Talent + Tech

By Avra Talent

Learn from the founders and talent professionals who've scaled disruptive technology companies by hiring the best people, for the right roles. Each week we dive into weekly strategies, tools, and tactics that will help you navigate an ever-changing recruiting landscape and build create a world-class talent function to power your business' success. Unique guests, a fast-paced format plus a dose of humor make Talent + Tech a must-listen for anyone who wants to hire the best.

All Episodes

Not all remote companies are created equally. What are the ingredients for a strong and impactful company culture? How can you codify such a culture in a remote environment, to continually inspire and empower your employees? Join today's guest, Darcy Boles, a thought leader in remote work, as she talks about how to establish intrinsic & extrinsic motivation in a remote company, how to create a remote tech stack that is designed for collaboration, and shares her favorite tips and tricks for founders looking to create an inclusive and robust remote workspace.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 19

36 min 37 sec

How can talent professionals create an inclusive candidate experience that delights applicants, regardless of the outcome? Join today's guest, Tianna Johnson, who is the Head of Talent at Notion, as she talks about how to create a holistic hiring process, how to navigate startup-based risk around the talent operations field, and shares her favorite tips and tricks; for both talent professionals and the candidates who are applying.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Aug 19

40 min 55 sec

What makes a high performance culture? Today’s guest, Braden Weinstock, COO of Paxful, talks about good leadership, aligning values to actions, and other tips for successful company culture. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 2020

40 min 52 sec

What divides an incredibly successful company from a relatively successful one? How they build their processes. Listen as today’s guest, Liam Martin of Running Remote, talks about the law of process and why it’s critical to build processes and systems that you can replicate. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 2020

1 hr 14 min

As the Manager of Talent Acquisition at Formstack, Justin Flynn has seen a lot of hiring on the business side as well as the candidate side. Listen for his tips on setting yourself apart from thousands of other candidates during the application process and showing your engagement in a remote work setting. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 2020

26 min 53 sec

Today’s guest is a wealth of knowledge from both sides of the remote-work table and my former cofounder at Zirtual.com. During our time at Zirtual he created the infrastructure to hire and train up hundreds of fully remote employees, and currently he’s building and leading remote teams at Colony.io. Listen as Collin Vine discusses how to submit a thoughtful job application, having accountability in remote roles, and the interpersonal skills that are required for successful remote work. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sep 2020

46 min 41 sec

In the remote world, it’s often harder to keep your finger on the pulse than it is to do in person. Today’s guest shares the importance of using each interaction from an initial phone screen to a conversation with the CEO to pitch yourself and land the job. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sep 2020

36 min 43 sec

Where is the line between sharing your authentic life’s story and pitching your professional self when looking for a new role? Are you positioning your narrative to solve their problem, or just data dumping? Matt Klein, founder of PRSNL Branding, has spent years thinking about how job seekers can stand out and today he shares tips for creating your own personal brand and talks about the importance of actively job hunting. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sep 2020

34 min 43 sec

We are often all too aware of our faults, but how familiar are we with our unique strengths? In today’s conversation, Shannon walks us through how to identify our unique abilities and leverage them to find meaningful work where we will thrive.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sep 2020

42 min 47 sec

Join me for the truly fascinating story of how one man went from biochem, to bartending, ultimately ending up as a Sales Manager at one of the fastest growing, fully remote companies—GitLab. Timm shares what he has learned over the years about career shifts, how to interview authentically and his tips for landing a landing a remote job in today’s economy. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Aug 2020

46 min 19 sec

Today we speak with Andres Cajiao, Cofounder and Chief Growth Officer at Torre. Andres is passionate about helping people find meaningful work, regardless of their geography. We talk about remote fluency and what professionals in today’s market need to do to stand out and future proof their careers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Aug 2020

38 min 20 sec

Join Maren for today’s conversation with Matt Wilkerson, CEO of Paragon One. We’ll chat about education in a post-COVID-19 world, how higher education can reinvent itself and what recent grads can do to improve their chances in today’s job market. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 2020

30 min 36 sec

Matt Eventoff has coached CEOs, authors, celebrities and more as a Communications Trainer. Today he joins us to lend his expertise to your job search and let us in on the communication secrets that the top performers in the world leverage. Tune in to hear more about finding your voice and find tips on the traits you’ll need to future proof your careers for the upcoming decades. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 2020

37 min 52 sec

Today I talk with Michael Roderick, CEO of Small Pond Enterprises, who’s expert at making people more referable. Learn how to identify the triple threat of skills that you bring to the table and hear Michael’s tactical step-by-step process to make yourself more referable. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 2020

31 min 55 sec

Today I talk with a biz-dev expert whose passion for recruiting people who are looking for meaningful work helps hundreds of startups make amazing hires. Listen as we talk about what the best candidates are doing stand out right now, the importance of being intentional, and how to future proof your career. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 2020

42 min 30 sec

Today I talked with writer and podcast co host David C. Baker on the essential thoughts for today’s job search. We’ll chat about being flexible with your career, the importance of clear communication to cut through the noise, and how to be disciplined in focusing on the big picture. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 2020

31 min 28 sec

 Today I talked with Monday founder Evan Walden who recently launched a free, community-driven initiative that helps people find new roles at tech companies that are hiring during COVID-19. We’ll chat about how this crisis offers an opportunity to re-evaluate how we spend our time and why spending thirty minutes researching a company before you apply will get you far. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 2020

27 min 25 sec

Today I talk with a founder who runs a platform that connects vetted freelancers with small and medium businesses who need marketing and efficiency help. Join us as we discuss how companies who take remote work seriously will have a serious competitive advantage in the future and how to build a personal network that will get you hired—even if you’re starting from scratch. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 2020

48 min 34 sec

With the goal of bridging the gap between people and plants, The Sill has faced challenges running a company with a perishable product. CEO Eliza Blank shares how brick-and-mortor stores have helped them better serve the needs of modern day customers and how building people ops early has helped them grow a healthy company culture.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2019

22 min 10 sec

After experiencing a pain point in customer communication, HelpScout founders identified a need for a product that serves small businesses. They’ve scaled from 10 to 100+ in the last 5 years using a 12-step remote hiring process and fine-tuning everything from setting new employees up for success in the onboarding phase to making terminations as clear and kind as possible. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2019

35 min 41 sec

Igino Cafiero noticed his friends were having a tough time finding labor for their agricultural business, and he'd seen the same thing first hand with his in-laws' mining business as well. With his software background, he set out to create autonomous technology that could help. Learn how Bear Flag Robotics tackled the process of building safe, reliable machines and tapped into their ideal market by listening more and pitching less. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2019

21 min 56 sec

Recognizing a need for high quality, gender-neutral apparel, Fran Dunaway and her wife + cofounder created TomboyX to allow for being unapologetically who you are. Learn about their investors, the company’s long and steady approach to growing a brand, and the importance of treating everyone in the supply chain fairly. Use the code KATE!% to get 15% off your order at TomboyX.com through April 1. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2019

27 min 29 sec

When he noticed that the technology to sequence genomes was severely under-untilized, Dennis Grishin and his Nebula cofounders sought out a way to bring this straight to consumers. Find out how they built their company to keep their users apprised of breaking scientific discoveries that may relate to their own genetics and overall health. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 2019

20 min 29 sec

In distributed work environments, it’s critical to find a way to measure outcomes and results all the way down to an individual level. Same shares how he and his cofounder navigated building a 100+ person global company that has raised 15M from investors by consistently setting and communicating transparent goals company-wide.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 2019

23 min 36 sec

After starting as a software engineer, Mike got passionate about education reform and began to use his technology expertise to better solve the sub problem that schools all around the nation experience. Learn how they stay mission driven and align themselves with investors that care about the kids as much as they care about the bottom line. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 2019

25 min 23 sec

Almost a decade ago, Paul and his MAZ cofounders bet on the fact that companies big and small would need their own apps. Learn how they identified a massive market while it was still relatively nascent and how they built a platform that enables over a thousand companies, including fortune 100s, to create their own apps without using code. Other lessons: balancing volume vs. value and notes on managing a team across three time zones. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 2019

32 min 28 sec

We talk about everything from splitting a business in two, when you realize you have two separate use cases and raising seed capital to the importance of nailing your core processes, product-market fit + culture before your startup begins to scale. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 2019

19 min 17 sec

Ryan is a multi-time founder, having led his first two companies - BNQT Media Group and SWARM Mobile - to successful acquisitions by USA Today (2008) and Groupon (2014), respectively. After noticing a gap in the market for IT support in small- to mid-sized offices, he launched Electric.ai to make it easier for non tech people to manage their IT and grew it to 150 full time employees by utilizing remote engineering offices in Argentina. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sep 2019

29 min 13 sec

Sean sold Flurry to Yahoo for more than $300M then started up again with Outlier.ai. Tune in for what he learned from building a co from the ground up to acquisition; and how started up again by “focusing on the problem” first. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sep 2019

41 min 17 sec

Babelbark.com has scaled in a few years to hundreds of thousands of users across several verticals in the “pet parent ecosystem” by building a core (remote) team and outsourcing everything else (PR, branding, digital marketing) to high-quality, high-cost agencies. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Aug 2019

23 min 25 sec

Dave Nevogt decided to solve his own problem by making time tracking and reporting more transparent for distributed teams. Find out how he met his co-founder on Linkedin and they went on to organically build a business that is doing over 6M ARR with a team spread all over the globe. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Aug 2019

23 min 19 sec

Discover how Mark and his cofounder built Gigsalad from a side business to a $1M company with 10 employees before leaving their other projects. And hear how an ingenious business model with a two-fold revenue stream keeps them bootstrapped, with their talent and customers highly satisfied. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Aug 2019

19 min 26 sec

Learn how Devin has helped scale up several remote-first startups in the content and software space. We get real about the good and bad of building a remote team, how to avoid growth pitfalls as you scale from 5 to 50, and she shares quick and dirty tips on doing content marketing on any budget. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 2019

44 min 51 sec

When early stage startups are contemplating whether to go fully remote, they often worry about raising venture capital - which has been less eager to invest in distributed companies in the past. Listen to Sid Sijbrandij, CEO of Gitlab, talk about how they built their 27-person team completely distributed and raised over $100M in capital in the process. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 2019

21 min 25 sec

Go Fish Digital started as a fully remote company, but then decided having two offices and a very flexible schedule worked better for them. Find out why the founders made this choice and how they grew their agency to 40+ people and $5 million in revenue by helping companies manage their online reputation. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jul 2019

27 min 21 sec

Learn how Todd and his team took a digital agency that sells to publishers, public media and corporations, and grew it to $6M+ in revenue with a fully remote team—spoiler alert: they failed hard the first time. Lessons on building “remote first”, growing modestly, but profitability, versus VC-fueled “hypergrowth” and why not having an office can actually cost you more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 2019

34 min 16 sec