Maria Goy

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CEO and co-founder Maria Goy, in brief.

Maria Goy

Home: Austin, TX.  Age: 45, and loving the grey hair that comes with it.  Organization: Spot Insurance Inc.  Title: CEO & Co-founder.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Significant other: My ride or die husband, Christian Goy.  Alma mater: University of Washington.

Recent professional development: Moved into the CEO role in January of 2023.  Latest accomplishment: Hired an amazing senior leadership team that has already demonstrated their ability to scale.  Latest contribution to others: Working on ensuring my team receives the gift of feedback from one another and myself.  Hobbies: Obsessively reading, snuggling with my dogs.  Recent travel or adventure: Finally took my first holiday in two years with my husband, to Hawaii.  Last book read: The Great CEO Within, by Matt Mochary.  Recently viewed and recommended: The Last of Us (HBO), Groupchat (podcast).  

What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Kind.  Moral compass: How would I feel if my mom read about it in the NY Times?  How do you define a perfect friendship? Trust with someone to hear and hold space for ups and downs.  Holding one another up to always being our best.  Light in a dark room.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Direct, transparent, trusting, open, willing to grow and knowing when to put ego aside.  What is your greatest fear? Not delivering on the promise of being a good human.  How do you relieve stress? Meditate, walk my dogs, laugh out loud.  What is your go-to workout? Peloton.  

What three emojis best describe you? ❤️🔥🚀.

What was your first paying job? Lifeguard.  What book have you repeatedly read? By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, by Paulo Coelho.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? Sixteen Candles.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? Be kind, you never know what someone else is going through.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? The highs are high and the lows are low; don’t ride either of those waves.  What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Divorce.  It forced me to learn how to choose myself.

What message do you want to send out into the world? Do your best to love the people around you hard.  What mega-trend most excites you? AI.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Who determines the consciousness of AI?

Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My grandmother.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A marine biologist.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Loved ones includes my dogs, after that, my grandmother’s watch.  What advice would you give your younger self? Have fun.  Surround yourself with people that make you better.  Don’t be so hard on yourself.  Always trust your gut. Love as hard as you can.  Say yes, even when you’re tired.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? None.  Every moment has led me to this exact life and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

Personal motto: Sometimes you have to make your own silver lining.  Personal mantra: Be kind.

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