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Why You Don’t Need To Be A Genius In The Startup World: CEO of Startup Institute Diane Hessan

Creating a community of skilled employees and startups

Diane Hessan is the CEO of Startup Institute, an 8-week program that transforms people into skilled individuals that are ready to take on the workforce. Growing up with family members that never went to college, Diane was able to earn her Bachelor’s at Tufts University and Master’s in Harvard Business School. From there on, she built her first successful startup C-Space (formerly known as Communispace) and eventually found her way to Startup Institute, where she is changing student’s lives everyday by teaching them invaluable skills and life lessons. 

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In this interview, we chat about the inspiration behind Startup Institute, what are her plans for the company in the future, and overcoming the low points in her life.



Quote of the Day

If your IQ is 150, sell 30 points to someone else. You need to be smart, but not a genius. Warren Buffet

3 Lessons from Interview

  1. How Diane was able to save her other company, Communispace (currently called C-Space), from going out of business

  2. How an inner city kid was able to turn his life around after joining Startup Institute

  3. How Diane finds joy in the work that she does

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Getting to Know Diane Hessan

What is a helpful resource for you?

Venmo is an app that lets you make and share payments with friends. Another helpful resource for Diane is Briefme, an app that nets out the top news of the day based on what’s trending on social media.

Who is a helpful person that helped you on your journey?

Her two daughters have really helped keep her head up in her business endeavors.

How to connect with Diane?

Diane’s Twitter @DianeHessan

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