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How to solve an impossible challenge


Faced with an impossible challenge? Don’t reinvent the wheel. Find someone who’s already solved the problem – and help those inventors keep inventing. Megan Smith calls that technique “scout and scale.” She did it as United States CTO under President Obama (launching the U.N. Solutions Summit and a tech jobs tour). She did it at Google (acquiring startups to bring famed products to life). She did it as CEO of PlanetOut. And she continues today with her new company shift7. Cameo appearance: Monique Sternin (adjunct professor at Tufts University).

“My thesis is, if you include everyone, you can fix nearly everything.”

— Megan Smith
About the guest:

Megan Smith is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist. She’s the co-founder of shift7 and previously served as the third U.S. chief technology officer under President Barack Obama. Before that she served as vice president at Google, leading new business development (among other projects), and later at Google X. She is the co-founder of the Malala Fund and a board member of MIT, Vital Voices.

About the host:

Reid Hoffman is the host of Masters of Scale. A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, he’s known for his spot-on insights on how to scale a startup. He’s a partner at Greylock and co-founder of LinkedIn, and co-author of the best-selling Blitzscaling and The Startup of You.

Also featured in this episode:

Monique Sternin is the co-founder of the Positive Deviance (PD) Approach & Initiative, and Adjunct Associate professor at the Tufts University Friedman School of…

When faced with an impossible challenge, you should scout for someone who’s already solved it.

Transcript of Masters of Scale: How to solve an impossible challenge
Masters of Scale’s mission is to democratize entrepreneurship. Launched in 2017 as a weekly podcast featuring Reid Hoffman, we’re now two weekly podcasts — Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman, and Masters of Scale: Rapid Response, hosted by Bob Safian — as well as an award-winning daily learning app, a best-selling book, virtual and live events, and more, serving a global community of founders, funders, and leaders looking to innovate at scale.
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