In this Episode You'll Hear About:

  • How and why Sahil dropped out of high school
  • How he landed a job at Yahoo! full-time at age 17
  • His experience working for AOL at age 19 and why he got fired
  • The valuable lessons he learned from his first startup
  • What prompted Sahil to launch AdStage
  • Why he’s not a big fan of outsourcing
  • How his emotions impact his business and how he stays consistent and patient.
  • His process for hiring the right people and how he gauges if the applicant is the right fit
  • Why his company hosts hackathons
  • His experience in raising capital for his business and tips on pitching
  • Why he thinks staying naive is an important part of success
  • His perspective on the future of digital media  & advertising
  • His advice for aspiring founders or anyone looking to start a business

To Find Out More:


  • "It's really important who you start a company with and it's really important to pick your founders properly and people who you get along with philosophically as well as just in general."
  • "My co-founder and I often remind ourselves that if we're having a really bad day, we can't bring it in with us to the office."
  • "Hiring is your most important job as a founder and as a leader."
  • "Getting someone excited (about your business) can be done in many many different ways."
  • When it comes to fundraising: "I think the most important thing is authenticity."