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Leadership Success Is Situational (Arjun Moorthy)

  • Episode #33

With a wealth of wisdom from having been an employee in IPO-bound startups and then CEO of his own startup, Arjun Moorthy brings blunt-force candor to the show. He shares his key leadership principles and emphasizes the need for rigorous self-honesty.

Welcome to To Lead Is Human. This show helps listeners envision how they can uplevel their leadership and shape cultures of accountability, respect, and candor.

Arjun Moorthy is an entrepreneur who is currently building his next startup after having sold his last one, The Factual, to Yahoo.

“Your first startup is an absolute public ass kicking. You look like a complete clown. And so it gets rid of a lot of the arrogance very quickly.”

Arjun Moorthy

Arjun Moorthy is an entrepreneur who is currently building his next startup after having sold his last one, The Factual, to Yahoo. The Factual helps people find credible news across the political spectrum on trending topics. Prior to founding The Factual, Arjun was Vice President of Business Development at HubSpot. He has a computer engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Stanford University.

For more than 30 years, Sharon Richmond has partnered with C-level executives from mid-size and small, fast-growing companies who want to up-level their leadership and build companies they are proud of. Clients accelerate their leadership by embracing mindset and behavior changes, building self-awareness and self-management skills, and focusing on the three things all leaders must ensure: focus, energy and delivery.

Sharon’s purpose as an executive coach is to help leaders 10X their impact by leveraging the power afforded by their roles to build organizations that are forces for good, both economically and socially. She also advises CEOs on shaping organization culture and leading change.

Sharon has taught leadership at Stanford GSB, where she now helps leaders increase influence, manage conflict, and prepare to build high-performing teams.

To see a list of Sharon’s clients, please visit

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Arjun’s blog:
Arjun on X: @juicemoorthy
Arjun’s LinkedIn:

Host: Sharon Richmond
Producer: Cynthia Lamb
Assembled by: Melissa Deal
Audio Editor: Marvin del Rosario
Executive Producer: Danny Iny
Music Soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

Music credits:
Track Title: Escaping Light
Artist: Aaron Sprinkle
Writer: Aaron Sprinkle

Track Title: Bright Future
Artist: Be Still The Earth
Writer: Marshall Usinger

Special effects credits:
24990513_birds-chirping_by_promission used with permission of the author and under license by AudioJungle/Envato Market.

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To Lead Is Human

Every business leader has a huge impact on their organization. In this podcast, Sharon Richmond interviews successful leaders who have turned personal growth into tangible business outcomes. They discuss overcoming challenges, lessons learned and what helps them make a positive impact in their organization. Sharon offers insight and advice to help listeners envision how they can supercharge their own leadership by blending the art and science of leading with intention.