This Week In Tech: Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween! Before you head out for scares and celebration, make sure you're caught up with the industry. We've collected several of our favorite stories from the week to keep you in the loop. 

Humility is the High Road to Start-Up Glory

by CEO Dave Carvajal

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.

Creating The Future: How To Balance Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

Facebook’s stocks took a dive today as CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg announced his plans for the company: Not for the next quarter, or for the next year, but for the next ten years.

Dave Partners Success Story: Don Rossi, Chief Revenue Officer at BrightBox

The Client:

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.

Dave Partners Success Story: Brett Lofgren, Chief Revenue Officer of Contently

The Client:

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.

Leadership Lessons From Google's New Product Czar

The tech world has recently been rocked by huge staffing news, as Google CEO Larry Page steps back from his involvement with the day-to-day operations of the company to focus on the “bigger picture.”

This Week In Tech: The Dave Partners Round-Up

Happy Friday! To help you ease into your weekend, we’ve rounded up some of the most interesting and essential stories of the week that was.

In Defense of Laziness

By CEO Dave Carvajal

Let’s put this up front: I work hard. I also exercise frequently and have competed in IronMan races. So I don't think I am actually lazy.

I do, however, have a strong desire to avoid doing the same work twice. You could call this lazy. I think “strong desire to eliminate tedious labor" is a more appropriate characterization.

Your Talent Is Your Brand

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.”

Gold Star Search: Thibault Le Conte, VP Engineering and Co-Founder of Knozen

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.

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