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Now displaying: August, 2018
Aug 30, 2018

Malvika Jethmalani has never backed down from a challenge.

So when she joined a turnaround CPG company 2 years ago, she was ready.

As VP of Human Resources of Flavors Holdings (you know them as the makers of the Equal sweetener you use in your coffee), she’s helped rebuild the organization bottom to top.

Not an easy task… because Flavors has 600 people across 21 countries.

Business turnarounds have been compared to changing the tires on a car that’s speeding down the highway at 70 mph.

Malvika’s experience at Danaher & CareerBuilder, and her Kellogg MBA, prepared her for the task.

In this 20-minute conversation, Malvika reveals how to tackle the people part of a turnaround.

Aug 28, 2018

His grandmother in Barbados was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Which inspired Gil Addo to start a company.

So, in 2013, RubiconMD was born. It’s goal is to connect primary care physicians with specialist doctors.

Why?

Believe it or not, your family physician doesn’t have all the answers. 

So RubiconMD gives them instant online access to top specialists all over the world. This way, they can provide better care, improve their patient experience, and reduce healthcare costs.

No more driving all over town from specialist to specialist.

RubiconMD’s no typical startup. It’s based in NYC already with 50 employees.

And Gil’s no typical entrepreneur. He holds an MBA from Harvard and Biomedical Engineering degree from Yale. He was named one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” in healthcare. He’s raised $13 million from HLM Venture Partners & Optum Ventures.

In this 20-minute conversation, Gil reveals how he’s building the team that’s building this life-saving company.

Aug 23, 2018

Jett McCandless is CEO & Co-Founder of project44, one of Chicago’s fastest-growing companies.

Launched in 2014, project44’s technology provides companies with increased visibility into their supply chain.

In addition to tracking shipments from port to loading dock, the company’s technology provides solutions for pricing, payments, scheduling, and analytics.

And it’s working…

Revenue reportedly increased by a whopping 400% last year.

And recently, project44 closed a $35 million venture funding round & announced plans to make 200 hires over the next 2 years.

So how will Jett attract that talent?

In this 20-minute episode, he reveals his plans.

(And he tells what the ’44’ is all about.)

 

Aug 21, 2018

Sahil Sahni is doing the impossible.

After leaving McKinsey & Company and Techstars, he’s co-founded a fast-growing AI company.

And against the odds, he’s recruiting top-talent in Silicon Valley…ground zero of the war for talent.

AllyO is an AI technology company that is transforming recruiting through intelligent automation. It’s an AI recruiter that utilizes natural language processing & machine learning to automate the end-to-end recruiting workflow. 

This removes the traditional inefficiencies of lost applicants & conversions due to poor candidate experience, and the high cost of recruiting due to administrative tasks. 

AllyO has already processed millions of job applicants for Fortune 1000 companies, such as Walmart, Hilton, AT&T, and Arby’s.

Sahil and his team have raised $14million in venture funding from Google, Bain Capital Ventures, Cervin Ventures, Gradient Ventures & Randstad Innovation Fund. 

Even if you’re not based in Silicon Valley, you’ll get a ton of recruiting wisdom from this 20-minute conversation.

Aug 16, 2018

Following a successful career in investment banking, and an MBA at Chicago Booth GSB, Ryan Crane developed a thirst for entrepreneurship.

Now, he’s CEO of Tempo Tea, the fast-growing beverage company in Chicago. It helps you beat the mid-day slump.

Tempo is a new line of organic, unsweetened sparkling teas crafted to provide a guilt-free & uplifting boost of natural energy. Think tea meets 5-hour-energy.

0 calories. 0 sugar. 0 sweeteners. What’s not to like?

In this 20-minute interview, Ryan reveals how he’s building the team that’s building this disruptive business.

 

 

Aug 12, 2018

Legendary business author Tom Peters once said that “you are your projects.”

Natalie Steck is on a mission to help you manage those projects far more easily.

She recently joined Viewpath as CEO. 

Based in Seattle, Viewpath markets an enterprise-grade project & resource management solution to Fortune 1000 companies. Their cloud-based SaaS software is a proven, robust, and scalable technology platform which integrates with Salesforce.com

In this 20-minute interview, Natalie reveals how she’s building the team that’s building this project management tool.

 

 

Aug 9, 2018

Michael Winnick & his team at dscout have a passion for understanding what makes people tick.

So, they created a research tool that captures thoughts, reactions, and behaviors in the moments as they happen. This way, smart researchers can gather qualitative feedback–in the form of rich video, voices, images, and text–and then analyze it within a quantifiable framework.

Based in Chicago, Michael founded dscout in 2012 with the mission of leveraging technology to make in-context research everyday accessible for organizations.

As dscout’s tools have become commonplace at progressive companies, their leaders regularly tap Michael to help make sense of it all. 

In this 20-minute conversation, Michael reveals how he’s recruiting the team to build this curiosity business.

Aug 7, 2018

Imagine if printing a wallet (or a lamp, or a birthday card, or a sushi wrap) was just as easy as printing a résumé.

That’s the vision of Dan Shapiro, CEO & Cofounder of Glowforge.

Based in Seattle, Glowforge has created the 3D laser printer. It also holds the record as the biggest crowdfunding campaign in history, with $27.9M in preorders in 30 days. 

Put simply, Glowforge makes it simple for designers & engineers to take products directly from digital design to reality.

Before starting the company, Dan was the CEO of Google Comparison, which operates comparison shopping products. Before that, he was founder & CEO of Photobucket.

He’s also the author of Hot Seat: The Startup CEO Guidebook. And has been awarded a dozen US patents.

Whew. Busy guy.

Glowforge has 75 people & $70M in venture funding. In this 20-minute conversation, Dan reveals how he’s scaling the organization in a few remarkable ways.

Aug 2, 2018

Nolan Mondrow is CEO of LockState. 12 years in the making, his persistence is paying off.

Based in Denver, LockState is at the heart of the Internet of Things.

It’s the first company to create software in the cloud that controls multiple connected locks. 

Yes, many connected lock companies make a web or mobile application that is focused on controlling their own device. 

Instead, LockState puts all of these connected locks on to their platform so–no matter what type of door or lock you need–the platform is able to control it from the cloud.

This solves the problem for property managers & owners who need to give access to their properties for guests, renters and service people, even when they are off-site. The software eliminates the expense & hassle of key exchanges, the disruption of early check-ins and overstays, and the security risks of unauthorized access. 

With funding by Iron Gate Capital, Nolan is opening doors.

And in this 20-minute conversation, he reveals how he’s recruiting the team to ‘lock up’ the category. And as Nolan explains, it hasn’t always been straight up & to the right.

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