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Tuesday, Mar 12

How to transition from Corporate to Startup Founder + How we got accepted into Y Combinator

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Geneva B.

Applied Math @ Brown

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Date & Time

Tue, March 12, 2024
6:00 PM - 6:40 PM


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About this event


40 minutes

I'm Geneva Bass, a junior at Brown studying Applied Math. I am a tenacious student and professional with proven work ethic and international experience creatively problem-solving for social enterprise, private equity, asset management/research, venture capital, and early-stage startups. I am driven by a rampant curiosity and a data-focused impact orientation. I am an avid reader, fiddler, beekeeper, and advocate for regenerative optic nerve research.


In this live event, I will interview Sarah Hamer and Elle Smyth about how they effectively transitioned from corporate to successful startup founders. We will also discuss their path to Y Combinator (Winter 2024). We will hold a Q&A after the discussion.

Sarah graduated as an industrial engineer from Georgia Tech, was very involved in GT's entrepreneurship community and started her career at Microsoft. After about a year and a half, she realized she missed the fast-paced startup life, and made the switch to Stord – a unicorn supply chain software startup. It was there that she met her co-founder Elle and realized her love for the supply chain industry.

Elle is the Co-Founder of RetailReady, which she started with Sarah Hamer. An engineering graduate from Duke University, she worked at BlackRock and Stord prior to becoming an entrepreneur. She is driven by immense curiosity and a love for solving complex problems in the supply chain industry. 

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