"It’s a great place to feel like you’re not alone on what can be the very lonely journey of starting a company."
Elizabeth is the Founder/CEO of Speakeasy, a company offering interactive, online events led by fascinating speakers and performers. The company’s vision is to bring the vibrancy of a university campus to you, wherever you happen to be.
Prior to founding Speakeasy, she was the CMO at Khan Academy, a non-profit educational organization created to provide "a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere". Prior to that, she spent three years as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company. Elizabeth graduated with a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently based in the Bay Area in California.
Why Elizabeth joined ODF:
I joined On Deck because I wanted to be part of a strong community of early-stage founders. I also liked the idea of participating in a defined program with all of the structure and resources OnDeck makes available to founders.
Who On Deck is perfect for:
I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about starting a company. It’s a great place to feel like you’re not alone on what can be the very lonely journey of starting a company.
What she walked away with:
I met an amazing community of people who have become friends and co-supporters. Even though the program was only eight weeks long, I’ve stayed in close contact with many of the people I met during the Fellowship.
Biggest success through On Deck:
People I met through OnDeck introduced me to my lead investor and helped me get the domain for my company (speakeasy.com).
"They understand that organic and iterative connection is where the magic happens."
"There is a general expectation that writing fellowships are very tactical. Those things are valuable, but the humanity of On Deck is what has supported me in my writing life moving forward."