CareerFoundry CEO Raffaela Rein

Revealing the brains behind an operation can reveal the essence of what that firm really represents; speaking with a founder can tell us where ideas originated and how they were developed, what life experiences inspired big decisions and which personal and professional set-backs shaped the growth of that company and its staff, making it the business it is today.

We have already introduced Martin, our expert coder and Swedish CTO, now it’s time to meet Raffaela Rein, the CEO of CareerFoundry. By speaking with Raffaela we hope to reveal some of the secrets behind her beloved startup, inspiring our students to make the leap to launch themselves onto the startup scene.

Herself a tech career convert, Raffaela made waves in the digital world at Rocket Internet before leaving to co-found her own startup, CareerFoundry. She is the business mastermind behind this fresh approach to online education which could be the launchpad you need to start a new tech career.

Raffaela is following her own path to world domination and it is her ambition to help CareerFoundry students do the same. Let’s hear a little more from Raffaela about her motivations:

What was your first job?

I started as an Investment Strategist for BlackRock in London.

What attracted you to the bright lights of the startup scene?

Startup companies tend to grow very fast, so the opportunities for development are far greater than anywhere else. It is a very creative and dynamic industry full of young and driven people which makes for a great work environment.

Which is the best country you’ve lived in?

China was my favourite. I worked in Beijing for Rocket Internet and loved the culture, food and boldness I found there.

What do you do to take a break from the hectic life of an entrepreneur?

I actually quite enjoy the mad entrepreneur lifestyle, but I try to do yoga once a week and get some fresh air from time to time.

What would you never be without?

I’m an avid cyclist- I wouldn’t want to be without my morning bike rides to the office.

What do you like most about being the founder of a startup?

I don’t think there’s one thing I like most but if I had to choose one then I’d say I love to be able to choose the people I work with.

I hear you have a company dance in mind… how’s that progressing?

Haha, if you want to see it, drop by the office on Monday, 12pm. It goes a little something like this:


If you want to keep up with the digital frontrunners, education doesn’t stop when you leave school. In today’s world we are all life-long learners and Raffaela will make sure you don’t fall behind. Her favourite word is tenacious, which says it all. Take a leaf out of her career book, jump aboard the technology ship and you could be sailing ahead of the curve as a digital professional or even a startup founder.

Raffaela has been all over the web this week as the hype builds over the CareerFoundry launch. Find the links to all of the articles and exclusive interviews below, from international and local sources including TheNextWeb and VentureVillage:

TheNextWeb: How CareerFoundry wants to put the personal touch back into online education

VentureVillage: CareerFoundry Looks To Train New Techies With Online Mentorship Programmes

Gründerszene: Ex-Rocket Raffaela Rein will Techies für die Szene ausbilden

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Connect with Raffaela: Twitter: @raffaelarein Linkedin: Raffaela Rein