Ruben HarrisSan Francisco, California, United States
Ruben Harris is a Bay Area transplant from Atlanta, Georgia where he served as an Advisor for Forge and organized Atlanta's first Healthcare Hackathon. Over the past couple of years, Ruben has worked with academics, organizers, politicians, and union leaders at Hustle, Honor and AltSchool focused on improving their personalized outreach, healthcare and education. Ruben began his technology career working in Partnerships and Sales after writing a viral blog post called Breaking Into Startups about how he moved to San Francisco without a job and landed a position 3 weeks later. After receiving thousands of e-mails asking how to break into tech, Ruben Co-Founded the Breaking Into Startups Podcast to demystify the process, resulting in a social media reach of ~3 million people, 200,000+ downloads, 10,000+ website visits per month, over 100+ reviews on iTunes, a Facebook Community of 10,000+ people, and invitations to be a Contributor for TechCrunch and Black Enterprise. Prior to working in tech, Ruben worked as an Investment Banker focused on Food, Consumer, and Retail companies in Chicago and Atlanta. As a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, he recruited others to focus on issues related to food security, climate change, and agriculture. In 2010, Ruben worked on operational improvements for Senior Living Communities after completing a double major in Business Administration and Music. During college, Ruben organized 50+ events for non-profits, athletes, and celebrities including Tyrese, Kim Kardashian, and Jay-Z. Ruben has been playing the cello for ~25 years, taught music, performed in venues all over the world - including Carnegie Hall, and landed placements from Def Jam. He is also an active member of the NAACP.
Career Karma
Apr 2018 - Current
Career Karma is the easiest way to find a job training program online. We serve people looking to reskill, upskill, etc into high paying jobs and give them support for the rest of their careers. Want to join the movement? Send me an e-mail: Here are some other cool investors that have joined us: Initialized Capital, Softbank, Emerson Collective, Imaginable Futures, Kapor Capital, Unshackled Ventures, Sander Daniels (Thumbtack), Bangaly Kaba (Reforge), Jack Altman (Lattice), Amira Yahyaoui (Moz), Iman Abuzeid (Incredible Health), Brian Grey (Remind), Michael Seibel (CEO of Y Combinator), Betsy Ziegler (CEO of 1871), Jewel Burks (CEO of PartPic), Arlan Hamilton (Backstage Capital), Unshackled Ventures, Paul Judge (Tech Square Labs), Prakash Jankiraman (Nextdoor), Justin Rosenstein (Asana), Erik Torenberg, David Phillips (Hackbright), Sten Tamkivi (Skype, Teleport, etc), Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon (Founder Gym), Edward Lando, Kevin Lee (Product Manager HQ), Kevin Olusola (Pentatonix), Anarghya Vardhana, and more
Breaking Into Startups
Dec 2016 - Current
Breaking Into Startups gives career advice better than anybody else through media and conversations online. Inspired viewers, listeners, readers, etc. join our Career GPS system and are routed to skill development programs or a hiring manager if they are ready for a job already. So far we have reached over 3 million people and you can read about us in TechCrunch, Entrepreneur, Politico, Black Enterprise, Rolling Out Magazine, G.I. Jobs, etc. Send me an e-mail if you want to learn more:
Director of Sales
Aug 2017 - Feb 2018
FY 17 team quota attainment: Q4 - 233% Q3 - 100%
Special Advisor
Apr 2017 - Jul 2018
- Co-Led Hustle's Series A Fundraising efforts resulting in investments from Salesforce Ventures, Kapor Capital (normally don’t invest in Series A), Omidyar Network, and Impact Fund (1st investment) - Organized Hustle's Advisory Board consisting of Leah Daughtry, Minyon Moore and Jotaka Eaddy - Co-Organized the CBC Tech 2020 #TechQuity Round Table with Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congressman G.K. Butterfield at Hustle HQ - Recruited Hustle’s Director of Labor - Recruited Hustle’s Director of Inside Sales - Recruited Engineers - Recorded the VP of Sales on the Breaking Into Startups Podcast - Published the VP of Sales story on the Home Page of TechCrunch - Spearheaded updates to Hustle's Sales Collateral (Presentations, One-Pagers, etc) - Closed deals in new verticals
Partnerships & Lead Generation
Sep 2015 - Apr 2017
Consistently remained one of Honor's top 3 Outside Sales Managers from July 2016 - April 2017 Served as the first Salesforce Administrator for the Inside Sales team while gathering insight from key Lead Generation partners; resulted in leveraging best practices from that insight, teaching it to them, and led to a ~63% increase in conversions Spearheaded a partnership with Honor's largest Hospital Client while managing and/or establishing new relationships with Hospital, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Communities, Independent Living Communities, and key stakeholders in San Francisco leading to Honor's first profitable market Served as Honor's key point of contact for Latino, Asian Pacific Islander, and LGBT partnership meetings in San Francisco while organizing several events with Honor Partners (e.g. National Parkinson's Foundation) at senior living communities resulting in a ~50% increase in referrals from partners where Honor's relationship had previously stagnated Established contracts across the Continuum of Care to support Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities in their efforts to reduce readmission to the hospital and manage length of stay by discharging to high-quality care provided by Honor; led to easing the financial burden on patients by covering 100% of their costs (for a duration of a week or more on average) and increased transparency for various stakeholders Supported Honor Executives with the company's expansion to Los Angeles, Dallas, and Albuquerque by recruiting several employees to join Honor on the Care Pro Operations and Sales Teams Established partnerships with Colleges, Work Source Centers, Workforce Investment Boards, and Non-profits to recruit Care Professionals in Los Angeles as part of Honor's Launch Team Introduced Honor's Head of System Integration to A16Z to record a Podcast Registered as a Home Care Aide (HCA), went through Care Professional Training, and provided care for several families (Sitter Services)
Aug 2015 - Jan 2016
Growth Operations & Strategy
Jan 2015 - Aug 2015
Led several initiatives within Admissions and School Formation to double the total # of students to ~300+ Introduced the Marketing team to Andreessen Horowitz, Strictly VC, and Techcrunch to coordinate interviews and a podcast with Max Ventilla Translated and presented AltSchool's Info Session in Spanish resulting in 16 students for the new dual immersion program Served as AltSchool's spokesperson for multiple conferences including B Corp and Private Schools with a Public Purpose
Contractor (Partnerships & Philanthropy)
Sep 2014 - Jan 2015
Created a pipeline of 100+ philanthropists, resulting in a sizable scholarship / Series B investment from Justin Rosenstein Arranged a partnership with Code 2040 and spearheaded diversity efforts internally and within the classroom
Forge Health
Feb 2014 - Sep 2014
Organized Atlanta's first Healthcare Hackathon, secured ~35 sponsors, and raised ~$40,000 in collaboration with leadership
Investment Banking Analyst (Consumer & Retail)
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
Jan 2013 - Jun 2014
Led the preparation of marketing materials, creation of tiered target / buyer lists, internal screening, financial and valuation analysis, due diligence support, and interaction with prospects and clients. Established organizational processes that fundamentally changed the way the group operated on a day-to-day basis by enhancing pitch quality, efficiency, and productivity. Recruited top talent and introduced senior management to contacts in professional and personal networks for potential revenue opportunities and client-related strategic discussions. Chosen by senior management to lead workshops in the Diversity Leadership Summit initiative.
Investment Banking Analyst (Food, Consumer & Retail)
BMO Capital Markets
Jul 2011 - Oct 2012
Secured a position with the team after sending 1,900+ cold e-mails to potential employers in the investment banking industry. Developed extensive modeling experience on buy-side and sell-side processes through merger and leveraged buyout models, discounted cash flow valuations and accretion/dilution analysis. Utilized resources such as Capital IQ, ThomsonONE, FactSet, Bloomberg and Symphony IRI to analyze key industry trends affecting retailers including mobile, e-commerce, and same-day delivery.
Investment Banking Intern
Brookwood Hill Group, Inc.
Jun 2010 - Sep 2010
Assisted in the creation and presentation of pitch book materials for a medical device company to potential investors for a post seed $2 million angel round investment. Supported senior management in advising the Family and Foundation of a deceased rock and roll icon with strategic monetization of intellectual property and finding funds for operating capital.
Financial Analyst Intern, Acquisitions
Regency Senior Living (Mountain View Retirement, LLC)
May 2010 - Aug 2010
Calculated the value and equity of the facilities for loan purposes; resulted in two term sheets and preliminary negotiations for a $5.6 million underwriting. Researched the benefit of incorporating an employee savings plan and its affect on talent retention; resulted in increased communication from providers to employees regarding their benefits package and an adoption increase from 10 - 13%.
Marketing Manager
WoodLake Entertainment
Sep 2007 - May 2010
Created effective social networking, radio, and print ad campaigns, reaching an audience of ~2,000,000 people. Organized a team of 10 independent contractors to design graphics, collect e-mails, and send out SMS notifications. Maximized capacity for selected venues, resulting in consistent crowd sizes of ~500-2000 people.
Y Combinator
Winter 2019 Batch
Southern Adventist University
B.S., Business Administration
Southern Adventist University
B.S., Music (Cello)
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