One day, out of the blue my friend Nick Seguin introduced me to Robert Hatta, a Venture Capitalist in Columbus.
Robert and I talked shortly after the introduction and said, “Nick tells me that that you’re the #1 recruiter in Ohio. We need to meet this afternoon.”
I cleared my schedule and met him that afternoon at a Starbucks on the East side of Cleveland.
I’ll never forget that day.
Why are you different?
Why don’t you have a team?
Why are you so good?
What types of roles do you work on?
How do you evaluate candidates?
What makes someone great for a startup?
After the meeting, he set me up with one company: CrossChx, a healthcare startup.
This was Drive's very first investment.
We had to make the most of the opportunity.
I sent Sean Lane, the CEO at CrossChx, 6 stand out software engineering candidates in 3 business days.
They ended up hiring 3 of them.
One of which became CrossChx’s Chief Technology Officer.
IPS has hired 30+ people for CrossChx over the years.
Robert has become a phenomenal mentor and a dear friend of mine over the last 5 years.
Find a mentor.
Invest your time in helping your mentor any way you can.
Give, give, give.
There is nothing of greater value than meaningful relationships built on trust, dependability, and partnership.