Business Operations & Growth

CEO - AI/ML Startup

Santa Monica, California
Work Type: Full Time

You have started and sold a successful SaaS or Marketplace organization(s) and you are ready to do it again. This is why you should do it with UP.Labs:

  • Funding in place from Tier 1 VC
  • Likely exit timing is short (~3 years) compared to traditional startup with usually longer corporate development timelines
  • An immediate established customer - our Corporate Partners (Porsche + more) become first customer of the portfolio company
  • Product Market fit achieved by proven team with strict research methodology from leading global consulting firms
  • Ecosystem of top tier mobility talent and supporting services to quickly scale your teams
  • You will receive a competitive base salary as well as sizeable early stage equity in a portfolio company backed by leading corporate investors and our venture capital partners.

Entrepreneurs can rapidly create and launch technology-focused startups at UP.Labs with fewer roadblocks and less red tape than they would face with traditional accelerators / incubators, or in scaling the business on their own.


Job Description

UP.Labs is seeking a proven, product centric CEO with a track record of successful exit(s) to lead a AI/ML-driven product rapidly scaling within our portfolio. As a CEO with UP.Labs, you’ll have end-to-end oversight of your portfolio company: building product and operations roadmaps; setting go-to-market strategy, establishing marketing goals, and building/retaining teams to meet the expectations of both internal partners and external investors. You’ll also have access to the UP.Ecosystem - an expansive team across product, engineering, design, analytics, marketing, legal, talent, finance, and venture capital available to help advise & scale your portfolio organization.  With elevated external|internal buy-in towards launched portfolio organizations, counseling from our UP.Ecosystem, and funding from our fund and our corporate partners; we believe we have the ability to launch generation-defining organizations.


In this role you will:

  • Immediately step into a business built for success - quickly utilizing the UP.Ecosystem for advisory and connections, work directly with a corporate partner closely invested in the success of their org., and manage an already-developed product market fit; harnessing our proven & strict methodology to potentially quick and long-term wins
  • Oversee and lead all operations and products at the company; leading with a hands-on approach to building processes, playbooks, goals, and sets expectations with internal teams, corporate partners | investors, and UP.Labs.
  • Lead the go-to-market strategy to scale across multiple markets, working directly with Marketing, Finance, and Data teams to define the product roadmap.
  • Direct responsibility for the success of the your inherited organization; managing P&L and determining the most essential KPIs & goals while simultaneously building a team to execute on them.
  • Partner with UP.Labs and portfolio technical leadership to create a product and technical vision, ensuring an uncompromising focus on customer experience.
  • Hire, retain, and mentor a world-class team consisting of diverse skill-sets; enhance employee performance via evaluation and coaching.

You should have:

  • Success as a cross-functional people manager of an operationally complex, high-growth environment with an ability to be hands-on while allocating resources correctly.
  • Management experience; preferably early-stage growth companies in a AI/ML or highly regulated B2C marketplace
  • Experience building hypergrowth start-up warranty or insurance ventures, preferably as an early-stage leader
  • Experience both designing and executing on strategies, helping to scale a product or services company’s operations, employees, customers, partners, market growth, and revenue.
  • Reputation as a well-rounded project manager with exceptional go-to-market and product instincts; able to bring sales, marketing, customer experience, talent, product, and operations together under common objectives.
  • High EQ and low ego; you carry an executive presence regardless of years of experience.
  • You’ve helped to recruit and retain world-class talent, while developing a values-oriented, high-performance culture.
  • Exceptional collaboration, communication, and leadership skills.

UP.Labs Summary:

We build high-growth technology startups that enable faster, cleaner, and safer movement of people and goods. Our vision is to transform the moving world by pairing leading corporations and entrepreneurs with a proven methodology for launching and scaling software and hardware companies.

Our platform is unique in three ways:

  1. Risk: We reward our entire team and ecosystem of partners with meaningful equity
  2. Technology: We build and launch scalable technology products that form the basis for each venture
  3. Industry Focus: We stay focused on the underlying fabric of society mobility and transportation

We work with corporate investors over a multi-year period to launch a portfolio of mobility-focused ventures. Our team is dedicated to the first year of a new venture’s life cycle: from ideation to minimum viable product build - and beyond.


A CEO comes in at month 10-12 of the company’s lifecycle post seed financing, taking the baton from the UP.Labs team to immediately build your team, scale the current MVP and go-to-market strategy, and lead the portfolio organization in day-to-day operations. CEO’s have access to key advisory from the UP.Ecosystem, and embedded strategic corporate partnerships partnered directly with the venture to quickly scale the organization with high-probability.

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