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FOUNDER/CEO - EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY COMPANY: Everyone Needs A Fundamental Understanding Of Technology

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Parul is the CEO and founder of Gradeable, an education technology startup. She spends her typical day developing their product and its roadmap, meeting with developers and investors, and pitching her company while networking. To arrive at this point in her career, she has worked as a computer programmer, worked with startups, and studied business. She advises that entrepreneurship requires you to enjoy variety in what you do because you have to constantly change and be responsive to every moment.

Degree: Government - Business
Job Title: Founder/CEO of Gradeable
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Entrepreneurs

Job Description

Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. An entrepreneur sees an opportunity and exercises initiative by organizing a venture to turn an idea into reality. An entrepreneur is often seen as a business leader and innovator of new ideas and business processes.

On-the-Job Training

No

Additional Info

Entrepreneurship is defined by risks and rewards. Most people who become entrepreneurs are more comfortable with risks; prefer unstructured working and learning environments and collaborating with small team of people.

Quick Facts

Average salary
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$0 - $200,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
Not applicable
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Remote, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Problem solving skills, Creativity, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, Teamwork, People skills, Public speaking ability, Networking, Adventurous, Organizational skills, Courageous

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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My</span> <span m='560'>name is</span> <span m='910'>Parul</span> <span m='1160'>Singh.</span> <span m='1490'>I'm</span> <span m='1790'>the</span> <span m='2029'>CEO</span> <span m='2610'>and</span> <span m='2730'>founder</span> <span m='3140'>of</span> <span m='3440'>Gradeable,</span> <span m='4059'>which</span> <span m='4460'>is an</span> <span m='4650'>ed</span> <span m='5105'>tech</span> <span m='5560'>startup</span> <span m='6015'>based</span> <span m='6470'>in</span> <span m='6925'>Boston.</span> </p><p><span m='11870'>On</span> <span m='12090'>a</span> <span m='12130'>daily</span> <span m='12340'>basis,</span> <span m='12770'>my</span> <span m='12790'>life</span> <span m='12970'>is</span> <span m='13080'>very</span> <span m='13360'>varied.</span> <span m='15920'>If</span> <span m='16030'>I</span> <span m='16120'>take</span> <span m='16780'>last</span> <span m='17190'>Thursday</span> <span m='17620'>as</span> <span m='17810'>an</span> <span m='17860'>example,</span> <span m='18850'>I</span> <span m='18940'>spent</span> <span m='19450'>time</span> <span m='19660'>in</span> <span m='19720'>the</span> <span m='19790'>morning</span> <span m='20370'>writing</span> <span m='20790'>some</span> <span m='21460'>emails to</span> <span m='21850'>someone,</span> <span m='23060'>then</span> <span m='23190'>I</span> <span m='23250'>spent</span> <span m='23610'>some</span> <span m='23710'>time</span> <span m='23910'>with</span> <span m='24030'>my</span> <span m='24150'>team</span> <span m='24630'>looking</span> <span m='24910'>at</span> <span m='24990'>our</span> <span m='25070'>product</span> <span m='25420'>roadmap,</span> <span m='26450'>then</span> <span m='26610'>I</span> <span m='27250'>did</span> <span m='27430'>an</span> <span m='27590'>hour</span> <span m='27970'>of</span> <span m='28070'>calls</span> <span m='28430'>with the</span> <span m='28580'>developer,</span> <span m='29550'>then I</span> <span m='29860'>did</span> <span m='30140'>some</span> <span m='30575'>interviews,</span> <span m='31450'>then I met</span> <span m='31570'>with a</span> <span m='31780'>potential</span> <span m='32130'>investor,</span> <span m='33710'>and</span> <span m='33850'>then</span> <span m='33970'>I</span> <span m='34030'>went</span> <span m='34210'>to</span> <span m='34330'>an</span> <span m='34400'>event</span> <span m='34980'>where</span> <span m='35450'>I</span> <span m='35540'>had</span> <span m='35780'>to</span> <span m='36320'>pitch my</span> <span m='36540'>company</span> <span m='37110'>and</span> <span m='37350'>talk</span> <span m='37740'>and</span> <span m='37880'>network</span> <span m='38150'>with the people.</span> </p><p><span m='39270'>So</span> <span m='40590'>that's</span> <span m='40890'>a</span> <span m='40950'>pretty</span> <span m='41250'>typical</span> <span m='41640'>day.</span> <span m='42310'>You</span> <span m='42400'>can</span> <span m='42560'>see</span> <span m='42730'>that</span> <span m='43610'>my role</span> <span m='44110'>spans</span> <span m='44890'>about</span> <span m='45340'>five</span> <span m='45970'>different</span> <span m='46220'>things</span> <span m='46640'>on</span> <span m='46810'>a</span> <span m='46860'>regular</span> <span m='47170'>basis,</span> <span m='49076'>but</span> <span m='49520'>that's</span> <span m='49860'>pretty</span> <span m='50130'>much</span> <span m='50330'>par for the</span> <span m='50570'>course.</span> <span m='51250'>So</span> <span m='51590'>if</span> <span m='51740'>you</span> <span m='51860'>don't</span> <span m='52110'>like</span> <span m='52310'>variety,</span> <span m='53550'>if</span> <span m='53800'>you're</span> <span m='53910'>not</span> <span m='54190'>willing</span> <span m='54410'>to</span> <span m='54500'>kind</span> <span m='54710'>of</span> <span m='55040'>change</span> <span m='55890'>what</span> <span m='56070'>you're</span> <span m='56160'>doing</span> <span m='56430'>all</span> <span m='56530'>the</span> <span m='56630'>time</span> <span m='57060'>and</span> <span m='57300'>be</span> <span m='57430'>responsive</span> <span m='58130'>every</span> <span m='58430'>moment,</span> <span m='59500'>being</span> <span m='59890'>an</span> <span m='59980'>entrepreneur</span> <span m='60340'>is probably</span> <span m='60720'>not</span> <span m='60860'>for</span> <span m='60950'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='62530'>So</span> <span m='64200'>I</span> <span m='64330'>think</span> <span m='64879'>a</span> <span m='64980'>lot</span> <span m='65180'>of</span> <span m='65280'>entrepreneurs</span> <span m='65770'>would</span> <span m='65900'>say</span> <span m='66110'>that</span> <span m='66340'>their</span> <span m='66880'>career</span> <span m='67400'>path</span> <span m='67820'>was</span> <span m='67970'>somewhat</span> <span m='68725'>surquedous,</span> <span m='69610'>and mine</span> <span m='69720'>certainly was,</span> <span m='70070'>as</span> <span m='70280'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='73370'>I</span> <span m='73480'>went</span> <span m='73830'>to</span> <span m='74340'>Harvard</span> <span m='74780'>undergrad</span> <span m='75390'>and</span> <span m='75400'>I</span> <span m='75450'>was</span> <span m='75570'>studying</span> <span m='75940'>government.</span> <span m='76890'>And</span> <span m='77060'>I was</span> <span m='77480'>pretty</span> <span m='78050'>much</span> <span m='78360'>dead-certain</span> <span m='78900'>that</span> <span m='79020'>I</span> <span m='79080'>wanted</span> <span m='79300'>to</span> <span m='79370'>be</span> <span m='79490'>a</span> <span m='79550'>lawyer.</span> <span m='80380'>But</span> <span m='80580'>then</span> <span m='80730'>I</span> <span m='80810'>explored</span> <span m='81250'>that</span> <span m='81450'>further,</span> <span m='81725'>and I</span> <span m='82000'>realized</span> <span m='82330'>it</span> <span m='82410'>wasn't</span> <span m='82710'>for</span> <span m='82830'>me</span> <span m='83180'>and</span> <span m='83390'>that I</span> <span m='83450'>really</span> <span m='83720'>loved</span> <span m='84440'>managing</span> <span m='84755'>big</span> <span m='85070'>projects.</span> </p><p><span m='86750'>And</span> <span m='86910'>I</span> <span m='87000'>learned</span> <span m='87300'>how</span> <span m='87370'>to</span> <span m='87480'>code</span> <span m='87760'>in</span> <span m='87840'>high</span> <span m='87990'>school.</span> <span m='89600'>And</span> <span m='90730'>there was</span> <span m='91010'>so</span> <span m='91350'>much</span> <span m='91520'>technology</span> <span m='91970'>going</span> <span m='92240'>on</span> <span m='92440'>that</span> <span m='92580'>I</span> <span m='92650'>basically</span> <span m='93020'>decided</span> <span m='93390'>to</span> <span m='93490'>explore</span> <span m='93850'>that</span> <span m='94145'>as</span> <span m='94440'>a</span> <span m='94853'>career path.</span> <span m='95680'>So</span> <span m='95980'>I</span> <span m='96110'>worked</span> <span m='96430'>as</span> <span m='96490'>a</span> <span m='96550'>programmer</span> <span m='97270'>for</span> <span m='97600'>five</span> <span m='97840'>years,</span> <span m='99020'>and</span> <span m='99880'>after</span> <span m='100190'>a</span> <span m='100260'>while</span> <span m='100630'>started</span> <span m='100970'>to</span> <span m='101050'>get</span> <span m='101220'>kind</span> <span m='101390'>of</span> <span m='101460'>bored</span> <span m='101680'>with</span> <span m='101840'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='102650'>I</span> <span m='102730'>felt</span> <span m='103260'>that</span> <span m='103970'>I</span> <span m='104120'>was</span> <span m='104800'>doing</span> <span m='105080'>all</span> <span m='105160'>these</span> <span m='105340'>projects</span> <span m='106020'>and</span> <span m='106410'>other</span> <span m='106600'>people</span> <span m='106840'>were</span> <span m='106970'>getting</span> <span m='107220'>to</span> <span m='107330'>decide</span> <span m='107760'>why</span> <span m='108440'>and what we</span> <span m='108520'>should</span> <span m='108680'>work</span> <span m='108900'>on.</span> <span m='109480'>So</span> <span m='109630'>I</span> <span m='109690'>moved</span> <span m='109970'>over</span> <span m='110140'>to</span> <span m='110230'>the</span> <span m='110340'>business</span> <span m='110710'>side,</span> <span m='111900'>and</span> <span m='112070'>I</span> <span m='112140'>became</span> <span m='112390'>a</span> <span m='112450'>project</span> <span m='112850'>manager</span> <span m='113280'>and</span> <span m='113410'>then I became</span> <span m='113820'>a</span> <span m='113870'>product</span> <span m='114400'>manager.</span> </p><p><span m='115720'>I</span> <span m='115830'>got</span> <span m='115960'>to</span> <span m='116050'>work</span> <span m='116200'>at</span> <span m='116350'>some</span> <span m='116410'>really</span> <span m='116650'>cool</span> <span m='116830'>places,</span> <span m='117380'>like</span> <span m='117560'>some big</span> <span m='117900'>magazines</span> <span m='118780'>and</span> <span m='119190'>the</span> <span m='119380'><i>New York Times,</i></span> <span m='120600'>and</span> <span m='120750'>then</span> <span m='120870'>I</span> <span m='120910'>decided</span> <span m='121370'>I</span> <span m='121410'>wanted</span> <span m='121680'>to</span> <span m='121770'>try</span> <span m='121980'>a smaller</span> <span m='122290'>companies.</span> <span m='122890'>So I went</span> <span m='123070'>and I worked</span> <span m='123390'>for a</span> <span m='123690'>startup.</span> </p><p><span m='125410'>And</span> <span m='125880'>while</span> <span m='126070'>I</span> <span m='126140'>was</span> <span m='126310'>there,</span> <span m='126620'>I</span> <span m='126680'>realized--</span> <span m='127590'>I</span> <span m='127660'>actually</span> <span m='128030'>joined</span> <span m='129280'>a</span> <span m='129350'>startup</span> <span m='130190'>fellowship</span> <span m='130680'>program.</span> <span m='132080'>And</span> <span m='132480'>I</span> <span m='132560'>got to</span> <span m='132740'>hear</span> <span m='133020'>a</span> <span m='133100'>lot</span> <span m='133270'>of</span> <span m='133370'>entrepreneurs</span> <span m='133810'>come in and</span> <span m='134230'>speak.</span> <span m='134810'>And</span> <span m='135200'>I</span> <span m='135300'>just</span> <span m='135600'>realized</span> <span m='136030'>that</span> <span m='136450'>that</span> <span m='136750'>joy of</span> <span m='137180'>kind</span> <span m='137380'>of</span> <span m='137470'>creating</span> <span m='137760'>something</span> <span m='138140'>new</span> <span m='139050'>was</span> <span m='139900'>exactly</span> <span m='140266'>me,</span> <span m='141000'>and it was</span> <span m='141070'>sort</span> <span m='141270'>of</span> <span m='141400'>like</span> <span m='141660'>missing</span> <span m='142150'>thing</span> <span m='142320'>that</span> <span m='142470'>I'd</span> <span m='142710'>looking</span> <span m='143170'>for</span> <span m='143420'>all</span> <span m='143660'>along.</span> </p><p><span m='144620'>So</span> <span m='145740'>I</span> <span m='146210'>decided</span> <span m='146620'>that</span> <span m='146740'>I</span> <span m='146790'>would</span> <span m='146980'>like</span> <span m='147210'>spend</span> <span m='147480'>some</span> <span m='147590'>time</span> <span m='148090'>really</span> <span m='148290'>trying</span> <span m='148540'>to</span> <span m='149070'>decide</span> <span m='149510'>what</span> <span m='149820'>idea</span> <span m='150220'>I</span> <span m='150280'>wanted</span> <span m='150470'>to</span> <span m='150620'>work</span> <span m='150920'>on.</span> <span m='152020'>I</span> <span m='152140'>went</span> <span m='152290'>back</span> <span m='152460'>to</span> <span m='152570'>business</span> <span m='152820'>school</span> <span m='153170'>and</span> <span m='153270'>I</span> <span m='153320'>got</span> <span m='153560'>an</span> <span m='153660'>MBA</span> <span m='154320'>at</span> <span m='154610'>MIT,</span> <span m='155710'>and</span> <span m='156100'>while</span> <span m='156260'>I</span> <span m='156340'>was</span> <span m='156500'>there,</span> <span m='156770'>I</span> <span m='156820'>started</span> <span m='157140'>working</span> <span m='157480'>on</span> <span m='157560'>an</span> <span m='157660'>idea.</span> </p><p><span m='158570'>I started</span> <span m='159100'>researching</span> <span m='159355'>it</span> <span m='159610'>and</span> <span m='159960'>talking</span> <span m='160150'>to a</span> <span m='160190'>lot</span> <span m='160390'>of</span> <span m='160450'>people.</span> <span m='162320'>I entered some</span> <span m='162560'>business</span> <span m='162930'>plan</span> <span m='163120'>competitions,</span> <span m='164180'>and</span> <span m='164390'>slowly</span> <span m='164720'>through that,</span> <span m='165380'>developed</span> <span m='165695'>my ideas.</span> <span m='166803'>And</span> <span m='167610'>when</span> <span m='167760'>I</span> <span m='167820'>graduated,</span> <span m='168390'>I</span> <span m='168460'>launched</span> <span m='168840'>it</span> <span m='168990'>with a</span> <span m='169370'>classmate.</span> </p><p><span m='171470'>Well,</span> <span m='171950'>when</span> <span m='172130'>I</span> <span m='172190'>started</span> <span m='172640'>my</span> <span m='172760'>career,</span> <span m='173470'>I</span> <span m='173790'>wished</span> <span m='174460'>I</span> <span m='174650'>knew</span> <span m='176730'>how</span> <span m='177060'>valuable</span> <span m='177560'>it</span> <span m='177620'>would</span> <span m='177830'>be</span> <span m='178250'>to--</span> <span m='180160'>I</span> <span m='180260'>think</span> <span m='180450'>the</span> <span m='180550'>only</span> <span m='180700'>thing</span> <span m='180870'>I</span> <span m='180930'>wish</span> <span m='181200'>was</span> <span m='181370'>that</span> <span m='181790'>I</span> <span m='182030'>had gone</span> <span m='182280'>deeper in</span> <span m='182580'>technology</span> <span m='183230'>earlier.</span> <span m='184500'>I</span> <span m='184640'>wish</span> <span m='184850'>I had</span> <span m='185130'>studied</span> <span m='185280'>computer</span> <span m='185680'>science.</span> <span m='186250'>When</span> <span m='186360'>you've</span> <span m='186490'>got</span> <span m='186700'>really</span> <span m='186900'>functional</span> <span m='187300'>degree</span> <span m='187640'>like</span> <span m='187850'>that,</span> <span m='188260'>just</span> <span m='188490'>have</span> <span m='188590'>so many</span> <span m='188890'>more</span> <span m='189120'>options.</span> </p><p><span m='190632'>I</span> <span m='191120'>was</span> <span m='191250'>someone</span> <span m='191580'>that</span> <span m='192350'>was good</span> <span m='192840'>at</span> <span m='193330'>programming</span> <span m='194420'>and</span> <span m='194830'>I</span> <span m='194910'>didn't</span> <span m='195260'>choose</span> <span m='195510'>to</span> <span m='195600'>pursue</span> <span m='196000'>it,</span> <span m='196260'>and</span> <span m='196640'>I</span> <span m='196710'>now</span> <span m='197090'>regret</span> <span m='197440'>that.</span> <span m='197720'>Because I think</span> <span m='197970'>if you've</span> <span m='198200'>got</span> <span m='198470'>a</span> <span m='198890'>base</span> <span m='199270'>like</span> <span m='199470'>that,</span> <span m='200140'>you</span> <span m='200240'>really</span> <span m='200520'>can</span> <span m='201130'>do</span> <span m='201280'>so</span> <span m='201430'>many</span> <span m='201650'>things.</span> </p><p><span m='202040'>And</span> <span m='202840'>just</span> <span m='203020'>because</span> <span m='203240'>you</span> <span m='203330'>get</span> <span m='203480'>a</span> <span m='203540'>technical</span> <span m='203990'>degree</span> <span m='204500'>doesn't</span> <span m='205020'>mean that</span> <span m='205160'>your</span> <span m='205370'>job</span> <span m='206153'>has to be</span> <span m='206566'>technical.</span> <span m='206980'>In</span> <span m='207080'>fact,</span> <span m='207400'>a</span> <span m='207500'>lot</span> <span m='207630'>of the</span> <span m='207670'>people</span> <span m='207950'>that I</span> <span m='208120'>know</span> <span m='208400'>that</span> <span m='208530'>had</span> <span m='208750'>the</span> <span m='208850'>most</span> <span m='209390'>kind</span> <span m='209600'>of</span> <span m='210860'>nerdy</span> <span m='211160'>sounding,</span> <span m='212090'>like</span> <span m='213720'>hard</span> <span m='214090'>to</span> <span m='214200'>understand</span> <span m='215300'>degrees</span> <span m='215620'>as</span> <span m='215940'>undergrads,</span> <span m='218140'>they</span> <span m='218240'>got</span> <span m='218390'>the</span> <span m='218530'>coolest</span> <span m='218740'>jobs</span> <span m='219050'>afterwards,</span> <span m='219570'>and</span> <span m='219660'>they</span> <span m='219750'>really</span> <span m='220110'>got</span> <span m='220280'>to</span> <span m='220400'>use</span> <span m='220740'>that</span> <span m='221060'>and branch</span> <span m='221350'>out</span> <span m='221530'>from it.</span> </p><p><span m='222280'>So</span> <span m='222720'>I</span> <span m='222750'>mean</span> <span m='223872'>if</span> <span m='224350'>you're</span> <span m='224490'>an</span> <span m='224560'>engineer</span> <span m='225420'>or</span> <span m='226320'>a</span> <span m='226700'>data</span> <span m='226940'>analytics</span> <span m='227690'>person</span> <span m='228380'>or</span> <span m='229660'>a</span> <span m='230020'>math</span> <span m='230560'>major,</span> <span m='231450'>sometimes</span> <span m='232275'>the</span> <span m='232530'>things</span> <span m='232780'>that you can</span> <span m='233030'>branch</span> <span m='233440'>out</span> <span m='233640'>from</span> <span m='233810'>that</span> <span m='234350'>are</span> <span m='234690'>when</span> <span m='234880'>you</span> <span m='234960'>really</span> <span m='235200'>start</span> <span m='235530'>to</span> <span m='235840'>do</span> <span m='236030'>cool</span> <span m='236230'>stuff.</span> </p><p><span m='237660'>And when</span> <span m='237820'>I</span> <span m='237880'>went</span> <span m='238030'>to</span> <span m='238120'>college,</span> <span m='239010'>I</span> <span m='239110'>really</span> <span m='239340'>wanted</span> <span m='239630'>to</span> <span m='239860'>branch</span> <span m='240260'>out</span> <span m='240560'>then,</span> <span m='241410'>so</span> <span m='243660'>I</span> <span m='244020'>ended up</span> <span m='244480'>studying government and</span> <span m='244790'>policy.</span> <span m='245480'>But</span> <span m='245720'>I</span> <span m='245790'>wish</span> <span m='246070'>I had</span> <span m='246210'>gone</span> <span m='246450'>deeper with</span> <span m='246540'>my</span> <span m='246980'>technical.</span> <span m='247390'>I</span> <span m='247490'>think</span> <span m='247760'>everyone</span> <span m='248150'>can</span> <span m='248330'>use</span> <span m='248570'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='248780'>So</span> <span m='248990'>much</span> <span m='249210'>of</span> <span m='249300'>the</span> <span m='249550'>things</span> <span m='249770'>in</span> <span m='249860'>our</span> <span m='250050'>society</span> <span m='250480'>today</span> <span m='250670'>are</span> <span m='251250'>run by that--</span> <span m='251900'>everyone</span> <span m='252230'>needs</span> <span m='252430'>a</span> <span m='252470'>good</span> <span m='252810'>fundamental</span> <span m='253260'>understanding</span> <span m='253800'>of</span> <span m='253890'>it.</span> <span m='254410'>But</span> <span m='255010'>it's</span> <span m='255150'>also</span> <span m='255380'>something</span> <span m='255680'>that you can</span> <span m='256000'>learn</span> <span m='256420'>on your</span> <span m='256850'>own.</span> <span m='257300'>So</span> <span m='257550'>if</span> <span m='257880'>you</span> <span m='258260'>haven't,</span> <span m='258930'>you</span> <span m='260320'>should</span> <span m='260490'>educate</span> <span m='261200'>yourself--</span> <span m='261649'>everyone</span> <span m='261910'>kind of owes</span> <span m='262120'>that to</span> <span m='262420'>themselves.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255782,"video_id":"2701297217001","name":"69781929","duration":263082,"thumbnail_url":null}});