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ClassPass Founder Payal Kadakia on the Advice That Got Her to Launch the Hit Fitness App (Video)

ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia on Friday revealed that her iconic fitness app almost never came to be.

Speaking at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in New York City, Kadakia said she almost abandoned her vision to launch the company to take a senior role at Spotify — but stopped after receiving some sage advice from her mentor, venture capitalist Anjula Acharia.

“I had the idea of ClassPass — it actually started with a different name — about eight years ago and I hadn’t yet started it,” Kadakia told the audience at New York’s Time Warner Center in a discussion moderated by Shalini Sharma, Fast Company’s director of digital video. “But I had an offer potentially from another big startup called Spotify when they were launching here — they had four people here in their office in New York.”

Acharia, a partner at the Silicon Valley firm Trinity Ventures, told Kadakia that

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