Chief’s Childers and Kaplan speak at Disrupt about how community built their unicorn

Carolyn Childers and Lindsay Kaplan probably consider the saying “It takes a village” to be more than just a mere adage. In 2019, the two women co-founded Chief, a private membership network designed to connect and support women executives.

Chief clearly touched a nerve and filled a need. In March — three years post-launch — the startup hit a $1.1 billion valuation following a $100 million Series B raise led by Alphabet’s CapitalG. General Catalyst, GGV Capital, Inspired Capital, Primary Ventures and Flybridge also joined the round.

That kind of growth in such a short span of time is impressive. It’s even more so considering it took place during the pandemic — with what they originally envisioned as an in-person product. Their ability to adapt and scale are just two reasons we’re thrilled that both co-founders — Childers as CEO and Kaplan as chief brand officer — will join us for a fireside chat at TechCrunch Disrupt on October 8–20 in San Francisco.

Membership — which is by invitation or application only — currently stands at more than 12,000 senior executives from more than 8,500 companies, including American Express, Apple, Chobani, Goldman Sachs, Google, HBO, NASA, Nike and Pfizer. According to the startup, there’s a waitlist with more than 60,000 women around the world.

We can’t wait to dig into Chief’s story and learn more about what fueled its rapid growth and how the startup plans to scale going forward. We’re also curious about challenges Childers and Kaplan faced and how they strategize about something as subjective and elusive as community.

Also, check out what Carolyn Childers has to say about building a company focused on good leadership during this episode of our Found podcast.

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Chief’s Childers and Kaplan speak at Disrupt about how community built their unicorn by Lauren Simonds originally published on TechCrunch

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