Consultant | Entrepreneur | Advisor | Educator | Non-profit fundraiser | Forbes Contributor
Yolanda Lau is a startup founder, experienced entrepreneur, and entrepreneurship consultant. She is a skilled and collaborative project manager and leader, comfortable working with diverse stakeholders to manage expectations and outcomes with limited resources.
Since 2010, she has been focused on “solving” the “problem” of ambitious, educated, talented women and men “opting out” of the traditional workforce for personal reasons. In 2015, she co-founded FlexTeam with two other MIT alumnae. FlexTeam is a mission-based micro-consulting firm that matches talented mid-career women with meaningful, challenging, temporally flexible, remote project-based work opportunities. FlexTeam‘s clients are businesses of all sizes across all industries and sectors and their most requested projects are competitor / market research, financial models, and investor decks.
In 2019, FlexTeam spun out its proprietary software solution for onboarding, managing, and paying freelancers / service vendors / 1099 workers into a separate company called Liquid. Liquid unlocks the power of the liquid workforce so you can do – and be – more.
Additionally, Yolanda is also a co-founder and partner at Lau Labs and is also part of 79 Studios, a Los Angeles based startup studio rethinking venture capital with a women-first, product, and community point-of-view.
In her own consulting work with Lau Labs, Yolanda specializes in creating and improving processes to maximize efficiency, reduce costs, and increase customers and revenue. She’s exceptionally adept at planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating activities appropriate to an organization’s goals. Additionally, she advises entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses in a multitude of areas — strategy, operations, branding, marketing, future of work, web development and internet communities / social media, business development/strategy, negotiation skills, conflict resolution, risk management, technology licensing, edtech, talent acquisition, systems thinking, design thinking, and business writing.
Educated at Punahou School and MIT, she is a lifelong learner interested in remote work, project-based work, the future of work, and opportunities to connect or re-connect.
She has additional experience in college admissions, collegiate and preparatory alumni relations, mentoring / teaching, and fundraising / advancement.
You can find her writing on Medium, at Lau Labs, and on Forbes.com.