Recruit Rockstars is the only podcast on the people part of PE & VC portfolio companies.
From real estate to real Venture Capital (Recruit Rockstars 404)
8 years ago, Casey Berman worked in real estate when he had an “A-Ha” moment.
He began searching for tech companies to help automate the real estate workflow. There weren’t many.
So Casey formed Camber Creek, a venture capital firm providing strategic value & capital to technology companies focused on the real estate market.
Camber Creek eats its own cooking. The firm uses PropTech and Real Estate Tech products before making the investment decision.
Fast forward to today. ..
The firm has $250 million under management and has nearly 30 portfolio companies. They include: Turbo Appeal, TaskEasy, whyhotel, Notarize, and Curbio.
In this 20-minute conversation, Casey reveals how he helps his portfolio companies scale by putting a Rockstar in every seat.
How PE-Backed CEO Rolled Up 9 Companies (Recruit Rockstars 403)
Shawn Boom, CEO of Vanco, is crystal clear about the companies’s “Why” - Serve those who enrich communities
Based near Minneapolis, Vanco delivers online payment processing solutions & software that enables churches, schools, and nonprofit to operate more efficiently. In short, they can accept electronic payments from students, parents, patrons, and churchgoers.
More than 40,000 churches, nonprofits, and schools now trust Vanco to simplify administrative processes, organize events, and securely complete transactions every day.
Vanco’s 300 people came together from the 9 companies that Shawn has rolled up. (As you’d expect, when he’s not working, he’s running ultra-marathons.)
Vanco is backed by legendary Private Equity firm Great Hill Partners, with $8B under management and over 80 portfolio companies.
In this 20-minute conversation, Shawn reveals how to find your company’s “Why” & how to hire only people who live it. Everyday.
This VC says “The team is the #1 factor” (Recruit Rockstars 402)
Based in Silicon Valley, Rashmi Gopinath is General Partner at B Capital Group, the global VC firm that specializes in equity investing in growth-stage companies that have achieved traction with customers.
With a focus in horizontal enterprise software (cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity, devops, database SaaS for F500), she’s invested in and/or served on the Boards of: Synack, Yalo, Labelbox, Clari, Phenom People.
Prior, Rashmi served at Intel Capital and M12, Microsoft’s venture fund.
And now she invests in the growth stage (Series B thru D), writing checks between $30-60M.
After more than a decade of VC investing, Rashmi says “The team is the #1 factor”
In this 20-minute conversation, she reveals why & how to build a Rockstar team every time.
How To Beat Silicon Valley In The War For Talent (Recruit Rockstars 401)
How can you beat Silicon Valley in the war for talent?
(…or if you’re in Silicon Valley, how can you compete for talent with Apple, Tesla, Google, and Facebook?)
A few years back, a group of Silicon Valley venture capitalists upped & moved to Columbus Ohio to invest in (under-invested) Midwest companies.
They named the firm Drive Capital.
And Robert Hatta is its Partner responsible for talent across their 50+ portfolio companies.
You know the companies they’ve funded… Root Insurance, Duolingo, Greenlight, and Olive
Robert shows the companies how to compete for talent, how to get the most out of that talent, and how to adapt to 2021’s new way of working.
In this 20-minute conversation, he reveals the keys to mastering the people part of your business.
Great Leaders Know When Its Time to Step Aside (Recruit Rockstars 400)
You only turn 400 once.
So for this special 400th episode of Recruit Rockstars Podcast, I knew you were counting on me to land a very special guest.
I think I bagged the elephant.
David Cohen is Co-Founder (and now Chief Instigator) of the legendary Techstars venture accelerator. It’s birthed over 2,300 startups. (You know their names: SendGrid, Outreach, SalesLoft…)
And for 20-minutes, we discussed a very delicate, sensitive, personal subject:
What if the Founder isn’t the right person with the right skills to scale the business? (Odds are, they’re not)
How do we get the Founder into their “zone of genius”?
When & how should a Founder be “promoted” to Chairman, and a new CEO appointed?
If it doesn’t happen, when & how should a VC & Board member make this very difficult decision?
How do you separate the Founder (and their identity) from the business, which needs to have its own life & legs.
While Mark Zuckerberg Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Elon Musk went from Founder to CEO to Mega Industry Changer, that type of tenure is rare.
(You can safely assume that you are none of those people.)
So for you, the day will come when your business outgrows you. Your skills. Your passions. Or both.
And then what?
David is uniquely qualified to address this topic.
Many startups …including those birthed by Techstars… go thru this transition. He’s sat on the Boards of countless companies who have successfully gone thru a transition from Founder to a new CEO.
And last month, David - and Techstars Co-Founders David Brown, Brad Feld, Jared Polis - recruited a new CEO to lead Techstars next phase of growth.
After evaluating 350 candidates, they selected Maëlle Gavet, an outstanding global business leader.
She’ll build on Techstars’ heritage, which is pretty remarkable to consider:
- Over 2,300 startups funded & launched
- 85% of which have been acquired or are still active
- Funding 500 companies per year
- 8,000 mentors advise the 3 month program in 35 cities in 16 countries
- The average company raises $1M
- They’ve raised over $11B in total
- Cumulative market valuation a $32B
In this 20-minute conversation, David gets vulnerable & no-BS about how to make the most challenging people decision in the life of a company:
When to Step Aside.
How She Built the Leading Women’s Telehealth Platform (Recruit Rockstars 399)
Treating 300,000 patients per month, NURX has rapidly become the leading Telehealth platform with a female focus.
CEO Varsha Rao has led NURX to deliver remote treatment of specific conditions: Contraception, treatment for Acne & Migraine, testing for HPV & STI.
To do it, she’s scaled of doctors who evaluate each patient & pharmacists who prescribe appropriate medication.
Investors seem to like it too. NURX has partnered with Wittington Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Fifty Years, Trustbridge Partners, Kleiner Perkins, Alumni Ventures Group, Lowercase Capital, Y Combinator
Varsha says she spends 50% of her time on the people part of NURX.
Prior to Nurx, Varsha served as COO of Clover Health where she brought operational leadership to the health insurance startup.
Plus she served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Operations, managing the company’s market expansion & host growth globally. She was also Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Eve.com, the online cosmetics company.
In this 20-minute conversation, Varsha reveals how she designed the organization & puts a Rockstar in each seat.
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.
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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.