdoors with her two daughters.

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