E141: Classpass Founder: Quitting My 9-5 Led To A $1 Billion Business: Payal Kadakia

E141: Classpass Founder: Quitting My 9-5 Led To A $1 Billion Business: Payal Kadakia

By Steven Bartlett

The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett

Monday, 9 May

Payal is the founder of Classpass, the app that’s helped millions of users find their passion. Her own love of dancing encouraged her to start a business which enabled anyone, anywhere to find something they loved to do.

When Payal’s parents moved to America with no money and no connections, they had to completely start their life from scratch. Payal grew up in a home where her mother often wasn’t home, working late-night shifts to keep her family going. 

How far Payal has come. Today she shares exactly how she got there. The sheer determination with which she ruthlessly sets her goals and priorities, and then systematically chases after them with everything she’s got, was hugely inspiring to me, and I’m sure it will be to you too.


What made you different? Batling between your passion and 9-5 job Rebelling for your purpose Changing careers and finding new communities Confidence, purpose, and drive to success Why did you start ClassPass? What difficulties did you face starting your business? Living in line with your values What were you like as a manager? Why did you step away from Classpass? Work and family balance Therapy sessions Our last guest’s question




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