I just had a chance to interview Stuart Frankel. Stuart is Co-Founder & CEO of Narrative Science, one of Chicago’s fastest-growing Startups. He’s hired 80 employees & raised $30 million in venture capital to build this artificial intelligence company. So cool: their enterprise software instantly turns piles of data into fully-written investment research reports. In this 20-minute interview, Stuart reveals: How Not(!) to build a Startup culture / How the kind of employees you need changes as your Startup grows / What to look for when recruiting Rockstars / How to know when to raise outside capital, and how much.
I know you’ll enjoy this candid conversation with Mark Achler, Managing Director of MATH Venture Partners, the $28M venture fund based in Chicago. Mark pulls back the curtain on: What VC’s really look for in an entrepreneur / What sets apart the entrepreneurs who make it & those who don’t / The single-most vital skill of an entrepreneur / And how Founder/CEO transitions can go smoothly… or terribly
Mark Jacobson is a Partner at True, the nation’s 12th largest executive search firm. In this role, he’s retained by companies to find only the top talent. In fact, Mark has interviewed thousands of executives. In this 25-minute interview, he reveals what sets apart the Rockstars… top 10% performers. How to identify them quickly in an interview. When is your candidate’s failure a good thing. When to pick the up-and-comer over the seasoned veteran. And Mark busts many of the myths of successful recruiting. If you’re going to hire at least 1 person in the next few months, you can’t afford to miss this interview.
Imagine banning all annual employee performance reviews from your company...forever. Jennifer Shoop CEO of Fizz shows us how to do it. No more scrambling to write reviews for each employee between Christmas & New Years. She's pioneered a much better way to assess & manage people.
Entrepreneur & CEO Art Papas has built Bullhorn to 600 employees. Because many of his 10,000 customers are Recruiters, he's seen hiring from so many angles. In this 20-minute interview, he reveals the biggest recruiting mistakes that people make & how you can avoid them.
Reid Carr is Founder & CEO of Red Door Interactive, the 90-person firm based in San Diego. He's built a robust & vibrant culture that's been recognized nationally. In this 20-minute interview, Reid reveals how he did it, how he keeps near-zero turnover, and how to build a jerk-free culture. You can do the same... recruiting begins with retention of your Rockstars.
Lisa O’Keefe is Talent & Engineering Culture Advisor at Pritzker Group, Chicago’s leading VC & PE investment firm. She’s also served as VP Talent & Culture at Signal, the fast-growing tech company based in Chicago. She joined when Signal had 4 employees and it’s now over 150, thanks to her incredible recruiting skills. Despite Lisa’s modesty, she’s achieved remarkable success with both recruiting (96%+ offer acceptance rate) and retention (virtually 0 undesired attrition). In this 20-minute interview, Lisa reveals: How to spot an A-Player in just minutes / How she reaches out successfully to engage candidates that aren’t actively seeking a job / The exact step-by-step of her recruiting process / How to handle those delicate compensation discussions
She’s placed 100’s of rockstars at Google. In 1996, Martha Josephson founded the digital media practice at Egon Zehnder, one of the world’s top executive search firms. After McKinsey & Harvard Business School, Martha pursued her passion for recruiting. Since then, she’s interviewed thousands of top digital experts, and placed many of them… Including hundreds at Google! So, she’s uniquely qualified to tell us about how to recruit gamechangers, the disrupters that can help your company remake your industry. In this 20-minute interview, Martha shares: Conducting an interview that is predictive of a candidate’s success / How to do reference checks the right way / If personality tests have changed the hiring game / The importance of the 5-minute “Sniff Test” / How Google has remade its recruiting process
Susan Rosenstein has been recruiting marketing rockstars for her clients for 30 years. Big CPG companies, startups... she does it all. From CMO to Brand Manager, Susan reveals the secrets in this 20-minute interview. What to look for in a Rockstar? How to assess culture fit? Should you care about the candidate’s education? What interview questions to ask? If you’ll hire a marketing person in the next year, you can’t miss this interview. Susan is one of the nation’s top marketing headhunter.
Legendary executive coach Marty Nemko reveals how to be a great entrepreneur. Today, I had the opportunity to interview Marty Nemko. He’s worked with nearly 5,000 executives, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian named him 'The Bay Area’s Best Career Coach.' Marty’s written 7 books on the subject. We discuss: who should and should not become an entrepreneur / whether entrepreneurs are born or made / the no-bulls*it way to interview candidates / how to build a culture that your staff will love & never leave
Over 25 years, Cassie Marrone has interviewed tens of thousands of candidates. She's Head of People at LOYAL3, the groundbreaking FinTech company that lets regular people invest in IPO's at same time & price as Wall Street. In this short interview, Cassie reveals where to look for Rockstars & how to know when you've found one.
Rich Lear is Managing Director of Vantage Partners, a leadingS.F. headhunting firm. He's completed over 300 searches &specializes in recruiting people to help scale early-stagecompanies. In this short interview, you'll learn the secrets torecruiting rockstars to take your business to the next level.
I just had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Michalowicz, top business author of “The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur” (BusinessWeek calls it a ‘cult classic’). Mike built 2 multi-million dollar startups, sold them, and then lost it all. He’s back with a new startup… not to mention 3 business bestselling books. In this interview, Mike shares: What toilet paper has to do with Startups / The biggest mistakes that entrepreneurs make / How to develop a Profit First mindset at your startup / How entrepreneurs can fight depression & anxiety
He recruits the unrecruitable…Silicon Valley CTO’s. How do you recruit & keep a Chief Technology Officer, when they receive 5 headhunter calls a day? Mike Morell is one of Silicon Valley’s hottest executive recruiter. He co-founded Riviera Partners, which specializes in recruiting the most elusive talent … Chief Technology Officer, VP Technology, VP Product. These folks are hard to find. But Mike does it every day in the Valley, NYC, and L.A. In this short interview, Mike reveals: What to look for in a Rockstar CTO / Hidden places to find CTO’s these days / Which to prioritize: people skills vs. technical skills / How to know it’s time to make a change / What to do when CEO & Board disagree
Would you like to hire Rockstars just like an award-winning Startup? Based in Chicago, ContextMedia created the largest national network of ad/content-based video screens in physicians offices. Eric Olson leads the entire customer success organization, which works with customers from the moment they sign on. In this short interview, Eric reveals: the first thing that ContextMedia looks for in candidates / what body language can tell you about a candidate / how much to “sell” (or not) during the recruiting process / how quickly you can tell you’ve made a bad hire.
The secrets from a Podcasting legend. It took me 4 months, but I finally landed him as a guest for our video blog… You probably know the name John Lee Dumas. John’s following is undeniable:
– A recognized pioneer in podcasting (EOFire: Entrepreneur On Fire)
– Over 1 million unique listens per month
– 1,200 podcasts completed… one every single day for the past 4 years
– Over $500,000 revenue per month just from his podcast business
In today’s exclusive interview, John reveals:
– How podcasting can explode your business
– Why audio podcasts over video
– Building your base of followers step-by-step
– How to break through the clutter of so many podcasts
– What it’s like to work from home, put on a hat, and generate massive income
I just had the privilege of meeting with Brian Ascher. Brian’s a tenured Partner at Venrock, the legendary venture capital firm. In this interview, you’ll find out: The one key attribute VC’s look for in entrepreneurs (and why it’s so rare) // How to know you’re ready for an outside investor // How a VC sizes you up during your pitch meeting // Factors in building a great relationship with your investor // The connection between depression, stress, and entrepreneurship
Dan Arkind is CEO & Co-Founder of JobScore, an awesome software platform that matches people & jobs. He's also a former headhunter in the tech field. Through both of these lenses, Dan reveals the biggest recruiting mistakes that people make. And the best way to pick out potential Rockstars during the interview.
In this bonus episode, acclaimed entrepreneur Rand Fishkin opens up about his battle with depression. Rand founded Moz, the leading company that boosts online visibility for 35,000 businesses. He talks about how he knew something was amiss, what he did, and how entrepreneurs can minimize the impact of depression. It happens.
VC reveals how Startup CEO’s can hire 10x better. Accomplished VC Niko Bonatsos is Managing Director with General Catalyst Partners, the venture firm with 100 portfolio companies & $3B under management. He’s an expert when it comes to working with first-time entrepreneurs. In this short interview, he shares: Why CEO’s must spend 1/3 of their time on recruiting... How CEO’s who are “Learning Monsters” hire the best... Most common recruiting mistakes made by CEO’s... What to do when CEO & VC disagree about a candidate
In this episode, we interview the co-leaders of LeadPages, the smoking-hot company that's raised $38M in venture capital. Clay Collins (CEO) & Tracy Simmons (CSO) work together to run this booming company, and now they reveal how they do it.
In this episode, legendary tech executive recruiter Charley Polachi reveals... how to identify Rockstar candidates; the most important interview questions to ask; how to avoid the most-common recruiting mistakes; and more.
Noam Wasserman literally wrote the book on what kills startups (hint: it's not what you think!) He's the award-winning Professor at Harvard Business School & author of the best-seller "The Founder's Dilemmas." 65% of startups fail due to People Problems (Not product/market fit, customer acquisition, or lack of funding). Yes, people issues are the #1 cause of death. Noam breaks down the research he's done for 10 years, which includes his groundbreaking study of thousands of startups. His insights are remarkable
Tom Gimbel is founder/CEO of LaSalle Network in Chicago, the 9-time winner of the Inc 5000 award. Tom's built one of the fastest-growing & most-respected recruiting firms in the nation. Today, he reveals how he's built a culture to attract & keep Rockstars
A very special episode... an intimate conversation with venture capitalist Brad Feld. Few people in our crowded startup world need no introduction. Brad is one of them. Most recently, he was the original VC in Fitbit, which completed an IPO valued at over $4B. Based in Boulder, Brad is also one of the foremost experts on entrepreneur depression. We had a rare opportunity to speak with Brad about S.A.D. Entrepreneur Syndrome (stress, anxiety, depression). In this 20-minute interview, Brad speaks of his own depression, telltale signs he sees in many executives today, & how to cope with the stress of startup life.