Based in Menlo Park, Unusual Ventures invests in Seed & Series A startups. Their focus in enterprise & consumer tech.
Unusual has an ‘unusual’ secret weapon.
His name is Jon Volk, and he’s Director of Talent at Unusual. He spots talent for the fund & their portfolio companies.
He’s uniquely qualified, as a former recruiter at Google, Amazon, and AppDynamics.
Venture Capital is all about pattern recognition, even when it comes to hiring. Fortunately, I persuaded Jon to invest 20 minutes sharing his best practices & lessons learned.
Did you know that $300 of supplies are wasted & thrown away during a typical surgery? Not to mention the occasional instrument that’s accidentally left inside the body cavity :-O
Jennifer Fried is CEO & Co-Founder of Chicago-based ExplORer Surgical.
They’ve created workflow management software for the operating room.
Which helps docs & nurses avoid mistakes, achieve better clinical outcomes, save lives, save money on wasted supplies, and avoid patient lawsuits.
She’s raised millions from top VC’s including Aphelion Capital, Elliott Management, M25, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Wasson Enterprise, SymphonyAlpha Ventures, HBS Alumni Angels, and The George Shultz Innovation Fund.
In this 20-minute conversation, Jennifer reveals how she’s scaled the team. How she hires. Plus, how she took maternity leave from her own startup (…and what she found when she returned.)
Think you're open, honest, and direct with your team?
If you're like most leaders, you could do better.
So I sought out an expert on the topic of giving feedback. And I found him.
Aaron Levy heads Raise The Bar Consulting. He's also author of the fascinating new book "Open, Honest, and Direct."
It has an average of 5-star reviews on Amazon for a reason.
He's one of the best thinkers I've met on the topic of unlocking your team's potential.
Invest 20 minutes with Aaron in this new interview.
David Patterson is known as ‘The SAP Recruiter.’ That’s The with a capital T.
That’s what he does. That’s all he does. And he’s exceptional at it.
As Founder & Managing Director of The Kineta Group, David’s cracked the code on how to entice the most-talented SAP developers to make a career move.
He helps CIOs & IT heads build their teams. And everything he’s learned is relevant if you’re hiring non-SAP tech folks too.
Plus, he’s the most sought-after trainer in the recruitment world. He teaches other recruiters how to recruit - online & off.
So, imagine what he could teach you, in this 20-minute conversation.
Steve Lowisz is an authority on talent, personal development, and business leadership.
And the author of the fascinating new book, Recruiting Sucks (But It Doesn’t Have To)
Best known as Founder & CEO of Qualigence, Steve is a successful 5-time entrepreneur. With experience advising start-ups, PE-backed, and Fortune 500 companies, Steve has a valuable perspective.
And a no-BS approach, which I especially appreciate.
He’s been named Michigan Small Business Person of the Year, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, and CEO of one of Best & Brightest Places to Work.
So he knows a thing or two about how to scale your organization.
In this 20-minute conversation, Steve shares how to match your company’s purpose with your employee’s purpose. Do that, and amazing things happen.
I’ve been looking forward to this interview for ages. It’s with a business icon & one of my personal heroes.
Horst Schultze may not be a household name. But you know what he’s accomplished.
A leader in the hotel world, Horst’s teachings & vision reshaped the concepts of service & hospitality across many industries.
As Founding President & COO of The Ritz Carlton Company, he scaled the $2 billion operation worldwide. It was under his leadership that Ritz Carlton was awarded the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award (twice!) making it the first & only hotel company to do so.
From day one, he built a culture of passion for Service (yes, with a capital S) and learned how to hire people who shared the same DNA as himself.
Horst’s professional life began 65 years ago as a server’s assistant in a German resort town. After working for Hilton and Hyatt, he co-founded Ritz Carlton in 1983.
The rest is legend.
I was fortunate to have Horst reveal some of the secrets to building a company culture as a competitive weapon. Hiring people for their unique DNA may not get you to $2 Billion in revenues.
But it’s a great start.
I just had the privilege of interviewing Chris Yeh.
Along with Reid Hoffman, he’s the co-author of Blitzscaling, the book that explains how to build world-changing companies like Amazon, Alibaba & Airbnb in record time.
A writer, investor, and entrepreneur, Chris has had a ringside seat in the world of startups & scaleups since 1995.
And Amazon named Blitzscaling one of their top 20 business & leadership books last year. Which is why I was so excited to spend time with Chris.
What is the secret to starting & scaling massively valuable companies?
In this 20-min conversation, Chris shares a specific set of practices for igniting & managing dizzying growth. Of course, we focused on the often-messy ‘people part’ of Blitzscaling.
I have bad news.
If you’re trying to hire top-performers, your company’s written job descriptions probably aren’t getting the job done.
They may be keeping away the best candidates in droves.
Job descriptions have been around for hundreds of years and most still … stink.
So I tracked down an expert … a CEO who’s devoted his full-time to mastering the job description. He’s Rob Kelly at Ongig. Their main focus is helping growth companies recruit thru the best job descriptions in their industry.
In this 20-min conversation, Rob reveals what you’re likely doing wrong & how to make your job descriptions far more effective.