Lauren Smith

Strategy Leader & Tech Founder

New York, NY, USA


Strategic planning

Business intelligence

Corporate development

Revenue strategy

Growth strategy

Internal communications

Expert Bio

Hey there! I'm Lauren, a strategy leader and founder with deep experience in building and executing complex strategies across a range of organizations & initiatives. Versatility is my superpower, moving ably between the 10K foot level & the weeds with deep competencies in corporate development, strategic planning, leadership, team building, analytics, financial modeling, business intelligence, and growth strategies. My professional journey started in management consulting where I developed a versatile toolkit before moving into tech for the last decade. Most notably, I spent many years at Foursquare where I grew to become the head of strategy & corporate development for the global business during periods of immense change, including its pivot from consumer to B2B, the development of an inorganic growth muscle, and successfully navigating the challenges brought on by COVID as a location tech company. I was recognized by both Forbes' 30u30 and Vanity Fair for my achievements and additionally moonlighted as the company's first head of Analytics, their interim head of Marketing & interim co-head of Sales over my tenure. (Whatever's needed, right??). I've additionally held leadership roles in earlier stage environments. Most recently, driven by my passion for innovation and entrepreneurship (and for having my hands on absolutely everything), I decided to launch my own company—an early-stage startup in the talent tech arena. As the founder, I am responsible for all aspects of the business, from product development to go-to-market strategies and operations. It's been further accelerated learning in everything from cap table economics to brand building to development lifecycles. I'm open to many different types of sessions depending on stakeholder need: implementing new strategies & processes within an organization, developing one's own career & growth plan, M&A, partnerships strategies, and more. Excited to meet others in the community!

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