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Welcome to Tech Scenes where we explore what makes tech founders and the cities they live in thrive. In this episode we explore Los Angeles from Santa Monica, West Hollywood, to Compton and meet up with Royce Disini of Mobcrush, Greg Bettinelli of Upfront Ventures, Leura Fine of Laurel and Wolf, John Tomich of One Stop Internet, and Expree Devora of WeAreLATech. Produced by: Jeff Martin CEO and Founder of Collective Genius and Lead by Change Empowered by: Collective Genius - Executive Search for Emerging Companies. www.collective-genius.com Media Sponsor: SOCALTECH - High Tech News and Information for Southern California. www.socaltech.com Show Guests: Mobcrush: Royce Disini (www.mobcrush.com) Upfront Ventures: Greg Bettinelli (www.upfront.com) Laurel and Wolf: Leura Fine (www.laurelandwolf.com) One Stop Internet: John Tomich (www.onestop.com) WeAreLATech: Espree Devora (www.wearelatech.com)
Business is moving faster than ever, in tech it is moving even faster. In order to stay ahead we need to be constantly learning. This is Driving Change, where we go for a ride with tech leaders to gain insights on their beliefs, habits, routines and influences. Today we go for a ride with Jamie Thingelstad Chief Technology Officer of SPS Commerce. On the ride we talk about trusting your intuition, connecting your passion with what you do, and solving problems that matter. About Driving Change: Hosted and Produced by Jeff Martin, CEO of Collective Genius Watch more episodes of Driving Change and others at Lead by Change Take Driving Change on the Road and Download The Driving Change Podcast Please Like and Share the Show. Thank you. It means a lot!
“What is Collective Genius?” We are a team of people that help grow tech companies. We do not fit neatly into a single category, which can be confusing for some people. However, most importantly, we are understood well by the companies with whom we work. With CHANGE as our mantra, we have evolved throughout the years by listening closely to what tech companies need. “So, what is Collective Genius today?” The first part of who we are involves hiring leadership and management positions for technology companies. “So, you are tech headhunters?” Yes, we are headhunters for tech companies. However, we don’t really like the term “headhunter”. We find people that are in the wrong position and put them in a position where they can learn, grow, and be successful. What would you call that? “Got it. You recruit and hire executives for tech companies. What positions are in your focus?” We do executive placement for the full C-suite: CEO, CTO, CFO, CRO, CMO, COO, CXO, CPO, and others. We also fill in their team positions from SVP through manager roles. Depending upon the department, we will go deeper into building out positions on their teams with full-time employees and…
Today on Tech Digs we are visiting with Chad Halvorson CEO and Founder of When I Work. Recently settling in the North Loop of Minneapolis, the epicenter of tech in Minnesota. Chad and team are in the midst of building one of the fast growing tech companies in the area. When I Work creates transformative, simple products that help hourly employees and managers work better together. Learn more about When I Work at www.WhenIWork.com Produced by Jeff Martin www.leadbychange.com Join us on Tech Digs contact us here. Collective Genius Executive Placement for Technology Companies www.collective-genius.com Please Like and Share!
DRIVING CHANGE WITH TOM GOODMANSON Tom Goodmanson is CEO of Calabrio, a customer engagement software company specializing in workforce optimization. We took a ride with Tom to discover his thoughts on what has shaped his company and his own career. He revealed some interesting insights on what others have brought to the table, an explanation of the Gartner’s Magic Quadrant, and some sound advice for budding tech execs. Let’s start with finding out a bit more about his role with Calabrio. Watch the episode on Lead by Change: Driving Change with Tom Goodmanson of Calabrio BUILDING A SOFTWARE PRODUCT COMPANY Calabrio offers a workforce optimization suite of software, including features ranging from call recording and advanced quality management. One of their most recent offerings involves an engagement analytics suite that takes the voice of the customer and turns it into logical data. Extremely valuable, but this wasn’t always the company’s focus. When Tom joined the company, its main focus (and revenue stream) was an agent desktop developed for Cisco. However, with that side of the business costing too much, he was soon tasked with growing a much smaller part of the company involving workforce management. They exited their contract with…
Business is moving faster than ever. In tech, it is moving even faster. In order to stay ahead, we need to be constantly learning. This is Driving Change, Where we go for a ride with tech leaders to gain insight on their beliefs, habits, routines and influences. On this episode we go for a ride with Tom Goodmanson CEO of Calabrio and talk about building a software product company, culture, and being present to get ahead. Hosted and Produced by Jeff Martin, CEO of Collective Genius - www.collective-genius.com Watch more episodes of Driving Change and others at www.leadbychange.com Podcast at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/driving-change-tech-leaders/id1137010787 Thank you to our sponsor: When I Work - Take a look at the company and jobs here http://wheniwork.com Watch the When I Work episode with Founder and CEO Chad Halvorson https://youtu.be/NXuOxnBno_M Music by https://soundcloud.com/andrewapplepie Please Share the show it means a lot to us!
DRIVING CHANGE WITH PATRICK MEENAN Patrick Meenan is a partner at Arthur Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on B2B software companies outside of Silicon Valley. We touched base with Patrick to find out his views on venture capital firms and the current landscape. He had some interesting insight on some common misconceptions in the field and what the future holds for tech firms looking to gain some capital themselves. Let’s get started with Patrick’s explanation of how a venture capital works. A HIGH-LEVEL OVERVIEW OF A VENTURE CAPITAL FIRM “They provide capital in the form of cash to businesses in exchange for an ownership percentage. So the business gets cash to help grow their business and the investor gets an equity stake in that business, with the goal of that company essentially having a valuable liquidity event over time. They get acquired; they go public, what have you. And as an investor, your ownership percentage that you have is much greater when the company has a liquidity event than it was when you invested.” Patrick goes on to say that this is essentially what any investor does. However, “An actual venture capital firm, how they operate, is we raise…
Business is moving faster than ever. In tech, it is moving even faster. In order to stay ahead, we need to be constantly learning. This is Driving Change, Where we go for a ride with tech leaders to gain insight on their beliefs, habits, routines and influences. On this episode we go for a ride with Patrick Meenan Tech Venture Capitalist at Arthur Ventures and talk about the ins and outs of venture capital and tech startups getting funded. THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR: When I Work - Take a look at the company and jobs here http://wheniwork.com Watch the When I Work episode with Founder and CEO Chad Halvorson https://youtu.be/NXuOxnBno_M Hosted and Produced by Jeff Martin, CEO of Collective Genius - www.collective-genius.com Watch more episodes of Driving Change and others at www.leadbychange.com Podcast at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/driving-change-tech-leaders/id1137010787 Music by https://soundcloud.com/andrewapplepie Thank you for liking and sharing the show.
Driving Change Ep. 10 – Chief Technology Officer Nate Ober of Questar Assessment talks about Product, Talent, and Growth
Welcome to Driving Change where we go for a drive with leading technology executives and dig deep into their beliefs, habits, routines, and influences. On this episode we go for a ride with Nate Ober, Chief Technology Officer of Questar Assessment. On the drive we go deep into building products in a quickly changing industry, rapid growth and innovation. Topics: How do you like your coffee? Questar Assessment EdTech and Assessment background What is changing in the industry? Where is the industry going? How is Questar looking to make an impact What has create the rapid growth? Product and Service approach Morning rituals Talent and Culture Challenges and learning from others Watch more episodes of Driving Change and others at www.leadbychange.com Learn more about Questar Assessment Take Driving Change on the road and Subscribe to the Podcast Music by https://soundcloud.com/andrewapplepie Thank you for watching. Please Like and Share
Interviewing for a job is a skill and skills take practice. Many of us have been fortunate enough to interview others more than being interviewed. When it is your turn to be interviewed here are a few quick reminders: Do your research on the role, company and the people you are meeting. Research the dress code and err on the side of over-dressed. Review your route and arrive early to reduce your stress. Research and practice common interview questions. Prepare your questions about the position, the people, and the company. Bring a notebook for note taking and bring your work examples. Be your authentic professional self. They are hiring you, not someone you think they want. Bring professional references. If you have references that work at the company in which you are interviewing, start with those people. At the end of the interview, if you want the position, ask for it. Follow up with thank you messages to everyone with whom you interviewed.
Welcome to Driving Change where we go for a drive with leading technology executives and dig deep into their beliefs, habits, routines, and influences. On this episode we go for a ride with Chad Halvorson, CEO and Founder of tech company When I Work. On the drive we talk about his founding story, industry focus, tech influences, and growth. Topics: When I Work - Scheduling, Communicating, and Tracking Time Founding Story One and Two Market Focus - Small to Medium Size Business Becoming Profitable Growing and Keeping Culture Working with Alan Patricof of Greycroft and the value of network of users The new North Loop office visit Listening to Mark Suster Upfront Ventures and Both Sides of The Table Following Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson of Basecamp / 37 Signals Surrounding yourself with the right people, employees, Board Members, Investors, Family, and MESA Minnesota Emerging Software Advisory Advice to your 25 year old self - FOCUS The importance of learning to code and traveling Finding the right people, Building the team, and rowing in the same direction Learn more about When I Work Hosted and Produced by Jeff Martin, CEO of Collective Genius - Building Tech Companies Watch more episodes of Driving Change and others at www.leadbychange.com Subscribe to the Podcast Music by https://soundcloud.com/andrewapplepie…
Join us as we go city to city exploring Tech Scenes. Two weeks ago Jeff and his production team spent a week filming some of the fastest growing tech companies in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for episode one of Tech Scenes - Los Angeles on www.leadbychange.com Next on tap Boston, Chicago, Austin, and many others. Let us know where you would like us to explore. Watch other shows at Lead by Change Produced by Jeff Martin