The Trials And Tribulations Of Finding The Right Technical Leader For Your Company.

December 13, 2017

It is important to have a strong technical leader for the success of your company. Entrepreneurs often make the mistake of bringing in the wrong type of person. Today we discussed best options for technical leader for your business.How do you get a strong leader to join your company? You need to know what a strong technical leader looks like and have a plan of action to make sure the right ingredients are present in a person to ensure their success.

Scott Krawitz is the Founder and CEO of People Driven Solutions (PDSI), a technology services firm specializing in fractional technology leadership, curated technology solutions, along with talent acquisition and retention. For over 20+ years, Scott has consulted executives and lead teams through all project phases from strategic planning, analysis, design, and development to implementation, iterative improvement and ongoing support. Industries served include: Financial Services, Healthcare, Software, Retail, Business Services, Legal, and Education Technology. 

In addition, Scott passionately serves on the Technology Advisory Board of the National Foundation for Autism Research supporting a software quality assurance training program. His greatest satisfaction is creating a win-win situation orchestrating the hiring of graduates.

 

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Two Major Changes In California Law That Will Impact Your Interviewing Process In 2018!

December 7, 2017

As of January an employer can no longer ask a person's salary history. They also can not ask about any form of compenstion and benefits. This includes 3rd party recruiters and reference checks. Companies with 5 or more employees will also be required to Ban the Box on job applications. This means that the criminal history section will be omitted and can no longer be asked during the interview process.

With over 15 years in the “People Business”, Karen is a seasoned Human Resource Compliance Specialist. After graduating from Cal State Los Angeles with a degree in Health and Human Services, Karen began her career as Director of HR for a major corporation that had over 500 employees. 

While in the corporate environment, Karen realized that small and medium businesses had a real need for human resource solutions in order to grow and protect their business. After 13 years as the Director of Human Resources with a corporate firm, she began KEB Business Consultants. KEB Business Consultants now serves small and medium businesses, across a variety of industries, with all of their human resource, talent management and benefits administration requirements.

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The Secret To Creating A Movement Around Your Company!

November 30, 2017

If you can find a purpose for your company above and beyond just making money… You will ignite passion in your Influencers & Advocates.

YOUNGRY™ - an united community of entrepreneurs that hustle, profit, expand, and inspire with original content, events, and e-commerce.

Ash Kumra, CEO and Co-Founder is an award winning entrepreneur, author, speaker and syndicated radio show host. He has been recognized by the White House and President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30.

He is the author of book series "Confessions from an Entrepreneur", spoken to over 10,000 people on entrepreneurship, over 100 articles and conducted over 1000 interviews with business mavens, entrepreneurs and celebrities.

John Reed is the COO of Youngry.

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Investing In Your People Above And Beyond the Standard!

November 22, 2017

We learned about a company that was truly built by: Valuing people more than anything else. Invested in people first. Foster education first, allowing room for growth. Doesn't cut corners and gives benefits freely. He caters to the company and is big on creating value for company and clients.

Dalip has been recognized as a young entrepreneur, an active soul who is always looking to do more and do better. He is the founder of the respectable brand and digital agency, Devise Interactive. Inventor, he co-founded the world’s first smart shower device, EvaDrop Smart Shower and an interactive kiosk for brick-and-mortar shops, Fraxtion. He co-founded Forge54, a non-profit, that hosts a  54-hour hackathon weekend to provide a marketing makeover to one non-profit every year. Dalip enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing chess or even the saxophone, and snowboarding.

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Human Capital Return On Investment!

November 16, 2017

Most companies look to HR for Compliance and today we take a look at how Human Resources can positively affect profit rather than holding down costs. 

Rod Swartwood is the Founder and President of HR Prime, a full-service HR consultancy specializing in the strategic and tactical creation of best-in-class talent management practices and world-beating teams.  From HRIS roles with government agencies in the early days of LAN based business computing through his strategic HR leadership roles at startups and Fortune 300 companies. His 26 years of practical HR leadership in a wide variety of verticals, coupled with his degrees in organizational psychology and business give him the unique opportunity to guide both young organizations and established entities to greater productivity and profits.  

 

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Investor Adoption And What To Do When You Are The Root Of Your Hiring Challenges!

November 9, 2017

 This is a bit different of an approach to investing where the investor takes a much more active advisory role in the company and is often adopted into the leadership team. Hiring challenge- How to solve your issues when the root of the issues is YOU! Focus not on what you want but what the company needs.

Robert Davis grew up here in HB , started in Aerospace, to a snowboard manufacturing , Thermal Snowboards. Thermal snowboards made products for companies like 5150 & Joyride. The company was acquired in 1995 by RIDE, a publicly traded Company and then obtained by k2.  At that point, Robert was the VP of Operations.  In 1997 Robert left and started Avid Ink. He effectively built the company from one employee to over 250 and $24 mil in revenue.  This all from a 25k loan from his family! He successfully exited the company in 2015.

Today,  He is Founder and CEO of both Y7 Collective and his newly acquired company, Communities for Cause, a mobile app that works with local merchants and allows the merchants to give money to specific non profits chosen by the user. He is also Member of Tech Coast Angels, Orange County &  OCTANe's Launch Pad Panel.

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The Importance of A Strong Team When Shopping to Investors!

November 1, 2017

One of the most critical elements to being funded is the team who are leading the charge. Know your weaknesses and have a plan to fill those gaps! Be honest in your approach and realistic in how your company will grow.

Points covered:

  • - Importance of a strong team
  • - Having a Plan & When to Pivot
  • - Strategy for how and when to engage a recruiter
  • - Position your team to be attractive to investors

Peter Polydor is the CEO and Founder of ERGO Capital and the startup accelerator Ergo AccelIn 2014, he founded the Eureka Building, a three-acre startup and tech community based in Irvine, California, designed to foster innovation and house entrepreneurs. The site is home to over 30 companies ranging from startup to a large public company. Peter sits on the Boards as well as Advisory Boards of a number of portfolio companies and startups. Further to his work at ERGO, Peter is a Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, is a Charter Member of the Canadian C100, recipient of the Greek 40 Under 40 award and the Power 30 Under 30 award. He received his BA from Occidental College and his MBA from the University of Oxford, Said Business School.

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Creating An Environment That Fosters Personal Growth And Smashes The Glass Ceiling!

October 26, 2017

The results can be astonishing just by giving people the opportunity to learn & develop new skills!

Take Aways:

  • Maintain “family culture” & Creativity
  • Daily/weekly engagement, focus on keeping people involved
  • Promote creation of games through contests. Pitch ideas, if they are not interested, the IP is the employees to develop on their own. Use the company’s resources to build.
  • Winning with uniqueness: family environment,  they play where the big companies can not offer. Ambidextrous, ie: take and engineer & teach rendering, AI, leaders are willing to teach.
  • Career manager- making sure people are learning what they need/want to learn.

 

Brad Hendricks is a Serial entrepreneur/business development specialist who started up Blind Squirrel Entertainment in 2010, a AAA game studio that creates original content and provides full game development services to various publishers and developers.  Under his leadership, BSE has quickly become the top collaborator for industry leading titles such as Disney Infinity 3.0, Bioshock: Infinite, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Borderlands 2, Sunset Overdrive, and Evolve.

 

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What is the right time to Exit Your Startup?

October 19, 2017

Today we discuss the trials and tribulations of when a founding member of a team should step away from his company in order to let it grow.  When to exit and how to do it in such a way to benefit the company!

 John R. Crittenden is an entrepreneur with broad experience across asset management, sales and marketing, consumer financial brands, and digital wealth management platforms.Prior to Mondigi, he was one of the first four employees at Acorns and  earliest executives as Director of Institutional Services, one of the first and most successful robo-advisor platforms focused on wealth management

 

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A Founder’s Story…. First Hiring Pains and A Unique Culture Developed Around a Baseball Theme

October 12, 2017

How does the baseball theme transfer into their interview process.

  • Strength finding exercises
  • Provide growth plan in interview
  • Put gameplan together for each employee
  • Involve different departments in interview process in a panel interview process.

Sean founded Managed Solution in 2002. He recognized the need for consultative IT services for small-to-medium and enterprise clients and with little capital, Sean and his dedicated team grew the company organically to success. Within 3 years, the company was recognized as one of San Diego’s 40 fastest growing companies, awarded one of the 40 companies with owners under 40 years old and recognized as the 27th fastest growing IT company in Southern California.

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