Recruit Rockstars is the only podcast on the people part of PE & VC portfolio companies.
How She Brings Lofters Aloft (Recruit Rockstars 458)
Growth-stage companies don’t get much hotter than Salesloft, the leading platform for sales reps to execute their day to day selling tasks.
Put simply, they enable sales teams to drive more revenue. Customers include Stripe, ServiceNow, and Shopify.
And the company’s leadership team is committed to culture like few others.
Katie Branham is VP People at Salesloft, where she’s tripled headcount to 750 Lofters in just 4 years.
Unlike most, Katie & team have developed a crystal clear employer value proposition “we promise you’ll learn more here than anywhere” which has attracted Lofters in Atlanta & beyond.
Clearly, it’s working…
Investors include Atlanta Ventures, Emergence, HarbourVest Partners, High Alpha, Insight Partners, Storm Ventures, Techstars
Candidates are interviewed to ensure they possess the same core values. In this 20-minute episode, Katie reveals how you can do the same.
They Put the Tech in Foodtech (Recruit Rockstars 457)
Few early-stage companies combine as many distinct components as Tovala.
Based in Chicago, the company pairs a smart oven with a meal subscription service. It truly makes foolproof food.
Weekly meals are delivered fresh to the your door. Scan the barcode & you’re done. Home-cooked meals that cook themselves.
And clearly Tovala is onto something big.
They’re venture investors include: Comcast Ventures, Finistere Ventures, Left Lane Capital, New Stack Ventures, Origin Ventures, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, RiverPark Ventures, Service Provider Capital, Y Combinator
Mike Mason is Tovala’s Talent Acquisition Manager, which puts him in the crucial role of scaling this hypergrowth organization.
I just had the change to speak with Mike about how he puts a Rockstar in every seat. (And how you can do the same.)
5 Questions to Unleash Your Company’s Hidden Power (Recruit Rockstars 456)
Few things wag my tail like meeting with a CEO who puts talent at the top of their agenda.
Matt Hulett is CEO of publicly-held PetMeds, America’s most trusted pet pharmacy with 11 million customers.
Matt has driven more than $2 billion in value creation as a four-time public company CEO/President and a two-time private company CEO.
He’s led multiple turnaround successes at companies you know, including Rosetta Stone, RealNetworks, and Expedia.
And this week, he released his new book “Unlock: 5 Questions to Unleash Your Company’s Hidden Power” - It’s fantastic, regardless of your company’s stage.
I just had the chance to speak with Matt about what role Recruiting has played in his personal success & that of his companies.
2 to 80 employees in just 2 years (Recruit Rockstars 455)
In business, few missions are more vital than protecting & improving the health of Americans.
Sadly, 89M of us are pre-diabetic.
Dan Zavorotny & his team are out to change that.
He’s Chief Operating Officer & Co Founder of NutriSense, the fast-scaling VC-backed company that helps people prevent diabetes & heart disease.
NutriSense’s innovative model pairs glucose monitors, predictive software, and a team of live dietitians. They combine to form a cohesive program to improve health.
Clearly, Dan’s onto something big.
The business has scaled from 2 employees to 80 in just 2 years. And revenues, while confidential, are mighty substantial.
Investors have noticed, too. Backers include Milkbox Partners, LAUNCH (Jason Calacanis), Sutton Capital, Standing Oaks Venture Partners, and Techstars.
In this 20-minute conversation, Dan shares how he’s putting a Rockstar in every seat. And mistakes to avoid along the way.
How He Went from Startup ➡️ IPO ➡️ $4.5B Revenues (Recruit Rockstars 454)
So few entrepreneurs “go the distance” from startup to IPO.
Most are “promoted to Chairman” at some point by their board of directors, because they fail to scale their personal skills as rapidly as their business.
But I found one.
Martin Babinec is Founder & Former CEO of TriNet, the legendary hypergrowth Professional Employer Organization (PEO) that got its start in Silicon Valley before becoming a global phenomena.
Serving more than 15,000 clients and their 325,000 employees, TriNet is the largest independent cloud-based HR provider leveraging the Professional Employer Organization model.
Martin founded TriNet in 1988, served as CEO until 2008 and Chairman until 2010. Along the way, he raised $130M in 5 rounds of equity financing, completed 6 acquisitions, and grew the PEO industry over two decades.
Today, TriNet is a public company with 3,500 employees, doing $4.5 Billion revenues annually.
I was a TriNet customer, and I simply couldn’t have started my companies without it. Because they handled all of the people part - payroll, benefits, administration, legal - which let me focus on what we did best.
Now, Martin is a leading venture investor in Upstate New York. As Managing Director of UpVentures Capital, he funds early stage technology companies. Portfolio companies include people.ai, Bungee, Carta, BrandYourself, Outmatch, and Drafted.
I asked Martin what made it all possible.
His answer was instantaneous and authentic: core values.
Martin was inspired by Jim Collins and EO & understood the importance of building TriNet based on distinct & authentic core values. They became filters for deciding would you join the company.
He didn’t just write down some core values a the beginning, but he operationalized them thru the interviews, reference checks, Test Drives, and assessments to ensure that poor hires couldn’t slip in.
In this 20-minute conversation, Martin walks you through how to do the same at your company.
How Talent Experts Clean Up Talent Problems (Recruit Rockstars 453)
The bigger a company becomes, the bigger its organizational challenges become. Liz Steblay saw it over & over at the large companies she joined.
Now, she’s Founder & President of ProKo Agency, the consulting matchmaker that connects Fortune 500 leaders with pre-vetted consultants who specialize in organizational effectiveness.
ProKo represents high-calibre organizational health consultants, who are deployed to help companies clean up their talent-related messes.
Business is booming.
Liz is also Co-Founder of PICA - Professional Independent Consultants of America, which teaches consultants how to build their career & client base.
She’s well-suited to do it. Liz began her career in Organization Development at Intuit, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Levi Strauss & Co, and Medtronic.
In this 20-min conversation, Liz reveals the talent problems she sees most often, and how to tackle them.
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.