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Welcome to another episode of Category Visionaries — the show that explores GTM stories from tech’s most innovative B2B founders. In today’s episode, we’re speaking with René Janssen, CEO & Founder of Lepaya, an employee training platform that has raised over $85 Million in funding. 

Here are the most interesting points from our conversation:

  • Global Upskilling Need: René describes the universal need for upskilling among the 3.3 billion global workforce, driven by rapid changes in job requirements and skill sets. Lepaya addresses this by offering a platform that combines technology with human expertise to enhance work effectiveness and prevent burnout.
  • Personal Drive: The idea for Lepaya stemmed from René’s own experiences at Lazada, where he observed significant inefficiencies and employee turnover due to inadequate skills training and development processes.
  • Combination of Tech and Human Touch: Lepaya differentiates itself by integrating technology with human-led training, recognizing that essential workplace skills—like leadership and communication—are inherently human and benefit from real interaction.
  • Market Size and Opportunity: The global market for employee development is vast, with current spending estimated at around $400 billion annually. Lepaya positions itself within the ‘people development’ category, focusing on universally applicable skills across industries.
  • Challenges in Market Adoption: Initially, Lepaya faced challenges in market penetration due to its innovative approach, which significantly deviates from traditional training methods. The solution required educating potential clients about the unique benefits of integrating technology with personalized human training.
  • Vision for the Future: René envisions Lepaya as a leader in the people development space, significantly impacting how companies invest in human capital to remain competitive and ensure employee well-being and productivity.

 

Actionable
Takeaways

Blend Technology with Human Interaction:

Emphasize the integration of technology and personal interaction in training programs. Unlike purely digital solutions, combining tech with human facilitation can address complex human-centric skills like leadership and communication more effectively.

Focus on Scalability and Personalization:

When developing training solutions, consider how technology can enhance scalability and personalization. This approach not only makes training more accessible and tailored to individual needs but also more cost-effective for organizations.

Validate the Market Need Through Personal Experience:

Utilize personal or observed industry challenges as a foundation for your business solution. This direct understanding can guide product development to ensure it addresses real and specific market needs effectively.

Educate Potential Clients Proactively:

Given the innovative nature of blending tech with human-led training, invest time in educating potential clients about the benefits and practical applications of your approach. This will help overcome initial market resistance and facilitate adoption.

Measure and Promote ROI Effectively:

Develop clear metrics to demonstrate the return on investment (ROI) of your training solutions, focusing on key performance indicators like employee retention, productivity improvement, and skill application post-training. This data will not only validate the effectiveness of the program but also strengthen the business case for potential clients.

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