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

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

    Recruit Rockstars 314: Leading VC Reveals How Your Employees Want to Work

    Recruit Rockstars 314: Leading VC Reveals How Your Employees Want to Work

    Roy Bahat has seen the future.
    The future of work.
    Because he’s head of Bloomberg Beta, the $200M Venture Capital fund based in SF and NYC.
    Backed by Bloomberg, Beta invests in startups that are changing the future of work. Making it more productive & humane.
    And it’s working. With 25 roaring portfolio companies such as Slack, MasterClass, and Codecademy.
    Formerly, Roy was President IGN Entertainment, the leading games maker.
    In this 20-minute conversation, he reveals how your employees (really) want to work. And how work in the future will look.
     

    • 20 min
    Recruit Rockstars 313: How To Compete With Google & Facebook & Apple For The Best Talent

    Recruit Rockstars 313: How To Compete With Google & Facebook & Apple For The Best Talent

    You may not realize it.
    But you’re competing for the best talent with the best companies in the world.
    Yet, it IS possible.
    Because you can offer things that Google & Facebook & Apple can’t.
    Lisa Mikkelsen is Head of Global Human Capital at Flourish Ventures.
    As a spinout from Omidyar Network, Flourish makes VC investments in early-stage financial services companies.
    In fact, they’ve funded 50 companies that are focused on financial inclusion & financial health globally. Whether insuretech or challenger banks, these startups want to democratize financial services.
    In this 20-min conversation, Lisa reveals how even tiny, lean, no-name companies land the best talent.
    Even in the face of the giants.
    And how you can do the same.

    • 20 min
    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

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Tldysart ,

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!

Sweetcash ,

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.

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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.

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