Robin Wolaner has achieved many career milestones: At 27, she was the youngest publisher of a national magazine; in 1986, she launched Parenting in a $5 million joint venture with Time Inc.; 6 years later, she became the company’s first divisional CEO to get pregnant; and during the dot-com bubble, she was an executive at CNET. A New York Times profile even once called her a “corporate entrepreneur.”
She was so driven to launch her startup, she took on debt and a below-market salary. This approach paid off, and became the subject of an enduring Harvard Business School case study. In this episode, Robin talks about all of that, shares what she’s learned about negotiating, and offers advice to other female founders.