Today's Entrepreneur: Pooja Sankar

Kristin Karaoglu · January 4, 2012 · Short URL:

I want to transform the way people learn and teach

Today's Entrepreneur is Pooja Sankar  CEO of  Piazza.  According to her VEQ, Pooja is good at product management, team motivation and technology design

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I am a(n):


Companies I've founded or co-founded:

Startups I worked for:
Facebook, Kosmix

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I want to change the world.

My favorite startups:
Piazza, Palantir, Redfin, RelateIQ, PhenomList

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
Frustrating: sometimes you're the only one in the world who cares about what you're doing. Rewarding: you care more than anyone else in the world about what you're doing.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
They don't ask enough questions.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

  • Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. Entrepreneurship is about learning as you go along, not pretending that you know everything.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. Especially if you're blessed to live in Silicon Valley, there are many helpful people. Get help and then help others in return.
  • Follow your passion. You'll work harder and smarter if you're really passionate about what you're doing. Better still if this passion is based on your own experience.

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Piazza is a free online gathering place where students can ask, answer, and explore 24/7, under the guidance of their instructors.
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Woman of many skills: Database System Engineer; SplashX event producer; Author of Startup Teams

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Founded in 2009 and publicly launched in 2011, Piazza is a free online gathering place where students can ask and answer questions 24/7, under the guidance of their instructor. Anyone can create a class at to initiate class discussion. Students spend on average four hours a night on Piazza working together in real time with classmates and instructors to find the answers they need at the time they need them. Piazza is FERPA-compliant and used in hundreds of colleges and universities.


Pooja Sankar

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Pooja Sankar is the founder and CEO of Piazza, on online gathering place for students and instructors. She has worked at Facebook, Kosmix, and Oracle, and has degrees from IIT, UMD, and Stanford.