Season 2, Episode 40

Engineered Serendipity


On Deck


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Today’s Guests



In today’s episode I am speaking with three teams from On Deck Build Weekend.

On Deck is where top talent comes to accelerate their ideas and careers, surrounded by a world-class community. (
Sandy Kwon is an experienced GTM strategist and operator for B2B SaaS companies. She’s using her experience working on Enterprise software tools to try and help companies succeed at advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion their workplace.
contact info:, twitter@sandybkwon
(Team Soundboard: Sandy Kwon, Jenn Ko, Sam Wong, Nurasyl Serik, Phillip Chafee, Ashish)

Bilal Tariq: A tinkerer, builder, an adventurous explorer, and an avid reader, amongst many other things. Someone who is on a mission to bring people together, directed by a sense of social responsibility. Always attracted to strange, eccentric, eclectic and innovative things. Have always had an innate philosophical and buoyant attitude towards life, and I do my best to defy conventional thinking. Over the years, I’ve been able to develop a strong notion of who I am and enjoy pursuing ambitious goals.
Contact Info:  Twitter @Beehtrix
(Team Shuffle: Bilal Tariq, Himanshu Sharma, Etan Cohen, Marcus Woxneryd, Sandy Lin)

Paula Hernandez: Paula has ten years of experience working in education, management consulting, and impact investing designing solutions to elevate the voices of women and minorities. Paula has worked as an engagement manager for McKinsey&Company and led strategy at three different social enterprises funded by Acumen and Pearson Affordable Fund. Paula holds an MS in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, and an MBA from The University of Chicago.
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(Team YaYa: Jackie Neumann, Nivi Jayasekar, Paula Hernandez Forero, Amanda, Kyleigh, Carin Watson)

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Sandy Kwon

Bilal Tariq

Kyleigh Smith

Paula Hernandez Forero

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