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The Blind Ambition with Jack Kelly

English, Technology, 1 season, 126 episodes, 3 days, 17 hours, 38 minutes
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The Blind Ambition with Jack Kelly provides a candid look into the top tech companies. Go behind the scenes with tech and workplace leaders and explore engineering and work culture, what it takes to land a role at these companies, and how to build, scale and succeed as an engineer or technologist. Presented by the professional social network Blind.
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George Bezerra, Senior Vice President, Head of Data: Why Data Scientists Make so Much Money

George Bezerra, Senior Vice President, Head of Data George explains how he transitioned from academia to industry and why earning a master's or PhD can help you unlock a career in data science or machine learning. We also get George to explain the difference between analytics, data science, machine learning and AI roles and why even companies and hiring managers get it wrong so often. He also shares why everyone suddenly wants to become a data scientist and how much analysts and data scientists can expect to earn. Finally, we get him to reveal what heads of data actually look for when hiring. This episode of "The Blind Ambition with Jack Kelly" is brought to you by Hims and BetterHelp. Get access to affordable and discrete sexual health treatments with a free online visit at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠hims.com/blind⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠. BetterHelp offers affordable online therapy on a flexible schedule. Visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠betterhelp.com/teamblind⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ for 20% off your first month. ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://bit.ly/blindpodcast⁠
6/12/202426 minutes, 36 seconds
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Amit Bendov, Founder and CEO of Gong: How to Validate Your Startup Idea and Get Started

Amit Bendov, Founder and CEO of Gong Amit is now the founder of a startup last publicly valued at more than $7 billion, but fundraising and getting the attention of investors and customers weren't always easy. We dig into the inspiration for Gong and how he persevered through the venture capitalists' many rejections in the early days. Amit also shares how Gong stood out in a crowded market and how to land a job at the sales-intelligence software company. This episode of "The Blind Ambition with Jack Kelly" is brought to you by Hims, MobSquad and BetterHelp. Get access to affordable and discrete sexual health treatments with a free online visit at ⁠⁠⁠⁠hims.com/blind⁠⁠⁠⁠. If you were unsuccessful in the H-1B visa lottery, MobSquad can help. Learn more at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠mobsquad.io/blindambition⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠. BetterHelp offers affordable online therapy on a flexible schedule. Visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠betterhelp.com/teamblind⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ for 20% off your first month. ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://bit.ly/blindpodcast⁠
6/5/202426 minutes, 11 seconds
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Andrea Guerzoni, Global Vice Chair, Strategy and Transactions at EY: Everything You Want to Know About IPOs and M&A Deals

Andrea Guerzoni, Global Vice Chair, Strategy and Transactions at EY Andrea, with more than 20 years of experience in taking companies public, advising CEOs and boards of directors about mergers and acquisitions, and helping orchestrate corporate spin-offs, explains how these IPOs and corporate deals really work. We also get a sneak peek into some of the advice he shares with executives, what his transaction and deals teams look like, and how to get hired on a strategy and transactions team at a consulting firm. As a bonus, Andrea tells all about what happens after an IPO, merger, or corporate spin-off, including how companies merge cultures, technology, products, operations, and even teams. This episode of "The Blind Ambition with Jack Kelly" is brought to you by Hims, MobSquad and BetterHelp. Get access to affordable and discrete sexual health treatments with a free online visit at ⁠⁠⁠hims.com/blind⁠⁠⁠. If you were unsuccessful in the H-1B visa lottery, MobSquad can help. Learn more at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠mobsquad.io/blindambition⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠. BetterHelp offers affordable online therapy on a flexible schedule. Visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠betterhelp.com/teamblind⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ for 20% off your first month. ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://bit.ly/blindpodcast⁠
5/29/202434 minutes, 9 seconds
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Whitnie Narcisse, Operating Partner at First Round Capital: How to Land a Job in Venture Capital

Whitnie Narcisse, Operating Partner at First Round Capital Whitnie shares how you can work in venture capital without having an investing or finance background. We explore the world of venture capital platform and all the functions and professionals that make a venture capital firm successful for the firm and its portfolio companies. She also explains why venture capital firms hire their own engineers and how they build their recruitment networks and pipelines for their portfolio companies and the hottest startup jobs. We also explore how First Round Capital helps startup founders and their early employees succeed beyond the first check. Whitnie tells us how she developed and launched the First Round Expert Network, the firm's Fast Track mentorship program, the intensive product-market fit bootcamp PMF Method, and more. This episode of "The Blind Ambition with Jack Kelly" is brought to you by Hims, MobSquad and BetterHelp. Get access to affordable and discrete sexual health treatments with a free online visit at ⁠⁠hims.com/blind⁠⁠. If you were unsuccessful in the H-1B visa lottery, MobSquad can help. Learn more at ⁠⁠⁠⁠mobsquad.io/blindambition⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠. BetterHelp offers affordable online therapy on a flexible schedule. Visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠betterhelp.com/teamblind⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ for 20% off your first month. ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://bit.ly/blindpodcast⁠
5/22/202439 minutes, 28 seconds
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Monty Fowler, Vice President, Revenue Strategy and Enablement at Kentik: How Tech Salespeople Can Make More Money Than You

Monty Fowler, Vice President, Revenue Strategy and Enablement at Kentik Monty reveals that at many companies, the most highly paid professionals are often the salespeople, and in some cases, they might make as much as a Fortune 500 CEO. We break down the total compensation and pay structures most common in tech sales roles and a possible blueprint to earn $100,000 or more in an entry-level tech sales role. Monty also explains the archetypes of sales professionals and why it might not be what you think. We learn about the introverted people who succeed in sales roles and how some sales teams are made up of former engineers. He also shares the necessary skills someone might need to do well and the potential career paths in sales. This episode of "The Blind Ambition with Jack Kelly" is brought to you by Hims, MobSquad and BetterHelp. Get access to affordable and discrete sexual health treatments with a free online visit at ⁠hims.com/blind⁠. If you were unsuccessful in the H-1B visa lottery, MobSquad can help. Learn more at ⁠⁠⁠mobsquad.io/blindambition⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠. BetterHelp offers affordable online therapy on a flexible schedule. Visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠betterhelp.com/teamblind⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ for 20% off your first month. ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://bit.ly/blindpodcast⁠
5/15/202441 minutes, 36 seconds
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Marta Munk de Alba, Former Director, Talent Acquisition EMEA at Netflix: Everything You Want to Know About How Netflix Hires

Marta Munk de Alba, Former Director, Talent Acquisition EMEA at Netflix Marta takes us to a world where people haven't heard of Netflix. She recalls what it was like to recruit for Netflix in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, when the streaming giant was first expanding outside of the U.S. We also ask Marta to reveal everything you might want to know about how Netflix hires and what the company culture is really like. She explains the types of professionals and job candidates Netflix prefers to hire, whether their compensation really is among the best in every geography or market they hire, and how she convinced people to accept the job offer. Marta also explains whether the company culture is as "cutthroat" as people claim and how the "keeper test" works in practice. (Hint: There aren't any surprise firings!) Finally, Marta gives her best tips for those seeking an international career and which job markets worldwide have been quickest to rebound after the COVID-19 pandemic. This episode of "The Blind Ambition with Jack Kelly" is brought to you by Hims, MobSquad and BetterHelp. Get access to affordable and discrete sexual health treatments with a free online visit at hims.com/blind. If you were unsuccessful in the H-1B visa lottery, MobSquad can help. Learn more at ⁠⁠mobsquad.io/blindambition⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠. BetterHelp offers affordable online therapy on a flexible schedule. Visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠betterhelp.com/teamblind⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ for 20% off your first month. ⁠⁠⁠https://bit.ly/blindpodcast⁠
5/8/202442 minutes, 13 seconds
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Dan Black, Global Leader, Talent Attraction and Acquisition at EY: The Secret Behind the 'Big Four' Firm's Hiring, Promotion and Retention Strategy

Dan Black, Global Leader, Talent Attraction and Acquisition at EY Dan leads talent attraction and acquisition at EY and is responsible for the "Big Four" firm's recruiting strategy. We get the inside details into what he and his recruiters look for when hiring and how somebody can get on their radar. Notably, we dig into the diverse roles and backgrounds EY considers and hires, including mechanical engineers, software developers, lawyers, blockchain experts and more. Dan also shares his top tips for job seekers, including the mistakes professionals make in today's job market, where AI-enabled recruiting processes and video interviews are now more common. We also get a sneak peek into how EY promotes its staff, decides project assignments and rotational programs, finds mentors for folks, and even how executives get rewarded and rise up through the ranks. This episode of "The Blind Ambition with Jack Kelly" is brought to you by MobSquad and BetterHelp. If you were unsuccessful in the H-1B visa lottery, MobSquad can help. Learn more at ⁠mobsquad.io/blindambition⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠. BetterHelp offers affordable online therapy on a flexible schedule. Visit ⁠⁠⁠⁠betterhelp.com/teamblind⁠⁠⁠⁠ for 20% off your first month. ⁠⁠https://bit.ly/blindpodcast⁠
5/1/202443 minutes, 47 seconds
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Valerie Beaulieu, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at The Adecco Group: Why You Need a 'Career Backpack'

Valerie Beaulieu, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at The Adecco Group Valerie explains her secret to a remarkable career journey, what she calls her "career backpack," which landed her in the c-suite and on the boards of various public companies and organizations. We look at when Microsoft was a startup and what it was like working in the tech industry when everyone was unsure if it would go anywhere. Valerie explains how she became the chief marketing officer at Microsoft and the international moves and career pivots along the way. She also explains the skills and relationships she had to build and how we can replicate her career path today. This episode of "The Blind Ambition with Jack Kelly" is brought to you by our sponsors, MobSquad and BetterHelp. If you were unsuccessful in the H-1B visa lottery, MobSquad can help. Learn more at mobsquad.io/blindambition⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠. BetterHelp offers affordable online therapy on a flexible schedule. Visit ⁠⁠⁠betterhelp.com/teamblind⁠⁠⁠ for 20% off your first month. ⁠https://bit.ly/blindpodcast⁠
4/24/202444 minutes, 21 seconds
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Annette Stewart, Senior Director, U.S. Business Acceleration and Integration at RBC: How to Influence Executives

Senior Director, U.S. Business Acceleration and Integration at RBC Annette tells us how to communicate with executives and what it takes to influence them and drive impact. She also shares how to get started, including everything from networking and meeting CEOs and other c-suite executives at your own company to what to say when you want to get their attention. We also find out what it was like as the first in her family to graduate from college and make a career in the finance industry. Annette shares the support and mentorship opportunities available for newcomers to the finance industry and her top recommendations about how to get noticed by some of the top hedge funds and Wall Street firms, like Citadel and Goldman Sachs. This episode of "The Blind Ambition with Jack Kelly" is brought to you by our sponsors, MobSquad and BetterHelp. If you were unsuccessful in the H-1B visa lottery, MobSquad can help. Learn more at ⁠⁠⁠⁠mobsquad.io/blindambition⁠⁠⁠⁠. BetterHelp offers affordable online therapy on a flexible schedule. Visit ⁠⁠betterhelp.com/teamblind⁠⁠ for 20% off your first month. https://bit.ly/blindpodcast
4/18/202439 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ben Morss, Product Manager at Zocdoc: How to Land a Job at Google and Become a Product Manager

Ben Morss, Product Manager at Zocdoc Ben shares his nontraditional career path, from studying computer science and music to working as a software engineer, developer advocate, and now product manager. Ben also reveals that many of his colleagues at Google had nontraditional work experience or had to apply multiple times before landing a role at the Internet giant. He shares their common traits and professional experiences. Next, we also explore how to get matched to different teams and business units at Google and how he practiced to pass the Google product manager interview. This episode of "The Blind Ambition with Jack Kelly" is brought to you by our sponsors, MobSquad and BetterHelp. If you were unsuccessful in the H-1B visa lottery, MobSquad can help. Learn more at ⁠⁠⁠mobsquad.io/blindambition⁠⁠⁠. BetterHelp offers affordable online therapy on a flexible schedule. Visit ⁠betterhelp.com/teamblind⁠ for 20% off your first month. https://bit.ly/blindambitionpodcast
4/10/202430 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ginnie Carlier, Americas Vice Chair, Talent at EY: Why You Need to Be More Adventurous in Your Career

Ginnie Carlier, Americas Vice Chair, Talent at EY Ginnie reflects on the best professional advice she's ever received: You need to have an adventurous mindset. We explore how adventure and a willingness to step outside your comfort zone can unlock new career opportunities. Ginnie explains how she put the advice into practice and how it landed her hot roles in Silicon Valley, working on high-tech IPO transactions and getting international experience in a new role in the Middle East. We also discover what it takes to stand out as a candidate at EY. Ginnie recalls her best interview and why it was with someone with a non-traditional background for a "Big Four" firm. She breaks down the application and what turned the resume into a must-read and must-interview, which is especially important as EY received more than 1 million applications worldwide last year! This episode of "The Blind Ambition with Jack Kelly" is brought to you by our sponsors, MobSquad and BetterHelp. If you were unsuccessful in the H-1B visa lottery, MobSquad can help. Learn more at ⁠⁠mobsquad.io/blindambition⁠⁠. BetterHelp offers affordable online therapy on a flexible schedule. Visit betterhelp.com/teamblind for 20% off your first month. ⁠https://bit.ly/blindpodcast⁠
4/3/202430 minutes, 2 seconds
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Congressman Mark Takano: How the U.S. May Be Closer to a Four-Day Workweek Than Ever Before

The Honorable Mark Takano of the U.S. House of Representatives Congressman Mark Takano recently introduced a bill called the Thirty-Two-Hour Workweek Act, which would amend the definition of the workweek in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. If passed into law, it would require overtime pay for anyone who works more than 32 hours in one week, down from the current 40. Congressman Takano explains why we might have AI, the COVID-19 pandemic and JPMorgan Chase chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon to thank for the U.S. being closer than ever to a four-day workweek. The Democrat from California also shares how a 32-hour workweek might work in practice and how it could lead to the creation of more jobs, higher pay, and unexpected economic activity. Finally, he outlines what's needed for everything to become a reality. https://bit.ly/blindpodcast
3/27/202421 minutes, 35 seconds
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Jack and Rick Take on Whether Glassdoor is Still Anonymous

Jack Kelly and Rick Chen react to news that Glassdoor wants your real name. We explore the company's privacy practices and whether company reviews and other information posted to Glassdoor are really anonymous. Jack explains the real-life repercussions of being outed about posts made on Glassdoor and social media and why anonymity matters. Finally, Rick gives Glassdoor some PR advice about how they could rebuild trust with their users and other professionals. This episode of "The Blind Ambition with Jack Kelly" is brought to you by our sponsor, MobSquad. If you're unsuccessful in the upcoming H-1B lottery, MobSquad can help. Learn more at ⁠mobsquad.io/blindambition⁠. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq⁠ https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackkellywecruitr⁠ ⁠⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/chenrick⁠⁠ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2024/03/glassdoor-adding-users-real-names-job-info-to-profiles-without-consent/ https://www.wired.com/story/glassdoor-wants-to-know-your-real-name/
3/22/202430 minutes, 2 seconds
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Rick Chen, Senior Director, Head of Public Relations at Blind: How Grit Can Propel Your Career

Rick Chen, Senior Director, Head of Public Relations at Blind Rick never set out to work in public relations or communications. Instead, he took his teachers' feedback about disrupting class and combined it with a willingness to take on the tasks and jobs few others want to do. We explore how Rick became a PR executive from the very beginning when he taught himself how to write a press release for the first time to build trust with CEOs, executives, and other principals in his coaching. He also shares why a humble approach and willingness to defer gratification can pay off in your career. Finally, we find out how executives and the busiest people might respond to your cold email asking for advice, an informational interview, or even a sale. This episode of "The Blind Ambition with Jack Kelly" is brought to you by our sponsor, MobSquad. If you're unsuccessful in the upcoming H-1B lottery, MobSquad can help. Learn more at mobsquad.io/blindambition. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/d2qia9ct
3/20/202439 minutes, 4 seconds
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Disha Patel, Head of Shopping Product at Cash App: The Importance of Finding Your Craft

Disha Patel, Head of Shopping Product at Cash App Disha explains why finding a craft and refining it over time is essential. It's how she's evolved her career, first as an engineer and then as a management consultant and a product head. We dig into what practicing a craft looks like and how to know if you have the right network and role to thrive. Disha also shares how she earned her most challenging promotion. We break everything down, including who her manager was, what she did in her role before the promotion, the impact she demonstrated, and why a focus on landing a promotion or pay bump wasn't the catalyst for the big career move. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/1zhwur04
3/13/202428 minutes, 18 seconds
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Heather Inocencio, Founder and CEO of The Product Consult: Why Product Managers Fail

Heather Inocencio, Founder and CEO of The Product Consult Heather is a sought-after product management consultant with more than 30 years of product management experience at large public companies and high-growth consumer startups, including The RealReal and HauteLook. We got her to share the details about how the product management discipline has evolved and what it was like to be a product manager as the internet blew up to what it is today. Heather shares what many CEOs and startup founders get wrong about product management and what it really takes to succeed as a product manager. She explains how to find product manager-company fit and why a company with product-market fit might not have one. We also explore the common reasons product managers fail or leave companies and the secret that the best product managers have that can take them to the c-suite. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/cwmx8fu5
3/6/202437 minutes, 11 seconds
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Jack Kelly, Founder and CEO of Compliance Search Group: How I Became a Wall Street Recruiter

Jack Kelly, Founder and CEO of Compliance Search Group In this episode, we flip the script and interview our co-host, Jack Kelly! Jack did not always know he wanted to be a recruiter. Instead, he stumbled upon it after visiting a recruiting agency and having a friend recommend he meet someone in the business. We look into the economics of recruiting and how many recruiters get their jobs. Then, we explore how Jack started recruiting for Wall Street banks, hedge funds and investment management firms when it was not always obvious it would be lucrative to do so and the work needed to start your own business. Finally, he shares his best tips on how you should approach your pay and why demonstrating passion in your next job interview might be what you need to land the offer. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/8buc7blo
2/28/202431 minutes, 15 seconds
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Jack and Rick Take on Google's AI Mistakes and Nvidia's Million-Dollar Pay Packages

Jack Kelly and Rick Chen explore what happened with Google's well-publicized blunders with its Gemini AI model. Rick explains what likely happened behind the scenes that resulted in the image generator creating odd illustrations and distorting the reality of historical events. Next, Jack asks if Big Tech and the "Magnificent Seven" group of stocks—Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Tesla—might be in a stage of complacency as growth in their share prices continues. Rick shares how some verified Nvidia professionals on Blind are getting paid and why some are already coasting. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq⁠ https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackkellywecruitr⁠ ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/chenrick⁠⁠ https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2024/02/22/google-gemini-ai-image-generation-pause/ https://www.businessinsider.com/nvidia-employees-rich-happy-problem-insiders-say-2023-12 https://www.wsj.com/lifestyle/careers/booming-stock-and-sky-high-pay-nvidia-is-silicon-valleys-hot-employer-e4fb6c20
2/26/202432 minutes, 45 seconds
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Arvind Jain, Founder and CEO of Glean: How to Become One of the Top 1% of Engineers at Google

Arvind Jain, Founder and CEO of Glean Arvind spent more than 10 years at Google, going from one of the company's first engineers when it was a startup to becoming a distinguished engineer. We find out just how he earned the promotions and what it took to land the title fewer than 1% of all engineers ever earn, including the tips and tricks many senior engineers try to take and why they might not work. We also explore why Arvind decided to leave Google and start different companies. Arvind shares his best advice on when to leave a comfortable job and the necessary insight you might need to launch a startup and lead it to a successful exit or meaningful business as its founder. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/5f1uzgkp
2/21/202433 minutes, 47 seconds
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Justin Zhu and Michelle Lee, Co-Founder and Counsel of Stand with Asian Americans: Making the Transition from Executive to Political Advocacy

Justin Zhu, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Stand with Asian Americans Michelle Lee, Counsel at Stand with Asian Americans Asian Americans make up a large proportion of the U.S. professional workforce, but often, they are one of the least represented groups at every leadership level. Justin and Michelle describe how Stand with Asian Americans is fighting back and advocating for Asian Americans in the workforce and daily life. We also explore how Justin and Michelle transitioned to political advocacy from their prestigious jobs as a unicorn founder and CEO and Big Law attorney, respectively, and how their experiences with racial discrimination shaped their work today. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/gd91j9u0
2/14/202451 minutes
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Bonnie Dilber, Manager, Business Recruiting at Zapier: Counter-Intuitive Tips You Need to Know to Get Hired

Bonnie Dilber, Manager, Business Recruiting at Zapier Bonnie leads the business recruiting team at Zapier, focusing on roles in the finance, sales, marketing, people, operations, support, legal and leadership teams. We dig into her untraditional background and why teachers might make the best recruiters and business leaders. Bonnie also shares her hot takes and best tips about how to get hired at some of the leading companies, even in a tough job market. She explains that sometimes it's best to apply for jobs when others aren't, like around holidays or the end of the year. We also get her to reveal some "red flags," which you might want to look out for when reading a job description or talking to a recruiter to ensure that the opportunity doesn't turn out to be a bad one. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/bhp05pp8
2/7/202432 minutes, 1 second
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Mark Dixon, Founder and CEO of IWG: The Future of Remote Work and the Workplace

Mark Dixon, Founder and CEO of IWG When Mark founded Regus, now known as IWG, he was the first to offer co-working space on a large scale. We explore how workplaces, offices, and even commercial real estate have changed since he started in the company in 1989. Mark explains how companies are increasingly choosing hybrid or flexible work schedules, which mix working from home and in-office time, resulting in a $2 trillion total addressable market opportunity. We look into how trends like remote work and urban policy are impacting what it's like to work in major cities around the world and why on-premise or in-office work will never go away, even with the latest trends and changes in tech. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/qgieaq5h
1/31/202441 minutes, 18 seconds
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Neil Dhar, Vice Chairman, Co-Head of Consulting at PwC: How to Assemble a Personal Board of Directors to Advance Your Career

Neil Dhar, Vice Chairman, Co-Head of Consulting at PwC We explore the secrets and advantages of longevity in the professional services industry, focusing on the advisory and consulting profession. Neil has spent more than 30 years at PwC and has held various leadership roles across the firm's different service lines—everything from M&A deals, risk assurance, advisory and consulting. We learn why he's stayed and how the "Big Four" firm keeps things fresh for its more than 364,000 professionals worldwide. Neil shares his framework for career growth, including how to stay intellectually curious, the value of keeping an open mind and the role of mentorship. Notably, we look into how anyone can build a network of mentors, sponsors and advocates and take a behind-the-scenes look into Neil's own network and the feedback they gave him. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/b39wxd28
1/26/202444 minutes, 7 seconds
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Katya Laviolette, Chief People Officer at 1Password: How to Stand Out Among 12,000 Resumes

Katya Laviolette, Chief People Officer at 1Password Katya gives us a sneak peek into how recent mass layoffs in the tech, banking and finance industries have impacted the job market. She reveals that 1Password receives as many as 12,000 resumes every month and job postings for internships can add another 20,000. We ask Katya to break down how to polish your resume and improve your candidacy to stand out in the hiring process and land the job offer. Notably, we dig into whether it's necessary to have domain experience in an industry like cybersecurity and why the secret just might be listening in a job interview. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/39uiaz33
1/17/202438 minutes, 19 seconds
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Michelle Gonzalez, Corporate Vice President and Global Head of M12: The Secret to Networking and Meeting the Most Influential People Out There

Michelle Gonzalez, Corporate Vice President and Global Head of M12, Microsoft's Venture Capital Fund Michelle explains how to really network and why most people think it's so artificial, transactional, or even cringe-inducing. She tells us about the cold emails she would send to entrepreneurs, investors, professors and other notable figures and what it was like to have dinner with Sam Altman and the founders of Lyft before they became household names. Michelle then teaches us the importance of taking risks to develop professionally. She shares how to get on the radar of some of the busiest and most influential people and how building relationships and seeking regular feedback, even from people you've just met, can pay off. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/qfyopjuj
1/11/202436 minutes, 46 seconds
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Gleb Yushin, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Sila Nanotechnologies: The Importance of Working on Big Problems and How to Get Started

Gleb Yushin, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Sila Nanotechnologies Gleb has long been sought out for his background in materials sciences and physics background. Now, he's taken his expertise to clean energy and industries as diverse as connected devices and electric vehicles. We explore how Sila Nanotechnologies was born and how Gleb transitioned from his life in academia as a professor at Georgia Tech to the founder and CTO of a startup designing integral components for Mercedes-Benz and its iconic G-Class SUV or "G Wagon." Gleb gives us a walkthrough of the hardware industry and how he navigates the pace of product and technological innovation. We also dig into how the culture at a hardware startup differs from one focused on software. Gleb also shares insight into how Elon Musk and other tech pioneers think about complex problems, such as climate change or working with government agencies like NASA. Finally, we get tactical advice about how technologists and senior professionals can advance their careers by finding impactful professional opportunities. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/r39xf01y
1/3/202447 minutes, 31 seconds
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Jack Mardack, Co-Founder of Oyster: How I Created a Human-Centric Unicorn Startup as a B Corp

Jack Mardack, Co-Founder of Oyster Jack began his career as an "accidental" marketer before working in banking and finance. Then, he had enough and decided to move to the San Francisco Bay Area to join the startup scene. There, he met like-minded, smart people who shared his interests in entrepreneurship and finding a way to create a human-centric sustainable business that aligned its business model with a positive impact. We explore why Jack and his co-founders decided to tackle global employment, local benefits and payroll. He shares how companies have started to use business as a force for good and what sets Oyster apart. Finally, we dig into what it means to be a certified B Corp and how Oyster achieved a $1-billion private valuation to become a unicorn startup. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq
12/27/202350 minutes, 7 seconds
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Amanda Richardson, CEO of CoderPad: How I Became CEO Just by Asking and Learning to Share What You Want

Amanda Richardson, CEO of CoderPad Amanda says her career has been a windy journey. She admits that, at times, she didn't have a clear career path and has primarily created opportunities for herself. It's paid off, as she was hired to become the CEO of a high-performing startup she didn't start. We learn how she became CEO and how a frank conversation with a recruiter proved to be a significant catalyst. Amanda also explains what it's like to interview to become a CEO and even how it feels to lay off your entire team because the startup is shutting down. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/r39xf01y
12/20/202349 minutes, 44 seconds
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Amir Nathoo, Founder and CEO of Outschool: How a Blog Post Led to a $3 Billion Startup

Amir Nathoo, Founder and CEO of Outschool We explore what it is like to be a startup founder from the perspective of Amir Nathoo, who knew he wanted to be a software entrepreneur at an early age. Interestingly, he explains how a blog post he published in 2015 about a personal experience led to where he is today, as a founder and CEO of a startup last publicly valued at $3 billion. Amir also shares his top advice about entrepreneurship and when he knew it was time to quit a high-paying software development job to start a new company. He also explains why a non-linear or atypical career path might be a key to success. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq
12/13/202346 minutes, 41 seconds
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Max Tagher, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Mercury: How to Enter a Field Without Prior Professional Experience

Max Tagher, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Mercury Max had never worked at a bank, financial services company or even a financial-technology startup before starting Mercury. Instead, he drew from his firsthand experience as a customer of Silicon Valley Bank, the once-popular bank with many startups, and noticed others like him were also dissatisfied. Max explains how he entered the field without having prior professional experience. We explore the challenges of co-founding a fintech startup and working with banking partners who often aren't used to operating the same way as a startup founder or technologist. He also outlines why startup founders shouldn't necessarily focus on the technology or engineering first and why a multi-disciplined and user-focused approach was key to Mercury's early success. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/emzrwxp9
12/6/202344 minutes, 54 seconds
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Lia Garvin, Former Team Operations and Organizational Effectiveness Lead at Google: Lessons From Big Tech You Can Use to Improve Your Performance

Lia Garvin, Former Team Operations and Organizational Effectiveness Lead at Google Lia gives us an in-depth look into Google's program management and team operations. We explore how she became a program manager and what program managers do at Google and other Big Tech companies, including how they work with software engineers, product managers, designers and executives to map risks, ship regularly to meet deadlines, and help people perform at their best. Lia explains why imposter syndrome can be so common in the tech industry and how she recommends getting over it. We also got her to reveal what she did at Google to improve team performance and the communication and feedback tooling and frameworks they used so that you can use them to level up your career, build relationships, and land your next, better role. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/y39nyrco
11/29/202340 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ingrid De Clercq, Chief People Officer at Deliverect: An Inside Look into How Belgian and European Startups Recruit Talent

Ingrid De Clercq, Chief People Officer at Deliverect Ingrid shares how four startup founders in Ghent, Belgium, developed the idea for Deliverect and what it was like conceptualizing and implementing a multinational company's vision, hiring process and performance philosophies from scratch. We also get a sneak peek into how a Belgian and European startup hires and retains talent from all over the world from one of the first employees of Deliverect, a software-as-a-service startup last publicly valued at $1.4 billion. Ingrid also shares what she thinks sets Deliverect apart and how the company thinks about total rewards and total compensation. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/3dl4nmej
11/22/202338 minutes, 42 seconds
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Jesse Tinsley, Former Recruiter at 23andMe: What Happens When the Recruiter You're Talking to Doesn't Actually Work at the Company?

Jesse Tinsley, Former Recruiter at 23andMe Jesse Tinsley was a recruiter at 23andMe, Coinbase, Stellar Development Foundation, Protocol Labs and more. Now, he's the founder and CEO of a recruitment process outsourcing company, a largely unknown cog in the job recruitment process. We explore what RPO companies are and how you can work together with these recruiters to land your next job. While it might be bizarre to find out that the recruiter you're working with might not technically work at the company, the experience is essentially the same. You might have even worked with an RPO recruiter already without knowing it! http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/l1lv2nfp
11/15/202339 minutes, 51 seconds
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Jack and Rick Take on 'Job GPT' and AI Bots That Apply for Jobs for You While You Sleep

Jack Kelly and Rick Chen break down the advent of AI bots that apply for jobs while you sleep. We discuss Job GPT and other similar services that claim to guarantee job interviews with their indiscriminate job applications. Rick thinks through the potential repercussions professionals could face for using these tools and AI technology. Jack shares his insights from his reporting about how employers are using AI and moving too slowly when hiring. After all, maybe employers have brought this upon themselves! ⁠https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackkellywecruitr https://www.linkedin.com/in/chenrick https://wired.com/story/this-ai-bot-fills-out-job-applications-for-you-while-you-sleep/
11/9/202331 minutes, 3 seconds
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Marcelo Lebre, President and Chief Technology Officer at Remote: Finding the Tipping Point for Your Entrepreneurship

Marcelo Lebre, President and Chief Technology Officer at Remote Marcelo recalls how he transitioned from academia to entrepreneurship. He gives us the rundown of what it was like to build the product that would become Remote.com and when he knew it was time to go all-in on his startup idea. We explore everything from identifying the market potential of a startup idea to recruiting employees worldwide and the challenges of building a global business without any physical offices or locations. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/ygksmehz
11/8/202332 minutes, 29 seconds
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Shirley Baumer, Director of Product Management at Monday.com: From Startup to IPO - What It's Like as the First Product Manager

Shirley Baumer, Director of Product Management at Monday.com Shirley was the first product manager at Monday.com, back when it was a startup with fewer than 30 people. We explore how the company has changed in six and a half years, discussing everything from how the core work management product was conceptualized and built to the opening of new offices worldwide and a Nasdaq IPO. Shirley shares how her untraditional background helped her hit the ground running. She was a journalist before working in tech and intuitively knew how to speak with customers and prospects, decipher their problems and summarize their needs. Coupled with her experience in behavioral economics and background as a medical-tech startup founder, we learn that you don't necessarily need to have an MBA or work in tech previously to succeed in product management. Finally, we get the scoop on how Shirley and Monday.com recruit and hire product managers and tech professionals. She also reveals the common mistakes candidates make in job interviews and what you need to do to stand out. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/uqynaxbt
11/1/202353 minutes, 21 seconds
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Melanie Quandt, Former Recruiting Manager at Salesforce: The Inside Scoop to How Salesforce Hires Engineers and Experienced Professionals

Melanie Quandt, Former Recruiting Manager at Salesforce Melanie has spent more than 10 years as a recruiter placing software engineers, developers, scrum managers, and more at Salesforce. We get the inside scoop into what sets Salesforce apart and how they hire engineers and other experienced professionals. Melanie reveals the performance metrics and key performance indicators she was held to as a recruiter and what that means for job candidates. She also shares the "hack" to get in front of recruiters and hiring managers. Finally, we explore Salesforce's total rewards philosophy and how they competed for talent when their total compensation offer might not be as competitive as other companies. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/h3z5bvlm
10/26/202332 minutes, 46 seconds
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Jake Leach, Chief Operating Officer at Dexcom: Unleashing Career Growth, Tips From a Top Medical Executive

Jake Leach, Chief Operating Officer at Dexcom Today, Jake is the COO at one of the top medical technology companies in the world. But, before he became responsible for all things product, research and development, and the like, Jake got his start in the industry as an intern. We explore Jake's career journey, including how he learned to apply his studies as an electrical engineer to the health sciences and what gave him the confidence to take a chance on a startup called Dexcom early in his career. Jake also shares his top tips for career growth and leadership. Notably, he explains why one of the most impactful things for his career growth was when he turned down a high-profile leadership role. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/3pz372ts
10/18/202337 minutes, 8 seconds
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Frank Calderoni, CEO of Velocity Global: A CEO's Guide to C-Suite Roles and Leadership Development

Frank Calderoni, CEO of Velocity Global Frank has been an executive at some of the most high-profile tech companies in the world, including IBM, SanDisk, QLogic, Cisco, Red Hat, Anaplan and Velocity Global. We get the inside track into his career progression, starting from IBM and its legendary internship and leadership development programs. He shares why he decided to go into tech instead of working at one of the Big Four accounting firms and what it was like working all around the world. Frank then gives us a good look into what it's like being a c-suite executive, CEO and board member of some public companies. We explore whether the adage "it's lonely at the top" rings true, which promotions were most challenging to earn in his career, and the most valuable skills he credits to his success today. You don't want to miss Frank's master class on c-suite roles, people management and leadership development. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/9emoyqui
10/11/202341 minutes, 33 seconds
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Erika Voss, Vice President, Engineering Platforms at Capital One Software: How to Break Into the Tech Industry With an Untraditional, Non-Technical Background

Erika Voss, Vice President, Engineering Platforms at Capital One Software Erika doesn't have the typical background of a technical executive at a large enterprise software company. She began her career as a corrections officer at a maximum-security prison. We explore how she transitioned from becoming a public servant, which she admits she would have been happy spending her entire life doing, to breaking into the tech industry with an untraditional, non-technical background. Erika explains how she learned the technical skills, including finding a mentor that encouraged her to get trained, and bridged the gap with her communications and leadership skills. She outlines how to sell yourself in a job interview and best highlight your transferable skills across industries and professions. Finally, we dig into the challenges of becoming a technical executive and what it takes to get promoted to a director, senior director, and finally, a vice president of engineering at some of the most influential financial services and tech companies. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/4gorzood
10/4/202354 minutes, 46 seconds
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Donna Helphrey, Vice President, Talent at Go1: Everything You Want to Know About Recruiting From Someone Who Hired 1,800 People in One Year

Donna Helphrey, Vice President, Talent at Go1 Like many recruiters, Donna didn't have her heart set on helping others find their dream job. Instead, she grew into the profession and became a current executive at a multibillion-dollar "unicorn" startup. We look back at her start as a recruiter, from working at a staffing agency to hiring 1,800 people worldwide in a single year at Groupon. As we explore Donna's career, we dig into how to stand out as a job candidate at a foreign-based company and what it's like as a recruiter and hiring manager responsible for international roles. We tackle the different professional cultures worldwide, like how Australian professionals might be more active in the job search than Americans or Europeans. As a talent and HR executive today, she reveals the incentive structures and KPIs that she has for external recruiting agencies and her own in-house recruiters and how you might negotiate unique benefits or one-of-a-kind total compensation packages in a job search. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/3v1fvlog
9/27/202352 minutes, 3 seconds
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Josh Owen, Chief Technology Officer at Flourish: From Wall Street Developer to Serial Startup CTO, Here's How He Did It

Josh Owen, Chief Technology Officer at Flourish Before he became a two-time CTO in the tech industry, Josh worked at some of the largest banks. He explains what he learned from his time on the business side of software engineering at Citi and Goldman Sachs, including the day-to-day work of developers and technologists on Wall Street. We also explore how the smallest seeming things can be one of the most impactful things you can do for a business and your career. (You won't guess what the software he built does to save traders worldwide 45 minutes every day!) Finally, we explore Josh's transition from finance to the tech industry and how being an executive changes before and after a startup gets acquired by a larger company. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/8fgnkp3k
9/20/202346 minutes, 29 seconds
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Andrew Duncan, CEO and Managing Partner at Infosys Consulting: Is It Always Bad News When Your Company Hires a Management Consulting Firm?

Andrew Duncan, CEO and Managing Partner at Infosys Consulting Andrew hasn't always worked in management consulting, and it's likely one of the reasons he's been so effective as an advisor to companies worldwide and a c-suite executive himself. We dive into his background to learn how engineers, technologists and other experienced subject-matter experts can break into management consulting and why they might want to consider it a career. He also explains the "pyramid" career ladder within the consulting industry and what professionals can do to level up the fastest with promotions, higher-impact projects and more name-brand clients. We also press Andrew to give us a behind-the-scenes look into why companies hire Infosys Consulting and other major consulting firms. He explains whether it's a bad sign if your company hires a consulting firm and what their day-to-day engagements are beyond the stereotypes of face-to-face interviews with executives, spreadsheets and presentations. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/70eau02l
9/13/202354 minutes, 19 seconds
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Jason Birmingham, Chief Technology Officer at Broadridge Financial: How to Find a Mentor and Why Executives Need One Too

Jason Birmingham, Chief Technology Officer at Broadridge Financial Jason openly admits that he doesn't have the traditional resume of a CTO or a financial-technology executive. For one, he's a software engineer with finance degrees and a client-facing management consulting background. We dig into how he broke the mold and earned each promotion until he landed in the c-suite. He shares how he learned the value of mentorship and professional sponsorship and how he's been able to count on others to get over career roadblocks. Finally, we look candidly into the importance of having a solid personal and professional network and how anyone can build the skills to influence others and demonstrate leadership. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/7wb8jl6k
9/6/202347 minutes, 29 seconds
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Trent Henry, Global Vice Chair, Talent at EY: How to Develop the Skills to Succeed at EY and the Big Four and Beyond

Trent Henry, Global Vice Chair, Talent at EY Before becoming the global vice chair of talent at EY, Trent was the CEO of EY Canada. He's seen how the economy has changed and why so many employers and professionals haven't yet caught up. We get Trent to teach a masterclass about how professionals can invest in themselves and develop the in-demand skills that EY, the Big Four accounting and consulting firms, and some top tech companies demand. We dig deep into how professionals can pivot from skills to experience and impact, as the latter is what employers have now focused on in the age of AI, machine learning and new technology. Finally, Trent and Jack share their top advice for people who are job searching and looking to advance their careers. (Hint: It might involve ignoring the traditional career ladder and finding your own opportunities for growth.) http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/q1a4hj0o
8/30/202335 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ariella Steinhorn and Amber Scorah, Co-Founders of Lioness: Everything You Wanted to Know About Whistleblowing and Workplace Misbehavior!

Ariella Steinhorn, Co-Founder of Lioness and Amber Scorah, Co-Founder and President of Lioness Ariella and Amber explain what it means to be a whistleblower and why someone might decide to take something public. If you ever asked yourself, "What is a whistleblower?" you must listen to this episode. We explore whistleblower rights and protections and the most common abuses, incidents and events which might lead to someone coming forward. Ariella and Amber also share how Lioness advocates for professionals by providing free resources, such as vetting and validation, referrals to lawyers, media training and more. Finally, we dig into why we hear about some whistleblowers and workplace misbehavior and not others and how to navigate the corporate lawyers and public relations teams that companies hire. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/luk1pr0u
8/23/202349 minutes, 28 seconds
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CJ Jouhal, Head of Engineering at Anchorage Digital: The Highs and Lows on the Journey to Becoming a CTO

CJ Jouhal, Head of Engineering at Anchorage Digital CJ has led engineering teams as a CTO or head of engineering for more than 20 years. In this episode, we get vulnerable and dig into the major decisions in his life that made him the technical leader he is today, diving into nearly every high and low point in his career. CJ recalls how he decided to give up his comfortable job as a programmer at Lockheed Martin to join a startup. He then explains why it can be a curse when your startup gets acquired by a larger, more well-funded company and how a major promotion, which led him to manage a team of 400 engineers, was not as great as it might have seemed at the time. We explore what it means to be a leader, an executive, and a mentor to others and how it might differ as a software developer or technologist. Finally, CJ shares his advice about how to choose your career path and what it takes to become a CTO or c-suite executive. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/ahseop15
8/16/202353 minutes, 58 seconds
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Jack and Rick Take on the UPS Drivers That Will Soon Earn $170k

Jack Kelly and Rick Chen chase down the labor agreement between UPS and the Teamsters Union to figure out if UPS drivers will really start to earn $170,000 in pay. We look into how the total compensation was calculated and if the reporters got their news headlines wrong. Jack and Rick then discuss the evolution of the job market and how some professions are changing in response to new technology like autonomous vehicles and machine learning. Finally, we debate whether UPS will even have to pay these headline totals to drivers after all. ⁠https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackkellywecruitr https://www.linkedin.com/in/chenrick https://fortune.com/2023/08/08/ups-drivers-170000-union-agreement-teamsters-middle-class-bidenomics/ https://www.businessinsider.com/tech-workers-comments-170k-ups-driver-deal-anger-admiration-2023-8
8/14/202335 minutes
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Jack and Rick Take on Google's $99/Night Hotel and the BS Behind the Return to the Office

Jack Kelly and Rick Chen explore Google's decision to discount stays at its on-campus hotels to $99/night. We explore why Google has an on-campus hotel and if the hotel rate is a good deal if you can no longer work from home. Jack and Rick also explain why some companies like Zoom are all announcing return-to-office policies and getting stricter with in-office work. Finally, Rick reveals the nefarious things that some executives and HR teams are doing to justify their company policies, including the end of remote work or slowdowns in hiring. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackkellywecruitr https://www.linkedin.com/in/chenrick https://www.businessinsider.com/google-campus-hotel-touts-special-price-return-office-hybrid-2023-8 ⁠https://www.sfgate.com/tech/article/zoom-return-to-office-announcement-18283831.php
8/11/202333 minutes, 21 seconds
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Jonathan Dughi, Former Senior Software Development Manager at Amazon: What It's Like to Lead a Team at Amazon. Plus, Does Amazon Have a 'PIP Culture?'

Jonathan Dughi, Former Senior Software Development Manager at Amazon Jonathan was the head of engineering at Amazon Smile, Amazon's charity program that made it easy for shoppers to give back when they purchased from the online retailer. We explore his background and how Jonathan landed a job offer at Amazon as a software engineer with a history degree. Jack and Rick also quiz Jonathan about what it's like to work at Amazon. We take a deep dive into the responsibility of a manager at Amazon, including the day-to-day work of a technical lead, coaching teammates and performance reviews. Finally, we tackle Amazon's employer brand and the company's allegedly unique take on performance improvement plans and whether the so-called "PIP culture" really exists. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/skrb9zp7
8/9/202339 minutes, 59 seconds
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Jack and Rick Take on the "Prestige" Meme on Blind: Does Prestige Matter? Can It Help You Get Jobs and Promotions?

Jack Kelly and Rick Chen react to the "prestige" meme on Blind, or how many professionals seem to be obsessed with whether a certain company, industry or job role is more prestigious than another. We dive into whether recruiters and hiring managers care about your educational background and which university you attended, your past employers or roles, and even if your industry or ZIP Code matter. Then, Jack and Rick detail how to create your own prestige and share how they have built their brands and reputations in their respective industries of recruiting and communications. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackkellywecruitr https://www.linkedin.com/in/chenrick https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2023/08/01/should-you-accept-a-job-with-a-high-status-company-or-the-one-that-pays-more-money/
8/4/202340 minutes, 3 seconds
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Erin Faverty, Operating Partner at PeopleTech Partners: All Advisers Aren't Created Equal. Here's How to Tell the Good Ones from the Bad

Erin Faverty, Operating Partner at PeopleTech Partners Erin explains what venture capital firms mean when they say they have a platform team on-hand. We look into why investors even bother staffing marketers, recruiters, and even data scientists and how they help startup founders and early employees. Next, Erin gives us her top tips on how to tell the good, helpful advisers from the bad and what it might take to become an executive. Don't miss this masterclass in executive success! http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/6hzqb9kr
8/2/202336 minutes, 23 seconds
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Michael Kascsak, Former Head of Software Engineering Sourcing, North America at Google: Insider Secrets into Big Tech Recruiting

Michael Kascsak, Former Head of Software Engineering Sourcing, North America at Google Michael has been a recruiter for more than 20 years, connecting professionals with leading companies like Bank of America, Capital One, CBRE, and, most recently, Google. We compare and contrast what it takes to get a high-powered, high-paying job in the finance, real estate and tech industries and get into the nuts and bolts of what it takes to stand out as a job candidate. Jack and Rick also push Michael into sharing the internal workings of recruiting and job placement at Google. We explore everything from how recruiters are incentivized, whether they are told to lowball candidates, what they say about you to a hiring manager or the hiring committee, and if it's better to work with a recruiter at the company or an external agency recruiter. Finally, Michael explains why ghosting happens during the job interview and how to beat the heat and get a callback. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/dljbe416
7/26/202357 minutes, 39 seconds
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Larry Gadea, Founder and CEO of Envoy: The Role of Ambition in Professional Success

Larry Gadea, Founder and CEO of Envoy Larry has an untraditional background for a Silicon Valley CEO, including getting smuggled out of Romania to Germany before settling in Canada at the age of 3. We explore how his experience growing up led him to work at Google while a full-time student and how open-source projects opened doors for him. Next, we dive into the a-ha moment behind Envoy and its ubiquitous tablets seemingly in every startup and tech company's reception area. Jack and Rick then get a behind-the-scenes look into Envoy's culture and what Larry looks for when he's hiring. Don't miss our conversation about everything from what CEOs and managers mean when they say they like ambition to whether working in-office actually impacts your career and professional development prospects. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/xzg9q4h2
7/19/202332 minutes, 58 seconds
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Michael Griffiths, Principal, Workforce Development at Deloitte: Why You Need to Develop Skills to Succeed in Today's Job Market

Michael Griffiths, Principal, Workforce Development at Deloitte Michael didn't always know he wanted to get into consulting. Before he rose through the ranks of strategy and management consulting, he was a London school teacher. We explore why developing skills has become more important than job titles and the promotions that make up the traditional career ladder in today's job market. Michael also breaks down some research to explain how the economy shifted to become so skills-based and focused. Finally, we look into the human condition and whether we really want to work. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/ue7qcrya
7/12/202332 minutes, 10 seconds
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Mahe Bayireddi, Co-Founder and CEO of Phenom: How Employers Use AI to Find and Hire Job-Seekers

Mahe Bayireddi, Co-Founder and CEO of Phenom Mahe spells out how employers use artificial intelligence, machine learning and data to hire employees. He explains that job-seekers and other professionals should focus on highlighting their core competencies, skills and behaviors and dives into the tactics to stand out in the job application and job interview processes. We explore how some companies and industries are using automated interviews and what the deal is with video interviews. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/63osz4kh
6/29/202338 minutes, 42 seconds
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Pato O'Ward, IndyCar Racer at The Arrow McLaren Team: Everything You Want to Know About the Business and Compensation in Motor Sport

Pato O'Ward, IndyCar Racer at The Arrow McLaren Team Pato O'Ward is one of the youngest motorsport athletes in the world at 23 years old. In this exclusive interview for Blind, he recalls how he became a professional race-car driver and what it was like getting started on a world stage at a young age. We then take a deep dive with Pato into the business of motorsport, including how drivers fund their travel, get hired by a motorsport team, find sponsors, and what the total compensation of a motorsport athlete is really like. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/4d8bj50n
6/21/202342 minutes, 4 seconds
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Brad Porter, Founder and CEO of Collaborative Robotics: Why I Left Amazon to Launch a Robotics Startup

Brad Porter, Founder and CEO of Collaborative Robotics Until recently, Brad was a vice president and distinguished engineer at Amazon, working on some of the internet giant's most ambitious projects like Amazon Prime Air, Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Robotics. We ask Brad to walk us through his career arc and how he became one of the few technologists in the tech industry to crack the "L10" distinguished engineer job level. After he shares his advice about how to reach the next step in your career, we look into what it's like to be a founder on the cutting-edge of technology, including the future of robotics and being a startup founder that has to raise venture capital, create a product roadmap from scratch, and build the foundations of a multi-generation business. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/esldqiw8
6/14/202337 minutes, 39 seconds
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Jack and Rick Take on Elon Musk and His Rant About Remote Work and the Work-From-Home "Laptop Class"

Jack Kelly and Rick Chen react to Elon Musk's rant about remote work and the white-collar professional. Musk thinks professionals who want to continue working remotely need to stop living in "La La Land" and get back into the office. We discuss whether he's right about working from home and why it might depend on your career level or tenure. Next, Rick recalls the early days of his career and why he thinks the "grunt" work really paid off. Jack tackles the shocking Blind poll that found almost half of all remote workers on Blind work four hours or less a day and shares his best tips for staying productive while at home. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackkellywecruitr https://www.linkedin.com/in/chenrick https://www.businessinsider.com/tech-employees-call-elon-musk-hypocrite-remote-work-morally-work-2023-5 https://www.businessinsider.com/how-many-hours-work-day-productive-tech-workers-2023-4 https://www.teamblind.com/post/How-much-you-work-a-day-Sv1f1iJf
6/9/202340 minutes, 46 seconds
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Donald Knight, Chief People Officer at Greenhouse: How to Uncover a Company's Real Culture

Donald Knight, Chief People Officer at Greenhouse Donald breaks down the questions that professionals should be asking in job interviews. We explore how to uncover a company's real culture, including their leadership team's approach to layoffs and other difficult decisions in tough times, what types of actions and behaviors they reward, and how people get promoted or recognized. Next, Donald explains how to be business-focused and demonstrate experience and impact like you're an executive. Finally, he outlines what job seekers should do to drive their careers forward. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/u8gfaswh
6/7/202325 minutes, 18 seconds
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Fredrik Johnsson, Owner and President of Race of Champions: Finding the Drive to Become an Entrepreneur

Fredrik Johnsson, Owner and President of Race of Champions Fredrik has never shied away from big, audacious goals. We explore how he conceptualized the Race of Champions, recruited the first athletes and secured the first venues for the first-of-its-kind motorsport event. Race of Champions pits the best racing and rally drivers from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR, the World Rally Championship and more in a head-to-head race. Along the way, we dig into the turning points and decisions from his childhood to his early career that led to his present-day success as an entrepreneur and sports innovator. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/f79inztx
5/31/202319 minutes, 25 seconds
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Jack and Rick Take on Declining Pay in the Tech Industry and How to Fight Back

Jack Kelly and Rick Chen explore whether pay packages have decreased in the tech industry because of the recent high-profile layoffs at Amazon, Google, Meta, Microsoft, Salesforce and more. Notably, new, exclusive research from Blind shows that a majority of job-seeking software engineers in the U.S. are now willing to accept the same or lower pay in a new role. We dive into the data, run some numbers and explain how tech professionals can fight back against employers to improve their work life. Finally, Rick outlines the impact of the volatile stock market and economy on professionals' total compensation, and Jack shares some personal finance tips that could help professionals whose pay is now lower because of declining share prices or smaller restricted stock unit grants. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackkellywecruitr https://www.linkedin.com/in/chenrick https://www.teamblind.com/blog/index.php/2023/05/22/2023-engineering-salary-expectations-report/?utm_source=pr&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=salary-report&utm_content=blog-post https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2023/05/22/why-white-collar-workers-are-losing-out-in-the-job-market/
5/26/202344 minutes, 28 seconds
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Cai GoGwilt, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ironclad: How to Earn Trust in the Workplace

Cai GoGwilt, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ironclad Cai explains why professionals need to demonstrate integrity at work. He outlines how engineers and technologists can earn the trust of their teammates and how entrepreneurs can create better, more successful businesses through trust. We also explore how Cai and Ironclad discover a job seeker's integrity in the job interview process and how they wove it into Ironclad's company culture and business practices. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/omgz5dru
5/24/202333 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ashwinder Ahluwalia, Former Head of Product Management at Google: The Ins-and-Outs of Working in Product at a Big Tech Company

Ashwinder Ahluwalia, Former Head of Product Management at Google Ash spent more than 10 years leading product management at Google Ads and Google Cloud before becoming the head of product management and acting general manager of an internal stealth artificial intelligence startup within Alphabet. We get the inside scoop into how Google approaches product management and how to tell the difference between a good product manager and an excellent, impactful product owner. Most importantly, he explains why the product function exists at a Big Tech company and how Google trains its product managers to have business sense. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/5u0oeyqq
5/16/202345 minutes, 54 seconds
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Rod Adams, U.S. and Mexico Talent Acquisition and Onboarding Leader at PwC: How to Find a Mentor

Rod Adams, U.S. and Mexico Talent Acquisition and Onboarding Leader at PwC Rod is a bit of a unicorn. He's been at the international "Big Four" firm PwC for nearly 30 years and has grown his career from an associate to a principal with global impact. We explore the secret to his career arc, including the importance of having a mentor and the pathways for career development available at PwC. He also shares how professionals can stand out in a competitive job market and how mega assurance, advisory and tax service firms don't necessarily look only for people with type "A" personalities. http://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/w8e5mynv
5/10/202341 minutes, 3 seconds
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Matt Fitzgerald, Chief Marketing Officer at Tend: What Makes for Good Marketing at a Startup or Challenger Brand?

Matt Fitzgerald, Chief Marketing Officer at Tend Matt has dedicated his marketing career to focusing on the fundamentals—listening and solving real problems for real people. We explore his storied track record of creating and marketing challenger brands into recognizable household names from scratch. He explains why it's still an excellent time to get into marketing and why companies might be foolish if they cut their marketing team and budgets too quickly or too much. Finally, Matt shares how to have a stand-out professional brand. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/2f9862b1
5/3/202338 minutes, 39 seconds
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Christine Deputy, Chief People Officer at Pinterest: How to Think About Promotions and Your Total Compensation

Christine Deputy, Chief People Officer at Pinterest Christine reveals how employers and company executives think about employee retention and turnover. We look into how executives and managers are evaluated at some of the top companies and how to think about promotions. Finally, we dig deep into the weeds to learn what professionals should know about their total compensation and how pay connects to career development. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/9780e977
4/26/202341 minutes, 50 seconds
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Shanee Ben-Zur, Chief Growth Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Crunchbase: How to Market Yourself in an Economic Downturn

Shanee Ben-Zur, Chief Growth Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Crunchbase Shanee shares how everyone can use marketing best practices to land their next job, even if they're not a marketer. We dive into the weeds to learn how to stand out in a tough job market and in your current role. Finally, we explore why it doesn't make sense that some of the largest tech companies have decided to cut their marketing budgets and teams in a potential economic downturn. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/ba9f8ba4
4/19/202319 minutes, 4 seconds
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Garima Sahai, Former Director, Engineering, Google Local at Google: What Google Was Like in the Early Days

Garima Sahai, Former Director, Engineering, Google Local and Google Map Ads at Google Garima was one of the earliest employees at Google. She reflects on how the company has changed from its startup days nearly 20 years ago to becoming the internet giant it is today. We tackle everything from being one of the first female engineers in Silicon Valley, how Google co-founder Larry Page approached problems, and what it was like to build from zero to 1 billion and beyond. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/ba917238
4/12/202332 minutes, 50 seconds
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Mark Sherman and Saad Siddiqui, Partners at Telstra Ventures: How International Venture Capital is Plotting the Future of Work

Mark Sherman, Managing Partner at Telstra Ventures Saad Siddiqui, General Partner at Telstra Ventures Mark and Saad take us through how venture capitalists decide what to invest in and how they find startup founders, including an inside look into some of the data science and models they use to predict success. (Hint: We all could use the advice, even if we aren't startup executives looking for an investment!) https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/7561d14
4/5/202329 minutes, 23 seconds
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Andrew Seaman, Managing Editor at LinkedIn: Breaking Down What's Really Happening with the Job Market and Economy

Andrew Seaman, Managing Editor for Jobs and Career Development at LinkedIn Andrew leads job search and career development content for LinkedIn News and is one of our go-to experts on the job market. We break down the latest trends as we see them, from the incredible competition for remote jobs, the return-to-office movement of many companies, and the decreasing pay and total compensation in some industries to the mass layoffs that are becoming more common. Andrew, Jack and Rick fact-check some of the news headlines and commonly cited statistics and explore what professionals can do now to future-proof their careers and advance in a tough economy. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/88397ac4
3/29/202347 minutes, 58 seconds
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Dan Schiappa, Chief Product Officer at Arctic Wolf: A Tried-and-true Blueprint for Mastery and Earning Leadership Roles

Dan Schiappa, Chief Product Officer at Arctic Wolf Dan shares his tried-and-true framework for pivoting your career, recalling his successful shifts that resulted in leadership roles in everything from engineering, CEO, business development, finance, and, most recently, product. We explore what being a category-creator in business and your professional life is like, including how he became a principal developer in only two years at Oracle and Bill Gates' technical assistant at Microsoft. Dan also explains how he built the technology for what could have been YouTube before that video startup became popular. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/e0d4fd19
3/22/202347 minutes, 21 seconds
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Cosmin Nicolaescu, Chief Technology Officer at Brex: How to Become a CTO of a Multibillion-dollar Startup in Only 10 Years

Cosmin Nicolaescu, Chief Technology Officer at Brex Cosmin has enjoyed a meteoric rise as a software engineer. In less than 10 years, he's led global engineering teams at two multibillion-dollar startups. We explore his career trajectory and how a Microsoft software engineer intern becomes the CTO of a more than $12-billion valuation financial-technology juggernaut. Finally, in an exclusive for the Blind community, Cosmin shares how someone can impress him in a job interview at Brex. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/535c9081
3/15/202343 minutes, 9 seconds
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Oren Barzilai, Founder and CEO of EquityBee: Everything You Want to Know About Stock Options

Oren Barzilai, Founder and CEO of EquityBee Every day professionals miss out on the opportunity to build wealth through stock options and other stock-based compensation. Some professionals might not understand how they work or can't afford to exercise stock options when they leave. Don't miss Oren's master class about stock options and how they might affect your total compensation offer at a startup. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/c2676260
3/10/202338 minutes, 27 seconds
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Abakar Saidov, Founder and CEO of Beamery: How to Persevere When Things Get Tough

Abakar Saidov, Founder and CEO of Beamery Abakar is not a typical founder. He didn't have a lifelong interest in computers or coding, and he had never worked in tech before starting his multi-billion-dollar startup. Instead, curiosity led him down the paths of AI and HR. We explore the founding story of Beamery and Abakar's perseverance that made it all possible. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/ccf26d43
3/1/202337 minutes, 42 seconds
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Eugene Zhang, Founding Partner at TSVC: What's the Deal with Venture Capital and Tech Right Now?

Eugene Zhang, Founding Partner at TSVC Eugene has seen it all in Silicon Valley from his vantage point as an engineer-turned-venture capitalist. We get him to break down the last 30 years of the tech industry, everything from the different boom-and-bust cycles to the latest new trends he's excited about as an investor. He would know, too, as he was an angel investor in Zoom long before the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent work-from-home trend. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/1fbc7b97
2/23/202342 minutes, 21 seconds
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Tim Armandpour, Chief Technology Officer at PagerDuty: The Secret to Leveling up Your Career Faster

Tim Armandpour, Chief Technology Officer at PagerDuty Tim is a rare CTO: Before leading engineering and tech teams, he was responsible for product development at YapStone and then PagerDuty. The duo-role experience informed his leadership today, helping him understand how a tech company operates from soup to nuts. He explains how professionals earlier in their careers, especially software engineers, can apply the lessons he learned and level up faster. Finally, we ask Tim why being on call sucks and why it doesn't have to be that way. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/39324712
2/15/202330 minutes
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Jeanniey Walden, Former Global Chief Innovation and Marketing Officer at DailyPay: Tips to Building a Personal Brand

Jeanniey Walden, Former Global Chief Innovation and Marketing Officer at DailyPay Jeanniey breaks down personal branding and how to build one to advance your career. She also explains why applying for a job on LinkedIn or a jobs board isn't the best thing to do. We also ask her how to use personal and professional networks the right way. Finally, she shares some financial tips about making the most of your stock options and RSUs after you leave a startup or tech company. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/50473111
2/8/202319 minutes, 58 seconds
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Jack and Rick Take on the Labor Market, Pay Cuts and Why Layoffs Might Be the Worst Thing a Company Can Do

Jack Kelly and Rick Chen react to Intel's decision to cut the pay of the CEO, leadership team and middle management by 5% to 25% after its layoffs. We look into what might be the catalyst for these decisions and why high-profile pay cuts like Apple's Tim Cook might not be anything more than a PR play. Notably, Jack explores how job-cut announcements affect the stock market and the job market. Finally, Jack and Rick discuss the history of company reductions in force and why layoffs might be the worst thing a company can do. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackkellywecruitr https://www.linkedin.com/in/chenrick https://www.oregonlive.com/silicon-forest/2023/02/intel-slashes-wages-bonuses-after-disastrous-quarterly-results.html https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2023/02/01/ceos-of-apple-goldman-sachs-jpmorgan-and-other-top-companies-are-taking-pay-cuts/
2/6/202344 minutes, 12 seconds
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AJ Cooper, Director of Hardware Engineering at Lyft: The Definitive Guide to Demonstrating Impact

AJ Cooper, Director of Hardware Engineering at Lyft Few people get the opportunity to work on a global scale, but AJ has done it twice as a hardware engineer. We learn how to develop a business mindset as a technologist and how he transitioned from focusing on the tactical to thinking like an owner. He also shares a blueprint for demonstrating impact and developing a high career velocity, even if you're not on the most exciting or impactful projects. Finally, AJ explains how to break through if you're at a startup or smaller team and why it might be just the push you need to become a more rounded professional. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/62b1cf0c
2/1/202340 minutes, 6 seconds
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Jeffrey Spector, President and Co-Founder of Karat: The Inside Scoop to Tech Job Interviews

Jeffrey Spector, President and Co-Founder of Karat If you've interviewed at a tech company, Karat might have been responsible for the process or the interview itself. Jeffrey explains why technical job interviews are often broken and how some companies have adapted to hire better talent. As a bonus, he also shares why most companies' performance reviews and job performance incentive programs don't work. Finally, we get a sneak peek into other changes to industry hiring processes and what it was like working for Bill Gates at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/41d258d6
1/25/202349 minutes, 45 seconds
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Jack and Rick Take on the Big Tech Layoffs at Google, Meta, Microsoft, Salesforce and More

Jack Kelly and Rick Chen break down Alphabet's layoff of 12,000 people worldwide. We compare and contrast the job cuts at Google's parent company with others this month, including Meta, Microsoft, Salesforce and more. We explore whether Google and Microsoft played follow-the-leader with their job cuts and if this means a recession is likely. Jack and Rick also react to how professionals reacted to the news on Blind today. Finally, we share some lessons about what you can do if you have been laid off and why the job market isn't as bad as you might think. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackkellywecruitr https://www.linkedin.com/in/chenrick https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/20/business/google-alphabet-layoffs.html
1/21/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 14 seconds
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Jost Capito, Former CEO and Team Principal of Williams Racing: Leadership Principles from Formula One and the World of Sport

Jost Capito, Former CEO and Team Principal of Williams Racing Formula One is as much a business as it is a sport. Jost took over the reins of Williams Racing, tasked with leading a turnaround story for a struggling team. He walks us through his first days on the job, including how he incorporated feedback from each team member and the pressure involved. We also explore the workplace culture of a sports team and the incentives and initiatives required to keep everyone motivated. Finally, Jost shares the leadership principles he learned in motorsport and how we can drive positive milestones in our careers. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/1e89de37
1/18/202341 minutes, 51 seconds
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Jack and Rick Take on the Goldman Sachs Layoffs and the Possible 2023 Recession

Jack Kelly and Rick Chen discuss Goldman Sachs' decision to lay off up to 3,200 people worldwide. We get a behind-the-scenes look into the typical Wall Street interview process and what business cycles and possible recessions mean for a career in banking and finance. Then, Jack and Rick make sense of how applying for a job differs in banking and finance compared to startups or the tech industry. Jack also explains why many software engineers and technologists would do well in financial services. Finally, we reveal what a hiring manager sees when you apply for a job and why a referral from a current employee might just be your surefire bet to your next career move. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackkellywecruitr https://www.linkedin.com/in/chenrick https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/09/goldman-sachs-job-cuts-up-to-3200-employees-laid-off-this-week-.html
1/15/202347 minutes, 18 seconds
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Michal Pechoucek, Chief Technology Officer at Gen: Everything You Want to Know About AI

Michal Pechoucek, Chief Technology Officer at Gen Before his career in cybersecurity, with stints at Cisco, Avast and NortonLifeLock, Michal was one of the first academics to study AI. We ask the founder of the Artificial Intelligence Center everything from the hottest opportunities in AI to the intersection of cybersecurity and AI and the dangers many people still need to consider. https://bit.ly/blindambitionpodcast
1/11/202349 minutes, 41 seconds
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Blind Bytes: Jack Reveals Insider Tips About Working with Recruiters

With Blind Bytes, Jack Kelly and Rick Chen reveal insider tips about professional life, which you can use immediately to level up your career. In this episode, we take on how to work with recruiters. Jack pulls back the curtain on recruiters and how they get hired and paid by companies. He explains why they might go from nagging to ghosting you and what their messages and phone calls actually mean. Finally, he shares how you can take advantage of working with a recruiter or headhunter and what you can do to find one that can level up your career. With the onslaught of layoff announcements, this is understandably a difficult time for many people. If you need someone to talk to or have any questions pertaining to the job search, please feel free to reach out to Jack at [email protected]. Talent by Blind helps software engineers and technologists land job offers with some of the fastest-growing companies. Our recruiters work directly with you (for free!) to get you on the inside track with hiring managers and roles with better total compensation packages or impact.   https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq https://www.talentbyblind.com/
1/9/202314 minutes, 28 seconds
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Sagi Gidali, Chief Growth Officer at Perimeter 81: How Cybersecurity Works in the Tech Industry

Sagi Gidali, Chief Growth Officer at Perimeter 81 Sagi is a veteran of the Israel Defense Force's elite visual intelligence unit. Unit 9900, as it is called, has incubated dozens of startups and public companies valued at $1 billion or more, especially in cybersecurity. We get the "411" on why that has been the case and how security has evolved after the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of remote and hybrid work schedules. He also reveals what it takes to make a career in security and how Perimeter 81 hires its engineers and technologists. https://bit.ly/blindambitionpod
1/4/202344 minutes, 44 seconds
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Blind Bytes: Jack Reveals Insider Tips About Bouncing Back After Getting Laid Off

With Blind Bytes, Jack Kelly and Rick Chen reveal insider tips about professional life, which you can use immediately to level up your career. In this episode, we take on bouncing back after a layoff. Jack shares what you should do if you've been laid off. He explains how you can get leads for a new job or a job referral. Jack also outlines how you can start a plan for a new job. With the onslaught of layoff announcements, this is understandably a difficult time for many people. If you need someone to talk to or have any questions pertaining to the job search, please feel free to reach out to Jack at [email protected]. Talent by Blind helps software engineers and technologists land job offers with some of the fastest-growing companies. Our recruiters work directly with you (for free!) to get you on the inside track with hiring managers and roles with better total compensation packages or impact. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq https://www.talentbyblind.com/
12/20/202211 minutes, 30 seconds
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Matt Spitz, Vice President, Engineering at Vanta: Silicon Valley vs. Other Tech Hubs, Explained

Matt Spitz, Vice President, Engineering at Vanta Matt was previously one of the founding engineers at Dropbox New York. He reflects on how the office grew from zero to 160 employees. We touch on how he helped hire 90 engineers, whether geography or job-hopping matters for your career and how Silicon Valley engineering culture might differ from New York and elsewhere. Finally, he explains what it's like to be an engineer at Vanta, the tech challenges in security and compliance, and what he looks for before he makes a job offer to his team. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/ba2qbznm
12/14/202252 minutes, 22 seconds
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Blind Bytes: Jack Reveals Insider Tips About "Career Cushioning"

With Blind Bytes, Jack Kelly and Rick Chen reveal insider tips about professional life, which you can use immediately to level up your career. In this episode, we take on "career cushioning." Jack explains what so-called career experts and media pundits mean when they talk about career cushioning. In short, it's the plan that professionals should have to protect their futures and perhaps even survive a layoff or reduction in force. He breaks down the trend and provides actual things you can do to get started. Finally, Jack tackles the future of quiet quitting amid concerns about a recession and all the layoffs, hiring freezes and job offers getting rescinded. With the onslaught of layoff announcements, this is understandably a difficult time for many people. If you need someone to talk to or have any questions pertaining to the job search, please feel free to reach out to Jack at [email protected]. Talent by Blind helps software engineers and technologists land job offers with some of the fastest-growing companies. Our recruiters work directly with you (for free!) to get you on the inside track with hiring managers and roles with better total compensation packages or impact.  https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq https://www.talentbyblind.com/
12/12/202213 minutes, 4 seconds
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Blind Bytes: Jack Reveals Insider Tips About the "Hidden Job Market"

With Blind Bytes, Jack Kelly and Rick Chen reveal insider tips about professional life, which you can use immediately to level up your career. In this episode, we take on the "hidden job market."  Jack explores why some jobs are never posted on job boards or a company's career page. He explains what some companies are doing to get around New York City and some states' pay transparency laws, which require salary listings to be included in job descriptions. Finally, Jack outlines why it's best to work with a recruiter who specializes in your job function or industry and why internal referrals are still crucial to getting the fast track in the interview process. With the onslaught of layoff announcements, this is understandably a difficult time for many people. If you need someone to talk to or have any questions pertaining to the job search, please feel free to reach out to Jack at [email protected]. Talent by Blind helps software engineers and technologists land job offers with some of the fastest-growing companies. Our recruiters work directly with you (for free!) to get you on the inside track with hiring managers and roles with better total compensation packages or impact. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq https://www.talentbyblind.com/
12/10/202210 minutes, 32 seconds
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Danielle Poonoosamy, Director, People and Culture at Alma: Why We All Need a Mental Health Break

Danielle Poonoosamy, Director, People and Culture at Alma Danielle had an untraditional route to becoming the head of people and culture at a startup, and she says it started because she put her mental health first. We explore how burnout can fog our judgment and damage our personal growth. She also shares the latest in mental health benefits and top tips on keeping our sanity amid our current uncertain, stressful times. Finally, we take a peek behind the curtain into the mental health business. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/d2fhom3h
12/7/20221 hour, 1 minute
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Kelly Scheib, Chief People Officer at Crunchbase: How Your Pay Is Determined, Finally Revealed

Kelly Scheib, Chief People Officer at Crunchbase Kelly reveals how companies determine their strategy for total rewards—everything from pay to benefits and even whether you have to come into the office. She explains why some employers are reluctant to change their benefits or pay. Finally, we get an insider's look into how the CEO and the rest of the executive leadership team perceive HR and company culture. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/d2fhom3h
11/30/202250 minutes, 2 seconds
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Jack and Rick Take on Twitter: Is Elon Musk Right? #RIPTwitter

Jack Kelly and Rick Chen explore what a crazy week it's been at Twitter. We discuss what happens with voluntary severances or employee buyouts and whether asking the hardcore to stay really works. Jack points out there's a vibe shift underway at Twitter, and Rick digs into the culture, reputational and employer brand risk of Elon Musk's late-night emails and policy changes. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackkellywecruitr https://www.linkedin.com/in/chenrick https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/18/technology/elon-musk-twitter-workers-quit.html
11/19/202259 minutes, 46 seconds
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Jack and Rick Take on Layoffs: Is There More to Come After Amazon?

Jack Kelly and Rick Chen react to Amazon's layoffs before Black Friday and the holidays. We put the 10,000 job cuts in context, compared it against the Twitter and Meta layoffs, and dug into whether Amazon might cut even more jobs later. Rick shines a spotlight on what the Blind community says about Amazon's company culture and how HR terms like unregretted attrition or performance improvement plans can help us understand the world's largest online retailer. Finally, Jack gives his best advice on navigating the workplace amid the whiplash of company return-to-office and layoff plans. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackkellywecruitr https://www.linkedin.com/in/chenrick https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/14/technology/amazon-layoffs.html https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2022/11/16/lyft-meta-salesforce-and-other-tech-companies-are-downsizing-their-real-estate-why-this-is-good-news-for-remote-workers/
11/17/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 15 seconds
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Alissa Schepisi, Executive Vice President, Employee Experience at Edelman: Why CEOs Are so Awkward on Zoom

Alissa Schepisi, Executive Vice President, Employee Experience at Edelman Alissa is the go-to person for many company executives when they need to make a tough decision. We go behind the scenes into how leaders plan and communicate policy changes, like return-to-office plans, layoffs, employee attrition, and even compensation changes. She explains why some CEOs share non-answers in all-hands meetings and why they're still so awkward on Zoom. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/3cwop5mx
11/16/202257 minutes, 52 seconds
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Jack and Rick Take on Cryptocurrency: What Happened With FTX and Cryptocurrency?

Jack Kelly and Rick Chen look into what happened with the cryptocurrency exchange FTX and its enigmatic founder and CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried. We tackle the crypto high-flyer's rise and sudden fall and discuss the red flags that might have been there all along. As a bonus, Jack shares his opinion steeped in working with hundreds of Wall Street and financial-technology compliance professionals for decades. Finally, Jack and Rick discuss how competitors and crypto firms dealt with FTX's bankruptcy filing and what this means for the industry and the thousands of professionals it employs. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackkellywecruitr https://www.linkedin.com/in/chenrick https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2022/11/14/the-swift-ascension-of-ftx-and-its-sudden-demise-the-sec-needs-to-take-action/
11/15/202237 minutes, 31 seconds
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Jack and Rick Take on the Metaverse: What Happened With the Meta Layoffs

Jack Kelly and Rick Chen break down Mark Zuckerberg's decision to lay off more than 11,000 people at Meta. We explore what might have led to the historic 13% reduction in force, how the Blind community of more than 7 million professionals reacted, and what this means for the tech job market. Finally, Jack shares intel from his experience as an owner of an executive search firm, and Rick looks into the prospects for the thousands of people who have lost their jobs. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2022/11/09/meta-lays-off-11000-workers-how-to-cope-with-being-downsized-and-prepare-for-a-difficult-job-market/
11/10/202254 minutes, 26 seconds
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William A. Adams, Former Technical Advisor to the CTO at Microsoft: How Did We Get to $400K Pay Packages in Tech? Will They Last?

William A. Adams, Former Technical Advisor to the CTO at Microsoft William reflects on working with Steve Jobs and how he became Microsoft's first technical advisor to the CTO. We tackle whether the compensation packages of $400,000 or more, which are now common in the tech industry, are sustainable and why some of the largest tech companies are doomed to be forgotten. Finally, William reveals the one trait required to succeed in the tech industry. (Hint: It's not a language or technology.) https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/yn59y792
11/9/202259 minutes, 20 seconds
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Sean Flood, Managing Partner at EFO Ventures: Is Mobility Tech Dead?

Sean Flood, Managing Partner at EFO Ventures Sean walks us through the boom-and-bust cycle of mobility tech. He explains why he's still a fan, despite the public failures of some e-bike and scooter startups, and the niche he believes could spark a second renaissance in mobility. Plus, we get his advice on dealing with the recent stock collapses and how some of the best entrepreneurs overcame the 2007-2008 financial crisis. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/g3buuikr
11/2/202245 minutes, 19 seconds
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Jonathan Salama, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Transfix: Why It Pays to Work on Internal Tools

Jonathan Salama, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Transfix Jonathan reflects on his time as a lead software engineer working on internal tools. He knows it isn't sexy work, but it proved pivotal in his career, helping him find a $700-billion opportunity. (Talk about impact!) Plus, find out why he turned down an acqui-hire job offer from Lyft.  https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/ephglajw
10/26/202246 minutes, 28 seconds
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Joe Apprendi, Founder and General Partner at Revel Partners: How to Assess a Startup Like a VC

Joe Apprendi, Founder and General Partner at Revel Partners Joe reveals the metrics that he uses to invest and how we should use them to gauge a startup's prospects before we interview. He explains how startup valuations got so high, what happens when a company's share price drops below $1, and what we should ask the recruiter or CEO the next time we interview. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/rlnpulgl
10/19/202254 minutes
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Randy Kern, Chief Technology Officer at Marqeta: The Importance of Mastery and Understanding

Randy Kern, Chief Technology Officer at Marqeta It happens. Sometimes we all get to the point where our careers start to plateau. Randy shares his tried and true methods to develop the mastery to level up your career as a software engineer or technologist. He outlines how to manage how you are perceived and what it takes to demonstrate impact and land the next promotion. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/000209ac
10/12/202240 minutes, 41 seconds
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Christine Park, Chief People Officer at Pantheon: What is HR Anyway?

Christine Park, Chief People Officer at Pantheon Christine has seen it all as a long-time HR executive and expert. She walks us through when HR wasn't even called HR and even breaks down why recent trends like the Great Resignation or quiet quitting aren't really new ideas. Finally, she explains how HR gets a bad rap as the "DMV" or "PIP lady" and what the future of HR might entail. https://teamblind.onelink.me/6Ubn/9b821676
10/5/202252 minutes, 58 seconds
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Wayne Hu, Managing Director, Early Stage Venture at SignalFire: Everything You Wanted to Know About Venture Capital

Wayne Hu, Managing Director, Early Stage Venture at SignalFire It seems like everyone is a venture capitalist these days. Wayne outlines what it really takes to be a venture capitalist. He breaks down the VC career path from entry-level to becoming a prolific investor, what his day-to-day is like, and the business model behind investing with other people's money. https://teamblind.onelink.me/6Ubn/b1ecb098
9/28/202249 minutes, 7 seconds
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Christine Spang, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Nylas: When It Makes Sense to Pivot Your Startup and Career

Christine Spang, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Nylas Christine and her cofounders had to pivot before Nylas became what it is today. She explains how she knew the early idea wouldn't work, what it was like saying goodbye to a cofounder, and how her role as CTO changed over time. Finally, Christine outlines how to level up your career fast at a startup. https://bit.ly/blindpodcast
9/21/202250 minutes, 2 seconds
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Zach Nunn, Founder and CEO at Living Corporate: Why Most Diversity and Inclusion Programs Are Scams

Zach Nunn, Founder and CEO at Living Corporate Zach thinks corporate diversity, equity and inclusion programs are a scam. He explains why most programs become nothing more than PR-driven memos or mandatory employee training. Finally, we tackle why some of the best-resourced companies, such as Google, Meta and PwC, haven't made an impactful change in the workplace just yet, despite spending millions of dollars and countless hours on diversity and inclusion. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/j7kdnsls
9/14/20221 hour, 44 seconds
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Jonathan Heiliger, Founder and General Partner at Vertex Ventures: The Winners to Pick in a Recession

Jonathan Heiliger, Founder and General Partner at Vertex Ventures If you've read "The Hard Things About Hard Things," you're already familiar with Jonathan and his work. We ask the prolific B2B operator and investor how to pick startups and industries in a down market. He explains how to look at public comparables, determine whether you're a profit center or a cost center, and why the cloud may be your best bet. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/43ia43kr
9/7/202254 minutes, 41 seconds
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Sean Kim, Chief Product Officer at Kajabi: What I Learned at TikTok and Amazon

Sean Kim, President and Chief Product Officer at Kajabi Sean explains what he learned from his failures as the head of product at TikTok and Amazon. He breaks down how to get recruited as an executive and what most product leaders at Amazon had in common. (Hint: It's not an MBA or coding.) Finally, he shares his foolproof method for becoming a product manager or owner. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/ftpus17i
8/31/202254 minutes, 13 seconds
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Joe Gillespie, Former Head of Technical Recruiting at Robinhood: How Engineer Recruiting Really Works

Joe Gillespie, Former Head of Technical Recruiting at Robinhood Joe reveals everything you want to know about technical recruiting from his time at Robinhood. He explains how recruiters find engineers, how to think about boosting your total compensation or job level, and why people get lowballed or down-leveled.  https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/ftpus17i
8/24/202258 minutes, 32 seconds
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Shailesh Kumar, Senior Vice President of Engineering at ClickUp: Should Productivity Apps Be Worth $1 Billion or More?

Shailesh Kumar, Senior Vice President of Engineering at ClickUp Shailesh helps us learn why so many productivity apps have such high valuations. He shares why he thinks acquisitions and exits are inevitable and how to tell the winners from the losers in the space. Finally, he reveals what it takes to get a job at ClickUp. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/25shx0sv
8/17/202250 minutes, 42 seconds
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Gillian French, Expert in Residence at Workvivo: Everything You Want to Know About Layoffs

Gillian French, Expert in Residence - Employee Experience at Workvivo Gillian answers all of our questions about layoffs, from who makes the decision, how companies decide who to lay off, and even what they're like from the chief people officer's perspective. She also reveals the different strategies companies can take to cut costs and why layoffs and rescinded job offers might be one of the worst things a company could do. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/ptcu9cvw
8/10/202249 minutes, 45 seconds
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Christoph Fleischmann, Founder and CEO at Arthur Technologies: How I Became a Metaverse Entrepreneur

Christoph Fleischmann, Founder and CEO at Arthur Technologies Christoph founded his metaverse startup to create a mixed reality for enterprise. He breaks down how he got started working on augmented and virtual reality and admits that the early days of building and fundraising involved a lot of inelegant brute force. Finally, Christoph shares the mental biases everyone should watch out for, especially as an entrepreneur or startup founder. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/s0q9hmxx
8/3/202254 minutes, 30 seconds
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Matt McLarty, Global Field CTO at MuleSoft: The Secret to a Future-Proof Career in Tech

Matt McLarty, Global Field CTO & Vice President of the Digital Transformation Office A globally recognized expert in APIs, Matt has seen it all in the tech industry. He explains the secret to a long-lasting career in tech, why you shouldn't get caught up with specific languages or technology, and why the best tech jobs might be outside the tech industry. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/d2qia9ct
7/27/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ravi Swaminathan, Founder and CEO at TaskHuman: How to Find Different Entry Points in Tech

Ravi Swaminathan, Founder and CEO at TaskHuman Ravi has been programming since he was seven years old. While coding had always come naturally, he doesn't do much of it anymore. We explore his pivots from programmer to project management, product marketing and corporate strategy before settling on being a CEO. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/1zhwur04
7/20/202255 minutes, 33 seconds
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Morgan Teachworth, VP, Engineering and Supply Chain at Cisco Meraki: Why Proximity Matters in Tech

Morgan Teachworth, Vice President, Engineering and Supply Chain at Cisco Meraki Morgan outlines how to advance your career in tech. He explains how moving to a tech hub early in your career could pay off and why hybrid work isn't so bad. Plus, Morgan, an early engineer at both NVIDIA and Meraki, shares how to pick a company to bet your career on. (Hint: It's not always the pre-IPO unicorn.) https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/cwmx8fu5
7/13/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 17 seconds
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Gianna Scorsone, General Manager and Head of North America at Aircall: The Keys to an Impactful Career

Gianna Scorsone, General Manager and Head of North America at Aircall Gianna starts from the first principles, and her top rule might go against everything we know about Silicon Valley culture. She shares her best tips, including how to sell yourself in the interview, what it really means to be authentic at work, and what people get wrong about competition. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/8buc7blo
7/6/20221 hour, 37 seconds
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Lewis Tuff, Vice President, Engineering at Blockchain.com: The Best Way to Start Your Web3 Career

Lewis Tuff, Vice President, Engineering at Blockchain.com Lewis presents the future of Web3 and outlines how anyone can become a cryptocurrency engineer or Web3 technologist. He also walks through the latest at the $14-billion crypto unicorn, including upcoming features and products, plus his interview and hiring process. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/5f1uzgkp
6/29/202259 minutes, 20 seconds
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Nick Bushak, Chief Technology Officer and President at Gem: Everything You Might Want to Know About Tech Recruiting

Nick Bushak, Chief Technology Officer and President at Gem Nick explains that being a CTO is really all about recruiting and retaining tech talent. He breaks down everything from managing a new team in a new country, insider tips to attract the first engineering hires, and how company culture changes after an acquisition. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/gd91j9u0
6/22/202243 minutes, 47 seconds
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Radhika Malik, Principal at Dell Technologies Capital: How Far Off Is the Singularity?

Radhika Malik, Principal at Dell Technologies Capital Radhika lets us into the world of corporate venture capital. She explains how to look beyond the hype in AI, why starting an enterprise startup may be the best thing you can do, and what it takes to get an investment from Dell Technologies Capital. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/bhp05pp8
6/15/202243 minutes, 18 seconds
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Conrad Irwin, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Superhuman: What It's Really Like As a Founder

Conrad Irwin, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Superhuman Conrad dispels myths about startup life by giving us a walkthrough of the real day-to-day as a startup founder and CTO. He explains why it took more than two years to launch Superhuman, how startups should tackle hiring, and what it's like to know that the buck stops with you. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/qgieaq5h
6/8/202246 minutes, 47 seconds
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Amit Matani, CEO at AngelList Talent: Silicon Valley From the First iPhone Apps to Today

Amit Matani, CEO at AngelList Talent Amit reflects on being one of Apple's first featured iPhone apps, experiencing two startup acquisitions, and whether tech salaries can continue to grow. He also shares his hot takes on whether hybrid work will last and whether you should raise venture capital for your startup idea. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/b39wxd28
6/1/202254 minutes, 48 seconds
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Rod Barlow, Chief Technology Officer at Sidecar Health: Navigating the Career Jungle Gym

Rod Barlow, Chief Technology Officer at Sidecar Health Rod thinks a career as an engineer or technologist is like a jungle gym. It’s why he says it’s important to make career pivots and place big bets on yourself and others. He also outlines the importance of having a growth mindset and gives a roadmap to engineering leadership. As a bonus, Rod even explains how much coding a tech lead or engineering manager should do. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/39uiaz33
5/25/202259 minutes, 49 seconds
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Dan Westgarth, Chief Operating Officer at Deel: The Future of Work is Remote and International

Dan Westgarth, Chief Operating Officer at Deel Dan shares how remote and international hiring is changing work. He walks through how hiring differs in each country, why you might want to get paid in a different currency or crypto, and how remote work has changed employee benefits. Finally, he also gives Blind a sneak peek into the interview panel and company culture at Deel. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/qfyopjuj
5/18/202248 minutes, 13 seconds
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Maryanne Caughey, Chief People Officer at Notion: How to Get Hired at Notion

Maryanne Caughey, Chief People Officer at Notion Maryanne explains how the company’s values actually work in practice, including an engineering rotation program that sends technologists abroad and management that tells you to go on vacation if you haven’t used your PTO. She also shared an in-depth look into the entire hiring process, including their three-part decision process, how they expanded internationally, and why the CEO still interviews every candidate personally. https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/r39xf01y
5/11/202246 minutes, 17 seconds
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Fredrick 'Flee' Lee, Chief Security Officer at Gusto: From the South to Silicon Valley

Fredrick "Flee" Lee, Chief Security Officer at Gusto Flee explains how the road to becoming a chief security officer is like a sine wave, what it was like working at a startup in Oklahoma during the Dot-Com boom, and why he credits his time at a big bank to his becoming a Silicon Valley executive. He also dives into how he knows when to move to another job, how to face fears at work, and why he will help a team member leave if they ask. Finally, Flee shares how to get a job at Gusto, why company values are important, and how Gusto's no-title company culture works.  https://blindap.onelink.me/ttCg/mhe5kscq
5/5/202252 minutes, 28 seconds