Prem Kumar: Winning with Honesty [Built in Seattle Ep. #15]
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Prem Kumar: Winning with Honesty [Built in Seattle Ep. #15]

Humanly CEO and Co-Founder, Prem Kumar, talks about fundraising, culture, distilling his product vision, and standing out with honesty.

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Early stage funding has been rare these days.

Prem Kumar just raised money for Humanly (

6 months ago I couldn't understand his business.

He took the time to distill his vision, get close to customers, and make daily improvements.

Now they've graduated Y Combinator (uncommon from Seattle), lined up investors during COVID (rare), and built an impressive resuming screening and scheduling product.

Prem shares his story on this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast

Episode Highlights

  • How he got accepted to Y Combinator from Seattle.
  • The story that led Lisa Brummel to become an advisor.
  • How culture can be built like a product.
  • Thinking about diversity and remote work from the start.
  • Why being honest about flaws helped raise money.
  • How he stopped boiling the ocean.
  • The importance of getting out of "sales mode" to listen.

Prem Kumar Bio

Prem Kumar is CEO and co-founder of Humanly, an AI platform that screens and schedules job candidates for companies with high applicant volume. Previously to that, Prem led the product management and design teams at TINYpulse, an employee engagement company that empowers organizations to build world-class cultures with real-time people data. Prior to TINYpulse, Prem spent 10 years at Microsoft working in a variety of product capacities including within Microsoft's HR technology department.

In addition to his day job, Prem loves sharing his ideas through writing, as a member of the Forbes Business Council, representing the US as a Peter Drucker Essay Challenge winner in 2013, as well as receiving two β€œBest of ThinkWeek” awards for white papers aimed at breaking down cultural barriers at Microsoft.