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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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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...
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Advice -Often times, performance improvement hinges on making an important executive hire that is necessary to fill a key gap in your team. When teams begin to consistently miss their KPIs, MBOs and other metrics, the consequences of low...
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Advice -Most startup missions fail. Often, the deathblow is failure to build the right team. The wrong hire at a high-growth business costs significantly more than at a slower growth company. It can literally put your survival at stake when...
The Five Keys to Recruitment That Will Put Your Startup Ahead of the Pack Photo
Advice - In a knowledge-based economy, talent is King, Queen and Knave (the creative and disruptive kind). Don’t compromise your startup’s future through sloppy or unfocused recruitment. Here are five tips to get you started righPlan...
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Advice -Every high-growth startup will share one defining moment:Your business takes off; you nail a round of VC funding; and suddenly your leadership needs blow wide open. There are so many moving parts — and not enough people at...
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Advice -Startups often have no idea how much the wrong hire can cost them. Particularly where an executive leadership role is involved.According to the US Department of Labor, the average cost to replace a recent hire is about 1/3 of...
Uber Consolidates It’s Power by Putting People Strategy First Photo
Advice -If you want to know where the great tech companies are headed, don’t wait for the future. Look around you, at all the big hiring moves they’re making right now. When putting together their operating plans, these companies are...
What’s Your Company’s Control-ALT-Delete Photo
Resources -The wonderful thing about tech is that, if it’s successful, your users won’t even think about it. They won’t see or think about the work you put in, the countless decisions you made along the road, or your stellar design and...
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Advice - For years, “Google” has been synonymous with “great startup culture.” But today, employee-reviews site Glassdoor has released its list of Top 25 Companies for Culture and Values – and, in a shocking upset, Google is not at...
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Advice - I did a seventh New York City triathlon a few weeks ago. It’s the same race that got it all started for me back when I was 40 pounds heavier and my doctor gave me the talk. I had grown up being pretty athletic, playing soccer,...
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Resources - The Ironman US Championship race is being held in the greatest city in the universe this year, and it sold out in less than 11 minutes!Champions from all walks of life make their home in NYC. Ex-pats formerly from the East Coast...
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Advice - 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...