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More than timing, money, and luck, entrepreneurs need grit to succeed: one part determination and one part ingenuity, and an endless supply of Plans B. Nancy Lublin has a boundless supply of grit, which fueled her success scaling three not-for-profits: Dress for Success, DoSomething.org, and Crisis Text Line. With practical wisdom and wicked humor, she shares her innovative approach to technology, financing, data, and development. If you think the for-profit world has a monopoly on scale thinking, think again.

“Sometimes entrepreneurs are written off as wacky visionaries. We can be more than that. We can be systems thinkers.”

— Nancy Lublin
About the guest:
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Nancy Lublin is the founder and former CEO of Crisis Text Line, which has grown to include 3,000 volunteer counselors. Previously, she was executive director of DoSomething.org and founded Dress for Success, an organization that helps women on welfare dress for their first job interviews.

About the host:
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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:

Sam Altman is the president of OpenAI, and the past president of Y Combinator, the legendary Silicon Valley incubator that gave life to Airbnb,…

Greg Baldwin is the president of VolunteerMatch, the web’s largest volunteer engagement network.

John Lilly is the former CEO of Mozilla, an open-source web browser powered almost entirely by volunteers.

Successful entrepreneurs need ideas, money, good timing, and a hefty dose of luck. But none of those matter if you don’t have grit.

Transcript of Masters of Scale: Your plan B needs a plan B
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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