The Career Expert
Self described as the “Michael Bae of business” Cindy Gallop redefines what it means to be a woman in business.
Cindy Gallop is a graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, whose background is brandbuilding, marketing and advertising – she started up the US office of ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York in 1998 and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year.
She is the founder and CEO of www.IfWeRanTheWorld.com, co-action software launched in beta at TED 2010 and subsequently written up and taught as a Harvard Business School case study; and of www.makelovenotporn.com, launched at TED 2009. She and cofounders Corey Innis (CTO) and Oonie Chase (User Experience) launched www.makelovenotporn.tv/ – ‘Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference’ – in public beta in 2013. She acts as board advisor to a number of tech ventures and consults on brand and business innovation for companies around the world, describing her consultancy approach as ‘I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.’ BusinessInsider named her one of 15 Most Important Marketing Strategy Thinkers Today, alongside Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin, and recently cited her as both number 33 on their list of 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter, and number one on their list of Top 30 People In Advertising To Follow On Twitter.
She has a reputation as a highly compelling and inspirational speaker at conferences and events around the world on a variety of topics: her talks on the future of advertising and marketing have been tweeted as: ‘The most brilliant speech on the future of advertising ever – not the usual buzzword-laden bullshit’; ‘Watching @cindygallop slice and dice the ad industry status quo like a ginsu knife. #purewin’; and ‘There must be a DeLorean parked outside, because Cindy Gallop is from the FUTURE!’ InfluencerCon NYC introduced her as ‘Cindy Gallop is the truth Jack Nicholson told Tom Cruise he couldn’t handle.’ Most recently Cindy acted as Jury President at CannesLions 2015 for the inaugural Glass Lion awards, driven by Sheryl Sandberg to shatter gender stereotypes in advertising and popular culture. She published ‘Make Love Not Porn: Technology’s Hardcore Impact on Human Behavior’ as one of TED’s line of TEDBooks.
What type of dealbreaks should first time founders look out for?
How did you deal with the countless ‘no’s and the harsh critiques?
How do you stop caring about what other people think?
How is your personal life?
What did your parents do for a living and how did that influence you?
What do you wish you would’ve known before starting this venture?
What has been your biggest problem or obstacle?
What inspired you to start your company?
What is the best piece of advice that you have ever received?
What is your guilty pleasure?
What is your honest advice to founders?
What other startup are you excited about?