PODCAST: The unlikely co-founders
How two alumni started a company together ... eventually
As a Waterloo alumnus, you've probably heard a lot of entrepreneurial stories. But Sefunmi and Helen's will stand out.
Sefunmi Osnaike (BASc '17) knew he wanted to start a company. He even did an entrepreneurship co-op term as a student. He also knew that he wanted his friend Helen Huang (BSc '17) to be a co-founder.
Helen was not on the same page. Entrepreneurship just wasn’t on her radar, and she was happy in her full-time role in the tech industry. But today, they're the co-founders of Co.Lab, where they help people of all backgrounds succeed in the tech industry.
(1:19): Helen explains the basics of their company Co.Lab.
(2:43): Sefunmi talks about why he came to UWaterloo as an international student.
(3:55): UWaterloo was Helen's "plan B" for her university career.
(5:07): Helen explains how she got into tech co-op jobs as an Earth Sciences student.
(7:30): Lessons and benefits of enterprise co-op (e co-op).
(12:31): Sefunmi's "dream team."
(15:39): Taking a break from entrepreneurship, and knowing when to try again.
(17:44): Finding a problem to solve: helping people become product managers in the tech industry.
(21:33): Why ebooks were a doable first step to creating courses.
(26:30): How did an ebook become a company?
(33:33): The road to get into tech isn't easy, but worth it for workers and tech companies.
Co.Lab programs: Learn more about Sefunmi and Helen's programs that help people break into tech jobs
Enterprise co-op (called e co-op in the episode): Learn more about the program that allowed Sefunmi to start his first company.
Co.Lab ebooks: Read the books that Sefunmi and Helen wrote for people pursuing a career in tech.
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