What is The Takeoff?

The Takeoff is a publication designed to teach and inspire the next generation of startup and technology leaders. 

The Takeoff was founded by 3 undergrads at Washington University in St. Louis. Our Contributor network also includes students from Stanford, UPenn, Michigan, Columbia, and Duke.

We are student-founded, formerly student-led, and have reached thousands of students and professionals across the world with our content.

What do we do?

  1. Interview leading founders, operators, and investors, asking questions designed to help college students, recent grads, and professionals who are interested in careers in startups, tech, venture capital, product, engineering, and more.

  2. Deep dives into exciting spaces / markets, where we analyze market conditions, explore startups in the space, and highlight opportunities for new players to emerge.

  3. We used to share curated content that we think our subscribers would learn from and enjoy consuming. This series is now retired, but feel free to check out our old editions!

How it works:

Once you subscribe, you’ll get an email anytime we release new content. It’s that simple!

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Why Subscribe?

Subscribe to gain access to interviews with the people behind some of today’s leading companies and startups.

Learn about our interviewees’ backgrounds, stories, and companies.

Gain access to incredible advice and insights from our interviewees about landing jobs at startups, breaking into venture capital, becoming a product manager, and much more.

Our interviews are designed to inspire the next generation of great leaders, founders, operators, and investors.

We want to help our subscribers learn from some of the incredible people behind today’s leading companies. And, we want to help our interview guests give back and inspire the next wave of great tech & startup leaders.

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Investor @ Insight Partners | Founder @ The Takeoff | I like to learn | Twitter: @mspiro3
Co-Founder @ The Takeoff | CS Major @ WashU | VC Intern @ Floodgate Fund | Prev: Investment Analyst Intern @ Octahedron Capital, PM Intern @ Rubrik, Sumo Logic | Twitter: @roshanchandna
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Inspiring the next generation of great founders, operators, innovators, investors, leaders, and world-changers.
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