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Mar 23, 2017

Derek Nelson is founder and head of Clique Studios, one of the fastest-growing website creation firms in Chicago.

With 400 new websites under his belt, Derek has mastered the science of converting visitors into qualified leads.

In this 20-minute interview, he reveals:

- The first thing to do when designing your next website

- The myths of website conversion

- Why video is so important to driving conversion

- How to avoid groupthink in website design

 

Mar 21, 2017

If job postings aren’t working like they used to, and headhunters are too expensive, you can use your existing employees to attract more rockstars.

Erin Wilson is Co-Founder of Hirepool, the online CRM tool for job seeker. Previously, he was Talent Engineer at Yahoo

In this 20-minute interview, Erin reveals how to leverage your existing employees into a vibrant community to attract more top performers.

Mar 17, 2017

Reverb.com is the super-cool eCommerce platform for buying & selling musical instruments, with a swelling community of musicians & content.

Gina Contella, Director of Talent, has built most of the team. In fact, she's already recruited over 100 folks to this fast-growing Chicago company.

In this 20-minute interview, she reveals how she built the amazing Reverb.com team, and the mistakes to avoid as you build yours.

Mar 14, 2017

No doubt… Millennials are a very different breed. Aged 18 to 34, they have some unique characteristics & preferences

My guest today is Aaron Levy is CEO of Raise The Bar, a boutique firm that advises employers on recruiting & keeping Millennials.

In this 20-minute interview, Aaron reveals the best practices for captivating this important group, and the key mistakes to avoid.

Mar 9, 2017

What’s it like to start a business from scratch & build it to acquisition by Salesforce.com

Until recently, Jon Roa was CEO & Founder of AKTA, a leading digital experience and engagement consultancy based in Chicago. 

In 2010, he started AKTA, which led initiatives for top multinational brands to help innovate, design and engineer forward-thinking mobile products

After 6 years of growth, last year AKTA was successfully acquired by Salesforce.com

In this 20-minute interview, John reveals the people part of that story … how he shaped the culture, recruited rockstars, and executed his people playbook.

Mar 8, 2017

The French call it Raison D'être. Every company - raw startup or Fortune 100 - must figure out its ‘reason for being’

This isn’t just mission, vision, values. It’s the whole enchilada - WHY are we doing this?

If you get this wrong - or don’t have one at all - good luck recovering. Because you’ll never be able to build an energized team of Rockstars.

Mert Iseri is CEO & Co-Founder of SwipeSense, a VC-funded company. His company has a HUGE mission: To eradicate medical errors & infections in hospitals. This would save countless lives every year.

In this 20-minute interview, Mert reveals how he & his team crafted this Raison D'être. And how they operationalized it.

Dream big. Mert is.

Mar 2, 2017

Balance is everything when building a company.

My guest today is Divey Gulati, Co-Founder of one of Chicago’s fastest-growing companies, ShipBob.

ShipBob provides a direct-to-consumer fulfillment service for websites that want to ship directly to customers.

In this 20 minute interview, Divey & I discuss 2 topics:

  1. Co-Founders - how do you start a company with someone who’s been a friend for 30 years & still stay that way
  2. How to build & lead a startup that has 2 distinct subcultures (white collar & logistics warehouse)
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