Recruit Rockstars is the only podcast on the people part of PE & VC portfolio companies.
Coffee, Anyone? (Recruit Rockstars 467)
As a rule, I don’t have many guests back on the Podcast.
(I like to keep it fresh.)
But in this case, I made a rare exception.
Because Jonathan Treble, Founder & CEO of WithMe, is en fuego.
He heads the Chicago-based leader in apartment community amenities. Their shared printers (PrintWithMe) and shared coffee makers (SipWithMe) are now in countless apartment buildings & dorms across the country. Not only is a great perk, but also it allows owners & managers to control expenses & provision supplies.
Jonathan & team have partnered with the hardware manufacturers, created the software, all wrapped it all in a outstanding service experience & supplies.
The business is backed by New Stack Ventures, M25, Little Engine Ventures, Network Ventures, and Great North Ventures.
In this 20-minute conversation, Jonathan reveals how he’s putting a Rockstar in every seat.
He’s Driven to be Mission-Driven (Recruit Rockstars 466)
You don't meet many people like Tony Huang.
After graduating from Harvard, he pursued education as a fourth grade teacher outside of Boston.
He then transitioned to a business career at Axon where he helped commercialize & create the body camera industry that is integral to public safety.
Now he is on a new mission: to make financial products more fair & affordable for everyday people. For the past 5 years, he's been CEO and Co-Founder of Possible Finance, which helps communities break the debt cycle and unlock economic mobility.
And he's on to something big.
His venture investors include Canvas Ventures ,Columbia Pacific Advisors, FJ Labs, Hustle Fund, Union Bay Partners, Union Square Ventures and Unlock Venture Partners.
What impressed me most about Tony was how genuinely mission driven he is and how that echoes through the entire organization.
In this 20 minute conversation, Tony reveals how he’s done that and continues to attract people who are truly mission driven
How This Founder/CEO Hired His First 30 (Recruit Rockstars 465)
Akshay Krishnaiah is CEO & Founder of Line, the fast-growing fintech company.
After a successful career at Paypal & eBay, he stepped out on his own. And he personally interviewed hundreds of people to find his first few employees.
Based in SF, Line is the Venture-backed company helping American working-class Americans who are underbanked.
Their first offering is a “Get cash now, pay later” service.
Akshay & team have built a highly-scalable model. With a team of just 30, Line provides Underwriting, Dispute management, Risk operations, and 24-hour in-house customer support.
Clearly, they’re onto something big. Investors include: Techstars, Avesta Fund, CUNA Mutual Group, Goodwater Capital, overtime.vc, SustainVC.
In this 20-minute conversation, he shares how he’s put a Rockstar in every seat.
How to Hire for DNA Fit
How does a startup with a dozen people change a monolithic industry?
Simple (but not easy): Hire for DNA Fit
And Brian King does it consistently.
He's CEO of Realto, the Kansas-based Private REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) marketplace. Brian & his team saw a gap in the market: there were limited options to buy and sell privately-held real estate.
So they created one.
Now, what used to be a manual paper-laden process is streamlined to days instead of months.
And he's onto something big....
Investors include KCRise & Firebrand Ventures.
In this 20-minute conversation, Brian reveals how he & his team hire primarily for DNA Fit (even before skills & competencies). And why it's helped them change an industry.
How They Assess Candidates for Culture Fit
The only thing better than talking culture & leadership with a progressive talent leader? Talking with two of them.
Aparavi helps organizations that desperately need a solution to the mountains of data they need to manage.
It's the cloud based platform for finding & consolidating your company's unstructured & distributed data.
Speaking of distributed, Aparavi has a distributed team of 100. In this episode, Tania Williams (People & Culture Strategist) and Luis Zambrano (Chief of Staff) reveal how they put a Rockstar in every seat of the business.
And how they assess candidates for culture match with Aparavi.
Tania was previously a talent leader at 24 Hour Fitness and Sears Holdings. Luis was with HealthTrust Software and MGA Homecare.
Transitioning from VC to PE Backed
There's a SaaS platform for everything... And everyone.
Including SimpleLegal, the fast-growing SaaS platform for in-house counsels. It's part of Onit, the leading provider of enterprise legal management & contract lifecycle management software, which is backed by the PE firm K1 Investment Management.
Mark Weidick is President & General Manager of SimpleLegal, and he has a unique perspective having joined when the business was VC-backed. Now that the company is PE-backed, it has a different pace, metrics, and cadence.
Prior, he was CEO with a number of Venture Capital backed companies and senior executive with Cisco.
In this 20-minute conversation, he reveals how he's put a Rockstar in every seat. And how he evolved the culture from VC-backed to PE-backed.
Great usable knowledge
Jeff just gets it. Through conversations with practitioners he quickly gets to what you can do to improve your recruiting. Not just want to do, but how to get better!
It's a must listen for every growing company.
I am always looking for great podcasts related to entrepreneurship and I am glad I came across Strong Suit Podcast. I am hiring new people for business and the ideas shared on this podcast are incredibly helpful. It's a must listen for every growing company.
Great insights to recruiting the right people
I've listened to several of Jeff's podcast and the level of caliber and insights of the guests are top notch. The conversation has a really good flow and pace to it. Any CEO or first time manager that's recruiting today would find this educational and entertaining.