Rebranding takes a lot of work. If you've ever pursued this difficult project at work, you know how much work and how many people are involved in the process. Rebranding comes with fears of rejection and a worry that your user base is in love with the brand they're used to. Thankfully, Juno College went through a successful rebrand with their user base and new sign ups adopting the new brand with ease.
Heather shares how her entrepreneurial mindset changed after she had both of her children and how she stepped back and hired people to fill roles (and succeed in them!). She also discusses how she entered into Y Combinator, and in typical founder fashion, leapt on the last minute opportunity and changed vacation plans to attend. If you've ever considered entering into Y Com, Heather discusses the benefits of being part of it. Find out Heather's journey from Ladies Learning Code (now Canada Learning Code), to HackerYou, to officially accredited Juno College of Technology.
Founder and CEO, Juno College of Technology
Juno is a registered Private Career College based in Toronto, Canada. It was originally opened in 2012 as HackerYou and the team behind Canada Learning Code (formerly Ladies Learning Code).
Heather Payne is a Toronto-based entrepreneur and angel investor with a passion for education and technology. In 2011, she founded Ladies Learning Code, now known as Canada Learning Code, a national non-profit serving Canadians in dozens of cities across the country. In 2012, she founded Juno to bring longer-term coding training to Toronto. She now operates Juno full-time, serving over 1000 students a year from a 12,000 square foot space at Queen & Spadina. In 2013, she was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women for her work exposing women and girls to programming and technology. Heather loves biking to work from her home in Parkdale where she lives with her husband and two young kids.