“You transform lives by doing karaoke together, dancing together, living together, working your ass off together, and being really honest with each other.” -Christina Sass
In today’s age we are seeing more and more young people spend massive amounts of money on an education that often leaves them stranded.
Top talent is left undiscovered because most schools focus solely on technical skills of the trade, and neglect to build other skills that are just as important (if not MORE important).
Today’s guest is on a mission to change that.
Christina Sass is the co-founder and COO of Andela, a startup that has been dubbed as harder to get into than Harvard. Andela extends engineering teams with world-class software developers.
They recruit the most talented developers on the African continent, shape them into technical leaders, and place them as full-time distributed team members with companies that range from Microsoft and IBM, to dozens of high-growth startups.
They recently made the news by being the first company to have a fundraising round led by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Do us a favor (because you’re the nice person your grandma says you are):
This episode is full of great stuff including:
- How Andela dismantles the negative stigma that outsourcing developers is a big risk
- A key characteristic that determines drive, and ultimately how successful someone can be (this is overlooked by most companies)
- What Andela is doing to revolutionize the software developing industry (which caught the attention and support of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative)
- The interview process that makes it harder to get accepted to Andela than it is to get into Harvard
- How technology is being leveraged to connect software developers with top companies
- A look at the female presence within the software developing community (and what Andela is doing to change that)
- The top two reasons why women hesitate to pursue careers in technology
- Why it’s important to unlock your creative element (and the impact it has on your quality of life and business)
- How to create a work environment that feels like family (and inspire each other to do their best work)
And don’t forget to check these out:
- Visit Andela’s Website
- Email Christina
- Read About The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
- Listen To Fred Swaniker
- Originals By Adam Grant
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Thanks for listening!
Thanks for joining me for this episode! I really hope you enjoyed it and if you have any feedback, please leave them in the comments here, or on twitter @peterawad and @slowhustle. If you know someone that would benefit from listening, please share it with them.
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A BIG thanks to Christina for taking the time to chat!