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Payal Kadakia

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Payal Kadakia on Becoming a Unicorn, and What to Do When 95% of Your Revenue Vanishes

In Conversation with Shopify Plus

Payal Kadakia, the founder and executive chairman of ClassPass, discusses what changes when a company reaches a $1 billion valuation and becomes a unicorn, representation problems in the fundraising process, and how to survive when 95% of your revenue vanishes into thin air."When I was younger, I think everyone always was like, 'You shouldn't be emotional in business. You can't have empathy,'" Kadakia says. "But at the end of the day, the best brands are the ones that understand, emotionally, what's going on."Brought to you by Shopify Plus, the enterprise platform powering brands from Allbirds and Gymshark to Staples and Heinz. Join the revolution at shopify.com/plus.


1 Sep 2021

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From Draining Savings To Billion Dollar Business: ClassPass Founder Payal Kadakia

Everyone Talks To Liz Claman

This week, Liz is joined by Class Pass Founder and Executive Chairman Payal Kadakia, who shares her journey as the odd one out in a small New Jersey town with Indian immigrant parents to building a $1 billion fitness company years after quitting her corporate job. Payal explains how dance has played a huge role in her life and guided her to where she is today. Follow Liz on Twitter: @LizClaman


27 Jul 2021

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Live From HIBT Summit: Payal Kadakia, Tristan Walker, and Perry Chen on Innovation

How I Built This with Guy Raz

Our second episode from the 2021 How I Built This Virtual Summit is from our innovation panel with Payal Kadakia of ClassPass, Tristan Walker of Walker and Company, and Perry Chen of Kickstarter. In this live conversation with Guy, the panel talks about how innovation doesn't require newness, but rather, authenticity. We'll be releasing more episodes from the Summit, so keep checking your podcast feed.


22 Jul 2021

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Perfecting the Pivot with Payal Kadakia (with Kindra Hall)

SUCCESS Stories with Madison Pieper

The SUCCESS Stories podcast takes you behind the scenes with the most successful authors, speakers, entrepreneurs, and other high achievers. You hear first-hand about their personal journey to the top. In this episode, you will hear from ClassPass founder and dance enthusiast Payal Kadakia, the SUCCESS Magazine cover figure for the November-December 2020 issue, about how her background of brave choices put ClassPass back on track amid the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about Payal's story at www.success.com. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


6 Oct 2020

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S6 E. 12 How to Scale Your Passion Into a Thriving Business With Payal Kadakia of ClassPass


Presented by Mastercard Launching a business is so much more than just having a great idea. Passion is important, of course, but if you want to scale your business for growth—and be profitable!—you need to get the fundamentals in place. Because even if your product is selling well, you’ll soon have another problem: delivering that product to all your new customers and on time. Are your business systems, infrastructure, and team able to accommodate that growth? If you’re not, then orders will start falling through the cracks which very quickly leads to unhappy customers who won’t be back for more. So, how do you scale your passion into a thriving business? To find out, we tapped someone who has done just that with wild success—Payal Kadakia, Founder and Executive Chairman of billion-dollar business, ClassPass. As we find out in this chat, scaling requires planning, funding, systems, staff, processes, technology, and partners. And yes, there will be missteps along the way but as long as you set the foundation to enable and support that growth you’ll be successful.   Guest Payal Kadakia @payal @classpass Produced by Dear Media


5 Aug 2020

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19. How to price your product to scale, w/ClassPass's Payal Kadakia

Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman

The price that bleeds your business could also save it. We're revisiting a classic episode with ClassPass' Payal Kadakia to focus something every entrepreneur struggles with: pricing. When you invent something innovative, you can’t know how to price it on Day One. But you need to get people in the door — a LOT of people — even if you have to price your product fatally low at first. In this episode, ClassPass founder and chair Payal Kadakia shares the winding path to the right price — and how the journey revealed what was most valuable about their service.Read a transcript of this interview at: https://mastersofscale.com/payal-kadakia-how-to-price-your-product-to-scale.Subscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter at http://eepurl.com/dlirtX.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


4 Aug 2020

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ClassPass: Payal Kadakia

How I Built This with Guy Raz

In the late 2000s, Payal Kadakia was working a corporate job and running an Indian dance company on the side. When a search for a ballet class yielded a confusing jumble of computer tabs, she had an idea: create the Open Table of the fitness industry – a search engine where users could sign up for classes in one streamlined place. When that idea failed, Payal pivoted multiple times, eventually landing on the subscription service ClassPass. Today, ClassPass connects users to hundreds of thousands of fitness classes around the world. It was valued at $1 billion earlier this year, but when the pandemic hit, it flattened the fitness industry, forcing Classpass to pivot yet again.

1hr 19mins

29 Jun 2020

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Motivating People to Move — Payal Kadakia (Founder + Executive Chairman, ClassPass)

Startup Grind

Payal is the Executive Chairman & Founder of ClassPass and the Artistic Director of The Sa Dance Company. Payal has been a “dancetrepreneur” since the age of 3 when she started training in Indian classical and folk styles of dance. It was her passion for dance, entrepreneurship, and making the world a more active, happy place that led to the founding of Classpass. ClassPass is a membership program for fitness classes across multiple gyms and studios, making working out more engaging, accessible, and affordable. Mollie Glick is a book agent at Creative Artists Agency. Glick works in the New York office and represents many top authors and thought leaders.  


13 Jan 2020

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Ep. 264 - ClassPass’s Payal Kadakia on the Problem Solving Cycle + How to Act on Your WHY

Almost 30

We are thrilled for today’s interview because this amazing woman’s passion project is a huge part of our everyday lives. Please welcome the founder of ClassPass, Payal Kadakia! ClassPass is a fitness membership that lets you take classes at a variety of locations in your area. Spin, barre, pilates, yoga, or gym time—it’s all under one membership! It also allows you to tap into the local communities when traveling. Payal shares how before founding ClassPass she was unfulfilled in her corporate job, trying to balance work with her love of dance. She illustrates the fear she experienced before leaving her job, along with the passion behind entrepreneurship—like focusing on the problem you’re trying to solve versus your idea. Payal explains the market research and fundraising involved, how ClassPass has grown over the years, and what we have to look forward to in the future. When it comes to her passion for dance, Payal shares how it connects her to her Indian culture and feeds her love of giving to people, which is how she came to found ClassPass. For a free month of ClassPass, visit classpass.com and use the code ALMOST30! We also talk about: Being in your masculine vs. feminine Balancing Payal’s corporate job with dance Payal’s relationship with her parents Having an identity crisis & living two lives When she saw a hole in the market to start ClassPass Most difficult part of keeping partners and customers happy The team atmosphere when starting off The hardship of being an entrepreneur Redefining what words mean to you Instagram accounts L&K love Find more to love at almost30podcast.com! Resources: Instagram: @payal Learn more: classpass.com (use code ALMOST30) Upcoming Events: October 29th: Washington D.C. with Heidi Stevens October 30th: Philadelphia with K&L November 26th: Melbourne with Rosie Acosta November 28th: Sydney with Jessica Sepel December 7th: Los Angeles with K&L December 12th: Miami with K&L Sponsors: Skinny Dipped | Use code ALMOST30 for 20% off at skinnydipped.com Four Sigmatic | Use code ALMOST30 for 15% off your order at foursigmatic.com/almost30 Away | Use code ALMOST30 for $20 off a suitcase at awaytravel.com/almost30 Buffy | Go to www.buffy.co use code ALMOST30 for $20 off Ancient Nutrition | Visit ancientnutrition.com and use code ALMOST20 for 20% off Almost 30 is edited by Crate Media

1hr 19mins

17 Oct 2019

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Payal Kadakia: Hard-Earned Entrepreneurial Lessons From ClassPass Founder

The Forbes Interview

Payal Kadakia had a great job and an exceptional job offer when she was formulating the idea of ClassPass, the company she founded and of which she is executive chair. But, it was keen words of advice from her mentor, that galvanized her to say no to the security of employment and instead move full-speed ahead on her business concept. Hear that sage guidance, what Kadakia’s first steps were to bring ClassPass to life and a few of Kadakia’s hard-earned lessons about what best sets up entrepreneurs to thrive. Plus, a look at future plans for the company.


26 Aug 2019