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What He Learned by Interviewing 2,000 CEO’s (Recruit Rockstars 442)

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Release Date: 12/21/2021

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Few things wag my tail like meeting with a CEO who puts talent at the top of their agenda. Here’s one. Matt Hulett is CEO of publicly-held PetMeds, America’s most trusted pet pharmacy with 11 million customers. Matt has driven more than $2 billion in value creation as a four-time public company CEO/President and a two-time private company CEO.  He’s led multiple turnaround successes at companies you know, including Rosetta Stone, RealNetworks, and Expedia. And this week, he released his new book “Unlock: 5 Questions to Unleash Your Company’s Hidden Power” - It’s fantastic,...

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In business, few missions are more vital than protecting & improving the health of Americans.  Sadly, 89M of us are pre-diabetic. Dan Zavorotny & his team are out to change that.  He’s Chief Operating Officer & Co Founder of NutriSense, the fast-scaling VC-backed company that helps people prevent diabetes & heart disease. NutriSense’s innovative model pairs glucose monitors, predictive software, and a team of live dietitians. They combine to form a cohesive program to improve health.  Clearly, Dan’s onto something big. The business has scaled from 2 employees to 80 in just...

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So few entrepreneurs “go the distance” from startup to IPO. Most are “promoted to Chairman” at some point by their board of directors, because they fail to scale their personal skills as rapidly as their business. But I found one. Martin Babinec is Founder & Former CEO of TriNet, the legendary hypergrowth Professional Employer Organization (PEO) that got its start in Silicon Valley before becoming a global phenomena. Serving more than 15,000 clients and their 325,000 employees, TriNet is the largest independent cloud-based HR provider leveraging the Professional Employer Organization...

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The bigger a company becomes, the bigger its organizational challenges become. Liz Steblay saw it over & over at the large companies she joined. Now, she’s Founder & President of ProKo Agency, the consulting matchmaker that connects Fortune 500 leaders with pre-vetted consultants who specialize in organizational effectiveness. ProKo represents high-calibre organizational health consultants, who are deployed to help companies clean up their talent-related messes. Business is booming. Liz is also Co-Founder of PICA - Professional Independent Consultants of America, which teaches consultants...

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Healthcare fashion used to be horrid. But Chat Razdan is rapidly changing that.  He’s Founder & CEO of Care+Wear. Based in New York, they combine fashion & function to take people from home to hospital and everywhere in between.  Their products include scrubs, port access shirts, post surgical bras & a ton more.  The goal is a more human healthcare experience for patients & clinicians everywhere. Between the aging population and a global pandemic, it’s no wonder business is booming. Investors include MedStartr Ventures and Grape Arbor Venture Capital. Chat began his career...

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Whew! I finally finished paying off all my Amazon holiday gifts. Guess I’m hooked on eCommerce. Turns out I’m not alone.  And I have proof… I just interviewed Dusty Holcomb. He’s CEO of fast-growing Red Stag Fulfillment.  Based in gorgeous Knoxville, Red Stag is the world-class order fulfillment company designed to unleash scalable growth for eCommerce companies. In short, they do the picking, packing, storage, shipping, and returns for a ton of eCommerce companies (including the ones you used this past holiday) And they’ve carved out a unique 3PL niche… Red Stag...

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Sir Wellington? An amazing mustard, mushroom and shallot blend Smashing Salmon? The mystical miso, soy and Shiitake blend Vampire Killer? Garlic parmesan blend, of course. Yum. Chip Overstreet is CEO of Spiceology, the nation’s fastest growing direct-to-consumer and direct-to-chef provider of innovative spices. And apparently, investors are hungry for it. Spiceology has raised capital from the likes of Jackson Square Ventures and Cowles Company. Formerly, Chip was VP Business Development at Affirm, the fintech wonder. But he packed up from Silicon Valley and moved to Spokane Washington,...

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Isaiah Bollinger is Co-Founder & CEO of Trellis, the fast-growing full service eCommerce digital agency. Based in Boston, Trellis creates eCommerce businesses on Magento, BigCommerce, and Shopify. And he’s onto something. Trellis recently was named to the Inc 5000 list, making it one of the nation’s fastest-growing companies. Isaiah invests the better part of his week on recruiting & leading a team of 80. This conversation reveals how he does it.

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How’d you like to build a company with a 90% offer acceptance rate? With near-perfect employee retention? And with 50% of employees comprised of under-represented minorities? Sean Byrnes has done it (and the company doesn’t interview candidates… at all) Based in San Francisco, he’s Founder & CEO of Outlier, the VC-funded business intelligence company. His customers are large consumer-facing companies with an  immense amount of data. Outlier watches all of your business data & lets you know when unexpected things are happening, anywhere in the myriad metrics and dimensions of your...

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Seth Kniep has a remarkable entrepreneurship origin story. He found himself working at Apple, leading a 20-person team of tech support advisors. But he was miserable, working as a cog in the world’s most valuable company. Fascinated with an idea, he went about doubling one dime 20 times. He shared his vision with random strangers & asked them to double his dime. He turned it into $400, just by asking. Discouraged, $24,000 in debt, and living the death-by-paycheck cycle, Seth believed in a better future for himself & his family. He poured his heart into learning online eCommerce. In...

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So, very few survive on my Podcasts app for more than an episode or two.

Mixergy is one of them. I never miss it.

Its creator & host Andrew Warner started Mixergy back in 2006, making it one of the top-ranked & longest-running business podcasts. Since then he’s interviewed over 2,000 entrepreneurs, business thought leaders, and authors.

(…including me in 2012 when my hair was thick & lustrous)

Andrew’s story is fascinating.

In his early 20’s, he started an internet company Bradford & Reed with his brother. They hit it big …like crazy big… by creating a website for sharing electronic greeting cards which processed over 400,000 greeting cards per day. With $1M in monthly revenue, the website’s traffic was ranked in the top 25 of ALL internet websites during the year 2000.

Then, Andrew burnt out. He sold the business, and decided to build a company helping entrepreneurs build their companies.

In addition to Mixergy, he’s also author of the new book “Stop Asking Questions: How to Lead High-Impact Interviews and Learn Anything from Anyone” If you interview candidates, guests, customers, anyone… you’ll get a ton out of it.

In this 20-minute conversation, Andrew reveals how he scaled both businesses & what he’s learned from the world’s best entrepreneurs about the people part of growth-stage companies.