Episode 26 - Maelle Gavet, Techstars
Maëlle Gavet is the CEO of the global investment business Techstars, focused on supporting entrepreneurs, and is one of the most well-known startup accelerators around the world. One of the tech industry’s brightest stars, Maëlle has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, and was fifth among Time magazine’s List of the Top 25 ‘Female Techpreneurs’. She has spoken regularly at the leading technology industry events and her writing has appeared in Wired, the Harvard Business Review, the World Economic Forum, Fast Company, and Fortune magazine.
Maëlle shared a wealth of knowledge in this episode! We start off by hearing about how she started her first business at 16, and how the lessons for hiring and motivation she learned then are still used today. We talk about the power of feedback, the moment she realized she became an autocratic leader, and what she did about it. And you might want to listen to this conversation just for her definition of empathy – it may be one of the best I’ve ever heard!