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  • The First Interview

    In working closely with first time founders, I often hear their feedback regarding first interviews—specifically, frustration about not being able to extract the information they want from a candidate. Despite having received the background overview from the recruiter presenting the candidate, founders may be unclear of how good the candidate would actually be for their company. Since it’s impossible to learn everything about a person in one conversation, it’s imperative to use…

  • PlayVS: Changing the Game for Esports

    I grew up as a nerdy gamer, and these days I’m not afraid to admit it. From old school text-based MUDs to early RTSs, FPSs, and MMOs; I was playing. I met friends IRL and over the Internet. I learned how to socialize, strategize, lead, support, persevere, have fun, and compete. At the same time, I was a student athlete. I was a competitive swimmer for my club team as well as my high school team, often working out 9-10 times a week and sometimes 5 hours a day.  I ended up recruiting a…

  • Choosy: Ushering in a New Era of Fashion and Commerce

    Back in the early 2000s, I remember tearing through the pages of Teen Vogue to check out the latest in celebrity fashion. While I knew how to get my hands on those Juicy Couture tracksuits, not everything was that easy. That dress that Marissa wore to prom on The O.C.? I needed that. But where could I find it? Could I even afford it? Back then, we were accustomed to four fashion seasons per year, all of which required six months of lead time and offered little flexibility. Zara, of course,…

  • The Scorecard: Outcomes, Accountabilities, and Competencies

    Search partners. Position descriptions. Compensation reports. Best Practices. Company Culture. These are just a few of the themes that fill my inbox, my ear buds, my meetings, and even more so—my mind. The common thread woven through these topics? Hiring. In my position as a Talent Partner at one of the world’s largest VC firms, I have my finger on the pulse of dozens of growing startups’ executive hiring needs at any given time; it has become not only my job but my passion to…

  • SaaStr Podcast Episode 171

    I recently connected with Harry Stebbings of SaaStr to chat about the evolution of opensource software. We covered developer demand, business modeling, founder conviction, market appeal and more. Check it out HERE.