Amanda DoAmaral is an educator, activist, and co-founder of Fiveable - a social learning network for students. She spent a half a decade teaching high school history in Oakland, CA, where her passion for creating equitable educational opportunities was ignited. Amanda has been a vocal advocate for inclusive history curriculum and is active within the Milwaukee tech community.

Amanda joins me today to discuss how teaching differs from being a tech startup CEO. She shares what skills she pulled from teaching to help her excel in the tech ed space. Amanda also tells her founder's story. Even as a young company, Fiveable has already acquired another company and Amanda takes us through that process and what made that company desirable.

“I hope that this is a moment where people shoot for the moon, rebuild, start, try something new, it doesn't have to be the way that it used to be.”    - Amanda DoAmaral

Today on Startups for Good we cover:

  • Important learnings from an accelerator
  • When to bring on the engineering team
  • Things to remember when hiring for equity rather than salary
  • Bringing in a co-founder
  • Criteria when choosing headquarter location
  • The value of student employees at Fiveable
  • Premium pricing vs. free content
  • How to deal with a seasonal business
  • Considering non-profit vs. for profit

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