Feb. 1, 2021

Episode 8 - Once an Operator, Always an Operator with Elle Bruno

Episode 8 - Once an Operator, Always an Operator with Elle Bruno

Once an Operator, Always an Operator with Elle Bruno

👋 Hey! Thanks for checking out the GoingVC Podcast: Uncovering new paths into VC, diving deeper into alternative models, and addressing areas of weakness every second Monday with Austin and JJ MacLean (@jjmaclean) from the GoingVC team.

We're really excited to be bringing to you today our conversation with Elle Bruno of Techstars. As always, if you've got any questions, feedback, guest ideas, or just want to say hey, don't hesitate to shoot us a message at podcast@goingvc.com!

Episode Chapters:

  1. Introduction — 0:00
  2. It wasn’t quick, it wasn’t easy — 4:20
  3. The Operator’s Superpowers — 8:05
  4. Only 2.8% — 11:27
  5. There’s more than one way to be an investor — 17:55
  6. FinTech around the World — 20:55
  7. Start — 32:58
  8. Closing thoughts—34:08

Link to the application for the WU/Techstars program Elle runs: https://www.techstars.com/accelerators/western-union

Elle Bruno

Managing Director at Techstars Western Union

Elle Bruno is the Managing Director of the Techstars & Western Union Accelerator. Elle has been a founder and startup operator for 19 years. In 2004 she started her first company, an eBay ancillary marketplace, and since then she has been involved in building three venture-backed startups, most notably Trunk Club. Her expertise is in consumer tech, specifically revenue and growth. Elle has been an angel investor and advisor since 2015, with a focus on investing in female founded companies, and was an EIR in the 2020 Techstars & Western Union program.