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Nov 29, 2016

Imagine going behind the scenes at a leading VC firm & being a fly on the wall at the Partner Meeting. 

My guest today is Guy Turner, Managing Director at Hyde Park Venture Partners in Chicago. With a new $65M venture fund, Guy is investing in rocket ship startups like Farmlogs & FourKites.

In this 20-min interview, Guy reveals the biggest mistakes that entrepreneurs make. He sees the same problems over & over. And he shares the keys to avoiding them.

Nov 17, 2016

With the pace of business accelerating, its more important than ever for your team to test, innovate, iterate, and share their findings with each other.

Brittani Shaw is Director of Talent with Vivid Seats, one of Chicago’s hottest PE-funded companies. She’s an expert at creating learning organizations, which she has repeated at Spring Rewards, Centro, and Echo Global.

In this 20-minute interview, Brittany reveals: recruiting people that really value learning / interviewing to see if they’re legit / developing them / putting systems in place to ensure they share learnings companywide.


Nov 15, 2016

As your growth company scales, you’ve got to take an honest look at your talent pool & decide whether your current folks are the right ones to get you where you want to go. Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. My guest today is Mattie Isaac, who has played an instrumental role in two hypergrowth companies. Currently, she is Director of Human Resources with Trunk Club (acquired recently by Nordstrom), where she has overseen the growth from 300 people to 1,300. Previously, she built the H.R. function from the ground up at Braintree, before it was acquired by PayPal for $800M. In this 15-minute interview, Mattie reveals: How to handle recruiting experts from outside without demotivating the current team / How to know if your current team is ready for the road ahead /  And how to exit folks that can’t make it.

Nov 10, 2016

It’s a high-class problem…your business is booming. So, how do you lead your team to keep up with the growth? My guest today is Chris Campbell, CEO of ReviewTrackers, one of Chicago’s fastest-growing company. They make customer intelligence software to help companies manage their online reviews & improve brand reputation. Chris has learned a ton about building & leading a team in hypergrowth mode. In this 15-minute interview, he shares it with you.

Nov 8, 2016

It took months, but I finally bagged the elephant! My guest is Robert Hatta, Partner at Drive Capital, one of today’s hottest VC firms. They just closed a $300 million fund to invest in Midwestern companies. Robert’s seen the talent movie over & over. In this 20-minute interview, he reveals the biggest mistakes that entrepreneurs make when it comes to hiring & building a culture. If you’re raising VC capital, or thinking about it, you can’t afford to miss this.

Nov 3, 2016

The times are changing. We’re officially in the Gig Economy. Keith Ryu is Founder of OnboardIQ, the hiring automation solution for temporary hourly workers. His clients include Grubhub, Groupon, and Square. Even if you don’t recruit hourly workers, don’t miss this episode because you soon will. People are changing jobs more often & more people are opting to become hourly contract workers. Keith reveals how to find, assess, and recruit hourly workers in the Gig Economy.

Nov 1, 2016

In this super-tight labor market, you can’t take the candidate experience for granted. It doesn’t take much to mess it up & turn them off. And on Glassdoor & LinkedIn, they’ll tell thousands of your misdeeds.

My guest today is Michelle Joseph, the Founder & CEO of PeopleFoundry. She’s an expert with 10 years experience in perfecting how to communicate with candidates.

Michelle reveals the secrets to engaging candidates… even when they’re not actively seeking a new role.