Nonlinear

Teal

Everyone's career path is different, built by pivotal moments and choices. We're on a mission to amplify those stories and examine how our decisions shape our careers. Nonlinear is hosted by Dave Fano, Founder & CEO of Teal—a genuinely consumer-first platform designed to help people grow and manage their careers. Our goal is to empower people to land jobs they love with free tools that guide and automate the process. Learn more at tealhq.com.

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From Statistician at Capital One to CMO at Ed-Tech Startup 2U, Jeff Rinehart's Career Means Lifelong Learning
Jun 14 2022
From Statistician at Capital One to CMO at Ed-Tech Startup 2U, Jeff Rinehart's Career Means Lifelong Learning
Jeff Rinehart, now a partner at venture capital impact firm City Light Capital, is a self-proclaimed linear thinker with a nonlinear career. From his 11-year tenure at Capital One, where he started as a statistician and ultimately oversaw the company's marketing strategy for the U.S. consumer credit card function. He then went on to join early-stage ed technology startup 2U as their chief marketing officer, and, two years after taking the company public, became a full-time professor at American University's business school. From there, he started advising companies and angel investing, which led him to City Light Capital—the lead investor on Teal's recent $6.3 million round of funding. In this episode, Jeff touches on overcoming impostor syndrome, the power of lateral moves, how his background as a drummer led him to study economics, and why he's always been drawn to opportunities that challenge him and force him to grow. Connect with Jeff:LinkedIn: Light Capital: show is presented by Teal, and hosted by Teal’s Founder & CEO David Fano. At Teal, we’re building a personal career growth platform that gives you the tools, skills, and recommendations you need to accelerate your career, starting with the job search. Our goal is to empower people to grow their careers on their terms. Learn more at tealhq.com. This podcast is produced by Rainbow Creative with Matthew Jones as Senior Producer and Drew MacPowell as Editor and Associate Producer. Find out more about how to create a podcast for you or your business at rainbowcreative.co.
From Statistician at Capital One to CMO at Ed-Tech Startup 2U, Jeff Rinehart's Career Means Lifelong Learning
Jun 14 2022
From Statistician at Capital One to CMO at Ed-Tech Startup 2U, Jeff Rinehart's Career Means Lifelong Learning
Jeff Rinehart, now a partner at venture capital impact firm City Light Capital, is a self-proclaimed linear thinker with a nonlinear career. From his 11-year tenure at Capital One, where he started as a statistician and ultimately oversaw the company's marketing strategy for the U.S. consumer credit card function. He then went on to join early-stage ed technology startup 2U as their chief marketing officer, and, two years after taking the company public, became a full-time professor at American University's business school. From there, he started advising companies and angel investing, which led him to City Light Capital—the lead investor on Teal's recent $6.3 million round of funding. In this episode, Jeff touches on overcoming impostor syndrome, the power of lateral moves, how his background as a drummer led him to study economics, and why he's always been drawn to opportunities that challenge him and force him to grow. Connect with Jeff:LinkedIn: Light Capital: show is presented by Teal, and hosted by Teal’s Founder & CEO David Fano. At Teal, we’re building a personal career growth platform that gives you the tools, skills, and recommendations you need to accelerate your career, starting with the job search. Our goal is to empower people to grow their careers on their terms. Learn more at tealhq.com. This podcast is produced by Rainbow Creative with Matthew Jones as Senior Producer and Drew MacPowell as Editor and Associate Producer. Find out more about how to create a podcast for you or your business at rainbowcreative.co.
Microsoft Talent Sourcer Kristi Kennebrew on Persistence and the Power of Transferable Skills
May 10 2022
Microsoft Talent Sourcer Kristi Kennebrew on Persistence and the Power of Transferable Skills
Kristi Kennebrew's greatest mission in life is to help people land the dream jobs that they’ve always wanted—and now, as a talent sourcer at Microsoft and the founder of Get Me Hired Kristi, she's doing exactly that. A high school love of sports led Kristi to study sports management at the University of Texas, but after struggling with economics classes, she pivoted and went into health (kinesiology, specifically!) before taking a risk and applying for a post-graduation role in sales. After 2.5 years working in sales at Oracle, Kristi tapped into her transferable skills and, after persistently interviewing with Google, landed a contract role as a technical talent sourcer, which served as a springboard for her current role at Microsoft. In this episode, Kristi dives into the many lessons she's learned about career pivots, transferable skills, finding your passion, and reverse-engineering job descriptions to leverage your strengths. Connect with Kristi:LinkedIn: show is presented by Teal, and hosted by Teal’s Founder & CEO David Fano. At Teal, we’re building the first genuinely consumer-first platform to help people grow and manage their careers. Our goal is to empower people to land jobs they love with free tools that guide and automate the process. Learn more at tealhq.comThis podcast is produced by Rainbow Creative with Matthew Jones as Senior Producer and Drew MacPowell as Editor and Associate Producer. Find out more about how to create a podcast for you or your business at rainbowcreative.co.
Creative Executive Rachel Gogel on Launching Story-Driven Experiences at Facebook, GQ Magazine, The New York Times, and Airbnb
Apr 19 2022
Creative Executive Rachel Gogel on Launching Story-Driven Experiences at Facebook, GQ Magazine, The New York Times, and Airbnb
Paris native Rachel Gogel has a deep passion to use her voice to help create close-knit, inclusive communities, especially for women and the queer community. After her very first design class at the University of Pennsylvania, Rachel knew that she was where she needed to be and declared her major in design. Post-college, she took internships until she made her way into design work that kept her afloat and broadened her horizons. Not long after, she was given the opportunity to be the manager of the marketing art department of GQ at only 22 years old. Her next few years were a whirlwind, as she also worked with the New York Times and Facebook and transitioned from design to the tech world; she later started working as a design manager in a small design studio called Godfrey Dadich Partners. Presently, she is doing freelance work with clients, most notably American Express and Airbnb. Follow along with Rachel’s story from her small beginnings in design creating the yearbook in high school to one day helping build multidisciplinary teams at the New York Times, GQ Magazine, Facebook (now Meta), and more. Connect with RachelTwitter: is presented by Teal and hosted by our Founder & CEO, Dave Fano. At Teal, we’re building the first genuinely consumer-first platform to help people grow and manage their careers. Our goal is to empower people to land jobs they love with free tools that guide and automate the process. Learn more at tealhq.com. This podcast is produced by Rainbow Creative with Matthew Jones as Senior Producer and Drew MacPowell as Editor and Associate Producer. Find out more about how to create a podcast for you or your business at rainbowcreative.co
How One Journalist-Turned-Entrepreneur is Closing the Gender Pay Gap
Mar 29 2022
How One Journalist-Turned-Entrepreneur is Closing the Gender Pay Gap
When Meggie Palmer was working as a journalist several years ago, she found out that her male counterparts were making significantly more than she was, and approached HR to inquire about the difference. She was told she had two choices: quit her job if she was unhappy, or hire a lawyer. So she hired a lawyer. Though Meggie’s since pivoted from her career in journalism, she’s still passionate about leveling the playing field for women across industries, helping them push for equality. In today’s episode, our Founder & CEO Dave Fano chats with Meggie—now the Founder & CEO of PepTalkHer—about how she found her calling in coaching women to be more confident in the workplace. Listen as they dive into: Meggie’s first job as a local news reporter near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and how it set her up for a career in journalism.Seasons of your career, and how it can ebb and flow over time to align with your needs.How Meggie pivoted from being a successful journalist to creating PepTalkHer, a company that supports and empowers more than 60,000 women globally and helps them advocate for raises and promotions. Connect with Meggie:Twitter: with PepTalkHer:Twitter: is presented by Teal and hosted by our Founder & CEO, Dave Fano. At Teal, we’re building the first genuinely consumer-first platform to help people grow and manage their careers. Our goal is to empower people to land jobs they love with free tools that guide and automate the process. Learn more at tealhq.com. This podcast is produced by Rainbow Creative with Matthew Jones as Senior Producer and Drew MacPowell as Editor and Associate Producer. Find out more about how to create a podcast for you or your business at rainbowcreative.co
From Camp Counselor to Venture Fund Founding Partner, Jessica Peltz Zatulove Invests in the Future
Mar 22 2022
From Camp Counselor to Venture Fund Founding Partner, Jessica Peltz Zatulove Invests in the Future
Originally from Minnesota, Jessica Peltz Zatulove moved to New York post-college and began her career doing media strategy for large brands like Gucci, Puma, 20th Century Fox, H&M, and Verizon. Fairly early in her adventure in the corporate world, she became fascinated with startup companies and formulated a plan to begin working with them. She ended up joining one of the first innovation boutiques as their second employee, helping startups find their first customers and helping big brands like Kraft and Unilever learn how to commercialize emerging technology. From 2014 to 2020, she worked at a corporate VC practice, investing in companies addressing the needs of a modern CMO, and then in 2020, using the professional experiences and connections she’d gathered up to that point, she and her business partner Kate Beardsley founded Hannah Grey VC, where they invest in pre-seed founders redefining everyday experiences. Follow along as Jessica recounts her career journey, all the way back to her entrepreneurial roots selling friendship bracelets and origami to her classmates in elementary school.Connect with Jessica:Twitter: Grey VC's website: is presented by Teal and hosted by our Founder & CEO, Dave Fano. At Teal, we’re building the first genuinely consumer-first platform to help people grow and manage their careers. Our goal is to empower people to land jobs they love with free tools that guide and automate the process. Learn more at tealhq.com. This podcast is produced by Rainbow Creative with Matthew Jones as Senior Producer and Drew MacPowell as Editor and Associate Producer. Find out more about how to create a podcast for you or your business at rainbowcreative.co
How a Life in Theater Birthed a Content and Branding Executive
Mar 13 2022
How a Life in Theater Birthed a Content and Branding Executive
Lia Zneimer, now Head of Brand & Content Marketing at Teal, began her professional career in a totally different field. In college, she double majored in English and theater, then post-college she worked professionally in theater in New York. She loved her time doing that, but it was a tiring lifestyle, and she wanted something more stable financially. Through a great deal of self-reflection, she ended up stepping away from theater and moving toward something new—a complete 180° career shift. She found her way into public relations with Scholastic, and later stepped into a role assisting with social media responsibilities, due to the burgeoning new form of marketing social media was becoming at the time. She worked with Scholastic for four years, then ended up accepting a role with a startup called WeWork as a social media manager, where she grew through the next five years. Follow along with Lia as she describes the trajectory of her life into her current role at Teal from the initial whiplash of her complete career pivot over a decade ago.Connect with Lia: Twitter: MarketHer website: MarketHer Instagram: is presented by Teal and hosted by our Founder & CEO, Dave Fano. At Teal, we’re building the first genuinely consumer-first platform to help people grow and manage their careers. Our goal is to empower people to land jobs they love with free tools that guide and automate the process. Learn more at tealhq.com. This podcast is produced by Rainbow Creative with Matthew Jones as Senior Producer and Drew MacPowell as Editor and Associate Producer. Find out more about how to create a podcast for you or your business at rainbowcreative.co
How a Global Career Path from Within WeWork Led to Growth and Purpose
Mar 10 2022
How a Global Career Path from Within WeWork Led to Growth and Purpose
After graduating with a psychology degree, Lara Perlstein wasn’t really sure where to go next. She decided to take a job in retail and worked her way up to store manager. Over the next few years, she worked multiple different jobs as office managers and administrative assistants, believing that all of the unique experiences she was having would only help to benefit her future. Eventually, she found herself running out of ways to gain new experiences in the corporate world and began seeking something new. A friend from college had joined a startup called WeWork that was growing quickly at the time. She applied there, and it ended up being her home for the next 4+ years until she found her way to Teal, where she's currently the Vice President of Operations. Join Lara in this episode of Nonlinear as she shares her life’s journey of specializing in being a generalist. Connect with LaraLinkedIn: Nonlinear is presented by Teal and hosted by our Founder & CEO, Dave Fano. At Teal, we’re building the first genuinely consumer-first platform to help people grow and manage their careers. Our goal is to empower people to land jobs they love with free tools that guide and automate the process. Learn more at tealhq.com. This podcast is produced by Rainbow Creative with Matthew Jones as Senior Producer and Drew MacPowell as Editor and Associate Producer. Find out more about how to create a podcast for you or your business at rainbowcreative.co
Jumping From the World of Sales to Mental Wellness
Mar 8 2022
Jumping From the World of Sales to Mental Wellness
Alexa Meyer, the Co-Founder and CEO of Coa, has approached her career from the mindset of wanting to build something herself someday. Early in her career, she was recruited into a sales role, which later led her to work for Interbrand, the world’s largest brand strategy company. That experience gave her an understanding of how Fortune 500 companies build brands and marketing strategies that keep them relevant in our constantly changing world. Later, Alexa used her network to find a position in marketing at a startup, working closely with the founders and using it as a learning experience to better understand the challenges and pitfalls of running a company. In this episode, Alexa reveals her journey from selling McDonald's toys door-to-door to her leap into the world of startups and her role as Co-Founder and CEO of Coa, which is fighting the stigmatization of mental health and working toward getting people as proactive about it as they are about their physical health. Connect with CoaTwitter: with AlexaTwitter:  Instagram: with Dr. Emily Hall, Co-Founder & CCO of CoaTwitter: is presented by Teal and hosted by our Founder & CEO, Dave Fano. At Teal, we’re building a genuinely consumer-first platform to help people grow and manage their careers. Our goal is to empower people to land jobs they love with free tools that guide and automate the process. Learn more at tealhq.com. This podcast is produced by Rainbow Creative with Matthew Jones as Senior Producer and Drew MacPowell as Editor and Associate Producer. Find out more about how to create a podcast for you or your business at rainbowcreative.co.