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Recruit Rockstars is the only podcast on the people part of PE & VC portfolio companies.

    Recruit Rockstars 312: How the Leading VC in Pacific NW Grabs the Best Talent

    Recruit Rockstars 312: How the Leading VC in Pacific NW Grabs the Best Talent

    I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time.
    Just interviewed Shannon Anderson. She is Director of Talent with the legendary VC firm Madrona Venture Group.
    Based in Seattle, Madrona specializes in seed, startup, and Series A deals.
    They’ve made over 300 investments in 110 companies since its inception.
    In this role, Shannon is the center of Madrona’s talent network, identifying rising stars for their portfolio companies & the Pacific NW startup ecosystem. She also serves as the strategic HR advisor to portfolio CEO’s.
    Prior, she served a similar role as Founding Talent Partner at Ignition Partners.
    And she spent 9 years at Microsoft, where she built the recruiting function that scaled the company from 8,000 to 40,000 people.
    Shannon knows as much as anyone I’ve met on hiring for early-stage companies. During this 20-minute conversation, I learned a ton.
    You will too.

    • 23 min
    Recruit Rockstars 311: 3-Time Founder Turns VC

    Recruit Rockstars 311: 3-Time Founder Turns VC

    David Waxman didn’t start a company.
    He started three.
    And not just any companies.
    After graduating with a masters degree from MIT’s Media Lab in 1995, David Co-Founded Firefly (acquired by Microsoft), PeoplePC (acquired by Earthlink), and Spot Runner (changed the way online advertising is created, planned, bought, sold.)
    Impressive.
    And then, David decided to switch sides and become a Venture Capitalist.
    Now he’s Managing Partner of LA-based TenOneTen Ventures, making early-stage investments in data-driven companies.
    (Coolest VC name ever … based on LA’s I-10 and I-110 highways)
    Want to learn about venture capital in LA? Check out TenOneTen’s podcast here: tenoneten.net/podcast
    Want to learn how David scales teams in his VC portfolio? Invest 20 minutes in this episode.

    • 17 min
    Recruit Rockstars 310: How Growth-Stage Consumer Business Find & Land Talent

    Recruit Rockstars 310: How Growth-Stage Consumer Business Find & Land Talent

    Kelsey Lawrie is VP Talent Operations at ’87
    ’87 was born out of Chicago-based Sterling Partners, the multi-billion Private Equity fund founded in 1987. It invests in & incubates direct-to-consumer businesses.
    Kelsey was well-prepared for the task. She previously served as Director of Talent Acquisition at hypergrowth Truck Club, acquired by Nordstrom.
    In this 20-minute conversation, Kelsey reveals the promise - and the pitfalls - of talent management in consumer-facing businesses.

    • 18 min
    Recruit Rockstars 209: Selling Without Selling Out (Sell Your Business Without Selling Your Soul)

    Recruit Rockstars 209: Selling Without Selling Out (Sell Your Business Without Selling Your Soul)

    Sunny Vanderbeck knows a thing or two about selling companies.
    Sunny is Managing Partner of Satori Capital, a very different kind of Private Equity firm, based in Dallas.
    In his work as an investor, he draws from a wealth of entrepreneurial experience, having led his business, Data Return, to a $3 Billion market cap & becoming one of the youngest CEO’s of a NASDAQ company.
    He’s had the rare opportunity of selling his business twice, buying it back in between.
    Prior, Sunny has served as a Section Leader in the U.S. Army’s 2nd Ranger Battalion & led a team at Microsoft
    In his new book Selling Without Selling Out: How to Sell Your Business Without Selling Your Soul, Sunny offers practical advice for selling your business - or taking on an investor - without compromising what matters to you.
    If you’re thinking about raising capital - or selling your business - you’d be hard-pressed to find better advice than Sunny’s in this 20-minute conversation.

    • 22 min
    Recruit Rockstars 308: Venture Capital Gems of the Mid-Continent

    Recruit Rockstars 308: Venture Capital Gems of the Mid-Continent

    You probably know about Silicon Valley startups.
    And Manhattan’s tech chops.
    But have you seen the new companies that are cooking up in the Midwest?
    Or, as Ira Weiss, Partner of Hyde Park Venture Partners, calls it: “Mid-Continent.”
    And he should know.
    HPVP invests exclusively in early-stage tech companies in the (previously-considered) flyover states. If you’re raising a first or second round of capital, this fund is likely on your radar.
    Ira has been investing in private companies for 15 years, with over 125 VC & angel investments. He sits on many boards as a director or observer of FourKites, Parkwhiz, ShipBob, and others.
    And, somehow, he finds time to teach entrepreneurship as Professor at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
    In this 20-minute conversation, Ira shares his many insights about how to successfully scale a team as your business ramps. (Even if you’re not Mid-Continent, it’s filled with practical advice.)

    • 24 min
    Recruit Rockstars 307: After 125 Combat Missions in Baghdad, He Makes Hiring Look Easy

    Recruit Rockstars 307: After 125 Combat Missions in Baghdad, He Makes Hiring Look Easy

    Few talent experts are as impressive than Andy Caine of Frazier Healthcare Partners, the $4.2 billion growth & venture capital investor in over 170 companies.
    Andy works closely with Frazier’s Growth Buyout portfolio companies. There, he focuses on pre-investment organizational due diligence, talent assessment & development, and post-acquisition management.
    He’s become an expert in helping PE backed companies scale. In total, Andy has conducted over 250 talent evaluations, coached 200 leaders, and assessed 60 organizations.
    Prior to Frazier, he was an Organization Practice Expert at McKinsey & Company. If that’s not enough, he also served as Commander in the US Army’s Attack Helicopter Company.
    Phew!
    In this 20-min conversation, Andy shares what he’s learned by evaluating the talent at countless many growth-stage companies. And the mistakes you should avoid.

    • 19 min

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