Software Company Growing Like a Weed (Recruit Rockstars 396)

Spring is here…. …Which means lawn care. (Blech!) Ken Davis set out to change that. He’s CEO of TaskEasy, based in Salt Lake City. TaskEasy simplifies life by connecting people & technology to provide hassle-free yard care. They bring convenience & relief to homeowners, renters, and businesses and empower local landscaping entrepreneurs with robust software. […]

Private Equity + Paper Towels = Profits (Recruit Rockstars 395)

I’ve long been fascinated by unique business models. And here’s one. NYC-based Public Goods is a one stop shop for healthy, sustainable, everyday essentials you can trust. They sell products in personal care (shampoo), household goods (cleaners), grocery (cereal). Uniquely, Public Goods has a $59/year membership model which allows them to smooth revenue & offer […]

How Fintech Hires the Best (Recruit Rockstars 394)

New consumer investment platforms are all the rage. As are women leaders in Fintech. This episode puts it all together. Maria Selvaggio is VP People at M1 Finance, one of the nation’s fastest growing money management platforms. Hundreds of thousands of people now use M1’s Finance Super App to invest, borrow, and spend. With a […]

Smart Team Makes Software That Make Cities Smarter (Recruit Rockstars 393)

As businesses reopen, you should be thinking about your employees’ commutes. For their benefit, and yours. Not to mention your city’s. TransitScreen makes software that makes cities smarter and more sustainable. It provides live transportation information to real estate owners & employers internationally, helping people make more informed, more sustainable choices. I tracked down CEO […]

How To Recruit Generation Z (Recruit Rockstars 392)

The up & comers in Generation Z (Gen Z) are now aged 5 to 25. And you’ll soon be hiring them. But they’re unlike any people who came before them. In fact, they have little in common with Gen X, Millennials, or Baby Boomers. So it’s time to learn how to recruit them & what’s […]

Marines ➡️ McKinsey ➡️ VC-Backed Startup (Recruit Rockstars 391)

Frank Furman was destined to lead. First, as an Infantry Officer in the US Marine Corps. Then as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company And now, he’s Chief Operating Officer of the VC-backed & fast-growing PadSplit. PadSplit is disrupting the affordable housing industry by creating safe, attractive, and respectable co-living environments. One room at […]

Already a Startup Virtuoso. At age 25 (Recruit Rockstars 390)

Nothing inspires me more than a brilliant young company founder with a huge vision. Such as Sam Walder. He’s CEO & Co-Founder of Chicago-based Trala. And he intends to make world-class music education accessible to everyone. Eventually, Trala plans to expand its app to help people learn all instruments in the symphony orchestra. And they’re […]

This VC Doesn’t Just Invest… She Connects (Recruit Rockstars 389)

In this overheated market, it’s become relatively easy to land a Venture Capital investor. But finding one who adds real value post-investment remains tricky. I found one. Constance Freedman is Managing Partner of Moderne Ventures, an early stage investment fund which invests in technology companies in real estate, mortgage, finance, insurance and home services. Based […]

How DocSend’s Founder Learned to Hire…and Fire (Recruit Rockstars 388)

After spending time at Facebook and Dropbox, Russ Heddleston saw the need for a secure document sharing platform. So he created the SaaS platform DocSend, where he’s now CEO. Based in Silicon Valley, DocSend now has 15,000 customers & 60 employees. Plus, talented investors like DCM Ventures, August Capital, Cowboy Ventures, Lerer Hippeau, Uncork Capital […]

The master class on how MasterClass hires (Recruit Rockstars 387)

If you’re like me, you’re always out to pick up a new skill. So, you’ve likely heard of MasterClass, one of the fastest-growing VC-backed companies around. With over 100 high-quality online courses, MasterClass teaches you something new every day. The instructors are anything but ordinary. MasterClass includes: Annie Leibovitz’s course on photography Serena Williams’ course […]