Episode 5

Published on:

15th Dec 2020

Hello, World! : Jess Gartner, CEO and founder of Allovue.

In this episode of The Outspoken Podcast, host Shana Cosgrove talks to Jess Gartner, CEO and founder of Allovue. Jess talks about why she pivoted from teaching in Baltimore to financing education. Listen to how she started and funded Allovue. She also explains why it’s important for your success to always be your true self.


  • “I am not a halfway mitigate your risk type person. I am just an all or nothing person.” -Jess Gartner [38:17]
  • “You cannot be successful at anything if you are trying to be someone else’s version of success. You have to figure out who you are and go to the fullest version of yourself.” -Jess Gartner [57:25]
  • “I think that polarizing can be a good thing, because when you’re polarizing, you’re going to find the people that are your people.” -Jess Gartner [1:00:32]


  • [00:04] Intro
  • [01:17] Meet Jess Gartner
  • [05:04] What is Allovue?
  • [09:40] Her financial background
  • [14:51] What inspired her to do public service
  • [16:48] Becoming a Baltimore public school teacher
  • [20:13] Internships and jobs
  • [22:41] The decision not to pursue law school
  • [23:39] Pursuing Teach for America
  • [26:47] Getting a master’s degree and her first jobs
  • [29:24] Leaving the classroom
  • [34:04] Her clear vision
  • [39:27] A couple questions
  • [41:11] Finding someone to work on her product
  • [45:16] Getting a data set
  • [49:48] The first fundraising series
  • [55:00] Something she’s not good at
  • [56:59] Her advice for young women
  • [1:02:00] A book that made an impact on Jess
  • [1:06:21] Her second dream job
  • [1:08:11] Contacting Jess
  • [1:09:08] What she loves best about what she does
  • [1:13:00] What’s next for Jess
  • [1:14:32] Outro



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Outspoken with Shana Cosgrove
Tech, Money, Business, and Passion
On this show we'll talk about tech - software engineering, data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning - government contracting, the business of business, money, and what really drives us.

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Shana Cosgrove

An engineer by education and trade (computer science and systems engineering), Shana Cosgrove is now the Founder, Owner, and Operator of two tech startups - Nyla Technology Solutions and VitalUP Marketing. Nyla is a government contractor providing big-data software engineering and data services, while VitalUP excels in all things digital marketing related. Known for her innovation and customer-focus, Shana is a principal engineer with deep experience in all aspects of the software development lifecycle. She has a strong understanding of a broad range of techniques and technologies to develop software-intensive systems. Shana is a proven leader and known as an outstanding communicator. Funny, engaging, and authentic, she is a frequently-requested speaker.