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Dave Carvajal

Dave Carvajal built HotJobs (650 employees, IPO & $1.2B market cap then sold to Yahoo!) as Co-founder & TheLadders (400 employees, $80M revs) where he focused on attracting, retaining and developing all employees. These days he’s asked by top VCs and CEOs of high-growth startups to build their Boards and leadership teams with the top 1% of A+ executive talent. He is an Ironman and lives in NJ with his wife where he is co-founder of twin boys and a pup named Clover.

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Harmony
Management - High performance is the strongest desire of every CEO. High performance requires high-performance leadership. High-performance leadership is built on a foundation of excellence and a framework of harmony.Too often, executive...
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Lifestyle -Professional development at its core is a process of personal growth. All self-improvement begins with self-reflection. The biggest catalyst of growth for any leader is almost always the realization of a truth. For many of us, a...
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Op-ED - The three tech trends that are shaping how you'll live and work in the century ahead.We spend plenty of time at Dave Partners talking about work in the tech world. Yet increasingly, the best minds out there are thinking about how...
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Advice - Culture and fit are among the most important things to vet future hires for, especially in the early days of a startup’s life. Regarding organizational culture, it’s in the first 18 months that the cultural values and the essence...
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Advice - I’m frequently asked by some of NYC’s sharpest entrepreneurs how and where I find strong talent. The question is typically followed by the assertion that it is hard to find enough good engineers in NYC and considerations about the...
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Advice - As an investor and board member, your unique perspective can help guide an executive search to success. You are more emotionally removed from the day-to-day pressures a CEO faces and this distance puts you in the best place to uphold...
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Advice - It’s safe to say that most people don’t respond to being attacked by a wild animal with good humor and positive vibes. Then again, most people are not 13-year-old surfer Kira-Belle Ollsen.While Ollsen was surfing in the waters...
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Advice - Dreams alone never took anyone anywhere. Dreams require massive action in order to become success stories. I am counting down to my third Ironman Triathlon. With just a few hours left before the race, what matters most now is the...
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Lifestyle - When life hands you lemons, be a lemonade maker. People who get stuck are the ones waiting for the perfect situation. The most effective people in the world are those who make the best of every situation. If you feel inside that you...
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Advice -These are not the traditional ABCs of deadly sins (i.e., avarice, greed, lust). As humans and leaders, we know success and its opposite are complex parts of life, not cut-and-dried results of moral failure. Exhibiting the following...
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Advice -As a CEO, you are responsible for driving the highest possible performance results. This task is of course much easier said than done. Teams miss their KPIs, MBOs and performance metrics for any number of reasons. And sometimes...
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Advice -Critical thinking is a skill of all great leaders. The biggest transition people make in their careers is to grow from being an individual contributor to the responsibility of a group of people. And the biggest leap in executive...
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Advice -No matter how genius your startup idea might be, every entrepreneur needs a strong founding team to turn that vision into reality. I cofounded HotJobs.com with a small team of dedicated entrepreneurs on a mission to transform the...
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Advice -The biggest factor determining the success or failure of any CEO is his or her ability to recruit and hire well. High performance leadership requires mastery of an entire set of skills. Recruiting is one of those leadership...
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Lifestyle - Facebook’s stocks took a dive recently 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.In the short term – the next year –...
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Advice -Being a CEO comes with the immense responsibility of continually driving growth by providing vision, purpose and leadership to your team. While you are constantly in service to others — in meetings, writing emails, answering...