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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 305: The Yummiest VC Portfolio Company I’ve Seen

    Recruit Rockstars 305: The Yummiest VC Portfolio Company I’ve Seen

    …And you think that your business is complex?
    Meet Luke Saunders, CEO & Founder of Farmer’s Fridge.
    His ambitious venture combines custom hardware, software, food prep, distribution, and wirelessly-gathered data analytics. (You could say he’s bitten off alot.)
    Based in Chicago, Farmer’s Fridge makes fresh meals in their kitchens & fills their Fridges with wholesome, delicious salads, bowls, and snacks.
    Luke founded Farmer’s Fridge in 2013. And he’s dining with some heavy-hitters...
    He’s raised $42 million from Danone Manifesto Ventures, Innovation Endeavors, Cleveland Avenue, GreatPoint Ventures, Finistere Ventures, and PowerPlant Ventures.
    In this 20-minute conversation, Luke reveals how he’s scaling the team, building the culture, and changing how we eat on the go.

    • 17 min
    Recruit Rockstars 304: Private Equity & Talent...How It Really Works

    Recruit Rockstars 304: Private Equity & Talent...How It Really Works

    I just had to good fortune to interview Emily Azevedo.
    She’s Vice President of Talent of the prominent growth capital firm Mainsail Partners.
    Based in San Francisco, Mainsail leads majority control investments in EBITDA-positive software & tech-enabled services.
    Emily joined the firm & works with Mainsail’s portfolio companies on their talent needs, including executive leadership, recruiting, compensation, and assessment.

    Prior, she mastered her craft at (my alma mater) Heidrick & Struggles, the preeminent executive search firm.
    In this 20-min conversation, Emily reveals the keys to scaling the people part of your growth business. Including the key pitfalls to avoid.

    • 20 min
    Recruit Rockstars 303: How to Manage Hypergrowth (You should be so lucky.)

    Recruit Rockstars 303: How to Manage Hypergrowth (You should be so lucky.)

    Here’s the CEO of one of the fastest-growing food companies I’ve ever seen!
    Mike Pytlinski is CEO of Nutridried, makers of Moon Cheese. I love this snack! (And it’s super healthy.) You’ve likely seen it at checkout in every Starbucks.
    I tracked down Mike to understand how he’s scaling the business & the team. He was well-prepared for this hypergrowth.
    Prior to Moon Cheese, Mike was VP Marketing at Palermo’s Pizza, where he tripled the business.
    He developed his CPG & leadership chops at Kraft Foods, and holds an MBA from Kellogg School.
    In this 20-minute conversation, Mike shares his insights on recruiting, building a culture, and how to manage hypergrowth (a very high-class problem)

    • 24 min
    Recruit Rockstars 302: If The Recruiting Search Isn’t Retained or Contingency, What is it?

    Recruit Rockstars 302: If The Recruiting Search Isn’t Retained or Contingency, What is it?

    Time is everything in recruiting. (You can’t fill the seat fast enough.)
    Yet, most recruiters don’t charge on a time-based basis. They’re either contingency or retained.
    Why is that, anyway?
    I had to find out.
    So I just interviewed Peggy Shell, CEO of Creative Alignments, based in Boulder.
    She came up with the super-cool concept of “Time-based recruiting”
    And growth companies seem to love it.
    In this 20-min conversation, she explains how she went from math teacher to headhunter and why time-based recruiting might be just what your business needs.

    • 17 min
    Recruit Rockstars 301: It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work

    Recruit Rockstars 301: It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work

    I’m confident enough to admit that I’m a fanboy of Jason Fried.
    He’s CEO & Co-Founder of Chicago-based Basecamp. They make the original & leading project management tool.
    And I was humbled to interview him for Recruit Rockstars Podcast.
    Because Jason is one of my favorite thinkers on the subjects of work, hiring, and culture (Warning: Some of his views are highly unorthodox. But they work.)
    Jason co-founded Basecamp 20 years ago. He leads a team of 50 employees (in 30 cities!) Remarkably, half have been with the company for 5+ years. (How does that compare to your team’s tenure?)
    And he’s bootstrapped the whole thing, with no Venture Capital other than a small investment by Jeff Bezos himself.
    Basecamp now has 3 million customers, including me.
    If that wasn’t enough, Jason has also co-author ed bestselling must-read books: Remote, Rework, and the new It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work.
    If you’re a leader trying to get the most out of your people, you could do a whole lot worse than follow Jason’s example. In this 30-minute conversation, he reveals how most leaders get it entirely wrong.

    • 37 min
    Recruit Rockstars 300: Marcus Buckingham Reveals the Lies About Work

    Recruit Rockstars 300: Marcus Buckingham Reveals the Lies About Work

    For the milestone 300th episode of Recruit Rockstars Podcast, I wanted to bring you a milestone guest.
    I mean … Milestone
    With months of persistence, I finally persuaded Marcus Buckingham to join us.
    You know Marcus, the bestselling author, is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on Talent. He’s a renowned thought leader on unlocking the strengths & increasing your team’s performance.
    His books include “First, Break All the Rules” & “Now, Discover Your Strengths.”
    I was captivated by his new book “Nine Lies About Work.” He takes an in-depth look at the lies that pervade your team & what truly brings them together to perform.
    If you’re leading a team (successfully or otherwise), this 20-min conversation with Marcus will change the way you go about it.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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.

Head of Sales 23 ,

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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