Wes Kao

Co-founder at Maven

Building the first platform for cohort-based courses.

http://weskao.com/

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Wes is co-founder of Maven, the first platform for cohort-based courses. Maven helps creators build a cohort-based course and deliver an incredible student experience at scale. More here and in TechCrunch. Previously, Wes was the co-founder of the altMBA. Under her leadership, the altMBA grew from zero to 550 cities in 45 countries in three years of high-growth. She designed the altMBA's beloved coaching system, grew the global community, built the marketing engine to drive sustainable acquisition/retention, and built a team of 40 people to support rapid scaling. Before the altMBA, she was Special Projects Lead for Seth Godin HQ, where she produced bestselling Udemy courses, hackathon days, the 7-day Your Turn Challenge, and the bestselling Leadership Workshop. Prior to this, Wes led digital marketing and brand management at Flite (acquired by Snap Inc), Bare Escentuals (Shiseido), L’Oreal, and Gap Inc. Her work has been published in Fast Company, Inc, and Entrepreneur, and she guest lectures at UC Berkeley and Harvard. As a consultant, her clients included edtech companies and consumer brands, including Outlier.org (from the co-founder of MasterClass) , Professor Scott Galloway at NYU Stern , supernatural.com , Suzy Batiz, Shaftesbury (creators of Murdoch Mysteries on CBC and Slasher on Netflix) , wild wonder (sold at Whole Foods), May Lindstrom Skin (sold at goop) , Tandem Diabetes (NASDAQ: TNDM), Opencare , MailChimp, Forte Labs (Tiago Forte), Write of Passage (David Perell), Morning Brew, and more

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