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OpenTable CEO Christa Quarles says vulnerability is what actually gives you strength

Source | | Nina Zipkin

In this series, Entrepreneur staff writer Nina Zipkin shares her conversations with leaders about understanding what you have to offer, navigating the obstacles that will block your path, identifying opportunity and creating it for yourself and for others.

Thinking about leaving a stable paying gig for a chance at startup success? OpenTable CEO Christa Quarles has been where you are.

Quarles got her start in banking but in 2009 got the chance to jump into something completely different, when che came on board as the CFO of a social gaming startup called Playdom.

In less than a year on the job, the company was acquired by  and Quarles spent the next three years overseeing  for the mobile gaming wing of the media giant.

She left Disney to join Nextdoor as the company’s chief business officer for a year before joining OpenTable as the reservation booking platform’s CFO. In 2015 she was made the company’s interim CEO before officially taking the helm of the company.

Quarles shared her insights about understanding when to take risks and how gaining more power gives you the opportunity to be more vulnerable.

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