Founder Profile: Lucinda Duncalfe

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Lucinda Duncalfe, Founder of AboveBoard

Tell us a bit about your company

AboveBoard is an inclusive platform for executive hiring. We open up access to top opportunities for women and other underrepresented groups.

What inspired you to start your business / what opportunity in the market are you seeking to address?

I saw a way to open up the opaque process of executive placement to a) give women and POC unprecedented access to opportunity b) give companies an alternative to headhunters c) build a huge company d) make the world a better place — diverse teams make better business decisions that are better for society and the environment.

What are one or two of the biggest wins or most encouraging experiences you’ve had so far?

8,000+ executives have joined since we launched in October 2020! Clients include General Catalyst, Insight Partners, Warburg Pincus and other bluechip firms.

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What about your personal background, experience, or perspective fuels your passion for this venture?

I’ve experienced every side of the problem we’re solving.

What has been one or two of the biggest learnings so far?

The right partners can mean everything in getting early momentum.

What is an obstacle you anticipate grappling with as you continue to build this venture?

How to maintain focus — we’re being pulled into new geographies, industries, etc before we’re ready.

What are a surprise or two that you’ve encountered as an entrepreneur?

Things that seem obvious aren't - you have to explain anything new over and over and over again.

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