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Seedcamp Podcast, Episode 62: Sheila Marcelo, Founder of Care.com, the personal journey that built a public company

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In the ‘Seedcamp Podcast Series’ we talk with key people in the tech startup industry to hear their stories and gleam key advice and learnings from their experiences.

In this episode of the Seedcamp Podcast we were joined by Sheila Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman & CEO of Care.com.

Sheila joined Seedcamp on our US tour to meet with our Founders and talk about the personal life experiences and passion that led to her building Care.com, the world’s largest online care destination. She touches on everything from creating company culture to failing fast as a young Founder, and scaling Care.com to being coached as a CEO.

Sheila founded Care.com in 2006 and today, the public Company is the largest online care destination in the world with more than 15.2 million members in 16 countries. Sheila’s inspiration to found Care.com came from her own life experiences. A mother sandwiched at an early age between care for two small children and ailing parents, Sheila was challenged to find care and knew technology was the answer.

For her advocacy and work at Care.com, Sheila has been included as one of the “Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs” at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit and in Fortune Magazine, received the prestigious Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award, bestowed the Filipino Heritage Award from President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines, and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a Marshal Memorial Fellow, and Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum.

Passionate about mission-driven businesses, Sheila was formerly with Upromise, helping families save for college, and later with executive search engine, TheLadders.com. Subsequently, she was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Matrix Partners where she developed the plan for Care.com.

Sheila graduated from Mount Holyoke College, from which she also was received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2015. She earned her JD/MBA degrees from Harvard University where she graduated with honors and received the Dean’s Award.

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