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On Tech Venture Capital with Patrick Meenan

On Tech Venture Capital with Patrick Meenan

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…

Driving Change Ep. 12 – Tech Venture Capitalist Patrick Meenan of Venture Arthurs

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

Are You Interviewing? A Few Quick Reminders.

Are You Interviewing? A Few Quick Reminders.

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.

Driving Change Ep. 10 – Tech CEO & Founder Chad Halvorson on Growing ‘When I Work’

  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…

Coming Soon Tech Scenes

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

Join the Start-up

Join the Start-up

It’s a common scenario... many people are ‘settling’ for the high-paying secure job in the big corporation. Of course, there’s a lot to be said for a big paycheck and job security. There are also other ways to scratch the entrepreneurial itch via established but innovating smaller companies or intra-preneurial projects. However, for those people spending their days dreaming of joining a start-up we all know the problem. Risk. It’s big and it’s scary. The biggest risk is not taking any risk.  - Mark Zuckerberg On Lead by Change, we recently featured a mash up video of tech leader interviews. We posed the classic question 'What advice would you give your 25 year old self?' One of the resounding answers amongst these highly successful leaders was “take more risk”. Many of them felt they left opportunity on the table to take a safer route. As the discussion deepened, it emerged that a common regret was not taking the leap sooner. However, maybe there’s some survivorship bias in play with those we interview. What about the ones that took the risks and failed? Maybe they didn't get that IPO exit or the company didn’t take off  the way they had hoped. What…

Driving Change Ep. 9 – Scott Dillon CTO of Wells Fargo Talks About Leading at Scale

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 Scott Dillon Chief Technology Officer of Wells Fargo. On the drive we talk about his role as CTO, leading tech as scale, diversity and enjoying the journey. 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 Subscribe to Driving Change the Podcast Music: https://soundcloud.com/andrewapplepie

How Do You Hire Top Talent? The Answer is 500.

How Do You Hire Top Talent? The Answer is 500.

A question everyone wants to know the answer to is how do you hire top talent? The answer is surprisingly simple, 500. Yes, 500. Identify 500 people that could be suitable for that role and call every one of them. No, you don't always need to make 500 calls. Hopefully you can do it in less, much less. The number of people and the number of dials you make will dramatically change based on the position, what you have to offer, and the market in which you are seeking candidates. In this fast-paced and crowded tech talent environment you can’t just post positions and hope to be sorting through the best candidates. In fact, with that strategy you will more than likely have nothing worth sorting through. The right way to find top talent for a role starts with identifying and creating access to everyone in that space, or what we refer to at Collective Genius as the universe. If you are hiring for your next Head of Product Management in FinTech via a national search you may only have 214 people in the full universe of the role that fit the requirements of the position. Now that you have…

Driving Change Ep. 8 – CEO and Founder Jon Pearce of Zipnosis

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 Jon Pearce, CEO and Founder of tech company Zipnosis. On the drive we talk about the early days of the company, pivoting, becoming profitable and the future of virtual care. Oh yeah, and Jon’s new favorite podcast. 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 Subscribe to Driving Change the Podcast Music: https://soundcloud.com/andrewapplepie

Your Mom Won’t Get You Your Next Job. Stop Obsessing Over Your Network

Your Mom Won’t Get You Your Next Job. Stop Obsessing Over Your Network

You tentatively dial into the company-wide conference call, uncertain about what the big news might be. Within a few minutes it’s clear what is happening. The company has been acquired. The cheerfully delivered announcement put emphasis on what a pivotal event this is for the company. But what does it mean for you? What does it mean for your future? You’ve spent years focusing all your efforts on your role in helping to make the company what it is today. Now it is being sold and it looks like you’re out of a job. You can’t help but wonder if you should have been spending less time on your work and more time building your network. Now that you’re going to actually need it you’re kicking yourself for not taking action sooner. So many people spend their workdays with a nagging feeling that they should be putting way more effort into building their network. However, most procrastinate or simply don’t have time for networking. Then when they find themselves in the position of having to look for a job they panic. They start writing lists of everyone they know; from their mom to their great uncle to that guy they…