Humility is underrated. As a virtue it requires taking a modest view of one’s own importance. This doesn’t sound much like a leadership quality. It is however, widely accepted as the one leadership quality common among the greatest leaders of all mankind.
BrightBox has one of the best founding stories of any Dave Partners client: In 2011, bartender Adam Johnson found himself charging his customers’ cell phones behind the bar, and realized the immense need – and potential profit margin – for a secure, reliable phone-charging service. Johnson located three co-founders -- Janice Chan, Jack Phelps and Pete Harrison -- and raised $110,000 from their personal networks to create BrightBox.
Contently, founded in 2010 by Joe Coleman, Dave Goldberg and Shane Snow, is leading the charge in today’s changing journalistic and marketing landscape by providing an SaaS solution that connects talented journalists with quality publishers. Contently’s innovative software – which provides solutions targeted to both journalists and publishers – makes it uniquely necessary in an era where brand publishing is replacing banner advertising and the online publishing ecosystem is dictated more by social media than by SEO.
Today, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer gave her much-anticipated remarks on the company’s growth and strategy. Along with sharing information on stock buy-backs, acquisitions, and revenue, investments in new technology, and new platforms, Mayer presented some very interesting information about her talent culture: During her tenure, Mayer says, “we have had nearly 2,000 performance related departures in the company.”
At Dave Partners, we specialize in top-level executive searches. We find the top 1% of A+ talent for the key roles that will define your company.
Still, we’re occasionally tapped for a talent search that is even more sensitive and crucial to our clients’ success. This was the case when we were asked to find a suitable co-founder for emerging start-up Knozen.