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Dare to Disrupt Episode 5 – Building Weebly with Founder David Rusenko

David is the Head of eCommerce at Square and founder of Weebly. He graduated from Penn State in 2007 with a degree in Information Sciences & Technology. 

Rusenko describes how he went from writing lines of code, sometimes for 16 hours straight, in his Beaver Hill apartment to having Square acquire his website building platform for $365M.  

He also discusses how he had to repeatedly convince people they could build their website themselves using Weebly and did not need to hire a professional web designer. 

At the end of the episode, Sydney Gibbard, a junior at Penn State studying biomedical engineering and pre-medicine and founder of Girls Code the World, a non-profit which provides resources, role models and opportunities for young girls by providing STEM educational programming, joins the conversation. She talks to Rusenko about how to expand your startup team while maintaining high quality delivery of your product. 

About David Rusenko

David is the Head of eCommerce at Square and founder of Weebly, which was acquired by Square in 2018 for $365M. He graduated from Penn State in 2007 with a degree in Information Sciences & Technology. 

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