Meet Anjali Sud, Vimeo’s CEO who used to market diapers and got rejected from every big investment bank

Vimeo's CEO, Anjali SudBusiness Insider

  • The CEO of the video platform Vimeo faced a trail of rejection before gaining a top position.
  • Every single investment bank rejected her saying she doesn’t have the personality to be a banker.
  • Anjali Sud was also featured on Fortune’s 40 influential young business leaders under 40 list.
Anjali Sud, who is now a CEO of Vimeo, a video platform was once told she doesn’t have the personality to be a banker.

But if you really are working hard for achieving something, it will always pay off. So is the case with Sud who told Forbes that there’s no playbook or rules for gaining success.

The story of Sud begins with a train of rejection. Recalling her past experience, she said that she once wanted to be a banker but couldn’t find any job at big investment bank. Every single bank rejected her, according to CNN Money

And it wasn’t her first time to face failure. She witnessed a tough time in her academic career at the age of 14 when she left home to join a prestigious boarding school in Massachusetts. She failed many times during her first year.

During her early career, she tried everything from marketing diapers online to investment banking and ended up finding a job at Vimeo as a vice president and head of global marketing at Vimeo in 2014, before becoming the CEO of the company in July 2017.

Sud’s career advice to people is to look smartly where nobody else is looking. "Failure is essential to success," seems to be her mantra.

“I think that when you are pushed outside of your comfort zone, you get off that learning curve so much faster and you develop as a leader so much faster. I tell people to get comfortable doing that and do it as early as you can in your career,” Sud told Business Insider.

Anjali Sud is featured on Fortune’s 40 influential young business leaders under 40 list.
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